18 Sacred Intentions for the new year: day 1

You don’t have to set high-pressure, all-or-nothing goals in the new year to do more, get more, or be more. You might think a higher-paying job, a better relationship, or a fancier car will make you happier. But it’s true what they say — happiness comes from within. And cultivating happiness has much more to do with appreciating what you have than with getting things you don’t.

To have a happier, more joyful, and serene year, choose a few of these intentions and embrace them in your daily life.

1. I will take less and give more.

It’s not about what you can get. The more you can give of yourself, the more joy and happiness you’ll feel.

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From MBG: A Super Simple Morning Ritual For A Happy, Productive Day

My morning ritual is the most important part of my day. It’s an incredibly powerful tool to help me bust through the challenges that sometimes get thrown my way. I start my day by practicing anywhere from 11 to 60 minutes of kundalini meditation, journaling, and sipping tea before I make breakfast. This is my sacred time. It’s how I harness my “superpowers” in the crazy world we live in.

Below, I’ve outlined three practices I recommend if you’re interested in starting your day in a more mindful way. Find one of these rituals that resonates with you and commit to it for 40 days to fully establish it in your mind, body, and soul.

After 40 days, you may want to continue with it or you can also experiment with a different form of meditation or perhaps add another practice on to your initial ritual. Start by designating a special place in your bedroom or living space as your “sacred spot,” put a pretty pillow there, maybe some flowers, and find a place to feel comfortable. Then, try one of these practices:

1. Visualize your best day.

Take some time to create a clear vision for your best day. This can be done by sitting up in bed after your alarm clock goes off, in the shower, sitting in your favorite chair with a cup of tea, or sitting in your sacred spot. Close your eyes; start long, deep breaths; and once you feel calm and centered, start visualizing the best version of your day.

How do you feel after breakfast and getting dressed as you’re walking out of the house? How does your day at work go? What do the different interactions feel like? How does that meeting go? What does it feel like to send that email or complete that project? Get clear on each part of your day until you tuck yourself into bed at night and hold the space for the highest vision of your day.

2. Try a let-go mantra for release and surrender.

Are you someone who wakes up and instantly has a rush of anxiety as your entire to-do list floats to the forefront of your mind? Then this practice is for you! This simple mantra allows us to surrender our negative thoughts and feelings and release to a deeper place of peacefulness.

Simply repeat “LET” in your mind as you take each inhale and repeat “GO” on each exhale. With every repetition, breathe deeper and release further; keep your eyes closed, palms up to the sky, placed on your knees; and either sitting in easy cross-legged pose or in a chair with your legs uncrossed. This is a great meditation that you can take with you anywhere, from the subway to your office to your in-laws’ house.

3. Connect with your inner light.

Connecting to the source, remembering who you are, tapping into your true potential — whatever you call it — can expand your life exponentially when you start taking the time in the morning to connect to your limitlessness. For this process, I suggest selecting a powerful “theme song.” It can be anything you want as long as it’s a song that makes you glow from the inside out and awakens you to your greatness. My personal song is India Arie’s “I Am Light.” It’s a soft, soulful song that makes me feel like a giant fireworks display.

Pick yours and play it while sitting in your new sacred spot, eyes closed, palms up, legs crossed. Imagine a giant ball of light at your heart’s center; watch it grow with each breath until the golden light expands throughout your entire being. Let the light pour out each every cell and surround you in a giant cloud of golden light. When your song comes to a close, take a deep breath in and hold it, soaking in all the light inside and around you. After a ten count exhale and slowly bring yourself back into the room. You can also use this song throughout the day as a positive trigger to take you back to that place inside of you.

If after 40 days, one practice isn’t resonating with you, move on to the next! I promise that when you connect with a mindful way to start your day, you’ll experience happier, more productive days.

Sage Goddess: Top Ten Tips for Manifestation

From the Sage Goddess blog – I think she’s right on, and this is something I am working on with myself.

Are you frustrated because you haven’t been able to manifest your dreams and visions?  You are not alone.  Manifestation is the act of focusing your will and your vision on a desired outcome over an extended period of time; it takes discipline, courage, and faith.  Here are my Top 10 tips for manifestation.  These have worked for me.  I trust they will work for you!

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1. You have to believe
I’ve noticed that most people don’t actually think their dreams can become a reality. There’s too much information and too many people actively convincing them that what they want is unattainable. You have to believe. You have to be able to see your dreams unfolding before they actually do. The first and most important step in manifesting anything is to completely believe in yourself and your vision. If that vision is coming from your heart and soul, then hold on tightly to it.

