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Changing of the Seasons

Ostara, or the Spring Equinox, is such an exciting time of year! All the plants are literally in full bloom, and everyone has a little skip in their step. Migrating animals have returned home, and hibernating animals have reemerged. It is time for us to celebrate the passing of winter and finally welcome the arrival of spring.

Imbolc (back in February) was all about recognizing new signs of life and preparing for spring. We start getting excited for winter to end. Ostara is the official first day of spring, the moment where we begin to reconnect with nature once again. Life is beginning to thrive. Our hopes and wishes from Imbolc are being put into action now at Ostara.

During Ostara (or Oestara), day and night are equal in length and perfectly balanced. As the seasons transition, the light begins to overcome the darkness a little bit more each day. New life is growing all around us, and we are growing right along side of it.

Right now, creative energy is running very high! We feel a sense of renewal, completion, and empowerment. After braving another cold and dark winter, we are ready to be inspired and tackle new challenges.

This Lesser Sabbat is observed around March 20-23, depending on the year. It’s also known as the Vernal Equinox. I want to share about the Goddess of Spring and some fun ways to celebrate today! Plus, I have some fun and easy ritual ideas anyone can do to welcome the changing of the seasons.

The Goddess of Dawn and Spring

Ostara (aka Eostre and many other spellings) is the Goddess that brings us spring each year. She is honored by symbols of rabbits, eggs, baby chicks, flowers, and seeds. All of which are associated with fertility, innocence, and new growth.

When Ostara arrives, we are guided to reinvent ourselves. To shed our winter coats and to bloom where we are planted. Her invigorating energy helps us attune the body and mind so we can find inner balance. She is a warm, dynamic, and compassionate Goddess that represents internal and external rebirth.

The Wheel of the Year is the Celtic calendar marking the continuing change of seasons. The Greater Sabbats occur on dates of high energy. The Lesser Sabbats occur on the equinoxes and solstices which indicate the onset of each of the four seasons of the year. *

During this time, the Goddess Ostara takes the form of a maiden, which can be seen as another sign of fertility. As well as innocence. Dawn and spring are both times of renewal, fresh starts, and brightly shining light. Therefore, Ostara brings us the magickal opportunity begin anew and to reflect upon ourselves so that we may flourish like the spring flowers!

Ostara Traditions

As the weather becomes warmer and sunnier, we naturally want to spend more time outside. Reconnecting with nature is the BEST spiritual tradition of Ostara! Take time to play and run around outside like a little kid would. Innovoke the innocence of the Goddess Ostara and really enjoy this beautiful change of season.

Dress up the home to reflect the season with bright green, yellow, and purple flowers, ribbon candles, and decorative eggs. Add little pops of spring color around the house to cleanse and raise vibrations all month long. Maybe put out a statue of a rabbit in the living room to attract abundance.

”Oestara is the time of new growth which brings with it the promise of the fruitfulness to come so it is a good time for new beginnings or ventures. ” — Maureen Murrish

Spells that promote love, hope, peace, courage, and a fruitful career can be extremely impactful right now. We’ve entered a period of time where manifesting energies are hard at work. So this is the ideal time to stop procrastinating and take action towards achieving big goals.

The Earth and its inhabitants are undergoing a massive energetic shift that will dissolve the old to make way for the new. We feel lighter, happier, energized, and inspired. Almost like magic, our dreams start to become our reality. Leaving room for us to dream new, bigger dreams for the coming year!

8 Ways to Celebrate Ostara

Personally, preparing and eating a mouthwatering meal with seasonal foods is my favorite way to celebrate any sabbat! I also like to do a tarot/oracle card reading to check in with my spirit guides. They always have incredible wisdom to share. Finally, I love to meditate holding a corresponding crystal to bring me closer to the energies of this specific time. You should do whatever makes you feel the most connected with Mother Nature!

Below I’ve listed fun and simple ways to celebrate the first day of spring:

1. Start planting a garden! Indoor potted plants would be fantastic. Outdoor herb and/or vegetable gardens would be even better.

2. Get crafty with decorative eggs! Add some color to natural eggs, or perhaps make some from clay if you don’t want to use animal products.

3. Clean up some litter! As snow melts away, pick up any old garbage on the ground. Help the Earth cleanse its energy and stay healthier.

4. Provide food for the animals! Fill up the bird feeder, leave out a salt lick, or anything that helps our furry friends flourish in the wild.

5. Take care of your feet! This is a time to ground our energy, so take the time to show some love to your hard working feet.

6. Eat huge, colorful salads! It feels so natural to detox the body right now by eating lots of colorful and refreshing foods.

7. Set new intentions! As last year’s projects are being completed, now is the perfect time to get excited about new projects.

8. Spend time with loved ones! Invite everyone over for a delicious meal. Maybe consider starting a family of your very own.

Related Article – Imbolc: Celebrating New Life

Thank you for reading! If you have anything to add, please feel free to do so in the comments below. How will you be celebrating Ostara this year?

