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Working With These 4 Chakras Could Help Ease Depression

Depression affects millions of people worldwide. But we don’t all experience depression in the same way. It can be mild, moderate, or immobilizing. And if you have depression long enough, it’s hard to imagine life any other way.

In other words, it feels like you’re stuck, and that you’ll never get unstuck. But no matter what your inner demons say, you can rise above your depression. And working with your chakras can help.

Chakra basics

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means “wheel.” So, when we talk about chakras and the human body, we’re referring to energetic wheels that have specific locations throughout the body. These energetic centers also hold mental and emotional strengths, too.

There are many chakras, but the most popular are the seven that run from the base of the spine, up through your center and all the way to the crown of your head. (Today, we’re talking about four of them.)

Each chakra spins. Or at least, it should. They’re like whirlpools, and they pull whatever’s around them into their spinning energy. Chakras draw on your thoughts and emotions, and these can either support the chakra in spinning and whirring effectively. Or, they can slow it down, clog the wheel, and make it stuck altogether.

If a chakra isn’t spinning and moving as it should, that specific area of the body can be affected. So, instead of a functioning gland or organ, you might experience dysfunction in that physical space. If the chakra is stuck, you can experience psychological and emotional breakdown rather than strength and resilience.

Negative emotions can affect us in a physical location. Likewise, physical issues aren’t just physical problems. The mental and emotional body will take a hit, too. It’s all interconnected.

Focusing on your chakras lets you work with both your physical body and your emotional body at the same time. When we release stale and stagnant energy in one area, we can set the other area free, too.

The energy of depression

Now that we understand chakras, let’s look at depression, and how it’s related to these energetic centers.

Negative thoughts and emotions have a heavy, slow energy – like water that gets slower and slower until it pools and stagnates. The energy of depression is heavy, slow and oppressive, too. In fact, many describe depression as a lack of energy, a lack of movement, and a lack of vitality more than anything else.

Depression drags our energy down and drains it out of our system. Along the way, this low-vibrating energy disrupts our lower chakras. But this is the exact energy we need to move in the opposite direction of depression: up, rather than down. This is why it’s so important to meet yourself where you’re at.

If your energy is low, go low. If your lower chakras are stuck, it’s important to get them spinning again. We need to encourage an upward spiral of energy that can have a ripple effect on the rest of our wellbeing.

That brings us to the four lowest chakras: the root, sacral, solar plexus and heart chakra. Focusing on these chakras can help you transform stagnant energy into free-flowing energy – exactly what you need to lift depression.

Although not all depression or people are alike. Some people that have very high energy can also experience depression. In this case, it can become a defense against experiences that are negative in their life.

Now let’s look at the four lowest chakras;

Root chakra (The red chakra)

Where: At the base of your spine; at your tailbone

Function: Survival, self-preservation; acting in the physical world and asserting yourself. You have the right to be here.

Physical connection: Your root chakra is connected to the adrenal gland, and this gland produces adrenaline. Adrenaline helps us feel motivated – something that’s hard to come by during depression, but something we absolutely need.

Balanced root chakra: If the root chakra is balanced, we feel supported, connected, safe and grounded. Balancing your root chakra gives you the knowledge that you are safe and that you are being taken care of.

Unbalanced root chakra: If there’s an imbalance in the root chakra, it can result in…

  • Feeling disconnected
  • Feeling worried and afraid
  • Feeling helpless and hopeless
  • Depression
  • Self-loathing, feeling worthless and guilty
  • Illness
  • Suicidal ideation

How to balance your root chakra: There are many different ways to restore balance in this energetic center. Choose one that resonates with you and feels the most supportive.

  • Move your body: One of the most important things you can do is get your body moving again. If you can, connect with the grounding energy of the earth, too. Walking, running, yoga, and even climbing are all ways to help stir up the stagnant energy in your root chakra.
  • Get grounded: Grounding your body with the earth’s energy is a natural way to balance the root chakra and lift depression. Chronic stress negatively impacts key neurotransmitters like serotonin, GABA, dopamine, noradrenaline, and others. These chemicals are involved with our moods and emotions. However, when ground yourself to the earth’s energy, you can lower stress levels and support these neurotransmitters in functioning more optimally. This may help ease depression, too.
  • Give: The root chakra is focused on survival. So, when our root chakra is imbalanced, we’re more likely to hold onto our resources with a death grip. But if you want to get this energy moving again, you have to move it via giving. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give financially. You can also give your time, energy, effort, and
  • Eat grounding foods: Allow the earth to literally sustain you by consuming grounding foods, like potatoes, onions, carrots, parsnips, turnips, and radishes. Radishes are especially relevant here because they’re red.
  • Red Gems: Red gems provide a physical reminder of your root chakra, while also supporting you with their own innate energies. Consider garnet, red tiger’s eye, red jasper, and red carnelian stones.
  • Use “red” oils: Sandalwood is calming and an antidepressant. Use it to stir up your life force energy. (Be sure to use it safely. And if you are currently taking medications, speak to your doctor first to prevent any contraindications.)
  • Surround yourself with red: Can you wear red clothing? Or, keep red flowers nearby? Set the intention to use these items as a way to support your root chakra.

Focus on the root chakra if your depression is accompanied by:

  • Fatigue
  • Low red blood cell count
  • Back pain
  • Illness

Sacral chakra (The orange chakra)

Where: About 2 inches below the naval

Function: The function of the sacral chakra is to engage with your feelings, along with your ability to both experience and express emotions. Often, people develop an experience of depression because they avoid feeling their negative emotions, and they bury them deep inside.

But if we don’t allow ourselves to feel negative emotions, it’s hard to feel positive ones, too. In other words, if we shut down one emotional area, we turn off our ability to feel anything. This can lead to a stuck sacral chakra.

