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Mindful Ways To Connect With The Earth’s Energy

We are not separate from nature. We are part of it. Yet, our modern day lives are very good at separating us from the earth’s energy. This schism leaves us fractured and disconnected.

Countless people suffer because they’ve lost touch not only with the earth’s energy but also with their own nature and their own inner wisdom and energy.

The earth’s energy is the perfect remedy for this modern-day disconnect. When you open yourself up to receive the earth’s energy, you can restore balance and start a powerful process of self-healing.

The Earth’s Energy and Your Body’s Energy

The earth is always bathing the world in an orderly electromagnetic field, full of rich and dense vibrations. This energy brings healing, harmony, and order to all of the planet’s beings, including you. Earth energy, along with cosmic energy, makes up a lot of the positive energy inside you.

The earth’s electromagnetic field has a normal range of 7.8 Hz, which is also known as the Schumann Resonance. Not only is this the resonance of the earth, but it’s also found in the human body.

The cavity of the human body resonates at 7.8 Hz, and so do our Alpha and Theta brain waves. These brain waves are associated with intuition, inspiration, calmness, and relaxation.

In short, the earth’s natural range of 7.8 Hz matches our own biology, and when we connect with it, it enhances our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.

Signs You’re Not Connected To The Earth’s Energy

When this free and healing energy is either blocked from entering our bodies, or when you simply don’t have enough of it, it can lead to stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, sleep problems, and inflammation.

Here are additional signs that show a disconnect from the earth’s energy. Do any of them sound familiar?

  • Getting distracted easily
  • Constantly overthinking things
  • Always worrying
  • Getting caught up in personal drama
  • Obsessed with getting material things
  • Obsessed with your own image

8 Mindful Ways to Connect With The Earth’s Energy

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What is your attitude toward the earth? Do you take it for granted? Or, do you shower it with gratitude? Do you have a favorite tree or houseplant? Is there a flower that always catches your eye? Is there a park you like to spend time in? Do you walk along the river, or go swimming in the sea?

These are not just aspects of the earth that you enjoy. These are points of entry where you can show your gratitude to Mother Earth.

Pray To Mother Earth

In his book, Love Letters to Earth, Thich That Hanh writes, “When we look into our own bodily formation, we see Mother Earth inside us, and so the whole universe is inside us, too. Once we have this insight of interbeing, it is possible to have real communication, real communion, with the Earth. This is the highest possible form of prayer.”

Consider praying to our Earth. This doesn’t mean you worship her. Instead, Thich That Hanh invites us to love and take care of her. After all, she provides a safe refuge for us during our earthly existence. And what better energetic being to have an intimate conversation with than Mother Earth?

Eat Seasonal Foods

The earth’s abundance matches our own physical needs. So, in the summer, focus on eating seasonal, fresh foods. In the fall and winter, avoid cooling foods and drinks, which, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, weaken the digestive system and diminish our inner fire.

Instead focus on grounding foods that literally come from the earth, such as root vegetables, and yellow and orange-colored produce. These foods provide the nutrients we need in those specific seasons, and they ground the body, too. Remember, be grateful for the abundance of beautiful food the earth provides.

Take Nature Walks

The American Public Health Association (APHA) released a statement saying, “People of all ages and abilities enjoy higher levels of health and well-being when they have nature nearby in parks, gardens, greenways, naturalized schoolyards and playgrounds, and natural landscaping around homes and workplaces.”

So, make the choice to find these green spaces and enjoy them whenever you can. You can breathe some fresh air, enjoy natural sunlight and even hug a tree. Connecting with another earth being can balance your own energy field.

What if you can’t get outside? And what if you work in a cubicle all day? You can gaze on a picture of nature and meditate upon it. Or, you can close your eyes and imagine your favorite natural landscape. Maybe it’s a snow-capped mountain. Perhaps it’s a lazy river going with the flow. Whatever you imagine, just breath deeply and be present with your visualization.

What do you hear? What do you see? This is a powerful way to connect with the earth’s energy, too.

Watch Wild Life

You don’t have to be a zoo biologist to observe wildlife. As  Eckhart Tolle writes in Stillness Speaks, “Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it…how still they are, how deeply rooted in Being.”

Watching how other beings live and behave can be inspirational, funny and enlightening. It can also be a wonderful way to practice mindfulness and stillness, too.

Grounding, or Earthing

When you practicing grounding, you come into direct contact with the earth’s electromagnetic field. When you receive it, you can obtain some pretty amazing benefits.

Research shows that grounding can reduce stress and pain, and improve sleep. Connecting to the earth’s energy has also been associated with boosting the immunity, lowering inflammation and helping address autoimmune diseases.

And along with these physical benefits, there are also plenty of emotional and spiritual benefits. So, go barefoot, go swimming in the ocean or lake, or use an earthing mat to connect with the earth’s energy.

Practice Grounding Yoga Poses

There are many grounding yoga poses that start with you “rooting” your feet into the ground and drawing energy up from the earth.

