Always Loved Always Remembered

 August is Overdose Awareness Month.  I like so many thousands of parents and loved ones around the country and the globe have been affected by the opioid crisis. I lost my finance Matt to a relapse two months after he was part of the divine intervention that saved my life in what should have been a fatal car accident for me. I didn’t know Matt during his active use of opioids ut I give him so much credit for battling and winning his battle for as long as he did.  Six months after Matt’s passing,  I would learn I lost my childhood friend, Heather, to an overdose too. Heather was always like a big sister to me and even shares the same birthday as my biological sister.

To be quite honest, I held many of the stigmas against opioid users that most of mainstream society does until Matt died of an overdose and I educated myself through joining grief support groups, volunteering for opioid awareness groups, becoming an advocate for those with no voice, and undergoing Recovery Coach Training to even further help others. Below I share a little bit of Matt with you from an article written in 2018. Matt is always loved, always remembered. 

Matt’s Story – In Loving Memory of Matthew J. Adams

Matt was a man who had dreams, individual dreams, and dreams we shared together, but all that changed on February 28, 20217, his 37th birthday when a peer-influenced relapse cost him his life.  

Matt was the most amazing and selfless man I have ever met; the love of my life and my hero. He was loving, kind-hearted, caring,  compassionate, empathetic,  comforting, strong,  brave,  adventurous,  goofy, respectful, intelligent, wise,  always there to offer a helping hand for those in need, a natural healer, a great listener, and always brought joy and happiness to those around him yet he was haunted by the hurt, pain, and sorrow of the past and tried his best to hide it from the world as he didn’t want anyone to worry about him, the way he worried about others. 
Matt changed my life with his love. He broke open the walls of protection I spent a lifetime building around my heart and was part of the Divine intervention that saved my life the night we were in a car crash.   He did everything it took that night,  to get me out of the vehicle to safety until the ambulance arrived, risking his own life to do so.  I wouldn’t be alive today sharing our story if it wasn’t for the grace of God and Matt.
Family was the most important thing to Matt. He was an amazing Dad to his daughter and always looked after and cared for those he loved making sure they were safe and protected taking a promise he made to his grandfather years ago to look after the women in the family seriously. He loved the outdoors, fishing, dirt bike riding,  the Red Sox and Patriots, skydiving, kayaking, camping, traveling,  fixing cars, woodworking, watching movies, music, and singing. I will always remember how much I admired his courage to sing karaoke on our first date! I miss hearing him sing, he loved to sing the songs “Broken” by Seether and Amy Lee and “Next To Be with You “by Mr. Big to me. After the car accident, I wasn’t embarrassed to sing in front of him anymore and began singing  Broken with him in duet. We even talked about singing it together at a karaoke night… but we never got the chance to go. He died before we could. 

