CONSCIOUS REMINDER: “Your Guardian Angels Communicate With You — These 6 Subtle Sensations Reveal Their Presence”

Are you trying to connect with your Guardian Angel? Do you feel that you are not able to receive their messages?

Well, the thing is that maybe your Guardian Angel is reaching out to you but you aren’t realizing it. Here are some of the different ways in which your Guardian Angel is trying to send you a message through touch; so you can actually feel these messages as they have a physical manifestation:

1. Embrace Or The Angel Hug:

Sometimes when you are trying to connect with your Guardian Angel, you might feel as if someone is hugging you. Yes, you might feel as if someone is holding your hands gently and giving you a warm loving embrace. Well, that’s a sign that your Guardian Angel is around you and trying to help you out. This usually happens when you are very stressed and tired and the Angel wants to show that they are around you to help you get better. So, it’s their unique way of telling you that you are important to them and thus they care for you enough to give you a warm loving hug.

2. A Warm Feeling:

If you are trying to connect with you Guardian Angel and you begin to feel that the temperature around you is rising, this means that they are around you. Yes, they want to literally make you feel warm and this is one way in which you can realize that they are around you and acknowledging that you’re longing to connect with them.

3. A Current Of Electrical Power:

Sometimes you may also feel a current of electrical power. This also means that they are around you. This electrical power may just affect your body but not in a negative way. It may shock and stun you and it might actually be very powerful. But don’t worry, it is just a sign that your Guardian Angel is around you. They are just making sure that you know and recognize their presence more than ever and this is why they are using a strong sign to tell you about their presence.

4. Angelic Wind Or Breeze:

You might also feel the presence of you Guardian Angel in a very easy breezy way; yes; actually with an angelic wind or breeze around you. The Guardian Angel may just be trying to tell you that they are hearing you and assuring you of their love and affection. Also, the breeze can be a way of soothing you and bringing peace and good wishes in your life. The breeze is a sign of how your prayers are being heard and good things are coming your way.

5. Liquid Sensation:

Guardian Angel may also give you a sensation as if a thick liquid is falling on your body. It might feel like honey and this liquid sensation is also proof that your Guardian Angel is around you and trying to tell you something that you don’t know about.

6. Feeling As If Someone Is Sitting Beside You:

Sometimes you may also feel that someone is sitting with you while you are struggling to connect with your Guardian Angel. Well, that’s none other than the Guardian Angel themselves. It may seem creepy but it surely isn’t. There is no one that you can trust more than your Guardian Angel. So, don’t get uncomfortable or scared if you feel they are around.

 

~via ConsciousReminder.com

ARIA BELLA: “Why You Need Meditation”

“The birds chattering, the distant sound of cars. Feeling the sun or breeze on my face, really helping to anchor me in my body as I take in those sensations. Not only does it bring your stress levels down, it allows your body to go into its optimum level for relaxation and healing.”

~Aria Bella

 

Meditation is good for the soul, for the whole body and your mind. Go indulge today!

If you want an all-out activity that is going to soothe every single part of you and your senses — go meditate!!  It doesn’t have to be long, hard or full on.  Meditation comes in all shapes and sizes — you just have to find the ones that fit.

A really easy meditation to do is mindfulness — this can be done anywhere — making dinner, washing the dishes, hanging the clothes out.  All it asks you to do is be fully present in the moment, focusing on what you are doing, listening to the sounds around you and just being in that moment.

If you struggle with mind chatter, then guided meditation or ones where you need to chant may work for you as it helps to keep those natters to the background.  I personally love going outside and focussing on the sounds around me.

The birds chattering, the distant sound of cars.  Feeling the sun or breeze on my face, really helping to anchor me in my body as I take in those sensations.  Not only does it bring your stress levels down, it allows your body to go into its optimum level for relaxation and healing.  It gives your mind permission to take a break — although your mind will still have thoughts, so do not think you are doing it wrong just because it is still carrying on, it is its job.

Just allow them to flow without focussing on them.  It brings your soul to the fore as well.  So it is really the best all round exercise that you can possibly do for your wellbeing.  Even if you think you are not a meditator — and my hand is up on this one.  Keep at it and give yourself a few minutes every day, increasing if you can to get some of that deep AH into your day.

