5-Steps to Forgiveness and Love

5-Steps to Forgiveness and Love

Why did you betray me?

I should have said I was sorry. Why didn’t I?

You broke my heart into a million pieces. How could you be so cold?

I’ve been there, too!

When I trusted another person, and they let me down in a big way.

I didn’t say I was sorry when I could have.

I was hurt in such a devastating way that my heart shattered into a million pieces.

Man, it’s the worst feeling when you can’t stop crying. It feels like your whole body is in this constant state of quivering, and it just won’t stop.

I found it was so hard to move past it and into a new direction. So, you stayed in your hurt and let it control you.

Sometimes it feels like –

“If I continue to stay in the hurt, they will see that they were wrong for doing what they did to me. And will come crawling back to beg for my forgiveness.” (If only that were true.)

Then when you see this is not going to happen, that’s when you get angry. Gurr…  It is sooo easy to blame them for your hurt & anger.

“The only way to truly move on from

the hurt & anger is to forgive!”

You’re probably thinking ~ (I know I did!)

“Why should I forgive them??? They hurt me!”

I get it! Forgiveness is the last thing on your mind when someone has hurt you and is one of the hardest things to do.

But you only hurt yourself when you don’t learn to forgive and let go of the hurt & anger.

When you hold on to it, you generate all kinds of negative energy that keeps it locked and alive in your mind.

“Our minds are causing our suffering.”

Let that sink in…

However, it does take time to process everything. So let yourself feel whatever you need to feel. That way, you can work on releasing it.

Sometimes it’s not just about forgiving the person or situation. It can be about forgiving yourself for the part you played in the hurtful situation.

Again, I get it! It’s so hard to see your part and take any responsibility. When it was that person who hurt you, right?

5-Steps to Forgiveness and Love

Unfortunately, I usually (not always) did have some responsibility, even though I couldn’t see it at the time.

Meaning sometimes, I didn’t stand up for myself, and I allowed the other person’s behavior to continue to hurt me.

And sometimes, I kept holding on to my hurt and anger so tight I let IT take over my mind.

So, I had a choice! Hold on to my hurt and anger, or learn to let go and move forward with forgiveness and love!

You have the same choice too!

Believe me, I know this sounds impossible when you are in so much pain. However, it’s not the actions you forgive. It’s more about finding forgiveness for the person, the past, and yourself.

It’s about letting go of what is no longer happening to you and moving forward in your life.

5-Steps to Forgiveness and Love

Here are 5 steps to Forgiveness and Love

Give all of these practices a try. Then you will know what works best for you. You may not want to do all of the practices all of the time.

But you can pick two or more and make them a new habit for your forgiveness and love routine!

The 5-Steps are:

  1. Draw a line on a page
  2. Ho’oponopono
  3. Write a letter
  4. Meditate
  5. Journal

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1. Draw a line down a page

This idea came from Rhonda Britten, author of Change Your Life in 30 Days & Fearless Living.

All you need is a piece of paper and a pen. Now draw a line down the middle of the page.

On the top left side of the page, write the person’s name that hurt you, and then write your name on the top right.

Under their name, write what it was they did that hurt you. Write all details you want or keep it short.

Then, on the left side of the page, under your name, write.

I’m willing to forgive you.

This practice is even more powerful if you say it aloud while writing. Let yourself feel whatever you need to feel. It will help you release all of those unpleasant feelings.

Here’s an example:

–Their name here–                       –Your name here–

You left me without a word        –   I’m willing to forgive you

What you said hurt me deeply   –   I’m willing to forgive you

Why did you???                          –   I’m willing to forgive you

And so on…                                               

 

5-Steps to Forgiveness and Love

2. Ho’oponopono

The Hawaiian mystical philosophy of Ho’oponopono shows us the powerful use of apology, forgiveness, and love in a spiritual context.

Based on ancient Hawaiian wisdom, it uses four statements to cleanse and heal our collective mind continually. These statements are:

I’m sorry

Please forgive me

Thank you

I love you

“Ho’oponopono is said on behalf of herself and all creation, seeing and understanding all life’s interconnectedness.

Whenever she feels even a tiny twinge of fear or discomfort on any level, she can use these four statements to bring her back into sanity and peace.

