Feel like there isn’t enough time in a day to take a bathroom break let alone sit still for a 20-minute mediation? Or the idea of sitting in the lotus position in silence for even 10-minutes will send the hamster on the wheel in your head into overdrive?
Hey, I hear you! Sometime being human is a tough job. We know that it is important to establish consistent psychic hygiene habits and grounding rituals for practice daily. Unfortunately, many of us can feel there isn’t enough time in the day for the very thing we need for navigating life’s daily responsibilities and chaos with greater clarity and confidence. However, sometimes we view these rituals as one more thing on our to-do list... which creates more anxiety.
But don’t fret! And this is what this article is all about… making moments of “intentional” stillness (some in under 5 seconds)… very thing we need that will help to recharge our intuitive GPS and reduce the effects of those daily stresses. As an additional bonus, "intentional stillness" is also an energetic air purifier for helping rid the residual ick from the prior day.
So here are some quick and easy daily energetic cleansing and grounding rituals that take anywhere from 5 seconds to 5 minutes for grounding yourself and opening your intuitive GPS. (Okay, how about 6 days a week? Personally, I usually take a break on Saturdays.)
Here we go!
Himalayan Salt Lamp (1 to 5 seconds)
Yep, that’s how long it takes to turn it on and off. It’s like having an open window – a softly glowing natural source of fresh, clean air. As you flip the switch to turn it on, take a moment with your intentions. Send a quick thank you or petition for clarity your Higher Power regarding a specific issue in your life.
Without getting all nerdy here… the benefits of a Himalayan salt lamp include cleaning and deodorizing the air, increases energy levels, and improves mood and focus.
Unintentionally, I experienced the salt lamp effects first hand… well, one of my plants did. I have a money plant that shall we say was not doing so well. That plant was moved from room to room with more sun, less sun, and the variables in between. At the time I bought my first salt lamp, this poor plant looked like it beyond hope. I placed my new salt lamp next to this poor plant. Days later and much to my surprise, the plants leave began producing new spouts and leaves. Even the stalk or little trunk had a healthier color and texture. Today, it looks as healthy as the day I brought it home.
Although some people put these lamps in every room, I found it best for me to place them in “active” and “productive” rooms like my office and living room. Because I experience more of an energizing affect, I took it out of my bedroom. However, many spas have Himalayan salt lamps in their massage rooms.
These lamps can run as little as $25. And you can find nightlight versions for less.
Bowl of Water (1 minute)
I have a clear bowl of water with basic stones on my coffee table. You could also place it in “an active” part of your home like a family room or office.
It is believed that the water works as an energetic filter capturing the negative energy in the space. Every morning, I clean out my energetic filter by emptying this water on the outdoor plants off of my patio and refilling with fresh water for the day.
And as an additional benefit…. I found that putting crystals in the water had shall we say a positive effect on the plants I watered the next day. ?
Cleaning Crystals (2 minutes)
A new moon or a full moon is a great reminder for clearing crystals for ridding any residual negative energy. However, this is also a good practice for psychically disinfecting any new stones you bring into your home or if you just feel the need for a fresh start with something in your life.
Although sea salt is recommended, basic salt from your pantry will do just fine. Again, I don’t want you to worry about the ceremonial details as much as your focus on the intentions behind the ritual itself. Next, gather any stones and crystals with significance for you and place in a cup of lukewarm water with a teaspoon of salt. Some recommend an overnight soak. That’s great if you can. However, a quick dip and rinse is fine too. Allow the crystals to air dry.
The key here is to not just go through the motions but to send your intentions for clarity as you cleanse the stones.
Calm App. (as short as 1 -2 minutes)
This app has a variety of guided meditations and relaxing sound themes for your to choose from. However, I use the free version which also allows me to set the length of my meditation starting at a short as 1 minute. Typically, I usually set it for 10 to 15 minutes. Immediately following the conclusion of your mediation, the app provides a quote for the day.
A friend introduced me to calm and I’ve been calm(er) ever since.
Smudging (2 to 5 minutes depending on the size of your home)
Smudging is the ritual of purifying a room with the smoke of sacred herbs (typically sage) to help rid the negative energy from a space or room. It seems even modern science acknowledges the the burning of sage releases negative ions correlating to an enhanced or more positive mood. All that said, I still believe that the most potent action in smudging is the setting and focusing of your intentions.
Regardless of the weather (and I live in the Midwest), I open a door or window before getting started. Next, I light my sage smudge stick over my abalone shell to catch any ashes that may fall during the ritual. Don’t worry about the shell. A clay or glass bowl will do just fine.
With the smoking stick and shell in hand, I start from my front door and in a clockwise path walk the simmer of smoke (from the stick) throughout the rooms in my home. I ask God (or your Higher Power belief based on your spiritual wisdoms and traditions) to help clean out the residual energy from negative thoughts, intentions, or actions within my home space… refreshing the space for upcoming new beginnings and rebirths. And I complete the cleansing tour at my front door, opening it slightly to blow some of the smoke outside. Then I place the smudge stick in the shell until it’s no longer smoking.
Before storing away your smudge stick and shell, it’s also important to rid the ashes outside as to not continue harboring the negative energy inside your home.
Now some people also smudge themselves by circling themselves with the smoke. Others without a smudge stick use a favorite incense for the ritual. And for those of you sensitive to the slight smoke from the smudge stick and incense, there are smudge sprays available that you can do a quick spritz in each room. I actually use this for clearing my reading space between psychic readings.
The White Candle (5 seconds to 5 minutes)
The color white represents clarification, purification, and new beginnings. White candles are also used in rituals involving prayer and devotion, thus, why you find them in churches and places of worship.
You can find tall white (unscented) candles for as little as a dollar each at discount and “dollar” stores. I prefer the unscented ones for this ritual, but again, this is a personal choice and it's up to you to decide what is best for you.
This ritual is as quick and simple as striking a match and lighting the wick of the candle with the intention of cleansing our intuitive plumbing sort of speak and allowing God’s messages to come through with greater clarity. (This prayer or intention setting ritual applies to your Higher Power belief based on your spiritual wisdoms and traditions.) I view the mere act of striking the match and lighting the candle as one of those magical moments… kind of like that stillness between the inhale and exhale of your breath… as your breath transitions from the inhale to the exhale. This is the time to set intentions.
Time permitting, I recommend allowing the candle to burn for 5 minutes. If you have more time, you can let it burn for hours. However, because the focus of this article is about time-saving rituals, let’s call it 5 minutes. But even if you have just a few seconds for the light and extinguish of the flame, at least you hand that magical moment of stillness and presence… that you gave to yourself.
The Thank You (5 seconds)
Regardless of your religious wisdoms and traditions, I believe the most powerful prayer to my Higher Power consists of two simple words: Thank you.
Look, I have a drawer full of journals that I started with plenty of blank pages after the first few weeks. Although many find the process of journalling grounding and therapeutic, it (personally) became more of a chore and an item on my to-do list... taking away the spirit in which the ritual was intended.
By simply saying "thank you for ...." before even getting out of bed, your intuitive GPS is set to navigate from a mindset of abundance rather from lack. And rather than creating a thank you rule or daily quota, just share with your Divine what you authentically feel in that moment. ?
My goal is to pass along the intuitive knowledge that I’ve accumulated over the years for use as a tool for navigating life's chaos and crossroads with clarity and confidence.
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