FULL MOON ENERGIES – Calling In One Degree Shifts

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This Full Moon has me feeling anxious, restless even angry. It’s highlighting my stuckness and lack of taking action. I make a plan and don’t follow through…mostly because i haven’t created space or time or organized my butt enough for spirit to flow.

I listed to a podcast recently that talked about 1 degree shifts….and I really liked that idea. What are small little shifts that I can do in my day to make space for my spirit to show up. In the mornings I decided to sit my butt down and write or watch inspired videos/teachings. Or to create. On my lunch breaks I committed to going to walks rather than pounding the pavement because I was so busy.

It really became a dance of how do I create openings and space for spirit to show up, for my own soul to speak to me in the silence and stillness and creative outpourings. What are small shifts i can do to create space for my Deepest, Divine Self in my everyday busy life with my kids and husband?

Truthfully that is where my frustration lies…at my myself, for not creating space…for not setting boundaries to take care of my own heart and soul. My wild and Divine self is pissed!!

So join me and list at least 5 ways you can create space for yourself in your own life…for your soul to show up and speak to you, guide you and light you up. That inner unity is what the juices of joy are made of!

Here’s mine.

-Make a Sacred Space for myself in my home where I can go and hear my soul. I have a small altar and writing table in my laundry room now as my desk in the other room got take over by gaming.

-Wake up at 545 am and have an hour or so to contemplate and start creating…expressing, hearing.

-Walks at lunch with no headphones, just me, myself and the wind to carry the messages for me.

-Create a schedule for creative and writing time. Creativity is truly a creative and alchemical practise, it moves your energy on the page. But i need to show up and if i have it scheduled in it’s more likely i will!

-Invite Spirit in the everyday. Say intentions, mantras, light candles, bless your food. Pray. Dance! Play! Invite in the Joy in the everyday.

Journal questions….

1)What small one degree shifts can you do to invite your Spirit into your life?

2) How and when will you do those?

3) How can you ignite small bursts of joy to infuse the everyday? What are some small lovely and sacred little practises (which can be anything) that can help invoke the joy. (i started putting energy oil on my wrists as an example).

4) List 10 things that light you up. Pick two (at least to do this week!).

Love you all.

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Happy full moon! Let’s make a move or change shall we 🙂

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A QUICK AND LOVELY ARIES NEW MOON RITUAL

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Happy Aries New Moon my friends! It’s always nice to have an Aries New Moon as we start a new cycle through the zodiac, Aries is the first sign of zodiac so it feels like a new opening is emerging. With it, there’s a shedding or cracking open so the new can move in or we can expand into it.

This New Moon I’m continually restless… I feel like I’m being called into Expansion, to grow, to step into a new and truer part of myself and it feels weirdly uncomfortable. I have a giant bout of resistance…and doubt, and creative paralysis, and even fear erupting all around me and it’s stopping me in my tracks. I’m getting so caught in my head instead of allowing space for the guidance to come…it’s like i’m trying to force it out when i know it comes in the soft, gentle and playful moments, not when i’m sitting and trying to “figure it out”. I feel like there’s a tight collar around my neck, holding my voice hostage because I’m just not fully sure what I want and need to say. My body, my heart and my soul know but my mind can’t yet grasp the concepts. So instead of fretting and obsessing about the form, i’m focusing on feeling good. I’m focusing on what lights me up and gives me joy. Want to join me?

I invite you to do this little creative expression journal with me for the New Moon.

  1. Draw a giant circle on a piece of paper. Use a bowl if you need.
  2. Use a color that calls to you to write your intention for this New Moon inside the circle. List several intentions or desires you have for this moon cycle
  3. On the outside of the circle, write things that light you up. What excites you? What do you do that gives you joy? Makes you feel connected? Makes you laugh? Makes you feel alive? List them all around the outside of that circle and do these things this month!
  4. Write a mantra that will carry you this month to focus on your intentions. Use the colour red at the bottom, top and both sides on the circle and declare uplifting mantras to help you remember that all it is about is love, and fun and joy…the Universe always has your back!

Words that come to mind this new moon….New path, new beginnings, old clearing, shedding, making room, expanding, unfolding, allowing, discovering.

And so it is my friends!!

Please feel free to share and post your pics of your New Moon creative journals. If this resonated with you and you’d like to get similar emails to help connect you to your wise body, heart and soul, I’d love for you to Follow My Blog and join my email list 🙂

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What is a Conscious or Spiritual Relationship?

