5 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

The 21st of June brings with it the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and the doorway into the second part of the year. It is a day associated with power, fertility, happiness, strength, courage, self belief and celebrating the fullness of life.

Here are five ways you can tune into and work with the magical solar energies of the solstice.

1. Do a life review.

The word solstice literally means stopping or standing still, from the Latin word solstitium – sol (sun) and stitium (to stop) – making it the ideal day to take some time to be still and check in with where you are at this midpoint of the year.

This week, make some time to acknowledge how far you have come this year. Notice the achievements you have made, any lessons learned and all of the blessings the first half of the year has already brought you.

Notice too if you are still aligned with your goals for the year. Reinvigorate them if you need to and decide what it is that you want the second half of this year to bring.

2. Create a Sankalpa.

From your review, set some intentions. What do you want the next three months before the next symbolic day of change (the Autumn Equinox on the 22 September) to bring you? What would you like to have achieved?

Decide on 1-3 steps that you can take over the next three months that will take you closer to the life of your dreams and create some clear intentions around these.

You may also choose to create a Sankalpa for yourself, this is a sacred intention that comes from the heart. No matter how far away your dream may seem right now, remember that it all starts with a simple seed.

If you want, you may also choose to plant a physical seed that you can watch grow along with your dreams. A sunflower works perfectly for this time of year. Write your sankalpa or intentions on a little piece of paper and plant them along with the seed, then watch both of them burst into life.

3. Make a ‘love-to-do’ list.

Remember that this time of year is all about celebrating summer, joy and happiness, so make a ‘love to do’ list for this summer, filled with all of the things you would love to do over the coming summer months.

Add to your list one or two things that scare or challenge you and also a few experiences that you have never had, things you’ve always dreamed of but never quite got round to, or places that you have never been before – it doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive.

For example, just a visit to a local village to eat ice cream while wandering along the front is enough to expand your summer horizons, make you see things differently and take you out of your day to day routine and comfort zone.

4. Add to your own inner sunshine.

Did you know that within each one of us we have our own personal inner sunshine? It’s called the Manipura chakra and is located around the solar plexus.

This bright yellow glowing ball of inner sunshine is the centre of power, energy, will and achievement and is where all of our power to manifest comes from.

Create an energy ball by bringing your palms together and rubbing them vigorously until you feel some heat. Then close the eyes, take the palms about shoulder distance apart with the palms facing each other and begin to slowly bring the palms together.

At some point you will begin to feel a little bit of resistance. Start to gently bounce the palms around this ball of energy, feeling it take shape between your hands. Fill this energy ball with your sankalpa, intentions and desires, and when you are ready, place this glowing ball of energy into the Manipura chakra — feeling this bright radiant sun at your centre being filled with even more light and energy and glowing even brighter.

5. Get outside.

Spend as much time as you can outside soaking in the solar energies and allowing them to empower you. Allow the lightness of the season to help you feel barefoot, light and free.

If you can, watch the sunrise on the day of the solstice and feel as though symbolically this is a new beginning for you. Envision the rising of the solstice sun bringing you strength, power and self belief, feel the sunshine energies add light to your dreams.

You may even want to face east on the morning of the solstice and do anywhere from three to 108 rounds of Sun Salutations. If that seems too much, even one reverent bow to the sun will be enough!

Feel that you are moving and flowing with the creative energy of life. Keep in your mind’s eye an image of the sun and feel the warm glow and the power the sun brings with it.

 

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Guidance reading with the Crystal Oversoul Attunements

Hi you all! I hope you’re all having an amazing week! I’ve been feeling the need to do a reading for all of my followers, so in case you need a little guidance or help, here you have it. I’ve used the Crystal Oversoul Attunements cards, by Michael Eastwood. The book is a deeper exploration into the Crystal Oversoul consciousness, it is designed to give guidance to those who intend to work with the cards and with the crystals. The attunements will help one to come into contact with the Oversouls.

