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Tap Into the Energy of Your Personal Motto
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These past few months, I have been reflecting a lot about what qualities I aspire to radiate to myself and others. I found myself repeating “love, beauty and grace” while commuting to work and sometimes before going to sleep at night.

My friend is an artist and I asked her to make me a poster that encapsulated what I began to realize was my personal motto for this stage of my life.

The actual meaning of my personal motto is the following:

For me, love is often the solution to most problems. I like to ask myself whether I am making choices in my life from a place of fear or love. I also try to be loving to myself and others.

Beauty for me is about inner beauty. If you’re doing what you can to be a good person and authentic to yourself, you will radiate beauty. This is all about tapping into the energy of who you are and emulating that, as opposed to emulating what others or society dictates as being beautiful.

I also believe in finding beauty in the midst of challenging circumstances – whether it’s sharing a laugh with a friend or counting the blessings that you do already have in your life.

Grace is all about how you handle challenges in life – you can play the victim and complain, or you can rise up to the challenge and seek the deeper meaning behind it existing in your life. Grace means not judging yourself and being kind to yourself. I also believe that if you succeed in handling challenges with grace, the outcome is strength.

I think a personal motto can change at any point in your life or the meaning behind the words may change.

Words have an energy or vibration to them – if you are familiar with the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto, you know that words put on glasses of water actually affect the crystalline structure of the water into different patterns. The more positive words have beautiful, clear crystalline patterns while the negative ones are muggy and not so beautiful. Considering that human begins are made up of approximately 70% water, our body would be responding to words in the same way. So it’s best to keep words in your mind that align with the qualities that you want to radiate for your overall mental, emotional and physical health.

So please go ahead and think about what personal motto you would like for this time in your life.

And if you like my friend’s artwork, please check her website out and place an order – you can get your own motto customized in whatever way you wish. I like to keep mine in my room so that it is part of my conscious awareness and daily reflection.

Have fun! 🙂

The Energetic Benefits of Spring Cleaning
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One of the things that excites me about spring is the feeling of new beginnings, which is why I love spring cleaning! I love kicking out old energy and welcoming in the new.

My friend, who is quite the expert in feng shui, explained to me that when your surroundings reflect an old and outdated mode of yourself, you take on that energy and attract more of the same. She explained to me that keeping items from your past can perpetuate your history instead of attracting new circumstances.

Some fascinating ideas she shared me include:

  • old books reflect old, stagnant knowledge
  • childhood items perpetuate a version of yourself that is outdated
  • a lack of balanced female and male energies in a room can create imbalances in your relationships or prevent you from attracting a healthy, balanced relationship

I think that your bedroom is a place where you really want to pay attention to the energy of your surroundings – you’re sleeping there every night, which means that your subconscious mind is soaking in the energy of that room for approximately 8 hours! Remember that your subconscious mind drives your reality. For this reason, your bedroom should be a positive space filled with things that relax you and are reflective of what you want to attract in your life.

Here are some things you can place in your room to keep it buzzing at a high vibration:

  • salt lamps
  • crystals
  • fresh flowers
  • vision/dream boards
  • healing artwork
  • pictures of your role model (but keep in mind that if your role model struggled with the same thing that you are struggling with creating in your life, it might be time to find someone else that emulates what you’re looking for)
  • happy pictures with your loved ones

Here’s what you’ll want to get rid of:

  • clutter, in any way, shape or form
  • items you’re not using anymore
  • items that remind you of a time of your life that was difficult or painful
  • anything that makes you feel restricted, instead of creative and free

I can honestly say that since I’ve started spring cleaning, the energy of my room feels way better and I’m finding myself wanting to spend more time there when I need to retreat and rejuvenate. I hope you’ll do the same for yourself!

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Colour Me Calm
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Colouring books for adults have become a huge trend in the health and wellness world. The idea behind it is that as you colour, you focus your mind entirely on that activity so it quiets down and you experience a state of calm.

There’s science behind it – according to a psychologist, “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.” 1

Well, the first few minutes of colouring was anything but calming for me. I was incredibly upset with myself – I had coloured outside the lines and there was no way of fixing that mistake. “Gah!” was my common exclamation throughout the activity. My sister remarked that what she was witnessing with my colouring was the exact opposite reaction the activity was meant to elicit. “I’m worried” she joked.

I found myself complaining about everything in my life that wasn’t working out as I continued to carefully fill in the flowers I was colouring.

Eventually, when I had nothing left to say, I quietened down. I just coloured. And I tried to stop berating myself when I made a mistake and coloured outside of the lines. I told myself it wasn’t about making it perfect. I was almost in a trance-like state. My thoughts just went away.

The whole activity was actually very insightful – I realized how deeply ingrained my perfectionism was and how I needed to relinquish control over what couldn’t be corrected (like colouring outside of the lines). I also realized how busy my mind was and how the frustrations of my life were almost like a track playing on repeat in my subconscious – not good! I always remember how Wayne Dyer used to say that what is in your subconscious mind drives your reality and it is so important to keep it positive.

I’ve committed to colouring weekly and I highly recommend it for anyone who is craving some peace in their lives – even for just a few minutes. It’s fun, calms you down, helps you realize what is bugging you on a subconscious level and it connects you with your inner child. Kick it up a notch by adding your favourite music. Sounds pretty soul nurturing – right?

Enjoy! 🙂

Notes:

  1. Gloria Martinez Ayala quoted in “Colouring Isn’t Just For Kids. It Can Actually Help Adults Combat Stress.” Huffington Post (October 2014) <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/coloring-for-stress_n_5975832.html>.