If you’ve been to a yoga class, or a Reiki energy healing session you’ve probably heard of the word chakra. It’s all over the internet and has somewhat become a buzzword. I wanted to write this blog post about what chakras are, what they do and how you can practice self-care as you heal your chakras. As a Reiki practitioner, I cleanse my chakras daily in my self-care practice and I wanted to share some of the ways you too can cleanse and rebalance your chakras. So let’s start with some definitions and demystify what they are.
The word chakra comes from Sanskrit and means wheel or disk. This wheel or disk refers to spiritual energy centers that run throughout the body along the spine from the pelvis area all the up through to the top of the head. There are seven chakras within the human body that relates to specific body parts, organs as well as physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual ways of being. Running through these chakras is life force energy also called Ki, Chi, White light or Prana (there are lots of other names). This energy is what keeps us healthy, vibrant and functioning. Chakras 8 through 12 are above the body and relate to your soul, the Divine, and the cosmos.
Chakras 1 through 7 are represented by the colours of the rainbow and throughout this series, I’ll be introducing you to each in depth.
The root chakra is the first chakra and is located at the base of your spine (between your anus and your genitals). It is responsible for your basic primal needs, grounding you and making you feel connected to this world.
The root chakra takes care of your basic needs like food, shelter, money, and safety. If you think of it like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, this is the bottom of the pyramid.
Meditations are one of the ways I like to cleanse and rebalance my chakras. I especially love Belinda Davidson’s healing chakra cleanse for busy people. It’s a 30-minute meditation that I listen to almost every night as a part of my nightly ritual. This is a great meditation for all of your chakras. I believe in balancing them all but if you want to do some work with just one here are a few meditations that zero in on just the root chakra.
As a Reiki Master, I practice on myself daily. It’s become second nature to give myself a healing session whenever I need it. Reiki is performed by an attuned practitioner who acts as a channel for that life for energy that runs through your chakras. A practitioner can scan
Reiki energy removes the blockages and rebalances the chakras. If you don’t have a practitioner near you, you can also benefit from a distance Reiki session, where an attuned practitioner can connect with you energetically and deliver the healing energy. It may sound weird but life force energy isn’t limited by space or time so it can be offered to anyone in the world no matter what distance is between them and the Reiki Practitioner. If you’re interested in receiving a distance session, you can check out my packages.
Yoga is a powerful way to heal the root chakra, as movement is one of the ways we connect with our bodies and the earth. Here is one of my favourite youtube yoga teachers doing a 30-minute root chakra sequence.
I am safe and supported
I am at peace where I am
I am enough exactly as I am
I am nourished, nurtured and supported
I am abundant
I am grounded and connected to the earth. My spirit is connected deep down into the roots of the earth. I feel protected, safe and secure. I release all fear, anxiety, and tension. I am deserving of all that I desire.
Love and Light,
Setting Intentions with the Energies of The New Moon
The new moon is the birthing phase of the lunar cycle. It’s a time to set intentions that we’d like to manifest and birth into our realities. New moon is the time to plant the seed of your manifestation and as the moon grows and becomes more illuminated, so do your intentions. Since I started practicing these sacred rituals and cycling with the moon, I find comfort in these rituals. Just like a seed planted deep out of sight, gestating in the darkness of the earth. This is the time to plant those intentions and as the moon becomes more full, your desires, wishes, dreams start to sprout and manifest.
Thousands of years ago in many cultures, ancient civilization used the moon to navigate their lives. They understood that life is cyclical just like nature and when we are in harmony with that rhythm we live fuller lives. To this day the farmer almanac indicates that the new moon is the best time to plant seeds as the land is fertile.
When you tap into the power of the moon you can strengthen yourself mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. This allows you to flow with ease and manifest your desires with less resistance.
You can start to prepare for the new moon by creating or downloading a moon phase calendar to track the exact date of the new moon in your hemisphere. You can download my lunar phase calendar here.
So, how do you set a new moon ritual? Well what I’m going to share below is what I do and there are other ways that may resonate with you and I think that’s fine. Take what you like, leave what you don’t. I firmly believe that you should make these rituals something that resonates with you and feels good for you to do.
Having a special space that’s free from distraction is important so that you can set the intentions that are most aligned with your heart’s desires. You want to be positive energy into the space, so it’s a good idea to put the kids to bed, turn off your cell and the tv. It doesn’t matter whether you want to stay inside or go outside, just find a comfortable place that you can spend about 20-30 minutes.
I have an altar which is a small space on my table in my bedroom. On my altar, I keep crystals, pictures of my family, feathers, incense, candles and other items that make me feel tranquil and happy. I keep a comfortable chair, pillows, and shawls near that space so that when I’m doing a ritual I have all that I need to be comfortable.
Gather your sacred tools and supplies to start.
