I eat my greens every day, but there are days I prefer to drink it. Each week I prep a simple green juice recipe for the family and me in bulk. It's one of my favorite things because when I'm in a pinch and need to fuel up on some greens or a refreshing drink kombucha or this is my go-to.
LOVE IS A CHOICE, NOT A COMMITMENT. Each day we have the choice to show up in our marriage, to be courageous and choose to love with honesty, integrity, and empathy. Just like everything in life the moment you understand and accept that no one can make you fall in and out love, just like no one can make you be healthy or unhealthy; the power is yours to create the type of love you want to thrive in.
The use of healing crystals have been around forever, but thanks to Instagram and this current shift or trend of holistic health we've been seeing them in nearly every latte shot shared by your favorite yogis and wellness creators online. I know I'm guilty of it! Before we go on thinking that it's some New Age health trend, know that the use of crystals for healing have been around since the beginning of mankind used in talismans and amulets. The first site of crystals dating back to over 30,000 years ago.
What can crystals do for me?
As we go about our modern day lives, we're engaged heavily with technology which drains our systems all day. So some people say that crystals help to restore our energy. Ok, before I lose you here, let's go to science for a minute. Each of us has our own distinct EME or Electromagnetic Energy Field. Every day as we use our phones or sit in front of our computers our energy reacts to the energy of the tech around us. When placing a crystal within 4 feet of our bodies, the crystal's EME will resonate with our own. This can act as a barrier between the electronics we use and our bodies deflecting some of the negative effects of being around our electronic gadgets for long periods of time.
Beyond that crystals can also be used to harness their healing power helping you manifest your intentions by elevating your frequency. Crystals are rocks that are connected to the earth because they come from the earth. "Crystal energy helps you on your spiritual journey because it holds you to your intention and reminds you of your connection to the Earth." Each crystal, stone, or rock has a frequency that it vibrates on. As crazy as this sounds, I remember my mom testing diamonds using a presidium instrument which tests a diamond's thermal conductivity for authenticity. Based on that theory and experience I would say I totally believe that each stone or crystal has a unique frequency.
How do I choose my crystals?
I'll admit when it came to choosing my first set of crystals I did it based on how it looked. I walked into a metaphysical healing shop to buy some sage and gravitated towards the shelf of crystals. I remember that the first one I picked up was a clear quartz and a smokey quartz. Out of all the beautiful other crystals, those were the two that I was attracted to the most. When I read the meaning of the two, it made sense to me why I chose those two or should I say they chose me. A clear quartz is a universal healer and helps balance all the chakras in the body. Smoky quartz helps with anxiety, depression, and overcoming any negative emotions. At the time I walked into the store I was dealing with depression and anxiety about my future.
You can walk into a crystal store and tell them that you need something that helps with whatever challenge you might be facing or even take a simple quiz to find out what you need. I tend to just go with what I'm attracted to before reading the meaning. Then when I read the purpose of the stone or crystal, a lightbulb moment goes on and it's like "Yup...it makes sense why I'm attracted to that."
Put your crystals to work!
So now that have these pretty shiny things all over your house. It's time to put them to work by giving them a job!
First, you gotta clean them. This is such an important step and one that's overlooked. Clearing your crystals helps to remove any energy it might be holding onto especially if it been handled at the store by several people. There are several different ways to clear the energy of a crystal, my favorite and most simple is to run them under cool water. Another simple one is to use another stone like a quartz crystal, selenite, or amethyst to help clear the energy of the other.
Next, hold your crystal in your hand, think happy thoughts, and think about the problem you're facing and how that crystal can help. For example, I have a huge black tourmaline on my desk and its intention is to absorb any negative energy from the electronic devices I work around and any of the stressful deadlines I get from brand partners.
There are other ways to incorporate crystals into your life through rituals which I haven't quite got into yet, but I definitely want to start. An awesome blog reader of mine sent Olivia and I this book called Crystal Muse which is filled with all sorts of rituals to help you manifest nearly every intention you can think of from cutting unhealthy energy cords to bringing prosperity into your life.
Where do I start? Which ones should I buy first?
Just like any other wellness-related decision base your purchase on what you need the most or go and check them out at a local store and choose them by how they make you feel or how you're attracted to them.
There are a few staples that I think are a must have at some point in your crystal collection:
I tend to purchase my stones and crystals during my travels, this is my way of bringing home a souvenir that integrates into my home seamlessly and gives me a story and memory to tell about where I've been and how I felt at that time. I also purchase them online from SoulMakes, The Celestial Goddess, and Energy Muse. One way to tell whether or not your crystal is real is to check the stone for bubbles. Real crystals won't bubbles formed in them, but glass or plastic will. Here's an easy guide on spotting frauds.
Soul Makes has these awesome sets you can buy if you're looking for some place to start but don't know how or where to begin. Their collections are curated based on the intention you want to start manifesting in your life. I purchased the happiness collection from Yoga Outlet because it was slightly cheaper.
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How do I use healing crystals in my own life?
I use them in my meditation practice. I bring in the stones or crystals that I need the most in that moment to help center me and light some palo santo and get my woo woo on! (I'll get into this one in another post)
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I also just place them all over my house. Most people think they are there for decoration but really they all have a purpose for why they are there. I have a collection in my living room right next to my diffuser and essential oils within there you might find a Dalmatian stone to help promote childlike joy and playfulness into our lives. I remember picking it up at the store and thinking "Oh man this one is fun!" I checked my Stone app on my iPhone and lo and behold, the app read "We all need little reminders that, yes, even you only live once, and for real, fuck 'em if they can't take a joke." SOLD!
In my bedroom I have a large clear quartz to help to protect my husband and I and clear any negative energy from long days of parenting, moonstone to help our sleep, lapis lazuli to help raise our awareness for our own potential, and a few agate points to help bring harmony.
Last year during my start to my crystal collection, I got my daughters into them too and they now have baby collections in their rooms.
Growing up in a Catholic household this stuff was seen as witchcraft, but there was always a part of me that knew I was connected to a higher being in life and to the Earth. I grew up internalizing this belief that both worlds can exist because to me it just made sense. If I emit a certain energy or vibe in life then so did other objects that came from the earth. It's just something that made sense to me. The moment I defined my personal spirituality as the quality in which my soul or human spirit operated rather than a religion or belief system, I opened myself up to new ways of integrating crystals and stones as a part of my modern day life.
Your turn: Do you love crystals? What do you do with them? Do you have a story from your stones? Please share below!
he other night I was flipping through the Cooking Light magazine and they had a section of sheet recipes and the thought to myself "why am I not meal prepping this way? Umm hello Jo..." I pulled some lemons from the garden and went to work in the kitchen to meal prep for this upcoming week.