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Day 4: Crystals + your feminine spirit

One thing I’ve increasingly noticed is the tendency for women to push aside their femininity in order to stay on top of their game at work or simply survive in the workplace. Something that I’ve been guilty of myself. However, as I and many others have learnt, living your life in that way isn’t sustainable. It soon takes its toll on your physically and drains your spirit.

It’s partly due to this that so many women find this burning desire within to quit their jobs or simply find themselves attracted to spirituality, as well as mindful practices.

However, it’s not just the practices and rituals, it’s that opportunity to reconnect with yourself as a woman. Awakening your femininity and embracing all that it means to be the woman that you were created to be.

This full embodiment of the real you is something that many of us strive for, yet do so by focusing on6 all that is outside of ourselves first. Not recognising that it all comes from within first and radiates outwards. Being shown as grace, inner confidence and that illusive glow. Isn’t that what you want to experience and embody?


RECLAIMING YOUR FEMININE SPIRIT

Although all of the crystals we have encountered have touched on aspects of our inner beauty that many of us want to nurture, eg: Self love and confidence. Today’s crystals will focus on reclaiming and fully awakening your femininity.

Moonstone

As it’s name suggests this crystal is aligned with the energy of the moon. So don’t be surprised if you are drawn to Moonstone during your menstrual cycle or at the time of the Full and New Moon. Its also a crystal that connects you to your own femininity, inner goddess and sacred beauty. With many swearing by the benefits of meditating with Moonstone during the time of the Full/New Moon, enhancing your intuition and connection within. What’s more feminine than that?

Garnet

This crystal is perfect for those who are ready to bring their sexy back and unleash their wild spirit. Garnet is a crystal associated with passion and physical love. It also dissolves any blockages in the lower chakras which is where we can often hold onto those feelings and memories that prevent us from fully connecting with ourselves, as well as others.

Labradorite

A stunning stone to look at, Labradorite is considered a ‘magic stone’. A stone that has the ability to re-awaken the magic that lies within you and opens you up to using it in order to manifest, as well as being good luck into your life.


WORKING WITH THE PHASES OF THE MOON

Crystal rituals can be completed at any time, although the Full Moon is particularly potent time to connect with your divine feminine.

This is because the moon is at its fullest and it’s a powerful time to honour all of what your feeling, whilst releasing what is no longer in alignment with the woman you are becoming.

Equally, if you feel drawn, you may want to also work with your divine feminine crystals during a new moon, especially if you wanting to embody new aspects of your personality. Reason being that the new moon is a time of calling in the new and fresh starts.

Incidentally, there is a New Moon next week on June 13th so that’s the perfect time to connect with your feminine crystals.


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Day 3: Confidence Boosting Crystals

There are times in all of our lives when we can do with a little extra boost in confidence.

It might be because you’re attending an interview for a job you really want. Maybe you’re starting a new project or business and you really want it to go well. Perhaps you’re going on a date with a gorgeous guy who caught your eye. There are many scenarios in life that require us to really embody confidence from the inside out and radiate positivity.


YOUR CHAKRAS

It’s our sacral and solar plexus chakras that really govern the areas of confidence, self worth and personal power. When this chakras are in good working order you tend to feel confident, empowered and are believing in yourself. You’ll be more inclined to follow your passions, put your best self forward and show up in the world with confidence. The opposite is true when these chakras are not thriving and are out of balance.

There’s a multitude of reasons why energy flow in and out of these chakras may be stagnant, eg: past failures or bullying. Depending on how deeply affected you were by the situation different methods of healing will be required. However, crystals can be the perfect complimentary or stand-alone tools to give you and chakras the boost that’s needed.


4 CONFIDENCE BOOSTING CRYSTALS

Rose Quartz

This was our day 1 crystal so, you are already away that it vibrates unconditional love, supporting you to recognise your own self worth, as well as boosting your self esteem. Due to its gentle, soothing and healing energy it’s ideal for those lack of self confidence has been as a result of heart ache or hurt feelings.

Carnelian

Red and orange Carnelian. Carnelian resonates with the sacral and solar plexus chakras, as well as the roots. Crystals of courage, energy and passion, they are ideal for interviews or when working on creative projects. This is especially the case if you need to demonstrate your passion and creative side.

