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Life on Purpose

Do you ever have those days where you wake up in the morning, blink, and then all of the sudden it’s night time and you’re back in bed, tucked in and ready to turn out the light? Yeah, me too. In fact, I’ve had weeks—sometimes I swear even months—where autopilot takes over and I have a hard time remembering what I did the previous week, let alone what I ate for breakfast earlier that day. It’s hard to distinguish one period of time from another, and everything starts to blend together into one mediocre blob. Autopilot happens when we let habit take the wheel. Instead of actively participating in our lives, we let old ways of thinking and doing auto fill our days.

The best way to combat autopilot, or existing out-of-habit, is with intent. When we are mindful about who we want to attract, what we want to manifest and create, and we infuse purpose into even the smallest acts, we begin to live on purpose. And living on purpose feels so damn good. Don’t you agree?

When we are intentional about how we show up in our day-to-day lives, we can’t help but be present. Intention and presence invite big belly laughs, real connection, joy, a sense of purpose, bliss, creativity, mischief (in only the best way, of course), innovation, adventure, and so much more into our worlds. And living in the moment is where the magic happens, baby. There is nothing more precious than fully showing up—mind, body and spirit—for others. Our attention is the most precious gift with can give others, and for that matter, ourselves.

So, how do we set intentions to begin living on purpose? I always start by asking questions and getting curious about where I’ve been, where I am now, and where I want to go. Here is a list of questions I ask myself when I need to ground myself and refocus on living intentionally (try journaling!):

What am I grateful for? (Name 3 things…or more!)

Gratitude changes everything and helps to crush our feelings of scarcity, allowing us to appreciate what we already have and the incredible humans that we surround ourselves with.

What are my core values? (What I really believe in.)

Think of core values as your compass that keeps you moving in the direction of your own true north. Not sure how to figure out your CVs? Check out Rock Your Bliss’s 7 Weeks to Bliss Program to help you create your compass and get intentional about living.

In what areas of my life can I shift habit into ritual?

In the book Yoga Wisdom, a ritual is defined as: an action that we consciously choose to repeat with awareness and intentionality. Rituals create and hold meaning – they help us to appreciate and focus on the richest, most beautiful things in our lives.

What is working for me right now? What isn’t?

When we identify the things in our lives that aren’t adding value or bringing joy into our lives, it can give us insight that will help us to clear our space to make way for things that truly make us happy.

What are my goals? What is the vision for my life in X number of years?

Vision and goals are tools we can use to quantify what we are working towards in our lives. Helpful reminder: As we learn, grow, and evolve, allowing our vision and goals to do the same keeps them fun and exciting rather than restricting and feeling like ‘shoulds’.

What are my three intentions for the month? If looking at an entire month is a little overwhelming, try setting an intention for a week or even a day.

This is a little exercise I picked up on from the badass goal boss, Jacki Carr. If three intentions for the month seems daunting, break it down into smaller periods of time or focus on one or two intentions you would like to focus on.

Cheers to living more mindful, intentional, purposeful lives.

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Jenna is a yoga teacher, writer, and brand builder on a mission to fuel her life with purpose and to explore the world. She was raised in Minnesota but considers Colorado her home away from home. Currently, you can find her in Minneapolis, where she is creating the life she has always dreamed of.

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Blueberry Beauty Smoothie Bowl

Think about the amount of time and energy many of us devote to keeping our skin looking young and wrinkle-free. Could that time be better spent? Do we really need to spend $100 on the latest age-defying, wrinkle-reducing skin cream?

We sometimes forget that the food we eat, the ingredients that come from mother earth, has a tremendous impact on how we look from the outside. Nature is full of ingredients that can support our skin, hair and nails, and keep us looking young, naturally!

Today I’m showing you to make a magical smoothie bowl that is packed with beautifying ingredients. This smoothie bowl not only tastes incredible, but it will fill your body with nutrients, nourish your cells and make your skin glow.

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Here’s a quick look at our beautifying ingredients:

Spinach. We all know that dark leafy greens are an integral part of a healthy diet, but do we know why? Spinach, and dark leafy greens in general, are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and antioxidants. Spinach also contains high levels of lutein which helps keep your eyes healthy and give them that little sparkle!

Blueberries. Blueberries are one of the highest sources of antioxidants on the planet, which helps protect against premature aging. They’re also high in fiber which helps to keep you fuller for longer.

Mesquite Powder. You might recognize this from labels on dressing and marinades, but this superfood powder not only has a sweet, nutty flavor, but it’s also high in protein, fiber and B vitamins which helps support our metabolism and skin.

