wellness

Everyday Meditation with the Founder

There is so much to talk about when it comes to meditation and being mindful. I felt inspired to share how I incorporate both throughout a very busy day.  I start my morning with the everyday hustle of getting the family fed, dressed and there are some mornings, I will confess, when I can’t wait for everyone to leave.  I try to always stop for a moment to look into my daughter’s eyes to ask her, “Who is in charge to make today a great day?” and she smiles right back at me and says, “I am”.  After kisses and hugs, my loving hubby is off to get her to school and I am left with the welcoming quietness of my home and our cute little dog Lula staring up at me.  I take a deep breath and think of the day ahead of me with meetings, phone calls and emails.  

Even if you don't have the time to set aside to practice full meditation, these are a few of your everyday moments that you can utilize into a mindful technique each day.

PRACTICING GRATITUDE

Thankful to make beds

Even if I may not have time to meditate or read something inspiring which is how I would love to start every morning, I take a moment for myself by making the beds and organizing the kitchen. For me, there is something about making a bed and smoothing out all of the wrinkles and creating a neat and fresh invitation for peaceful rest later in the day for your loved ones.  I put a lot of love into it and I also take this moment to practice gratitude, to thank the divine for all of my blessings and to reflect on how good it feels to have some order which brings me peace.

RELEASING NEGATIVITY

Wash a dish and cleanse your worries

Washing the dishes is a great time for me to practice releasing any negativity.  It feels great to wash every plate and with it, I wash away my worries and negative thoughts. Wiping down the counters gives me a clearer mind and starts the day with a clean slate.

IGNITING CREATIVITY

Relaxation can ignite creativity

Showering is my time to become inspired and for some reason, this is where I get my best ideas.  I use some orange or lemongrass aromatherapy and it invigorates me to think over designs for new concepts for my business or supporting my family’s needs.  The steam on the glass is my “whiteboard” where I write and sketch and let my creative energy flow in tune with the water down my back.  I breathe deeply and close my eyes and capture my ideas in a more steady and organized process and relax.

BEING PRESENT IN THE MOMENT

Connecting with nature reminds us to be present

At this point of my morning, cute little Lula is by the door quietly reminding me that it’s time for a walk.  I always leave my phone behind and opening the door, the day invites us with birds singing, blue skies and fresh air.  Even though I am still training Lula, I always honor her needs to stop and smell a scent in the air that is grabbing her full attention, or sometimes it is a breeze or a leaf.  She is reminding me to pay attention to what is around me and how to be present in the moment.  I forget my thoughts, stretch my arms out and do shoulder rolls and notice the trees, squirrels and birds and feel harmonious.

SET INTENTIONS OF WHAT YOU WANT

Create expectations and make the day yours

This morning I felt drawn to my Lapis crystal and as I held it in my hand and closed my eyes, I felt it’s strong vibration.  I lit the special rose candle I have that was made by our best candlemaker and started to write down how the end of the day was going to feel.  I am content of all that will be accomplished and I put on some new music I downloaded. Bring on the day!

So, there are moments all throughout the day to stay mindful and re-connect with the inner source within you of peace, love, stability and stillness.  I find that when I can continue this practice throughout the rest of my day, stressful situations just need me to take a few breaths to remind me that everything will work out how it is meant to be.

Namaste’

Finding Your Inner Peace

Have you ever been at a point in your life when you felt that your heart could never heal again? As human beings, we’ve all harvested feelings of anger, resentment, guilt and anxiety. We can all say that we’ve had our lows. Those points when you wonder if you will ever find inner peace and love again. But the magical part of life and spirituality is that we rebuild, we grow, and we renew our souls continuously. Somehow, someway, we find the strength we need to keep our hearts open and find peace within ourselves to carry on.

Today we’re digging deeper with our weekly post because we want to share our tips to manifestation, particularly with life’s favored quality: Peace. You may think that attracting qualities into your life and utterly changing how you receive everything is, well, impossible. But it’s not! Rebuilding your spirit is a process but finding your inner peace again is worth it all. As little reminders of what we want more of, we always display our PEACE candle in a prominent place in our home. Begin your manifestation with reflection. Sit in silence and reflect on your life’s biggest challenges.

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Reflect. To really conquer negative feelings, recall the situations in your life that have caused you the most stress or anger. At this point, imagine how you would do things differently to prevent negative feelings from occurring. Do not focus on what someone has done to you – but instead focus on how you may have brought a situation on yourself and how you can adjust to keep your peace. Only when you can conquer how you can improve as a person will you truly begin to rebuild in strength. Reflection is important process in harvesting and controlling emotions, it allows you to grow.

Visualize. During your meditation process, usually after your reflection, begin visualization to manifest your inner peace. Select a few of your most peaceful scenes in life, whether it be on a beach, at a cottage by the river or in a tropical forest. They can be scenes that existed in your life, or entirely made up. The important part of visualization is that you allow your mind and body to be entirely still and at peace, but also to refer to your “peaceful place” during future situations of stress. While visualizing, focus on sound and scent. Using your other senses will distract the mind from thought. The PEACE candle was created precisely for this purpose. Made with the luxurious essential oils clary sage and Canadian white spruce, the scent of the candle allows your mind to be strengthened, remaining serene and harmonious.

