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Productivity – hustle vs flow

What does it mean to be productive? The word often makes us think of things like the fast paced hustle and grind. As a society we have a skewed idea of what productivity looks like, which has led many people to burnout, anxiousness or depression.

There are two major energetic influences behind ‘productivity’: force and flow.

This ‘force-flow’ relationship is like the ebb and flow of the sea. Neither is better than the other, and both are necessary for Mother Nature to support life. This energy exchange is the current that keeps life afloat. Sometimes we are with the tide, other times we work against it.

The sea ebbs and flows naturally, as humans often we are caught up in the tide, and can find ourselves working against rather than with current circumstances. 

We often use force, through hard work, to produce physical results in our life. And when we hear “go with the flow” we suspiciously picture a free spirited hippie floating through life in a daze. ‘Flow’ is usually viewed as counterproductive, but this isn’t exactly the truth.

Force and flow are in relationship with each other, and it is this synergy that yields results.

Productivity is subjective between person, place and moment. The seasons and cycles within our lives need space for this ‘ebb and flow’ relationship. Just as we sleep and wake, both force and flow are equally important to the process.

The most important thing is to simply ‘be’; to listen to our intuition, and do what feels right moment by moment, with each changing tide.

Here is a list of things that you can do in your spare time to help you be productive, whatever that may look like to you.

Physical

  • Learn a breathing exercise Sitali breath, Lion’s breath and Breath of Fire are all techniques that many people find beneficial
  • Learn to bellydance
  • FlowGuided Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Qi Gong or Kung Fu – Yin yoga is great before bed
  • Practice mobility There are plenty of free resources available to help teach you how to strengthen your joints and muscles. Try a quick Google or YouTube search.
  • Experiment with your styleTry shaking up your wardrobe or hairstyle.
  • Open your taste paletteHave you ever heard of an Indonesian Jamu? Or a Costa Rican Gallo Pinto? Chances are that you have ingredients laying around your house that could spice up your palette and enhance your health.

Mental, Emotional and Spiritual

  • Learn a new languagestudies show a 5 year delay in Alzheimers for people who can speak more than one language
  • Watch a TED Talk
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Write letters to your loved ones
  • Make a vision board
  • Tune into a guided meditationNew to meditation? Try searching “mindfulness, visualisation or sound bath”.
  • Play a childhood board/video game
  • Learn to sing or play an instrument
  • Write a short story
  • Research what’s happening in your community Chances are, recreation and leisure activities are happening in your neighbourhood. A little research could connect you with like-minded people who share the same interests or goals. Stuck indoors? Social media is your online neighbourhood!
  • Start a video log that you can watch in the futureDaily, weekly, monthly or annually, a video is a beautiful way to collect memories of yourself and your loved ones.
  • Play the wikipedia gamePick two completely irrelevant words. Try and get from “A” to “B” by only clicking links within the articles. Fewest clicks win.

Positivity & Self Care

  • Avoid your phone for 30 minutes – If stepping away from your phone is difficult for you, that’s a sign that you should be disconnecting more often. To disconnect is to retreat; to retreat is to reconnect.
  • Detox your social media – Cleanse your newsfeeds by unfollowing people who don’t add value to your life.
  • DIY body scrub, face cleanser, toner and moisturiser
  • DIY conditioning hair/beard mask
  • Soak your feet in warm water and sea salt
  • Start a virtual movie night or book club
  • Positive affirmation remindersSet notifications to go off spontaneously that remind you to relax, rehydrate and smile. But most importantly, remind yourself how blessed you are.

Things to research

(In no particular order)
  • Ayurveda
  • Chinese Medicine
  • Ikigai
  • Bloodline and Family History
  • Ancestral History
  • Astronomy
  • Astrology
  • Ancient Egyptian Mythology
  • Greek Mythology
  • Norse Mythology
  • Celtic Mythology
  • Myers-Briggs Personality Test
  • Ancient Worlds and Lost Civilisations
  • Wormholes
  • Blackholes
  • Dark Matter
  • Zen Koans
  • Stoic Philosophy
  • Growth Mindset

You are worthy.


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Health Lifestyle

The powerful healing properties of salt – body and home

The benefits of salt

Many cultures and religions from all over the world believe that salt has the ability to cleanse and purify. Since ancient times salt has been said to remedy ailments and ward off negative spirits.

