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How to choose your crystal, gemstone and mala

How to choose your crystal, gemstone and mala

CHOOSING YOUR CRYSTAL, GEMSTONE OR MALA

How do you know which crystal, gemstone or mala is for you? Follow these quick steps with intention to find the most aligned piece for your meditation practice:

1) Lay it out

If you currently have crystals, gemstones or malas, lay them out in front of you. Allow yourself to see all of the colors, textures and shapes.

2) Get comfortable

Grab a cushion and take a comfortable seat.

Gently rest your hands on your thighs, palms facing up, ready to receive guidance. Begin to take deep, long belly breaths. Get grounded. Feel your sits bones as the foundation, while your upper body feels aligned and light.

3) Breathe deep

As you continue to breathe at your own rhythm, turn your energy inward. Begin to connect to your higher self, your intuition.... Allow space for breath and connection.

4) Ask and listen

As you sense that connection, ask yourself “What crystal energy do I require today?” Be patient and listen. The answer may come through as a word, a color, or the name of a stone.  Perhaps a feeling or sensation is calling to you. Be with your experience and resist the temptation to “think” about it. Ask as many times as necessary until the answer comes through for you.

5) Trust

Trust what comes through. Slowly come back to the room — taking deep breaths, wiggling your fingers, and gently opening your eyes. If you have your crystals and malas in front of you, when you open your eyes, trust the first piece you see is what you require today. Take that stone or mala and carry it with you through the day, knowing its energy is what you require.

You may do this practice as often as you require to tap into your own energy to choose the right piece for you.


Namaste

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Full Moon in Virgo

Full Moon in Virgo

Today, as the Sun is moving into the Sign of Pisces we are blessed with a Full Moon in the conscientious sign of Virgo. If Virgo was a superpower it would be the power to perceive. Often associated with noticing the fine details and the underlying energy currents, the zodiac sign of Virgo allows us deeper access into our mind space. When the emotional vibration of the Moon links up with the energy of Virgo we are all under the spell of this earthy energy.

The Moon in Virgo combines our emotions with our analytical abilities. During this time our perception of reality and spirituality combine. Powered by the Sun in Pisces we are drawn to examine the daily rituals we partake in. We may be inspired to participate more deeply in daily spiritual practices such as mediation or prayer. During this time we may feel the incredible power and intensity that can accompany us in sacred spaces.

As the Full Moon is the part of the Lunar cycle when energy is at its peak and felt the most acutely, we are especially aware of the present energy. Our spiritual lives can become more intense and start to take on new perspectives and meaning for us today, February 19th, 2019. With the Full Moon in Virgo, our ability to perceive the role that spirituality plays in our lives will be enhanced. Our purpose for being and staying in touch with our inner mind is amplified.

This Full Moon is an excellent time to rekindle your passion for your meditation practice. The current energy lends us the motivation to be more mindful and present of our relationship with spirit and the universe. Our body, mind, and soul will more easily slip into meditative spaces during this time. Psychic and intuitive energy will be increasing while at the same time we stay grounded and aware of the way in which energy flows throughout the Universe.

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Astrology Forecast: 3 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day with Mindfulness

Astrology Forecast: 3 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day with Mindfulness

Valentine’s Day is all about love and relationships. It can be about self-love or love with a partner but the underlying message is how we vibrate with the energy of love. Mars, the planet of passion, will be moving into the romantic sign of Taurus exactly on Valentine's Day 2019. Venus, the planet of relating, will be in the sign of Capricorn at the time. These two planets work in tandem to symbolize the delicate energy that exists in our relationships.

Mars moving into Taurus is symbolic of tempering our anger, passion, and intense emotions and bringing them to a place of peace, pleasure, and enjoyment. Venus in Capricorn is symbolic of taking responsibility in our relationships and creating a sense of earthy sweetness.

While at this time both of the relationship planets are in zodiac signs associated with the earth element, we have a chance to stay grounded and embrace the physical aspects of love and relating. Here are 3 ways we can be mindful of what energies are available to us this Valentine’s Day 2019!