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In the couple weeks leading to Valentine’s Day, I’ve been thinking a lot about relationships, particularly how the Divine emerges in our relationships. What does a conscious and spiritual relationship look like or even really mean? ( I’ve focused these contemplations on marriage type relationships but this can really translate to any relationship. )

As a trained therapist, I know that relationships ultimately trigger what is unhealed in ourselves, usually from our families of origin or even past relationships or experiences. But there’s got to be more. What does a spiritual partnership look like? What are the spiritual gifts of commitment and long-term relationships?

I’m going to share with you that my husband and I have had a hard few years. I remember someone saying, the first ten years are the worst! Hahaha, I kind of agree. I think the mix of kids, careers, pandemic, etc. and not a lot of help has resulted in a long rough patch.

For me…I admit, I struggle in relationships. I like my independence and at times lose my sense of balance because I can feel suffocated or trapped in them. I’ve developed “super independence” as a coping mechanism and reaction to past hurts. I had a long held belief that I couldn’t let myself rely on others because I’d just end up let down or disappointed so I became super independent instead. I told myself that I really didn’t “need” anyone. And in a relationship…a marriage…that doesn’t quite bode well. That is not true partnership, that is not Truth & Vulnerability. It’s protection and a blocked heart. I definitely have a wound when it comes to trusting men..their follow through and their willingness to do the deep healing work.

If you have not read the book called Conscious Relationship by Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks you should!! For me it helped me understand that relationships are really about healing and growth. There are essentially three phases in romantic relationships. The first is the giddy, hearts- in- the- eyes romance that feels amazing, like a high on a drug. It’s exciting and feels intoxicating. The second is where our “stuff” emerges after some time together. All of the parts of us that were never healed begin to play out and get triggered in our relationships. Usually we start wondering what the heck happened and where the intoxicating romance went. We may start fighting or finding we get stuck in the same arguments over and over. This is where the opportunity to heal and to allow more love in, emerges if we allow it and do the work. Both parties are called to heal what has not been healed. Harville Hendrix has named for us that we even unconsciously pick partners that will ultimately be the perfect mates that will bring about the “stuff” and our unhealed parts to the surface. Imagine that! We pick the partners that will trigger us the most..so we can do the most amount of healing and invite in more depth, more awareness, more love. Now that’s a new take on marriage!

Now some couples call it quits at stage two because they are not aware of the Divine purpose of Love and ultimately healing in marriage. They don’t know it’s about our deep healing , our own shedding of long held protective armour wrapping the heart. It’s easy to get caught thinking its about rainbows and romance only. Some couples stay stuck and trapped in a perpetual fight or loveless marriage for years and years, never really moving out of stage two as the inner work is not tackled or acknowledged.

If we do the work, we move to third stage where we find transcended love. We heal the unhealed wounds (sometimes more than once)together and honour our relationship as a sacred container for deep healing. We know the gift of these conscious relationships. We honour them as containers for deep healing, a place for Spirit and Love to enter and expand our heart space and bring love to the parts of us that need more love and healing. A sacred trust, love and honour emerges in our relationships that is really what it’s all about.

My husband and I are still in the pockets of stage 2, still doing the healing work. It’s hard. We have both wanted to throw in the towel at different points but have both committed to keep doing the inner work on ourselves. I myself have struggled this last year with Covid lockdown and the impacts on our marriage. I was struggling to find the love. I bought us workbooks and tried to do weekly questions to help us reconnect but nothing seemed to shift my inner block.

I was guided to a meditation that really shifted me, ….I imagined him sitting across from me and all I did was say over and over, “All I see is your light”, ” All I see if your light,” “I see you”, “I love you.” I just kept repeating it over and over until I felt it and he felt it. I imagined golden healing light moving through my husband, from above him and all around him. I imagined placing my hands in his heart and on his shoulders and sending him golden, pure, radiant light. I hugged him and kept repeating I love you, I love you, I love you. In my meditation he became tearful because that’s all he has really wanted from me was to feel love. I have been shut down and withholding. It’s in love that healing and change can happen, not withholding, not scolding, not expectations, but love. I became tearful in this realization.

I needed an inner shift, I had to go within to feel the change, nothing outside of me could create the shift. It moved me to compassion and more gentleness…ultimately I found more love and it softened my armour.

