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Comfort is often thought of as indulgence, and not always in the most positive connotation of the word. When we think of comfort we think of hearty (read fatty) foods that we grew up with, a giant slice of cake or a bowl of macaroni and cheese. Comfort can also be thought of as selfish. Taking time to be comforted or to find comfort is seen as a sign of weakness. We are expected to “shake it off” and only save comfort for limited times of self-indulgence. Over the last few days I’ve begun to redefine “comfort” for myself. Comfort is saying yes to what I need most in the moment.

A lot of emphasis is put on pushing past fear, going for your dreams, and reaching out of your “comfort zone.” While I am a huge proponent of these ideas, and have often spoken on this blog about pushing myself past fear, I also now realize it is perfectly okay not to push myself all the time. Just as with the seasons, there is a time for blossoming and a time for turning inward. I’ve noticed as I’ve decided to consciously find comfort a small voice in my pipes up saying ‘you’re lazy’ or ‘shouldn’t you be pushing yourself harder?’ It has been both a struggle and a comfort to tune that voice out.

Today, let yourself find comfort and enjoy it without feeling guilty.

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I recently began drinking licorice root tea occasionally for its calming effect. The taste is quite strong, and although I’ve always enjoyed licorice as candy I’ve had to get used to it in the form of tea. However, I notice its strong effect and I’ve read of its health benefits. Licorice root tea is not for everyone though. Be sure to make sure it is safe for you to drink as it has some side effects and could interact with some medications. For more information on this tea visitĀ Herb Wisdom.

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I just bought this book at the recommendation of a friend and I can’t wait to read it! The author, Anodea Judith, goes into lots of description about each chakra, the traumas associated with them, and the types of behavior people exhibit when one or more of their chakras is out of alignment. Has anyone read this and enjoyed it?

 

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Recently I was fiddling around in my purse and began playing with one earring (I always lose one of the pair) which had a magnetic bead on the bottom. I felt it pull into the magnet clip on my purse, and then felt my own hand pull it away. I played with this motion for a few minutes, marveling at the natural simplicity of magnetism. Like magnets, we feel pulled to people, jobs, and situations that will serve our highest purpose in life. However, sometimes a larger hand appears, perhaps the grip of fear, anger, or sadness, and separates this magnetic bond.

There are many magnetic pulls in my life, and I believe that having an understanding both of the innate pull towards these yearnings, as well as respecting the fear which tries to draw me away from them, is the key to realizing them.

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If you are looking for a gift for someone, or want to get something for yourself, I highly suggest checking out theĀ Made By Survivors Store. They have lots of handmade items made by girls who were rescued from sex-trafficking. The founders, Sarah Symons and John Berger, wanted to provide a way for these girls to obtain a small income, hence the beautiful handmade gifts available on their website. You can read more about the story of this foundation on their website. Here are some pictures of the jewelry the girls create:

 

 

These pieces of jewelry are generally under $100 and benefit a great cause! I bought a pair of earrings for a friend for Christmas, and I’d like to get a necklace for myself.

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Do you remember when you first realized that you needed to heal? Have you always known and constantly worked toward healing? Or did it come as a sudden epiphany where you realized that you were ready to let go of your pain? Throughout our lives we hear many calls to heal, and we often ignore them at least for a while. Eye-opening or life-changing events are often calls to heal that have been left ignored for a long period of time, and had to make a huge crash in your life in order to be heard. Sometimes calls are more positive and ask you to reach beyond your current awareness into a deeper understanding of life.

I had spent a lot of time doing self-work, but not spiritual work until last spring. I had worked on bringing up buried emotions and going through my past, but I had not done it from a spiritual perspective. I basically thought it was just me doing this by myself in order to please God, a figure which I could barely begin to conceptualize. However, I suddenly began to have this deep, innate yearning for magic in the world. I felt deep sadness at the pain in me and in the world I saw forming around me, and I wanted miracles, something to help me see beyond what was becoming an increasingly bleak reality. It was then that, by chance, a coworker recommended Donna Eden’s book Energy Medicine, and my whole world opened up. This was it! I re-learned (because deep down I already knew) that everything is energy, and as humans most of us can only see a small portion of reality. In truth, there is much beyond the physical world, that is beautiful, powerful, and healing: magic!

I realized that I had been stuck in the physical realm, and had not paid enough attention to the non-physical, forgetting it in my ignorance and limited beliefs. I urge you, if you ever feel depressed or low, to ask to be shown magic in the world. Your request will truly be answered and it may even help set you on a spiritual path, or deepen your spiritual experiences.

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If you read my recent posts about assuming my own power and taking a position of leadership, you’ll remember that I’ve been focusing my energy on this recently. While I am a leader by my true nature, I often feel more comfortable taking a backseat and letting others make all the decisions. However, I’ve been feeling called to assume my own form of leadership based on a new understanding of its definition: as one who leads with love, consciousness, and awareness of others. As soon as I said yes to this calling I was tested.

There was recently a conflict in the spiritual group I lead and, although momentary, it had a deep effect on the energy of the group and on me. I let it go in that moment because I was unsure how to handle it. I had created a group for positivity, not for conflict! However, I learned so much from this situation. For the past few days I was beating myself up about not confronting the person who had created the conflict, and I worried about what my other group members thought of me. I realize, though, that my number one goal is to let everyone feel like they are in a safe environment, and I must maintain that even if I have to do something that is uncomfortable for me, namely confronting someone about their behavior. While this is difficult, I know that putting my feelings on the table honestly and respectfully will help maintain the integrity of my group and teach me a lesson about how to lead with my heart.

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