“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”
~ Pema Chödrön
Sometimes I find myself in stressful situations or noisy places where I want to calm myself, soothe anxiety or practice mindfulness, and where my normal meditation techniques aren’t effective or appropriate.
Take travel for example. Travel can mean crowded airports, uncertain schedules, crazy traffic, and jet lag to name a few common stressors. It’s not always possible to find a quiet corner, or to sit down, close my eyes and zone out.
When I travel I always wear a mala beads around my neck, or as a bracelet. It looks like fashion, but it is very functional fashion. I can discretely slip my mala off and then work the beads between my fingers.
This technique has worked miracles for me as I have sat stuck in an airport with a flight delay, or in an airplane during heavy turbulence, or in a hotel room where I can’t sleep.
As I roll each mala bead between my thumb and first finger I have a few simple options for my meditation. Here are my top four:
For each bead I can consciously breathe in and then out, after which I move to the next bead and repeat. This is brilliant as a sleep aid. Sometimes I breathe in light and exhale grey – and I see the grey as fatigue, illness or worry leaving my body. Gradually the light fills me up and I come back to calm again. If you suffer from panic attacks this is great for you!
For each bead I can pray for someone like this; ‘Imogen, I pray for you. I intend for you flow, health, grace, love and miracles. (or I might hold an intention for a specific healing outcome, which I name by saying ‘I intend for you ________’) Bless you.’ Then I hold their face in my mind’s eye as I breathe in and out, consciously sending love and energy to them.
For each bead I can repeat a simple affirmation. One of my favourites, and the one that has been the most transformative for me over time is: ‘I love and approve of myself.’ If I am super anxious I affirm: ‘I am watched over and cradled in love. I am safe and all l is well.’
For each bead I hold the face of a loved one, friend or client in my mind. Silently I say ‘I love you. I wish you well. Bless you.’ And then I move onto the next bead, choose a person and repeat the process.
I finish every round of my mala (from the marker bead or tassel, around the mala and back to the beginning) by saying ‘And it is so. Thank you, thank you, thank you.’
Many of you may already have a mala that you wear as a decorative item. Some of them are so pretty! But I promise you, the real value is in using them as a focus tool for a pathway to calm in even the most stressful situations.
Sending so much love your way, Nicole <3 xoxo
Here’s a little video of my silently praying my mala yesterday while I waited for my shuttle ride to take me to the airport:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
~ Marianne Williamson
Here’s the oracle card I have chosen this Monday, and my take on the energetic outlook for the week ahead. I use any oracle or tarot cards shown as a prompt for channelled messages and my own intuitive wisdom, so my take is sometimes quite different to the meaning found in a book. ‘Enlightenment’ is from the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Deck by Tori Hartman.
If you read my forecast for January, you’ll remember that this is a month for seeing yourself and your life with fresh eyes – a month for stepping out of your old story and writing a new one for the years ahead, one that expands your possibilities and that brings you meaning and joy. I’ll be posting the monthly forecast for February on Wednesday but I’ll give you a quick sneak-peak now. February is all about turning inwards, and tuning in to our own wants and needs, staying true to ourselves and our goals despite our fears or what other people may tell us.
So, what gifts does Enlightenment bring for you this week?
Enlightenment is all about our Solar Plexus chakra – our sense of who we are, our inner authority and confidence, and our dreams of who we might become. This week we begin to see what we can create for ourselves and our lives. We glimpse the person we could evolve into, we see where a new relationship might go, or what our business idea could evolve into. We are able to feel into so many current and future possibilities and directions. Old dreams and projects that never got off the ground will also resurface, begging you to try them one more time.
It’s exciting stuff, and it may also be a little overwhelming.
Know that as these possibilities come to you, so will something else…
Your fears will pay you a visit. All of the self-doubt, not-good-enough, fear of success, fear of failure, fears of every colour and size and temperament will make themselves known in direct proportion to the size of the actions you’ll need to take to get to where you want to go.
Expect those fears. Welcome them in. Listen to them for a moment if you must. Then give them a seat and tell them to stay quiet while you go about your life.
