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Some favorite tea-related Etsy finds…

How amazing is this? A perfect combination for tea and literature lovers during the Halloween season. Find it here.

Mmmm, make-your-own chai! Love this, find it here.

For any matcha lovers, this bowl is perfect! Find it here.

So cute! Find it here.

A unique and beautiful tea bowl. Find it here.

Okay, so I have a few things to add to my Amazon wishlist today : )

Enjoy!

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I love doing an oracle card reading for myself when I am facing a particular issue, or even when I just want to know the energy trends surrounding me. This morning after a peaceful meditation, I pulled cards from the Angel Answers deck by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine.

IMG_0485The cards I got were: Big, happy Changes, It’s Up to You, Success, Helpful People, Yes, and Ask for Help from Others. When I pull cards for myself, I also believe that they are world energies. The cards in my reading also apply to anyone who might be reading this blog post.

Basically, have hope, you will be successful, ask for and accept the help that comes to you because nothing big is accomplished in isolation. And remember, it’s up to you! You have free will on this journey through life. What do you want most? What is your soul calling for you to do, be, or become? You can do it!

Happy Sunday Everyone!

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I have often written about journaling on this blog. However, I have recently transitioned to automatic writing for about 20 minutes every morning. This has allowed me to tap into a higher guidance system. Rather than writing about problems or fears I am having, I pose a question, connect with my higher self, and allow myself to write down the wisdom that comes to me. I have found this to be both empowering and healing, as it allows me to step out of my day-to-day story and into a higher perspective.

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This morning I sat in my meditation corner, listening to healing music, wrapped in a cozy blanket. I had trouble sleeping last night because a lot was on my mind. A project I am involved in is taking longer than I had hoped to get off the ground, and there is a lot up in the air. Instead of harping on this story, I wrote this:

What is the potential for you, if you were able to see the future as something that could be known–that there are many probable future destinations. You have the power to choose which outcome you would most like to see. The outcome you would like should be focused on solely for it to come into physical manifestation. You can draw pictures, create a vision board, and ask to see this for the highest good. When you think of how to serve others, your power increases significantly. It you were to focus on numbers and money, people would sense your fear and stay far away. But, when you focus on service and affirm that you will receive more than enough to meet your needs, all will be done in Divine Timing.

Much more empowering than a whiny journal entry about money!

If you happen to be in the area, I’m giving a workshop on Intuitive Journaling at Terraloka Wellness in Kent, CT on October 11th. Comment below if you’d like to join!

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It has been almost exactly a year since I last posted on SpiritualiTea. Although there have been many changes, my overall mission has remained the same: to offer a warm, safe space to explore spirituality (with tea).

What has been going on for me? Well, I became a life coach (yay!), began doing professional intuitive readings, left my job…more on that in a later post. I’m currently living life on my terms and have never felt happier, or more inspired! I began creating other blogs that I thought would perhaps express my new self, but in the end I’ve come back to SpiritualiTea as my home.

I’m excited to begin posting here again with a new voice and renewed passion.

There will be book suggestions, helpful resources, musings on my own spiritual life, and of course tea!

I also have a new feature: I will soon be venturing into the video podcasting world, and I hope to take you along with me! Each week I will post a new video providing an intuitive reading for the coming week’s energies. Grab a cup of tea and sit down with me on Sunday morning to find out what the week will bring for you.

Finally, I have two exciting offerings: the first is an online course that trains you to be a SpiritualiTea Facilitator in your community. Learn how to start a group, keep it going, gain members, find friends, and make a little extra money along the way!

Second, I am offering private intuitive readings by phone or Skype. I would love to get to know you and offer clear, accurate, empowering guidance on any challenges you are currently facing.

It feels good to be back.

Peace,
Shannon

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The ability to see is one of the greatest gifts, and one that we often take for granted. Yesterday afternoon the rain cleared briefly and right outside my window I saw a huge rainbow! What a wondrous sight in the middle of the workday. If only my (admittedly low-tech) phone would have been more cooperative, I would have taken a photo. Instead I took a mental snapshot, although unfortunately I cannot share that with you. However, here are some of my other favorite sights:

Rose taken at the New York Botanical Garden

Sunset in Hawaii. I’ve always loved cloud formations.

Strawberry Fields in Central Park, New York City

The first in my collection of teapots

Fall

Winter

After a week of mindfulness focused on each of our five senses I’ve come away with one word: gratitude. Focusing my energy on exploring one sense a day has allowed me to remember just how wonderful it is that I can taste, touch, smell, hear, and see. These exercises are also a gentle reminder of how beautiful the world is when you pay attention.

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Martha Beck has been one of my favorite self-help authors for some time now and she recently came out with a new book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World. She is an excellent writer and her ideas are extremely practical and insightful. In this book she details the connection between magic and technology, explaining how we can use ancient tools as well as modern ones to create not only the life we want, but to help heal the world.

Reading this book made me think of how we can learn to clear our own path to our “right life,” as Martha Beck says. Over the past week and a half I have been off from work, and I have tried to use this time to de-clutter my house, my brain, my emotions, etc. I have met with a lot of resistance. In some ways it seems easier to have a 90 mph paced life than to slow down and recognize my surroundings. I had become okay with moving so quickly, and essentially began to settle for less for myself. It feels as if, these last several days, I have had to take a machete to the tangles and knots of weeds and overgrowth crowding my spiritual path and tear them aside. This is a rather painful process, as it requires sifting through months of buried thoughts and feelings, but slowly I can feel myself opening up again and it seems that light is peering through the branches.

Maybe you lead a very conscious life, or perhaps you have been caught in this tangle for some time now. There is truly no better time than the present to extricate yourself from the grasp of these obstacles. Begin by choosing to slow down. Maybe this is a silent prayer, or enjoying the sight of a tree or hearing laughter. The weeds that grow on our spiritual path may start small but grow into a forest over time. However, it is never too late to pull them, examine them, and then toss them aside.

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Ever since I moved into my apartment I have insisted on growing some sort of plant or flower. This began in the spring when I would actually spend an inordinate amount of time at work fantasizing about my blooms and herbs. Despite my love for plants, they often do not love me. My herbs shriveled and my flowers, although they did blossom, died way too early in the season. Based on this semi-failure in the summer I was going to resist planting anything in the winter. However, I saw some paper white bulbs recently and had to give it a try. I’m happy to report that they are doing quite well and I found a bloom on one yesterday morning!

Even if you feel like you do not have the greenest thumb, I urge you to try planting some winter flowers. It’s magical to see them grow from a knobby bulb or a tiny seed into something so beautiful. It’s a wonderful spiritual metaphor as well. We often begin on a spiritual path feeling small, ugly, or insignificant. However, with time and care we can realize that, like the seed, the blueprint for our own beautiful awakening is already there. We just need to give ourselves the circumstances necessary in which to blossom into our full potential.

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