Embodying Your Spiritual Practice

When I first started developing a spiritual practice I spent a lot of time working on my third-eye and crown chakras. I wanted to strengthen my intuition and connect with my Guides and Angels; basically, I wanted to be spiritual AF. What I didn’t realize at the time is that being spiritual isn’t just about intuition, Guides and Angels. It’s about working with every aspect of ourselves in order to transcend our perceived limitations and embody our Highest and Best Self.

It feels like the key word here is “embody”. One of my favorite definitions of this word is “to provide (a spirit) with a physical form”. That’s why grounding our spirituality is so freakin’ important.

We can’t just live every day up in our higher chakras. We have to take action on what we receive so that it can become more than just a concept or an idea.

Let’s take abundance as an example. I’ve done a lot of work around abundance over the years. I had fears around money and scarcity that I’ve had to identify and release. It wasn’t until I started embodying abundance that things really started to shift.

You might wonder what this looks like. For me, I started doing things that made me feel abundant. For example, I signed up for automatic monthly donations to charity: water and the World Wildlife Fund. I started leaving an extra tip for great service. I’d offer to pay for a friend’s cocktail at happy hour. I was showing the Universe that I am abundant.

Now, this doesn’t mean I went hog wild and blew a bunch of money to yell out “Hey, Universe! Look at me! I’m abundant.” I started small and gradually began to expand. At first, I was only donating to charity: water. Then, after several months, when I felt comfortable, I added another non-profit.

I encourage you to take a look at your own practice this week. What are you currently working on? Love? Peace? Joy? Abundance? How can you embody this concept so it doesn’t just live up in your head? What small actions can you take this week to create this feeling in your own life?

Living Fearlessly

The other day I messaged a friend who moved to New York to pursue a career in acting to ask how NYC was treating him.

He responded saying, “It’s both amazing and terrible in the massive undertaking this feels like…I’ve done some auditions that felt real good, but I’m also panicking daily as if this was a mistake.”

I wrote back, “That’s a good thing. If you weren’t pushing your limits you wouldn’t be panicking. Growth occurs outside of the comfort zone.”

This is something I share with many of my clients. When we feel comfortable it means that we’re playing safely within the walls that our ego has built for us. It’s when we start to venture outside those walls that the ego goes on high alert, making you second guess every decision and feel terrified about what could happen. Living fearlessly helps you to push those boundaries.

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines fearless as being “free from fear”. But, I disagree.

In my opinion, fearlessness isn’t being free from fear. It’s acknowledging our fear and deciding to take action anyway. It’s not that it doesn’t exist, but we use it to fuel us and move forward. Your fearlessness shows you where your limits are so that you can begin the process of expanding beyond them. That’s the sweet spot where growth occurs.

At the beginning of this year, I was terrified of creating a Tarot course and sharing it with the world. Instead of letting that fear hold me back, I got curious. Why was I so scared of this? What limitations was this fear showing me? Once I understood where my fear was coming from I took steps to work through it. Now I’m about to end the first semester of the class that I created and start teaching a summer session a week later. I’ve also learned a hell of a lot more than I would have if I’d just decided to let fear have control.

Get curious the next time you feel fear creeping in. Where’s it coming from? What is it showing you? Acknowledge that it’s there, thank it, and then start the process of working through it.

Be fearless.

Messages from the Universe

You can hear the Universe speak when you’re open and available to its messages.

Lately, I’ve been reading Sidewalk Oracles by Robert Moss. In the book, Robert makes the case that the Universe is constantly speaking to us when we are open and available to its messages. These messages can show up in a variety of ways: lyrics from a song, overhearing a conversation as you pass someone on the sidewalk, street signs, traffic lights, sounds or smells in the environment – just about anything you can notice through your senses.

He has one exercise where he has you ask the Universe for a message during a specific time, and then you pay attention to what comes up during that timeframe. Last night, I set the intention that I wanted to receive a message that serves my Highest and Best good somewhere between the time I woke up and the time I arrived at work today.

My alarm went off at 6 AM, and I went to let my dog, Bagel, outside so that he could go to the bathroom. As we ventured into the yard, I spied a frog that seemed to be staring at me from the grass. I said hello and asked if he was meant for me. He suddenly jumped from where he was sitting and landed on my leg. It startled me, so he quickly leaped to the outdoor table we have, then he climbed up the wall.