Physical connection: Your sacral chakra is connected to the gonad gland, which helps to produce hormones that regulate emotions and energy levels, such as estrogen and testosterone.

So, if you’re depressed, there’s a chance that the gonad gland isn’t functioning optimally, and this can lead to hormonal imbalance and the resulting emotional struggles. When you support the sacral chakra, you support the gonad gland. This, in turn, supports healthy hormone levels that can help you rise out of depression.

Balanced sacral chakra: A healthy sacral chakra allows you to experience pleasure and enjoy life. You can also feel your emotions without being overwhelmed by them. When this chakra is spinning and balanced, risk seems less formidable, and we’re creative, committed, passionate, sexual and outgoing.

Unbalanced sacral chakra: If the sacral chakra is stuck or stagnant, you can experience…

  • Depression
  • Lack of interest in your daily activities, hobbies, and even sexual intimacy
  • Lack of energy
  • Feeling drained and fatigued
  • Feeling sluggish and heavy

How to balance your sacral chakra: These are simple, yet powerful, ways to wake up your sacral chakra and get the energy moving up again.

  • Experience pleasure: By allowing yourself to experience pleasure, you can start to balance the sacral chakra again. Granted, this can seem like an impossible feat if you’re dealing with depression. So, start simple and start small. What is one thing you can do today that gives you pleasure? Petting your dog? Listening to your favorite music? Taking a walk? Whatever it is, give yourself permission to not only do it but to feel good doing it, too.
  • Be grateful: It may be hard to feel happy or grateful. But you can still be Look at your life *right now* and identify anything that gives you a sense of enjoyment and pleasure. Now, take a moment and thank it. Your gratitude will lift your energetic vibration and attract more pleasure into your life.
  • Eat orange foods: Nourish your entire being with orange-colored foods. This includes vegetables, like carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash, along with fruits, like oranges and mangos.
  • Stones and crystals: These precious materials help open and activate the sacral chakra. Look to orange calcite, orange coral, citrine, orange carnelian and orange aventurine for additional support.
  • Use essential oils: Cardamom can help awaken a sluggish sacral chakra. Otherwise, tend to the sacral chakra with sweet orange, neroli, and sandalwood. (Remember, be sure to use it safely. And if you are currently taking medications, speak to your doctor first to prevent any contraindications.)
  • Surround yourself with orange: How can you sneak more orange into your life? Doing so can remind you of the healing work you’re undertaking. Even if you don’t own anything orange, you can use orange flowers as the background on your PC or phone. There’s marigolds, roses, lilies, tulips, gerbera daisies and so much more. As always, find something you love.

Focus on the sacral chakra if your depression is accompanied by:

  • Fatigue
  • Eating disorders
  • Asthma
  • Substance abuse
  • Sexual or reproductive issues
  • Urinary or kidney problems

Solar plexus (The yellow chakra)

Where: 2-3 inches above the navel

Function: The solar plexus chakra is about personal power and self-acceptance. When you wake up this chakra, you strengthen the belief that you have the ability to overcome your depression. Balancing the solar plexus chakra enables you to take action to create a life you want.

This is significant because we can feel depressed when it seems like we don’t have any control in our lives, or in how things turn out. But when we balance our power center, we can speak up against the dark voice of depression. We can be assertive and take up space.

Physical connection: Stomach, gall bladder, liver, and spleen

Balanced solar plexus chakra: When this chakra is balanced, we can be assertive and confident. Our metabolism and digestion are strong. We are not worried so much about being criticized for our decisions. We believe in them, and we believe in ourselves.

Unbalanced sacral chakra: If this chakra is imbalanced, difficult experiences show up, like…

  • Low self-confidence
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feeling indecisive
  • Feeling helpless
  • Not having a purpose
  • Fear of being alone
  • Appetite changes
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Reckless behavior
  • Escapist behavior

How to balance your solar plexus chakra:

  • Do something you love every day: Support the solar plexus by spending 10-15 minutes every day doing something you love. Now is not the time for excuses! You are worth your time and efforts. What do you love doing? What can you do that makes you forget about time? Maybe it’s getting lost in an amazing novel. Maybe it’s painting a dreamy landscape. Maybe it’s spending time in the garden, or in the kitchen. Whatever it is, do what you love and get good at it. This will increase your sense of personal power.
  • Take a class: What are you most curious about? As Elizabeth Gilbert says, follow your curiosity. When you do, you’ll feel fulfilled and engaged with your life again. There are so many ways to expand your knowledge and feel more engaged with your talents and skills. You can take a class online. You can read countless free articles. Listen to an audiobook. You get the picture!
  • Eat yellow foods: There’s such a wide variety of yellow foods to choose from, but the best place to start is with foods that appeal to you. Choose from butternut squash, pumpkins, lemons, bananas, golden apples, yellow pears, and yellow peppers. And don’t forget about warm spices, like cumin and fennel. All of these gifts from Mother Earth can help your chakra spin at a higher frequency.
  • Gems: Whether you carry gems in your pocket, beneath your pillow, or in your purse, keep them close by to receive their healing energies: citrine, amber, yellow jasper, yellow jade, and golden calcite.
  • Use essential oils: Bergamot and grapefruit are two citrus oils, whose floral, fruity aromas help to stimulate stagnant energy and alleviate troubled moods. Take steps to use essential oils safely. And speak to your doctor before using them if you’re taking any medications.
  • Surround yourself with yellow: Yes, there is yellow clothing, yellow prints, and so much more. But don’t forget about the most beautiful source of “yellow” we have: natural sunlight.

Focus on the solar plexus chakra if your depression is accompanied by:

  • Digestive problems
  • Ulcers
  • Constipation
  • Colitis
  • Parasites
  • Low blood sugar
  • Nervousness
  • Poor memory

Heart Chakra (The green chakra)

Where: The center of the chest

Function: The function of the heart chakra is love; to give and receive love. It supports you in accepting and loving yourself. The heart chakra governs relationships.

