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    What Are Mala Beads? (A How-To Guide)

    What are mala beads and how are they used? In this article, you’ll get the complete guide to using mala beads in meditation, manifestation, gratitude practices, and more. Plus get my recommendations for beautiful mala beads you can purchase today.

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    What Are Mala Beads?

    For centuries, many different religions have been using prayer beads as part of their spiritual practice. My grandpa was Catholic, and growing up, I remember seeing him pray with his rosary set between his fingers at least once a day. At his funeral, there were multiple stories told of my Grandpa Moose and his rosary, and there was also a service in which loved ones honored his memory by reciting the Holy Rosary as they held rosary beads.

    Mala beads have been used as part of a spiritual practice for over 3,000 years, most prominently associated with Hinduism and Buddhism. However, they have gained widespread acceptance among people of various spiritual backgrounds, and in many cultures, they’re used as part of a non-religious affiliated meditation practice.

    So what exactly are mala beads?

    Mala beads are a string of beads used as a meditation and mindfulness aid. Typically, they have 108 beads, and while each necklace or bracelet is unique, they generally all have the same standard components, such as the Guru Bead, the Tassel, Marker Beads, and Spacer Beads. We’ll define the function of these different components below.

    The most common use of mala beads is to recite a mantra during meditation. They’re also often used as a mindful breathing tool, and you can even use them as part of your manifestation practice. Many people who have a difficult time sitting still during meditation find that incorporating mala beads into their practice helps them to relax and cultivate a greater sense of mindfulness as they meditate.

    Below, you’ll learn about the various components of mala beads, how to use them, and how to choose the best mala beads for you.

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    Common Components Of Mala Beads

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    As mentioned above, the common components you’ll see in a mala bead necklace are the following:

    • 108 Counting Beads
    • Guru Bead
    • Marker Beads
    • Spacer or Decorative Beads
    • Knots
    • Charm
    • Tassel

    Here’s the function of each of these components:

    108 Counting Beads

    Each mala necklace typically has 108 identical counting or primary beads, though some have less, which is okay. In meditation, it’s typical to hold the mala beads with one hand, draped across your fingers, and touch each counting bead with the thumb and middle finger one at a time, working your way through the entire necklace. You’ll complete one full inhale and exhale with each bead before moving to the next. (More on this practice in the How-To section below.)

    Guru Bead

    The Guru Bead is your starting point. It is typically bigger and has a distinct look from the other beads on the mala necklace or bracelet, though sometimes it’ll be the same type of bead as the marker beads. You’ll usually find this bead attached to the tassel.

    Marker Beads

    You’ll typically find four marker beads on a mala necklace, spaced at every 27th bead. These marker beads are usually slightly bigger than the counting beads and often a different color. The marker beads are a way to help you come back to your meditation if your mind has strayed. When you come across a marker bead, it reminds you to return to the present moment. In essence, this is a beautiful mindfulness tool. (Note that not all malas have marker beads.)

    Spacer/Decorative Beads

    The spacer beads are typically smaller (and often flatter) beads placed between larger beads. Depending on the unique necklace, you may see these in different sections, such as between the Guru bead and counting beads or before and after every marker bead. Note that not all mala necklaces have spacer beads. You do not count the spacer beads during your meditation.

    Knots

    In a typical mala necklace, you’ll find a small knot between each bead. The knot ensures that if the string breaks, the beads will not be lost. This makes your mala stronger, and the knots can also help with the movement of the mala during your meditation.

    Charm

    Your mala may or may not have a charm on the end, often in place of the tassel. The charm is typically ornamental, though you may choose one that has special meaning to you, such as a lotus flower or chakra symbol.

    Tassel

    While the tassel may seem at first appearance to be decorative, it’s actually steeped in deep spiritual symbolism. The strings of the mala loop through all of the beads, coming together through the Guru bead and finishing in the tassel. Some view this coming together of the strings to be symbolic of oneness, both with the Universe and each other. It can also be viewed as one’s desire to reach enlightenment. While I didn’t list it here, you can also view the string or thread that the beads are threaded on to be an important component of the mala, as it’s the link that brings everything together.

    Want to create your own mala beads? Check out Alice Peck’s Mindful Beads: 20 Inspiring Ideas for Stringing and Personalizing Your Own Mala Prayer Beads, Plus Their Meanings. This book includes the stories and meanings behind 20 types of beads, plus how to instill your own beads with significance, protection, and promise as you string them.

    How To Choose Mala Beads

    There isn’t a science to choosing your mala, which is a good thing if you’re like me and tend to follow your intuition when making decisions.

    Choosing the right mala beads for you is truly an intuitive practice. As you start searching for the right one for you, you’ll find mala bead necklaces that come in all different colors and often are made of different materials. Some of these materials might include gemstones, pearls, wood, and lotus seeds.

    This is one of the most important questions to ask yourself as you’re searching for mala beads:

    “Do I find it beautiful?”

    It truly is that simple. Find the one that speaks to you. If you’re browsing through mala beads and one nudges your heart, it’s very likely you’ve found the perfect mala necklace for you.

    I know from personal experience, however, that it’s easy to get stuck in your own head when making these types of decisions. I have a history of over-analyzing my shopping choices, from what yearly planner I should purchase to what pint of ice cream I want to buy (and promptly consume). I love to follow my heart, but sometimes my heart wants mint chocolate chip and cookies n’ cream.

    If you’re having trouble choosing, I find it helpful to step back and ask myself, “What are my intentions?” Do I want to use these mala beads to help me cultivate spirituality? Do I want to feel a connection with a higher power? Do I want to improve my meditations? Is this a way for me to feel more calm and relaxation?

    Once you’ve established your intentions, you may have a clearer picture of which mala beads you want to purchase.

    Finally, if you’re in a physical store, it’s always helpful to pick up the mala beads and get a feel for them within your fingers. Since you’re going to be holding these beads for an extended amount of time, you want to make sure you choose ones that feel good to you.

    Benefits of Using Mala Beads

    So why use mala beads? We’ve touched upon this a little bit above, but let’s dive into all the reasons mala beads can be beneficial to you:

    • Promotes Mindfulness: As you take conscious inhales and exhales with each bead before moving onto the next, you’re more likely to remain in the present moment throughout your meditation. And if your thoughts do drift, you’ll eventually reach one of the marker beads, which will gently bring you back to the here and now.
    • Can Improve Your Meditation: This is especially true if you have a hard time sitting still for extended amounts of time. If you find yourself wanting to move around and fidget while meditating, mala beads are the perfect tool for you to incorporate into your practice. It’s, in a sense, mindful fidgeting. (Kind of?)
    • Helps Improve Your Breathwork: I tend to be pretty good at consciously paying attention to my inhales and exhales while meditating . . . at least during the first few minutes. I’ve found that mala beads empower me to be more conscious of my breathing throughout my meditation. And to circle back to the two bulletpoints above, this helps to promote mindfulness and improves my meditation.
    • Connection With a Higher Power: The mala is more than just its individual components; it’s an entire unit brought together by the thread that links together the counting beads with the marker beads with the Guru bead with the tassel. This unity represents our own unity: unity with our higher selves, unity with each other, and unity with a higher power.

    How To Use Mala Beads

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    Meditation

    While using mala beads in meditation may seem overwhelming at first, it’s actually an extremely simple and effective way to meditate that requires little to no technical ability.

    Before using mala beads in meditation, I want you to give yourself permission to be imperfect, especially as you’re first learning. It’s okay if you don’t follow all of the steps perfectly when you’re just starting. The most important thing is intention. If your heart is in the right place, and your intentions are positive, this is far more important than perfection.

    Furthermore, you can use your imperfections as a way to practice mindfulness, non-judgmental awareness, and compassion. Were you holding your mala beads with the incorrect fingers? Was your mind so distracted, you missed the marker beads? Notice, accept, and keep going.

    Here’s your step-by-step directions for how to use mala beads in meditation. I’ll discuss some alternative uses below.

    Breathing Meditation
    1. Find a quiet spot where you won’t be disturbed. If you already have an ongoing meditation practice, you may already have a time and space that works for you. If you use the full 108 beads, this practice typically takes 30 minutes. If you decide not to use the full 108 beads, that’s okay. You can choose to stop at one of the marker beads instead.
    2. Drape your mala beads over your non-dominant hand. Make sure you feel comfortable and that the beads will be easy to move. With your thumb and middle finger of your dominant hand, gently touch the Guru bead. You typically do not use the index finger in this practice, as the index finger is connected to the Ego.
    3. Touch the first counting bead, and take one full inhale and exhale. Then, move to the second bead. Continue this process, inhaling and exhaling once per bead. You’ll stop when you make your way around back to the Guru bead.
    4. As mentioned above, you can choose to shorten your meditation by stopping at one of the marker beads. Alternatively, if you wish to extend your meditation, you can turn the mala around and start again. Note that it’s common practice not to jump over the Guru bead. So if you’re extending your meditation, rather than jumping over it to start back at the first counting bead, you’d turn the mala around and go in reverse.
    Mantra Meditation

    I was first introduced to using mala beads in meditation through the practice of mantra meditations. A mantra meditation is one in which you repeat a specific mantra throughout the meditation (traditionally, 108 times). This form of meditation is also known as japa meditation.

    Your chosen mantra should be something that resonates with you. It can be a sacred word, affirmation, divine name, or simply a word such as love or peace.

    Here are a few examples of possible mantras you could use:

    • Aum or Om (This has many rich and deep meanings. It is known as the word of God, the sacred sound of the Universe, and the union of the mind, body, and spirit.)
    • Om Shanti Om (Universal Peace)
    • Om Shanti Shanti Shanti (Peace of Mind, Body, and Speech)
    • Love
    • Peace
    • I am love.
    • I am peace.
    • I am worthy.
    • I am enough.
    • Love guides me.

    To perform a mantra meditation using mala beads, you’ll essentially take the same steps you do with the breathing meditation. However, in place of the conscious inhales and exhales, you’ll repeat your chosen mantra as you touch each bead. You can repeat your mantra either internally, at a whisper under your breath, or out loud. Do what makes you feel most comfortable.

    Finally, here’s great 5-minute tutorial on how to hold and use your mala beads.

    Alternative Uses

    While meditation is the most common way to use mala beads, it’s not the only way. Here are a few other practices for using mala beads:

    • Wear Your Beads: Wearing your mala beads is more than just a fashion statement; it’s a profound practice to connect you to your highest self and cultivate mindfulness in your life. When you wear your beads, you can set the intention to remember the same peace and serenity you feel when you’re meditating. The most common ways to wear your beads are as a necklace or wrapped around your wrist as a bracelet.
    • Manifestation: The most powerful way to use mala beads for manifestation is to recite affirmations for manifestation as you touch each bead. To do this, you’d follow the same steps I wrote above for the breathing meditation, but in place of the conscious inhales and exhales, you’d recite a positive affirmation. As you do this, consciously make sure to feel the positive energy of the affirmation flowing through you. It’s up to you whether you’d like to recite different affirmations or repeat the same affirmations throughout. For some ideas of affirmations to use, here are some Law of Attraction affirmations and manifestation affirmations to get you started.
    • Gratitude Practice: This has become one of my personal favorite ways to use mala beads. Again, you’ll follow the same instructions as above for the breathing meditation, but here, you’ll think of one thing you’re grateful for as you touch each bead. I know it may seem like 108 things is a lot, but it actually becomes pretty easy once you get going. For instance, you can think about each individual part of your body, from your eyes to your lips to your lungs, arms, stomach, legs, and feet (and everything in-between). You can also think about individual people, memories, and luxuries we often take for granted, like air conditioning and running water.