I couldn’t help but feel the frog had a message for me. Then, a few minutes later after we went inside, I felt a tiny ant crawling up my arm. I had no idea where he came from or how he got there, but I knew he was a part of the message, too.

I sat down and reflected on these sweet animals who came to visit. I felt like they were calling on me to share my voice without judgment or comparison and to show up to do the work consistently. The frog croaks all night long lending his voice to the orchestra of nature while the ant is dedicated to its cause, always showing up to work.

Sometimes we worry that we don’t have something substantial worth sharing, but I feel like the point is to show up and share it anyway. Who am are we to judge what seeks expression through us? Sometimes I’ve got to keep reminding myself that I’m the faucet, not the water.

A picture of the frog after I saw him again this afternoon.

A picture of the frog after I saw him again this afternoon.

You are worthy of taking up space and sharing your unique gifts with the world. This week let go of the comparison and judgment that so often plagues us, and see what happens when you try your best and show up. If you find yourself getting caught up in that judgemental energy take a moment to pause and remind yourself, “I am enough.”

P.S. I went outside to water some plants after I came home from work. I looked for my frog friend, but couldn’t seem to find him. I thought about how cool it would be to see him again, and when I went to put the hose up, he was sitting there resting. How freaking magical!!!

Be a Channel of Love

About six months ago I added praying into my morning routine.

Before then, I would spend some time meditating and that’d be it. But, I began to feel called to touch base with my Spirit Team each morning, surrendering my fears and asking for guidance in the day ahead. Meditation became my way of tuning in and listening for a response.

One of my favorite things to do while praying is to give the day over to the Divine and ask to be used as a channel for Love. Basically, I ask that all my thoughts, words and actions be guided by Love so that I may share that energy with the rest of the world. This gives me the freedom to just show up instead of worrying about what’s ahead. I trust that life is happening for me instead of to me.

Sometimes nothing out of the ordinary happens. Other days, I can’t help but feel like I’m being gently guided by the Universe to help make a difference. It might be by having a conversation with a person going through a difficult time, offering words of encouragement, or simply smiling at someone and saying, “Hello.”

It’s also helped me out on more difficult days. I find myself being kinder in situations that normally would have annoyed the crap out of me. I’m unafraid to stand in my power and speak my Truth when facing adversity. I trust that I’m where I’m meant to be at all times.

Some days might feel more magical than others, but I’ve found that the key is to keep showing up. Sometimes change is a slow drip instead of a rushing waterfall. Try it out for yourself – see what happens when you give yourself over to Love. Even if you don’t feel anything right away, you’re helping to make the world a kinder, more loving place.

Let Love Take the Lead

What would life be like if you let Love (aka God, Goddess, Spirit, the Universe, Source, whatever you want to call it) take the lead?

How would it feel to hand over your worries, fears and problems and trust that you were being Divinely guided towards the perfect solution?

If you’ve spent some time in spiritual circles, you’ve probably heard of the Law of Attraction. Basically, you’re taught that if you visualize enough, affirm enough, and act like you already have whatever it is you’re wanting to manifest, it will come to you. Heck, I used to do it all the time, and I used to get so anxious about the results. Will it work? What if I accidentally confuse the Universe? Am I thinking positively enough?!

It wasn’t until I came across Tosha Silver’s book, Outrageous Openness, that I saw there was a much easier way. Instead of trying to force something to happen, Tosha advocates for offering it up to the Divine. You affirm that the perfect path or solution is already chosen and that you’re being guided to it. Then, you essentially allow life to become a scavenger hunt as you watch for the signs.

There is something about this way of life that resonates with me so deeply. As I read the book, it felt as if a gentle wave of Peace washed over my entire body. You don’t have to force anything. You just let life happen for you. You move into a space of openness and trust.

One of my favorite things that Tosha talks about in this book is creating a God Box. All you need is some type of container, paper and a pen or pencil. Write down your worries, problems, anything you need help with, and offer it to the Divine by placing it into your God Box. Affirm that the perfect solution has already been chosen. If something new comes up add it to your box. If you find yourself worrying about it gently remind yourself that it’s in your box. It’s already taken care of.

Tosha explains, “During the period of offering, solutions spontaneously arise. When the mind is no longer grasping for an answer, space opens. The Box gives room for a Divine plan, even in impossible messes.”