Therefore, taking complete responsibility for everything happening in her life situation and the world situation.

She apologizes then asks for forgiveness, thanks, and love for herself, the other person, and the Whole.”

Think about the person or situation that caused your hurt. Then, repeat these four phrases until you feel a release from your mind and body.

You can do this exercise at any time throughout the day as needed.

Plus, you can print a copy and put it by your desk, hang it on the frig., bathroom mirror, anywhere and everywhere you will see it, as a reminder to forgive and love!

Or wear it –

7 Chakra Ho’oponopono Bracelet

Ho’oponopono Hawaii Necklace

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3. Write a letter

Writing your thoughts and feelings down is a great practice when you have so much gunk is in your head.

Start writing, and don’t worry about grammar. Write down everything you feel, write and write and write, let it all out.

This helps release those tormenting thoughts in your mind.  

“Whatever hurt you is not happening anymore.

 

You don’t need to send it.

Once done writing everything down, you can burn it.

When you write it all down, you will have released the gunk from your mind and body.

Then, when you burn it, you’ve released it again into thin air.

Here are some thought-provoking cards to help you release

Meditation Cards, Mindfulness Cards, for Women

Intention Cards, with Thought-Provoking Questions, for Women 

4. Meditate

Meditation is a great practice to start. It helps by getting you back into your body and grounding you.

When you meditate, it will help release negative trapped energy inside you and help quiet your mind.

5-Steps to Forgiveness and Love 

Benefits of Meditation

  • It can help release hurt & anger
  • Can relieve daily stresses
  • Helps with physical pain
  • Calms emotional pain
  • It helps find forgiveness and love
  • Can lower blood pressure
  • Get a deeper, more restful sleep
  • Connect with spirit/higher power

Meditating is a learned skill that we can all develop. So make sure you give it a good try.

Try it for a good month or longer to hone this new practice and find what works best for you.

Meditating will clear your mind, so you can go deep into releasing new & old negative energy and those tormenting thoughts from your mind.  

For more information about meditation, check out this post!

“I finally learned how to meditate and get results.”

Here is some meditation music to help you get started

Deep Forgiveness, Deep Love – Music

Meditation for Love & Forgiveness – Guided meditation

5. Journal

Journal – this is a great way to let it all out. It’s an ongoing letter to release, forgive and love.

When you journal, you can recreate your story by changing what’s inside of you and how you think & feel about what happened.

It’s not about changing that person, what happened, or the past.

Rewriting your story will be liberating!

Here’s are two examples:

  1. “They forgot my birthday, which hurts me and makes me feel like I’m not loved.”

Rewrite this statement to show forgiveness and love?

  1. “This person I love forgot my birthday. I wonder if something stressful is going on making them forget?”

In the first statement, you feel sad that they forgot.

The second statement you are thinking, when they start forgetting things, they are usually stressed or bothered by something.

So now you feel concerned and wonder what may be stressing or bothering them.

OR this one

  1. “She is always saying and doing mean things to me, which hurts me and makes me mad.”

Rewrite this statement to show forgiveness and love?

  1. “She may be feeling insecure, angry, or lonely. And when I shared my good news, it triggered her, so she lashed out at me again.”

In the first statement, you feel hurt and angry that this person is always saying mean things and lashing out at you.

The second statement shows you know she is always doing this to you. Because she is sensitive and always speaks before she thinks.

So, by acknowledging this, you are better able to let it go because you realize that it’s not about you. It’s truly about that person.

You get the idea!

Here are two excellent journals to get you started!

When the Clock Strikes Midlife… It’s YOUR Time To Shine: An Interactive and Creative Weekly Journal To Cultivate Your Midlife Awakening  by Cin Di Lo

Beautiful Leather Bound Journal With Refillable Pages for Women

Life continually gives us unpleasant experiences that we need to work through and overcome, big and small.

We all do the best we can, but sometimes we get the brunt of someone else’s insecurities, faults, meanness, whatever it is.

Remember, forgiveness isn’t always about someone else. Sometimes you need to forgive yourself too.

For not following through, not loving yourself, not taking care of yourself, or beating yourself up with your words.

 “It’s not what happens to you in life.