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Learning to let it go

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Forgiveness is the ultimate expression of love. Where there is self love and love for others, there is forgiveness. All dis-ease that we feel in our subtle and physical bodies stems from a state of unforgiveness. And if we feel stuck or trapped in our situation, there is probably at least one situation in need of resolution. In this blog post, I’m going to be discussing the importance of forgiveness in all areas of our lives.

“Love is always the answer to healing of any sort. And the pathway to love is forgiveness. Forgiveness dissolves resentment.” — Louise Hay *

Forgiveness and acceptance are closely connected. Acceptance is the first step to realizing there’s inner work to be done. And forgiveness is the door we all must walk through to get onto the path of healing. We accept responsibility for the way things have manifested, then we forgive so we can move on to bigger and better things.

When we refuse to forgive

A lot of us really struggle with forgiving people we feel have wronged us. We reason that they don’t deserve our forgiveness because what they did was so terrible. If we choose to let it go, they might not fully grasp how badly they hurt us. Therefore, we must hold a grudge against them as a form of punishment. That will show them! Right?

Wrong! Refusing to forgive means sacrificing our inner peace and happiness. Without forgiveness, we are making the choice to allow yesterday’s pain to affect us today. It really is a cruel form of self-sabotage because we impose this stress upon ourselves. No one is forcing us to withhold forgiveness, not even the person that wronged us. We are choosing to cling to the pain on our own accord.

Refusing to forgive means never letting go of unpleasant feelings caused by a situation. It’s a mental block that we must work through if we ever want to feel at peace with what has occurred. No one wants to be consumed by resentment forever.

Forgiveness IS NOT about justifying behavior. This is a common misconception that often keeps people from wanting to forgive. Deciding to forgive someone doesn’t mean what they did is okay, it just means you’re ready to stop dwelling on it. Especially if that person has acknowledged their wrongdoings.

Withholding forgiveness hurts us so much more than anyone else. Eventually, that person will stop seeking forgiveness because it clearly won’t ever come. And after that happens, the relationship completely fades away. We are left feeling resentful with a slew of unresolved issues and emotions. It becomes nearly impossible to move on without expressing forgiveness.

Showing mercy illustrates our desire to move on

Forgiveness is about accepting the fact that it happened, and deciding to no longer let that negatively affect everything. It truly is a commitment, but it’s absolutely worth it. And completely necessary to go forward.

Whatever happened can’t be changed, but our perspective and opinions certainly can. Try embracing the situation as a new and exciting learning experience. Rather than a horribly unforgivable incident you must learn to live with. Immediately our resentment transforms into an awesome opportunity for growth. Just from a simple shift in mindset.

Forgiveness is the gateway to healing in every sense of the word. All areas of our lives will improve if we show mercy. It releases us from the past and allows us to be fully present in the here and now. Otherwise, we spend the here and now obsessing over things that cannot be changed. That is the exact opposite of living mindfully. Choose to live in love and release frustration!

Forgiveness can be truly difficult. But the most important thing is our willingness to forgive. If we aren’t willing to forgive, we will stay stuck in the same spot for the foreseeable future.

Do you feel like a lot of people have wronged you? Have you experienced an overwhelming amount of difficult situations? Perhaps one of your big karmic lessons in this life is to learn to forgive. Forgiveness allows us to release and let go of what is holding us back. It is a form of self love because it gives us room to acknowledge life’s learning curve.

Forgiving Ourselves

Above all else, we must show ourselves mercy. Constantly criticizing ourselves is extremely destructive and accomplishes nothing. If self-criticism worked, we would all be perfect already, wouldn’t we? Everyone is their own worst critic, even though it obviously isn’t helpful in the slightest. Being overly critical doesn’t do anything but lower our self-esteem.

Mistakes happen to everybody. We all know this is true. Constantly reminding ourselves that we (or someone we are close to) made a mistake is pretty abusive. Forgiveness is an act of kindness that benefits everyone involved, especially ourselves.

Avoiding Victimhood

Fully feeling all of your emotions is critical for personal growth. But you want to avoid becoming a victim of everything that happens to you. You may have truly been a victim in a situation, and you shouldn’t repress or disregard that if you were. However, you should keep in mind that our outer worlds are reflection of our inner worlds.

So, if you find that you really are the victim in the situation, then you must realize that might be something bigger going on internally. You might see yourself as always being the victim, therefore you constantly are manifesting situations where you are “helpless.”

Victimhood comes from a place of powerlessness, when we believe we have no power or authority to take charge and make changes. We feel we are at the mercy of all these external happenings, therefore we can’t possibly be responsible for their presence in our lives. Of course, this is not true at all. Learn more about claiming responsibility and gaining more control over life in this article here.

Forgiving Others

The thing about forgiveness is that it does not have to be outwardly expressed. There is no need to tell anyone out loud that we forgive them if we don’t want to. It can be completely internal. But it has to happen eventually in some way or another. Not sure about you, but this fact makes me feel a lot better about forgiving people from my past. The goal of forgiveness is to let it go and find inner peace once again.

