Monday, 25 December 2017

Happy Holidays from Cosmic Positivity

This is my favourite time of year. There is something special about the way people come together, share joy, and spread positive energy wherever they go. I often find myself wishing that it could be this way all year round. With the holiday season officially here, I wanted to let you know that there will not be any posts for the next little bit. I am taking a bit of a blogging break! So, to anyone that is reading this post right now, I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you. Thank you for supporting this page, for interacting, reading, and helping us spread love and light.

Happy holidays. I hope you have a blessed day and a wonderful New Year.

"Believe in the magic of the season."

- Shannon

Friday, 22 December 2017

Snowflakes, Memories, and Moving On

I used to love when it snowed. I would sit by my window and watch the small, fluffy flakes fluttering down from the sky for hours. It amazed me. It inspired me. It made me feel whole. Sure, the snowflakes were beautiful…. but that wasn’t the reason that I loved to watch it snow. Somewhere along the line, I decided that snowflakes looked like feathers from the wing of an angel. So whenever it started to snow, it made me feel safe and warm. Like I was being looked after or taken care of. No matter where I was or what I was doing, the snowflakes had a way of making me feel protected.

Then, that idea morphed once again. As I got older, certain people in my life passed away. Many of them during the winter months. So the snow became a symbol of something else for me: a hello from the loved ones I had lost. Whenever it snowed, I smiled, because I knew they were nearby, letting me know that everything was alright. It gave me an enormous sense of comfort…. especially when I was struggling through the grieving process. The sight of snow actually helped me move on in a healthy way. In my own way. 

These days, I still smile when it snows. Because it reminds me of the happy memories. The comfort, the joy, and the love that I felt. It reminds me that life is beautiful and there is always someone up above…waiting to say hello.

- Shannon

Thursday, 21 December 2017

7 Crystals to Get you Through the Winter Season

For some people winter is a great season. There is a lot of activities that can only be done in winter such as skiing. For others winter can be a tough time for them. There is not much to do, they stay indoors and they anxiously wait for warmer weather. Or they travel to warmer weather. Either way we have some crystals for you this season! Check them out!

Ruby- This crystal is important for the winter. It helps to battle lethargic feelings. It also helps to stimulate blood flow. This gemstone is used particularly on the winter solstice.

Garnet- A crystal known for vitality and fire, make sure to keep this on you around New Year's eve. It is said to help focus your creativity and set goals for the new year!

Rose Quartz- If your family is known to get a little snippy with each other around the holidays, then this is the gemstone to have on you during the Christmas season. Rose quartz will help to bring love in the home. More love and less stress is always a good thing!

Sunstone- When the days become shorter and the nights seem longer, Sunstone is a good crystal to have on hand. It will give you a little bit more energy, both mentally and physically.

Red Jasper- This stone has a really strong spiritual vibration. It helps to ground you and relieve stress.

Bloodstone- This stone is used particularly on the winter solstice, but is also good to use throughout the winter season. It helps to eliminate misunderstandings (great for Christmas) and promotes decision making (good for New Years).

Snowflake Obsidian- This crystal is another great one for the new year.  It helps you to look inside yourself and be open to change. That is perfect for new year's resolutions!

What is your go to crystal for the winter season? What do you like to work with?


Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Winter Themed Meditations

Just because the weather is changing doesn’t mean your routine has to. Maybe you are someone who likes to spend time outdoors to re-charge your energy (or your crystals). Or perhaps you like nothing more than doing a meditation in the woods. Even when there is snow littering the ground and cold temperatures, you can still get in touch with nature. Inside and out! Here are some winter themed meditation ideas to keep you balanced all season long….

Try a Winter Themed Meditation Indoors. If you are not into bundling up and heading outdoors, that is okay. There are plenty of wonderful winter-themed meditations that you can try. These are a great way to connect to the beauty of nature without physically dealing with the cold weather and slush in your boots. Picturing a white winter wonderland from the comfort of your home can help you feel at ease, calm, and grateful for everything you have in your life. Give it a try! A few suggestions include:

Follow These Outdoor Meditation Tips. Still eager to suck it up and head outside this season? Not a problem. Just make sure you are prepared. Dress warmly for sure, pack crystals in your jacket pocket, limit your meditation time to ten minutes (set a timer on your phone to make sure you don’t stay outside longer than you should. The last thing you want to do is catch a cold), consider taking a relaxation retreat, or incorporate moments of meditation in outdoor activities.