Orange Calcite

Resonating with the energy of the sun this crystal is great for bringing fresh and uplifting energy to a project and situation. It’ also great when you need energetic support to bring that kind of energy to the table, helping you to be embody the vibe of a confident, innovative creator.


CONNECT WITH YOUR CRYSTAL

Begin your day with your chosen crystal and carry it with you as a divine reminder or talisman for how confident + worthy you truly are.


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Day 2: Lapis Lazuli

Intuition. It’s one of our greatest assets. Yet it’s one that many women have suppressed and denied due to betrayal, belittling and the pain that trusting it has caused them in the past. Much of which has come from people around them who simply do not get it or simply fear all things mystical.

Instead we have been conditioned to trust logic, reason and outside opinion more than our own inner guidance system. Which for many has led to disconnection and dis-ease within and without.

Thankfully, today more and more women (and men) are awakening to the beauty that lies within. Using tools, spiritual practices and rituals to support them in fine tuning their intuition.

Crystals are one such tool that you can incorporate into your daily and spiritual practice in order to strengthen that connection within. Enabling you to feel the subtleties in energy and that pull that comes from within.


LAPIS LAZULI

There are a fair few crystals that you can use to enhance your intuitive abilities. Amethyst is one such crystal and would probably be the most obvious choice. After all, it’s known for it’s relaxing benefits. Helping to alleviate the systems of stress, anxiety and ‘monkey mind’. Each being conditions that can exacerbate those feelings of dis-ease and disconnection, which create the feeling of distance or separation from your intuition and soul.

However, the crystal in focus here is: Lapis Lazuli. A stone that has been reverred throughout time:

  • Queen Cleopatra wore it as eye make-up.
  • Buddhists who recommend it for promoting inner peace + freedom of negative thought.
  • Mystics + crystal enthusiasts who believe that it facilitates the connection between the mystical + material world.
  • Reverred throughout time as a stone of wisdom, truth and enhancing your intuition.

Making it a must-have for any Sacred Beauties who are ready to re-awaken, re-connect with and fine-tune her intuition.


SIMPLE + EFFECTIVE SUGGESTIONS FOR WORKING WITH LAPIS LAZULI

Carry it with you in a pouch with other crystals that promote the energy conducive for connecting to your intuition. Particularly when you are walking into environments where you want to see the truth and be able to connect to the truth within yourself, bringing this forward in an authentic way.

Meditate with it in your hand in order to promote peace within and connect to your own inner guidance within. It will also help to open the third eye. However, I don’t recommend forcing this to happen.


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Day 1: Rose Quartz

Loving yourself and feeling confident in your own skin are key aspects of sacred beauty. It promotes healthy self-esteem and a sense of self-worth that comes from within. Meaning that you don’t feel the need to look for validation from others or feel the need to change in order to fit in, be accepted or feel loved.

Yet, in today’s modern world this isn’t always easy. Pressure from social media, magazines and celeb culture can often leave women feeling like they have to conform to be beautiful. And let’s not forget the pain and anguish that comes from heart break, bullying and other soul destroying situations, which can leave you feeling un-pretty, unworthy and less than in so many ways.

Whilst there are many methods that can be used to heal and move beyond these feelings there are little gems from the Earth which, if used alongside these methods, can give your healing a little energetic boost.

These gems are crystals, with Rose Quartz being the perfect crystal for all things sacred beauty and love related.


LOVE + ROSE QUARTZ:

A LITTLE BACKGROUND

Don’t forget to fall in love with yourself first.” – Carrie Bradshaw

Rose Quartz is one of those crystals which can be hugely underestimated. It’s often thought of that crystal that helps us to attract the lover of our dreams. Yet it is so much more than this. In fact, before it even draws the love another close it will show you all the ways that you need to love yourself first!

This candy pink gemstone is a nurturing stone. A stone of compassion and unconditional love. Making it a beautiful companion during times of heartache or pain, including period pain. As it’s soothing, healing and energy of unconditional love works to dissolve those barriers of pain, sadness and fear.