1. Stay Present in Love

Mars moving in Taurus reminds us to slow down and take our time in love. We can savour each moment of existence with others by staying present. Practicing mindfulness in our relationships can even make us better partners. This Valentine’s Day try to stay present for the people you love. You can hold space for others in order to create deeper, more loving connections.

2. Nourish through Food

Venus is often associated with foods and sweets. While Venus is currently in Capricorn, we are reminded to stay mindful of the physical body’s need for food. This Valentine’s Day you can demonstrate affection for the person or people you love by doing something that will nourish them physically. Sharing a meal together or preparing a meal, mindful of each other's likes is a great way to channel the current Earthy manifestation of Venus in Capricorn.

3. Allow Love to Flow Freely

The final thing you can do this Valentine’s Day is to stay mindful of your ability to generate love. When you let this energy flow through your body, heart, and mind you will start to vibrate and give off this energy to others. Keep kindness, caring, and empathy in mind during your experiences and interactions throughout the day.

Take a mindful approach this Valentine’s Day in how you love and relate. You can symbolically pull the current energy of Mars and Venus towards you in order to channel their meaning and significance into your relationships.

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New Moon in Aquarius: Spreading Friendship

New Moon in Aquarius: Spreading Friendship

Aquarius is symbolic of friendship and inclusion. With the energy of tonight's New Moon we're able to infuse our lives with these energies.

The New Moon is for setting intentions and starting something new. How can we include more people and allow for a greater sense of openness and love in our world? What new energy can we bring to these themes?

Powered by the Aquarius New Moon energy we take an inventory of our own self and behavior. Taking note of ways in which we make a difference, even if on a small scale. We can stay mindful of how we approach challenging topics, difficult moments, and complex social situations.

During this time we want to celebrate the unique vision each person has for themselves and their life. We are called to support each other in this endeavor.

By spreading positive social vibes during the New Moon in Aquarius we can contribute to a stronger more inclusive society. During this time allow bridges to be built and allow yourself to ask where someone else may be coming from. Aquarius will look at all sides of an argument, all angles, and stay neutral in the process.

During this we can use our sense of judgement for good in order to build a society we are proud to be a part of. Aquarius’ friendship energy is broad and wide reaching. We can align ourselves with the movements we are passionate about, help others in need, and be more open to sharing what makes us unique and what connects us.

Make a commitment during this New Moon in Aquarius to spread friendship through a greater sense of love, kindness, and understanding. Learn as much as you can about something or someone in order to make wiser, more informed decisions about who and what you choose to align yourself with.

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February 2019 Horoscope

February 2019 Horoscope

February brings awareness to our intellectual and analytical ability; we get to see our potential, inventiveness, and ingenuity up close. A rational approach to life will color the first half of the month, giving our meditations a senses of cosmic order and sacred structure. By the end of the month we will start to feel a turn towards sensitivity as the Sun moves out of Aquarius and into the sign of Pisces on Feb 18.

Aries ♈︎ March 20-April 20

Your desire to be a part of a spiritual tribe starts to grow this month as you seek out companionship in others. There is a deep sense that it is time to join a group or cause you feel passionate about. A sense of authenticity and leadership emerge as you start to discover this new urge towards being part of a group. You have valuable information to share with others and also have a lot to learn from people in return. 

Gemstone: Tourmaline

Taurus ♉︎ April 20-May 21

You are feeling rather ambitious this month as your motivation is easily maintained at this time. The present energy is giving you the feelings of determination and drive that you need. With an increase in energy this month you are feeling ready to see some major plans come to fruition. As your dreams blossom you notice things may be entering into your life slightly different then you imagined. The Universe has a funny way of giving us exactly what we need even if we didn’t know we needed it!

Gemstone: Sandalwood

Gemini ♊︎ May 21-June 21

Pausing, thinking, and reflecting are your themes for the month of February. You may catch yourself stopping mid-sentence to contemplate the words that are coming out of your mouth. Your intuition is spot on right now and you will tend to see the bigger picture as opposed to the tiny details. A desire for spiritual knowledge and wisdom will prompt you to spend extra time this month deep in meditation.

