Science and Spirituality Unite – The Miracle That is You

Is there really a place where science and spirituality unite? I believe they are intertwined and trying to understand either alone just leaves a lot of gaps and confusion.

We are living in a magnificent new age of compassion, forgiveness and spiritual awareness. The Human race is more connected than ever before in history. It is an exciting time to be alive and experience this shift in consciousness.

The technological advancement that allows us to carry a super computer, on our person, wherever we go is simply amazing. At any given moment, we have the ability to connect with anyone, anywhere on this planet. The wealth of knowledge and wisdom available to us with the touch of a button is staggering.

Yet, somehow, all of this advancement may have actually dumbed us down. Many of us live a life of disconnect. We spend less time in nature, under the stars, absorbing the energy of the heavens and the earth. We have become blinded to what is actually available to us.

If we spent more time looking within, we might better see how science and spirituality unite.

We spend endless hours in front of a television screen filling our heads with the fictional lives of others rather than living our own. We may not even be watching the program, but the TV has to be playing in the background anyway.

Choosing to sit quietly with our own thoughts for any length of time simply doesn’t happen anymore. In fact, it seems we go to great lengths to keep our minds otherwise occupied at all times.

I have often wondered how the great scientists of our past knew so much without the technology we have access to today. I believe it is because they were much more in tune to the Universe and themselves. They valued and instinctively listened to their inner voice, their inner wisdom.

Albert Einstein, possibly the most famous scientist to date, won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921. Some quotes by this extraordinary individual show that his knowledge and wisdom extended well beyond the confines of science:

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”      Albert Einstein
“A human being is part of the whole called by the universe.”  Albert Einstein
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”      Albert Einstein

At the other end of the spectrum, we have great spiritual teachers embracing science.

His Holiness, The Dalai Lama spoke at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in late 2005. You can read Science at the Crossroadsan article based on his talk to learn more.

His Holiness, The Dalai Lama has also written a book on the subject of how science and spirituality unite. The book is The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality.


I haven’t actually read this book yet, as I just discovered it myself while doing the research for this post. It has great reviews on Amazon and is currently in my cart. I am really looking forward to this read.

I found many quotes by The Dalai Lama relating to the unity of science and spirituality. I absolutely love the quote below:

“With the ever growing impact of science on our lives, religion and spirituality have a greater role to play reminding us of our humanity. There is no contradiction between the two. Each gives valuable insights into the other. Both science and the teachings of the Buddha tell us of the fundamental unity of all things.”            His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

It may seem, right now, that science is “catching up” to what the spiritual community has “known” all along, that science and spirituality unite in truly miraculous ways.

Of course, beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. Most mainstream scientists will continue to reject anything they cannot understand by using their five human senses and many spiritualists will continue to ignore the science that could disprove their old beliefs.

I have to admit that I am a science and mathematics geek, so this blending of science and spirituality has become a bit of an obsession for me. Many scholars of the scientific field are now embracing the spiritual realm and I find the result of this to be super impressive.

So, you want to learn more about how science and spirituality unite, right?

I am thrilled to share with you some of the theories out there and the scientific minds behind them. There are so many new discoveries coming into play. We have a wealth of knowledge and wisdom available to us. See if any of these resonate with you.

Nassim Haramein is an amateur physicist and founder of the Hawaii Institute for Unified Physics. He is also the director of research for Resonance Science Foundation. He and physicist Elizabeth Rauscher collaborated to develop a Unified Field Theory that they have named the Haramein Rauscher Metric.


Dr. Bruce Lipton, PhD is an American stem cell biologist who believes that our mind/body connection is stronger than our genes and DNA.  He teaches that our thoughts and beliefs can override our genes and lead us to greater health and well-being. He is also the author of several books including The Biology of Belief, Spontaneous Evolution and The Honeymoon Effect.


Greg Braden is a New York Times best-selling author, former computer geologist and pioneer in bridging science, spirituality and the real world. He has spent more than 25 years searching high mountain villages, remote monasteries and forgotten texts to uncover their timeless secrets.

Some of his books include The Divine Matrix, The God Code, The Spontaneous Healing of Belief and his newest offering, Human by DesignGreg is also a 2015-2020 Templeton Prize nominee.

If you enjoyed any of these clips, I encourage you to explore further and grow. There is so much to learn about what we are, why we are here and how we can connect on a much deeper level.

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Sending love on Valentine’s day

Today is Valentine’s day and my wish for you is that you know how loved you truly are.

It doesn’t matter if you are married, divorced, single, in a relationship or alone, today is a day to celebrate how special you are.

If there isn’t someone in your life to treat you great today, treat yourself well. Give yourself something wonderful. You deserve love.

I think you are…

Amazing, just the way you are.

Beautiful, inside and out.

Creative, in all that you do.

Divine, you are love and light.

Enough, more than enough!

Fabulous, fun and full of life.

Generous, to all who know you.

Happy, just being you.

Intuitive, to your immense gifts.

Joyous, in the life you create.

Kind, to yourself and others.

Loved, yes, you are so loved.

Magnificent, a true miracle.

Non-resistant, willing to grow.

Opulent, truly abundant.

Passionate, you know what lights you up.

Quintessential, simply perfect.

Radiant, I think you are glowing.

Spirit, infinite wisdom is in you.

Tremendous, you are absolutely extraordinary.

Unique, because there is only one you.

Valuable, you are more important than you know.

Whole, because God makes no mistakes.

XOXO, hugs and kisses for you.

You, this is the one job no one else can do.

Zestful, and loving every moment.

Have a fantastic Valentine’s day overflowing with love and kindness!!

Pay attention to your inner guidance

Inside each and every one of us is the ability to answer every question we have ever asked. The key is to learn to pay attention to your inner guidance. Our intuition will point the way.

Unfortunately this can be challenging. Welcome to Week seven of my Tools for your Spiritual Journey series. This is the final post in the series. Yeah! I set this goal for myself because I tend to procrastinate and fear deadlines. I did it!

Listen to your hunches, pay attention to your intuition, do not dismiss your random thoughts, inspirations or ideas…They could be giving you the best advice you ever had.     Neale Donald Walsh

Pay attention to what your inner voice has to say.

We all have an inner voice, a higher wisdom speaking to us all the time. Attempting to lead us down our appropriate paths. In there with that higher voice, we also have an inner critic.

Usually, the inner critic has the last say. Why are we so eager to grab onto the negative thoughts we have rather than our inspiration? Because that is what we have been trained to do, by our parents, our teachers, and our society. It’s not their fault, they were trained that way as well.

Listen closely for your spirit is always speaking to you. Pay attention to what inspires you as that is your internal guidance. If it stirs your soul and excites you, it’s probably meant for you to do.   Shari Alyse

It’s time to break free from your inner critic so you can pay attention to your inner guidance instead!

We can do all of the meditation, daily soul writing, positive affirmations, mirror work, crystal energy work and manifestation boxes we want and none will do any good if we allow our inner critic to squash our inner wisdom.

The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.   Keanu Reeves

To pay attention to your inner guidance you must trust and believe that you are indeed being guided (you are), that anything is possible (it is), and that you have the power to both access and achieve it (you do).

Intuition: God whispering the answer to you.   Unknown

What we tend to think of as our rational mind is most likely our inner critic. The voice that continually tells us we aren’t good enough, it can’t be done, that idea is no good and society won’t accept it.

“If it looks right but feels wrong, it’s fear. If it looks wrong but feels right, it’s intuition.”

Be creative and follow your joy. We are here to create. If your inner voice is pushing you to do something creative, pay attention to your inner guidance! Sing, dance, write, paint, invent, build, take pictures or make music. Definitely do that!

Act on your inner guidance, and give up your need for “proof” that your inner guidance is authentic. The more you ask for proof, the less likely you are to receive any.   Caroline Myss

I started this blog because I was being guided to write. As I continued using my tools I began exploring the energy of crystals and most recently, I am making jewelry with crystals.

Discover what lights you up and do that.

What sets your soul on fire? What spreads a smile across your face so wide the corners of your mouth kiss your ear lobes? Answer these questions and you will know what lights you up. Then do that, create that.

Lastly, if you don’t know if it is your higher wisdom or your inner critic guiding you, act anyway. Just do it. If the idea turns out to not be for you, it will fall away. If it was true inspiration, it will thrive and flourish.

Trust, believe, surrender, do.

Thank you for reading! You are magnificent!


Sometimes the little things bring the most joy

It was bitterly cold but the sun was shining, when I left work one evening last week. Before I even got my car door open, I could see my flower doing its happy dance.

I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that bring me the most joy.

It’s a solar-powered air freshener I keep on the dash of my car because it makes me feel good. Laugh more is the message it brings.

I think this little dollar store item is so much fun. My son and I were in the car one day, sitting at a red light. A good tune came on the radio and the flower was bee-bopping along. We looked at each other and joined in!

The flower also has great memories attached to it. I received this happy gift at my company Christmas party a few weeks ago. It was prize for playing a game.

You begin the game with a large ball of cling wrap. There are small prizes wrapped within the cling wrap ball from the outer most layer all the way to the center.

The game participants stand around a table. One person puts on oven mitts and tries to unwrap the ball while another rolls two dice.

When the person rolling the dice gets doubles, the person unwrapping the ball has to stop. You keep the prizes released from the cling wrap on your turn wearing the mitts.

