Monday, 21 August 2017
Though the summer is winding down, there is still a lot left to accomplish. Beyond a glowing tan or last-minute seasonal activity, that is. This is the perfect time of year to look inward. So, take time to focus on yourself, think about your goals, and better your day-to-day life. Our posts this week will help you get started!
Upcoming Posts This Week:
Tuesday: Never Stop Growing and Changing
Wednesday: Amanda's Goals
Thursday: Shannon's Goals
Friday:How to Work On Your Self Improvement... Do It For You and No One Else
- Amanda and Shannon
Sunday, 20 August 2017
My earliest introduction to the idea of self-help was “Bridget Jones’s Diary.” The book outlined the many, many personal improvement books that lined her shelves – and she was still a mess. No wonder I was a little leery of the concept. Years later, self-help crept into my own life, bit by bit.
At first, it was an article in a magazine about becoming your best self. Then it was a workout video with motivational messages throughout. Eventually, it was books, blogs, and videos. Somehow, it just became a part of my everyday life…and I started to feel better about myself. Stronger. More confident. Huh! Maybe there was something to this genre after all.
Honestly, I think that is the whole point of self-help. It’s not about magically becoming perfect (because there is no such thing) but it is about feeling better, growing, learning, and improving. As human beings…that is all we can really hope for. For me, self-help tools have allowed me to focus on my goals, push myself forward, and really love who I am. It has helped me learn more about my authentic self and feel safe to share that with the world.
It can for you, too. If that’s what you want, anyway. Say you are a true naysay-er…. it is unlikely any advice or affirmations found in a self-help book are going to make a dent in your armour. If you have an open mind, though? It has the potential to turn your life around. To learn more (or try out a bit of self-help tools for yourself), here are a few recommendations to get you started.
- The Untroubled Mind audio book on YouTube
- Be Yourself affirmations
- Most Popular self-help books ever
- 30 Self-Help Book recommendations
Have you ever read a self-help book? What do you think about the genre?
Friday, 18 August 2017
Leos are the more dominant in their relationship and want their partner to be dependent on them. They expect total commitment from their significant other, and want to be adored by everyone. If you hurt a Leo, don't expect them to get over it quickly. It takes them months to get over any emotional pain you put them through.
So are you compatible with a Leo? Let's find out!
Leo and Gemini
These two are like two little children playing. Geminis are the ones who come up with ideas, and are constantly moving around. The Leo in the relationship will always be the leader. As long as both parties are okay with that, the relationship should be fine.
Leo and Cancer
One is fire and the other is water, but out of all the fire-water relationships, this one is the most likely to succeed if they can recognize and embrace each other's uniqueness. Unfortunately though it is very rare that a Leo and a Cancer will end up together, since these two are complete opposites.
Leo and Leo
This pairing can be explosive, because they are both so hot headed, big egos and naturally bossy. On the other hand, if both parties can show unconditional love and respect, this pairing can have a satisfying relationship and go the distance.
Leo and Sagittarius
Both of these signs love to live life to the fullest. This helps them become an amazing couple. They enjoy being passionate and creative with each other and are a great couple to be around. Just make sure not to be to rough with one another.
Leo and Capricorn
This is not a relationship that usually goes the distance. They are argumentative and challenging, ending in some disastrous fights. Both signs are extremely strong willed and will not budge when it comes to their opinions.
Leo and Pisces
This paring is also not one to last. There is generally a lack of trust and security between the two of them. These two handle their emotions very differently. Leos are much more passionate, whereas Pisces will be more passive. Not a good combination.
Leo and Virgo
You will hardly ever see this pairing go the distance. Virgos generally are shy and cautious. They need to feel protected and secure. Leos are not ones to take care of that.Virgos are very practical and down to earth. They do not appreciate Leos feisty personality.
Leo and Aries
This couple will last for a long time. Both want to create a passionate emotional bond. This will lead to an amazing foundation for a relationship that can move forward. These two have a sexual connection that will not fade over time.
Leo and Libra
This relationship will be both creative and productive, as long as they find a stable balance between respect and responsibility. Trust will be difficult between these two, but on the upside the sex will be amazing!
Leo and Taurus
Leos are known for being loud and passionate , while Taurus is known for being sensual and quiet. This will lead for a very difficult relationship. These two signs have very different values when it comes to relationships and it is hard for them to understand where the other one is coming from.
Leo and Scorpio
This is another relationship that will be difficult. This relationship is known for being very intense and challenging. Neither is willing to adapt and change for the other person. The problem is that this relationship might hang on longer than it should.
Leo and Aquarius
Another pairing that won't last long. If these two signs get together, it will more than likely end up exploding. Definitely beware. If these two decide to work together against a common goal, anything is possible. Unfortunately though they can't really stop the fighting between each other.
So are you a Leo, or are you dating a Leo? Does this list sound right to you? What's your experience dating a Leo? Let us know in the comment section below!
Thursday, 17 August 2017
It is that time again! This week on Cosmic Positivity, we are focusing on all things Leo. When it comes to astrology, there are many traits and characteristics linked to each zodiac sign. Typically, Leos are known for being warm, driven, and action-oriented. When it comes to achieving balance and highlighting their many strengths…crystals can be a huge help. There are many stones linked to this sign, including tiger’s eye, carnelian, and rose quartz, among others. Here is a little bit more about each one.
Tiger’s Eye. One crystal that is a must-have for this sign is Tiger’s Eye. This links you to abundance, making it easier for you to turn your dreams into a reality. It attracts positive things (whether that is money, kindness, or material goods) into your life. If that wasn’t enough, this stone can also be used with the energy of the earth and sun to keep you grounded – yet increase your Vibrational energy.
Carnelian. Something else to look out for is carnelian. It is a wonderful crystal to boost your creative side as well as your own personal power. This increases your confidence and feelings of joy… in order for you to freely share your gifts and talents with the world around you. If you aren’t feeling particularly good about yourself, meditate with a piece of carnelian for the best results.