After consecrating the fruits of the reading to God and after a short attunement meditation I extracted the next card:

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Emerald

Chakra: Heart

Element: Air

The Heart Chakra is attuned to the deep green ray offered by Emerald. Blockages that we allow to stand in the way of achieving our dreams are reflected back to us. Emerald takes us to the roots of any residual feelings connected to how we value ourselves. Emerald asks us to look within and to ask penetrating questions as to the nature of our reality. Rather than prematurely blaming or judging another for our experience, Emerald asks us to first seek healing around our own attitude.

All real healing starts with the willingness to change, and this crystal supports us in moving forward into the unknown regions of the heart, giving us courage, strenght, and ultimately true wealth. Within this inner movement we can discover how precious we are.

I really hope this helps you and that it makes sense to you and your particular situation! Crystal blessings!

Crystals to help you during Mercury retrograde

Mercury goes retrograde today until April 15. In 2018, Mercury will be retrograde also during: July 26 – August 19 and November 17 – December 7.
This usually means communication problems, travel problems and technology problems. Some may even experience cloudy thinking. Mercury is the planet that rules over communication, intellect, logic and reasoning, the way we think and how we express that to others. When the planet goes Retrograde it has a tendency to reek havoc on those areas in our life. Communications are misunderstood. Reasoning can fly out the window. And Mercury Retrograde can cause problems with email and other electronic devices, especially where communication is concerned. Mercury Retrograde is the perfect time to work with “RE” energy. Rethink, redo, release, revisit, reevaluate, restructure… Many people are only aware of the negative connotations of this planetary aspect, but it’s important to understand that even though things can and do go crazy during Mercury Retrograde, we still have the power to avoid any mishaps or at least, minimize their impact on our lives and well being. If we really pay attention, we can actually use it to our benefit. Mercury Retrograde is nothing to fear, however you may want to use some crystals to help support you during this often intense time.

Crystals that are associated with the Throat Chakra are immensely helpful when wishing for clear communication. You can wear these crystals as necklaces so they are close to the throat chakra, allowing you to communicate yourself clearly, and communicate your own personal truth.

Blue lace agate – helps us to stay calm and peaceful, allowing us to communicate and express ourselves clearly. 

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Amazonite – brings harmony in communication, it is calming and soothing, it helps us to speak from the heart and to remain calm even when things aren’t going as planned.

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Aquamarine – helps us to communicate clearly, calm our emotions, and to think before we speak.

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Crystals associated with the Heart Chakra may assist you allowing you to be more compassionate, forgiving and patient. Wear tese crystals either as jewelry, close to your heart, or in a pouch, bringing you balance and contentment.

Emerald is a stone of wisdom, enhancing memory and increasing mental clarity. It has a soothing energy ,  combining intelligence with discernment.

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Crystals that are associated with the Base Chakra are immensely helpful when wishing to keep yourself grounded. You can carry these crystals in your pocket close to the Base Chakra, or you can sit and meditate with these crystals to keep you grounded.

Hematite is a grounding stone. It has the ability to pull any negative energy from your body to clear your energy field. Hematite is for grounding, protection, and to help us stay strong especially when we are faced with difficult situations. Hematite also enhances concentration.

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Black Tourmaline assists in letting go of fear, anxiety and chaotic energy. It works with the root chakra, grounding you into the energy of the Earth. Black tourmaline is also a powerful protective stone, helping you to feel safe and supported during this period of  turmoil.

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Smoky Quartz offers us positive energy and helps to chase away any dark moods. It is grounding and protective while offering emotional support. It also transmutes negative energy into positive energy.

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Crystals associated with the Third Eye Chakra allow us to tap into our own personal wisdom and activate the power within ourselves, using our intuition. Also, they promote mental clarity and focus.

Fluorite – balances thinking, improves concentration, organizes thoughts; any color variety will work.  Fluorite is the stone for the mind as it helps us to think clearly, stay focused, and boost our memory.

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Amethyst cacoxenite – helps in times of emotional uncertainty, and it’s a go-to mineral for more discerning decision-making. Amethyst cacoxenite allows you to take a few steps back and revisit a situation from a more neutral perspective. Once you are in a place where you can recognize truth, it becomes easier to breathe and become grounded again.