I hope in my sharing it inspired you to find the gentleness, the love, the softening, the shifting, the light in your relationships, these are deep, fulfilling, healing, difficult, amazing journeys that will teach us the most about ourselves and our depths. Our relationships are the ultimately reflections of our own self and what how we are moving through them…with love? With anger? With expectation? With disappointment? What parts of our pasts are clouding the present?

I leave you with this….what would love say or do?

xo Crystal

***DID YOU KNOW I HAVE A MONTHLY WOMENS HEALING & SPIRITUALITY GROUP? EMAIL ME AT jgccdt@hotmail.com if you want to join and i’ll send you the zoom link. ****

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New !! Monthly Women’s Healing & Spirituality Group

Hi friends ! I’m so excited to share with you a new offering.

****JANUARY 25TH, 2021 @ 8PM Central time****
Do you want to feel more connected to yourself and your Spirit?
Do you need time for yourself to breathe and reflect?
Do you want to feel more connected, more alive, more at peace and joyful?
Do you crave depth and deep contemplation?
Do you want to build a spiritual practise and connection in your everyday life?
If you’d said yes to any of the above, join me on the last Monday of each month (January 25th this month). Connect with me via zoom as we will explore a teaching/topic, journal, create, explore, meditate, share and connect deeply to your inner most Self. email jgccdt@hotmail.com to sign-up, message me or comment and I’ll be happy to share the zoom link with you. Donations appreciated. Blessings my friends.

If you are interested email me at jgccdt@hotmail.com and I’ll add you to my email list for the link and the monthly guide 🙏🏼😊

Join my email list to stay updated on the upcoming Monthly Women’s Healing and Spirituality group .

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Eeeeeeeeeeekkkk! I’m so excited for this 🎉🙋🏻‍♀️

Xo

Crystal

9 Ways to Purge the Energy of 2020 & Invite in Fresh, New, Abundant Energy for 2021.

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2020…what a year!! Phewf!! I’m ready to start shifting the energy. I’ve been feeling stuck and a little down. I miss people !! I miss going out to dinner! I miss sports and playing at the park and having friends over. I need this energy to move… change…dissipate so new energy and health and abundance can come in.

And the end of each year I feel the need to clean and purge… and this year the need is even stronger. It’s time to let go of the past year, a wiping away of stagnant, old energy and a sacred gesture to the Universe acknowledging and welcoming in the energy of the New Year and new experiences ahead. So I invite you to join me in welcoming in a swishing, cleansing, wave energy into your home that releases the old and opens up portals for the new. We need this in 2021!

Here are some ways to prepare the energy in your home and close the energy of this year.

  • Clean out your closets.  Go through your clothes and remove all the ones you don’t wear.  Donate what you no longer need.  This goes for your pantry and linen closets as well.  Get rid of old food or spices you no longer use.  Donate or get rid of half bottles of soaps, shampoos, lotions etc.
  • Go through your email and clean it up.Delete, delete, delete… what you no longer need!  I recently did this and unsubscribed to a truck load of sites as it was simply clogging up my email accounts.  It was so freeing.  I had 3000 emails, now I have fewer than 50.  I also created folders and categorized and filed emails that I need to hang on to.  This feels so good.
  • Vacuum, wash the floors and if you can allow a fresh breeze of air to flow through your home.  I know, I know it’s kind of the last thing you want to do but cleanse out the old dirt of the year. It’s winter here, snow, ice, freezing, but I still open the windows to allow the winter breeze to fly through and cleanse out what is there, even for a few brief moments.  May all those who walk in your home be blessed, loved and healthy.
  • Clean your entrance and doorway. Wipe the door, wash the floor, re-arrange furniture, put away the pile that gets stored at the entrance.   Sweep out the floor and old energy and allow new energy and prosperity to enter.  Say a prayer of welcoming in joyous friends and family, abundance and health.  You’ll feel the effects instantly!!
  • Go through paper work that needs to be filed or thrown out. Get organized. File things away and throw out or burn what you no longer need and feel the old releasing in the flames.  Feel how light it is to deal with the paper.
  • Clean out your purse and wallet. Make sure receipts are not filed in the place you store your money.  That is a no-no.  Do not place bills where money is suppose to flow.  Say a prayer to welcome in abundance with ease and grace.
  • Remove all your garbage and recycling from your home.  If you’re like us and live in the sticks make a trip to the dump and recycling depot.  If you live in town or city just try and place it outside or garage until it can be picked up but before the New Year.
  • Clean out your fridge.  Wipe it down, throw out those two year old jars of pickles that will never be eaten.  Empty out containers and jars that just aren’t be used.  Welcome in healing energies of food and nutrition in your home.
  • Smudge, light candles, burn some inscents or simply open a window. Change the feel of the air. Break up any old stuckness or resistance and allow joy and peace to flow freely in your home.

