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Sunflowers & Selenite: Selenite

Welcome to a new weekly segment here on Sunflowers and Seersucker: Sunflowers & Selenite! In my quest to learn all about my newest obsession (crystals), I’ve found there are so many different places to find information so I wanted to streamline it all onto here.

To start out I’ll be sharing the crystals that I have in my collection, but if you’re curious about another one I’d be more than happy to put something together, so let me know in the comments!

First up, what this series is named after: selenite.

Selenite and sage.

Selenite was my first crystal, I got it in my smudge kit from Vibrate Higher at Wanderlust this past summer (you can read more about Wanderlust here). The more I learned about it the more I learned it is a perfect crystal.

What it’s for: vibrating higher (are you sick of me saying that yet?). Selenite is associated with the third eye and crown chakra.

How I use it: As I said earlier this was my first crystal so this is the first crystal I ever used to meditate. To meditate I either hold it in one hand or put it on my forehead (that was before I learned it was associated with the third eye chakra, a complete coincidence but I’ll take it).

This is also a cleansing crystal so I will also wave it over other crystals before smudging it. “Marissa, what the heck does that mean?” you may be asking. When you’re using them to meditate, crystals are said to pick up on the vibrations you are giving off. So after you use one for awhile it’s supposed to be good to get rid of all that energy so it can be fully charged the next time you need to use it. Selenite is great for removing negative energy.

I can feel my AP bio teacher cringing right about now, but I’ll go on.

The last way I use it is in my pocket. Before I started reading about how other people used crystals/listening to the Sage Sisters podcast, I didn’t realize other people stuffed crystals in their bras. As a proud member of the IBTC, I choose to put them in my pocket instead. I started doing it for tests and quizzes as a reminder to stay calm. I had it in my pocket for all my exams, quizzes, and practicals this semester and I did pretty well for myself.

Another crazy coincidence, I didn’t know selenite is for memory, mental clarity, and intuition when I started using it for test taking stress relief. While I’m not saying selenite gives me the power to memorize pi, I can’t help but point out it’s easier to recall information when you’re focused on all the things you know rather than in a state of panic.

I share all of this information so you guys know what I’m doing but I want to remind you of one thing: there is no right and wrong when it comes to crystals. It’s pretty fun when you find things that line up but there is no rule book, except don’t put your selenite in water- it’s a soft mineral!

The light in me honors the light in you.

xox,

Marissa

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A 2020 Mantra

Be present, not perfect.

This is the time of year for goals and resolutions, but my focus in 2020 is a mantra.

I am vibrating higher.

You may be asking, what does that even mean. And when I first heard it in August I really had no idea either.

I had never been into meditation. Even as someone that loves yoga, I spent my savasanas making checklists of everything that had to be done later. I took my first meditation class at Wanderlust a two years ago and I’m pretty sure I just took a nap. Fast forward to this year, David Ji led the meditation. I laid town on my mat (typical) but something he said at the beginning of our practice really stuck out to me. I wish I could remember what exactly he said but he brought up vibrating higher, and when we vibrate higher we are more in tune with the world around us and less trapped inside ourselves. And so I paid attention for the next 20 minutes intrigued at this idea of attracting good vibes by having good vibes.

Later that afternoon, while we were walking around the market we came across a store called Vibrate Higher, this is where I got my “calm is a superpower” tank so if you need one check it out! I don’t think the universe could have sent me a louder message. In her shop I saw a smudging kit specifically for vibrating higher (selenite crystal, palo santo wood, and mantra included) and I thought no better time than the present to start this journey.

And so far, it’s paid off! I think half the battle is believing that you are raising your vibration and that good things are coming to you.

So what does vibrating higher look like to me?

  • Meditating: yes, the girl who used meditation as a nap time, now tries to meditate for at least a few breaths every day.
  • Crystals: I use these with meditation or I put one in my pocket when I have exams as a way to remind myself to stay grounded and in the present.
  • Smudging: I smudged my apartment before I moved in and I continue to smudge it every Sunday night to prep for the week ahead. I personally use palo santo wood but I keep learning about new things that have different values. Jut make sure where you get your palo santo wood from is ethically sourced!
  • Exercising: whether it’s yoga or something else, I always feel better after moving.
  • Youtube: I’ve started listening to high frequency playlists when I’m studying or need background music now.
  • Breathing: I’ve started doing three part breathing after reading Yoga Mind by Suzan Colon earlier this year. I took a yoga class yesterday morning for the first time this year and she had joked with one of the participants don’t wince just breathe. And it had started as a light hearted comment but then she said, “imagine the world we would live in if instead of wincing people took a deep breath.” And that is going to be something I really try to incorporate into my life, every time something doesn’t go as planned I’m going to take a few deep breaths and send my energy to that place just as I would if I was in chair pose and my quads were on fire.

But this may not be what vibrating higher looks like for you! So start scouring the internet and find what makes you your best self!

The light in me honors the light in each of you, namaste.

xox,

Marissa

Friday Faves

Friday Four: October 11th

Happy Friday! It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged and even longer since I’ve done a Friday Four so this is long overdue but better late than never. It’s been such a crazy semester but I’m really enjoying all of my classes this year, as challenging as they are we’ve moved beyond the foundational knowledge and have stepping into synthesizing all of that information and applying it to real people which has been a huge mix of exciting and scary.

