Life is a rollercoaster. For those of us in California, it has been an extremely difficult time, with the wildfires and the shootings just last week in Agoura Hills, I think we are all feeling the tensions of life upon us. For those of us across the country, the recent elections have caused a lot of emotions to be stirred up. I don’t like to talk about politics and I don’t intend to here, but I wanted to mention it because I do believe we need to give ourselves permission to notice that the world has been heavier than usual lately. For those of us who are sensitive and empathetic, and even those who are not, it is more challenging than ever for us to keep our spirits positive and uplifted for ourselves and for our family and friends. When we are bogged down with heavy thoughts and carrying energy that is not ours in our hearts, we don’t function at our best. And in these tumultuous times, we need to be functioning at our best. We all need to practice some self care on a more regular basis to keep ourselves clear and open to positivity – even if we have to create it ourselves.
So, today I wanted to share some ways to do an energetic reset. A year ago, I would have said, once a month, it’s good to take some time to pamper oneself, release the things that attached to you energetically and have weighed you down. But now, I think it’s important to do something to reset and refocus once a week. I mean…if you actually can, I would even dare to suggest you do something once a day. But I know for some of you that thought could be overwhelming. So, take it at your own pace. Whether you choose to reset once a day, or once a week, it’s sad to say that with the constant barrage of information from the many forms of media we live with now, we need more ways to reset and clear our energy so we can live a healthier life.
TAKE AN EPSOM SALT BATH
I like lavender, but regular simple epsom salt from your local drugstore will do just fine.
I suggest, adding one to two cups of epsom salt to your bath and soaking for between 20-30 minutes before bedtime. The magnesium is really good for your body – and will help to relax you before bed. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and exfoliant and it’s good for muscle aches and pains. The theory is that the skin which is our largest organ absorbs it right into the system and the magnesium goes to work. For me, I find it helps me to sleep as well. There are many articles on the benefits of epsom salt baths if you’d like to read them. I like to have a little ritual around my baths. So I suggest that you create your own. Maybe light a candle ( and blow it out when you are finished) and play some relaxing music. I like to write when I’m in the bath tub. It keeps me in the tub longer since I sometimes have a hard time sitting still for that long. But since the water will get all over the pages, I use a different journal that I don’t mind if it gets wet and then I transfer what I wrote later when I get in bed. You could also read, or you could just close your eyes and let your mind go blank. When you get out, take your time toweling off and apply your favorite lotion or body oils and appreciate your body for all it does to keep you going, send it loving energy and give it your fullest attention. It will appreciate it. Then get into your favorite pajamas ( or not ) and get into bed while your body is still warm.
GO OUTSIDE AND GROUND
Even though we always feel busy and in this day and age we wear shoes a lot, grounding is a good practice. To ground, go outside in nature and be barefoot for a half an hour. If you can’t do that, just go outside and be present for a half an hour. When ever I need a quick shift in the middle of the day, I go outside and sit by a tree or a bush or on the grass and it makes a huge difference. Do not take your phone. Just be… notice the trees, notice the scents, look at the colors and absorb that natural beauty around you. It’s important to reconnect energetically to the earth. It will also help you to remember to be conscious of our earth mother and remember to take care of the planet we live on and appreciate all that she/ he/ it gives us.
The earth has a subtle electrical charge – like a battery and we as people also work better when we are grounded because truth be told, our bodies operate with electrical energy. Our whole system runs on these types of frequencies. And we need to “plug in” every once in a while. I think people who go hiking benefit from this. I know when I was hiking once a week, I felt so much better. But when I can’t hike, I go outside and sit on the grass for a half an hour and it makes a huge shift. It’s like taking a mini vacation. So, either go and hike, sit at the beach, sit by a tree, stand and meditate with your barefeet nestled into the grass or sad and recharge. You’ll feel so much better and it’s the simplest method that requires nothing but your own presence and this incredible natural world we live in. Reset and recharge.
Create your own grounding ritual and reconnect with the world around you.