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Please let me know what you think and do let me know if you have other great solutions 🙂

Take care and best of luck!

 

 

 

Crystals for the zodiac

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Yoga Asanas To Reduce Belly Fat (III)

Stubborn belly fat can be extremely irritating. You can exercise daily and keep a healthy diet, but sometimes there’s still that last bit of belly fat that your body holds on to. Yoga alone won’t eliminate body fat, but when combined with other exercise and a diet free of junk food and harmful additives and chemicals, it can help to boost your body’s metabolism and strengthen your core to eliminate stubborn belly fat.

Practice these five yoga poses to get the toned belly you’ve been working for!

Naukasana (Boat Pose)

This yoga posture helps you reduce belly fat and is excellent for fighting fat around the waist. It is very good for the stomach as well as strengthening the back and leg muscles.

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How To Do Naukasana

  • Lie down on a mat in supine position, legs together and stretched, arms to your sides facing down.
  • On inhalation, start raising your legs without bending at the knees.
  • Stretch your foot and your toes outward.
  • Raise the legs as high as possible.
  • Now raise both arms keeping them straight, attempting to reach toward your toes.
  • Attempt to bring your body close to 45-degree angle.
  • Breathe normally.
  • Hold this pose for at least 15 seconds.
  • Gently exhale as you release.
  • Repeat this for at least 5 rounds with relaxation for 15 secs after each round.

 

 

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Yoga Asanas To Reduce Belly Fat (II)

An erroneous lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise, and high stress levels – all of these give rise to a flabby tummy.

The wider your abdomen, the higher is the level of risk. And, there are no shortcuts to get rid of abdominal fat. Proper diet, combined with a good fitness routine, can definitely help you reduce belly fat to a large extent.

This is where yoga comes into play. It not only helps decrease abdominal fat, but also allows you to control your body and mind like never before!

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

Bow pose is the best postures to strengthen the abdominal core. To reach its full potential rock back and forth while holding the pose. This motion gives your abdomen a full massage and activates the digestion system. Fights constipation. It also gives the full body and back a good stretch.

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How To Do Dhanurasana

  • Begin with lying down on your belly in prone position with legs stretched together, arms placed on either side of the body.
  • Then bend the knees, reach your arm to the ankles of the feet and hold.
  • On inhalation lift your head and bend backward. Lift your legs as higher as you can.
  • Hold this posture for 15–30 seconds. Breathe normally while holding the pose.
  • On exhalation, slowly bring back your body to the prone position.
  • Repeat this for at least 5 rounds with relaxation for 15 seconds after each round.

 

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Yoga Asanas To Reduce Belly Fat (I)

Many people have difficulties losing belly fat so I was thinking to start presenting to you a series of asanas which help reduce belly fat.

Stomach fat can be one of the most difficult and stubborn areas of your body to burn off. Most of the times big fat tummy is the first thing people notice when they observe you. Therefore having belly fat can make you very self-conscious and it will affect your quality of life. The abdominal fat, in fact, is closely linked to heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, and even some forms of cancer. Getting rid of belly fat is important because it is one of the most dangerous places in the body to keep the fat.

There are plenty of yoga Asanas and exercises which help in reducing belly fat, they are effective and can be practiced by any healthy person. But it is important to understand that in order to eliminate the belly fat, it is necessary to focus on nutrition as this is as much as 70% of the result.

You could practice these yoga poses to reduce belly fat almost every day to get fast and best results.

Cobra pose (Bhujangasana)

Cobra pose is a great posture to strengthen the abdominal muscles and to reduce belly pooch. This pose will strengthen the back, abdomen and entire upper body. It also makes the spine flexible and strong.