You don’t have to call this thing a “God Box”. You can call it whatever you want. It’s the offering to something bigger than yourself that’s important.

I invite you to try it out for the next month. Write down your struggles, worries and problems. Affirm that the perfect solutions are already chosen, and put them into your Box. Remind yourself that they’re in the box and already taken care of any time you find yourself worrying. Let Love take the lead and watch the miracles start to happen.

Keep the Channel Open

I recently picked up Tosha Silver's newest book It's Not Your Money: How to Live Full from Divine Abundance, and I came across a quote while reading it that I haven't been able to get out of my mind:

“There is a vitality, a life force... that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”

- Martha Graham

I don't know about you, but I felt so relaxed after reading this. Our only job is to keep our channel open so that we can be Divinely lead. When we're open we're allowing God/Spirit/The Universe/Life Force etc. to take charge and work through us instead of trying to do everything ourselves. We're the faucet for the water to flow through.

And, when we allow ourselves to be that faucet we don't have to worry about what Joe Schmoe is doing over there or whether or not we're good enough. We move into a space of trust, a space of knowing that life is happening for us rather than to us. We can trust that all is unfolding for our Highest and Best good.

This week I encourage you to reflect on where and how you might be stifling that channel. Are you constantly judging and comparing yourself to others? What changes need to take a place to reopen your channel? Perhaps a daily meditation practice or simply offering your worries to The Universe and trusting that you are being led. How can you live from a place of outrageous openness?

Choosing your first Tarot deck

With so many options to choose from, how do you decide which Tarot deck to use?

When I first started learning to read Tarot, I did a lot of research on which deck was best to learn with. Overwhelmingly, many people recommended using a Rider-Waite Smith (RWS) deck. So, I went to my local metaphysical shop and picked up an RWS deck along with a Tarot book to begin my studies.

I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting to happen, but I could not understand what the heck any of the cards meant. Everything I had read about this deck talked about the deep, rich symbolism within each card, but all I saw was a bunch of olden looking people and places. The deck didn't evoke any response from me. At this point, I put the deck on the shelf and pretty much gave up the idea that I could learn to read Tarot.

About six months later I was scrolling through Instagram when I came across a picture of The Wild Unknown Tarot deck. I felt an inexplicable pull towards the deck and knew I had to get my hands on one. Luckily, I was gifted one a couple of months later for my birthday, and that's when Tarot started to click.

I eventually enrolled in a class, and I asked my teacher why learning with The Wild Unknown was so much easier for me; especially, when everyone recommended learning with an RWS deck. She looked at me and said, "Honey, all the decks speak different languages. You and your RWS didn't speak the same one."

This is why I teach that it's so important to choose a deck that resonates with you. You don't have to learn to read using the same Tarot deck as everyone else. Find a deck that draws you in, one that you want to spend time with, one that evokes a response deep within. That's how you'll know it's speaking your language.

When you and your deck speak the same language, your readings will take on a whole new level. The messages that come through will be more apparent, and you'll feel much more confident about your readings.

When you go deck shopping, see if the store you're visiting has the decks open for you to peruse. That way you can see if you connect with it. If the decks aren't open, you can always use Google. Search the name of the deck you're interested in and spend some time looking at the various pictures of the cards. You'll know whether or not you'll vibe with it. Once you’ve got a deck that resonates with you, you’ll be set to start learning.

P.S. If you’re interested in learning to read Tarot, I’m teaching an 8-week Tarot course called Intrepid Intuition: A Beginner’s Guide to Tarot. This class is designed to help you start reading Tarot for yourself and others with confidence and clarity. This class focuses on helping you to develop your own unique relationship with the cards and using your intuition to deliver transformative Tarot readings. Over eight weeks, I’ll lead you through various exercises and discussions that will help you put down the Tarot books and begin trusting the deep intuitive knowing that already exists within you. Class is every Tuesday from 7-9PM beginning on April 2nd.

Why would I learn to read Tarot?

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “Tarot”?

A smokey, low-lit room with a man or woman wearing a turban?

Fortune telling?

Scam?

Unfortunately, Tarot readers tend to get a bad rap because of the way we’re depicted in Hollywood, and Tarot’s ability to help transform someone’s life is not often focused on. That’s why I felt it would be a good idea to take a moment to talk about the benefits of Tarot and how it can help change your life when you learn to read.

What is Tarot?

