Self-love is a relatively new concept. Until fairly recently, the idea that selflessness is best has reigned supreme. Many carry around a vague notion of unworthiness (sometimes unconsciously) and we attempt to prove our worthiness to both ourselves and others through altruistic pursuits. Putting others first is considered noble, while pleasing oneself is often seen as inconsiderate, indulgent, narcissistic or thoughtless. The burning shame of hearing the words “you’re selfish!” from someone whose opinion we care about is something not easily forgotten. I have heard these mortifying words in the past, and I was left bewildered, wondering how someone who I held in such high esteem could not recognise the consideration I had for them. Was I not showing it correctly? Should I have done things differently, paid more attention to their expectations?
7 meaningful and visual ideas to share your gratitude and bless others in more intentional ways during the winter holiday season.
Oftentimes when people blame the human condition as the source of global problems they rarely see themselves as part of the problem, of the herd that succumbs to the insanity. And yet there they are, smack dab in the middle of the mess, demanding someone else clean it up.
My partner, Ross, and I hike Cathedral often, and I have found that every time I go up I seem to learn a little lesson. So I made this mini 4-part video series of “Lessons I Learned From Cathedral Rock.” All the videos capture the healing, feminine energy of Cathedral. See if you can feel into each one and take the energy in.
It’s hard to deny that things are becoming increasingly challenging here on Earth. Many of us are struggling through economic hardships comparable to that of theGreat Depression, while others live every day in fear for their life as the place that they call home is now an active war zone. No matter the intensity of your individual story, we all face challenges and thanks to the mainstream media beast we are all also constantly thrust with negative story after negative story – with the occasional irrelevant pop culture distraction tossed in every couple of minutes.
Are you what people call a “spiritual” person? I think I am – I like to meditate, say affirmations, drink herbal tea and pray. However, I also like to dance to hip hop music, drink coffee and keep up with the Kardashians.
You see, if you’re anything like me, you’re a spiritual seeker in a modern world, carrying a yoga mat in one hand and a vanilla latte in the other. You may find it challenging to balance your joy-seeking side with your human side, however, the good news is that we don’t have to choose between our spiritual selves and our human selves, we just have to choose between what brings us joy and what brings us misery.
The fifth chakra is in the domain of the upper chakras – which means it’s in the spiritual zone above your heart. Here, your self-expression becomes incredibly purposeful and masterful. The heart has hopefully anointed your expression with love and compassion so that your expression has a resonance and truth to it that cannot be denied.
Weaving our way through this journey we call life wouldn’t be something I call an easy task. I would say that it’s comparable to staying in shape, which takes a great deal of will power. However, with the guidance of the enlightened soul and identifying the boundaries of the ego, we are given these gifts by way of life lessons to keep ourselves aligned on a path of spiritual truths.
Many people like to imagine how they would have responded differently to an unpleasant scenario: perhaps some pithy and scathing repartee to put the aggressor in their place, or some supremely composed nonchalance in the face of adversity. But these mental re-hashings and rehearsals have several negative effects, including: further encouraging sloppy, undisciplined and counterproductive thinking; distracting us from the present, wasting our time and energy; and the internally generated fight-or-flight stress response needlessly releases more cortisol into our blood, aging us even faster and suppressing our immune systems)—even though the moment has passed.
One easy way to boost your chakras is to focus on the inalienable right of any given chakra. Each one is associated with a basic right, and when you claim this right as your own, you immediately access the essence of that chakra.