Your heart, body, soul and mind will thank you!

“I allow myself to meditate for the best of me”

Till next time… keep walking your spiritual path xx

 

 

~via Aria-Bella Rises @ YellowWolfEnlightenment.wordpress.com

ESSENCENTRAL: “Intuition 101: Connection”

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Intuition is often a spontaneous thing.  It floats in randomly and before you know it, it’s gone again.

What if I told you it doesn’t have to be a random occurrence?

The thing is, our intuition, like any other muscle, can be exercised and strengthened.  It is absolutely possible to be connected to our intuition in each and every moment, provided we are willing to embrace the gift of this inherent inner wisdom.  We don’t have to wait until adversity hits or a big decision is to be made.  We have the ability to live fully from this place of intuitive knowledge each day, allowing our inner GPS to guide us throughout the day’s events — from choosing what to eat, what to wear, who to spend time with, what kind of music to listen to, and how best to take care of ourselves that day.  We can be fully and completely present, living purposefully and authentically rather than being on autopilot and blindly moving through our days.

Our intuition is always working.  It’s always sneaking in little hints — things like, “You should call ___” or “___ would be fun to learn.”  Those tend to be the easiest ones to follow through on.

It’s the harder ones that our ego steps in on and sabotages us in creating a happier and more fulfilling life.  “This job is not right for you” or “This relationship is not healthy” can bring up a lot of ego fear and subsequently a lack of follow through.  Fear of change is a huge block to our intuition and can cripple the connection to our inner guidance and wisdom.  We must learn to trust that any fear that comes up pertaining to change is moving us towards that which we desire and to move with it faithfully and courageously.

More things that block our intuition are:

  1. Over-thinking
  2. Cultural conditioning to disregard feelings
  3. Fear, worry, or doubt
  4. Expectations/Attachments/Control issues
  5. Judgments
  6. Distrust of self
  7. Looking outside for answers
  8. Stress
  9. Rigid belief systems
  10. Lack of quiet time

If any of these resonate with you (your intuition told you so!), I would suggest working on your block(s) first.  You’ll have the space and freedom to work with your intuition fully without anything hindering your connection and practice.  In regard to stress and a lack of quiet time, we are always going to run into those blocks.  The important thing is to make a conscious choice to do what you can with what you have to give yourself what you need.  If you’re stressed, take time out to do something that relaxes you and feels good. If you have a lack of quiet time, make the decision to incorporate a small window in your day that is solely for peace and quiet.  If you truly want a deep and fulfilling connection to your intuition, there is no excuse! 🙂

Connecting to Our Intuition

There are a multitude of ways to connect to our intuition.  Today, I’ll share 10 different exercises and tools to do so.

It’s important to remember that with all of these, we have to learn to come to a space of quiet.  The best and easiest way to do this is to simply focus on our breath.  Take long, slow, deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth.  With each breath, move your attention away from your head and into your heart.  Breathe and hold that space as you become aware of the love and wisdom your heart holds for you.  This is how it feels when you’re connected.  Watch for this feeling throughout these exercises.