There’s a misconception that Tarot is a tool used to predict the future and tell people when/where things are going to happen to them. Personally, I don’t teach Tarot as a fortune telling tool. I believe that, as a human being, you have freewill; therefore, your future is not set in stone. You always have the ability to make a different decision and change an outcome.

For me, the Tarot is a reflection of energy. Each card holds a specific energy that can be used as a springboard to offer new ideas, ways of thinking, possible actions to take, etc. The imagery and symbols in each card evoke something within you that allows your subconscious mind to bypass the ego and shed light on your question.

The Subconscious and the Conscious Mind

Did you know that your conscious mind only accounts for about 12% of your brain? The other 88% is governed by the subconscious. The ego is a part of your conscious mind – it’s busy being logical, weighing different options, making decisions and thinking non-stop throughout the day. On the other hand, the subconscious governs your habits, beliefs, dreams and various bodily functions like your heart beat. It’s basically the equivalent of autopilot for humans.

This can be great because you won’t have to consciously think about pumping blood through your heart, but it can also be a hindrance. Have you ever tried to make a change in your life, but for some reason you keep coming up against obstacles or you just end up right back where you were? That’s the subconscious! It’s possible that there’s a belief hidden deep within the subconscious that’s holding you back. This is where Tarot has the chance to help you out.

Tarot and the Subconscious Mind

Ultimately, I believe Tarot gives you the opportunity to make the subconscious conscious. The conscious brain speaks in thoughts and words, but the subconscious speaks with symbols. That’s why dreams are typically never straightforward; they’re very symbolic.

A Tarot card is filled with imagery and symbols that the subconscious is able to relate with. From there, the subconscious sends up a message to the conscious mind that relates to the question at hand. This message can help shed light on what’s going on beneath the surface that you’re not aware of. It can help you uncover limiting beliefs that have been hindering your growth and provide new ways of thinking.

Once you’ve seen what’s going on within the subconscious mind, you’re able to shift out of autopilot and create new ways of being that are much more expansive. You’re more conscious about the actions you take and the decisions you make, which helps you to grow as an individual.

If you’d like to learn to confidently read Tarot and see for yourself how it beneficial it can be, I’m teaching a class at The Peaceful Peacock entitled Intrepid Intution: A Beginner’s Guide to Tarot. The class meets every Tuesday from 7-9PM, April 2-May 21. You can register by clicking the button below.

Mirror & Medicine: February 2019

This month’s mirror and medicine Tarot reading come to you from the Seven of Coins and the King of Swords.

Tarot Reading

The Seven of Coins typically signifies having patience, waiting for the seeds we’ve planted to be ready for harvest. But, it comes up in the reversed position for this month, which to me feels like impatience. This card is inviting you to take a look at the things you’re trying to push in your life right now. What are you trying to hurry along or force to happen?

It might seem like you’re bumping up against obstacles or setbacks because these things aren’t ready to come into the world yet. Like a plant, they need more nurturing and care. Also, by trying to force a specific outcome, you may be constricting the energy that’s trying to assist you.

The King of Swords reversed offers his medicine to help you move through this.. I often feel like the King of Swords is the most direct and to the point out of all of the Kings. However, in the reversed position it feels like he’s asking you to loosen the reins – relax into life a bit.

Regardless of how much we’d like it to, life typically doesn’t move from point A to point B in an instant. There’s many different stops along the way. Sometimes those stops take you clear off the path that you were expecting, and that’s okay. Give yourself permission to wander and explore unfamiliar terrain.

Rather than being dissatisfied with where you aren’t yet, take a look around you in the present moment. So many new possibilities and potential reside there. But, you close yourself off to them when you’re so focused on trying to create a specific outcome.

See if you can let go of your expectations this month and allow yourself to enjoy the journey.

Overcoming Resistance

I don’t know about you all, but last week’s full moon lunar eclipse threw me for a loop.

I spent the evening in my backyard huddled under blankets by a fire with my friends. I led them through a short full moon ritual where we reflected on our goals for the year and wrote down anything that wasn’t in alignment with those goals that was holding us back. Then, we tossed our papers into the fire to release them and let them burn.

I felt a sense of renewal and excitement about what lay ahead, but the next morning I was filled with doubt, insecurity and a major case of imposter syndrome.

You see for the past few months I’ve felt called to create a Tarot course for my local community; however, now resistance was popping up left and right. I doubted my ability to create this offering, and I doubted its success. I was finding anything and everything I could do to avoid starting to work on developing a course.

