KRISTINA WINGEIER :: CULTIVATING A PERSONAL PRACTICE 1/13

Hello beautiful Soul!

Showing up for Spirit: Cultivating a Personal Practice is my offering to you. Over the next 12 new moons, I will be sharing different tools that you can use to create your own spiritual practice - one that is both nourishing and adaptable to your ever-changing needs. 

To me, spiritual practice is really like a love note from myself to the universe and from the universe to me. It's a mutual admiration society.

I think it is important to remember that there are no rules or "shoulds" when it comes to spiritual practice. For one person a fulfilling practice might be meditating for an hour each day. For another it might be as simple as lighting a candle, or listening to birdsong. 

The common thread in all spiritual practice is the intention to connect with the sacred. Honestly, there really is nothing you need to do because you are sacred exactly as you are… however… it can be nice to learn about and play with different tools and techniques that support you in creating a conscious container that honors your connection with Spirit. 

May this offering be a light on the path and bring joy to your heart.

 

Grounding & Clearing

Over the next three moons we will be exploring different ways to Create a Sacred Container. With moon 1, we begin at the beginning - with the most basic and fundamental practices for connecting with Spirit: Grounding and Clearing.

 

Grounding 

Grounding connects you to the energy of the earth and brings you into the present moment. Being grounded is the opposite of being frazzled or spaced out. Grounding is presence.

We spend a lot of times in our minds; unless you are an athlete or involve in physical activities, it is quite easy to become disembodied. Even during physical activity, if it is physical movement that you have done repeatedly, you can get caught up in mind chatter and not even be aware of what your body is doing.

Taking some time to tune into your body and your physical environment at the beginning of your practice, or any time of the day for that matter, brings you home and makes you more receptive to the sacred. Receiving the healing, life-force energy from the earth offers you peace and stability in the moment.

Try this: Go outside and stand on the earth barefoot. If it isn't possible to take off your shoes, you can put your hands on the earth. You can also kneel on the ground and touch the earth with your forehead - especially if you are feeling a lot of mental energy in your brain, this can be a nice way of bringing yourself "down to earth”. 

While grounding outside will give you an easy and immediate connection to the earth, depending on your circumstances it isn’t always an easy option. No matter where you are it is easy to root yourself to the earth by listening to the Grounding Cord Visualization or Short Grounding Meditation

 

Other ways to ground include:

  • yoga or stretching, tai chi or qigong
  • sit in a garden or go a park
  • lay you body down on the earth - take a nap or spend the night!
  • bring crystals and other stones into your environment- on your desk, in your car, in your pockets, tucked in your bra…
  • toning or sounding
  • drumming or rattling
  • putting essential oils on the bottoms of your feet {vetiver is lovely}

 

Clearing

Clearing is a way to move stagnant energies from both your body/mind, your energyfield and the physical space. When you clear the energy it is like you are wiping the slate clean on an energetic level - purifying and removing any energy that isn't in your highest and best by opening up your channels and removing the psychic dust.

Clearing, like grounding, brings presence - the most important ingredient in any spiritual practice. Clearing allows you to come to your spiritual practice with a blank canvas. Grounding is actually a form of clearing your energy, because the earth energy is naturally detoxifying.

My favorite way of clearing is smudging. This is when you burn a dried plant in order to use the smoke from the plant to cleanse and purify the environment.  The smoke breaks open the stagnant energy and the aroma of the plant has cleansing properties in it. 

Plants I use to smudge include white sage, sagebrush, palo santo, copal, juniper, cedar, sweetgrass and mugwort. If smoke does not agree with you you can use a spray smudge where essential oils from plants are added to water.                                         

Clearing is just as important as grounding for me - especially after an argument or any kind of tense, stressful situations.  At home, burning white sage is my go-to tool for shifting the energy in the house. If I don’t have access to smudging plants or sprays, I usually clear my field by getting fresh air or visualize cleansing light moving through my body.

 

Other ways to clear include:

  • open windows and/or doors
  • light incense 
  • use singing bowl/gong/bells
  • light a beeswax candle
  • turn on a salt lamp
  • take a shower or bath (add epsom or sea salt to your bath for extra cleansing)
  • close your eyes and imagine light coming in through the top of your head and spreading through your body… use whatever color feels right in the moment)
  • clapping, rattling, drumming

 

I hope these tools, whether they are old friends or new ones, will assist you in bringing clarity into the present moment, the very best place to grow your spiritual practice. 

Kristina

 

Next up: Moon 2 | New Moon in Virgo :: Altars :: Creating a Gathering Place


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Kristina Wingeier is a Lunar Mystic, Soul Counselor, and Intuitive Healer. Her services include: Soul Counsel Depth CoachingIntuitive Tarot Readings, and The Conscious Empath Sessions: Re-Patterning Energetic BoundariesHer e-course, The Conscious Empath // Foundation Sessions begins with the New Moon in Aquarius, 2/8/16. Find out more information and/or sign up HERE.

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