Why meditation is important?

I decided to do this blog about meditation because loads of people hear that it is something that we should practice daily because of its benefits but don’t really follow up with it because they either don’t do it well, and don’t feel any change or they don’t believe that staying in a quiet space for a few minutes daily will really change their world. I am not judging anybody because I was like that before I became a Reiki Practitioner.

So what is Meditation?

Meditation is a mental concentration that helps to control our mind and our thoughts while engaging in mental activity either focusing on specific thoughts or focusing on nothing at all. When meditating, we connect with the universe within our physical bodies, emotional bodies, and mental bodies or our body and mind. It brings together and centers the interaction of these 3 different bodies with our spiritual body or our soul.

It has been proven that physically, meditation affects us in many wonderful ways. It increases the production and flow of endorphins ~ calm and soothes the body. It lowers also our blood pressure and helps to re-align our brain patterns so our body begins healing itself. Reiki also is a powerful energy healing technique.

Emotionally, meditation can help us to eliminate negative thoughts, worries, anxiety, all factors that can prevent us from feeling happy. It helps to reduce the intensity and frequency of our resentments and fear, moving toward a more consistent feeling of caring, compassion, and love.

Mentally, meditation is said to improve focus, mental clarity and reduce or eliminate stress. It allows us to detach from our addiction to thinking too much, our re-living of past events and projecting our worries and fears into the future. It can also give you peace, which I feel is desperately needed in today’s society.

Meditation will help us to practice re-directing our energy in a positive way.

“The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There’s only one moment for you to live.”

Buddha

We need to be aware that thinking negative thoughts, feeling angry, having resentments and fear, or act selfishly and destructively, is creating that same type of environment and world around us.

By daily meditating, we will become a calmer person; we will gain mental serenity in each task we perform and it will help us re-condition our mind in a positive way, to improve the quality of our effect upon others and ourselves.

So why not meditating daily? Meditation is free, it’s powerful, can be practiced by anyone, everywhere, is extremely beneficial and can help us to feel happier. So make it a priority to add Meditation to your daily task.

It is important to remember that the results are different from person to person and before you can see the results it may takes some time.

How to start meditating?

  • You need to find a special space for meditation at the start after you will be able to do it anywhere. But if you are new, find your quiet place, where you feel good. Start your practice while in a position that comes naturally to you; it can be sitting on the floor on a mat, or lying down, or kneeling down or standing up. You don’t need to be in the lotus position to meditate. My favorite place is lying down on my bed as I put crystals healing on my body while meditating.
  • Find the right time to meditate, try to do it each day at the same time, dusk and dawn are a great time but it is up to you. You want to feel comfortable and you want to have peace of mind, so if you have children wait until they are gone to school. “Your Me Time!”. The advantage of doing it at the same time also is that your body will slow down faster… Remember we are creatures of habits!
  • You can also light a candle, use incense, put light music or use guided meditation on Youtube… There are tons of them.
  • If you are not using guided meditation, when you are in the right position, just concentrate on your breathing… deep breathing coming from your stomach. Inhale deeply through your nose. Hold your breath as you count to 5. Release the air via a slow, deep exhale through your nose. Do it a few times until you feel very relaxed. Oxygen revitalizes you, resets your mind, body and spirit and allows you to feel better. You can close your eyes or focus on something, maybe the candle… It is up to you.
  • When you are in that state, try to remove all the thoughts from your head and you should feel your body getting heavier, your head, your neck, your shoulders, your spine, your legs…. Be conscious of your environment but don’t let it bother you and let your mind wander. You can create your happy place, it might be somewhere you know, or maybe a fantasy place. Make it a safe place where you can go whenever you want to find peace. The more you’ll practice and the more you’ll shape this sacred place, in there you can tell your intentions, you can see yourself and/or your family/friends in the future. There is no right or wrong way to do meditation… Just let yourself go!!! Or if you prefer just focus on something that is bothering you, and ask for answers. In that state of unconscious mind you will find what you are looking for if you practice regularly.

So you need to decide yourself if you want to take this habit of meditating each day! As I said there is no right way and no wrong way. You will find what suits you better and what works for you. It may be helpful to keep a brief journal to record any insights that arise during your practice.

People meditate for different reasons: to feel calm, to diminish stress or pain, to get through a crisis, or to engage in spiritual practice. Through meditation, you attain the power to control your thoughts, and on occasion stop them completely. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t reach a silent mind in the first few sessions. It takes time and practice. Meditation is a simple and spontaneous action. Unfortunately, our mind is used to complication and it takes time to unlearn bad habits.

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

Mahatma Gandhi 

I do believe meditation is very important in our daily lives! I see too many people living in the rat race and not enjoying life to the fullest! Here are 2 questions for you:

Have you tried meditation before? If not, why not?

If you practice regular meditation, what kind of meditation you do?

