Clearing, Strengthening, & Balancing Your Chakras

When we are under stress, the chakras can get clogged with heavy, unwanted energies. When this happens we can feel stuck, tired, run down, mentally foggy, and overly emotional. Simply cleansing the chakras can help to clear out these stuffy, unwanted energies and allow the chakras to function optimally once more.

Clearing, Strengthening & Balancing Your Chakras

Clearing, Strengthening & Balancing Your Chakras

Lie on your back. You can do this yourself or have a friend perform the technique. First shake your hands to clear the energy. Then take your hands, open and palms down one on top of the other and place them over the first chakra and start to circle it counterclockwise about 3 to 4 inches above the chakra. To determine which is counterclockwise imagine a clock lying face up on your navel.

Make sure you or your friend use slow counterclockwise circles over the chakra, (starting from the Root Chakra). Do this for approximately one to two minutes. Then shake off your hands to clear the energy. Circle clockwise for half as long as the counterclockwise direction. Repeat this with each chakra.  *You can use one hand if you like. Use the left to clear and the right to sooth.

Clearing, Strengthening, & Balancing Your Chakras

The Benefits

When doing this process you will notice that the counterclockwise brings up toxic energies moving these out of the body. The clockwise portion is very important as it completes the process by soothing the chakra then stabilizing it.

Clearing, Strengthening & Balancing Your Chakras

Create Your Chakras' Animal Totem

Are You ready to have fun today? I am inviting you to use your imagination to create your own Chakras’ Animal Totem.  

Create Your Chakras' Animal Totem

Divide a blank piece of paper into three columns.  The center column is where I built my totem starting with the Earth Chakra located at the bottom (referred to as Earth Star) moving to the top chakra above the Crown (referred to as Soul Star).

Allow your intuition to select what animal you think best represents each of the nine chakras.  Sketch or paste pictures of the animals you choose for each chakra.  You will probably be moved to pick your favorite animals.

I was extremely fortunate that my dearest friend took my collage of animals stacked on top of each other and did a beautiful pencil etching (shown at the left).  It is one of my most cherished pieces of art.  I had fun hand sewing my Chakras’ Animal Totem.  This is where you get to be very creative.

In the left hand column of my paper, are my animals’ Totem Lessons. Right hand column shares the meanings of Dreamtime Messages received  from my totem  animals.  The below Chakras’ Animal Totem Chart, was an  informative Vision Board exercise.

Create Your Chakras' Animal Totem

FEBRUARY IS A GREAT MONTH TO CREATE YOUR CHAKRAS’ ANIMAL TOTEM!!!

 

'Ring Out, Wild Bells'

‘Ring Out, Wild Bells’  

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let it die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let it go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all womankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

RING IN the valiant woman and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in 2020 that is to be.

by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92)

(changes made in bold represent current times)

'Ring Out, Wild Bells'

 

Tips To Relieve Holiday Stress

December 1st, 2019 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

The American Psychological Association (APA) found nearly half of all women in the United States experience heightened stress during the holidays, which puts their health at risk. The APA also learned that during this time, 41 percent of women use food and 28 percent use alcohol.

Here are 7 Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress.

Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

Take calm-down breaks. Soon after you awake, close your eyes, take several deep breaths and meditate or just relax. Imagine yourself in a beautiful place, think of a happy memory or visualize yourself succeeding at a cherished goal. “Quieting down your mind before you begin your day can help it get off to a great start and things will flow for you,” says Debra Berndt, an expert in creative visualization and hypnosis.

Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

Put on rose-colored glasses. When people try to push their bad habits on you during this holiday season, tune into their motivations.   For instance, before you get annoyed step into their shoes. Then graciously thank them for their misguided attention. Rather than view your situation with annoyance, be grateful instead.

Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

Get moving. Perhaps one of the best ways to overcome stress during the holidays or any other time is to exercise regularly. Research shows that physical activity not only boosts your fitness and energy levels but can also elevate your moods.   In addition, exercise has been found to reduce anger, tension, fatigue and confusion.

Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

Go for real foods mostly. Inevitably, at this time of year, you’ll be tempted with sugary, empty-calorie “treats” just about wherever you go. But to be your most energetic, focused and happy self, it’s best to eat foods that grow on trees or on the ground (vegetables and fruits) and to choose healthy fats (such as olive oil and flax seeds), lean protein (such as fish and organic chicken) and legumes, nuts and seeds.

Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

Take polite portions of “comfort” foods and drinks. During the holidays, it’s easy to “fall off the wagon” and use or over-use alcohol, sugar and caffeine.  It’s best to think before you treat your body like a trash can instead of a temple.