  1. Start small.  As I mentioned earlier, we don’t have to wait until a huge decision needs to be made in order to connect with our intuition.  Start small.  Consult your inner voice or feeling when deciding what you should wear, what you should eat for lunch, or what music to listen to on your way to your next destination.  Act on it and witness the shifts that take place within your psyche and emotional body when you follow what your intuition is sharing with you.
  2. Pay attention.  This is a big one.  Pay attention to any intuitive hits — ie. “random” thoughts, feelings or visions — you receive and keep them in mind.  It may even help to have a “hunch journal” in which you can put all your hunches or gut feelings down in one place.  Look back at it at the end of every week and reflect on whether any of them were on point.  Even if they’re not, this is still a great way to exercise our intuition.
  3. Follow what feels good.  Our intuition is always going to guide us to what is right and true for us — this includes what feels right and true as well.  Throughout your day, follow what feels good for you.  What feels good is always in alignment with what is important and our intuition is a way to access and act on the things which hold meaning, purpose, and fulfillment for us.
  4. Ask and LISTEN.  Simple, but profound.  Get quiet and ask the question.  For this to work, we have to be in a space of knowing that we will receive the answer — because we will.  Most importantly, we must remember to listen as well.  If you’re not sure what an answer from your intuition feels like, generally it feels calm and quiet.  When we receive an intuitive answer, there is no doubt and no fear — at least not at first when our conscious mind and ego haven’t had the chance to argue about it.  There is a deep sense of knowing it is true and it is right.  What is the first thing that pops into your head?  That’s typically an intuitive answer.  Honor it.
  5. Intention.  Make a conscious decision to connect with your intuition.  Set an intention.  The best time to do this is in the morning as you begin your day.  I like to do it as I wake up and get moving.  I consciously affirm to myself my intention to listen to my inner voice throughout the day and act on it.  A few may be:
    • I am open to receiving intuitive guidance in each moment.
    • I commit to following my intuition.
    • I honor each intuitive hit I receive and follow through with it with gratitude and excitement.
  6. Journal.  Choose a time to sit down and write non-stop stream of consciousness for 3 pages.  Don’t analyze, don’t read, just write.  Even if you feel there is nothing else to write, write that.  Don’t stop until you hit the 3 page mark.  Often, putting down our mental chatter on paper can get it out and allow intuitive messages to come through.  Look over your pages and see what you find that really sticks out and may alert you to an “aha!” moment — that’s your intuition.
  7. Pause.  Before making any decision — big or small — pause.  Just for a second. Breathe.  You may find something comes up that either tells you to follow through or find another way.  You can also pause when you feel like the answers just aren’t coming to you, especially when you find yourself dwelling on a situation.  Do something different and you’ll find that suddenly the answer shows up as you finally gave it the mental space to make itself known.  When it does, give thanks and smile.
  8. Meditate.  Of course!  Meditation is one of the best ways to connect with our inner wisdom.  We talked above about the mental chatter.  This mental chatter can tend to overwhelm and suffocate our intuition from being heard or felt.  Meditation allows us the space and time to learn how to allow those thoughts to pass through and become more mindful and aware of what is happening underneath all of that chaos.  It lets us get really quiet so that that little voice has a chance to come through and bless us with the wisdom we’re looking for.
  9. Tarot/Oracle/Angel cards.  Learning how to use the Tarot, Oracle cards, Angel cards, or the many other intuitive cards out there can be a huge ally when connecting to our intuition.  They allow us to hear our inner voice and decipher its messages by way of physical representations.  Many card decks have symbolism in the art that we can use to play with our “intuitive feelers.”  You might be curious about a situation, or wonder how you can best take care of yourself in a given moment.  Pull a card and really look at it.  Pay attention to where your attention goes.  For example, you may zero in on a sun and get a feeling of warmth, joy, and play.  This might be an intuitive signal that you need more of those qualities in your life.  You might choose to read the description, but I really believe it doesn’t matter.  You receive exactly what it is you get out of it. I encourage you to shop around and choose a deck that really calls to you — your intuition will let you know when you find the one!
  10. Dreams.  Our dreams hold a ton of intuitive wisdom.  If you’re one who remembers your dreams often, this may be a helpful technique when connecting to your intuition.  Delegate a journal to being a “dream journal.”  Write down any and all things you notice in your dreams, even if they’re small details.  As random and crazy as our dreams can be, they are filled with symbolism about what is going on in our inner world — especially that which we are not consciously aware of.  Keep an open mind and consider the fact that many times our dreams are not what they seem on the surface — the person in the dream may just be a symbol for someone or something in our waking life.  For example, you may have a dream about someone trying to trap you.  You may ask yourself if there is someone or something in your life that makes you feel trapped.  Play around and feel out the symbolism, you’re bound to find a level of truth there.

As always, I encourage you to find what works best for you!  Whatever you find is perfect.  It may even be a few of these.  Turn it into a routine if you’d like and experience the shifts that take place when you consciously decide to connect to and listen to your intuition.  Intention and awareness coupled with action creates a strong relationship.  We must commit to it, stay open and pay attention, and act on the intuitive hits we receive so that we can build confidence and faith in our intuitive abilities, further strengthening the connection.

