Importance of Self Care

Hello everyone! Instead of our usual Mystical Monday post, I’m dropping by with a quick note about how important it is to recognize when we need to tend to our own self care. That’s the type of week that it is for me. While I thought about skipping a post altogether, I thought this was a good opportunity to highlight this topic.

Without going into any personal details, I will just say that I am in need of extra self care on all levels right now. The fact that I am “allowing” myself to do this speaks volumes about my growth and progress. In blogs past, I’d often just push myself to make a post and not only did it not do me much good, the quality of the post suffered as well. I’m very fortunate in that I am in a position to be able to wipe my schedule clean to tend to my needs. This was the case in the past as well. I just didn’t do it. As most of us in the Western world, and likely many other areas of our globe, we are born into a culture of working ourselves into the ground…sucking it up…putting on a brave face…whatever.

I’m well aware that many do not have the luxury of simply being able to wipe their schedules clean. However, I would like to encourage everyone to fit in extra self care time whenever and however they can. It will look different to each of us. The important thing is that we take the time to discover what it looks like for us, and get creative with ways to take as much time as we possibly can to care for ourselves. After all, it’s pretty hard to draw water to quench another’s thirst from an empty well.

The chakra series will resume next Monday, unless I can manage to make it back here before the week is over and post it another day this week. I hope that all of you will be sure to tend to yourselves as well. Afford yourselves as much if not more kindness, compassion, and love as you would someone else.

Can you think of any ways which you could practice more self care? If so, make a list. If not, figure some out, and make a list. It matters!

As always, sending you lots of love and light.

Chakra Series ~ Midway Review & Warm-up Exercise

Welcome to another Mystical Monday post. This week, since we are at the mid-point of learning about the chakra system, it’s a good time to go back and review what has been covered so far. In addition, if you are either just coming in or have not had time to collect some of the recommended stones and familiarize yourself with them, please do so. Below are links to the posts on the first three chakras covered, which contain information about their functions and crystal recommendations.

Week 1 The Root Chakra

Week 2 The Sacral Chakra

Week 3 The Solar Plexus Chakra

As you go through the next week, reviewing the material and working with the crystals, I’d also like for you to work on the little warm up exercise below, which will be a big help when the full exercise is given at the end of the series. For the next month, as we cover the remaining chakras, please continue to do this exercise at least a few times a week. You do not need to spend copious amounts of time on it, just enough to make it easy for yourself to perform.

The exercise involves working with visualization, which can be difficult for many, which is a big reason for taking this mid-point review break. It’s important to work on learning to visualize in order to perform the final exercise which will come out in about five weeks. This will give you a good bit of time to figure out not only how to do it, but which way(s) work best for you.

Imagine a bright, pure white light above your head. Once you have been able to see/sense/feel it, imagine the light coming down onto the top of your head. The way that you see the light coming onto your head is going to be whichever way seems to go easier or feel more natural to you. One way which has worked for me are to see it coming down almost like the light of the sun radiates down upon us.

The method I recommend most for the final exercise is the rain/waterfall method. Once you are seeing the light above your head, see if cascading down from that source as either rain or a gentle waterfall. If you can use the rain/waterfall method, please do, as it will really come in handy at the end of this series. I personally enjoy the rain/waterfall method because sometimes visualization can be difficult (even for those who’ve been doing it for a long time). You can practice this in the shower, using the water as a really good aid.

You may find other ways when you get started on this, and that is not only okay, it’s perfect…for you, and will be effective. Have fun with the exercise, and in spending time with your crystals. See you back here next week!

Feel free to ask questions you may have about any of the material or the exercise, or any other topics which you may like to see covered here at a later date.

As always, I’m sending lots of love and light your way.

In Trying Times, Meditate!

To say that we live in trying times would be an understatement. In addition to the difficulties people face as a part of life, we are living in a time of challenges on a scale which most people alive today have not experienced. I’ve always been an advocate for meditation as a must in everyone’s toolbox to help them to stay centered, grounded, and clear during both normal (to you) and challenging times.

The reason for including the Solfeggio scale above is that I wanted to share something which can be very helpful when it’s hard to be still or focused for meditating. There are a plethora of videos which utilize these frequencies on YouTube which can be accessed for free to anyone with internet access. I’ve found many of these to be invaluable. As someone who has been meditating for decades, I still encounter challenges when it comes to stilling my mind and body enough. What can I say? I can be a little hyper, and still get overwhelmed when it comes to times of intensity sometimes. Oh, the humanity!

What I love about frequency videos is that when you are experiencing difficulties or challenges in any given area, you can simply do a search for that frequency and pick one which sits well with you. There are many channels and creators making these, with their own styles. Whether or not any particular one can put you in the zone depends on a lot of personal factors, so you may have to click through a handful of them to find the one which suits you best at any given time. The use of headphones of earbuds is a must, due to the binaural nature of this type of media.

Once you find one that feels right, simply settle in and enjoy. Some people have a tendency to get really spaced out while listening to this type of material, so please do not do this while performing any activity which requires concentration in order to be safe. I admit, that there are certain ones which I use while walking in very familiar and safe settings sometimes or even while making art. However, before attempting to do anything like this, familiarize yourself with how you react. If after listening for a few months, you feel you could perform some rote activities, start inside your home doing something like slowly walking from room to room or within the same room. We all react to things differently and erring on the side of caution is a must. After all, meditation is meant to be healing, relaxing, and sometimes empowering- not something that’ll land ourselves or someone else in the emergency room.

As always, I’m sending lots of love and light your way.

 

Today, I Said Goodbye To Social Media

I’ve had a weird relationship with social media for a long time. While I love connecting with people from all over the world, I have found that social media feels to me like it has morphed into this thing which rarely creates relationships or interests which feel organic and lasting. It seems like a lot of scrolling and clicking without really connecting with what’s being clicked on or scrolled past. Without revealing my age, I’ll say that I’ve been around on the online world for ages, and I’ve noted these changes for many years.

This isn’t about getting the most people to see my stuff, or I’d be staying on it. It’s just that social media, as it is right now, is flooded with people and information to the point of overwhelm. At least, it’s overwhelming for me. My intention is to find and create communities of a depth which go deeper and move slower than what is available when interacting on the big online social giants.

This is not a critique of individual people at all. It’s a me thing. I know that there are people who absolutely love social media and that’s cool, really. For myself, it just feels as though the way that the online world has shaped itself over the last several years has created information overload, shortened attention spans (I’ve noticed this in myself too), and a sea of information (and memes) which moves at hurricane speeds. These days, I’m all about settling into gentler rhythms.

Before social media was such a thing, the internet was a different world. I’m not sure if that world still exists. It might take me a while to figure out how to connect with the amazing stuff people are doing without it, but I’m going to give it a real effort. Depending on how this goes, I may end up back on it, and finding ways to utilize it differently. This should be interesting!

As always, I’m sending lots of love your way.