Ashwagandha Powder: While not directly helping your beauty routine, ashwagandha powder has been shown to help regulate hormones and stress levels. So for all those times where you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed? You’re probably doing a lot frowning, rubbing your forehead and not eating properly, which all contribute to those fine lines and wrinkles we so desperately try to avoid.

Maqui Powder: These rich, dark purple berries have been found to contain more antioxidants than any discovered food on earth, which means they’re superstars at protecting our cells from oxidative stress, and supporting healthy aging and immune function. They’ve also been shown to support healthy cardiovascular function and regulate blood sugar levels.

And the natural beauty of smoothie bowls? They make an ultra filling, super hydrating meal that will keep you fueled all day long!

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Blueberry Beauty Smoothie Bowl
Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 cup spinach
1 cup frozen cauliflower
½ cup frozen blueberries
1 scoop vegan protein powder (optional)
½ teaspoon mesquite powder
½ teaspoon ashwagandha powder
½ teaspoon maqui powder (or acai)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ – ½ cup non-dairy milk (or coconut water)
Toppings: kiwi, blueberries, sliced almonds and bee pollen

Instructions:

  1. Add everything into a blender in the order listed. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, smooth with a back of a spoon and add your toppings.
  3. Enjoy!

Alyssa-Rimmer-Headshot-SquareAlyssa is the CEO & Founder of the healthy food and wellness website, Simply Quinoa, which is focused on nutritious recipes with an emphasis on plants. My passion is to create healthy solutions for women through plant-based food and it’s important to me because when I first started to eat a plant-centric diet, these resources didn’t exist in a way I found to be helpful. My mission moving forward is to continue to create resources to help my audience enjoy nutritious and delicious foods, give them the tools to build lasting, healthy habits, and show them how to make health and wellness a lifestyle.
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Bija Manifestation Meditation: The Seed of Life

Seed of Life

The Seed of Life’s sacred geometry is composed of seven overlapping circles. The number seven channels the powers of the universe and vibrates with the energies of spiritual awakening. Representing cycles and infinite possibilities, it holds a fertile energy which initiates new beginnings.

The Seed of Life ring holds the energy of creation, manifestation, and wholeness. Wearing the pattern reminds us to tap into the extraordinary creation energies that surround us and ignite our inherent manifesting powers.

Tune into your heart’s truest dreams and desires and welcome them to the surface.

Bija Mantra

Bija is the sanskirt word for seed. It represents the origin and cause of all things.

Made up of 7 seed syllabus, the bija mantra holds a highly powerful fertile + creative energy, much like the seed of life itself. Each mantra is also associated with a chakra, and a mudra (hand position). By reciting these mantras and holding the mudras, you can channel the seed energy of creation in order to manifest your hearts truest dreams + desires.

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1. LAM

Root Chakra

Mudra: Thumb to pointer finger

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2. VAM

Sacral Chakra

Mudra: Thumb to middle finger

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3. RAM

Solar Plexus Chakra

Mudra: Thumb to ring finger

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4. YAM

Heart Chakra

Mudra: Thumb to pinky finger

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5. HAM

Throat Chakra

Mudra: Thumb to base of pinky finger

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6. OM

Throat Chakra

Mudra: Hand open

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7. OM (or silence)

Crown Chakra

Mudra: Hand open (or pause)

 


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Jamie Diana is our in house ambassador & inspiration guru. She is a yoga teacher + writer who is dedicated to empowering women to live magically and experience their best lives through yoga, meditation, goddess work, moon manifesting, and natural wellness.

Channel the energy of the Taurus Supermoon

The energy brought on by the upcoming supermoon in Tarus packs a cosmic punch. I’ve written this post to help you to tap into this energy + go with the flow.

I am by any definition a moon junkie. I follow the moon cycles and use the power of different phases to create my most intentional life. People always ask me if I truly believe that the moon has any effect on our lives, and my answer is YES!

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The Full Moon

The full moon is the peak of the lunar cycle, it’s the time when the moon’s energy is at its most powerful + her gravitational pull on us is strongest. During the time of the full moon, the waves will begin to grow, not only in the ocean, but in our lives. By tapping into her energy, we can harness her power in order to “go with the flow” + create our best lives.

The Supermoon

This will be the closest the moon has been to earth in over 60 years. heightening the energy of the already extraordinary full moon. A supermoon is a phenomenon that occurs when the new or full moon is closest to earth on its orbit, amping up the power of our intentions. The moon will appear bigger and brighter in the night sky.

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Here’s how to channel the energy of this supermoon:

Allow your intuition to guide you

All of the answers you seek can be found within.

The energy of the moon is highly feminine, encouraging you to tap into your inner wisdom. Know that you have the ability to move through this time with mindfulness. Channel the ebb and flow energy of the moon + the ocean in order to discover exactly what it is you need in this moment. Trust yourself.

