Tuesday, June 28, 2016
There are all sorts of articles and blog posts on the Internet with advice about how to clear your space. It's really not as foreign a concept as it used to be.
This idea is an integral part of the Mini Spiritual Retreat I created for my inner-circle. In fact, it's the first thing I have you do to declare your Retreat time.
And, even if you haven't discovered the life changing benefits of the Mini Spiritual Retreat, you can at least reap the rewards of learning how to clear any space you may be in, to make it your Sacred Space.
So, why would you want to clear your space if you aren't doing a retreat?
These came to mind as I chewed on that question:
1. After an argument or disagreement - to change course.
2. At the start of a new project - a clean slate.
3. If things "just haven't been right".
4. To create room - space for manifesting.
Basically, any time you need to shake things up, clear your space.
WAYS TO CLEAR YOUR SPACE
This is what I do:
1. Physically clear it. Declutter, just one room. Start with your retreat room, or maybe a room that will be the quickest to clean. Regardless, seeing clean, organized space that was once cluttered, can really calm your mind and help you focus. Even if you only have time to clear your email, you will notice a shift.
2. Smudge or incense. Make sure you are clear of curtains, drapes and tapestries (or anything flammable - please use common sense and be safe). Then light up a smudge stick and wave the smoke around your space. Or simply light some incense. Once the room has filled with smoke, snap it out the door or windows with a towel.
3. Bring in some nature. A bouquet of flowers, some herbs from outside, houseplants, or maybe even some beautiful leaves during the Fall. You will really see a notable difference in a room that is dominated by technology. Once everything is shut down and natural elements are brought in, there is an instant shift in the environment.
4. Ring a bell. Change your focus and vibration by ringing a bell. Especially if you have access to a Tibetan singing bowl. They have a healing vibration that can change the course of any situation.
5. Light a candle - Something about the elemental aspect of fire. For me, it takes me to memories of camp fires, especially if a candle is lit on a warm summer day. They are also, very spiritual and have been used in rituals all through the ages. Energy from a burning candle is one of my favorite ways to clear a space.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
What do you do to clear your space?
Do you have daily rituals?
Or do you do it when it just feels like the right time?
I'd love to hear from you.
Leave a comment, below, or send me a private message.
Monday, June 20, 2016
The Mini Spiritual Retreat.
It just came to me one day.
Why not share with you how I center myself and "get away", when I have no choice but to stay home?
I know from experience, that you can achieve the foundational results you would get from a "getaway" retreat, right in your very own home.
By simply designating some time every day for a few days in a row, you can put on the breaks, reconnect with your spirit and change course.
HERE'S THE GREAT PART
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This is the perfect time of year to find some time to detach and just chill.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Someone asked me the other day how I have the time to do things like create courses, run a Facebook Group, keep my blog going, network and market, while also working, looking after my parents and taking care of my home.
OK, I don't have children. This is a biggie that I know will cause most of you to skip on to the next blog in your feed, but if you hear me out, you will hopefully be inspired to find ways to create more time in your day, based on how your life unfolds.
I sat down and looked at all of the things I do a bit differently than the people around me, and realized that I have managed to carve over 10 hours a week out of my schedule, just by thinking outside the box a bit.
Theses are the biggies, and boy, do they pack a wallop!
HOW I CREATED 10 MORE HOURS FOR THE WEEK:
- Batch it: I am more productive when I batch my tasks, for example:
- I compose all of my posts for the Brilliant Blogging, Facebook group posts on Sundays, in about 10 min, which frees up at least 45 minutes in my week because it takes me at least 15 minutes a day when I try to do them daily.
- I will write several blog posts at a time, which saves me hours! Allowing it all to flow in one day means I will have posts for a couple of months, instead of trying to force the posts weekly, which doubles the amount of time.
- I schedule Tweets and Facebook posts in advance. This saves me a good 20 minutes a day.
- Windows 10: I have discovered some perks in the new Windows 10 upgrade. I have synced all my email and use the calendar. I used to spend 25 minutes or more, a day, checking all my email accounts. Now, all I have to do is point and click and I am finished in about five minutes!
- Cooking in advance: A couple years ago I shared the sloppy copy of my cookbook, which I am currently turning into a class. One of the main ideas I try to convey is that you have the time to create healthy, economical meals. All it takes is a little multitasking. While I am doing other things, I have chicken, beans and rice cooking. I'll also make a soup or some chili and take a couple of minutes to prep veggies for the week. This saves a couple of hours over the week.
- Dishes: In my house, we have only one dish, eating utensil and cup per person. This saves at least 30 min over the course of a week when it comes to doing the dishes.
- Laundry: We stick with the same color scheme for all of our clothes, underwear and socks included. As a result, I don't need to spend a lot of time sorting . No one expects me to sort or fold the underwear and socks and put them away. Same goes for the towels; they all stay in the laundry tubs. Our actual clothing is the only thing I fold and hang up. This saves me about 30 minutes a week.
- Get your clothes ready the night before: This saves at least 10 minutes a day - 50 over the course of a week.
