Thankful to See the Light


Happy Thanksgiving! 🍂🦃

It’s a beautiful day here in Massachusetts- the land of the very first Thanksgiving.  Just over a year ago I never would have guessed I would be settling in New England… but here I am. 

Yesterday I wrote about being thankful for growth and self-acceptance, which has been a daily practice for me in 2017.  I usually don’t give much thought to the holidays- being a (recovering) nomad and forever a free spirit, I’ve spent Thanksgiving by myself or with friends these past few years.  I have always felt more connected to spirit than to places or people- I am fine being alone and can make a home anywhere.  Both of my parents have their own lives and places to go, so I haven’t had a “home base” since my mother sold the house I grew up in back in 2014.  To me, holidays are simply just days; although it’s nice to have a reason to share it with family, I think it’s even more important to acknowledge gratitude 365 days out of the year.  

Even on the darkest days, there is always something to be thankful for.

There has been endless negativity in the media this past year (although I refuse to watch TV, I can’t escape internet headlines), from our presidential administration to the Hollywood accusations.  Each time I hear about another scandal, shooting, or attack, I am finally able to turn my fear into faith and my anger into gratitude.  It all infuriates me, but it also motivates me to speak up and do my part to be the best person I can be each day.

It can be difficult to stay grounded in a world that has become so chaotic- which is why I am especially grateful for the spiritual foundation I have developed this past year.  Am I religious?  No.  Do I follow anyone else’s guidelines or rules?  Never.  But, I have the best guidance there is: my own intuition, which is a manifestation of source energy.  Through this year of growth, I have learned to let go of the day- to-day earthly minutia and connect with something much greater.  

This year I have also learned I am what some may call a lightworker (the link to the video is awesome) and an empath.  These are gifts that we don’t learn we have when we are growing up; instead, people like me are considered loners, overly sensitive, temperamental, and even ADHD.  Empaths are prone to addiction and unhealthy behaviors to numb out the world around us, because the stimulation and energy can be too much to handle.  As someone who takes on the vibrations of everyone around me, I used to either stay home to avoid others or drink too much to tolerate the people around me.  

Today, life is all about balance.

I no longer spend time with people who drag me down- most of my friends these days also consider themselves lightworkers.    We have the need to help others, have a strong sense of purpose, and know we were put on this earth to carry a bigger message.

This year, I am thankful to see the light.

No matter what you are thankful for this year or where you are spending the holiday, please remember to remind yourself each and every day of the gifts in your life.  Even when this world feels crazy, know that you are protected.  

Just look for the light.

Balancing Your Chakras With Crystals  

“Balance” is a word I never used to have in my vocabulary.  Until last year, I didn’t actually understand what a well-rounded, balanced life meant.  In a society that is always “on the go,” self-care can be put on the back burner.  As many of us do, I have fallen into the habit of putting all of my energy into one area of my life, neglecting others- leaving me irritable, anxious, and even sick.

Learning about the seven chakras has been incredibly helpful for me to understand which part of my life is unbalanced.  Chakras are the energy wheels along your spine, each representing an important area of your mind, body, and spirit.  When one or more of these energy centers are blocked, it can cause illness, impairing us both physically and emotionally.

I’ve been learning more about crystals and their healing properties as well.  Yesterday I took a trip to a healing arts store filled with crystals, cards, candles, and much more.  We studied the benefits of the gemstones and let our intuition guide us through the store, leading us to what we “needed.”  I realized I didn’t have stones to represent two very important chakras- the root and the throat.  After I got home, I laid out all of my crystals and began to read more about how each stone can aid my own healing, energy, and balance.


Root

The root chakra is your foundation- it represents safety, grounding, and life.

Stones for your root chakra include Red Jasper (shown above), Smoky Quartz, Garnet, and Black Onyx.

Sacral

The sacral chakra is the emotional energy field.  It represents creativity, sexuality, and pleasure.

Stones for your sacral chakra include Sunstone (shown above), Tiger Eye, Amber, and Goldstone.

Solar

The solar plexus chakra is the center of confidence and self esteem.  A balanced solar chakra represents control, integrity, and self-will.

Stones for your solar chakra include Picture Jasper (shown above), Pyrite, Citrine, and Yellow Jasper.

Heart

The heart chakra is your ability to love.  It opens up feelings of kindness, compassion, and self-acceptance.

Stones for your heart chakra include Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, Jade (all shown above), and Emerald.

Throat

The throat chakra represents communication.  It opens up the ability to speak your truth and connect through words.

Stones for your throat chakra include Unakite (shown above), Angelite, Sodalite, and Aquamarine.

Third Eye

The third eye chakra is the center of your intuition.  When this chakra is open, it guides your perception and brings synchronicities, helping us tap into our emotional intelligence, truth, and wisdom.

Stones for your third eye chakra include Iolite, Opalite (both shown above), Lapis Lazuli, and Fluorite.

Crown

The crown chakra is the connection to your higher self and the Divine.  This is the chakra of enlightenment, awareness, and spirituality.

Stones for your crown chakra include Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Moonstone (all shown above), and Blue Lace Agate.


Each of these stones are powerful tools to assist you in your meditation practice, as well as using in your home, wearing as jewelry, or simply keeping in your pocket to help you through the day.  I often sleep with my Clear Quartz under my pillow- it is the Master Healer of all stones and represents all seven chakras!

What crystals do you use for healing and balancing your chakras?