I laughed a lot that night while playing the game. And the joy continues whenever I see my flower dancing in the sun.

Smiles and hugs!

Try a manifestation box instead of a vision board

I think most of us have heard of or even tried a vision board, but what about a manifestation box? These are also called prayer boxes, creation boxes and magic boxes. Welcome to Week six of my Tools for your Spiritual Journey Series.

The idea behind the manifestation box is similar to a vision board, in that, you want to fill it with your intention for the things you would like to bring into your life.

I was first introduced to prayer boxes about nine years ago through Melodie Beattie. The same basic principle applied. To find or create a beautiful box or jar that you love looking at and then fill it with prayers for yourself, loved ones and even those who may be pushing your buttons.

How to create a manifestation box:

I purchased a pretty box from my local craft supply store for $5. If you find something absolutely perfect, then feel free to leave it as is. I definitely wanted to add my own creative flair to the box I purchased.

Manifestation box before


I decorated the inside of my creation box with money, cold hard cash! The reason, of course, is that I want to attract more money into my life. At just under $3, this didn’t break bank. If you feel inspired to use fiftys instead of ones, by all means, go for it!

I also added a bit of color to the top of the box. Multi-colored Sharpies worked out wonderful for this purpose. I also added a few gray pearls and a few chips of peridot to the lid.

A bit of ribbon around the lip of the lid and more crystals on the front face and this box was starting to feel like it is my own. I chose a nice sized citrine, some smaller garnet and more peridot chips, all good crystals for attracting money.

Rose Quartz is the crystal of unconditional love, so I included a couple of heart-shaped stones. After placing some Mother of pearl leaves to protect, instill calm and stimulate intuition, I was happy with the energy of my manifestation box.

Manifestation box after

Add at least one affirmation to your magic box.

By writing a positive affirmation right on the box itself, you are setting a powerful intention for the use of the box. It can be as simple as I Believe or it can be an entire prayer.

I had five open surfaces left to add my affirmations. This included the bottom of the box and the underside of the lid. I decided to use them all! Positive affirmations are one of my favorite tools. I wrote a post about using them for Week Three of this series.

If coming up with your own affirmation is difficult, I recommend anything from Louise Hay. I love this one:

I am totally and completely supported by the Universe.

Or you may borrow one of mine if it speaks to you. Here are the five affirmations I used on my manifestation box.

I now accept and appreciate the abundance the Universe offers me.

I am worthy of my dreams!

Thank you God for this bountiful life, for things given and things not yet received.

I am prosperous beyond my wildest dreams!

I am the sole creator of my reality.

What goes inside the manifestation box?

There are a couple of different ways to do this. One way is vision board style. Fill the box with photos and magazine clippings of the things you want to manifest. This can work quite well for a car, a dream home, a vacation or a puppy.

You could also add poems, keepsakes or mementos. If you haven’t adorned your box with crystals, as I have, try placing one inside your magic box to amplify the manifesting power. Clear Quartz is a wonderful amplifier. For more ways to use crystals, see my post on The Energy of Crystals.

This method requires looking through the contents of the box daily. It is also recommended to act as if you already have what you desire. Think about how it would feel to you and try that feeling on for size. Then start wearing that feeling as consistently as you can.

Let’s call the second method Ask, believe and receive. This is my choice. The idea is to ask for what you desire, believe without a shadow of a doubt that the Universe will provide for you and let it go. Forget about it. It’s done and on its way. This is also how a prayer box would work.

I chose one sheet of stationary paper for each manifestation. On that sheet I wrote what I wished to attract and the reasons I wanted it in my life. An example might be;

I will to increase my current income by fifty percent. With this increased income, I will feed my family organic foods, send my child to college, have the means to provide proper medical care for my family, see parts of the world I only dream about now and donate much more money to charity.

Gratitude and Love Jars

The idea of a manifestation box can be utilized in other ways as well. I think a gratitude jar would be awesome. Decorate a jar and then write things you are thankful for on scraps of paper to fill the jar. Then, whenever you are down or having a less than wonderful day, pull out your gratitude jar and smile because you have so much to be grateful for!

I can only think of one better way to lift my spirits, and that would be the Love jar my son made for me about five years ago. He was only six years old then. My jar is glass and decorated with the words I Love You.

Love jar

Inside the jar is the best surprise. Little love notes on small pieces of paper. One says “U are super,” another says “#1, ” and one has hearts drawn on it. This is such a sweet idea for kids, or anyone really. What a great vibration booster!

Most importantly, have fun with this! That is what it is all about.

If you would like to read the other posts in this series, I have provided links below.

Thank you for reading!!


Week one – How to create a solid meditation practice

Week two – Daily soul writing for your spiritual journey

Week three – Using positive affirmations to kick the negative self-talk habit

Week four – What is mirror work and how can it help me?

Week five – Using the energy of crystals for your spiritual growth

Week seven – Pay attention to your inner guidance



Wisdom Wednesday

I am so excited about this audio! It is Everyday Wisdom by Wayne Dyer. I’m not sure how it came to me but I am compelled to share it with you. I have been listening to this amazing wisdom daily for about ten days and I have become quite attached. I hope you enjoy!!

How to use the Energy of Crystals for your Spiritual Growth

Have you ever wondered how to use the Energy of crystals for spiritual growth and well-being? Then you are in the right place! This is my obsession right now and I have been doing some intense research.

Welcome to week five of my Spiritual Journey series; 7 tools in 7 weeks. Thank you for joining me, I am so happy you’re here.

This week we talk about the energy of crystals

Earth is home to more than 4000 naturally occurring minerals. A mineral is an inorganic substance of definite chemical composition and specific crystalline structure.

Most minerals are crystals, but not all. A mineral has one specific chemical composition, where a rock is a mixture of minerals. Crystals have a repeating geometric molecular pattern.

Quartz is the most prevalent mineral on our planet, making up between 12 and 20 percent of the earth’s crust. That’s a lot of crystal. Mother Earth has been lovingly growing these crystals for millions of years.

Crystals carry the energy of the earth, the moon and the stars. Each crystal has an individual vibration just as we do. There are many ways we can put the energy of crystals to work in our lives.

How can I use my crystals?

Working with chakras:

The powerful energy of crystals can be used to clear and balance the body’s chakras. The seven chakras are our life force energy centers. They run along the spine, from the tail bone to the crown of your head.

Each of the seven chakras has its own healing color associated with it. When using crystals for this purpose, the color of the stone or crystal should correspond to the color of the chakra.

The energy of crystals for chakra balancing







The root chakra is the first energy center, located at the base of the spine. This chakra is associated with the feeling of safety and grounding. The root chakra’s color is red.

When choosing stones or crystals for root chakra work, they should be red or black in color. Some examples you can try would be red jasper, garnet, bloodstone, black onyx or black tourmaline.

The second energy center is the sacral chakra, located in the pelvic area. This chakra is associated with sensuality and creativity. The sacral chakra’s color is orange.

There are many great orange stones and crystals to try when working with this chakra. Good examples would be sunstone, carnelian, orange calcite and goldstone.

Moving up the spine:

The solar plexus chakra is our third energy center as we move up the spine and it’s location is right around the navel or belly button. This chakra’s color is yellow and it is associated with confidence, self-esteem and expression of will power.

Some awesome yellow stones to try when working with the solar plexus are citrine, yellow jasper, heliodor and yellow jade.

The heart chakra is our fourth energy center as we continue our way up, of course, located in the center of the chest. This is our love center. It is also the energy center of the chakras with three above and three below. The heart chakra is where the physical and spiritual come together.

The energy of crystals,; chakra stones

Green is the color of the heart chakra, however pink crystals also have great energy for work with this chakra. Some to try might be green aventurine, rose quartz (the love crystal), ruby in zoisite, green calcite, green jade, chrysoprase and emerald.

Moving above the heart to the fifth energy center which is the throat chakra. It is located at the center of the neck, in line with the shoulders. The throat chakra is associated with self-acceptance and speaking your truth. This chakra’s color is blue.

Many amazing blue stones and crystals are available for working with throat chakra. You might want to try blue calcite, aquamarine, sodalite or blue quartz.

The third eye chakra is the sixth energy center located in the middle of the forehead between the eyebrows. It is the center of intuition, associated with intellect and spiritual insight. The color for this chakra is indigo.

Great crystals and stones to try while working with this chakra might be iolite, lapis lazuli, kyanite, apatite and tanzanite.

The seventh chakra:

Located at the top of our head is the crown chakra. This is the seventh primary energy center. It is associated with enlightenment and spiritual awareness. This powerful chakra is our connection to the Universe and Divine intelligence.

The color for the crown chakra is usually depicted as violet-purple or white. White being beyond color, complete purity of spirit. Crystals with the most powerful vibrations are used when working with the crown chakra.

Most notable would be amethyst and clear quartz, both considered to be master crystals. Other stones and crystals you can try when working with this chakra include charoite, lepidolite and eudialyte.

If you are interested in using crystals to work with your chakra centers, Amazon has sets containing all seven stones you will need. I am an affiliate with Amazon, which means if you make a purchase using my link, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Have fun using the energy of crystals to balance your chakra energy centers and remove the blocks that are preventing you from being all you are meant to be!

Up next, using the energy of crystals for meditation:

Adding a crystal to your meditation practice can amplify the energy of your intention. You can hold the crystal in your hand during your meditation or place it close by. You may also want to try using the crystal as the focus of your attention by placing it in front of you and meditating with your eyes open.