    Mala Beads to Purchase

    If you’re looking for beautiful mala beads to incorporate into your meditation practice, check out the links below! Note that most of the selections below have more color and stone options when you click on the link.


    And that’s it! Have you ever used mala beads in your meditation practice? Or do you have questions about how they’re used? Share your tips and questions in the comment box below.

    And for more resources on spirituality, meditation, manifestation, and all things self-love, be sure to connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest, where I’m posting positive affirmations and empowering messages daily.

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    9 Best Crystals And Stones For Anxiety

    In this article, discover nine of the best crystals and stones for anxiety, plus get tips on how to cleanse, program, and use your crystals so they best serve your mind, body, and soul.

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    Living With Anxiety

    Does it feel like anxiety is a constant, unrelenting part of your life? Are you so used to co-existing with its inevitable presence that it seems inconceivable to even imagine what life without anxiety would feel like?

    I know how it feels to live each day with deep-seated, enduring anxiety. Anxiety feels different for everyone. For me, it feels like an all-consuming heat has gripped my chest, squeezing my heart and making everything inside feel tight and constricted.

    This overwhelming feeling makes it impossible to think about anything else.

    Still, as bad as my anxiety often gets, I know others experience symptoms that are much more debilitating. For some, anxiety makes it feel difficult to even get out of bed in the morning. For others, anxiety affects their immune system and leaves them feeling sick and depleted.

    Whether your anxiety comes in short bursts, long waves, or somewhere in-between, there are resources and tools that can help you manage the stress and overwhelm of living with anxiety.

    For many, crystals and gemstones can be powerful tools for healing as they go beyond simply treating the physical ailments you experience; rather, they dig deep, moving past the symptoms and finding the true source of your anxiety.

    By gently discovering the root cause of your inner battle, crystals help to spiritually heal your entire body, mind, and spirit.

    Crystals won’t just make you feel not anxious. When your brain feels heavy, overwhelmed, and/or stressed, crystals can lift this heavy fog from your mind so you can see the path ahead with calm and clarity.

    And once you can see things clearly, you gain more courage and confidence to walk forward in your journey. Fear of the unknown suddenly becomes less scary, because you have complete faith and trust that everything happens for your highest good. In the unknown, you see potential and possibilities.

    In different ways, all of the crystals and stones for anxiety below will provide you with this clarity as they lift the hold that anxiety may have on you. Some of the crystals help you to cultivate peace. Some relieve tension. Others protect you from the negative energy of external forces. And still, others have the power to transform negative emotions into positive ones.

    But what they all have in common is that they will all work to serve your ultimate well-being and support your highest good.

    Below are nine of the best crystals and stones for anxiety, as well as a guide on how to cleanse, program, and use your crystals to help you achieve a peaceful, calm, and harmonious lifestyle.

    And to help you better understand the role anxiety plays in your life, don’t miss these 30 gentle and calming journal prompts designed to help you gently probe your anxiety with love, compassion, and kindness.

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    Please note that this content is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any questions regarding anxiety and your personal health, please consult your doctor.

    How To Cleanse Your Crystals

    When you first purchase a new crystal, it’s important to cleanse the crystal before you use it, even if you only intend to have it sit in one spot. Crystals hold energy inside them, and when you first receive them, it’s almost a sure thing that they’ll be holding some kind of energy within from past owners and experiences.

    Even if you’re the first official owner of this crystal, it still traveled from source to seller to you. It inherently holds energy just from its travels and all the hands it has passed through.

    On top of cleansing your crystals when you first get them, it’s a good habit to cleanse them regularly. Even if you’ve cleansed a new crystal once, it will continue to receive and store energy with time. Eventually, if there’s too much energy stored inside it, it will no longer work effectively. Try to cleanse your crystals at least once a month using any of the methods below.

    Sage: Using a firesafe bowl or abalone shell to catch any burning embers and/or ash, light your sage and immerse the crystal in the smoke for 30 to 60 seconds. While you can do this anywhere, I prefer to do this either outside or near an open window. On top of safety reasons, it allows any past negative energy to rise and disappear into the air, ensuring it doesn’t remain in your sacred space. (You can also use Palo Santo in place of Sage if you prefer.)

    Water: If possible, try to use clean, natural water like a creek, river, or stream. Hold your stone beneath the surface and rinse it within the running water. If there’s no natural water nearby, it’s okay to use a faucet. Either way, just be sure to first do a quick Google search or consult a book on crystals to make sure water is safe for your stone. You don’t want to use this method for soft stones like Selenite.

    Use Selenite or Clear Quartz: Selenite and Clear Quartz are both beautiful crystals that typically have a whitish, clear surface. These crystals are unique in that they are able to cleanse and purify other crystals. Lay your crystal on a piece of Selenite or Clear Quartz for at least 24 hours. If you can’t place your crystal on top, you can also place them side-by-side with their edges touching.

    Nature: I like to compare crystals to people when it comes to holding energy. When we store old or negative energy within, one of the most powerful ways to balance our own energy is to spend time in nature. Crystals are the same. Lay your crystals out in nature and let them experience the healing presence of the earth for a day. You can place crystals on the soil, on a tree branch, on a potted plant, among the blades of grass, in your garden, or anywhere else outside where you feel a sense of peace and harmony.

    Sun: Many crystals love the bright energy and light of the sun. Just make sure first that this is safe for your stone. Some stones, like Amethyst, shouldn’t be placed directly in the sun for too long.

    Moon: You can place your crystals outside overnight anytime, but this is especially powerful during the Full Moon when the moonlight is brightest.

    How To Program Crystals & Gemstones

    Programming your crystals is the act of setting an intention so that you and your crystal are in alignment. When using crystals to help heal anxiety and restore balance within, your intention will likely have something to do with walking forward on your path with a sense of calm, alignment, harmony, and ease.

    Here are a few examples of intentions that you might set:

    • My energy is perfectly aligned and balanced. I feel calm, confident, and at ease.
    • I am protected from negative energy. All of the energy that flows within and around me supports my highest good and total well-being.
    • I cultivate power, courage, and strength within to confidently face all situations.

    Your intention might also be more specific if your anxiety arises during certain situations, such as at work or during social events.

    Programming your crystals comes after cleansing your crystals. When your crystal has been properly cleansed, find a quiet spot where you can be undisturbed for at least 10 to 15 minutes. If you have a sacred space or a meditation table, this is the perfect time to use this space. Feel free to light some candles or cleanse the space with sage before you begin.

    Hold your crystal within your hands and state your intention out loud. Lift your crystal to your mouth and gently breathe on it. As you breathe, internally state your intention. Ideally, you will be in a high-vibrational state while doing this. Repeat this for several minutes, or until you feel ready to move to the next step.

    You can lower your hands now if you wish, keeping your crystal within your palms. Close your eyes (if they aren’t already closed) and visualize your intention coming to life. Visualize the life you imagine for yourself with this intention coming true. See your highest, most authentic self living your most confident life – a life where anxiety doesn’t have a hold over you.

    And as you visualize, allow yourself to truly feel all of the positive emotions associated with your vision.

    Continue your visualization until you feel that the crystal has been programmed with your intention. (This feeling will be a deep inner knowing. It won’t be anything big or flashy. Think of it like a small, gentle nudge within.)

    How To Use Crystals & Stones For Anxiety

    Keep in Your Office/Workspace: Keep your gemstones visible in your office or workspace, or if you have a job that requires you to walk around, see if you can keep it in your pocket or somewhere accessible to you. Blue Lace Agate is the perfect crystal to keep with you while you work as it calms your mind, soothes your spirit, and helps you to maintain tranquility.

    Meditate with Crystals: Find a quiet, safe spot and hold your crystal(s) as you meditate. You can also place the stones over their corresponding energy center while laying down. I list the chakras (energy centers) for each stone below. To learn more about chakras, check out my introduction to your body’s energy centers here.

    Wear Crystals as Jewelry: Rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are a beautiful way to keep your crystals with you at all times. By wearing your gemstones as jewelry, your chosen stones can protect your energy, calm your mind, and soothe your spirit throughout the day. Learn more about protection jewelry here.

    Recite Affirmations: In a safe space, recite positive affirmations while holding your crystals. If you’re at work, a social gathering, or another public place, see if you can find space to silently repeat affirmations to yourself as you hold your crystals. (Or if you’re wearing them as jewelry, focus your attention on the power of their presence). Here are 65 positive affirmations for anxiety to help you get started.

    Create a Sacred Space: Crystals, candles, essential oils, pillows, books, plants . . . any and all of these components can be used to create a sacred space for yourself. Whatever you want to include, make your sacred space your own. Allow it to be a safe place filled with positive, healing energy. You can fill your sacred space with any and all the crystals listed below, along with other beautiful gemstones you feel called to. Allow this to be a place where you can meditate, journal, or simply sit and hold your crystals, restoring harmony and peace within.

    For more details on how to use crystals to protect your energy, manifest your dreams, and help you heal from within, get the full guide for using crystals here.

    9 Best Crystals And Stones For Anxiety

    Amethyst

    Amethyst is a beautiful crystal to promote peace and calm within. If you often come home from work feeling scattered and overwhelmed, allow Amethyst to calm your mind and soothe your spirit. And if tranquility and stillness is what you seek, Amethyst is the perfect stone to bring into your life.

    Amethyst is a stone of balance, so if external forces disrupt your inner peace and leave you feeling like you’re going in a million different directions, Amethyst will gently guide you back to a place of harmony within. It also decreases stress and tension and even helps you get a more restful night’s sleep.

    By promoting a sense of calm within, Amethyst will clear out the negativity in your mind so you can find clarity on your journey. With clarity, your creativity and courage are able to shine, and you can walk forward on your path with a sense of purpose and inner knowing.

    Chakras: Third Eye, Crown

    Apophyllite

    If anxiety is a constant companion in your life, let Apophyllite take its place as it soothes and heals your mind, body, and spirit. As one of the most powerful stones for healing anxiety, Apophyllite is known for being a stone of light, and it infuses its light into your spirit, relieving your tension and unease. You might think of Apophyllite as a beautiful, calming presence that doesn’t just relieve your stress and worry; it transfers its high-vibrational energy to you and truly lifts your spirits.

    By soothing your worries and calming your mind, Apophyllite will help you to come up with actionable solutions during times of stress. It makes heavy situations feel lighter as it gently guides and supports you to release negative energy and cultivate true joy and happiness within.

    Chakras: Heart, Third Eye, Crown

    Blue Lace Agate

    You know those times when your mind seems to be running at a million miles per hour, and you just can’t seem to slow it down? Blue Lace Agate is just the stone you need to calm your mind, soothe your spirit, and relieve your stress. It’s especially helpful if you have a big presentation or interview coming up as it will help you to relax and stay calm, no matter the situation.

    Known to be a powerful stress relieving stone, Blue Lace Agate is the perfect crystal to keep in your office or cubicle as it helps you remain calm and at ease throughout your work day. Take deep, cleansing breaths and envision that the soothing blue of its surface is a peaceful summer sky or a stunning winter lake, restoring harmony and balance within.

    Chakras: Throat, Heart

    Hematite

    Hematite is the ultimate grounding stone. When you find your mind is spinning in circles or when the world is crashing over you, Hematite will clear the chaos and pull you back to earth.

    Associated with the root chakra, your body’s first energy center, Hematite restores your strong and steady foundation and promotes feelings of ease and security. And as it does this, it also allows you to release stress, worry, and anxiety.

    Additionally, Hematite is a protective stone, so you can wear it as jewelry or keep it with you throughout your day, and it will help you to remain centered and grounded while protecting you from negative energy and toxic vibes. If you’re an empath, this stone is a must-have as it will protect you from taking on the negative energy of others.