 

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How to do Bhujang Asana

  • Lie down on your belly with legs stretched.
  • Place the palms underneath the shoulder.
  • Chin on the floor and all the toes touching the floor.
  • Then, on inhalation slowly raise your chest up bending backwards as much as possible.
  • This allows your body to look like a cobra ready to strike with the head raised.
  • Hold the cobra pose for 15 – 30 secs depending on your ability.
  • On exhalation slowly bring your entire body down to the prone position.
  • Repeat this for at least 5 times with relaxation for 15 secs after each round.
  • Don’t do this pose if you have back injury,ulcer, hernia or if you are pregnant.

 

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Crystal reading

Hey guys, it’s been a really long time since the last crystal reading I’ve done here. So I was thinking it would be nice to do one for the next period of time. The crystals I’m using today are: Blue Lace Agate, Botswana Agate, Moss Agate, Turritella Agate, Amazonite, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Beryl, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Citrine, Emerald, Fluorite, Garnet, Hematite, Herkimer Diamond, Green Jasper, Red Jasper, Labradorite, Lapis Lazuli, Lepidolite, Obsidian, Snowflake Obsidian, Peacock Ore, Petrified Wood, Pyrite, Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, Smokey Quartz, Snow Quartz, Sardonyx, Selenite, Sodalite, Tiger’s Eye, Turquoise and Unakite.13023484_10153444730862623_1317686644_n

So, I’ve extracted 3 stones: 1. Sardonyx, 2. Snowflake Obsidian and 3. Hematite

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  1. Sardonyx: Weddings, engagements, proposals, love affairs, romance are all indicated by this stone. Most professionals suggest that the stone means a wedding, although not necessarily for the questioner. However the stone refers to all love interest and should not necessarily be taken for a wedding.
  2. Snowflake Obsidian: This crystal indicates the end of a challenging time.
  3. Hematite: Await healing, reflecting back, protection. New opportunities are coming. This crystal indicates a down to Earth person.

So, bear in mind these crystals messages for the next week or so and take care. Hope you all have a blessed week!

Bhakti Yoga

Bhakti Yoga
God’s Fire of Love

“In their heart love is blooming in every moment. Every one of their gestures expresses devotion. Everything they do is an offering to God. They are the Bhakti Yogis – the followers of the path of endless love and frenetic aspiration towards the Absolute Divine.”

The word BHAKTI denotes man’s overwhelming and mysterious love for God, impregnated with respect and adoration. Bhakti Yoga, the devotion path, is one of the most elevated methods that permit the accomplishing of the state of communion with the Absolute Divine. The path of intense love for God is characterized by the extrodinary impetus of love and of the pure spontaneity in the act of adoration.

The total and overwhelming love for God, the shortest and the most energetic way to reach Him, permits recognizing the Supreme Divine Centre (the self) as the Whole, the essential place of endless love and of the immortal peace. With the mind focused in an unique radiant point (Atman), the true bhakti penetrates all illusory appearances which were covering for him this Centre and thus, instantly will issue forth the fire of love, which will burn the artificial and limited circle that was previously separating the great yogi from his profound inner as well as from the fundamental cosmic totality ( God).
Bhakti is the thread which unites the heart of the disciple with the heart of God. It is the continuous outpouring of love before the Adored One, in a real divine “infatuation”.
The condition or attitude of the yogi who feels for God a sincere, total and unconditional love is called Bhava. The Bhakti tradition mentions five different types of manifestation of love:
1. In Shanta Bhava, the disciple is characterized by a permanent attitude of peace and piety. His heart is pervaded by the love before God and for all beings, regarded as His manifestation. The simple thought to Him awakens in the adept’s being an overwhelming joy.
2. In Dasya Bhava, the disciple permanently lives a state of abandoning his will before the will of God. His entire devotion is offered to the Divine or Spiritual Master, from all his heart. Through everything he does, he seeks to please Him, and thus he finds his joy and comfort.
3. In Sakhya Bhava, God is seen as being the best friend. Before the best friend we show ourselves as we are, we do not hide anything, our soul is open and we can communicate in the intimacy of our being with God himself. This kind of relationship existed between Arjuna and Krishna,
4. In Vatsalya Bhava, the disciple regards God as his child, taking care of Him, serving Him, nourishing Him, as a mother takes care of her son. Yosoda was such a disciple for Krishna.
5. The last and the highest form of Bhava is Madhurya Bhava or Kanta Bhava, characterized through the approach that God is considered as the lover. This Bhava leads rapidly, in case of a sincere and frenetic love, to the communion with God. Thus, the one who loves and the one to be loved become one heart, keeping though this separation to feel and to enjoy the bliss of the cosmic game between them. This was the relationship between Radha and Krishna.
The state of devotion before God can be amplified in nine different ways, which are characterized  by a common element: intense and overwhelming love before Him. In the treaties of oriental wisdom, Srimad-Bhagavad and Vishnu-Purana mention the following nine aspects of Bhakti:

