Beat The Blues (Quickly!)

6 ways to beat the blues

Autumn. It’s the time of year I begin to feel that old familiar melancholy come upon me. It feels  like a film of some sort comes between me and the vibrancy of life. Ugh! What I do as soon as I feel this sense of doom is panic because I know where this can lead. It can take me deep down into the dark rabbit hole of depression and and that is scary!  Scrambling to head this off I:

  1. Stand on my head. For at least 5 minutes/day, more if possible. Any inversion where your head is below your heart is helpful. Handstand, Downward Facing Dog, Tri-pod, Standing Forward Bend. Inversions are shown to improve brain function, release neurotransmitters, balance hormones, and release endorphins.
  2. Practice Breath of Joy 5-10 rounds/day. The strong inhalations and synchronized arm movements, awakens your entire system increasing oxygen levels in the bloodstream, temporarily stimulating the sympathetic nervous system, circulating more prana (energy).  Here’s an example to watch if you’re not familiar with this breath.
  3. Pamper myself. I immediately schedule Massages, Reiki, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Restorative Yoga Classes, etc. For you the pampering may look different but whatever it is that calms you and makes you feel cared for or joyful, do it at least 1x/week. If the items I mentioned are too expensive you can find Groupons or engage in less pricey activities like seeing a movie or take a Bubble Bath. Today I took myself to the zoo because animals make me happy! I used a Library pass and it only cost me $9.00 for 2 hours of pleasure..

    This Black Handed Spider Monkey was in love with me. He was showing of his aerial skills and would cry every time I said Good Bye and pretended to leave.
  4. Increase aerobic activity. More days of Elliptical or TreadMill and HIIT and less of Weight Training and Stretching. This activity releases endorphins and other natural brain chemicals that can enhance mood and energy.
  5. Increase Omega 3 ingestion in the form of supplements (Fish Oil) and foods like Wild Caught Salmon.  Increasing omega 3’s has direct effects on serotonin levels.
  6. Take or Increase St. John’s Wart or anti-depressant meds (if you’re on them and with the approval of your physician of course) which effect serotonin and dopamine levels.
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If I catch this gloomy, blue feeling soon enough these 6 actions usually take me back to equilibrium within 2 weeks. I  have come to terms with the fact that sadness is a perpetual companion of mine. Sometimes he stays in the shadows and other times he is a ferocious beast taunting me.  So if you haven’t yet, try ‘making friends’ with this melancholy creature.  I talk to him, tell him, “Oh hello again. I know you’re about to visit me  and it’s ok. I’m sure you will teach me something new about myself and my purpose here on earth so thank you ahead of time. Let’s go!”

 

Love, Lisa purple_heart

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Me? Meditate? I Don’t Think so!

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Most people come into my office for services because they are feeling ‘off’ in some way and know they can be better. A majority are stressed and anxious, have trouble sleeping, etc. but when I ask them if they’ve tried meditation this is how they look at me!

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Me? Meditate? I Don’t Think So!

Meditation gets a bad rap in some circles with people believing that sitting still in lotus pose like a Buddha is a requirement. I used to think that too and being a fairly active person with a penchant for large muscle movement, this pose did not appeal to me either but this notion is quite far from the truth. There are many different and fun ways to meditate and still reap the benefits!

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Some of The Benefits of Meditation

  • Increases immune function
  • Decreases Pain
  • Decreases Inflammation at the Cellular Level
  • Increases HappinessDecreases Depression
  • Decreases Anxiety
  • Decreases Stress
  • Increases your sense of connection to others
  • Increases compassion
  • Decreases feelings of loneliness
  • Increases ability to control emotions
  • Increases grey matter (memory) and cortical thickness (attention span)
  • Improves productivity and creativity
  • Improves ability to sleep
  • Decreases need for sleep
  • Improves perspective
  • Improves ability to express your authentic self
  • Decreases drama in your life

Despite all these life improving benefits, people come up with excuses,  fears and reasons not to participate in meditation.