    Chakras: Root

    Lepidolite

    Lepidolite is the gemstone version of your best friend; it listens to your emotions and then gently guides you to a place of healing. When you’ve been stuck in a state of heartbreak, depression, or permanent stress, Lepidolite helps to heal your broken heart and restores your sense of confidence, enthusiasm, joy, and purpose.

    And going one step further, as you’ve discovered a renewed sense of purpose, it helps you to embrace change and step into the next chapter of your life.

    If you’ve been living in a state of worry, stress, chaos, or perpetual sadness, Lepidolite will help you to move forward into the next phase of your life with joy, confidence, and faith. For women, this stone will also help to retain harmony during the most emotional times of your cycle. And for all, it promotes a rejuvenating and restful night’s sleep.

    Chakras: Works with all chakras, especially the upper three (Heart, Third Eye, Crown)

    Obsidian

    Like Hematite, Obsidian is also a powerful grounding stone that allows you to realign with your foundation when your mind, body, and spirit aren’t in harmony. And like Lepidolite, Obsidian is also kind of like your best friend, except this is the best friend that you may not always want but that you always need.

    Obsidian tells it like it is and shows you both your positive and negative traits. If you’ve been suppressing negativity, Obsidian carries it to the surface so you can face it head on. However, it’s not going to leave you high and dry to face this negativity alone. Like a true friend, Obsidian will help to clear any negativity and darkness and guide you toward the path of light, love, hope, and faith.

    In addition, Obsidian is also a powerful protective stone. It helps to guard your energy and protects you from negativity and darkness, both externally and within.

    Chakras: Root

    Onyx

    Like Hematite and Obsidian, Onyx is a grounding stone associated with the root chakra. It helps you to relieve stress and restore harmony within your being.

    But what makes Onyx really special is its ability to guide you through fear.

    When facing our fears, we often feel stressed, worried, nervous, and anxious. Onyx absorbs these negative energies and helps you to restore confidence and self-belief. It also helps you to make life choices that support your ultimate well-being and guides you down unknown paths with strength and courage.

    If you’re feeling anxious and worried about the future, Onyx will give you the courage to face your fears and the strength to keep walking forward, no matter what.

    Chakras: Primarily Root; can also work with Solar Plexus, Third Eye, and Crown

    Rhodonite

    Rhodonite is a beautiful stone associated with the heart chakra that nurtures inner healing and moving past difficult situations. This is one that you want to have in your spiritual first aid kit as it provides emotional support when you’re in the midst of painful situations.

    When dealing with anxiety-producing situations, Rhodonite will help you to remain centered and calm your nerves. Rhodonite also helps to open your heart and empowers your highest self to live your most joyful, peaceful, loving life. This stone clears negativity and lifts your vibrations, no matter what you’re currently going through.

    Chakras: Heart

    Smoky Quartz

    Smoky Quartz is a powerful stone to help you release negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, stress, and unease. When you’re in the midst of an overwhelming or anxious situation, feel the calming effects of this stone almost instantly by stepping back, taking a deep breath, and holding your stone over any areas of your body that feel tense and constricted. A bonus to using Smoky Quartz is that if often complements and amplifies the energy of surrounding stones.

    Smoky Quartz will help you get through the difficult moments of life, provide clarity in uncertain situations, and transform negative emotions into positive emotions. And if anxiety often leaves you feeling overwhelmed, Smoky Quartz will transform overwhelm into insight so that you can effectively understand and work through any problems that may be disrupting your peace.

    Chakras: Root, Solar Plexus; can also work with Crown


    And there you have it: nine of the best crystals and stones for anxiety. Do you have any special practices that you use to heal inner turmoil? What crystals and stones have you found work best to restore balance and harmony within? Be sure to share your experiences in the comment box below!

    And for more resources on spirituality, meditation, manifestation, and all things self-love, be sure to connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest, where I’m posting positive affirmations and empowering messages daily.

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    40 Beautiful Spiritual Affirmations To Light Your Path

    Below, discover 40 beautiful spiritual affirmations to light your path and help you to connect with your inner divinity as you walk forward on your own sacred journey. Let these healing affirmations help you to release your worries and lean into faith, trust, and unconditional love.

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    What Are Positive Affirmations?

    A positive affirmation is an affirming statement that’s designed to boost your self-belief and support your overall well-being: mind, body, and soul.

    A really good positive affirmation—the kind that lights up your heart and sparks something powerful deep inside of you—should uplift, encourage, and inspire your highest self.

    It should feel like a call to take back your story. To choose your own path. To stand tall in your undeniable worthiness and proclaim that you are everything you want to be.

    You are worthy. You are enough. You are powerful and strong and so much more than you’ve ever given yourself credit for.

    This isn’t about just reciting a few empty, feel-good words every once in a while.

    This is about finding the words that resonate with you deep within and then feeling the emotions of these words in every cell of your being.

    You’re not just saying you’re worthy; you are worthy. Worthiness is who you are at your very core. Worthiness created you, and worthiness is the foundation you’ve built yourself upon.

    You have been dripping in worthiness since the day you were born.

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    How To Use Spiritual Affirmations

    A spiritual affirmation is a little different from your standard positive affirmation.

    These are affirmations that focus on helping you to embrace your inner divinity, realign with your true self, and connect to a higher power. They also gently teach you how to surrender, trust, and have faith, even when it feels like nothing is going right. (Especially when it feels like nothing is going right.)

    You can use these spiritual affirmations in the morning to help you step into the new day with faith and trust. You might also use them at night to cultivate a sense of calm and peace before bed.

    But the best time to use spiritual affirmations?

    When you’re feeling lost, disconnected, or uncertain about your path ahead.

    If you feel like you’ve lost touch with yourself or are having trouble trusting the unknown future, let these affirmations help you to realign with your highest self and surrender your worries to a higher power.

    Below, you’ll find 40 beautiful affirmations to light your path and help you connect to your inner divinity. Let these powerful words be a guiding beacon that gently leads you back home to yourself – back to your heart, back to your soul, back to your truth.

    Spiritual Affirmations To Light Your Path

    • I am a spiritual being in a human body.
    • I honor the sacred divinity that exists within me.
    • I bravely let go and allow the Universe to reveal its beautiful plan for me.
    • I trust that the Universe gives me exactly what I need at exactly the right time.
    • I am eternally connected to the divine source of the Universe.
    • My body is a beautiful home for my radiant soul.
    • I am pure, beautiful, radiant light.
    • I am divinely protected, inspired, and guided by the Universe.
    • I surrender to the loving will of the Universe.
    • I am made of stars. The light I seek is always within.
    • I live every day of my life as my highest self.
    • I am deeply and unconditionally loved by the Universe.
    • I am worthy of unconditional love from divine energy.
    • I am connected to a limitless source of creativity, abundance, health, happiness, and love.
    • I trust that everything I need comes to me at exactly the right place and time.
    • Everything is unfolding in perfect timing. I trust. I believe. I receive.
    • All that I seek I can find within me.
    • All that I’m seeking is also seeking me.
    • I am loved, cherished, and and adored by this Universe.
    • Pure white light flows through me and heals my body, mind, and spirit.
    • I am aligned with my purpose and truth.
    • I am aligned with the highest frequency of love.
    • Even when the world is immersed in darkness, I walk forward in faith, love, and light.
    • I have unshakeable faith in my divine path.
    • I’m Source Energy in a human body, and I can do anything.
    • I am vibrating positive, loving, abundant energy, and I attract this same energy in return.
    • I am connected to a limitless source of inspired ideas and beautiful creativity.
    • I honor my inner knowing and trust my path.
    • Everything is unfolding in perfect timing. I release worry and choose to trust.
    • I trust and believe that everything is always working out for my highest good.
    • I am peaceful. I am centered. I am grounded.
    • I am always gently held and lovingly guided by this Universe.
    • I release doubt and welcome faith.
    • I allow miracles and magic to unfold in my life today.
    • I surrender to the highest good for all.
    • I surrender control and allow the Universe’s loving presence to guide me.
    • Every day, I feel more connected to my spirit.
    • I openly accept spiritual guidance from a higher power.
    • My soul is truly beautiful.
    • I am love. I am light. I am connected to all.
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    What are your favorite spiritual affirmations? Share your favorites in the comment box below!

    And for more resources on spirituality, meditation, manifestation, and all things self-love, be sure to connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest, where I’m posting positive affirmations and empowering messages daily.

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    How to Create a Meditation Table (A Complete Guide)

    Are you looking to create a sacred space of your own that promotes feelings of tranquility and supports your total well-being? Discover everything you need to create your own meditation table, with over 50 links to tables and decor so you can start creating your perfect meditation table today.

    Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon links. As an Amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. If you purchase a product using my link, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

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    How To Create A Meditation Table

    A meditation table is a dedicated sacred space that promotes feelings of peace, calm, and tranquility within. The table itself is usually a small flat surface (i.e. a table, desk, or bench) with space around it for you to sit, meditate, and connect to the deepest parts of yourself.

    But the physical surface you choose is only half of what makes a meditation table such a profound tool for your spiritual growth.

    Equally as important are the objects you choose to set on and around the table. While these objects can vary in nature, ultimately, they should possess significant meaning to you.

    The overall space you create with your meditation table should serve and support your total well-being: mind, body, and spirit.

    This is a place that nourishes your soul, feeds your spirit, and helps you to connect with your highest, most authentic self.

    And most importantly, this is a safe place where you can come home to yourself.

    You might call your meditation table your altar, sacred space, shrine, or another term that feels right to you. And despite its name, you don’t have to solely use your meditation table for the practice of meditating.

    You might choose to sit at your meditation table in the morning to set daily intentions, pull affirmation cards, or write in your gratitude journal.

    You might also choose to come to this space anytime you seek serenity and solitude.

    Below, I’ve linked to items you can use to create your sacred space. I’ve also included answers to frequently asked questions regarding setting up and using meditation tables. You can use the links below to jump to the section you want to learn more about.

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    Meditation Table FAQ

    Does my meditation table have to be a certain size or shape?

    Absolutely not. Your meditation table can be as big or as small as you choose. Remember, bigger doesn’t always mean better. If you have only a small corner to dedicate to your sacred space, that’s more than enough. Choose a meditation table that fits your needs; dimensions and aesthetics are completely up to you.

    What do I put on my meditation table?

    Choose items that resonate with you. This meditation table belongs solely to you, and all that matters is the feeling the items bring when you look at and/or touch them.

    You can put as much or as little on your table as you’d like; in fact, you don’t have to put anything on it at all if your soul desires a clean, empty space.

    The most important thing is to choose items that help you to connect with your inner self and that bring a sense of peace, calm, security, groundedness, love, and connection with yourself and the world around you.

    How do I set up my meditation table?

    Set up your table in a way that feels calming to you. If you like everything neat and organized, then you might set it up so it looks balanced and orderly. If you think a little messiness is kind of beautiful, then you might let your inner creative take the reins and place items wherever your heart wants them to go. You might also test out a few different setups and pay attention to how each setup makes you feel. You’ll know you’ve found the right placement when you feel a deep sense of rightness within.

    How do I use my meditation table?

    When you create your meditation table, take some time to set a purpose and intention for how you want to use this space. You can, of course, meditate in front of your table. As I mentioned above, you might also choose to come here in the morning to set intentions, recite affirmations, and express gratitude. When you’re seeking answers, this might be a place to look for them within. You might also like to sit at your meditation table after work to release the day and invite a sense of calm and peace into your evening.

    To create your serene meditation table, you first want to start with the foundation on which you’ll be building upon: the table itself.