Rose Quartz. There are many wonderful qualities that Leos have to offer. However, one of their struggles is that they can also hold onto emotional hurts. That is what makes rose quartz such a wonderful crystal to use. It can help you clear out old pains and draw out wounds that are preventing you from moving forward with your life.
Other Crystals for Leo. In addition to the crystals listed above, there are others that can also be beneficial, including: red garnet, adventurine, golden citrine, onyx, and gold.
While there are many beneficial crystals for this sign, these are a few of the most powerful. If you are a Leo (or know someone who is) then be sure to incorporate these stones into your everyday routine.
What crystals have you been using lately?
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Leos are also a fixed sign. This means they are resistant to change. In fact Leos are the least flexible of the fire signs. They want everything to stay the same. Don't look at this as a bad thing. Consistency and strength are important. Leos are extremely loyal.
Just like a fire, sometimes Leos can burn out of control. So if you are close to a Leo, then make sure you help to "tend the embers". Leos will want to be nurtured just like embers do. This way there will always be a spark in them.
Leos can be extremely creative, but also destructive at the same time. Leos are very self sufficient and spontaneous some times. Unfortunately that means that they sometimes forget about other people's feelings. This can be especially true when they are on a mission. Leos sometimes are selfish, and have an over developed ego. This fiery sign sometimes has to focus their energy on being compassionate and work towards having a deeper understanding of other people.
If a fire sign is balanced, they are optimistic, spontaneous and affectionate. If the sign is unbalanced, especially if it the sign is excessive, then they can be angry, violent and accident prone. They start too many projects, burn out and don't finish them. If the fire sign is low then they lack drive, and courage and refuse to be creative.
Are you a Leo? Do you feel like this is a proper representation of your sign? Let us know in the comment section below!
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
Warm. Creative. Passionate. Those are just a few different ways to describe the Leo. This fire sign has both its positive and not-so-positive traits, but each one makes up the distinct personality of this zodiac sign. Whether your birthday falls in Leo territory (July 23rd to August 22nd) or you know someone who has the unforgettable roar of the lion, keep reading. These personality traits will shed some serious insight on this astrological sign.
Positive Characteristics. The Leo is known for being a natural born leader. In fact, many people born under this sign go on to have careers where they are in charge or are in the spotlight! Other positive characteristics associated with the Leo include being kind-hearted, optimistic, loyal, generous, and cheerful. They also tend to be energetic and positive…and others tend to gravitate towards them.
Negative Characteristics. In addition to all of those fantastic character traits there are also a few negative ones to consider. Some of the most noteworthy include: the fact that they can be quite headstrong, stubborn, possessive, and impatient. Due to their leadership qualities, they also have a tendency to be arrogant or have a bit of an ego. Being aware of those issues will make it much easier to keep those negative traits in check.
Facts About Leos:
- The sun rules this sign, with links to colours like gold, yellow, and orange.
- Lucky numbers associated with Leos are 1, 3, 10, and 19.
- They tend to be very independent, focusing on their own needs first.
- Leos love to travel, enjoy bright colours, and having fun.
There you have it! That is a little bit about the Leo. Their dynamic personality makes them a great (and trustworthy) friend, partner, or co-worker. They always know how to have fun, make the most of life, and get things done.
Are you a Leo? Do any of these traits apply to your personality?
Monday, 14 August 2017
It is here again! Cosmic Positivity is gearing up for another astrology week, this time, focusing on the unique sign of the Leo. People who fall under this sign are rarely ignored - as they are warm, caring, and love to be in the spotlight. Whether you are a Leo yourself or know someone who is....this week is sure to be of interest. Get ready to learn more about the fifth sign of the zodiac.
Upcoming Posts This Week:
Tuesday: Personality Traits of Leo
Wednesday: Leo and Their Element
Thursday: The Best Crystals For Leo
Friday: Who Can Love a Leo?
Sunday Bonus Post: Self-Help is Powerful
- Amanda and Shannon
Friday, 11 August 2017
- I have tremendous energy and focus for achieving all of my life's goals.
- I easily focus on my main priorities.
- I use the power of positive focus to push my mind in a positive direction. When I focus on positive things, they expand into my life. A persistently positive focus creates a consistently positive mind.
- I am organized and I take the time to stay focused.
- Always remember, your focus determines your reality.
- At work my mind is focused and I have clarity and energy in all that I do.
- Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear.
- I focus on what I can do right now.
- Today I choose to focus only on the next step, not the entire path.
- My focus is now on me being the best version of me.
- I always focus on the present positive.
Remember that affirmations are not a quick and easy fix. They are meant to help guide you, and remind you that you are on the right path. What are some of your favourite affirmations to help you when you're lacking focus? Let us know in the comment section below!
Thursday, 10 August 2017
Dedicating your undivided attention to a task? Easier said than done. As much as you may want to be completely focused, we are programmed to do more than one thing at a time. Whether you are driving while carrying on a conversation or working on a big project at work while answering emails and text messages…. multi-tasking is a must these days. As a society, we are always in a go-go-go state. This may be great for productivity but it can also be mentally and emotionally draining.
Before you know it, you start to feel stressed, unhappy, and unable to focus on anything for more than a few minutes at a time. This can be especially troubling when it comes to meditation. There are many notable benefits linked to this practise (like an increased sense of happiness and purpose, lower stress levels, and an overall feeling of balance), and yet it can be difficult for many of us to do.
If you are struggling to make the most of your meditation, don’t worry. Here are some tips to help you improve your focus.
Start Small. One of my favourite quotes is, “progress not perfection.” Apply this theory to your meditation. Take a moment to remind yourself that you will not go from scattered and unfocused to Zen in a single day. After all, meditation is a practise. It is something you work at day after day. Start small (try meditating for a few minutes a day to begin with, and add more time on as you relax into the process) and see what happens. Patience and persistence will pay off.
