Day 18 Life Hack

A wonderful nudge from an amazing human.

Today’s Nudge: Share a Life Hack.

One of the single greatest changes I've ever made in my life is to meditate daily. When I make the effort to get up earlier, light a candle, smudge, set an intention and meditate, it makes all the difference in how I experience my day. Some days I sit for only 5 minutes, but even that small step reaps huge rewards.

For many years, I was over stressed, over committed, angry, and rushed everywhere I went. My nerves were shot and I spent the day being reactive and not so much fun to be around. Thanks to some amazing friends and coaches, I was introduced to the idea that meditating didn't have to mean sitting on a pillow in complete silence, focusing on my breath. Thanks now, to the Insight Timer app (not an affiliate, just a fan), meditation is something fun that I look forward to every morning. I can choose to listen to guided meditations for any type of focus, music, chanting etc. 

As part of my meditation practice, I also pull cards from any number of my oracle decks. Listening to the music, asking for guidance for my day, and pulling a variety of cards, not necessarily in a specific spread, is extremely helpful to me. Themes often come through and give me an area to consciously focus on for my day. With this practice, I'm much more centered, grounded, and creating my experiencing rather than reacting to it. For someone who is an INFJ, empath, HSP, this is key to a having a day of flow rather than being battered about by all of the energies surrounding me. If you don't have a regular meditation practice, I highly recommend giving it a try. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home screen of my Insight Timer app

Day 8 Joy

I love the timing of today's prompt!

Today’s Nudge: What do you do to foster joy? What’s your version of ‘flinging glitter in the trenches?” Thanks Effy!

The notion of flinging glitter makes me smile. The first thing that comes to mind is CRYSTALS!

I love learning about, working with, sharing knowledge, and doing energy work with crystals. These natural allies are here to help us and I love sharing that with others.

The second thing is connecting with, and truly listening to others. I believe I bring joy by the way I hold space for others. I am open, non-judgmental, and supportive of those around me. I am often entrusted with information that is shared with nobody else. I am a VAULT. 

The greatest part of joy I am currently working with is learning absolute self-care. I want to model for, and teach others that self-care is not selfish. It is a requirement for a healthy lifestyle.

Joy is having a full well with which to help others. Take care of yourself first and then you have plenty to give in a loving, generous manner. 

Day 5- Struggle

I am so grateful to Effy for creating this Blog Along. We're on Day 5 and it's getting a bit easier, and a bit harder at the same time.

TODAY'S NUDGE: What is something you struggle with? What battles are you fighting that most people know nothing about? What's something about you or your life that makes you feel weird, or different, or isolated?

I really struggle with attachment to outcome. I get an idea in my head of how something is supposed to be and then I really struggle if things don't go quite as expected. I like to make plans, have lists, stick to a schedule. While this helps me in my day job ( I work from home and really need to be organized), I feel it prevents me from really enjoying the spontaneous moments of life. 

I regularly practice being in the moment and going with the flow. I meditate, work with crystals, use Reiki and shamanic journeying, and practice yoga. Even with all of these tools, my ego likes to attach to that outcome. When I get very still, have faith, and get clear on what I want, without worrying about *how* it will arrive or look, miracles happen. I have witnessed this.

Here's to allowing more miracles! *clinks cup with you

Do you struggle with attaching to outcome? Why or why not? What tools do you use? I would love to hear from you.

Day 3

Today's prompt on the Effy Blog Along Train:

 Write about something you used to believe that you no longer believe and how that shift in belief has changed things for you. 

I used to believe that spirituality was exclusively tied to an organized religion. It was the only framework I knew. I was raised Catholic, Spanish Catholic to be precise. There's not a lot of wiggle room in that framework for all of the beautiful things I now believe.

Many of my daily practices now, and my life's work, would be labeled witchcraft, satanic, or any other number of of "negative" labels. (This is based solely on my family of origin, not saying all Catholics are like this).

While I struggle with the flood of information available on the web, I am also grateful that is has given me the opportunity to meet so many great people, with views that were different from mine. It has allowed me to become a crystal healer, a reiki and shamanic practitioner, and to truly understand that it is perfectly acceptable to be a "spiritual mutt". 

The beauty of being a spiritual mutt is that I now take all of the information and practices that resonate with me and for me, and I leave the rest. It doesn't mean I never challenge myself to have discussions around topics I don't believe or agree with, just being open to those discussions, take the information in, and leave it if it doesn't make sense for me. 

As an INFJ, these types of deep discussions make me swoon. I despise small talk and will usually be found tucked in to a corner with one or two others discussing deeper, more taboo subjects when in larger gatherings. I love learning from others and hearing about their experiences, beliefs, struggles, and accomplishments.

I would love to hear about any beliefs that have changed for you over time.

Day 2 A Day Late

If you've been following along on the interwebs, you'll know Effy has inspired a fine group of folks to blog along for the month of September. I'm putting this out there for all the world to see.......I'm already behind, posting for day 2 on what is technically day 3. It has always been challenging to me to stay consistent with blogging.

This ties in to today's nudge: What do you really want?

I want to continue on this journey to step out of self-imposed fears and limitations. I want to point and laugh at my smallness and shine my light, stepping into bigness. I'm working through tons of programming around not being seen or heard.......it's just not what we're supposed to do and it especially isn't safe to do so......lots to unpack there, right?

In the coming days I'll be sharing more around what tools I am using on this journey. I would love to hear whether you struggle with this too or not? What tools do you use?

 

Here We Go

I can't believe it's September already! I'm relaunching my website on a new platform as a part of a Blog Along with someone I admire greatly.  

The thing I admire most about her is what I am going to try to do differently this time around. I am an INFJ . I am usually quiet, shy, and tend not to trust easily. Being vulnerable does not come easy to me. In Effy's world, she shares.......and I mean she SHARES, ups, downs, ins, and outs, and I LOVE it!  Her voice resonates with me. I do not consider myself an artist per se, but her approach to life inspires me.

I decided to join her Blog Along as a way of stepping outside my comfort zone. This has been a repeated theme in my life for the last 6 months. All of the good stuff can be found outside my comfort zone. I KNOW this. Now I'm working on taking the steps with faith and not worrying about outcome. Take a look at her site and join us for the month of September.

Leslie