HOW TO MAKE ROSE QUARTZ PART OF YOUR DAILY LIFE

There are many different ways to make this crystal part of your everyday life. For example it’s believed that the Goddess Aphrodite used to place Rose Quartz in her bath so that the loving energy of the crystal could be absorbed into her body and energy field. This way of working with crystals has been adopted by many modern sacred beauties, like you and I. It’s certainly a beautiful way to relax at the end of a stressful day. I can vouch for that.

One way that I make Rose Quartz part of my day is by keeping a small selection of tumble stones in a glass bowl on my dressing table. This helps to hold the vibration of unconditional love, self-love and beauty as I apply my make-up. It’s also a personal reminder for me too.

As Rose Quartz resonates with the heart chakra it makes sense to place it over your heart chakra during meditation. This can have the effect of opening the heart of receive love whilst also promoting relaxation. You might like to try this heart-centred meditation.

Alternatively, you may simply wish to wear your Rose Quartz in your bra, so it’s close to your heart space or adorn your wrist with a beautiful Rose Quartz bracelet. How you choose to connect with and work with your crystal is entirely up to you.


ARE YOU READY TO MAKE ROSE QUARTZ PART OF YOUR LIFE?

Loving yourself, recognising your own beauty and being confident in your own skin are essential ingredients for Sacred Beauty. So, if you could with a little support in this area Rose Quartz can be a great tool to work with. Using it alongside affirmations, meditation, Angelic Reiki or other forms of self-development as it helps to amplify the energy of your intention.

If you are thinking of or already do work with Rose Quartz I’d love to hear from you. Comment below and I’ll respond to your comment.

Look forward to hearing your experiences.

With love,

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Crystals Week

This week will be Crystals week on the website. Where I’ll be sharing tips, info and inspo related to crystals based upon my knowledge as a crystal healer and reader, as well as experience as a modern woman using them in my everyday life.

If you’re new to crystals then you’ll want to check out Crystals 101 where I spill the beans on getting started with crystals. Then you’l wanna check out my Modern Woman’s Guide to Raising your Vibe with Crystals.

Check here for the gem of the day. The first post is coming shortly. Xxx

With love,

 

 

 

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JUNE VIBES

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“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”

– Oprah Winfrey


Think like a Queen feels to be the vibration of June.  Along with focused intention and having your eye on the bigger picture.

It’s the beginning of a new month. The previous months have been hard going for many. Lots of energy clearing, releasing and healing integration going on. This month brings in new energy. Somewhat lighter. Somewhat more expansive than what we’ve been used to so far this year.

With this energy brings new opportunities to venture to the places that you have never been before. This will require courage, focus + the willingness to step out of your comfort zone. In fact, the phrase that I am hearing is:

Feel the Fear + Do it Anyway

Also, the name of an awesome book that I read on my hols many years ago. If you have not read it then I suggest that you check it out. I am sure that you won’t regret it and you can thank me later.

Let’s get back to June……..

This month it will be a good idea to connect to the bigger picture. Posing the questions:

Are you now able to see the bigger picture more clearly? Are pieces of the puzzle falling into place?

Where the answer is No – What are you going to do about it? What do you need to change? Where the answer is Yes – Celebrate and take note of what is supporting you to stay in alignment.

Yet, whether the answer is hell yeah or absolutely fucking not, the guidance remains the same: Develop your ability to go within, connect with your soul and trust. Trust the guidance that it brings forth. Those hunches. Those signs. Those aha moments. Those times of synchronicity.


JUNE ACTIONS 

Tune into your heart space. Hear what your mind has to say. Then give yourself permission to tune out of your head and into your heart. Ask for guidance on a particular question or burning issue. How does it resonate with your heart?

Be grateful for where you are and what you are learning. Take baby steps in order to remain consistent.

With love

Chanel Marie

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Modern woman’s guide to raising your vibe with crystals

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“Crystal healing is the belief that the metaphysical energy of crystals + gemstones can assist in the healing of the emotional, spiritual & physical body.”