Tips to RElieve Holiday Stress

Prepare “Nice To Do For Me” and “Need To Do For You” lists.  Writing down all that you have to do during the holidays will help you realize how doable your tasks are. Be realistic as to what you put on your lists. Then start tackling one item from each list in turn.  By alternating between lists, you won’t feel deprived, because you’re being good to yourself. When you practice extreme self-care and put yourself first, you are then fully available to others without resentment or anger.

Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

Be Generous. One of the best ways to stay calm, content and cheerful this time of year is to act generously with your loved ones, co-workers and friends. This doesn’t have to mean you’re spending a lot of money. You can be generous with your compliments. You can generously offer to do a loved one’s dreaded errand.  When you are creative with your gifts and thank you’s, people will appreciate your real, heartfelt sentiments.

WE WISH YOU A STRESS FREE DECEMBER!

Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

November's Morning Blessing

 Dear Great Spirit,

You are inside of me, within my very breath,

Within each bird, each mighty mountain,

Your Sweet touch reaches everything,

And I am well protected.

Thank you for this beautiful day before me.

May joy, love, peace,

And compassion be part of my life,

And all those around me on this day.

I am healing and I am healed.

~Ayurveda Morning Prayer

November's Morning Blessing

This lovely Ayurveda Morning Prayer

 Says everything there is to say

About what we wish for our loved ones,

 Our neighbors, all nations, our planet, and ourselves.

November's Morning Blessing

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October Accepting Change

October 1st, 2019 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

October Accepting Change

October, with the amazing transforming to fall colors, is an excellent time to consider Accepting Change.  Author Karen Frazier, in her book, CRYSTALS FOR HEALING, states “Many people find change difficult because they fear the unknown…However, change is a necessary and natural part of life”.  Following are Mind, Heart & Soul Crystal Remedies for Accepting Change found in chapter 4 of her book.

MEDITATION MANTRA

October Accepting Change

1.  Sit quietly in a comfortable position with your eyes closed.  Place both hands gently over your heart chakra.

2.  Breathe deeply and visualize pure white energy flowing from above, down through your crown chakra, through your arms and hands, and into your heart chakra.

3.  Repeat the mantra, sitting quietly for at least 10 minutes or until you feel at peace.

REMEDY #1:  WATERMELON TOURMALINE

October Accepting Change

During periods of tumultuous change in your life, carry a piece of watermelon tourmaline in your pocket or wear watermelon tourmaline in a necklace.  It will help bring acceptance and clarity to your situation.  Watermelon tourmaline promotes all types of love, balances energies, inspires creativity, allows connection with nature, balances chakras, heals emotional pain, and brings one peace and calmness.

REMEDY #2:  PREHNITE & CLEAR QUARTZ GRID

October Accepting Change

Set up a simple grid with a prehnite center stone and three clear quartz points arranged in a triangle around the center stone, with the points facing away from the center. The quartz points will amplify the power of the prehnite, which provides inner strength and acceptance of new circumstances.  The Direction of the quartz points moves the energy in the direction the point faces, in this case, sending it out into the surrounding area.  Prehnite also cleanses and detoxifies energy fields.

 WHAT CHANGES IN OCTOBER CAN BRING POSITIVE, NEW ENERGY INTO YOUR LIFE?

October Accepting Change

 

Your Birth Animal Totem

August 1st, 2019 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Your Birth Zodiac Totem Animal

Do you know the animal totem or Birth Totem associated with your Moon Sign?  According to Native American beliefs, we are given totems by Mother Earth according to which of the Moons we were born under. Totems of distinct animals also include plants, minerals, colors, elements (fire, water, air, earth), and wind directions.  Following are the twelve animal totems and their meanings associated with each Moon:

Your Birth Zodiac Totem Animal

Goose Birth Totem – December 22 to January 19, sets goals for accomplishment, and always obtains them. The Goose is determined to succeed at all costs not for the approval of others. Driven is Goose Totem’s dominating personality trait. This Moon Sign also includes – Moon: Earth Renewal Plant: Birch Tree or Bramble Mineral: Quartz or Peridot Color: White Spirit Keeper: White Buffalo Power Direction: North Element: Earth Elemental Clan: Turtle.

Otter Birth Totem – January 20 to February 18, is a hard one to figure sometimes and not always chosen to get the job done. This is a big mistake.  Otter’s methods are usually quite effective because of their brilliant imagination and intelligence.   This Moon Sign also includes – Moon: Rest/Cleansing Plant: Quaking Aspen or Fern Mineral: Silver or Turquoise Color: Silver Spirit Keeper: White Buffalo Power Direction: North Element: Air Elemental Clan: Butterfly.