Justice for those who have wronged us doesn’t exist. If we don’t choose to forgive, we are instead choosing resentment and revenge. And even if revenge were to happen for you, would it really make anything better? You won’t win anything and you won’t heal at all. You’ll probably end up feeling even more shitty than you did before. No bueno.

“We do not need to know how to forgive. All we need to do is to be willing to forgive. The Universe will take care of the hows.” — Louise Hay *

People that suffer from emotional pain tend to cause emotional pain in others. This is the Law of Attraction at work. Maybe there’s a person out there that has wronged you in some way. This person may have caused you a lot of pain, most likely because they were experiencing a lot of pain. Forgiveness of others comes more easily if we remember that everyone is simply doing the best they can with what they know right now.

Again, we are not justifying their behavior. We are just acknowledging everyone’s individual journey and choosing to see unpleasant situations as learning experiences. You don’t need to forgive immediately. But the sooner you forgive the sooner you can cut ties with past pain.

Related Article – Acceptance: The First Step

Thank you for reading! If you have anything to add, please feel free to do so in the comments below. Why is forgiveness important to you?

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The Harbinger of Spring

Imbolc is a beautiful time of year. Everything is starting to come back to life after a long and dark winter. Flowers are blooming, the air is warmer, and there is an abundance of new baby animals. The sun is starting to peek out from behind the clouds more often. We can see the first signs of spring, and we feel rejuvenated. It’s all about embracing the fresh start that nature is offering us!

Humans are intimately connected to Mother Nature and her seasons. As our surroundings change, we are guided to change as well. Imbolc is a time of purification and renewal for the planet and for ourselves. Releasing the old to make way for the new.

This Greater Sabbat is celebrated on February 1st or 2nd in the Northern Hemisphere. When spring is just on the horizon! Also referred to as Candlemas or Brigid’s Day. On this day, we honor the passing of winter and the arrival of spring. Truly a turning point for the year, as we move away from the darkness and back out into the light. In this blog post, I’ll share some of the elemental information regarding the meaning of Imbolc. Plus eight fun and simple ways to enjoy the day.

Honoring the Goddess Brigid

Imbolc is celebrated to honor Brigid, the Goddess of Fire, Sun, and Hearth. She represents fertility, abundance, and an abundance of fertility. During the early spring, Brigid will arrive to bless the land and our homes so that new life may begin. She helps people and animals get connected to nature, and each other.

The Wheel of the Year is the Celtic calendar marking the continuing change of seasons. The four fire festivals throughout the year honor the sun as it moves through the different seasons: Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine, and Lammas.

This Goddess is known by many names; Bride, Brigit, Bree, Bridey, Brighid, and Brigid. Just to name a few! Many people celebrate Goddess Brigid on Imbolc by making little grass dolls or crosses. These are placed near the hearth of the home to bring good fortune and fertility. Some people even write their intentions on them and lay them out with crystals.

Beyond being a Goddess of regeneration, Brigid is also the Goddess of poetry, childbirth, healing, plus any sort of art or craft. A wonderful Goddess for mothers to invoke and work with. She truly is the Bringer of Prosperity. And Imbolc connects deeply with Her nurturing energy. So even if you’re not a mother, you will receive blessings of abundance from Brigid!

Imbolc Traditions

Imbolc brings us new hope and new life after a long winter. Everything is blooming and transforming right before our very eyes! After many months of darkness, the light is finally coming. We are guided to let go of the past and make new plans for the future.

During the winter, we tend to turn inward for hibernation and self-examination. As springtime arrives, we begin to look back out towards the outside world, ready to embrace our purpose. Imbolc inspires us to clear out the physical and mental clutter that doesn’t serve our highest good.

”Imbolc rituals were designed to encourage growth and provide a supply of food until the next harvest.” — Maureen Murrish

Imbolc traditionally calls for a feast of delicious carbs, puddings, creamy soups, white wine, seeds, and nutty desserts. Herbs like rosemary, bay, and basil really enhance that Earthy energy in our food. Burning myrrh and frankincense also can also provide some lovely grounding energy.

Bring in some fresh white, red, and/or orange flowers to promote personal transformation during this time. Crystals that go beautifully with Imbolc include malachite, amethyst, citrine, and aquamarine. These can also be placed around the home or on your alter to acknowledge this season of renewal. Remember to always use your intuition!

8 Simple & Fun Ways to Celebrate Imbolc

Personally, preparing and eating a mouthwatering meal is my favorite way to celebrate any sabbat! I also like to do a tarot/oracle card reading to check in with my spirit guides. They always have incredible wisdom to share. Finally, I love to meditate holding a corresponding crystal to bring me closer to the energies of this time. Spending more and more time outside as the weather gets nicer is really important to me as well. After being cooped up inside during the winter, I’m always so excited to get back to nature!

