The art of living is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful drifting on the other. It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive. [Alan Watts]
This blog started life as a Spirit & Destiny article in 2016, but it’s been reincarnated for 2017 and a new crystal added. I began by asking: Are you in a stress over Christmas? Have you found mindfulness to be a useful tool in your life but it’s being challenged by the demands of the festive season? Or do you simply want to find a way to stay calm and centred at any time? Whatever your need, crystal mindfulness is the answer. Gazing into the clear depths of a crystal, or carrying one with you, provides instant clarity and dynamic stillness of mind. The perfect base for mindfulness – and a laid-back festive season.
Mindfulness is absolute awareness of the present moment. It involves noticing the sights, smells, sounds, textures and tastes that are being experienced, as well as the thoughts, feelings and sensations that occur from one moment to the next without becoming fixated on any of them. Simply being with what is within a state of dynamic stillness.
Mindfulness is extremely popular and is being universally promoted as a route to mental, emotional and spiritual health. It focuses the mind on what is being sensed at each moment, instead of ruminating on the past or worrying about the future. People often get caught up in thoughts without stopping to notice how those thoughts are driving their emotions and behaviour, in other words they are going through life on automatic pilot. Mindfulness changes that kind of ingrained behaviour. Oxford University found that, on average, after just one month on a mindfulness course, 58% of participants experienced a reduction in anxiety levels, 57% a reduction in depression and 40% a reduction in stress. But crystals can get you there even faster. Gazing into the clear depths of a crystal, or carrying one as a reminder, offers instant clarity and stillness of mind. Crystals can help to shut off automatic pilot and the incessantly churning mind, moving into true mindfulness.
Place a large piece of Rose Quartz in the centre of your living space. Put your hands on the crystal and ask it to radiate peace and love into your home. Whenever you feel stressed, simply put your hand on the crystal, feel its beautiful energy and consciously breathe. Give all your attention to your in and out breaths. It only takes a moment. Leave the crystal there to radiate peace in your home throughout the coming year. Even better, ask it to radiate peace into the world around you.
Unless your feet are firmly on the planet you cannot actualise your dreams.
Being grounded is essential to staying present in each moment. When you are anchored, you walk on the planet one step at a time. You integrate spiritual energies into the everyday and put ideas into practical reality. Being grounded helps you to let go detrimental thoughts or emotions – and cope. It’s essential if you’re anticipating a stressy festive season.
Smoky Quartz is one of the finest grounding crystals – and an effective detoxifier. If you are feeling down, hold a Smoky Quartz and good humour will soon reassert itself. It helps you to set realistic, achievable goals. If you are plagued by negative thoughts or worries, Smoky Quartz releases them. It encourages you to leave behind anything that no longer serves you and stay present in the moment. Smoky Quartz is a superb antidote to mental stress too.
Using this crystal to stay grounded: Place a Smoky Quartz at your feet. Picture a root growing from the bottom of each foot meeting at the crystal. The roots twist together. The root then goes deep into the earth, passing through solid rock and fiery magma until it reaches the crystal core. The root ties itself firmly round the core gently anchoring you. You can draw energy up the root to replenish yourself if needed.
Being calm facilitates skilful handling of challenging situations. If you have a calm, tranquil centre within yourself, you will always have inner peace. With inner peace, you can handle anything life throws at you.
Nurturing Blue Lace Agate has a wonderfully cooling and calming energy that instantly creates peace of mind. Enhancing communication, it encourages you to express your thoughts and feelings as they arise. It is particularly effective if you hold back because of fear of being judged. If you bottle things up you can never fully enter into mindfulness so wear the crystal at your throat to set your words free. Conversely, if you talk incessantly or speak without thinking, this compassionate stone helps you to consider the effect your words have. Each word is spoken calmly in the moment rather than being thoughtlessly spewed out. Christmas calm is ensured. Wear one throughout the festive season.
Using Blue Lace Agate to calm yourself: Place your Blue Lace Agate over your throat. As you slowly count to four, breathe in and be aware of how the breath moves past the Agate and down into your lungs as your belly expands. Hold your breath and count to five. Breathe out slowly and gently counting to six. Wait until you become aware of the need to breathe in again before repeating.
Laid back and loving it
The more laid back you are, the less stressed you feel, the less you concentrate on Things To Do, and switch off the chattering mind, the more you will enjoy the festive season. Two minutes with a Grape Chalcedony switches off the busy mind, dropping you into a peaceful space.
Composed of tiny spheres naturally bonded together, comforting Grape Chalcedony is perfect for creating a peaceful community. This tranquil stone has a gentleness within its somewhat spiky exterior that assists you in letting down your defences and opening your heart to peaceful cooperation. It draws together like-minded people and it reminds you that, even when you seem to be totally alone, there is always support available from the spiritual realms. Focusing perception, it is an excellent stone for those who are ‘busy, busy, busy’ all the time as it naturally relaxes you. The stone reminds you to take time out to smell the Christmas roses – or for a glass of wine – and helps you to sort out what is relevant and important and what can safely be left behind.
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Drawing on the incredible knowledge of world-renowned crystals expert Judy Hall, this is a practical and easy-to-follow guide to using crystal mindfulness in your everyday life. It includes a directory of 24 crystals for mindfulness, each with a spectacular photograph that captures the crystal s energy and can be used in place of the crystal itself.
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And that’s it! Have a very peaceful – and mindful – festive season!
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