- Load the coffee pot the night before: Because it always takes longer in the morning when you are half asleep. This saves 5 min a day, 25 min a week!
When I am "Riding the Wild Donkey" (as Leonie Dawson likes to say), going to town on whatever project I may be inspired to create - yes, it can get a little, what I like to call "Frat Housey" over here. The basics are tended to, but the place does get pretty cluttered.
And, that is the one choice I can make that someone who's raising kids can not. So the kitchen floor doesn't get mopped for a couple of weeks. When I am in the zone, the kitchen barely gets used anyway. Plus, I don't have any little ones crawling around. I can make that choice.
Finally, I am never afraid to stop or adjust.
Recently, I created more time for my creative projects by letting everyone know that I would only be posting here at SacredCyberSpace.com, four times a month, until the end of the year.
What a weight that lifted!
And it created a flood of time that I did not have before.
So cool ;)
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?
So, what are you going to do to create more time in your life?
Get out your favorite notebook and pen.
Find a quiet space and take a few minutes to step back and take a look at how you are spending your time.
Then see if you can't find at least an extra hour in your week.
I can't wait to hear how you will create more time for your dreams.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Way back when...
Back in the day, when I wrote under my pen name, I mused about the idea of "Transitioning the Void".
The idea that, sometimes when we move from one point to another, we have to spend some time in the Void.
The Void, meaning, existing in a place where things are not set in stone.
A time when our feet do not meet "solid ground" and we simply have to learn how to let go and allow life to unfold.
Usually happening, after life "rips the rug out" from underneath us, and nothing feels right because all of our old ways of being are no longer there
This is being in the Void.
I have to be honest.
When my agency thought that I could go back to my old school, a part of me felt stable and secure.
Knowing what I know about the Void, this alarmed me.
I knew I wasn't supposed to feel secure, just to feel secure.
It impedes progress.
And when it didn't work out, I was amazed at how relieved I was.
But, that day of "feeling secure" slowed things down.
I missed out on a day of allowing.
Of surrendering to the flow.
HELLO HUMAN ;-)
I'm not beating myself up about it.
In fact, it was supposed to happen.
If nothing else, to teach me even more about the Void.
Then in turn, to share it with you.
WE'VE ALL HEARD THIS ONE
It gets used all the time, but the analogy of the level of energy it takes to hold on to the riverbank, compared to the energy it takes to just let go and let the water take you.
Just one day of "holding on", of "feeling secure", was enough to exhaust me to the point that I can see why that advice is given time and again.
A LITTLE EXERCISE
Here's a little exercise I do to bring myself back to the present moment.
Not that kind of exercise! Haha :-)
A breathing exercise that will bring you back to relaxing into the flow of that river, so you can connect with your source power.
Close your eyes.
Inhale and exhale through your nose a few times, concentrating on that space where the breath hits the nostrils.
Do this for as long as you can.
When you open your eyes, you will feel much more centered and more engaged with the flow.
LET ME KNOW!
How do you center yourself during the day?
Do you have a little ritual you perform to connect with your source power?
If not, I'd love to hear how this little exercise works out for you.
Comment below or drop me a line.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Doesn't everyone do this?
I work in/around education to keep my brain from getting flabby and give back to my community.
For some reason, I also like to give myself techie challenges, as well.
So, let me ask you this: doesn't everyone spend their Saturday learning how to set up a real, grown-up, WordPress website?
I've set up a website and I am currently in the process of deciding if I want it to be a blog/website, or just a website and keep this blog.
Everything I am doing has changed and grown so much since I first started.
This was supposed to be web space where I could access all my favorite spiritual lessons, whenever I wanted.
Obviously, this was before Pinterest ;-)
Then things just started snowballing and I used this blog as a place to try out ideas, and pursue different paths, to see what would fit.
That's why I don't promote it any more than I do.
I practice what I will need to do once it's time to promote, but I have yet to ever do a huge push.
For a very long time, I have not felt right calling this Sacred Cyber Space.
I mean, it is very sacred space, BUT! It has become so much more than that.
It has become an expression of what I have to share with the world.
This sweet, little, wonderful blog has been like my online training ground.
My dream journal, of sorts.
So, yeah, there is a lot to consider as this transition unfolds.
I promise to keep you in the loop.
In the meantime, I'm going to get back to my new website.
Time to start working out my brain again!
Smooches and hugs,
Monday, May 9, 2016
And the healing continues.
I tried to make this clear in my post about burnout: the healing process is so much more profound than simply healing a broken bone.
Now that I am a couple of days away from trusting my instincts by leaving my job, the message is so clear.
I want to mention that when we go through a life change, it can take years for the real reasons to reveal themselves.
As I mentioned in the last post, everything about this particular life change has been high octane.
I am seeing a much bigger picture today.
It all makes so much sense.
And, as time goes on, I'm sure I will see more.
So, please, you can't compare, but I do want you to know, that if you currently find yourself navigating a life change, the reasons will reveal themselves as time goes on and you get settled.
I knew in my gut that this was all due to my healing.
I knew that I had outgrown my present circumstances.
I knew I had done all I was meant to do.