It’s how you deal with it!”

5-Steps to Forgiveness and Love

Doing the 5-Steps to Forgiveness and Love is Not a one-time fix-it-all event, and it doesn’t mean you won’t have sad, angry, stressful moments either.

So, anytime you feel stressed, sad, hurt, angry, or upset, use these practices to bring yourself back to the present moment.

It’s all you have, so enjoy it!

 

Here’s to 5-Steps to Forgiveness and Love!

Susie ∞ 

P.S. Give the 5-Steps to Forgiveness and Love a try for all of your past, present, and future ordeals. 

 

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“I Finally Figured out how to Meditate and get results!”

I Finally Figured out how to Meditate and get results!

Meditating is simple, right? You sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, quiet your mind, and meditate.

You will then feel refreshed for the day or have a more restful sleep or less stress, depending on why you are meditating.

Well, that sounds easy enough! So you sit down, close your eyes, quiet your mind, and meditate.

But then, less than a minute goes by, and your mind starts to fill up. You start thinking of the frustrations of the day or all the things you have to do.

We start thinking about our kids, spouse, partner, friends, family, work, hobbies, or any other gazillion things that show up in our lives.

Then we feel frustrated and say to ourselves, “This seems like more work than relaxation,” so we stop.

I know just how you feel. This has happened to me too. I have tried meditating off and on for many years and could never figure out a meditation that worked for me.

Sometimes, I would fall asleep, which was ok if it was bedtime, but falling asleep didn’t do me any good if I was starting my day.

Sometimes, my mind would wander so badly that I couldn’t turn it off, or I would finally be in the middle of the meditation, and thoughts would slowly start creeping into my mind.

Before I knew it, I was not in the meditation anymore, and I was back to the chatter… So frustrating! 🙁

I Finally Figured out how to Meditate and get results!

I feel that this frustration comes from not preparing oneself for the meditation.

First, you need to clear your mind of the clutter to be in a place of stillness.

This meditation works so well because you can remove all of the thoughts from your mind for the moment.

Then you can relax your body so you can go deeper into the stillness.

Most of us start meditating to have more peace, better health, or a greater connection to spirit/higher power!

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Here are a few different meditation styles

  • Guided Meditation ~ (Here)
  • Transcendental Meditation ~ (Here)
  • Labyrinth Walking Meditation ~ (Here)
  • Focusing on an object, like a flickering candle ~ (Here)
  • Listening to meditation music ~ (Here)
  • Following the breath ~ (Here)
  • or just being still

I like aspects of all of these types of meditations, but none of these did the trick when used alone.

So, I decided to create my own meditation using bits and pieces from these meditation forms, and now I have a meditation that works for me every time.

I start my meditation, go deep into the stillness, and then come out of the meditation with a clear mind and feel refreshed.

If I’m doing the meditation before bedtime, I will fall asleep faster and have a more restful sleep.

Some Benefits of meditation

  • Can relieve daily stresses
  • Helps with physical pain
  • It helps to calm emotional pain
  • Can lower blood pressure
  • Get a deeper, more restful sleep
  • Connect with spirit/higher power
  • Can help find answers

I Finally Figured out how to Meditate and get results!

What you can do before you start to meditate: 

(Keep in mind that these are only suggestions to enhance your meditation practice. However, you will still get great results doing this or any meditation without the suggestions listed.)

  • Go to the bathroom! 😉
  • Make sure you won’t be disturbed
  • Set a timer for 5 to 30min (best to start with 5min. and work your way up)
  • Diffuse some essential oils ~ (Try these)
  • Light a candle ~ (Try these)
  • Turn on some meditation music ~ (Listen here)
  • Turn down the lights
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Find a comfortable place and position

These are the steps you can use to meditate:

  1. Sit, stand or lay down

(Do what works best for you)

  1. Put your hands on your thighs with:

Palms facing up (this will allow energy to move freely in and out of the body)

Palms facing down (this will have a more grounding effect if you are feeling unsettled or scattered)

  1. Close your eyes and focus on your breath

(In through your nose out through your mouth)

  1. Then imagine your body is a tall glass of water with a drain at the bottom (your feet)
  2. Start at the top of your head and imagine all of the water is slowly draining out of the bottom of the glass (your feet)