Some Common Reasons People Give for Why They ‘Can’t’ Meditate

  1. I can’t sit still
  2. I can’t clear my mindMeditation at reikiofgreaterboston waltham
  3. I don’t have time
  4. I don’t have a quiet place
  5. Quiet makes me anxious
  6. It’s boring

Addressing each of the above:

  1. There is no need to sit still to meditate. There are many meditation methods that involve movement/activity. Try Walking Meditation, Vinyasa (Flow)Yoga, Tea Ceremony Meditation, Chanting.
  2. Even master meditators have trouble clearing their minds sometimes. Having a clear mind is not a requirement for meditation. In fact I welcome the distracting thoughts because they give me an opportunity to practice placing my focus back on what I’m doing. Meditational focal points could be the breath, a mantra, a candle flame, etc. This is the practice – noticing the unclear mind and bringing your focus back to attention, over and over. Meditation is practice not perfection. (The practice of meditation is perfection though!)
  3. No time? Nonsense!

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    NO Time? Nonsense!
  4. You don’t have to meditate for long periods to reap the rewards. To beginners I recommend 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes at night. 10 minutes a day. I know you have that available to you and if you cannot make that time for your sanity and improved quality of life then you are not quite ready to progress in this area of your life. At this time, there is something about being unsettled/unhealthy that is more compelling to you than grounded living. This is ok! We are all at different places in our journeys.  Clients who give the reason of no time for meditation seem to find meditating while lying down in bed just before sleep at night and/or before they get up in the morning an easy way to ease into it all.You may not be able to get a quiet place to meditate at home because you live with noisy people or people who demand your attention. Look elsewhere. Perhaps there is a place outside somewhere, in a park or your backyard that will offer more peace for you. Maybe at work there is a place you can go to at lunch break – an empty office? Eventually you will not need pure quiet to meditate. Being able to achieve calm among the noise is the ultimate goal so practicing with a bit of a ruckus can be beneficial.Meditation at reikiofgreaterboston waltham
  5. Uncomfortable with quiet? See #4.
  6. With so many meditation methods there is bound to be at least one that will pique and keep your interest!

I believe beneath these excuses is a fear of discovering deep truths. This fear is usually not conscious. It can be scary looking in the mirror of your mind but it is the only way to move beyond the crap on a more permanent basis.

Consistency is key. I find 5 minutes a day better than 30 minutes once a week. You may not notice the benefit immediately (but you may!), either way, if you continue, you will  notice how strong, grounded, calm, level-headed, compassionate, etc. you’ve become and you will need to go buy and wear a shirt that says, ‘SPIRITUAL WARRIOR!’

There are too many types of meditation to list here but here are:

 Some of the More Popular Meditation Methods

  • Walking– Just walk and pay attention. Walk slow, walk fast, feel your feet. Notice.
  • Metta Meditation at reikiofgreaterboston walthamMetta (Loving Kindness)-I love this one because I get to send myself some love first! Use loving statements starting with yourself as recipient. 1. May I be/feel: “fill in the blank”: happy, loved, peaceful, etc. 2. Next think of some one you like or are thankful for use the same statement with them in mind: May they be “fill in the blank”. 3. Someone you feel neutral about. 4. Someone who pushes your buttons, disturbs your peace. 5. All beings/The Universe/The Earth.
  • Mantra– You can use traditional Mantras like ‘Sat Nam’ or I am Truth. I like “I am Light’ and here’s a beautiful song about that for you to enjoy and absorb. You can also make up your own Mantra that means something to you like: My heart is open and free or I am One with All.
  • Sound-Do this lying down or seated. Allow all sounds to enter your awareness and let them be.
  • Guided/Visualization-Use a meditation app like Head Space or Insight Timer. Candle Flame Meditation at reikiofgreaterboston walthamCandle Flame– Soften your gaze and focus on a candle flame. You may receive messages or see images as time passes. Bring your focus back to the flame over and over again as you notice your mind wandering.
  • Mindfulness-In short, become aware of each movement, sound, thought, etc. Watch all as the observer.
  • Chanting- Chant along with some traditional sanskrit prayers. Here’s an example. It’s ok if you mess up the words just feel it all and open your throat.
  • Breathwork-Simply watch your breath come in and out (without losing focus on the breath). It’s harder than it sounds. You can also find a breathing pattern that feels good to you. Square breathing, for example, is a basic breathing technique that is not too difficult to work with.
  • Journaling-Write anything! Your dreams, your thoughts, ideas, disturbances, things that you’re grateful for, goals, feelings. Have fun! Always have fun.Meditation at reikiofgreaterboston walthamEngaging in an activity that absorbs you: working on a puzzle, a math problem, dancing, singing any art form or creative practice. Merge and become one with the activity.