Listen to Yourself. There may be the best how-to guide on meditation ever. It could outline every last thing you should do to achieve a successful meditative state, but the reality is that it may not work for you. That is why it is essential that you trust yourself and determine what feels right. For instance, you might want to start off with a guided meditation, set up a relaxing space, light a candle for focus, use crystals, or do an oracle card reading beforehand. Test out different things and see what boosts your focus before, during, and after your meditation.
Try Exercises for Focus. Since we live in a busy society, it has become increasingly difficult for people to focus on one task at a time. (Which means, you are not alone!) Thankfully, there are many exercises that can help you increase your ability to focus. Many suggestions, tools, and tricks are online, like this one. There are also apps dedicated to this specific purpose. Take a look, try out a few exercises, and get ready to increase your focus.
It may not be easy to find your focus during meditation but it is possible. Be patient with yourself, listen to your intuition, and add mental exercises to your day. The results will be noticeable!
Do you have any meditation tips to share? Sound off in the comment section!
Wednesday, 9 August 2017
Before you start your meditation follow these simple steps. In order to focus and commit yourself to your meditation you need to be in the right frame of mind.
- Take a hot shower. Figuratively wash away every bad thing that happened to you today. The hot water will help you to relax and relieve any tension you are carrying in your shoulders and back.
- Turn off your notifications from your phone. You will need 0 distractions. Tell people in your home to give you 10 mins of peace and quiet. Don't even look at Facebook or else the time will be spent else where.
- Write it down. If something is seriously weighing on your mind, you know that's where your concentration will be. Instead write it out. It may not entirely get it off your mind, but scribbling it out will make you feel better.
- Turn off any bright lights. There is no way you'll meditate properly with a bright light shining in your face. Try candles and low lighting instead.
- Use music or guided meditation. These are always helpful. Sometimes silence gives you too much opportunity to think.
- Hold a crystal in each hand. By holding something you are subconsciously focusing on not dropping them. Let the power of the crystals wash over you.
- Focus on an inanimate object. Try a candle, a crystal, a figure or a picture. Look at the details. See every part of it and let your eyes just relax.
- Scents are imperative. Sometimes a good scent will take your worries away. Eucalyptus is one of the perfect scents for stress relief. Try that or any other scent that you feel called to work with it. Breathe that in!
Yes, it can be sometimes difficult to turn off your mind. It can be done though. Keep some of these tips in mind the next time you need help creating a mediation area that will help you to focus and forget your troubles. You'll feel a lot better after!
What are some of your tips on creating a peaceful meditation area? Let us know in the comment section below!
Tuesday, 8 August 2017
It is astounding how many uses there are for crystals. Some work well for achieving balance, others for clearing away negativity or strengthening relationships, and a few for releasing old fears and moving forward. It seems there is a crystal for just about every emotion, ailment, and situation! They can be a wonderful addition to your day – especially if there is something specific you want to work on.
When it comes to focus, there are a number of crystals that can be of use. These are a few examples that can help you stay sharp and on task….
Amethyst. If you have wanted to add a new crystal to your collection lately, choose amethyst. It has so many uses, including an increased ability to focus. This works to create a sense of calm and help you achieve a clearer perspective. In turn, this makes it easier for you to focus on the task at hand – instead of your emotions.
Tigers Eye. Another great crystal to help improve your focus is tigers eye. This is a grounding stone that can help boost your ability to concentrate. It also works well at making you feel more confident and reducing feelings of anxiety. If that wasn’t enough, this crystal can also improve your intuition. Be sure to add this into your daily routine…especially when you need a little extra focus.
Clear Quartz. This is a must have if you are looking for a little extra focus on a specific project, either at work or during the school year. It creates a feeling of balance and will clear your mind of any unnecessary thoughts or emotions. Simply putting this on your desk or workspace can make a noticeable difference in your ability to concentrate. Give it a try to see for yourself!
With the right crystal by your side, it can become easier to focus on what you really want. Add these to your home, office, or anywhere you need that extra boost.
What crystals do you use the most?
Monday, 7 August 2017
Upcoming Posts This Week:
Tuesday: Crystals For Focus
Wednesday: How to Set the Scene to Help You Focus
Thursday: How to Improve Focus During Meditation
Friday: Affirmations for Focus
- Amanda and Shannon
Sunday, 6 August 2017
I move in little over a month and I have a lot to do. Everyone told me that buying a house would be a lot of work. Everyone said it would cost a lot. No one told me that it might get so overwhelming you might not be able to breathe. Turns out no matter how many to do lists I use, in order to keep up with everything, I was going to have this panic attack and apparently it was going to happen at work.
I told 3 different people that I felt like I was drowning. It's hard to say that to someone when they're not near you to help you. I am sure it is equally as hard to hear that and not be able to help. What do you say to someone who says "I feel like I am drowning"? I wouldn't want to be in that person's shoes.
It made me realize something. I can have the greatest support system in the world (which I do), but ultimately I have to rely on myself to get me through the tough times. There are going to be times when someone can't help me and that's okay. I am not writing this to make them feel guilty. I am writing this to remind myself that I am strong and that I can do this. I can get myself through this.
So what did I do to lessen the chest pains? I sat in the change room at work, with my headphones on and my meditation music blasting. I also sat there and wrote a long over due letter. It was therapeutic. I definitely needed it. My anxiety went from an 8 to a 6 by the time I left work and the chest pains were gone.
For anyone who has ever been in a similar situation, I don't want to tell you that you'll get through it. You already know that. The panic attacks subside and your emotions and body start to level out. You may feel exhausted from it, but it's over. What I want to tell you is, you're stronger than you give yourself credit for. You're self sufficient, and have the tools to get through anything. You just need to choose the right tool for you. You know yourself best and ultimately you know what you need to do.
If you have every been in a situation such as this and feel okay to talk about it, let us know in the comment section below. How did you handle it? Any tips you would share?