Clearing out the old is so refreshing may you enjoy the new space and energy that comes in this New Year.

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A Powerful Solstice Ritual and Intention Setting for New light

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“Whatever you do, don’t try and escape from your pain, but be with it.  Because the attempt to escape from pain creates more pain.” – The Tibetan book of Living and Dying.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about of suffering lately.  What a year we have endured of suffering, of loss, of fear or radical life changes. It’s been painful and hard…and yet because of those losses and freedoms we have discovered and remembered the many gifts and beautiful pieces of life we already have. This year has gifted us with the unbelievable opportunity to blow the dust off of the gems and riches of life we already have around us. In many ways, this past year has been leading up to this solstice. This is a gigantic astrological time where Jupiter and Saturn will meet in Aquarius, starting a beginning of Aquarian conjunctions. This is a new time, a new era, a new consciousness birthing into life…on the solstice! Powerful, powerful stuff. So I want to invite you to celebrate, honour and ritual with this powerful time of healing and transformation.

This past year has been a year of shedding, of karmic and ego releasing….of deep, deep healing. It has brought about a lot of pain for many of us…the sacrifices, the losses, the changes…have been immense. And let’s face it, many of us are uncomfortable with pain and often just want a quick solution or idea so we can move us out of pain and suffering.  People want to offer us that quick solution too. The intention is absolutely loving but sometimes we just need to be held, to be offered space to feel darkness, sorrow and pain and that’s tough for many to offer because they don’t know how to do so for themselves.

What I’ve been learning from Buddhist texts is that “life is suffering.”  There will always be suffering, we all will suffer at various points in our life whether physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually and really all that we ought to do is accept this notion.  There is suffering in life.  Say it with me, “there is suffering in life.” There is also light and beauty and radiant joy….both are beautiful.

This is an easy and yet complex tough concept that I’ve been playing with in my heart and in my mind.  I’ve been trying to sit in my suffering, like really move into it.  I close my eyes and settle into the suffering in my body and you know what happens when I simply allow what is there?? It dissipates…it softens…the edges sting a little less. It becomes ok and somehow like a sacred act and holy union between my spirit and my physical self.

Perhaps it’s from not battling what is, there is a gentle release in my body. The defenses soften.

So, often when I’m “suffering” with physical discomfort or even emotional discomfort I try and battle my way out of it with a “positive thought” or action or even will power.  I positive affirmation out my yin-yang to try and pretend I am not suffering or to adjust out of it.   I fight what is.  I fight the truth of discomfort and pain while I try to cover the Truth with a lovely balmy protective salve, rather than accept and allow it.  My mind and body separate, battle for control, argue and I end up exhausted, depleted and still feeling heavy.

So the last few nights I’ve allowed my “suffering” to be my meditation.  To soften and melt into it and allow the moments to be there.  It is freeing! Like radically freeing.  I even get a slight buzz on the inside, an elation, a joy, a meeting of sparkly truth that I can feel in the cells of my body. I embrace the darkness and healing gates that the Universe has summoned and called upon of us. It’s beautiful in its rawness.

“Suffering is a fact of life. There are four unavoidable physical sufferings; birth, old age, sickness and death. There are also three forms of mental suffering; separation from the people we love; contact with people we dislike and frustration of desires. Happiness is real and comes in many ways, but happiness does not last forever and does not stop suffering. Buddhists believe that the way to end suffering is to first accept the fact that suffering is actually a fact of life.” (Buddhist teachings (very brief) from http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/bs-s03.html)

So on this Winter Solstice (in the Northern Hemisphere), and the darkest day of the year, I invite you into your own darkness, your own pains and wounds and simply let them be there. Melt into them for a few moments as a Sacred Witness to what is at this moment.

Where do you feel struggle in your body?  

List your pains and struggles, challenges, losses of this past year of the pandemic.

Can you close your eyes, take some breaths… and just move into it, gently, softly, lovingly?  See what happens.  

