Building Your Relationship with Element Earth

Building Your Relationship With Element Earth 

Earth is one of the fundamental elements in the Magickal Forces of Creation. Earth represents all physical matter in our lives. This includes your body, home, working environment, finances, and land. It is your responsibility to mindfully and respectfully create, take care and manage these things in your life. It is where we find the tools, resources and building blocks to build a solid foundation for our dreams, goals and heart’s desires and turn them into structure and form. Building your relationship with element Earth is easy to do. 

Ways to build your relationship with Element Earth:

  • Spend time outdoors in nature

Spending time outdoors is a great way to connect with Mother Earth and build a relationship with her. Go for a walk, sit outside in a chair or on the ground or at the base of a tree, by the ocean or other body of water. Even a hug a tree if you would like. BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. What do you see? Hear? Smell? Feel? Can you taste anything? ENJOY BEING PRESENT IN THE MOMENT!

  • Bring the outdoors inside

Bringing the outdoors inside to your home or office space helps you stay connected to earth and create sacred space for you during your daily activities especially on the days that make it difficult to go outside. Open the windows, let fresh air in, this also helps circulate stagnant energy and provides a natural source of ventilation. Liven up the room by placing an indoor plant in the room. This also helps with air quality. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and keep oxygen flowing, help purify the air by removing toxins, help prevent illness, ease tension and lower stress and help to create a relaxed and happy ambiance.

Brighten the ambiance of a room by placing flowers on your desk or table. Flowers can help boost your mood, reduce stress, help make you feel better faster and even help boost your memory and concentration. Fill a glass bowl with rocks, seashells, pine cones or other treasures you may find while out in nature. Get creative and make other decorations you can hang up or place around your home with favorite items found out in nature.

  • Give Thanks

Gratitude is an amazing and simple concept yet often times gets overlooked. There are many benefits to having a “gratitude” attitude. Gratitude makes us feel happier, improves and opens more doors to relationships (and also shows good manners), improves physical and emotional health and helps lifts our spirits even in the toughest times by reminding us of the positive things we have to be grateful for. Below are several ways you can incorporate gratitude into your daily routine. 

  • Say a simple “thank you” each morning when you wake up
  •  Give thanks throughout the day for the things you receive.
  •  Tell or show someone you are thankful for & appreciate them 
  • Keep a Gratitude journal and write at least 3 things you are grateful for each evening before going to sleep.

 

  • Create a vision board.

Create a vision board of the things you wish to manifest and bring into the physical realm. Thumb through magazines and/or catalogs and without thinking tear out pictures, words and phrases, anything that draws your attention and catches your eye. After you have done that glue the pictures and phrases on a piece of paper, poster board, card stock or anything you have on hand and if you feel like being more creative you can draw, paint, add embellishments, ribbons, and whatever else your creative muse is drawn to. When you are finished, display it in place where you can see it every day.

  • Crystals

Using crystals and stones of the Earth element is great for grounding your energy, centering and stabilizing your energy, protecting your energy field, attracting money and success, improve fertility, and grow plants. Crystals that correspond to the Earth element are: Agate, Moss Agate, Calcite, Diamond, Emerald, Jasper, Jet, Malachite, Onyx, and Black Tourmaline. Specific stones for protection & grounding (being centered, balanced & connected with the Earth’s energy) are: dark crystals such as smoky quartz, hematite and obsidian.

  • Essential Oils

Patchouli, Sandalwood, Sage. 

  • Affirmations:

~ I see the beauty in myself and others.

~ Abundance and prosperity flow easily to me in all areas of my life

~ I have time for sacred self-care.

~ I am healthy & follow my body’s inner guidance and wisdom.

~ I am open to receive and be nurtured by the powerful energy of the Earth.

~ I am a physical being and value my physical presence.

~ I love and accept my body.

~ I value my body as a sacred temple.

 

5 Tips to Refresh and Re-energize This Spring

5 Tips to Refresh and Re-energize This Spring

Spring has sprung and the natural world is re-awakening all around us. I have been hearing the melodious songs of the birds each da , the vibrant colors of yellow daffodils and purple crocuses blooming in the garden and on my walks around the block and I even saw a mother swan nestled on her nest of eggs.

Spring is a time of renewal, hope, planting and new beginnings.  Many of us, have been feeling a bit sluggish, bored, sad, and for some even restlessness from not only the winter doldrums but also the  from the changes and effects the covid-19 pandemic has had on us. We are learning new ways of living and are needing re-evaluate our lives and come up with a new plan for ourselves. 

What do you want to clear out in your physical environment and within yourself?  How do you want to feel? What do you want to do? How can you refresh and re-energize and feel renewed?  Now is the time to plant those seeds of new beginnings and watch these spring dreams as they come to fruition throughout the year.

  Here are five tips to refresh and re-energize this Spring to get you started.

  1. Go outdoors. Listen to the bird songs around you. Celebrate the arrival of spring simply by sitting outside and listening to our feathered friends. If you are unable to go outside, sit by a window and listen to the beautiful birdsong  flitting in. 
  2. Now is a great time to take advantage of being at home and clear out the clutter. Embrace the feeling of letting go and release when you free up space in your physical environment – and your mind.
  3. Bathe in the blossoms. Enjoy the beauty of the wonderful flowers and trees in bloom while out for a walk, sitting in the yard or bring a bouquet of freshly picked flowers indoors and place them on your table, desk or nightstand to enjoy.
  4.  Spend time gardening. Clear out the weeds and dead leaves making way for  new growth, plant some new seeds and bulbs, feel and smell the fresh soil of the Earth underneath your hands, breathe in the fresh air, and feel the warmth of the sunshine on your skin and clothes; soaking in the natural source of Vitamin D. If you live in the city or a small apartment, start a window garden indoors or on your patio or balcony.
  5. Eat mindfully. Spring is a great time to start eating lighter,  adding more greens and  colorful vegetables.   Be mindful of what you put in your body.  Cut down or eliminate sugar, processed foods, caffeine, alcohol and nicotine from your diet.  This is overall good for your health and wellness and will also strengthen and protect your immune system which is very important at this time. 

