Four Great Aromatherapy Scents for Spring

The Spring Equinox is fast approaching, signaling the beginning of a season of growth and renewal. If you feel like your life could use a little freshening up, now's the time to make it happen. Incorporating these herbs into your daily routine can do a lot to help you attune to the energies of spring.

Citrus: Use orange, lemon, and lime scents to increase energy and bring a fresh burst of strength and joy. Make potpourri with dried and ground citrus peels, and use orange essential oil as a perfume that will get your vibes in line with the sunny days of spring.

Gardenia: Sweet and delicate, the scent of gardenia is purifying and rejuvenating. Use gardenia essential oil in lotions, perfumes, and hair products to put your beautiful aura in harmony with the season. Place vases of gardenia around the house to help create a calm and comfortable atmosphere.

Sage: An excellent herb for clearing away stale or negative energies, sage is a must-have for spring. Burn sage smudge sticks to banish bad vibes from the home and welcome in fresh energies.

Mint: Distinct and refreshing, the smell and the flavor of mint are the perfect accompaniment to a little springtime soul-cleansing. Sip a glass of iced mint tea as you let go of any leftover winter doldrums and welcome in the new adventures of spring. Pick a sprig of fresh mint from your garden and crush it between your fingers as you let go of stress and take a deep breath of invigorating minty air.

Spring is a time of renewed strength, renewed hope; it's a time for winter and all things dead to be replaced with new life. Using citrus, gardenia, sage, and mint this season will help you get in tune with Nature's flow and make the most of it.

 

 

 

Bring Peace to your Space with Wind Chimes

The demands of our everyday lives can leave us feeling stressed out and frazzled, weighed down and dull. By making your living space harmonious and joyful inside and out, you'll create a peaceful sanctuary in which to soothe away the worries of the day. Wind chimes are a great way to add fresh, positive energy to your home or yard.

Associated with change, transformation, and the breath, the element of Air, epitomized in the wind itself, has a refreshing quality that can be harnessed to help you let go of stress and welcome in a new, positive energy. With wind chimes, you have an external mechanism, a physical object, through which the Air can sing its song, soothing your heart and mind.

Wind chimes come in many shapes and sizes, and they can be constructed from a variety of materials ranging from copper tubes, bells, or other metal objects, to pieces of bamboo or even shells. The tinkling, ringing quality of metal-based wind chimes is ideal for welcoming into your space that new, positive, harmonious energy that's perfect for relieving stress and creating a sense of solace and sanctuary.

Try using wind chimes in different areas of your living space. Hang one by the front door to ring in an evening of relaxation when you come home from a long and stressful day; put one in the backyard and listen to the wind blow a sweet tune while you enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea outdoors. Wind chimes can even be used inside the home. Hang them in an open window where breezes will blow past, or hang them fairly low so that they can be tinkled and jingled by hand whenever you want a burst of fresh energy in the home.

Versatile, beautiful, practical, and relaxing, wind chimes can really do wonders for our lives, bringing greater harmony and peace to our living spaces as well as our spirits.

 

Bring Harmony and Joy to your Space with Wind Chimes

The demands of our everyday lives can leave us feeling stressed out and frazzled, weighed down and dull. By making your living space harmonious and joyful inside and out, you'll create a peaceful sanctuary in which to soothe away the worries of the day. Wind chimes are a great way to add fresh, positive energy to your home or yard.

Associated with change, transformation, and the breath, the element of Air, epitomized in the wind itself, has a refreshing quality that can be harnessed to help you let go of stress and welcome in a new, positive energy. With wind chimes, you have an external mechanism, a physical object, through which the Air can sing its song, soothing your heart and mind.

Wind chimes come in many shapes and sizes, and they can be constructed from a variety of materials ranging from copper tubes, bells, or other metal objects, to pieces of bamboo or even shells. The tinkling, ringing quality of metal-based wind chimes is ideal for welcoming into your space that new, positive, harmonious energy that's perfect for relieving stress and creating a sense of solace and sanctuary.

Try using wind chimes in different areas of your living space. Hang one by the front door to ring in an evening of relaxation when you come home from a long and stressful day; put one in the backyard and listen to the wind blow a sweet tune while you enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea outdoors. Wind chimes can even be used inside the home. Hang them in an open window where breezes will blow past, or hang them fairly low so that they can be tinkled and jingled by hand whenever you want a burst of fresh energy in the home.

Versatile, beautiful, practical, and relaxing, wind chimes can really do wonders for our lives, bringing greater harmony and peace to our living spaces as well as our spirits.

 

Get Lucky with Green and Gold

We know how powerful the mind is in altering not only our moods, but also our lives. When we get in a lucky mindset where we feel like the Universe is truly on our side and working in our favor, we feel more confident and we're likely to make bolder moves towards achieving our goals. These bold moves are what make the difference between dreams and dreams come true, but when you feel like your luck is in a slump, it's very difficult to get up the courage to do very much in the way of daring and decisive action. Here are some ways to use color to inspire you and boost your luck this March. When you're feeling lucky, you'll naturally take the actions that will lead you to a happier life. Let these ideas give you a helping hand in creating your own luck!