And like wise, move into your joy and happiness as it sways in your life as well. We will all move through the tides, the highs and lows of life.  May we do so consciously, lovingly and with awareness and acceptance.

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Simple Solstice Ritual:

On this lovely Solstice, get out your paper and pens.  Light a lovely candle or two, perhaps some incense, get yourself a cup of tea and have a divine union with yourself and Creation on paper.

  1. What have been some of your struggles this past year?  List them and underneath them, write about the gifts, the benefits, the positive outcome(s) of these struggles.  What did you learn or acquire from the struggle?
  2. What were some of your highlights this year?  What sacred and special moments really resonate in your soul and heart?
  3. What wishes and intentions do you have for yourself…physically? emotionally? spiritually? intellectually? Go around the sacred wheel of your whole self and call in your intentions…your sacred wishes for 2021. List them and share them with the ones you love and invite them to do the same.

Enjoy this lovely day of darkness, retreat, rest, and reflection.  I honour you and your path.  I honour you and your joy as well as your suffering. And I honour the light that is about to return in a new age, a new era, a new consciousness on this planet!

And so it is. Happy Winter Solstice and beginning of a new age!

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A POWERFUL FAMILY NEW MOON RITUAL TO DECLARE NEW INTENTIONS

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This New Moon and Solar Eclipse is a powerful point to declare your intentions, your dreams, your goals and deep desires. It’s a time of deep visioning and dream building as we will soon approach the powerful Solstice with its amazing astrological aspects welcoming us into a new age, new existence, new form. We have been going through a cleansing, a shedding, a detoxing and transmuting of our ego blocks and old forms this past year. There were many frictions and challenges to climb over so you would move and let go of the baggage and the addiction to the old ways of being that no longer served you. This has been a hard but powerful and deep learning of us all. Go to spark, go to the light, go to the places and people that light you up and crack you open and illuminate there. It is a time of releasing what stands of the way of your illumination. Release what no longer serves and aligns with you… you know that tug in your heart or gut. Move it out of the way so the new can dance it’s way in. In many ways who we were and how we lived has died and now we are preparing to resurrect into the new. This powerful new moon is a time to declare your new vision for your heart and soul to express and share its lovely gifts into the world . This is a time for you to gather with your family and create a new team vision for your little tribe and for the larger tribe of your community and the world as a whole as well. Gather together around a fire or candle and list what you want. Call it in like a wolf howling to the moon…Individually and then as a family. Oooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuu

What an exciting time !

Here’s a little ritual you can do on your own or with your family. Gather everyone around the table or even better outside at a little fire if you can swing it. Light candles, incense, diffuse oils, play music…set the mood. Create a special space. Get one of your kids to ring some bells to start the ceremony. Discuss the energy of this New Moon or explain its a great time to make some intentions and goals for ourselves and as a family.

Here is some visioning prompts for yourself and your fam. Use the ones that call to you.

What words best describe what you want? Name 5-10.

List your intentions for this next year.

What actions will you take to invite these words/intentions into your life? Individually and as a Family.

What routines or schedules do you need to create so your actions will take place with gentleness and ease?

How can you/we be of service?

What do you need so you will follow through on your intentions/declarations/desires will manifest into form?

What is a mantra, word or sentence you/your family can say to anchor you into your visions and intentions?

Close your eyes and see the dark/new moon in your minds eye. Grandmother moon is about to start a New Cycle….what message does she have for you? Write it out.

Get everyone to share and when done Ring the bells to end the ceremony.

Enjoy some hot chocolate and goodies to celebrate.

Wishing you and your family a powerful and magic night. :). If you resonated with tonights ritual, and would like more soul and family connecting gifts, please follow my blog. I’d love that 🙂

xo

Crystal

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Conscious Parenting Hack – This weeks weekly team huddle guide 🎄🎅🏼❤️

🤶🏼🎄Today’s Family Team Huddle Day. (Wednesday nights in our house )🎄🤶🏼

I’m one for conscious parenting. We are in a global pandemic and let’s be real… shit is hard!! I cry out of nowhere sometimes because I’m grieving the old way of life, the old freedoms or even the help I had with babysitters. I miss time alone, or family dinners, or date nights, or family outings. I miss being mask free or walking in the grocery store without anxiety.

