What if what we are searching for is already here, waiting to be received? It’s a revolutionary thought that turns our ideas about seeking upside down. Instead of struggling and straining to “make” something happen, we could simply open our hearts and allow it in. Instead of an endless slog, the work of repair could become a labor of love. This week try to put disappointments behind you by opening up to all that is Present. There is no need to keep looking over your shoulder or trying to see what’s next. You have closed the books on an outdated story and begun a new chapter, and the next six months offer an opportunity for a radical experience of centeredness the likes of which you have never seen. Where you go from there is up to you (truly, as far as you are willing to travel). For now, keep focusing on finding that still point of receptivity deep within and let it inform each decision you make. Try to hear what feels right, and if you aren’t sure, keep listening until it soaks in, all the way into your bones. When you feel it that deep, no doubt remains.
To practice magic means to make the impossible possible. This week brings an opportunity to transform the seemingly irreconcilable contradictions that have left you handicapped for far too long. Set down the burden of your ideas about what you are supposed to do and ask yourself what it is you really want. Is this what you came here for, or is there something more? You don’t need to worry about how to make your dream happen just yet. It is enough for now to simply remember that you have one. Gently fan the flame of your desire and watch it build. When it is burning bright enough that you can no longer deny its call, you will know it is time to take action. Until then, soak in the energy of what you might yet become and let it remind you that magic is real.
By Liz Ritter , Executive Editor | - For NewBeauty.com
Los Angeles–based energy healer, intuitive coach and cofounder of the wellness app, Mindsail, Sameer Reddy says it’s time to face the un-Zen truth: Being able to sit still and watch your thoughts takes a lot of practice, and after a few sessions, most of us give up on attempting to meditate because it feels too hard. "But if you ease yourself into enlightenment you're more likely to stay on the cushion, these simple tips will help you clear your mind and tune into a higher vibe.” Here are four of his super easy tips for giving meditation a go—even if you've never done it before.
Before you close your eyes, check in with your breath and notice if it's shallow. Try to inhale from your abdomen instead of your chest. As you settle into a deeper breathing cycle, your mind will naturally slow down, helping you to find more inner stillness.
Remember there's nothing to do.
Meditating isn't about accomplishing anything. The aim is simply to observe what's happening and create a little space between you and your reactions. Ease up on the pressure you're putting on yourself!
Sit up straight.
Your body's alignment has a huge influence on how energy flows through you and on your emotional and mental state. Balance your head evenly on your neck, with your shoulders relaxed at your side and your hands in your lap, left on top of the right, palms facing upward.
Set an intention.
Having an aim helps with everything in life. If you know why you want to meditate, it can support your effort and bring a new energy into the picture. Before you start meditating, remind yourself of what you’re wishing for from the experience then let it go, like tossing a penny into a fountain. In time, you’ll see your wish begin to come true.
Original Article - By Rachel Lapidos for Well + Good
Ever since I became more serious about my wellness game, I’ve incorporated more into my life than just avocados and workouts. Like, you can now find me lighting palo santo to chill out at the end of a day, tucking crystals under my pillow for different vibes and intentions, and imbibing adaptogens like it’s my job. (I mean, it is.)
But if there’s one wellness ritual I do that I’m a little unsure of, it’s saging, which is derived from the sacred Native American practice of smudging. “Saging is the act of wafting the smoke of white sage around yourself, your home, and your belongings to cleanse the energy,” explains Deborah Hanekamp, AKA Mama Medicine, a seeress and energy healer in New York City. “Smudging is the act of wafting the smoke of various dried herbs like palo santo, or even a cinnamon stick, around your home, yourself, and your belongings for various different spiritual reasons, like blessing, or protection.”
“It’s common to feel a sense of peace and light after saging yourself.” —Deborah Hanekamp
You’ll want to try saging when you or the space you’re in needs to be cleansed and emptied out of past energy. “Sage not only cleanses the spirit, but it also purifies the air around you,” she adds. “It’s common to feel a sense of peace and light after saging yourself.”
Saging is particularly good to do around times of change. “I think it’s great to do around the new and full moons as a ritual to check in with your own spirit,” recommends Hanekamp. “It’s also great to sage after major life transitions like moving into a new home, or a loss of some kind.” Just be sure to open all the windows while saging indoors to “let old, stagnant energy release,” she says. Back to what you actually say when saging, though—after asking two shamans, I’ve learned one main thing: You should definitely say something.
The prayers to say while saging, according to the pros
1. Be sure to set your intention. As I mentioned before, don’t just sage without a reason to. “When you’re working with sage, the most important things to consider are your attitude and your intention,” says Sameer Reddy, an intuitive coach and energy healer. Hanekamp agrees: “I think that personal intention is the most important thing,” she says. So the main thing is to approach the practice in a positive way. “I think of sage as a friend who is helping me out, so I approach it with respect and gratitude, versus an attitude of ‘using’ it,” says Reddy. “I also try to hold a clear intention before I begin working, so that its power is directed towards what I am aiming for—like, ‘Please clear this space of stagnant and negative energy.'” Rather than saying something out loud, Reddy notes that holding an intention is focusing your mind, body, and heart around a specific aim—which is the most powerful thing you can do in this scenario.
2. Focus on what’s blocking you. After you’ve set an intention, focus your mind on whatever you’re actually looking to cleanse from the space you’re working in. “If you’re feeling stuck and you are saging yourself with the intention of unblocking yourself, that is magic enough,” says Hanekamp. So pivot your mindset and if you can’t think of anything specific, set your intention, and focus on simply unblocking yourself.
3. Conduct a petition. “For those who are comfortable with reciting a prayer, you can recite your intention as more of a petition directed towards any deities or powers that you feel connected to,” recommends Reddy.
4. Use this example prayer. There are of course those who don’t follow a particular tradition. For those people, Reddy recommends reciting a general prayer. “You could simply say: ‘Sacred and holy ones, please clear this place of stagnant and negative energy,'” he says. “And after you are finished working, you can thank them and the sage for their help.” According to him, it’s a solid stand-in that’ll do the job just fine.
5. Don’t overthink it, either. Even though Reddy and Hanekamp do advise saying a prayer when saging your house, don’t worry about trying to come up with a perfect one. “If you can master setting an intention, you don’t need to worry about specific prayers or incantations,” says Reddy. “It can be a stumbling block for a lot of people. The best advice I can share is to not get caught up in your head—just try what has been suggested and pay attention to how the space feels afterward.” The good news? If there’s a palpable, positive difference, you’re all set. And the more you sage, the better you’ll be at the practice.