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 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

How Ke$ha Inspires Me to Be Better


It’s hard to remember a time in my life without music. From Disney songs to boy bands, ballads, up-tempo beats, and everything in between…. the right song or album has always made me feel at home. I have turned to music in times of joy, sadness, and periods of transition. It has been my comfort during anxious moments, highlights, and celebratory occasions. Yes, music has long been a friend of mine.

Over the last several years, there have been a handful of artists who have impacted my life. One example is Kesha. Originally a dance-pop artist, she has recently spread her wings (thanks to a lengthy lawsuit regarding an abusive ex-manager). Kesha released “Rainbow” this past summer and it was everything I hoped it would be. In short, the album was a raw and honest expression of life, love, and self-growth.

Kesha, whose real name is Kesha Rose Sebert, has long been an inspiration to me. From songs like “Tik Tok” and “We R Who We R”, I was proud to call myself a fan. She was unafraid to be glittery, unspoken, and over the top. (That is something I have never really mastered in my own life. Perhaps that is why I admire it so much in others!) I loved that she was two extremes…. bold and introspective. Songs like “Dancing With Tears In My Eyes” and “The Harold Song” highlighted her softer side, showcasing not only her versatility as a singer-songwriter but as an artist and human being.

If her ability to be unapologetically true to herself wasn’t enough, there is also her current legal situation to consider. (You can read more about that here). It takes a strong woman to fight for her musical independence – and stand up to her abuser at the same time. Kesha made her voice stronger than ever and has refused to back down. To me? That makes her more inspiring than I ever imagined she could be.

This is a woman who is strong, talented, and will continue to fight for what is right. Every time she speaks…. she speaks for every woman who has been scared into silence. Thank goodness for that. Kesha has shown us that our voices will always be heard and that life is worth fighting for. Personally, she inspires me to do better, stand tall, and treat others with kindness.

Who inspires you?


- Shannon

Monday, 2 October 2017

Music Week + Blog Update


You may have noticed the schedule last week was a little bit different. There is a reason for this. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Amanda will not be contributing to Cosmic Positivity for the time being. I am not sure when or if she will be back, but I know her posts will be missed by all of you. (And me!) In the meantime, I promise to share my expertise and insight on all things related to positive living. Due to these changes, the weekly schedule will be changing as well. Expect an introductory post every Monday to introduce the theme, followed by a post on Wednesday, and Friday. Thank you all for your understanding and support. It is very much appreciated!

Upcoming Posts This Week:
Wednesday: How Ke$ha Inspires Me to Be Better
Friday: Confidence, Expectations, and Meghan Trainor

- Shannon

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Tips for Seasonal Nature Walks


This season, you have probably been told to go outside. Well, there is good reason for this. Studies have shown there are countless physical and mental benefits to the great outdoors, including improved short-term memory, increased energy, reduced stress levels, better vision and concentration, reduced inflammation, and boosts of creativity.

With the temperatures starting to cool and the fall season officially underway, it is time to find out how to take an unforgettable nature walk. Keep reading for some essential tips and tricks….

Dress The Part. The best place to begin is with your wardrobe. No, you don’t need to doll yourself up like an A-list celebrity to go or a walk…. but it is a good idea to pay attention to what you wear. Layer your clothing (so you are always at a comfortable temperature) and wear comfortable shoes that offer protection from the elements (summer is over, so leave those flip flops and sandals behind). Preparation will make your nature walk far more enjoyable.

Add Spirituality To The Mix. Another tip to help you achieve a fabulous fall nature walk is to get spiritual. For example, scope out a quiet place where you can meditation - either in silence or with the use of a meditation app on your phone. Let the sounds of nature (like rustling leaves and a softly flowing river) calm, inspire, and renew your spirit. It will make a big difference!

Other Nature Walk Tips:
  • Always tell someone where you are going. Why? Because safety should never be overlooked, regardless of the season.
  • Get creative. Bring along a sketchpad or a video camera and create something nature-inspired. You can express yourself and hold onto special moments.
  • Bring a book with you. Take a few minutes to sit and enjoy poetry or literature while you are surrounded by natural beauty. Or bring a notepad and do some free writing. The scope for imagination will be limitless!

Whether you are hiking on a trail, walking around a nearby par, or enjoying a full-blown meditation session in the woods…there are many ways to enjoy the outdoors this season. Put these tips to the test to make the most of fall.

