spirituality

WHISPERS OF A SHADOW WORKER

Shadows creep and they linger. They are always in the background, hiding, lurking. Like dark little spirits, they attack When least expected. They leech onto our souls, Spirits, Hearts; and, Minds. They twist our thoughts, our feelings, our every word, Until they come pouring out in a vault of tears, cries, and aches. And let us not forget the regrets. Too often they seep out and cause regret. We think we have the upper hand; That we have recognized our womanly cycles, And that we have come prepared for their shadowy attack. Yet still, we are caught off guard. We are taken asunder, despite all our efforts. And we weep. Oh, how we weep. But somewhere in our weeping we find space, To rebuild boundaries. By acknowledging them and working with them rather than against, We once more begin to ta...

HOW TO CREATE A LIFE THAT YOU DESIRE WITH THE POWER OF YOUR MIND

Do you ever dream about your goals and desires and hear the voice in your head saying “You can’t do this!” or “You’re not good enough!” or even “Who do you think you are?!” Do you wonder if you’ll ever be able to escape these thoughts? I’ve been there. I’ve been what felt like a prison of my own mind. A prison from which I couldn’t escape, ever! But did you know that you have complete power and control over your thoughts? Did you know that you can in fact change the way you think? You can make your mind and thoughts work for you, rather than against you. This is so important because if you think negative and disempowering thoughts, you will in turn feel completely down. And from that state what kind of actions will you take? Now imagine how would it feel like and everything you would actua...

SPIRITUAL LESSONS FOR TODAY’S CHALLENGES

“You need to find Jesus.” My realtor told me this, sitting solemnly with me at my kitchen table. I’d sent a simple inquiry about a house while thinking of downsizing. I was trying on the fit of a smaller house, financially. Inquiring online means putting enough information into the site that the realtor can scout out whether this could be a potential sale, and so here he was at my house with me, discussing my situation. It was hard to sum up my life story to him with grace: I am divorced, and I have custody of our three children. Trying to explain why this big house did not work out for me and my live-in boyfriend of six years does not sound unusual in today’s world, but it does not sound like the story of an exemplary mother. It sounds like a person who has difficulty with relationships a...

WELCOME HOME, DARLING

I anxiously waited for Michigan’s burden to lift: the weight of memories, the fading friendships, beaches overrun by antiquated emotion, streets dampened by old feelings. With urgency bubbling in my blood, I desperately clung to the idea I would be nothing short of another insolvent 20-something in the music industry ‘trying to make it’ unless I found an opportunity outside the Midwest. I closely tied Michigan with failure. How unfairly I treat Michigan; I love her dearly, she’s bled out all she can offer me. Lady Luck took pity on my weary, burnt-out soul; Tennessee called my name and I responded gratefully. Armed with a fierce yearning to escape, I traveled for eight hours alone to arrive alone in the depths of an unfamiliar city. Suddenly, I am here; surrounded b...

PRACTICING NOWNESS

Your natural state is calm, content, and at peace. Not stressed. Not anxious. This is an affirmation I’ve repeated to myself a lot lately. To be completely transparent, I’m not very good at being present during each passing moment. I remember my first semester of college I was spacing out in a buzzing auditorium with over 2,000 other freshmen when I heard a guy over the microphone simply say, “Be where your feet are.” It’s been five years since that moment and it’s still some of the most influential and profound advice I’ve ever received. It’s so simple but it’s meaning is so complex; it requires complete awareness of self. We live in a distracted, anxious, busy world. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked up from my o...

LETTING GO: OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE… OLD?

The past few years have been, at times, challenging, but overall, were rewarding. I am finding who I want to be, and who I am from within is finally reflecting on the outside. I now have purpose, direction, and self-determination. Many of my dreams and visions of my future are coming to clarity, and this is primarily due to changing thought processes and patterns of behavior. This past year especially, I have learned to de-clutter, both around my home and within myself. I have let go of some past pattern of behaviors, changed my eating habits slightly, and exercised more. I cleaned out the closets in my home and donated a lot of clothes to Goodwill. I began journaling, too, about my thoughts and memories. Writing down memories that affect me in some way, and how I felt at that point in tim...

