5 Spiritual Self-Care Practices

Aww, vacation life! Doesn’t the view look so chill and relaxing? I want to share my 5 go-to spiritual self-care practices. What’s the difference between the traditional meaning of self-care and a SPIRITUAL self-care practice? The biggest difference is in the intention. The spiritual practice is connecting with your highest self and heart center (Heart Chakra).

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BENEFITS OF SPIRITUAL SELF-CARE

  • Achieving a higher vibration of positive energy. Body-mind-soul are in harmony.
  • You’ll have the capacity to access your intuitive voice effortlessly.
  • Self-growth to find inner peace, forgiveness, and compassion towards yourself and others.
  • Inner-kindness that inspires you to be more loving than fear-based.
  • You become friends with your Ego aka your “frenemy.” Let your ego give you the courage and strength to make more meaningful choices vs. putting yourself down, being jealous, or victimized.

5 SPIRITUAL SELF-CARE PRACTICES

  1. Meditation-my personal favorite is Vipassana meditation (YouTube has some good ones). Another is a loving kindness meditation. There are so many different ways to practice meditation, and if you’re first starting out, try a guided one. When I first started, I only did guided meditations because my mind would not stop wondering and I would just give up. So don’t stop, just keep practicing. And, schedule it on a specific day, time, and location each time. That way your mind and body associate this time and space as a safe and uninterrupted time. Practice: begin with a 15-minute guided meditation.
  2. Grounding exercises-help you to harmonize your mind, body, and soul. A good way to visual what this means is to imagine an olive tree and the roots are growing into the ground so that it can’t move. The grounding work is your foundation of a strong and healthy path to accessing your 6 senses (sight, sound, taste, smell, touch, intuition) so that you can stay present. It helps you connect to your feelings and to just BE versus doing and analyzing. This channels your awareness to access higher levels of consciousness. A great space to ask Spirit, God, Universe, whatever you call a higher power for wisdom and guidance. Practice: I love breathing exercises because it’s easy, and I don’t even realize that I block out distracted thoughts. A good one to start with is the 8-6-5 count. You inhale for 8, hold breath for 6, then exhale for 5. You do this in cycles of three. If you find the count difficult, adapt it to a comfortable count.
  3. Sacred Sound-yes, love this one too! I play my crystal bowls so that I can tap into a higher level of consciousness. The vibrations are so calming and soothing. I feel an angelic presence whenever I use sound, including using my voice. I will sometimes use my voice while I play the bowls so that I go deeper into a trance and get tuned with my higher self. I invoke angelic messages, comfort, and just a feeling of goodness. Practice:Play or listen to sacred sound. *In case you don’t have crystal bowls or any instruments that will assist you to access a higher level of consciousness, there is free sound healing YouTube channels to listen to (search 963 Hz, 432 Hz binaural beats).
  4. Automatic writing-journaling is super fast way to find your spiritual path. You just allow yourself to be free to write whatever comes out of you. Don’t judge what you write and stop if you get uncomfortable. Then go back and start free flowing in your journal. Practice: Write for at least 5 minutes without stopping. Even if you think you’ve run out of thoughts to write just keep writing and don’t let your pen lift up. Time yourself and make sure you plan to not be interrupted. The best time is first thing when you wake up. Make sure to ask questions and get clarity. Then put it away and see how you feel. Let it go, and re-read it 3 days after. See any synchronicities.
  5. Creative visual activities-have fun with coloring, cutting up pictures and creating collages, cooking with foods that have vibrant colors, or mixing up plants to create a beautiful centerpiece. These activities remove analytical or intellectualizing thoughts. When you are feeling free and creative, you feel more relaxed and open to positive messages from a higher awareness. The whole idea for this is to have fun, don’t judge or worry if you’re doing it write. You can do that with other things (lol) but not with your creative process. Practice: find some magazines or go on the internet and find beautiful pictures and create a vision board of your spiritual or higher self. Put it somewhere where you will see it everyday. Let the power of positive persuasion manifest a life that is full of spirit and fun!
I hope you found this useful.

I’d love to hear your comments. Share what spiritual self-care practices you do. The more tips we share with each other, the more we can spread love…  

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Use of Honey & Cinnamon to Fight a Cold When Pregnant

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If you are trying to fight a cold and you do not want to take an over-the-counter medication because you are pregnant or you just prefer a natural remedy, try this recipe to fight your cold. I made this earlier today and I feel sooo much better!

Benefits if Cinnamon and Honey

1. Immune system boosters.

2. Protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks,

3. Helps to clear the sinuses.

Recipe

You will need a warmer or pot.

4 cups water

1 Lemon-I sliced one large lemon and squeezed it into the water.

2 Cinnamon sticks.

2 Green Tea Decaffeinated bags

Add honey per cup

*make adjustments according to your preference*

Drink 3 cups a day.

Note: always consult your OB/GYN for safe ways to fight a cold when pregnant. This recipe is not to replace medical advise or medical attention.