Remember that intuition is a totally individual experience.  You may feel it, you may hear it, you may sense it, you may see it.  All is right and perfect.  Work with how it shows up you!  I will be doing a post soon about the different types of intuition.

It takes practice, but it’s totally worth it.  Creating a solid connection to our intuition allows us to get even more clear about who we are, what’s important to us, and make choices that are aligned with both, based on our own inner insight and wisdom.

What’s better than that?

xo

 

 

~via Essencentral.wordpress.com

JUDITH ORLOFF: “Sensing Energy — 5 Strategies To Read People’s Emotional Energy”

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Emotions are a stunning expression of our energy, the “vibe” we give off.  We register these with intuition.  Some people feel good to be around; they improve your mood and vitality.  Others are draining; you instinctively want to get away.  This “subtle energy” can be felt inches or feet from the body, though it‘s invisible.  Indigenous cultures honor this energy as life force.  In Chinese medicine it‘s called chi, a vitality that‘s essential to health.  Though the molecular structure of subtle energy isn’t fully defined, scientists have measured increased photon emissions and electromagnetic readings about healers who emit it during their work.

Emotional energy is contagious. It can make the difference between a toxic and healthy relationship.  It’s crucial to get a clear read on this aspect of anyone you plan to regularly interact with.  Then, you can decide whether a relationship is feasible based on your energetic compatibility.  In my medical practice and life this chemistry is a deal breaker.  Experience has taught me that it’s pointless to work with a patient or form a friendship if such basic rapport isn’t there.  You don’t have to force a fit when the energy feels right.  Forcing anything is simply the mind’s attempt to interfere with flow.  Of course, we all have quirks, anxieties, and fears, but energy cements your bond with others and motivates you to work through the rough spots.  Nevertheless, healthy relationships have a momentum that carries them, a surrender that feels more natural when you‘re both in sync.

When reading emotions, realize that what others say or how they appear frequently don‘t match their energy.  You must let go of the notion that what you see is what you always get.  As a psychiatrist I’ve observed how people go to great lengths, purposely or not, to appear in certain ways — either to impress, say the right thing, or sell you on something — but this “self” isn’t aligned with their true emotions.  Consider these examples: your spouse apologizes for blowing up but her hostility still lingers.  A man you just met tries to charm you, but you don’t feel much heart there.  A friend seems cheerful but you sense that she’s hurting inside.  Realize: just because people smile doesn’t mean they’re happy.  Or just because people are reserved, doesn’t mean they’re not ecstatic.  Ultimately, the energy transmitted by someone’s smile and presence tells the truth about where they’re at.  So, be smart enough to correlate a person’s energy with their emotions.  Most people aren’t being intentionally misleading — often they don‘t know what they feel or project.  They might tell you one thing — and believe it — but you’ll learn to decode their emotions.

Here, the surrender to focus on is saying “yes” to the messages your body sends.  Your mind may want to talk you out of your body’s wisdom.  Don’t allow it to.  Reading energy lets you attune to how you relate to people, who you feel comfortable around and who you don’t.  To avoid bad relationships and regrets, you must let go of trying to convince yourself of anything the body’s intuition doesn’t affirm.  To help with this surrender, here’s what to do.  When identifying how you energetically respond to others always ask, How does my body feel?  Does my energy go up or down?  Then follow your body’s lead rather than resisting it.  In practical terms this means: you want to marry someone who increases your energy not drains it, regardless of how perfect he or she looks on paper.  You want to sit beside a coworker who’s positive, not negative.  You want to choose friends you resonate with so that you can nurture each other.  Then notice the positive difference in your life. To experience the pleasure of compatible relationships, use the following tips.

Strategies to read emotional energy

Sense people’s presence — This is the overall energy we emit, not necessarily congruent with words or behavior.  It‘s the emotional atmosphere surrounding us like a rain cloud or the sun.  For instance, they may give off an aura of mystery, joy, or sadness.  To compare extremes, think of the Dalai Lama’s, compassionate presence versus Charles Manson’s deranged darkness.  Presence is also associated with charisma, a personal magnetism that you‘re drawn to.  Warning: charisma doesn’t always contain heart, something to beware of. Charisma without heart can’t be trusted.  It’s a dangerous combination present in many con artists and seducers.