Planting a Field of Loving Kindness

 Spring is the time of new beginnings,  renewal, hope and planting.   We are undergoing great change  and healing right now on our planet. With all the fear, negativity, panic, uncertainty in the daily news and  even more so now with the COVID-19 pandemic drastically changing our lives and the way we life,  it’s easy to be discouraged and forget about the kind, caring, loving world we live in. Now more than ever we need to remember and plant loving acts of kindness and compassion for ourselves and others and cultivate the world we want to live in.  

Acts of loving kindness such as reaching out to others via phone, text message or video during this time to check-in on them see how they are doing,  sending a card in the mail, singing from the balconies like those in Italy, making face masks for those in need and the essential workers working on the front lines, practicing social distancing and only purchasing what you need are some acts of kindness you practice now.

I am so grateful for the countless people in my life that subtly and boldly help me plant and nourish my field of dreams on a daily basis from my family, friends, teachers, to complete strangers with their loving kindness. In my piece, ” Planting the Fields of Dreams”, published in Goodness Abounds, I share the generosity of a friend of mine nourishing my decision to go back to school. 

Planting the Field of Dreams

by Isabella Rose

My passion for living an all-natural lifestyle began in my early 20s, when I saw a nutritionist, began reading books by Elson Haas, and participated in a weekly yoga class. Several years later, I started reading books on aromatherapy and was introduced to Reiki. In my mid-30s, I wanted to become more involved in the alternative-health field and, although I still had many doubts, I started to consider a career in it. I became Reiki-I certified and began attending occasional meditation classes. As I started learning more about myself and connecting to my soul, the Angelic realm, and my spirituality, I decided I wanted to go back to school.

I shared with a close friend of mine that I was taking aromatherapy classes at an online career school. Michael was happy to hear this and said, “It sounds like it is up and coming in the health and wellness field.” He also offered to pay for my classes. I was stunned! I thanked him but declined. I was already enrolled in a payment plan, and I felt uncomfortable accepting such a generous offer. No one had ever invested in me or my future like this before. I wondered how I would ever repay him or show my gratitude and appreciation? With further conversation, however, I graciously accepted the offer and agreed to complete the program and get good grades (which I did).

I took Angel-meditation and aromatherapy classes while continuing to study other holistic-health modalities independently. Again, Michael offered to help with my education, this time paying for half of one of my Angel Messenger courses. As I progressed further in my studies, we started talking about my plans for the future and what I wanted to do with my certification once I completed it. He shared with me his vision and hopes to one day see me with my own storefront and product line. This vision is already coming true, as I’m just starting to make my aromatherapy products available to others, am in the process of earning my Doctorate of Natural Medicine degree, and plan on opening a healing center in the future.

I see now that all these were seeds planting my field of dreams…and nurtured by a special, generous friend who always believed in me.

“Planting the Field of Dreams” was first published in the bestselling collaborative book, Goodness Abounds: 365 True Stories of Loving Kindness [DandiLove, 2017). 

 

I have been and continue to be blessed with an abundance of nourishment to turn these seeds and the seeds of some of my childhood dreams such as becoming a published author,  artist, holistic health practitioner, and guide so that I may be of service and help others heal and turn into blossoming flowers also.  I am often touched and inspired by the many people who are willing to help me succeed whether it be words of encouragement, giving feedback, or a helping hand. These loving acts of kindness I receive on a daily basis gives me hope and faith that there are caring, kind and compassionate people in this world like me who want to have a positive impact and make a difference in peoples lives. Let’s continue planting a field of loving kindness.

What seeds are planted in your field of dreams? What is one small action step that you can take today to nurture and nourish these seedlings into buds? What is one small act of kindness that you can do today to help someone else? 

 

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My Grammie

April is national poetry month! Time to get your pens (or your favorite writing instrument) and paper out and start penning some poems!

My love for poetry began in my ninth grade English class. One of my favorite poets was Emily Dickinson.  I loved reading poetry but even more so I loved to write it. I often used poetry as means to express myself especially in my teenage years when I felt  I had no other way to express my deepest thoughts and emotions without being judged or some type of negative reaction by those closest to me.  My first poetry book containing poems from this time period was just sent off to my editor for the first round of editing! It will be released later this year. You can read more about my published works here

In celebration of National Poetry Month, I would like to share a poem I wrote about my Grammie in 2005. My Grammie was always my best friend, and my protector and nurturer growing up. She was brave, courageous, funny, fun to be around, kind, compassionate, caring and just an overall amazing woman.  I have so many fond memories of Grammie that I keep close in my heart.  She inspired me and still inspires me to be the woman I am today. She will always be a part of me and for her I am very grateful and blessed. 

My Grandmother, Alice is a very special woman.

She perseveres through any travesty.

She never gives up.

She just keeps going with all that she’s got.

 

She’s so caring. So kind.

Someone you can confide in and know your secrets are safe.

She soothes with her words,

the warm embrace of her arms,

the softness of her voice.

 

She is a strong woman that never gives up hope,

that survives anything that comes her way.

My Grammie a woman made of steel.

Copyright Isabella Rose

My Grammie and Me 1999

My Grammie and Me circa 1999

Who is your favorite poet? A special person you would like to pen homage  too? What is your favorite type of poetry? Please leave a comment in the comment section down below.  I would love to hear from you.