Choose your crystal based on what you are wanting to work on or resolve within yourself. Some research into the many healing properties attributed to different crystals may be required.

For more information on how to start a solid meditation practice, see the first post in my Spiritual Journey Series.

Meditating with one of the chakra crystals mentioned above would be a great way to start. If you are already comfortable with using crystals for your meditation, you may want to try using all seven chakra stones.

To do this you will lie down on your back for the meditation. Place each stone on your body in the corresponding location of the chakra with the matching color.

As you follow your breath, spend a couple of minutes concentrating on each chakra center, beginning with the root chakra and working your way up to the crown chakra.

Massage therapy using the energy of crystals:

Crystal massage can be done with either a crystal massage wand or a smooth polished massage stone. No special talent is required to perform a massage using crystals, however some research may be required into the type of crystal you want to use.

There are many books and websites available to research the individual healing properties and energies of different stones and crystals.

A crystal massage wand is a stone or crystal with a slender cylinder shape that may be smooth or faceted. The wand will normally have a pointed end and a rounded end.

A crystal massage stone could be a palm sized smooth polished crystal, a crystal sphere or ball or a crystal roller. Choose a crystal massage tool that resonates with you. Your intuition will lead you to the perfect item for your needs.

Crystal grids:

What is a crystal grid? A crystal grid is a structured arrangement of multiple crystals used to combine, enhance and magnify the energies of the crystals used.

the energy of crystal grids

You may want to consider using a crystal grid if you have not been able to achieve your goal using a single crystal.

A crystal grid will include three to five different types of crystals and may contain other elements such as flowers or candles. Let your intuition guide you.

In the center of your grid will be the focus stone. This crystal will collect source energy and funnel it into your grid. The next stones in the grid are called way stones. They are the middle men between your focus stone and your desire stones. The outer stones of your grid will be your desire stones. These represent what you are desiring as your final outcome.

When choosing your grid crystals, begin with the desire stones. This will likely be whatever stone you were working with to achieve your desired result prior to assembling a grid. Next choose your way stones. Polished or tumbled stones with saturated color work well here.

The way stones are the intermediate between your desired result and the source energy that will provide it. The way stone energy will represent the steps necessary to accomplish your goal.

Finally you may choose your focus stone. Choose a stone that will amplify the energy of the other grid crystals. Clear quartz is always a great focus crystal but there are many other options.

Activating your grid:

Before assembling your grid, be sure to cleanse both your space and the crystals you plan to use. If you are into Feng Shui, you may want to locate your grid in the area of your home or office that relates to your desired outcome.

A sacred geometry pattern may be used for the placement of your grid crystals such as the flower of life pattern. If using a cloth, choose colors that coordinate with the grid crystals.

Assemble your grid by placing the crystals from the inside out starting with the focus stone. Write your intention or desired outcome on a small piece of paper and place it under the focus stone.

Activate your grid using a wand or quartz point. Standing or sitting next to your grid, hold the wand in your hand and focus on your intention for the grid. Slowly move the wand above each grid crystal, connecting them and there energies.

Leave your crystal grid in place for at least forty days.

If you would like to read the other posts in this series, I have included links below.

Have fun using the energy of crystals and I hope all of your dreams come true!!!

Week one – How to create a solid meditation practice

Week two – Daily soul writing for your spiritual journey

Week three – Using positive affirmations to kick the negative self-talk habit

Week four – What is mirror work and how can it help me?

Week six – Try a manifestation box instead of a vision board

Week seven – Pay attention to your inner guidance







What is Mirror Work and how can it help me?

Hi. Welcome to Week four of my Tools for your Spiritual Journey series. I am so happy you’re here. This week’s post is about Mirror Work. This is the perfect follow-up to last week’s post on affirmations.

What is Mirror Work exactly?

Mirror work is a very powerful practice for your journey that basically involves saying affirmations to yourself in a mirror. This may sound hokey to many of you and downright frightening to others.

Of all of the tools I now use, this one is my favorite and it also the practice I always show up for. I do this everyday, without fail. I believe mirror work is absolutely key to learning to truly love who you are.

Louise Hay was famous for practicing and teaching mirror work. She is the author of many books on the subject. She says “mirror work is the most effective method I have found for learning to love yourself and see the world as a safe and loving place.”

Robert Holden, Ph.D, was a student of Louise Hay who has taken up the teaching of mirror work himself. Robert says “you won’t find what you have been looking for until you look in the mirror.” And I couldn’t agree more.

Who can benefit by practicing mirror work?

I think everyone can gain more appreciation of self by doing this work. Those who suffer from low self-worth or low self-esteem will certainly benefit from doing this practice on a regular basis.

If you cringe at the thought of looking into your own eyes and saying “I am beautiful” or “I am smart”, “I am worthy”, or Louise’s favorite, “I am loveable”, then mirror work is definitely for you.

Do this! Face your fear. You are so much more than you believe!

Are you in? Awesome!

I was first introduced to mirror work in Janet Conner’s book, Writing down your soulThis is a wonderful place to start for many of the tools in this series of posts. In her book she encourages you to start by looking in the mirror and telling yourself “I am precious, I am important”.

She admits that this was too much for her when she began and had to kind of side glance at the mirror to get the words out. After much practice, however, she was able to look at herself straight on and say the words. Just as you will be able to if you keep at it.

I began my own mirror work with “I am beautiful”. For me this is not so much about physical beauty as it is seeing my inner beauty. I do believe that most of us focus on our flaws when we look in the mirror and telling ourselves we are beautiful, sexy, gorgeous or handsome can shift the focus off of what we consider to be less than desirable.

Shortly after starting my mirror work practice, I listened to the audio book Life Loves You by Robert Holden and Louise Hay. Now I was really hooked. This stuff works!

Learning from the best…

Louise Hay says “positive affirmations plant healing thoughts and ideas that support you in developing self-confidence and self-esteem, and creating peace of mind and inner joy.

Robert Holden offers his loving yourself free video series, focusing on mirror work. I have watched the entire series and I highly recommend. I tweaked my own practice to incorporate some of what I learned from Robert in this series. As he begins the first video, he says

“The one piece of equipment you need is a mirror. Any mirror will do. Make sure you give it a good polish before you begin. You are about to meet the most important person in your life”.

I love that! It is so true. Truly loving anyone else is not possible until you can learn to truly love yourself. Once you have done that, everything else will begin to fall into place.

If you would like to read the other posts in this series, I have included links below.

Thank you for reading!

Week one – How to create a solid meditation practice

Week two – Daily soul writing for your spiritual practice

Week three – Using positive affirmations to kick the negative self-talk habit

Week five – How to use the energy of crystals for your spiritual growth

Week six – Try a manifestation box instead of a vision board

Week seven – Pay attention to your inner guidance










Use Positive Affirmations to Kick the Negative Self-talk Habit

Welcome to week three of seven of my Tools for your spiritual journey series. I am so happy you are here. This week’s tool is positive affirmations.

What are positive affirmations and negative self-talk?

Each of us has an inner monologue going on constantly inside our heads. We may not even realize this is happening. This is our self-talk and it seems to never run out of gas.

Unfortunately most us engage in much more negative self-talk than positive.  Thinking or even saying things like “I’m not good enough, smart enough or attractive enough to accomplish that.”

We are usually our own worst critics. And sometimes our inner voice can be a real asshole! Negative self-talk can become a habit and it can create troublesome issues in our lives. Anxiety, low self-esteem and even depression can stem from the way we talk to ourselves.

That is where daily positive affirmations can help. An affirmation is the assertion that something exists or is true. We are always affirming something with every thought we think and every word we say.

An affirmation opens the door. It’s a beginning point on the path to change.    Louise L. Hay

Why do positive affirmations work?

Our subconscious mind believes whatever we tell it. It can’t and won’t differentiate between the good and the bad. If we can change the words, we can change the way we feel.

Louise Hay explains in her book Experience your good nowthat when you state an affirmation, you are really saying to your subconscious mind: ‘I am taking responsibility. I am aware that there is something I can do to change.’

It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”    Claude M. Bristol

Just because you have negative self-talk going on does not mean you are a bad person or wrong in any way. We all do it. It is time to stop doing it. Kick the guilt to the curb. You are an amazing, beautiful, miracle of life. Treat yourself gently and with love. You do not deserve your own abuse.

How to get started with positive affirmations:

The first step is to recognize your negative thought patterns. What are you saying to yourself? I’ve found the practice of meditation to be the easiest way for me to become more aware of my thoughts.

I wrote about meditation in Week One of this series. You can check out that post if you are interested in seeing what starting a meditation practice can do for you.

My introduction to affirmations was through Janet Conner and her book Writing Down Your SoulI mention her in my post for Week Two of this series on soul writing. I highly recommend.

As I progressed on my journey, I discovered Louise Hay, extraordinary teacher, healer, speaker, author and queen of positive affirmations. She has become a most inspirational teacher for me.

Please visit her website where you can look through some of her uplifting positive affirmations. Choose a few that resonate with you and begin saying them to yourself every day.

What can you expect positive affirmations to do for you?

Daily positive affirmations can be used to create self-love and to attract the abundance we desire and deserve into our lives. The key is to remain absolutely positive. This can be incredibly challenging.