 I miss snuggling up with him and getting his feedback on my writing before I submit my pieces to my editors,  I miss hearing his voice, looking deep into each other’s eyes and locking eyes, holding his hand, going out to eat with him, making his lunch, seeing his face, touching him, hearing his voice,  the smell of him….. Simply put I MIISS EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM! 
He inspired me,  encouraged me, was interested in my studies in the Doctorate of Natural Medicine program at Quantum University and the other activities I was involved in.  He supported me in my writing career,  going to school, and starting a home-based holistic health and wellness center together. 
I could always tell by Matt’s tone, change in his language used in his text messages, and by the questions, he would sometimes ask which were outside of his usual character who he was hanging out with and the apologies that would follow later either by text or when we would see each other in person. At the beginning of February,  while Matt and I were together something inside me prompted me to ask him if he was using again.  Matt had overcome his battle with opioids once before with the power from within. It wasn’t like Matt to disappear when we were out in public together. That particular night he did. When we talked about what happened on the way home I asked him if he was using again,  he reassured me he wasn’t. I had no reason not to believe him,  he had never lied to me before. 
Shortly after Valentine’s Day, he went up to Maine to lay the groundwork for us to relocate there and start the rest of our lives together and start a family of our own with his daughter.  He had texted me the Saturday before his birthday to tell me he was on his way home!!!  I was so excited and couldn’t wait to see him later that night! Little did I know that would be the last text I would ever receive from Matt. He had been dropped at his friend’s house instead of coming home to me.  I had fallen asleep while waiting for him to get home. I woke up to a bad dream I was having and looked at the clock, Matt should have been home. I began texting Matt just about every half hour to an hour over the next several hours asking him if he was ok. As the hours passed my anxiety and worry grew more and more intense, I then knew how a parent felt waiting up for their child no matter what age. I fell asleep reassuring myself that Matt had gone home and fallen asleep without calling me.  
Later that afternoon,  I began making his homemade Boston Cream Pie birthday cake from scratch.  I had missed a message asking me if I was around because someone had just seen Matt and he didn’t seem his usual self, he was really off and this person was concerned about him. Matt still wasn’t returning my text messages or phone calls.  
His birthday morning arrived and I had texted him that morning like I usually do to wish him a beautiful and special day like him and would see him later on that night for his birthday.  Still no response. I received a message on my Facebook timeline from his close friend’s girlfriend asking me if I have a messenger because Facebook was the only place she knew how to get in touch with me. When she told me the news,  my world came crashing down around me.  I was in utter disbelief,  it felt like my heart and soul had been ripped out of me. I didn’t know how I was going to go on without him. He was my partner for life. There was nothing I couldn’t do with him by my side.  
Not a day goes by that I don’t miss Matt with every fiber of my being,  longing for human presence from the depths of my heart and soul. Not a day goes by that I don’t question God and the Divine plan behind this, asking for help to understand how Matt was taken away so soon when he was doing all the right things to get healthy. How could he be taken away after being part of the Divine intervention that saved my life? Not a day goes by that I don’t pray to ask for help to forgive those who contributed to his death. Not a day goes by that I don’t pray to ask God to help those who contributed to his death see the light and help them break the cycle and get the help they need so they can stop destroying lives and families.  
The love Matt and I share along with his memory and the strength he gave me when he was here continue to be my strength and my guiding light.  The part he played in the miracle of gifting me life a second time after what should have been a fatal car accident for me keeps me strong and moving forward.  I owe the rest of this lifetime to him and God.  
To honor the amazing man Matt is and keep his love and memory alive,  I began sharing our story more and more with others through a Hope Support Outreach program I  found out about through a friend who also lost a loved one to an overdose. She runs a grief support group with other women who have lost their children. Through my attendance and connections made there and on Facebook, I have become more aware of not only how many others are grieving like myself but also how many more lives are affected by Substance Abuse Disorder.  
I have joined many support and advocacy groups to help bring awareness,  hope and that together we can end the opioid crisis.  I have joined the Fed Up Coalition and the Addiction Policy and have sent a letter to Purdue Pharma. 
It is my hope through sharing Matt and my story through public speaking,  my writings, and books as well as my work as a Women’s Empowerment Coach and Holistic Health Practitioner that I can help others lead an empowered healthy life of mind, body, and spirit and help prevent Substance Abuse Disorder. 
Written by Matt’s life partner and fiance Isabella Rose 
This article first appeared on the Addiction Forum Policy 174 a-day campaign and again in their 192 a-day campaign. 
If you have lost a loved one to Substance Use Disorder or overdose, I invite you to share your favorite memory of them or their story in the comments below. They too like Matt, Heather, and the thousands of loved ones lost to overdose are always loved, always remembered. Together we can stop the stigma and end overdose. There is hope. There is help. Reach out. 

Monthly Oracle Reading – February 2021

Monthly Oracle Reading

February 2021

 

Welcome to February, everyone! February is the month of love,  romance, and relationships (both with self and others) and is most popularly known for Valentine’s Day.  Cosmic energy will remain this high month as we start the month off with Mercury retrograde and continue our journey into our heart and discovering our true authentic selves. 

Love is the air in this month’s oracle forecast also.  The Love card jumped right out of the deck as a bonus card as I was shuffling.

Love thyself deeply and unconditionally. The relationship you have with yourself is the most important, along with your personal relationship with your higher power,  as it determines your relationship with others.  Send your love out into the world, you don’t need a reason to love. Love is the highest vibration frequency in the universe.  Love nourishes, nurtures, and gives life to all that is.

 

 

 

Bonus CardLove 

 A beautiful relationship will soon develop in the month of February. A relationship that will continue to grow and last for years to come. Appreciate and savor each and every moment as there are endless blessings to be had in this relationship that will keep the flame of love alight in your heart. For love is a magnet; you cannot help but attract love when you have love in your heart. 

