How to transfer good energy from your old home to the new

IMG_3006Today was my last day in my old apartment.  I had moved everything out and cleaned it thoroughly for the new tenant, but there was one last thing I felt i needed to do, a closing ritual to say goodbye.  This place carried so much love, and supported me in so many ways, I wanted to be sure I took all of that good energy with me to my new space.  I brought over my favorite candle and chose 5 gemstones from my collection to hold the energies.  I lit my candle and briefly said a prayer, calling in all of my angels and guides of 100% pure light.  I then called back any parts of my spirit that may have been attached to the new place, as well as the spirits of my ancestors and all the good energy there that was mine and asked that it come with me to my new home.  Finally I played the Long Time Sun song to help ensure a harmonious space for whomever calls the space home after me.  I said a thank you prayer and left with my stones and candle.

IMG_3008Once “home” to my new abode, I laid my stones out and once again lit my candle, asking in prayer for the release of all of the goodness into the new space, creating a happy home life within the new walls.

There are many ways to create a sacred space, and many rituals one can perform to close the door on one era of your life and usher in the new.  This was very personal for me and so I just did what I felt my intuition called me to do, which turned out to be very simple but felt right and effective.  The method may be different for you. If you have to change spaces for any reason, know you can ask your inner divine for help and the perfect process will present itself to you.

Here’s to new beginnings and infinite possibilities!

Mercedi

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Don’t explain, don’t complain, just say thank you. Say thank you to existence.

The above is an excerpt from a quote by Mooji, a wise guru from Jamaica. I keep these words as my background on my phone and it’s really cool how many times a day I will find myself going to do something that involves explaining or complaining.

Explaining takes us out of the peace of the present moment, and is usually our attempt to verbally rationalize an action prompted by our ego (likely a fear based action, too) instead of our higher/inner self.

Complaining is just plain negative, and is giving away our attention to those things that we do not want in our lives. Why would we give away our energy to those things when we could use our minds to focus on what is going right in our lives, as opposed to going wrong? It certainly feels better. One of my favorite books is Happy For No Reason by Marci Shimoff. In this book, she notes that complaining and blaming are “happiness robbers.” This could not be more true. Griping about something or someone is not exactly an act of joy. We all know people who like to “bitch and moan” and I think we can all agree they are not the bouncy, smiley personalities that we associate with happy people. In fact, we often try to avoid those people because they bring us down!

Shimoff also suggests that we take note of how our body, especially our heart center, feels when we experience thoughts. She points out that positive thoughts make us feel expansive, light, and happy. Negative thoughts make us feel closed, contracted, tense. The Institute of HeartMath has confirmed that the heart’s electromagnetic field is unquestionably affected in this way, so we want to look for those thoughts that “expand” us and avoid those that “contract” us. Play around with this. Focus on the center of your body, around the solar plexus and your heart center and see how you feel as you experience different emotional reactions to thought.

In my spiritual research and my quest for self-awareness, it is becoming clear that the single most important thing in life is to maintain a positive mindset.  Nothing is going to make us happy–we have to find happiness and then do what it takes to stay there to draw in our highest good. It affects everything from our health, to the amount of money we can make, even to our life-expectancy. One of the easiest ways I have found to do this is through gratitude. Even the seemingly “bad” things that happen to us always come with a blessing if we have eyes to see it. I go through every day now looking for things to appreciate, no matter how small, and i verbalize these every chance I get. It feels fantastic, and I feel good about where I am giving my energy and attention and how that is affecting my body.

Thank you for reading this. May your day be full of things to be grateful for,

Mercedi

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“You only need to believe that your life can be as good as you imagine it to be. “

Last night I had an interesting experience when I went to bed. It began with very strong tingling in the top of my head, followed by some intense and beautiful visions of things I never thought were possible in this life, mostly due to limiting or fear-based beliefs. Then I was aware of all my chakras spinning freely except my throat, which made a slow, forced grinding motion. I worked on clearing it energetically and then had a hard physical coughing fit, as if I released it. I got out of bed in the most blissful state and stayed up late, laughing with Rick. I felt very peaceful having seen my life in a new way, having been shown that nothing is impossible and it’s only our beliefs that force our futures to be limited in anyway. Then I woke up and saw the following post from my favorite numerologist, Kari Samuels: (!!!)