Physical connection: Heart, lungs and the thymus gland, which helps regulate the immune system.

Balanced heart chakra: When this chakra is balanced, you open yourself up to the love that you are. This love connects you with your true self and with everyone else.

Unbalanced heart chakra: If this chakra is imbalanced, you may…

  • Feel angry and defensive
  • Feel agitated and restless
  • Feel closed down and isolated
  • Take on the role of the savior, or of the victim
  • Have a low tolerance for just about everyone and everything
  • Have poor boundaries
  • Love indiscriminately, and have unhealthy relationship dynamics, like co-dependency, jealousy, and anger

How to balance your heart chakra:

  • Meditate: Practice Loving Kindness Meditation, which allows you to cultivate a love for yourself, others and the world. We now know that meditation can help lift depression. So, committing to 10 minutes a day can go a long way in supporting your mental and emotional health.
  • Spend time in nature: Nature is a “natural” way to de-stress, uplift and balances this energy center. How can you increase the time you spend with Mother Nature?
  • Practice receiving: A balanced heart chakra loves to receive, but this is actually something many people struggle with. We have a hard time accepting love from ourselves and from other people. But when you practice receiving, you can open yourself up to more love. Start with saying, “Thank you.” So, when someone compliments you, don’t downplay it. Just receive it. If something great happens to you, don’t say, “This is too good to be true.” Say, “This is so good, it is
  • Gems and crystal: Let Mother Nature support you with her own line of jewelry. Rose quartz, jade, and emerald are wonderful pieces to open and balance the heart chakra.
  • Palmarosa essential oil: This oil has a similar scent to rose, which is where it gets its name from. This fragrant oil helps calm the mind, uplift the mood and bring clarity to the mind. It also helps calm and quiet the nerves, and alleviate stress.

 Focus on the heart chakra if your depression is accompanied by:

  • Asthma
  • Heart pain
  • Heart disease
  • Chest pain
  • Asthma, breathing disorders
  • High blood pressure
  • Muscle tension

We’ve covered a lot of ground here, but it goes to show that there is no one-size-fits-all “cure” for depression. Lifting depression really is unique to the individual and their own energetic state.

As you read through this information, listen to your gut and focus on the chakra that resonates the most with you. As the old saying goes, “Physician, heal thyself.” Check out our article on being Medically Intuitive learning to know yourself.

As you work with these four chakras to ease depression, always remember that it’s perfectly okay to work with your doctor or therapist, too. In fact, please continue doing so. Chakra healing is something you can do in tandem with other modalities.

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What To Do When You Don’t Like or Identify With Your Zodiac Sign

Even if you’re not a diehard fan of astrology, there’s still a good chance you know what your zodiac sign is. And while many people easily identify with (and therefore, like) their sign, there are many individuals who don’t – maybe even including you.

The reasons for this vary. Maybe your sign seems inaccurate or vague. Maybe you don’t like the stereotypes associated with it. Or, maybe it feels like your sign puts you in a box. And because your zodiac disappoints, you think astrology has zero credibility. But consider that there’s more to your zodiac sign than meets the eye.

 Your zodiac is only *one* sign

In simplified terms, your zodiac sign indicates which of the 12 zodiac signs the sun was in at the time of your birth. Do you only pay attention to your zodiac? If so, it’s no wonder you’re disappointed. For one thing, the sun sign is only one of the many stars and planets that influence the amazing person that you are.

For another thing, there’s a limitless range of expression for each of the 12 sun signs. Unfortunately, most of us are only familiar with popular and general stereotypes. They’re superficial and too black and white.

For example, Capricorns are girl-bosses. Pisces are sensitive artists. Leos have a big ego. And Virgos? Well, you better watch out for Virgos!

Zodiac signs are often misrepresented by overreaching stereotypes, and there’s little to no room for nuance, sophistication, and depth. However, that’s exactly what you are: nuanced, sophisticated, and far more than meets the eye. So, it’s no wonder you’re not impressed with your zodiac sign.

But don’t discount astrology just yet. The popular tropes can be limiting, but they shouldn’t limit you.

You and the sky

If your engagement with astrology starts and stops with a weekly reading of your sun sign, we suggest you trade that in for your birth chart.

Your birth chart is a snapshot of the sky at the time you were born. It’s based on your birthdate, which includes the date, month, year, and location of your birth. These unalterable facts match with specific positions of the planets and stars.

It’s as though you came into this world, laid unto your back and looked up at the big, beautiful sky. The arrangement you see is unique to you.

You can think of your birth chart as your personal user’s manual while you’re here on earth. It helps you understand your strengths, as well as your challenges. It can also support you in fulfilling your special mission here.

Your birth chart doesn’t determine the projection of your life. Nor does it take away your agency. You will always have free will, and the ability to make choices. You also bring to your earthly experience consciousness, and a profound ability to learn and grow.

You shouldn’t be a victim of your birth chart. You should be empowered by it.

And perhaps this is why it can be really frustrating when people project their assumptions on you because you have such and such zodiac sign. It can also be frustrating when you don’t feel as though you can be yourself because your behaviors, emotions or desires seem at odds with your sign.

Allow this resistance to evaporate because here’s the thing about astrology. We often fall into the trap of reducing life down to an idea, or in this case, down to astrological ideas.

But the truth is, it should be the other way around. People and their behaviors have shaped what these signs mean over thousands of years. Therefore, in a sense, we give meaning to astrology, and not the other way around.

For example, Pisces may apply to countless people, but it can never be embodied by anyone the way it is embodied by you. So, if you feel like astrology boxes you in, remember that that is not its function. When astrology starts to feel like a cage, it’s being misused.

