Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Celebrities and Their Spirituality

For as long as I can remember, tabloids have always had something to say about a celebrity and their religion. They are fascinated with what they believe, and love to make it a bigger deal than what it is. What does it matter what someone believes in? Are they helping to make the world a better place? If they are promoting spirituality, and unity then they are alright in my books. I don't appreciate anyone telling me that one religion is superior over another. Today though I want to focus on the celebrities who are more focused on spirituality than religion. The ones who believe in a "power greater than ourselves". I truly believe that if we all believed that then we could all work together to make the world a better and more positive place to live in.

Russell Brand is a celebrity known among the tabloids for his drug and alcohol addictions. Once he got sober, he discovered that there was much greater force than us in the world. He regularly practises yoga and meditation and never shies away from promoting his spirituality.

Oprah is a force to be reckoned with. She has had many significant religious figures on her show through out the years. She promotes spiritual awareness more than religious awareness and that is what makes her appeal to so many different people. Oprah believes that all of the religious paths in the world will lead to God.  I think that is a great thought.

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn are one of the most popular couples in Hollywood and one of the few to make it work for decades. They are a very spiritual couple and Kurt Russell has said he meditates in nature regularly. Even though Goldie Hawn has been raised Jewish, she also believes in Buddhism and has also admitted to being a "Jesus freak". Sounds like she appreciates different religions.

Woody Harrelson was raised in a very religious household. As an adult he prefers to be more spiritual and not put one religion over another. He once said  "All of us are yin and yang and ironically now I wish I had more of the yin in my nature. I think I'm too much yang. All I want is balance. It's really about balancing those energies, which I think is what yoga is about. Anything like massage or even tai chi... any of these disciplines that are really about balancing energy and opening the flow of energy and I think at that time I was too... feminine is an interesting choice. I think it's true... I don't know what my mindset was at that time but I think I was also just too soft. I was so sensitive, so vulnerable to getting frazzled by negative energy so naturally I kind of boomeranged. As I got older, I had to get tougher. I was fighting all the time. I was constantly being challenged. And then I became too yang. And now I'm trying to settle in the middle. Nice yin/yang balance."

Love them or hate them you have to recognize and appreciate celebrities who are trying to unify the world and bring spiritual awareness. They use their fame for good and really do want to make the world a better place.

Do you agree with this list? Who did I forget? Let me know in the comment section below!


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

YouTube and New Age Media

It used to be that new age was a niche market. You had to really be looking for a specific shop, book, or item, if you wanted to dip your toes into the water. These days? It has never been more accessible. Whether you want to find out your horoscope, learn about chakras, try out a new guided meditation, or even enjoy a reiki healing session…. you can. YouTube is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to find out more. That is actually where my own personal journey began.

What began as a search for help sleeping led to an assortment of guided meditations, then ASMR videos (which you can read more about here), then positive affirmations, then manifestation exercises, then distance reiki healing sessions, and on and on the list goes. Essentially, one thing led to another. My difficulties falling asleep actually wound up opening my eyes to a whole new world – and a whole new way of living.

In my opinion, the accessibility of new age materials is a wonderful thing. It makes it possible for people to learn, discover, and explore topics they may never have come across. It makes information easier to find and share. A simple click of the Related Videos section on YouTube has the potential to change your life. What an amazing idea!

Just in case you were looking for a few suggestions…. here are a few of my personal favourite YouTube videos related to a new age lifestyle.

Gentle Whispering ASMR. There are thousands and thousands of ASMR related channels. However, the most popular is Maria from Gentle Whispering ASMR. Her soft tone and sweet nature make it easy to achieve relaxation and of course, tingles. She also has a number of videos related to crystal therapy, chakras, and meditation.

Neil Cooper. Another great new age media resource is Neil Cooper, a certified Reiki master. His channel has an assortment of personal stories, distance reiki healing sessions, ASMR themed videos, and discussions about life and spirituality. He has inspired me so much to continue on this enlightened path. My favourite video of his is about the after life (which you can see here). It has given me so much comfort during times of anxiety.

Brad Yates. EFT (or emotional freedom techniques, which you can read about here) is dedicated to tapping away emotional blockages in your life. Brad Yates is one of the best there is – covering topics like abundance, gaining closure, loving yourself, and so on.

Doreen Virtue. Of course, you probably know who Doreen Virtue is. She is a huge name in the new age world thanks to her many books, oracle cards, and guided meditations. On her YouTube channel…you can enjoy weekly divine guidance readings to help you make the best choices throughout the week.

RuPaul. I know…you’re likely wondering why RuPaul made this list. He is known for a lot of things (like his groundbreaking career) but new age thinking isn’t typically one of them. Recently, I came across a video of his speech at the annual Drag Con hosted in Los Angeles. His keynote speech was incredible. He spoke of meditation, calling on your angels, and learning to love yourself. It was powerful to say the least.

There are many more examples of new age media on YouTube. This really is just the beginning! Start here, watch some videos, and keep your eyes peeled for any suggestions or recommendations that may pop up.

What new age videos do you watch on YouTube?

- Shannon

Monday, 26 June 2017

Pop Culture Week

Pop culture is everywhere. You can't hide from it. It's in your face everyday. It is awesome to see that celebrities are becoming more vocal about crystals, meditation and their spirituality. This week is all about pop culture. Find out what is going on Youtube, who loves crystals, who is open about their spirituality and why Dr. Strange is the movie we needed to make chakras more mainstream!

