new moon in libra

New Moon (Supermoon) in Libra ♎️ October 16, 2020 3:30 pm ET!

The word “Supermoon” is not an official astronomical term. It was first created by an astrologer named, Richard Nolle, in 1979. He defined it as ‘a New or a Full Moon that occurs when the Moon is at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in its orbit’. It is not clear why he chose the 90% cut off in his definition.

New moon represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of another new 28-day cycle. In astronomy, the new moon is when the sun and moon are aligned, with the sun and earth on opposite sides of the moon. It is the beginning of a new lunar cycle, and it’s a great time to begin a new personal cycle as well; a time to turn over a new leaf or start a new project.

During a new moon, the moon is not visible in the sky. This typically means the energy available is low. People often report feeling tired and drained during a new moon. This is a perfect opportunity to become self-reflective, to look inward. This is an ideal time to really think about want you want in life acknowledge your goals, set clear intentions towards those goals, and write to-do lists. A time for a fresh start, and to let go of those things in your life that no longer serve you.

This New Supermoon in Libra ♎️ reminds us to surround ourselves in peace, harmony and love. It’s time to hit your pause button, reflect and reclaim your sense of balance, harmony, and fulfillment of your needs without stomping on, but with attending to the needs of others as well. Therein lies the balance that is precious. Precious from not only our own perspective but for the world.

This New Moon is a grounding energy and reminds us to be grateful while going after goals of attainment (wealth in broad definition). The Libra Moon could make you a little impatient while waiting for the tides to turn in your favor but patience is important.
You first have to the work, inner and outer and to reflect so that your path does not set course on the more negative sides of power.

Clarify your needs, boundaries, and cultivate strength and self-reliance. Meditate on the heart chakra so that your will is right and just.

Deepak Chopras 7 Step Meditation To Open Your Heart

The October 16 new moon aligns with two fixed stars: Fixed star Spica and Fixed star Arcturus.

Fixed star Spica gives success, wealth (broad definition), love of art and science, lack of growth and injustice to innocence. It brings good fortune to scientists, artists, and musicians. Spica also gives spiritual and religious qualities, with above-average psychic awareness.

Fixed star Arcturus gives wealth (broad definition), high renown, self-determination, and prosperity. However, Arcturus has a reputation for achieving justice through power. Which can make people become belligerent and quarrelsome.

New moon, October 16, opposite Mars may cause anger, impulsiveness, and hostility. The new moon, Saturn can cause disappointment, delays, and frustration. The new moon square Pluto can cause extremism, intensity, and a callous quest for power. The combination of the planetary characteristics creates highly dynamic energy. With determination, hard work and persistence you will be able to achieve your specific goals and intentions. If your focus is solely on achieving power, then conflict will surely be your end result.

Element: Air 💨
Crystals: Aquamarine, Opalite, Opal, Rose Quartz

self-care

Emotional Self-Care

1.Relax: Relaxation has so many benefits, from stress, tension, and chronic pain reduction to lowering blood pressure and as a way to aid your mood. You will also feel better about yourself. Try different kinds of relaxation techniques to find what works for you, such as; yoga, a long warm candlelit baths, to listening to some chill music, tai chi is a wonderful meditative body movement, and deep breathing brings calm to help you relax. Meditation is my favorite. A long time favorite is this AM/PM meditation from Rodney Yee.

2. Socialize: Connecting with loved ones is crucial to emotional well-being. Get together with friends or co-workers on Zoom or FaceTime for a happy hour, or spend quality time with your family IRL if it’s possible. It’s important to make sure you’re nurturing your emotional connections.

3. Nature: Research shows that spending time in nature has positive emotional benefits, like better mood and focus and increased energy. “And exposure to sunlight is important for our bodies to be able to absorb vitamin D, a nutrient that is critical to our health. Find a nearby trail and go on a hike, spend an hour walking at the beach, or even just take a long walk around your neighborhood!

4. Pause: Burnout is real, whether it’s due to work-related stress or simply not allowing your mind and body to rest properly. That’s why it’s crucial to take breaks. Even a 10-minute walk around the block can help you feel more energized, but for a proper reset, try taking a weekend getaway to unplug or a little staycation. Be sure to eliminate all work-related triggers, put away your phone and computer so you’re not tempted to check work emails and spend some quality time with yourself.

5. Gratitude/Journal: Add a gratitude journal to your self-care nightly routine. Reminding yourself of your blessings can help you appreciate what you have. In fact, giving thanks can even make you happier. Try writing down 10 things you’re grateful for every day, no matter how big or small. Be specific, like; I’m so happy about the support my best friend showed me today., I loved sitting on the porch this morning by myself drinking an amazing cup of coffee., I’m grateful for my strong, powerful legs that make it possible for me to work out and get fit.