    You may already have a piece of furniture in your home that would work perfectly for this function. If you’re a DIYer, this is a great opportunity to get creative as you check out local yard sales and thrift stores for the inspiring piece that speaks to you. Sand, stain, paint, or leave it perfectly imperfect: whatever feels right to you. (You can use sage to cleanse the energy of the table if you’d like.)

    If you’re looking for something beautiful and new, the links below offer an array of styles to fit every price range. Just make sure to double check the dimensions to ensure the table fits your space!

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    Items For Your Meditation Table

    Books

    There’s something special about being surrounded by books filled with beautiful words that soothe your spirit or delight your imagination. Even just setting a few books on your meditation table can fill you with serenity, inspiration, and creativity. Choose books that reach deep into your soul and speak to you. Below are a few options to get you started. For more inspiration, check out my article on the 11 best mindfulness books and journals to support your journey.

    Inward by Yung Pueblo

    Sacred Woman by Queen Afua

    Dear Universe by Sarah Prout

    Candles

    If you’re a candle lover like me, then the concept of “too many candles” doesn’t exist. Candles bring a deep sense of calm, tranquility, and peace within. It’s also a powerful meditation practice to stare into the dancing flame of a candle and let it wash over your being. Here are some beautiful candles you can include on your meditation table. For more options, check out this article on crystal candles for peace, clarity, and love.

    Crystals and Stones

    Another thing I’m pretty sure you can never have too many of? Beautiful crystals and healing stones. When choosing crystals and gemstones, you can either pick ones that have specific meanings, or you can simply choose ones that speak to you. If you see a crystal and feel pulled to it, trust your gut. To help you get started, check out these guides on crystals for new beginnings and crystals for manifestation.

    Affirmation Cards

    Affirmation cards are a truly powerful addition to your meditation table or sacred space. One profound practice is to sit at your table every morning, surrounded by quiet and stillness, and pick one card from your affirmation card deck. Read the affirmation, and feel the positive words in every cell of your body. You can also spend a few minutes reflecting on what the words mean to you. I love that this is a practice you can do in five minutes or less that will have a meaningful impact on your entire day.

    Below are a few of my favorite affirmation card decks to help you get started. And for more ideas on how to use affirmation cards, check out my guide here.

    Moon Decor

    This is for anyone who feels a deep connection with the moon. If you’d like, you can print out or purchase a moon calendar for the year and incorporate rituals into your routine that correlate with the moon’s phases. (For instance, setting new intentions during the New Moon.) To help you get started, you can check out this moon phase calendar from moonconnection.com.

    Meditation Materials & Decor

    Everyone’s meditation and spirituality practice looks different, so there isn’t a one-size-fits-all product here that will suit everyone. Once again, choose what calls to you. Is there a statue or figurine that represents peace and serenity to you? Have you been curious about trying Tibetan singing bowls but haven’t yet made the leap? The possibilities here are endless. Choose items that will enhance your practice, even if that means they seemingly have no functional purpose to an outsider. If it brings you inner tranquility, that’s more than enough of a reason to incorporate it on your meditation table.

    Spiritual Decor

    Everything I wrote under the Meditation Materials & Decor section? It all applies here as well. Everyone’s spiritual practice looks different. So once again, choose items that feel right to you. Whether that’s a Buddha figurine or a Mother Gaia statue, or something else completely, open your heart to what resonates most to you.

    Cushions, Rugs, and Textiles

    Finally, this last category is all about what’s surrounding your meditation table: meditation cushions and benches, rugs, tapestries, canopies, and anything else you fill your space with. You can turn your meditation table into a loving sacred space where you nurture your mind, body, and spirit. And for anyone who might be skeptical of meditation cushions: So. Was. I. And then I tried one, and within five seconds of sitting on it, I was a believer. (I own the exact Florensi meditation cushion I link to below and use it every single day.)


    Have you created your own meditation table? What items do you like to place on and around it? Share your tips for how to use a meditation table to support your mind, body, and soul in the comment box below!

    And for uplifting affirmations, chakra resources, meditation tools, self-love encouragement, and more, be sure to follow me on Pinterest and Instagram!

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    11 Powerful Crystals for Manifestation

    From manifesting love and peace to financial prosperity, crystals and gemstones are powerful tools to guide you in manifesting the life of your deepest, most heartfelt dreams. Below, discover 11 beautiful crystals for manifestation, plus learn how to cleanse, program, and use your crystals to manifest your dreams.

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    Why You Should Be Using Crystals

    You are already a powerful manifestor, whether or not you’re consciously aware of it.

    Throughout your life, you’ve been emitting energy out into the world that reflects your inner state.

    You might call this your energetic signature, and this can change from day to day – and even from moment to moment.

    When you feel peaceful and calm, you radiate an overall aura of deep serenity. This energy doesn’t just flow through you; it surrounds your entire being.

    If this is hard to imagine, think about the energy you feel when you’re around specific people. Do you love to be in the company of certain friends, family, or coworkers because of the positive energy you feel when you’re around them?

    And on the other side, are there certain people you avoid because they carry a constant energy of negativity?

    You, too, carry a specific energy signature throughout your day. Manifestation is the art of tuning your own energy to your desired state of being. When you emit an energy of deep inner peace from within, you invite more experiences of peace and serenity in your outside world.

    So while you’ve been manifesting your entire life, conscious manifestation occurs when you become aware of your limitless ability to create your own outcomes, and you intentionally choose your thoughts and feelings to align with the energy of your desires.

    (I won’t go too in depth on the process of manifestation in this article, but if you want to learn more, you can click here to learn more about the Law of Attraction, and here you can read about specific manifestation methods you can use to help you manifest what you truly desire.)

    So how exactly do crystals help you manifest your dreams and desires?

    When you use crystals for manifestation, your chosen stones aren’t simply attracting love, financial abundance, health, and other desired outcomes to you; they’re helping you to cultivate a deep sense of self so that you discover that these things already exist within you.

    You are love. Love is your birthright. So is financial abundance, health, joy, creativity, passion, and all kinds of really good and wonderful things.

    Crystals help you to become the energy of what it is that you want to manifest.

    They restore harmony and balance within you and empower you to live as your highest and most authentic self.

    And when you become the energy you want to manifest, you attract more of this energy to you.

    Become unconditional love. Receive unconditional love.

    Become abundance. Receive abundance.

    By becoming, you’re opening yourself up to receiving.

    And while it’s absolutely possible to walk into a store and feel called toward a certain crystal (always trust the wisdom of your intuition), it helps to have an understanding of the properties and powers that different crystals possess when you’re choosing the right crystal for you.

    Below, you’ll discover 11 powerful crystals that will help you manifest your desires, plus some easy-to-follow practices on how to cleanse, program, and use crystals for manifestation. Feel free to use the links below to skip to the section you want to learn more about!

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    For more details on how to use crystals to protect your energy, manifest your dreams, and help you heal from within, check out my article, How to Use Crystals: Grids, Pendulums & More.

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    How to Cleanse Your Crystals

    Why do we cleanse crystals before using them? Imagine that you’re moving into a “new” old house. Even though the house is new to you, you know that the house has been lived in by several families before you. These families made their own memories in the house, and over the years, they’ve left behind bits and pieces of their energy inside that house.

    Just like you want to clear the energy of the past residents so you can start anew in this house, you want to clear any old energy and past intentions still being held in your crystals.

    Even if you’re the first person to ever own this crystal, it’s likely traveled a long way from its source to the seller to you. Because you don’t know what kind of energy is currently held in your new crystal(s), it’s a best practice to cleanse your crystals before using them.

    Methods to Cleanse Crystals:

    • Sage: Light your sage and immerse the crystal in the smoke for thirty to sixty seconds. Be sure to use a firesafe bowl or abalone shell to catch burning embers and ash. It’s best to do this outside or near an open window for two reasons: A) Safety and B) It allows any negative and old energies to rise in the air and disappear from your space.
    • Water: Rinse your stone under the running water of a creek or stream. If this isn’t possible, you can also use a faucet. Just make sure to do a little research first to make sure it’s safe for your stone. You don’t want to use this method for soft stones like Selenite.
    • Use Selenite or Clear Quartz: Both of these crystals have the ability to cleanse and purify other crystals. Lay your crystal on a piece of Selenite or Clear Quartz for at least twenty-four hours. If you can’t place your crystal on top, it also works to have them side-by-side as long as they’re touching.
    • Nature: When I need to reset and get realigned, I can always restore balance within when I immerse myself in nature. Crystals are the same. Place your crystals outside on the soil, on the branches of a tree, on a potted plant, or anywhere else outdoors where you feel a sense of peace and balance. If possible, try to keep your crystals outside for at least a full day, avoiding dew and prolonged exposure to sunlight.
    • Sun/Moon: Place your crystals outside in the sun or moon for ten to twelve hours (or overnight). This is especially powerful during the Full Moon when the moonlight is brightest. If you’re going to use this method, just make sure it’s safe for your stone. For certain stones, like Amethyst, you want to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight.

    How to Program Crystals for Manifestation

    The number one most important thing to remember when it comes to programming your crystals for manifestation isn’t the method itself; it’s your intention. There are several ways to program your crystals, and none are inherently better than the others. What matters is your intention during the process.

    It helps to have a powerful sentence or phrase to use when you’re getting ready to program your crystals. For instance, if you want to manifest health, your sentence might be, “I am living my healthiest and most fit life in a body I truly love.” Or if you’re manifesting financial abundance, your intention might be, “I am a successful entrepreneur, and financial prosperity comes easily and effortlessly to me.

    The key is, before you sit down to program your crystals, make sure you really know what it is that you want to manifest.

    Methods to Program Crystals:

    • Visualize: Sit in a quiet, safe place where you won’t be interrupted. Hold your crystal(s) in your hands. In your mind, speak your intention. Then, visualize what this intention looks like. What does financial abundance look like to you? How do you envision romantic love? What do you see when you imagine yourself living your healthiest and most fit life? Sit in silence for a while and see your intentions manifesting in your mind, feeling the emotions of peace, freedom, joy, love, and/or any other positive emotions that arise when you visualize your dream.
    • Breathe into the crystal: Again, find a quiet and safe spot where you won’t be interrupted. Place your stone(s) in your hands and repeat your intention in your head. Bring your stone(s) up to your mouth and breathe into them, repeating your intention in your head. Continue to do this for five to ten minutes, or as long as it takes to feel like your gemstones are fully activated.

    How To Use Crystals To Manifest What You Want

    • Wear crystals as jewelry: Wearing your stones as rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings allows you to easily keep your stone with you at all times. I love rings especially because you can look down at them anytime and be reminded of your limitless power. On top of that, wearing beautiful things helps you to feel good and sparks joy within. And this is not superficial or shallow. Lean into the belief that you are worthy and deserving of wearing beautiful things. If it supports the internal joy that you cultivate within, embrace it.
    • Keep crystals nearby throughout your day: But be intentional with placement. For instance, if you’re using gemstones to manifest financial abundance, place them in your workspace to promote the continual incoming paychecks and flow of money coming in. You can also place them in your wallet or purse to amplify the energy of abundance. Similarly, if you’re manifesting creativity, keep your gemstones in your office or studio where you do most of your creative endeavors.
    • Keep crystals in your pocket: If you don’t have jewelry with your chosen gemstone (or don’t want to wear jewelry), you can keep your crystals in your pocket so they’re still with you throughout the day.
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    11 Powerful Crystals for Manifestation

    Crystals to Manifest Financial Abundance

    • Citrine: When it comes to manifesting financial abundance, citrine is an absolute powerhouse. Known as the “Merchant Stone” or “Success Stone,” citrine is associated with wealth, prosperity, and financial success. Additionally, citrine is associated with your solar plexus chakra, which is your energy center for confidence, empowerment, positivity, and high self-esteem. (Read more about the solar plexus chakra here!) So when you combine these powerful properties, you get a crystal that helps you to manifest financial abundance while feeling optimistic, confident, and joyful. This crystal is definitely a must-have when it comes to manifesting prosperity and financial abundance!
    • Pyrite: You might also know this one as “Fool’s Gold,” but there’s nothing foolish about the manifesting power of this stone. Pyrite is associated with wealth, abundance, and success. Additionally, this is a protective stone, shielding you from negative energy and bad vibes. This is the perfect stone to keep in your office as it A) protects the energy of your space and B) raises your energy of abundance at work and/or in your business ventures.