(As the water is draining out, your body is relaxing more and more. The water is taking with it all of your chatter, stresses, pain, worries, fears, anything you want or need to release out of your mind and body)

  1. Imagine the water is draining down:

-through the top of your head and neck

-then down your torso and arms

-over your hips and thighs

-down your calves and out of the bottom of your feet

  1. Imagine this water is holding all of your chatter, pain, fear, etc. in a bubble, and this bubble is drifting away from your body far, far, away, until it just evaporates into thin air and is no longer a part of you at this moment
  2. Now, come back to your body and imagine there is a beam of light or roots like a tree going straight down from your root chakra (tail bone) and anchoring you deep down into the earth
  3. Next, invite divine love in the form of soft white light to enter through the bottom of your feet and slowly fill your body and soul with unconditional love:

-up thru your feet and calves

-over your thighs and hips

-up your torso and arms

-through your neck and head

Until this light showers out of the top of your head and enfolds your body with unconditional love, peace, healing, feeling safe and free

  1. This soft white light (divine love) surrounds your body and creates a shield of protection that nothing can pass thru or disrupt your safe place.
  2. At this point, you will want to “Be Still” and follow your breath in and out or slowly repeat the words “be still” or “calm” until you drift into the silence.
  3. Stay in this silence for 5 to 30min or however long you want (the longer you are in this peaceful stillness of mind and body, the better your results will be.

If any thoughts start to creep in, imagine those thoughts moving outside your shield, and they evaporate. Do this as many times as needed! 🙂

I Finally Figured out how to Meditate and get results!

You can adjust this meditation to fit your needs and time frame for the moment.

Often, there are times of stress or pain when you can do a “quickie” meditation, and you won’t need to do anything but close your eyes and breathe.

Truthfully, the most essential part of your meditation is your intention of feeling more relaxed and peaceful in your mind and body.

Be open to trying new meditation methods until you find what works for you.

Just let it flow how it wants to flow. Be patient with yourself and the process; it takes time to learn a new skill.

Also, don’t get hung up on trying to do everything perfectly.

Be persistent and be as consistent as you can until it is a part of your daily routine.

Start with a 5min meditation and work your way up to 30min or longer.

You can move through the steps quickly or take your time if you have a lot to release!

In Conclusion:

So, there you have it; this meditation has worked the best for me! I hope I have given you a few new ideas!

Give this meditation a try, and let me know how it has worked for you!

 

Here’s to creating inner peace with meditation in the daily ebbs and flows!

Susie ∞

 

P.S. For info on creating balance, take a look at this post

Clearing Stagnant Energy with Sound & Sage

 

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Use Aromatherapy When Setting Intentions

Use Aromatherapy When Setting Intentions

How many times have we made our new years resolutions or set a goal to do something or change a bad habit and didn’t follow through for various reasons? I know I have way more than once.
We start a list of things we need/want to change or improve upon, but then we get stressed out just thinking about doing it. We can feel defeated before we even get started. Ugh!
Resolutions, goals, plans, or I like to call them intentions, can be tricky because we often think we have to do it perfectly in order to accomplish it?
Well-meaning intentions are often not achieved because we usually start too fast, too strong, and change everything at once? Or wait till everything is perfect before we even try? (and we all know that perfect timing never happens).

For example:

  • Starting to exercise, we go all in and get burned out, or we end up causing an injury, so we have to stop and never start again?

  • We want to eat healthier, so we start eating salads and green drinks every day, and we end up getting burned out from too many greens?

  • We want to drink more water, so we fill up a jug and start drinking a gallon every day??? But we end up feeling waterlogged, so we stop.

  • Start to budget our money and plan to save X amount every month. But then the car breaks down, and we don’t stick to the plan?

  • And on and on and on, I think you get the picture!

It can be overwhelming to change everything all at once. So you stop and never start again. Or, you stop and start but never really stick with your intention?

Too many intentions, like trying to do ALL the intentions listed in the well-meaning list above. We may start one or all of them but never continue with any of them because it’s too much to do or too hard to remember to do them?

We’ve all been there more than once. And we feel like we have failed somehow???