Psychological Self-Care

6. Laugh: Studies show laughter can help reduce stress, improve your mood, and even ease pain. Laughter is the best medicine, after all, so make this part of your self-care day routine. Check out comedy specials on Netflix and HBO, watch your favorite comedy series, or put on your favorite funny movie. Watch some funny cat videos on Instagram.

7. Journal: Journaling about your feelings can impact your mental health. Spend a few minutes every evening writing down some thoughts about the day, your fears, or your concerns. It may help get the negative energy out.

8. Get Help: “Therapy can be very helpful for people to learn better communication and relaxation skills,” says Adelman. Therapy is a great self-care technique to work through the ups and downs of life. Many therapists offer virtual sessions and sliding scale payments, especially right now.

9.Unplug: While social media can keep us connected, studies show it can also lead to anxiety, depression, isolation, and FOMO, or fear of missing out. Try limiting your social media time. Set aside 15 minutes to check Instagram twice a day, for example, or only look at Facebook after you finish a task. You can also set app restrictions on your phone for extra help.

10. Boundries: Setting boundaries is so important, with others and with yourself. First, you’ll need to identify what your boundaries are, then identify how you will enforce them. “Give yourself permission to say no to others’ demands,” says Smithson. “Say yes to your own needs and desires. And most importantly, learn to feel your feelings.”

11. Get organized.  A small change, like keeping a planner or a calendar on the fridge, can help you write down all your responsibilities and appointments, while at the same time keeping your life a bit more organized. And there’s really many good points to living with minimalism as a way to de-stress your life.

Physical Self-Care

12. Move: Exercise boosts overall well-being, but doing activities you hate is totally unnecessary. Not sure what appeals to you? Beachbody On Demand has hundreds of workouts, from yoga and barre to HIIT and muscle-building programs. Experiment until you find your fave. After all, the best workout is the one you’ll actually do!

13. Rest: “Honor your body’s need for restful sleep,” says Smithson. It may seem obvious, but many people neglect their sleep or aren’t focusing on sleep quality. Getting enough and the right kind of deep sleep can improve your mood, focus, and energy. Here are some ways to practice good sleep hygiene; Avoid large meals and stimulants (like alcohol, sugar, and caffeine) before bed. Put down screens about 2 hours before bedtime, Set up your bedroom for optimal sleep.

14. Nutrition: Meal prepping is definitely an act of self-care since you save your future self time and energy. Plus, it’s a fun way to try new recipes and hone those cooking skills! Set aside time to prepare healthy meals and snacks, and make it fun — put your favorite playlist one and pour yourself something fun to drink, like sparkling water.  Also, your gut health can have a significant impact on your health, well-being, and feelings of vitality. The types of foods you eat crucially impact the bacteria that live in your stomach, resulting in a cascade of either positive or negative outcomes. Healing the gut can lead to an unhappy person, and vice-versa. 

15. Limits: Sometimes the things we love don’t love us back. Three to four cups of coffee is considered safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but excess caffeine can contribute to feelings of anxiousness and stress. Keep in mind that everyone reacts to caffeine differently, so stick to one cup of coffee a day, or switch to decaf if that still feels like too much caffeine.​ Alcohol can also impact sleep, mood, and your waistline, so cutting back or eliminating it is an act of self-care. Cutting back on sugar can also be part of your self-care plan. Too much sugar can negatively affect your mood, and the calories can really add up.

16. Treat yourself: The right self-care products can entice you to make time for yourself. Here are some ideas to help you unwind and feel your best; Swaddle yourself in comfy, luxurious fabrics like cashmere and silk. A cashmere blanket is a splurge you’ll use often, DIY face masks are budget-friendly, all-natural skin treats, Breathe in calming essential oils (like lavender) using a diffuser. I love this one from Amazon that’s only $15.

Spiritual Self-Care 

17. Volunteer: Doing good for others is an instant mood-booster. Find a local cause you feel passionate about, whether that be animal rescue, helping kids, environmental aid, etc.

18. Random acts of kindness: Small acts of kindness go far, for both you and others. Here are some ideas; Offer to pick up groceries for an older neighbor, leave an extra-large tip on a takeout order, let someone pass you in traffic.

19. Practice meditation: “Meditation is a great tool for teaching the brain to relax and clear itself of stressful or negative thoughts,” says Adelman. Compassion meditation focuses on strengthening your care for others while simultaneously caring for yourself. Even if you’ve never tried it, you can learn how to meditate every day.