C’mon now! Pick one and just give it a try for me. For yourself! If you’d like a little bit of guidance book a private session with me (it’s the 8th option down on that link) and you’ll be on your way in no time.

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World Mental Health Day; We’re All Crazy If You Ask Me

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I was remiss in not acknowledging World Mental Health Day this past Tuesday, October 10th especially since some of my favorite peeps are living with Mental Health issues!

World Mental Health Day, October 10, Reiki of Greater Boston
This day was established by the World Health Organization 25 years ago in order to promote awareness of this issue.

I’m not big on labels. I know I’m not suppose to use the word ‘crazy’ but I’m very close to this community if not part of it and they know I mean no disrespect. People are sometimes labeled ‘crazy’ or ‘Mentally Ill’ just because they don’t follow expectations of society. That is just pure nonsense!

Really, who’s to say who is Mentally Ill or Mentally Healthy? I was providing Reiki on a Locked Psychiatric Floor today. One of the patients said to me, “Oh you’re so beautiful but you need a better hairdresser to make you even more beautiful!” Ha ha! This statement would not be acceptable in the workplace but Does speaking the truth make you ill? If we all told and lived our truths a bit more, less of us would be unable to cope. I told her I would look into a new stylist and that her I loved her for the compliment and then gave her a big hug.

Another patient told me about some visions he was having of Jesus and energy exchanges and one other said he was my uncle Rob reincarnated. I don’t dismiss either of these statements quickly. Some of most brilliant, sensitive and highly evolved people in the world (and the next) believe and have experienced Jesus, energy visions and reincarnation memories. Yet these people I meet with are in the hospital needing care both medicinal and psychiatric because they are out of balance and their state of mind has too much control over their behaviors which are not able to be absorbed in the community. This imbalance does not allow them to be the best that they can be in this world and that is when intervention is needed.

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If you think you are immune to Mental Health Issues think again. Really. Think again. I was that person once upon a time. I thought there was a big division between ‘us and them’ and then- bam -just like that it hit me. Down, down, down the deep, dark rabbit hole I went. Even now if I am not fastidious about my spiritual practices  and vigilant about using only organic products I start sinking. The trick is to be hyper-aware of your feelings and state of mind so that any little imbalance or discomfort alerts you to take healing action whatever that may be for you. These healing modalities vary for each person. For some, medication is needed, others need more sleep, some meditation, an outing with friends, etc. The healing options are endless. Sometimes we are tempted to wait this imbalance/discomfort out thinking and hoping and praying that it will go away but if you have a chronic issue it is not likely to go away and delaying treatment is not a good idea. Don’t wait until you are in the depths of despair or at the height of a manic episode to reach for help.

People wait and are reluctant to discuss their experiences with Mental Illness because there is a stigma to it still in some circles. This is what comes to mind for some people when they hear someone is struggling with Mental Illnesses like OCD, anxiety, Bi-Polar, etc.

The reality of this image does exist but it is extreme. More often it is the face of me or you, of your mother, friend or spouse struggling in some way, still functioning but not optimally.

Everyday I work with clients who are struggling with Mental Health Issues. I salute them for knowing that they need to address the problems, for admitting that they need help, for being brave enough for reaching out and dragging themselves into my office week after week to work on themselves in order to be the best that they can be.

 

All the services I provide help people (including myself) work on becoming the best possible version of themselves. Yoga, Meditation, Life Coaching, Reiki, Crystal Healing, a combination of aforementioned plus education via reading and journaling are all a part of the health journey that I have found lifesaving.

Of course I am not claiming that these things alone will necessarily eradicate mental illness although it does happen. (See this movie documentary if you can: Heal to see just how powerful the mind and alternative health  methods are in improving our minds and bodies.) Some advanced and deeply rooted issues need medical and medicinal interventions but all these Alternative Health Services are a great support for the person suffering and will give them a chance to take some control in their own healing process. It is important that we not give control of our healing away to anyone. The patient knows, deep down – sometimes way deep down – what they need and certainly they should play a part in their own healing.

That is one major goal I have with all of my clients – to get them to touch their own inner knowledge, their higher knowledge, their intuition. Through all of these methods and practices we move closer to that higher power we all possess but have let go amidst the craziness and conditioning of the world.

