On Reflection

I’m no photographer, as much as I like recording precious moments or views for Reflecting on later.  When it comes to taking a good photo I know what I want it to look like but don’t have the technical know-how to achieve the effect I want.

I recently cleared and tidied our front garden, which has really made a difference to the flow of energy at the front of the house and makes entering our home much more welcoming.   I added these reflective balls and really wanted to capture the reflection in them in a photograph.  I don’t have a camera, only my phone and after much faffing and hiding behind bushes so as not to capture my own reflection I got a few pictures.  Not how I imagined them but it’s harder than I thought to photograph a reflection without capturing a lovely reflection of my phone! Any tips on taking better photos of reflections would be gratefully received!

 

Wishing you a pleasing view and happy reflections.

Namaste

Is the Grass Greener?

Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence? Is that persons life really Better than yours?  Would your life really be more joyful and fulfilling if you achieved X,Y and Z or if you owned the next gadget, toy, house, car etc?

Sometimes all we need is a reminder that what we have right now is enough and by striving for more and better we might actually be missing the best stuff.

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In the light of the sun my grass doesn’t look green, but it’s comfortable to lay on and gives a beautiful perspective.
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It takes sunshine and rain to make the crops grow. 

 

Pause for a moment, close your eyes, take a deep breath and smile.

I hope the world smiles back at you.

Namaste

Blurple

There is nothing quite like walking into a wood and being surrounded by Bluebells.  They look and smell stunning.  Photos don’t really do justice to the colour and their sweet Perfume is amazing.   April being my birthday month means that Bluebells are one of my birth month flowers and I love a birthday walk in the woods to see them.

This year my sons came up with a new name for the colour of Bluebells, they’re not really blue and they’re not really purple – they’re blurple!

Wishing Blurple Blessings to you!

Namaste

Grounding

I have been asked to expand on the grounding visualisation that I mentioned in my last post Roots and Wings. So I am going to list below some simple steps to help you carry out a grounding visualisation.

This is a great way to start and end your day so you might consider doing it as soon as you wake in the morning while you are still in bed, and last thing at night when you go to bed.  (I sometimes fall asleep while I’m doing a visualisation or meditation but I don’t think that matters too much as I am drifting off with my mind in a good place and the positive intentions I have are still there).  Some people do this visualisation while they are brushing their teeth as it’s a good reminder at the start and end of the day.

Firstly the short version where you just visualise your roots in the earth (ideal for when you don’t have long but want to feel grounded:

1, Take a few deep breaths and close your eyes relax your body and try to clear your mind.

2, Take your attention to the soles of your feet and visualise roots growing from the centre of your feet and pushing into the earth.

3, See your roots spreading and growing deep into the earth.  Depending on your preferences and how much time you have you can imagine your roots entwining with a strong and steady tree (Oak is a good one but you can look up the metaphysical symbolism of trees and choose one to suit any situations that you may be dealing with). Or you could see your roots wrapping around a rock or any type of crystal that means something to you (again you can look up the associations of various crystals and choose a relevant one).

4, If you have time you can also see if you can sense or visualise the energy of the earth rising up through your roots and entering your body through your feet, up your legs and spreading throughout your body.   If you begin by imagining this happening you may soon find that you can actually feel the energy fizzing and bubbling through you.

5, Stay with this flow of energy for as long as you like (or have time for), then take a moment to thank the earth for this energy as you draw your roots back up into your feet.

6, Take a deep breath and open your eyes.

The longer mediation that I like to do can take as long as you’d like it to but ideally you need at least 10 minutes to be able to enjoy it.  I have done it for an hour or so, depending on my need/mood/time constraints I’ll describe it in steps below:

1, Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and relax.  Try to clear your mind.

2, Visualise your roots growing from your feet into the earth as before and energy flowing up into your body through your feet.  Picture it filling every part of your body.

3, Visualise your crown chakra on the top of your head opening up.  It can help to imagine it as a flower with it’s petals opening up.

4, See a stream of brilliant white light coming from above and flowing into your crown and filling your body with healing light as it goes.  (you can see this energy as coming from whatever deity you like, from the universe or just from above you).