20. Pray: For those who identify as religious or spiritual, connecting with your higher power through prayer is a wonderful self-care technique. However, if you’re not particularly religious, you can still make this tip work for you. Meditation, communing with nature and energy work can all achieve the same results.

21. Give : No matter how big or small, every little bit helps when donating to charities, local businesses, and organizations you care about. Find ones that speak to you and give what you can.

22. Forgive: When you forgive, you also give yourself an ability to breath clear of your past stories that tend to keep us stuck. The stories we tell ourselves about our history, the wrongs done to us, and our own old wounds don’t always serve us going forward. Shedding past hurts rather than wearing them tightly like cloaks makes room for new experiences and the future.

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just a thought from this morning…

While making my breakfast I thought…
I don’t do well with routine.
I get bored easily.
I get distracted easily.


But I’ve made the challenge of routine a HUGE getter for me now.
Especially with:
mindful movement
mindful nutrition
and mindful purpose.


And what I’m realizing is that most of the time I wasn’t building any routine around what drove me, what sparked passion. No I was building routine around what I thought I should be doing, or what I thought others expected me to do, or what the “normally accepted” things are to do. And at times I just stopped forward momentum because the opinions of others caused me inaction. I wanted to be accepted and I let the judgement of others drive my life as I longed for that acceptance.


All along it was me who needed to accept me.
And now routine is easier…
and more often than not, now I look forward to it.
Now I have more focus and direction
on what I want to achieve in life.


My biggest desire for you to achieve that too. Keep getting up, keep rising even if you stumble and fall, get back up, pause and then move forward again. Even if it takes baby steps, live every day more; intentionally, mindfully, thoughtfully and authentically ❤


Whatever that looks like for you – do that!


“And I won’t let you get me down
I’ll keep gettin’ up when I hit the ground
Oh, never give up, no, never give up no, no, oh
I won’t let you get me down
I’ll keep gettin’ up when I hit the ground
Oh, never give up, no, never give up no, no, oh”
~Sia

national coffee day!

Happy National Coffee Day!

Here are some unique ways to enjoy your coffee!

  1. Give your face a cup – Make a batch of coffee ice cubes and use them for brighter, healthier skin. Use the cube to trace your eye area and your facial bone structure in the morning to reduce puffiness and make your skin brighter.
  2. Give your skin a lift – Blend together 1 cup of virgin coconut oil, ½ cup of ground coffee, and one teaspoon vanilla extract. Soak yourself in warm, soapy water for 10 minutes, then massage the scrub into the skin in a circular motion. Rinse in the warm water and pat dry. The blend of antioxidant-rich coffee and moisture-locking coconut oil help remove and repair rough skin.
  3. Feed your foliage – Stir your coffee grounds into soil or put in your watering can. Your plants will love the nitrogen boost and grow faster and stronger as a result.
  4. Offering to the worms – Worms might be the world’s most unattractive garden guests, but they’re great for your soil. They fertilize it with their own body processes. Worms are attracted to coffee grounds, so get spreading where you’d like to enrich your soil.
  5. Set it in the fridge – Instead of a box of baking soda tucked into the back of your fridge, make a box of used coffee grounds. It’s all-natural and does the same trick by absorbing odors and smells.
  6. Light it up – This uses lots of things that might’ve gone into the trash, including the ends of used-up candles, a used paper coffee cup, and of course used coffee grounds. Plus, it’s a fun home DIY project. Try it here: //www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Upcycled-Paper-Coffee-Cup-Candle-31102984?utm_campaign=default_hp&utm_source=hover_pin

Source


Shakeology Coffee Recipes

Mocha Chiller

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 c. cold-brewed coffee
(add 1 tsp. pure almond extract to make an Almond Mocha Chiller)

Almond Latte

1 scoop Chocolate Vegan Shakeology
½ c. unsweetened almond milk
½ c. cold-brewed coffee

Iced Mocha

1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
1 c. cold-brewed coffee
½ c. unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

Minty Mocha Chiller

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
½ c. cold-brewed coffee
½ tsp. peppermint extract
½ c. almond milk

Snowstorm Smoothie

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
½ c. water
½ c. cold-brewed coffee
½ tsp. almond extract
½ tsp. rum extract

Vanilla Latte

1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
1 c. cold coffee
½ c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp. pure maple syrup

Thai Iced Coffee

1 scoop Chocolate Vegan Shakeology
1 c. strong cold-brewed coffee
½ tsp. cardamom
½ tsp. pure almond extract