But, don’t make yourself wrong for not doing something perfectly, or in the correct order, or getting it done in a specific time frame, or whatever it is for you?

Life happens!

We’re not supposed to be perfect,

and that’s OK!

When making our intentions, we first want to start with our mindset and be willing to understand that we may need to shift our direction a bit when everyday things come up, but it does not mean we should stop trying!

We need to start thinking differently about our intentions if we want to move forward with them!

So, instead of thinking of our intentions as hard work, not having enough time, too expensive, or an inconvenience, we can start thinking of our intentions as wanting to do fun things. I Love this!!!

Wanting is the keyword here! No one is making us think about, set, or do our intention except us, right! So we can make it fun if we want to! Plus, committing to do something fun is way more doable than committing to hard work!

How can you make it “FUN”? Once a week or once a month, reward yourself! For every small step toward your intention that you made! You can think of your intentions as:

“A list of fun things to do, with rewards!”

  • Save more money – To have an emergency/backup fund! Reward: Set $20 or more aside and buy yourself a new shirt, book, earrings, or something you have wanted for a while!

  • Drink more water – For hydration and to help with your digestion! Reward: Get a latte or your favorite drink!

  • Eat healthier – To feel better and sleep better! Reward: Treat yourself to your favorite dessert or ice cream! (Yum, I love ice cream)

  • Start walking – To have more energy, and it helps with depression! Reward: Buy a good pair of walking shoes or a cute new walking outfit!

Making small changes is the key!

  • Save $10, $25, $50, or $100 a month. When you’ve learned to live without that money each month, increase the amount by $5, $10, $20, or more. It adds up!

  • Drink one 8oz glass of water every day for a week. Then drink two 8oz glasses a day for a week, and so on!

  • Walk to the end of the driveway every day for a week, then to the end of the block every day for a week, and then around the block every day for a week and build from there! You get the idea!

Small changes become BIG changes over time!

Use Aromatherapy When Setting Intentions

Using Aromatherapy When Setting Your Intentions!

I read a post from Aromahead Institute, where I studied to be a Certified Aromatherapist.

This article was about new years resolutions/intentions. However, this applies to any goals, plans, or intentions we want to set any time of the year by using Aromatherapy! (This is where I got the idea of “Making a list of fun things to do”!)

Using Aromatherapy for setting our intentions is more about choosing oils that inspire you, offer mental focus, give you more energy, and help support your confidence every day!

 

The idea is that you will make a small roller bottle of your favorite scents and carry it with you. Doing this will be a reminder and a motivator to act on your intentions!

It’s kind of like the string around the finger to remind us of something. Using essential oils will help to remind us to move forward with our new habits every day!

Before making blends with essential oils, you’ll want to read this informative post called:

“Safely Using Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care.”

Use Aromatherapy When Setting Intentions

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Three DIY Essential Oil roll-on recipes to try!

These blends are easy to make, and they smell lovely!



Ignite Your Sparkle Blend

This blend will help you feel inspired about your intention, and it’s emotionally uplifting to help you stay at it!

Ingredients – *Organic

  • 10 ml Jojoba* (Simmondsia chinensis)

  • 4 drops Sweet Orange Oil*(Citrus sinensis) – Soothes the perfectionist in us. Emotionally uplifting, calming, and relieving any anxiety. Sweet Orange oil has a fresh and fruity scent.

  • 2 drops Pink Grapefruit* (Citrus paradisi) Uplifting and cleansing. Highly energetic and exudes happy, outward energy. Pink Grapefruit has a sparkling aroma with a sharp, sweet citrus scent.

Equipment

    One 10 ml Glass Bottle with a roller ball top

Directions

  •     Combine the jojoba and essential oils in the bottle.
  •     Snap the roller ball top into place.
  •     Roll the bottle in your palms to blend ingredients.
  •     Apply anytime throughout the day!


Halt Procrastination Blend

Making a change requires persistence! This blend helps motivate you and stay grounded as you move forward with your intention.

Ingredients – *Organic

  • 10 ml Jojoba* (Simmondsia chinensis)

  • 4 drops Sweet basil* (Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool) – Strengthens self-confidence, helps to motivate, and brings clarity to mind. Sweet basil oil smells herbal and sweet.