Friday, 4 August 2017
Some crystals do well in the sun, others do not. We have discussed cleansing your stones which you can check out here. When it comes to charging them and bringing their energy back to 100% there are many methods. Today I want to focus on charging them with the sun's energy. Some stones really thrive with the energy of the sun. After cleansing and smudging them, you can find a place outside or on a window sill that will give partial shade. Place your stones there and then welcome and thank the sun for giving you it's energy in order to charge your crystals. Then leave them there for a little bit. There is no set time. Use your intuition. After you are ready to pick up the crystals, feel the energy of your crystal! Doesn't it feel amazing?
Some crystals do not do well in the sun. Make sure to keep them out of it's light. They can fade, become weak or brittle. These stones are Aventurine, Amethyst, Aquamarine,Beryl, Citrine, Kunzite,Sapphire, Fluorite, Rose Quartz, Smokey Quartz, Amber and Opal.
So let's talk about some of the crystals we should carry around this summer!
- Citrine- This stone carries the power of the sun. It is warming and energizing. It energizes every level of your life and promotes high creativity. A Citrine stone is said to encourage you to live your life to the fullest. Natural Citrine helps with stamina and energy. This will help if you enjoy doing a lot of activities in the summer time.
- Sunstone- Named specifically after the sun, this stone brings a allows for a connection to light. It is said that this stone carries the energy of Ra, the sun god. According to lore it is his energy that brings all life from within the earth. The stone carries the qualities of light, such as warmth, strength and clarity. It focuses on the regenerative power of the sun, so use it a lot when you're outside. If you are needing a pick me up and to boost your enthusiasm when it is lacking, then this is the stone for you.
- Tiger's Eye- This crystal focuses on combining both the earth's energy and the sun's energy. This stone has an awesome high vibration, but also works to ground you all at the same time.Another stone to help with creativity, this stone also helps to give you courage and self confidence. So wear this, when you are in a bathing suit, short shorts or a pretty summer dress. You deserve to have confidence!
- Carnelian- Since the summer time is all about unleashing your creativity, it is a good idea to keep a piece of Carnelian near by. This stone is all about keeping you energized and happy. Since the summer time usually brings out bold colours in both makeup and fashion, pair this stone with it and it will help to make you feel bold and powerful as well. When vacations have left you with little motivation to go back to work, carry this piece and it will help to motivate and take action towards your goals.
- Labradorite- This powerful stone is also great for the summer time. It helps your imagination and allows you to be more creative. This stone is another confidence booster! It helps to also reduce your stress levels and that is what the summer time is all about. Relaxation and stress relief!
No matter the crystal you decide to carry with you, enjoy your summer. This season is all about taking it easy, enjoying life and being with friends and family. Make sure you take this time to do all three. Trust me your mind, body and spirit will thank you for it.
What stones are you carrying with you this season? Let us know in the comment section below!
Thursday, 3 August 2017
Fashion is a big part of my life. I have always been in awe of gorgeous styles, bold colours, and unforgettable prints. Since summer week is fully underway here on Cosmic Positivity, it made sense to combine my love of style with my love of spirituality. Here are a few outfit ideas to show you how to effectively mix crystal jewellery into your favourite summertime looks.
Amethyst Crystal Bracelet and Carefree Summer Style
This first look is dedicated to those laid-back, carefree summer days we all dream of. It puts a fun twist on a classic pairing: denim shorts and a tank top. The shorts are distressed and have an on-trend lace up detail while the tank top is a halter style with a summer festival themed print. For beauty, there is a simple tinted lip balm for a subtle wash of colour on the lips. And then there are the purple accents. To blend that gorgeous amethyst bracelet seamlessly into the look, there is a pair of purple sandals. The colour co-ordination ties it all together!
Citrine Accessories and Colourful Glam Summer Look
A little colour can go a long way. Don't be afraid to get playful and have some fun this season! The second look is all about looking and feeling glamorous - without losing that sense of joy that goes along with the sunny summertime. This outfit features a yellow, green, and blue maxi dress and a pair of simple black flats. The jewellery is all citrine. There is a classic link-style bracelet and a gorgeous pair of citrine drop earrings. This is an elegant (but still easy to wear) outfit that suits both daytime and evening activities.
Tips to Remember:
- Look for complimentary colours with both your accessories and your wardrobe.
- Pick one (and only one) statement piece. That way, you won’t have a bunch of bold pieces fighting for attention.
- Think about the meaning behind the crystals you choose to wear.
- Listen to your gut when it comes to picking a piece of jewellery. If it feels right, it probably is.
There you have it! Those are just a few ways to incorporate your favourite crystal jewellery into your summer style. Check out your local rock shop or browse an online store to find the perfect piece. Or dig through your collection and see what speaks to you! You are guaranteed to look (and feel) wonderful all season long.
Do you have a favourite piece of jewellery?
Wednesday, 2 August 2017
This summer weather, allows for meditation to happen at any time of the day. Whether you are an early bird, late riser, or night owl, there is plenty of opportunity to go out and meditate in gorgeous weather. I am a night owl, and prefer to do my meditations under the stars.
If you are an early riser, take advantage of the gorgeous sunrises. If you can, lay a blanket outside and face the east towards the sunrise. Close your eyes, soak in the sun's energy, listen to the birds, and feel the early morning breeze. The great thing about this time of day, is that there is not a lot of traffic, or noise that will distract you from your meditation. This is a great time to really sit and become with nature. What a great way to start your day!
If you love to go outside mid day to read, relax or sunbathe, then take 5 mins to get a quick meditation in. Put a guided meditation or some meditation music on your ipod. This will help to drown out the rest of the world and allow you to focus on yourself. Focus on your breathing, close your eyes, feel the ground underneath you and just relax. There is nothing wrong with taking 5 mins out for yourself in the middle of the day and you will feel 100% recharged after you're done.