1. Sravana – to study divine truths, teachings

2. Kirtana – to sing hymns of glory dedicated to the Divine

3. Smarana – to remember constantly of the name and presence of God

4. Padasevana – to serve God

5. Archana – to adore God

6. Vandana – to pray to God

7. Dasya – to amplify the state of devotion before the Divine

8. Sakhya – to amplify the state of friendship with God

9. Atmanivedana – to abandon completely before the Supreme Divine Will.

The follower of the devotion path can choose any bhakti method which suits him the best. Following this path with perseverance, he will finally attain divine illumination.
1. Saravana presumes careful studying of the divinely inspired stories about the virtues and glory of God, about His name and His form, also, under the direction of an authentic spiritual master to apply what he understands from the sacred texts. The authentic spiritual master can offer to his disciple who listens with an open heart, the correct understanding of the spiritual truths and the way to put them into practice.
2. Kirtana means to devote hymns of glory to God. Overwhelmed constantly by the ecstasy of the divine love, the follower sings and dances all around, adoring God. Just by hearing the name of his Most Loved one, the heart of the disciple is filled with overwhelming and frenetic love, expressed through hymns of love.
3. Smarana means remembering endlessly of God. The yogi is permanently aware of the divine presence in everything surrounding him. In every being, in everything surrounding him, he sees first the glorious manifestation of the divine. Frequently, this disciple talks about God and meditates on His attributes.
4. Padasevana means serving the whole humanity seeing it like a manifestation of the Divine. For this yogi, granting support and help for others means to participate full of love to the divine creation, and thus being in harmony with all universal laws.
5. Archana means the adoration of God. This adoration can have as a starting point an inspired representation, certain sacred hymns, or even a state of overwhelming love which appears spontaneously. The meditations of adoration and gratitude, of imperious and unhindered ardor toward God can lead the disciple’s being to supreme state of ecstasy, Samadhi.
6. Vandana is prayer full of humbleness and aspiration, pronounced with a sincere heart, full of love. Divine Grace is flows over the disciple, reaching finally the state of Godliness.
7. Dasya Bhakti is characterized by a total state of devotion and abnegation. This state is attained through meditation on the divine attributes, on the nature and mystery of the divine, as well as through sharing these revelations with others.
8. Sakhya Bhakti means amplifying the feeling of friendship with God. To be always with Him, to consider Him the best Friend, to be in His presence permanently, to love Him like a best Friend – this is Sakhya Bhakti.
9. Atma Nivedana means to offer to God our whole being, considering everything happening to us as gifts offered by God, gifts from which we have something to learn. This disciple gives up to his own limited will and abandons himself to the Will of God. He becoms thus a channel of manifestation of the divine energy, which purifies and elevates his whole being, leading him to the supreme realization.
The nine aspects of Bhakti are ways through which the follower of the devotional path can attain the supreme ideal of life: communion with God. For Jesus, God was the Heavenly Father. Ramakrishna adored Him in his aspect of Divine Mother.
Many others have attained perfection through the adoration of Jesus. Many others have attained perfection adoring Krishna as a lover. Let’s remember every moment that God is there inside us, He is the closest and most beloved one to us. As we become more aware of the divine omnipresence, so we will be closer to the attaining the supreme goal.