Go Green: It's not just for Leprechauns. Green is a color that's long been associated with magic, luck, and wealth. Wear green as often as possible—a jade or emerald set in a ring or necklace pendant is a great choice. Also, going green in the ecological sense will further boost your luck. The concept is simple, really—take care of the planet, and the planet is more likely to take care of you.

Go for the Gold: Like green, the color gold is also associated with prosperity and good fortune. Use gold in your jewelry and dress to increase your luck, and carry coins (symbols of gold) to attract wealth. Go for the gold in bigger ways, too—setting your goals high and truly believing that you deserve prosperity and a happier life will do much to get you there.

With gold and green on your side, good luck will smile upon you, and your smile will win the world!

 

Getting the Spirit Ready for Spring

With the demise of winter and the approach of spring comes the desire for renewal and rebirth in all its forms. With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to plan ahead for a little soul-cleansing, spirit-refreshing recharge to clear out stale energies and freshen up your life. Here are a few ideas to inspire you as you design your own spiritual renewal for spring; as the buds blossom in the natural world, so too will the seeds you plant today burst into new life.

Refreshing Bath: Fill your tub with fresh water. Add a handful of rose petals, tying them securely in a piece of lace or other porous fabric so that they won't clog the drain. Sprinkle in a few drops of lavender essential oil. Swirl the water as you think about your goals for the spring. Let the energies of the water seep into you and refresh you, body and soul.

Wondering and Wandering: One of the most relaxing and healthy things you can do to help you get ready for spring is to take a nice walk outside, alone or with a friend. As you walk, let yourself daydream and wonder of the many special and pleasant surprises that the spring might have in store for you. Feel the sunshine; notice the plants and the animals, and rejoice in the life all around you and within you.

Out with the Old Workout: If your fall and winter weren't exactly wonderful, you might have some negative tensions left over that you'd do well to cleanse out of your system before embarking on the adventure of enjoying a brand new season of hope and possibility. Try banishing all the old, unwanted, negative energies of the past with a good workout. With each push-up, each step, each flex, imagine that your strength is pushing away all the negativity. When you do your cool down after your exercise session, breath in new hope as you breath out any lingering anxieties or doubts. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Give these ideas a try or come up with your own springtime rituals. You'll be rewarded with a feeling of refreshment, renewal, and hope that will carry you through to a fabulous summer!

 

 

 

The Art of Inviting Romance

Using your Mind and Spirit to Attract Love into your Life

As Valentine's Day nears, thoughts turn to love, courtship, and romance. If you've been a little lonely lately and would welcome a new romance, there are many things you can do to help invite more loving energies into your life. Try these ideas to help you take the first steps into your bright, romantic future.

Open Your Heart: In order to attract love to your life, you have to be open and ready for it. Take some time to think honestly about any old emotional scars or baggage you might still be carrying over from past relationships, and make a conscious effort to let go of negative beliefs and limiting, self-sabotaging attitudes.

Make Some Magic: Create a simple charm that will help attract loving, romantic energies. Carry it with you as a reminder of your goal. The charm can take many forms. You might try writing a list of the qualities you seek in a lover, carrying this around with you along with a piece of rose quartz and a bag of cherry pits, natural items that have long been associated with matters of the heart.

Be Your Best: Another way to help attract the best person for you is to be your very best self at all times. Strive to pursue your goals and uphold your own highest standards. Keep a positive attitude and an open mind. When you're being your best, your best potential partners are more likely to notice you and be attracted.

If you follow this advice and get yourself out in public and into various social settings, you're bound to find love right around the corner!

How to Create a Personalized Dream Journal

Keeping track of our dreams by writing them down in a journal can help promote lucid dreaming and can also illuminate major patterns or underlying themes that we can draw on for inspiration. In addition, having a written log of our dreams can often reveal our own prophetic and intuitive powers, and we can use this insight to help us plan ahead and avoid misfortune.

There are many ways to create a dream journal. You might choose a special journal with a hardcover binding, an everyday plain and simple spiral notebook, or even a day planner. Whatever you choose, make your dream journal more personal by decorating it with artistic designs, collage, fabric, or pretty paper. Write your name in the front cover along with an inspiring question or phrase such as, “What mysteries and wonders will my dreams reveal?”

Upon waking each morning, write down everything you can remember about your dreams. Note colors, numbers, symbols, and other images that stand out. Include your interpretation of the dream, as well—you can always revise your interpretations as your dream journal begins to shape up.

For each dream entry, note the date of the dream, and list any circumstances of note such as illness, exhaustion, hunger, or a particularly pleasurable, exciting, or difficult day. Note also the phase of the moon; you might find that your most prophetic dreams come to you near the full moon, for instance, or that you're most prone to nightmares during the waning moon.

