Ritual as an Act of Intentional Living

Ritual as an Act of Intentional Living

Why do we need rituals?

I think we are all craving a little bit of deepened connection, magic, and spirituality in our lives.

Many of us don’t identify with a structured religious practice, leaving us to create our own ways of communing with the divine. When we have rituals in place they help us anchor our lives into the divine, helping us to become more present and intentional about the way we move along our day to day, keeping us focused along our path.

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Gratitude: A Way of Life

Gratitude: A Way of Life

The majority of cultures around the world live their life through thanks - really taking the time, energy and enjoyment for the acknowledgement of this blessing of life. It seems we’ve lost our way somewhat. I learnt recently that the Hawaiian saying of Ho’oponono ‘I’m sorry; Please forgive me; Thank you; I love you’, used to only be ‘Thank you, I love you’, before we began destroying our home, this Earth. Giving thanks is natural and indeed needed. We as Westerners can probably most likely relate this to prayers before eating, perhaps in a religious concept, which it need not be. Simply to remember with true respect allows us to keep it all sacred.

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Discovering Kleshas

Discovering Kleshas

Kleshas are something I've known of my whole life, but had never put a name to. Basically, they're all the pesky things holding you back. Or more literally, 'poisons'. They come under five main titles: avidya (ignorance), asmita (ego), raga (attachment), dvesha (avoidance) and abhinivesha (fear). From a Yogic perspective these are seen as the root cause of all suffering.

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New Moon, New Year, New YOU?

New Moon, New Year, New YOU?

Welcome to 2019! This New Year arrives on the cosmic scene alongside a powerful new moon in Capricorn on January 5th at 8:29pm ET.  As we enter into a new calendar year, the new moon presents us with a partial solar eclipse, the first of five eclipses in 2019.  An eclipse can be experienced as a profound turning point that catalyzes new beginnings, endings or the changes that your soul has been calling for.  The eclipse heightens the impact of this new moon, which will have a prolonged effect lasting for up to six months, until the next eclipse in early July. 

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The Art of Growing Together

The Art of Growing Together

Building a business can provide fertile ground for self-knowledge and growth, especially when those by your side are near and dear to you. 2018 was one heck of a year for us at Awakened Spirit, full of the kind of challenges, shifts, and commitment necessary to evolve and see change through. From the other side of a year that truly kept us on our toes and asked more of our presence, we are grateful. We are emerging stronger, softer, more aligned and intimately connected to our vision here as a community.

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Solstice Full Moon: The Radiance Ritual

Solstice Full Moon:  The Radiance Ritual

A Self-Care Ritual for the Solstice Full Moon

 As 2018 draws to a close, it is an opportune time to acknowledge our connection to the natural rhythms of the cosmos.  This time of year can be associated with excess, especially for those that celebrate Christmas.  It can be a time of busy calendars, long to-do lists and a multitude of opportunities to over indulge on food, drinks and merriment.  There is nothing wrong with enjoying the holiday season, however the way that it is often celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere tends to be at odds with the natural rhythms of this time of year. 

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Call To Peru

Call To Peru

There is a certain kind of magic that I experience when I am in Peru that is hard to express in words. In the weaving of majestic landscapes, humble people, its’ culture, ancient history and mystical treasures, transports me to a place where I feel like everything vibrates and shines a bit more brightly. A place where I feel like the veil between this world and the spirit world is at it’s thinnest. A place where I feel more vitally alive…

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Plant Consciousness

Plant Consciousness

Plants are sentient, intelligent, perceptive souls. Of course they are. They just aren’t as loud as us about it. You'll find that every plant has its own frequency and thus its own unique effect towards you. Combining their use with meditation, appreciation and mindfulness of the medicine allows a synergistic bond to form between you both.

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A Letter to the Universe...

A Letter to the Universe...

I'm convinced that if everyone created a letter to the universe, they would find more direction and follow their soul purpose (what fulfils one whilst also contributing to the whole) with ease. It is such an empowering thing.

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