In 1975 the National Interfaith Conference on Aging defined Spiritual Well-Being as follows:
Spiritual well-being comprises your living relationship with Creator God, yourself, your community and your environment.
As you already know, all human beings have a body, emotions, a mentality, and a soul. Each are integral to your whole life experience as a human being. As a spiritual energy being with a physical body, how are you nurturing your own spiritual energy? Is it healthy? Did you even know you had spiritual energy?
While spiritual energy is different from physical energy, it's inherent in all life forms in the Universe and readily available and accessible at all times. Some people are able to connect with it easier than others. A huge part of embracing your spiritual nature is nurturing your spiritual energy. Don't know what to do?
Here are three things you can start doing today to strengthen your own spiritual health and well-being.
1. Start eating and drinking at least one thing everyday that supports the health of your body. Eat an apple. Drink an extra glass of water. Eat a piece of celery. Drink a cup of herbal tea. Taking good care of your body supports your connection to the spiritual energy life force of the universe. The Creator created all life on this planet, so honoring your life honors the Creator.
2. Say a prayer of gratitude for your life. Don't know how to pray? Then simply say, "thank you" out loud. Whenever you're speaking from your heart and soul, you're saying a prayer. You can say anything. You can pray for anything. All prayers are heard and answered.
3. Walk outside. If you can't walk, then take the time to look outside at the sky, at a tree, at flowers, a plant. Walking clears and harmonizes your spiritual energy field. Looking at plants and trees and the natural elements of Earth connects you with Earth energy and its beauty which simultaneously connects you with the Universal Life Force of everything that exists.
It doesn't take much to honor your sacredness and your spirituality. Begin conscious of your spiritual health and wellness to taking the time to nurture it is sure to support living a more inspired, joy-filled and healthier life. We are all spiritual energy beings gifted with a form to have an experience of humanness. I'd love to hear what you do to nurture your spiritual health and wellbeing.
Smudging is a wonderful Native American tradition that typically burns a bundle stick of herbs to allow the natural element of smoke to cleanse, clear and purify a space.
You can smudge just about anything: yourself, crystals, personal objects, any room in your home, office, healing space, car and anywhere else you'd like to energetically uplift and clear. I'll even periodically smudge the entire perimeter of my home.
Bundle sticks can be made from many different herbs. Some of the most common are white sage, cedar, pine, lavender, sweet grass, mugwort and copal. Combining different herbs in your bundle is wonderful to do as it fuses different forms of plant medicine as well as adding to the aromatherapy aspect of smudging. You can purchase already made smudge sticks online or at a healthfood store, but the best way is to make them yourself.
When do you smudge yourself?
Whenever you need a pick me up. You especially want to smudge yourself after you've been around someone who's been sick, fearful, stressed out, angry, or anyone or anyplace where there's intense heavy emotion.
How do you do it?
Hold the smudge stick and light a small flame at one end of it then blow out the flame once the smoke begins. Allowing the smoke to continue emanating from the stick as it'll continue to transmute negative energy into neutral energy, creating a more uplifting environment. As you're smudging you can say a prayer to ensure that only love lives in your space. As the smudge stick continues to smoke you can use a feather or your hand to move the smoke around. If you're smudging yourself simply motion the smoke with your hand or a feather, making sure you smudge the bottom of your feet to clear away any residue from walking and your prayer can be, please bless me and all that I do with Divine Wisdom.
After you've smudged yourself and/or the desired areas, you can let the smoke die out on its own by laying in a fireproof bowl. You can also safely put out the smudge stick by placing the smoking edge in a bowl of sand or dirt. If you want to make sure the smudge stick completely stops burning run the burning edge of it under water. I've had the misfortune of accidentally placing a smudge stick that wasn't completely out in a drawer and it actually burned the bottom of it! I was so lucky it didn't start a fire.
I've been smudging for years and definitely notice a difference in energy in myself and the room and whatever else I'm smudging afterwards. It's truly amazing. Try smudging yourself and your home this week and see if you too notice a difference in your energy.
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As we move forward into 2018, I'd love to share a mindfulness tip with you to help reduce your daily stress and support living a conscious life. Mindful observation is a simple yet powerful exercise that connects you with the beauty of your natural environment that can be missed when you're rushing around in busyness.
The way to practice mindful observation is to choose an organic object in your immediate environment such as a flower, a plant, the clouds, the moon, the sky, etc. Then simply allow your gaze to observe it for at least one full minute observing it with curiosity.
As you visually explore the organic object allow yourself to relax into the experience of observing, gazing at it as if you're seeing it for the first time. Visually explore every aspect of it. Become consumed by its presence. Connect with its energy, its place and purpose in the natural world. It's purpose in your world. Regularly practicing mindful observation supports your ability to live in the Now. I invite you to practice mindful observation at least two times this week and take note of how you feel in doing so.
I hope you're still soaking in the celebration energies we've been enjoying since Thanksgiving. I hope you're basking in love, gratitude and generosity and sharing that goodwill with your community. Remember, the energy of love never diminishes or dies - it multiplies. This is a beautiful form of spiritual alchemy and spiritual generosity. Your continued generosity of spirit moving into 2018 supports creating the new you, a newly inspired life and a New Earth.
We are all spiritual energy BEings blessed with a form. Pure energetic formations that exist, create, connect, live and love. The process of alchemy occurs when something transforms and transfigures into something else. Spiritual alchemy occurs when one spiritual energy blends with another which always creates transformation. What is Spirit? It's essence, ethos, pure energy - formless, malleable, endless.
Every single life form experienced an alchemical process in 2017. No matter where you live, no matter what you've done, you were included in the collective, spiritual alchemical process of transformation. It was experienced through the natural events: the fires, floods, and earthquakes; and through the direct or indirect impact of the collective consciousness of the world. If you were alive in 2017, you were affected alchemically and spiritually. There was no escaping it. It was in the ethers. Because of this profound alchemical spiritual process, I'm sure you realized that things will change whether you're ready for them or not.
The one thing that makes inevitable changes more comfortable is being the vibration of Love and centeredness. Surrendering into love centers and balances. BEing love, requires self love. The more you love yourself that love radiates into your essence, your bioenergy systems, your choices, your communications, your everything.
The beautiful song by Jackie DeShannon in 1965 was relevant for those times and in these times, "What the world needs now, is love, sweet love..." I find it beautifully ironic that the original Flower Children of the 1960s planted the seeds of consciousness that we're now reaping, the consciousness that is now blooming: benevolence, truth, Divinity, God, loving kindness, peace and the infinite nature of everything. We are the children of those children and when you view it from that lens, I hope you see how inherently connected you are to those times and those people. We are indeed all related.
I hope this gives you the strength and clarity to see your Truth and your Way through these times. Your Divine blueprint is inside of you. I pray this perspective gives you the clarity to think of the kind of future and the kind of world you're creating for future generations. Even if you don't have children YOU ARE having a profound effect on the state of the world and the collective consciousness.