Clear the space with your choice of tool. I use palo santo to remove any negative energy from the space and my body.
You can also use essential oils like peppermint and lavender in a diffuser if you don’t have a smudge.
Grounding yourself is always important when doing any ritual. We are spiritual beings having a human experience and it’s important to have a connection to the earth. Become still and imagine a root coming from the base of your chakra moving deep into the layers of the earth. Keep both feet planted on the ground and imagine that the earth is sending up loving safe energy to you. You are connected to mother earth.
You can also have beautiful music in the background and meditate for about 5 – 10 minutes. Do this for as long as you’d like. It’s totally up to you. You want to connect with your higher self so that the intentions you set are coming from your heart’s deepest desires and will be manifested for your highest good and greatest joy.
Say an invocation before beginning to write.
Dear universe, clear my mind and open my heart so that I may write on this paper my deepest desires that will be for my highest good and greatest joy. So be it. So it is.
I write my intentions in my Law of Attraction journal. I like to keep it nearby because I use my planner daily and can track what is manifesting for me throughout the rest of the moon cycle. It also allows me to look back at full moon and see what wasn’t serving me and prevented me from manifesting my desires.
You can set as many intentions as you would like, this is a time to think BIG and be a visionary for your life. Don’t be afraid to be elaborate. Don’t be afraid that you’re thinking too small either. When I started setting intentions at new moon I remember questioning whether or not my intentions and manifesting wishes were too small and seemed like I wasn’t being ambitious enough. Don’t fret, just go with what’s in your heart big or small.
Your intentions have been set and now you can release them to the universe to be manifested. Trust that you will do the work required to bring forth those intentions. It’s also important to remember Divine timing. Things could start to manifest for you immediately. Conversely, they may not happen as quickly as you’d like. Trust that the universe has your back and will give you what you wish for if it is for your highest good and greatest joy – at the right time.
I hope you found this helpful and I would love to hear about how you set intentions with the new moon. You can take this ritual and start using it or make it your own and do what feels good for you.
Love and light.
How to Create a Sacred Space and why it’s important for your self-care.
When I started on my spiritual self-care journey I recognized quickly why having a space to retreat to was so important. In my home I had a place to prepare meals, a place to sleep, a place to entertain, I had a place to do a lot of things except my spiritual practice. For me, spirituality and self-care go hand in hand.
The crystals, oils, journals, cards and all of my divination tools didn’t really have a dedicated space in my home and that’s when I realized that I needed to make one. In this article, I’d like to share a few ideas that can help you to create your own space. Take what resonates with you and leave the rest.
A sacred space is a place you go to decompress your mind, body, and soul. It’s a place to do healing work, magic and meditation. With our busy lives that are full of doing it’s not only a great idea to have this place to rest and rejuvenate; having a dedicated space also helps your body, mind, and soul to recognize what to do when it’s in this space so you get to that place of tranquility that much quicker over time. The energy of the space will start to build and once you step foot in that space you’re mind, body and soul will connect immediately.
Whatever you want. Yes, because it’s YOUR space to reconnect with yourself. For me, this is a place for self-care and self-love. It reminds me that I need to fill my cup so I can give from the overflow. Here are some ideas of what to do in your sacred space:
Really the list could go on because you make it what you need it to be. I don’t subscribe to doing things the way everyone else does because we are all so unique. Self-care is knowing what you need and making time and space for that.
I want to preface this by saying that you are sacred. You are divine. Wherever you are can be sacred at any moment so don’t think that you can’t get to your place of zen if you aren’t in your sacred space. This is especially important for busy, working people to know. There are many techniques and practices that you can do to bring you back to your sacred space but that’s for another post.
It can be out in the garden, in your living room, in the corner of your bedroom. It doesn’t matter. This space is where you will CONSISTENTLY go back to for your sacred work. Whether you are doing healing work, meditation, taking a few minutes to decompress from work or when your children are acting the fool and you need to reconnect with your higher self for guidance so you don’t do something stupid. (or is that just me?)
The easiest way to remember what you can bring into your space is by incorporating items from the 5 senses. Smell, touch, sight, hearing, tasting.
Add Candles to the space
Not only are candles beautiful and smell great, they can instantly add a sense of calm because they can remind you that you are connecting to the light.
I’m a huge fan of incense. Good quality incense that is. Adding this to the space gives an added layer of scent that helps transport you to another place and just seeing that gentle smoke go up feels so sacred.
Essential oil is the medicine of the plants and flowers. This is a powerful element to bring into your space. You can anoint or massage yourself with the oil or use a diffuser. I love to keep a variety of essential oils in my space and depending on what’s coming up for me at the time, I use them for different reasons, such as:
Sage smudge, Palo Santo
Cleansing the space of any unwanted or negative energy is a great way to enter your space. I would recommend investing in a smudge or stick of Palo Santo and keeping it near your space or in a kit.
