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  • 4 Ways to Attract Positive Energy Into Your Life This New Year

    unnamedMost people look at the New Year as a chance to start with a clean slate. If you’ve had troubles or challenges in the past, learn to let go of them and start the year by welcoming the wonderful things that are about to come into your life.

    Are you ready to make positive changes in your life this year? Here are 4 ways to attract positive energy into your life this year.

    Organize your home

    Want to attract wealth and good fortune into your home this New Year? Go through your home and clear the bad vibes that accompany clutter.

    According to feng shui principles, if your home has poorly arranged furniture, is dimly lit and cluttered, your life will be filled with obstacles. Get rid of things you no longer need. Also consider your furniture placement to keep your home safe and comfortable. Keeping your home clean and organized can revitalize your space and your life. As a result, you’ll have better opportunities for growth.

    Give a little

    Holiday is the season of giving. With all the blessing you’ve received the previous year, you might want to start your year by helping the less fortunate or donating to a shelter. If you don’ have extra money, volunteer. Help and give without expecting anything in return. This can dramatically impact your overall well-being and positivity.

    Smile more often

    Smiling, whether forced or not, can have a positive effect on your mood, health and well-being. When things get are going south or when you’re having a bad day, turn that frown upside down and just smile. Even when you don’t feel like smiling, you’ll feel better and happier when you smile.

    Smiles are also contagious. When you smile, people will be smiling with you. It makes everyone in the room feel happier.

    Be grateful

    Sometimes, it’s easier to focus on the things that are lacking in our life rather than what we have. You may not have everything you want in life, but there are countless things to be grateful for – your family, friends, job, material possessions and a lot more.

    Show more appreciation to the little things people do for you and let them know how much you appreciate having them in your life. Remember, people who cultivate thankfulness and happiness are happier and healthier.

  • New Year is the Best Time to Start Meditating

    new-year-meditatingIn today’s fast-paced, gadget-obsessed society, most people get so busy that many of them fail to be present in the moment. A well-lived life isn’t about having something, doing something or getting something. Rather, it is how you embrace the life you already have right now.

    We all know bad habits are hard to change. But as we close one year and begin a fresh new year, it’s time to start thinking about new healthy habits that will mold you into a better person.

    Here are 4 good reasons why you should start meditating this New Year.

    It beats the blues Regular meditation practice makes you happier. It helps reduce stress, anxiety, depression and increases positive emotion. It produces a feeling of calm and relaxation. Through regular meditation practice, you learn to let go of negative thinking. Over time, meditators experience enhanced positive emotions.

    It improves your health We all know that meditation helps increase our focus and eases anxiety, but the benefits of meditation aren’t just limited to mental health. Several studies suggest that meditation has tangible health benefits. It helps reduce stress levels, depression and anxiety, improves immune function, helps maintain blood flow and decreases inflammation at the cellular level. The best part is, you can reap all these benefits for as little as 15 minutes a day.

    It boosts your social life With the rise of technology, we don’t get to connect or interact with others as much as we used to. Meditation, being a social activity, heightens the individual’s emotional intelligence and develops the sense of connection to others.

    According to studies, individuals who practice meditation are more social. This is because meditation contributes to the release of endorphins, making the person feel good about himself/herself. Because of this, you become more confident – no worries, no social anxiety. Meditation has also been linked with greater compassion.

    It helps you live in the moment We live in an age of distraction. As you go through your daily routine, you may find yourself dreaming of vacation, your thoughts being clouded with the argument you had with your spouse this morning or thinking about what to have for dinner tonight. Keep in mind, though, that a wandering mind is an unhappy mind.

    Meditation helps by increasing your ability to stay in the moment. The more consistent you are with your meditation practice, the more skilled you become at limiting those distracting thoughts and focusing your awareness where you want it to go. It helps bring you back to the here and now.

  • 3 Ways to Connect with Your Guardian Angel

    3-ways-to-connect-with-your-guardian-angelEvery human has a guardian angel. Whether you are aware of them or not, your angels are with you all the time. Think of them as your loving companion who walks by your side, comforts you in times of need and provides guidance and assistance as you make your way through life. However, very few of us would even dare to communicate with them or at least acknowledge their presence.