For those of you already in a meaningful relationship, deepen and strengthen your relationship with each other. ng. Always be open and receptive to one another and listen to each other’s needs. Express any insecurities you have with your partner. Express your love freely and without limitation.

 

Week 1: Saint/Sinner

As mercury went retrograde yesterday, January 31st,  be aware of the assumptions you are making about another person or event as they could be completely wrong. Be aware of heightened miscommunication on all levels at this time.  Also, realize that for every theory there is a contradicting and opposing one. There may be more to this situation than meets the eye. Be open to other possibilities and keep an open mind and an open heart. All is not necessarily the way it seems. Remember to do your best not to judge and be aware of the judgments you are making, as often times the judgments we are making about others are the same judgments that we make about ourselves.  Let go of the need to be right and the other party to be wrong by doing so you will find much peace and fulfillment. If needed, go straight to the source and ask for clarification. Sometimes we must accept that there is no single truth that applies universally and things will become clear. 

Week 2: Mythic Reality

Again this week, something is of great concern to you as you are only seeing things from one perspective and you are being reminded to open your heart and your mind. Let go of preconceived ideas, assumptions, and rigid views.   Look at things from a higher perspective, like a hawk, or divinity. Ask your higher self for its wisdom and guidance.  You will see that a positive side does exist in this situation. Remember, there are always at least two perspectives if not more to view a situation. What you see at present is only part of the picture.  Often times, what seems real to us is not necessarily what is occurring. The true purpose of many of our life’s events is often unclear because of our assumptions, fears, and misconceptions. There is no need for concern or worry at this time, all is well. Allow things to unfold naturally and all will become clear to you.  Remember, you always have choices, although you may not be able to change the world, other people, or events, you do have the power and control over your actions, how you respond, and how you perceive things.

 

Week 3: The Real You

It is time to reconnect to yourself, your heart-center, and your inner light. Reconnect to the Truth of who you really are. Let your true, authentic self out to shine upon the world. As humans, we often get so attached to our physical world that we often lose sight of our true nature.  In attaching your identity and sense of worth to material things, worldly status, and achievements you have lost touch with the real you.  Go within and reconnect to yourself. Pay attention to your feelings, and reclaim your beautiful soul essence; all the beautiful and unique qualities that make you who you are. All these wonderful characteristics, talents, and ideas that you have repressed and kept hidden inside, let them out. Lighten up, play, and have some fun. Laughter is one of the best medicines. Let go of expectations, what you think is right or wrong, and all the things you think you should do or be and just be you! The beautiful, wonderfully amazing unique you that you are! As you allow more and more of your true nature to re-emerge, you’ll feel a sense of renewal, lightness and see things from a whole new perspective. By being the real you, you, in turn, inspire and give courage to others to do the same, giving you a sense of fulfillment and greater success. Remember to always nurture yourself physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. There is so much to explore and be grateful for. Do more of the things that bring you joy each day. That will help you stay connected and nourish the real you.

Week 4: Sofia 

Mercury goes direct on the 21st, take time to reconnect to someone dear to you this week, perhaps it is even that person from week one where there were some miscommunication and assumptions with.  Whoever this person is, the first person that comes to your mind needs your love and support. maybe even your forgiveness. Put aside any recent disagreements; let it all go and makeup.  Deep down you both know you love each other. Life is too short to waste; adopt a loving attitude for love will heal all things.  Honor and respect each other’s differences; individuality is sacred and should be celebrated. You are both beautiful souls. Through love and forgiveness, a world of infinite possibility and contentment awaits you.

This month’s oracle reading was pulled from the Magdalene Oracle by Toni Carmine Salerno.

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Monthly Oracle Reading

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December 2020

 

Welcome to December, everyone! The Angels’ messages and energy surrounding this month is all about Divine Guidance and following your intuition.  

In the first week of December,  be aware of the Divine Guidance being sent your way. Trust and follow your intuition. Know you are being Divinely guided right now. Pay attention to and notice any gut feelings, visions,  inner knowingness, and repeated signs you may see over and over. This is the Angels way of getting your attention and speaking to you.  All these messages are trying to tell you something.  Trust yourself and your intuition more often. The more you do the more signs you see and the more confidence you will have in yourself. 