Take advantage of a beautiful sunset and reflect on your day. Take a cup of tea outside, put on some relaxing music, watch the sunset and think about what you're grateful for. It is nice to just in with yourself every day. Some times it can be a really stressful day, and you just need to unwind. Now is the perfect time. Make sure to thank the universe, God, or gods, for everything that is good in your life.
Are you a night owl like me? Then take the time at night under the stars to focus on your meditation. The moon has a lot of energy for you to take in. Now is also a perfect time to charge your crystals. Each moon phase allows you focus your energies on different meditations. If you are looking for a simple meditation, then just lay back, and put some meditation music on or listen to nature's sounds. Just lay there and let yourself just be. Sometimes the simplest actions can bring on the biggest results.
So no matter the time of day, get out there and enjoy this beautiful weather. What time of the day do you enjoy meditating? Let us know in the comment section below!
Tuesday, 1 August 2017
One of my goals for the summer was to do more reading for personal and spiritual growth. Though there have been a few setbacks (like coming down with a cold), it is still on my seasonal list of priorities. Since the warmer months tend to make reading super long and dense books a little more challenging…here are some summer reads with substance.
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero. I know, I know, I have talked about this book before, but there is a reason for that. The comical, no-nonsense approach to life makes this a great read for personal development. Plus, it doesn’t feel heavy-handed or overwhelming. Another option is the follow-up, You Are a Badass at Making Money – which is focused on finances and saving money. With that same straight-shooting attitude that makes this a fabulous (and effective) summer read.
Everyday Wisdom for Success by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. One of my favourite summer reads with substance is this e-book that is downloaded on my cell phone. It cost about $5 and is full of affirmations about work, success, and self-esteem. This is great if you are on the go, commuting to work, on a break, or really any time you are short on time. Read a little or a lot…it doesn’t matter! This book will instantly boost your mood and shift your perceptions on life.
Slim For Life by Jillian Michaels. There are a million weight loss and diet books on the market, but this one is a little bit different. Like the Badass book listed above, this has a definite don’t give me excuses attitude (which is to be expected from a Jillian Michaels books). This book lays out simple but realistic ways to cut back on unnecessary calories and live a more mindful life. It’s not too long, gets right to the point, and will be the perfect addition to your summer season.
These are a few of my suggestions to get you started on your summer reading list. Be sure to share your own book recommendations in the comment section below!
Monday, 31 July 2017
It is that time of year. The sun is shining, your collection of flip flops continues to grow, and there is an undeniable excitement in the air. While the summer months mean different things to different people (for instance, a break from school, vacation days, travelling, and the return of seasonal activities), there is nothing quite like this time of year. Are you looking to make this summer the best ever? Then stay tuned. Cosmic Positivity will be full of some unforgettable summer-themed posts.
Upcoming Posts This Week:
Tuesday: Summer Reads With Substance
Wednesday: Meditations in Summer Weather
Thursday: Crystal Jewellery to Add to Your Favourite Summer Looks
Friday: Crystals In The Summertime
Sunday Bonus Post: The Day I Needed to Rely On Myself
- Amanda and Shannon
Friday, 28 July 2017
One of the projects I am excited about? Finally setting up a proper meditation area. My own sacred space. I am desperately looking around the house trying to find the perfect area to set up my sacred space. It is hard though, because I know not everyone who will walk into my house will appreciate an altar, or my endless books on new age techniques.That being said, I really want an area that will feel safe. I want an area to call my own. I want an area with no judgement.
So the 2nd bedroom of our house is where I will set up my sacred space. I am excited for it and can't wait to move my altar in there. You can see how my altar is laid out right now, in the above picture. I have decided to paint the room lime green, because green is suppose to symbolize life, renewal, harmony, freshness and safety.
I also decide on creating a little something for this room. Something a little small, but I think will hold a lot of energy for me.
I intuitively chose 3 types of crystals to lay around him. The Rose Quartz for love and to help any emotional healing I may need. The Tiger's Eye to help bring me courage and Citrine to help manifest and encourage my imagination.
For something that took no time at all to put together, it certainly means a lot to me. What do you have in your sacred space? What did you create? Let us know in the comment section below!
Thursday, 27 July 2017
Energy is everything. When you are surrounded by negative energy…everything you think and feel is negative. And of course, when you are surrounded by positive energy, your mood is more likely to be optimistic and upbeat. That is why it is vital that you set your home up for success. Certain crystals can boost positive energy, rid your space of any lingering negativity or resentment, and create a more welcoming environment. Here are a few that will make your home better than ever.
Citrine. Some crystals are just generally good to have around. That aptly describes citrine. This stone boosts feelings of happiness, doesn’t hold onto negative energy, and is thought to bring prosperity to the home. If that wasn’t enough, citrine is thought to help you look at the future with optimism, awaken the higher mind, and improve self-esteem. Make sure you place this somewhere special.
Clear Quartz. Another great crystal to keep around your home is clear quartz. This is thought to be a master healer as it amplifies positive energy, good thoughts, and the effectiveness of other crystals. This also removes negative energy, aids in emotional balance, and cleanses the soul and spirit. It can also help you concentrate better and improve your memory. In short? Everyone in your home will love having this beautiful stone around!
Jade. If your home feels stressful or unhappy, then be sure to add in a little jade. This is thought to promote balance, peace, and wisdom. (Definitely important when you are dealing with many different personalities.) It is also believed to bring good health into the home – along with wealth and generosity. So, place it somewhere special.
Rose Quartz. Don’t forget to add rose quartz to your home. This is a must, as it brings positive relationships to the forefront. That means everyone in your home will get along and appreciate one another. Yes, this stone boosts harmony, love, and respect. Place it in the bedroom to boost your relationship with a spouse or romantic partner.
Do you have any of these crystals placed around your home? Share any other suggestions you have in the comment section below!
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Before I go into the steps of cleansing a house let's look at two very important definitions:
Cleansing a house- A process or ritual that removes any negative energy in a home.