If you are outwardly saying something positive, but the thought in your mind is contradicting it, the affirmation isn’t going to work. If you notice this happening to you, keep trying. Just as with anything else, it will become easier with practice.

One of my first affirmations was ‘I am Beautiful’.  My journey began a few months before I turned fifty and I was feeling a bit negative about my physical appearance.

Seven months later…I feel beautiful, inside and out. It makes no difference what clothes I have on, if my hair is done or if I am wearing make-up. I love what I see in the mirror!

What if your chosen affirmation is too much for you right now?

That’s totally fine. No worries. Your affirmation just requires a little bit of tweaking. Let’s say you have chosen ‘I love my body’ as your daily positive affirmation, but every time you think or say it, you cringe.

Obviously your mind is not accepting this affirmation as is. You must have at least a modest level of comfort with the thought you are creating. I would adjust this affirmation to ‘I am open to loving my body today’. You could also try ‘I have a healthy body that serves me well’.

Choose one that is acceptable to you now. As you become more comfortable with that thought you can up your game and choose a new affirmation to try.

Maybe you feel like you never have enough money. Affirming these thoughts will surely only bring more lack into your life. This has been a problem for me lately too.

Instead of concentrating on the months or weeks or even days ahead. I say to myself ‘Today I have all the money I need’. When my son asks for something we can’t afford right now, I don’t tell him that we don’t have enough money. I calmly say ‘we will have more money for that next month’ knowing that I am giving my subconscious mind instructions to make that happen.

Along with gratitude and forgiveness, positive affirmations have been working miracles in my life. I hope you have even more success!

If you would like to read the other posts in this series, I have included links below.

Thank you for reading!

Week one – How to create a solid meditation practice

Week two – Daily soul writing for your spiritual practice

Week four  – What is mirror work and how can it help me?

Week five – How to use the energy of crystals for your spiritual growth

Week six – Try a manifestation box instead of a vision board

Week seven – Pay attention to your inner guidance






Daily Soul Writing for your Spiritual Journey

If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.  Martin Luther

Thank you for joining me in week two of my Tools for your Spiritual Journey series. This week is soul writing, also known as journaling.

The tool for week one was meditation. Check out How to Create a Solid Mediation Practice if you missed it. Hands down, soul writing and meditation have been the most powerful tools for my own soul work.

Why do I call it soul writing instead of keeping a journal?

Because for me, the quickest way to discover what my soul truly wants is to start writing. Soul writing has always been my default resource when life has me confused.

As a young teenager I kept a diary. Later in my teen years and through my early twenties, I wrote poetry. In my mid-thirties, when I wanted children and my husband didn’t, I wrote letters to my deceased best friend.

It wasn’t until my forties, when my marriage was coming undone, that I started keeping a journal. My soul writing took off like a rocket!

Writing is the indelible fingerprint of my soul on paper.   Michelle L. Buckley

There is no one right way to begin soul writing.

Keeping and maintaining a soul writing practice is a very personal activity. What might feel perfect for one person could feel awkward for someone else.

Almost anything is fair game. You may wish to start by simply recording your thoughts and ideas with a daily entry. Or you could use your journal to release strong emotions you have trouble expressing otherwise.

I have also read about “dump” journaling, where you write very fast and fill the pages with whatever is in your head. The goal here is to clear the clutter from your mind before sleeping or meditation.

My soul likes to write letters, prayers and ask questions. I write letters to God, Universe, Source, whatever you prefer, they are all the same to me.

I write letters to my self, my inner child, my deceased loved ones and to people who are alive and well, but will very likely never get to read what I’ve written.

Expressing gratitude in your journal is a fabulous practice, especially if you can do it daily. Many people keep a separate journal or notebook just for this purpose. I posted my gratitude journal for four weeks last fall.

Soul writing can be more beneficial than talking to your best friend.

When you are soul writing, no opinions matter except your own. You cannot be swayed by someone else’s thoughts on any given subject.

No one is going to judge you for your soul writing. God already knows. The only advice you can expect will be divinely placed on the page.

Write whatever you need to write. There is nothing taboo here. If you can feel it, think it, or wish it, then it is perfectly acceptable and appropriate. No matter what It is.

The more important question is, if you are feeling or thinking something that makes you uncomfortable, why? And where does it stem from? This is what soul writing can help you discover.

Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.   Natalie Goldberg

Daily Soul Writing for your Spiritual Journey

How can you get started with your own soul writing?

I’m glad you asked. I have some great suggestions! Just so you know, I am an Amazon affiliate, which means I receive a small commission if you purchase a product though a link in this post.

I consider this a win, win, win, win situation. You get a wonderful product, I get a small commission, Amazon gets their sale and in this case, the author does as well.

First, I am going to recommend a book called Writing down your soul by Janet Conner. Janet originally wanted to call this book Dear God, so you can see why it was exactly what I was looking for.

In this book Janet provides unlimited subjects for your soul writing and she tells her story of transformation as well.

She also introduces affirmations, mirror work and laws of attraction. All tools I will write about in the coming weeks. Her Prayer Sandwich is pure genius and she will guide through every step.

Also available is a companion journal, My soul pages. I used this cute little journal to start my soul writing while reading her book and I really enjoyed it. Janet has inspirational quotes and poems scattered throughout the journal pages. I love this sort of thing, it makes my heart smile.

The only caveat is that I had the journal filled from front to back in less than two months. So you decide what is right for you, all that is really required for soul writing is a notebook.

What if I don’t like to write?

Well, I have you non-writers covered as well. You can also gain access to your true desires through other creative avenues.

Maybe you like to draw or paint. Then I would suggest keeping a sketch journal, even if you don’t believe you have great talent. You do! This is only for you anyway.

I keep a dream journal on my nightstand. This does require some writing, but it is predetermined. Simply jot down what you remember of the previous night’s dreams.

And lastly, I saw this great little journal in the bookstore called Wreck this journal. I love this idea! This is perfect for the non-writer out there who still wants to try keeping a journal.

The author, Keri Smith, encourages journalers to engage in harmless destructive acts such as poking holes in pages, painting the page with coffee (or your favorite beverage) and coloring outside the lines. Creative expression at it’s best.

I keep imagining how satisfying it would be to stab my journal page over and over again, with my pen tip, of course, if I was angry about something. The goal is to allow yourself to feel the feeling or think the thoughts and then release them. I think this would work.

If you would like to read the other posts in this series, I have included links below.

Thank you for reading!

Week one – How to create a solid meditation practice

Week three – Using positive affirmations to kick the negative self-talk habit

Week four  – What is mirror work and how can it help me?

Week five – How to use the energy of crystals for your spiritual growth

Week six – Try a manifestation box instead of a vision board

Week seven – Pay attention to your inner guidance










How to Create a Solid Meditation Practice

Welcome to week one of my Tools for your Spiritual Journey series – How to Create a Solid Meditation Practice. As we begin a new year, many people will be setting new goals and making resolutions they desire to achieve over the course of 2018.

In the next seven weeks, I will provide you with seven fabulous tools you can put to use immediately for personal and spiritual growth. If you can commit to create a solid meditation practice, it will change your life.

How to Create a Solid Meditation Practice

My own meditation practice is young. I have only been meditating for about six months. I admit that my own practice is not as solid as I would like. This is one of my goals for 2018. Even so, meditation has improved my everyday life immeasurably. So let’s begin.

What do I consider a solid meditation practice to be?

The meditation goal I am personally working towards is twenty minutes, twice a day. I am not there yet, but I am committed to achieving this goal in the coming year. One size does not fit all. Your meditation practice may vary slightly or drastically from my own.

Some people meditate only seven or eight minutes, once a day. Others spend hours a day in deep meditation. You can even meditate for two minutes at time while waiting in line or for your child to get out of school. I’ll explain this technique in more detail later in this post.

You will have to discover for yourself what will work for you as you create a solid meditation practice in your own life. And I definitely do not recommend trying to sit still in silence for twenty minutes on your first attempt. At six months in, I can get still and quiet for about sixteen quality minutes.

What is required for you to create a solid meditation practice?

You really only need two things if you truly wish to create a solid meditation practice. The first and foremost is to simply show up. Commit to doing your best every day. Meditation isn’t as difficult as many people believe.

Choose a time in your day that you will meditate and stick to it. At that same time each day, show up to work on your practice. I like to meditate first thing in the morning and at 8:00 pm in the evening.

My morning session helps me to get my day started off right with clear intention and intuition. My evening session helps to clear away all of the unnecessary information I have accumulated throughout my day.

The second requirement for a solid meditation practice is patience. Quieting your mind can be very difficult for many people. You may feel you are failing to meditate properly because you can’t eliminate your thoughts completely or your meditation doesn’t immediately relax you. Be gentle with yourself.

It’s okay. You don’t have to be perfect at this!

Meditation doesn’t have to be this deep state of thoughtless relaxation. In fact, for the vast majority of us, it isn’t. We think, a lot, all the time in fact. Thoughts are going to come and go even while you are meditating. Let them.

No matter where you choose to meditate, noises are inevitable. Your child might knock on your door. The neighbor may be outside. Someone may honk their horn in the not so far off distance. That is all fine. Just smile and let the sound come and go, then get back to focusing on your meditation.

I often hear geese flying overhead during my evening meditation. I have come to appreciate and enjoy the addition to my stillness.

