Spiritual Cleaning with Floor Washes

Spiritually cleaning your space is just as important as physically cleaning it. Just as dirt and dust easily gathers and accumulates, so does spiritual dirt, dust, and debris that, left uncleared, can create mental, emotional, and spiritual unrest, fatigue, and a general sense of feeling stuck and stagnant.

Luckily, spiritual cleaning is easy! With just a few ingredients and a little time you can have your space (and yourself!) spiritually cleansed in no time.

Floor Washes/Sprays

Floor Washes are solutions made with herbs, oils, spiritual colognes, and prayers for spiritual cleaning. Floor washes are similar to spiritual baths that can be used for spiritually cleaning your body. The major difference is that floor washes often include ammonia, something that you would never want to use on your body.

Floor Washes can be used as sprays if you have carpet. Your floors should be physically cleaned before being spiritually cleansed.

Floor Washes can be made with a variety of herbs or colognes used for cleaning. Below is one of my favorite recipes for a good cleaning.

Ingredients
*Water
*Florida Water
*Kananga Water
*Bay Rum
*Dried Bay Leaves
*Dried Epazote
*Bluing

You can purchase all of these ingredients at one of favorite online shops: http://www.originalbotanica.com

Set up a clean space in your kitchen and place a symbol of each of the four elements near your stove where you will be making your bath. You can use a white candle (fire), a crystal, stone or plant (earth), incense (air), and a glass of water (water).

Put water in a pot (at least 2 cups) and boil it. Once it boils, add all of your ingredients except ammonia. You can add as much or as little as you feel, but there is no need to overdo it (more ingredients doesn’t mean stronger cleaning). As you add your ingredients, pray that this wash will clean and clear away all negativity.

Take the pot off the heat and allow your wash to cool. You can take some of this wash and place in a separate container to use as a bath BEFORE ADDING THE AMMONIA! Once the bath cools, add a small amount (no more than two caps)of ammonia.

Your wash can now be added to water to cleanse your floors. You can add just a small amount to your floor water and store the rest; you don’t need a lot for the bath to be effective.

To cleanse, begin at the back of home and mop clockwise while praying.

If you have carpets, put your wash in a spray bottle and spray over your carpet, starting at the back of your home and spraying in a clockwise motion.

You can make a floor wash with many different combinations of herbs, oils, and colognes. Experiment and be creative!

Meditation Mondays: Affirmation Jar

April has been such a juicy month for me.  It seems like my mind and spirit are abuzz with light and creativity! I am thankful to the ancestors and Oshun for their positive energy!

In the past few months I have been deliberate about working with my sacral chakra.  I realize through prayer and meditation that my sacral chakra needs some cleansing and recharging.  The sacral chakra, an energy center that sits below the navel, is the seat of our emotions.  When we judge and hold back our emotions that access energy sits in the sacral chakra and becomes blocked, inhibiting us from flowing and moving with the energy of life.

Sometimes the sacral chakra (as well as other chakras) gets blocked due to traumatic occurences in life but sometimes we have karmic debt that becomes a residue on our chakras and impacts how they function.  I realized from looking at my natal astrological chart that I have karmic debt connected to my relationships with others and this debt is impacting my emotional state as well as my health.  Only through dealing with this energy head on and giving our spirits the space to heal will we overcome the karma, which is one the main reasons we incarnate in the first place.

I set up a sacral chakra altar in my shrine room to do regular meditation and ritual that will assist me in looking deeply at the unsettled emotions within myself, to look at the woman in the mirror, so that I can release energies that are holding my back.

One way that I have done this is by creating an affirmation jar.  I took a simple mason jar and wrapped it in yellow cloth (my altar is currently decorated in orange and gold, the colors of the sacral chakra).  I took some post-it notes and wrote simple affirmations to utilize during meditation.  It’s amazing how much comes to the surface through simple ritual practices.

Try it and tell me what you think!

Ritual: Sitting on the Earth

Connecting to Mother Nature is one of the most important practices that everyone, especially women, can do on a regular basis.  The current way we live is so far out of balance that we have lost our basic and natural connection to Earth and Her rhythms and cycles.

Sitting on the Earth is simple ritual we can do as often as we need, but is especially powerful in the spring and during this earthy, Taurean month.  This ritual should be done while sitting on a natural land (no concrete or asphalt).  It’s especially powerful when done at the base of a tree.  You can do this ritual for as lo

Materials:

  • Water (to be used for libation)
  • A candle (a tea light or a candle that you can fit into the a small hole on the earth)
  • Incense of your choice; I suggest a sage stick

Choose your spot on the earth and arrange the materials around you.  If possible, place the water on your left, the candle on your right and the incense in front of you.  Take a little bit of the water and sprinkle it on the ground while saying a simple prayer of homage to the earth, Mother Nature, your ancestors, and the Creator.  Then take the incense and smudge/clean yourself off by running the smoke over your body starting from the top of your body and moving down.