Share your own suggestions in the comment section below!


- Shannon

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

5 Ways to Get Inspired by Fall


The fall is honestly my favourite season. It's not brutally hot and we don't get freezing cold until November if we're lucky. Plus it has my favourite holiday Halloween.So now that it has gotten a little colder, I get to start looking around and get inspired by what is being provided by mother nature.

Autumn is an underrated season. With beautiful colours, brisk air and 2 fantastic holidays I can't quite understand why people don't appreciate it more. Autumn is all about foraging and preparing for winter. You're suppose to work extra hard this season in hopes to survive the winter. I think the concept is kinda cool.

So this season has inspired me to do a few things and I hope it inspires you to!

  1. Prepare for the Winter. Now is the time for stocking up your pantries, fridges and freezers. Can some vegetables, make some jellies and back some pies. This season is all about the comfort foods. Enjoy!
  2. Celebrate the autumn equinox. Start off on the right foot, by celebrating the first day of fall. Make a gratitude list about everything you are thankful for.  This will be perfect for Thanksgiving. Just like spring cleaning, you should do a deep clean and prepare for winter. Move all of your summer items into storage so that you have enough room to stock up.  
  3. Visit an orchard or a pumpkin patch. This is the perfect time to eat fresh fruit and vegetables. So go out, spend a day doing the activities there and come home with plenty of goodies!
  4. Build yourself an altar for the season. If you are into making altars for your crystals, then it is time to change it up for the season. Use gold, red or orange cloths to cover, use crystals specifically good for the fall (check out Friday's post, for a list of crystals to use) and bring in items from outside such as pine cones, or branches.
  5. Utilize the element fire. This season utilize the element of fire. Keep your favourite pumpkin, apple or vanilla candle going (while you're in the room), or if you have a fire place keep that lit. Sit there and just enjoy the warmth.

What is your favourite way  to celebrate autumn? How do you get inspired by the fall? Let me know in the comment section below!

Amanda


Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Colour Meanings of Fall Shades


It has always been fascinating to me what all of the different colours represent. I remember being in grade school, when a presentation was made about each colour and their respective meanings. My adolescent mind was blown. I already knew there were colours that I liked more than others…but never in my wildest dreams did I think they actually meant something.

In the years to come, I would often think back to that presentation whenever I made a colour-based choice (like paint, decorative pillows, and even makeup). Perhaps this early interest explains why fall colours always make me giddy. The warm reds, oranges, and yellows seem to transform the world into a cozy – and beautiful – place. In honour of all the stunning fall shades that will be appearing over the next couple of months, here are the meanings behind a few of them:

Red. One of my favourite things about fall is all of the gorgeous turning leaves. Suddenly, everything is a wash of red, yellow, and orange. When it comes to red, there are many colour associations. It is an exciting shade that has been found to stimulate the mind and boost both focus and energy levels. If that wasn’t enough, red also increases confidence, protects against fears and anxiety, and is the colour of the base or root chakra. The colour red also represents beauty in many cultures.

Orange. This next colour is special as it brings forth feelings of warmth and energy – which are ideal for the fall season. Orange has been found to encourage the desire for social interaction and stimulate activity. This colour is also linked to the sacral chakra, which relates to creativity, fertility, and emotions.

Yellow. Another commonly seen colour in the fall season is yellow. This symbolizes optimism and happiness. Golden yellows (which epitomize this time of year) relate to a positive future. This colour also stimulates creativity, activates the memory, and encourages communication. This is also the chakra colour of the solar plexus, which is linked to the stomach and can empower someone to find their own personal strength.

Green. The colour green is absolutely everywhere during this time of year. Imagine slick green grass sparkling in the morning sunlight. Talk about picture perfect! Green is a stress-relieving colour that can actually improve your creativity. It represents balance, rebirth, and progress. This can also relate to money and prosperity – as well as health. Green is the colour of the Heart Chakra, which is linked to love, empathy, and compassion.

There you have it! If the meanings behind these fall colours speak to you…. incorporate them into your day. Wear colourful clothes, have fun with home décor, or go for a seasonal nature walk. Just make sure you live life inspired!


