Calmness & inner peace is something I really appreciate but often find difficult to obtain, as I suspect we all do. Our lives seem to be so busy & crowded; our roles are many & human emotions are difficult to keep in check. We may constantly mull over the past, wishing we had done things differently, cringing at actions or deeds that might have caused others pain or licking unhealed wounds inflicted upon us which still haunt & torment. We may stress about the future, wondering what tomorrow will bring, wondering if things will get better or whether worse is to come. Round & round it goes, causing stress, blocking us from achieving inner peace & being the beautiful souls we are meant to be.
Here are a few of the ways I intend to invoke the calm of Autumn in my life:
I always feel calm & serene under the light of a Full Moon. I take every opportunity to sit under her beautiful silver light & let it wash over me. I find it soothing, cleansing & restorative. The Lady Moon seems to me to be an orb of pure love & infinite wisdom. Ask her a question from deep in your heart & she will answer. You just need to listen.
Getting in touch with Mother Nature always help me feel nurtured, helps melt away the stresses & tensions of modern life & takes me to a simpler place. Time spent wandering my little garden or walking out into the countryside soon brings to me what I need to feel better. A conversation with the heart of a beautiful rose, a pow-wow with a butterfly as it sits awhile to drink nectar, the sweetness of a blackberry freshly picked from the hedgerow or time spent simply cloud gazing can be immensely healing & soothing things. Just kicking off my shoes & wriggling my toes down deeper into the grass brings a sense of relief & calm at the end of a working day. Breathing deep down into my lungs, flinging my senses wide open & just absorbing all the Nature energy on offer is more powerful at beating a tension headache than any pill. All that gorgeousness is there, available to us each & every day, just as soon as we step outdoors.
Learning to live in the moment is another important lesson I'm trying to embrace. To value the beauty & possibilities in the here & now & be free of the past & future. When I achieve it it is immensely liberating, bringing a sense of lightness to my soul & opening gateways which allow more love to flow into my heart. Bliss!
Other things I use to relax are flower essences, aromatherapy, meditation & crystals. Each brings its own unique healing to the senses & to the chakras, helping to release negativity, restore balance & enhance well being. I find if I take time out to heal myself I am much more open to the message of Spirit & less likely to be confused by the voice of Ego.
Sleep & rest are obvious, but often neglected aids to a calm, refreshed mind. Pushing ourselves too hard physically or failing to get enough sleep are as harmful to our inner, spiritual workings as to our physical bodies. Here's a little sleep charm / spell that I recently made for my mum when she had trouble sleeping after a period of stress in her life. I'm was so happy when it worked for her :)
You will need a drawstring bag made of a material lightweight enough to release the smell of the herbs you're going to pop into it - cotton for example. To make mine extra magical I used a silver material - the colour of the Moon & the Goddess.
Add to the bag a good pinch of amethyst chips (to soothe), a pinch of rosemary (to protect against bad dreams), a few pink rose leaves (loving & comforting) & then fill to the top with a mixture of approx 2/3rds hops to 1/3 lavender. As you fill your bag imagine the person who it is intended for enjoying a restful night's sleep & awaking refreshed in the morning. Most importantly, don't forget that vital ingredient for your bag - LOVE. The bag can be hung by the bed or popped under a pillow. Taking a good few deep breaths of the herbs before lying down to sleep will help bring the most gorgeous night's sleep.
What methods do you use for achieving that illusive sense of inner calm?
With love & bright blessings