I recently learned how to do Kriya Yoga and the meditation techniques that come with it. I noticed a huge difference in my whole state of mind. This practice takes me 30 – 40 minutes and I try to do it 3 times a week at the least. It’s a visualization and breathing practice which works well for me because I am such a visual person. We aren’t allowed to share it, because you are supposed to learn the technique from a master and I am not a trained master, but I want to share that what’s important is to find a technique that works for you. I also have an app that I use called Insight Timer, that I use often before I go to bed. But I often fall asleep before I really get to meditate. For me, meditation is about breathing well and pausing with yourself. It’s about being with yourself and noticing things without getting too involved in your thoughts. I know meditation can be hard for some people but I suggest trying many different techniques. If you are new to it, I’d say start with the Insight Timer App. They have so many different types of meditations that I think you will be able to find one that suits you. It’s important to take a little “me” break, listening to empowering words, or even just silence. Trust yourself to choose something that works especially for you. And then practice. Remember it’s called a practice because it’s not about doing it perfectly. So, enjoy the process and reset your mind.
Meditation and mindfulness help us to find inner peace.
When I feel bogged down, I also do juice fasts. There are many juice bars that have figured out the correct nutrient needs of the body and have predesigned three day cleanses or even five day cleanses. For me, I just do a one day juice fast, to reset. I’ve done the 21 day Lemon Cayenne Pepper cleanse and that was profound and I felt clearer than I’ve ever felt but it’s a huge commitment and may not be the right choice for everyone. I want to remind people to check with their own doctors before doing anything too intensive. But a one day juice fast feels good. It reminds you what it feels like to ingest only what nature intended for us, nothing processed and nothing animal based – just plant based goodness. It’s like breathing in fresh air all day. And when you do that, you feel connected to yourself again. Think of this as a diet reset. Reset what you ingest and and remind your body what it really wants. ( As I write this blog, I have spinach, apple, ginger, turmeric, cucumber and lemon sitting on my counter waiting for me to turn it into a pressed juice because today I need a little digestive reset). It works.. and I’m looking forward to it!
DO SOMETHING KIND FOR SOMEONE ELSE
This is something you can make a daily practice out of. With our busy schedules, I don’t mean for you to take on more things than you can handle, but when you are feeling bogged down with responsibility or feeling that life is bringing you down, one of the best ways to shift that is to do something nice for someone else. It can be something simple, like just smiling and saying, “Hello” to a stranger. A smile does a lot for everyone. When we meet eyes with a stranger, and smile, it reminds us to connect, that we are not so different from each other, and also, it reminds us that we are not so alone in this world. You can take this further as well, you can donate your time at an organization that does the kind of work you are passionate about. For me, my passion is animals. So, if you share that passion, you could stop by an animal shelter and just spend some time with the animals, giving them love and affection. Who knows, you may decide you want to volunteer on a regular basis and help out in other ways. You could donate old towels or blankets which most animals shelters need to create warm soft spaces for the animals. Volunteering is very rewarding and good for the soul. Tony Robbins (the self help guru) stresses the importance of contribution, and giving back to feel fulfilled as a person and I would agree.
I know that many of us get into social media and get lost was e click on page after page of stories..…I know social media can be a problem. But also, there are opportunities for goodness in social media as well. A simple way to break up a “deep dive” into social media is to find a cause and stop and read up about it, and sign the petition. Instead of scrolling on through, stop and do something. It’s simple but it’s a good deed and good deeds help spread the goodness and shift our own personal energy. You can also donate. It’s as simple as a click of a button and donations don’t have to be huge. You could forgo your cup of coffee and donate that $5 to a cause that helps those in need. Trust me, it will feel good and shift your energy for the better.
Helping others helps our own overall health.