Gemstone: Apatite

Cancer ♋︎ June 21-July 23

You see yourself as somewhat of a connector and keeper of secrets. People seem to be spilling their guts around you looking for a supportive shoulder to lean on. As you start to store all of the emotional content of the stories you are hearing from others you come to realize the deep and meaningful complexity that is contained within all of humanity. Your hope is restored and you sift through the muck to find the light!

Gemstone: Rudraksha

Leo ♌︎ July 23-August 23

What does love mean to you? This month you are given an opportunity for growth and spiritual development in the way of relationships. Some major realizations come to light as you contemplate your role in the partnerships you value most. The vibration of love will help keep you in balance, able to compromise, and see another person’s point of view. If you find this a challenge then meditate and ask your higher self what may be blocking the energy from flowing freely!

Gemstone: Rhodonite

Virgo ♍︎ August 23-September 23

You are certainly more focused on the finer points and details. Your work life is asking for your attention right now. Are you staying mindful at work? The Universe is calling on you to be in tune and in touch with the work you are doing. You have the ability to share your unique perspective with the world. You may also feel more connected and sensitive to pets and animals this month. Maybe channel this energy into a meditation on the spiritual energy of animals or animal spirit guides.

Gemstone: Lava

Libra ♎︎ September 23-October 23

You desire this month to seek out the inner beauty in others. By keeping a heart centered approach your connections with the people you love are strengthened. There is great potential for meeting someone new at this time. A motivation to share the creative process with another soul keeps you in tune with the present energy. Spiritual practices, such as daily meditation, can reveal complex and radical new insights for you!

Gemstone: Ruby

Scorpio ♏︎ October 23-November 22

You approach this month with a somewhat detached understanding of your present circumstances. There seems to be an intellectual and analytical tone that you take when trying to make sense in each moment. Take time out for yourself to discover where these feelings may be originating from. Journalling your feelings can be a meditative process for you at this time. Restore your energy with extra sleep when you can!

Gemstone: Howlite

Sagittarius ♐︎ November 22-December 22

Life is feeling much busier for you right now as everyone is seeking out your attention. Socially you are more keenly aware of the intentions of others. Friendships are greatly strengthened this month and new connections can be made! Mindfully analyze the information that you are being presented with at this time. Note what people are saying, the messages you are receiving, and the information you are gathering.

Gemstone: Amazonite

Capricorn ♑︎ December 22-January 20

This month you are all about business. You have all of the strength you need at this time to overcome any hurdles or setbacks. In this present moment there is a sense of urgency to discover something more, uncovering something that has been lost. With faith restored you feel the freedom to focus on getting yourself organized, financially stable, and prioritize what is most important to you.

Gemstone: Prehnite

Aquarius ♒︎ January 20-February 18

Ideas are blossoming from you, sparking something divine and beautiful from within your soul. You desire to invent, create, and see your potential exist in this present moment. Each day you wake up with a renewed sense of being. You decide to give yourself more space to sit in meditation in order to understand the meaning of existence. When you speak your mind this month your voice will carry a resonance of clarity and authenticity.

Gemstone: Rose Quartz

Pisces ♓︎ February 18-March 20

This month your emotions cannot be found so easily. As you typically are very in touch with this side of yourself you may be confused by the intellectual detachment you are feeling. You are trying to make sense of the information by taking an analytical approach as opposed to sensing your way through. Meditation has the potential to sooth and comfort the present mixture of energy. Your dreams also have potential to reveal many secrets at this time.

Gemstone: Bronze

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Finding Clarity in 2019

Finding Clarity in 2019

January 2019 has been all about finding clarity! Throughout life we may go through periods in which we feel we are in a fog. With so much going on between work, family, health, and relationships, finding a clear path through becomes a huge challenge. As we enter into the New Year this is our opportunity to take hold of our lives and create our own path moving forward.

