This 2020 Photo Series by Ruby, is an idea that came to mind, as a solution to the show that is this year. A look at everyday moments, hoping to catch that moment of colour. To share it. To speak to each of us. To call up a vibration of kindness. A moment of saturation to rain through your vision. To heal. Despite what our ego would have us believe, we all have things that can heal. These photos titled Seeking Colour, is an effort in helping us to restore.
Colour raises our souls and is a warm welcome home, like the flowers, both literally and figuratively. Photographed on a rainy Sunday afternoon. It’s part of my balance to a lot of other very important images right now. Nigeria, New York, Melbourne and Beirut, to name a few.
In the last couple of weeks, I started to ‘Seek Colour’ as a reminder that the world has a myriad of things that are possible. For me the most beautiful of these is nature, wild. I was able to watch the birds in my neighbourhood, flash with bright primary splashes in the morning and by the afternoon, I wanted to soak my eyes with colour to recover, to remember, to care.
Any one of these ingredients are, so good right now. They smell and taste delicious. Our food is the most immediate option for fortifying our presence. Be conscious of how you fuel your system. Is it good right now?
A simple addition to any routine, is to choose any one of these ingredients and add it into current moments. If you like tea, lemon, fennel seeds, lime, lavender in an infuser will aid your immune system, nervous system and cleanse organs. If you don’t drink a lot of tea, consider which ingredient, except carrot, would you like to smell in a cup of warm water on your bedside table as you settle to sleep? Allowing the cup to cool overnight and in the morning, can be poured into composte or the garden bed. If you would like to combine a few ingredients, a pot of water on the stove with, for example, bay leaves, fennel and lemon smells lovely extending through the house in aid of restoring appetite, stamina, settling the nerves and supporting respiratory health. If you have a few dollars, fresh twigs from the tree and lavender flowers can be a lovely welcome home.
Of course these can be added to meals, and I speak especially of carrot, although the oil, if you have access is delicious on the skin. Regenerative and good for skin health, loaded with anti oxidants, carrot oil can be added to your moisturiser for an at home pamper session. Be aware of taking a beat before going into the sun with this oil. Let it fully absorb into the skin. Almond oil is a good base for some drops of carrot oil. Patch test if you haven’t used oils before or a lot.
When adding these to our meals, any 1 of the above go well with rice, in salad and dressing, with a little salt and pepper a little goes a long way here; it is recommended that diet and health programs already in progress should be considered. Check with your current people.
In my experience, each one of these is great in any remedy, comments on these collectively from clients have included:
The freshness has reignited in my stamina.
A settling of my mind that help me feel content in my decision making.
My body softened and I slept well.
My ambition showed me how I really wanted to be a better communicator.
I loved the carrot and the lavender, I ate them together. I couldn’t stop smiling, people at the party kept telling me how happy I looked.
Incorporating small measures in a step by step fashion, help to establish new rhythms. Especially good when repairing or building neural pathways. Allowing a more general cohesion between thought and action. Supporting the energy for reframing of outmoded niche perspectives. Promoting understanding, calm, reason and active listening feeds into a better foundation for growth. These ingredients are an investment in your well being. Take your moment, to provide for your complete self. Engage in the unique power of you. Allow dignity and find your balance.
With a couple of retrogrades happening within the end of this year, its worth mentioning a couple of points for consideration, to ease your path. Our illumination continues on in regards to social issues, authority and leadership, expression and justice. These impact and influence us all, raising to the top what has not yet been fully addressed. Primal urges called out in our behaviour, ask us to think before acting and speaking, with taking time out for considerations around maturing and evolving.
Fear and isolation may add to what you are positioned to navigate, with power struggles and confrontation in the mix. Our opportunity to keep our path forward towards success is firstly to understand that blocks and challenges are a sign to slow down, even to back off to avoid making major mistakes. Patience and small, slow steps are going to aid reaching goals.
Integrating with the Age of Aquarius energy, brings these aspects into the spotlight; self expression, sexuality, gender, innovation, collective well being and health, logical thought and growth. These apply to personal and professional environments and conduct. In business this includes industries like, technology, finance, communication for example social media platforms as well as psychology, the arts and social services. Personal feelings will be raised in professional environments. Concentrating on maintaining is relevant for project outcomes as well as profits. Including employees and client bases would also be wise in your considerations here.
This is an opportunity to tidy up, mature and resolve recurring issues and energies from past life experiences. As in Feng Shui, what is imperfect is a moment of choice. Our choices find us where we are and offer alternate options, if you can be in the moment, in the space, to respond out of victim or perpetrator mindsets to learn how to safely express Mars energy. Mars relates to anger, rage, negative energy left unchecked. Learning to utilise better expression of these characteristics once navigated can bring relief, more options for outcomes and aids us in feeling safe in vulnerability and risk assessment for balanced actions in the future.
For this I would recommend utilising the words in the image as your touchstone for quiet contemplation, aiding you in continuing towards yours and our success.
In our 888 Meditation Moment this week, it is wise to consider, how major shifts can create a new foundation for how we behave and who we like to hang out with, even how we hang out.
