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.

The Root Chakra

The Sacral Chakra

The Solar Plexus Chakra

The Heart Chakra

The Throat 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 it 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.

The Solar Plexus Chakra

Welcome to another Mystical Monday. Today I’ll be going over the solar plexus chakra, which is located smack dab in the middle of the abdomen, from right above the belly button, up to almost the breastbone.

It is associated with the color yellow, and with the element of fire.

A few crystals which are excellent for working with this chakra are citrine, golden quartz, and tiger’s eye.  The solar plexus chakra is associated with the sun. This powerful chakra can be seen as our internal fire. It is largely connected to our ability to tap into our personal power, and radiate it into the world. I recommend picking up at least one of the crystals mentioned above this week, to help get this chakra balanced before we get to the exercise I’ll be sharing at the end of this series. Below are some of the key points of the physical and spiritual/emotional functions of the solar plexus chakra.

Physical:

The stomach.

The pancreas.

The spleen.

Other digestive organs, and the important roles that overall gut health plays in the rest of the body.

Immunity.

Spiritual/Emotional:

Personal power.

Wisdom.

Being able to bring our desires to fruition.

Self image and confidence.

The solar plexus chakra is associated with masculine qualities, and as our internal powerhouse it can be said that it functions to give us our drive, focus, and willpower to move forward on our path and in our relationships. When in balance, this chakra helps us to be assertive and at the same time have the ability to be in harmony with others and our surroundings. The solar plexus chakra is also associated with the autonomic nervous system, and assists our body to have healthier responses to stress.

While covering each chakra, this paragraph will (usually) remain unchanged, with the exception of the color visualization. Please spend time this week visualizing this chakra as a still, yellow wheel in the location described at the beginning of the post, as this will make the exercise at the end of this series a bit easier. If you’ve picked up one or both of the crystals listed above (which I hope you will), holding this crystal while visualizing the chakra will start to do some healing on it before we even get to the final exercise. For all of the individual chakras we will cover in this series, please go gently and get to know them without trying to get them moving until we get to the final exercise. It is always important when working with your energy to go into it slowly and learn a bit before diving in head first.

Feel free to ask questions you may have about this chakra, 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.

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.