Feel free to add you comment below

Kathy

Candle ~ Gift of Love

Turn any room into an immediate romantic space with this magical fragrance. Rose, honey suckle and warm woodsy scented candle is reiki infused with the intention of love and romance.

Affirmation:

“I trust my body, I release all energy”

Make it personal adding either some crystals or incense or flowers.

On the pics: Rose Quartz crystals and Dragon blood incense.

Love and Light Always 💜🙏🕉

Candle ~ Desire

The Root Chakra is the First energy center and it is associated with the feeling of safety and grounding. The root chakra provides the foundation on which we build our life.

The scent: Rich combination of olibanum, myrrh, patchouli, sheer musk , middle notes of licorice and undertone of floral lilac and warm earthy scent of cedar, with base notes of vanilla and musk.

This candle is reiki infused with manna incense perfect to attract prosperity and money.

Affirmation:

“Today, I possess the Power I need to manifest the life I desire”

This candle may promote a sense of peace, relaxation, grounding and connectedness. It may deepens your spiritual practice and bring prosperity.

Candle ~ Rejoice

The Sacral Chakra is associated with our emotional body, sensuality and creativity. The balance of the Sacral Chakra allows us to improve our relationships with ourselves and others.

The scent: notes of bergamot, orange and lemon with middle notes of geranium, lily and rose and an undertone of white musk.

This incredible unique fragrance is reiki infused with some copal incense perfect to channel your energy.

Affirmation:

“I feel complete peace from within. All is well”

This candle will help your self-esteem, bring happiness and increase confidence, mental clarity, and creative self expression.

Candle ~ Inception

The Third Eye Chakra is the center of intuition and foresight. The function of the third eye chakra is driven by the principle of openness and imagination.

The scent: Base note of sweet, spicy and woody Frankincense and heart note of pine

This candle is reiki infused with black Benzoin incense perfect to balance your energy, let go of fear and open your mind

Affirmation:

“I trust my intuition and have unlimited possibilities”

This candle may help reduce stress, and relax. Good for meditation and purification. Might help financial gain.

Candle ~ Uplifting

The Root Chakra is the First energy center and it is associated with the feeling of safety and grounding. The root chakra provides the foundation on which we build our life.

The scent: Magical blend of cannabis flower and
base notes of raspberry and cantaloupe, middle notes of jasmine and violet, and fresh top notes of grapefruit and kumquat.

This candle is reiki infused with red myrrh incense perfect to purify, connect with the divine and protect.

Affirmation:

“I manifest love, prosperity, happiness and an abundance of all good things”

This candle will help uplift your happiness, increase high vibration and clairvoyance. This may help heal depression.

Look For The Stars

Attitude is everything!
Whatever storm you are going through in your life, always look for the brighter side of it. 🦋🌸

Take a step back from your life for a moment and mostly from the news and look around you.
You are the most important person and you need to take care of YOU 💕

🌸 Take time to be grateful for your surroundings
🌸 Take time to see the beauty around you – nature is beautiful!
🌸 Take time to be thankful for everything you have
🌸 Take time to appreciate people around you

We are surrounded by too much negativity!
Do something today to help a stranger. Buy this person a cup of coffee! It doesn’t have to be costly! Smile to a stranger!
The world would be a better place if each person starts giving something without expecting anything!

One Love ❤️

Yarrow

What is Yarrow?

The scientific name of yarrow is Achillea millefolium. Yarrow is grown in downy perennial of pastures, roadsides and waste places, from June until November. It belongs to the family Asteraceae. Yarrow was also known as herbal militaris for its use in stopping the flow of blood from injuries. Yarrow is in myth and legend; it is a plant that many cultures of the world have used and revered. Achillea millefolium was named in honor of the Greek god Achilles; who according to legend, used this herb extensively for wound staunching on the battlefield.

Umbel like clusters

Description of Yarrow

Yarrow carries numerous flower heads in 6-10cm flat-topped umbel like clusters to 50cm high. The untrained eye could initially mistake yarrow’s flowering structure for an umbel, and place yarrow in the carrot family. Each flower is comprised of a yellow-cream disc florets and pink-white ray florets. The leaves of this plant are very beautiful, millefolium which means thousand leaf, dark green and feathery, with numerous very fine slightly jumbled leaflets. Wispy, feathery foliage, which seemingly resembles the wild carrot. Yarrow’s leaves, with their thin and finely divided lobes, gave rise to its other common names; ‘milfoil’ and ‘thousand leaf’.

Benefits of yarrow

Yarrow is commonly used for diarrhea, gas, asthma, colds, runny nose, arthritis, wounds, skin healing, liver disorders, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

The volatile oil constituents, such as cineole, have anti septic qualities, while azulene, responsible for the blue colour of the essential oil, not only reduces inflammation, but stimulates the formulation of tissue for wound healing. The flowers taste bitter, and have a characteristic medicinal odour. Yarrow has creamy white ray-florets, delicately framing the orange-tinted, central disk-florets, but pink strains of yarrow will frequently be seen. Five or six florets are typically found in each individual flower head.