Now that we are living an age of technology, we have evidence to support the rumours that date back thousands of years: salt really does have purifying properties. These natural crystals have incredibly rejuvenating effects!

How can you use salt to cleanse your mind, body and home?

Gargle salt.

Salt water is an eco friendly and powerful mouthwash. Gargling salt water kills bad bacteria in that live in our mouths and throats. Doing this has been practiced for hundreds of years, long before we understood the science behind its magic. Gargling regularly with salt water helps cleanse the body of unwanted and negative energy. Recent studies have shown that this practice can not only protect us from ailments like the common cold and flu, it even aides the symptoms and helps our body recover at a faster rate.

Salt bath detox.

If you don’t have access to a salt water sea, a sea salt bath is the next best thing. I don’t recommend taking baths frequently as the average bath uses 80 litres of fresh water, but soaking in a tub of salts every once in a while can be benefit the body. My favourite alternative is to do a foot bath! Fill a wash bason with warm water, add a handful of salt and a few drops of your favourite essential oil.

Many cultures believe salt water has the ability to draw negative or stagnant energy out of the body and restore it to a pure state. Dermatologists recommend salt water baths to patients as it is widely believed that they help to relieve the symptoms of skin conditions such as eczema. Salt baths are also known to improve wound healing.

Sprinkle salt in your home.

It is believed that salt has the ability to absorb negative energy. Many cultures and religions practice sprinkling salt around their homes to protect them from unwanted energy. Take a small handful of salt and sprinkle a thin line under your windows, doorways entering/exiting your home, and if desired around the walls of your rooms. This is believed to absorb negative energy from your space, leaving it purified and rejuvenated. Let the salt sit for a few hours (or days) before cleaning it up.

Refresh your mattress.

Soda bicarbonate is a natural salt compound that works wonders on home cleaning and can be used for an abundance of purposes. Try cleansing your mattress by sprinkling ground sea salt or soda bicarb on it. Let the crystals sit for at least 3-4 hours before vacuuming off. This natural method helps deodorises your bed and kill bad bacteria.


You are loved.


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Happiness

The most terrifying and awakening week of my life

I found the cottage through a quick Google search.

The owners had given me a discount because “the property had not been maintained in a few months”. I didn’t understand what that meant, but the price was right – I packed my car and found myself there the next day.

The cottage was in the middle of the woods. My GPS could only take me so far before I had to rely on written instructions like “when you see the red ribbon tied to the tree at the fork in the road, take the left”.

Isolation was what I was searching for, but I had no idea I would be this secluded. The cottage was hidden behind a scene of thick trees and waist high grass, deep in the middle of the Ontario woods.

As I used my sleeve to clear my way through the cobwebs that formed over the front door, I understood why I was given a discount. The counters were littered with ants and other insects, and the beds were covered in spiders – mostly dead.

It was the perfect setting for a horror movie.

Regardless, the space was gorgeous. I was captivated by the smell of fresh pinewood and the vibrancy of the deep greens that illuminated through all the windows.

Exploring further I saw something that shocked me: the toilet was little more than a wooden plank with a hole in it, balanced over two stumps, twenty feet behind the cottage. It was at that moment that the gravity of my decision had hit me. I was not prepared to shit in the forest at 3am.

As the sun began to leave that evening, my peace of mind went with it. The once big and beautiful windows that lit up the entire cottage grew dark. I couldn’t see a thing outside – and having no curtains in the space made it so that if I had any source of light on inside, anybody could see me.

That’s when the panic set in.

I realised that I was completely isolated in the middle of the woods. The only person who knew my exact location was the old man from the internet who I had rented the place from. Oh, and the cottage had many doors, none of which had locks and opened with a brief shove.

All I had to protect myself was a 20 pound iron dumbbell and a dull kitchen knife I had found.

What if a bear smells my food and comes pushing through the door?

I lay frozen in bed with my senses on high alert, aware of every inch of skin on my body, knowing that I was surrounded by spiders.

Hours passed. I gripped my phone. It was the one thing that gave me any sense of security and connection...