- Shannon

Monday, 25 September 2017

Fall Week


Ahh, fall. There is nothing quite like it! Though I love the warm summer months....there is something undeniably exciting about crisp morning air, pumpkin spiced everything, and cozy sweaters. In addition to all of these seasonal staples there are also plenty of spiritual ways to enjoy this time of year. This week we will be exploring some of them!

Upcoming Posts This Week:
Tuesday: Colour Meanings of Fall Shades
Wednesday: 5 Ways to Get Inspired by Fall
Thursday: Tips for Seasonal Nature Walks


- Amanda and Shannon

Friday, 22 September 2017

Who is A Virgo Destined To Be With?

Virgos are the practical, realistic people, and that definitely carries over into their relationships. While most signs focus on love, affection and lust, Virgos prefer more realistic relationships. They need to be more constant then anything else.

Virgos are not the type to show PDA and express their feelings, but when it comes to sex they are not inhibited. By no means are they uptight about the subject. Quite frankly they are open to many ideas.

So if you are trying to win over a Virgo male, make sure to take an interest in his hobbies. Look classy, be reliable and enjoy a stimulating conversation. For the female Virgo  be presentable and act like a gentleman. Make sure to pay attention to her and be thoughtful.

So who is a Virgo compatible with? Let's find out!

Virgo and Gemini. This relationship is more than likely to end in in tears. They need to learn how to communicate better, or else Geminis are going to look elsewhere. This relationship is not satisfying for either sign, since Virgos are more introverted and Geminis are extroverted. This leads to Virgos not being able to trust Geminis.

Virgo and Cancer. These two have the potential for a great love. They are well suited for each other and they are well balanced. Both of them care deeply and that works well for them. When it comes to emotions though, they may have some difficulty. Virgos can't talk about emotions and Cancers just can't understand why. It can be a bit tough.

Virgo and Leo.  These two signs rarely end up together and for good reason. Leos are more outgoing and they want to be treated special. Virgos have a tough time with that, and need something a little more stable.

Virgo and Libra. Another pairing that will not last is these two. For starters they not attracted to each other and are complete opposites.  Libras are more easy going and have their emotions out in the open, whereas Virgos prefer to be more reserved and have a tendency to be more critical. These two will butt heads more often than not.

Virgo and Scorpio. These two are also complete opposites, but it only comes to sex. On the other hand, they can talk about their own trust issues, as well as have other stimulating conversation. At least they will connect on an intellectual level.

Virgo and Virgo. Since this sign has a lot of issues with trust, it can be complicated if this sign decides to stay with it's own sign. They will search for each other faults which is not good. They can communicate with each other though. When they mature enough and are ready to settle down, that's when two Virgos will click.

Virgo and Aries. These two might be okay with trusting each other, and this is because Aries are more straightforward, and that makes it easier for Virgos to trust them.  Unfortunately  though they are not sexually compatible. Over all they have a tendency to annoy each other. It's best to either stay away, or keep it on a platonic level.

Virgo and Taurus.  This couple can be a success.  They are both homebodies and quite introverted. They can both be rigid, but the Taurus can be very patient for their Virgo partner.

Virgo and Sagittarius.  Where Virgo and Aries fail in the bedroom, Virgos and Sagittarius thrive. They can have a lot of fun. They are also complete opposites from each other and are on opposites ends of the spectrum. Virgos are the more practical ones in the relationship. They prefer to keep things stable, and prefer not to take big risks. Sagittarius are way more passionate and jump at the chance to take a risk.

Virgo and Pisces. The attraction between these two, is undoubtedly strong. Not only are they attracted physically to each other, but they are both attracted to each other's personality. They are both very transparent.  They both need to feel secure, and that allows them to be totally honest with each other!

Virgo and Capricorn. This one is a tough one. They're not really good together. They are both hard working people, great communicators and can often see eye to eye. Unfortunately there is too many emotional issues between the two of them.

Virgo and Aquarius. This pairing  is rarely attracted to each other. This is because  Aquarius is far too spontaneous and unrealistic for Virgo to handle. If they have a hope to make it, they must take each other seriously.


So are you a Virgo or are you dating one? Does this list seem true to you? Let me know in the comment section below!

- Amanda

Thursday, 21 September 2017

The Best Crystals for Virgo


When I first started using crystals, it felt totally overwhelming. How would I ever learn which stones work best for specific issues, problems, or situations? It seemed impossible at the time…but bit-by-bit, I started to know which crystals to choose. Without constantly looking up their meanings. However, there is always more to learn, especially when it comes to crystals and astrology.