  • 2 drops Black Pepper* (Piper nigrum) – Reduces fear and motivates change. Protection from negative energy. The black pepper scent is fresh, dry, warm, spicy, and woody.

Equipment

    One 10 ml Glass Bottle with a roller ball top

Directions

  •     Combine the jojoba and essential oils in the bottle.
  •     Snap the roller ball top into place.
  •     Roll the bottle in your palms to blend ingredients.
  •     Apply anytime throughout the day!


Find Your Focus Blend

This blend gets you focused, energized, and it helps encourage clear thinking so that you can act on your intentions.

Ingredients – *Organic

  • 10 ml Jojoba* (Simmondsia chinensis)

  • 3 drops Rosemary* (Salvia Rosmarinus/Rosmarinus officinalis ct. 1,8 cineole or ct. camphor) – Stimulates and strengthens the mind, energizes, uplifts, and encourages clarity. Rosemary typically has a strong, fresh, herbal scent.

  • 3 drops Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia) – Provides vital energy and support and stimulates vibrancy. Spike Lavender scent is Lavender-like and penetrating but also camphoraceous.

*Note – Be sure to use Spike Lavender. It stimulates the mind, whereas standard Lavender calms the mind.

Equipment

    One 10 ml Glass Bottle with a roller ball top

Directions

  •     Combine the jojoba and essential oils in the bottle.
  •     Snap the roller ball top into place.
  •     Roll the bottle in your palms to blend ingredients.
  •     Apply anytime throughout the day!


Application

First, hold the bottle about an inch or two from your nose and smell your blend by taking two or three deep breaths. Then apply your blend to your wrists and/or behind your ears.

While applying and smelling your blend repeat your intention and why it’s important to you out loud while breathing in the aroma. (writing down your intention can be helpful too).

Then every time you smell your blend, it will help trigger your thoughts and remind you that your intention is important to you!

Safety

I recommend buying Organic essential oils whenever possible!

For these blends to be safe, it’s best to add no more than 6 drops per recipe as it may irritate your skin.

Plus, I always recommend applying a small amount first to make sure your skin likes it!

*Note – If any blend irritates your skin, try a different blend, and use the blend that irritates for smelling only.

Using these blends can be a fun way to keep you moving forward with your intentions.

Plus, when you make small changes is the key to staying committed to your intentions!

Comment below to share your favorite blend! Also, if you have any questions about blending, I’m happy to help!

 

Here’s to making small changes and Using Aromatherapy When Setting Intentions!

Susie ∞ 

P.S. Intentions are about learning how to do things differently. So, don’t let yourself get in your own way.

It takes 21 days to start a new habit and 90 days to make it your new way of life! Just remember, small changes lead to big outcomes. You’ve Got This!!!

 

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Clearing Stagnant Energy with Sound & Sage

Clearing Stagnant Energy with Sound & Sage.

Clearing your aura and spaces is an ancient practice. Even though it’s considered ancient, it’s still an effective & well-known practice today!

It’s a way to cleanse and release negative & stagnant energy energetically. Then you can invite in fresh, new, positive energy.

I helped my daughter-in-law smudge her new place with a white sage & lavender blend before she moved in, and it was a great experience!

The only mistake we made was not opening up enough windows? It was pretty warm that day, and for some reason, several wasps were flying around the windows?

We only opened two windows because only two windows had screens (new screens were getting put in), and we didn’t want any wasps flying in.

We are both scaredy-cats when it comes to flying, stinging bugs. 😮 

So, we thought, Nah, we’ll be fine.

Nope, we definitely needed more windows open, “HA”! We both felt a little loopy the rest of the day after catching a buzz from the sage smoke.

Make sure you have good ventilation when smudging! 😉

Energy from people and objects can leave impressions of itself in spaces like your home, office, and car. 

Also, negative stagnant energy can stay trapped in your aura. So, it’s essential to regularly clear all of these areas for new fresh & vibrant energy! 

There are many reasons you may want to clear stagnant energy.

Some of them include:

  • Before you move into a new home or office.
  • During and after any bad relationship.
  • After the death of a loved one.
  • When a traumatic or damaging event happens.
  • While feeling depressed or sad.
  • During and after an illness.
  • When buying a new car ~ especially a used car.
  • Monthly energy maintenance is good too!