This alone helps to quiet the busy mind and encourage the unobstructed flow of Qi throughout your entire self – mind, body, and spirit.

When you stay “rooted” and “grounded” in balancing postures, you rely on the stability and security of the earth, too. It’s a powerful experience. So, give Tree Pose, Dancer Pose, Warrior III, and Half Moon pose a try. An even simpler, yet equally grounding pose is the simple mountain pose.

Practice Grounding Meditation

In his powerful little book, Chakras for Beginners, David Pond suggests a grounding meditation that focuses on the concept of roots. He says:

“Imagine a grounding cord that runs from your spine deep into the earth. Imagine in your mind’s eye any excessive mental energy running down your spine and dissipating through the grounding cord into the earth.

Imagine the grounding cord growing roots, like giant trees. Picture the tops of your grounding cord intermingling with the lots of the giant trees. Now, imagine that you can draw energy up from the earth through your grounding cord. Picture the same centered strength of the trees being accessible to you, too.”

It’s an amazing and comforting thought, but it’s also a beautiful reality when you practice this grounding meditation.

Star Gazing

Transcend space and time by looking into outer space. People have been doing this for millions of years, and connecting with something higher and bigger than them: the earth’s energy.

Stargazing is a wonderful time to meditate upon the stars. Or, to simply be in awe of the sheer breadth and depth of the magnificent world above us.

But even more importantly, star gazing allows us to remember our interconnectedness. As above, so below. Celestial beings are not just “up there” for our viewing pleasure. We are connected with them, too.

So, the next time you have a cloud-free evening, step outside and behold the stars, always remembering the one you’re standing on, too.

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How to Use Tarot to Heal Your Body

Both spiritual teachers and modern science confirm the mind-body connection. Thanks to this powerful interaction between the body and mind, we can use energetic tools to heal dis-ease and discomfort in the body. Tarot is one such tool you can use to start healing the body – all by addressing your mind.

Western thought has done an excellent job dissecting the human body. With just one look at the sciences, we see that the human body is made up of many separate systems and parts – all coming together to make the human body. But this is all a bit misleading.

Yes, there are definitely different systems and parts in the physical body, but they don’t exist in a vacuum. They are intricately connected.

Health experts and spiritual teachers are now teaching that there are powerful connections between what happens in the mind and what happens in the body. What’s more, your emotions, spiritual beliefs and behaviors impact your physical self.

The body and mind always talk to each other

Medical doctor and alternative medicine expert, Deepak Chopra writes, “Different mental states can positively or negatively affect biological functioning. This occurs since the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems share a common chemical language, which allows constant communication between the mind and body through messengers like hormones and neurotransmitters.”

In short, there is constant communication between the mind and body. Our mental activity might start in the mind, but it doesn’t stop there. We can’t keep our thoughts, beliefs or emotions a secret. Our body hears every single one, and our physiological state is directly influenced by them.

Thought vibrations change cells behavior

In addition to the intricate communication happening throughout the body, research shows that our thoughts and emotions have specific vibration frequencies. These vibrations create waves that alter cellular structures. In this way, thought vibrations can actually influence your overall physiological state.

This study, for example, shows that our thoughts, words, and emotions alter the structure of water crystals. Whenever the structure of a cell is changed, the function can change, too. In fact, this study showed that water can store either health-causing or disease-causing frequencies. Now, consider that up to 60 percent of the adult body is water.

If we have positive and loving mental and emotional activity, the cells can vibrate in a more health-supporting way. If not, we can actually alter our DNA, as additional research has demonstrated.

Emotions always show up in the body

When we feel emotions, they show up in the physical body. This is something you’re probably familiar with. When you feel stressed, you may feel tense or experience headaches. What about nervousness? That often shows up as butterflies in the stomach.

Research also shows that if we repress our emotions, we’re more likely to disrupt the main stress hormone, cortisol, and throw it out of balance. This chronic imbalance in cortisol can lead to hormonal and immunologic problems later on.

So, we can either feel emotions in the body at the moment we’re feeling them. Or, we can repress them and “not” feel them, but they don’t go away. Instead, they move to an area of their body, where they can create dis-ease, an inspirational teacher, Louise Hay, has taught.

Yes, disease and illness manifest in the physical body, but they’re not random. They don’t just happen. Disease and illness are actually representations of our deep, emotional and energetic state. And they directly correspond to an unresolved emotion.

From this point of view, the root of the problem is an energetic disruption, and in order to initiate healing, we have to go to the root of the problem: energy.

This is amazing news because it means we are not victims of what happens to us. We have the ability to change our energetic state and influence our physical bodies.

This brings us to tarot.

How tarot supports physical healing

Tarot is a powerful tool that allows us to read energy. It does this by prompting us to reflect on our beliefs, thoughts, and feelings. Then, we’re encouraged to ask questions about our mind’s activity – questions we might have never asked before. Or, things we’ve been ignoring or suppressing.

