“A daily ritual is a way of saying I’m voting for myself;
I’m taking care of myself” – Mariel Hemingway
Energy is everything. We are created from energy and can generate it in every moment. Our thoughts can grow our energy field or can shrink it. Our emotions act as interpreters of the type of energy we are experiencing, and who’s around us will impact our field.
Weaving simple rituals into our daily lives can improve our overall well being. I believe in daily rituals, like making time for a warm cup of tea in the morning or taking a long relaxing bath every night. Rituals can be the foundations of a life well lived.
Taking small, sacred moments for ourselves can help us feel grounded. If you have days where anxiety knocks on your door, or there is a lack of clarity leaving you feeling indecisive or irritable, try a grounding or shielding ritual. If you need to increase your focus try an energizing practice.
Morning Magic or Shielding
Mornings are the best time of the day to wrap yourself in an invisible, silky energy sheet. You can use this energy to protect yourself, or to feed from it every moment you need to feel centered, happy, and energized.
As you inhale, visualize a beam of white or gold light streaming down from the center of the universe that slowly envelops your whole body. This shield will protect you from any negative, stressful, toxic or intrusive energy, but you can still feel what’s positive and loving.
Intention:I allow my energy to expand and rise to such high levels it converts lower energies around me. A warm, bright light surrounds me everywhere I go, energizing and supporting me and those I love.
Home and Office
If you want to place an EMF (electromagnetic field) protective forcefield around your home, then take four small pieces of Black Tourmaline and create a grid by placing one in each of the four corners. This protective grid will ensure that your home remains a sanctuary, protected against any detrimental energies that try to enter your space.
Night time Ritual
If you want to cleanse your aura, clear out worries, and fall into the wonderful bliss of a good night’s sleep, then take a piece of Black Tourmaline and place it beneath your pillow. Having it close will help its nature to soothe aches and pains that disturb your sleep, meaning you will wake up refreshed and ready to face another day.
This ritual may be practiced standing, sitting or laying down. There is no right or wrong way to bring ourselves back into alignment.
If you are standing, feel the ground through all four corners of your feet. Let’s take three cleansing breaths. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth with a sigh.
Visualize long roots extending from the soles of your feet, penetrating deep into the ground, soaring deeper and deeper toward the centre of the earth. Feel yourself grow stronger and sturdier, anchoring and rooting you to the earth. Once you feel this strong and powerful connection allows earth’s energy to nourish your body. Breathe in the calming connection to the earth, and let all the negative energy and thoughts melt away as you breathe out.
Affirmation: I am connected to the Earth,
I am strong and stable like a tree, deeply rooted in the ground, yet free to sway in the wind
To practice this technique while at work, sit comfortably with the soles of your feet on the floor, pressing down on your big toe and practice the same visualization sequence.
The Grounding Chair
This technique will help you to be more present in your body, and feel calmer and safer. Sit down in a comfortable chair, one where your feet reach the floor. Take a cleansing breath- inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth with a sigh. Press mindfully on the four corners of your feet.
Inhale, lift your arms over your head, and as you exhale cross your arms and fold forward over your thighs, hugging your knees together. As you inhale, push your knees out against your arms resistance, slowly counting to 8. As you release the tension slowly, doubling the count, press on your big toe. Inhale, draw yourself back and sit tall. As you exhale, close your eyes, relax your palms on your lap, and observe each sensation in your body. You might feel how the energy is draining down from your mind, down through your body and out through your feet into the ground. As the energy drains from your head, feel how heavy each body part becomes, your arms, your torso feels heavy and now your legs as you relax those muscles.
When stressed or overwhelmed we get caught up in negative thoughts, worrying about what’s to come. By re-focusing on your body and what you’re physically feeling, you get out of your head and divert your mind away from anxious or stressful thoughts into the present moment.
Research suggests grounding may improve symptoms of…
Anxiety and Depression
Sama Vritti Pranayama
“Prana is not only the basic life-force, it is the master form of all energy working on the level of mind, life and body.”-Dr. David Frawley
The word Pranayama, derives from the Sanskrit word Prana and Ayama, translating as “life force” and “control” respectively. In this respect Pranayama means breath control.
Sama Vritti Pranayama is a foundational, yet powerful tool that can support your body and mind to process and integrate daily experiences. This could translate to more energy, stronger immune system, better digestion, peaceful mind and better concentration.
Sama Vritti means same or equal fluctuations in Sanskrit. In practice it means the inhalation equals the exhalation. This even breathing technique is both soothing for the mind and body. It grounds and stabilizes an overacting nervous system, teaching you steadiness while supporting a gentle shift into your parasympathetic nervous system.