Smudging- The burning of Sage.
So when should you cleanse your home? There are a few different occasions when you should cleanse your home. When you move into a new home, when an argument has happened in the home, or when any sort of negative event has entered the home. If you have had a large gathering, that is also a good reason to cleanse. Lots of different energy floating in one area can be a bit overwhelming. If someone is getting over an illness, now would be the time to sage!
So what should you use to cleanse your home? White sage (usually in a bundle), because it is considered sacred, and cleansing. It helps to purify and protect. A bowl to catch any of the sage embers. Last, but not least, a lighter to use on the white sage, and your intentions written on a piece of paper (if you need help remembering them).
Here are the easy steps to follow in order to cleanse your house:
- Ground yourself. This means you are present in the moment and are focused on the task at hand. Take off your shoes and connect yourself with the earth. Picture a white light surrounding you while you're doing this ritual.
- Light the sage. Do not let the fire get big. It just needs to be lit for a few seconds. Blow it out quickly. Like incense it will continue to smoulder afterwards.
- Set your intentions for each room. Check below for some ideas for your intentions.
- Walk around each room. Start in one corner of the room. With the white sage above the bowl, waft the smoke from bottom to top, saying your intentions as you go along. Continue along the room until the entire area is covered. Make sure to start on the right side of the house and move around the house in a counter-clockwise direction.
- Make sure you get every corner of the walls and windows. You want to get as much of the area as possible.
- The area you cover last should be by your front door. When you are done the inside, make sure you move outside and smudge the outside.
- "I cleanse this area of any negative energy left in this house."
- "I cleanse this room to remove any negativity, and wish to bring love and light into it."
- "I cleanse, dismiss, and dispel all that is negative in this room."
- "I wish to bring love and happiness into this space that was once unhappy."
- Once the sage bundle is lit, it is important to blow it out. Treat it like incense and let it smoke around the room
- Make sure there is no draft or air blowing through the room. All windows should be closed so that no embers fly around and catch something on fire.
- Make sure to hold the bundle above the bowl. This is to let the embers fall into the bowl.
- Even though sage bundles are not suppose to be extinguished after the smudging (the spirits of the bundle will know when all the negative energy is gone), it is important to keep in eye's view to make sure it goes out properly.
Have you ever smudged a house before? What are your tips and tricks? Let us know in the comment section below!
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
It isn’t easy. Making sure each and every item in your home has a designated spot can be a real chore – especially if you want things to be organized. While it may be fairly simple to find a place for your kitchen supplies or hand towels, when it comes to your spiritual stuff, it can be a little more challenging. Where should your oracle cards go? Books? Crystals? Grids? The list goes on and on. Not to worry! These tips will make storage a cinch.
Figure Out What You Have. First thing is first. Take some time to look at everything you have. Put all of your spiritual stuff in one spot so you can assess how much storage space you’ll need, what you have more of, what you want to prioritize, and so on. It’s amazing how quickly we lose sight of what we have…so this step is super important on your path towards organization.
Decide What You’ll Display. Out of everything you have, there are probably a few special, unique, or meaningful items that you will want prominently displayed around your home. For example, a crystal that promotes balance or positive energy, a wall hanging dedicated to the chakras, or your go-to book for home remedies. Put items that are used often (or for a specific purpose, like cleansing) in a place that makes sense and brings you joy.
Choose Your Storage Method. This next step is important. Yes, it is time to make some decisions about how you’ll store everything. Will you dedicate an entire bookshelf to your spiritual items? Or a table? Or a room? Me personally, I keep things in decorative cardboard boxes from the dollar store. There is one for crystals, two for books, one for candles, and one for other miscellaneous items. (This is an ideal solution if your family/roommate/significant other does not know or approve of your spiritual beliefs. It happens.) Decide if you want things neatly tucked away, semi-visible, or out in the open.
These are a few ideas to help you get started - and store your beloved items with thought and care.
How do you store your spiritual stuff?
Monday, 24 July 2017
Your home is your sanctuary and should be treated as such. The energy of your home should be an extension of you. This week we're focusing on how to clear the negative energy, how to increase positive energy, and how to store your spiritual items. We've also included a simple craft that you can make for your home! Enjoy!
Upcoming Posts This Week:
Tuesday: How to Store Your Spiritual Stuff
Wednesday: How to Cleanse a Home
Thursday: Crystals to Give Your Home Positive Energy
Friday: Quick and Simple Craft to Add to Your Sacred Space
- Amanda and Shannon
Sunday, 23 July 2017
We are our own worst critics. As women, a sense of judgement is ingrained in us – whether we choose to accept it or not. Some people blame the media. Others point the finger at misogynistic viewpoints. Unrealistic expectations. The idea of a weaker sex. For a long time, this seemed acceptable to me. It was this normal, unspoken thing that happened in the world. As a result? My self-esteem was low, I constantly compared myself to others, and felt undeserving of love and happiness.
It wasn’t until after I had graduated from University that things began to shift. As I discovered more about myself – my true self – my confidence grew. Bit by bit. Slowly but surely. That journey continues to this day. As I focus more on my path, my beliefs, and my goals, my strength as a woman becomes stronger. Though, I confess, it has been difficult to watch the societal changes over the last few years.
For example, gossip websites pit successful women against each other. YouTube comments are loaded with sexist comments, not to mention threats of rape and violence. The President of the United States tweets derogatory things about successful women. Online forums call for boycotts of female-led movies, like Ghostbusters and Wonder Woman. Simply put? It is a scary time to be an outspoken woman.
That is why it is time for us to come together. Though we all have moments where we criticize ourselves and our fellow females…. we can be the change. There are people in this world that want women to fight one another. To be “catty” or “overly emotional.” To conform to their distorted ideas of what it means to be a girl.
It is essential that we treat each other with respect, fight against social injustice, and make this world a beautiful place. I pledge to be kinder to myself and to others…. because positivity is power. Will you join me?