So how do we create a lasting sense of clarity in our everyday experiences? There are a number of ways one may choose to gain a sense of understanding and knowledge about life’s circumstances. We can turn to regular spiritual practices, daily mindfulness techniques, and meditation to name a few. The world has so many options it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin when we are searching for answers! Listening to your intuition is step one when it come to sifting through the waves of emotions, information, and situations life presents us with.

Practicing mindfulness and regular meditation can help immensely when it comes to bridging communications with our intuition. When we are operating from that place within us of non-judgement and love we are better able to stay mindful of the moment. We have a greater chance at seeing life from a clearer perspective.

By keeping things simple and straightforward we become more in touch with the dynamics of relationships. Life starts to feel more natural and flows with more ease while making choices can take on a new tone. We can operate from a place of honesty within ourselves knowing that each moment we are present and aware we are making decisions based on our integrity and best possible outcome for everyone involved.

As 2019 progresses, allow yourself the space to be open to seeing and feeling life with more clarity. Give yourself permission to be here now and in touch on a soul level. Become more vitally aware of the direction your intuition is guiding you towards.

Let’s wrap up January with a guided meditation on clarity

Guided Clarity Meditation

  • Begin the meditation in a seated pose with palms facing up and resting on your knees
  • Close your eyes and steady your breath, breathing in for 2 seconds and out for 2 seconds
  • As you inhale take a moment to reflect on the air entering your body
  • Notice the breath leaving your body on each exhale
  • Let your entire body completely relax
  • Now start to deepen your breath; inhale for 4 seconds
  • And exhale for 4 seconds
  • Feel any tension flow from your body
  • Relax
  • After a minute allow your breath to return to normal
  • Stay here a moment sensing in your body’s present state of calm
  • As you sit imagine a cloud of energy start to gather around you
  • Feel the vibration of this cloud, what colors are present? What emotion does it contain?
  • Now imagine yourself standing up in the cloud
  • You reach your arms out before taking a step forward into the misty energy
  • What are you feeling right now? Sensing about the present environment?
  • Next you see yourself standing at the center within the cloud
  • Stand there and drink in this moment
  • Return to the breathing sequence in for 2 seconds and out for 2 seconds
  • Generate powerful cleansing energy in your body
  • After 1 minute start to imagine your body floating up from the standing position and out of the clouds
  • You keep going higher and higher into the Universe
  • Past your current physical space, past the atmosphere and far into the sky
  • Look down now below you
  • You see the cloud you just left behind
  • What does it look like? What do you notice from your new expanded vantage point?
  • Contemplate new sensations of clarity and understanding with your new perspective
  • On your next breath gently float yourself back into your body
  • Pass through the cloud returning your consciousness back into your seated self
  • Imagine the cloud’s energy is dissipating around you bringing a sense of clarity and revelation to this present moment
  • Know you have access to higher and varied points of view when life is unclear
  • Take one final deep breath in and out to end the meditation and open your eyes
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3 Mindful Tips for #AquariusSeason2019

3 Mindful Tips for #AquariusSeason2019

January 21st marks the beginning of #AquariusSeason2019 as the Sun continues its journey through the sky. While the Sun spends about a month in each sign throughout the year we get the chance to experience each unique shift in solar energy. Aquarius is an air sign and therefore embodies many themes related to the mind, intellectual energy, and ideas. Here are 3 mindful tips for #AquariusSeason2019!

1. Clear Your Digital Clutter

When we think of Aquarius we often also think of the tech savvy future and advancements in media and the digital world. As we enter into Aquarius’ season this is a great time to clear through your social media accounts, computer files, and all your devices where we inevitably collect digital clutter. Run through your apps or emails and unsubscribe or delete where necessary. Removing clutter, even clutter from your digital spaces, can help cultivate more room in your life more mindfulness. Clearing out can bring a greater sense of relief and overall clarity.

