In previous posts, I have talked about spirituality being a journey, and today I am going to talk about a specific part of my journey that changes it all for me. A year ago, I took a trip to Peru. While we were there our tour guide educated us on so many parts of Peruvian culture and one of the things that I took with me was how they have infused Incan beliefs into their life. After this trip, how I viewed my spirituality changed dramatically and I owe where I am now spiritually to that trip.
Today I am going to talk about this journey for a few reasons:
A part of this website is something I call “hippie stuff” where I talk about and explore various “hippie things” which are defined by parts of my spirituality (LOA, astrology, crystals, meditation, etc). In this case, I define my spirituality by my belief in a higher power (for me that is the universe). In the past two years or so I have really honed in on establishing myself spiritually and today I am going to talk about how you can do that.
*Please note that I am in no way trying to tell you want to believe or how you should believe or how you should live. I am simply here to give guidance for those trying to start on the path of this form of spirituality/voodoo stuff (haha)*
Picture: Bluff Top Coastal Park, Halfmoon Bay, California by Kyla Alexandre
If you’ve been here a while you would know that I have documented my Law of Attraction journey (here’s part 1, part 2, and part 3), and today marks “the end” of my journey. I’m using “the end” loosely because your LOA journey never ends and I will continue to use it, talk about it, and learn about it. “The end” in this case comes from actually seeing results. *Remember I am not trying to force this idea onto you, I am simply sharing what I have learned so you can learn too and possibly explore the LOA*
Let’s recap… LOA is one of the laws of the universe. The basis of it comes from the idea that you give out the energy you want to receive/will receive. For example, if my headspace is negative and I’m releasing negative energy, the universe is going to dish that negative energy right back (vice versa with positive energy). Manifestation plays a huge part in this journey (check out my LOA Pinterest board for more info here). You can visualize, write, meditate, create vision boards, and so many other things to fit with your LOA journey to create the life that you want.
I have lots of cures for things that are a wee bit on the natural healing side, or as I like to call it “The Hippie Stuff”. I use lots of at home, natural remedies to manage symptoms and issues and today I am sharing them with you.
Essential Oils- First things first, check out the post about oils because that goes into a lot more depth. I use oils for a variety of things. Peppermint for headaches and backaches, lavender for calming and stress relief, citrus for focus, and so many more. They can be used topically, as an aroma, and some can even be ingested. They are incredibly universal and I highly recommend trying them out and finding out what works for you.
Sage and Sandalwood- I burn each of these, although I prefer burning the wood, in each corner of my room or other rooms in the house. This is a cleanse for me. I try to do it every few months, but I try to do it as often as I can. It allows the room to be cleaned out of negative energy and bad vibes in the room. It allows a fresh start to let all of the positivity into the room because no matter how positive someone is, the energy can get dull and not be as positive as it should be. I tend to do this before school starts back up after breaks, after I have done a deep cleaning in my room, or when I feel the need to have a renewal of energy and a fresh start.
Chakra crystals- This is a method that I am still trying to dive in to, but it is one that I think is interesting to try. From what I understand, the crystals are a method of finding balance and healing. I have a tree of life necklace that contains all of the chakras and it is absolutely beautiful, so I get to stay in balance while having a pretty accessory. That is all I can really say seeing that I am not entirely sure the extent of what the crystals can do, but if you have any information to share feel free to put that in the comments.
Meditation- This is something that I really love when it comes to mental healing because there are so many methods and ways to customize it to the individual. I have a post all about meditation for more information. You can look up lots of ways to meditate for different purposes and heal what is needed. I try to make meditation a habit and do it as often as I can because I find that it is a big help in boosting my mental health.
Law of Attraction (or LOA)- This is another mental method I have been exploring for the past few months. The basics of LOA is that you have control over your life: how you feel, how you react, what you get from life, and how you live your life. It is how you send out good vibrations in hopes to get them back in return, thus allowing you to control what the universe gives to you. There are a few videos by Luca Whitacker that explains this all beautifully: click for one, click here for the other.
These are some of my “hippie” things that I hope to share with you. I have talked about a lot of these, but this is a summary of the ways you can dive into all of these natural remedies. As always, don’t forget to stay vibin!
(Picture: Pismo Beach, California by Kyla Alexandre)
It has been a while since I have updated on my LOA journey but that is because it is a growth and learning process and those take time. As I have worked harder on giving out good in hopes of receiving it, I have observed and noticed a few things.
