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4 Tips for Creating a Consistent Meditation Practice

I have trouble meditating on a regular basis just because. I get busy or lazy (or both) and sometimes I just forget. I know I can’t be the only one, so I’ve gathered four of my best – and easiest – tips to help you build a consistent meditation practice.

5 Tips for the Empath

An empath is a person who can sense, feel, and even experience the moods, emotions, and energies of those around them. For the inexperienced empath, these might seem like random unprovoked mood swings (in those without a mental illness in which these are a symptom) or gut feelings that you can’t explain. It can be hard to deal with, so I’ve put together this short list of tips and tricks to help any empath, newly realized or not.

  1. Know yourself.
    • Learn to recognize which emotions belong to you and which do not. The best way of doing this is knowing yourself and how you react to certain situations. If you’re in a situation and you react in a way that is not typical for you, you are probably experiencing the emotions of someone around you. You should know yourself, your experiences, and your typical reactions in order to properly gauge if what you’re experiencing is truly yours.
  2. Learn to shield yourself.
    • It is important for an empath to learn proper shielding techniques that work for them. This is a vital part of protecting yourself from any residual or negative energy or emotions around you. One simple technique for shielding yourself can include enchanting objects, typically jewelry, to be worn when out in public that absorb that energy before it hits you. Another simple technique is to literally create an energy shield. This can be created with visualization and energy direction to create a literal bubble around you that either absorbs the energy or bounces it back to where it came from.
  3. Know when to quit.
    • You won’t be able to protect yourself 100% of the time and it is important to know when you need a break. If you’re using your own energy to create a physical barrier between you and the emotions of others, that can be energetically draining on you. Know when you need to call it quits and go home to recuperate.
  4. Have an energetic “toolbox”.
    • If there isn’t an opportunity to quit and go home, have some tools at your disposal to recuperate quickly. For some, this could be taking a break and meditating. For others, this might be having a quick bite of your favorite snack. You always want to make sure you’re drinking enough water and getting enough sleep as well.
  5. Take care of yourself.
    • This goes with your toolbox, but it is important to take care of yourself in all ways: mind, body, and spirit. Think of it this way. If you work out extremely hard and get sore, then go home and have to walk up 3 flights of stairs, its going to be a difficult task. The same goes for energetic feats as well. If you work yourself too hard and don’t give time for recuperation and rest, protecting yourself from further stress and emotional invasions is going to be difficult.

Do you have any other suggestions? How do you protect yourself from unwanted emotional invasions? Do you have any other simple techniques to share with newly discovered empaths?


A Beginner’s Guide to Crystal Healing

A Beginner's Guide to Crystal Healing

Crystals and natural stones have been used in the art of healing for thousands of years. Some of the oldest amulets from a natural source date back 30,000 years and are made of baltic amber. Humans have an affinity for pretty things, and stones and crystals are no exception. These healing and protective crystals were worn as jewelry, sewn into clothing, and placed around the home. As talismans and amulets, they were banned by the Christian church after the death of Christ, but that doesn’t mean that the practice itself died out (1).

How does it work?

Crystals, like everything else in this physical world, have their own vibrations. Some vibrate at a higher frequency while others are lower. Likewise, your body and different body systems work at different frequencies. When one body system is off, the vibration and frequency is off as well. The crystals pair together with the vibrational and energetic frequencies of your body to help heal and repair you mind, body, and soul. There is a well known IBM scientist named Marcel Vogel, who did a lot of research on crystals, their energy, and how they are affected by thought and breath. He learned that when exhaling from the nose in short bursts, accompanied by thought towards a quartz crystal, he could affect the shape of the crystal as it formed under a microscope (2).

So how do you start?

If we take the work of Marcel Vogel to heart and know that our thoughts and energy affect the things around us, it is entirely possible that the opposite is true. You must first open your heart and mind to the possibility that crystals can help you heal in one form or another.

Once you have opened your mind and heart, it is time to pick the crystals to suit your needs. There are a few ways to do this. My personal favorite is letting the crystal choose me instead (I wrote more about that here). You can do this by closing your eyes and holding your hand above different crystals. Feel the energy and vibration from the crystals and choose the one that resonates the best with you. I’ve found that my body and energy vibration knows what I need before I do, and allowing my own vibrational energy to choose the crystal that reacts with it works better for me. Another way you can do this is by researching the different crystals and stones available to you and choosing the one you think you need. Different crystals have different properties and can be used for different things based on their vibrational frequency and energy inherent in them.

Popular Crystals and their Properties

*Amethyst – One of the most popular crystals for healing, amethyst is perfect for anyone who needs some balance in their life. Amethyst is known to bring calmness and focus to the mind, stress relief, and stimulates motivation and memory. Physically, amethyst is thought to balance the hormones, strengthen the immune system, and help keep you sober. The name actually comes from the Greek word “amethystos”, roughly translating to “not drunken”.

*Clear Quartz – Clear Quartz, or Crystal Quartz, is a powerful healing and and meditation crystal. Its vibrational frequency and energy make it the perfect stone for protection and balancing of energies, both physically and spiritually. Crystal Quartz can be used to enhance psychic ability and is easily adaptable, allowing for “programming” with intention to be used for the desired effect. Physically, Crystal Quartz is said to promote healing and balance as well as stimulating the immune system.

*Rose Quartz – Widely known as the crystal of love, Rose Quartz is the perfect crystal for those suffering with heartache. Rose Quartz encourages unconditional love of the self as well as others. It stimulates peace, forgiveness, and compassion for those around you. It is also used to stimulate the wearer’s sense of self-worth as well as healing emotional wounds. Physically, Rose Quartz is thought to stimulate the circulatory system, increase fertility, and protect against miscarriage.