Crystals are a very powerful divination tool and can support you by holding space for an intention you’d like to set for your session. I use crystal grids in my space. I write an intention on a piece of paper and place it under the grid that I charge up for continuous support. You don’t have to do that, you can simply hold a single crystal and either out loud or quietly in your heart set your intention. Different crystals are good for specific intentions, such as:
Affirmation, Tarot or Oracle Cards
I love inspirational words. They uplift and shift your mindset instantly. I keep oracle cards in my space, cleanse the deck with palo santo and pull one card per day. I work with that intention for as long as I need to.
Journal, pen, paint
Write down any feels thought or inspiration and downloads during meditation.
You may want to do art in your sacred space. Art journaling is a brilliant way to tap into your intuition and allow your feminine essence to create and birth ideas. Sometimes after I’ve journaled I allow my daughter to help me do some creative artwork over the pages. She loves painting with me and I think it’s a great way to connect with her.
Cushions, shawl, wrap
Comfort is a must in your sacred space. If you’re uncomfortable, chances are you won’t want to stay in the space long or even return. Keep a comfy cushion that you can sit on and even a shawl to wrap around you if you need to be held.
Picture or things that are sacred to you
I have pictures of my children in my space. They represent a rite of passage for me when I went from maiden to mother. Motherhood is a big part of my life now and I like to remind myself of my sacredness as a woman.
You could also keep pictures of a particular Goddess you are working with or anything that feels sacred to you. Trust your intuition and go with what feels right.
Sometimes I like to sit with a guided meditation. It depends on what work I’m doing in my space that dictates the type of meditation. My go to is one to cleanse my chakras. But there may be times when I want a morning meditation to energize and get me ready for the day ahead or even an abundance meditation. There are many meditations to choose from and it’s pretty easy to find one that works for you on youtube.
Relaxing Music or sounds
You choose what works for you. Other times I put on music that soothes my soul. It all depends on what I need at that moment. You may need some energizing music to dance to and get your body moving. Don’t limit yourself. Go with what feels and sounds right to you.
Water, Herbal teas
A nice herbal tea or a refreshing glass of water is always a good idea. Try not to bring caffeinated or alcoholic beverages into the space as you want to keep your channel open to connect to spirit whether that be your Higher Self, Source, Guides, God or the Divine.
This is quite a list of items that can support you in creating a sacred space but it’s not exhaustive. You can add whatever feels sacred to you. I hope I’ve inspired you to create your own sacred space that can support you in your sacred self-care practice.
Love and Light,
How brushing my teeth taught me to be mindful.
When I think about it, taking care of myself was never really a priority. Yes, I would look after myself by buying things and taking trips to the salon but I was always in a rush to do something else.
I was always working towards another goal that had to be achieved. Even as a young girl in school I had high standards and expectations of myself. I wasn’t satisfied with doing one activity or having one hobby.
I always found myself juggling several balls in the air. I carried that over to my adult life where I would juggle multiple projects and even jobs.
The stresses of life became almost routine to me. I was busy trying to finish one thing while thinking about the next. I can remember doing things like:
Don’t get me wrong, being multi-passionate is a good thing and I’m not criticizing myself for the many interests that I wanted to pursue at the same time. The real problem with this scenario is how I went about pursuing them.
One day I noticed that while I was in the bathroom brushing my teeth I was standing with one foot on the ground and the other on tiptoe with my body slightly tilted and slanted towards the door. I was not fully there. That simple standing position startled me because it was a physical manifestation of where my mind was, in two places at once.
Over the course of several months, I would catch myself standing in that ready to go position again and again; even when I had nowhere else to go. I had trained my body and my mind to not be fully present.
Now I’m actively trying to be present in every moment no matter how simple or insignificant it may seem. It doesn’t happen all the time because hey I’m human. What’s important is that I am aware when I’m doing it. Then, I can adjust my mind, body and try to honor myself and that moment.
Take your shoes off, stand on the grass or the earth with both feet and just be still for a few minutes. I’m serious. Practice doing this on a daily basis for a week. It will center you. Miracles happen when you just stand and be still.
Take a big inhale through the nose and blow out through the mouth. Do this 3 times and notice if your breathing changes. The breath brings us back to ourselves. It slows us down. You can’t help but be in the moment when you’re observing your breath.
When you worry it means you’re either living in the past and worrying about something that happened already or you’re living in the future and are anxious about something that hasn’t yet happened. A part of my daily self-care practice is to repeat the principles of Reiki which includes: Just for today I will not worry. I encourage you to do the same. Every time you observe that you’re feeling worried or anxious repeat the principle. Just for today, I will not worry.
It’s as simple as noticing the smells, sights, and sounds around you. It’s not easy to always be mindful so I suggest you even set an alarm to remind you that the next 5 minutes are dedicated to just being present. Whether you’re at home, at the office, or sitting at a cafe, it doesn’t matter. Just take those 5 minutes and observe what’s happening around you.