    You can develop a relationship with your guardian angels gradually over time, as long as you reach out and learn to connect with them. Here are 3 ways to connect with your guardian angel.

    Write a letter Writing a letter helps you strengthen your communication with each other. Take some time to write a letter to your guardian angel. They are your protector and your guide, so this will be a great opportunity to acknowledge them.

    Let out all of your problems, feelings and concerns on paper. Do not censor anything. The idea is to pour your heart and soul to them. Ask your guardian angel for help and guidance through this letter. It may sound bizarre, but it works.

    Meditation Find a quiet place, where you will not be disturbed. Choose a regular time each day to connect with your guardian angel – upon waking up in the morning or before going to bed. Choose the best time for you.

    Close your eyes, breathe deeply and clear your mind. Relax and establish a connection with your guardian angel. Allow yourself to feel the presence of your angel. Open your heart and pay attention to the message and inspiration your guardian angel has for you.

    Ask for help and guidance Enter into a dialogue with your guardian angel. Thank your angel for watching over you. You may also talk to your angel about your desires or challenges. You may even ask questions or ask for help.

    Your guardian angels stay with your wherever you go, waiting for every opportunity to connect with you. They already know what’s bothering you. But by letting them know of your situation, you are using your free will to ask for help.

    Because of the “law of free will”, angels can’t intervene in our lives unless we ask for their help. Go ahead and call upon your guardian angel whenever you need guidance and assistance.

    If you want a more personal relationship with your guardian angel, please register here. The event may still be a few months away, but due to the popularity of this author, we encourage you to reserve your slots now.

  • How to Care for Your Crystals and Gemstones

    how-to-care-for-your-crystal-and-gemstonePeople have been harnessing the healing benefits of crystals and gemstones for thousands of years now. Since the ancient times, people have been using crystals to release spiritual, mental and physical blockages; thus, allowing healing energy to flow into the body.

    This week, we’ll teach you how to cleanse, program and store your crystals. Knowing how to care for your crystals is crucial to how well they can benefit you.

    Cleansing All crystals have the capacity to absorb energies. When used for healing or protection, crystals they absorb negative energies you have within you or the outside environment. In order to maximize the healing power of the crystal, it is important that you cleanse them every now and then. Cleansing should be done to clear it of any unwanted energy, refresh the crystal or re-charge it.

    There are several ways to cleanse crystals. Some would immerse them in water and then place them under the sun to dry. Some even use sea salt for cleansing, while others bury their crystals under a full moon.

    There is no right or wrong way to cleanse crystals. You need to take note, though, that not all crystals can be submerged in water. Porous crystals like Selenite will dissolve when soaked in water. Stones like Hematite, Opal, Lapis Lazuli, Pyrite etc should be kept away from salt.

    Programming Now that your crystals are clean and free from unwanted energies, you can now program them to the purpose you’re using them for. You can assign any desire or purpose you want. You may also program different crystals with the same intention.

    Hold the crystals in your hand. Concentrate on your intention and visualize it. Send your desire into the crystal. Your intention or desire will be stored in the crystal until you replace it with a new one.

    Storing When storing your crystals, it is best to separate the hard stones from the soft stones so as to avoid chipping and damage. Some stones are very fragile and may fracture easily. Therefore, it is a good idea to place them in individual containers or pouches to protect them from damage. If possible, store your crystals in pouches made from natural materials to keep them free from negativity and other energies in the environment.

    Crystals may also crack when subjected to extreme temperature. Keep your crystals away from the sunlight during the summer and store them in a warm place during the winter.

  • Powerful Benefits of Crystal Jewelries

    powerful-benefits-of-wearing-crystal-jewelryJewelry has been a part of the human civilization since the ancient times. During those times, people wear jewelry to display one’s social status. Some would even adore themselves with jewelries to appear more attractive and attract the gaze of a man. Over the years, the meaning and uses of jewelries have changed.