– Victoria Forster, Co-founder of Venusrox

I love this excerpt from an interview with Victoria Forster because she sums up crystal healing in such a simplistic way. Which is perfect because working with crystals is simple and, in my own experience, it is the simplest way to raise your vibration, whilst adding a little beauty and sparkle to your everyday life. However, with the multitude of books, courses, websites and products out there you would think that incorporating crystals into your everyday life is rocket science when really it doesn’t have to be.


HOW I GOT STARTED + BANISHING A CRYSTAL MYTH

When I first discovered crystals I was about 7 years old and was on a school trip to Chislehurst Caves. Whilst everybody else was buying novelty pencils and rubbers I was choosing the best Amethyst and Clear Quartz crystals for mum and me. Yet, it wasn’t until I was in university that I started to really get into them.

Beginning with using Rose Quartz to banish crippling period pain, boosting my confidence and attracting attention from male admirers. At the time, it was non-intentional and totally experimental. By that, I mean that I wasn’t setting an intention for how to work with my crystal and had no idea about the properties of Rose Quartz. However, the little Rose Quartz that I had borrowed from my mum, worked for me in the most beautiful, loving, intuitive and miraculous way.

For me, that is the beauty of crystals: They know exactly what you need, even if you don’t and are not even sure what to do in order to connect with them. This is because crystals will respond to your most dominant vibration (your energy). Lifting, balancing and giving you what you need energetically in order to move forward with a little more ease and grace. Therefore, I always feel that the key things you need when working with crystals are an open heart and an open mind, as well as a healthy dose of detachment.


CLEANSING YOUR CRYSTALS

It is important to cleanse your crystals before you use them. Even if they have been tucked away in your crystal box for some time, it is wise to perform a simple cleansing ritual because crystals store energy. Therefore, it is possible that your crystal may have absorbed energy that may not resonate with you.

There are many schools of thoughts, methods and suggestions for cleaning your crystals. Yet the ones that I subscribe to can be performed with ease and do not require lots of preparation or additional effort. Try one or all of the following and see which one floats your boat:
#1: Water

This is where I started, holding my crystals under running water with the intention of clearing the energy, and sometimes I would soak the crystals in water overnight.
#2: Sage

Pass the crystal through the smoke of Sage and saying an affirming prayer to clear the energy of the crystal. Sage has been used since ancient times, believed to remove negative energy and restore energetic balance within a space.
#3: Prayer and intention

Hold the crystal in your hand or by your heart and say a prayer of intention, speaking directly from your heart. One prayer that I have come across recently and absolutely love is this one from Energy Muse:

“I ask that the highest vibration of love+ light connect with my highest self to clear all unwanted energy + previous programming. I command these crystals to _____________. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

People often ask me how often they should be cleansing their crystals. My personal stance is that I clear the energy of the crystals each time I am working with it for something new. This way I clear all previous programming and any unwanted energy. In saying that, I also trust my intuition and the connection that I have with that crystal. Therefore, if I feel that the energy of the crystal is getting a little heavy or that it feel ‘weak’, for want of a better word, I clear the energy using the method that I feel drawn to at that time.

Despite the fact that I have completed crystal healing and reading courses, my interaction with my crystals is still based on my intuition and personal experiences. Sometimes I feel that this is best because the crystal is working with you and your energy, so what works for others may not necessarily work with you.


CRYSTAL MUST-HAVES

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Choosing the right crystal for you tends to be a very intuitive process whereby the crystal will often choose you, connecting with your vibration. However, I have found over the years that there are crystals that I simply cannot live without and that I return to over again to support me in different areas of my life. These crystals are:
#1: Clear Quartz
Crystal all-rounder and tension reliever. It can also be used to amplify the energy of your intention + other crystals.
#2: Howlite
This crystal will bring a wave of calm when you are feeling a little stress or overwhelmed. It’s a great meditation companion.
#3: Rose Quartz
The infamous stone of love is a healing and soothing stone. Shows you your barriers to love + aids sleep.
#4: Black Tourmaline
A stone of protection that grounds and shields you from energy, especially negative energy, that’s not yours.
#5: Selenite
Your guardian angel in crystal form. This crystal cleanses your energy, unblocking that stuck energy + bringing a sense of calm.
#6: Citrine
More commonly known as the abundance stone as it can be used for manifesting abundance. Promotes confidence and positivity in the wearer.