Be careful when taking Yarrow it can be dangerous, ensure you consult your doctor before use.

Flowering stem

Harvest and Growth

Leaves: Spring – when young.

Flowers: From July – September, just when opening

New growth will re-emerge from its creeping and steadily spreading rhizomes in early Spring (march). The root system means we usually find the plant growing as dense mats. The basal leaves are sometimes quite large and sprawling, always on long leafstalk, and initially grow in a rosette. When coming into flower, the stem leaves become shorter, sessile, and alternately spaced.

The flowers start blooming from June, with furrowed, flowering stems, typically reaching heights of 60-70cm. If you look closely from below, you will see numerous flower stalks clustered together high up on the stem, you will also see how they do not all originate from a central point on the stem, as per umbelliferous plants.

Yarrow grows in a range of habitats, throughout Britain and Ireland, except for areas which are permanently waterlogged, or on soils that are strongly acidic. It populates waysides, pastures, grassy places, hedgerows, and waste-ground, in town or country, throughout the land. It is a lover of temperate climates, you can almost always easily find yarrow in Britain, even at altitudes of up to around 1100 metres. While on the coast, look in fields by the dunes and stabilised shingle. It thrives in harsh conditions without losing a fresh look of vitality. This becomes especially noticeable during droughts, when its dark green foliage stands out from brown and withered neighboring plants.

Kathy

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Lavender, one of the most popular essential oils in the world

The most popular one is Lavandula augustifolia, I was used to have a lot of  plants when I was in France and I still take some from my parents garden, dry the flower, put it in little pouch and then in my wardrobe to have a nice smell.  Lavender is not only a plant with fresh and floral scent but has many benefits for our health and skin care.

Little History :

  • Lavender has been discovered over 2,500 Years ago. The Egyptian used it for mummification and as a perfume
  • The Romans used the lavender oil for bathing, cooking and purifying the air. It got the name from the roman “lavare” which means laver (in french) or to wash (in english)

Today Lavender has so many virtues and that is why we use it in our skincare. It’s been used both cosmetically and therapeutically. It is a powerful antioxydant, antimicrobial, antidepressive , has calming effect and sedative.

  • Lavender restores skin complexion and reduce acne
  • Slows aging process with powerful antioxydants
  • Relieves pain
  • Reduces nervousness and emotional stress
  • Helps healing wounds and burns
  • Improves brain function
  • Can help with hair loss by massaging the scalp

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I am only in beauty industry and not a doctor so you can check out all the health benefits on the internet however it has been shown that lavender essential oil is a natural antioxydant that will prevent and reverse disease and also helped people maintaining normal and stable mood, helping with memory and improving sleep.

We can use also essential oils in candles which has an aromatherapeutic properties. Aroma candles are made for holistic therapeutic care — for providing well-being to the body, mind, and spirit.

The fragrances of essential oils are emanated in order to stimulate the senses and candles are not just for their pleasant fragrances, but also for their ability to change our mood — to help us feel good.

To use it on the skin, lavender oil  can be added to a carrier oil (such as jojoba or sweet almond), or a cream ( Aloe Vera) Once blended with a carrier oil, or cream, lavender essential oil can be massaged into your skin or added to your bath.bath-oil-2510783_1280

You can also sprinkle a few drops of lavender essential oil onto a cloth or tissue and inhale its aroma, or add the oil to an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer.

HempWorx MyDailyChoice Mantra Essential Oils help you relax into your natural and soulful happiness. With six enriching scents: Breathe, Energy, Restore, Relax, Focus and Sleep. There’s an essential oil ready to carry you throughout your day.

The 2 Mantra Fragrances using Lavender in their blends are:

Relax: Unwind, decompress, and accept the abundance of life with HempWorx Relax. Derived from Grapefruit, Rosemary, Geranium, Lavender, and Frankincense. For aromatherapy use.

Restore: Rejuvenate your strength, senses and sensibilities with HempWorx Restore. Derived from Hemp oil, Peppermint, Wintergreen, S. Lavender, Black Pepper, Atlas Cedar, and Lemongrass. For topical use only. Do not ingest

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If you need more info, don’t hesitate to contact me 🙂

Kathy

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Stay Motivated Can Be Challenging

Motivation is what drives us to make the things happen – but staying motivated isn’t always easy. 🤔
We can have days where we don’t feel like doing anything!

🔹 Set small task and reward yourself once you are done
🔹 Read a self development book
🔹 Listen to a podcast
🔹 Talk to a good friend
🔹 Reorganize your desk
🔹 Lit some scented candles
🔹 Stay away from social media/news
🔹 Go for a walk

Tomorrow will be a better day 😘

One Love ❤️