    Today, jewelries are also used to make a statement and for self expression. Some people, especially those who wear crystal jewelries, wear them not just for their looks, but for their healing properties as well. Others even use them to attract love, wealth, health or for protection.

    Crystal jewelries come in many forms, usually as earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings and pendants. Here’s how you can benefit from wearing them.

    Bracelets Stones worn on the right side of the body may help with projective matters and outside issues. Meanwhile, stones worn on the left side of the body may aid with receiving energies. Put on the bracelet on your left wrist to send healing energies through your body. Wear it on your right wrist to release toxins from the body. To balance and energize the body, wear it on both wrists.

    Pendants Pendant is one of the common ways of wearing crystal jewelry. The length of the chain will help you achieve your desired outcome. Wearing the pendant near the heart will have the greatest effect on areas governed by the Heart Chakra – matters of love and compassion. A stone that is resting at the Throat Chakra may aid the wearer’s communication and creativity. A stone placed between the throat and the heart will help define your space and needs.

    Necklace Wearing a crystal necklace is a great way to maximize the powerful energies of the crystal. When you wear the necklace around your neck, it nourishes and uplifts all aspects of your being. The energies radiate in all directions, penetrating your aura and body. They also neutralize energy blockages that lead to ill health and limit personal growth.

  • Candle Colors and Their Meaning

    candle-colors-and-their-meaningCandles have been used for metaphysical purposes, candle healing and religion for as long as fire has been around.

    Burning candles, when combined with prayers and intentions, can have a profound influence in your life. But since different colors tend to provide different effects on our actions, thoughts and health, color choice is of great importance when burning candles.

    This blog post provides a quick reference to help you determine which color to use to improve certain aspects of your life. Here’s a list of candle colors, along with the meaning associated with each color.

    Gold Gold represents success, money, protection and victory over troubles. It is the very symbol of good fortune. Those who light a gold candle are seeking to gain fortune or personal power.

    Gold also symbolizes light in its purest form. Some people burn a gold candle to achieve enlightenment.

    Purple Ancient wisdom holds that the color purple is associated with spiritual powers, idealism and psychic ability. Individuals, who supplicate in the presence of a purple candle wish to obtain spiritual protection, enhance psychic powers and expand upon what they already have.

    Purple candles are also believed to have the power to cancel out the negative effects of bad karma.

    Green Green represents good luck, fertility, abundance and success. During the ancient times, people tend to associate wealth with a bountiful harvest; hence, the color green. Light a green candle for more abundance and prosperity in your life.

    Yellow Yellow embodies learning, logic, concentration, inspiration or creativity. It is also good for meditation and mental clarity. This is a great candle to use if you want to attract positivity and knowledge into your life.

    Red Red symbolizes love, passion, scorn, power, desire, lust and vitality. The burning of red candles is said to put one in touch with the power of the flesh. The user who burns a red candle seeks survival, power, respect and love.

    White White candles are great for getting in touch with your higher power and attracting positive energy into your life. This is also a great candle for purification, protection, peace and destroying negative influences.

  • Using Essential Oils to Balance Your Emotions

    img_9659Your sense of smell has a powerful influence over your thoughts and emotions. When you smell something, it triggers a memory and that affects your behavior, mood, actions and emotions.

    Essential oils have therapeutic effects. They can be balancing, sedative, calming or stimulating. When you smell an essential oil that is known to stimulate the body, it will send a signal to the limbic system and create neurochemicals that will energize the body, making it more active. Likewise, if the essential oil has a calming effect, the limbic system will conform by sending a message to relax and calm. Proper use of essential oils may assist with emotional issues, balance your emotions and enhance your emotional outlook.

    Listed below are 4 essential oils that can help balance your emotions

    Clary sage

    Clary sage is both relaxing and strengthening. This warm, musky and slightly spicy oil has been known for its uplifting effect. It helps ease anxiety and depression and brings about clarity into situations. It is also useful in cases of intestinal cramps and weak digestion.

    Roman chamomile

    Chamomile is a popular ingredient in tea, candles and other aromatherapy products. This is because chamomile is one of the best medicinal herbs for promoting relaxation and fighting stress.