Knowledge is power, and by tracking your dreams, you're opening up a world of new information and learning about your sleep patterns and your subconscious fears and desires. Track your dreams for a month and see what you discover—then use this knowledge to create the waking and sleeping life of your dreams!

Improve your Mood with Aromatherapy

Are you in a slump, feeling stressed out, sad, or just plain tired? Aromatherapy is the art of using the power of scent to affect the psyche. You can practice aromatherapy home using all natural bath salts, bath oils, essential oils, lotions, and other products that are manufactured with pure botanical ingredients. Avoid synthetic products and artificial scents that lack the energetic qualities of their natural counterparts. Likewise, if your skin (or nose!) is on the delicate side, start by testing each new scent carefully, starting with only small amounts. Some essential oils, such as cinnamon oil, for example, can irritate the skin if used full-strength.

Here are a few great botanical scents you can incorporate into your everyday life to improve your mood:

Citrus: Use to invigorate your senses, increase energy, and encourage happiness.

Jasmine: Use to calm the nerves and inspire romantic feelings.

Lavender: Use to ease stress and bring a deep sense of peace and contentment.

Patchouli: Use to encourage passion, mellow sorrows, enhance intuition, and increase good fortune.

Try making your own aromatherapy products at home. Mix together some epsom salts with a little bit of sea salt, sprinkle on a few drops of essential oil in a scent you desire, and you've created your own aromatherapy bath salts. Create a sweetly scented sachet to keep in your closet—just place a handful of dried herbs or flowers (sprinkled with essential oils, if you like) in the middle of a small square of fabric, gather it together in a bundle, and secure with ribbon.

Experiment with different scents and discover for yourself what aromatherapy can do for you!

How Color Symbolism can Bring Magic to your Life

You've heard the expression, “Dress for success,” but have you ever really carried out this idea to its fullest? With color symbolism in mind, you can intentionally dress for success, romance, happiness, courage, calmness, good luck, or anything else you'd like to attract. Colors are vibrations of light, and every hue has its own unique energy pattern that can affect your moods and influence surrounding energies. Try taking color symbolism into account in your dress for a week, and see for yourself how simple it can be to alter your world for the better. Here is a list of colors and attributes. Adapt it as you see fit—it's what the color means to you that matters most!

Red: Wear to increase energy or strength or to attract love and passion.

Black: Wear to enhance psychic sensitivity and heighten defenses.

White: Wear to calm, purify, or refresh the spirit. Also good for general positivity and protection.

Green: Wear to attract resources, bring healing, encourage growth, or strengthen connections to the natural world.

Yellow: Wear to enhance communication, leadership, and logic.

Blue: Wear to attract true love or to increase happiness.

Purple: Wear to enhance psychic abilities, recharge the spirit, and heighten the passions.

Orange: Wear to increase strength, bring courage, boost energy, or encourage alertness.

Pink: Wear to calm erratic energies and encourage compassion. Also good for attracting romance.

Brown: Wear to stay grounded and centered, to strengthen connections with the natural world, to bring strength, or to attract prosperity.

Try choosing your fashions based on this system, and see for yourself what a little color can do!

 

 

How to Encourage Lucid Dreaming

You do a lot already to live an empowered lifestyle, but wouldn't you like to experience empowerment in your sleeping life, as well? Through lucid dreaming, you can! Lucid dreams are those super vivid dreams that we remember upon waking, the dreams in which we are fully aware within the dream rather than simply seeing ourselves from the observer perspective. They usually seem meaningful or prophetic, fraught with symbols that we often later find popping up in our day to day lives. Many people say they can't remember their dreams, but this “can't” should really be a “don't yet.” Everyone can learn to have lucid dreams, and with a little practice and intention, you can experience a new style of dreaming that will truly benefit your waking life. Lucid dreams can teach us; through our conscious dreams, we can experience and know things that are unattainable to us otherwise. Here are a few things you can do to encourage lucid dreaming:

Set Your Intention: Decide that you want to have lucid dreams to plant this thought seed in your subconscious. You might even write down your wish on a slip of paper to tuck into your pillowcase, or simply state your intention out loud each night before going to sleep.

Pay Attention: Be aware of the images and thoughts that swirl in your head during that hazy state between wakefulness and sleep. You can then consciously set these images and thoughts in motion to trigger a deeper dream state.

Be Consistent: Try each night to have a lucid dream, and upon waking every morning, write down anything and everything you can remember from your dreams. Many people find that practicing consistently allows lucid dreaming to happen much more quickly.

Look at Your Dream Body: As you find yourself becoming more aware of the fact that you're dreaming, try to remember to take a look at your dream body—your hands or feet, your torso, or even your hair. Doing so triggers a more solid consciousness within the dream state, putting you more in control of your dreams. From this level of awareness, you can project your dream self anywhere you like, experience anything you'd like to experience, and find the answers to the questions that plague you.

Try it for a month and give it a shot. With lucid dreaming, you can be in the driver's seat of your dreams. Besides, who couldn't use a good nap?

 

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