Meditating can seem daunting when you first think about starting. I’ll go on and say it. There are a lot of misconceptions about meditation. If you haven’t tried meditating before, you probably think its when you sit still for an extended amount of time and think about absolutely nothing. Well, meditation CAN be that, but it usually isn’t. Meditation can be 1 minute (or, I suppose even less) or days long if you wish. Meditation can be a state of prayer, communing with your guides, or even taking a look in to your past lives (and so much more).
Meditation is usually the first thing I have my consultant clients start with. Whether you are working on tapping into your own sensitive ability/sensitive awareness, or just seeking more spiritual guidance through life, so many answers, and so much comfort can be handed to you simply through practicing meditation.
Great- How Do I Get Started?
Start Small! If you have little to no practice with meditation I recommend starting with small expectations. First and foremost, make the commitment! It is ok to only plan for and stay in your meditation for only 1-5 minutes when you are first beginning!
You may sit upright (any way your legs are comfortable) or you may lie down in comfortable position. Yes- you may find yourself falling asleep during meditation, especially when you're new to it. Guess what? That's ok! It means you found a place of peacefulness and were able to quiet your body and mind! It's still a success!
Use either white noise (always my first recommendation because this is my personal preference), Tibetan Singing Bowl Chakra playlist, meditation or calming music, or, you may follow a guided meditation on YouTube. Different people find they are better able to stay “focused” on their meditation while listening to different things. That’s ok! Take time, experiment which one you like the best and which you have the best experiences with.
Focus on your breath. Focus on centering and grounding your body with the Earth. Feel your body become one with the Earth. WE are ONE.
If you’re not using a guided meditation video, I recommend by starting out by focusing on the backs of your eyelids. You may begin to see colors or shapes. They may move around or take form. You may eventually “see” other images other than colors, or shapes. Whatever you see or experience, really focus in on. Truly analyze or ask what you are seeing and why. You may directly ask your guides to help answer these questions.
REMEMBER: It is OK and NORMAL to get sidetracked. Even those who have been meditating for years still get sidetracked during meditations. For me, I may start thinking about what I am going to fix for dinner or worrying about something that I need to get done. The important thing to do is realize, this is OK. You need to acknowledge your thoughts wondering and consciously bring your focus back to your breath and your “vision” (what you are experiencing during meditation). This will lessen as you become more experienced at the practice of meditation.
Once You’ve Generally Got That Down…
You may start setting intentions for your meditations. You may choose ahead of time to ask your guides to show you whatever it is you need in this moment. You may ask them to show you how to work through a tough spot in your life. You may set the intention of getting a look in to a past life. You may ask a loved one to come forward for comfort and guidance. You may seek guidance regarding another person in your life. Meditation can be anything. Your spirit can be freed during meditation. Your whole sense of self may change- and you’ll be better for it!
Welcome to the incredible world of meditation!
***Warning: Meditation may lead to spiritual awareness, spiritual awakening, and overall happiness (with a little confusion, and sometimes more questions). Be prepared to start using phrases like “I like your energy” and “I don’t know what it is… but something just feels…”***
If you were hoping for more detailed information: future posts will include more in-depth and focused information on some of these meditation types, grounding before meditation, meditating using crystals, astral projection, and other similar topics revolving around the wonders of meditation. Next week will be about cutting the cord: a meditation to free your energy bond from another person. Stay tuned!
For now, please comment below or email me with any questions you have, what meditation topics you’d like to read about in the future, and what process you use when you meditate! I love to hear your stories!
Crystals have been used for thousands of years and in many cultures for decoration, adornment, protection, and healing. Crystals can aid in healing the emotional, physical and energetic body.
Ancient people all over the world used crystals for their magical and spiritual powers and referred to them as the “Bones of the Earth”. It is their vibrations from how they are created (heat, pressure, location in the earth etc.) that give them their unique properties to aid the body in different ways. Certain crystals are also known to work better for the different Chakras (for more on chakras go here). You may notice their colour often (but not always) corresponds with the chakra they help the most with.
How Do I Choose a Crystal to Work With?
Cleansing Your Crystals:
Using Crystals Daily:
You may use crystals daily. You may carry them in your pocket, or close to your skin for them to benefit you throughout the day. Many crystals can be made into jewelry!
Meditating with Crystals:
Using Crystals to Heal the Physical Body:
***Crystal healing is NOT a replacement for medical care. Please consult your doctor about any medical concerns***
Crystal Work is a Practice! It takes time and patience as you find yourself becoming more immersed and aware to your spiritual energy and self you will really start noticing differences.
WARNING: Falling in love with crystals can result in many crsytal purchases. Proceed with caution!
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Even if you aren't a spiritual person, you have probably heard the word "chakras". It may have been thrown around as a joke... but we've all seen the memes (yes, even I think they're funny). This post is for beginners looking to understand the basics of the Chakra system and will not go in to extreme detail (future posts may be more in depth focusing on 1 chakra at a time).
What are the Chakras?
In the interest of being short and sweet, the Chakras are the 'energy body' to our physical body. There are 7 chakras which correspond with these energy centers. Each chakra works within the body to help you function at your highest level. Chakras are not only useful in the spiritual sense, but play a big role in the physical functionality of your body and your health. Keeping the chakras balanced is ultimately the goal. This is why you often see the chakras used in yoga and meditation practices. Awareness of their existance is the first step in balancing them and becoming a better you.