After you say your libation and smudge, close your eyes and begin to take deep breaths through your nose and out of your mouth.  Begin to pay attention to the weight of your body; feel the ground beneath you.

After a few minutes of deep breathing and focus on your body touching the earth, begin to put your focus on your tailbone.  Imagine a point of light at the end of your tailbone.  See that light become a cord extending down from your tailbone, down into the earth, down past the roots of the tree, the dirt and the rocks, all the way down until you get to hot molten core of the earth.  Imagine this core as a golden light and see the cord from your tailbone connect to this beautiful golden light.  As you breathe in, imagine this golden light pulsating up the cord and into you tailbone and as you breathe out, imagine this light extending from your tailbone and into your aura, the energetic field around your body.

Continue breathing in and breathing out, imagining the light flowing up your cord and extending out for as long as you like.  Once you feel full of light, slowly wiggle your toes and your fingers to bring yourself back.  Open your eyes and take a moment to assess.  How did sitting on the earth feel?  Do you feel more connected to Mother Nature and the Earth?

Sacral Chakra Meditation

One of the most important discoveries I have made on my spiritual search has been the knowledge of the chakras.  The chakras, or the energy centers of our physical and subtle

The Sacral Chakra

The Sacral Chakra

bodies are the energetic blueprints of our lives.  Understanding the chakras, cleansing them, and activating them are key to physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional well-being that we desire and this is our natural birthright.

I currently have a client who suffers from a chronic condition that began when she about 8 years old.  The sacral chakra rules the years between 7-14 and so, considering that age her condition began, along with information received energetically from her ancestors, guides, and her physical body itself, it became clear that the sacral chakra and working its energy was a key component to the restoration of her health.

The sacral chakra is the second chakra of the seven major chakras and is located a few inches above the navel, Called “svadhisthana” in Sanskrit, which translates to “one’s own abode” the sacral chakra governs our emotional well-being and our ability to be at home with who we are.  It is associated with the color orange, a mix of red (the root chakra) and yellow (the solar plexus chakra) and thus combines those two energies, providing an emotional connection to security (the root) and owning one’s personal power (solar plexus).  The sacral chakra is associated with the water element, which helps us to understand that it is receptive and helps us establish a natural rhythm and flow in our lives.

The sacral chakra governs the sexual organs, the bladder, the bowel, and the lower intestine.  When it is in a healthy state, expressing emotions openly and freely is easy, expressing your sexuality is joyful, and there are no physical problems in the areas the sacral chakra governs.

When the sacral chakra is un-energized, lack of emotion, low sexual energy or frigidity, fertility problems, and issues with the bowel and the intestines, like Crohn’s Disease, manifest.  Conversely, when the sacral is over-energized there is a tendency to be over-emotional, to be overly-attached to people and things, and to make everything about sex.

Using meditation time to re-energize the sacral chakra is relatively easy.  I always find it helpful to create affirmations to serve as mantras to maintain focus and direct the energy of the meditation.  Some examples of sacral chakra affirmations are:

  • I express my emotions freely and in a healthy way.
  • I am creative and freely express my creativity.
  • I am perfect just as I am.
  • I am fertile and am able to bring forth life.

Once you have one to two affirmations, prepare your sacred space as you normally do and then ground and center. Begin to visualize an orange ball of energy a few inches above your navel.  Visualize white or golden light filling that ball of energy and brightening it, causing it to spin in its own rhythm.  Continue to visualize the orange ball of energy steadily grow brighter as you mentally repeat your affirmation(s).

Below is a meditation by Lisa Beachy that can guide you through cleaning and activating your sacral chakra.  It’s a little over 5 minutes so you can’t say you don’t have time to do it!  🙂

Please let me know if this information is helpful for you…and feel free to ask questions!

 

Meditation Mondays: 20 Tips for Quieting the Mind

meditation-6Greetings beautiful people!  I recently re-discovered an article that I read a few years ago at one of my favorite blogs, Zen Habits.  Here’s a list of 20 things that can those who are new to meditation.  Even some who are more experienced may enjoy some of this practical advice — like stretching!  I often stretch as soon as my feet hit the ground each morning but it never linked it to preparing for meditation.