2. Think Things Through

The airy nature of Aquarius puts us more in touch with our thoughts and analytical abilities. We can use this season to think our actions through before we do them. As we mindfully approach each moment we become more aware of the impact we have in the world. We do not have to be pulled along by fate but can instead make our own guiding decisions as we go along. Give yourself time to think, contemplate, and exercise the power of your thoughts!

3. Make Friends

The Aquarius archetype is friendship oriented, desiring to make social connections and create groups unified under a common cause. During this Aquarius Season 2019 open yourself up to making new friends. Put yourself out there and strike up a conversation to see where it leads. The present energy will help open pathways for connecting. Aquarius season is a great time for mindfully bringing people together, expressing your weird side, and opening up your mind to new ideas intellectually and spiritually.

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5 Mindful Steps to Set Your 2019 Intentions

5 Mindful Steps to Set Your 2019 Intentions

As 2019 is upon us we have the choice to flow with the present energy by setting intentions for the year ahead that will have the greatest impact in our lives at present. Here are 5 mindful steps you can take to set clear, intuitive, and meaningful intentions for the New Year.

1. Day Dream

The first step to setting intentions for the New Year is to day dream! Many aspects of life start as a simple idea in our minds. We start to develop a clearer and more detailed picture that starts to form into reality. When setting your New Year’s intentions make sure to give yourself plenty of time to relish in your day dreams. Notice where your mind goes and what your heart truly wants to see take shape in your life.

2. Meditate

The second step to creating a mindful set of intentions for 2019 is to meditate. Meditation allows you space to clear your mind and focus your intentions. When you spend time in this state of mind you are giving yourself access to new pathways for self-discovery, self-knowledge, and understanding. Prior to beginning a meditation practice ask the Universe for clear guidance in bringing forth the information you need to know for setting your intentions for the upcoming year.

3. Write It Down

Once you have spent time day dreaming and honing your intentions through meditation it is time to write your intentions down! This can be the fun part. Explore what aspirations you really want to see realized for 2019. It is good to keep in mind things that are within reach and are within the realm of possibility. List out about 5 intentions you have in mind.

4. Make a Commitment

Even if you write something down it does not necessarily mean you are going to commit to it. The hard work now comes with your follow through. To each one of your intentions you wrote down, it is now time to make a plan that will help you stick with your intentions for the year.

Add a couple of sentences to each goal on how you see those things taking place in your life. Maybe one of your intentions is to do a 10 minute a day meditation practice. Ask yourself how you can help yourself stick to your goal. Do you need to wake up 10 minutes earlier each morning? You will know what will work best for you in order to stick to your commitments! Contemplate and reflect on each one of your intentions and plan accordingly.

5. Check in with Yourself or a Friend

The last step in setting your intentions for the New Year 2019 is to check in regularly. Maybe ask a friend to help you stay accountable or chat about how your intentions are coming along. You may find the intentions you set are exactly what you needed to set you up on a new spiritual path or have led you to make positive connections. The important thing to remember is to check in with yourself to see how your intentions are helping guide you forward. Having clear goals is one of the best ways to see dreams realized. Give yourself room to evolve with the goals you have set.

With 2019 just starting, we have the opportunity to move with this annual shift in energy. By staying mindful of the intentions we are setting we are acting from a place of inner guidance, intuition, and meaning.

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Full Moon in Leo + Total Lunar Eclipse

Full Moon in Leo + Total Lunar Eclipse

As the Moon becomes Full in Leo it is fueled by the powerful energy of both a Total Lunar Eclipse and the Sun moving into the sign of Aquarius! January 21st 2019 brings us a very interesting mix of energies to play with. During a Lunar Eclipse the reflected light of the Moon is blocked from our view. This is symbolic of parts of the self going underground while other aspects emerge to the surface. A balance of energies and a push pull starts to take effect.

With the Full Moon in Leo we are brought deeper in touch with our inner child. At this time we are being asked how we nourish our soul’s innocence. Have we forgotten humor and playfulness? As the energy of the eclipse washes over the day you may find moments of longing or nostalgia for something in the past. Reach in and ask yourself what these feelings are that you are experiencing at this time.