Tune into your manifesting magic

It’s time to claim your rewards.

The peak of the lunar cycle, the full moon’s energy allows our heart’s truest dreams + desires to manifest. Recall the intentions that you’ve set and allow them to flourish. Know that you are abundantly provided for + indulge in what you want. The sign Taurus is all about allowing yourself to experience the extravagance of life. You deserve it all.

Stay grounded

Feel the power of who you are.

As we work with the themes of manifestation and indulgence, it is crucial to remember your stable foundation. You are safe and secure. Ask yourself, who would you be if you were not limited by your fears? Now is the time to become that person. This supermoon in Taurus will be a powerhouse to say the least. Channel the strength of the bull + find your authentic self.

My TD picks for this moon:

I’ve chosen these super mystical gems to work with for this full moon. Each of these pieces has specific characteristics that will assist in channeling la luna’s powerful energy.

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The Supermoon Mala – Black Labradorite, Rose Quartz, Cherry Quartz , & Rudraksha Seeds.

The Grounded Mala – Zebra Jasper, Labradorite, Pyrite, Rainbow Swarovski, & Sandalwood.

The Rise Mala Ring – Moonstone & Sterling Silver Plated Brass.

The Fox Bracelet – Black labradorite, rock crystal & palmwood.


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Jamie Diana is our in house ambassador & inspiration guru. She is a yoga teacher + writer who is dedicated to empowering women to live magically and experience their best lives through yoga, meditation, goddess work, moon manifesting, and natural wellness.


Supermoon and full moon in Taurus November 2016

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  1. Christen

    This is crazy! I have been dreaming for months that I can shift into fox form, like it’s just another aspect of myself. I also keep seeing foxes everywhere, even before Fall hit and stores went fox crazy. I had been planning for weeks now to get the mermaid spirit animal bracelet, I love mermaids and feel a deep connection to the ocean, but when I went to check out Fox was in the basket! I went with it and it will arrive tomorrow, the day of the Taurus super moon (I am also a Taurus). A day I will also be signing up to start college in pursuit of a dream I never thought I could go for as a single mom. Fox then shows up in this post. I’m not sure exactly what it means but I think I’ll be paying more attention to the things fox is said to teach from now on! Thank you!!

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Yoga Poses + Gemstones for Grounding

To be grounded means to be centred within yourself.

To be rooted deeply in the power of who you are.

To trust in a higher power.

To feel  balanced + stable.

To feel safe + secure.

Have you ever felt like you were swirling or spinning out of control? Like you’ve lost the essence of who you are, or like you need to reconnect? These are signs that you aren’t grounded. In order lead a well balanced life where we feel centred + at peace, it is crucial to stay grounded.

Connection to the earth is an important part of all grounding practices. The root chakra (Muladhara) is one of the best ways to ignite your connection with the earth. The root chakra is a centre of energy in the body which resides at the base of the spine. It rules feelings of safety + security, grounding + balance. The sanskirt word for root chakra, Muladhara breaks down into two parts: Mula = root, Adhara = support or base. There are many ways to connect with this chakra, keep reading to learn more!

Yoga is an amazing way to stay grounded, especially if practiced outdoors, close to the earth. Below are three of our favourite poses for grounding. These poses focus on the root chakra.

 

Grounding yoga poses that support the root chakra:

Malasana, Squat pose

A symmetrical pose, Squat keeps you close to the earth and inspires you to be centred + balanced.

As you inhale, visualize yourself drawing up earth energy,

As you exhale, visualize yourself sending roots into the earth.

Utkata Konasana, Goddess pose

Another symmetrical pose, Goddess pose gives you a strong foundation.

Feel the powerful energy of who you are.

Fierce + Strong.

Hug to your midline as you expand.

Natarajasana, Dancer pose

Any balancing posture is a great way to ignite your root chakra. Encouraging you to send down deep roots so that you may rise to great heights.

Find your centre.

Root to Rise.

Gemstones for grounding:

Carrying or wearing gemstones is simple yet effective way stay grounded. These sacred stones hold earth energies within them that can bring balance + security into every moment of your day. Tiny Devotions has just launched a new Grounding collection, each of the beautiful malas within this collection are said to assist the wearer in staying grounded. They are also deeply protected, supporting your root chakra and encouraging you to feel safe + secure.

Check them out here.

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img_5023Jamie Diana is our in house ambassador & inspiration guru. She is a yoga teacher + writer who is dedicated to empowering women to live magically and experience their best lives through yoga, meditation, goddess work, moon manifesting, and natural wellness.

 

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