Energy forecast for the week of January 26th – February 1st

THE PAST – 6th chakra 3rd Eye
You’re receiving visions and impressions of what’s possible for you, yet you’re not sure whether these are things you should ACT or if they’re even possible. What you are seeing are probable futures of your potential. They are very real. You only need to believe that your life can be as good as you imagine it to be.

THE PRESENT – 2 of Cups Spiritual Union
The decisions you make must be of the heart. Perhaps you don’t feel like focusing on work now, you’d rather spend time with your loved ones. This is a time of deep emotional connection. Remember it’s your emotions that create your reality, not always effort. The more joyful you are, the more good things will come to you. Focus on your feelings rather than your strategy. Nourish yourself with love.

THE FUTURE – Destiny reversed, also Rest and Rejuvenate
Outer changes might not be happening as quickly as you would like, but things are changing for sure! Take time this week to restore your body, energy and mind. Things will be plenty busy later. The inner work creates the outer results. Remember that!

How to Meditate Part II

This is the follow-up to yesterdays “Who, What, Where, When and Why” of meditation which you can find here.  Now for the “How:”

How to Meditate:

Once you get the hang of it, it really is as simple as “sit your butt down, take a deep breath and just let go.” But, for the sake of clarity and to honor the practice, I am going to break it down into a few easy-to-remember steps you take to really get the most out of it. These are: Set, Sit, Adjust, Focus.

SET the stage  –  I begin by lighting a candle or two and sitting down on a folded yoga blanket, in my favorite spot in my bedroom.  I don’t light the candle to watch the flame (although some people do!). Instead, I light them to help create the ambiance of a sacred, relaxing space. Some people like to hold healing stones or Mala beads. Choose what you are drawn to for your sacred space.  Some people meditate in silence, but my preference is to listen to relaxing music, or a guided meditation with my earbuds in.  This helps to drown out any distractions from mental chatter, or from others in the house or outside my window.  This also allows me to set a timer on my phone so that I don’t have to worry about checking the clock.

SIT (or lie) down –  The point is to get comfortable. There are people who will tell you that you must sit in lotus pose, or in a chair with your feet flat on the floor and your hands in your lap, or never to lay down.  I say forget all of that. I like to sit in lotus pose or easy pose, and there is some science behind these postures, with the way energy flows through our body, but sometimes I lie down too. The important thing is to get in a position where you can relax, but still remain aware. (Lying down causes some people to just go ahead and take a snooze!)

ADJUST your posture – It is best to keep your spine in a position where it is as straight as is comfortable for you. If you don’t want to sit on the floor, a high-backed chair is better than a recliner. The brain and spinal cord make up our body’s central nervous system, which is the most complex system and has the huge job of being our entire body’s control center. I think of our spine as an electrical-chemical superhighway of sorts.  Keeping it straight ensures that it is able to send nerve and hormone signals and other messages to the body in the most optimal way possible. So, keep that spine straight and get comfy, but if you choose to lie down, not so comfy that you fall asleep! It’s fine to adjust yourself throughout the meditation also if needed.  As for your hands, you may place them where ever feels best.  Gyan Mudra is a popular hand position to help center the mind.  I like to rest my hands on my lap with palms facing upward to receive all the good energy.