    Crystals to Manifest Love

    • Rose Quartz: Rose Quartz is the ultimate crystal for manifesting love. But how exactly does it do this? When you use Rose Quartz with the intention of manifesting love, you do much more than simply attract love. Rose Quartz works with your heart chakra, opening up this important energy center to help you heal past hurts, restore your belief in love, and open your heart again to love and trust. When you vibrate at the energy of pure love, you naturally attract this same powerful energy to you. And if you already have a partner, Rose Quartz is still a powerful stone to have on hand. As the stone of unconditional love, it helps you to deepen your relationship with your partner and with yourself.
    • Rhodonite: Rhodonite is another beautiful stone that’s associated with the heart chakra. Like Rose Quartz, it helps you to cultivate deep love and compassion within to heal old wounds, cultivate compassion, build confidence, and promote unconditional self-love. If you’re already in a relationship, this stone will help you to clear blockages between you and your partner and open your heart to forgiveness. By truly becoming the essence of unconditional love, you attract the energy of love into your life.

    Crystals to Manifest Friendships

    • Pink Opal: Like the gemstones mentioned above in the Crystals to Manifest Love section, Pink Opal is associated with the heart chakra. (In fact, Rose Quartz and Rhodonite, mentioned above, can also be used to manifest not only romantic love but love-filled friendships as well.) Pink Opal is special because it helps to calm your mind and open your heart, which is especially helpful if you’re shy or withdrawn. Pink Opal will help with healing past pain and cultivating deep inner peace.

    *Citrine, mentioned in the Crystals to Manifest Financial Abundance section, is also a powerful stone for manifesting friendships and an active social life as it promotes joy, optimism, and positivity!

    Crystals to Manifest Health

    • Garnet: Garnet is a powerful stone to promote your total health and wellbeing. When your energy centers are blocked or imbalanced, garnet helps to circulate your energy and balance your chakras. It’s a total powerhouse for cleansing and rejuvenating your mind, body, and spirit.
    • Bloodstone: Bloodstone is known to heal both physical and emotional wounds. On top of that, it’s known to increase circulation and get the energy moving in your body. When you feel completely tired and defeated, Bloodstone will help to heal your mind and body while rejuvenating your spirit.

    Crystals to Manifest Creativity

    • Carnelian: Carnelian is the perfect stone to manifest more creativity into your life. Now, it’s important to remember that you already have access to a limitless abundance of creativity inside of you. However, at times, we may block or obscure that source of creativity, usually by overthinking, worrying, or living it the past or future. And that’s okay! We can always reopen ourselves to infinite creativity, and Carnelian is just the stone to help us get there. Carnelian supports confidence and self-empowerment while helping you tap into your creativity. If you find that your creativity has been blocked, you can use this stone in combination with practices to heal your sacral chakra, the energy center in your body associated with creativity and passion. Learn more about healing your sacral chakra here!

    Amplifiers/Pairing Crystals

    • Aventurine: No matter what you want to manifest, Aventurine is an absolute must-have in your manifestation toolkit. Aventurine is the ultimate pairing stone because it’s associated with abundance and manifestation. But abundance doesn’t just mean financial abundance. Aventurine can help you manifest an abundance of health, love, friendships, creativity, or anything else you desire. It also boosts luck and helps you to stay in a high-vibe, positive state. You can pair Aventurine with Citrine to boost your financial prosperity, or Aventurine with Carnelian to inspire your creativity. There really is no limit to this powerful stone.
    • Goldstone: Goldstone is a beautiful grounding stone that acts like your best friend and protector all in one. It helps you to remain grounded, fills you with energy and optimism, and strengthens your faith when you’re facing obstacles and roadblocks. It will also help you achieve your goals, unlock your potential, and create a beautiful future. Goldstone truly is a unique stone that will serve and guide you as you manifest your future.
    • Jade: Jade is another powerful stone that’s associated with luck and success. It also fills you with courage and reminds you that you are truly limitless. Use Jade with Citrine or Pyrite to attract success, prosperity, and good fortune into your life.

    And there you have it: eleven powerful crystals for manifestation. Do you have any experience using crystals for manifestation? What crystals have you found to be especially powerful when manifesting your dreams? Share your tips and experiences in the comment box below!

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    30 Affirmations For Tapping Into Your Intuition

    Below, discover 30 positive affirmations for tapping into your divine intuition. Plus, get additional tips on how to connect with your intuition in your daily life.

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    What Is Your Intuition?

    Your intuition is your deep inner knowing. It’s a hunch. A feeling. A whisper. It’s a voice that doesn’t speak in words but in a language that only you can understand.

    Your intuition is the oldest, deepest, wisest part of you.

    Your intuition is the sense of knowing you possess that seems to know the right answer before your mind can make rational sense of the situation. And even when your conscious mind has had the time to go through the pros/cons list and dissect the situation, your intuition may lead you somewhere else completely.

    It might say, “I know that this path is what feels logical, but this other path is what feels right.”

    Many people feel like their intuition doesn’t work or that they don’t have access to their deep inner knowing. But the truth is, everybody has access to their inner guidance system. But like a muscle, you have to work with it regularly in order to make it stronger.

    The most profound practices for tapping into your intuition are meditation and mindfulness. What blocks us from accessing our intuition more than anything else is being immersed in outer noise. When you’re constantly living externally, you have a hard time connecting to your heart’s wisdom.

    So to access your intuition, you have to step back from the noise. You have to get really quiet. You have to take full, deep breaths. And you have to be patient.

    When you’re strength training, you won’t see a profound difference in your muscle growth after only one workout. The same goes for your intuition. You have to keep coming back to silence, over and over again. You have to make space for your inner knowing to come forward, and you have to keep quieting your mind so your heart can speak.

    For more practices on how to tap into your intuition, plus guidance and tips on what your intuition should feel like and how your intuition relates to manifestation, you can read my full article on accessing your intuition here.

    Below, you’ll find 30 positive affirmations for connecting with your intuition. Find the affirmations that resonate most with you and repeat them daily. You can repeat these affirmations in meditation or recite them throughout your day.

    And remember to keep coming back to silence. Keep stepping back from the outer noise and returning to your inner self. And know that the greatest guidance you can ever receive doesn’t come from outside yourself; it’s within.

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    Affirmations For Intuition

    • My mind is strong, open, and clear.
    • I see and think clearly.
    • All that I seek I can find within me.
    • My inner knowing always knows the way.
    • I am insightful, intuitive, and imaginative.
    • Divine guidance is always at my fingertips.
    • I honor the sacred divinity that exists within me.
    • I am aligned with the loving will of the universe.
    • I honor my inner knowing and trust my path.
    • I surrender my resistance and allow the universe to give me what I need.
    • I trust the pull in my heart guiding me forward.
    • I allow myself to step back from the noise and explore my inner world.
    • I embrace quiet, peace, and serenity.
    • I value truth above appearances.
    • I hear, see, and know the truth about all things.
    • My mind is free of resistance and open to all possibilities.
    • I know more than I realize in all moments.
    • I trust my inner wisdom to guide me toward the next right step.
    • I release all blockages that obscure my inner guidance system.
    • My inner wisdom is deep, profound, and immeasurable.
    • I trust my intuition, even when it doesn’t always make sense to my logical mind.
    • I know the next right step because I hear the words echoing in my heart.
    • The answers I seek are always within.
    • My highest self guides my actions and decisions.
    • I am aligned with my soul’s purpose and truth.
    • I am always divinely and lovingly guided.
    • I know deep inner peace.
    • I release the need to control my life and surrender to a higher power.
    • I trust my intuition and listen to the wisdom of the universe.
    • I see. I hear. I know.
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    What practices help you tap into your intuition? Do you have any favorite affirmations for connecting with your intuition? Share your tips and favorites in the comment box below!

    And for more uplifting affirmations and inspiring messages, be sure to connect with me on Instagram, where I post daily affirmation stories every single morning. And don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest, where I’m pinning positive affirmations and empowering quotes every single day.


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  • Sacred Self-Care For The 7 Chakras (A Complete Guide)
    Chakras,  Spirituality

    Sacred Self-Care For The 7 Chakras (A Complete Guide)

    In this article, learn the importance of self-care for healing your body’s energy centers, and discover meaningful self-care practices for each of your body’s seven main chakras.

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    What Are Your Chakras?

    Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel” or “disk.” A commonly accepted definition for the word chakra is a wheel of energy in your body

    You can also think of it like a vortex of energy within you. This vortex isn’t an actual physical thing, though. Rather, it’s energy that you experience through feelings, sensations, and your deep inner knowing.

    So what do these vortexes, or energy centers, do?

    Within you, you hold universal life force, or prana. Ideally, your life force is always flowing effortlessly through your body. You can think of it kind of like you have your own transportation infrastructure inside you. Your life force is the vehicle moving through you. This vehicle travels along roads called nadis. (You have thousands of these roads, or energy channels, inside of you.) And these nadis meet at intersections, which are your chakras.

    So ideally, everything in your infrastructure is working perfectly. Roads are open. Intersections are unblocked. Energy flows seamlessly.

    But just like an actual road or highway, everything doesn’t always work as perfectly as we’d like. Sometimes, intersections get blocked. Roads get backed up. Cars get stuck.

    This happens when your energy gets stuck somewhere inside you. For instance, let’s start with your root chakra, also known as your first chakra, located at the base of your spine.

    The root chakra is your body’s energy center for stability, safety, strength, security, groundedness, and inner peace. Your root chakra acts as your foundation. This is where you build your strength, power, and steadiness so that the flow of energy can easily move freely throughout your entire body.

    Now, let’s say your fundamental needs like food, shelter, warmth, and safety aren’t being met. Or maybe you feel financially insecure or uncertain about potential job layoffs. When these things happen, your energy gets stuck at this energy center, unable to move freely through this intersection.

    This results in energetic imbalances, which can manifest as feelings of insecurity, anxiety, depression, disconnection, fear, worry, and restlessness.

    This is just the beginning of understanding your chakra system. If you’d like to learn more, I definitely encourage you to check out my chakra articles, which include affirmations, journal prompts, and healing practices for your seven main energy centers.

    And if you’re interested in exploring more about chakras and want to begin your own powerful journey of chakra healing, you can check out my Chakra Healing Bundle, which contains a Chakra Healing eBook, Chakra Healing Workbook, and 8-Week Chakra Healing Guide. These healing resources are designed to help you begin a profound journey into aligning with your highest self, healing your soul, and cultivating unconditional self-love.

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    Self-Care For The Chakras

    So why is self-care important for activating, opening, and healing your chakras?

    Each energy center is connected to specific emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual attributes. For instance, as we mentioned above, the root chakra is associated with security, stability, and strength. Your sacral chakra, which is your second chakra, is associated with creativity, passion, joy, and prosperity. (You have more than seven chakras, but we tend to focus on the seven below as being your seven “main” energy centers.)