With the help of tarot, we can uncover our energy, and come to understand why we have a physical problem.

For example, tarot can illuminate an energetic pattern you’re continually creating and stuck in. Subsequently, you create physical pain, too. Tarot can help explain the energetic root cause of the physical problem. And your physical state can mirror what the tarot reading reveals.

Remember, tarot isn’t a diagnosis, and it isn’t going to heal your body for you. Instead, it brings to your attention your energetic patterns. This is powerful information because when you know your own energy, you can take responsibility for it, and release stuck energy with love and compassion.

How to use tarot to heal the body

You can use tarot to start the healing process. One way to do so is to meet with a tarot reader who can help you explore your present energetic state. By considering her reading, you can deepen your understanding of your own thoughts and beliefs. How might they be influencing your current mind-body connection?

You can also use tarot on your own. Spread the cards facing up, and consider them. Then, choose the card that resonates with you the most. Explore the meaning of the card, and ask yourself how it relates to your current life situation.

Another method is to shuffle the cards and spread them facing down. Allow your inner wisdom to choose the card for you. Why do you think the Universe gifted you this particular card?

Whether you choose the card with knowing intention, or whether your intuition chose it for you, spend time meditating on it. Is it suggesting that you make changes in your life?

If you draw a card from the Major Arcana, it may indicate that you need to surrender to change. Or, perhaps you need to go with the flow into a new phase or chapter of your life. This could apply to relationships, both with yourself and others, or it could relate to your career or life situation.

For example, a Minor Arcana card represents the feelings, thoughts, and beliefs we hold deep within the mind. For example, the Wands encompass creative energy. The Cups correspond to trust. Pentacles represent living a spiritual life in a material world. And finally, the Swords help us identify the truth in our thoughts and experiences.

If you draw one of these Minor Arcana cards, which thought or belief is it highlighting for you? How can you pay attention to it and bring healing to yourself?

Finally, the Court Cards refer to relationships we need to learn from and maybe even move on from. But they can also highlight an aspect of our own selves that we need to attend to.

If you’re not sure what your tarot card is telling you, get curious and ask your intuition for guidance.

These mental, emotional and spiritual areas of our life might seem like a far cry from our physical selves. But we know that’s not the case. The mind-body connection is always communicating. This can lead to either energetic harmony or imbalance.

To help you figure out which energy is out of balance, and even contributing to your physical state, consider using tarot. It can be a powerful tool to gently and subtly point out your energetic state.

When you listen to what tarot is saying about your energy, you can start adjusting your beliefs and thoughts. This way you can create health-supporting energy rather than energy that leads to dis-ease.

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How to Create Greater Alignment with Yourself and Others with Lavender Gems

Alignment. It’s the spiritual version of having all your ducks in a row. And it feels great: you feel alive, energized and centered. But for many individuals, alignment isn’t a regular experience, and this can negatively impact how you feel, think and interact with others. Something’s always “off.”

There are many energetic ways to change this, and using lavender gems is a gentle, yet powerful practice to help you create greater alignment. Here’s why.

What does it mean to be in alignment?

We all have a special calling. It’s something meant just for you. It’s like having a homework assignment  – except it never feels like homework. It feels energizing.

That’s because when you’re in alignment, your actions and thoughts line up with this inner calling, working together to create an authentic life. But when we live out of alignment, life begins to feel like homework and one tiring, feet-dragging experience.

Why is it difficult to be in alignment with yourself?

In today’s modern world, alignment is challenging. There’s so much pressure to meet lots of different expectations. It’s all very distracting, and instead of focusing on who we are, and what we’re called to do, we make desperate attempts to be like everyone else.

Another reason why alignment is so challenging is that we get stuck in limiting beliefs. And until we heal and release them, it’s hard to live in alignment.

Because this misalignment occurs gradually, it’s hard to notice it. However, when you’re out of alignment, there are some pretty telling signs.

11 signs you’re out of alignment

We humans are very good at adapting – even to pain and discomfort. Therefore, we can live out of alignment for a long time and never even realize it. Do any of these signs sound familiar to you?

If so, there’s a good chance you’re not living in alignment with your true self.

  1. You have a nagging feeling that something’s off
  2. You feel limited, unfulfilled and disconnected
  3. You feel like your past mistakes are what’s holding you back
  4. You don’t have much – or any – direction
  5. You know you’re not living according to your true purpose
  6. You feel like you have stagnant energy inside
  7. You feel fatigued
  8. You experience irregular breathing because of anxiety, anger or stress
  9. You struggle to concentrate because your mind is scattered and distracted
  10. You feel sad or even depressed, especially because you believe you’ve lost something
  11. You feel irritable toward other people

These contrasting feelings are very uncomfortable and as strange as it sounds, that’s a good thing. That’s because your inner wisdom isn’t giving up on you. It wants you to know that you’re out of alignment.