This mantra centres within us, for a love base around how we treat ourselves, how we speak to ourselves and by extension to others. Meditation is wonderful for restoring our energies as well as giving us access to our portable safe spaces. This is a valuable tool. It supports all levels of our bodies, our outlook, our embodiment of life. For me its vital to keep my soul acknowledged for me to hear my calling to endeavour to embody life. For this mantra, crystals in hand can include, clear quartz, kyanite, sodalite, turquoise and lapis. This weekend is a good time to ground crystals like hematite, tourmaline, jet, smoky quartz, lepidolite and emerald. If you’re looking to add an essential oil these are good suggestions, considering aspects of new thoughts, courage and being pro active; jasmine, galbanum, cedar wood, chamomile or lemongrass.
Enjoy giving yourself some support, no matter how the week has been. Safe Passage.
Let’s start todays message with a re-referencing of challenges. Let’s consider calling them check points. An opportunity to address how we are, how what we are engaged in achieving is going & a spot to creatively resolve for more ease, better outcomes & stamina of mindset. Over the last 3 decades I have had an office where I see clients & a private office in my house. Below you will find some tips & tricks for helping us keep that stamina mindset & creative resolution working healthily.
Most importantly, in the beginning, you will be interrupted, especially if you have kids at home. This is okay, if you allow yourself to start with this as part of the ‘routine’ of working from home, it will make the entire day & your focus remain flexible & attentive. It is also a very good idea to within parameters to let kids have longer time on devices, get some things themselves, for example already cut up snacks in lunch boxes in the fridge or from the dining table. Tactile activities will engage children for longer, from helping to sort washing to crafts with paint & pipe cleaners. Water play, if your child has no allergies, adding food colouring to water in the bath can be fun & relieve stress to play in no time. Set up a work space for them, within sight of where you are working & they can draw while you email. Give your self a chance, if it gets hectic, take a few minutes, reset & go again. Also, make the most of nap times depending on their age & high chairs are great for working with Mum & Dad, while not being under foot. Be creative around this & have the older kids give some ideas, I always found good balance when I included the kids in resolving lengthy time allocations, it makes it so much easier.
With considerations to ages within the house the following are suggestions or start points for what may add to ease of work in your home.
Create literal boundaries to support switching from home to work mode. I like to shut all bedroom doors.
If you start your work day with a coffee or tea at your desk, do this at home. Even if it goes cold in my case.
Piano music is great for focus.
If kids are watching their shows, agree to a volume limit.
For phone calls, have kids play off device. This may be setting up a tea party for after the meeting.
Plastic table cloths are great on the dinner table, kids can mark it up with pens and paint & you get to wipe or hose it down, or recycle after.
Ask other parents for app’s or show ideas, you may find a couple of gems. Share these with your co-workers. Find some old clothes & let the kids play dress up.
Keep chores to a minimum, during work hours. Sit facing the door. Sit where you can see outside.
No netflix for you.
Walk outside in your yard bare foot, even for a couple of minutes or take the call with you. It is grounding, restorative & walking meetings improve creative resolution.
Create an end of day ritual, for me I like to go outside & watch the sun set. Other suggestions include, turning off the power in the office at the wall, pushing in the chair, closing the door, tidying the area or desk & taking shoes off if you wear them at home.
Set up an alter where you are working, on the desk, in your pocket… this last one is more like a crystal in your pocket, perhaps hematite which is great for meetings. It can be small like the photo at the top, this is off my desk, I use the oil blend to stay aware & present [its a 888 signature blend called 528 Miracle, email us here to place your order, a light citrus scent with uplifting qualities to brighten your mood, $30 excl gst. & delivery via AusPost]. Feathers are in here as I collect them & have birds in my yard outside the window near my desk, they also represent freedom, crystals of course, they are placed around my home & office. The pendulums are here for client work & they recharge as they rest. The dish is placed on the left top corner of the desk, for abundance.
Remember to take lunch breaks. Proper nourishment & stepping away from the screen increases productivity & diminishes fatigue.
Get up & dance or stretch for your 15 minute break. This is usually what I will do around 2 or 3 in the afternoon, refreshing my brain & stretching out of seated desk position as well as waking up the brain.
Be brave & if you need to move furniture or change the layout of the lounge room to make it work for you & kids to have comfortable breathing space, do it… I rearranged recently as a housemate is now working from home & I wanted more space as more of us are in house daily.
If the room is dim put the light on at the start of your work day & then switch off at night as part of end of work day. This can include the kids as a que for asking to interrupt with ‘excuse me’ & as an okay now my time is yours at the end of the day, in their minds.
Get dressed, not necessarily pj’s. Casual is fine, but not that casual that you end up going back to bed 😴
If your part of a team, use group chats to stay in touch & keep information flowing for keeping timelines & feeling integrated like at the office.
Stay organised, this can be 5 minutes at the end of the day to tidy the desk, or look at what you need to schedule & put it in the diary. Minimising stress here is a great way to not feel behind the ball.
Crystals that support work, meetings & lowering EMF’s.
Hematite. Good for meetings, financial & legal matters.
Clear Quartz. Focus & staying clear headed.
Lapis Lazuli. Great for esteem, consideration & being treated well.
Amazonite. Great for women in business.
Citrine. The merchants stone.
Obsidian. In the car for courier drivers, cab drivers or if you travel a lot for work.
Banded Agate. Supports finances, can be carried in purse, wallet or pocket.
Chrysophase. Good for difficult climates in regards to office politics.
A couple of extras, I like to burn incense or have a humidifier on with essential oils to support feeling calm & focused. Set it up how it works, function over form, it needs to work more than look perfect. Sending you good working from home vibes.