Some final thoughts…

Although healing crystals do work, it is worth pointing out that crystals should not be used exclusively for healing of any ailment, physically or mentally. I always advocate for using alternative healing methods in conjunction with modern medicine. It is also good to point out that some crystals and stones should not be worn directly on the skin, ingested, left out in the sun, or get wet. Please be sure to do your research before embarking on any alternative therapy.

Sources

(1) The Problematic Status of Christian Amulets
(2) Marcel Vogel: Dreamhill Research Facility
(3) 10 Popular Healing Crystals

Balancing Act: Making Time when Life gets Chaotic

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It’s part of modern life, running out of time. Sometimes it seems like we have a million things to do every single day and never enough time to do it. I’ll use myself as an example. I work a “typical” job with a schedule from 8am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. I get two 15 minute breaks and a 30 minute lunch. I typically don’t count my breaks as freetime because of the nature of my work, and I basically use my breaks to “veg out” and decompress from the daily gunk that I might deal with. I answer a lot of phones, talk to a lot of people, and get hung up on or yelled at when I can’t do something for someone because I’m bound by HIPAA and federal law. My drive to work is about 20 minutes, and my drive home is about 20 minutes. So just for work, there goes more than 9 hours of my 24 hour day. I’m usually in bed by 10pm and up at 6am, so there’s another 8 hours of my day.

With just work and sleep, I’m down 17 hours and 10 minutes. Then I have the other stuff I need to do: get ready for work, pack lunch, wake up Em (my daughter’s nickname), get her ready if she’s not staying home with her dad (which will not be happening starting next week because she starts school), drive to work, do the work, drive home from work, help with dinner, cleanup, get Em ready for bed, do laundry, etc. etc.

It can be hard to stop and take time for yourself, let alone time for your faith. This is why I’m a firm believer in bringing your faith into your everyday life and not just leaving it for ritual and Sabbat. Here are some ways that I’ve found helpful for me to reconnect with the Divine during times of chaos.

  1. Make your morning routine matter. Instead of just rushing through the motions in the morning (or whenever, for that matter), be mindful about what your doing. Use your shower to not only physically cleanse you, but spiritually as well. Water is a powerful element and can do some major energetic work if you let it. Find ways to make your routine more magickal without adding extra time to what you have to do. Let your shower wash away any negativity that you might be holding on to!
  2. Your drive doesn’t have to be boring. Depending on my mood, I basically blast my music in my car (as long as I’m the only one in it) on the way to work. Music is powerful to me, and there are a lot of songs that move me and give me that tingly feeling throughout my body. I have a station on my Pandora that plays a lot of good spiritual and Pagan music, including songs from Kellianna, Damh the Bard, and Erutan. It gives me a brief moment in time to sing along to the songs and give my praise to the Divine through song while doing something I already have to do.
  3. Spruce up your coffee. This one will probably only apply if you drink coffee or tea, because I don’t know what else you could add to other drinks and I’m a huge fan of coffee. Did you know that there are herbs and spices you can add to your coffee/tea for magickal purposes without changing the flavor of your drink too much? My favorite to add is cinnamon. Some of the magickal properties of cinnamon include improved communication, harmony, healing, purification, and wisdom. It’s also one of those spices that just gives you a warm, comfy feeling. Find an herb or spice that you like and experiment with adding it to your drink. Just be sure to do your research on the safety of the herb/spice before you drink it!
  4. Cook with intention. Just like adding herbs and spices to your drinks, you can do the same thing when you cook. Most of us need to cook anyway (and if not, how lucky of you!) and you can make cooking your meals a magickal experience. Whenever I think of kitchen witchcraft, I always think of the old woman hunched over her cauldron, stirring with a big wooden spoon and chanting as she adds ingredients. Today, we have replaced the cooking cauldron with a pot on the stove instead of an open fire, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stand there and stir, adding ingredients while chanting incantations or intentions over your meal.
  5. Meditate or practice mindfulness. This one can be hard, especially if you are extra busy and feel like you have no time. My favorite time to meditate is at night before bed. It doesn’t have to be long, and my meditations average about 10 minutes. It gives the mind, body, and spirit a chance to rest and recuperate after a long day. If you are typically in bed by a certain time, adjust that time by an extra 5 or 10 minutes and simply be still. Do your short meditation and then hop in bed, ready to do it all again the next day.
  6. Go barefoot in the grass. The practice of “earthing” has been studied recently, and implications for magickal and mundane usefulness would be surprising to those who don’t have a Pagan perspective. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, “Multi-disciplinary research has revealed that electrically conductive contact of the human body with the surface of the Earth (grounding or earthing) produces intriguing effects on physiology and health. Such effects relate to inflammation, immune responses, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases…Grounding reduces pain and alters the numbers of circulating neutrophils and lymphocytes, and also affects various circulating chemical factors related to inflammation” (1). Of course, they study grounding from a scientific perspective on the effects the electrical impulses from the earth have on our physical  bodies, but they don’t study the effects it can have on our spiritual selves. When you ground, or earth, you are literally receiving from the Earth itself, and if that isn’t Pagan I don’t know what else is! Besides the physical effects that earthing can have on the body, it allows you to reconnect with the Divine through the physical plane and center yourself back into a state of spiritual awareness.

We know life can get crazy. We live it every day, and some days might be crazier than others. When we practice bringing our faith and spirituality into our everyday lives, we live it rather than just experience it.

How do you bring magick to your life through seemingly mundane means? Do you have an “rituals” that you practice that keep you centered on your faith throughout your day? Let me know in the comments!

(1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4378297/

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