    In order to ensure your energy is flowing freely within you, it’s important to regularly check in with yourself. Has your creativity been stifled lately? Have you been engaging in too much work and not enough play? Is your sense of security shaken? Do you feel like you can speak your authentic truth? Do you feel connected to yourself, others, and the universe as a whole?

    By connecting with yourself and pinpointing any potential blockages within, you can make space to spend a little extra time with this part of your inner being. Self-care is a profound way to do this.

    Below, you’ll find self-care practices for each of your body’s energy centers. I’ve also included the balanced and imbalanced attributes for each of your main chakras. If you meet the balanced attributes, your energy is likely in a good place. But if you meet more of the imbalanced attributes, you may want to spend some extra time engaging in self-care practices associated with that energy center.

    Root Chakra Self-Care

    • Sanskrit Name: Muladhara (Mula: “root”; Adhara: “support” or “base”)
    • Location: Base of spine
    • Color: Red
    • Balanced Attributes: Secure, Grounded, Strong, Centered, Stable, Steady, Safe, Peaceful, Supported, All Basic Needs Are Met
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Insecure, Anxious, Depressed, Scattered, Disconnected, Restless, Fearful, Cynical, Neglected, Worried
    • Fundamental Need: Survival
    Connect to the Earth

    The root chakra is associated with the earth, and one of the most powerful self-care activities you can perform is to immerse yourself in nature and let your bare feet touch the ground. You might also find a quiet spot to sit outside where you can journal, meditate, or just simply be. If you’re a gardener, you might choose to go outside and work in your garden, allowing your bare hands to dig into the earth. Nature is one of the greatest healers in the universe. When you take the time to connect with the earth, you connect with your roots, your foundation, and the truest, most authentic you.

    Focus on Your Basic Needs

    When we think of self-care, we often think of pampering activities such as spa days and pedicures. But self-care is intrinsically something more. Whenever you brush your teeth, take a shower, or schedule a medical appointment, you’re practicing self-care. And taking care of your basic needs is the foundation of self-care. These needs include food, water, warmth, rest, security, and safety. Have you been getting enough calories? Have you gotten enough sleep? Write a list of all the things that you need in order to meet your basic, foundational needs, and regularly make sure you’re meeting your needs.

    Other Practices
    • Meditate
    • Repeat root chakra affirmations
    • Practice breathing exercises, such as alternate nostril breathing
    • Express gratitude for everything in your life that contributes to an open root chakra, such as your home, blankets, food, access to clean water, and the locks on your door.
    • Practice yoga. Include the following poses (asanas): Mountain Pose, Downward Dog, Tree Pose, Lunge Pose, Warrior II

    Sacral Chakra Self-Care

    • Sanskrit Name: Svadhishthana (Sva = “self”; shthana = “place”)
    • Location: Lower abdomen (below your navel)
    • Color: Orange
    • Balanced Attributes: Creative, Joyful, Playful, Prosperous, Stable, Sexual, Sensual, Passionate, Open, Energetic, Honest, Forgiving
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Lack of Creativity, Unstable, Insecure, Anxious, Scattered, Lazy, Fearful, Disconnected, Depressed, Unmotivated, Negative, Lack of Sensuality
    • Fundamental Need: Emotional flow, desire, sexuality
    Get Creative

    How often do you make space in your life for creativity that has absolutely no end goal? It’s not meant to be productive. It’s not meant to be good. And it’s definitely not meant to be perfect. It’s just pure, unrestricted, joyful creativity. Embracing your creative flow is one of the most beneficial practices you can do when working with your sacral chakra. Do something you feel good about that isn’t related to your job and that you don’t feel the need to be perfect when doing. Let it be both messy and beautiful.

    Spend Time In Water

    The sacral chakra’s associated element is water, and there are several powerful ways you can use water to connect with this energy center. My personal favorite practice is to take a luxurious bubble bath. When your sacral chakra is open and balanced, you have a positive relationship with your body and embrace your own divine sensuality. A warm bubble bath is the perfect way to honor your body. Of course, you can also find water all over nature, which is one of our greatest teachers and healers. Oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams all offer opportunities to connect with your sacral chakra. If you’re not too keen on getting in the water, that’s okay! Even sitting near the water while meditating, journaling, or simply sitting in silence can offer meaningful healing.

    Other Practices
    • Dance
    • Smile and genuinely compliment yourself every time you look in the mirror
    • Meditate
    • Repeat sacral chakra affirmations
    • Write a letter to your inner child encouraging yourself to play and use your divine imagination.
    • Practice yoga. Include the following poses (asanas): Pigeon, Butterfly, Frog, Cobra, Goddess Squat

    Solar Plexus Chakra Self-Care

    • Sanskrit Name: Manipura (“City of Jewels”; sometimes translated as “Lustrous Gem”)
    • Location: A couple inches above the navel/Below the chest
    • Color: Yellow
    • Balanced Attributes: Confident, Positive, Joyful, Empowered, Driven, Motivated, Collaborative, High Self-Esteem
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Lack of Confidence, Negative, Fearful, Low Energy, Indifferent, Unmotivated, Competitive, Low Self-Esteem
    • Fundamental Need: Self-worth
    Fire and Sun

    The solar plexus chakra’s element is fire, so this is the perfect time to have a (safe) bonfire with friends or enjoy some family time by the fireplace. You could also combine some time by the fire with other self-care practices, like meditating. If it’s summer and you’re not keen on starting the fireplace, another powerful practice to balance your solar plexus is to go for a walk or have a picnic in the sun. 

    Write A Self-Love List

    Write out a list of positive qualities you love about yourself, and describe why you love each of those things. For instance, “I love my smile because it lights up a room. When I smile, I notice that other people smile, too.” Focus on both your internal and external qualities. There’s no room for negativity here. Compliment yourself. Focus on the positive. Remember that you are worthy and deserving of unconditional joy and love.

    Other Practices
    • Meditate
    • Repeat solar plexus affirmations
    • Practice color therapy by immersing yourself in all things yellow. Eat yellow foods such as bananas, pineapple, yellow peppers, and squash. Light yellow, lemon-scented candles. Wear yellow. Paint with the color yellow. Color therapy is helpful for working with any of your chakras, but I especially love it for working with the solar plexus chakra because yellow is such a bright, happy color.
    • Practice yoga. Include the following poses (asanas): Warrior I, Full Boat Pose, Bow Pose, Reverse Triangle Pose, Warrior III, Plank

    Heart Chakra Self-Care

    • Sanskrit Name: Anahata (“Unstruck”)
    • Location: Heart/Center of chest
    • Color: Green
    • Balanced Attributes: Loving, Loveable, Peaceful, Compassionate, Empathetic, Trustful, Open-Hearted, Serene, Understanding, Kind
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Unloved, Unlovable, Lonely, Depressed, Indifferent, Judgmental, Distrustful, Self-Isolates, Spiteful, Selfish
    • Fundamental Need: Love
    Walk in Nature

    The color of the heart chakra is green, and its element is air. Combine these attributes by taking a long, cleansing walk in nature, breathing in the fresh air. If you live near a forest or a beautiful, green meadow, this is ideal, but just taking a walk and getting some fresh air can do wonders for healing your heart chakra. You might also go to the beach on a breezy day and let the cool wind dance across your skin.

    “What Feels Like Love To Me?”

    If you’re feeling disconnected from yourself, ask yourself, “What feels like love to me?” This can vary depending on the day. For instance, sometimes love feels like eating your grandma’s homemade chocolate chips cookies, while other days, love feels like a big salad filled to the brim with fresh veggies. Sometimes, love feels going on a hike, and other times, love feels like staying in and cozying up on the couch with a good book. Ask yourself what feels like love to you and let your heart guide you to the answer.

    Other Practices
    • Meditate
    • Repeat heart chakra affirmations
    • Drive with the windows down and let the air blow against your skin
    • Practice any form of self-care that feels especially loving and nurturing to you
    • Practice yoga. Include the following poses (asanas): Camel Pose, Wheel Pose, Handstand, Fish Pose, Extended Puppy Pose, Bridge Pose, Cow Face Pose

    Throat Chakra Self-Care

    • Sanskrit Name: Vishuddha (“Especially pure” or “Purest”)
    • Location: Throat/Center of Neck
    • Color: Light Blue
    • Balanced Attributes: Communicative, Calm, Honest, Peaceful, Decisive, Expressive, Patient, Authentic, Centered, Good Listener
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Excessively Shy, Withdrawn, Dishonest, Loud, Indecisive, Inexpressive, Impatient, Disingenous, Moody, Insincere
    • Fundamental Need: Expression
    Find A Big, Open Space Outdoors

    Yep, nature again. If it’s a nice day, find a quiet spot outside where you have plenty of space. Lay on the ground and watch the sky. You could also meditate outside, sketch the scenery, or write a letter. If you hear any nature sounds, like birds chirping or a babbling creek, allow yourself to close your eyes and just listen. (Listening is as important for your throat chakra as speaking.)

    Write a Letter

    Write an open letter to somebody in your life: a current or past partner, friend, relative, boss, coworker, or even an acquaintance. What have you always wanted to say to this person but never found the courage or the right words? Write your truth in this letter. Allow yourself to release any negative emotions that your body may have been carrying from holding in your truth. (You don’t have to actually send this letter. Simply writing the words may be enough to release this stagnant energy.)

    Other Practices
    • Meditate
    • Repeat throat chakra affirmations
    • Sing
    • Schedule a date with your best friend and practice speaking your authentic truth while being an active, engaged listener
    • Practice yoga. Include the following poses (asanas): Cobra Pose, Fish Pose, Camel Pose, Bridge Pose, Rabbit Pose, Shoulder Stand, Seated Fold

    Third Eye Chakra Self-Care

    • Sanskrit Name: Ajna (“Beyond wisdom.” Can also be translated as “Perceive” or “Command.”)
    • Location: Center of Forehead/Between Eyebrows
    • Color: Indigo (Also associated with purple.)
    • Balanced Attributes: Intuitive, Imaginative, Insightful, Perceptive, Open-Minded, Sense of Clarity, Mentally Strong, Trusting
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Lack of Intuition, Confused, Unimaginative, Fearful, Unable to Focus, Close-Minded, Scattered, Distrusting
    • Fundamental Need: Insight and intuition
    Immerse Yourself in Light

    The third eye chakra’s element is light, so embrace opportunities to sit or walk in the sunshine. If you have a sun room or any open rooms with big windows in your home, take advantage of this space by sitting in silence, reading, or doing some crossword puzzles/logic games. You might also try sitting or meditating under the moonlight if it’s especially bright out.

    Tap Into Your Intuition

    Your intuition is that deep inner knowing that whispers inside of you. We all have one, but like a muscle, it becomes stronger when we actively work with it. The first step to working with your intuition is to quiet your mind and simply listen. You can’t hear what that inner voice is trying to tell you if you’re constantly immersed in noise. The quickest and most profound way to start connecting with your intuition is to let silence be a normal part of your life. If you can, see if you can step away from the outer noise and immerse yourself in silence. And for more practices that will help you tap into your intuition, click here.

    Other Practices
    • Meditate
    • Repeat third eye chakra affirmations
    • Daydream
    • Do some logic puzzles and games that actively engage your mind
    • Practice yoga. Include the following poses (asanas): Downward Facing Dog, Child’s Pose, Extended Puppy Pose, Seated Forward Bend, Head to Knee Pose, Pyramid Pose

    Crown Chakra Self-Care

    • Sanskrit Name: Sahasrara (“Thousand-petaled”)
    • Location: Top of Head
    • Color: Violet (White is often associated with this chakra as well.)
    • Balanced Attributes: Spiritual, Enlightened, Trusting, Peaceful, Creative, Focused, Blissful, Present, Connected to Higher Power
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Cynical, Close-Minded, Lack of Faith, Frustrated with Life, Forgetful, Unfocused, Lonely, Scattered, Disconnected
    • Fundamental Need: Connection to the divine
    Communicate with the Universe

    You can call this prayer or simply speaking to the Universe. If you’re feeling low, heavy, or detached, find a safe spot where you feel comfortable being vulnerable. Then, speak. Surrender your heaviness. Let it out. If it’s more comfortable for you to write your thoughts and feelings, write it in a letter. Then, allow whatever comes forth to be, exactly as it is. Trust that the Universe is supporting you in every way possible.