Start small. A few minutes a day is all that is required for you to get a taste of what meditation can give you. Once you feel the power of looking within, you can gradually increase the time you spend doing it.

You can create a solid meditation practice anywhere!

There are no rules about where you should meditate. You can meditate indoors or outdoors. Sitting on the floor, on a cushion, in a chair or lying flat on your back. It is completely up to you. The most important thing is that you are comfortable and your back is straight.

I have meditated in my living room, my bedroom and my office chair at work. My personal preference is to meditate sitting up in my bed. I can close the bedroom door if I need to and it is also a place I associate with relaxation.

Another goal for me, in 2018, is to dedicate an entire corner of my bedroom to be my meditation space. I believe this will enhance my ability to create a solid meditation practice of twenty minutes each morning and each evening.

There are many forms of meditation available. Find one that suits your practice.

My recommendation, if you are a beginner, is guided meditation. I still enjoy and use guided meditations. I think they are awesome. You can find guided meditations on YouTube and there are also many apps to choose from that can be downloaded directly to your device.

When choosing a guided meditation make sure you find the voice guiding you to be soothing. You want your meditation practice to be something you look forward to. If you are listening to a voice you find irritating, that won’t happen.

One of my favorite guided meditations is Rebecca Campbell’s light sourcing meditation which is free for you to download and try for yourself.

Another type of meditation I find very useful as a beginner is binaural beats meditation. These are very specific sound frequencies, often set to music, designed to alter brain activity.

Again, you can find binaural beats meditations on YouTube and many apps are available. Headphones or ear buds will be required to get the full effect from this type of meditation.

Look for Theta and Alpha frequency recordings to aid your meditation. I like to use Delta frequency recordings to promote sleep on nights when I didn’t get my evening meditation session in.

The online course I am using to create a solid meditation practice in my life.

There are many forms of meditation I have not touched on, including mindfulness, continuous breathing, concentrating your attention, as well as chanting mantras and using vibration in your practice.

I am learning about each of these forms of meditation practice through a fun and practical online course provided by meditation master Davidji and HayHouse online learning.

The course is The Art of Meditation: A Real World Guide to Balance, Inner Healing and Self-discovery. This is where I learned Davidji’s sixteen second meditation practice. You can literally do this any time and anywhere.

Ready? Let’s do it. Get comfortable. Close your eyes (after you have read and understand the next steps). Take a deep breath in for the count of four. Hold it for the count of four. Slowly and gently breath out fully, emptying your lungs, for the count of four. Hold that emptiness for the count of four.

Woohoo! You did it! The sixteen second practice. Use this to calm yourself throughout your day. I like to call it the sixteen second miracle!

If you are interested in reading the other posts in this series, I have included links below.

Thanks for reading and wishing you a stellar 2018!

Week two – Daily soul writing for your spiritual journey

Week three – Using positive affirmations to kick the negative self-talk habit

Week four – What is mirror work and how can it help me?

Week five – How to use the energy of crystals for your spiritual growth

Week six – Try a manifestation box instead of a vision board

Week seven – Pay attention to your inner guidance










My child’s soul – What is my role?

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When it comes to my child’s soul, I can get very confused as to what my role should be. The human part of me wants to correct and protect, while I know deep within myself that he has his own agenda, his very own lessons that he signed on to learn in this lifetime.

I think most parents try to pass on what they have learned, in their own life experience, to their offspring, in hopes of saving them some trials and heartache. It is my belief, however,  that our souls choose to incarnate on this earth for the purpose of growth, learning and connection.

What if my child’s soul knows more than mine does?

Even the most illuminated of parents likely have a difficult time seeing their children as infinite beings. I am becoming more comfortable with this notion each day.

My son is eleven, and sometimes, I swear he could be forty-five! I have absolutely no doubt that I am learning far more from him than he is from me. I think my child’s soul has been around the block a few times.

So here we are, my son and I, two souls on a mission, here on Earth. Our missions may be intertwined, or not. It’s possible our souls have been reincarnating together over many lifetimes. Maybe he was the parent, and I was the child in a previous lifetime.

What is my child’s soul teaching me right now?

Look, I don’t know about you, but of all the people in my life, my kid knows better than anyone else how to push my buttons.

I can be having the best day of my life. I’m flying around on my own shooting star. I’m dancing and twirling through life. I am maintaining this incredibly high vibration, and then…I pick up my child from school.

He is whining and he wants this and he wants that. He is being disrespectful in public and pushing the absolute limits of my sanity. Can you relate to this situation? I bet you can, we have all been there, right?

Life is always our mirror. It makes complete sense that our children will reflect back to us, the things we aren’t appropriately dealing with in our own lives.

What I’m working on and how my child’s soul has upped the ante.

My focus, all day, everyday, is more self-love, more gratitude and more forgiveness, raising my vibration and shining my light. So what is the best way for me to deal with my son’s preteen attitude that sent me tumbling from my shooting star?

Definitely NOT the way I actually did. I got angry and made threats, that he is smart enough to know I won’t keep. And when he was ready to apologize, I wouldn’t accept it. Now we are both upset, hurt and angry with each other.

Sure, it happens and I’m truly okay with it. Open expression of feelings is always welcome in my house. I intentionally make sure my son knows that no matter how angry we get with each other, I love him with everything that I am. NOTHING can EVER change that.

What could I have done better?

I could have forgiven sooner, knowing that forgiveness will benefit my own well-being as well as his. Or not worried so much about what other people might think of me as a parent. If my child had behaved this way at home, rather than in public, I may not have reacted the same way.

I could have realized my anger was more about my own insecurities as a parent than it was about his behavior. Maybe I could have approached the situation from a viewpoint of gratitude. The truth is, I am extremely grateful for the experience of motherhood and all the challenges it brings.

My final conclusion:

We all have a purpose here on Earth. Sometimes we will teach our children. More often, they will teach us. Your child may be an old soul that you have been traveling with for a very long time. That soul deserves your respect and attention.

It may even benefit us to allow our child’s soul to lead from time to time. Who knows what we may learn.

The best I can do for my son is to lead by example. Try to allow him some space to shine his own light. Accept and acknowledge that his inner wisdom comes from the same source mine does. Remember, that with him, as with everyone else, we are in this together!









Radical Gratitude – the Power of Thank You

So what is radical gratitude anyway? Basically, it’s being thankful for absolutely everything in your life.

Most of us long for more than what we have in this life. We want more money, a better job, a more loving romantic partner, more success, a bigger house, the list goes on and on.

We seem to think that if we have more of what may already exist in our lives, we will become happier people. It simply doesn’t work that way. There are a multitude of people who seem to have it all and are still unfulfilled and miserable.

The reason for this is lack of gratitude for what they do have. If you aren’t truly grateful for what you have right now, how can more of anything change that? More will never be enough simply because you do not feel blessed by what you receive and have already received.

In her book Gratitude, A way of lifeLouise Hay says “By the time I have gotten out of bed, I have probably expressed gratitude for 80 to 100 different people, places, things and experiences in my life.”

Is this kind of radical gratitude even possible?

I posed a gratitude challenge in my post How to live a happier life – 13 actions you can take today, where I asked readers to join me by keeping a gratitude journal for thirty days. The goal was to record three different things each day we were thankful for which would equal 90 things at the end of the month.

I imagine coming up with just three things to be grateful for is daunting for some people, but 100 before even getting out of bed? Wow!

Impressed with the thought of being that grateful, I was inspired to extend myself. I decided that if I applied myself, I could be grateful for 100 things, as long as I had the whole day to do it. Here is how it went:

5:15 am  Radical Gratitude before I get out bed.

Thank you bed for a comfortable nights sleep.

Thank you pillow for cradling my head. I sleep on a My Pillow. I absolutely love it!

Thank you flannel sheets for your softness and warmth.

Thank you Universe for this perfect day!

Thank you Yoshi for the good vibrations. Yoshi is my cat. He is purring.

5:30 am. Radical Gratitude while I get ready for work.

Thank you Kombucha for nourishing my body.

Thank you for this wonderful hot coffee.

Thank you Louise Hay for introducing me to Mirror Work.

Thank you Happy Light for providing my morning light therapy on these dark winter mornings.

Thank you Louise Hay for Power Thoughts and Inner Wisdom meditations.

Thank you Rebecca Campbell for your playlist of soul inspiring music.

Thank you for the bracelet that reminds of my brother, who is no longer of this Earth.

Thank you for the earrings that remind me of my sister, purchased on an amazing girls weekend in Estes Park, Colorado.

Thank you green smoothies for changing the way I eat breakfast.

Thank you for the under counter kitchen fan installed by a friend and former romantic partner.

Radical gratitude quote by Neale Donald Walsh

Thank you for the crescent moon shining in the sky this morning.

Thank you for the stunning pink and orange clouds shrouding the sunrise over the lake.

Thank you for the organic lip balm protecting my lips from the cold.

Thank you for the reliable car that gets my son and I safely where we choose to go.

Thank you for the 36-year-old garage door opener, that still works! It’s a Craftsman.

Thank you to the woman who let me out in traffic during my commute this morning.

8:00 am Radical Gratitude after arriving at work.

Thank you to my cat’s veterinary office for the compassionate sympathy card personally signed by everyone.

Thank you for the low utility bills this month.

Thank you for the support of good friends.

Thank you for my community of fellow bloggers.