Hopefully you will find these helpful as I did!

Meditation is the art of focusing 100% of your attention in one area. The practice comes with a myriad of well-publicized health benefits including increased concentration, decreased anxiety, and a general feeling of happiness.

Although a great number of people try meditation at some point in their lives, a small percentage actually stick with it for the long-term. This is unfortunate, and a possible reason is that many beginners do not begin with a mindset needed to make the practice sustainable.

The purpose of this article is to provide 20 practical recommendations to help beginners get past the initial hurdles and integrate meditation over the long term:

1) Make it a formal practice. You will only get to the next level in meditation by setting aside specific time (preferably two times a day) to be still.

2) Start with the breath. Breathing deep slows the heart rate, relaxes the muscles, focuses the mind and is an ideal way to begin practice.

3) Stretch first. Stretching loosens the muscles and tendons allowing you to sit (or lie) more comfortably. Additionally, stretching starts the process of “going inward” and brings added attention to the body.

4) Meditate with Purpose. Beginners must understand that meditation is an ACTIVE process. The art of focusing your attention to a single point is hard work, and you have to be purposefully engaged!

5) Notice frustration creep up on you. This is very common for beginners as we think “hey, what am I doing here” or “why can’t I just quiet my damn mind already”. When this happens, really focus in on your breath and let the frustrated feelings go.

6) Experiment. Although many of us think of effective meditation as a Yogi sitting cross-legged beneath a Bonzi tree, beginners should be more experimental and try different types of meditation. Try sitting, lying, eyes open, eyes closed, etc.

7) Feel your body parts. A great practice for beginning meditators is to take notice of the body when a meditative state starts to take hold. Once the mind quiets, put all your attention to the feet and then slowly move your way up the body (include your internal organs). This is very healthy and an indicator that you are on the right path.

8) Pick a specific room in your home to meditate. Make sure it is not the same room where you do work, exercise, or sleep. Place candles and other spiritual paraphernalia in the room to help you feel at ease.

9) Read a book (or two) on meditation. Preferably an instructional guide AND one that describes the benefits of deep meditative states. This will get you motivated. John Kabat-Zinn’s Wherever You Go, There You Are is terrific for beginners.

10) Commit for the long haul. Meditation is a life-long practice, and you will benefit most by NOT examining the results of your daily practice. Just do the best you can every day, and then let it go!

11) Listen to instructional tapes and CDs.

12) Generate moments of awareness during the day. Finding your breath and “being present” while not in formal practice is a wonderful way to evolve your meditation habits.

13) Make sure you will not be disturbed. One of the biggest mistakes beginners make is not insuring peaceful practice conditions. If you have it in the back of your mind that the phone might ring, your kids might wake, or your coffee pot might whistle than you will not be able to attain a state of deep relaxation.

14) Notice small adjustments. For beginning meditators, the slightest physical movements can transform a meditative practice from one of frustration to one of renewal. These adjustments may be barely noticeable to an observer, but they can mean everything for your practice.

15) Use a candle. Meditating with eyes closed can be challenging for a beginner. Lighting a candle and using it as your point of focus allows you to strengthen your attention with a visual cue. This can be very powerful.

16) Do NOT Stress. This may be the most important tip for beginners, and the hardest to implement. No matter what happens during your meditation practice, do not stress about it. This includes being nervous before meditating and angry afterwards. Meditation is what it is, and just do the best you can at the time.

17) Do it together. Meditating with a partner or loved one can have many wonderful benefits, and can improve your practice. However, it is necessary to make sure that you set agreed-upon ground rules before you begin!

18) Meditate early in the morning. Without a doubt, early morning is an ideal
time to practice: it is quieter, your mind is not filled with the usual clutter, and there is less chance you will be disturbed. Make it a habit to get up half an hour earlier to meditate.

19) Be Grateful at the end. Once your practice is through, spend 2-3 minutes feeling appreciative of the opportunity to practice and your mind’s ability to focus.

20) Notice when your interest in meditation begins to wane. Meditation is
hard work, and you will inevitably come to a point where it seemingly does not fit into the picture anymore. THIS is when you need your practice the most and I recommend you go back to the book(s) or the CD’s you listened to and become re-invigorated with the practice. Chances are that losing the ability to focus on meditation is parallel with your inability to focus in other areas of your life!

Meditation is an absolutely wonderful practice, but can be very difficult in the beginning. Use the tips described in this article to get your practice to the next level!

Read more about personal development from Todd Goldfarb on his blog, We The Change.