So on top of these few things, here is a list of little ways to celebrate Imbolc:

1. Simple candle magick! Light a white candle for a meditation, ritual, or spell for prosperity.

2. Bust out the organic cleaner! Spring clean your home while the weather is still warming up.

3. Look to the future! Make a list of a few intentions and/or goals you would like to achieve this season.

4. Raise plant babies! Physically plant some seeds so you can watch life grow as summer draws closer.

5. Have a tea party! Drink herbal tea that is green or pale in color. Serve with seeded cakes, buttery scones, and/or nuts.

6. Smudge your space! Use sage to cleanse your entire home while holding love and light in your heart.

7. Invoke the Lamb! Spring is the lambing season, from this Spirit Animal we can learn to be gentle and kind.

8. Honor Saint Brigid! Invite the Goddess of Fertility into your life to bring prosperity and new beginnings.

Related Article – Cultivate a Spiritual Practice

Thank you for reading! If you have anything to add, please feel free to do so in the comments below. How will you be celebrating Imbolc this year?

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Why does acceptance make a big difference?

An addict will never be able to overcome their addiction if they don’t accept that the problem exists. Acceptance is the very first step. We can apply this concept to our personal growth because we are basically addicted to non-acceptance. This act is not very mindful at all. But things don’t have to be this way; acceptance truly is the start to experiencing the present moment just as it is. No stress, no judgement, no issues.

A lot of us experience daily stress that stems from whatever our current life situation is. And some of that stress is totally justified. We are only human, after all. However, a great deal of our stress comes from our resistance, and our need to control what is out of our control. Sometimes we get frustrated because things aren’t going according to our plans. And we refuse to accept where we are until everything is “perfect.”

This is such a huge roadblock that we put in front of ourselves. When we feel like we are losing or have lost control, we just need to let it go. This is a sign from the Universe, it’s time to rethink and move on. Resistance puts a lot of unnecessary strain on our emotional bodies. Which is ultimately just a waste of our vital energy.

Accepting the present moment as it unfolds can help to rid ourselves of perfectionism and limiting beliefs. Also, acceptance helps us to be more grateful. Instead of wishing things were different, we are content with the way things are. Constantly yearning for something we don’t have in this moment robs us of all the blessings that are right in front of us.

Taking Responsibility for What We Manifest

Acceptance is understanding that we are completely responsible for where we are right now, and not beating ourselves up about it. When we accept the present moment as it is, it ceases to become something that stresses us out. We are no longer trying to force it to be something that it is not. This is true no matter what the situation involves; people, places, actions, decisions, etc.

The present moment is a direct reflection of our inner worlds. As within, so without. So if everything around us seems chaotic, then we must be feeling some amount of inner chaos. The opposite is also true. If we feel calm and serene within, our present moment becomes calm and serene. Our perception is very powerful, and determines what manifests in the physical for us. Not everything is within our control, but our outlook and reactions certainly are.

Manifesting is the deliberate act of co-creating your own reality with the laws of the Universe. Even if there’s no conscious effort to manifest something specific, manifestation will still occur. The sooner we can realize that our present moment is a result of our manifesting abilities, the sooner we can manifest something better.

Blame has no place here. No one else is responsible for what we experience. Statements like “they did this to me” imply that everyone else controls our lives. Is that really what we want? I’m sure that all of us would much rather take responsibility for our manifestations over admitting that we don’t have anything to do with what happens to us. The late Louise Hay covers this topic of blame in greater detail in her book You Can Heal Your Life. I recommend reading that book for many reasons, especially if you feel like you’re struggling with the concept of blame.

What acceptance is and is not

Acceptance is looking around and being completely open to the experiences the present moment is giving you, no matter what it is. Release all judgment towards the present moment, as well as any limiting beliefs on how it “should” be. I guess you could say that acceptance is a sort of mild surrender, but only to the present moment. There’s a fine line here. We are not surrendering because we are powerless, or because we have no say in the matter. We are surrendering to the present moment for the sake of inner peace. Resistance starts to dissolve as acceptance takes over.

“Accept–then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. This will miraculously transform your whole life.” – Eckhart Tolle

Acceptance is not about becoming a doormat and allowing people to trample all over us. Or just sitting back and never standing up for what we believe in. Understanding what the truth is, but repressing or pushing it away is the opposite of acceptance. And like stated above, accepting the present moment does not mean there is nothing we can do to make changes. Believing we are completely powerless only leads to more devastating circumstances. What we believe we are, we become.

How To Accept The Present Moment

Imagine you’re standing at the base of a tall ladder that leads to a beautiful rooftop patio, and you want desperately to be on that rooftop. You could kick, scream, and pout on the ground in front of the ladder all you want, but that will never get you to the rooftop. You must first accept where you are starting from; at ground level. Only then, after you come to terms with where you are RIGHT NOW, will you be able to ascend the ladder and climb to the rooftop.