It should enable you to become even more self-aware so you can make choices that enable you to live your best life. Use your signs as a powerful, starry tool.

What’s in your chart?

You shouldn’t limit yourself to your zodiac sign, but what else should you pay attention to?

This article can’t cover the depth and breadth of an astrology/birth chart, but there’s definitely enough space (no pun intended!) for three main components: planets, signs, and houses.

A fun way to understand planets, signs, and houses is to compare them with a theater.

  • Planets are the actors
  • Signs are the roles which the actors play
  • Houses are the set or stage

Let’s explore each of these components more deeply.

#1: Planets

Planets are like the actors in a play, and they represent your nature. We have two categories of planets: inner planets and generational planets.

Inner planets include the sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars, and they each represent different aspects of your nature. For example:

  • The Sun is often what we refer to as our “zodiac” because the sun is in 1 of the 12 zodiac signs at the time of your birth. The sun is like a book cover. It’s what you see first, but it’s not necessarily representative of all your complexities.
  • The Moon reflects your inner, emotional world. If your sun sign doesn’t seem accurate, look to your moon sign. It can start to answer questions you might have.
  • Mercury is involved with how you communicate and socialize
  • Venus has to do with love, style, and beauty
  • Mars is connected with your motivation and desires

Each of these “planets” is at a specific location at the time of your birth. This shapes your birth chart and offers insight into your own, unique experience here on earth.

Next, there are generational planets, which take longer to travel around their orbit. Each planet is followed by a very brief description below, but please know that there is so much more than this.

  • Jupiter: Luck
  • Saturn: Discipline
  • Uranus: Rebellious
  • Neptune: Being deceived
  • Pluto: Power dynamics and even abuse
  • North Node: What you’re come to earth to learn
  • South Node: What you’ve already learned in past experiences

With inner and generational planets, your astrology chart becomes more complex, doesn’t it?

#2: Zodiac signs

If the planets are actors, the zodiac signs are the roles which characterize and modify the actor. The 12 zodiac signs are divided into four categories: fire, earth, air, and water.

FIRE SIGNS

  • Aries
  • Leo
  • Sagittarius

Keywords: Action-oriented & dynamic

EARTH SIGNS

  • Taurus
  • Virgo
  • Capricorn

Keywords: Grounded & Security

AIR SIGNS

  • Gemini
  • Libra
  • Aquarius

Keywords: Communicators & spreading ideas

WATER SIGNS

  • Cancer
  • Scorpio
  • Pisces

Keywords: Empathetic & intuitive

This is the area of your chart where people usually get stuck. For example, people who have a Gemini sun, stop there, along with all of the stereotypes that come with it.

Yes, your zodiac is important, but it’s one piece of the puzzle. Or, one star in the sky.

#3: Houses

There are 12 houses in astrology, and they’re the stage or set where the action happens. In real life, houses are areas of your life where a lot of energy and action accumulates.

The houses are ruled by each of the 12 zodiac signs, adding yet another layer to your complex and intricate chart.

Together, the planets, zodiac, and houses all come together to create a unique constellation that belongs to you.

What to do if you don’t like, or identify with your zodiac sign

If you’re not jiving with your sun sign, remember that the sun sign is not meant to stand alone. The stars and planets don’t live in a vacuum; they are constantly dancing with one another.

The question you need to ask yourself is, what position were the stars and planets in when I stepped onto the stage? You can figure this out by creating a birth chart, which you can easily do using one of the many birth chart calculators.

If you experience resistance to your sun or moon sign, or any other celestial body, ask yourself why. Is it because this area of your life is a struggle? Is this an area that you ignore? Was it an area where you did not receive support as a child?

Remember, your zodiac sign, along with the other stars and planets, is meant to help you live life to the fullest. So, if something feels off, consider that this dissonance can signal an area of your life that needs some TLC or some tough love.

If you don’t like or identify your zodiac sign, don’t write off astrology just yet. That’s like judging a book by its cover. Instead, get to know your moon sign. Get to know the other planets and houses in your chart.

You may find clarity and explanations you’ve always needed. Turns out, they were in the sky all along.

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7 Important Life Lessons You Never Learned At School

We spend most of our childhood and adolescence in classrooms learning about different subjects. They’re important because they give us a deeper understanding of the world we live in.

But we’re rarely taught how to explore our own inner world, or how to engage with, not just the world, but with ourselves and other people as well.

There’s a good chance you didn’t learn about these seven important life lessons at school. Maybe you learned them as an adult, and maybe you’re still learning them.

Don’t worry. We are all works in progress and learning as we go.

Better late than never, right?

#1: The Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction is incredibly popular, and that’s great news. More people should be aware of how their world really works.

Unfortunately, many of us learn about the Law of Attraction a bit late in life, and not usually because things are going well for us, but because they’re not.

We see the Law of Attraction as a way out – a tool we can use to start creating a better life.

And that’s true, but there’s so much more to it than that.

Because the Law of Attraction is super popular right now, it can also be slightly misunderstood.

The long and short of it is this: like attracts like, and what you focus on, you attract to yourself.

But many people mistakenly believe that if you focus on what you want, you’ll automatically get it. It’s not a good idea to try and fit the Law of Attraction into our instant-gratification mentality.

The Law of Attraction takes practice and patience, and it also requires us to understand three important principles.

Principle #1:

Every single thing in life is in a constant state of vibration. So, the first step to using the Law of Attraction is believing that every single thing – including you – is constantly vibrating.

 Principle #2:

Vibrations that are similar attract to each other and join together.

Principle #3:

You can control your vibration using the power of your mind.

So, if you want to attract something into your life, you can’t just think of it. You have to actually start vibrating at the same level as whatever it is you desire.

Remember, you and the thing you desire have to vibrate at the same frequency to come together.

Can you imagine if we learned this in school?