Thank you for my paying gig, even when I would rather be writing.

Thank you for a quiet, comfortable office to work in.

Thank you for the windows in our office space.

Thank you for the lunchtime bonding with my co-workers.

Thank you cell phones. Seriously, I have a super computer in the palm of my hand!

Thank you for Facebook groups.

Thank you that I no longer feel like sleeping every afternoon.

Thank you for interesting projects to fill my day.

5:00 pm Radical Gratitude when work is done.

Thank you for heated seats in my car.

Thank you for the computer software I needed being gifted to me.

Thank you for the salt lamp I wanted being gifted to me.

Thank you for the wild bald eagle seen perched in a friend’s tree.

Thank you to everyone who put up outdoor Christmas lights. Beautiful.

Thank you to the person who let into their lane at the accident on 56th Street.

Thank you for my well-lit parking area.

Thank you for my son’s birthday smile.

Thank you for my Keurig.

Thank you for Echinacea tea.

Thank you for the Christmas cat coffee cups I got for $1 last year.

Thank you for my leather chair.

Thank you for my soft warm throw blanket.

Thank you Lilly, for sitting where I can pet you. The other cat.

Thank you Yoshi for my evening hug.

Thank you Eli for doing your homework on the third time I asked instead of the eighth.

7:00 pm Radical Gratitude in my evening hours.

Thank you for my rebounder.

Thank you for my washing machine that sings to me instead of buzzing.

Thank you to my sister for blowing me kisses by text message.

Thank you Eli for your Trampoline Christmas light show!

Thank you for the new Christmas tree that makes Eli’s light show possible.

Thank you for Word Chums with friends.

Thank you for A Course In Miracles. I am currently reading the text portion of the course. I will begin the student’s work book portion on January 1.

Thank you for my girls weekends in Kansas City with wonderful, fun friends.

Thank you for the beautiful handmade Christmas stockings given to us by a special friend.

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Thank you for a functioning dishwasher.

Thank you for warm fuzzy socks.

Thank you for my pink Minnie Mouse pajama pants.

Thank you for guided meditation apps.

Thank you Rebecca Campbell for your sourcing meditation.

Thank you Davidji for your on-line course Secrets of Meditation. I am enjoying this very much!

Thank you for Rose Quartz crystal.

Thank you for make-up removing wipes.

Thank you for poetry.

Thank you for my Chromecast.

Thank you for You Tube.

Thank you Angels.

Thank you Spirit guides.

Radical gratitude quote by Mandy Hale

Thank you for my kitchen trash can pull-out.

Thank you for the cute cat hole in my closet door that leads to the litter box.

Thank you body for performing so many wonderful functions with very little help from me.

Thank you for Eli’s artwork.

Thank you for my parents.

Thank you for indoor plumbing.

Thank you for my good health.

Thank you for healing hand lotion.

Thank you for the lessons I don’t even know I’m learning yet.

Thank you for the memories of loved ones no longer here.

Thank you for the air that I breathe.

Thank you for the many ornaments made by my son Eli, that adorn our beautiful Christmas tree.

Thank you for Canva, which will make the images of this post possible.

Thank you Pinterest, where I find many of my quotes.

Thank you for Google, my very favorite search engine.

9:00 pm. Radical Gratitude before falling asleep.

Thank you for the sleeping state that will mend and rejuvenate my body.

Thank you for the dreams that come, even if I don’t remember them.

Thank you for the stars in the night sky.

Thank you for my night-time wrist brace.

Thank you for new experiences.

Thank you for each new day.

Thank you for every opportunity to learn something new.

Thank you for the peace and love in my heart.

Thank you for quiet neighbors.

Thank you for an incredibly dark bedroom.

Thank you for nature and the wind I hear outside my bedroom window.

Thank you for the miracle that is me.

Thank you for the miracle that is you.

Thank you God!

There it is!

Definitely not an easy task, but absolutely possible. If I can do it, you can too. I bet it will become easier with time and practice.

Smile, hugs and Thank you for reading!





The other reason for my celebrity obsession

Have you ever suddenly been attracted to someone famous and you just couldn’t figure out why? Maybe you’re not into all this celebrity hype, but then, one day you just feel like you want to know more about that movie actor, musician, author, artist or athlete?

You aren’t alone and it is easier than ever to find news and information on just about anyone. Knowing you can trust that information to be true and accurate is another issue entirely.

I was recently “star struck” by a very well-known movie actor. Not since I was a pre-teen, with posters on my bedroom walls, have I had a real celebrity crush.  Sure, we all have favorite celebrities and I do too, but there wasn’t anyone I felt compelled to find out more about.

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My recent crush is Keanu Reeves. It didn’t turn out to be a crush so much, although it definitely felt that way for a while. I was eventually able to view my being drawn to him as my stepping off point to spiritual growth and becoming more self-aware.

The Universe was giving me a mirror to look into. And no, I certainly do not consider myself a female, non-famous version of this man, but we do share some attributes and he definitely exemplifies other characteristics I wish to expand in myself.

And, seriously, this guy is an amazing human being. I must have been living under a rock. Even though The Matrix may be my favorite movie ever, I didn’t know anything about the star beyond his roles in film.

Keanu Reeves has experienced some very deep trauma and pain in his life. Some of what he has endured reflects my own life experience. He has managed to come through the other side of his personal tragedy a better person. I am extremely happy to say that I have too.

There are people who become bitter when exposed to hardship and there are people who decide to numb their pain however they can. I believe exceptional people learn and grow through all life experiences to become more compassionate and empathetic souls.

Keanu Reeves is an exceptional person. He is also known for being kind, thoughtful and incredibly generous. He is an introvert and a loner, two things I can definitely relate to. And although I consider myself to be reasonably intelligent, I have a feeling, Reeves’ intellect would blow me away.

Did you know that Reeves is not only an actor but also a published writer. His first book, Ode to Happiness was published in 2011. His second book, Shadows became available in 2016. Both books are a collaboration between Reeves, who wrote the text, and artist Alexandra Grant.

I own and love Shadows, an artsy collectible, with short poems by Reeves paired with photos taken by Grant. Reeves also happens to be the subject of the photography. Definitely a bonus! I missed out on Ode to Happiness, but would graciously accept a gift copy if anyone has one to give up.

Keanu Reeves seems to have a knack for turning his passions into his livelihood. One of his passions is motorcycles and in 2012, he founded Arch Motorcycles with friend Gard Hollinger. In 2017 Reeves, along with Alexandra Grant, Jessica Fleischmann and Florence Grant founded  X Artists Books, a small art book publishing company.

I latched onto him just as I was about to embark on my latest spiritual awakening. Learning about him helped me to achieve a deeper learning of myself and my worth. I was also turned on to other individuals, through him, that helped me continue on my journey.

I have always believed that God, or the Universe if you wish, provides whatever or whomever you need to gently push, or violently shove you down your true path. You know the saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” This could not be more true.

This is also not the first time I have manifested the appropriate “teachers” into my life. It just happens to be the first time one of them has been a famous actor.

Now that I feel more spiritually aware myself, I can’t help but notice similar awareness in others, literally everywhere. It is like a light has been turned on. I can see the connection in movies, hear it in songs, read it in books.

Celebs, in particular seem to exude spiritual knowledge and abundance. This makes perfect sense to me. Creativity and spirituality have a very obvious connection the way I see it. If you follow what lights you up, the creativity will flow.

Our  favorite celebrities became famous by chasing their joy, living their passion. They have walked through the fear involved with being in the spotlight for doing what they love. We can choose to see them as a shining example of what is possible for each and every one of us.

Thank you Keanu Reeves.











Fear and Childhood Trauma – My Story

No parent intentionally screws up their children’s development. Even so, I have never met a human being without issues to overcome. Of course, not all childhood trauma comes from our parents. It may stem from teachers, peers, other relatives, neighbors or even strangers.

Overall I think the vast majority of us learn our patterns from our parents. Some of those patterns may be positive, but many will be negative. These unhealthy patterns can last a lifetime because most of us don’t realize that they even exist, much less, that the patterns need correcting.

It’s important to remember that each of us is only doing the very best we can at any given moment, that includes our parents while they were raising us. That being said, I picked up some pretty undesirable stuff from both my mom and my dad. I love them with all my heart, but these are things I must face if I truly want to heal.

I guess a bit of background is in order before I really get started. My parents were divorced when I was five years old. My sister and I lived with our mother and spent every other weekend with our father, for the first few years, anyway.

My father remarried almost immediately after the divorce. He and his new family moved to another state when I was about eight years old. I didn’t get to see my dad again for six years.

Not only did my mother not have any skills required for a career, she also suffered from Multiple Sclerosis which prevented her from working full-time. My sister and I were raised on a welfare disability check.

The entire situation created some intensely difficult and conflicting emotions. Emotions I really had no good way to deal with as a child.

My mother had become very ill by the time I was eleven years old. Her disease progressed from that point, taking more and more of her livelihood until we were forced to move her into a nursing home when I was sixteen years old. She was just forty-five at the time.

During those five years preceding the nursing home, my sister and I cared for our mom the best we could. It was a lot of responsibility for two young girls to handle.

We certainly learned many useful skills of household management we otherwise may not have mastered at such an early age. We also rebelled against our situation every chance we got.

Always searching for that opportunity to be free of our responsibility and feel like children again, we both tended to “adopt” our friend’s parents as our own.

