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Crystal in the spotlight: Bloodstone

Day 1 of my ‘crystal in the spotlight’ marathon! And it feels so good! Or it may be that I picked up a piece of bloodstone in Oklahoma. It is a powerful healing stone and a blood cleanser. It has a lot of properties that I could use now that I’m hOMe again. It’s a grounding and revitalizing stone- two things I could certainly use after my trip (and also some strange and mysterious nutrition choices I made while on vacation). It’s time to ‘get back’ with the program in more ways than one. So? Revitalizing? Great. Grounding? Sounds perfect.

I also love some of the history associated with this stone, which is actually a combination of dark green jasper and iron oxide. Its name, for instance, derives from the Middle Ages when it was thought that it was created by Christ’s blood dropping onto the green earth. Also, it was known in ancient times as an “audible oracle,” meaning that it gave off sound as a means of guidance.

I only brought a small piece of it home, but Grandma Patsy (you know her, right?) had a mammoth chunk of it on her deck. It was bigger than my head. I spent some time out there admiring it in the last week, and it’s inspired me to learn more about bloodstone.

Wanna hear ’bout it? Here it go.

This cleansing stone is associated with the lower chakras. It grounds, protects, and revitalizes, anchoring us in the present moment. It cleanses the blood and the internal organs located near the lower chakras (detoxing the liver, intestines, kidneys, spleen, and bladder). It also cleanses negative energy.

It grounds both the mental (by calming the mind and lessening confusion) and emotional (by grounding heart energy) bodies.

Welcome, bloodstone! So grateful to have you around!

There’s no place like hOMe

Home at last!

My month of traveling has come to a close. I must admit… I feel so grateful to be home. My bed. My food. My pets and plants and places for asana and meditation. Adaptability is a wonderful (and necessary) quality, but there’s much to be said about the comforts of home, too.

My lil fam had waited waaaay too long to visit our loved ones far and wide. It had been nearly two years since I had been back to the area where I grew up. And I had never been to the town where my man was born- or even to the part of the country where he was born. My brother and I drove through there at high speeds during our cross-country relocation adventure, but I didn’t remember anything but a roadside rest stop with a view of bison. This time, I had much more time to look around and get a feel for the place.

So, what did I see? Much more than I could ever recap in one little post. I had so many great experiences and so many profound realizations- about people, family, time, space, the way people live their lives and see their world, the ways they give meaning to the things they do.

Faces, places, spaces.

How do we connect? How do we stay connected?

Often, things just don’t seem the same anymore. The faces. The places.

As the time was coming to leave the place where I grew up, I found myself thinking, “I didn’t go to Moundsville. I didn’t go down this road or that one. I don’t know how long it will be until I’ll be this close again. I came so close to updating the road maps in my head, and now I don’t know what’s become of it. It’ll stay frozen in time for me for at least a little while longer.”

The places and the faces.

That was my trip back to my childhood home, but what about my travels to Oklahoma- a place I’d never really been before? Mostly, I was struck by how new and different it seemed to me. There was no road map to update there- it was uncharted territory.

At times, it seemed like a foreign land. The hows, whys, and whens of my daily life- things I may take for granted- kinda took on a light like they were being beamed in from an alien planet (like, “Yes, I’d like a salad with no meat. Really. No, not even bacon bits. I don’t want any meat. I don’t eat it. Ever. Really.”).

Overall, seeing different people, places, and things gave me a new appreciation for my life. How lucky I am. How well my efforts to co-create my own little place in this world have come together. How I live in a field of endless possibilities for discovering my heart’s home.

I look all around here now, and I think, “Uh huh. That’s right. You’re speaking my language. Let’s do this.”

There are, of course, commonalities that tie us all together and make us more alike than we may ever realize. I met interesting new people and found aspects of home everywhere. I came home with excellent, inspiring new books. And rocks. Lots and lots of rocks. I was thoroughly impressed with the selection of rocks in both West Va. and Ok. I couldn’t wait to bring those babies home and welcome into my crystal family.