INCORPORATING CRYSTALS INTO YOUR DAILY LIFE

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There are many ways to incorporate crystals into your daily life and it really doesn’t have to be complicated. One of the most effective and easy ways that I find for doing this is wearing them in my bra. Although, you can carry your crystals in your pocket or handbag, as well as keeping them on your desk, altar, under your pillow or in a crystal grid. You may even want to hold a crystal in your hand whilst you are meditation or visualising in order to amplify the energy of your intention. This will be supportive in getting you in energetic alignment.


TAKE YOUR POWER BACK AT WORK

I’ve been fortunate enough to work in every single career field that I have wanted to, overcoming opposition, challenge and many nay-sayers. In addition to this, I’ve incorporated crystals into my law of attraction rituals and prayers, giving me a little energy boost and alignment.

I have also used crystals when I was having a hard time at work, especially when working in negative environments or people where it was essential that I stay in my own energy. Two crystals that I find really helps with this are Selenite and Black Tourmaline, incorporating them into my energy protection practice and wearing them in my bra whilst at work. You can find out more about each of these crystals by re-reading the crystal must-haves section above.

If you are in need of a little confidence boost and good luck in a work project or job hunt, then Aquamarine is a good crystal helper. Not only does it emit a relaxing and calming vibrational, yet I found that it boosts your confidence and gives you the motivation to simply just go for it.


ARE YOU READY TO LIFT YOUR VIBRATION WITH CRYSTALS?

Whether you are manifesting a new job, healing a broken-heart or protecting yourself against negative energy in the workplace there will be a crystal for you. So, are you ready to make crystals a part of your life and lift your vibration? Are you already using crystals in your daily life?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences, which you can post in the comments section below.

The key is to get started and build your own relationship with your crystals, exploring and experiencing how to the crystal connects with your energy. And there’s no better time to do that then now.

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How to discover the personal meaning behind the signs you keep seeing

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Spirit, the Angels, the Universe, your guides…..will often ‘speak’ to you through signs and symbols. It could be that you see repeating number sequences (1111, 444, 1818), animals (owls, butterflies), white feathers or 5p coins on the ground wherever you go. Whereas these signs and symbols will have universal meaning, they also can form part of your own personal dialogue and connection with spirit, the universe or whatever you subscribe to. Popping up in your life in order to order to offer you what you need as you move through your normal daily life.


SIGNS + SYMBOLS: MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

Like you I also see repeated number sequences or ask for signs when making important decisions. However, I’ve also found from giving countless psychic card readings is that during a reading different colours, numbers, symbols and animals mean specific things to me. Therefore, when I see these symbols, colours etc in a reading I instantly know what I am being guided to and have the opportunity to work with spirit to probe deeper. So, you could say that it’s like having a personal language system/set of codes that enables me to understand what they are communicating with me.

On noticing how this worked in readings I also realised that this is also the case when I see signs and symbols in my daily life. Yes, these symbols have universal meanings, yet they also mean something personal to me. For example, seeing white butterflies means that my nan is close by and wants me to know I’ll be alright. I saw them a lot as soon as she passed and they always left me with a feeling of being loved and looked over, no matter what. By listening to my body and noticing how the sign made me feel I developed my own, personal understanding of what this sign meant for me.

Could this also be something that you can learn to do too?


KNOWING WHAT THE SIGNS MEAN TO YOU

I believe that you too can learn to understand the significance of the repeated signs and symbols that come up for you. It’s just a matter of time, commitment and practice. Some things you might find helpful in doing this include:

1. Google it

I’ve put the most obvious suggestion first because it’s actually something that many don’t consider to do, preferring for others to tell them what their sign and symbols mean. This is fine yet when you search these things out yourself, you will be guided to the “answer” that is most appropriate for you at that time. Also, by doing your own search you can check in with yourself and decide what resonates with you. What really hits home and gives you that sense of “Aha, I get it“, whilst being able to eliminate the rest.