I grew up viewing my mother as a saint and my father, well, he bolted and I was very angry. Let’s just say I wasn’t very fond of my dad back then. I wanted to hate him, but I couldn’t. He was my dad and I loved him. So I blamed him instead, for pretty much everything.

No matter how much I admired my mother for what she endured and her determination to raise us, our relationship was upside down and backwards. The parent is supposed to care for the child, not the other way around.

This type of family dynamic can, and in my case did, create some codependency issues. I am a caretaker by the nature of my upbringing. I have always struggled with setting boundaries and taking care of myself. Everyone else’s needs always seemed to come first.

We were also very poor, living below the poverty line. My mom did a fantastic job with what little money we had, but there was never enough. Two undesirable lessons came from this unfortunate situation.

My mom always went without so that my sister and I could have what we needed. So, of course, my sister and I learned this strategy from her and brought it with us into our own adult lives.

The second was the lesson of lack. When a child grows up knowing, or being told, consistently, that there isn’t enough money, safety, food or anything else, that child will learn lack. It is a lesson that is extremely hard to let go of.

Although I am educated, I have a career, and I make a decent wage, it still feels like a struggle to make ends meet. It always feels like there just isn’t enough. I feel lack as an adult because that is what I learned as a child.

My father and I didn’t have much of a relationship when I was young. Between the ages of eight and twenty-three, I spent two weeks with him total and that’s it. We would talk on the phone and occasionally write letters. I always wanted him to be proud of me, even if I was hating on him.

My mother passed away when I was twenty-five and I realized I only had one parent left. I decided I wanted to make the best of that and try to repair my relationship with my dad.

So for the last twenty-five years my dad and I have been okay. We still live in different states, but we see each other more often. He is proud of me and he says so. Yet, I am still fairly uncomfortable around him.

Why? Because he doesn’t really know who I am. He has some strong beliefs and opinions about life and so do I. The problem? Our values don’t match, in fact, they probably couldn’t be farther apart.

I’m fine with his views and who he is, it’s all good, but my childhood fear of being abandoned by my father still exists today. I am afraid to be myself with him for fear he will reject me.

And the cherry on top is I really don’t like that I feel this way. The admission alone took a tremendous amount of effort. And I know, on some unconscious level, that I am beating myself up for not being able to overcome this fear.

My hope is that by putting this out into the world I will release some of my fear and begin to heal. Begin the process of forgiveness. Me forgiving my dad, for only being able to do his best at any given time. Me forgiving me and treating myself with kindness when I am not as far along my path as I would like to be.

Peace and love.





Why is there a blue spot on my cat’s belly?

What is that mysterious blue spot? I adopted one of my cats from a rescue organization when he was six months old. He has short white fur on his belly and I soon noticed a blue spot. I had no idea what it was but I didn’t feel it was anything to get too worked up about.

Maybe you have noticed that your cat has a blue spot or a blue line on its abdomen and wondered what the heck it is. Well, let me be the one to tell you, your kitty has a tattoo.

The idea behind these tattoos is actually pretty cool and don’t worry, kitty didn’t feel a thing. Some veterinarians are giving their spay and neuter patients small tattoos while still under anesthesia.

The tattoo is a marker that easily shows that the animal has been altered and can no longer reproduce. If for any reason the cat needs to be rehomed, there will be no question about its status.

Why is this such a good idea? Because it isn’t always as easy as we think it is to know for sure if a cat has been fixed when we don’t have its history.

I adopted my other cat from the local humane society when she was seven years old. They didn’t have any veterinary records for her and knew very little about her history. They did not know for sure if she had been spayed because she did not have a tattoo.

They thought they felt a scar when she was examined, but we were sent home with instructions to bring her back if she showed signs of heat. Even if she would have had a prominent scar, that doesn’t positively mean she had been spayed. It would only indicate that some type of surgery took place.

My cat is a pure bred Ragdoll, that was on her shelter paperwork. She could have been a retired breeder, which would have made it more likely that she hadn’t been spayed and there was also the possibility she could have required a caesarean section which would have presented a scar.

Back to my male cat that does have a tattoo. I always thought you could just look under a male cat’s tail and see that he has either been neutered or not. Apparently this is not always the case.

A male cat can have a condition called cryptorchidism where the testicles don’t fall and remain in the abdomen. In this case, it may look like the cat was neutered when quite young, which is common practice in crowded animal shelters.

This condition can cause other complications that can be quite dangerous for the animal. If the tattoo is present, it will let a future veterinarian know that the testicles have indeed been removed.

So now I know what the mysterious blue spot on my cat’s tummy is and I certainly wouldn’t mind if all of my cats had one. It is a simple idea that can really have a positive impact on caring for our pets.

Smiles and hugs!





25 Cat Quotes Worth Sharing

Cat lover or not, it seems everyone has an opinion about cats. I’d like to share with you some thought-provoking quotes about the feline, attributed to equally interesting people.

“The more cats you have, the longer you live. If you have a hundred cats, you’ll live ten times longer than if you have ten cats. Someday this will be discovered, and people will have a thousand cats and live forever. It’s truly ridiculous.”  Charles Bukowski
“I have lived with several Zen masters – all of them cats.”  EckhartTolle
“Authors like cats because they are such quiet, loveable, wise creatures, and cats love authors for the same reasons.”  Robertson Davies
“Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.”  Jim Davis
“We have three cats. It’s like having children, but there is no tuition involved.”   Ron Reagan
“My quest these days is to find my inner child, but I’m afraid if I do, I’ll end up with food in my hair and way too in love with the cats.”  Kenny Loggins
“I read that when cats are cuddling and kneading you, and you think it’s cute, they’re really just checking your vitals for weak spots.”  Kandyse McClure
“Time spent with cats is never wasted.”  Sigmund Freud
“There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat.”  Tay Hohoff
“A cat is the only domestic animal I know who toilet trains itself and does a damned impressive job of it.”  Joseph Epstein
“Kittens are angels with whiskers.”  Alexis Flora Hope
“My cat speaks sign language with her tail.”  Robert A. Stern
“The cat seldom interferes with other people’s rights. His intelligence keeps him from doing many of the fool things that complicate life.”  Carl Van Vechten
“There is no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat.”  Wesley Bates
“Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause the most inconvenience.”  Pam Brown
“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”  Terry Pratchett
“No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens.”  Abraham Lincoln
“A cat pours his body on the floor like water.” William Lyon Phelps
“I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days.”  Bill Dana
“I believe cats to be spirits come to Earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.”  Jules Verne
“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.”  Hippolyte Taine
“I used to love dogs until I discovered cats.”  Nafisa Joseph
“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”  Ernest Hemingway
“What greater gift than the love of a cat?”  Charles Dickens
“The problem with cats is that they get the same exact look whether they see a moth or an ax-murderer.”  Paula Poundstone

I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did!!

Smiles and Hugs!


8 Simple questions that reveal glimpses of how you have been guided all along

We are constantly being drawn to the truth about who and what we really are. Of course, the closed, sleeping mind will not realize this. Once you are awake or have opened your heart and mind to why we are here on Earth, life may start to look a bit different to you.

Everything around you may take on new meaning. You may begin to see, on a much deeper level, the impact of the movies you watch, the books you read, and the music you listen to. Your preferences may begin to transform as well, becoming more in line with your true authentic self.

I want to share with you a look back at the very early origins of my own journey. There were always signs, events and preferences drawing me toward my ultimate goal. Even though I only truly awoke to our purpose recently, I can now see how I was consistently being shown the way throughout my life.

Remember to look to your past and your childhood as you answer these questions. That may be where you find the most connection and meaning.

1. What is your all time favorite song?

Music moves us. It is something we connect to very deeply in many cases and what we are attracted to may say something significant about us.

I never have to think about my answer to this question. It is a given for me. I had my favorite song tattooed on my hip when I was twenty years old. The name of the song, not the lyrics! It is the only tattoo I have and I can still cry when I hear the song, some thirty years later. It touches my heart in a very deep way. My song is “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel.

Back in the nineties, before my ex-husband and I were married, we attended a Peter Gabriel concert in Phoenix, Arizona. We had eighth row seats, I believe, and it was amazing! When he sang my song I cried like a baby. My ex wanted to know why I was crying. All I could say was “I always wanted to feel this way (about someone).”

I didn’t know the truth of my why. My sleeping mind believed, as most of us would, that someone external might provide this feeling for me someday. I now know that is unlikely to happen. This depth of emotion can only be found within.

I now believe this song to have a more spiritual meaning that I just couldn’t see back then.

2. What is the best book you have ever read?

I love to read! Reading is knowledge and I want to continue to learn every day of my lifetime. I read non-fiction almost exclusively now, but when I was younger, fiction was definitely my thing.

My favorite book of all time is “The Talisman” by Stephen King and Peter Straub. I first read this book around age nineteen or twenty and have re-read it a few times since.

I now see Jack’s quest to find the talisman as a spiritual transformation journey. A journey experienced in multiple realms, where Jack was required to walk into his fear and face his demons. All the while he was receiving divine guidance and protection.

Wolf is a favorite character in this story. His famous quote is “Wolf! Right here and now!” Could this be a not so subtle message about staying present? Below are quotes I found from each author, just for fun:



3. What is your favorite movie of all time?

Super easy question for me. The Matrix. Written and directed by the brilliant Lana and Lilly Wachowski and starring Keanu Reeves. Released in 1999, the special effects were ahead of their time, but it was the story that captivated me.

