Mental Health Mantra 53/365
I am pleased as punch that I am on Day 53.
Now, I wake up and after making a cuppa, I settle at my studio table, it's waiting for me.
In the quiet start of the day, I fill up fresh water in my two glasses.
The solitude guides me ... what flower today? I then remember the photograph of the small pansies I took round the corner starting to show through the earth.
It feels fitting that they are the flowers today for this flower mantra because....
Later on....my friend Melody Salad who has been right there by my side this past year, I am so grateful to be surrounded by friendships in my 100 acre wood, those that virtually sit round my table to eat cake and drink tea. Think of Winnie the Pooh and all his table mates - it's pretty much that. They are far flung and spread all over this earth.
We chatted today about entering a new phase of moving, bringing this 18 month circle to a close.
Melody Salad, like a gentle reminder calmly says to me:
"Choose the path of least resistance Julia"
She was spot on.
I choose the path of least resistance.
It felt so fitting to be paired with the pansies as they choose the path of least resistance to emerge into spring.
A great mantra to keep close to my heart today (and tomorrow) as I navigate this ship. Maybe you too?
Keep shining star seeds, know your intuitive thoughts are always there.
PS Thank you Melody Salad x
'Art with Heart - Calm your Mind, Soothe your Soul.'
Mental Health Mantra 48/365
Tune in to Tune out....
..... something I have done for a long, long, while.
Turning everything off, stepping away from the external noise.
Tuning in, going inside.
Turning off what's creating too much static, that keep the radio waves clogged.
In the tuning out, I began tune in.
Now I know that I can Tune In, which in turn, Tunes out that which doesn't support me.
It's a great Mantra to remember.
Tune in to Tune out.....
.....sometimes though we have to Tune out to Tune in.
Either way, it's a great one for repetition today/ and the next and the next!
These flowers are really meditative and hypnotic - I am really loving the process of sitting down and getting into the magic of Colour, Water and Brush. The flowing ink here is mesmerising. I may keep repeating myself, but that's what a journal is all about. To go back and check what is being repeated because these are the soul messages.
Keep shining sunshine, connect to your gut instinct.
Art with Heart - Calm your Mind, Soothe your Soul.'
Mental Health Mantra 47/365
I stumbled across this you tube channel of Samaneri Jayasara who is a Buddhist Nun.
Listening to her channel soothes me and gives my meditation practices a sense of stillness.
This particular video is her speaking selected verses and poems of Sufi Poet, Rumi.
If you want to take some time out 32 minutes of time, plug in headphones, lie back, or sit straight and fall into this.
Today this is what I needed.
The crocuses for this flower mantra today remind me that what I seek is seeking me.
Keep shining starseeds
Art with Heart - Calm your Mind, Soothe your Soul.'
Mental Health Mantra 43/365
It has been a day and a half and my emotional tank is dry.
The heating didn’t come on first thing so I had to navigate no heat and organise engineer, hot water, temporary heaters. It was 0 degrees here, very cold for Liverpool!
Up since 3am with Luna who was really poorly with sickness and she is my baba and communicates it all with me. Ended up at the vets in the afternoon for check over.
Some how, with many layers on I managed to sit down and complete this flower mantra for day 43 of 365. It is an interesting thing that I will ponder upon because it wasn’t early in the day like usual but when I could grab half an hour. Still, having done 42 images so far, it was so important to somehow grab some time to do it.
I am going to take this mantra today and sing my way under the duvet *think of all you need is love* and hopefully I'll drift off listening to high frequency music.
Sleep renews and reboots
'Art with Heart - Calm your Mind, Soothe your Soul.'
Mental Health Mantra 19/365
I wake up and ask myself this question today. I feel there's something I need to do and so I have to go to my toolkit and see what it is that resonates. In my book that I'm currently writing, ReBalance Me, I have 7 ways to wellness, they are Boost, Nourish, Cocoon, Support, Create, Care and Move.
To answer this mantra today, I go look in each of these ways and ask myself what I need, what's the message coming through. What's resonating?
Sitting quietly I close my eyes, letting my breath flow in and out of my nose.
In those few minutes, I realised I needed the following prescription for the day, to rebalance me.
ReBalance-Me Prescription for Jules : )
This prescription helped me to shift things today.
Do you have a toolkit of stuff that you turn to?
Hands up, don't we forget? Especially when we are dealing with stress, high anxiety, apprehension, add in the blanks you're dealing with currently, ______________, __________________, ________________.