It’s a scary time and it’s ok to grieve that. It’s really great to name that. And feel that. And it’s even more ok to show our kids our tears because it gives them permission to release their own!! They are feeling this maybe even more than us because their worlds are smaller and it’s been completely impacted. Let’s name it, cry, scream, shout and release it out. This is consciousness… this is role modelling… this is parenting 💕. Sometimes in my house when I’m feeling frustrated I get the kids in the room with me and I count to three and we scream as loud as we can- a couple of times..it’s releasing.. and a hoot… and hilarious . We all love it 🥰

On Wednesday night we team huddle together . We don’t let my oldest son (who is almost 11) play video games twice a week.. Wednesday’s and Sunday’s he got to be offline. He asked if he could play today (apparently there’s a cool new update) and not play tomorrow instead. We discussed and said ok but then we are changing team huddle night to tomorrow. He said ..oh no never mind I want the team huddle let’s just keep it normal 😮🙀. ☺️🥰🤶🏼. I was so surprised and tickled pink because I know even in his preteen stage… he craves the connection and play these huddle nights bring. It’s great for connecting and I always feel like high five-ing myself after these little meetings because I feel like a good parent simply by creating space to consciously connect with the fam jam.
Here’s what we do…. This week entails some Christmas Dice games.

1) check in – how is everyone doing


2) what’s going well, what needs improvement, what are we needing??


3) upcoming events, schedules etc (this is quick these days lol)


4) how can our family be of service to each other and to community/family/friends this week (we pick something we will do… cookies for a neighbors, cheer up signs for our cousin who broke his arm etc.)


5) games or activities !! 🎄🎉

This week we are doing these http://grandmaideas.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Christms-Dice-Game.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0rlswKM7sLQ9nyuOv2wGlEZ–CtrQUFkpldbCrvf0t4ptJ49NMEBgf88o

Here’s a link to more dice game printouts (tree, present etc. ) roll the dice and X out your numbers first person to x them all wins !! 🎉

Happy team huddling 😊💕🎅🏼🎄🤶🏼🎄🎄

Xo

Crystal

November Full Moon 🌕🔥

I’ve really been brought face to face with my relationship to myself during this moon cycle. I realized this past week as I did yoga and wept that sometimes people don’t show up for me… but it’s reflected in some relationships because truthfully I don’t show up for myself. I don’t prioritize myself enough CONSISTENTLY. I don’t speak up for myself when I really wanted to do something for me but my kid needs me or my husband and needs a hand. I slither away into self abandonment and do what others need of me and feel pissy on the inside. There’s got to be a better balance, a way I can show up for me and them. I don’t stand up for my soul and create the space and Aliveness she needs in my Life. I’m done sacrificing myself and my own happiness for the happiness of others. That is not love… it’s an old definition of love… but truly it’s martyrdom packaged in selfless sacrifice. I don’t ever want my obituary to read that I was selfless !! That feels like someone who doesn’t take up space, someone who has no Self. No thanks. Being kind and generous are glorious while maintaining one’s sense of self.

Think of the confidence and worth showing up for yourself creates and oozes in every single part of your life. It feels so powerful to show up for me. And yet I lose its focus and fall into unconscious patterns and lose the priority of me. I become a bobbing buoy… floating.. lost at sea.

I feel like I need to create a devotional practise to myself, which essentially is with the Divine. It’s creating the sacred space and time to reflect, to contemplate, to feel… to allow the Divine to flow thru me in whispers or in the joy of creativity or in writing. It’s creating time to wonder and absorb the spiritual nudges that life all too often gifts us if we allow and call Her to guide us.

On this full moon my husband and I are doing a releasing fire ceremony. Like many people during this time of pause and reflection, many of our unhealed parts have been shaken loose for us to look at and our relationship has been tested. It was a tense time there for awhile but I really feel like we are going through a death and rebirth cycle in our marriage. The old bond, the old way of unifying has died and made way for a new love, a new unity, a new partnership and essentially a new marriage between us to grow out of the ashes. Like a Phoenix rising from the ash, a new soul contract of togetherness is being etched and celebrated on this full moon. Now is a time of healing.. of naming the old patterns, the old wounds and the sore spots so we can release them and heal them. Now is the time of dissolving the old and transcending, creating new forms…, ultimately a new expression of ourselves in our relationships and our lives.