Even then, I was afraid to use it in case the light from its screen alerted some stranger to my presence. And, my reception was horrid: if I did need to call for help, it would have been far too late before anybody could reach me.

I had become a feral animal: eyes wide and ears peeled for the slightest pin drop. Every muscle in my body was tense and prepared for flight or fight. The only thoughts that passed through my mind from time to time were “I can’t do this for another night“. Bears, strangers, wolves, spiders… I was terrified of all these things. Until, suddenly, I realised something that changed my perspective for good:

“The only danger I can be sure of is the fear in my own mind”.

This idea brought with it a feeling of calm, and many questions, such as: “what do ‘security’ and ‘protection’ even mean?

This question stirred in my mind until the sun came up, and with it arose these realisations:

“Security is not defined by lock and bolt, and ‘protection’ is not defined by armour and weapons”.

In my eyes, it is knowing that if a storm hits, I will survive. And if the walls do crumble, I have the foundation and support I need to rebuild something stronger.

Realising this was liberating on every level. It helped me to understand that I have the ability to define the circumstances in my own life, and that mindfully choosing my own definitions could be freeing and empowering.

Often, letting things break down, be it: limiting beliefs, concepts, or our relationships with ourselves – is essential for processing in life. Just as a break down of muscle tissue is required for growth, destruction strengthens mental, emotional and spiritual fitness through the same break and build cycle.

This experience opened me up to believe that whilst destruction is perceived as damaging, it is essential for all growth and development. It is the force that gives birth to stars and sustains life itself.

“What is chaos to the fly is normal to the spider.”

Charles Addams

In moments where you feel secluded under a blanket of darkness, I ask you to ponder on this thought:

How can I redefine the situations and circumstances in my life that cause me suffering?


You are loved.


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Lifestyle

How to cleanse the energy in your home

Refresh and renew the atmosphere in your space. Whether you are starting a new chapter in your life or leaving an old one behind, these tips will help bring some peace and tranquility to your space.

Why it’s important to nurture our space.

Enclosed spaces collect and retain energy. When we feel something negative or uneasy in our home, it is most likely an accumulation of funky energy that you are sensing rather than a ghost or spirit.

Energy cleansing is used to help rid the mind, body and spirit of negative or unwanted energy. Here are some practices that can help you reset the tone of your home:

Art

When you look at the decorations in your home, how do they make you feel? Does the picture in your living room have a dreary undertone or an inviting presence? The art we have in our homes can influence the way we feel in a space. For example, if you hand painted the picture you have hanging in your living room, it will give you a different emotional experience if it was painted at the start of a flourishing relationship or in the midst of a heartbreak. Take some time to admire the artwork you have in your home and ask yourself how it makes you feel. If it brings you joy, dust it off and show it some love. If not, show it some love and gift it to someone who may enjoy it.

Meditate

A heartfelt meditation can shift the most stagnant energy into something soulful and nourishing. When we mindfully connect with our space as we meditate, we act as a beacon of energy. This connection allows us to transmute the energy in our space and imprint it with our own light. The more love we can allow ourselves to receive and radiate while we meditate, the more we are able to nourish our space into something sacred. Make sure you are comfortable so you can allow yourself to release tension in your mind, body, and living space. If you have healing crystals this is the perfect time to let them work their magic.

Salt

Salt is a superhero when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting. Many cultures and religions from all over the world have believed that salt has the ability to cleanse and purify. It is said that salt has the ability to absorb negative energy. Sprinkle salt around your walls, under your windows, in doorways, and even on your mattress. This will help detoxify your space; it’s almost like a deep sea spa treatment for your soul space. Let the salt relax for anywhere from hours to days before vacuuming up.

Smudging

Smudging is an ancient practice where sacred herbs are burned to clear away negative or stagnant energy. The properties in these natural elements purify the energies of their environment, creating a warm and soulful space. Some sacred herbs you could use as tools to cleanse the energy in your space are: sage, lavender, cedar, eucalyptus & bay leaf. Incense can also be used for this purpose. While you are smudging make sure to mindfully use your own energy to brighten the space as you make your way around. Don’t forget to smudge objects that may hold stagnant energy, like wallets or pillowcases.


You are loved.