As you read people notice: does their overall energy feel warm?  Calming?  Uplifting? Invigorating like a breath of fresh air?  Or is it draining?  Cold?  Detached?  Angry?  Jarring?  Depressed?  Do they have a friendly presence that attracts you?  Or are you getting the willies, making you back off.  Also see if people look anchored in their bodies, indicating their feet are firmly planted on the ground.  Or are they floating outside themselves, which may indicate flakiness and distractibility?

Watch people’s eyes  We can make love or hate with our eyes.  Our eyes transmit powerful energies, what the Sufi poet Rumi calls “the glance.”  Just as the brain has an electromagnetic signal extending beyond the body, studies indicate that the eyes project this too.  In fact, research reveals that people can sense when they‘re being stared at, even when no one is in sight — an experience reported by police officers, soldiers and hunters.  Indigenous cultures respect the energy of the eyes.  Some believe that the “evil eye” is a gaze that inflicts injury or bad luck on its target.  Also, science has documented “the look of love.”  Joining eyes with a loved one (or dog!) triggers a biochemical response, releasing oxytocin, the warm and fuzzy “love hormone.”  The more oxytocin your brain has, the more trusting and peaceful you’ll feel.

Take time to observe people’s eyes.  Are they caring?  Sexy?  Tranquil?  Mean?  Angry?  The way others look at you can make you feel adored or afraid.  Also determine: is there someone at home in their eyes, indicating a capacity for intimacy?  Or do they seem to be guarded or hiding?  Certain people’s eyes can be hypnotic.  Avoid looking deeply into eyes you distrust or sense may be dangerous.  The less you engage negative people, the less they’ll zone in on you.  On the other hand, feel free to fall into people’s eyes who you cherish.  Enjoy all that beautiful energy!

Notice the feel of a handshake, hug and touch  We share emotional energy through physical contact much like an electrical current.  Ask yourself: Does a handshake or hug feel warm, comfortable, confident?  Or is it off-putting so you want to withdraw?  Are people’s hands clammy, signaling anxiety.  Or limp, suggesting being non-committal and timid?  Is their grip too strong, even crushing your fingers, indicating aggression or over control?  Along with physical cues, the energy of touch reveals people’s emotions.  Some hugs and handshakes impart kindness, joy, and calm whereas others feel clingy, draining, even hostile.  Therefore, spend time with people whose energy you like.  Be wary of those you don’t so you‘re not depleted.  Avoid physical contact (including making love) with anyone whose energy doesn’t feel good.

Listen for people’s tone of voice and laugh — The tone and volume of our voice can tell much about our emotions.  Sound frequencies create vibrations.  Some frequencies we hear.  Below an audible range, sound can be felt (think of a bass vibration).  When reading people, notice how their tone of voice affects you.  Words ride the energy of tone, its warmth and coldness.  Ask yourself: Does their tone feel soothing?  Or is it abrasive, snippy, or whiny?  Are they a soft-talker or mumbler whom you can barely hear, signs of meekness or low self-esteem?  Or do they talk too loud or too much, signs of anxiety, narcissism, or insensitivity.  Are they fast-talkers, trying to sell you something?  Or boring you to death with a slow monotone, suggesting depression and no spontaneity?  Be aware of sighing which relays sadness or frustration.  Also, a pinched voice suggests emotional repression, over control, or a thyroid disorder.  Always observe how much people laugh, a sign of lightheartedness.  Does their laugh sound genuine?  Fake?  Child-like?  Joyous?  Or are they overly serious, rarely laughing?  In addition, a quivering voice and sudden change in pitch can indicate potential signs of deception.

Sense people’s heart energy — The most important aspect to read about energy is whether people exude a sense of heart.  This is the loving-kindness in us, our capacity for empathy, giving and connection.  When heart is present you‘ll feel the warmth of emanating from others which makes you feel safe and at ease.  It‘s the unspoken sense of being accepted, not judged.  No one can fake this.  Our heart presence builds through our good intentions, deeds and emotional work to overcome fear and negativity.  The heart is the most positive quality anyone can have.  It‘s healthy to be drawn to it.

