Happy New Year's

In a single moment of time, there is always so much to be grateful for. I was grateful in 2017 and I know I will be grateful in 2018. 2017 brought me trials and tribulations but it also brought me strength and courage to move forward into a better self. It made me take risks. It made me try different things. It helped me hone in and focus on the things I love. Like writing, family, reading, and learning. In 2017, this blog has done better than it has done any other year. I've reached people from all over the globe. I've created content worth reading and I know there's still so much this blog has to offer. I finished everything I've needed for university and will be attending in a couple weeks. I've grown as a mother and I've spent so much of 2017 with family and adventuring. 

And let's be clear, 2017 didn't do this to me. I did this to me in 2017. I took the risks, the leaps, the bounds. I am in control of this journey.

January is filled with a thousand promises, all of which can easily be broken like a vase sliding off a shelf if you're careless in your approach. 2018 won't come to you. It won't bring you any happiness or joy. You have to go to 2018. Become what you want and what you love.  Grow. Become. Bring happiness to 2018. Bring your entire self to 2018. Tell yourself: I am enough + I am blooming. Here you are, at the start. Full of soft beginnings and endless opportunity. No different than yesterday.

Make it what you want, friends.

Witchy Wednesday: Meditation and Its Benefits Towards Your Craft

Image Source |  Ladysmith Gazette

Image Source | Ladysmith Gazette

If we are not in tune with ourselves, our energy and our spells will be all over the place. The energy we put into the universe will be unbalanced and so will the energy we receive. Meditation brings us into ourselves and helps us to manifest our lives. Manifestation gives us the power to positively alter our reality by visualizing the change. Manifestation is the root of magick, of change, and of self growth and the way to achieve this is through meditation.

The first step is understanding that meditation isn't easy and requires practice. Too many blogs and articles give the appearance of things being "easy" and quick fixes yet they are toying with you. The best things in life almost ways require time, patience, effort, will, and hard work. From motherhood, to relationships, to friendships, to careers, to collections, to creations, everything requires those key ingredients. Do not allow yourself to be fooled into thinking things are easy because you will wind up giving up and feeling frustrated.

The second step is finding a meditation practice that works for you. The classic meditation of candles lit, complete silence, and reciting mantras is incredible but it is not the only way to meditate and in life, one size does not often fit all. Try the classic meditation, practice it, but also indulge in finding other ways to meditate. Perhaps creating art is something that helps you release or perhaps dancing. Whatever takes focus away from your stressors and negativities of life can be used as a form of meditation. And remember you will not see immediate results so consistent practice is key.

Meditation Ideas

Shower Meditation

Every time you take a shower, find a sense of calm and peace as the water caresses your flesh and envelopes you. Imagine all the negative energy and stress that surrounds you being washed away. From your head to your toes, it's being carried away. All the emotions you've been bottling up — the anxiety, the stresses, the sadness, the lack of motivation, the guilt is all being cleared off of you and is sinking into the drain. This is your release. 

Art Meditation

Creation is a wonderful meditation. All our overwhelming emotion can be relieved by making art. We need to let ourselves go and open ourselves to our psyche and soul. Feel the paint gliding over paper with your brush. Feel the clay smooth against your fingers. Art is self connection and teaches us, with practice, to dive within us and break free from the outside world. Visualize your negative energy being released onto your canvas and transformed into something outside yourself, into something better. 

Morning Journals

Imagine pulling them out. Like in Harry Potter and the pensieve, they brought the wand up to their temple, pulled out a memory, and dropped it into a basin. Do the same with your thoughts. Let them flow through you, to your pen, to paper and write it all out. Don't worry about anyone seeing it. Just let it all out and don't stop for a few pages. Not only does this allow a release, but it also gives us honesty about ourselves. It teaches us about our worries and our fears. Applied with meditation and with practice, it keeps us lighter and balanced. 

Guided Meditation

Common meditation of sitting with legs crossed, palms open, eyes closed can not be beat as far as meditation goes. With practice, it is calming, soothing, freeing. Yet it is not easy. It requires practice and patience and a little frustration. It is absolutely okay if our mind drifts because that is our soul talking to us - letting us know where we need to heal and where we need to accept. However, for beginners, a warm welcome into meditation by guides is a useful tool. There are tons on the internet and I recommend searching for the right one that calls to you. One of my favorites is TheHonestGuys.

Herbs, Scents, and Stones for Meditation

Invite nature to help you invoke peace and a meditative state. 

Herbs

  • Brahmi
  • Chamomile
  • Hibiscus 
  • Calendula

Scents

  • Frankincense
  • Sage 
  • Myrrh
  • Sandalwood

Stones

  • Clear quartz
  • Rose quartz
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Amethyst
  • Labradorite

Benefits

  • Less stress
  • Empower the evolution of consciousness
  • Teaches relaxation of mind, body, and soul
  • Increase ability to focus
  • Helps memory
  • Increases control and impulses
  • Increases creativity and organization
  • Helps balance our emotions

Find your power through meditation. What ways do you meditate? What more would you like to learn about meditation?