#2: Failure Isn’t Bad

We are trained to be failure-adverse because we believe failure is bad.

This is the wrong approach because not only is failure an inevitable part of life, but it’s actually not a bad thing.

Failures are transformative moments – portals for growth and change. What’s more, accepting failure allows us to be real, rather than perfect.

True success isn’t about getting everything right the first time. Instead, it’s more about being honest with ourselves what about went wrong, so that we can move forward and a new, improved action plan.

We should learn how to bounce back after failure, and not how to avoid it altogether.

This is the true marker of a life fully lived, rather than fearfully lived.

#3: Aging is OK

Women may be more vulnerable to the fear of aging than men. But both men and women should learn that aging is OK before they see their first grey hair, not after.

From a very young age, we are taught how to look young, but not how to grow old.

We have age-defying beauty products, yoga practices, foods and fitness routines. But why don’t we have practices that support the idea that “Aging is Ok”?

The renowned spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle, teaches that the destiny of every single living being is to eventually dissolve. However, it seems like humans are the only beings who actively run away from aging.

How can we teach that aging is OK?

It starts by accepting aging, not just in ourselves, but in others. It starts with allowing aging to coexist with youthfulness.

It means giving just as much honor and respect to people who age, and not just people who seem to escape from it.

There’s no escaping aging, so it doesn’t make much sense to teach people that it’s possible, or even laudable.

#4: Your Thoughts Make Things Good or Bad

Eckhart Tolle doesn’t just teach spiritual lessons. He teaches life lessons that you can benefit from, no matter what your spiritual or religious affiliation.

One such lesson is that people, places or things are not inherently good or bad. Instead, our mind decides to make them this way.

In Tolle’s words, “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but the thought about it. Be aware of the thought you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is.”

Think of how many ways this can benefit people!

If you believe this, you can…

  • Stop taking everything personally
  • Save yourself a lot of stress, frustration, and anger
  • Move through life with more equanimity and peace

#5: You Don’t *Need* to Struggle

Many of us struggle in life, but are you willing to believe, or willing to accept the idea, that we struggle because we think it’s necessary?

For example, how many times have you heard, thought or acted out these beliefs:

  • I have to study hard to get good results
  • I have to work hard to make money
  • It’s hard to lose weight
  • Life is hard
  • I’ll have to go without
  • I don’t deserve this
  • No pain, no gain

Every single one of these phrases implies that we need to suffer in order to make it through life. But that isn’t true.

Spiritual teacher and author of “Mastering Affluence,” Carol Tuttle, teaches that “Struggle is an experience we create in this life” but it’s an “old and outdated human condition.”

We’re all very good at struggling and creating more struggle for ourselves. But we can also learn how to flourish and grow, and how to allow things to unfold easily and effortlessly.

As Tuttle shares, “Our natural God-given state is one of affluence, ease, and joy. If lack, pain, and struggle were our natural state, we’d just be okay with those experiences and not make any efforts to improve the quality of our lives…We are not okay with struggle, though, which is a message for us.”

What if we learned from an early age that we can enjoy a life experience of affluence, ease, and joy?

#6: Your Intuition Holds the Answers

Not knowing what to do is a scary place to be in. And when it comes to big life decisions, we often want other people to tell us what to do.

It’s just easier that way.

Did you know that your intuition – your inner knowing – actually holds the answers your looking for?

We are not taught this in school. Instead, we’re taught about reason, logic, facts, and deductive thinking – all of which are essential, but they don’t always provide every answer we need.

And in the process, we completely ignore our intuition – our inner knowing, which is always present, and always available to answer our present-moment questions.

How different our lives would be if we checked in with our intuition, and trusted ourselves, not just once in a blue moon, but every day.

Maybe we shy away from this kind of work because it requires us to get quiet and turn off the distractions. But once we do, we can actually hear the still, peaceful words that lie below the surface.

#7: Persistence Is More Important Than Talent

Many people give up their dreams because they think they’re not talented enough. This is often exacerbated by comparison, which we all fall victim to from time to time.

We compare ourselves to other people – people who we think are more talented and gifted than we are. But the truth is, persistence, not talent, is often what it takes to be successful in anything – from your relationships to your career, to your side hustle.

This isn’t a life lesson to make less-talented people feel better about themselves. Even renowned writers, like Steven Pressfield and Elizabeth Gilbert, say this life lesson is relevant for them.

In an interview on the Marie Forleo Podcast, Steven Pressfield shared, “The ability to overcome resistance, self-sabotage, and self-doubt is way more important than talent.”

Why? Because even if you’re incredibly talented, that doesn’t automatically transform your idea into something tangible.

You need persistence, and this is something we’re all capable of exercising.

Pressfield claims, “We cannot control the level of talent we’ve been given. We have no control over the nature of our gift. What we can control is our self-motivation, our self-discipline, our self-validation, and our self-reinforcement. What we can control is how hard and how smart we work.”

We do this by being persistent and continuing to contribute to our dreams, especially when it’s not easy, effortless and enjoyable.

Bestselling author, Elizabeth Gilbert, agrees. In her bestselling book, Big Magic, Gilbert has a chapter, aptly named “Persistence.”

In it, she writes, “On bad days, when I felt no inspiration at all, I would set the kitchen timer for thirty minutes and make myself sit there and scribble something, anything…I figured I could always carve out at least thirty minutes somewhere to dedicate myself to my work.”

When you consider that this is coming from a New York Times bestselling author, it’s consoling to know that talent isn’t all you need to create something.

You need persistence.

Most of us don’t learn about these important life lessons in the classroom. We learn them as we go. Which one do you wish you learned at school?

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More Lessons from the Major Arcana Tarot Cards

Are you looking for guidance and encouragement from Someone – or Something – wiser than you? Something that can cut through the distractions of daily life? Have you considered the Major Arcana cards of Tarot? If not, maybe it’s time you do.