BOWL OF LIGHT

  Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.                                         -Albus Dumbledore   If you are anything like me, you are a predominately positive person (wow, so many p’s!). You love to laugh, you roll the windows down on summer days, you sing at the top of your lungs. You would be the first person to pick your friend up if she was feeling down. But, you are also human. And, if you are anything like me there are days when you find yourself stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts. Maybe something went wrong at work or you had a fight with a family member. Maybe nothing necessarily happened to cause this pattern of thinking but it seems impossible to make your way out of the downward spiral. First, let ...

WHAT ON EARTH IS EARTHING?

Summer is vast approaching and while half the world’s population are probably shopping or digging out their slip flops, sandals, and summer shoes, here’s me looking forward to bearing all walking shoeless! Walking barefooted on the earth is earthing. It’s not a modern thing and dates to prehistoric India where stamping barefooted on the ground was preparation for an ancient spiritual dance known as Bharatanatyam. The stamping on the earth known as ‘Adavus’ gave women blessings from Mother Earth, empowerment, and grounding. As a child, I used to love running around on the grass and mud barefooted. I felt free. Shoes can be restrictive, and earthing is reverting to nature.  It’s plain to see when children kick off their shoes and trainers when playing. Just as the sun showers us with Vitamin...

WHY THE TERM “OVERCOME YOUR FEAR” NEEDS A SERIOUS RETHINK

I’ve been consumed by a sense of scarcity lately. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it’s as though my soul is choking on dust. It seems like this world has limited, depleting resources and I’m always running behind the candy train. My pulse races over the smallest of things slipping through my fingers: the last nacho on the shared plate going into someone else’s mouth, losing one earring from the set, the extra cash on restaurant meals (I can cook at home!). I feel smaller, contained, nervous, fearful that if don’t keep a beady eye on all parts of my life, the things that I hold dear will slip away, or be snatched, irrecoverably. I re-enforce boundaries, protect what I have, hoard my thoughts and my stuff. In my fluster of activity, I’m trying to achieve fullness and satisfaction, but...

SCRIPTURE

  God doesn’t make any mistakes For each one of our lives he will take Believe in him and know that he is real The tough times he can pull you through, it’s his Will Prayer, meditation, yoga keeps you focused and fit Along with the help of the MOST HIGH, you’ll stay aligned and won’t quit At times, it will be unbearable and hard and all Depend on those around you to catch you when you fall You’re still here for a reason you have to believe that Know that this is not the end for you It’s a fact that time heal all wounds too Acceptance of a life perished is very hard to swallow Just keep moving forward for there is tomorrow  You will see them again Author: Kelly Boyd Author Bio: A writer of the highs and lows of life, love and relationships. Link to social media or website: https://www....

BRACE YOURSELF TO FACE YOURSELF

The realization of feeling happy, enough and valuable hit me so suddenly I almost choked. It was a chilly afternoon, and cotton candy clouds were hugging the setting sun. And I just stood there, almost crushed by the discovery I’d just made. Now, I’m not here to brag about how spiritual, mindful and enlightened I am, because I am not. My life has been very far from perfect: from being molested from ages seven to 11, which lead to 15-year long depression, anorexia, bulimia, orthorexia, borderline personality disorder, alcohol abuse, PTSD, insomnia and panic attacks – you name it, I had it. But at the core of all of my problems was one simple belief: “I am not enough”. Not worthy, not valuable, not lovable, NOTHING. Looking back, the desire to stop existing was enweaved into my life fo...

MY ISSUE WITH THE “GOOD VIBES ONLY” MANTRA

  The phrase “good vibes only” seems to be all over…on people’s Instagram bios, on tees, on buttons, etc. It appears to be a positive mantra, but it’s not quite realistic. Life cannot be perfect, and often times it’s not meant to be. When one goes through difficult times, it usually turns out to be a learning experience that shapes you, makes you stronger, or gives you more wisdom about life. I’m not going to lie, while I’m going through rough times I wish I could just snap my fingers and make the problems disappear. After the fact though, I start to realize the lessons those experiences taught me and how it made me the person I am today, stronger and more aware. For examples, after heartbreak or while feeling as though I was never good enough (in any aspect of my life). Do I wi...

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