2. Thoughts + words

Begin to notice what you tend to be thinking and saying when you notice these signs. Notice whether or not your words and thoughts are positive, fuelled by negative thinking or driven by the ego. If it’s the latter then maybe the signs are guiding you away from fear and the egoic mind, right back to love. However, if the words and thoughts are aligned with love then keep in mind that you could be being guided to keep up the good work and honouring you for doing your best to align with the energy of love and the Creator.

3. Alignment + Confirmation

Often these signs and symbols will find their way to you when you are in your element. Totally absorbed and engaged in an activity that is lighting you up from within. Therefore, when you take a momentary break to look up from what you’re doing the sign you see could be a nod from above to say “You’re aligned!” It may also be confirmation about something that you have asked for guidance on, eg: What is my purpose? What work should I be doing? Is this guy for me? Is this project/idea ready to be worked on?

4. Feelings + Your body

Notice how you were feeling when you noticed your repeated sign. Are you always seeing the sign when you feel this way? For example, you may loathe your job and feel the soul call to get on wriggle on to find new work. You might be asking for guidance on this and find that your sign pops up every time you feel super bored, anxious or crappy. Could this be the answer that you are seeking? Confirmation that it’s time to start looking elsewhere. Maybe you see a white feather when you are feeling low and thinking of someone in particular. Seeing that white feather may bring on a feeling of comfort, peace, love or relief. Could it be that this your sign for reminding you that you’re loved, guided or being watched over. How you feel when you see the sign, particularly if the feeling resonates within your body (butterflies, headache, warm feeling within), can be an indicator of what spirit is wanting to communicate with you at that time.


ARE YOU READY TO LEARN WHAT UNIVERSAL SIGNS SPECIFICALLY, MEAN FOR YOU?

Just begin with noticing when you see the signs and how you feel, either after you have seen them or before. Take notes and spend time reflecting and looking over your notes to see if there are any patterns.

As mentioned be aware of where the feelings resonate in your body. Those who have followed me for years know that I’ve long since talked about listening to your body because it can reveal so much about yourself that you may not be aware of. Your intuition will often speak to you through your feelings and this is translated by the body, especially when you override or suppress your feelings. Pay attention.

Take your time and try not to get frustrated if it all feels like gobbledygook at first. By all means, use the people and resources available to you, yet also learn to trust your own inner guidance. I’ve found that in doing so you also build that strong relationship with self whilst nurturing your relationship with Source, the Creator or whoever you believe in. This is a relationship that may take time and commitment to establish. Yet it’s so worth it.

I love to hear how you get on to share your story and experiences below in the comments, Instagram or email me privately

Can’t wait to hear from you.

With much love

Xo

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Meditation for the busy modern woman

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Meditation is one practice that I’ve always had an on, off love affair with. Sometimes I’ll be on it, meditating in the am and the pm. Then, at other times, I’ll find myself slacking.

I used to get annoyed with myself for not wanting to meditate. Going into this space of, almost forcing myself to meditate. After all, meditation is what us spiritual types are meant to do, right?

These days I do find myself meditating every day and that’s because I want to. That’s because I’ve have created a ‘no pressure’ practice that fits in with my lifestyle. As a result of this, I’ve found that I actually enjoy it.

I’ve also made a few discoveries along the way that hopefully will inspire you to start and create your own meditation practice that works for you.

Before we delve in I want to ask you to drop any preconceptions that you have about meditation, such as is too hard, that you can’t switch off your monkey mind or that you’ll never be able to master it. I ask you to do this so that you can approach your new meditation practice from a fresh perspective and an open heart. Something that will hopefully open you up to receiving what you need from this post and use it to develop a meditation practice that works for you.

WHY I STARTED MEDITATING

Meditation found me whilst I was in the sixth form. It was a practice that our chaplain and RE teacher (yes, I went to Catholic sixth form) would use at the start of each lesson. A very short meditation, where we connected to the silence within.

This practice of connecting to the silence within was reinforced in my weekly yoga class where we’d end each session with a silent meditation.

Back then I didn’t know anything about meditation. It wasn’t the ‘thing’ that it is now. All I knew was based on what I felt and had experienced from participating in those sessions. Those feelings and experiences being peace, relaxation, calm and wholeness. Which leads us nicely to my first discovery…..