Certain pieces work well to highlight positive traits and balance out any negative (or not-so-wonderful) characteristics. Here are some of the most effective types for the sign of Virgo:

Citrine. When it comes to finding balance…citrine is an essential for Virgo. Since this sign tends to be on the perfectionist side (and expect others to live up to their high standards) they often feel frustrated. That is where citrine comes in handy! It removes negative energy with ease. This stone can also help turn dreams and intentions into an everyday reality.

Green Jade. One crystal that is a must-have for this Zodiac sign is green jade. It is one of the birthstones – and it creates strong feelings of happiness and harmony. This is also a stone of abundance, which can help Virgos achieve the (many) goals they set for themselves. It makes it possible to manifest your dreams and bring prosperity into your life. This is perfect to have around the home or office.

Carnelian. Another great option is carnelian. It is also a traditional birthstone for the sign and is used for luck, can balance the body, attract prosperity, boost drive and ambition, and can increase feelings of courage and confidence. This stone can also clear the mind of negative thoughts and help you stay focused.

Other Essential Crystals for Virgo: In addition to the stones listed above, there are some other options to consider. They include: blue sapphire (which focuses on the throat chakra and aids in communication), celestite (allows you to access intuition and creativity), and fluorite (removes negative energy and boosts spiritual growth). 

Do you use crystals to create balance with your Zodiac sign? Which do you use most often?


- Shannon

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Personality Traits of Virgo


One of my favourite things to do is open up the newspaper (or one of the many apps on my phone) and read my horoscope for the day. While I am aware these readings are rarely one hundred percent accurate…they can give you a better idea of the day ahead. Or at the very least, give you areas to focus your attention on.

I really do believe that our astrological signs can provide insight on our daily lives as well as dominant personality traits. Which is why astrology week is such an exciting time here on Cosmic Positivity. It gives Amanda and I the chance to learn more about the Zodiac signs – and share that information with you in a way that is straightforward and easy to digest. So, on that note! It is time to learn more about the sixth sign, Virgo.

Positive Characteristics. When it comes to the Virgo personality, there are many strengths to keep in mind. Typically, they are loyal, practical, hard working, and analytical. They are able to find logical solutions for difficult problems – without being overbearing or coming on too strong. People under this sign tend to be kind, caring, and sensitive. (Though they do not always showcase the latter.) They are organized and rarely leave things to chance.

Negative Characteristics. That analytical mind can be a great thing. However, it can also cause the Virgo to be overly critical of other people. They often find themselves feeling frustrated or irritated by the shortcomings of those around them. This sign also has a tendency to work too much and leave little time for rest or relaxation. Remember: patience and balance are the keys to success!

Facts About Virgos:
  • They love nature and try to spend as much time as possible outdoors.
  • Lucky numbers are 5, 14, 15, 23, and 32.
  • Virgos do not like asking for help and prefer to figure things out on their own.
  • This earth sign tends to feel things very deeply but can struggle to express emotions, as they are often considered illogical.

Are you a Virgo? How accurate are these traits to your personality?


- Shannon

Monday, 18 September 2017

Virgo Week


There is something exciting about astrology. Few things are as thrilling as learning more about each sign and understanding how our date of birth can impact or influence who we are. To keep our love of astrology going here on Cosmic Positivity, we are highlighting Virgo. This is your chance to discover more about the sixth Zodiac sign.

Upcoming Posts This Week:
Tuesday: Personality Traits of Virgo
Thursday: The Best Crystals for Virgo
Friday: Who is A Virgo Destined To Be With?

- Amanda and Shannon

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Why I Love Trying New Things


It has always been this way. Ever since I can remember, I have experienced a thrill whenever something new came into my life. Whether it was Christmas, my birthday, or just a random day…. new things made me giddy. Perhaps this has to do with my upbringing. Growing up, we didn’t have a lot of money. The majority of my clothes and toys were hand-me-downs or came from thrift stores. Because of this, new items were extra exciting, because they were mine and mine alone.

This caused me to overdo it in my adult years. I spent my money on clothes, shoes, makeup, magazines, band merch, and anything else that I wanted. That caused me to spend rather than save for a long, long time. Though I would try over and over again to save my money…. the lure of shiny new things was too strong. I’d wind up going to the mall or buying an enormous amount of beauty products.

