First Reiki Session

Last Wednesday I received my first full reiki session from my friend Kaycie. Kaycie once again, is a dear friend of mine. She has truly been an inspiration since the moment we met. Currently, she is helping me stay focused on progressing my art and photography and I am ever appreciative for that.

For the session I was laying down. Light music was in the background and the scent of incense was wafting through the room. Kaycie used her pendulum to determine whether my various chakras were open, closed, or balanced. She determined that I had a blocked third eye, an overactive throat, sacral, and root, and my solar plexus and crown were open and balanced.

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image from thedevalife.com

Thus, Kaycie performed reiki to better open my third eye chakra and balance out my overactive chakras. 

Throughout the session I couldn’t help but feel completely and utterly calm. The experience was very relaxing. I wonder if having the overactive chakras balanced out is what gave me such a feeling of tranquility. Feeling the warmth of Kaycie’s hands while she performed the reiki, and the light hand and foot massage put me in a coma like state. Once the session was done I just wanted to take a nap. It felt as though I had just received a full body massage!

My assignment now is to work on keeping the third eye balanced, checking in with the solar plexus as needed and using the reclined bound angle yoga pose to assist in releasing any self-doubt or cloudiness of my psychic. If I am able to keep the third eye balanced and open I will be better able to see the bigger picture for my life and this summer.

My overall goal is to use meditation and intuition to help me know whether or not to renew my work contract, or to move forward with something bigger. Or, continue the contract, but also allow myself to move forward with the art, photography, and blogging. I’ve been feeling torn and pulled back and forth with this as of late. Even with the support and encouragement from family to really pursue my art and photography, I still haven’t really pushed it forward yet. I am hoping I can get my third eye to see the larger picture and be able to wash away the self-doubt about whether or not this idea is feasible and lucrative enough to be financially stable. Because, deep down, I know it can be both.

Thus, this summer is going to be a reflection period. My goal is to really dive deep in my art and photography this summer. Allowing my creative juices to flow and be a driving force for my decisions.

Below is the Goddess Parvati. Ganesha’s mother. She is known as the goddess of power, creativity, and beauty. I’ve been using this image of her as inspiration. I am hoping by reflecting on this image I can allow my creativity to flow and remind myself to keep my third eye open.

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A Serene Space

In our home, my husband and I both have our “own room”. We have a 4 bedroom house, one is the master bedroom, one we have made into a guest bedroom, another is “his room” where he has all of his gaming set-up, and the other room is “my room” where I have a desk and texts in addition to a music stand and all of my painting supplies. Recently (as noted in a previous post) I have organized and cleaned up my office a bit. My goal was to turn it into a more serene space of my own. If this is my room then I want it to really become my space. So, I decided to play around with a few things I already had in my office, in addition to checking out a really neat store about 25 miles away with my girl Kaycie to get a few new things.

On my desk/working space now are a few things to help me during meditation, painting, blogging/journaling, photo editing, grading, and the like.

ImageDirectly in front of me and a little to the left is a candle to help with mediation and relaxation. I also have a stack of books to keep remind me to never take life too seriously, and to be playful. On these books is a sea salt rock that helps cleanse the space it is in. I also have a rose quartz and a picasso stone. I’m really not sure why it is called a Picasso stone, but it helps remind me to be creative and artistic.

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Directly in front of me in the center are a few things to remind me how to remain open minded. The jade Buddha to the left, a moonstone, citrine, and red jasper in between the figures. And to the right you see Ganesha. (Their meanings and explanations are all linked.)

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To the right and center is a bible and a book on the ‘History of God’ (a very eye opening read, I read it for a class on religion during my Masters), an amethyst and another candle for meditation and relaxation. The texts remind me to stay grounded and centered, and a consistent reminder of higher beings in existence.

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To the right on an attached shelf to my desk is a ‘snow globe’ of Peter Pan and chakra crystals.The Peter Pan snow globe is really just a great reminder of the Sun card in tarot. Be playful, do what you love, etc.

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Next to the Peter Pan globe is an incense holder and an emerald. Now, I am really not a “skull person” but this reminded me of a painting I really liked at the Indiana Museum of Art, and that is why I got the one with skulls. The incense help in calming the mind and body and allowing one’s self to focus during meditation.

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Another item I purchased was a pendulum. Now, this was originally a bit out of my comfort zone, but in all honesty they are very neat. Of course you can go a little extra bizarre on what you believe they can do, but really, it is just a neat tool that can be very guiding in one’s life. I am actually really digging this purchase! Although it is hard to tell in the picture, the pendulum stone is made out of bloodstone.

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Another thing I purchased (and am WAY more excited than an adult probably should be) is a rain stick. Do you remember these? They are awesome! You turn them slowly upside down and then it sounds like rain is falling. Anyways, it completely brought me back to my childhood and has quite a calming affect. It is AWESOME! I am so glad I purchased one!

In addition to these items I now have in my office/work space I have discovered the ‘spa’ radio station on Pandora. If you are into meditation, relaxing, or massages, I would suggest checking out that Pandora station.

I am very excited about “my room” now and all of the calming, centering, inspiring, and healing energies that will assist me in daily life. My space feels so much more serene and “my own”.

 

 

 

First Day of Spring Break

As an educator, spring break is a time of year that teachers look forward to just as much as the students! It is always nice to get a break from the action and finally switch hats back to a “normal” person, if you will. The weather on my first day of break has brought a nice change of pace.The sun is shining in, birds are chirping, windows are opened and spirits are lifted. I love going to our bay window in the morning to see the sun filling the room full of light.

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I started the day snuggling with my pooch and slowly waking. I showered, got ready for the day, and excitedly put on my new shirt from CandyStrike! If you haven’t checked out that site before, I highly suggest it! It is an edgy store with neat plus-size pieces. I discovered

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the store from a plus-size fashion blogger on Pinterest. As soon as I saw the shirt, I fell in love!

Once I was finished getting ready for the day, it was time to meet up with my girl Kaycie at Joe Sipper’s Cafe (pictures below). We met up and discussed some final reflections from the meditation session I had with her the other day. She is such an inspiration. Meeting with her always lifts my spirits and inspires me to move forth with my goals. Afterwards, I ran back home to eat lunch with my husband. Currently, I am hanging out with Mr. Arlo waiting for my husband’s return this afternoon so we can hit the road for Indy!

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