According to the World Health Organization, NIMH and APA these are recent statistics on this issue:

  • 1 in 5 (or 43.8 million) adults experience mental illness in a given year.
  • 1 in 25 (or 10 million) adults experience a serious mental illness.
  • 1 in 100 (or 2.4 million) live with schizophrenia.
  • 2.6% (or 6.1 million) of Americans have bipolar disorder.
  • 6.9% (or 16 million) suffer from severe depression.
  • 18.1% (or 42 million) live with an anxiety disorder.

Mental Health is clearly a major issue which won’t be fixed quickly or easily but we can do our little part by making ourselves aware of the prevalence of Mental Illness and encouraging people suffering with it at whatever level to talk about it without shame, to reach out for help and to have hope for healing.

Love, Lisa purple_heart

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June is National PTSD Awareness Month

And today, June 27, 2017 is National PTSD Awareness Day so I thought I’d share some of what I’ve learned about this debilitating condition while working with clients suffering from but triumphing over this situation.

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Common Causes

  • Car accidents
  • Child neglect
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Kidnapping
  • Natural disasters
  • Physical assault
  • Plane crashes
  • Rape/sexual assault
  • Sexual or physical abuse
  • Sudden death of a loved one
  • Terrorist attacks
  • War
  • Other major traumatic events

Some Signs & Symptoms

  • Angry/Irritable
  • Avoidance of certain places, events, that remind a person of the trauma
  • Avoiding activities once enjoyed
  • Constantly tense or on-edge
  • Disruptions in everyday routine
  • Easily startled
  • Emotional numbing
  • Engaging in self-destructive behavior
  • Feeling detached
  • Flashbacks
  • General memory issues
  • Hallucinations
  • Hopelessness about future
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Overwhelming guilt or shame
  • Sensitivity to light, sounds and/or touch
  • Trouble concentrating

Common Effects

  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Chronic pain
  • Decreased ability to have successful interpersonal relationships
  • Depression
  • Difficulty feeling emotions
  • Dissociative symptoms
  • Eating disorders
  • Hallucinations
  • Heart disease
  • Loss of employment
  • Nightmares
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Other anxiety disorders
  • Paranoia
  • Physical health problems
  • Self-harm
  • Separation or divorce
  • Social isolation and withdrawal
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Suicidal thoughts, attempts or completed suicide

Recommended Treatments

Most commonly recommended:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy
Medications such as anti-depressants.In addition it is recommended to take time to relax via proven techniques such as Meditation, Deep Breathing, Massage, Yoga and Reiki. These treatments can activate the body’s relaxation response and ease symptoms of PTSD.

Statistics

If you or a friend are in crisis, here are the recommended resources to tap according to the National Center for PTSD:

Call 911
Go to the nearest Emergency Room

Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Contact the Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, press 1 (text 838255)To Learn more see National Center for PTSD.

Love, Lisa purple_heart

ps-Caveat here: I am not pretending to be an expert in this disease. It is complicated and anyone suffering needs assistance from a professional specializing in this area. I am only just learning, doing my best to help people learn how to relax and trust again. With this post I am merely doing my small part in promoting Awareness of PTSD. It’s real.Owner Reiki of Greater Boston, Waltham, LIfe Coach, Yoga

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Romantic and Healthy Valentine Dessert

Romantic and Healthy Valentine Dessert, Reiki of Greater Boston, Waltham
Romantic and Healthy Valentine Dessert, Reiki of Greater Boston, Waltham

Get your fruits! Strawberries dipped in Chocolate! How romantic and a perfect way to get your dose of fruits in on Valentine’s Day.

Most fruits including strawberries offer:

  • Fiber (Helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and lower risk of heart disease, reduce constipation and diverticulosis, reduce the risk obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Vitamin A (Supports the immune system, skin health, cell growth, bone growth, reproduction and good vision.)
    Vitamin C (Strawberries have more vitamin C per ounce than citrus fruits! Vitamin C is important for growth and repair of all body tissues, helps heal cuts and wounds, and keeps teeth and gums healthy.
  • Folic Acid/Folate (DNA synthesis and repair)
  • Low Calorie
  • Low Fat
  • Low Sodium
  • No cholesterol

Change it up and try Apricots dipped in Chocolate to get a dose of Potassium as well. Diets rich in potassium help to maintain healthy blood pressure and bone mass and reduce the risk of developing kidney stones.