Knowing this wisdom is power. When you know you’re out of alignment, you can take steps to replace disconnection with the connection, dissatisfaction with content, and fatigue with new vim and vigor. That’s where lavender gems come in.

The power of lavender gems for alignment

Lavender(violet) is the color of the crown chakra – your center for deeper connection, not only with the greater Life Force but also with yourself. And lavender is especially indicated for understanding yourself better.

Because lavender helps you become more self-aware, it also helps you to move through life with greater certainty and centeredness.

Lavender gems are multidimensional

Along with aquamarine, citrine, and quartz, lavender gems offer multi-dimensional healing. This means lavender gems are versatile multitaskers that can profoundly influence many areas of your life experience.

Not only can they boost your emotional, mental and spiritual health, but they can also bring more balance and harmony into your life.

Another way lavender supports alignment is by helping you develop greater flexibility and creativity – exactly what you need to get out of a rut, recognize your true self, and live a more authentic life.

4 ways to use lavender gems for greater alignment

Gemstones may be cute and trendy, but they’re powerful conduits for healing. So, it’s always a good idea to approach them with both respect and gratitude. It’s also important to use them correctly so they can support your healing.

Here are four ways to use lavender gems to get back into alignment and be your most authentic self again – or maybe for the first time.

  • Wear lavender gems around your neck

A lavender gem necklace is anything but jewelry. Instead, it’s a powerful tool that quietly works with you, both day and night. If you prefer not to wear it while you sleep, place it near your body. This way, you can still connect to the healing energy of the lavender gems, and deepen your connection with yourself.

  • Wear a lavender gem tisrati

If you need mental clarity, and you’re struggling with both an overactive mind and an unsettled emotional body, a lavender gem tisrati is a powerful tool, too.

If you have a lavender necklace, place it on your head like a crown. This practice helps to increase awareness and support greater alignment.

  • Single gem crown chakra

Even if you don’t have a lavender necklace, you can still use this powerful gemstone. One simple practice is to lie down in the resting yoga pose, Savasana.

While resting, place the lavender gem above your head. Then, picture a white light enveloping you while you meditate on your connection with your innermost self and the Higher Power (or however you identify with the Divine).

  • Lavender clusters

When our living space is messy and full of clutter, it’s hard to think straight. So, you can only imagine how hard it is to experience mental clarity, connection, and insight when the mind is cluttered with negative energy like worry, fear, anger, anxiety and more.

Lavender has the ability to purify and transmute this negative energy. One way you can do that is to create a lavender cluster in your room to neutralize this energy and balance your living space again. It’s like giving your physical space a spiritual tidy up.

Living out of alignment is discouraging, disheartening and tiring. It puts you at odds with yourself and with others. Using lavender gems can gently increase your self-awareness and self-understanding, and help you to create greater alignment.

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9 Female Goddesses to Inspire You to be a Powerful and Loving Woman

For thousands of years, people have turned to mythological and spiritual figures for inspiration and guidance. And even though we are modern people living in the 21st century, the magic and beauty of goddesses is still alluring, uplifting and sometimes even life-changing.

If you’re searching for powerful women to inspire you, here are nine amazing goddesses who provide powerful feminine energy to those who ask. Click on each of their names for an image of the Goddess.

Artemis

Artemis is the Greek goddess of the hunt and moon. So, Artemis is often depicted carrying a bow and arrow, with a crescent moon resting on her head. If you’re searching for something in life, Artemis can help you stay true to your goals and reach them.

But Artemis is so much more than a huntress. She’s also the guardian of the forests, wild places, and women. She can help you navigate even your wildest dreams. After all, she knows the wilderness well.

Bast

Bast is an Egyptian goddess who is usually depicted as a cat, or as a woman with a cat’s head. And while women turn to Bast for many things, she is especially revered as a fertility goddess.

In ancient times, women suffering from fertility problems made offerings to Bast. If you have an affinity for cats and also want to focus on your fertility, Bast may be a good goddess to turn to.

Gaia

Gaia is either the personification of the earth itself or the goddess of the earth. According to Greek mythology, Gaia gave birth to all the gods. And with Gaia, you can see the earth as a nurturing and providing mother instead of an object to exploit.

That’s because Gaia is Mother Earth. Seeing life this way can also help you feel safe, protected and cared for. What’s more, you can draw on Gaia’s strength to tap into your own maternal energy.

Freya

Gracing Norse mythology, Freya is the goddess of love, beauty, sex, and fertility. But what makes Freya special is that she encourages a deep sense of self-awareness in women.

She especially wants you to see the beauty in all things, especially yourself. So, for women who struggle to accept and love themselves, Freya can be both gentle and powerful in guiding them to see their own worth again.

Idun

You’re probably familiar with the Biblical couple, Adam and Eve. But here, we’re talking about Idun and Eve – two women whose story revolves around a special fruit-bearing tree.