Reading energy is a game-changer where intense emotions blur your clarity.  It enables you to see past fantasies or desires to pinpoint someone‘s motivations by sensing invisible messages they give off.  I was once attracted to a man, a successful financial manager who knew exactly what to say to melt my heart.  Todd was from the country club set and much too conservative for my taste — I often fall for wild, creative men.  Yet he was smart, boyishly playful, seemed to “see” me and respect my sensitivities.  We could discuss anything from politics to the nature of the universe and he’d speak to me in an appreciative low tone of voice I melted around (I’m very responsive to sound).  Still, from the start, when I looked into Todd’s eyes, I had the oddest feeling — there was no “there” there.  His eyes seemed cold, vacant, even a touch mean.  However, for better or worse, I was drawn to him, which doesn’t happen to me every day.  I really wanted to surrender to my romantic feelings for Todd, to explain away the niggling truth his eyes conveyed, though I knew I ignored this red flag at my own peril.  But, as the desiring mind can do when it wants something, it downplayed intuition.  I rationalized, “You‘re just too picky.  Todd is wonderful.  It‘s crazy to let his eyes stop me.” My friends also told me this, and I agreed.  So, for a year, I stayed in the relationship.  But in the end, this man‘s eyes revealed his true colors.

The problem was that Todd was a super-smooth operator and my raging hormones were blinding me.  Also, I was naive.  I confused his seductive energy with heartfelt caring and was horribly susceptible to the charisma he wielded so well.  It was a perfect storm of forces I didn’t have a handle on.  I needed to sort them through before I could read him from a neutral place which at that time was light years away.  A policy of mine is to study what makes me weak or strong, so I can learn from it.  If something knocks me off my center I want to know why and not repeat the situation.  To break Todd’s spell, I had to grasp that what excited him most was not to love me but to have power over me.  I just couldn’t grasp how he or anyone could feel that way.  He‘d reel me in with gorgeous intimacy, then be unavailable.  Or he‘d be incredibly sensitive, then incredibly cold.  I kept wracking my brains, “What could he possibly be getting from this?”  Slowly, I came to understand that he got off on the rush of being in control.  For him, it was an aphrodisiac.  I didn’t operate like this, nor had that been a dynamic in my past relationships.  But, thanks to Todd, I can recognize it now.  In retrospect, I‘m grateful to have learned this lesson about power versus love from a perfect teacher.  Also, I realized that once again, I’d talked myself out of intuition in favor of passion.  I’d surrendered to the wrong thing, to what I wanted, rather than what I “saw.” However, being human, sometimes I have to keep making the same mistakes until I finally learn.  Today, I value the energy of the eyes more than ever.  It communicates an essence in someone if we can trust this.

In your life, get used to reading people’s emotions.  Factor what you sense into your total assessment.  Maybe just a single red flag will appear so you‘re not sure what to do.  Then, take your time.  Watch how people treat you.  Notice if their words back up their behavior.  The purpose of reading energy is to become more empathic by sensing the nuances of different personalities.  Stay alert to the signals energy sends so that you can see the whole person.

 

 

~via bodymindsoulspirit.com

JESSIE KLASSEN: “6 Simple Ways To Keep You And Your Family Grounded”

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With so much of an energetic shift occurring within our Universe, upon our planet, and within the entire collective, it can be increasingly hard to stay grounded.  Throw in work, family, and everyday responsibilities, and it can be even harder to find time to think about how to stay grounded!

But the good news is that staying grounded is not something that takes up extra time or effort.  Simply being mindful is all that you need.

Why is it so important to be grounded?

Being grounded means that you are fully present in your being.  When you are present, you are able to fully integrate the positive energies of the Universe.  This means that you are able to experience what you came here to experience and learn the lessons that you came here to learn.  Which means that you are being fully “you”, which is why you are really here!

Also, you are helping Mother Earth by holding the light here and grounding it into her.

We all know what it means to not be fully present.  You know, those times when your temper flares suddenly or when you are dropping, breaking, or tripping over things?  When you don’t feel like you are really here?  When you feel like the world and your life is out of your control?