Now add a bit of dark chocolate and you get:
More antioxidants through flavonoids (reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack) Chocolate is also rich in minerals, including calcium, iron, zinc and potassium and vitamin E, vitamin A and B vitamins.
And, as you may have heard, Chocolate sends pleasure signals to the brain that will help with any Winter Blues and may put you in an amorous state. Perfect!

Easy and Natural Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

How to beat the winter blues. Reiki of Greater Boston, Waltham ,MA

How to beat the winter blues. Reiki of Greater Boston, Waltham ,MA

Can you stand on your head or do a handstand?! If so do this daily for at least 3 minutes, or more if possible. This, for me has been the most effective method for banishing the blues.

 

 

 

 

 

Try using a wall for support on your back.
If these poses are not accessible to you then try a modified inversion such as Downward Dog or Forward Fold.

The Breath of Joy will also give you an energy boost.

Eat more fruits and veggies.

The sun may not feel warm in winter’s colder climates but it will provide you with the needed vitamin D. Get outside! You may also want to addVitamin D supplements.

Eat more fatty fish like Salmon, Lake Trout, Mackerel. If you are not a fish eater simply take a fish oil supplement.

Listen to music that makes you happy! Here’s one of my favorites. Maybe even dance to the beat!

Get some exercise every day. You don’t need to make it into a big thing – simply take a walk or do a few jumping jacks. Anything! Just Move! If you do belong to a gym then use it.

Have a few Reiki sessions to get your energy balanced and your body in the best state to start healing itself.

Try wearing some joy making crystals like Carnelian, Lithium Quartz, Bloodstone, Rose Quartz.

If these methods do not make a difference in your mood please do not hesitate to call a professional! You are not alone in sadness/depression and it is nothing to be ashamed about. You cannot achieve your purpose on earth when you live in sadness so help the world out and get yourself in peak emotional condition.  

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Love Packages Sent From Earth: Crystals

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Crystals are little love packages sent from the earth!  Each stone has its own vibrational blueprint depending on how, when and where they were formed. They hold millions of years of the earth’s history and since ancient times have been providing healing and guidance to our race. I’m sure you’ve seen crystals, maybe even been attracted to one or 2? These gems can help move you toward physical and emotional joy! Now that you know that, why not try working with a few? There are stones in various shapes, colors, sizes, textures and vibrational frequencies and they are all beautiful! Each one has healing properties for one or more physical or emotional ailments. Have headaches? Try amethyst. Back pain? Blue Kyanite. Sadness? Carnelian. Below are some commonly used crystals along with some of the situations they can assist with. Bear in mind however that the effects of each crystal can be different for each person.*

Crystals I Use Daily In Treatment of my Clients

  • Amethyst-Protection, purification, Divine connection, release of addictions, sleep
  • Selenite -Spiritual connection,  Connection with spirit guides and angels, Clearing space
  • Crystal QuartzConnection with spirit guides, energy cleansing
  • Blue Lace Agate -Communication, heart healing
  • Lapis Lazuli – Truthful communication,
  • Rose Quartz -Love, gentleness, emotional healingcrystal-medley
  • Lepidolite -Emotional healing and balance,  serenity, relaxation, stress relief
  • MalachiteClearing out of old patterns,creativity, confidence, protection
  • Apache’s TearsEmotional healing, protection, psychic tuning
  • Citrine -Manifestation, personal will, mental clarity, creativity
  • Blood Stone -Strength, courage, purification, vitality
  • Moon Stonefertility issues,self-discovery, intuition, insight, dream remembrance
  • Carnelian -Courage, sexuality, vitality, confidence, action
  • ApatiteSpeeding metabolism, Psychic activation
  • HematiteGrounding, manifestation
  • Ruby -Life force, courage, passion, strength
  • GarnetStrength, security
  • Black TourmalineProtection
  • Smokey QuartzGrounding, practicality, organization

There are many more types of crystals but this will give you a nice little tool box for yourself to treat the most common of issues that visit.

How to Purchase and Choose Your Crystals

You can purchase these on line. A couple of my favorite sites are: healingcrystals.com & http://www.innervisioncrystals.net.