Salted Caramel Mocha Protein Shake

8 oz brewed cold coffee
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tsp caramel extract
1/4 tsp 
1 cup ice


Coffee Faq’s

  • Legend has it that 9th-century goat herders noticed the effect caffeine had on their goats, who appeared to “dance” after eating the fruit of the Coffea plant. A local monk then made a drink with the produce and found that it kept him awake at night, thus the original cup of coffee was born.
  • Coffee beans are technically seeds. They’re the pits of the cherry-like berries found on the flowering shrubs, but we call them “beans” because of the resemblance to legumes.
  • There are two main types: Arabica and Robusta. Growers predominantly plant the Arabica species. Although less popular, Robusta tastes slightly more bitter and contains more caffeine.
  • Brazil – Today, Brazil produces about third of the world’s supply, according to the International Coffee Organization, about twice as much as the second place holder, Vietnam.
  • Finland – The average adult Finn goes through 27.5 pounds of coffee each year, according to the International Coffee Organization. Compare that to a measly 11 pounds per American.
  • United States – Kona coffee is the United States’ gift to the coffee world. Because coffee traditionally grows best in climates along the equator, Hawaii’s weather is optimal for harvesting beans. California also recently got into the coffee game with dozens of farms now churning out pricey premium bags.
  • Espresso refers to the way espresso is made — forcing boiling water through pressed coffee grounds. And although espresso has more caffeine per volume than coffee, it would take three shots to equal the amount in a regular cup of joe.
  • $600 a pound?? One of the most coveted varieties comes from the feces of an Asian palm civet. The cat-like creature eats fruit including coffee cherries, but is unable to digest the beans. The excreted seeds produce a smooth, less acidic brew called kopi luwak, but the means of production has drawn criticism from animal welfare activists.
  • Oh no… Back in 1511, leaders in Mecca believed it stimulated radical thinking and outlawed the drink. Some 16th-century Italian clergymen also tried to ban coffee because they believed it to be “satanic.” However, Pope Clement VII loved coffee so much that he lifted the ban and had coffee baptized in 1600. Even as recently as the 18th century, the Swedish government made both coffee and coffee paraphernalia (including cups and dishes) illegal for its supposed ties to rebellious sentiment.
  • Healthy! In moderation! Research has linking moderate consumption (about three to four cups per day) with a longer life span, plus a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s, according to Harvard Health Publishing.
  • The largest cup of coffee ever filled a 9-foot tall cup. The 3,487-gallon serving earned a Guiness World Record in 2012.
  • Thank you Boston Tea Party. In the lead up to the Revolutionary War, it became patriotic to sip java in lieu tea, of PBS reveals. The Civil War also made the drink more pervasive because it helped energize tired troops.
  • Decaf does not mean caffeine-free. An eight-ounce brewed cup of decaf coffee actually contains two to 12 milligrams of caffeine, the Mayo Clinic states. In comparison, a regular cup of coffee supplies between 95 to 200 milligrams, while one can of cola has aout 23 to 35 milligrams of caffeine.
  • There are three distinct coffee waves. So far there have been three distinct coffee waves, or trends, that have defined the evolution of how people consume the drink. In the first wave, coffee was a cheap, accessible commodity where everything pretty much tasted the same. Popular coffee shops led the second wave with sweet flavorings and other customizations that added value, though the base roast was generally a blend that’s consistent in flavor. The third wave of coffee has become a specialty product with an origin, a story, and distinct flavors that tell that story. Roasting has also become an art that unlocks the nuanced flavors of carefully sourced, precisely cultivated beans.
  • Smallholder farmers produce 80% of the world’s coffee. It may come as a surprise given the mechanized and highly efficient production methods of countries like Brazil and Vietnam that the majority of the world’s coffee supply is produced by an estimated 25 million smallholder farmers. Much of the work harvesting, drying, and fermenting the coffee beans is done by hand and with great care to make the best coffee possible.
  • Second in the World It’s the world’s 2nd largest traded commodity.  Crude oil is first. Yes, it is not a typo. Coffee is consumed in great quantities, making it the most beloved beverage after water. It’s worth is over $100 billion worldwide.
  • Mecca banned coffee. Coffee was banned in Mecca in 1511. It was believed to stimulate radical thinking and idleness.
  • Fairtrade coffee improves quality. Fairtrade coffee costs more, but coffee farmers spend at least 25% of this Fairtrade Premium to enhance productivity and quality. Over the last three years, Fairtrade-certified coffee products have won 28 Great Taste Awards.
  • The lighter the roast, the more caffeine. As a general rule of thumb, the lighter the bean, the more caffeine it has. So, a light roast is most likely to wake you up in the a.m. — or carry you through a lull in the afternoon — followed by a medium roast, and lastly a dark roast. As far as the type of coffee, reach for cold brew over iced or drip coffee on particularly groggy mornings. It has the most caffeine.
  • These high-profile people had crazy coffee habits. Writer François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, reportedly drank 40 to 50 cups of a chocolatecoffee mixture each day. Although this is much more than the suggested daily intake, the world-famous thinker lived a lengthy life and died when he was 83 years old. Similarly, it’s alleged that former U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt drank a gallon of coffee per day and died at age 60 after a blood clot traveled from his leg to his lungs. Though it’s unknown just how many cups he had daily, Beethoven would count exactly 60 beans to each serving — no more, no less.
  • Bach wrote a song about coffee. Circa 1735, Johann Sebastian Bach penned “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht,” also known as the “Coffee Cantata.” In the song, a father-daughter duo argues about how she drinks too much coffee and that’s why she doesn’t have a lover. Alas, if she gave it up she’d “become so upset that I would be like a dried-up piece of roast goat.” Yikes. When her father gives her an ultimatum, she lies to please him. While he’s out finding her a husband, she secretly tells potential suitors they must let her drink coffee if they want to marry her.
  • Coffee sent Brazil to the Olympics. Brazil couldn’t afford to send its 69 athletes to Los Angeles for the Summer Olympics in 1932, so they put them on a ship with 50,000 sacks of coffee and sold the beans at different ports along the way. Good thing Brazil has been the world’s largest coffee producer for more than 150 years, so they had beans to spare.
  • New York City has the most coffee shops in the U.S. per capita. According to a 2018 study by Wallet HubNew York City has the most coffee shopscoffee houses and cafés per capita. (Maybe it’s no coincidence that the Big Apple takes first for most doughnut shops per capita, too.) Runners up include San Francisco, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sources: Good Housekeeping, Insider, Agiboo, and The Daily Meal