Eve ate the forbidden fruit and got cast out of the Garden of Eden. Idun also had a powerful fruit-bearing tree, which offered immortality to those who indulged, and tradition says Idun shared these special fruits with others.

Aging is inevitable, but Idun reminds us that we can retain a youthful spirit and experience fresh renewal anytime. Maybe we just need to trade the mythical apples for Vitamin C-infused oranges and face creams.

Lakshmi

Lakshmi is a Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity, which is why you may see her with gold coins falling from her fingertips. But Lakshmi isn’t just the goddess of financial and material wealth. She also represents spiritual abundance. Therefore, she’s a wonderful goddess to turn to when you want to overcome scarcity mindset and replace it with a more abundant and grateful spirit.

Ostara

This Germanic spring goddess represents the gentle dawn and fresh beginnings. In fact, her name and symbols, such as eggs and rabbits, were adapted into the Christian feast of Easter. For those women who need support to make it through a dark and difficult time, or for people who need to start over, Ostara can lead the way to where the light and new life is.

Parvarti

Parvarti is one of the many forms of the Hindu deity, Shakti, who represents the feminine energy, infusing all life.

The story of Parvarti is amusing and endearing. This determined and devoted goddess tried many tactics to win Shiva’s love. She even turned to solitude and self-mastery to win him over. Thanks to her steadfast love and devotion, Parvarti eventually earned Shiva’s love and helped him take pleasure in life again.

Therefore, Parvarti can be a wonderful mentor for when we’re having trouble opening ourselves up to the pleasures of life. She can also encourage us to continue to choose love even when it’s not always reciprocated, and when we’re not always rewarded for our efforts.

What’s more, Parvarti reminds us that it takes lots of love and devotion to embark on any spiritual journey and that it may take time for us to reap the rewards of our efforts. But like Parvarti, we can be patient and steadfast, too.

Aphrodite

Last, but certainly not least, this famous goddess needs little introduction. She has been depicted countless times over the centuries, and for good reason. This Greek goddess represents love and beauty. In fact, in Greek mythology, other gods thought her beauty could start wars and rivalries between her many admirers.

So, if you want to be more desirable and attractive, invoke Aphrodite. It’s a good way to own your beauty and sexuality with greater confidence.

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Coping with the Fear of Rejection

The fear of rejection is very real and it’s no wonder why. Rejection hurts. Plain and simple. And it doesn’t matter if it happens at home, at work, or in other social settings. Rejection is painful, and so we avoid it at all costs. After all, who wants to get hurt? But rejection is inevitable, so it’s a good idea to learn how to overcome the fear of rejection and learn to cope with it when it does happen.

The fear of rejection is millions of years old

We all want to belong. But this isn’t anything new. In an article published by the American Psychological Association, entitled, The pain of social rejection, author Kirsten Weir explains, “As clever as human beings are, we rely on social groups for survival. We evolved to live in cooperative societies, and for most of human history, we depended on those groups for our lives. Like hunger or thirst, our need for acceptance emerged as a mechanism for survival.”

Belonging was essential for survival. That means rejection essentially meant death. But a lot has changed over the course of millions of years. So, you might think our need for belonging isn’t as important anymore.

That’s not the case though. While it’s true that we can all live pretty independent lives and survive on our own now, that doesn’t erase millions of years of evolution. We still want to belong, and rejection prevents this from happening. In short, we still need our tribe no matter what form it takes.

In a way, our fear of rejection had an important role to play: it helped to keep us alive. But that only explains why it is part of the human experience – it doesn’t really explain why it hurts so much, does it?

Why does rejection hurt so much?

Rejection hits us on an emotional and psychological level. Or, does it? Recent research has found that the pain of being rejected actually activates the same brain areas that physical pain does.

Kipling Williams, a professor at the Department of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University, researched social rejection in an article called Ostracism. In his study, participants played a game of cyber frisbee with other volunteers as their brains were being scanned. After all three participants played frisbee together, two players eventually started to play by themselves and exclude one player.

Williams and his team observed something fascinating in the brains of people who were excluded and rejected. They saw that the dorsal anterior cingulate, along with the anterior insula became more active.

Why is this important? Because these are the same two brain regions that get activated when you experience physical pain. In short, emotional pain registers in the brain the same way physical pain does.

And this can help to explain why rejection hurts so much, and why we try to avoid it. After all, through trial and error, we learn what causes physical injury – like touching a hot pan, or mishandling a sharp knife – and we avoid these actions as best we can.

So, it’s understandable that as we experience rejection, we start to avoid behaviors that might invite more rejection. But this is a problem. That’s because these same behaviors are exactly what keeps us from living a wholehearted and authentic life.

How do we try to avoid rejection?

To keep rejection from happening again, we develop unhealthy behavior patterns and mindsets. For example, if you were rejected by a lover, you may become pessimistic about ever finding love again. Or, if you do find yourself in a good relationship, you sabotage it because you’re afraid of being rejected by your new partner.