I remembered I need reminders and repetition, which is why I'm creating these Mental Health Mantras, to send calm and soothing messages to my subconscious mind.
Sincerely hope this helps you too.
Keep centred starseeds on your own intuitive intelligence.
"Art with Heart - Calm your Mind, Soothe your Soul."
In all of this external drama I have had to choose one thing to keep me sane and so I made meditation a priority, connection to spirit, quietness, stillness, amongst all the other stuff I have integrated over the past 32 years.
The mental health anxiety I am witnessing in others and snapshots in myself the breakdowns of what is going on, means it has to be a daily practice otherwise I will go under.
I hope it helps you to soothe any anxiety about what is unfolding and can help you calm your mind and soothe your soul.
This is for you who who want to rebalance your chakras and feel less anxious about all the external stuff happening.
I am planning to do some videos of me doing this self soothing meditation, which could be super cool if we do them in a group, so let me know if you'd be interested and I'll keep you posted.
Take one of these slides and place your hands in the positions illustrated and repeat the mantra to yourself for 3 minutes.
If you want to focus on all 9 of these hand positions, this will take you 27 mins (yep I can count lol).
Sending you oodles of love on this wintery day.
Keep shining your light and trust your intuitive intelligence.
Art with Heart ~ Calm Your Mind, Soothe Your Soul.
We are drawn to people who possess qualities we admire.
When we see these qualities in others, our own inner compass responds - we begin to align with our true self.
Equally we are not drawn to people who's qualities we don't admire. Often when this happens, we are discovering a shadow part of ourselves that needs unravelling.
Take a moment to think about someone you admire. What qualities do you prize in them? Below the surface of physical attributes or possessions, which traits do you praise? Do you admire, courage, loyalty, creativity? Do you honour their compassion, or truthfulness?
As you're thinking about this person now, does your heart feel warm?
Your heart warms because these traits are inside of you too.
It's a challenge to appreciate a trait unless you have experienced it too.
In order to value loyalty, you must know what loyalty is. You must sense what it means to be dependable, steady, faithful, dedicated and you also know the pain of disloyalty.
You possess the possibility for a host of attributes or characteristics. When you see them in others, your heart lights up. When you yourself act in accordance with these qualities, you feel a sense of well-being, things feels aligned. You are acting with integrity. The qualities that you are demonstrating are the standards that are most important to you, the standards that express who you are.
Using the word Integrity simply defines "whole and complete, intact".
When you discover your Standards of Integrity you will begin to build a confident foundation of your own standards and begin to see them in others too.
This process will ask about 40 minutes of your time, which you can split into two x 20 minute sessions. This needs quiet time, so make sure you're not disturbed, get still and contemplative.
1. Take a clean page and on the left side list all the people who have qualities you admire. Write their names, using the check list below to spur your memory. Take your time and reach back into the past. the list of possibilities include:-
2. Survey down your list. Look at each name, starting with the first and working down. On the right side of the paper record the quality or trait you admire about that person. A quality is something that inspires you, such as loyal, intelligent, adventurous, courageous, creative, truthful etc.
Some of the attributes will be shared, but write them out again.
The list will be as long or as short as you like - there's no race to have the longest list, this is your own barometer.
3. When you have finished allocating qualities and traits to your list. Write all the qualities and traits down on a new page. If there are more than one, use Tick Marks next to it, to highlight where this has been noticed many times.
4. Now lets revisit this list. Take a new page and starting from the top, look at each trait. Spend a few moments contemplating each attribute. Ask yourself:-
Repeat this process until you have contemplated each word on your original list. You may find you have transferred all of them, or just a few. Quantity is not important, What matters is you will begin to see what touches you and makes you feel in alignment. If one or two other qualities occur at this point, write them down as well.
5. Take the new list and place it in front of you. Each trait has significant and meaning for you. Write them out on a small card (say 3 x 5 inch) and write at the top: "These are my Standards of Integrity" and write at the bottom " I know these are mine because I see them in others."
Keep this card with you and look at it often during this coming week.
What you have before you is a blueprint for your own personal power. You possess these qualities you listed, they are part of your nature.
You might want to share these standards with someone else who has done this exercise, or perhaps a close friend. Often it can be done together and you can gain some profound insights and understandings.
If you read over your Standards of Integrity, you really are describing your authentic nature. After a week of reading it daily to yourself, turn to your journal to see how this exercise has made you feel.
Record your observations about yourself in your journal. Work with them and see how you can let them in a little closer.
This is an adapted exercise taken from The Energy of Money by Maria Nemeth Phd