It is also important to slow down and be aware of your surroundings. How does the world sound different during the winter months? Is it quieter? Louder? How does the wind feel against your cheek? What do you smell? Are any emotions coming to the surface? Take this time to really observe nature and get inspired.

Do you have any winter meditation tips? Share them in the comment section below!

- Shannon

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

5 Spiritual Activities to Practice This Winter Season

Oh wintertime. The one season to get a bad rep. It's too cold, the snow goes from white to brown, the wind is too much. Okay that last one I agree with. In Canada the wind can get pretty nasty. That being said, I really do love winter. Almost as much as I love fall. Oh fall <3

So just because the weather outside is not ideal, we can still practice any spiritual activities we choose. Winter time is all about hibernation. Staying indoors and recharging for spring time. Sometimes we notice that we sleep longer, or eat heartier meals. This is normal, and actually has been going on long before our life time. But we don't have to lose focus on practices we have created through out the year.

So here are some suggestions for your winter season:

Meditate both indoors and outdoors. Don't let the weather scare you off. Meditation will help with the holiday stress. Gather your favourite crystals, turn on a guided meditation, close your eyes and let the stress wash away. Think you can't meditate outside? Maybe not, but if a little snow doesn't phase you then try going for a walk. My favourite activity is to walk at night with one of my favourite meditations on my ipod. I get to walk, see lights and soak up the energy of the night. It is one of the best feelings.

Tis the season for giving. Rather than just receiving, focus more on giving this season. Donate your time or money to those less fortunate. If you don't think that this is a spiritual practice, just remember that the good energy you just put out into the world makes a difference. You made a difference in someone's life.

Practice yoga. You may not be able to go out and exercise, but don't let that stop you from getting up and moving. Even doing a bit of yoga every day can center you and keep you calm.

Read spiritual, or personal development books. Now is the perfect time to catch up on some reading. Take the opportunity to learn different techniques, practices or just in general how to grow as a person.

Reflect on the year and look toward the new year. It is no secret that we love to make goals for the new year, but don't forget to look back on the year, see what successes you had and be grateful for both those and the failures. Never look at the failures as a bad thing.

So what are you going to do this winter season for yourself and spirituality? I am going to be doing more meditations for sure!


Monday, 18 December 2017

Winter Week

Brr! Have you noticed? The temperatures are dropping and there is snow on the ground. The official first day of winter is coming up this it only made sense that we focus on all things related to this time of year. Here is what you can expect to see on Cosmic Positivity in the next few days.

Upcoming Posts This Week:
Tuesday: 5 Spiritual Activities to Practice this Winter Season
Wednesday: Winter Themed Meditations
Thursday: 7 Crystals to Get You Through the Winter Season
Friday: Snowflakes, Memories, and Moving On

- Shannon and Amanda

Friday, 15 December 2017

Finding Balance as an Empath

I’ll be honest. It can be draining sometimes. There are many wonderful things about being an empath, like understanding emotions and being a support to others. (I personally find that it helps me with my writing, as well.) However, it can also be emotionally draining to constantly pick up on emotions from the people around you. In the same boat? To help you maintain a healthy balance, here are a few simple strategies.

Learn How to Shield Yourself. One of the simplest ways to avoid picking up energy from people around you – whether it is good or bad – is by creating a mental shield. Anytime there is someone or something you want to protect yourself from, take a moment. Visualize a white light all around you. Then visualize a fine net around that white light. This will filter out the bad and let in the good. It may sound silly or ineffective but mentally shielding yourself can be extremely powerful. It also reminds you to focus on yourself rather than what is going on around you.

Use Crystals for Empaths. Certain crystals are effective when dealing with strong emotions. Some of the most commonly used for this personality type include: rose quartz, black tourmaline, amethyst, lepidolite, and malachite. Carry one with you for strength and balance – or place them around your home. Let their power heal you, help you, and guide you throughout the day.

Watch Healing Videos or Meditate. Thank goodness for YouTube! There are so many wonderful resources on there for empathic people. For instance, videos about how to heal, protect, and even meditations specifically geared towards the issues that empaths face. A few suggestions include: Empath Meditation of Healing and How Being an Empath Makes You a Healer.  

See? All you need are a few defence mechanisms to make the most of your empathic abilities. Give these a try the next time you feel overwhelmed.

How do you bring balance to your life?

- Shannon