Friday, 21 July 2017
Why do females think it's a good idea to bring each other down? Society does that enough for us. We should be building each other up, rather than tearing each other down. Some how it became socially acceptable to insult each other, and we are suppose to accept it. Maybe even insult back. Then someone goes to far and we all walk away unhappy. What is the point of doing this little dance? Let's talk about what we can do to build up our friendships instead.
- Compliment each other. It's really simple. Rather than insulting each other, compliment each other. A simple compliment can go along way. Both parties will walk away feeling better about themselves. It's a win win situation.
- Encourage each other. When someone is doing something fantastic in their lives, or going in a new direction, it is great to hear that someone stands behind their decision. That can make all the difference between doubting yourself and feeling confident.
- Connect with each other on a regular basis. This is so important. I'm not saying every day. I know that life gets pretty busy sometimes. Checking in with each other needs to be done on both sides of the friendship. One can not make all the effort. That is tough, and also a little annoying. There are two in this friendship, so everyone needs to make an effort.
- Do activities together that helps to grow the friendship. No need to sit there and gossip. Why not do an activity together? Go to a movie, try a paint and drink night, or go to a new restaurant together. Doing different activities will help strengthen your friendship and who knows maybe you guys will learn more about each other.
- Push each other. Doubting ourselves is natural. That is why we need good friends to help us out of that. We need friends who know us so well to help motivate us and give us the courage to try something new.
All of these tips are simple and easy to implement. So the next time you want to insult your female friendships or want to bring them down a bit, try one of these instead. They will strengthen your friendship and make it better!
What are your tips for building a better friendship? Let us know in the comment section below!
Thursday, 20 July 2017
Earlier this summer, my family and I took a trip to Walt Disney World. During our time there, we went on countless rides…including Pirates of the Caribbean. I remember sitting on the boat as we passed by the infamous auction scene. Honestly? I’d never thought much about it before. It was just part of the ride. Nothing more and nothing less. But maybe I’ve changed since my last visit.
I remember sitting there in the dark, thinking, this isn’t okay. In front of me, animatronic women were being sold off to pirates, with the largest woman being sold “by the pound.” Images of fear, possession, and rape culture crept through my mind, tainting a beloved park ride forever.
Not long after I returned home, it was announced that Pirates of the Caribbean would be undergoing a makeover. The auction scene would be altered – and a female pirate would be introduced. How wonderful! I was over the moon until I read the comment section on the article. There were vile, disgusting, and downright terrifying messages. Ones that confirmed my fears that not only is sexism alive and well…. but it has been paired with aggression and violence.
Reading those comments reminded me why I don’t walk home alone at night, why I always pay attention when I am out and about, and why there is a metal pipe hidden behind my bedroom door. Here’s the thing: those commenters are not up in arms about a ride change. The real issue is that deep down (or not so deep down), those people view women as possessions. Things to be owned. And the changes being made to the ride symbolize that these viewpoints are no longer socially acceptable. That scares the shit out of them. Keeping the ride as-is is nothing more than an excuse to further inequality.
(And for the ones who try to hide their sexism by claiming the line “we wants the redhead” should be kept for ride integrity…where were your outcries when Pirates was re-themed to include Jack Sparrow?)
If this is the reality of the world around us, what are we supposed to do? Sit back quietly and wait for the sexist idiots to die out? No! First of all, remember that you are not powerless. You have a voice and there are things you can do to make a positive change in this world. Here are a few ideas....
- Do not feed the trolls. Internet trolls, that is. Arguing with them is pointless. It will not make you feel better, it will not change their minds, and it will not add any sort of positivity into this world. Report or block whenever possible.
- Have educated discussions with people in your life. Talk to friends and family members about your viewpoints - and be open to intelligent debates and discussions.
- Volunteer, donate, or re-Tweet organizations like Planned Parenthood, women's shelters, and charities for women.
- Be kind to others whenever possible. Because clearly this world needs some love!
- Use crystals for positive energy. This can be helpful for both yourself and others. The more love we spread, the better.
What do you think about the changes being made to the ride?
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Even at school, I preferred to run around with the boys. We would play sports, super heroes or power rangers. I always wanted to be the Red Ranger. As a super hero I wanted to be Wolverine (I still do). I never wanted to be the Pink Ranger or Batgirl. To me the male heroes were much more fun to play. They were strong, indestructible and quite frankly no one seemed to be able to take them down. As far as I knew back then anyways.
So why did I not want to be a girl superhero? Well quite frankly I didn't know much about them. Yes they were on tv shows, but they were never front and centred or they didn't last long as a solo superhero. They were in comics, but most of the time they weren't as popular as say Batman or Superman.
This by no way means I was less feminine than my female friends. I still loved to dress up, took dance lessons, organized school dances, and wore makeup. Lots of makeup. I read girly magazines, dated and crushed hard on silly boys. In my mind, I was the right combination of girly and tomboy.
As an adult and dating a comic book "enthusiast", my movie and tv show choices, are mostly about superheroes. I haven't missed a DC or Marvel movie in years, and currently watch 6 superhero shows every season. While most of these shows are focused on the male superhero, we are finally seeing more female superheroes come out and kick some real ass.
Supergirl, Black Widow, and White Canary are just a few superheroes (or Legends in White Canary's case) that are changing what it means to be a female superhero. Each one of these characters have proven that while it is nice to be part of a team, you can also rely on your own strength and abilities to do some serious damage. Bad ass? Absolutely!
This summer another female superhero hit the big screen. Wonder Woman! This was huge for every female out there, especially the young and impressionable. We have never had a female superhero do so fantastic at the box office. Kudos to DC for giving Wonder Woman her own movie!
So what made her the strongest female role model we have seen in years? She fought to make the world better. She wanted to end the war in order to save mankind. She had no hidden agendas, or ulterior motives. She succeeded, when every man told her basically to let the men handle it. According to them, she had no place taking part in decision making. Unfortunately that was the norm during World War 1.
