Establishing a Ritual of Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Self-Care

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There’s something to be said about intentionally setting aside time in our hectic schedules to focus entirely on our lives, our bodies and our health (both mental, and physical).

But so often, this is easier typed than done.

I believe in our culture, there’s certain guilt about slowing down, even for a short time, especially when it’s for the sake of our own wellbeing. We’re fascinated by the hustle, by the busyness of it all, and drawn into that hamster wheel of constant productivity, for the sake of getting ahead.

But I can attest, alongside so many others, that establishing a ritual of daily, weekly, and monthly self-care, slowing down and tuning out (in order to really tune in), can greatly benefit whatever your life’s work is. Whatever that hustle is meant for.

I have struggled with establishing this routine—busyness being that back-of-the-mind itch that keeps me from slowing…

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Empath and the Soul

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Dimitri had asked a question on a group I was in, about changing from a mind government, to an empath government. My answer is no, because the path of the Empath is very different from everything we see in the world of mind/body and the eternal soul depends upon us to get our emotional body healed, not about group activity.
The Mind’s goal is to get into the body and silence it at will. To get it i to the present moment rather than out there in space and idealism. Anyone who has done even two years of dedicated Zen or Buddist meditation, knows how noisy and bossy the mind is. It  can be settled with practces.
The Emotional bodies on the other hand, has an evolution that is very different than mind/body, it is one of love, self love, and heal ones emotional…

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Self-care Sisterhood: Folk Medicine Making for Women of Color

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The Mind and Shadows of the Mental Body

by Elder Mountain Dreaming

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Holistic healing of the Mental Body / Mind is generally the first approach to the spiritual path, especially when dealing with any mind, body or emotional body issues. Learning to Silence and Quiet the Minds insistent call of mind-noise, distractions and attention getting behaviors. We heal by learning to listen if a talker and sharing if we are a more silent or shy person.

For those not in crisis, there are silent retreats (Vispasana) and peaceful heart and a more committed Buddhist Mediation practices in which there are several. Some of the issues the mental body has are more severe and should be addressed with a talk therapist first. Only those who do not like medications and are firmly committed to practices everyday, should consult a holistic healer or shaman.

1. All or Nothing Thinking of Duality
Looking at life in two categories, fight or…

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Soul Medicine For The New Year

By Amy Brucker

If you could create a soul medicine kit for yourself this year, what would be in it?
What “ailments” or habitual patterns do you experience that would require soul medicine preparations in advance ?
Would you have actual medicine? Like flower essences, herbs, and essential oils? Which ones?
Would you have crystals to help you stay grounded?
Would you integrate a soul healer/mentor who you could call or connect with any time of day or night to help you through ancestral healing?
Sweet dreams,

Amy

7 Ways to Overcome the Toxic Self-Criticism That Robs You of Mental Strength

By Amy MorinAuthor, “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do”
A negative inner dialogue will prevent you from having a positive life.
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Your private inner dialogue can either be a powerful stepping stone or a major obstacle to reaching your goals. If you constantly make negative predictions like, “I’m going to mess up,” or you call yourself names, your self-talk will rob you of mental strength.

Your thoughts affect how you feel and how you behave. The way you think has the power to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Thinking, “I’ll never get this job,” may cause you to feel discouraged as you walk into an interview. Consequently, you may slump your shoulders, stare at the floor, and make a poor first impression–and inadvertently sabotage your chances of success.

If you have a harsh inner critic, you’re not alone. Self-doubt, catastrophic predictions, and harsh words are common. But, you don’t have to be a victim of your own verbal abuse.

Although there are many exercises that we use in therapy to help people change the way they think, here are seven ways to tame your inner critic:

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Are You Harboring A “Failure Fugitive”?

By Amy Brucker

In December 2013, as I completed my cancer healing journey, I told my doctor I was looking forward to the new year so I could start fresh.

New Year, New Start, New Me.

His reply, “Really? The New Year is just an arbitrary ending and beginning. It doesn’t really mean anything.”

Wrong!

We need endings and beginnings in order to stay (consciously) connected to the natural cycles of life. Honoring endings helps us release the past so we can move freely into the future. Endings help us bury our burdens, process our grief, and put it to rest. It’s only then that we can regenerate and make room for the new seeds of our lives.

In ancient times, our ancestors practiced rituals and ceremonies to mark the transitions from one season to the next. They lived on the land, and without modern day conveniences like electricity, they couldn’t divorce themselves from the endings and beginnings that stirred around them.

Trees became transitional icons, slowly cycling through the seasons, a touchstone to remind them that life is full of endings and beginnings. Life, Death, Rebirth was everywhere.

Without arbitrary endings, we cling to the past, harboring our failures like fugitives. But with arbitrary endings like New Year’s Eve, we have an opportunity to consciously release our burdens. We can let go of our failings, returning them to the earth so they become fertilizer to nourish our life-soil.

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Full Moon In Cancer ~ January 1st

By Brana Mijatovic, Ph.D., Crystal Cosmopolitan

     Full Moon coinciding with the beginning of a New Year is quite a rare thing! I would not go as far as to say that it will determine the unfolding of the whole year, but it will certainly give us a big theme to develop within 2018!
     Full Moon in Cancer is asking us to take better care of ourselves and understand how important self-nourishment is. The last year has had quite a few dramatic astrological events, and this year should be somewhat calmer, at least in terms of its aspects.
     However, we have experienced what it feels like being under almost continual pressure throughout the year, and many people have experienced recurring health challenges.
     So I will keep it short and sweet — take care of yourselves and your loved ones much more than ever before. Pay attention to your emotions, your imagination and your intuition and let go of any memories that no longer serve your highest good. Use the Element of Water to help you release those memories. Strengthen the energy of your heart. The stone to work with for this is Rhodochrosite and any other stone that you intuitively choose during the Full Moon on Monday and Tuesday.
Have a wonderful and a prosperous 2018!!
Till next time — stay healthy and happy!
Brana Mijatovic, Ph.D.

Authentic Self

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You hear me telling you to become an authentic person quite often in my posts. I have been asked to explain exactly what an authentic person is. In short it is a person who is comfortable being who they are, they are very grounded and solid. They don’t care what the hell anyone thinks about them. But it goes way deeper.

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MAGICK and MEDICINE | hocuspocus13

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As long as anyone can remember humanity has had beliefs in a higher power through the use of magick ~ spells ~ curses ~ cures ~ incantations ~ remedies that have been preserved across many different cultures

Grimoires were then developed over the centuries which became the books of choice for secrets societies

Writing down ones magick did vary in style some written down in tiny pocket notebooks others in hugh ledgers and those who wrote their secrets upon odd scraps of paper

Many preserved and available
Many burned upon administering the cure

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