Over the last several years, I began to cut back, bit by bit. However, it wasn’t until I really got into crystal therapy, chakras, and all things new age, that I was actually able to limit my spending. I think it had to do with feeling more whole and complete with myself – and learning to appreciate the abundant life that I live. Sometimes, I stop and think about how much I have, how grateful I am for it, and how blessed my life is. It helps.

Of course, my resolution for this year was to spend less and appreciate more. Shockingly enough, it has happened. Despite the odd shopping trip and random moments of splurging, things are looking up. While I still love buying (and receiving) new items…it is getting easier and easier to love the things already in my life. For me? That is progress.

Are you in the same boat? How to you curb your desire for something sparkly and new?


- Shannon

Friday, 15 September 2017

A Few Books That Slipped Into My Library, and They Should Make Their Way Into Yours Too!



I look at books and see countless adventures waiting to be taken.  I devour them and reread them over and over again. Now I seem to focus more on books that will help me with my personal development and spirituality. I can’t seem to get enough of them. 

There is a lot of books that have been entering my home lately. More than I can read at one time that is for sure. It doesn’t stop me from having them though. Here are some of my favourite books that have entered my home.




The Bible Series- I love this series and I am pretty sure I own most of them by now. I love these books specifically because they focus on one topic per book. This helps me to not feel overwhelmed and I can focus on one subject at a time.  I resort to these books when I need information on different subjects.  My favourites are the Astrology Bible, the Crystal Bible and the Chakra Bible.

The Big Bad Ass Book of the Zodiac- This book is awesome. It's not your typical astrology book. It's not a book that just spits facts at you. I like the fact it's like talking to a friend. You learn quite a bit about the zodiacs and about chinese astrology as well. It is easily becoming one of my favourite books to read.

An astrology series- Okay I don't actually know the name of this series. I randomly found while looking for more books on astrology. I am currently working on completing the series. So why did I choose this series? This is the first series I have found that actually separates the zodiac signs into each book. This is great to find information that doesn't always show up in just 1 book.


So I am pretty much set to read for the next year. Or 6 months depending on how I feel. What books have you been reading lately? What's your favourite book right now? Let us know in the comment section below!


Amanda

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Review: Jack Kornfield Guided Meditation CD


It was a few years ago now. After another night of insomnia (most evenings, it was difficult to get to sleep or difficult to sleep for more than a couple of hours), I needed a solution. That led me to YouTube videos of rain sounds. Then ocean noises. And  somewhere along the line, guided meditations. There was something that immediately connected me to them. I liked the calm and peaceful ambiance, the soothing voices, and the connection to self. They made me feel better and helped me sleep.

Since then, I have listened to many different guided meditations. One of the first that I bought on CD (rather than listened to on YouTube or downloaded from iTunes) was from Jack Kornfield. His guided mediation CD, “Six Essential Practises to Cultivate Love, Awareness, and Wisdom,” stood out to me. Since purchasing it…I have listened to the meditations many times. They are calming and effective.

This set actually contains two discs. On the first is: introductory materials (information about sitting practises and guided meditations), the loving kindness meditation, and the forgiveness meditation. The second disc included: the Buddha transforms difficulties meditation, the gratitude meditation, and mind like sky meditation. With a running time of over two hours…there is plenty to work with here. My personal favourites are the Buddha meditation and the loving kindness meditation. 

Bonus? It even came with some free downloads. They included tons of fantastic meditation music, mindfulness guided meditation practise, and downloads about self-acceptance and compassion. Those, in addition to all of the meditations on the actual CDs, make this a truly wonderful resource.

If guided meditations are something of interest to you, consider checking this one out. It is certainly worthy of your time.

What guided meditation CDs do you listen to?


- Shannon

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Why You Need To Buy A Himalayan Salt Lamp

One of the most popular items out in the market in the last few years has been the Himalayan Salt Lamp. Of course like everything else in my life, I jumped on the band wagon years after it came out. Why did I decide to do it? The past couple of winters I have been struggling with massive migraines. Tylenol doesn't seem to help, and unfortunately no doctor will prescribe something stronger. That's a good and a bad thing.  I prefer to find other means to solve that problem if I can. So the salt lamp entered my life.

