When I Forget How to Love Myself

Morning stillness. Golden light. Peaceful trees. The calm around me seeping into my soul…A list of things that I’m grateful for today.

Slow mornings are therapeutic, and while I focused on what restores me earlier today, I spent some time making rose petal and lavender bath salts1 cup of coarse sea salt, 2 dried heads of rose petals and three sprigs of dried lavender.

Right now, the bath salts are soaking up the love vibes of the rose quartz/clear quartz crystals that I set around the bowl to charge it with healing energy. On some future day when I am depleted or I forget how to love myself, then I will draw a warm bath and sprinkle these bath salts in the water. I will soak in the love vibes and breathe my way back home to myself. I feel that it is good to have uplifting things to lean on when we don’t remember how to be strong.

Another thing that I’m also grateful today for is the opportunity to share my truth and my words. An article I wrote for Over the Moon magazine was published on their site yesterday. You can read it here: Need a Spiritual Mentor? Try Mother Nature.

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Sending you love and peaceful Saturday vibes.

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My Year of Answered Prayers

New Moon greetings!

The world was magic this morning. Although the sky was clear and blue when I woke up, the trees still glistened with diamonds, residue from yesterday’s rain. I lay in my bed for a while, just watching the quiet garden through the window. A cool breeze flowed in, making the sheer curtains dance to its slow soothing rhythm. In a time of drought and El Nino, I had to take some long deep moments to just savour this scene. I don’t know when it will come again.

I’ve been in a space of reflection, allowing and dreaming for the last couple of weeks. A bout of illness that kept in bed during the days building up to the New Year made sure that I stuck to my intention of a slow and centred start to 2016. The dormant phase was necessary because in it’s wake I’ve felt myself rising hopeful, focused and ready to move forward, and especially now with the new lunar cycle.

I searched long and hard for the words that will guide me through 2016 and the energy I want to draw to myself. In the end, it was “Answered Prayers” that settled into my chest and tugged at my heart strings. Last year, my words were “Wild Mother”, words that stimulated a profound shift in my life and that drew me out of my comfort zone in so many ways. I’ve been in awe at how some of the desires I’ve held for so long have manifested in the last year (I’ll explore this more in another post). I feel I owe these blessings to the powerful creative feminine force of the Wild Mother energy. But it also brought with it an emptiness and an acute awareness of the one missing thing in my life – the child I wish to carry, birth and mother.   

So, a few weeks back I found myself at risk of falling into the trap of counting the unfulfilled dreams and desires in my life. Infertility has a way of taking you to those places. I know it all too well. It’s a road that only leads to depression and feelings of being forsaken. It’s a path I’m not willing to walk because it will only advance a swift descend down an already sinking spiral.

That said, as I evaluated the space I was in and contemplated what I want to feel this year, I knew I needed something that would steer me away from the potential danger of being stuck in a place of lack. When I stumbled upon the words “Answered Prayers” they seemed to fit snugly into my emptiness. I saw the words in three different places in a space of a few hours – a sign speaking directly to my heart.

There are three things that made them feel right for me. In order for prayers to be answered, I need to pray. I need to be in communion with Spirit, with Goddess. I like that these words keep me centred in relationship with sacredness and remind me to make space for divine intervention to work magic in my life too. Secondly, I have to ask myself: What am I’m praying for? This question calls me to be intentional, specific and to offer prayers from an authentic place. It requires me to focus on what I want to manifest, feel and experience, not what I don’t want. Meditating on answered prayers also draws my attention to my blessings and what I am grateful for. Gratitude is a deeply healing tool as I’m sure you already know. It’s a touchstone I really need at the centre of my life right now. Starting January off working through Rhonda Byrnes, The Magic, is helping me do precisely that, to be immersed in the vibration of gratitude.

So this is my Year of Answered Prayers.

Do you choose words of focus or mantras for the year? What are your words?  

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Hello July

Hello July!

I hope that this new month finds you well and blessed in ways that stir deep joy within.

I’ve felt a sense coming full circle this full moon. June was a month of wild adventure, spontaneity and living from a place of openness. After a few weeks of doing so during our travels to England and Wales, I’ve come back with my heart bursting at the seams.

There is so much to be grateful for – New experiences, fun times and the opportunity to explore different lands.

But mostly, I’m thankful for the meaningful connections made with people – friends both old and new, and family, especially family. My husband’s family live abroad. As a result we don’t get to be with them much. So, having that family time and meeting quite a few of my in-laws for the first time was really special. To this day, I’m so blown away by the amount of love I felt, the acceptance I received from all of them and the treasured memories we’ve had the opportunity to create.

My experiences on this trip reminded me of something else too. That is the power of keeping an open heart when connecting with people. Too many people live in lonely worlds where their relations with others may feel fleeting and empty of meaning. You never know how you could touch someone just by reaching out and taking an interest in their life. You also never know how they may move you too when you allow room for real connections to form.

Now, back in the reality of my life and still beaming with the enriching and transformative touch of my holiday, I’m finding ways to integrate this residual essence into the experiences I create moving forward.

Something tells me July will be just as beautiful a month. I am hopeful and look forward to what unfolds along the way.

How about you?

July Blessings