I realize this may seem like an impossible, silly, ineffective thing to do. If this is new to you, then you’re bound to be feeling a tad skeptical. I can practically read your mind: “How can I accept the present moment if I don’t like what it is?” An excellent and common question. Here is a little list of questions to consider:

1. Why don’t I already have what I want, and why do I want it?

Taking responsibility for what you manifest. The first rule of manifesting is getting very clear on what you’d like to manifest. If you truly want something and you don’t have it now, there is a reason. Somewhere along the line resistance ruled over acceptance. Pinpoint exactly when that happened, reflect upon the experience, and then learn from it.

2. What blessings do I have right now that I may be taking for granted?

The core of acceptance is gratitude. Bask in these blessings until you feel fully satisfied with what you have. No matter how terrible the current situation appears to be, there is always something to be grateful for. And if you truly can’t come up with any blessings, then it’s time for a perception shift.

3. Where does my resistance stem from, and how could I overcome it?

Your resistance is probably coming from some sort of limiting belief. “If I don’t get promoted to management then I will never be happy at my job again” is an example of this. Don’t purposefully pigeon-hole yourself, because you could become cut off from all the abundance the Universe is trying to send to you.

Accepting the present moment is just a fancy way of describing the practice of meditation. It’s very important that we eliminate our judgment and expectations in order for us to feel truly liberated. Even if you hate what your life has become, make the choice to accept where you are today. Then look around and see how drastically different the world seems.

Related Article: Gratitude, Acceptance, and Non-judgment

What is the next step after acceptance?

Action! Everyone has a goal to build a life they love. For most of us, this will take ample amounts of time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, as the saying goes. And just like my ladder example from earlier, we cannot get where we want to go without realizing where we are now. Within the here and now is the ideal time to ACT. Acceptance is the foundation on which we can rebuild and take action. Remember, accepting the present moment doesn’t mean we are powerless to change it. Quite the opposite, actually.

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” — Carl Rogers

After we accept where we stand, we can move forward. If we never accept where we stand, we will remain stuck there. We can find lifelong balance if we consistently make the conscious effort to embrace the present moment. This is a simple idea that can be really hard to bring into our lives sometimes. But that certainly doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. Things that are easy for us to do are not intended to be lessons. So if it’s difficult for you to be happy in the here and now, then this is a golden opportunity to grow (if you choose to see it that way).

Thank you for reading! If you have anything to add, please feel free to do so in the comments below. What does “acceptance” mean to you?

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Spiritual Practices Are Divinely Personal

Having an active spiritual practice means purposefully setting time aside daily (or almost daily) to focus on your personal growth. As the saying goes, we can’t pour from an empty cup. Habitually maintaining our high vibrations improves our mental health drastically. How great would it be to finally be able to work through all that drama that might still be holding you back? How wonderful would if feel if you really understood yourself on a spiritual level?

“Spirituality is less about ‘doing’ and more about ‘being’ our truest most authentic self everywhere we go.” – Emmanuel

A steady spiritual practice allows us to get really good at calming the thoughts of the Ego. When the Ego isn’t constantly yapping in our minds, we can hear what the Subconscious has to say. This moves us forward as a consciousness, so we can discover our relationship with higher energies.

Spirituality and self-care are thoughtfully intertwined. Having a self-care routine and a spiritual practice are basically one in the same thing. Both are centered on the idea of coming back to yourself, for yourself. By giving ourselves our own attention, we initiate our own healing. It is a marvelous gift to be able to give ourselves.

Why cultivate a spiritual practice?

A spiritual practice is important to cultivate because it helps us in three major ways. We take more time to be with and heal ourselves, we can explore the deeper meaning of our lives, and we can get closer to God/Source/Universe.

I believe that building a practice of personal growth is the single most important thing any one person can do to improve themselves and humanity as a whole. The ability to reflect on the self is inherent in our DNA; it is a requirement for advancement. Even ancient peoples took the time to review what was working for them and what wasn’t.

Our souls come into this life on Earth with the intention to grow and learn. If we never allow ourselves the chance to do so, our whole lives become one giant missed opportunity. Often, this is how we get wrapped up in karmic cycles that will continuously bring us back to Earth until we finally learn our lessons. However, if we consciously decide to bring ourselves forward, we can spiritually evolve much faster.

Related article: Build A Spiritual Morning Ritual

What is needed to cultivate a spiritual practice?

Ultimately, a spiritual practice can be whatever you’d like it to be. Spirituality is highly customizable and personal, nothing is right or wrong. Really, what is crucial is building an intimate relationship with ourselves.

What is necessary to have? You need only two things to being a spiritual practice: the desire to heighten your awareness and a commitment to personal growth. In my opinion, you cannot have a thriving spiritual practice without indulging in meditation. Meditation is the practice of being fully immersed in the present moment by not indulging in the thoughts of the ego. This is a habit that allows us to better tune into our Higher Selves and other spiritual beings/guides.

