Welcome to days 8-14 "S" off your Chest 100 Days of Self-Challenge. Here are the prompts for days 1-7. This week will focus a bit more on our spiritual self-care. Spiritual wellness relates to our values and belief systems. Our search to understand our purpose and understand the world around us. Religion can be one of the ways this is explored but spirituality looks for this understanding beyond a group of people. It is our personal relationship and experience as it relates to the divine.
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Day 8: Create An Altar
Create an altar as a sacred space for rituals. If you currently have an altar dismantle it and clean the area, then reassemble your altar. Your altar can be simple or complex as you desire. A simple altar can consist of a glass or bowl of water and a white candle. A more dynamic altar can include images of your ancestors (especially for an ancestor shrine), flowers, semi-precious stones, feathers, food and more.
You can create an altar for different purposes. Add elements that align on what you want to focus on when you are that sacred space.
Day 9: Full Moon Rituals from Yeyefini Efunbolade
7 keys to success during this powerful the first of the 3 Súper Moons of 2020
1) Make your list and check it twice.
2) Give yourself permission to call on a guardian angel with you through this Full Moon period over the next two days.
3) Take a slow approach to all things today and any cranky energy will dissipate soon enough.
4) Reflection is favored over action, and meditation can be a productive act in itself.
5) Create a space to have some alone time and ask yourself “What chapter in your life am I closing now." Be gentle and graceful with yourself
6) You will feel very productive and relieved once you decide what it is that you are putting behind you for good today.
7) This full moon is a celebration of the new bold steps you have taken towards success in all areas of your life. So grab your suitcase, pocketbook, purse, Fanny pack and hold them up to the moon and say, "Fillem up, Fillem Up Fillem up" and watch how your desires manifest and increase considerably. Remember to leave a gratitude offering outside for the moon (food offering).
Day 10: Sankofa: Process The Past
The Akan, in West Africa, use the term Sankofa to reference looking at the past to build for the future.
Take some time to reflect on the ups and downs of the closing year. Give thanks for all the wonderful experiences that enriched your life and your soul. Acknowledge all the things you are proud of.
Afterward, think about the things that gave you grief.
On a blank sheet of paper, write down everything about these experiences that caused fear, anger resentment, judgment, anxiety or any other form of negativity.
As you journal, allow yourself to feel whatever emotions that present themselves. Cry. Breathe. Let it go.
After processing your emotions, reflect on the lesson each experience brought you. Be willing to forgive everyone involved, including yourself.
At the very bottom of the sheet of paper, write a few sentences that allow you to let go of those experiences.
I release all that brought me pain.
I forgive all those all involved and myself.
I will move forward in wisdom, love, and peace.
After writing an intention, safely burn the paper. This process using the element of fire represents the total transformation of whatever you burnt, both metaphorically and energetically.
In a journal write three ways you will commit to nurturing yourself, a timeline, how you will make them a practice, and who can support you to succeed.
Day 11: Prayer
Invocation and Prayer for success and healing of each other and the world
(From Fire in The Soul p 186. Joan Borysenko)
“May I be at peace. May I know the beauty of my own true nature. May my heart remain open. May I be healed.”
(Call to mind one or several friends or loved ones in as much detail as you can. See them in the circle of light and focus on them with great respect and love.)
“May you be at peace. May you know the beauty of your own true nature. May your heart remain open. May you be healed.”
(Call to mind one or more people that you feel in conflict with. See them standing in the light.)
“May you be at peace. May you know the beauty of your own true nature. May your heart be open. May you be healed.”
(See our delicate planet, suspended like a jewel in the velvet blackness of space. Her white clouds, blue waters, and green continent. Imagine her fiery core, majestic mountains, plants, and animals. A living, breathing being of light.)
“May there be peace on earth. May the hearts of all beings be open to one another. May all life reach its fullest potential. May all life reflect the glory of the light.”
(Once again, feel surrounded, enfolded and illuminated by the circle of light. If there is anything in your heart that you need to say to God, do so now……)
Dear One, Father/Mother of All, thank you for the gift of life. Amen
DAY 12. Spiritual Bath or Scrub
A spiritual bath is a great way to clear away the old stagnant energy and welcome the new.
Candles or Incense
Sage, chamomile, basil, peppermint, cinnamon, sandalwood, lavender or rosemary (dried, fresh or as essential oils)
Fill up a bath with warm water and light some candles or incense around the bath. Then add cleansing herbs to the bath. As you sit in the bath envision yourself being purified and cleansed from your feet all the way up to your head. Imagine all the old and unnecessary thoughts and feelings being washed away.
If you don’t have a tub you can support the energy clearing process by making a salt scrub to use in the shower to draw out further physical and etheric toxins.
1/2 cup coarse sea salt
1/4 cup liquid coconut oil
3 to 5 drops lavender, sage, or peppermint essential oil
Pour salt into the empty glass container. Pour coconut oil over the salt then add essential oil to the mixture. Stir all the ingredients until they're well combined.
To use soap your body, then follow with scrub. While you scrub your body imagine all the old and unnecessary thoughts and feelings being washed away. Rinse. Lightly pat your body
Day 13: Hoʻoponopono Mantra
The hoʻoponopono mantra is an ancient Hawaiian practice of forgiveness. Traditionally, the Ho'oponopono prayer was used to heal relationships between two or more people. Each person would say the mantra to the other, beginning with "Please forgive me." In this mantra one repeats the words ‘I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you’ as a form of mental and spiritual cleaning.
In its current context, we believe that everyone is interconnected. Through our own personal healing, we heal people around and us and eventually the world. The prayer is more often used today for personal healing. So we can feel whole and learn to love every aspect of ourselves including our "darkness.....
Go to your sacred space. Take a few cleansing breaths. Inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. Repeat the mantra :
Please forgive me
I'm so sorry
I love you
As you repeat the mantra think about the things you need to forgive yourself of. Surrender to the moment and let those things go by forgiving yourself.
Day 14: Personal Spiritual Exploration excerpt from "Own Your Glow" by Lantham Thomas pg 79-80
Answer these questions in your journal and reflect on how the information you uncover might help you move forward toward stronger spiritual self-confidence and better spiritual self-awareness.
What was your spiritual upbringing?
What elements of that spiritual upbringing still speak to you?
Are there elements of that spiritual upbringing that you wish to leave behind?
What spiritual practices are you drawn to that resonate with you?
How comfortable are you with organized religion?
Are you comfortable sharing your spirituality with others, or is it more a private endeavor?
Do you feel anchored in a spiritual community?
What are your experiences with or thoughts about traditional prayer?
Do you have someone in your life who actively supports you in your spiritual growth? If not, who do you know who might fill that role?
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