    Roman chamomile can be used for a variety of emotional imbalances such as nervousness, anxiety, impulsiveness, recklessness, and anger.

    Lavender

    Lavender has a sweet, flowery aroma. Lavender essential oil can help improve mood, relieve anxiety and depression. It has long been used to help battle depression.

    In a study that was conducted in 2012, researchers found that the daily use of lavender oil can help women overcome postpartum depression. After a 4-week treatment plan of lavender aromatherapy, patients showed a significant reduction postnatal depression and reduced anxiety disorder.

    Bergamot

    Bergamot helps relieve stress, anxiety, fatigue and depression. This sweet and citrusy oil also helps disperse stagnant life force energy and release pent up feelings. Use bergamot oil when you’re feeling sad or overwhelmed and you need to find balance.

  • Tips for Caring for Your Crystal Singing Bowl

    tips-for-caring-for-your-crystal-singing-bowlSinging bowls, which are often referred to as Himalayan bowls, create a range of sounds that invoke a state of deep relaxation. For centuries, these bowls have been used in religious ceremonies, holistic healing, music therapy and meditation. They produce completely different sounds, depending on the playing technique or the mallet being used.

    Singing bowls are beautiful, yet fragile instruments. It is important that take good care of them and handle them with extreme care in order to preserve its beauty and sound-emitting properties. Treated with a bit of respect, these bowls can accompany you for a lifetime.

    Here’s what you need to do to keep your crystal singing bowl in good condition for the years to come.

    Cleaning

    Washing and gentle cleaning will help remove dirt, grim and stain that may have stuck to the surface of the bowl. Plus, clean, well-maintained bowls play better and help keep them in the condition they were in when you obtained them.

    Fill up the bowl with warm water and soap and leave it over night.  Do this once a week so that dirt will not stick on the surface. Use a soft cloth to wipe off the surface of the bowl after you have cleaned it. Dry the bowl completely and then expose it to direct sunlight after cleansing.

    Storage

    Make sure that the bowl has its own space. Ideally, it should be stored somewhere that is beyond the reach of children or pets. You can have them displayed on an open shelf, so visitors can take a look at it and for easy access well. After all, bowls that are accessible are more likely to be played. Some owners choose to keep their bowls safely tucked away out of sight until required.

    Although it is a great idea to have the bowls displayed in an open shelf, avoid putting it in a place where it is at risk of falling. Even if these bowls are made of metal, they are quite fragile. In fact, a strong collision is enough to crack it.

    Transportation

    When transporting these bows, make sure you handle them with extreme care. You do not want the bowls to rub against each other during transport. Always place the bowls in a carrying case during transport so as to avoid damage.

  • The Healing Power of Clear Quartz

    the-healing-power-of-clear-quartzClear quartz is highly prized, not only for its beauty, but for its many uses as well. During the ancient times, people believed this lovely crystal to be an eternal ice sent by the heveanly gods, and therefore, is often used in healing rooms by alchemical healing practitioners.

    Quartz overview

    The name quartz was rooted from “Krystallos”, which means ice, due to its transparent and glassy appearance.

    The quartz family grows in a staggering amount of ways – from small points to tumbled rocks to impressive big clusters. They also come in virtually every color conceivable.

    Quartz healing properties

    In spite of being one of the most abundant types of crystal on the planet, these crystals have very high vibrations.  There is no denying that this mystical crystal packs quite a lot of power.

    Clear quartz is also referred to as the “master healer.” It has also been called the “universal stone” because of its many uses. In fact, it has been shown to strengthen and enhance the aura. It is also help in activating and opening the higher chakras. It is also ideal for emotional clearing, amplifying any energy or intention and for protection against any negativity. There is hardly anything you cannot do with quartz crystals.

    Since the natural vibrations of quartz crystal are similar to that of humans, it is extremely beneficial for healing. Many vibrational energy practitioners and holistic healers use this crystal to heal any condition or imbalance. Clear quartz is thought to stimulate the circulatory and the immune system. It helps energize, balance and harmonize the energies of the body; thus, resulting in a greater state of health.