This Full Moon is closely aspected to the unpredictable planet Uranus. Our emotions may even start to feel out of character for us around this time! Embrace the complexity of your feelings, experiencing them from a place of openness and receptivity. With this excess of energy we may desire calm and clarity to bring us back into the present. Giving yourself time to meditate, ground, or relax will be very helpful in-between bursts of energy.

Expect the unexpected as different energies come together in the night sky on January 21st 2019. The Leo archetype is very adept at creative self-expression. There is plenty of life to experience during the days leading up to and just following the Full Moon in Leo 2019. We can use this time to pull from the past to inform the present; nourishing our inner child in order to bring out newly discovered parts of self into this creative world we play a part in.

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Guided Clarity Meditation

Guided Clarity Meditation

January 2019 is all about finding clarity! Throughout life we may go through periods in which we feel we are in a fog. With so much going on between work, family, health, and relationships finding a clear path through become a huge challenge. As we enter into the New Year this is our opportunity to take hold of our lives and create our own path moving forward. 

So how do we create a lasting sense of clarity in our everyday experiences? There are a number of ways one may choose to gain a sense of understanding and knowledge about life’s circumstances. We can turn to regular spiritual practices, daily mindfulness techniques, and meditation to name a few. The world has so many options it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin when we are searching for answers! Listening to your intuition is step one when it come to sifting through the waves of emotions, information, and situations life presents us with.

Practicing mindfulness and regular meditation can help immensely when it comes to bridging communications with our intuition. When we are operating from that place within us of non-judgement and love we are better able to stay mindful of the moment. We have a greater chance at seeing life from a clearer perspective. 

By keeping things simple and straightforward we become more in touch with the dynamics of relationships. Life starts to feel more natural and flows with more ease while making choices can take on a new tone. We can operate from a place of honesty within ourselves knowing that each moment we are present and aware we are making decisions based on our integrity and best possible outcome for everyone involved.

As the New Year 2019 begins allow yourself the space to be open to seeing and feeling life with more clarity. Give yourself permission to be here now and in touch on a soul level. Become more vitally aware of the direction your intuition is guiding you towards.

Let’s start off the New Year with a guided meditation on clarity

Guided Clarity Meditation

  • Begin the meditation in a seated pose with palms facing up and resting on your knees.
  • Close your eyes and steady your breath, breathing in for 2 seconds and out for 2 seconds
  • As you inhale take a moment to reflect on the air entering your body
  • Notice the breath leaving your body on each exhale
  • Let your entire body completely relax
  • Now start to deepen your breath; inhale for 4 seconds
  • And exhale for 4 seconds
  • Feel any tension flow from your body
  • Relax
  • After a minute allow your breath to return to normal
  • Stay here a moment sensing in your body’s present state of calm
  • As you sit imagine a cloud of energy start to gather around you
  • Feel the vibration of this cloud, what colors are present? What emotion does it contain?
  • Now imagine yourself standing up in the cloud
  • You reach your arms out before taking a step forward into the misty energy
  • What are you feeling right now? Sensing about the present environment?
  • Next you see yourself standing at the center within the cloud
  • Stand there and drink in this moment
  • Return to the breathing sequence in for 2 seconds and out for 2 seconds
  • As you generate powerful cleansing energy in your body
  • After 1 minute start to imagine your body floating up from the standing position and out of the clouds
  • You keep going higher and higher into the Universe
  • Past your current physical space, past the atmosphere and far into the sky
  • Look down now below you
  • You see the cloud you just left behind
  • What does it look like? What do you notice from your new expanded vantage point?
  • Contemplate new sensations of clarity and understanding with your new perspective
  • On your next breath gently float yourself back into your body
  • Pass through the cloud returning your consciousness back into your seated self
  • Imagine the cloud’s energy is dissipating around you bringing a sense of clarity and revelation to this present moment
  • Knowing you have access to higher and varied points of view when life is unclear
  • Take one final deep breath in and out to end the meditation and open your eyes
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