Now that I’ve settled back into my routine I’m trying to spend more time getting back into what I love, with a focus on reading and blogging since it’s been nearly a month since I’ve done either! One thing I have been doing a lot of this year is meditation and I will definitely be sharing some of that on the blog as well. Here are some ideas I have for upcoming posts but let me know what else you’d like to see:

  • How to look professional and stylish
  • Fall fashion
  • My favorite smoothie recipes
  • Mason jar lunches
  • How to vibrate higher with meditation (and crystals!)
  • How to use palo santo to keep the good vibes flowing

Here’s to getting some R&R this weekend!

xox,

Marissa

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Wellness Wednesday: Meditation

Happy Wednesday! Today I’m going to be talking about the benefits of meditation and sharing some links to meditations that I have used in the past.

I think meditation is so beneficial but sometimes it’s hard to sit down and forget everything on your to do list. To me, it’s similar to yoga in that I always feel better after I do it but it’s sitting down to actually do it that’s the hard part. Sometimes I think why would I put off finishing all of these things that are stressing me out when I could simply just do those things now.

Here’s misconception #1 meditation can be as long as you need it to be! I will be linking 15, 30, and 60 minute options but there are so many more out there! You don’t need to sit clear an hour of your day to do meditation. You can also meditate anywhere! Meditation is a form of mental exercise you can take with you everywhere.

The following information is from this Mayo Clinic article:

  • Meditation helps you focus on the present.
  • Meditation helps increase patience.
  • Meditation increases self awareness.
  • Meditation can help medical conditions like anxiety, asthma, depression, high blood pressure, sleeping problems, and tension headaches.

Here are the types of meditation out there:

  • Guided meditation: This is the type of meditation I am most familiar with. Of the different types of guided meditation I am most familiar with the ones that talk you through bringing awareness to different body parts or the ones that have you visualize a relaxing scene.
  • Mantra meditation: This is when you repeat a word or phrase in your head or outlaid for a period of time.
  • Mindfulness meditation: This is a type of meditation that focuses on being in the moment.
  • Qi gong: this is a type of traditional Chinese meditation that that combines meditation, physical movement, and bringing awareness to our thoughts and breath.
  • Tai Chi; I took this type of meditation as a physical education class for school and it was so much fun! Tai Chi is another way to connect mindfulness and breath with movement.  I learned Tai Chi Chuan which incorporates a sword into the mix. This is also a great way to improve balance.

Here are some resources for you guys to try your hand at mediation:

Guided Meditation  & To End Your Day: from the creator of the Pilates Challenge. She also has a meditation challenge that I will be trying soon! Both of these are around 15 minutes.

Silva Meditation: about 30 minutes long, just a heads up… I have never made it to the end of this one!

Tai Chi: here is a beginning Tai Chi lesson. The whole video is around 10 minutes but once you learn it it should only take 5, unless you chose to repeat it.

Choosing Mantras: this is a short clip that teaches you a little more about picking mantras.

Stay relaxed!

xox,

Marissa

 

 

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Wellness Wednesday: 30 Days of Mindful Movement

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I know my head is cut off but this was the first time I ever jumped back from crow! And how cute is my dog Maggie!

If you haven’t guessed already, today’s Wellness Wednesday is another yoga flow!

Alo Yoga has created a series of videos called 30 Days of Mindful Movement and it is such a great way to expand your yoga practice! I love all of the twists and variations on traditional yoga that I have learned from this series. It really gets you thinking about yoga in a different way. For so long I had seen teaching yoga as a fun job that I was lucky to have. And to an extent I had seen it as making shakes when yoga is so much more than getting into a shape. It is about the journey, I’m not the most flexible in my shoulders and hips so when I finally get a pose it’s even more rewarding because I know how much time I dedicated to gaining flexibility in those areas.

Yesterday was actually the last day of new videos as they uploaded them as a way to get a  fresh start on the New Year. Each week had a theme that had you being mindful as you were loading the videos.

Week one: resolutions

Week two: energize

Week three: mindfulness

Week four: strength

Alo filmed so many great teachers but my favorites were definitely Andrew Seely and Josh Kramer. I love seeing the incredible control they have over their bodies. Andrew just has a great energy that makes his classes so fun. Josh made me step out of my comfort zone. Two of my favorite things I learned from him were Malasana squats (found in day 4) which is great for opening the hips and strengthening the legs and jump back from crow. I had just gotten crow in the first place and never thought I would be able to jump back. 24 hours after my first attempt in Josh’s class (also day 4) I was able to do it, not as gracefully as Josh can but still it’s all about the process!

If you’re looking for a way to get involved in, or deepen, your yoga practice this is the series for you! Get started by practicing mindfulness for just 30 minutes every day for the next 30 days. Alo has coordinated classes from vinyasa to yin yoga, and from beginner to more experienced, this is such a good investment of your time! If you take the time to be mindful you will grow stronger in mind and body.

Thank you Alo!

xox,

Marissa