Renew. Renewing your spirit and filling your heart with peace is the final stage in manifestation. Your goal is to envision the person you want to be. Thoroughly decide how you want to react to situations and learn to be present in each moment. You are renewing yourself to become a peaceful and gentle person. A quote we frequently refer to helps set the bar for a worriless life:

Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no trouble, noise or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things, but still be calm in your heart.

This is the ultimate affirmation for attracting peace into your life. Remembering that you cannot control situations in your life – but you can control your reaction, is the key. You decide how you use your energy. 

I am at peace with where I am, where I am going and what has been. I choose to change my life to match my dreams and desires and take action from my still, wise center.

Meditating with Intention Candles

Peace. Prosperity. Health. Love. Clarity. These qualities all describe what we want more of in life. But what if you can have all of this just by meditating? While the well-known Law of Attraction originally inspired our Intentions Collection, meditation invokes our practice. Manifesting the life you want is just as simple as setting your intentions and visualizing yourself with your particular desire. We’ve found visualization to be most successful during meditation.

Every day, after coffee has been made and the morning rush dies down and before even diving into the day’s tasks, I set aside time for meditation. I select an Intention for the day, typically Peace or Health, my personal preferences. I light my Peace candle and turn on the soundtrack “Meditation by the Sea” and situate myself in the Sunroom, my favorite room in the house. I let the morning sun in and begin my visualization.

When attracting peace with the Intentions candle, I let the room fill with the scent of essential oils patchouli, white spruce and sage and allow my mind to drift to my serene place. To bring peace to my day, I meditate while visualizing myself in a calm and harmonious setting, usually sitting near a waterfall or lake. I embrace the sounds of the waters and allow peace to become the setting for my day.

Once a visualization is set, I allow my mind to go completely blank by focusing on my breathing, scent and physical feeling. I direct my attention to the scent of the candle, the warm sun filling the room and embrace my other senses aside from thought, allowing my mind to clear while remaining entirely peaceful.

Though I typically set Peace as my intention while using the candle for meditation, you can set so many other intentions for your day though meditation. For example, if you would like to attract more Health into your life, begin your visualization with an image of yourself manifesting strength and wellbeing. If I am attracting Health into my life, I will meditate and visualize myself hiking, canoeing or engaging in a strenuous physical activity that would require great health.

Enjoy the entire Intentions Collection for your Meditation practice, including Intentions Love, Prosperity, Health, Clarity, Healing, Peace, Joy, Inspiration and Gratitude.


Meditation Photo via Huffington Post 

Setting Intentions for 2015

Tips + Tricks to Begin the New Year

Ringing in 2015 can be just as exciting as we’ve made it out to be. We begin to embrace the New Year by looking back. Let’s look long and hard at 2014. What have you accomplished? What were you grateful for? Did you have any challenges? To look to the future and start fresh, looking back always gives us a great sense of optimism and excitement. Though we’re all guilty of setting high expectations for the New Year, resolutions can be accomplished with the right support and tools!

Declutter. Make your way into the New Year by making a little more room, physically and mentally. Wipe your slate clean of the year’s residue. Begin by organizing your closets and handbags, declutter your office and file away all old documents in a storage bin. Make room for the future! The decluttering process allows you to cleanse your mind and make room for new ideas to flow freely.

Reflect. A new journal and agenda is just the tool for setting those New Year’s goals. Beginning a new journal with a reflection of gratitude can help set the tone for the year ahead. Jot down inspiring quotes, visuals and ideas for your year to come. At TPC headquarters, we light our Clarity candle during the reflection process, made with cleansing and inspiring aromatherapy notes of lit sea cubeba and lemongrass.  

Visualize. Think about what the end of the 2015 will be like – envisioning the future will help set your year’s goals. Truly visualize. What are you doing? What do you feel like? What have you accomplished?  Working backwards is a technique that can easily allow you to be productive step by step.  Once your goals are set, write them down and make a copy of it and put it up in a prominent place so you read it every day. To take visualization a step further, cut out pictures from magazines or google and print images that support your goals and refresh your vision board in your room or office.  This is all to support The Law of Attraction: think it will happen, see it will happen, believe it will happen…and it will happen!  

Setting Intentions. The attraction method is what inspired the creation of the intentions aromatherapy collection. Every day, select an intention that you want to focus on and light that candle and say an intention for it.  For example, if you are tired and unmotivated, light Inspiration made with energizing aromatherapy of spearmint and white spruce and say, “It is going to feel so good to have energy today and complete my project”.

Or, if you have an important meeting that day and in need of prosperous energy, light the warming Prosperity candle and say “I am so excited about the success and prosperity coming to me.”

If a resolution is to channel your energy in good health, enjoy our Healthy candle and focus on which area of your body you’d like to heal or improve. While they aren’t magical candles, you will find the magic that is inside you when you set your mind to expect something to happen and believe it will happen.

We’re wishing everyone the most magical and amazing 2015!  Believe in what you can do, expect it to happen and have fun!