During this time I kept running across the idea that resistance comes up for many goals that are worthy of pursuit.

So many different articles, podcasts and conversations I had kept pointing to the idea that resistance shows up to show us where we have the opportunity to expand our capacity to love and accept ourselves. It shows us the boundaries of our comfort zone and gives us the opportunity to move past them. We can play it safe and stay in our box, or we can expand and heal ourselves by working through the resistance we feel.

When I looked at things through this lens, I saw that I was afraid of stepping into a leadership position. I was scared of being judged for the work that I put out there. And, I was afraid of being wrong.

When you uncover the root of resistance, you’re able to develop different practices to help you work through it.

I find prayer, affirmations, journaling and meditation to be super helpful, but something different might work better for you. Once I understood where my resistance was coming from, I was able to start working on my course. I’ve been taking baby steps as I begin this journey so that I don’t overwhelm myself. Resistance still pops up, but now I have various strategies to help me move through it.

Get curious the next time you notice resistance popping up in your own life. Where’s it coming from? What parts of yourself is resistance showing you need healing? What practices can you develop to help you care for those parts of yourself?

Stop your new year's resolutions from failing!

Did you know that 80% of new year’s resolutions fail by February?

Yes, even though you’ve prepped and planned to make changes to be the best version of yourself, it’s more than likely all that hard work will be for nothing come February. You’ll be the same person experiencing the same things, and you’ll be quite frustrated that none of your resolutions worked out.

Let’s talk about why.

It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

In today’s society of instant gratification, we’ve learned to expect things to happen very fast. When you’re thinking about the changes you want to make in your life, it’s possible that you’ve set goals that carry this same type of energy behind them. A desire for healthy living spurs a resolution to “run three miles every day." If that’s not something you’ve worked up to it’ll wear you out way before February.

Unrealistic expectations will derail your resolutions in an instant. Instead, try to take things one step at a time. Choose something that will have the most beneficial impact on your life and break down the various steps to getting there.

For example, if a healthier lifestyle is one of your resolutions you could commit to cooking two fresh meals a week. Eventually, you can raise that number to include even more. You’re more than likely to stick with it because you’ve broken it down and you’re not overwhelming yourself right of the bat.

The conscious mind is only the tip of the iceberg.

Yes, you can say that you want to save more money, but if your subconscious beliefs reflect lack and scarcity, you’re going to have a hell of a time trying to succeed. This is because your subconscious, which governs your habits, beliefs, and emotions, makes up about 88% of your mind. You’ve got to get the subconscious on board for a change to happen.

Luckily, there are a variety of tools that can help you do this. By paying attention to the thoughts running through you’re head, you can start to get an idea of what’s going on beneath the surface. Start exploring where a specific thought or belief comes from. A Tarot reading can also help shed some light on subconscious beliefs, along with hypnosis, journaling or meditation.

Try being S.M.A.R.T

Being vague about your own goals isn’t going to get you very far; especially, if you’re not even sure why you’ve chosen them in the first place. There’s a lot of societal pressure to meet specific standards so you might feel compelled to create a goal that meets society’s standards, but not your own.

The first way to combat this is to connect with your “Why?” Why is this goal important to you? Do you want to save more money because that’s what everyone else seems to be doing? Or do you want to save more money because you’d like to go on that vacation to the mountains with your family next summer?

Another way to rid yourself of vague goals is to make them S.M.A.R.T.:

  • Specific: What is that you want? Be clear and concrete. (i.e., “I want to save $7,000 to take a trip to Europe by June 2020.”)

  • Measurable: How are you going to measure your progress? (i.e., “I’ll keep a record of my savings account each month.”)

  • Achievable: Is this goal achievable and realistic? Saving $7,000 by June 2020 might not currently be realistic for your budget. If not, revisit your goal and see how you can make it practical.

  • Relevant: Why does this goal matter to you? Think about your reasons behind it.

  • Time-Bound: Is your timeline realistic? What smaller goals can you set up along the way to allow yourself to celebrate your progress?

False Evidence Appearing Real

Fear is the big boogeyman when it comes to achieving your goals. It shows up in a few different ways:

  • You’re afraid of failing and letting yourself or other people down.

  • Your goal seems so large that you have no idea how or where to begin. Because you’re feeling unsure, you think it’s a better idea not even to bother trying.

