Remove Stress from Oneself Chant
In my center
It is my will
It is my right
Wiccan Chants Christine Roche
In my center
It is my will
It is my right
Wiccan Chants Christine Roche
Take a handful of earth and gaze into it. Put all your troubles and thoughts of distress into it. State exactly what it is that’s troubling you. When finished, throw the dirt behind you and walk away without turning around to look at it. Also works with rocks.
Self Meditation for Daily Life: I am Letting Go
Allow your body to relax in your chair. Let your arms, your shoulders, and your back release their tension and just drop.
As you’re sitting there watching the screen, make a conscious decision that there is nothing else that you must do for the next couple of minutes.
Take a look at an area in your life which has been causing you stress. Make a conscious decision that there is nothing you must do about it for the next couple of minutes. Let it go entirely, knowing that you can pick it up again shortly if you choose to.
Repeat Step #3 with another area of life which has been causing you stress.
Repeat Step #3 until you feel convinced that in this moment, there is nothing you must experience stress about or concern for.
Allow yourself to experience the freedom for these few minutes of not having to worry or feel stress about anything in your life. Notice that nothing is getting worse for lack of your concern about it.
Offer yourself the opportunity to release your worries and concerns regularly by using different self meditations in your daily life.
Elder’s Meditation of the Day – February 12
“The spirit still has something for us to discover-an herb, a sprig, a flower-a very small flower, maybe you can spend a long time in its contemplation, thinking about it.”
–Lame Deer, LAKOTA
The world today is about hurry up! Get there faster! Work harder, produce more, hurry up, eat quickly, be on time, don’t get stressed- headaches, conflict, drink to calm down, go to training on stress management, time management-STOP! STOP! STOP! STOP! STOP! STOP! STOP! Go spend 5 minutes with a flower or a plant. Look at it-think about it-look at its beauty, smell it, close your eyes and smell it again. Touch it; touch with your eyes closed. Listen to it; listen to it with your eyed closed. Slow your mind down. Think about the little things. Now close your eyes and pray.
Great Spirit, this feeling of calmness that I have, let me have it all day long.
Traveling can be hard on sensitive souls; routine and a few favorite items can make your journey easier.
The journeys we take are often as exhausting as they are exhilarating. The thrill we feel as we travel to a new environment may be undercut by our sensitivity to change, strange surroundings, and forced shifts in our usual habits. Air, road, and sea travel can be extremely taxing, and
many people find sleeping soundly in a strange bed exceedingly difficult. There are, however, numerous ways of taking the stress out of both short voyages and lengthy sojourns. Since much of the comfort we feel in our day-to-day lives stems from the fact that we enjoy the regularity of routine, adapting your typical customs to correspond with your travel schedule can alleviate the unease you experience while away from your home. Likewise, when you ground yourself by honoring the rituals that are a part of your daily life, you’ll no longer feel like you’re out of your element.
If you find yourself disconcerted by the foreignness of your surroundings when traveling, packing a few reassuring items from your home in your luggage can help you stay balanced. Photographs of loved ones, a favorite tea or snack, soft slippers, or even your own pillow can soothe the rigors associated with travel by plane, car, train, and ship while en route. Holding a crystal, gemstone, talisman, or medicine bag in your hand during particularly stressful periods of travel can help you stay relaxed and alert. Items imbued with healing or calming energy can help you de-stress once you reach your destination. As you unpack your travel altar, light a stick of sweet-smelling incense, or bask in the glow of a meditation candle, you’ll gradually begin to feel more grounded and serene in your new location.
During the course of your journey, try not to forget to indulge in those activities that center you and sustain your emotional equilibrium. If you tend to sleep and wake at the same time each day, maintaining that schedule will ensure you stay strong and healthy. Taking time out of your voyage agenda to write in a journal, meditate, do yoga, or walk can help you reconnect with yourself in an alien setting. However you restore your tranquility, your conscious choice to surround yourself with comforting possessions and focus on your well-being will make traveling a joy.
We might try to avoid irrational feelings for the sake of expediency since today’s calculating Capricorn Moon encourages us to reach our goals. However, the Moon’s dynamic square to the radiant Sun in accommodating Libra reminds us to stay aware of other people’s perspectives, even as we climb the ladder of success. Meanwhile, sensual Venus and the Moon form stressful aspects to indulgent Jupiter, prompting us to believe that more is better.
Although you’re tempted to take a risk at work, it’s probably not the smartest idea. It’s a better strategy to stick with the conventional plan now, instead of following a whim. Socializing may be more fun, but your productivity suffers when you wander away from your chores. Set a steady pace early in the day and be as methodical as possible. If you accomplish a lot today, you can always be spontaneous tomorrow.
You’re quite serious when you tell others today that you’re going to take an extended vacation to a secluded tropical island or some other exotic location. Even if your ideas seem ridiculous, your fierce determination might just find a way to make it work. If anyone calls you to task because of your imagination, be selective enough to keep the rest of your plans to yourself. Save the details for a trusted friend or the person you wish to be your travel companion. Making your dreams come true isn’t as hard as you think.
