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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Anxiety, Depression, and Stress Relieving Ritual - BeautyMindSpirit

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There are moments in our lives when we experience high stress, anxiety, and depression. I believe when we experience such feelings, our body is trying to tell us something. Maybe we need to slow down... or maybe we are not following the path that makes us truly happy. Perhaps these feelings are little warning signs that we need to pay attention to something. In order to get to the bottom of it, it's important to quiet down the mind and calm the body.

Here are some tips that will do the job:

1) Be in nature. In this video, I show you visuals of being outside and in nature. Go outside and take a walk, run, or just sit in the grass. Did you know that we share DNA with all life on this planet? There is something very powerful and magical in that. We are often too disconnected from nature and I believe we suffer for it.

2) Be near water. Water is really cleansing, relaxing, and soothing. The sound of water can immediately calm you down. I also feel extremely contemplative when I am sitting near water. If you need to clear your mind, I recommend sitting near a body of water. If you don't have access to one, sitting in the grass and looking up at the sky will also help you clear your mind.

3) Earthing. This method has been shown to do so many wonderful things for the body. According to this research study, many people experienced a range of improvements not limited to: reduced pain, reduced inflammation, increased relaxation, ability to sleep better, lowered stress, improved blood pressure, etc. I also highly recommend checking out Wellness Momma's blog post about her experience with Earthing. She also has some more interesting information about it. In fact, you should probably just follow her blog if you haven't already, because she's pretty amazing.

Why did we ever stop wearing shoes and walk around barefoot? Whenever I walk barefoot, I feel a sense of peace in my body. I feel connected to the Earth I live on. I feel alive again.

Anxiety, Depression, and Stress Relieving Ritual

Now... to share my stress, depression, and anxiety releasing ritual! For this ritual, we are going to sit in a bath and do some meditation and intention setting with our mind. Did you know that thoughts, intentions, prayer and other units of consciousness can directly influence our physical material world? I highly recommend reading this article by Arjun Walia. Arjun did a great job explaining and researching this topic by including some impressive scientific studies and research on the matter. Arjun is one of my favorite writers for the Collective Evolution site, and I recommend checking out his other articles.

We will be using our minds, intentions, and thoughts to alter our state of worry. Let's begin.

What you'll need:

  • Candles (for mood setting... plus the energy of fire is symbolic for rebirth)
  • 1/4 cup of Epsom Salt
    *Epsom Salt contains magnesium, which soothes the central nervous system and promotes relaxation in the body. Think of this in terms of anything tense in the body. If you have a tense muscle, magnesium will help loosen it. 
  • 1/4 cup of Sea Salt
    *Sea Salt is packed with naturally occurring minerals from the Earth. Our bodies are so depleted from minerals and nutrients these days, that it's always a good idea to absorb them whenever possible. When we are stressed, our bodies tend to lose nutrients. Soaking in this bath will help regain some of it. Also, sea salt will help clear your auric field (or clear your energy field, in other terms). Any sort of stuck and heavy energy around you can be cleansed by using Sea Salt.
  • 15-30 Drops of Essential Oil(s) - Choose something that promotes stress reduction or calming effects. (I recommend this, this, this, or this).
    *I chose to use Aveda's Stress fix oil from the Stress Fix family, because it contains organic lavender, lavandin, and clary sage - which has been studied by the company and proven to reduce stress.
  • Small dish
  • Tea of choice (one that promotes calming effects. (I recommend this, or this)
Instructions: The first thing you want to do is mix the Epsom Salt and Sea Salt in a small bowl.  Both of these salts will also detox the body, so make sure to drink a lot of water after your bath ritual. Add essential oil(s) and mix with your hands. As you mix them together, start imagining the words: calm, relaxed, and fearless. These words are the power words that are the exact opposite of anxiety, stress, and depression. By concentrating on them, you will begin to mold your reality to fit those vibrations.  Prepare your bath and tea. Keep close.

The Meditation Ritual
Enter bath and begin to connect with the water and focusing on those words again: calm, relaxed, fearless. You can begin to say "I am fearless. I am calm. I am relaxed." Any time a stressful thought enters your mind, say the opposite of it three times. Begin to imagine all of the chaotic and heavy energy fall off of your body. The sea salt will do this on its own, but concentrating with it... will make it a major release. Be in gratitude. During the endurance of your praying ritual, give thanks to all aspects that are a part of it. Be grateful to the water, the salt, the plants that make the essential oil, and to life's journey. I know you are releasing something, but every experience is an important one. Be grateful to the lesson of this release. In the moments following this gratitude session, let your mind be still and listen intently for any insight or message.

After you have finished with your meditation, enjoy the rest of your bath with some music and your tea of choice. Tea will also help you unwind and provide the nutrients your body needs inside.

You can do this ritual as often as needed and I recommend 2-3 times a month for maintenance.
If you try this ritual, let me know how it works for you. Or, if you have other stress-relieving recommendations to share, please do so in the comments.

Share this with a friend who may need to try this ritual. And remember, you are beautiful.

Xoxo, Kari

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