Coffee Crafts

9 Unusually Creative DIY Coffee Crafts

15 Creative DIY Coffee Crafts

tips to stay on your meal and exercise plan

I know that starting a meal plan is intimidating and hard and making it through the first week can feel impossible. I know on days a and 2 you will feel like it’s a breeze. Then you’ll want to chew off your own arm on day 3. I know because that’s how I felt! So I wanted to share some tips for staying on your meal plan no matter what. These are things I have been doing since I went back to using Ultimate Portion Fix this month to get my nutrition back in check like it did before and doing Morning Meltdown. I learned these through trial and error and I want to help you have the lest amount of error on your journey as possible. Enjoy!

Pick the right plan for you.

When you are choosing your fitness program, check out the nutrition plans that go with them. The meal plans are actually deigned by real nutritionists to help you get the best results possible during your time on the program. I really recommend following the nutrition plan that the fitness program recommends. BUT, if you seem to like the sounds of 2B Mindset and the plan on your program is Portion Fix, just talk to your coach and they can make some recommendations on using a different nutrition plan with the fitness program you want to do. Remember your goals and go after it on both fronts, exercise AND nutrition. Exercise alone will not get you where you want to be!

Remember your Why.

Plan to be a little uncomfortable at first, Things feel uncomfortable when you start a meal plan because it is of course, not what you’re used to. My husband said to me yesterday, “When you begin to eat healthy you have to accept you may be a little hungry at times, after all, you were eating too much and too much, be ok with being a little hungry now and then till your body gets used to what and how much you should be eating”. You may have never been into veggies, you are, eating lower calories than you are used to, and much less sugar and processed foods (the later two which are addictive). It’s normal to go through some sugar withdrawal, you may even get headaches. Your body may be a little shocked but you will get used to the changes if you stick to the plan and remember what you are doing this for. I recommend making a vision board that has pictures and words that keep you motivated and will put your WHY right in your face when things get tough and you start to waiver. Hang it in your kitchen on the fridge for the extra added motivation. The more that you focus on where you want to go and why you are going there the better off you will be.

Keep it interesting.

I recommend finding some recipes offered on your plan that you especially like and making those in rotation. If you need variety in your life be sure that you honor that, even when you are on your meal plan. If you are doing a Beachbody meal plan that uses the color coded portion control containers then there are recipes you can follow in the meal guide that comes with the program, there is the Fixate Cooking Show on Beachbody on Demand, Fix Cookbooks that have a ton of recipes and variety at your disposal that all fits your meal plan, more recipes I will share with you on your journey and before you know it, you will create your own collection of favorites. Eating on a meal plan does not have to be boring, you can make so many different delicious flavorful foods that will keep you engaged and keep you moving towards your goals.