Your restlessness could turn the most pleasing person in your life into an ornery antagonist today. Just when you believe you have everything figured out, the emotional dynamics may shift, proving your assumptions wrong. Unfortunately, you can’t hang on to the status quo any longer. Your relationships are in flux now, as are your feelings. Prevent regret by giving yourself some time for reflection before making any big decisions that can’t be changed. When you calm down so will everyone else.
You might not be willing to make so many changes so quickly today, but you have to do whatever it takes to hold it together. Your feelings of insecurity could rise to the surface, only to be buried again as you are happily distracted by external events. If you have previously chosen to suppress your emotions, you now have an opportunity to shift gears and do things differently. Sharing what’s on your mind allows others to lend a helping hand.
Anything can happen today if you’re willing to make a plan and then execute it accurately. Today’s opulent Venus-Jupiter connection reminds you that pleasure is closer than you realize. But you might still run into trouble since there could be some instability in your relationships. Instead of claiming that you will accept the outcome whatever it may be, give yourself permission to state what you want, so at least you know that you tried.
You’re quite serious about relationships today, but, thankfully, your cautious attitude doesn’t have to get in the way of romance. Your calm demeanor might make you very appealing to someone you admire. The more responsibly you act now, the easier it is for others to find reasons to love you. As always, just being yourself is your best strategy.
It’s not easy to keep quiet today because you might have more to say about your feelings than those around you. You don’t have any perfect answers, but you can see where the lines of tension have been drawn. Don’t shy away from the stressful points. Go through them one by one and iron out any disagreements for the good of everyone involved. A lively discussion will clear the air; find a tactful way to get the ball rolling.
You’re eager to try something new if you believe that it can bring happiness today. You don’t want to sit around and idly wait for life to happen; instead use these days to push through your resistance to change. Don’t worry; any forward movement is better than returning to the past, even if you’re unclear about your destination. It’s not time to be too cautious. Take a few deep breaths before boldly following your intuition into the great unknown.
You could make everything appear to be effortless today, but you’re probably stressing a lot more than anyone realizes. You want to finish what you started but you can see divergent paths everywhere you turn. Unfortunately, no option is perfect. Eventually, you must stop the analysis process and just make a choice. Remember, when making a decision it’s always best to choose love over fear
You might not be completely ready to move to the next level yet. The Moon is visiting your conservative sign today, but a series of rough aspects probably won’t slow you down. However, you may inadvertently cling to an old and worn out habit that becomes more trouble than it’s worth. Don’t focus on your immediate happiness now. Instead, concentrate on your future goals because they can hold your attention for a much longer period of time. Pursuing your ambitions brings you joy and success.
You think you have an ace up your sleeve today, but you could be missing a few cards, instead. Although you believe you’re at the top of your game when it comes to negotiation, it’s wise to settle for a little less than you expect. Nevertheless, stop sweeping the intensity under the rug and don’t be afraid to say what you want. Bringing feelings out into the open now is the only logical way to go.
Holding too tightly to your long-term goals doesn’t leave room for any new possibilities to enter your life now. You’re aware of the opportunities for fun and games, but you can feel the stress between a potential payoff for taking a chance and the loss of security that comes from leaving stability behind. Trust your hunches and your good intentions will shine through, which in turn encourages others to support you.
Breathing into Order
Sometimes we may feel like there is just too much we need to do. Feeling overwhelmed may make it seem like the universe is picking on us, but the opposite is true: we are only given what we can handle. Difficult situations are opportunities to be our best selves, hone our skills and rise to the occasion.
The best place to start is to take a deep breath. As you do, remind yourself that the universe works in perfect order and therefore you can get everything done that needs to get done. As you exhale, release all the details that you have no control over. The universe with it‘s infinite organizing power will orchestrate the right outcome. Anytime stress begins to creep up, remember to breathe through it with these thoughts.
Then, make a list of everything you need to do. Note what needs to be done first, and mark the things others may be able to do for you or with you. Though we often think no one else can do it correctly or well, there are times when it is worth it to exhale, let go of our control, and ask for help from professionals or friends. With the remaining things that feel you must do yourself, take another breath and determine their true importance. Sometimes they are things we’d like to do, but aren’t really necessary. After taking these quick steps, you will find you have a plan laid out, freeing you from frenzied thoughts circling in your head. With calming deep breaths, you are now free to focus more fully on our priorities. Herbal teas or flower remedies along with wise choices about caffeine and food can help keep us from becoming frantic too. But with nothing further from us than our breath, we can breathe in our best intentions and let the rest go with an exhale. Keeping ourselves centered and breathing into and through life’s challenges helps us learn what we are truly capable of doing, and we will find we have the ability to rise to any occasion. Remember you aren’t being picked on, and you are never alone.
As if we needed to reminded, today is ‘National Stress Awareness Day.’ When I become aware that my stress levels are rising I immediately stop and engage in an ages-old breathing exercise that brings relaxation and relief. Put the tip of your tongue against the back of your top teeth and breathe in four times through the nose while silently saying the word ‘So.’ Exhale one big breath through the nose while silently saying the word ‘Ham’ (pronounced as ‘Hum’). This is a mantra used in Kriya Yoga and can be interpreted as ‘I Am That.’ Because you and I both know that you are all that — and more!
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com