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Tips to Create a Balanced Life

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Unless you’ve been asleep these last few weeks and staying away from all media, you know that there is a new moon solar eclipse on Monday the 21st. Unfortunately I won’t be able to see it from LA and the nearest viewing is in Oregon. There was a much less hyped about lunar eclipse on August 7th, but the one on the 21st is a powerful one. Lately, I’ve been feeling the affects of this eclipse and Mercury in Retrograde. Yes, it’s a thing and not just a saying that is thrown around on Instagram. Things may seem off balance during this time emotionally or things will seem like they’re going wrong. I got a parking ticket last night, popped my tire the day before and got a parking ticket on Saturday, two in less than a week. So, I’m feeling this shift in the Universe.

To help balance this energy and my own chakra energy, there are a few things that I do weekly. Whether or not there’s an eclipse or Mercury is in retrograde, I rely on these for balance, peace, and enriched spirituality.

Crystal-healing-benefits

Yoga – I’ve been practicing yoga for over 10 years and I’m a certified yoga instructor. Yoga is more than just breathing and stretching, or in some cases sweating and holding poses. It forces me to dive deeper than what’s going on with my body on the mat and look inward to what’s going on with my emotional and spiritual state. Yoga is a practice that teaches us to look inside for answers and to better know ourselves. My yoga practice is one of my greatest joys and teachers.

Meditation – I’ve always meditated during yoga, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I started to meditate outside of class. Lately, I’ve been meditating almost every day. There are so many benefits to meditating. It lowers stress, improves health and concentration, increases awareness…I can go on. If you’re new to meditation I would suggest doing a guided meditation. I use the Headspace app and love it!

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Hiking – You know where I stand on this. I just posted last week about my favorite hikes in LA. Hiking allows me to connect with nature through a moving meditation. Meditation doesn’t always have to be sitting still. Hiking clears my mind, as I don’t listen to music and often go alone. It feels like a mini vacation, even if it’s not very far from the city.

Crystal Healing – This may be a little too New Agey for some people, so if you’re not into the healing energy benefits of crystals, then grab a few simply because they’re pretty. Crystals have energetic healing capabilities depending on the stone and its properties. I keep crystals in my meditation space and by my bedside. I use them in meditation to help keep me grounded and open blocked chakras.

Journaling – Every night before I go to bed I journal. I let the pen go and write whatever comes to mind. I don’t filter my thoughts or think about what I should be writing. One thought goes to the next in a stream of consciousness. Journaling is so important to feeling grounded. It enables us to release whatever is going on in the mind, and our emotions. Some of my biggest breakthroughs have come through journaling.

Photography by Abigail Collins

Note: Solar eclipses are known to open a new path, so good things are on the horizon.

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