    Healers that specialize in crystal healing use clear quartz for healing kidney disease, haemorrhages, radiation exposure, dizziness, convulsions, diarrhea and pain.

    Quartz crystal also encourages peace and calm, enlightenment, spiritual insights, purity of the heart and emotional clarity. It is also very good for meditation and guidance.

  • Protect Yourself from A Control Drama

    energy-theftWhat is a Control Drama?

    A control drama, as coined by James Redfield in his book, "The Celestine Prophecy," is played by anyone who is feeling low on power or energy, to manipulate and steal the energy of another. Control dramas are unconscious strategies all people use to gain power or energy from another person and to essentially, "get their way with others." We get our way with others by making them pay attention to us and then elicit a certain reaction from them to make ourselves feel fulfilled. The positive feelings we gain are won at the expense of the other person and this often causes imbalance and drama in our interpersonal relationships.

    Most of us have a dominant control drama in which we engage in automatically, without even realizing what we are doing and to what extent and expense. Your need to defend and engage in defensive responses with someone means you are caught in a control drama and you will thus, "react." When you start to become aware of your dominant control drama and can recognize it in action, you can start to hone it and make better choices in your responses to others. Likewise, once you understand how others use control dramas to make you react, you can refrain from engaging in them and move on to more healthy resolution "responses."

    As you learn more about control dramas, you will realize you are already quite familiar with them and this is because you have been exposed to a variety of people throughout your life and have had to test each of them to successfully navigate intense interactions. Most people will resort to the same control drama when feeling tested and are completely unaware of it and how others experience them during these episodes. And with awareness, comes change. Awareness and recognition of a control drama allows you to break the cycle and choose to disconnect from it altogether. When a control drama isn't controlling an interaction, you can "respond" more effectively and authentically to others. You will learn about four common control dramas people use to attract and defeat others. You will also discover there are many effective ways to approach others during difficult interactions. Knowing you have choices during difficult interactions with others, allows you to live a drama free life and helps you find your "conversation peace."

    The Language within a Control Drama Lacks Accountability

    When defensiveness is present in a conversation, it is likely your control drama will start to emerge. People feel the most defensive when messages of evaluation, control, hidden agendas, superiority, guilt, certainty and lack of emotion are present. In other words, these messages cause us to feel anxious or threatened; we don't trust the people around us; we receive messages that we are being evaluated; we receive hints to change your behavior; the messages we receive tend to have a hidden agenda, which is often coupled with guilt; the person/people we interact with act superior; there is a feeling of receiving messages of "certainty" when the speaker is delivering his/her ideas or opinions.

    If you listen carefully to a conversation in the midst of defensiveness, where control dramas have surfaced, you will notice you can often hear and feel excuses being made. Excuses are often disguised and will, more than likely, come in the form of detailed explanations, emotions, denials, accusations, example giving and defensive nonverbal behavior [eye rolling, dramatic sighing]. Of course we all find ourselves engaged in this kind of communication during delicate moments and it is quite normal to choose to respond this way when we are feeling defensive. However, these forms of "excuse making," keep the issue/problem unresolved, active and "on the table." In other words, an Excuse = Blaming. When you don't take ownership for an issue, whether you are right or wrong, then the issue and the control drama remain active.

    Communicating with Accountability Stops an Active Control Drama

    Assertive communication contains a tone of accountability and puts the issue/problem in the "past." In other words Accountability = Ownership. Ownership stops the blame game and stifles control dramas. It is noteworthy to mention here that control dramas are also present in mindless gossip about others. When we talk about other people, even when they are not present, we tend to allow defensiveness back into the conversation. If you pay close attention to gossip, you will hear messages that contain opinions, emotions, judgments and blame moving to the forefront of the conversation and this allows conflict to stay active or even worse, it adds fuel to the drama.

    How to Communicate with an Accountable and Drama Free Message

    Below are the components needed when constructing an accountable and drama free message. If these components are present in your message to another during a difficult conversation, the conversation will be more balanced and thus more effective. You will then be able to, more readily, put the issue in the "past."