In the second week of December allow your true authentic self to emerge! Don’t shy away from the spotlight. Allow your beautiful, radiant, powerful self to emerge. You are amazing in so many ways. Trust and reveal your true nature to others. Your angels are guiding you to honor yourself and your true feelings by expressing them to yourself and others in a healthy way. There is no need to hide anymore. Be proud of who you are and celebrate the unique being that you are. You will find a renewed sense of freedom and peace when you allow your true self out to play and shine. 

Be on the lookout in week 3 of December for Answered Prayers. Trust that your prayers are heard and answered; they always are. It may not have felt like recently because the answers sometimes come in unexpected ways. Again take a look at those intuitive feelings and repeated signs. New opportunities may present themselves this week. Be sure to take them.  The Angels often answer our prayers by giving us ideas or information in these everyday ways.  Be extra observant this week and notice everything you hear, say, think, and feel. Be especially alert to any help that comes your way and be sure to accept it. You do indeed deserve this help, and many times God enlists people who act as Earth Angels to bring you answers to your prayers. 

As we get ready to close out 2020, in the fourth and final week of December be mindful of your intention not only for this week but also for the New Year. Your intentions create your experiences. Take a look at what has worked for you this year and what has not. What feelings and things do you want to accomplish in the year? What is one word that you want to encompass in the New Year? No matter what your intention for the day, week, or New Year remember to choose it wisely from a place of love. This intention is your guiding light; your North star guiding the way to the manifestation of your intentions and goals. 

Wishing you and yours a blessed December and magickal holiday season. 

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Celebrate and Welcome In Autumn

Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year here in New England! The brisk air is fresh and crisp, the trees are at their peak with vibrant, beautiful colors, the sound of the dried fallen leaves will soon be crunching underfoot, there are pumpkins galore, apple cider, and more. And the cranberry bogs will be ripe with deep red berries ready for harvesting.   

Today we welcome in the first day of fall here in the Northern hemisphere with the Autumn Equinox at 9:31 am EDT while those in the Southern hemisphere welcome in Spring with the Vernal Equinox or Ostara.

The Autumn Equinox also called Mabon is the first day of a fall and the winding down of the harvest season. It is the time of the year when day and night are balanced in equal length and then from this day onwards, the nights will continue to get longer (or in the Southern hemisphere the nights will go shorter and the days longer with) until we reach the Winter Solstice.  It signals change and the time to start slowing down and turning inward. It is a time for reflection, balance,  letting go, and gratitude; the time to give thanks for all that has gone before, to look to what we want for the future and prepare for the journey into the darkness of the unknown.

This year, I will celebrate and welcome in the first day of autumn journaling outside in nature with a cup of warm apple cider or apple cinnamon tea and creating another piece in my Cosmic Smash Book.

Here are 7 ways to celebrate and welcome Autumn.

  1. Go for a nature walk. Be present in the moment and take in all the sights, sounds, and smells. Collect leaves, acorns, pinecones, rocks, etc. to make autumn decorations and crafts with.
  2. Write a gratitude list of the things you accomplished and succeed at so far this year and a list of things that you want to release and let go of and a list of things you want to take with you and bring into the future. Say “thank you” to your loved one, ancestors, God, Goddess, the Angels, and the Universe. Celebrate all the blessings in your life and those that are yet to come.
  3. Do a “fall” cleaning of your home (like that of a spring cleaning). Get rid of the things that you no longer need or serve you anymore. Switch out your summer clothes with your cold-weather wear.  Donate items to a local charity, non-profit organization, or someone in need.
  4. Bless your home by asking God, Goddess, the Angels, and the Universe to protect your home and its inhabitants.  
  5. Make homemade soup or make a baked good from scratch such as bread or an apple-themed dish like apple pie. 
  6. Make an autumn decoration or craft (see #1) and decorate your home inside and out. 
  7. Bring the scent of autumn indoors with essential oils or candles. Here is one of my favorite aromatherapy diffuser blends:                             

Autumn Breeze

4 drops of cinnamon bark essential oil                                                                                  

2 drops of clove essential oil                                                                                                     

2 drops of sweet orange essential oil.  

2 drops of patchouli essential oil                                                                                       

(Please follow the directions accompanying your aromatherapy diffuser when adding essential oils as well as take safety precaution when handling essential oils )  You can also make it into a room spray by adding the essential oils and water to a 2oz spritzer bottle. Just add the essential oils and then fill up to the shoulder with water. Shake well before spritzing around the house.

 

What is your favorite way to celebrate and welcome in autumn in? Please share in the comments below.

