Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Personality Traits of Libra

We all have quirks and preferences that make us who we are…. but often there are certain traits that overlap based on your date of birth. The Zodiac sign we fall under can have a significant impact on who we are and how we relate to the world around us. Though some people are more like their astrological signs than others, there is no denying the act that certain personality traits are linked to certain signs. Want to find out more about Libra? Here are some of the most common things to look out for.

Positive Characteristics. There are many wonderful traits that the Libra is known for. That includes their kind personality, gentle demeanour, and desire for peace and harmony in their lives. They are also patient and diplomatic – and tend to have an open mind. This sign is also known for being creative, friendly, and logical problem solvers. Typically, they live life with an optimistic viewpoint and are extroverted.

Negative Characteristics. In addition to the many positive traits that are associated with the Libra personality there are also a few negatives to consider. For instance, because this sign likes to please others, they often feel stressed and overwhelmed. They can also be indecisive and unreliable as well as appearing unemotional, detached, or self-indulgent. The best way to deal with these problems is to be aware and make changes as necessary.

Facts About Libra:
-         This is an air sign with a ruling planet of Venus.
-         They have a love for the finer things in life, like music, art, and expensive jewellery.
-         The best colour for this sign is blue.
-         Famous Libras include: Kim Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bruno Mars, and Zac Efron.

Are you a Libra? Which traits best represent your personality?

- Shannon

Monday, 16 October 2017

Libra Week

Another astrology week has arrived at Cosmic Positivity! This time it is all about the seventh astrological sign in the Zodiac. Find out more about what the Libra is like and which crystals are best suited to people who fall under this sign.

Upcoming Posts This Week:
Wednesday: Personality Traits of Libra
Friday: Best Crystals for Libra

- Shannon

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Finding Balance…Finding Yourself

There was a time in my life when balance was my most used word. I desperately wanted to achieve it…despite working a full-time job and juggling eight freelance writing jobs. Back then, I couldn’t figure out why it was so hard for me to live a balanced life. (Though it was painfully obvious.) Then something clicked.

I was in the midst of planning my wedding, packing up my belongings, and juggling all of my many jobs. I nearly had a breakdown trying to get it all done. It was in that moment that I decided to make a change. I didn’t want to live like that anymore. I wanted time to get situated in my new home, to spend time with my significant other, and to connect to my true self.

It was only after I made that decision that balance became a possibility for me. I was living such an overwhelmed life that I had unwittingly taken the concept of happiness and balance of the table…. yet kept chasing that illusive concept. Now? I actually do have a sense of balance in my life. I cut back my writing jobs and kept on only passion projects and tasks that I loved. That kept my schedule busy (sometimes still a little too busy) but manageable. I was no longer having mini-breakdowns every other day. What a concept!

Be honest. Have you been struggling with achieving or maintaining balance in your own life? Don’t wait for a major event (or breakdown) take place. Start now. Spend some time taking stock of your life and current responsibilities. Is there anything that can be cut down or eliminated? Try it out, even for a short period of time, just to see how you feel. Balance may be as easy as making a few simple but effective changes.

How do you achieve balance?

- Shannon

Friday, 13 October 2017

Issues With The Media

The way we view ourselves is often influenced by outside sources. Most commonly, the media. Once we become aware of this negative influence, it is possible to fight back and re-claim body confidence. Which is what I have been focused on lately. I have been working to move past dangerous societal conditioning through reading, contemplation, and affirmations.

From an early age, the media portrays certain types of beauty and certain types of bodies. These are then seen as desirable and we spend our lives (and money) trying to conform and contort our bodies to match this ideal. When we can’t? It begins an endless cycle of self-loathing and shame. All so companies can sell us products we don’t need.

As much as I knew the media could impact my feelings of worth…. something happened recently that made me aware of its true impact. A friend of mine updated her Facebook status to say: Feeling Weak. I only had about 100 calories today and it’s almost 5:30pm. I don’t know how much longer I can go. The problem? I hate exercising but how else do you lose weight? Cue panic.

I was instantly concerned, and replied that starving her body could actually cause her to gain weight – and is extremely unhealthy. Her response? I’ve lost two pounds today! I want to be skinny. In that moment, my heart broke a little. So I linked her to the book, “Healthy Is The New Skinny,” by Katie H. Willcox.

It outlines all the ways the media uses poor body image to sell products. Even ones that claim to be working against airbrushing and other issues. (For instance, did you know that even “real” beauty campaigns refuse to celebrate diversity? Dove doesn’t allow anyone with visible scarring or tattoos to participate in their advertisements.) It also highlights effective strategies to help you take your power back. I sincerely hope my friend reads it.

