Guest post by Kirsty Gallagher
Every time I am with my soul sister, and other half of my Solstice Goddess Retreat Ibiza, Kirsty Gallagher I learn so much.
There I will be pushing and struggling and trying to sprint to the finish line (I guess somewhere along the way I decided that life had to be a race… hmmm) and Kirsty will be there, anchored in her power, her sweet femininity, moving and flowing (patiently) with divine grace.
I want to share some of her energy with you so I asked to her tell us her secrets… her daily practices that help her stay grounded into the energy.
And this is what she said…
Kirsty’s daily rituals:
1) Check in with how you are feeling – HONESTLY!
As women we are made to feel, intuit, empathise and know. Over time however we’ve been taught that certain emotions are ‘negative’ and so sadly we have learned they are ‘bad’ and to shut them off and ignore them, not allowing them (and ourselves) to be heard and expressed. The truth is that there are no negative emotions at all and each one of them is teaching is something that’s completely useful and relevant to us in that moment. Get back in touch with that deep Shakti power to FEEL and to KNOW. At the start of each day (and several times through the say of you can) stop, pause and ask yourself “how am I feeling RIGHT NOW”. Notice if you immediately judge the emotion and then just be with whatever it is that you are feeling. Some days it’s joyous, happy, loved and others it’s sad, frustrated and maybe even angry. Know that it’s ok not to be ok sometimes and just honour that place within you that is feeling this emotion. The more you tune in to yourself with present moment awareness, no matter what that awareness shows up for you, the more you’ll begin to be able to accept and heal the emotions rather than letting them take over and express in some other way (as they will) Through this you’ll also get to know yourself and your needs a lot better – this is about honouring YOU and knowing you are perfect however you are.
2) A few moments of silence – for YOU
Once you’ve checked in take a few moments of silence, just FOR YOU. Make it a time that you don’t have to worry about anyone or anything else (as women we are healers, mothers, girlfriends, wives, partners, friends, aunties and everything else in between!) and instead focus on setting the intention for your day ahead. If you have a meditation practice now would be the ideal time, otherwise for just a few simple minutes come back to your breath, yourself and simply BE. How can you possibly be everything to everybody if you are running on empty? This is your time to fuel up and check in with yourself, giving yourself the gift of a few moments of time out to focus simply on YOU. This will open up a whole world of intuitive insights and inner power that comes from being completely in tune with your magical Shakti self.
3) Draw a card
I LOVE working with cards, Doreen Virtue’s Goddess Guidance are my favourite for working with the Shakti energy. Drawing a card each morning gives me a focus point for my day and I always find that the cards are completely relevant and often a timely reminder! This morning for example I picked “Sorceress – you are a magical person who can manifest your clear intentions into reality” This started my day in the most magical way and reminded me of my power to manifest whatever I put my intention into, so it helped me to be very clear today too on my intentions and what I was putting out there into the Universe! Some days it’s as simple as Step Outside, which leads me to my next point…
4) Be in nature
Everything in the world moves in cycles and as women we are completely tuned into this with a monthly cycle of our own. Be in nature as often as you can, she is a great healer. If you can be barefoot for even a few moments a day on the smallest piece of grass you will notice a huge difference in your energy levels and connection to the deep wisdom of the earth’s energy. You can also find great inspiration from nature, the way she lets go with no fear of what is coming next, the way she deeply roots in her own truth yet allows herself to be gently swayed by the passing breeze, the way she just knows and trusts that every need will be fulfilled. Allow nature to whisper her secrets to you as often as you can.
5) Find an anchor
Find something that you can come to in times of both need and also happiness. This anchor will hold you in place when everything feels like it’s spinning out of control. It could be crystals (I have a crystal for every occasion and often have one or two in my bra!) or journaling to express and let out you emotions and inner feelings. Morning pages are an amazing daily anchor point; each morning set aside a few moments to write whatever it is that comes to you in the moment. Don’t censor or judge it, just go with your flow. Mantras and mudras are also incredible for holding you together and bringing you into the present moment. Try a few and see what really works for you to help keep you grounded and anchored.
Thank you Kirsty… deep gratitude for your wisdom.
I can’t wait to see you again in Ibiza on our magical retreat!
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