Tarot has 22 Major Arcana cards, and they’re considered the foundation of the Tarot because they represent the big picture in life. On every Major Arcana card, there is an archetypal figure who illustrates important life lessons and themes – themes that probably play out in your life, too.

It goes without saying that you may feel deeply connected to some cards, while others will resonate less with you. Having an affinity and connection to different Major Arcana cards is a reflection of where you are in your life journey.

To help you understand the hidden wisdom of the Major Arcana cards more deeply, we cover eight Major Arcana cards here. Be sure to check out the other articles, Important Lessons and Life Lessons for a review of all 22 Major Arcana Cards.

Having a better understanding of the lessons and themes in the Major Arcana can enrich your spiritual practice and help you better understand the same themes playing out in your life right now.

The Hanged Man (Number 12)

Drawing the Hanged Man card may be unnerving at first. After all, it seems pretty ominous. However, that is your ego talking. The truth is, the Hanged Man is actually a reminder that when life feels like it’s literally upside down and spinning out of control, the best thing to do is simply surrender and wait it out.

Of course, our ego would rather hop in the ring and join the fight. But stepping back and allowing things to play out is what the Hanged Man invites you to do.

Temperance (Number 14)

Without a doubt, balance is one of the greatest challenges we face in our earthly experience. In our modern lives, we feel this challenge even more so. Between our relationships, careers, personal goals and spiritual growth, it’s hard to cultivate temperance – that delicate mix of moderation and restraint.

We should look at Temperance in the Major Arcana as something boring and disciplinarian. We should see it as a call to live your life artfully. Just as a great pianist must practice her playing to create the perfect balance between her right and left hands, so, too, do we need to cultivate our own system of checks and balances so we experience a life that flows with ease and grace.

The Devil (Number 15)

Like the Hanged Man, the Devil may trigger fear inside you. However, even the Devil is a good reminder that our consciousness has a dark side, too. It can indulge too much in power and be addicted to unchecked impulses.

Our inner demons can be slaves to dependencies, dysfunction and unhealthy relationships – both with people and with things. For this reason, The Devil is the perfect card to follow Temperance. Temperance is exactly what we need to face our demons, and to use our energies in a way that serves our highest good, not to drag us down.

The Tower (Number 16)

How often do we repress our truth, ignore our challenges and ignore dissonances in our life – all because we want to “keep the peace” and avoid conflict? All too often, right? However, this is like a time bomb waiting to explode, as it does here in the Tower.

If you do not face the truth, the truth will face you, one way or another, and the Tower reminds us that it can be messy. Drawing the Tower card is a reminder to face uncomfortable truths, or to ride it out if you’re in the midst of upheaval. This, too, shall pass.

The Moon (Number 18)

The Moon is rich in symbolism and invites us to focus on the subconscious mind and to go inward, rather than to act, or even worse, to react. The Moon is an invitation to reflect on our own limiting beliefs that dominate the subconscious mind. Some may refer to this as “Shadow Work.”

Limiting beliefs are like thick clouds that block the moon’s illuminating light. Our limiting beliefs prevent us from tapping into our imaginations, our intimate emotional world, and our psychic abilities. The Moon is a reminder to let hidden things come to the surface and be seen. The ego may resist this initiative, but it will ultimately free you from the limiting beliefs that have overtaken your subconscious thinking.

The Sun (Number 19)

After spending time in the moonlight, and reflecting on our limiting beliefs and working to change our subconscious programming, it’s time to step into the joyful sunlight. This is the experience waiting for us when we face our demons and dissolve old mindsets of lack and fear. Now that we have removed the clouds and darkness, we can welcome sunlight, and even more importantly, life itself.

The Sun reminds us that life is good and that you – a part of this good life – are also inherently good and whole. This Major Arcana card is an invitation to see the world as a positive and happy place. No, this isn’t wishful thinking. When we ourselves create positivity and joy within, we cannot help but identify these qualities in our surroundings, too. Why? Because they are there. We simply need to learn to see them, and the Sun teaches us how.

Judgement (Number 20)

The Sun provides enlightenment, and this enables us to practice mindful judgement. This Major Arcana card is not a green card to judge and criticize others, however. Instead, it asks us to be brutally honest with ourselves and identify the beliefs, words, and habits that no longer serve us on this earthly journey.

It’s time to live true to yourself and to your divine purpose. What is it that is holding you back and preventing you from doing so? At the crossroads of life, Judgement helps you decide with prudence and peace. It is Judgement that helps you make the perfect adjustments and shifts.

The World (Number 21)

As the last card of the Major Arcana, the World could be interpreted as “The End.” However, try not to think of Tarot as linear. Instead, think of them as moving cyclically. Have we ended, or are we simply starting again?

Drawing this card may indicate that you’ve closed one chapter in your life, but get ready, this isn’t the end of the book. You have another chapter waiting for you. Don’t be surprised if you move through the Major Arcana cards once again. Maybe others will resonate more with you this time around. Or,  maybe you will recognize new wisdom in old favorites.

There is so much the 22 Major Arcana cards can teach us. Each one is a powerful lesson, in and of itself. Yet each one is intricately connected to the others, too. The Major Arcana cards represent the overarching themes that form and shape a lifetime,  where ups and downs, birth and death, struggle and transformation are all inherent parts of every person’s journey.

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Life Lessons from 7 Major Arcana Cards

Western thought has long been dictated by scientific inquiry and skepticism. We generally pride ourselves for being rational and logical. However, despite our adherence to scientific thinking, there is a growing interest in the spiritual – a Force or Energy that we can’t actually codify and analyze.

This rising interest in spirituality may be due to the growing uncertainty of our world and the dissatisfaction we have toward long-standing institutions. They are failing to give us the underpinning we’re desperate for.