What is not necessary to have? All the bells and whistles. Things like spiritual knick-knacks are not necessary to grow spiritually. Think crystals, singing bowls, smudge sticks, and other alter tools that are common in our community. Although they are fun, collectible, sacred, and definitely enhance the experience, none of it is TRULY needed. Personal growth is an inner journey, an examination of the mind and soul. Both of these things are within us, so nothing outside of ourselves is necessary.

All we need to grow is the desire to heighten our awareness, a commitment to bettering ourselves, and a regular habit of meditation.

What does a spiritual practice look like?

A spiritual practice can be compared to a workout regime. It is something you do consistently and it can vary over time. Going to a single cardio class will not improve your physical fitness. Just as casting one spell only at Halloween will not bring you closer to Spirit.

Organized rituals are very enjoyable–I highly recommend planning and performing spiritual rituals as often as you can. But a rewarding spiritual practice is not confined to such rigid rules. Truly, you can be as formal or as informal as you’d like. Do whatever feels right in the moment. Maybe today you feel like engaging in a proper cleansing ritual. And maybe tomorrow you’ll do a yummy yoga sequence instead. The edges of the Universe are the limits!

Below is a list of common spiritual practices that can be included in your practices. Please note, like stated above, that none of these things are necessary for us to grow spiritually. So don’t think that this list is limiting in any way. Don’t make up excuses. Don’t think that you need these things to cultivate a spiritual practice. If it is something you want,
you already have all you need.

The goal of a spiritual practice is to strengthen and expand our consciousness. It would be a real shame if we only allowed ourselves to open up energetically during formal rituals. At any point in time, we have the power to connect directly with Spirit. We genuinely don’t need a single thing, as long as our intentions are in love and light. Isn’t that incredible?!

Here’s a short list of some spiritual activities you could possibly incorporate into your spiritual practices:

1. Any style of yoga (related article)
2. Tarot reading
3. Meditation
4. Crystal grid making, for display or on the body (related article)
5. Smudging, cleansing
6. Spell casting
7. Journaling (related article)
8. Channeling
9. Painting/drawing
10. Mantras/affirmations
11. Lucid dreaming
12. Various forms of holistic healing (related article)

Thank you for reading! If you have anything to add, please feel free to do so in the comments below. What do you include in your spiritual practice?
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What is holistic healing?

“Holistic healing” is a term that gets tossed around a lot, so it’s important that we all know exactly what it means. On the blog here, I have a whole bunch of posts in this category. I believe this is the best approach to maintaining good health and high spirits. Really, it is a lifestyle choice that impacts every area of our lives. In this article, I’ll be talking about the different ways we can heal ourselves and why we should heal in this way.

Please note that I am not a doctor by any means and I am not recommending that you abandon modern medicine altogether. I’m just suggesting that you live a lifestyle that keeps you healthy, sane, and enlightened.

So, what exactly are we talking about here? Holistic healing is the practice of treating the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. As opposed to more modern medicine practices that really only treat the symptoms. We may take a holistic approach to literally ANYTHING. Any type of healing we may need can be done in a natural way.

Now, I’m not bashing modern medicine because it’s obviously extremely important. We need this knowledge to heal our bodies when we have serious health issues. However, we should not be treating the mind, body, and spirit as if they were separate from each other. If we do get diagnosed with a serious medical condition, we should definitely seek the treatment our doctors recommend. But we should also take steps to improve our mental and spiritual health. That way, we are truly getting to the root of the diagnosis and curing ourselves from the inside out.

Types of Holistic Health Practices

Often referred to as “alternative” medicines, holistic healing has a bad reputation in some places. These methods usually don’t have any “valid research” that supports the practice directly, other than the testimonies of actual patients. Personally, I think this is because the research tends to neglect the fact that these practices include more than just treating the physical body.

In a holistic health practice, we do not wait until something feels wrong to start the healing process. Basically, you’re constantly healing yourself because this is a lifestyle choice. Holistic health is about consistently treating the mind, body, and spirit with respect. Which results in excellent overall health that is easy to maintain. No matter where you are starting from, you absolutely can live a beautiful life in good health. The question is: will you allow yourself to try something new?

There are many, MANY different types of alternative healing therapies that are waiting to be explored. The idea is to consider the deeper meaning of our ailment. Things just don’t randomly happen within the body. They are a manifestation of our deeper emotions, thoughts, and beliefs. I happen to be a Certified Crystal Healer myself, although I do not limit myself to just this one method. Below are a few examples.

Holistic therapies include but are not limited to:

1. Crystal healing
2. Acupuncture
3. Aromatherapy (related article)
4. Homepathy
5. Sound healing
6. Ayurvedic medicine
7. Reiki
8. Chiropractic
9. Meditation (related article)
10. Reflexology
11. Parapsychology

How The Mind, Body, & Spirit Are Connected

Most of us are aware that our thoughts determine our reality, conscious or subconscious. Thoughts can manifest themselves in the physical body (think massive injuries, random pain, chronic issues, etc.). Holistic health takes steps to aid the physical pain, as well as get to the root of the issue within our consciousness. Often, this step will lead us to whatever shadow work needs to be done within the soul.