On this beautiful and bright full moon and eclipse I invite you to shred, dissolve, disintegrate the muck that blocks our hearts from allowing love in and from moving the love out. Burn the old into ashes and dust and let love resurrect into a brand new form !

And so it is ! 💕💕💕

Crystal

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8 WAYS TO HELP TURN OFF THE STRESS RESPONSE AND TURN ON RELAXATION IN YOUR BODY.

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Hi Friends! I’m been awhile since I’ve wrote to you all.  I wanted to share with you how I’m feeling cause truthfully I’m struggling…and I figure y’all might be too.  I’m tired, I’m depleted, I need a break but have nowhere to go to get one (cause everything is shut down again).  I wanted to give some voice to this reality because its truthful…we are stressed…we are out our max, we are exhausted and even getting cranky (at least I am and I’m not usually).  We are tired of functioning on high alert, in this abnormal new norm.  The effects of swirling fearful reality that this virus could be around is taxing on our bodies and thus on our energies.  

What I wanted to share too was some ideas to off load the stress in our bodies…if we don’t discharge it, meaning complete the cycle of release…it stays stuck in the body and this is how we get illness, infection or disease.  We must, must, must tend to our emotional and physical bodies during these times.   I know for me, my body has this reverberation that feels eerily familiar…I have felt it before I ended up in the hospital for almost a year.  I MUST make some changes and prioritize my well-being.  My commitment is to do doing small practises, 10 mins a day to turn down my sympathetic nervous system and turn on my parasympathetic system so the stress hormone stops pumping through my body and instead the relaxation response is turned on.  Muscles literally relax when this happens. This is sooooo important during these times, we can not sustain the “fight and keep going” response.  

Did you know that stress and the hormone soup it creates in the body, literally stresses the blood vessels…weakens and stretches them and that’s how plague gets into our blood and heart…. and this is how stress can lead to heart disease (not to mention many other physiological effects)!! When our bodies get tight, stressed, rigid, wound up, bound tightly….our breath becomes shallow and rapid thus reducing blood flow. We often stop moving and this reduces the flow of our lymphatic systems…cortisol and epinephrine pump through the body….tightening and stressing the body even more. Our appetites are affected, our sleep disrupted…our brains chemically overwhelmed. We need to interrupt this cycle and turn off our survival responses and turn on our healing…rest, digest and relaxation response instead.

So please, join me in tending to the relaxation, the rest and digest response in your body.  Commit to soothing your mind, body, heart and soul so you can get through this unimaginable time.  Here are some ideas I have used (still using)to help my body discharge the stressful energy out of my body and to turn on the relaxation response.

  • 1)I’ve booked myself a counselling session.  As a therapist, I know how important it is to tend to one’s mental, emotional, spiritual, social and physical health.  Seeing a therapist is a great way to talk about the impact of living in long-term Covid realities.  We need to cry, scream, grieve, be angry, and then be okay…and repeat.  Talk to someone.  I am very conscious of my mental health and take care of it a lot and I am still struggling with my mental health at times.

  • 2)Get moving…move the energy of heaviness out of your body with yoga, dancing, walking, or a light jog.  Our bodies are too stressed for hard core workouts right now.  I now I’ve had to really switch gears in the exercise department and let my tired body have gentle and loving movements rather than hard-care warrior workouts.  We don’t exercise to stress the body, but help release the stress, so find that balance and that line.  You’ll know when you’ve crossed it!  You should feel good not depleted.

  • 3)Journal…put on a 3-5 minute timer and just write what comes.  Free flow.

  • 4)Tend to your soul…light candles, burn incents, infuse oils, dim the lighting, say some prayers.

  • 5)Guided meditation apps – Calm, Insight timer, youtube some meditations.

  • 6)Do one nice thing for yourself a week.  Paint your nails, do a hair mask, fix your hair all nice just cause.   Buy a special dessert, coffee or tea (hit me up if you need some Sipology tea https://www.sipology.com/crystaltardiff

  • 7)Deep breathing literally helps calm the nervous system and turns on our parasympathetic system which helps discharge the stress.  Inhale for the count of 5, hold for 5, exhale for 5.  Repeat 10 times and feel the difference.

  • 8)EFT Tapping.  Tap 5-7 times at each of these spots to help turn on the rest and digest benefits or our parasympathetic system.  It turns on the calm.
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Take care of yourself my friends, we need you. Prioritize you! Your body, your mind, your heart and your soul need you to show up for you.

xo Crystal

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