An even better way to purchase these gems is in person. In the Boston area I recommend:  7 Stars, Cambridge and Enchanted Fox, Medway. Also Kyle at Crystal Concentrics opens his crystal space in Arlington about once a month.

crystal-shoppeWhen you go crystal shopping plan to spend a little time there, ‘trying them on’. First stand in front of the display, close your  eyes and take some deep breaths. (Don’t worry about the staff thinking you’re crazy. In these type of stores they are used to this and are well versed in these methods of intuition.) Then open your eyes and see which 1 or 2 crystals are calling your attention.  Pick them up one at a time and hold them in your hand for a bit, see how they make you feel. Try a few of each of the crystals that got your attention and then purchase your favorite either based on the color, size, shape, or feeling it gives to you. Practice being open and  receptive and you will be drawn to a stone that will have meaning for you and will move you energetically toward whatever you need at this time.

How to Work with Your Crystals

Wear them!  Either put them in a little satchel in your pocket or tape them directly onto your skin. Women can wear them in their bras. For the latter make sure you’ve purchased smooth crystals.

Wear them as jewelry!  The 2 on-line sites and 3 store-front sites I mentioned above all sell crystal jewelry. Another fabulous crystal jewelry site is: Lunar Skye. This is a company based in MA and owner Trish, a Reiki Practitioner purchases quality gems, makes each piece herself and infuses them with Reiki energy.bracelet-protection

Sleep with them under your pillow.  Just that.  So simple.

Meditate with them. Just a quick 5 minute sit-down, holding the crystal(s). Tune into your breathing and then simply listen to what the crystal might be saying to you or how it might be making you feel. If you’re not used to tuning into your intuition or higher powers this may take some time. Keep at it. It’s worth it!

Create Crystal Grids.  A crystal grid is an arrangement of crystals in a geometric shape. There are grid templates that you can purchase but I just like to make my own designs and set it with what ever intention I have at the time. Place a stone center piece and then play with symmetrical arrangements around that. You can also write your intention on piece of paper and place it under your center piece. Try it, it’s fun!

crystal-grid

Use a Wish Box. One final way that I often use crystals when I have a wish or goal I’m working on is to write that down on a small piece of paper and insert it into a decorative box. Then I choose a crystal that I feel would help me progress in these areas. Just trust your intuition on choosing the stones. At first it is uncomfortable but soon you will ‘just know’ which crystals are ‘right’.  Once chosen, I put a couple of that type of crystal in the box with the wish/goal and watch the magic happen.

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Whatever you do, do not just throw your crystals in your purse or stick them in a drawer or on a night stand. You must cultivate a relationship with them for them to do the most intense work. Like a relationship – you must feed it or it will dwindle and maybe even die out.

Reiki Healing with Crystals – Come in for a 60 minute Reiki Healing with Crystals and experience the power of both! ($80.00) Make your appointment here.

How To Cleanse Your Crystals

sCleanse your Crystals at least once per week and more often if you use them daily. It’s also a good idea to clear your crystal when you first get them.washing-crystalsCrystals can gather energy from thoughts, touch, emotions, etc. so cleansing and recharging is important to keep your crystals working optimally.

The simplest ways to recharge your Crystals:

  • Run under cool, clean Water for 2-3 minutes (most crystals can be wet but not all so check before you drown them!)
  • Submerge in a bowl of Dry Rice overnight
  • Submerge in a bowl of Sea Salt overnight
  • Set out in the Moonlight overnight
  • Pass them through the Smoke of a sage or incense
  • Play them some high vibe meditational Music.

So if you choose to try using crystals to improve your health and wellbeing, let me know how it goes for you. As you begin to tune in to crystals and their vibrations you will become more aware of many additional vibrations around you. You will also likely want to learn more about Crystal Healing as you discover its benefits. There are many more ways to work with these Gems and many more gems available to assist you in your search for health and happiness. I will be happy to share my knowledge with you! Bring your crystals in when you come in for a Reiki or Life Coaching session and I will infuse them with some Reiki energy which will enhance their strength and healing power.

Enjoy your love packages!

*Disclaimer: Crystal Healing, Reiki & Yoga are intended to be used as a complement to traditional medical care or as a personal relaxation and stress-reducing tools. They are not a substitute for medical/psychological diagnoses or treatment.

Love, Lisa purple_heart

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