Childhood lessons usually leave impressions on the subconscious mind, good or bad. These childhood lessons transform themselves into our core beliefs, soon becoming the foundation on which we act upon. Our minds are very malleable and powerful—what we see to be true in our mind becomes what is true in our reality.

At the center of our being is our soul, which chose to incarnate as “us” for a specific purpose. The lessons we absorb in our youth all contribute to our greater goals in this life. Our soul wants to experience these sort of hardships so that we can learn and grow from them.

The soul comes into this life with goals to learn specific lessons. The first few decades are setting the stage for our future. We decide what we believe and what we reject. If the foundation we set up doesn’t align with our soul’s purpose, it will inevitably come crashing down. It’s possible that we will gain weight, get sick, and/or vibrate at a lower frequency.

Eventually, we will need to re-discover our purpose. Then re-shape our conscious thoughts to reflect our purpose. And take care of our physical vessel so we can fulfill our purpose. This brings us to a holistically healthy lifestyle. Hopefully, the connection between the mind, body, and spirit is becoming more clear.

Related article: How To Find Lifelong Balance

How to begin a Holistic Lifestyle

I sincerely hope that I have sparked a bit of inspiration within you. And now you’re excited to take more holistic approach to your health! Yay! This truly is a lifelong endeavor, so please don’t feel obligated to “figure it out” instantly. Remember: this is a drastic lifestyle change and it will not happen overnight. Some of it may be a little weird or uncomfortable, but stick with it. You literally have your whole life to learn your soul lessons. There is no rush.

To get the ball rolling, I have a series of questions you could ask yourself when you are stricken with any ailment, large or small: What exactly am I feeling within my body right now? How do I feel about my current life situation? What types of emotions have I been feeling recently? Are there any repressed or ignored emotions trying to escape? Do I truly express my most authentic self? What is my ailment forcing me to stop doing and/or start doing?

Now, time to get a little more specific. I have a few suggestions for anyone looking to take charge of their lives and make some serious changes below:

On healing the mind: Never underestimate the power of thought. Especially positive thought! Whatever is going on inside your consciousness will be reflected in your tangible reality. Each time you get lost in thought, stop yourself and question whether or not this is helping or hindering your mental health. I highly recommend the book You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay as it goes into greater depth on this topic.

On healing the body: My personal belief is that physical exercise should never be considered a chore. We are much more likely to be consistent with our exercise if we actually enjoy it. Taking energy to move our bodies in ways we don’t find enjoyable is a waste. Yoga is truly fantastic—it teaches us to calm the mind, illuminate the soul, and love the body. The Yoga Bible is an awesome tool to use.

On healing the soul: Take a long hard look at any pain point in your life. What pushes your buttons, and why? Think about any childhood memories that stand out, and how they could be impacting you now. Traumas have a way of being blessings in disguise. Be brave and explore the shadow parts of your soul. You will emerge on the other side a much stronger person. You Can Heal Your Life also discusses this topic at length.

Thank you for reading! If you have anything to add, please feel free to do so in the comments below. How do you heal your mind, body, and spirit?
Sending you love and light,

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Good morning spiritual friends!

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This blog post was inspired by Hal Elrod’s wildly successful book The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM). Published in 2012, this book has impacted millions across the world. Inside, Mr. Elrod shares a simple trick that can make all the difference in our lives: waking up earlier to focus on personal growth. Definitely recommended if you haven’t already read it!

“Love the life you have while you create the life of your dreams. Don’t think you have to choose one over the other.” – Hal Elrod

I really enjoyed this book when I read it a few years ago. Mr. Elrod starts off by sharing a few very personal stories that ultimately changed the course of his life. All extremely inspirational and astounding. Next, he shares all sorts of activities that are ideally performed in the morning, right when you wake up. The idea here is to start each day with purpose, intention, focus, and commitment.

After reading the book from cover to cover, I felt radically motivated to develop my own miracle morning routine. But I knew I wanted my practice to be a bit more SPIRITUALLY INSPIRED than Hal’s practice (of course!). So, I started being more mindful about my morning ritual and what I decide to focus on. And so far, I’ve been having a lot of fun with it!

Today I wanted to share how you can utilize the precious waking hours to enhance your spiritual journey. Waking up a few minutes earlier can be the difference between an “okay” day and a WONDERFUL day. I’m positive that most of us can agree on that. Right? Right!

But does anyone actually want to wake up earlier?

Waking up in the morning can be truly difficult. Especially during the winter when it’s freezing cold and the sun doesn’t want to rise. Add to that our cuddly pets and partner, and we are doomed. Getting out of bed is the hardest part, even if you absolutely love your spiritual morning routine.

I think the key here is to not get angry with ourselves for feeling this way. Wanting to fall back asleep is perfectly natural. Especially since most of us find ourselves stuck in jobs we don’t want to be at (totally guilty of this). What’s the point of dedicating time to a spiritual routine every morning if I have a ton of other obligations? This is a question that is addressed in Hal’s book, so I won’t go into too much detail. But I want to share what MY motivation is with you, just in case it benefits you. Which I hope it does!