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Lifestyle

Saying these magic words can change your life

Positive affirmations are powerful tools that help us change the negative thought patterns in our mind. Most of our day to day thoughts go unnoticed, almost as if they run on autopilot. When we take the time to consciously think uplifting thoughts and put energy into affirming empowering beliefs, we begin to create transformational connections in our mind and massive shifts in our reality.

What is an affirmation?
An affirmation is anything and everything that we tell ourselves. If we tell ourselves something for long enough, we often begin to believe it as true. When our mind runs on autopilot and we aren’t aware of the thoughts that are passing through, we may be telling ourselves disempowering thoughts and limiting beliefs.

The effects of limiting beliefs
The human brain works in pattern recognition. When we say something over and over to ourselves, our brain recognizes a pattern and forms connections and pathways affirming what it is we have thought. These pathways directly influence every emotion we feel, decision we make and action we take.

A way to visualize this is to picture a small flowing stream of water. Each time we think a thought such as “I’m not smart enough” or “I’m not strong enough” we begin to pour more water down the stream. As the water begins to gain mass and speed it runs deeper into the dirt, eventually forming a river.

This analogy helps us understand the mind. The water flowing down the stream is the energy of our thoughts, and the path is the neurological connections becoming deeper rooted over time. 

When our thoughts are limiting and disempowering, they affect what we believe about ourselves and influence how we interact with the world around us. Holding negative beliefs could keep one in a place of ill health, poor finances and unfulfillment.

Taking the time to consciously affirm uplifting and empowering thoughts has a huge effect on our reality. Through affirming positive beliefs we have the ability to transform our mental wellness, physical health, financial situations and much more.

How to get the most impact out of positive affirmations

-Don’t just think it, feel it. The more emotion we put behind our uplifting thoughts, the more of a snowball effect they will have. (Emotion = energy in motion).

-Say them out loud and write them down. The more often we repeat these affirming thoughts to ourselves in a variety of ways the more we instill these empowering beliefs into our reality.

Here are some examples of affirmations that you could use to help create transformational shifts in your life.

Morning affirmations
-I can handle anything that comes my way today.
-Everything I need is within me.
-Today I will be the most confident, courageous and decisive version of myself.

Evening affirmations
-I am grateful for the beating heart in my chest.
-I release any tension I am holding and surrender all of my worries.
-I am at peace. I am loved.

Physical healing
-I am aligned with energies that harmonize and heal.
-Every cell in my body is thriving.
-My soul is showering my body with health and happiness.
-I thank my body for loving, supporting and healing me.

Mental wellbeing
-I am enough.
-I am exactly where I need to be.
-I am whole as I am.
-Everything I need is within me.

Wealth and abundance
-Money is energy and it flows to me effortlessly.
-I am open to opportunities of wealth and abundance.
-The more money I allow into my life, the more resources I have to share.

Love and romance
-I am deserving of a love deeper than the ocean.
-The universe is guiding me to people and places that fuel my soul.
-I am open to receiving a love full of passion and romance.


You are limitless.


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Health Lifestyle

Sacred Sounds – benefits of sound healing


Rhythm and song grace us with the ability to tune into ourselves and the universe around us. Listening to the sound of crashing waves, birds singing, or the voices of our loved ones can bring us a sense of peace, purpose and awe. Since ancient times, we have known of  the benefits that sound and music can induce. To truly tap into the magic of music and sound in our day to day lives, it helps to understand why it is so important and sacred. 

When exploring the world of sound, certain terms can be confusing. Words like “vibration” and “frequency” are used by mystics and scientists alike, which only goes to show how fascinating sound energy is to people from all walks of life.

 Doctors and scientists measure these natural rhythms and vibrations to help to heal and balance the body. For example, MRI (magnetic-resonance imaging), ultrasound scanning and EKG/ECG (electrocardiograms) all work by measuring vibration, frequency, or natural electrical rhythms. In terms of physics, the atoms we are comprised of are pure vibrational energy. If we break down the atom, we find that 99.9999999999996% is empty space. You may feel like a solid creature, but you are in fact a vibrational energetic being  comprised of a pulsing beat and constant fluctuating rhythms. Thinking about our bodies in this way can help to explain the feeling of euphoric oneness that we experience when at a concert, festival, or roaring sports event. It is as if the atoms of our body are syncing up with the energetic environment around us. 