  • You started taking steps towards your goal, and you’ve hit your first obstacle. That’s that, you think, I guess it wasn’t meant to be.

Fear is your ego’s way of keeping you safe. It comes from humanity’s prehistoric days when it was one of the only things preventing you from being lunch for a saber-toothed tiger. You don’t have to fight or flee a saber-tooth nowadays, but the feeling still pops up anytime you’re confronted with something that may be perceived as “dangerous."

You have to keep in mind that the ego perceives anything unknown as dangerous, so it activates your fear response. It feels threatened because it’s not familiar with the circumstances and it sounds the alarm to get you away from whatever it isn’t in control of. It doesn’t know whether this thing could actually be good for you.

“We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”

— Seneca

It’s up to you to decide whether you buy into the stories that the ego feeds you to feel safe again. No one will hire you, so it’s best you don’t start your own business. Everyone will think you’re a fool, it says. You have to ask yourself whether you choose to believe this thought. If you readily agree with it, ask yourself how you know it to be 100% true? You’ll probably see that once again it’s just your fear trying to hold you back.

Are you ready to make 2019 the best year of your life?

Making changes in your life may seem frustrating and scary, but it has the potential to be empowering and exhilarating. There’s no need to take a wrecking ball to your life and load yourself up with a ton of resolutions. Start small. Choose things that feel aligned. Know that change takes time.

Don’t beat yourself up when you encounter an obstacle or listen to that fear voice that tells you that you suck at life or things won’t get better. Expose that voice for the liar that it is.

Try getting S.M.A.R.T. with your resolutions. Celebrate your wins no matter how small.

You are more powerful thank you know. Believe in yourself and watch 2019 be the best damn year or your life!

Expect the Unexpected

About a year ago I was spending time writing down my intentions for 2018. Towards the top of my list I wrote that I wanted to open a space where I could offer in-person readings to people in my area. The only time I was able to offer live readings was at various events and pop-ups that I had been invited to.

As time progressed, it became clear that I didn't currently have the means to open a store. One might give up hope at this point, but I persisted in believing there was a space out there for me. "Maybe not now, but soon," I told myself.

It was about halfway through the year that I joined a new yoga studio by my house. I immediately fell in love with the place! The classes, instructors and the space were warm, welcoming and wonderful. I was invited to offer readings at a couple of their events, which I was grateful for. Then, about three weeks ago a miracle happened.

I was having a meeting with the studio owner when she invited me to rent their smaller studio space and use it to offer in-person readings for people. I could also host various Tarot events, workshops and classes. My intention had manifested!

I tell you this story because sometimes we have this habit of getting a picture in our head of exactly what we want, and we refuse to let it go. I knew what I wanted the store that I envisioned back in 2017 to look like. But, if I had held tight to that vision of having my own store and how I wanted it to look, I may never have received this new opportunity. 

Or, sometimes we hit a bump in the road (for me, it was not having the finances to start a store), and we turn away from our goals because it doesn't look like it's going to work out. That's when mantras like "If not now, soon" or "If not this, then something better" can really help us continue to manifest our goals. Whatever you do, don't give up hope! Expect the unexpected!

An Attitude of Gratitude

We're celebrating Thanksgiving this week in the U.S., and it felt appropriate to touch on gratitude.

It seems like some people are always wanting more, more, more, which is why they'd rather camp out in front of a store in attempt to get a "good deal" on something they possibly don't even need instead of spending time with their loved ones. Every year it's like there's a competition to see which store can open earliest instead of letting people spend time with their families and friends.

Instead of trying to cram more into our lives, why don't we spend this week reflecting on gratitude? We all have something to be grateful for, and when we take the time to notice those things, no matter how small, it can dramatically change our lives.

For the next week (and hopefully beyond!) see how it feels to jot down three things you're grateful for right before you go to sleep. End your day on a high note. If you want to go even further, have a conversation with your spouse, a friend, or family member about those three things. Ask them what they're grateful for from their day. 

Also, take a moment to pause the next time something awesome happens and express gratitude. You can send it to the Universe, God, Spirit, whomever/whatever you want. It might start to feel like a little energy boost throughout your day. Sometimes, I'll try to notice the small things and express gratitude for them (i.e. "Thank you for this warm sun. Thank you for that gorgeous flower. Thank you for this quiet moment.")