Autumn shows us the beauty in letting things go.

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Settle Into Summer

Settle Into Summer

It’s time to settle into summer, now that is in full swing with its hot, sunny long days filling us with energy and enthusiasm.

This summer is out of the ordinary from summer pasts, that’s for sure.  I know for me, I am feeling the difference this summer from past summers during this historical time of the pandemic. I am reminded through pictures on Facebook memories over the years as well as volunteering as the Plymouth 400 Ambassador Team Leader to help update the calendar of events just how different this year is. Normally, I would be traveling, teaching in-person workshops, and volunteering for the Plymouth 400 events but then the unexpected happened to change our world and how we live.

Instead of traveling, teaching in-person workshops, and volunteering this summer, I am continuing to follow COVID-19  safety precautions and restrictions that are in place and adapt to the more virtual world we are now living in. There are no group gatherings this year and there are still many travel restrictions in place.  I am continuing to move my business online and instead of volunteering at in-person events for Plymouth 400 as many of them have been canceled due to COVID-19, I am volunteering my time helping them adjust and adapt to the many changes the pandemic brought to the organization as well. But these changing times don’t have to stop us from enjoying the dog days of summer and soaking up all that natural vitamin D from the sun.

Below I share with you four tips to help you settle into and enjoy the long, hot summer days ahead no matter what you are doing:

  1. Eat alfresco. Stick to your usual dinnertime routine, but take your plate outside and enjoy the sun’s last rays. If you are still working from home, why not do the same for lunch?
  2. Be kind to your skin. Avoid heavy make-up as much as you can and let your skin breathe in the warmer weather but please don’t forget to apply sunscreen before going out into the sun.
  3. After a hot, busy day, massage your legs before bed to boost circulation.
  4. Make “nice ” cream by blending frozen bananas and fresh local summer berries for a low sugar, dairy-free treat or try this recipe for Fruit Sorbet by Dr. Elson Haas M.D. 

Fruit Sorbet

 

4 cups fresh orange juice

3 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons grated orange rind 

2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, chopped, or local fresh berries, whole

fresh mint sprigs for garnish

orange slices for garnish

Blend the first four ingredients together in a food processor or blender. Transfer to a bowl and freeze for 2-3 hours, until solid. Break large chunks and blend again until creamy and smooth.  Return to the bowl and freeze again for about 30 minutes.  Serve in individual bowls or parfait glasses with a sprig of mint and a slice of orange.

 How are you going to settle into summer this year? Please share in the comments below. 

 

Work Cited:

A Cook Book for All Seasons: A Healthy Eating Plan for Life, Elson Hass, M.D. (Berkley, CA: Celestial Arts, 1995,2000).

 

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Building Your Relationship With Element Fire

 Connecting with the Elemental Forces of Creation: Earth, Air, Water, Fire, and Spirit is easy to do. I have gotten to know the five Elemental Forces of Creation intimately over the past few years and have been working with them closely on many levels to bring my goals, dreams and heart’s desires into manifestation in the physical realm. I work with them on a daily basis asking for their guidance and wisdom, as well as, insight on specific questions. In my blog post, Building Your Relationship with Element Earth, I shared with some of the magick and wisdom of the element Earth (the Physical Realm) and tips on you can work with element Earth and develop a deeper relationship with her. Today, I will share with you, how to build and deepen your relationship with the element Fire.

Fire is the action realm. It is the source of heat, our passions, sensuality, sexuality, and creativity. Fire’s powerful dynamic teaches us how to transform our passions, claim our personal power, shine our light brightly into the world, and to live the life we desire. Fire teaches us the mysteries of transformation, changing forms allowing the old parts of ourselves to die and rebirth into the new. Similar to the Phoenix, the old parts of ourselves die and we rise up from the ashes into a newer, brighter version of ourselves.

Fire can also be a volatile realm in which many people express their fear of a fire getting out of control and may fear their life getting consumed by the fire and growing out of control or fearing their emotions will erupt like a volcano if they express them. Learning to work with fire takes skill, and one that requires focus, determination, and conscious training, similar to that of the archetypal Warrior energy. Balance is key to working with fire; learning when to take action by fueling the fire and when to rest and recharge.
Fire teaches us to live a dynamic powerful and passionate life. Working effectively with the element Fire requires you to honor the sacred teaching, wisdom, and tools of Fire and find ways to merge these gifts, messages, and wisdom from the other realms with your everyday awareness. Like the light from a lighthouse, Fire illuminates and guides us on our path. It encourages us to take action, and shine bright.