Most of the heavy hitter superhero movies and shows are shot in a modern setting. Most of them are also very team driven. In these movies, we have seen more modern themes, and scenarios. It is a nice change of pace to remind us how women had to deal with society in the 10s and 20s. It made sure we remember all the real life female superheroes who stood up and helped make positive changes for us present day females. Rosa Parks, Elenor Roosevelt, Margaret Chase Smith, and Margaret Thatcher, are just some of the names we should never forget. It is important for us women to remind us of where we came from, so that we can continue to make changes in the future. Thank you DC and Wonder Woman for reminding me of that.
Where as some other female superheroes have an extremely tough exterior, Wonder Woman showed us that a sense of innocence, a pure heart and good intentions will help you achieve greatness in life. Sometimes we forget that. Sometimes we think that it is easier to fight fire with fire in order to get our voices heard. Maybe it is easier, but is that the message we want to send to the younger generation? Here is what I want to impart to the next generation:
- Become your own superhero. Learn to rely on your own abilities and skills. You're stronger than you think.
- Find a cause you're passionate about. Work towards making the world a better place. We all need to leave the world a bit better for the females who come after us.
- The best defense does not mean you need a strong offense. Just because some one attacks, does not mean you should attack back. Gandhi was a smart man, "An eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind". If you want to make the world a better place, do it with kindness. It may take a little longer, but you will be remembered for positive actions rather than negative.
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
Comparison has always been a part of my life. Whether I was comparing myself to my older sister, girls in my elementary school class, or fictional TV characters…. it just seemed to happen. They were beautiful, cool, and confident. (Everything I felt I would never be.) Plus, there was no way they would ever worry about how they looked or what other people thought of them. Quite simply, I just didn't measure up.
Growing up, we heard our mothers, aunts, and female role models make negative comments about themselves (or other women). We saw supermodels with airbrushed thighs. We watched girls in movies change themselves to become popular. Society has trapped us in a never-ending cycle of negativity. That cycle keeps us feeling small and scared - so we never tap into our true power as strong, beautiful, supportive women.
My advice? Do your best to avoid the comparisons. Whenever a thought like, "I wish I looked like her,” or “I could never pull off that hairstyle,” pops into your head, think OUT! As that thought dissolves, you will be able to focus on what really matters: love and support. Another way to fight back against comparison is to shower yourself with positive affirmations.
- I love myself.
- I am beautiful.
- I am strong.
- I am confident.
- I do not compare myself to others.
The more loving you are with yourself....the less likely you are to compare yourself to others. You will already know that you are more than enough. Comparison may be a part of our past but it doesn’t have to be a part of our future. Fight back against this negative conditioning and let your authentic self shine through.
Monday, 17 July 2017
Every now and then, you sink your teeth into a topic and discover there is so much more to say. That is exactly what happened when we finished our posts for Female Positivity week. There were many other topics we still wanted to discuss...and feelings we wanted to express. This time around, our posts are a little deeper and a little more personal. Feel free to join in on the conversation! Share your own stories in the comment section below. What does female positivity mean to you?
Upcoming Posts This Week:
Tuesday: The Problem With Comparison
Wednesday: What Wonder Woman and Other Female Superheroes Taught Me!
Thursday: Progress and Pirates of the Caribbean
Friday: How To Build Up Your Female Friendships and Empower Each Other
Sunday Bonus Post: Positivity Is Power
- Amanda and Shannon
Friday, 14 July 2017
Cancers are very concerned with their feelings, as well as the feelings of others. The element of water is also all about feelings and imagination. Cancers, as a water sign, can read people's emotions. This can be both a good and bad thing. Cancers can spot insults, even when they are not intended. They can be a little oversensitive at times.
Water signs can be very needy at times. Since Cancers are very nurturing and motherly, they have to work especially hard to maintain their personal boundaries.
Just like looking at an open body of water and seeing an endless world of possibilities, you should look at a Cancer sign and see the same endless possibilities. Cancers are also a cardinal sign, which means that not only are they creative, but also driven and ambitious. They need to nurture their projects, just like they nurture their relationships.
If a water sign is balanced, expect them to be just like water, calm, soft and gentle. They are sensitive to other's feelings and very empathetic. If a water sign is unbalanced and there is an excess of water expect a Cancer to be extremely emotional, apprehensive and sometimes over weight. If the water element is too low a Caner can find it hard to empathise with others. They find it hard to make an emotional connection.
Are you a Cancer sign? Does this describe you? Let us know in the comment section below!
Thursday, 13 July 2017
Each and every sign is unique. There are certain characteristics and traits that are commonly related to date of birth. For instance, Cancers are born between June 21st and July 22nd. They tend to be adaptable, loyal, and emotional…. as well as resentful and unforgiving. Here are some of the most common personality traits associated to this astrological sign.
There are a number of positive characteristics that the Cancer possesses. Some of the most notable include their ability to adapt to different situations, their kind-hearted nature, family-oriented personality, loyalty, and strong imaginations. People born under this water sign are often gifted artists, musicians, and writers. They excel in creative fields that allow them to express their emotions. Furthermore, Cancers are often intuitive, dependable, and persistent.
Like all signs, there are also a few not-so-wonderful traits associated with Cancers. For instance, because they tend to be overly emotional, they can be hurt easily. This also makes it difficult for them to let go of past hurts and forgive others. They also have a deep-rooted fear of rejection. Additionally, they tend to hold in anger, but when they get upset enough, watch out. They will explode!
- The colour associated with this sign is silver.
- Their likes typically include the home, their family, and their hobbies.
- Dislikes of this sign include failure and being told what to do.
- Famous Cancers include Prince William, Selena Gomez, Meryl Streep, and Tom Cruise.
Is this your zodiac sign? Do you know anyone who is a Cancer?