So what is a Himalayan Salt Lamp? Essentially it is a big piece of Himalayan salt with a small bulb inside. It generates negative ions that helps to protect against germs in the air. It attracts the dirty water in the air, evaporates quickly and then releases clean air. It is actually a cool concept, but don't be fooled and think it is the best solution out there. Yes it does create negative ions, but not in large amounts that will solve all the air's problems.  There are larger amounts of negative ions in the woods, out in nature and near rivers. There is a reason why you will feel better after connecting with nature.

Salt lamps are great in rooms around microwaves, or computers. Since radiation comes off of these, a salt lamp works to cancel out as much as it can.  It is also great to use as a night light, but since it does produce a lot of light, maybe not a good idea to have it on at night in a child's room.

So what are some of the benefits of having a salt lamp? Well it helps to boost your mood,  improve sleep, calm your allergies,boost blood flow and improve your energy level. There is still a lot of research going on to test these theories.

So what do I think? I will say, when I have it on I sleep through the entire night. I wasn't doing that for awhile and it was getting frustrating. Unfortunately the next morning my head feels heavy. No headache which is great, but definitely heavy. I almost feel like someone needs to turn it off for my last couple hours of sleep. Weird right?

Maybe once I unpack it and set it up I will have it on during the day, and turn it off at night. Let's see how that works. I don't have any allergies or anything, so I can't comment on that, but I am curious as to what your thoughts are on the salt lamp? Does it work well for you? Let us know know your opinion in the comment section below!


Amanda

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Looking at Doreen Virtue Products


There have been many teachers on my spiritual path thus far. One that stands out in my mind is Doreen Virtue. If you have been interested in new age spirituality for a while, then you likely already know about her work. She is an author and motivational speaker, who covers everything from crystals, angel therapy, and nutrition. Over the last several years, she has released self-help books, guidebooks, oracle cards, CDs, motivational videos, and courses. Just about everything!

My introduction to Doreen took place at the first rock shop I ever went to. I picked up a guided meditation CD related to Chakra healing. From there, more and more of her products found their way into my life. Books, cards, videos, and so much more. I found that many of her teachings resonated with me. She has a straightforward approach that I appreciated as a beginner…. and still appreciate now.

Today, I wanted to highlight a few of the Doreen products in my own collection.

Magical Mermaids and Dolphins – Oracle Cards. The first is a wonderful set of oracle cards. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will know that I really enjoy using oracle cards on a regular basis. They help me tap into what I truly want and often give me some much-needed peace of mind. This deck specifically is one of my favourites. I have a very strong connection to it. Not to mention, the illustrations are incredibly beautiful.

Crystal Therapy – How to Heal and Empower Your Life with Crystal Energy. This next product is a fabulous resource book. I ordered this online not long after dipping my toes into the proverbial waters. It was a fabulous starting point. The book highlights what crystal therapy is, what the most popular/commonly used crystals are, and the most effective ways to use them. If you are a beginner yourself or know someone who is…give this book a try. It will be extremely useful.

Chakra Cleaning: A Morning and Evening Meditation – CD. This is the product that started it all for me. I was already a fan of guided meditations, so if that is something you enjoy, you will really like this. The meditations are relaxing and powerful. You really feel lighter and more balanced after each and every meditation. Something I like to do? Light a candle for each chakra as the meditation goes on.

Archangel Michael – Oracle Cards. As I began reading Doreen’s work, I found that I was really interested in/connected to Archangel Michael. Whenever she wrote about him, I found myself feeling very peaceful and at ease. (That feeling sparked an interest in angel therapy for me. But that is a story for another time!) That led me to these oracle cards. Though I do not use these all of the time – usually just when I am really searching for guidance – whenever I do…I experience an overwhelming sense of purpose. It really is remarkable.

If you are interested in finding out more about these products or checking out her many other offerings, visit her author page on HayHouse.com.

Do you have any products from Doreen Virtue? Share your thoughts in the comment section below and sound off.


- Shannon

Monday, 11 September 2017

Product Week


We really love to shop. Like really shop. Over the last few months we may have been good at saving money, but a few items have slipped into our collection. Find out what great items we have recently purchased. We have lots to show you!

