Manifestation Magic & Self-Care
I don't know about you, but this week's energy is feeling pretty potent for me. On Sunday, I woke feeling as if I hadn't even slept, and the feeling has continued further into the week. This is a sure sign I needed to stop and examine what my body, mind, and soul might all be calling for.
We're nearing a New Moon. This energy typically calls us to turn inward, slow down, and plant the seeds of change to come for the next cycle. In terms of manifestation and creation, this is an important time: the planning and reviewing stages. What has worked well for you lately? What are you desiring to create in your life? What are you feeling you would do well to let go of? These are all questions to ask yourself nearing a New Moon. Review, set your intentions, and visualize how you might open yourself to create in the coming weeks.
Right now is also a beautiful time to revisit your self-care rituals. Do you have any? Are they working for you at this time, or is it time to shift, expand, and shake things up? Sit quietly and ask yourself these questions: your soul will answer. Make this time for yourself. Believe me, I understand how easy it is to slip into spending every moment either checking on everyone else, or checking off the to-do list. Make this self-care a priority, your inner-self knows it is just as important as paying the bills.
I've compiled a list of some of my favourite ways to refocus, de-stress, and relax. In honour of the upcoming New Moon, letting go, and setting intentions, here they are:
1) Take a bath.
Get creative and pamper yourself with any combination of Epsom salts, sea salts, essential oils, crystals, and candles. Make yourself an herbal tea (or perhaps a glass of wine, if you're really needing to unwind). Set the intention to release any tensions you've been carrying, and ask that any energy no longer serving you be washed from your energy field. Relax into the water, and each time a troubling or nagging thought surfaces, give no energy to it and instead watch it be washed away.
2) Alternate nostril breathing.
This is an easy exercise to try almost anywhere- even sitting in your parked car! It engages both hemispheres of the brain, is simultaneously calming and energizing, and is a simple way to bring yourself back to centre.
- Sit in a comfortable, upright position with your spine as straight as possible. Close your eyes.
- Using your right hand, fold down your index and middle fingers.
- Breathe deeply in through your nose, and then exhale fully.
- Close your right nostril with your right thumb and breathe in fully through your left nostril.
- Close the left nostril now with your right ring finger, and release your thumb from your right nostril.
- Exhale fully through your right nostril. Breathe in fully with your right nostril.
- Close your right nostril off again with your thumb and release your ring finger from your left nostril.
- Exhale fully through your left nostril.
This is one cycle of alternate nostril breathing. Continue with as many cycles as you feel comfortable doing. Find the rhythm of it and use that rhythm to release any tension you are carrying.
3) Write to Release.
This is a powerfully symbolic way of releasing what you no longer wish to carry, and trusting that the Universe and higher powers will in turn take the energy for transmutation. Find some time when you can be alone and free from interruptions. This might even be a uniting experience to share with a close friend or partner, depending on how you are feeling- trust your intuition.
Light some candles, burn some incense, play some music, whatever you feel will set the mood for you to write from the depths of your being, however deep you need to go. Write a page, write a paragraph, write a sentence, write a word. Write down whatever it takes to convey what you are feeling the need to let go of in order to make room for what is to come. Growth and change require acknowledging what is no longer serving us, the stories that no longer define us, and the patterns we're ready to move on from.
If possible now, (safely) set fire to your written words. If you can't light a fire, you can bury your worries and ask that Mother Earth take them for you, as she has a powerful way of transforming energy when she is asked with respect and treated with dignity. Ask whatever powers work for you to take your fears and worries now, as you trust that you do not have to hold onto them. Feel yourself lighter.
Meditation tends to feel overwhelming or intimidating to anyone who hasn't tried it before, or even to those who have tried it once or twice but just can't seem to "get it right."
The beauty of meditating is there are SO MANY ways to do it! Many paths to the same goal.
The purpose is not to battle, shut off, or overcome your thoughts, but rather to watch them without giving them any energy. Recognize that they are not you, and that you do not have to listen to them. Once you reach a space of letting each thought go, you will find them slowing down. There is an expansive peace in the space between your thoughts, and it is in this space that the Divine speaks.
One way to meditate is with the aid of a mantra, which can act as an anchor to ease you down into the practice. Mantras can also serve as very powerful projections of energy, shifting your vibration from low to high.
Another useful tool for meditation is the guided meditation, which brings me to...
5) Yoga Nidra.
Yoga Nidra is a glorious practice that allows for deep physical relaxation, the release of samskaras (karmic patterns), and the sowing of resolutions.
During yoga nidra, you relax as fully as possible while still remaining conscious. You are guided to consciously participate in the instructions given to you, similar to a guided meditation, while laying perfectly still with your eyes closed. While following the instructions, your consciousness has the opportunity to release deeply held samskaras without strain.
The seeds of change are planted with the use of a sankalpa (a Sanskrit word meaning "resolve.") You choose a sankalpa at the start of your practice, and repeat it again at the end when your mind is the most relaxed and open. Sankalpas are the seeds of manifesting abundance, growth, and whatever it is you feel called to create on your path.
And there you have it: a few ways to centre yourself, release what isn't serving your highest good, and rejuvenate body, mind, and soul.
In the next little while, I may be recording some meditation and yoga nidra tracks to share. I'd love to hear if that would interest you! Feel free to comment below, and share the techniques you use to unwind any aspects of yourself. Happy New Moon(in')!