5, Now your body is full of a swirling combination of these energies and it shines out of your physical body, filling your aura with beautiful light.  Take a few deep breaths and enjoy this state.

6,  Begin to send this energy out of the top of your head and back to where it came from with gratitude.  I like to use this opportunity to send out positive thoughts with the energy into the universe/to the divine, either focussing on a particular issue or just with general good wishes for the highest good of all.

7, Also send the energy out of your feet and into the earth with gratitude.  I use this opportunity to send positive thoughts to all life on earth, sometimes I focus on a specific issue or cause and I focus on sending healing love to humanity to create Peace among us or to take better care of the planet etc. or I just send healing for the highest good of all life on earth.

8, You can stay in this state for as long as you wish, some days it’s easier to focus than others and sometimes you have more time.

9, Gently stop the flow of energy then visualise your roots drawing back up into your feet and your crown chakra closing up.

10, Take a few deep breaths and open your eyes.

I hope this is clear (it’s getting late and I’m a bit tired!), please let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to answer.  I’ve also just thought that Protection is another useful visualisation and is quite often done with grounding so I’ll post about that soon.

Namaste

 

Roots and Wings.

This Spring Angel Tree energy came through a a while back to remind us of the importance of growing Roots and wings. IMG_7059

Grounding by visualising roots coming from your feet into the earth is an important daily exercise.  It really helps you come back down to earth after meditating or giving Reiki.  It also helps you to centre yourself when you’re immersed in work, especially if you spend a lot of time on screens or giving a lot of your personal attention to others.  Take a few minutes to breathe, close your eyes and visualise roots growing out of your feet, deep into the earth.  You can also visualise them wrapping around tree roots, rocks or crystals.  I like to feel energy from the earth coming up through my roots and feel it revitalising me.

During a meditation I like to open my crown chakra and feet chakras and feel divine energy from above enter my head and the energy from Mother earth enter my feet, experiencing them mingling them together in my body.  I then send that combined energy back down the roots and out of my head with the intention of sending healing energy into Mother Earth and out to the Universe.  This is a simple meditation that does not take long but leaves me feeling refreshed and reconnected, held in my perfect place between the spiritual, divine, universal energy above and the grounding, nurturing Energy below.

In my experience, just as children use their primary care giver as the secure base from which to explore and learn I find having those roots deep in Mother Earth gives me the grounding, enrichment and security of belonging that is needed to grow, develop and  spread my wings.

Wishing you joy in both the exhilarating freedom of flying and the calming comfort of being grounded.

Namaste

 

Harmony

Pondering on the word Harmony  I came up with a list of what harmony means to me; sort of ideals to live up to:

Having balance in my life between the spiritual and the earthly.

Putting in effort to serve others and be a decent human being and having the freedom to be my true self.

Loving and being loved.

The security in the status quo and the thrill of challenges that push me forward.

Balancing work and fun.

Knowing when to get involved and when to butt out.

Letting go and being open to receive.

Recognising that everything has it’s time and place and every experience serves a purpose.

Accepting that some people come and go whereas some are constant.

Acknowledging that I can’t change everything that I don’t like but finding ways to be positive about it.

Having grace and dignity but not take myself too seriously.

Being happy with my lot and also striving to better myself.

Being able to live along side others who are different and respecting them and their right to be who they are whilst being true to myself.

Peace of mind that I’ve done my best and looking at how I could have done better.

Being able to forgive and move on but not be taken for a fool twice.

Learning from my mistakes and forgiving myself for them.

Being able to ‘live and let live.’

Finding Joy in the small things and facing up to the big things.

Accepting that perfection is over rated and happiness is not.

Knowing when to speak my mind and when to keep quiet.

Giving and receiving friendship, love, energy, time, attention, money, (It all flows and I find harmony in letting everything flow both ways).

An idyllic list but something to aim for!

One of the ways I find harmony in my life is to be creative.  Allowing myself the time and space to express myself creatively balances perfectly with the time and attention I give out as a Mother, Wife, Daughter, Friend, and Practitioner.  It makes me more whole and rounded.

I wish you harmony and joy.

Namaste