Upcoming Posts This Week:
Tuesday: Looking at Doreen Virtue Products
Wednesday: Why You Need To Buy A Himalayan Salt Lamp
Thursday: Review: Jack Kornfield Guided Meditation CD
Friday: A Few Books That Slipped Into My Library, and They Should Make Their Way Into Yours Too!
Sunday Bonus Post: Why I Love Trying New Things

- Amanda and Shannon

Friday, 8 September 2017

5 Way To Bring Pink Into Your Life

Not going to lie, this was one of the hardest posts for me to write. It's not because it was a difficult post or because it was emotional. It's because I actually hate the colour pink. I know I am pretty sure I just let down millions of females everywhere. I guess now that I admitted to it, I better own that fact.

By no means is there any thing wrong with the colour pink. Just ever since I was young, I made the conscious decision to hate the colour. I think it has stayed with me all these years. My mother and grandmother are very big on the colour, so it was a hard battle as a child to convince them that pink wasn't for me.

I hardly ever buy anything pink now. If I do, the best I can muster up is hot pink, but that's because that shade is a great contrast against white and black.  Even still, I won't wear it. That being said, if pink is your thing, then check out how you can incorporate it more in your life!

  1. Start to wear pink. Pink hasn't always been a feminine colour. Back in the 18th century lots of more distinguished men wore pink. Then for many years it became worn mainly by females. Now that gender fluidity has become more common, men are becoming more and more comfortable wearing this colour regularly. Now the colour is not being described as flamboyant, instead it is being used in business, casual and dress up wear.  Enjoy the colour and live it up!
  2. Paint a room pink. This colour can be a great colour in a house. Focus on using it in bedrooms, or other rooms that are used mostly by females. If painting a room pink is too much for you, try using the colour in key accent pieces around a room. It is great against white walls, because the colour just pops. It can help to calm you.
  3. Use pink crystals. Did you read the post from yesterday? Check it out here. Pink crystals usually bring love, peace and gentleness.  Like the colour, pink crystals have a calming affect on people.
  4. Use it to calm yourself down. Pink is a great colour to use in colour therapy. In fact some prisons have painted rooms in order to treat violent and aggressive prisoners.  Since red is such an aggressive colour, try staying away from it when you're mad. Instead grab a pink blanket, or stuffed animals to hold onto.
  5. Light pink candles.  If you're into candle magic, or just like to choose different colours, then try using a pink candle. They are said to bring love, harmony, friendship and affection in your life. Don't just focus on the love of other people. Make sure you  use them when  you need to give yourself a bit of self love.

After reading through this list, I am curious as to how I will incorporate pink into my own life. I do like the idea of pink candles and crystals. I think I will start with that and see where I end up!

What do you think of the colour pink? Do you love it or hate it?

Let me know in the comment section below!


Amanda

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Pink Crystals to Add to Your Collection


As you know if you have been reading this blog for any amount of time, crystals can do an awful lot for your mind, body, and spirit. Using the right ones can be an extremely powerful and motivating force in your life. There are crystals and stones that make up every possible colour of the rainbow…pink included. Here are a few notable examples to add to your daily life.

Rose Quartz. This is perhaps the most well known example of a pink crystal. It is often used to boost romantic feelings, attract love, and strengthen relationships. This can also activate the heart chakra and infuse your life with positive energy. Rose quartz can also work to balance out your emotions. There is a lot of jewellery and even makeup (check out this awesome example) if you are looking for a unique way to carry your crystals with you.

Rhodonite. The next crystal on the list is a unique and beautiful stone that helps to release fears. It increases feelings of forgiveness and compassion. In fact, this has actually been dubbed the rescue stone as it increases the flow of spiritual love to the people you care most about. Use it to deal with anxiety or ground you to loving feelings.

Pink Opal. If you are searching for a crystal that will heal your heart, then consider adding pink opal to your collection. It also gives you a feeling of emotional balance and self-healing. That makes this an important stone for healing during difficult times, such as the loss of a loved one or the end of a relationship. Using this stone can help you get through those challenging times and strengthen your existing relationships.

If you want to add a little pink to your life, start with these crystals. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they amplify positive energy and can create a deeper sense of balance in your life.

Which crystals from this list do you use?


- Shannon

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Flirting with Pink

There is a reason why the colour pink is one of the colours associated with romance. It is feminine, romantic, and is associated with affection and intimacy. Pink can be a colour that helps you during dating, while in a relationship and of course in the bedroom!