If you fail to plan then you are planning to fail.

This is true for life in general but doubly true if you are eating off of a meal plan. When you are eating clean there are very few options at restaurants that will fit into your plan. There are very few ways to get clean eating meals at drive throughs. This means that you will need to plan ahead for work and also if you are planning to go out. This does not mean that you cannot go out for a treat meal with friends or family but this should also be planned. Map out what your week looks like and look at how much food you will need. Shopping day for us is Saturday and prep days are Sunday afternoon, for 3-4 meals in advance. The food stays fresh and ready and grab and chow down super easy during the work week. This keeps the flavor fatigue out of the equation and keeps the prep time minimal.

Allow yourself a treat now and then.

In my opinion it is important to stick to the meal plan as prescribed for at least a the first week or two but after that if you need to have a little leeway for one meal it is ok. Some call it a cheat meal. The important thing to remember is that you are on this meal plan to get results and that when you go off the rails it will likely hinder those results so don’t get too crazy, or way off your plan. If you want to eat a treat meal pick something healthy that will give you the satisfaction of tasting good and fulfilling your cravings. Split a dessert, do not eat that whole cake. Make it one meal and not a whole day. You get the point, be smart, choose wisely, and do not go crazy. Remember, balance! You will be surprised, as you eat clean your taste buds begin to change and you will begin to crave different, healthier alternatives as treats. So, the more time you give it before you give in to veering off of your plan the better off you will be. Also, don’t go for a treat on your rest day or Active Recovery day. Do it on a day you find challenging and do not make it your last meal of the day. Eat your treat right before or right after your workout.

Do not concentrate on the scale.

The number on the scale is important, don’t get me wrong, but it is not the only thing that matters while you are cleaning up your diet and losing weight. Many people make the mistake of fixating on the scale and it becomes almost an extra weight around their neck, driving them crazy every day. There are a ton of reasons why the scale moves up and down on various days and you may be a couple pounds up one day then a couple pounds down the next. This is normal and if you are checking the scale every day you will be disheartened and stressed out and will be, in my opinion, less likely to stick to your meal plan and exercise regimen. Remember non-scale victories ARE victories. That brownie you passed on at the work party, inches lost on your waistline, learning healthier ways of fueling your body, etc… Also as your workouts intensify your weight will fluctuate as your body attempts to figure out what is going on. So. Know your numbers and weight yourself once or twice a week (unless your program calls for you to weigh daily) and do it at the same time and on the same day each week. Do not focus solely on the scale. Keep in mind how you feel, how your clothes fit, and also how your measurements are going.

Continually educate yourself.

The important thing to remember is to stick to what you are doing and DO NOT get sucked into overthinking or over analyzing. You committed to a meal plan for a reason and it will get you to where you need to be. When you do have a solid foundation of exercising, eating clean, and getting results it is important to continue to expand your knowledge of meal prepping and eating healthy, and it is important to explore different schools of thought on nutrition to see which one works best for you. There is no one size fits all for health and nutrition so keep looking and never stop exploring what is out there. The more you learn the better results you will get and I also believe that with growth becomes excitement. When we are excited we can really do anything and that is how we turn this into a lifestyle and keep the results coming!

pendulum dowsing

Pendulums come in many different styles, shapes, sizes and personalities. From a simple necklace, gem adorned and to the fancy, quite large points that are absolute works of art.

The Pendulum

By definition, pendulums are “a weight hung from a fixed point so that it can swing freely backward and forward, especially a rod with a weight at the end that regulates the mechanism of a clock..” In many cases concerning the use of divination and spirit work, this tool is known for being comprised of a tapered crystal and/or metal pendant and chain, such as as these:


What Is It For?

Pendulums are used for divination (known as dowsing) and communication with spirit. Here are some other things people use a pendulum for

Finding things that are lost.
Finding energy points on the body in healing sessions, especially with Reiki
Practicing telekinesis
Answering simple yes and no questions for readings
Aura cleansing
Chakra balancing
Clearing the blockage of energy (chi) in the body
Grounding


How Does It Work?

Pendulums help us seek answers to certain questions by picking on subtle vibrations. They do so by moving in the direction of invisible energy around us.


How To Cleanse A Pendulum

You cleanse your Pendulum the same ways in how you would cleanse a a crystal. You can use, fire, air, earth and water to do so.