The most important thing about clearing energy is your intention. When clearing, you can visualize the old stagnant energy leaving the area while inviting fresh, new, positive energy in.

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Things to have before you begin!

White sage is the most popular sage for smudging. It’s associated with purity and has a strong presence, but you can also use other varieties.

Some common varieties are White, Black, or Red sage, Cedar, Sweetgrass, Rosemary, Lavender, Juniper, and Palo Santo.

Although keep in mind that some people are sensitive to smoke, and burning herbs can be a little overpowering.

So, if you find that the smoke bothers you, there are other options! Like using sound, diffusing essential oils, or using a smudging spray. 

Clearing stagnant energy with sound & sage

Find all of your smudging supplies under the Turquoise links!

Sage Clearing supplies ~

  1. Smudging Kit
  2. White Sage or other varieties
  3. Feather or Feather Fan (optional)
  4. Abalone Shell (optional)
  5. Sage Candle
  6. Sage Incense Sticks
  7. Essential Oils & Portable Diffuser (if you do not want the smoke)
  8. Aura/Space Smudge Spray  (if you do not want the smoke)

Sound Clearing supplies ~

  1. Bell
  2. Meditation Cymbals
  3. Tuning fork
  4. Tibetan singing bowl
  5. Meditation/chanting Music

You could use a combination of sound and sage like~

  • Sage & a bell
  • Diffuse essential oils & singing bowl
  • Smudge spray & meditation/chanting music

~How to clear your Space with sage~

After you have gathered your smudging supplies, and before you begin~

  • Open the windows and doors to let the negative stagnant energy out and let in the fresh new energy.
  • Write down your mantra or prayer, examples:

“Release any unwelcome energy from this space.”

“Fill this space/aura with unconditional love.”

“I’m living in harmony with mind, body, and spirit.”

“I’m releasing all energies that do not serve me.”

“Fill me up with love, light, and peace.”

“I trust the Universe and my intuition to guide me.”

  • Lastly, it’s essential to clear your mind and set your intention. A quick Meditation before you begin will get you into a focused, relaxed mindset.

For info. on meditating, take a look at this popular post~

“I Finally Figured out how to Meditate and get results!”

Clearing stagnant energy with sound & sage.

Steps for smudging~

  1. For best results, clear your aura before clearing your home/space.
  2. Set your intention & meditate to clear and focus your mind.
  3. Hold the sage at an angle, and light one end. Let it burn for about 20 seconds, then let the flame die out and smolder. (Watch for falling embers.)
  4. Starting on the lowest level and left corner, walk through every room, working in a clockwise fashion until you reach the top level.
  5. Use a feather or your hand to fan the smoke around the entire room while saying your mantra.
  6. Be sure to reach the corners of every room, all mirrors, doors, windows, and inside of closets and cabinets.
  7. Pay special attention to high-traffic areas and places where visitors come & go.
  8. As you are smudging, thank your Higher Power for helping and protecting you.

~How to clear your Aura with sage~

When using sage to clear yourself, you will follow the same steps you used (above) for clearing a space, but the focus will be on your body instead of your Space.

  1. Stand in the shape of a T with legs slightly spread apart and your arms out to the sides.
  2. Keeping the sage stick away from your body, start at either foot, work your way up and over your head, and then back down and off the opposite foot.
  3. Passing the sage to the other hand, on the way down the opposite side of the body
  4. Repeat if necessary!
  5. Saying your mantra as you go. “Fill my aura with unconditional love” or “Release all negative energy from my aura.”
  6. Envisioning the smoke is clearing your aura of any negative stagnant energy.

Clearing stagnant energy with sound & sage.

~How to clear your Space & Aura with Sound~

Clearing negative stagnant energy with sound is done by using a bell, meditation cymbals, tuning fork, Tibetan singing bowl, or you can clap your hands.

Simply follow the same steps (above) for burning sage, but the focus will now be on using sound instead of the smoke from sage.

Space Clearing ~

  • Set your intention and say your mantra.
  • Walk around the Space, ringing the bell or striking the bowl.
  • While cleansing the stagnant energy to bring positive vibrations and love into your Space.