    Detox/Fast

    Your physical body needs food for nourishment, but your spiritual self doesn’t really need food in the same way. Unlike your other energy centers, which have associated foods that allow for healing, the crown chakra is best healed by detoxing or fasting.* This helps you to clear your mind while flushing out toxins that may be harming your body. When detoxing, focus on fresh fruits, veggies, and lots of water.

    *If you choose to detox or fast, just make sure you’re following the proper guidance of a medical professional.

    Other Practices
    • Meditate
    • Repeat crown chakra affirmations
    • Go inward. Try to find an open field or special spot that gives you lots of space to think, turn inward, and simply be. If you feel safe and comfortable enough to meditate outdoors, this would be the perfect time to meditate. If the weather allows, journaling outdoors is also another powerful practice for healing.
    • Practice yoga. Include the following poses (asanas): Lotus Pose, Corpse Pose, Tree Pose, Headstand, Fish Pose, Standing Prayer Backbend

    What are your favorite chakra healing self-care practices? Share your favorites in the comment box below!

    And for more resources on spirituality, meditation, manifestation, and all things self-love, connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest, where I’m posting positive affirmations and empowering messages daily.


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  • 9 Healing Crystals For New Beginnings
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    9 Healing Crystals For New Beginnings

    In this article, discover nine healing crystals for new beginnings to help you step into this next chapter of your life with courage, clarity, optimism, and unending hope.

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    The Beauty Of New Beginnings

    New beginnings can be one of the most exciting times in a person’s life.

    New career paths. New relationships. New lifestyle changes. New family members. New adventures. New opportunities that carry limitless unseen possibilities.

    In all the newness, there’s always a spark of hope for what’s to come. New beginnings give us a chance to realign with what feels right and true to us – to release what no longer serves us to make space for something fresh and undiscovered to emerge.

    But while new beginnings can be really exciting, they can also be really scary. It can be terrifying to leave the comfort of predictability and certainty – to step into something that comes with no guarantees. Even when we feel really good and hopeful about the path ahead, there are often lingering doubts about what we’re doing.

    Am I really good enough?

    Can I really do this?

    Do I have what it takes?

    Know that it’s okay to ask yourself these questions. There’s nothing wrong with having doubts, even if, deep down, you feel like this is the right path. Something can feel right and still be a little overwhelming and scary, especially in the beginning.

    You always have the power to choose. You can choose your path. You can choose what thoughts and feelings you decide to lean into. You’re allowed to acknowledge your uncertainties while also choosing a mindset that feels good and true to you.

    You can choose hope. You can choose optimism. You can choose to believe in the feelings deep within that are leading you toward this new beginning.

    Below, you’ll find 9 healing crystals for new beginnings. These beautiful gemstones all offer powerful support and guidance as you move forward onto your new path. Some carry with them a little extra hope and optimism. Others will help you to connect with your intuition and inner wisdom as you make choices moving forward. And others will help protect you from negative energy and transform low vibrations into hope, joy, and positivity.

    And if you’re new to the world of crystals and gemstones, be sure to check out my guide on how to cleanse, program, and use crystals to their fullest potential here.

    Crystals For New Beginnings

    Rainbow Moonstone

    If you’re stepping into a new chapter of your life and can pick only one gemstone to carry with you on your journey, Rainbow Moonstone is the one you want on your side (or in your pocket). Quite literally known as the “Stone of New Beginnings,” this beautiful stone will bring you an extra dose of hope and optimism as you journey forward. The name is especially meaningful, as the metaphor of the rainbow is truly apt in this instance. Just like stepping out of a storm to find a beautiful rainbow in the distance, this nurturing stone will bring you hope, optimism, and protection as you move forward with clarity and feelings of deep inner peace.

    Labradorite

    Labradorite is all about embracing your inner wisdom and providing you with mental clarity. When you step forward into a new beginning, it can often be difficult to trust your own judgment. When you’re unsure where to go next – and when you have multiple voices around you telling you what they think is best – Labradorite can help you to connect with your higher consciousness in order to navigate the next right step for you. Additionally, Labradorite is a great stone for restoring your energy when you’re feeling drained and giving you a little extra courage as you move forward.

    Citrine

    Citrine is a powerful mood booster and can bring some extra fun into your life, especially if you’re feeling ultra-serious about this new beginning you’re stepping into. Known as the “Merchant Stone” or “Success Stone,” Citrine is associated with wealth, prosperity, and financial success. Additionally, Citrine is associated with your solar plexus chakra, which is your energy center for confidence, empowerment, positivity, and high self-esteem. So when you combine these powerful properties, you get a crystal that helps you to manifest financial abundance while feeling optimistic, confident, and joyful. The pure positivity this stone brings makes it worth holding onto throughout your day. (I bought a citrine ring when I first started blogging and have worn it every day since!)

    Black Moonstone

    I listed Rainbow Moonstone above, but I figured Black Moonstone also deserves its own spot on this list as its known to hold the energy of the New Moon and new endeavors. This is a calming and grounding stone that can also help you connect deeper with your intuition, which will assist you in making decisions as you move forward. Black Moonstone also offers you profound energy protection, not only deflecting negative energy but transforming it into something lighter and more positive. This is a beautiful stone to keep with you no matter what kind of new beginning you’re stepping into.

    Malachite

    Malachite is a stone of transformation and positive change. It will help to balance your mood and provide you with a positive outlook as you move forward, which is especially beneficial as new beginnings can often leave you feeling uncertain and questioning yourself as you navigate all the changes taking place. Additionally, as it’s connected to your heart chakra, Malachite works with your heart center to help you remain open to unconditional love, love freely, and take positive risks. This can help you to open your heart to new beginnings in relationships as well as to love yourself enough to step forward and be brave.

    Apophyllite

    If new beginnings leave you feeling uneasy, Apophyllite is the perfect stone to ease your worries and fears. As one of the most powerful stones for healing anxiety, Apophyllite is known for being a stone of light, and it infuses its light into your spirit, relieving your tension and unease. You might think of Apophyllite like a beautiful, calming presence that doesn’t just relieve your stress and worry; it transfers its high-vibrational energy to you and truly uplifts your spirits. Additionally, by soothing your worries and calming your mind, Apophyllite will help you to come up with actionable solutions during times of stress.

    Green Aventurine

    Green Aventurine may quite literally be your secret good luck charm. Known as the “Stone of Opportunity,” this crystal is known for its power to bring you good luck, prosperity, and success. It will help you to confidently embrace any changes with courage, optimism, and openness. If everything is starting to feel a little too heavy and overwhelming, Green Aventurine can help lighten the mood, take away from the heaviness, and leave you feeling reinvigorated and renewed.

    Smoky Quartz

    New beginnings come with a lot of ups and downs, and Smoky Quartz is like the best friend who can always help you to remain grounded and centered, no matter what’s happening around you. This grounding stone will help you get through the difficult moments of life, provide clarity in uncertain situations, and transform negative emotions into positive emotions. And if anxiety often leaves you feeling overwhelmed, Smoky Quartz will transform overwhelm into insight so that you can effectively understand and work through any problems that may be disrupting your peace. Plus, an added bonus to using Smoky Quartz is that if often complements and amplifies the energy of any surrounding stones you may also be carrying with you.

    Amazonite

    Amazonite is truly everything you could possibly want as you step into a new beginning: hope, truth, clarity, calm, peace, harmony, and communication. If you’re experiencing fear, worry, and doubt about the path ahead, this powerful stone will transform these low energies into positivity, optimism, encouragement, and hope. Do you possess any fears about getting started? Are you worried about what’s to come? Amazonite can help transform your fear into joy and remind you that true happiness always comes from within.


    Do you have any favorite crystals for new beginnings? What are your favorite practices for using your crystals and gemstones? Share your tips and experiences in the comment box below!

    And for more self-love resources, be sure to connect with me on Instagram, where I post daily affirmation stories every morning. And don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest, where I’m pinning positive affirmations and empowering quotes every single day.


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  • 30 Profound Journal Prompts For Spiritual Growth
    Self Love,  Spirituality

    30 Profound Journal Prompts For Spiritual Growth

    In this article, discover 30 thoughtful journal prompts for spiritual growth to help you connect deeper to both your true self and to the higher power in your life. Plus, download your free printable journal prompts below!

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    Spiritual Growth

    Growing up, I never would’ve considered myself a spiritual person.

    I think I always mostly believed in a higher power, but I always considered this higher power to exist outside of myself. To be completely honest, I often imagined this higher power to be this enormous being who was watching me from the sky, judging and criticizing my every thought and action.

    I believed this higher power had extraordinary expectations for me to be perfect, and I was already so hard on myself all the time – bearing the weight of all those expectations felt like carrying a mountain on my shoulders. In my mind, no matter what I did, it’d never be enough.

    So it became much easier for me to pretend this higher being didn’t exist at all.

    It was just me and myself, I decided. I’d have to figure things out on my own. And that was okay. I didn’t need anyone else. I remember when I was younger, I once asked my mom if she thought I was a leader or a follower.

    “Neither,” she responded. “You don’t feel the need to lead, but you don’t follow either. You’re just your own person.”

    I loved this identity. My own person. Even though I don’t think it was what she meant, I took it to mean that I didn’t need other people at all. Even when things were difficult, I could always make it on my own.

    It took many years of lessons and hardship to realize that trying to be a solely independent person who never relied on anyone else for anything wasn’t really the path I wanted to be on. That I truly and deeply loved people. That I needed them.

    And that I needed something greater than me to believe in. That I needed a higher power: God, the Universe, Source, Love, All That Is – whatever name feels best to you.

    My life changed in the most extraordinary ways when I released my grip on the reins and surrendered control to the Universe. When I began to lean into divine flow. When I trusted the pull of my heart guiding me forward, even when it didn’t make sense.

    And this relationship is still growing. Still expanding. It transforms every day. The more I surrender, let go, and trust, the more miraculous my life becomes. I was so worried about control for so long, yet it was releasing this control that brought me the true peace I’d been searching for my entire life.

    Below, you’ll find 30 journal prompts for spiritual growth to help you on your own spiritual journey. These questions focus both on your relationship with your true self as well as your relationship with a higher power. You can also download your copy of these free printable journal prompts at the bottom of this post.

    Before you begin responding to any of these journal prompts, I want you to make a promise to yourself to be kind and compassionate with yourself no matter what comes up. Allow yourself the grace of imperfection. Embrace your past, as every experience you’ve encountered has brought you here today.

    And also, what I believed when I was little? About a higher power sitting in the sky watching and criticizing your every move? It isn’t true. We all have different, unique relationships with the Universe, but for all of us, this is true:

    The Universe has never criticized or condemned you. The Universe has never judged you for your thoughts or actions. The Universe is love. The Universe knows only love. And the Universe only feels perfect, unconditional love for you.