•Fire: put your pendulum outside and expose it to direct sun for a few hours. This will energize it with the suns high vibration.

•Earth: Bury your pendulum in soil or sea salt and let it rest there for a while. This can absorb and transmute any negative energy.

•Water: Put your pendulum (water soluble materials only) in a bowl of crystal energized water, and visualize it being cleansed and love flowing and replacing any obstacles. Or take your pendulum near a running stream or waterfall and expose it to the vibration on the earth next to but not in the streams of water.

•Air: You can put your pendulum through the smoke of burning Sage, Palo Santo smudge/incense to cleanse it.


Some Different Pendulum Materials and Their Uses

•Aventurine: Attracts abundance, promotes healing, clears and protects the heart chakra making it good for releasing emotional issues. Releases fears and opens the mind and heart to new possibilities.
•Crystal (Clear Quartz): Cleanses and balances mental, spiritual and emotional energies. Can amplify properties of other stones and crystals.
•Selenite: Numerous healing and metaphysical properties. Excellent for energy healing work, cleanses the aura and draws healing energies.
•Onyx: Strong protective stone that absorbs and transforms negative energies and is used to relieve worry and anxiety.
•Brass: Attracts healing, prosperity and protection. Associated with the element of fire and is very energizing.
•Copper: Balances and amplifies energies and promotes healing on all levels.Aventurine: Attracts abundance, promotes healing, clears and protects the heart chakra making it good for releasing emotional issues. Releases fears and opens the mind and heart to new possibilities.


How To Use A Pendulum

Release of ego and attachment to outcome are vital when using the pendulum, either for self readings or for others. I recommend a short meditation to center yourself, quiet quiet your mind, and inviting your higher power to aid you in discernment in a quiet undisturbed setting. Here’s one I used in the past.

The second thing that you should do before using a pendulum, preferably before every session, is to calibration. Hold your pendulum chain between your thumb and forefinger and allow the “bob” (the smaller stone or loop) to dangle freely. I drape the pendulum chain over top of my first finger, but that is a personal choice. Next, I ask the pendulum to reveal its own natural patterns by asking a question or two I know to be true, false, maybe and unknown and observing the reaction of my pendulum. This is my preferred way. Or, another way to calibrate your pendulum is to,  program it with the standard responses, by giving it specific instructions such as, swing the directions listed below and see how well you two communicate…Either way you decide to calibrate, please take your time. Especially when you are new at pendulum divination. With either method, be patient; it may take some time on your first attempt.


    


Different Pendulum Movements

Occasionally some people will have a connection with their pendulum that is not the norm. I have one pendulum that swings and circles the opposite way from the norm. It’s done this since I was gifted it by my Reiki 1 master on the day of my attunement. This is the one I use most often.

•Vertically (Up and Down)
•Horizontally (Left and Right)
•Diagonally
•Rotations (Left or Right)
•Shaking or Vibrating (Can indicate erratic energy and you should cleanse and try again)


Using Your Pendulum

Using the pendulum is one of the easiest ways of divination. The steps below are pretty simple.

Quiet your thoughts, release your ego and let go of attachment to the answers.
Rest the arm that will hold the pendulum on a steady, preferably on a flat and even surface so that your arm is at ease
Hold your pendulum outward and let it settle until it is motionless.
Invite any higher power or spirit guides that you would like to aid you in your reading
Calibrate your pendulum.
Ask your question(s).
Write down the responses.


Pretty simple, right?


 Pendulum Boards & Mats

The difference when you use a pre-marked Pendulum board or mat is that you would still your pendulum over the center to get the responses listed on the board itself. Still go through all the other steps above!



20 practices…

THAT WILL IMPROVE YOUR WELLBEING AND MAY BE SPIRITUAL FOR YOU TOO!