WRITE OUT OUR INTENTIONS
I have found that when I’m really feeling heavy and maybe even a bit lost under the weight of life and the pressures of work, or even just the invisible pressures from the complicated world we are living in, I write out my intentions. Each day as we grow from the experiences of the lives we live, we learn things and therefore, our goals and desires shift. I have found that by writing my goals and my intentions, along with taking time to notice and express gratitude for the things in my life, I get centered. Writing things down, especially intentions- really helps me to center myself. It reminds me of who I am so I’m not caught up in other people’s energies or ideas about me or about the world they live in. It reminds me of what is important to me, and where I’m going, and why I do the things I do. This makes the days feel like they have more purpose. And that gives me more satisfaction. It gives my life direction when I feel lost. And allows my mind to dream and shift into my creative mind space instead of living to meet the expectation of life. Ti’s like a mini mind vacation – but with purposed. By doing this more often than not, it’s also a good way to check in with myself and shift where I’m going based upon the reality of my life experiences. The goal or intention or dream – whatever you want to call it, is then something that is also a part of my reality and shifts accordingly instead of being a stagnant unattainable thing. But looking at it this way, it becomes more of a living thing, and a part of my day to day life. This makes it more real to me and then in the end, more easily attained because it’s not so far away. Write out your intentions and check in with them – remembering your intentions are really just a reflection of you. So this is a way to check in with you. I keep my intentions where I can see them – to remind me visually of where I was when I last wrote them, and where I want to go in the future. Then, I readjust them as I live, learn and grow. A reset can be as simple as reminding ourselves of who we are and what we wan, then setting that intention out into the universe. It’s a way to reset and work towards manifesting the life we want to create which I imagine would be a very good thing for all of us.
CRYSTALS AND BURNING SAGE
When all else fails and I just can’t seem to shake the negative energy, I go to my crystals and I burn some sage. I am not an expert on crystals, but I work with a very special woman who is a crystal healer among other things -she also works with plant based medicine and energy and her work is so powerful. Sometimes, I just sit with my crystals and burn sage and clear out the energy. The crystals hold the energy of the earth so it’s similar to grounding but more specific. ( Be careful when burning sage though, make sure you have something to catch the ashes and be sure the sage is 100% put out before you leave it unattended). I love the way the sage smells and I love the process going through the house with the intentions to clear the energy, wether it’s the sage at work or my own mind, it always does the trick. I open the windows and walk through my home usually with some beautiful music by Donna Delory playing in the background. ( She is an incredible singer and song writer who writes soothing and sacred music. Donna and I were on the Madonna Girlie Show Tour together back in 1993. She sang back up and I danced and I’ve been a fan of hers very since.) Choose what works for you, music or no music, and use ancient and natural tools to clear out the energy in your home to reset.
Be careful when you burn sage… but make it a beautiful energy cleansing ritual.
As you can see, there are so many ways to reset…I hope this post inspires you to find even more ways to reset and take a break from the pressures of life, so that we can get right back to it with better energy and more focus and joy . Here are a few more suggestions, but I hope you will share with me some of your ways to reset. Life is meant to be lived in connection with each other so I hope you will share with me as I have shared with you.
Spending time with animals is always a good way to recharge happy positive energy. (This is Peanut….she’s the boss.)
MORE IDEAS TO RESET FOR A BETTER LIFE…
✨READ A GOOD BOOK
✨PLAY WITH ANIMALS OR SPEND TIME WITH ANIMALS
✨DANCE IN YOUR LIVING ROOM TO YOUR FAVORITE SONG
✨COOK YOURSELF A REALLY HEALTHY MEAL
✨CLEAN OUT A DRAWER
✨DO ANYTHING CREATIVE THAT FILLS YOUR SOUL…
✨HUG YOUR LOVED ONES ( this is the best one – it releases serotonin and just makes you feel great.)
You get the picture. Anything can be an energy shift if you do it mindfully. Really absorb the moment – whether it’s a half an hour or five minutes, make those moments yours. Give yourself options but make it a part of your ritual and routine. My wish for you is to create time for yourself – a half-hour every day for YOU! And if you can’t do that, try for a half an hour once a week and then work your way up to every day. I think you will find that the benefits will be tremendous. What you put into you, you will get back and be able to put back into the world. And the world needs us all to be our best selves right now.
It’s all personal…remember to enjoy the process.