There’s a reason people meditate. Actually, there seem to be endless reasons why people meditate. Quieting the mind and finding your center actually helps you bring that higher vibrational energy down to physical form.

You have to CONNECT to your truth in order to LIVE your truth. When you connect to your intuition, you empower yourself to take the actions you need to on your path of healing and thriving.

Research has shown that long-time and experienced meditators have a strong connection to their intuition and this is enhanced immediately following time in meditation. As we explore this month’s theme of Living with Purpose, let's look at how you connect to this inner guidance.

If you’re anything like me, you might struggle to get out of your own way at times by over-thinking or taking too much on and leaving little time for yourself. Here are some quick and simple tools you can use to turn inward:

1. Mindfulness meditation is a simple tool that can help you to relax by calming your nervous system and open up to the insights of that moment without judgment. If you're new to meditation, begin by practicing daily for 1-2 minutes at a time.

2. Use affirmations to enhance your intuition. Try repeating these out loud or silently to yourself:

I open myself to accept my intuition and wisdom.

I trust and follow my inner guidance.

I use intelligence and intuition to see clearly.

3. Open your heart space energy. Look around you to re-discover the things within your immediate environment that please you. Acknowledge these things and awaken your appreciation for the life you live.

4. Ask yourself the question. If there is something in particular you are seeking clarity on and want guidance with, check in with yourself. It may take practice to learn to trust the answer you get and it may not always be the answer you want, but follow through and see where it leads you.

5. Reiki energy therapy. Tapping into spiritually guided life force energy with Reiki is a great way to develop intuition, connect to your source of truth, and empower you to take action. You can learn Reiki and practice on your self, take a class, or in a private session (yes, virtual is an option).

Most important -- be patient with yourself! Developing your intuition and connecting to your Divine Self is a beautiful experience, and is not something else you need to stress over.

Drop your insights and comments below. Love and light, friends!

In my last post I introduced the topic of #SpiritualWellness as a part of this month’s theme, Living with Purpose. During unusual times like these you might be searching for answers to how you can pivot your old life to fit this new world. You don’t have to go through a whole spiritual awakening to connect to this energy, so here I want to give you some simple tools to deepen your connection. The truth is, we’re all guided by some force. We all have different names for it, but there is a source of all light and life, and a piece of that is in YOU. This is where you get your true motivation for living and the source of your inner truth. Even this goes by different names: Divine Self, Higher Self, or Authentic Self. Not to go too deep here, but essentially your body is a vehicle for your Higher Self. When we pay attention to that inner voice, we are guided in the direction of our highest good. Here are some steps to follow to deepen your connection to your Higher Self:

  • Sit quietly in a calm place and set your intention to connect to your Higher Self. Be open to receive its energy, love and inspiration. Your intention and receptivity to connect with your Higher Self is all that is needed to make this connection and to receive guidance, energy and inspiration.

  • Let go of thoughts that are floating in your head to bring your mind to a state of inner stillness. Distance yourself from the rest of the physical world and go within. You may choose to also set an intention to release any thoughts or beliefs that may be an obstacle to feeling the connection and receiving its gifts.

  • Ask for guidance, insight, or answers as you enter into the silence. You can do this out loud or silently to yourself as you enter into silence. Notice what new thoughts you have after these moments of silence. Doing this brings more power, love, wisdom, guidance and abundance.

  • Be receptive. Contact with your Higher Self may come through as a sense of energy, peace, inner knowing, an answer, a deeper breath or other ways not listed here. Even if you sense absolutely nothing, have faith that with this practice, some insight, extra energy, or inspiration has been imparted to you that will unfold at the perfect time.

You don’t have to spend a lot of time doing this meditation. It is actually very effective to have frequent ten or twenty-second meditation periods during the day. Even pausing briefly during a busy day to get quiet and ask for energy or guidance is a wonderful way to deepen contact with your #HigherSelf. Having little reminders around you to go inward greatly support this practice! This is why I love crystals, especially in jewelry form because they are always with you. This is a tool I am very passionate about, so they are now available in our online shop. This upcoming Friday, we are hosting a High Vibration Bracelet Workshop for you to choose the crystals that resonate with you, be guided through the process of making it, and then will teach you how to use it as a meditation tool. And they’re pretty, too :).

What other ways do you "connect"? Comment below!

I never thought I'd be writing a blog, but here we are! I've gotten such a positive response from my weekly newsletters that support healthy, happy living through physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellness that I've decided to offer that information here as well. Every month we dive deep into a topic to gain new knowledge and insight, learn tools to practice, and we integrate this into our Raise Your Vibration community.

This month, we’re covering a dimension of wellness that doesn’t always get as much publicity as diet and exercise might: Spiritual Wellness.

What is it exactly? Spirituality is a broad concept with room for many perspectives. Generally speaking, it includes a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it typically involves a search for meaning in life. 

For some people this is in the form of religion, for others it is a personal relationship with Source/God/Divine/whatever you call it, or it might be a connection to nature or art. Like your sense of purpose, your personal definition of spirituality may change throughout your life, adapting to your own experiences and relationships.

What does the research say? Harold Koenig published a review in the International Scholarly Research Network of Psychiatry of (literally) thousands of research articles on how spirituality affects many aspects of mental and physical health. His analyses showed support that spirituality was positively associated with: 

  • Coping with adversity

  • Positive emotions

  • Well-being/happiness 

  • Hope

  • Optimism

  • Sense of meaning and purpose

  • Self-esteem

  • Sense of control

  • Positive character traits (such as volunteering)

  • Social support

  • Reduced anxiety and depression, and substance abuse

We are going to be exploring many topics around spiritual wellness as well as give you tools to enhance this dimension of wellness in our Raise Your Vibration group, weekly classes, and monthly High Vibration Workshop: Embracing Spiritual Wellness (this month featuring Lisa Medley!)

Register for a Virtual Class this week to either begin or enhance your spiritual journey. This week we will be focusing on opening the crown chakra as an energetic technique for developing this connection. 

What other ideas about spiritual wellness you can add that aren't mentioned here? Comment below!

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