You might be saying, "Garrett, this is so cliché," but I promise you it works. Actively expressing gratitude has changed my entire outlook on life and has helped me to welcome in some pretty impressive miracles. I challenge you to try it out and see for yourself.

Mirror and Medicine: November 2018

I recently picked up a new two-card spread that I really like from Danielle over at Oak Moon Tarot. It’s called the Mirror and Medicine spread. The first card represents the mirror. It invites us to examine the space we’re currently inhabiting. It’s a look at what’s going on and where we’re headed. The second card represents the medicine. It’s something to aid us during this time. Perhaps it introduces a new way of thinking, an action to take. It helps us see through any illusions straight to the Truth of any matters.

This week I did a reading on behalf of the Collective to see what the mirror and medicine is for the month of November. We received the Eight of Wands as our mirror and The Fool as our medicine.

November 2018 Tarot Reading

The Eight of Wands indicates that this month is a time ripe for stepping into your power. Things may feel like they’re moving quickly, and you might feel like you have very little control. The Fool asks us to trust that movement, to trust that we’re exactly where we’re meant to be at any given time.

There’s a really great quote that I recently heard that came to mind while reading these cards. I can’t remember who said it or where I heard it from, so I apologize that I’m unable to attribute it to anyone. I don’t remember the specific wording, but they basically said that if you leap from a cliff you don’t turn around and try to grab the ledge after you’ve jumped.

To me, this is a call for confidence. There’s so much forward motion in these cards, and you might scare yourself if you start looking back. Trust that you’ve done the work necessary, and leap wholeheartedly into this month with confidence. Deep down you know what feels aligned; you know what feels best for you.

There may be people who try to pull you back to the safety of the ledge. Heck, your own ego might even try. But, The Fool cautions you to pay those people no mind. Allow yourself the freedom to soar.

Grounding Your Energy

This past weekend I attended a Rest and Replenish yoga event at my yoga studio. Basically, it’s a beautiful evening practice where we do yoga by candlelight with live music and enjoy a gong bath during Savasana.

I had never experienced a gong bath until the first Rest and Replenish event that I attended a couple of months ago. They are amazing, and I highly recommend it to everyone. During my first one I could feel my entire body vibrating, and at times it felt like I was floating above my mat. During this most recent gong bath I had a very strong message come through - “you need to ground yourself.”

It was right on. Lately, I’ve felt very scattered and not truly present in my body or the moment at hand. I pulled a card from Alana Fairchild’s Earth Warriors Oracle deck asking, “How can I best ground my energy?” and I shared its medicine on my Instagram. A lot of people seemed to resonate with it, so I thought it might be beneficial to share some techniques and practices to help you ground your energy any time you might be feeling a bit too airy. I’ve included some of the things that people recommended to me on Instagram.

Stand Barefoot on the Grass

Something that I like to do in the mornings is go outside and stand barefoot on the grass. I imagine roots sprouting from my feet and descending deep down into the earth.

Meditate Against a Tree

You can do this one barefoot, too! Basically find a nice sturdy tree and sit with your back up against its trunk, allowing it to support you. You can either sit cross-legged or put your bare feet down on the earth. Visualize the roots of the tree bringing nourishment up from the earth along your spine. Allow anything that’s not serving you to drain out of your body and into the earth to be transmuted into love.

Go for a Walk

Multiple people recommended walks to me because your feet are literally connecting you to the ground. See how long you can remain present, taking in the sights sounds and smells.

Yoga

I talked with my yoga teacher about grounding, and she recommended becoming aware of any points of contact with the floor during yoga. For example, notice where your fingers, knees, forehead, palms, feet, etc. connect to the ground.

Visualization

This comes from one of my new favorite books, The Green Witch. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Feel your energy. Visualize a green light radiating from your chest. Then, visualize a tendril of that green light moving down through your abdomen, pelvis, legs, feet. See it moving down into the ground, rooting you to the earth. Then, allow any excess energy to flow into the earth or, if you’re feeling drained, see Gaia’s loving energy coming up the tendril and into your body.

Meditate with Crystals

Crystals, which naturally come from the earth, are a great way to ground your energy. Personally, I love meditating with Smoky Quartz, Petrified Wood, Hematite and Red Jasper.

I hope this list has given you a couple of new ways to ground your own energy. If you have any other suggestions, please send them my way!