I’m still so excited (like a little kid in a candy store) that I’ve decided to feature one of them each day for the next week. 7 stones. 7 days. Beginning with a stone associated with the root chakra and working our way up- arriving at the crown on the 20th, the Summer Solstice. I hope you enjoy it as much as I’m enjoying them.

I’m so glad to be back, yoga lovers! Love to all!!

 

 

Daily reminder

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”

~ee cummings

Yoga this week!!

Guess who?!! It’s me! I know, I know. I’ve been M.I.A. for a while now. I made it back from those country roads and turned around and set off for the prairie. It’s been very good to see family and spend some time away from my little comfort zone of hOMe, but let’s be honest… I’m ready to get back.

I hope you will join me on Saturday for my glorious (?) return. Time for some yoga in the sunshine, yoga lovers!!

Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Oh, you beautiful, magical nature angels… What a lovely surprise to see you.

Doreen is using her ‘Healing with the Fairies’ deck for this week’s reading, and I find it quite à propos for my present circumstance, being that I’m still on my sojourn in God’s Green Country. There is certainly no shortage of Mother Nature’s majesty in the place I call home, but encountering different expressions of it can help a girl see things with a new set of eyes. And a new appreciation. I’ve been like a little child this week every time I see a buffalo or an armadillo.

Granted most of the armadillos have been lifeless on the side of the road, but anyway… it’s still pretty cool to see animals that I don’t get to see in my everyday life. Let’s all say a prayer to those nature angels that the armadillos all find happiness and peace. Ha.

So, without any further ado… Doreen and the fairies!

Daily reminder

“We live in a magical universe filled with great forces of life and death, creation and destruction. Divine powers can be found everywhere to lift us into a greater peace and understanding. But ‘undivine’ forces are also ever present, working to lure us into confusion and attachment. Truth and falsehood, ignorance and enlightenment form the light and dark, the illumination and shadow of the world. In this basic duality of creation, we struggle not merely to survive but also to find meaning in our lives. We must learn to navigate through these contrary currents so that we can benefit by the ascending spiritual force and avoid the descending spiritual inertia.”

~Dr. David Frawley, Ayurveda and the Mind

Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

It’s Monday again and you know what that means… Doreen and the Angels are here. This week, Doreen is working with the Archangel Raphael Healing oracle cards. Archangel Raphael comes to those who are in need of physical healing, so this reading is especially valuable for those who are in the process of healing.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ll be hittin’ the road again later this week and I’m not certain I’ll have a reliable internet connection where I’m going (pray for me). Haha. That actually sounds quite nice. If I’m not able to post anything while I’m gone, I’ll be sending you lots of love. Ciao!

What’s your sign?

Phew! Is it the fourth already? I think my brain is still on vacation. I’ll be off on another traveling adventure with my best buddies later this week, and my brain decided to take off the days in between, too. Yaaawn! Blame it on the jetlag.

Actually, I know it is the fourth because today is the full moon and a lunar eclipse in Sagittarius. It means big things for Sagittarians, like myself. See what the eclipse means for your sign as well as the rest of your June horoscope on Susan Miller’s Astrology Zone.

In joy!

Daily reminder

“Nature herself is the Divine Mother in manifestation and the universe is her play of consciousness. She provides not only material growth and expansion that moves outward, but also supports our spiritual growth and development, which moves within.”

~Dr. David Frawley, Ayurveda and the Mind

Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Greetings from West Virginia!

So, as I suspected might be the case, I’ve been giving family my full and undivided attention during my visit here, and I haven’t been able to post anything since I’ve been away. But I couldn’t leave you without your weekly oracle card reading from Doreen!…

And once again, it is insightful, powerful, and a propos. It seems as if all the pieces begin to come together when I watch these each week. This week is a good one. If it begins with mermaids and dolphins and ends with Divine magic, how bad could it be, right?

Enjoy! I’ll be back in the house by week’s end!

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