 

Ways to connect to Fire:

  • Light a candle, sit by fire observing its flame(s) or feel the warmth of the sunshine on your body
  • Drink a hot/warm beverage or eat spicy food
  • Display your goals or create & display an action board

Crystals:

Using crystals and stones of the Fire element is great for increasing your energy, increasing your vital power, awakening enthusiasm, protecting your aura, strengthening your will, and for purification.
Crystals and stones associated with the element fire are those with red hues such as red, violet, and orange: Amber, Carnelian, Citrine, Fire Agate, Fire Opal, Red Tourmaline, Sunstone, and Red Jasper.

Essential Oils: Cinnamon, Cedarwood, Clove. (Please refer to Disclaimer and Essential Oils Precautions at the bottom of the page).

Affirmations:

  • I let go of what I can’t change.
  • I am powerful. It is safe for me to stand in my power.
  • I have all I need and find creative ways to take action on my ideas.
  • I enjoy my sensuality and sexuality and am free to be who I am.
  • Creative energy surges through me and leads me to new and brilliant ideas.

 

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All information is merely for educational and informational purposes. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace any professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have any questions, concerns about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional. Do not disregard, delay, or avoid obtaining medical or health-related advice because of something you may have read on this site. Should you decide to act upon any information in this blog, you do so at your own risk.

Essential Oil SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:
~ Keep out of reach of children and pets
~Avoid contact with sensitive areas such as the eyes, mucous membranes, and genitals.
~Some essential oils and essential oil brands cannot be consumed internally. Please check the package labeling before consuming it internally.
~If discomfort or irritation occurs, stop using the essential oil right away and contact your doctor.
~If pregnant consult your doctor prior to use.
~Consult pediatrician before use with children.
~ Never apply essential oils directly to the skin. Dilute in a base ingredient such as a carrier oil (like olive, coconut, grapeseed, jojoba, apricot kernel, sunflower and other oils), bath salts, honey, aloe vera gel, plant butters such as shea butter or cocoa butter, etc.
~ Use essential oils sparingly and follow proper dilutions when using them. If they are applied undiluted, you may end up with mild to severe chemical burns. Remember, when it comes to essential oils, less is more.
~ Some essential oils are phototoxic. (sun sensitivity). These essential oils are mainly citrus oils such as bergamot, sweet orange, wild orange, grapefruit, mandarin orange, lime, and other citrus oils. If using an essential oil that causes sun sensitivity, avoid sun exposure, use it in the night time or use it in essential oil products that won’t stay on your skin.
~ Keep away from flame, heat, and ignition sources including candles, gas cooker stovetops, matches, and open fires.

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Swing Into Sunny Days

 Now with summer officially here, it is the perfect time to start swinging into sunnier days. This past Saturday ( June 21st) Summer Solstice,  the longest day of the year, marked the first day of summer here in the Northern Hemisphere.  The long sunny days and hot weather are here. It’s time to get outside and enjoy it!
There are countless ways to get outside and enjoy the sunshiny summer days ahead. You can enjoy nature right at home or venture out a little, now that many states are slowly re-opening. Even with restrictions and social distancing and other precautions in place, you can still harness the power of nature wherever you are to help you unwind and enjoy every lovely moment of warmth that summer has to offer us. Below I share with you four ways to do just that:
  1. Walk barefoot on the ground. Feel the grass and underneath your feet and reconnect with the natural world around you. Draw up the loving and nurturing energy Mother Earth has to offer you through your feet and feel it fill your whole body.
  2. Slow down at sunset. Sit in silence and take in the moment and beauty as the day melts away into the vibrant colors of pink, yellow, and orange.
  3. Get up and get out! Enjoy the best of the day on bright sunny mornings. Go for a walk or morning jog, do some gardening, practice some morning yoga or Qi Gong outside, read a book or if you are working remotely, why not bring your office outside for the day?
  4. Jump in the water. Go swimming if you can. Swimming is a great exercise and promotes good blood circulation.

What is your favorite summertime activity? How are you going to swing into sunnier days?  Please share in the comments below. 

Remember to spread your own personal kind of sunshine! The world needs your unique, warm, loving sunshine and acts of kindness, now more than ever!