    P - Be sure to include a Polite and Professional introduction and maintain this tone throughout the interaction. "I hope this email finds you well. I have been thinking about you since our last interaction." A - Be willing to Apologize for anything in which you are responsible, verbally Agree with one or more of their talking points, and find a quality or behavior of theirs you can Appreciate and Admire it aloud. "I have come to realize it was wrong of me to talk poorly about our work processes to anyone other than our team and I apologize for doing so. Please know I realize how much time you put into these projects and appreciate your hard work." S - Tell them how you intend to/plan to Solve the issue at hand or ask them directly what can be done to resolve it. "Next time I will..." "How would you like me to handle discrepancies with our work orders as we move forward?" T - Thank them for the opportunity to meet/communicate and Target a positive interpersonal message. "Thank you for hearing me out; I am glad we discussed this issue because I enjoy working with you and want us to be on the same page."

    Common Feelings and Needs

    Most people have the same basic desire to get along with others and live a drama free life. Knowing this we can choose to communicate with others on a basic human level pertaining to our needs. One's personal truth can be most easily recognized as a feeling. Your feelings can directly help you define and understand your needs. When you choose to interact with others from an authentic place, you choose to openly express your feelings and your needs with them. In other words, you choose to be accountable and responsible for your intentions, requests, actions and words.

    You can choose to use a feeling/need sequence when resistance presents itself in a conversation. Most people are inspired to find resolution when mutual understanding is present. Mutual understanding is created when open expression, where each person shares his/her true feelings and needs [intentions], is included. People feel the most supported and non-defensive when messages are solution oriented and spontaneous, rather than premeditated. In other words, supportive messages cause us to feel equal, respected, understood, and accepted for who we are and how we experience the world around us.

    How to Directly Apply a Feeling/Need Sequence

    Learn to Say No with a Feeling/Need Sequence

    Acknowledge the other's Feelings, "I can see you are excited about your new job selling insurance and that it is going well for you..." State Your Position, "I am happy with my current insurance provider and am not interested in changing providers at this time." Say No, "So thank you so much for thinking of me and no, I am not interested in purchasing insurance from you right now."

    Manage Disruptive Behavior with a Feeling/Need Sequence

    "I am feeling overwhelmed because everyone seems to be talking at once and I need you to hear what I am saying so we all understand the task before us."

    Respond to Emotions with a Feeling/Need Sequence

    "So you are feeling anxious about the move and need to know more about how it will be conducted?"

    Offer Praise with a Feeling/Need Sequence

    Tell the person what they did specifically, how it made you feel and what need it met for you: "I noticed you traded toys with your sister and it made me feel very proud of you because we value sharing in this family."

    Solve a Problem with a Feeling/Need Sequence

    "Can we back up for a minute? I feel confused about what we are doing and need to understand it from a big picture point of view first."

    Respond to another's Anger with a Feeling/Need Sequence

    "I can see you are feeling deceived and need to know what was specifically said in your absence."

    Compromise with a Feeling/Need Sequence

    "I am feeling stuck on this issue and need to know you are committed to attending these meetings. Can you agree to email me when you know you are going to be absent?"

    Ask for What You Want with a Feeling/Need Sequence

    "I feel confident about my decision to change jobs and need to know what you need to make this work for our family."

    Exercise: They Say Hindsight is 20/20

    Create a list containing the names of your closest family members and friends. After each name, write the first few words [adjectives or action verbs] that come to mind when you think of this person. Next, describe how you feel around them during tense interactions. Do you have a name you call him/her behind his/her back, such as "drama lama" or "drill sergeant?" This could be a good indicator of how you experience them in general. Note who you feel the most comfortable and uncomfortable around, when having to visit for longer periods of time. Hindsight may be 20/20!

    written by: Dr. Jody Janati. Jody currently teaches in the Communication Studies Department at the University of Minnesota. She has an Ed.D. degree in Organizational Leadership and her primary interest area pertains to interpersonal conflict resolution strategies.

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