Being in the moment can also mean being in the flow and allowing yourself to lose track of time. Put on a song that you love, close your eyes and just move! Enjoy the song and just dance. Try to block any distracting thoughts that may bring up nostalgia or memories associated with the song. That’s living in the past. Enjoy the moment.
Far too often we spend time worrying about what happened, being anxious about what we need to do tomorrow and not enough time enjoying the now. Being present is a form a self-care that shouldn’t be taken for granted.
Today, slow down, be present with yourself, your family, friend or nature. Enjoy the little things in life and be in the flow.
Love and light.
Intentional Living: Eight Days Of Gratitude
Embracing an attitude of gratitude is essential when designing an intentional life. It can help you create more abundance, gain clarity, slow down and start living with grace and ease.
But If you’re like most busy, over-worked women, you’ve probably developed some pretty bad habits throughout your life that aren’t so easy to break. So when trying to design a life that’s intentional and sustainable, it requires creating new habits, commitment and focus. Here are eight ideas for maximizing your efforts, to make your new lifestyle as joyful and stress-free as possible.
Look for ways to add visual beauty to your surroundings. Treat yourself to fresh flowers every week. Get rid of clutter. Find ways to incorporate images that bring you peace into everyday items such as your coffee mug, your pens, notebooks and affirmation cards—even your yoga mat!
The quickest way to get into the habit of gratitude: Find three things to be grateful for, first thing in the morning—before even opening your eyes. And when your head hits the pillow, think of three things you were grateful for that happened during the day. (And feel free to add more, if you like!)
Ohh this is a hard one. No matter how angry you are with someone, don’t go to bed without thinking about, finding and telling them something you love about them.
Sometimes the things we should be most grateful for, we miss. Instead, we take them for granted. Looking for these small, overlooked details of our lives helps teach us to be more situationally aware, so that our appreciation for all the wonders of life naturally grows—including what is wonderful about others.
Nothing helps us see our blessings more clearly than volunteering to help those who are in pain. Nothing helps us love others more than working with others for a common, positive goal.
You may already be donating money to do your part—and that’s wonderful. But volunteer your time too, and get out there in your community. When you help others, you quickly learn that you are the one blessed, with something to be grateful for, in the transaction.
Think of people in your life who make your life better. Write them thank-you letters … even if you never send them.Putting in words what you appreciate about the people in your life (past or present) is a wonderful way of creating neural pathways of gratitude in your brain.
Even if you are not particularly religious, say a “Grace” when you put on a meal for family and friends. If you don’t want to say a prayer. Simply tell those at your table that you are grateful for each one of them.
‘Thank you’ is a beautiful phrase filled with gratitude—yet when we say ‘thank you’ we often say it the way we say ‘how are you?”—without waiting for (or wanting) a real answer.
People say, “You’re welcome”, and they say it automatically too. So next time you need to say ‘thank you’ to someone, turn it into an opportunity for genuine gratitude. Acknowledge what you are thankful for and note any sacrifice that was made for your benefit. For example, “Thank you, sis, for picking up my children from school today, I know you had a lot of errands to run and I really appreciate you taking the time to help me out.”
There are so many ways we can practice gratitude daily! Take it one day at a time. If you know you’re someone who has a hard time being consistent with new habits, you could even put a reminder in your phone to go off at a particular time to remind you to do one of these simple things. If you have some great ideas on how to practice gratitude I’d love to hear them!
Love and Light.
Why I changed my blog name.
So today is the day. I’ve changed all things from my once Savvy Girl Entrepreneur brand that was dedicated to helping women with their entrepreneurial ventures, to now just being me. Lauri-Ann Ainsworth.
This is the first time I’m ok with using my own name and putting my face at the forefront and being vulnerable. I’m not afraid to show the real me anymore.
Last year, something shifted in my life and I stopped everything. I stopped all the personal projects that I was working on and just started reading and learning about all things Divine Feminine, lunar cycles, manifesting, mindfulness and self-healing.
It has been one of the most transformational periods of my life! I started practicing Reiki and loved it so much so that I’ve now become a certified Reiki Master.
My journey continues as I continue to learn and grow. So many positive things have happened in my life since then and I want to share what I’ve learned with others.
I’m still working in the entrepreneurial space and I’m happy to continue to support the ecosystem. However, I won’t be using this space to discuss that or digital marketing anymore. Maybe one day I’ll come back to it. But for now, my path is clear and I am being called to serve in a different way.
If you’re interested in following me on my journey, welcome! If this isn’t your cup of tea, no judgment here – it was nice knowing you.
I’m very excited and looking forward to the future.
There’s a lot more in store and I’ve never been so excited and scared at the same time. This is it. This is me. I hope you’ll join me for the ride.