Wolf Birth Totem - February 19 to March 20, is the forerunner of new ideas, to teach and share with others what they have learned. Wolves have an enormous sense of family.  Baying at moon is Wolf’s desire to connect with new ideas just below the surface of consciousness, for the moon is a symbol for psychic energy. This Moon Sign also includes Moon: Big Winds - Plant: Plantain Mineral: Turquoise or Jade Color: Blue-Green Spirit Keeper: White Buffalo Direction: North Element: Water Elemental Clan: Frog.

Your Birth Zodiac Totem Animal

Falcon Birth Totem - March 21 to April 19, is always looked upon for clear judgment in sticky situations. Falcon never wastes time and take action in what must be done. Falcon is honored and respected for its keen eyesight, speed of flight, and precision of movement. This Moon Sign also includes Moon: Budding Trees or Awakening Plant: Dandelion Mineral: Fire Opal Color: Yellow or Yellow-Green Spirit Keeper: Golden Eagle Power Direction: East Element: Fire Elemental Clan: Thunderbird or Hawk.

Beaver Birth TotemApril 20 to May 20, is the builder and in building its home, you will find several entrances and exits.  Beaver’s lesson for us is ‘Not to paint ourselves in a corner’. In addition, Beaver is well equipped to protect its creationThis Moon Sign also includes Moon: Dream Builder,  Plant: Wild Clover Mineral: Jasper – Bloodstone Color: Blue or Yellow Spirit Keeper: Golden Eagle Power Direction: East Element: Earth Elemental Clan: Turtle.

Deer Birth Totem – May 21 to June 20, is lively, quick-witted and always aware of her surroundings. Ever alert for the subtlest of movements and the slightest sounds that warn her of impending danger. Yet, her own flightiness often leads her straight into the sights of the hunter. This Moon Sign also includes Moon: Flower Plant: Yarrow Mineral: Moss Agate Color: White and green Spirit Keeper: Golden Eagle Power Direction: North Element: Air Elemental Clan: Butterfly.

Your Birth Zodiac Totem Animal

Woodpecker Birth TotemJune 21 to July 21, is totally empathetic and understanding. The Woodpecker’s drumming symbolizes to us, that we need to gain emotional perspective, to learn detachment, and to use our head instead of recklessly following our heart.   This Moon Sign also includes  Moon: Strong Sun Plant: Wild Rose Mineral: Carnelian Agate Color: pink or rose Spirit Keeper: Coyote Power Direction: South Element: Water Elemental Clan: Frog.

Salmon Birth Totem – July 22 to Aug 21, tells us to trust our gut feelings and inner-knowing. Salmon teaches us to see every bend in the river as a new adventure, with a lesson we need to learn to grow.   Even when the flow of life seems to push us back, we can tap the hidden resources of our human spirit.  This Moon Sign also includes: Moon:  Ripe Berries or Ripening Plant: Raspberry Mineral: Garnet Color: Red Spirit Keeper: Coyote Power Direction: South Element: Fire Elemental Clan: Thunderbird or Hawk.

Brown Bear Birth Totem - August 22 to September 21, teaches us that to accomplish the goals and dreams we carry, we need to honor our silence within. If we choose to believe that there are many questions to life, we must also believe that the answers to these questions resides within us. This Moon Sign also includes Moon:  Harvest Plant: Violets Mineral: Amethyst Color: Purple Spirit Keeper: Coyote Power Direction: South Element: Earth Elemental Clan: Turtle.

Your Birth Zodiac Totem Animal

Raven Birth Totem – September 22 to October 22, knows the Unknowable Mysteries of Creation and is Keeper of All Sacred Law. Raven sees the physical and spiritual world and merges the light and darkness, seeing both inner and outer reality. This Moon Sign also includes Moon: Ducks Fly or Falling Leaves Plant: Mullein Mineral: Jasper Color: Brown or Blue Spirit Keeper: Grizzly Bear Power Direction: West  Element: Air Elemental Clan: Butterfly.

Snake Birth Totem – October 23 to November 22, is compelled toward evolution and transformation, driven to discard the past and emerge with new ‘flesh’. It is the energy of wholeness, cosmic consciousness and the ability to experience anything willingly and without resistance. This Moon Sign also includes Moon: Freeze Up or Frost Plant: Thistle Mineral: Copper Color: Orange or Violet Spirit Keeper: Grizzly Bear Power Direction: West Element: Water Elemental Clan: Frog.