FOCUS It is very helpful to give your focus a direction, to establish a connection between your body, mind and spirit to begin. I being by focusing my attention at my third eye and by chanting three times “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo,” which means “I bow to the Divinity within.”  This is a mantra we use in Kundalini yoga for tuning in to one’s Highest Self. Some people find it peaceful to envision themselves enveloped in a beautiful white light to begin. Others like to set an intention – what do you hope to gain from this meditation? Experience inner peace? Connect to God? To turn off your racing thoughts and give your mind a break?  Choose what feels good to you. After you establish this connection, then just focus on the music or the words to the guided meditation you may be listening to, or on the rhythm of your breath.  What you don’t want to focus on is any thoughts that may creep in. When thoughts appear, try to let them drift by as if they were clouds. Now is not the time to unravel that problem or make a mental grocery list or worry about your kids or your schedule or anything at all.  This is undoubtedly the most challenging thing about meditation but it is also the very purpose of it. In time, you will strengthen that “muscle” that blows thoughts away like clouds in the wind and you will  be able to experience a quiet mind whenever you desire. It really is like a muscle though, and we must practice to get there.

Be easy with this…start out with a length of time that is manageable, maybe 10 or 15 minutes.  I recommend practicing everyday, but if you forget that’s okay too. You will start to notice improved results as you get better and better and eventually you won’t want to miss it because you feel so good afterwards and your brain “behaves” better throughout the day as a result.

To close, I will leave you with something I like to listen to on a regular basis.  It’s not technically a guided meditation, but I use it as such because I’m a big fan of Abraham-Hicks and I like where my mind goes when I listen to their videos as my meditation. YouTube is a great resource for all kinds of music and guided meditations. Play around and have fun finding some of your own favorites!

Happy meditating!

 

“If you think you feel bad…take your love and stick it up your heart”

…these are wise words from Wille Nelson. Who knew he was such a sage? I just finished reading his book Roll me up and smoke me when I die and I was profoundly impressed by his knowledge on all things esoteric.

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Here, he talks about how the words God and Love are the two most powerful words and how they are interchangeable. In yoga, we are taught that chanting God’s name as a mantra can free us of worry and negativity. Willie didn’t mention anything about chanting God’s name, but he did say it makes you feel good, and he does recommend spinning around 50 times before bed to reset your chakras so I’ll be he does it (chant)!

I read somewhere that saying the word “love” outloud emits a special frequency and directs our energy toward the positive. Every morning when I wake up, I silently say thank you for the day and then outloud I name two things that I love, like “I love my mom or I love my apartment.” This makes me feel great and starts my thoughts rolling in the best direction possible. It really sets the tone for my day.

So thanks to Willie Nelson, I was inspired to give you these tools you can use to speak your way into a higher vibration and begin feeling better. And, if you love books as much as I do, you might just be inspired to go read his book. He is one fascinating dude, definitely an old soul and far more than meets the eye.

-Mercedi

“Thoughts become things…so choose the good ones!”

The title above is a quote from one of my favorite authors, Mike Dooley.  He was featured in the movie The Secret and has probably inspired me the most with his “Notes from the Universe” emails that I get every single day.

Lately I have really been trying to simplify my life.  To close 2014, I went through all of my possessions and got rid of every single thing that I no longer used. Just as there is a Law of Attraction, there is also a Law of Use. I believe we must clear out the things that are merely taking up space in our lives to make room for abundance, space for new things that we will use and love.

I haven’t written much on my blog because I haven’t felt inspired.  Somehow, in all my simplifying, sitting down to add a bunch of words to a page seemed like digital clutter and counter-intuitive to what I’ve been trying to accomplish. So, as I gently get back to my writing, I wanted to keep it simple and share something with you that I have been enjoying lately:

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You can check out this audio book and all the other inspirational goodies on his website. I don’t agree with everything he says (for instance, he says our angels and spirit guides can’t help us but I know they most certainly can!) but he’s one of my favorite teachers and his work provides a good launch pad for those who are just becoming interested in the Law of Attraction.

For 2015, I am choosing the best thoughts…of work that feels like play and of financial abundance!  Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to the choosing the very best thoughts all year long!

xoxo,

Mercedi

Daily Prayer for finding your purpose in life

This is a prayer I repeat daily. I took pieces of some of my favorite Native American and Buddhist prayer sentiments and combined them with the universal law of attraction principles to create a simple prayer that resonates deeply with me. Speaking this outloud (or silently if I am in public) gives me tremendous strength and faith that what I am asking is on its way to me.