2. Use the right tools
Gemstones, candles, and essential oils are helpful for manifestation work because they raise the energetic vibration around you to be in total alignment with the energetic frequency of attraction. Stones like zincite, yellow apatite, citrine, quartz, magnetite, and arfvedsonite top my personal list of powerhouse manifesting gems. I use frankincense, patchouli, and lotus oils to support this work on the aromatherapy side. And then for candles, the colors green and gold are the best for manifesting work. Create a manifestation altar in your home and meditate in front of it. When you do, make sure you keep all your thoughts focused on how possible your dreams really are.

3. Hold the vision
You will have to hold the vision of possibility through some challenging times; if you can’t, then you won’t manifest. Crystallize a vision of what you want to create and make it clear in your mind. Then, spend at least 5 minutes a day in active visualization with that vision. That means inhabiting the vision, being able to see and experience it as if it has already occurred on the material plane. See it, smell it, feel it, touch it in your mind’s eye.

4. Trust the process
If you believe as I do that you create your own reality, then you have to trust the process of how your reality unfolds. I believe there is a powerful and infinite intelligence in the Universe that really does conspire to support you. Trust it. Learn to appreciate it. When things don’t go as planned, or as you desire, trust that any setbacks are still progress.

5. Don’t listen to the naysayers
Haters gonna hate. I don’t know why, but people love to tell you why things won’t work. They get jealous when anything good happens to someone else. And they rarely hesitate to discourage you when you’re trying so hard to trust the process. Let it go. Don’t listen. It’s that simple. Find a support network of people who can nourish and encourage you. Listen to them.

6. Don’t yield to your inner critic
And most of the time you don’t need haters; we do a good enough job of naysaying ourselves! Your Inner Critic might be loud, like mine is, reminding you of the risks associated with your dreams. The Inner Critic’s favorite question is “What if it all goes wrong?” The answer is, you’ll figure it out. But if you never try you’ll be haunted all your life by your unlived dreams. You are here to manifest – it’s literally your reason for being. Get fearless and put a muzzle on that Inner Critic.

7. Consult your higher self
Then once that Inner Critic is quiet, listen to your Higher Self, your inner muse, the source of inspiration and the quiet voice of your dreams. Your higher self is an evolved form of YOU, deeply connected to your guides and integrated into the network of lightbeings and angels who surround you every day. She is your wisest self. Ask her what direction to follow. And then do a really good job of acting on her counsel. Meditation is the best way to connect with your higher self.

8. Create an authentic vision
Be sure that you are following a vision that is unique to you. You can’t copy your way to success. Don’t try to create what someone else has. Your soul purpose is a unique fingerprint that belongs solely to you; meditate and ask for clarity about what it is. Request that your guides come to you in dreamstate with details. Go out in the world and explore different things, ideas, and experiences. See what resonates. Inspiration will find you but it helps if you go seeking. Travel, ask questions, talk to people, dream, and open yourself to new opportunities.

9. Meditate and focus daily
Meditation is the act of getting internally quiet, and you need to spend 5 minutes a day in active silence. Quiet your mind and travel to a place inside your soul where your dreams are already a reality. Visualize your possibility in fine detail. If your dreams came true what would that look like? Would you live somewhere else, with someone else, do something else, feel differently? Allow yourself free reign to explore during your meditation and then, ask your guides to offer you wisdom and clear your mind to receive it. Spend as much time in meditation as you like. But as a minimum, give this 5 minutes a day. I meditate at night, but you can do it first thing in the morning or even mid-day if that’s when you have time.

10. Keep your vibe high
What’s a high vibe? Joy, peace, gratitude, anticipation, love. Low vibes are anger, resentment, jealousy, fear, and sadness. High vibes help you manifest; low vibes keep you stagnant. Your emotions are always your choice. People hurt us, disappoint us, and scare us. But we decide how we react. I like the 7-second rule. After 7 seconds, an emotion becomes a vibration and begins attract like energies. Don’t complain, yell, cry, scream for more than 6 seconds. Count if you have to. Then switch the vibe. Keep switching. Eventually you’ll find it difficult to dwell in that stagnant place for long and what’s more, you won’t want to spend time with people who do.

May you manifest all that you desire in perfect time and in full alignment with your soul’s divine purpose in this lifetime. So it is.

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