The first being the change in my days when I am having a good versus bad day. If my morning starts off a bit rough and I am unable to change that feeling, the day continually gets worse. Because I couldn’t shake the energy, it just kept building up and getting worse as the day went on. Since my last post, I have had a lot of stress and difficulty with everything happening all at once, but with that, I have been able to find ways to combat the negativity. I have found that maintaining habits, such as working out daily or doing something good for the soul (yoga, meditation, reading, etc…) it has reduced the way I react to the not so good things that happen on a daily basis.
It has been a week since I discussed the Law of Attraction, but I have known about it and practiced it since I discovered it about a month ago. It has not been a very long time but I have made observations from the start of this journey that I would like to share with you.
It is a long process. You have to understand that this mindset is an entire transition from not paying attention to the energy you put out or barely acknowledging your energy, to having to be entirely in tune with everything you do and say. I have not fully dived into the LoA but it is a journey that you have to slowly build on.
It is a difficult progress. It takes a lot of time. I have not fully gotten into it and I do not think I will in a long time. It is a growth that will happen over time and that is okay. That is the biggest thing I have learned. You have to learn to adapt at your own time. Which means if you’re ready to start engulfing yourself into the LoA, New Years is right around the corner and this could be the perfect resolution for the start of the New Year.
It is one of those processes you can manipulate to make it your own and fit who you are. It is one of those things if something isn’t working for you, you can scrap it or change it. It is all about what you find best for you, just like Mediation: Kyla Style .
Lastly, it is hard to entirely focus on good vibes. I get it stuff happens , life happens, it is hard to be positive and full of good vibes 24/7. That means all you have to do is try your best at embodying the LoA, and at some point or another it will come together.
I hope you all have a Happy Holiday’s full of good vibes. Stay vibing!
*I am starting a new series about the Law of Attraction. What is it you may ask? Well stick with this series and find out. This whole series is supposed to not only explain what it is but also discuss my journey on using the law of attraction in my life.
Now I know you may be wondering: What is the law of attraction? No, it isn’t some rule involving chemistry. It has everything to do with good vibes, positivity, and karma. In short, the Law of Attraction is the act of sending out your thoughts and emotions and attracting back more of what you have put out. If that made zero sense, because now that I am reading it, it sounds confusing, let me put it this way. It is all karma. If you put out positivity and love, life will give you back positivity and love, whereas if you put out negativity and hate you will get back negativity and hate. It is a hard concept to grasp at first but once you learn more about it the concept will make more sense and you will feel more aware of yourself and how you let the LoA affect your life.
*This is the last part of Rachel Stagnaro’s series. Don’t forget to follow her on Instagram! A huge shout out and thank you to her for spending time on writing these articles. I hope you enjoyed!*
As yogis have known for centuries the breath has amazing recuperative powers. By controlling the breath (a practice called Pranayama), the yogis found, they could alter their state of mind. Slowing and regularizing the breath engages what scientists call the parasympathetic nervous system, a complex biological mechanism that calms and soothes us.
How does slower breathing help? In stressful times, we typically breathe too rapidly. This leads to a buildup of oxygen in the bloodstream and a corresponding decrease in the relative amount of carbon dioxide, which in turn upsets the ideal acid-alkaline balance—the pH level—of the blood. This condition, known as respiratory alkalosis, can result in muscle twitching, nausea, irritability, lightheadedness, confusion, and anxiety.
*This is the third installment of Rachel Stagnaro’s series. Feel free to follow her company on Instagram. Stay vibing!”
This is a simple sequence made for a home practice that can be done any time of day. These poses specifically help to combat anxiety and depression and lift your spirits.
Easy Pose (Sukhasana)
Easy pose is ideal for meditation and will help to calm your mind, ease stress, open your hips, and strengthen your back, helping you feel strong and capable.
Begin by sitting with your sit bones pressed firmly into the floor. Cross your legs and place your feet beneath your knees, keeping your torso erect, your neck aligned with your spine, and your shoulders relaxed. Rest your hands on your knees, palms facing down. Take 10 deep breaths, focusing intently on the sensation of each inhale and exhale.
*Disclaimer: I am nowhere near a meditation specialist, but I am a firm believer in doing whatever works for you, so I am going to explain my “method” of meditation. The whole goal of this is to find a good, comfortable way to do something good for the soul*
A huge part of finding calmness and peace is meditation. From what I have learned from going to a handful of yoga classes, there are two main types; 1) the meditation that clears your head from any thoughts 2) the meditation that welcomes your thoughts and allows you to see them and control them in a relaxed manner.