Somehow, it sounds downright preposterous (and terrifying) when a friend or family member says something negative about their body. Yet we are so quick to think and say horrible things about ourselves. So this is my challenge for you and me. From now on, talk to yourself the way you would talk to your best friend. Give yourself the love and compassion you so easily show others. You are just as beautiful as anyone else…. regardless of what the media would like us to believe.

Treat yourself with love, praise your body, and focus on making healthy choices. These are the best ways to win back your power, love who you are, and spread a message of body positivity. In spite of the media.

How do you deal with the media?

- Shannon

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Meditation Tips for Improved Self Confidence

Self-confidence is an uphill battle. Most of us spend our lives learning how to achieve (and maintain) feelings of worth. This can be a long and sometimes difficult process, but ultimately, it is the greatest gift we can give ourselves. Love, compassion, and an appreciation of our own value are priceless treasures that we all deserve.

If you are struggling with negative feelings or simply want to improve your self-confidence, there are many strategies to consider. Meditation is one extremely effective method. These tips will make sure your next practise benefits your sense of self.

Understand the Potential Benefits. By now, you are probably all-too-aware of the many reasons to incorporate meditation into your life. Like reduced stress levels and a deeper connection to self, for example. That deep connection is vital when developing and increasing your self-confidence. The more time you spend getting to know and understand yourself…. the better you will feel. Look at meditation as a way to further develop your own personal relationship and understand your true wants and needs.

Use Crystals That Boost Confidence. Another great way to maximize your feelings of self worth is to surround yourself with helpful crystals during meditations. There are many that have been linked to positive emotions and confidence, such as sunstone (which will help you shine, as the name indicates), citrine (carrier of positive energy), rose quartz (to improve feelings of self love), and moonstone (which eases emotional fears). Incorporate these into your next meditation to experience the many benefits of crystal therapy.

Recite Positive Affirmations Throughout. Affirmations are a must when it comes to meditations and self-confidence. You can add these to your practise by choosing a guided meditation (like this one) or reciting relevant affirmations before and after your meditation. A few examples include: I love myself exactly as I am. My self-confidence grows with every breath I take. I become stronger when I focus on my positive attributes. With a few minor adjustments to your next meditation, you can focus your attention on improving feelings of self-confidence.

Share your own meditation tips below!

- Shannon

Monday, 9 October 2017

Body Positivity Week

It isn't always easy to love the way we look. From the mainstream media to picture perfect Instagram accounts....we often fall into a trap of comparing ourselves (and our bodies) to others. It doesn't have to be that way. There are ways to take back your power! This week is focused on embracing who you are and how you look.

Upcoming Posts This Week:
Wednesday: Meditation Tips for Improved Self Confidence
Friday: Issues With The Media
Sunday Bonus Post: Finding Balance…Finding Yourself

- Shannon

Friday, 6 October 2017

Confidence, Expectations, and Meghan Trainor

We live in an image-obsessed world. Everywhere we turn there are magazine covers telling us how to shed the pounds and be better than we already are. And celebrities often lead the way to poor self-esteem. With a whopping 47% of young women refusing to participate in activities that will show off their bodies…. the sad truth is that low self-esteem is a serious problem. Even more problematic? It often follows us to adulthood. So, how can the average woman live up to unattainable ideals of being desirable and feminine? We can’t. And that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

You probably know who Meghan Trainor is. Her debut single, All About That Bass cemented her status as a fresh new pop star. Everything that followed her first number one has been just as dynamic – thanks to a stream of songs that challenged gender norms, praised self-love, and had attitude to boot. Due to her open criticism of mainstream ideals, people are talking about body confidence like never before.

Meghan is different than many other singer-songwriters out there. To start with, she never believed she could be a pop star. Why? She didn’t look like Britney Spears, Katy Perry, or Rihanna. But what made her different ultimately led to her success. Meghan began to pen songs about loving yourself, being confident, and embracing your inner and outer beauty. Considering the number of songs on the radio about drinking, partying, and loving bad boys, her music has created an exciting shift.

Rather than looking to celebrities to be perfect…. reality is on the rise. Female stars continue to speak out about the pressures of Hollywood while Meghan is inspiring people of all ages to feel proud of who they are. To love who they are. My hope is that she continues to challenge repressive gender norms and body ideals throughout her career. Why? Because Meghan is the truth society needs to hear.

What does beauty mean to you? Are you a fan of Meghan Trainor?  

- Shannon