I like my spiritual practice to happen right away in the morning because:

1. It helps me wake up physically. At the same time, it recharges my batteries in a gradual way. I’m not diving straight into the craziness of the rat race first thing after opening my eyes.

2. It reminds me of where my priorities are and sets the tone for the day. Personally, spirituality is what I choose to devote my life to. By having a specific time each day to focus on that, I am reminded of what’s really important to me.

3. I get my daily exercise and meditation in right away, before anything can distract me. Trying to squeeze it in later in the day is next to impossible when you work 11 hour shifts. I don’t always have time at night, but I always have time in the morning.

4. I get to see the starry night sky fade away as the sun rises and the clouds turn pink. So gorgeous! And sometimes the Moon stays visible for a bit in the morning sun, and I definitely don’t want to miss that.

5. I’m not weighed down by the events of the day. Yesterday’s events are gone, and today’s events haven’t happened yet. There’s a clean slate to work with.

The Mysteries of Sleep

Sleep is very mysterious. Scientists may have a firm grasp on the benefits of sleeping, but they have more questions than answers. Also the amount of sleep humans need is highly debated. Plus there are lots of mixed feelings about sleep—some of us love it, others despise it. All we can say with absolute certainty is that sleep is NECESSARY for our survival as humans. No matter who you are or what you do, you must sleep.

“Until the 1950s, most people thought of sleep as a passive, dormant part of our daily lives. We now know that our brains are very active during sleep. Moreover, sleep affects our daily functioning and our physical and mental health in many ways that we are just beginning to understand.” – American Sleep Association *

And we haven’t even touched on the topic of dreams! Which is probably the most compelling, yet baffling subjects related to sleep. Dreams are incredibly diverse, and that is why I will save that complex information for another blog post. Just wanted to further point out all the mysteries of sleep that are waiting to be solved.

Confession: I have a major love/hate relationship with sleep. We can’t talk about creating a spiritual morning routine without talking about sleep. I’ll admit that I often wrestle with the temptation to not go to bed at all and to just continue on with my daily activities.

Average people spend 1/3 of their lives sleeping, and I can’t help but think about how I would spend that time if I didn’t have to sleep. Even though I’m well aware that our waking hours would be pretty shitty if we didn’t spend that time snoozing. For me, this fact is pretty good motivation to get up right as the alarm buzzes.

How to Build A Spiritual Morning Ritual

There is no need to follow the EXACT same routine every single morning. Just do what feels right in the moment. Some days I don’t feel the need to cleanse the space. My yoga session truly varies from day to day. Tarot readings definitely don’t happen every time. Additionally, I don’t journal about every single thing I experience during my ritual. Other days I do it all. Whatever feels right is what gets done.

Remember what I said earlier: don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day, or two, or several. Seriously. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day. Any time my body is telling me I need more sleep, I will listen. Perfectionism isn’t the goal, consistency is. In my opinion, if you do your spiritual morning ritual once, that is worth being proud of.

Here is a list of ideas you can pick and choose from to design your own, custom spiritual ritual:

1. Cleanse your aura and your space
Use sound cleansing or a smudge stick, whatever you prefer. Drink at least eight ounces of ice cold water to help cleanse the body.

2. Light 1-2 candles and welcome your Spirit Guides to join
Usually I say something along the lines of: “With this candle I invite my team of Spirit Guides to bring their love and light into my practice this morning.”

3. Move your body slowly and with love
Do some simple stretches to wake up the body. Practice your own style of free-form yoga, or follow any of the thousands of free yoga videos on YouTube. I like this channel and this channel.

Related: Yoga: The Ancient Practice of Being

4. Meditate
There is no “correct” way to meditate. Sit quietly, listen to soft music, do some visualizations, follow a guided meditation, and/or meditate with a healing crystal.

Related: What is the goal of meditation?

5. Recite your current affirmations
My favorite go-to chakra affirmations: “I am safe, I am creative, I am strong, I am loved, I am expressive, I am connected, I am Divine.”

6. Talk to your Spirit Guides and/or Angels
Use tarot cards, a pendulum, clairaudience, or any form of divination you prefer. Ask them questions or invite them to share general guidance.

7. Journal
You could write down any guidance you were just delivered. Make a list of all things you’re grateful for right now. Go “morning pages” style and just write whatever comes to mind. Or recall your dreams and record them.

Related: The Power of a Personal Journal

8. Close your ritual
Never just get up and walk away. Take a moment to thank your Spirit Guides and blow out your candle(s). A final chime of a singing bowl is a nice way to reset the vibrations of the space.

Thank you so much for reading! You are greatly appreciated. Hopefully you’re inspired to try something new tomorrow morning. Share in the comments below—what gets you out of bed in the morning? Namaste!
Sending you love and light,

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