The timing of this film was impeccable with the internet really starting to take hold. I felt the story was incredible and yet credible at the same time. One part of my mind (the ego) doesn’t want to believe anything like this is possible, but another part (the soul) knows that is.

And, of course, Neo is on an epic spiritual journey in The Matrix, which seems to be a theme for my favorite things in life. This movie is the ultimate story of spiritual awakening.

I was thirty-two when it was released eighteen years ago and there has not been a film since that has grabbed hold of me like this one.

4. What was your favorite television series ever?

I really had to put some effort into this one. We watch so much TV and there are so many shows to choose from. Although I have a couple of currently running favorites, I took my own advice and looked to my past to find my answer. The X Files. Absolutely.

Again I see the struggle of ego versus soul in this story, but brought out by the individual characters in the series. Scully represents the ego to me. She is the smart, practical, closed mind that has to see it to believe it. Mulder represents the seeking soul here. He instinctually knows things he cannot see with his human eyes. He lives his life based on his intuition.

As the series progressed Mulder and Scully learned to work together and rely on each others strengths. Not at all unlike the process of the awakening soul’s struggle to convince ego of what it refuses to believe and create conditions where soul and ego can learn to work together toward a common goal.

5. How did you express your creativity as a child?

When I was a teenager and young adult, I wrote poetry. A lot of poetry. I was never published, I just wrote to retain my own sanity. I did briefly consider becoming a journalist around the age of thirteen or fourteen, but it faded out.

It seems all of my life I have turned to the written word to get me through the most difficult of life’s challenges. From journaling, to letters, to prayers, yes, I often put my prayers on paper. I write to express my emotions. I write to ask for guidance. I write to release my fear. Writing is my default mode.

Yet, I didn’t consider myself a writer, not until recently anyway.

6. What do you collect?

I think most people collect something. I’m not a pack rat. I have moved so many times in my life, I know how to purge! That said, I do hang onto a few keepsakes due to their sentimental value and I have a few collections as well.

What defines a collection? Let’s say, for the sake of this article, that a collection is a group of five or more items that relate to each other in some identifiable way. As far as clothing is concerned, I would say, overall, it is not a collection, however, if you have a shoe fetish, are crazy about handbags or have twenty cardigan sweaters, that might count.

I have a collection of Austrian leaded crystal animals. 1988-2008

I have a collection of cat statues and figurines. 1988-present

I have books. I purge them, but it is difficult for me, and some always make it back into the collection. I have many waiting to be read and would love to have a small library area to keep them stored and displayed.

I love shoes. I have been purging these lately as well, but still have way more than is necessary.

I have a Pandora type bracelet. I suppose the beads qualify as a collection. 2010-present.

My newest collection is healing crystals. I’m learning more about their energy and properties everyday and I have been using them to enhance my meditation practice. 2017

Obviously I am an animal lover, cats in particular. Cats are Zen masters who share their energy and high vibration with us. I love that cats can physically manifest their vibe by purring. Check out my post 6 things cats know about mindfulness and awareness.

Unknown to me when I started collecting, Austrian crystals are often used to clear energy blockages. I guess those will be coming out of storage!

Shoes, it seems can symbolize both paired-ness and the ability to stand up and walk forward. Books represent, for me, knowledge, wisdom and the longing for continued growth. The bracelet beads, which each represent something “me”, is a subtle presentation of myself to the world. Coming from a very private person, it might be a significant statement.

7. Are you drawn to a certain stone, crystal or gem?

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right? Not always the case, but if you happen to be captivated by the Diamond, there may be a reason why.

The Diamond is a crystal of Light, a symbol of perfection and illumination. It has been known since antiquity as a “Stone of Invincibility”, bringing victory, superior strength, fortitude and courage to its wearer.

Although I wore Diamonds while I was married, this stone has always seemed to be the sidekick of other gems in my life. The reason may be that I require only a small bit of the Diamonds energies added to the larger energy I require from another crystal or gem.

I believe a certain type of stone may “call to you”, drawing you into its energy field. I also believe that the crystal you require for growth can “find” you or seek you out. This may happen for you when you receive a piece of gemstone jewelry as a gift.

The first crystal to look at in your story is your birthstone. Each birthstone will have specific qualities and attributes that say something about you. is a great source for researching this information.

In my post What your Favorite Stones and Gems say about your Journey, I talk more about this subject and share some of the crystals and gems that have influenced my own spiritual journey.

8. Who was your very first spiritual teacher?

Yeah! You’ve made it to the final question. Let me start by saying that a spiritual teacher doesn’t have to be a practitioner of any “woo woo stuff.” Your first spiritual teacher may have been a parent, child, friend, professor or someone you met for only a brief encounter, but who left a very lasting impression on your soul.

My first spiritual teacher was a friend. She was my soul sister and one of the most fascinating human beings I have ever met. We met when I was fifteen years old and she led me on a journey that shaped the person I am today.

We dabbled a bit in the “woo woo stuff”, just enough, perhaps, to provide me a base to come back to later in life. She taught me some of my first lessons in unconditional love. That we can love each other despite our differences. That “family” doesn’t have to mean “blood”. We can create our family to include whomever we wish.

Wherever this amazing woman led, I followed. As I followed, I learned and every turn seems now to have been only in my own best interest. Without question, she directly influenced my career, where I have lived and the people I have met.

Our journey together, here on Earth, lasted seventeen years. And even with her passing from this physical world, she was guiding me to life choices I would not have made otherwise. She continues to visit me in my dreams and I am so very grateful for her continuing presence in my life.

Smiles and Hugs to you!





What do your favorite stones and gems say about your journey?

The connection between humans and crystals is as old as time itself. Crystals have been used throughout history for jewelry, armour and other adornments. They have even been found in ancient grave sites, apparently intended to accompany the deceased into the next life.

Stones (crystals) and gems come directly from the Earth and have undergone their own process of transformation. They contain their own energy and vibrations just as we do. Throughout the ages crystals have been believed to have the power to influence our own energies and have been used to promote health and healing, for protection, to attract love and to attain inner wisdom.

There are times you may be drawn to a certain stone or gem and times when the crystal you require finds you, such as when you receive one as a gift.

I’d like to share with you some of my favorite crystals, how they came to be in my life and a brief description of the stone’s qualities. Feel free to click the link on each if you would like to know more.

 Most children like rocks and I was no exception. I remember a rather large piece of Rose Quartz I found as a young girl. I’m sure it wasn’t a naturally occurring substance in my neighborhood. I don’t know where it came from or how it got there, just that it ended up in my hands and I was very fond of it. 

This was quite possibly my very first experience with crystals.  I no longer have this piece, but the memory of it has never left me.

Rose Quartz is considered to be the stone of unconditional love. It carries a soft, feminine energy of compassion and peace. Dissolving emotional wounds, fears and resentments, Rose Quartz allows one the capacity to truly give and receive love from others.

My love affair with the Opal began early in life. It isn’t my birthstone, my birthday is in August so I’m a Peridot. Both my mother and sister have October birthdays, but neither seemed to embrace the Opal as I have.

I had always heard that the Opal was bad luck if it was not your birthstone. I either didn’t believe it or I didn’t care. I wanted an Opal.

My first Opal was a ring gifted to me in my late teen years. The stone was lost when it came loose from the setting and my boyfriend had to replace it. The replacement Opal was even more stunning than the original, but after a short time, the entire ring fell down the sink drain and was not recovered even after removing the pipes to look for it.

I decided that maybe there was more to the bad luck rumors than I thought. Or perhaps my subconscious mind had believed the rumor all along. Either way, I gave up on the Opal, for a very long time.

After my divorce in 2009, my love of the Opal resurfaced. It began with a pair of earrings, I purchased for myself. I was then gifted a beautiful loose Opal by a neighbor, which I later had set in yellow gold with a pink tourmaline and citrine to match the earrings.

The following year I received, as a gift, the most amazing piece of jewelry I own. A bracelet containing seven opals and eight mother of pearl set in Sterling silver.

The Opal inspires love and hope, innocence and purity as well as luck and happiness. Mother of pearl is a stone of protection and it stimulates clarity and intuition. As for my birth stone, the Peridot, it has some very interesting energies I would not have expected.

While some Peridot are born of Earth, others have extraterrestrial origins, found in rare meteorites and comet dust. Peridot promotes responsibility, forgiveness, self-worth and inner-radiance.

Shortly after moving across the country, in my early twenties, my best friend and soul sister gave me a small polished Malachite stone to keep in my pocket.

I still have this blessed gift in my possession. Malachite is a stone of transformation, aiding one with changing situations and personal growth. What an appropriate gift!

On my forty-sixth birthday I received a Blue Sapphire ring, set in white gold. This was my very first Sapphire, of any color.

To the ancient and medieval world, the Blue Sapphire signified the height of celestial hope and faith, believed to bring protection, good fortune and spiritual insight.

Most recently I have been crazy about the Pink Tourmaline. This pink gemstone infuses love and spirituality and  encourages compassion and gentleness during times of changes and growth.

I encourage you to explore the meaning and energies of the crystals and gemstones that have chosen you and influenced your own journey. is a great resource for your research and discovery. The website has a wealth of information available on each type of crystal. It’s definitely worth a visit.