Despite the sensible scientific-ness of it all, people are hungry for guidance and encouragement from Someone – or Something – wiser than us. Something that exists beyond the noise of modern life.

This is not to ditch academic research or the incredible advancements that make modern life both convenient and safe. But we are more than just rational, reasonable and sensible beings. We have a soul and a deep need for spiritual connection – a need that often goes unfulfilled.

Enter Tarot and the Major Arcana cards.

Major Arcana cards

The Major Arcana cards are the foundation of Tarot. The figures on these 22 cards aren’t random. They are archetypes who carry our strengths and our weaknesses, our dreams and our fears, and everything in between.

Just as the Major Arcana is the foundation of Tarot, it is the big picture of life, depicting an important step within each of our journeys. This makes them a relevant and powerful tool for personal development and spiritual growth.

When you spend some time with the Major Arcana, you’ll recognize your own story within the deck. Their narratives play out in your own life. But even more importantly, you can gain insight, wisdom, and comfort from these cards.

The Magician (Number 1)

The bestselling author of Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert, teaches that there is no such thing as an uncreative person. Everyone is a creative being, and we all have the power to create. It’s just that some of us use our creative powers and some of us don’t.

This brings us the first Major Arcana, The Magician.

Within every single one of us, there is the great power to create that which our soul is eager to bring into existence. The Magician encourages you to recognize all the tools and resources available to you, both within and surrounding you. You have tremendous power and creative force within. Will you let it shine through?

The Emperor (Number 4)

Whereas the Empress (Number 3) is a deep-feeling and emotionally-connected archetype, the Emperor represents the security and soundness of social frameworks. This is about finding yourself within a structure and playing by the rules. It also means establishing yourself as an authority figure by creating boundaries and honoring them. This card can help you ask where and if you give away your authority.

This is not oppressive, restrictive or limiting. This is about creating plans and following through with them. It’s about learning to live freely while honoring and respecting the rules and individuals around you. This is the wisdom of The Emperor.

The Hierophant (Number 5)

“Hierophant” isn’t a common word these days, but it essentially means someone who interprets and teaches spiritual doctrines.  The Hierophant asks each of us to take a closer look at our values and to question them. Where do they come from? And are they still relevant today?

Oftentimes, we just accept spiritual, intellectual and social paradigms without having any clue why. But are they serving you? Or, are they holding you back? Be your own hierophant and question your status quo. Are you living in alignment with your values and your truth?

Strength (Number 8)

Strength depicts a female figure embracing a lion. What does she represent? No matter where we are in life’s journey, our emotions, feelings, fears, and desires rise to the surface. Depending on our social structures, and even our childhoods, many people do not feel safe expressing their emotions. Instead, we suppress them.

If we have been taught by society that certain beliefs, ideas, and actions are rewarded, we will stifle the beliefs, ideas, and actions that don’t line up. We want to avoid criticism and rejection. We want to be rewarded instead.

But this is not whole-hearted living. Do you have the strength of a lion to allow emotions to surface? Can you be lion-hearted and follow your passions?

Your passions and emotions are not so intimidating as you might think. And facing them and engaging with them is far less scary than burying them in “neatness,” “acceptability” and “status quo.”

The Hermit (Number 9)

The High Priestess (Number 2) is a silent reminder to return to, and listen to, your unwavering intuition. However, the inner landscape is not a place where we tend to spend much time. It takes practice and commitment to silence the noise and take up residence in these quiet places.

Drawing the Hermit shows that it’s time to find your guiding light again. The Hermit refers to your mentor or teacher. And maybe you’ve already found him or her. It can be someone you personally know, like a yoga instructor, a therapist or friend. Or, it can also be a figure you learn from, such as the Dali Lama, Louise Hay, etc.

If you’re not sure how to find your Hermit, ask yourself these questions: Who inspires you? Who uplifts you? Who gives you a sense of peace and reminds you that the world is okay after all? How can you spend more time gleaming from their wisdom?

The Wheel of Fortune (Number 10)

Remember the first card we discussed – the Magician? The Magician is an empowering archetype, reminding us of the powerful creative forces we have at our disposal, along with all the resources that help bring our dreams to fruition. In a beautiful way, the Magician is very me-centered. The Wheel of Fortune reminds us that we are not always in control and that we are a part of a much bigger picture. The Wheel of Fortune touches on karma and cycles of transformation.

In life, patterns sometimes occur that are difficult to analyze and don’t make much sense. This can leave us feeling discouraged, despondent and even bitter and angry.

If your current situation is down, rather than up, The Wheel of Fortune reminds us that life is in constant motion, and that bad times don’t last. What’s more, as long as you find yourself with some “bad” luck, can you open your perspective and find the deeper lessons here? Can you adapt and roll with the punches?

The Wheel of Fortune also reminds us that yes, even good times can pass, too. This isn’t a doom-and-gloom view on life. Instead, it’s about non-attachment. Enjoy the good times and revel in their joy, but don’t become attached to them. The wheel will start turning again, and you want to be free of it once it does.

Justice (Number 11)

If the Wheel of Fortune made you think life is all about what happens to you, Justice sets the record straight. No matter if your wheel is cruising along or stuck in a rut, you don’t have to be a passive bystander. You are an active participant. You always have free will and the ability to take action.

This doesn’t mean we should resist what is and brandish our sword. It doesn’t mean we should fight for the sake of fighting. That will only keep you stuck in the past or trapped in a power struggle.

Instead, Justice reminds us of our own personal responsibility and the importance of being accountable. Justice means taking action for our best interests today.

Justice demands that we be truthful with others, and most importantly, with ourselves. It means holding our sword – as Lady Justice does – and cutting through the lies. It reminds us to acknowledge our thoughts and actions and to never forget how much they matter. They can attract or detract what we want (or don’t want) in life. Justice asks us to tell the truth to ourselves so that what we attract actually serves us and others.