If your experience of rejection started much earlier in life – from a parent, for example – you may have false beliefs about yourself. You might think you’re unworthy of love and attention, or that you don’t deserve friends. And thoughts like this prevent you from attracting love and attention to yourself. This, in turn, creates even more rejection.

Another common rejection scenario is when you share your thoughts or opinions only to get mocked or excluded. If that’s the case, you might hide the true you in order to fit in.

As you can see, if we desperately try to avoid rejection, we actually create more rejection and less belonging.

So, we have to learn to be ourselves, knowing full well that it could end in rejection. But how can you do that?

How to overcome the fear of rejection

As long as people have preferences, people will welcome what they prefer and reject what they don’t. And the truth is, sometimes that means you and me will get rejected. So, how can we continue, full steam ahead, even with the risk of rejection? Here are two tips to cope with our innate fear of rejection.

  1. You don’t have to take rejection personally

In his inspiring book, The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz, lays out four principles to live by. His second principle is this: Don’t take anything personally.

What does Ruiz mean by this? He teaches that every action that’s directed towards you actually has very little to do with you. In fact, usually, it has nothing to do with you. Instead, it has everything to do with the other person. It has to do with their thoughts, belief system, emotional baggage, personal history and so much more.

And when you apply Ruiz’s principle to rejection, it can transform the entire experience. The truth is, when people reject us, we interpret it as a reflection of our value and our worth.

Rejection doesn’t just mean exclusion. Instead, it means:

  • I’m not lovable
  • I’m not good enough
  • I’m not worthy
  • I’m a loser

But if you don’t take rejection personally, you can see that you were excluded, and continue to believe that you’re lovable, worthy, good enough and anything but a loser.

  1. Rejection might be doing you a favor

This might seem crazy but bear with me. We often think we know what we want and what’s best for us. But that’s not always the case. Instead, and as Gabrielle Bernstein says, “The universe your back.”

But how can rejection be the universe’s way of taking care of you? After all, rejection is painful and makes you feel isolated and alone.

But does it have to?

It’s true: you do get rejected by a group or an individual. But chances are you wouldn’t have been very happy in that group or with that individual anyway.

Therefore, while rejection means you don’t fit into that specific scenario, that doesn’t mean you’re never going to fit anywhere.

Instead, rejection keeps you out of places or situations where you won’t thrive. And it helps you to keep looking for your perfect fit.

Here’s an analogy that might help. There are so many beautiful flowers in our world. And some thrive in the sun; others bloom best in the shade. There are some flowers that need sunny seaside climates, while others can survive the cool temperatures of the snowy Alps.

But you would probably never say that the seaside flower is worthless because it can’t survive in the Alps, or vice versa. So, why should you say that about yourself?

Just because you didn’t “make it” with one crowd or another, doesn’t mean you’re not a beautiful person. It just means, you tried to plant yourself in the wrong garden.

There’s this common saying: Bloom where you’re planted. But let’s take it one step further and infuse it with some powerful intention. Instead, of just blooming where you happen to end up, why not plant yourself where you know you will bloom best?

The payoff for accepting rejection

Even if you don’t take rejection personally, it can still hurt. And even if you compare yourself to a beautiful flower who simply tried to plant herself in the wrong garden, rejection hurts yet again.

So, have you really gained anything? The answer is a resounding yes. There is a payoff when you accept that rejection can and will happen. And here it is:

When you stop running away from rejection, you also stop running away from love, intimacy, and connection. But if you keep trying to avoid rejection, you avoid connecting with others and opening yourself up to love.

In short, we have to be vulnerable. And while that does make it possible for rejection to occur, it also makes it possible for so many other beautiful human connections to occur.

As a research professor and bestselling author, Brené Brown found, the people who allow themselves to be vulnerable also believe “that what made them vulnerable made them beautiful.”

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Flower Essences to Overcome Negative Emotions and Stress

Every spring, Mother Nature goes through an extraordinary transformation. And perhaps one of the most beautiful aspects of springtime is when all the flowers go into bloom.

These blossoms are certainly a sight for sore eyes after a long, cold winter, and they definitely help to lift the spirits. But flowers can also help to overcome negative emotions and stress in other ways, too.

One way is with flower essences  – a simple method that taps into some serious flower power. And what better time to introduce flower essences into your life than during springtime?

What are flower essences?

Flower essences are tinctures. They were developed by a British physician, Dr. Edward Bach in the early 20th century. He believed that disease was the result of negative emotions held within the body. So, he set out to identify the emotional healing power of flowers to help address and overcome this.

That lead to the development of his now-popular Bach Flower Remedies, a collection of 38 flower essences, which are aimed to address negative emotion.

How are flower essences made?

Flower essences are tinctures. The flower, or simply the petals themselves, are placed in a bowl of water. Everything is left to sit as the energy of the flower transfers to the water.