I left, without fear, knowing it was exactly what I was supposed to be doing at that moment, without needing to know, why.
After moving through the heavy emotions, I remembered.
Why not call my old agency, if nothing else, just to get the energy flowing?
I had no preconceptions.
If there was work, hooray, if not, I knew I would be OK.
Three positions had opened up at my old school, that same day.
I made it clear that I had physical limitations, which would prevent me from working with the younger kids.
They said they would get back to me.
I looked at the time.
I called my good friend who still works there and asked her who lost aides?
High school. The age group I prefer, in that environment.
THE NEXT DAY
My agency called.
My prints from my previous job were sent to the Ohio Department of Education, my last background check is good for another three years, and the principal at my old school is thrilled to have me back.
I just needed to get my permit in motion and I'm back to work.
"We'll send you an email"
I never got it.
Turns out my old school only needed someone for the younger kids.
The message I had received in regards to my healing was even more set in stone.
LET ME BREAK IT DOWN FOR YOU
Look at the last couple of days from a distance.
I listened to the Universe and allowed things to unfold, even though there were moments when It was not easy.
Then it seemed as if, maybe, I'd be able to keep some money trickling in by going back to a job that I had already burned out from once before.
This did not happen either.
So, what was the message I got in regards to this phase in my healing?
An old one.
Sometimes it's impossible to move on to what's next when everyone around you only sees what used to be.
That's what had happened at my job.
I am stronger and ready for something more.
All they saw was the woman who had started working there in September. A woman with physical difficulties and no car (FYI - we got a car a week or so after I started).
They thought I was working there because I needed their help, because I had no other choice. Sure, it helped, but I had other options. I was there because I wanted to be, they never got that and treated me as such.
So, of course, things were not going to work out with my old job. Stepping back and dealing with people who would only have seen who I was two years ago, would not have resonated with where I am headed, either.
WHERE AM I HEADED?
I have no idea.
I never do.
What I do know is that wherever the Universe wants me is where I will end up.
I will learn what I am supposed to learn.
And, in the meantime, it looks like I have quite a bit of time to focus on my dreams for my Biz.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
This post has a back story.
I had an idea for writing about burnout, because, I found myself right in the midst of it, again, and was making choices to "cut it off at the pass".
I was going to tell you all about what I did and how I managed to keep it all together in the process.
I had caught it so early. There was still time. Haha!
"Let me be your Navigating Burnout guru!" ;-)
Well, in the 5 days since I started this post, it has become an investigation piece.
Because, it was time for the next phase of my healing, and nothing I had in mind was going to get in the way of allowing what the Universe had in store.
THAT GREAT BRIDGE JOB
I honestly thought I would be at my day job for at least a couple of years.
Something I could do while I get the Biz end of things going.
Then, it started getting very strange when I agreed to help out in the office in the mornings.
I believed in the program and wanted to help.
This opened a Pandora's Box of office politics and bull hockey like I had never seen.
Having to constantly stand up for myself, was taking its toll on me.
This is how they choose to run things, accuse first, iron things out later.
Just about every time, I had what I needed to back myself up.
And this last round was simply my boss looking for a scapegoat.
Unfortunately for her, she is dealing with someone who knows all "those" tricks and who puts her health and well being, first.
I let her know in the beginning that if I am taken for granted and tapped out, I will walk, without another job.
SO, THIS HAPPENED INSTEAD
Instead of changing my schedule back to what it used to be, while making lifestyle changes at home, I got up out of that meeting and never went back.
My spirit wouldn't let me return.
Anything I had left to give was used up in that meeting.
At the time, it was a horrendously painful decision to make.
My sister and Ken both work there.
My Bridge Job ended up being my "bridge" to a stronger Self on every level.
I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS...
I don't recommend this to everyone.
I have been planning my possible exit for weeks.
I made sure I had money and options.
Which is why I was initially comfortable making this tough decision, before the reality of how it might affect the ones I love, hit me.
THEN I REALIZED
While engaging in some nature, I realized that this was the next phase in my healing.
Due to the nature of what I was coping with, I had let a lot of things go, as far as strengthening my ankle and leg, and got away with just climbing several flights of stairs every day.
Emotionally I feel like I got out of it what I was supposed to.
Obviously my spirit was finished.
I told some ladies in one of my favorite networking groups that work had turned into a midterm exam for standing up for myself.
Apparently, the final exam was that meeting.
BURNOUT IS A TEACHER
I have found burnout to be one of my greatest teachers.
I don't intentionally seek it out.
No one does.
As it was pointed out to me, once you burnout, it's easier to have it happen again.
I took on what I felt I was being led to take on. It didn't feel like too much, until the extra interaction with my superiors became an issue.
Before I knew it, because of where I am in life and health, I had learned all I was supposed to and it was time to move on.
Every time I have burned out, there has been a wonderful lesson and amazing growth.
This time, though, I felt like the Universe moved me through a Power Course, and not just a learning experience. Hahah!
THE BURNOUT TANGO!
How about you?
Have you ever had to cope with burnout?
What did you learn about yourself?
How did it change your life?
I'd love to hear from you.
Leave a comment or drop me a line.
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