These are usually the times when it seems that everything that could go wrong, goes wrong.

This or it feels like we are going through life on autopilot.  Hearing but not really listening to our loved ones, continually focused on our future tasks or living in our regrets of our past.  Where we are distracted by a busy world and not engaged with our own life.  In this way, our lives flash by us in a series of duties without us really experiencing true joy and bliss.

And what is it to be fully present?

To show up and be engaged with our own lives.  To be aware of each moment of our day and our role within it.  To notice our children and our loved ones and the gift that they are within our lives.  To be aware of our surroundings and not oblivious to the beauty of nature.

Being grounded is when you have trust in your life and the unfoldment of it.  You are not easily shaken by outside circumstances.  You respond instead of react to the world.

This does not mean that we are not busy or that we stop working, it simply means that we are calm and peaceful within our lives.

So what are some easy ways to stay grounded?

1) Be aware of your body

We are here in a physical body for a reason.  But so many of us have lost contact with our own sacred body temples.

Sometimes just taking a moment to breathe in and feel your body will bring your awareness into your self and ground you.  Notice anything you feel.  Sensations, pain, these are all signals from your body.  Are you carrying any stress?  Where is it in your body?  Take note of it, and breathe in and out, inhaling pure, healing air on your in breath and exhaling the stress on your out breath.

You can ask your kids to do the same.  If they feel stressed or anxious about something, this is a practice that can be done while sitting in the car or lying in bed at night.

Let them know that we are not meant to feel stressed all the time and that our bodies are happy to let it go.  Our stress is just a warning signal and should not be a constant part of our existence.

Saying “I love myself”will also bring your awareness into your body, as well as, “I am fully present in my being.”

2) Engage your physical senses

No matter where we are throughout our day, or what we are doing, simply noticing all of our senses makes our lives here a richer experience.  We are pulled into the NOW moment and we find ourselves able to stay there for longer periods of time.

In line at the supermarket, notice your surroundings.  What do you see, hear, smell?  What food are you purchasing for supper?  As you choose your ingredients, smell them.  Hold them in your hands and feel their texture on your skin.

When making love, be aware of your body and of your partner’s body.  Focus on your pleasure, and on that of your partners’.  It makes for a deeper, more sensual, closer bond with your partner and it increases your own confidence.  A more satisfying sexual experience depends on us staying in the Now.

Throughout your day, just notice your body in your surroundings.  Appreciate the senses that you have and what they tell you.  You will start to notice the subtleties of life and your world will become richer.  You may also start to notice smells and sounds in your environment that you hadn’t minded before but now find offensive, and you will know it is your senses waking up to the world around you.  You will probably notice your sensitivity increase to perfumes, and this is a good thing, as most of them are quite toxic to our bodies.

Our perception of our world is quite limited for the most part, because most of the time we are not using all of our available senses.  As we open to them and use them, they become keener, much like a muscle that we are exercising.

Don’t be surprised if your perception of your world continues to change.  It will continue to change as you continue to see through the many layers that make up our experience.

The skies will become more vivid, nature more beautiful, and you will start to notice the subtle kindnesses and beauty amongst people as well.  You will also find these kindnesses extended out to you, as higher frequencies will be aligning with yours.

3) Cook and eat mindfully

Honoring our bodies with healthy food is one of the easiest ways to feel present.

When you are cooking supper, engage with the food that you are preparing.  Imagine where it was grown and how it will nourish your body.  Taste it with your eyes closed.  What is the texture like on your tongue?

Give thanks to the earth for her gifts, and if you are eating meat, to the animal that gave themselves to you.

As you eat your meal, mention to your children where their food was grown.  Discuss why it is good for them and what it is doing for their bodies.  Our bodies are a reflection of what we nourish them with, and they are our vehicle for this world.  Let your children know how important it is to be mindful of what they eat.

If you can, try to purchase food grown by responsible and ethical farmers and companies, such as fair trade and organic.

And if you can’t have this interaction with your food?  Chances are you shouldn’t be eating it.

As you become more mindful of the food that you eat, your body will become clearer and better able to communicate with you.  You will find yourself craving healthier foods and you will stop craving less healthy, over-processed foods.

