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2020 Fall Equinox: Being in relationship

2020 Fall Equinox: Being in relationship

September 22nd, 2020 marks the Fall Equinox, a time when we finish harvesting and collecting in preparation for a more restful time of year. We have an opportunity to delve into our relationships now; loving and connecting more deeply with those we share our lives with. Using the energy of the Equinox, set your intentions for the season ahead. Ground into your desire for love, peace, and patience—symbolic of the balancing energy the Equinox is steeped in.

Intention for Love

To feel love is inherent and natural to us; but the experience of love can grow deeper when we are intentional and mindful of how it moves us into belonging. This time of year tends to bring our relationships into focus, helps us understand how we love, connect, and relate. How we make space for others and how we care for ourselves.

Let yourself feel the power of connection by simply doing daily mindfulness practices or working with specific crystal allies on your journey. Some excellent gemstone combinations for love include: rose quartz, rhodonite, and pink opal.

Intention for Peace

The Fall Equinox is a time symbolic of balancing and centering in order to create a sense of peace and wellbeing. This season, set an intention for inner peace that can radiate from within and be shared in relationship with others. What you feel on the inside is reflected on the outside.

Be kind and gentle with yourself on your journey towards peace and balance. Mindfulness meditation or practices bring you deeper into a trusting relationship with the Universal energy that exists all around you. Gemstones to work with for peace are tourmaline, Botswana Agate, and lepidolite.

Intention for Patience

Remember to be patient with yourself. You are enough. Your journey is unique and unfolding just as you are and where you are. The patience you apply to yourself extends out in a network of belonging and compassion for everyone around you. Gemstones especially helpful for an intention of patience needed on a healing journey include; howlite, rudraksha, and sesame jasper.

Conclusion

Remember, you are a part of the ever unfolding journey of being, there is nothing that needs to be done. Slow down this Fall Equinox and notice the pause between breaths, go easy on yourself and others. Focus your intention on what your spirit needs for nourishment at this time. Rest and find peace in the intentions your inner self longs for.

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Setting an intention for your meditation practice

Setting an intention for your meditation practice

Have you ever sat down to meditate on your own, without an app or guide and wondered where to start? It can be a little intimidating.

Setting an intention from the outset will ease you into your practice, and sets the stage for your entire sit.

It's a simple but thoughtful process. One that has you look inward and ask ‘What do I need in this moment?’ 

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is “How do I set my intention for my practice?” and "How do I choose my mantra?" 

First, let’s define those two words as they are often used interchangeably. 

Intention is the overarching aim of how you want to feel in your practice. It’s the broader focus of what you are looking to develop and pull forward in yourself. It can be an emotion, a feeling, a quality, a goal — the intention is what you are looking to achieve while sitting in meditation.

While a mantra is a word, sound or phrase you repeat in meditation. A mantra is often taking your intention and using it as a single word or forming it into either an affirmation or phrase and repeating it on each bead of your mala.

To simplify even more: An intention is the overall feeling of the practice (the goal of what you are wanting to cultivate) while the mantra is what you repeat to get yourself there.

So, how do you set my intention for you practice?

- First, find a comfortable seat — maybe you’re in your home meditation area (Read: Setting up a home meditation space)

- Next, close your eyes. Take a deep inhale. A deep exhale. With your spine straight, keep taking long inhales and exhales. Make sure your shoulders are relaxed. Your tongue isn’t clinging to the roof of your mouth. Your teeth aren’t clenched. The space between your eyebrows is resting.

- Now ask yourself — What do I need right now? How do I want to feel? What's a word that is meaningful to me in this moment?

- You can also ask yourself: What do I need to release? What is not serving me? What are my limiting beliefs? And you can turn these around into positive intentions.

- On your next inhale, choose a word. (Or two. Or three.)

Whatever comes to you in this moment is the intention for your practice. Let it come with ease. 

For example, when I sit down to meditate and go through these steps, asking myself what I need, I sometimes come back with one, two or three words. An example would be grounding, love, and support.

I have set the intention for my practice — I have identified how I want to feel.

Knowing that this is my intention — that I want to feel these things with every fibre of my being — I turn this into my mantra. (Read: What's your mantra?)

“I Am Grounded. I am love. I Am Supported.”

The example above is a an affirmation based mantra. Affirmations are positive statements that are proven to help re-wire the brain for positivity, gratitude and happiness. (Read: I Am Enough — Why are affirmations so powerful?)

You can also use Sanskrit mantras, such as Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti, which represents all encompassing peace.

Your intention can change for reach practice.

I like to think of it as a cyclical evolution. When we take the time to sit in our practice, and ask ourselves what we need, we identify an area we want to cultivate. We start to honor this quality (which we already have inside of us, we just need to bring forward). And then at some point, we feel we are embodying it. We then choose to release it, and start the process all over again.

Setting intentions is a powerful thing, and can be done in all types of situations to empower you and support a lifestyle that incorporates mindful living. 

A beautiful way to reflect on your mindful journey is to keep a meditation journal to track the intentions you’ve set, and watch how you’ve grown, as often times an intention can change between each practice, each month, or each year. 

 

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