Then, the flowers or petals are removed from the water, and a preservative – usually brandy – is added to turn this flower-infused water into a tincture.

What’s the difference between essential oils and flower essences?

There are many natural remedies to increase wellness, and it’s easy to confuse flower essences with other popular remedies. So, it’s important to remember that flower essences and essential oils are very different things.

The biggest difference is that flower essences focus on the vibrational energy of the flower, whereas essential oils tap into the actual physical properties of the plant’s oil.

Another big difference is that essential oils are fragrant substances and one reason why they’re commonly used in aromatherapy. Flower essences, on the other hand, are fragrance-free.

How to use flower essences

Flower essences are used to help heal negative emotions and stress. But this isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach.

It’s easy to simply identify stress as just stress. And if we’re experiencing a negative emotion, we don’t tend to dive very deep to identify exactly what we’re feeling.

We usually stop at, “I’m stressed”, or with other vague statements. But there are many different types of negative emotions. And knowing which one you’re experiencing is key to using flower essences effectively.

In fact, each of the 38 flower essences is meant to address a specific negative emotion and type of stress.

So, the first and most important thing to do before taking a flower essence is to become self-aware. This allows you to dig deep and uncover what you’re feeling and why.

You can become more aware of your negative emotions by asking the following questions:

  • How am I reacting to this situation or thought?
  • What is causing me to react this way? (Fear, worry, anger, guilt, insecurity, etc.)

To help you identify with your emotions, it might help to journal or talk about it with a close and trusted friend, or coach.

Once you explore your emotional experience, you can look for the flower essence(s) that best support your current emotional need.

For example, Stephanie Gailing, a flower essence therapist, and astrologer shares that stress occurs because you lack confidence and don’t trust your abilities, leading to overall feelings of insecurity. In this case, a good match would likely be the flower essence of larch.

Similarly, if you’re impatient, rushed or a bit impulsive, the appropriately-named essence of impatiens can help.

Flower essences for specific stress and negative emotions

Perhaps one of the most challenging things about experiencing stress and negative emotions is the fear that no one understands you. But once you get to know flower essences, it will seem like they’re made with you in mind.

To give you an idea of just how specific they can be, here’s a brief introduction to flower essences that may support emotional well-being.

  • Elm: When you feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities
  • Beech: When you’re overly critical and judgmental and don’t tolerate others and yourself
  • Cherry Plum: When you’re afraid to lose control, and even experience suicidal ideation
  • Hornbeam: When you’re mentally fatigued and tend to procrastinate
  • White Chestnut: When you have too many thoughts running through your brain
  • Willow: When you’re feeling resentful and bitter

Even though it’s great that there are 38 specific flower essences – each for a specific type of negative emotion and stress – let’s face it. When you’re feeling down, it can be difficult to analyze your feelings objectively.

Therefore, if the stress and negative emotion are overwhelming, and you just want support and relief, look no further than a flower essence blend called “Rescue Remedy”.

It’s a mix of rock rose, impatiens, clematis, star-of-Bethlehem and cherry plum. This careful blend can support you in restoring emotional balance so that you can make a more specific flower essence choice later on – if you want.

How to take flower essences

When it comes to taking flower essences, you can either apply them directly to your skin or dilute them first.

If you chose to dilute them, add two drops of the flower essence into a glass of water and sip throughout the day. If you’re choosing multiple flower essences, you can mix up to seven or eight flower essences together in the same glass.

If you don’t finish the glass by the end of the day, you can place it in the refrigerator to save for the following day. Or, you can also make smaller dilutions to ensure that you finish them by the end of the day.

How many times should you sip it? Four to six times per day is usually a good place to start.

You can also take your flower essence straight, without any dilution, simply by dropping the tincture into your mouth. It may taste strongly of alcohol, but it works just as effectively as when you dilute the flower essence and take them that way.

If you have an alcohol sensitivity, it’s possible to find alcohol-free flower essences, so you can tap into some gentle flower power without any discomfort.

Flower essences are a wonderful way to invite Mother Nature’s healing touch into your daily life. They’re a gentle and safe way to address negativity and stress and to support emotional wellbeing.

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How to Find and Understand your Moon Sign

Most of us are familiar with the 12 sun signs. They’re so popular that even people who aren’t really invested in astrology know their signs. What’s more, we identify ourselves with these zodiac signs, saying things like, “I’m an Aries” or “Pisces” or whatever your sign is. But your personality is so much more complex than that, and so is astrology.

The difference between sun signs and moon signs

Sun signs are important and offer a lot of insight into your personality. However, these 12 signs are a simplified approach to astrology. That’s because they only focus on the position of the sun within the 12 zodiac signs when you were born.

But at the time of your birth, an entire universe was dancing, including the waxing and waning moon. And just as the moon influences your day-to-day life depending on its position in the sky, so, too does the moon’s position impact you on the day you were born.

And that’s where moon signs come in. These signs show the position of the moon within the 12 zodiacs at the time of your birth.