Physics aside, in the metaphysical world we understand and explore these rhythms in a different way, with the guidance of intuition, trust, and sacred ancient wisdom. Practices like deep meditation can help us “tune into” different frequencies and vibrations to induce different emotional states. Taking the time to mindfully listen to certain sounds connects us with our divine energetic nature, and allows us to unify our mind, body and spirit. 

Sacred Sounds

1. Standing bells and singing bowls

Found in temples and meditation halls across the globe, standing bells and singing bowls are known for their soulful sounds. These instruments originated from countries such as China, India, and Nepal, and have dated back to a little over 500BC. Used by sound healers and yoga practitioners all around the world, these beautiful instruments are said to purify and cleanse negative vibrations, and help up reach deep states of relaxation. I personally use my singing bowls before and after meditating, during reiki healing sessions and after smudging a space. I also love using them to cleanse my healing crystals.

2. Binaural beats
Binaural beats are streams of frequencies that are said to help induce specific brainwave states, encouraging different physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits. Tuning into these frequencies may help you reach deeper states of meditation, study more effectively, aid your sleep, reduce your stress levels, or even promote physical healing. You can find these beats on platforms like YouTube, Spotify or iTunes.

3. Classical Music
There is medical evidence to suggest that tuning into classical music has a huge range of benefits. A study held at Oxford University showed that people who listened to classical music after a stressful task had significantly lower levels of blood pressure compared to those who listened to other genres. Studies have also shown that classical or meditative music has proven effective for patients undergoing intensive medical care. Playing these tunes had greater effects on easing anxiety than midazolam (a sedative drug) for preoperative patients, and postoperative patients had significantly lower cortisol levels (the stress hormone). Classical music may not be your cup of tea, but if you’re skipping out on these soulful symphonies, you may be missing their grounding and healing benefits.

4. Chakra Chants
The chakra system is made up of 7 main energy centres. These energy centres play different roles in connecting and unifying our minds, bodies and spirits. Each chakra vibrates at a different frequency; below I have listed the different sounds associated with the different chakras. Connecting with these energy centres can help bring us contentment and promote overall healing. In a later blog post, I will go into more detail about each chakra and the role it plays, but for now I suggest that you allow your intuition to guide you to which chakras are needing attention. You may feel drawn to focusing on one particular area, or devoting time to connecting with each energy centre.

When chanting your desired chakra sound, I suggest you find a quiet place where you feel safe. Close your eyes, take a deep breath in, and start your chant on your exhale. Try to focus on the vibration of the chant, and ideally stretch the chant over your entire exhale. It may help you to connect with the chakra of your focus by picturing its colour while you chant. You may chant to your heart’s content, but I suggest you commit to at least 5 mindful expressions.

7. Root chakra [Survival and tribal]
Sound: LAM
Colour: Red
Location: Base of the spine.
Physical connection: Feet, bones, immune system.

6. Sacral chakra [Relationships and sexuality]
Sound: VAM
Colour: Orange
Location: Lower abdomen to navel area.
Physical connection: Sexual organs, hips, pelvis, bladder, bowel. 

5. Solar Plexus chakra [Personal power and confidence]
Sound: RAM
Colour: Yellow
Location: Solar plexus.
Physical connection: Stomach, middle spine, liver, adrenals.

4. Heart chakra [Emotional power, love and forgiveness]
Sound: YAM
Colour: Green
Location: Centre of the chest.
Physical connection: Heart, breasts, lungs, arms, hands, diaphragm, circulatory system.

3. Throat chakra [Expression and communication]
Sound: HAM
Colour: Blue
Location: Throat
Physical connection: Throat, thyroid, esophagus, mouth, jaw, teeth.

2.Third Eye chakra [Wisdom and insight]
Sound: OM
Colour: Indigo
Location: Slightly above the center of the eyebrows, mid- forehead.
Physical connection: Brain, pineal gland, eyes, ears, nose, nervous system.

1. Crown chakra [Spiritual awareness and universal connection]
Sound: OM (or silence)
Colour: Violet or white
Location: Top of the head
Physical connection: Provides universal/life-force energy throughout the entire body.


You are divine.