5 Benefits: Guided Imagery for Stress Relief

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Guided imagery for stress relief is a mind-body technique that allows for your senses and memory to engage your imagination to help you relax and clear the mind. Involves the use of healing ideas, images, and metaphors. Stress is a common and natural experience that everyone goes through. Nevertheless, if you struggle with bottling up your emotions or feeling overwhelmed, the stress may eventually manifest itself into panic attacks, anger, burnout, depression, or physical pain. Guided imagery is natural and safe which can produce profound results for your mind, body, and soul. It allows you to deeply connect to yourself to help you find inner peace, relaxation, self-compassion, and a sense of personal control. Ideal for the overactive thinker, skeptics, difficulty meditating or relaxing.

5 Benefits:

1. Knowing which of your senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, intuition) can help you to change your response to stress. Guided imagery allows you to tap into your dominant sense (s).

3. To seek instant release, healing, and comfort (you do not have to be under a high amount of stress to enjoy the benefits).

4. You may find guided imagery easier than meditation as it requires less discipline and skill levels.

5. You will go away feeling refreshed, alert, and at peace. This is a great way to create or maintain balance and harmony!

Additional benefits may include deep relaxation, motivation, healing, clarity, pain control, trauma recovery, boosts immune system, decreases stress & anxiety, aids in preparing for a performance/public speaking, habit disorders, and lifts mood.

Happy International Women’s Day! 3 Ways To Unleash Your Feminine Power

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Happy International Women’s Day!  A day to reflect on our continued struggle to fight globally for social & economic justice, and to honor all of the political, social, and economic achievements since the first IWD in 1910. The first National Women’s Day was observed across the United States on February 28, 1909. Then in 2000, countries such as China, Afghanistan, Cambodia and many others has recognized IWD as an official holiday. Wow, what a celebration (not an official holiday in the USA yet…let’s hope some day in our lifetime)!! With many of the dedicated women and men who help advocate for women’s equality and rights, women and girls continue to be vulnerable and at risk of discrimination, health, violence, poverty, education, unequal pay, career roles, and leadership positions as compared to men.

“With more than 17 million women living in poverty  in the United States alone, over 600,000 women and girls trafficked internationally per year, and an estimated seven out of 10 women worldwide reporting they have experienced physical and sexual violence…” Tiffanie Wen, The Daily Beast. In case you are wondering what you can do today, or any other day to inspire change, to help protect and advocate for us women, check out some of these websites for ideas and resources:

1.  American Jewish World Service, https://secure.ajws.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=la_event_0308_rsvp.

2. IWD Resources, http://www.internationalwomensday.com/resources.asp#.UxvCuzkaxUQ.

3. IWD 2014, http://www.internationalwomensday.com/.

Unleash your feminine power! Why complicate it? Here are three simple and practical ways to be feel Empowered…

1. Speak Up!

2. Be Confident!

3. Love Yourself!

I would like to hear from you or if you have any additional information to share. Peace!!

The Power of Your Love Energy

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Happy Valentine’s Day!! I hope you have taken a moment today to check in with yourself to recognize your personal power, love, and energy. The practice of self love can show up in many forms. My self-love today was to embrace self-patience and recognize where my thoughts and emotions take me. I also took a moment at noon and played my crystal singing bowl and made the sound “AH” to recognize World Sound Healing Day. The purpose of World Sound Healing Day is to: 1. Heal our planet 2. Heal our waters 3. Raise our consciousness. I hope your day has been going well and be kind to yourself. Love is all we need…

To learn more about World Sound Healing Day, please go to http://www.worldsoundhealingday.org.

Metaphysical: 5 Benefits of Holy Basil to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

VanaTulsiHoly Basil (Ocimum sanctum) also known as Tulsi (“in compatible one”) is an herb that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of medical conditions including asthma, heart disease, headaches, stomach upset, bronchitis, and arthritis. It comes in red and green varieties. Originally from india, it is considered to be a sacred plant in the Hindu tradition and used in Ayurvedic medicine. Studies of holy basil have suggested that is might be a pain killer, reduces swelling, and lowers sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. This herb is considered to be used as a short-term supplement, combined with your own lifestyle that you may incorporate into improving your psychological, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Another popular use of holy basil has been for stress management and anxiety. These are my top 5 benefits of holy basil (besides the magnanimous, beautiful smell) that I want to share with you in times of gently relieving anxiety and stress:

1. Holy basil functions as an adaptogen (decreased cellular sensitivity to stress) and lowers levels of corticosterone (lowers stress hormones).

2. The aroma of holy basil has suggested improved mood and alleviates stress and worry. 

3. When used on a daily basis, holy basil may reduce the hormone levels that would normally escalate the stress related hormones.

4. Reduces corticosterone levels (a steroid hormone that is a hormone used in response to a stressor) to help the body cope with stress, improve mental clarity, and elevate mood.

5.  Holy basil helps the body respond to mental and physical stressors, lowering the risk of long term stress related effects. 

I hope you have found new insight into this metaphysical herb. Please share your experiences…