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Dear Great Spirit show me clearly how I may best serve thee, using my innate talents and gifts. Put the right people in my life at the right time to get me where you want me to be. Deliver unto me financial abundance and work that feels like play. Bestow upon me what it takes to make this a reality.

May all beings everywhere have joy.

This or something greater and so it is.

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Commitments are not just for relationships

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Today marks the three month anniversary of my commitment to myself. On July 27th of this year, I committed to give up alcohol and other low-vibration substances. Although I did not have a problem by many people’s standards, I felt that alcohol was causing me to make some poor decisions, and was keeping me from being the very best I could be.

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I had my ring engraved with “Sat Nam” which means “Truth is my identity.” Looking at it gives me strength and serves as a constant reminder of my commitment.

It has been said that when you take a step toward God, God takes 1,000 toward you. I can honestly say this has been so very true in my life. In the past three months, new insights have come through and doors have been opened for me that I never would have been still enough to receive in my moments of escaping. Now, when I have a bad day, instead of having a drink with a friend, I take a breath, go inside myself and face the pain instead of running from it.

I was honestly very worried that parties would be much less fun. I thought I had to have a drink in my hand because that’s just what you do at parties.  Unfortunately, I often found that I in my misguided attempt to ease any social anxiety with the “talk elixir” that is alcohol, I would over do it and feel bad later that evening or the next day.   However, I have been pleasantly surprised to find that it turns out parties are much MORE more fun now!  I am able to be very present and really listen to others in conversations, as well as avoid the usual party pitfalls such as hangovers or the snack-table trap where of overeating and eating things that are really bad for me.  I feel great the next day and never sink into a low-vibration state as a result of my indulgence. I stay on top and I stay happy, and that’s where I always want to be. 🙂

A Mantra to Release Worry, Anxiety and Resentment

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Lately I have been working hard to keep my mind focused on the present moment and not allow it to roam into a past or future focus, where resentment or worry often reside. I wanted to share a mantra with you that has been very helpful and that is the Dhart Hai mantra:

Dharti Hai Akash Hai Guru Ram Das Hai

This translates to:
Dharti Hai – “The earth is”
Akash Hai – “The ether is/the heavens are”
Guru Ram Das Hai – “Guru Ram Das is”

Guru Ram Das represents our heart energy made manifest in the world.

With this mantra we call upon the earth and the heavens and then bring that energy into ourselves and project it outward through our heart center. Kundalini yoga guides and teachings say that this mantra calls on our highest spirit, keeps us humble and effective on new ventures and attracts opportunity for prosperity.

You can listen to a beautiful recording of this mantra (and watch a video) by Gurunam Singh here. This sounds so beautiful and calming, and is my favorite version of this mantra. I was also thrilled to find this on Spotify where I love to make yoga playlists.

I’ve been listening to this often lately, whenever I find myself in an anxious mental state. I set my intention on bringing myself back to the NOW and chant softly along with the music. In a just a few moments I feel more grounded and am back to experiencing life through my heart instead of the mind.

I’d love to hear what mantras and chants are your favorites when you feel worried, angry, etc.

Sat Nam,
Mercedi

Why should you keep your car, house, etc. clean?

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Because it shows appreciation, and appreciation is a form of gratitude. It has been said that where attention goes, energy flows. So if we want a more expensive car or a bigger house, it serves us to take care of the things we have now and show the Divine that we are thankful for what we have already been blessed with. When we give thanks in our words and actions, it puts our attention on abundance instead of lack.

Just as a loving parent grooms a child -brushing their hair and making sure they are clean – our material possessions can also benefit from a little TLC. Neglecting our things is a demonstration that we just don’t care about them all that much. On the other hand, taking good care of our things shows that we are happy to have them in our life and that we want to see them grow. ☀️