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    Journal Prompts For Spiritual Growth

    • Who is my true self?
    • What do I love most about my true self?
    • Do I ever hide my true self out of fear of being judged or criticized?
    • The next time I’m tempted to hide my true self, what can I tell myself to confidently stand in who I am and embrace myself fully?
    • What has my spiritual journey looked like up to this point in my life?
    • What does “spirituality” mean to me?
    • What does it mean to me to be a spiritual person? What about my spiritual self am I still learning and discovering?
    • When and/or where do I feel most connected to my spiritual self?
    • What is my relationship with a higher power?
    • How does a higher power show up in my daily life?
    • How would I like a higher power to show up in my life? Can I ask this higher power to show up for me in this way?
    • In what ways does the Universe (or God) speak to me? How do I speak back to the Universe?
    • When I communicate with the Universe, do I feel heard?
    • Do I feel like the higher power in my life criticizes me or loves me without condition? How does this higher power feel about me?
    • What is my soul’s purpose? Do I feel connected to my purpose? If not, what steps can I take to discover my soul’s purpose?
    • When do I feel most at peace?
    • How can I cultivate deeper feelings of inner peace in my daily life, even when the outer world feels heavy and overwhelming?
    • What miracles have I experienced in my life? What do these miracles mean to me?
    • How has the Universe guided me throughout my life through the use of signs, synchronicities, and my own intuition?
    • Am I currently receiving any spiritual guidance about my path? What is this guidance telling me is the next right step?
    • Am I able to surrender to spiritual guidance, or is it sometimes difficult for me to give up control? What do I fear will happen if I release control and surrender?
    • What does it mean to me to surrender?
    • What are some things I’m worrying about right now? How can I turn over these worries to a higher power?
    • Do I ever feel lost or alone in my life? Am I able to turn to a higher power during these times? If this is difficult, what makes it hard to do?
    • Has there ever been a time in my life when my prayers weren’t answered (or it seemed as though they weren’t answered), and this actually worked out positively for me?
    • What are some examples of past experiences when the Universe gave me exactly what I needed at exactly the right time?
    • How does spiritual growth require change and transformation? Is this easy or hard for me?
    • The Law of Rhythm states that everything comes in cycles, and nothing stays in one state forever. We can see this in the changing of seasons and the cycles of the moon. What cycles appear in my own life? How can understanding that everything is part of a greater cycle help me to cultivate deeper feelings of inner peace?
    • Did I have any childhood experiences that negatively affected my belief, attitude, or relationship toward God, the Universe, and/or the concept of spirituality? Have I been able to heal from these experiences, or is there still healing to be done?
    • What self-care practices can I do for myself to nourish my spiritual self? How can I take care of my mind, body, and spirit?

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    What Is The Law Of Attraction? (A Complete Guide)

    In this article, learn what the Law of Attraction is and how it affects your daily life. Plus, learn how to use the Law of Attraction to manifest your future, and discover how the Law of Attraction is linked to the 12 Laws of the Universe.

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    What Is The Law Of Attraction?

    The Law of Attraction is one of the 12 spiritual laws of the universe. While each of these universal laws is inextricably linked with one another, the Law of Attraction is arguably the most well-known in both popular culture and in the spiritual community.

    So what exactly makes the Law of Attraction so special?

    To answer this, we first need to understand what the Law of Attraction is and how it affects our daily lives.

    The Law of Attraction states that like attracts like; the vibrations, beliefs, and emotions we put out into the world are what we receive in our lived experiences.

    In the most basic sense, this is how it works:

    If you approach your daily life emitting feelings of joy, love, and positivity, you receive experiences in your life that mirror these emotions.

    But if you maintain a negative attitude in which you always consider yourself the victim and claim that nothing ever works out for you, you’ll continue to receive experiences that reflect this belief.

    (There’s a little more to this, though, and we’ll cover that below.)

    By understanding how the Law of Attraction works, we can use this law to consciously vibrate at the frequency of what we want to attract. We usually refer to this practice as manifestation.

    In this article, we’ll cover how you can use the Law of Attraction to manifest your future, plus we’ll dive deeper into how the other spiritual laws all support the Law of Attraction. (Simply put, you can’t have the Law of Attraction on its own. These laws are all intertwined, and together, they create a special kind of magic. More on that below!)

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    How Does The Law Of Attraction Work?

    The Law of Attraction is a profound reminder that your greatest power is always in the present moment.

    How often do you check in with your thoughts? Do you ever step back and ask, “What energy am I emitting right now?”

    For many of us, it’s easy to replay events of the past or worry about the future. In fact, this may be our status quo. What can I worry about? What unseen challenges ahead can I prepare myself for? How can I protect myself from an uncertain future?

    We gravitate towards these types of thoughts because they feel like control.

    But the truth is, replaying the same past-based and future-based thoughts isn’t control at all.

    Again, your greatest power is in the present moment. Your control over your future is in this present moment. It’s in how you show up for yourself. It’s in the energy you put out into the world.

    It’s in your dominant vibration.

    To go back to the beginning, like attracts like. If you’re constantly replaying your fears on a loop, you become a vibrational match for the very experiences you fear. (You might refer to this as a self-fulfilling prophecy.)

    But when you lean into peace, trust, gratitude, and other powerful, uplifting emotions, you become a vibrational match for more of these types of experiences to manifest in your reality.

    That is, in essence, how the Law of Attraction works.

    One important note I want to make, though, is this:

    This does not mean you have to be happy 100% of the time. And this absolutely does not mean you have to suppress negative thoughts and feelings within. When you suppress energy, it doesn’t go away; rather, it remains inside of you until you’re ready to acknowledge and fully feel it, even if it’s uncomfortable at first.

    It’s important to understand this:

    There’s a difference between someone who is constantly angry, bitter, and negative about life versus someone who has a pretty positive attitude but just has a bad day every once in a while. Having bad days and low moments just means you’re human.

    The key is practicing compassion.

    If you can continually practice compassion when you’re experiencing heavy and low moments, that love and compassion you feel for yourself will instantly lift your vibration to a better place.

    How To Use The Law Of Attraction To Manifest Your Future

    Now, I’m going to share with you what I call the manifestation blueprint.

    What often prevents people from becoming confident long-term manifestors is that they treat manifestation like a game. They usually have a fake-it-til-you-make-it mentality. “If I can just remain 100% happy and positive all the time, everything I want will come to me.”

    When I first started my journey, that was what I believed. And I’ll tell you, it was exhausting and not mentally sustainable.

    The truth is, manifestation is less of a game and more of an art. There’s an ebb and flow between you and the universe that can actually be really easy and feel really good once you learn how to lean into it.

    So here’s the manifestation blueprint:

    • First, you set an intention based on the authentic, deeply felt dreams that have been placed in your heart.
    • You communicate this intention to the Universe. Your positive vibrations are one way of communicating this intention, as by vibrating at the frequency of your desires, you express that you’re ready to receive more of this good-feeling thing. (This is where the Law of Attraction comes in.)
    • The Universe works behind the scenes to set everything in motion. It communicates back to you in the form of signs, synchronicities, and most importantly, your own intuition. Being in the vibration of what you desire allows you to receive these signs and inner nudges with clarity. (In contrast, being in a state of stress, worry, and anger will cause you to miss these signs and feelings.)
    • Then, you take inspired action based on the communication the Universe has given you. (More on this below.)
    • This communication between you and the Universe continues. The Universe sends you signs (usually through your intuition), and you follow your intuition by taking aligned action. Essentially, once the Universe communicates what to do, you do that thing.
    • And as you follow this path, you’ll begin to see your dream manifest into your reality. Keep following the nudges. Keep taking inspired action. And stay in the vibration of your dreams and desires so you can receive divine guidance when it comes.

    If you want to learn more, I definitely encourage you to check out my article on how to manifest something into your reality here.

    The 12 Laws Of The Universe

    So now, let’s return to what we discussed in the intro. The Law of Attraction is just one of the 12 Laws of the Universe. If you’re interested in learning more, I go into a deeper explanation of what these 12 laws are in this article.

    Here’s a quick list of these 12 spiritual laws:

    I definitely recommend learning more about each of these laws, as the Law of Attraction is only one piece of a larger puzzle.

    The Law of Vibration and the Law of Inspired Action are especially important when understanding how the Law of Attraction works, so I’m going to focus on those two right now.

    The Law of Vibration

    The Law of Vibration states that everything and every being is in a constant state of vibration, always emitting frequencies and energies that often aren’t seen on the surface.

    When you hear about the Law of Attraction, you’ll often hear the word vibration being used. “Raise your vibration” and “high vibrations” are common phrases in this space.

    But what exactly does this mean?

    Everything is always in constant motion. If you walk outside, you’ll see that everything in nature holds a different energy, or vibrational frequency. The energy of the sun is different than the energy of the trees, which is different than the energy of your car.

    You, too, hold a vibrational frequency. This frequency can and often does change. 

    Once you understand that you possess your own vibrational frequency, you realize you have the power to tune your frequency to a higher vibration. 

    The vibrational frequency you emit has a profound effect on your daily experience. When you operate at a higher frequency, you invite a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment into your world.

    So the Law of Attraction and the Law of Vibration are inextricably intertwined: the vibration you emit into the world is what you’re attracting.

    I also like to think of it like this:

    What are you moving towards right now? Are you moving towards stress? Worry? Anger? Are you moving towards peace? Trust? Freedom? Every feeling and emotion holds its own vibration.

    What you’re moving towards is moving towards you, too.

    Or, rather, the vibration you’re moving towards is also moving towards you.

    The Law of Inspired Action

    This is a big one. In fact, this is the primary reason why people claim the Law of Attraction doesn’t work: because they’re skipping this foundational universal law.

    Simply put, you can’t have the Law of Attraction without the Law of Inspired Action.

    So what exactly is this law?

    The Law of Inspired Action states that you must take real, actionable, inspired steps in order to achieve your goals and invite your manifestations into your life.

    Here’s how I like to explain it:

    What you want also wants you. Do you long to experience true love? True love wants you, too. Are you seeking financial prosperity? Financial prosperity wants you, too.

    It was never about becoming more worthy of these things. You are already infinitely worthy of what you desire. It’s simply about becoming an energetic match for these positive experiences to enter your life.

    Once you start vibrating at the frequency of love and abundance, you become an energetic match for more love and abundance to enter your life.

    But does that mean you’re automatically going to receive these things in your life right now?

    Not necessarily.

    If you’re an energetic match for experiencing financial abundance, you may not see financial prosperity in your life right this second. But that doesn’t mean your manifestation isn’t working.

    Remember what I wrote in the manifestation steps above? This is part of the third bulletpoint:

    “Being in the vibration of what you desire allows you to receive these signs and inner nudges with clarity.”

    So if you’re an energetic match for abundance, you’re in the vibration to receive intuitive nudges to guide you on the path toward your abundance. These intuitive nudges may tell you to go talk to a person, sign up for a course, submit an application, start a blog, write a book – the possibilities are endless.

    Once you receive this intuitive nudge, that’s when you take inspired action.

    Inspired action is based on surrendering to the guidance of the universe and listening to the call of your inner knowing.

    So again, this is often the missing link when people say the Law of Attraction doesn’t work. They believe that if something doesn’t materialize in their outer world, it’s not working.

    But often, it is working. They may be receiving intuitive guidance to take an inspired step forward.

    But without fully understanding the full scope of the universal laws, this intuitive guidance may be ignored.


    Recap

    The Law of Attraction states that like attracts like; the vibrations, beliefs, and emotions you put out into the world are what you receive in your lived experiences. By understanding how this law works, you can intentionally tune your vibration to match your desires, thus attracting more of what you want into your lived experience. But remember: you can’t have the Law of Attraction without the other 11 universal laws. Each law is linked, and together, they create a roadmap to a life of true peace and fulfillment.


    Have any questions about the Law of Attraction or want to share your experiences with this powerful universal law? Share your questions and experiences in the comment box below!

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