Connect back to source.
Learning to meditate is like learning how to run - with your soul. It was one of the hardest things I've learned to do but one of the most rewarding. It's the gift that keeps on giving - connecting back to self. It's your direct channel back to who you are at the very core of your being. It's the blueprint of your soul that serves as your north star. Throughout life, we are conditioned to focus on external goals and factors, material things, and societal expectations and norms.
It is through deep reflection and meditation that we can break through who we think we should be and uncover who we really are and why we are here. Meditation can take many forms - both active and passive. It's the intention behind the focus that matters. I have found that creating space for meditation in my home, however large or small, is integral to how I start and end my day.
Interior Design, Decorating
Full moon practice
How do you celebrate a full moon? I love encouraging people to light Palo Santo or incense to clear negative energy and restore tranquility. I also like to thank the moon for what took place this month and welcome in the new moon by lighting a candle.
Harnessing crystal energy
The best way to think about crystals is that they are simply one more set of tools in your broader health and wellness toolbox that help invite in more balance and harmony between your mind, body, and spirit. Everything is made of energy. And various crystals and gemstones carry with them varying concentrations of earth energy that can help draw out various energies within you, with your cooperation. You know you’ve found the ‘right’ crystal for you simply by picking up the one you are drawn to.
Coffee table altar
I created this coffee table scape to invite in nature and a sense of renewal. Notice the repeat colors (greens), materials (wood), and shapes (circles) that are used to create a sense of balance. I love to mix natural elements like grounding marble, reflective glass, and an amplifying stone like malachite to open up the heart and throat chakras and invite in abundance. The hamsa coasters are a reminder of the eye of consciousness and invite in protection and happiness.
Working with oracle cards
I love using Oracle cards as one of the tools in my spiritual toolbox. I ask specific questions or simply ask for general guidance, and I find that the cards I pull ultimately give me a sense of comfort and food for thought for that day. Over time, I have purchased new cards when I feel I am ready for new or different guidance. Some focus on strengthening your masculine or feminine energy, others focus on the healing energy of crystals. Pick the card deck you are drawn to.
Choosing a focal point
When I first started meditating, I found it impossible to close my eyes and simply focus on the darkness. Instead, my meditation teacher asked me to pick a focal point in the room and place all my focus on that. If your mind starts to wander, forgive yourself and simply refocus. This is the first step in learning to quiet the chatter in your mind that will create space for meditation.
Object of my affection
Surrounding yourself with objects made with love, that you love, is a key ingredient in creating a high vibrational life. I love this Buddha, which I found in a small shop in Siem Reap, Cambodia just outside of Angkor Wat. The Buddha is hand carved using native wood and covered in lotus seeds that have been organically dyed. One small step you can take to create a more high vibrational home is to place objects around your space that you love, that cause you to pause and reflect for a moment.
Morning practice journaling
I started journaling a little over four years ago and use it as a tool to connect to myself, the Universe, and the grander scheme of life. I oftentimes start my mornings with journaling and chanting a mantra while using my Japa prayer beads, made of malachite, that I picked up on a recent trip to Bhutan. Malachite encourages risk taking and change. It is a stone of transformation that protects your energetic field. If you don't know what to write, write a letter to the Universe and respond.
A prayer for the eyes
Who and what you surround yourself with impacts your emotional wellbeing. Just like what you feed yourself with shapes your physical body and wellbeing, what you feed your eyes with impacts your emotional and energetic well being. I found this praying monk statue on my first trip to Bali. I have always found him to be so peaceful. Just looking at him helps calm and center me. Do you have any objects that help calm you, just by looking at them?