  1. Yoga – helps you connect with your mind and body
  2. Meditation – helps you find stillness and patience
  3. Clean – while we are emphasizing keeping our hands clean, why not take a minute and de-clutter and clean? We’ve spent a lot of time indoors since Covid -19 and the Pandemic hit, deep clean your home and maybe refresh with painting a room or rooms, re-arrange furniture or add some touches of the season around the rooms to lift spirits and celebrate your home! Open windows and bring some freshness back into your home.
  4. Caring for Plants and/or indoor Gardens – bringing nature inside with lift your mood. And caring for plants can actually make you healthier.
  5. Crystals – Having crystals placed around your home can raise the vibe of the rooms. As always be cautions of crystals around pets, place them where they can’t eat them! Front door: black tourmaline, jade. Bedroom: rose quartz, amethyst, black tourmaline. Living room: selenite, amethyst, amber. Kitchen: Carnelian, celestite, citrine, rose quartz. Bathroom: clear quartz. Study: Amethyst, shungite, citrine, black tourmaline. Child’s room:celestite, obsidian.
  6. Positive Affirmations – What you say, you hear and absorb. affirmations work because those words have the ability to program your mind into believing the words we say to ourselves. Using affirmations as a spiritual ritual of manifestation is a great way to positively change your self-talk.
  7. Communing with Nature – Natures, sounds, smells and textures; ground us and energize us all at the same time. In some cultures like Japan, they call this “forest bathing“. Some people use earthing; standing on the earth barefoot as way to let nature to recharge us. I’m an ocean lover so that’s my favorite commune!!
  8. Releasing Fear and Worry – The concept is simple, write down your deepest worries, fears, and stresses. Pour all your emotions into that piece of paper. Then safely light a fire. Burn the written words and envision the smoke cleansing and ridding those thoughts from you. This can be a powerful ritual to help you let go. This is a perfect practice on the night of the Full Moon!!
  9. Set Goals and Intentions at the New Moon – Creating goals and setting intentions around the new moon is a spiritual practice that helps set the tone for where you want to be, motivating you for the month ahead. The new moon represents new begginings and can be a powerful tool to assist you in achieving goals within that moon cycle.
  10. Take a Bath – You can turn a simple bath into a spa of emotional wellbeing and as a place to let go of stress and cal your mind. Add oils, salts, herbs, and crystals to your bathwater (check toxicity in water before using and some crystals melt or dull in water), place incense, candles and meditative music or guided meditations to improve the experience.
  11. Exercise – Endorphins, strengthening muscles, and improving flexibility will vastly improve your wellbeing and when you feel better you become more in tune with yourself, and even your own spirituality.
  12. Tai chi – helps you to relax and center.
  13. Record your Gratitude – Add a gratitude journal to your self-care night routine. Reminding yourself of your blessings can help you appreciate what you have. In fact, giving thanks can even make you happier. Try writing down 10 things you’re grateful for every day, no matter how big or small.
  14. Set Boundaries – Setting boundaries is so important, with others and with yourself. First, you’ll need to identify what your boundaries are, then identify how you will enforce them. Give yourself permission to say no to others’ demands and say yes to your own needs and desires. And most importantly, learn to feel your feelings.
  15. Plan Healthy Meals – Meal prepping is definitely an act of self-care since you save your future self time and energy. Plus, it’s a fun way to try new recipes and hone those cooking skills! Set aside time to prepare healthy meals and snacks, and make it fun put your favorite playlist one and pour yourself something fun to drink, like sparkling water.
  16. Volunteer – Doing good for others is an instant mood-booster. Find a local cause you feel passionate about, whether that be animal rescue, helping kids, environmental aid, etc.
  17. Perform Random Acts Of Kindness – Small acts of kindness go far, for both you and others. 
  18. Pray – For those who identify as religious or spiritual, connecting with your higher power through prayer is a wonderful self-care technique. However, if you’re not particularly religious, you can still make this tip work for you by performing ritual, chanting, etc…
  19. Give – No matter how big or small, every little bit helps when donating to charities, local businesses, and organizations you care about. Find ones that speak to you and give what you can.
  20. Go Off The Grid – Leave your smart phone at home for a day and disconnect from constant emails, alerts, and other interruptions. Spend time doing something fun with someone face-to-face.

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I use my pendulum in a variety of different ways. In its most simple form, I use it to answer questions or aid in decision making. I also use pendulums for:

  • Healing in Reiki sessions.
  • In my tarot work
  • To cleanse and dispel negativity in a room.
  • To find water or ley lines.
  • Dream interpretation.
  • Chakra work/balancing.
  • Channeling.
  • Sensing energy in crystals and other tools.

A pendulum works by tapping into intuition and sixth sense. The pendulum acts as a form of receiver and transmitter, from your higher guidance, guardian angels and spiritual teachers. As the pendulum moves, you can gain answers in response to questions – it is best suited to use to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions but very in tune clairvoyants and mediums can use dowsing boards that have more than yes and no responses.  As with any form of divination, using a pendulum involves a certain degree of faith, belief and a decidedly open mind, as the answers come from intuition and from higher power and spirit guides.

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What Type of Questions Can You Ask the Pendulum?

The pendulum responds best and quickest to questions where there are ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. My pendulum board that I use for reading for others also has “Will Not Answer” because well, some things are not meant to be known and that is an answer in itself. And Maybe, because some things are dependent on other factors at work. 

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