DISCOVERY #1: HOW DO YOU WANT TO FEEL + WHAT DO YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE?

I meditate for different reasons and won’t use the same meditation day in, day out. Each day is different. Each morning I feel different. Which means what I want to experience isn’t necessarily the same as what I wanted to experience yesterday or the day before that. Therefore, I choose a meditation based on what I need, what I want to experience more or what I am working on bringing more of into my life.

For example, in my NQT year (newly qualified teacher), I got really into meditation for healing. At this point in my life, I was stressed, drained and ready to quit before I had even begun. So my meditation practice was really about feeling lighter, less stressed about the day ahead and letting go of hurt, worries and fears. This in contrast to my psychic development workshop meditation. Here the focus was on raising my vibration to connect with spirit so that I could give readings. Followed by lowering that vibration and clearing energy so that I could switch off, as it were, from being a spirit channel.

What I discovered was that when I knew how I wanted to feel and what I wanted to experience I’d choose a meditation that compliments this. Then my practice wouldn’t feel forced or like some kind of a chore because I will be experiencing what I need during that time. This brought and continues to bring a sense of intention and purpose to the practice that I aim to carry throughout the day.


DISCOVERY #2: MEDITATING ON THE GO

Some people may turn up their nose to this one and that’s fine, yet I quite like a bit of meditation on the go. I’m not saying swap your 6am meditation practice with your crystals for meditating on the train. However, I’ve found it helpful to spend my train journey doing something mindful rather than stressing about my day ahead or something that triggered me from the day before.

On those days when I’m running late and don’t meditate first thing or when someone has fucked me right off during the day, meditating on the go can and has been my saving grace.

I find that just by taking those 5 or 10 minutes to myself on the bus, train or tube helps to chill me out, relax, reconnect and ground, if only just for a while. That short while can really make a difference to how you feel on the inside and how you show up on the outside. Whilst also bringing a sense of perspective and balance that you may have missed had you not given yourself permission to experience a moment or two of stillness.

It’s for this reason that I have one or two meditation apps downloaded and a few more saved in the music player on my mobile. I tend to have one for each of my preferred types of meditating, eg: healing, visualizing, mantra and music (music for me includes meditating Stormzy – Blinded by your Grace). By doing this I help to ensure that I have the right meditation for me at the right time.


DISCOVERY #3: DON’T LET IT GET BORING + DON’T FEEL BAD

When meditation felt like a chore or routine that’s when I’d skip my practice. So, I’m happy to mix things up and do what works for me. As long as I arrive at my desired experience or feeling outcome that’s the most important thing.

Mixing it up may look different for each person. It could be that you do a 10-minute meditation rather than 50 minutes. Maybe you meditate to your favourite songs, like I have been known to. Perhaps you do a 30-day chakra meditation to balance your chakras and restore balance from within.

The point is that you have to do what works for you. Listen to your body and connect with your soul, allowing them to be the guide that leads you to what they need and what will fill you up. This is especially true in the early stages of starting your practice where you are most likely to feel bad if you miss your practice that day.

One way around this is to commit to 5 days of meditating each morning, afternoon, evening, day or whatever works for you. At the end of the week reflect on what worked and what didn’t. Make adjustments and tweaks here there, whilst keeping what worked before committing to another 5 or 10 days of meditation. Over time, you’ll build up a meditation practice that works for you at that phase in your life. I say “at that phase in your life” because things change. Life changes. You change. So, you have to adapt to these changes and that may also involve making changes to your meditation practice.


ARE YOU READY TO MEDITATE?

Even if you begin with just 2 minutes of meditation then start there and build up over time because this is how you cultivate a practice that works for you.

To get you started I highly recommend the Rituals app which is my new favourite meditation app and you can also shop for Rituals goodies too, which are absolutely divine. Download the Rituals app here, you won’t regret it.

Do you have a meditation practice that is working wonders for you? Would you like to start meditating and if so, what’s holding you back?

I love hearing from you, so feel free to share in the comments space below.

With much love and gratitude -xo-


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