The Chakras: from bottom up
Root: (red) located at the base of the spine
Physical: pelvis, bones, legs, ankles, feet, hips, rectum, immune
Potential Health Problems: sciatica, varicose veins, pelvic pain, rectal tumors, hemorrhoids, problems with hips, knees, ankles and feet.
Emotional: Security, self-esteem, being at home on Earth, connection to the Eath.
Helpful Crystals: Smokey Quartz, garnet, bloodstone, ruby, red jasper, red beryl, red calcite, red agate, hematite, obsidian, Bloodstone
Sacral: (orange) located just below the navel
Physical: Sexual organs, large intestine, kidney, bladder, appendix, lower spine
Potential Health Problems: lower back pain, premenstrual tension, infertility, impotence, bladder infections, appendicitis, kidney stones, infertility, pregnancy problems/positioning
Emotional: Feelings, intimacy, desire, pleasure
Helpful Crystals: Carnelian, orange calcite, citrine, tangerine quartz, fire opal, orange aragonite, moonstone
Solar Plexus: (yellow) located just below the rib cage
Physical: Stomach, liver, spleen, gallbladder, pancreas, small intestine, mid-spine
Potential Health Problems: ulcers, colon cancer, diabetes, indigestion, eating disorders, hepatitis, gallstones, constipation, diarrhea
Emotional: Trust, personal responsibility, courage
Helpful Crystals: Amber, yellow jasper, yellow tourmaline, golden topaz, tiger’s eye, citrine, rutilated quartz, yellow calcite, sunstone
Heart: (green) located in the center of the chest
Physical: Heart and circulatory system, ribs, chest, lungs, shoulders and arms, breasts, upper spine
Potential Health Problems: high blood pressure, heart disease, bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, shoulder problems, breast cancer
Emotional: Love, compassion, empathy, relationship
Helpful Crystals: Rose quartz, pink tourmaline, crysophase, pink danburite, peridot, green fluorite, green aventurine, green citrine, green jade, green jasper
Throat: (blue) located at the throat
Physical: Throat, neck, mouth, teeth, gums, jaw, thyroid, neck vertebrae, esophagus
Potential Health Problems: sore throat, laryngitis, frequent colds, gum disease, dental problems, thyroid problems, swollen glands, stiff neck
Emotional: Loyalty, integrity, self-expression
Helpful Crystals: turquoise, lapis lazuli, aquamarine, blue lace agate, celestite, blue sapphire, sodalite, aqua aura
Brow (Third Eye): (lavender) located in between the brows
Physical: Brain, central nervous system, eyes, ears, nose, sinuses, pituitary gland, pineal gland
Potential Health Problems: epilepsy, eye problems, sinus infections, headaches, migraines, stroke, deafness, insomnia, nightmares
Emotional: Clarity, open mindedness, imagination
Helpful Crystals: Amethyst, iolite, azurite, purple fluorite, lilac kunzite, blue obsidian, sugilite, blue chalcedony, lapis lazuli
Crown: (indigo) located just above the top of the head
Physical: whole body systems: skeletal, muscular, skin, neurological
Potential Health Problems: chronic exhaustion/fatigue without physical cause, skin diseases, environmental illness, neurosis, mental illness
Emotional: Self-knowledge, learning, understanding, devine connection/connection to universe
Helpful Crystals: Purple jasper, purple sapphire, lilac danburite, labradorite (spectorolite), clear quartz, apophyllite, diamond, selenite (usually clear or purple)
The Chakras in Meditation:
I always recommend beginning your meditation by grounding through your chakras first. Starting with the Root and moving up, one by one, to the Crown. I recommend moving up.
You may find a Tibetan Singing Bowl Chakra playlist most helpful for the practice when you are first starting. I still prefer using this method when guiding my Morning Meditation Circle. You may also find guided chakra meditations on YouTube. It can take some time to discover which method works best for you and what sounds you prefer!
Healing & Balancing the Chakras:
Like with most things, especially spiritual, there are several ways you can work on healing and balancing your chakras.
You caan work on your chakras solely through meditation. Preferably at least once a day, but at least a few times a week. It is recommended and ok to start of slow and simple! just a couple minutes when first beginning can be beneficial.
You may employ the use of healing crystals during meditation to aid in your chakra work. Crystals can also be held or carried on a daily basis to aid you with certain chakras. Say you are about to be going to a very emotional event, you may take with you your Red Jasper or Hematite to help keep you grounded and protect your energy. In the above breakdown I've listed the most popularly used crystals with each chakra. If you're itching for more information on healing crystals, it is next week's topic!
You may also seek the help of spiritual healers to aid you in clearing and balancing your chakras. Many trained in Reiki, for instance, will lbe able to help you with this. Keep in mind chakra balancing and healing is a never-ending process. It keeps you functioning at your best. Much like exercise, working on your chakras is a necessary and vital part to your health, energy, spirituality, and mindfulness. Start today and see what changes you experience!
Do you habe any awesome stories about how chakra awareness, healing, and balancing has changed your life? Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to share your story!
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