Effective Ways To Honour Shifts In Energy And Life Phases
Energy isn't always the same. You can just feel it. Sometimes we're in a bit of a rut. Sometimes it's like nothing can stop us - up, up, and away we go!
As my family deals with the aging of my last living Grandparent, there has been a shift in our energy as a family. We have been dealing with stress and sadness but lately we have tried to shift that enegy. Instead we are looking at what our own legacy may be, what we are taking from our ancestors, and what we want to pass onto the next generation. And as we start to clear out and prepare my Grandmother's home for sale, as she can no longer live there, we are realizing that her legacy has nothing to do with 'things'.
My Dad has always shared with me his love for positive sayings in guiding your actions - I am sure this is where I get my love for affirmations from! 'If you are going to take the time to do something, take the time to do something right' and 'the way you do anything, is the way you do everything' are two of my favorites. This past summer he has begun to show me woodworking; which he learnt from my Welsh Grandfather. Through these lessons in woodworking, he also taught me how to take advantage of the situations that are presented to you and how to laugh at yourself. We set out to make one shelf and now I have six of various sizes due to miscalculations and wrong cuts! :D
Horticulture, gardening, and herbology has been passed down maternally through our Celtic family-line. While my Mom has been teaching me how to grow my garden, she has been teaching the me the importance of having a balance between beauty and functionality and a balance between what we take from the earth and what we give back. My Mom has recently been teaching me how to make smudge bundles, which really helps to bring all her lessons full circle.
Here are some ideas to honor shifts in energy:
Smudge it out
Many believe that using the smoke from a bundle of dried plants and burned with intent, can help clear out negative energy and purify. It is like a metaphorical washing away of negativity. The smoke changes the ionic composition of the air, which research has linked to a more positive mood.
My Sage didn't grow well this year, so lately I have been smudging with a sage bundle from Moonflower and with a cedar bundle that I made.
Match it to a scent
Similar to smudging, you can match things to an essential oil aromatherapy scent.
Not familiar with essential oils? Coco Botanical shares the the 5 things you should know about them in this blog post.
Love and gratitude is always the answer. Let these two things guide your actions and thoughts.
Yogi, Su, identified that showing gratitude is one of her ways to move positive thinking to positive action - read more about this here!
I have always been a big fan of vision boards and have one in my closet where I see it everyday. Having my triangle shelf gives me a place where I honour where I am currently at and show gratitude.
If you want to learn more about vision boards, check out this video from Becoming Bohemian.
Affirmations, Affirmations, Affirmations
Affirmations are positive statements you can say out-loud or in your head - and are most effective when repeatly used in a daily routine. Taking a moment to to pause and fill yourself with positive energy with an affirmation is simple self-care routine that every busy person can fit into their schedule.
Matching where you are in life and where you need to go to a crystal can be super powerful. Many believe that crystals each hold different vibrations that can affect your mood and energy. Even if you don't believe in these metaphysical properties of crystals, finding a 'crystal baby' to add into your life can be very symbolic and meaningful.
I belong to my local Gem and Mineral Club and have loved learning more about crystals. You can read more about the different crystals in Aura bracelets - learn about the geology, cultural significance, and metaphysical properties of different stones. Each Aura bracelet comes with information on the stone (and affirmations matched to it's metaphysical properties) so you can have a deeper connection to it.
I'll be adding my triangle shelves and my smudges to my booth at my next two shows. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Please come by and say hello!