When our Solar Plexus is balanced we feel calm, energised, clear and certain about who we are and where we are going in life. It instills us with confidence, vitality and purpose. We have self-control and sovereignty in our lives.
When our Solar Plexus Chakra is unbalanced and low in energy we feel ‘less than’, our self-esteem and confidence drop, we feel flat and tired, and we may be lost and confused about what is best for us and which direction to take. We make poor choices and don’t seem to care or be able to stop ourselves even though we are aware of our patterns.
When the chakra is too energised we can become stubborn, intolerant, narrow-minded, bossy and overbearing. We become workaholics who are relentlessly driven and who take no joy from life.
Guided Meditation To Balance the Solar Plexus Chakra:
I’ve recorded a short guided meditation for you to help balance and work with the energy of your Solar Plexus Chakra. All you need to do is sit or lie comfortably and follow along with the sound of my voice:
Supportive crystals this week? Citrine, Orange Calcite, Tiger Eye, Yellow Topaz and Smoky Quartz. Other actions that support the Solar Plexus Chakra include dancing; journal writing, and exercises which stretch and move the hips and belly.
Helpful essential oils? Young Living’s Believe essential oil blend, or a combination (or singly!) of any of Rosemary, Bergamot, Cedarwood and Lavender. I have a big soft spot for the Believe oil blend. It’s one of my go-to oils and it’s in my diffuser every time I work on my Planner, on my business, while I’m writing or journalling, or when I am considering making changes in my life. It smells beautiful too – uplifting and so pretty.
Holding you, as always, in my thoughts, prayers and meditations, and intending for a you a life of abundance and joy, where you are no longer limited by your doubts.
All my love,
Nicole ❤ xx
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“Sometimes I think there are only two instructions we need to follow to develop and deepen our spiritual life: slow down and let go.”
~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer
“At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before.”
~ Warsan Shire
Here’s the oracle card I have chosen this Monday, and my take on the energetic outlook for the week ahead.
‘Slowing Down’ is from the Osho Zen Tarot deck. What a beautiful card for this week!
Slowing down signifies the need for us to be self-contained with our emotions this week. It reminds us not to buy into the drama of others, nor to step back into old patterns of being or communicating. This is especially important for those of us who will be seeing family or other community members with whom communications can become tense or difficult. This week come from a place of quiet and calm. Place a thick energetic shell around you, just like the tortoise.
This week we need quiet time. December is a time for reflection, and for sitting in the Supermind. This month we’re encouraged to truly give thought to who we are, where we’ve been, and where we want to go next. Home is important this week. Slowing down is important, so that we can sit in awareness of all that is going on within us and around us.
Saying no to invitations and situations that don’t feel aligned with where you’re at? Go right ahead!
Too tired? Rest instead. Don’t want to go? Stay home!
Don’t make it all about duty and responsibility this week. Make this week about self-nurture and placing value and time with what truly matters to you.
Do all you can to make your home a safe and nurturing space. Let there be somewhere you can use as a sanctuary, and retreat there when the world gets too much. Nestle down with a book, or some music. Have a nap. Journal. Just be. It’s good for the soul, and so restorative on every level.
As we slow down (even just for a few minutes each day) we begin to connect into our own intuitive wisdom, our own heart centre, our inner compass.
Our psychic sensitivity will increase this week, but so will our coping abilities.
This short guided meditation might help with both (and is especially helpful for dealing with stressful social situations):
Nap, rest, chill out, withdraw. All of these are legitimate actions this week. Do what’s right for YOU!
Remember that you carry your home with you wherever you go. Dance to your own tune this week, and avoid being caught up in the craziness and busy-ness of others. A calm Christmas? Why not!
Tune in to the love and blessings that are all around you.
Celebrate what matters.
Keep taking small steps in directions that are important to you.
Supportive crystals this week? Labradorite, Smoky Quartz, Amethyst and Rose Quartz. Helpful essential oils? Young Living’s Joy essential oil blend, or a combination (or singly!) of any of jasmine, lavender, lime and frankincense.
Be gentle with yourself this week.
Holding you, as always, in my thoughts, prayers and meditations. All my love,