Aura Clearing ~ 

  • Set your intention and say your mantra.
  • Stand in the shape of a T,
  • Clang the cymbals, or play meditation music to clear your aura.

Clearing stagnant energy with sound & sage will keep your spaces and aura free from negative stagnant energy and is essential for a healthy, happy, balanced you!

Here’s to Clearing Stagnant Energy!

Susie ∞

 

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Binaural Beats Benefits

Binaural Beats Benefits

Are you tired, anxious, in pain, or unfocused more often than you’d like?

Do you love listening to music with a calming wave pattern?

Then you will what to learn more about Binaural Beats!

I discovered Binaural Beats a few years ago and started listening to them to help with my Midlife Beauty Sleep.

However, Binaural Beats can also help you with mental focus, emotional stress, and pain management!

Binaural Beats Benefits

Relieves Stress ~ Binaural beats can help your body and mind relax by releasing stress and anxiety. As well as diminish depression and overall mood conditions.

Helps with Pain ~ Binaural beats can help reduce your stress levels which can help break the stress and pain cycle, so your chronic pain symptoms can be more manageable.

Reduced Anxiety ~ When you use binaural beats regularly, they can help decrease general anxieties linked with everyday life situations.

Helps with Sleep ~ The frequencies of binaural beats trigger certain brain waves, which can help your body & mind relax so that you can get a deeper sleep.

Increased Focus ~ With some promising and encouraging results. Binaural beats have been shown to help people who struggle with focusing on one task.

Improved Memory ~ Some research has shown that people who listen to various frequencies of binaural beats have an overall better memory.

Boost Creativity ~ Other studies have indicated that binaural beats can impact your thinking skills. And helps you to think outside the box.

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What are Binaural Beats?

Binaural beats are when you hear two tones, one in each ear, at somewhat different frequencies, the difference between the frequencies of those two tones creates a noticeable third tone called a binaural beat.

The word binaural means “having two ears.”

The two tones can’t be more than 30 Hz for a binaural beat to work. The tones must also be listened to individually, using headphones or earbuds to be effective.

There are five distinct groups of frequency patterns.

  • Delta range (1 Hz to 4 Hz): relaxation and deep sleep
  • Theta range (4Hz to 8Hz): REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) relaxation, increased creativity, and improved long-term memory.
  • Alpha range (8 Hz to 13 Hz): relaxation, positive mood, and creativity. It generally occurs during mindfulness and meditation.
  • Beta range (13 Hz to 30 Hz): improved concentration, better focus, problem-solving ability, and enhanced memory.
  • Gamma range (30 Hz to 50 Hz): increased mental capacity, cognitive activity, and problem-solving.

How to Listen to Binaural Beats?

It’s best to sit in a relaxed place free of disruptions. Listening to binaural beats in your headphones or earbuds for at least 30 minutes a day helps the rhythm fall into harmony within the brain.

You may want to experiment with the length of time you listen to the binaural beats. This way, you will find out what works best for you.

For instance, you may want to listen to the beats for an hour or longer if you have high anxiety, pain, or stress levels. Plus, closing your eyes while listening can improve your results.

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Here are a few Binaural beats options to try for your specific needs ~  

Sleep & Insomnia

Focus, Studying, & Concentration

Anxiety, Stress, & Depression

Chronic Pain Easing Meditation

Pain Relief With Music Therapy

Meditation, Deep Relaxation, & Healing

Energy, Awareness, & Vitality

 

Binaural beats are a growing method of sound wave therapy. But, they won’t work for everyone and aren’t a cure for any particular condition.

However, they could offer an audio getaway if you want to relax and unwind or flow into a meditative state!

Here’s to Binaural Beats!

Susie ∞ 

P.S. Reminder ~ You must use headphones or earbuds for binaural beats to be the most effective. Happy Listening!

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Reference

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/binaural-beats

https://www.healthline.com/health/binaural-beats#side-effects

https://www.medicinenet.com/do_binaural_beats_actually_work/article.htm

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320019

https://www.pathways.health/what-are-binaural-beats-and-how-can-they-help-you-with-chronic-pain/