Upcoming Posts This Week:
Tuesday: YouTube and New Age Media
Wednesday: Celebrities and Their Spirituality
Thursday: Celebrities Who Love Crystals
Friday: Dr. Strange- The Movie We All Needed

- Amanda and Shannon

Sunday, 25 June 2017

The Power of Words

I remember that day all too well. It was a sunny summer afternoon and my mom had brought her old typewriter up from the basement. That was the day I decided to become a writer. By that point, I’d already gone through a dozen or so imaginary professions. (Everything from a basketball player to a ballerina and a super secret spy had floated through my mind.) But those were daydreams more than legitimate career paths.

On that fateful summer day, I was immediately drawn to that old typewriter. I wanted to know how it worked and if I could use it. The next several hours were spent locked away in the dining room, steadily typing my very first short story. It was called, “The Amulet,” and featured a princess who threw a cursed amulet deep into the forest

Though the rest of the details are hazy in my mind, there are a few things I do remember. Like feeling completely alive. I was overwhelmed with passion, excitement, and joy. Everything else faded away and it was just me and my imagination. And once I’d actually finished my story? I felt an enormous sense of pride. That was the moment that I truly discovered the power of words. I had found my calling.

After that fateful summer day, I spent most of my free time writing. Whether I was starting a class newspaper in grade school or achieving an Honours BA in Professional Writing…. words remained an important part of my life. Over the years, they have allowed me to express, dream, and imagine. They continue to fill me with passion and purpose. They feel like home.

What do words mean to you?

- Shannon

Friday, 23 June 2017

Amanda's Favourite Quotes

Quotes can be a powerful tool. They can make you think, uplift you and if you're lucky they can make you a better person. It is funny that just a few simple words can have so much power. I loved the quotes that Shannon chose. Today I want to share some of my favourite quotes from a particular actor: Robin Williams.

With the anniversary of his death coming up in less than two months, I wanted to take a moment to honor him. Even if it's just in a small way. So why did I choose Robin Williams? He may not have been spiritual, but he made a point of trying to make the world a better place with his comedy. It is true that laughter is the best medicine. So today I am thinking outside the box and sharing some of my favourite Robin Williams quotes!

  • "I believe in destiny. There must be a reason that I am as I am. There must be."
  • "You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren't paying attention to."
  • "You know what music is? God's little reminder that there's something else besides us in the universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, everywhere, even the stars."
  • "You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."
When a man, such as Robin, has a lot to say it is a shame when his life was taken so soon. What words of wisdom would he have imparted on the world?  Is their a particular actor whose quotes you believe can make the world a better place? Let us know in the comment section below!


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Shannon’s Favourite Quotes

Everything about this week is exciting. Words, reading, and quotes have always managed to inspire me. In the past, I have bought books dedicated to quotes. The titles of my beauty blog posts and Facebook photo albums are famous quotes. And I even have a Word document full of some of my favourite sayings. Yes, quotes are certainly a noteworthy part of my everyday life.

The hardest part of this post was narrowing down my options. Which quotes were best? What ones did I want to share? With a bit of hard work and decision-making, the list has been narrowed down. So, without further ado, here are a few of my all-time favourite quotes…

“If there is one lesson I've learned lately, it's the importance of telling the universe what you want. If I want something in my life, if I want something in my career, or for my children or in my relationships, I have to tell the universe so it can become a reality…. I have to throw myself into the world, searching for what I want, dreaming of it, and not sitting around doing nothing, waiting for it to land at my feel like some kind of miracle.”
- Ricky Martin

“I believe that we are here for each other, not against each other. Everything comes from an understanding that you are a gift in my life – whoever you are, whatever our differences.”
- John Denver

“Be brave and be patient. Have faith in yourself; trust in the significance of your life and the purpose of your passion. You are strong enough to sit in the space between spaces and allow divine inspiration to shed some light. When you put positive energy and productive effort into the world it will come back to you. Occasionally in ways you might not immediately understand and on a time frame you didn’t expect. Look. Listen. Learn. Stay open. Your destiny is awaiting you.”
- Jillian Michaels

“The point of power is always in the present moment.”
- Louise Hay

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
- Audrey Hepburn

These are some of the quotes that are inspiring me right now. Be sure to share your own favourites in the comment section below!

- Shannon

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Quotes Used As Words Of Wisdom

Quotes are not a new thing. When we hear something we find profound, we will quote the person who said. Gandhi's quote "An eye for an eye will make the whole world go blind" is one of the most popular quotes of all time.

So why are quotes so popular? Sometimes they can be so profound that they teach us life lessons that we either need to be taught or reminded of.  Sometimes we are so focused on ourselves or our problems at hand, that we forget that things will get better or that the world needs a helping hand.

It is no secret that Shannon and I love words in general. We love to read them, write them and find out how people are saying them in quotes. We love to read quotes, analyze them and find ways to connect them to real life events at the moment.

Along with affirmations, here at Cosmic Positivity, we believe that a quote can make the world a better place. By publicising them, we hope that these messages will help someone out there in this big world.

Don't you think that if every person in the world, focused on positive life changing quotes that the world would be safer, kinder and happier? If someone can express a negative thought and have thousands if not millions of people talking about it, why can't a positive thought have the same affect? Just some food for thought.

So the next time you read a positive quote, think about how you can adapt it to your life. You might be surprised with what you can come up with. Make sure to check out Thursday and Friday to find out our favourite quotes!

What do you think of quotes? Do you think they can have an effect on someone? Let us know in the comment section below!