Do you have a favorite Major Arcana card from these seven? Which one resonates the most with you? Get curious and spend some time with it. There may be many magical lessons waiting for you.

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Important Lessons from 7 Major Arcana Tarot Cards

Each of the Major Arcana cards represents an important lesson and archetypal theme. You can easily see them playing out in your own life, too. That makes these cards incredibly relevant, and a powerful source of spiritual wisdom and guidance.

It’s completely natural to feel a close affinity to one card over another. But it’s important to remember that each of the Major Arcana tarot cards has an invaluable gift to offer. By getting to know the deep lessons nestled within each card, you can glean deep insights into your heart and mind.

Major Arcana cards

There are 22 Major Arcana cards and they’re considered the foundation of the Tarot. That’s because the archetypes pictured on each one illustrate our strengths and weaknesses, our dreams and our fears, and everything in between.

Major Arcana should be seen within the context of the big picture and long journey through life. Each card represents an important step in an individual’s personal development. For this reason, Major Arcana lessons can be profound, deep, powerful, provocative and stirring.

The following Major Arcana cards are only seven examples of Major Arcana’s wisdom and relevancy. Which ones resonate with you? Which ones do you think you can learn the most from?

The Fool (Number 0)

The word “fool” typically represents someone foolish or ignorant. But that’s not the lesson to take away from the first, unnumbered Major Arcana card, “The Fool.” Instead, the concept of “fool” is more akin to being childlike in your attitude toward life and all that awaits you.

The fool is curious and carefree. The fool represents new beginnings and fresh starts, which we know can be daunting, in and of themselves. The fool reminds us to bring an open mind and an intrepid spirit to all our new beginnings.

The High Priestess (Number 2)

The world is busy with the opinions, ideas, and thoughts from everyone else. It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of the other.  The High Priestess is a timely reminder, inviting us to reflect and listen – not to the content and information broadcasted by everyone else.

Instead, she encourages us to listen to our own quiet, yet unwavering intuition. She asks us to trust own unconscious knowledge. This is often frowned upon as it is not regulated by logic and reason.

However, the symbols, myths, and dreams that inform our unconscious knowledge are exactly what each of us requires to move through life with presence, awareness, and consciousness. This is exactly what the High Priestess models.

The Empress (Number 3)

The Empress feels and feels completely. She is not afraid to engage with her emotions and fully experience this side of life. The Empress asks you to pay attention to life’s pleasures and enjoy them fully, too, whether that’s through beauty, sensuality, abundance, passion or creativity.

What makes you feel most alive? This is what you should engage in. What makes you feel most beautiful? This is what you should do.

The Lovers (Number 6)

The Lovers seem to imply romantic relationships. However, this Major Arcana card both includes romantic love and goes beyond it. For example, The Lovers point to the lessons we may need to learn from other people – not just romantic partners.

Going even further,  The Lovers ask if you’re at odds with yourself. Are you being true to yourself? Are you honoring your boundaries? The Lovers remind you of the important choices you may have to make. By making a decision, or creating a healthy compromise, you can restore balance and dissolve dilemmas.

Chariot (Number 7)

We can’t move in the right direction if we don’t know who we are, what we want and what we need. And unfortunately, even within spiritual literature and guidance, we are often told that who we are doesn’t matter or that what we want is superficial, etc.

In a nutshell, in an attempt to grow in spirituality, many of us have been taught that the ego must die. And to a certain degree, it does need to relinquish its power if we are to live from a place of love, rather than fear.

However, the ego that the Chariot card refers to isn’t the micromanaging, fear-driven ego that we’re told to subdue in most spiritual discussions.

Here, the ego is our instinct and our deep and intrinsic self. Is it intrinsically evil? No, we all have one and we all need one to some degree – and that’s the key. We cannot let the ego overrule us or take over.

So, when you contemplate the Chariot, it’s asking you to check in and see who is the CEO of your life. Is it your fear-based ego, or is it you? Who is calling the shots?

Many times, people fail to live a true and authentic life because their ego is running the show. A well-lived life must be balanced. It is the result of knowing yourself, but not letting one aspect of your personality take over all the others.

Death (Number 13)

Few of us are comfortable with the concept and physical reality of death. Therefore, the Death card isn’t always as welcome as other cards, like The Fool, The Empress, or The High Priestess.

However, Death isn’t about the end of anyone’s earthly life. Instead, death always exists in tandem with birth; just as destruction always precedes creation, and winter before the spring.

Death encourages us to allow what must die to pass and perish so that whatever is awaiting birth can come into being. This may require you to confront your fears, and to change – even though it is painful at times.

What will emerge on the other side may be unknown, but don’t let that scare you. New possibilities are often beyond our imagination and wildest dreams.

The Star (Number 17)

The Star is like a calm after the storm, and fresh air after a heavy downpour. The Star is all about hope, a sense of purpose and faith that the universe is supporting you. If The Star had one mantra, it would be simply this: All is well. Because deep down, it is.

In a world that is fractured and broken, it’s easy to experience discouragement, anxiety, and fear. However, the Star encourages us to hope in the highest good. We can even lose faith in ourselves and feel we don’t have the wherewithal to carry on. However, the Star asks us to love ourselves and believe in our highest potential, too.

The archetype pictured in The Star always holds a basin from which she pours an endless stream of water. Her basin never runs out. When you meditate on The Star, remember that you have everything you need – an endless source of guidance, love, and abundance that will sustain you no matter what challenges you face or how drained you feel.

These are only some of the major life lessons from seven Major Arcana cards. Which ones resonated with you? Did you have a favorite? Follow this curiosity and experience how these lessons and insights can transform you on life’s journey.

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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

Show Gratitude

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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