Count slowly and breathe deeply! As you inhale through your nose, focus on breathing deeply into your belly, expanding it like a balloon. As you exhale, draw your belly button towards your spine. If you are a beginner start with the 4:2:4:2 ratio. For a more advanced practice try 8:4:8:4 ratio.
Inhale for a 4-count (4 seconds)
Hold in for a 2-count (2 seconds)
Exhale for a 4-count (4 seconds)
Hold out for a 2-count (2 seconds)
Twenty minutes of practice in the (8:4:8:4) ratio can yield the deep relaxation and rejuvenating effects of several hours of sleep.
Sama vritti is my go-to pranayama practice. Obviously it can be practiced on your yoga mat, but also in the line-up while waiting for your next coffee, before a stressful conversation or on your commute to work.
When you are physically spent, you can return to try any of these techniques to calm down your mind and feel grounded.
Set an Intention
There is no better way to set yourself up for success than to direct your energy first thing in the morning. Create your unique morning routine that will make you thrive.
Every morning before I wake up, after I go over my vivid dreams,I place my hand over my heart for just a few seconds, and I breathe, connect to myself, send love to myself, and send love to the day. Then I set an intention for my day.
“Starting and maintaining a positive morning routine is an investment of a lifetime. It gives you structure, builds life-changing habits, and creates momentum for the rest of your day.”- Thomas Oppong
For example, you could repeat this one at least 3x a day:
I am in vibrational alignment with my higher, most receptive self.
When you set an intention, you are activating your receptivity and manifesting and putting out that which you intend to attract and call into your life, and that is the power behind it.
Try it out! What would you like to attract and manifest in your daily life? This technique could be coupled with the Shielding Technique.
Kapalabhati Breath or Fire Breath
This dynamic pranayama technique is also known as “skull shining breath” or “ breath of fire.” Kapalbhati pranayama will cleanse, energize and invigorate your body, mind and spirit. Is the perfect practice for the winter months, as it’s increasing your body temperature and energy level.
To begin, sit in a comfortable position where your spine is straight and your abdomen is not compressed. My favorite is sitting in Hero Pose- sitting on my heels with my knees bent, and shins tucked beneath my thighs. You can place a yoga block or two, in between your feet if you have any discomfort in your knees.
Bring your awareness to your lower belly. To heighten your awareness, you can place your hands, one on top of the other, on your lower belly rather than on your knees.
Inhale through your nose deeply.
Contract your low belly or use your hands to gently press on this area, forcing out the breath in a short burst.
As you quickly release the contraction, your inhalation should be automatic and passive — your focus should be on exhaling.
Begin slowly, aiming for 65-70 contractions per minute. Remember to take it slowly at first, and build on your experience as you gain more control. Always go at your own pace and stop if you feel dizzy.
After one minute of the exercise, inhale deeply through the nose, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. Depending on your experience level, you may repeat the exercise.
High blood pressure
As with all breathing exercises, always approach the practice with caution, especially if you have a respiratory condition, such as asthma or emphysema.
With cold weather knocking on our doors, now is the perfect time to start practicing Kapalbhati Pranayama. An added bonus, when practice regularly, will tone your abs like no crunches ever could, and will help with your body detox process, as 96% of toxins are released through exhalation.The benefits of regular pranayama practice will show up in all areas of your life, both on and off the mat.
Energizing Essential Oils Blends
When establishing self-care practices, essential oils are a must. They allow you to indulge your senses to deepen your moments of relaxation and rejuvenation while they act as a bridge for maintaining and supporting your daily habits. Creating and/or following an essential oil ritual could help you to listen deeper and communicate easier with your body.
Remember, our bodies are a beautifully complex mixture of chemicals that react with other chemicals around us. The chemical constituents of essential oils can combine with your own body chemicals to stimulate, calm, and focus. Start by smelling from the bottle and combine the oils that are pleasing you every morning and diffuse them. Your needs are different from mine.
Energizing Essential Oils:
Bergamot, Orange, Peppermint, Spearmint, Cedarwood, Fir, Basil, Rosemary, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lemon.
Consider also adding a drop or two of focusing and anti-anxiety oils like: ylang ylang, vetiver, cypress, basil, lemongrass, patchouli, lavender, geranium.
2 drops peppermint
2 drops orange
2 drops grapefruit
2 drops lavender
Settle Petal Blend
3 drops mandarin
5 drops lavender
4 drops lime
4 drops orange
What you consume affects how you feel. We know that every form of matter vibrates at a certain frequency. Choose joy, compassion and love and you will attract people, things and situations with the same frequency.
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