4) Get physical/Get outside!

There is nothing like moving, working, stretching, pushing the limits of your body to bring your awareness into it.  With farming as my livelihood, I have no shortage of physical work that I can engage in throughout my day, and sometimes, it still doesn’t feel like it’s enough for me to stay grounded.

There are moments when I haven’t been outside yet because of housework that I am doing, and suddenly it will hit me, “I have to go outside.”And out the door I go.  My soul, body, and mind are all screaming at me to get out there.

Both of my parents are like this, and my husband knows this about me now as well and he understands.  I am not running from my household duties, but I simply need to be healed by nature and I need the open space around me as I move.  I need to feel the sun and the sky, and have the wind wash my worries away.

Sometimes all I need is a quick fix in my garden, or a walk around my farm, or to just go out to my chicken coop and pick eggs.  Or to throw a ball around with my kids or jump with them on their trampoline.

So I have blended getting physical with getting outside, which for me, is necessary.  But simply stretching in your home, or doing yoga would be great too.  Or going out for a walk or sitting on your balcony or on a bench in a park and observing your surroundings.

If you have potted plants, play in their dirt or gently touch their leaves.  Our hands are like grounding rods for us, and that is why our sense of touch is so important to engage.

Sitting beneath a tree is a great idea, and imagining yourself with roots like one as well.  Feel yourself held by Mother Earth.  Feel her unconditional love surround you.

Pick up a rock, feel it’s sturdiness, and allow it to ground you.

If being outside is an impossibility, observe nature from a window.  Nature is here to heal us, and her healing begins as soon as you notice her.

The other morning as I was doing chores with my eyes on the gorgeous pink sunrise that was lighting up the sky, I could hear a soft voice say, “As you begin to notice the life that is in nature, the nature of life is revealed to you.”

And of course, if you can, go barefoot.  Truly feel the earth upon your feet, holding you, supporting you.

5) Hold a loved one

I have felt the need for this necessary now more than ever.  Sometimes I still just couldn’t feel calm and safe no matter what I was doing.  And these were the times I would just hold one of my children or hug my husband.  My older children sometimes laugh at me at first, but then they sink into my embrace and relax there for a while.  You will soon discover that everyone needs an embrace.  They are incredibly powerful and can heal you in moments where you might spend days trying to achieve the same results otherwise.

If you don’t have a child or a partner, embrace your pet.  Stroke their fur, give them love, feel their love for you in return.  Hugging a tree is powerful as well, and I go so far as to kiss them these days as well!

6) De-schedule

Now more than ever it is important to be open to Spirit as it moves through us, and that means taking plenty of downtime for ourselves and as a family to just be in our own company and hear our souls speaking to us.

It’s good to get involved in activities and to be learning new things, but when we become rushed and stressed trying to make it to all of these extra-curricular activities, we are no longer in the moment of our lives.  Our lives start flying past us and before long we realize that we are missing it.

Not only that, it becomes more challenging to eat properly and mindfully when we are always on the go.

Make time to read books or articles that you are drawn to, as they hold the words that are already within you, waiting to be revealed.

Let your creativity flow, take time to draw or color with your children, and don’t worry about your skill level.  It is a wonderful way to relax and release stuck energy.

Get lost in yourself and in your family.  Look at yourself and your loved ones from a new perspective, as if you have never seen them before.  What do you see?

Embrace your body, honour yourself, and you will be showing up for your life.

Allow your soul to move through you.  Let your inner child out!  Be playful, be silly, and most of all, be you!

How do you stay grounded?  Do you have any questions?  I would love to hear from you!

My email is hello@jessieklassen.com or visit my website at jessieklassen.com

love,
Jessie

 

 

About the authorJessie Klassen is a farmer, author, and mother of 3 sensitive children.  An empath herself from a long line of nature lovers, Jessie has been inspired to help others reconnect with the magic of nature and the magic of their own inner nature child.  Her children’s book “The Sapling” will be released in the summer of 2017.  Honoring the lessons of the trees, a portion of proceeds will be donated to the TreeSisters and the Nature Conservancy of Canada for reforestation and the protection of our earth.  ~via In5D.com