Nature OfferingsI am fortunate enough to have a greenbelt around my property which is home to a variety of creatures including various ravens and crows. I learned from an article several months ago that unsalted peanuts are a good source of protein for corvids and when they are in the shell they provide them with beneficial exercise. I began taking roughly five minutes out of each morning to leave a handful of peanuts in a few places in my yard, followed by sitting in silence in nature. I have found over time that the act of doing something to benefit another living creature fills me with happiness. In addition, the simple act of sitting in silence in nature energizes me and provides me with greater clarity throughout the day.
Daily Energy CleansingIf you are really strapped for time and/or don’t feel you have a space that you can dedicate for a daily spiritual routine, try incorporating a daily energy cleansing each time that you take a bath or shower. Simply take a few moments to breathe deeply and then imagine all of the stress and/or other undesirable emotions or physical feelings being washed away by the water. Imagine all of these negative energies going down the drain along with the water from your shower or bath. Then, take just a moment to visualize what it is you would like to replace those energies with. How would you like to feel? What could you envision happening today that would benefit your spiritual, emotional, and physical health? For added effect, you might consider adding epsom or sea salts to your bath or adding a drop or two of water from a natural source such as an ocean, river, or stream. Both of these items are known to be healing and to absorb negative energies.
Walking the LabyrinthIf you have difficulty sitting and meditating or simply prefer to be physically active, walking a labyrinth is a great way to practice mindfulness. For those of us who have very active “monkey” minds it can be difficult to tame our thoughts and be in the moment during a sitting meditation. Conversely, there is something about moving that helps to settle our minds down so that we can more effectively be present. In order to make the best use of the labyrinth – particularly if you are new to this activity – it helps to focus on a question as you walk towards the labyrinth’s center. Once you reach the center, be still and silent for a moment and take note of anything you feel as well as any thoughts that arise. As you walk out of the labyrinth and back to the entrance, pay attention once again to any thoughts or insights that might help to answer your initial question. The World-Wide Labyrinth Locator can help you to find a labyrinth in your vicinity. If you are unable to find a labyrinth near you or you prefer to do this activity at home, there are plenty of inexpensive handheld labyrinths that can be found online. In addition, The Labyrinth Society offers some free labyrinth outlines that you can utilize by using your finger or a pencil to lightly trace the labyrinth’s paths.
Chakra Energy Revitalization MeditationChakras are various focal points within our energy bodies. Each chakra or “energy center” is associated with physical and emotional characteristics. It was believed by many ancient religions that challenging health and life issues could occur when our chakras were out of balance. Just as we must take care of our physical bodies for optimal health, it is also important to be aware of and care for our bodies’ energies. The brief meditation that follows can be done in 5 minutes or so each morning to help clear and balance your chakras so that you are energized and ready for the day ahead.
Robin Corak is a Reiki Master, Personal Coach, Author, Speaker and Teacher. She has had her worked featured in publications including “Goddess: When She Rules”, “Flower Face: Bloduwedd Anthology” , and “Her Sacred Garden: An Avalonian Herbal Journey” and has presented at conferences including Land, Sea, and Sky’s A Year With Our Gods: Bloduewedd conference (2018), and as a panelist for the 2017 and 2018 Avacon online conferences. For the past six years, Robin has also acted as the CEO of a large, social services non-profit organization in Washington state.