When people look at different colours they can feel different emotions. This can be very helpful when it comes to relationships. Red may be the go to colour for love and romance, but if you are looking for a softer colour to help you attract the opposite sex, try pink instead. At least in the beginning. Notice that I did not say for the females to be the only ones using the colour to their advantage. Men take note. While red roses at the beginning may come off a little strong, pink ones are a lot better. Make sure to go with light pink roses because that says admiration and gentleness, while dark pink roses say gratitude. Make sure you don't give the wrong impression!

Girls, you want to make sure that you give off the right impression if you want to be taken seriously. Obviously you don't want to change for any one and you shouldn't! If you are more sugar and spice and everything nice, then wear pink to show that off. Red might be too strong of a colour for you.

During the relationship try to keep some pink around you. It could be pink crystals in the bedroom, pink lingerie, or just simple pink makeup for date night. Yes we are suppose to take an interest in their interests, but sometimes that makes us forget who we are. So remember that we're girls and it is alright to be feminine. Embrace it with the colour pink so that he sees we are feminine too. Remember that a little bit of pink can go a long way!

How do you incorporate the colour pink into your relationship? Share us your tips !

Amanda



Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Personality Traits of the Colour Pink


We all have a favourite colour. Growing up, my brothers’ favourite was blue, my sisters’ was purple, and mine was pink. Ahh, pink. Few things bring me as much joy as that beautiful shade. Which is probably where there has been an abundance of pink surrounding me over the years. A few examples? My office is pink (a bright, bold colour), my old bedroom was pink (a soft romantic version), many of my décor pieces are pink, and well, I try to make as much of my life pink as possible.

Since this is Pink Week here on Cosmic Positivity (as part of our recurring colour week theme), it only makes sense to talk about this colour in depth. To start with, here are some of the personality traits linked to this stunning shade.

Personality Traits for Pink

  • People who adore the colour pink are generally very loving people. They offer kindness to others (even when they do not receive it in return) and are sensitive.
  • In addition to being generous with their time and emotions, they are also approachable and friendly. Pink lovers are also thought to be quite nurturing by nature. They want to take care of people and make things better.
  • Whether you are a male or female, you are likely very in touch with your feminine side.
  • You are romantic and have a positive outlook on life. You try to see both sides of any and all conflicts and be fair to others.
  • Often, you are very reserved and avoid confrontations whenever possible. You may be shy or may give off this impression to others when they first meet you.
If you love pink as much as I do, then many of these personality traits are likely to resonate with you. Do your best to incorporate the colour into your life and see what happens. You might notice a positive shift – or that certain personality traits become more prominent.

Is pink your favourite colour? If not…what is? 


- Shannon

Monday, 4 September 2017

Pink Week



There are many different ways to get inspired. By far the easiest method is to incorporate colour into your day-to-day life. As part of our on-going colour week theme here on Cosmic Positivity, our posts this week are dedicated to all things pink. Find out more about this oh-so-pretty colour, how to add it to your home, and what it means.

Upcoming Posts This Week:
Tuesday: Personality Traits of the Colour Pink
Wednesday: Flirting with Pink
Thursday: Pink Crystals to Add to Your Collection
Friday: 5 Ways to Add More Pink Into Your Life

- Amanda and Shannon

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Me, Myself, and I. Oh and Nature Too!

If I had to choose being a city mouse and a country mouse, I would probably choose to be a country mouse. As much as I love to be in the hustle and bustle of Toronto, I know I can't live there. It's too crazy for me. If I had my choice I would probably live at a cottage all year round. Why? Because nature is beautiful.

Now I am not the back packing, hiking sort of girl who goes camping all the time. In fact I have never actually been camping in my life. It's on my bucket list. I am the type of girl who swims in the lake, watches shooting stars while laying in a field and loves to sit out in a rain storm. Why? Because sometimes this planet has a lot of beautiful aspects that we need to sit back and enjoy.

If you're at home will you go out and watch a rainstorm? Maybe, but the odds are more likely when you're at a cottage or camping. You slow down a bit, and just let it wash over you. If you're at home what would you rather be doing, watching tv or going out for a hike? Well the population might be split on that one, but without a tv nearby you might have no choice, but to go out for a hike.

While there is nothing wrong with staying inside, I urge you to go out and see what nature has to offer you. Go take a leisurely walk in a conservation area, walk bare feet in a stream, dance in the rain and smile because you're lucky to be here!

What is your favourite part about nature? Please let me know in the comment section below!


Amanda