Accessing the Power of Gratitude

Accessing the Power of Gratitude

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery. 

But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone, or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.

There are many things to be grateful for: sunshiny days, colorful autumn leaves, friends who listen, chocolate, birds chirping, electricity, warm water, wi-fi, our health, family, butterflies. What’s on your list?

Some Ways to Practice Gratitude

  • Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.
  • Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures on cardboard or a piece of paper.
  •  Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine. 
  • Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.
  • When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.
  • Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for your gratitude.

 

Building Your Relationship with Element Earth

Building Your Relationship With Element Earth 

Earth is one of the fundamental elements in the Magickal Forces of Creation. Earth represents all physical matter in our lives. This includes your body, home, working environment, finances, and land. It is your responsibility to mindfully and respectfully create, take care and manage these things in your life. It is where we find the tools, resources and building blocks to build a solid foundation for our dreams, goals and heart’s desires and turn them into structure and form. Building your relationship with element Earth is easy to do. 

Ways to build your relationship with Element Earth:

  • Spend time outdoors in nature

Spending time outdoors is a great way to connect with Mother Earth and build a relationship with her. Go for a walk, sit outside in a chair or on the ground or at the base of a tree, by the ocean or other body of water. Even a hug a tree if you would like. BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. What do you see? Hear? Smell? Feel? Can you taste anything? ENJOY BEING PRESENT IN THE MOMENT!

  • Bring the outdoors inside

Bringing the outdoors inside to your home or office space helps you stay connected to earth and create sacred space for you during your daily activities especially on the days that make it difficult to go outside. Open the windows, let fresh air in, this also helps circulate stagnant energy and provides a natural source of ventilation. Liven up the room by placing an indoor plant in the room. This also helps with air quality. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and keep oxygen flowing, help purify the air by removing toxins, help prevent illness, ease tension and lower stress and help to create a relaxed and happy ambiance.

Brighten the ambiance of a room by placing flowers on your desk or table. Flowers can help boost your mood, reduce stress, help make you feel better faster and even help boost your memory and concentration. Fill a glass bowl with rocks, seashells, pine cones or other treasures you may find while out in nature. Get creative and make other decorations you can hang up or place around your home with favorite items found out in nature.

  • Give Thanks

Gratitude is an amazing and simple concept yet often times gets overlooked. There are many benefits to having a “gratitude” attitude. Gratitude makes us feel happier, improves and opens more doors to relationships (and also shows good manners), improves physical and emotional health and helps lifts our spirits even in the toughest times by reminding us of the positive things we have to be grateful for. Below are several ways you can incorporate gratitude into your daily routine. 

  • Say a simple “thank you” each morning when you wake up
  •  Give thanks throughout the day for the things you receive.
  •  Tell or show someone you are thankful for & appreciate them 
  • Keep a Gratitude journal and write at least 3 things you are grateful for each evening before going to sleep.

 

  • Create a vision board.

Create a vision board of the things you wish to manifest and bring into the physical realm. Thumb through magazines and/or catalogs and without thinking tear out pictures, words and phrases, anything that draws your attention and catches your eye. After you have done that glue the pictures and phrases on a piece of paper, poster board, card stock or anything you have on hand and if you feel like being more creative you can draw, paint, add embellishments, ribbons, and whatever else your creative muse is drawn to. When you are finished, display it in place where you can see it every day.

  • Crystals

Using crystals and stones of the Earth element is great for grounding your energy, centering and stabilizing your energy, protecting your energy field, attracting money and success, improve fertility, and grow plants. Crystals that correspond to the Earth element are: Agate, Moss Agate, Calcite, Diamond, Emerald, Jasper, Jet, Malachite, Onyx, and Black Tourmaline. Specific stones for protection & grounding (being centered, balanced & connected with the Earth’s energy) are: dark crystals such as smoky quartz, hematite and obsidian.

  • Essential Oils

Patchouli, Sandalwood, Sage. 

  • Affirmations:

~ I see the beauty in myself and others.

~ Abundance and prosperity flow easily to me in all areas of my life

~ I have time for sacred self-care.

~ I am healthy & follow my body’s inner guidance and wisdom.

~ I am open to receive and be nurtured by the powerful energy of the Earth.

~ I am a physical being and value my physical presence.

~ I love and accept my body.

~ I value my body as a sacred temple.