Owl Birth Totem – November 23 to December 21, can see in the dark.  It can also accurately locate and recognize any sound.  Owl is a symbol for wisdom, because Owl can see what others cannot. No one can deceive the Owl about what they are doing, no matter how hard they try to disguise or hide it from the Owl. This Moon Sign also includes Moon: Long Snows  Plant: Black Spruce Mineral: Obsidian Color: Black or Gold Spirit Keeper: Grizzly Bear Power Direction: West Element: Fire.

Your Birt Animal Totem

Found Feathers' Symbolic Messages

I believe my local crows continually leave feathers for me to find on my walks that represent messages I need at the time.  Sometimes it takes a while for me to determine what their symbolic message might be.  Crow feathers can mean something to do with balance, magic, ancient wisdom, cunning & skill, boldness, and release from past beliefs.  Finding feathers are one of nature’s precious gifts that bring me great joy.

Found Feathers' Symbolic Messages

Most of us have heard of the saying:  “Feathers appear when Angels are near.”  Coming across a feather in your path, or finding a feather in an unexpected place is thought to be a message from your Angels and Guides.   Your Angels will use feathers of all different shapes and colors to offer you comfort or validation when you need it most. Feathers could also be a clue to an answer you have been looking for, or even a message to tell you you’re on the correct path.  Next time you find a feather, pay attention!    Take a look below to find out what it could mean:

Found Feathers' Symbolic Messages

During the month of July hopefully you will be spending more time in nature.  That means you will find feathers.  Please take a moment to consider what each found feather’s message might be. If you our fortunate to find a color not represented above, almost every color of natural feathers have an Angel or symbolic message, which can be researched easily.  THIS IS A WARNING, COLLECTING FEATHERS IS HABIT FORMING!!!

Treasure Hunting Wishing Rocks

I absolutely love hunting for rocks when spending time either near a river, stream, ocean, or on the desert.  However, I only became aware of the legend or lore of ‘wishing rocks’ recently and am excited to suggest that treasure hunting for wishing rocks is very therapeutic.  Several photos shown below are personal wishing stones of friends, which will be identified.  I am honored that they allowed me to include their treasures.

Treaure Hunting Wishing Rocks

 A ‘wishing stone’ is thought to be a magical stone or pebble that is found often on the seashore and has a white quartz ring on it somewhere. The ring must be complete with no breaks or pauses in the circle it forms. The ring can be crossed by other rings, but must have no beginning and no end in order for the magic to work.

Treasure Hunting Wishing Rocks

Popular lore holds that if you keep a ‘wishing rock’ in your pocket (or nearby) and make wishes on it, it will help your wishes come true.  Aside from the “single line” requirement, wishing rocks have no “rules” associated with them. They can be little or large, any color, any shape.  Like heart stones, wishing rocks also make a lovely gift.Treasure Hunting Wishing Rocks

Another legend declares that if you find a rock with a white line running around it, it is a ‘ wishing rock’. If you make a wish for yourself, it will come true, but if you make a wish for someone else, ALL of your wishes will come true!

Treasure Hunting Wishing Rocks

Mindfulness at Work - HAND ON HEART

There is a magazine called Mindful,  with a special edition called Your Guide To Difficult Emotions.  There are suggestions on how to navigate anxiety, fear, anger, sadness, shame, and build resilience in this unique issue.   It will be on display until July 8, 2019.  If you are interested, I recommend picking up this magazine.

The following HAND ON HEART exercise is featured in the Resilience Chapter:

Mindfulness at Work -HAND ON HEART

This practice can help you respond skillfully to distressing events.  You will be able to do it quickly, many times a day if need be, to bring a calming awareness to your experiences.   This is a simple practice to teach a child.

Simply stop, pause, and …

Mindfulness at Work - HAND ON HEART

1.  Place your hand over your heart so that you feel the warm touch of your hand on your chest.

2.  Begin to breathe more slowly, more gently, more deeply, into your heart center.

3.  Recall a moment, just one moment, when you felt safe, loved, and cherished by another human being. Just remember one moment not the entire relationship.   (With practice, evoking this memory can happen instantly.)  This could be a moment with a spouse, a parent, a child.  It could be a moment with a friend, a therapist, a teacher, or even a beloved pet.

4.  As you remember, let its warmth wash through your body; savor this feeling for 30 seconds.

5.  When you are ready, reflect on any shift you felt in your body from this practice. A shift happens when we intentionally choose to focus our awareness on the experience of compassion, gratitude, warmth, and other feelings that put us in touch with our natural resilience.

Join me in making May HANDS ON HEART Month!

Mindfulness at Work - HAND ON HEART