How to figure out your moon sign

It’s easy to determine your sun sign. All you need is the date and month of your birthday.

But the moon travels more quickly through the zodiac, spending two to three days in each sign before moving on to the next. So, in order to figure out your moon sign, you need to know the date, time and location of your birth.

These specifics will help you pinpoint which zodiac sign the moon was in when you were born.

What moon signs are all about

The sun sign reveals your conscious self, along with your overall personality, which you and everyone else can pretty much observe without much trouble.

As you know, a sun sign can extend for weeks. Take Aries, for example. It runs from March 21st to April 19th. And everyone born between these two dates can say, “I’m an Aries.”

However, while the sun rests in Aries during that month-long period, the moon quietly moves through each of the 12 zodiac signs.

That’s why you’ve probably noticed that even though many people all share the same sun sign and similar personality traits, they’re also all incredibly different, too.

That’s because each person has their own unique moon sign, and that moon sign plays a big role in who they are.

The moon sign represents your deeper self, your emotions, and your subconscious inner workings. Whereas the sun sign illuminates the surface, the moon sign reveals depths.

Why it’s important to know your moon sign

Even if moon signs aren’t as popular as sun signs, they’re equally important. Together, these two signs help to explain and shed light on your entire person.

For example, you may have known your sun sign for a long time. And while it’s consistent with much of your personality, it doesn’t explain everything. And there may be times when you feel in conflict and at odds with yourself.

This can be due to the tug-of-war occurring between the sun and moon signs within you. But if you don’t know what your moon sign is, you may not be able to resolve these inner battles.

That’s why knowing both your sun sign and your moon sign help you know yourself better, love yourself better and be more understanding and patient with yourself.

Moon signs can explain why you struggle in some areas, and why you thrive in others. In the end, both the sun and moon illuminate different aspects of your personality. So, it’s helpful to know and understand your moon sign.

To get you started, here’s a brief overview of each of the 12 moon signs.

Aries Moon

Ruled by Mars, this moon can be fiery, short-tempered, and with an energy that can be impatient, demanding, determined, aggressive, and strong-minded. The Aries Moon likes autonomy and enjoys the action required to solve problems.

Taurus Moon

Ruled by Venus, this moon is sensitive and caring, yet needs stability, sometimes in the form of returned love, affection and comfort. The Taurus Moon can also be taken advantage of, or become needy and possessive.

Gemini Moon

Ruled by Mercury, the Gemini Moon likes to be stimulated, and when bored, takes a mischievous turn. To avoid this, you need lots of communication and new ideas to keep you challenged and engaged.

Cancer Moon

Ruled by the Moon, the Cancer Moon is very sensitive, emotional and instinctual. To feel good, these people need to be nurtured and reassured, as they tend to fear abandonment. Easily hurt, the Cancer Moon can easily close themselves up and shut out hurtful people.

Leo Moon

Ruled by the Sun, the Leo Moon is strong, confident and has a leader’s stamina. Just as the sun is the center of our solar system, Leo Moons like to be at the center of attention, too. Glamour, excitement and the rush of chasing and hunting is what Leo Moons thrive on.

Virgo Moon

Ruled by Mercury, Virgo Moons are the most intellectual characters within the 12 moon signs. Their analytical, organized nature can make them highly critical – especially of themselves. However, they thrive when they feel like they’re helping and serving others.

Libra Moon

Ruled by Venus, Libra Moons place a lot of value on love and beauty. They avoid conflict, whenever possible, and strive to keep their environments peaceful and aesthetically pleasing.

Scorpio Moon

Ruled by Pluto, Scorpio Moons are intense individuals who prefer privacy. When they do open up, they desire honest communications. A bond formed with a Scorpio Moon is likely to be long-lasting.

Sagittarius Moon

Ruled by Jupiter, the Sagittarius Moon is influenced by Jupiter’s wisdom and expansion. Therefore, adventure, knowledge and an interest in a variety of belief systems motivate these individuals. This explains why they enjoy traveling and interacting with open-minded people, like themselves.

Capricorn Moon

Ruled by Saturn, these moons tend to be realistic and no-nonsense individuals. It’s important for these people to decompress and recharge. And a tendency to be emotionally distant and melancholy is common for the Capricorn Moon.

Aquarius Moon

Ruled by Uranus, the Aquarius Moon is marked with a (sometimes rebellious) independent streak. But these secure individuals are also innovative and can be trailblazers who enjoy the collaborative process.

Pisces Moon

Ruled by Neptune, the Pisces Moon is both deeply sensitive and empathetic. Art and spirituality are very important to these individuals. And a need for both creativity and quiet meditation helps these individuals shine.

These brief explanations are by no means complete, but they offer insight into not only the moon sign but your inner workings and emotional energy.

When you know your moon sign, you can develop a greater understanding of yourself, and also be more loving and compassionate toward yourself.

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