For those of us who may have different dietary preferences than our relatives, the holidays can be a little less jolly to say the least. I remember plenty of family gatherings where I just tried to grab whatever vegetables didn’t have bacon on them and skipped dessert altogether. What a waste! Before long, I wised up and started bringing my own goodies because being conscious about what you consume does NOT mean that you have to miss out on all the festive treats of the season. As a matter of fact, I’m a major fan of seasonal delights and I wasn’t about to not enjoy some of my favorite flavors forever. Pumpkin spice donuts, hot cocoa cupcakes, faux caramel truffles, and snicker doodle cookies, oh my! Enter four delicious desserts that will have all your relatives saying, “this is vegan!?!” And more importantly, you enjoying every last bit of your holiday dinners and parties. So B.Y.O.D. (bring your own dessert) this holiday season and borrow a recipe from me!
- 2 cups of trader joe’s whole grain baking mix ( you can use any baking /biscuit mix – for gluten free try Bob’s Red Mill’s!)
- 1 cup of organic pumpkin puree
- ?3 tbsp of coconut oil
- 2 flaxs -’eggs’ (2 tsp flaxseed meal + 6 tsp of water whisked)
- 3 tsps of pumpkin pie spice (or to your taste, I like a lot of spice!)
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
*dust top with coconut sugar + pumpkin pie spice*
Super easy to make! Whip all ingredients together in your mixer, place in a pastry bag or a Ziploc baggy that you cut a corner off of for the easiest dispensing into your doughnut pan. Bake in the oven on 375 degrees until golden on the edges. Plop out onto a cooling rack and sprinkle your dusting ingredients to your liking! Enjoy!
- 13 oz container of dates (standard package)
- 1 bag of vegan chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)
- 2 tables spoons of almond butter
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil
*unsweetened coconut flakes or crushed cashews for topping* (optional)
In a food processor, combine all your dates with 2 tablespoons of almond butter. Pulse till the dates are becoming one with the almond butter and you see that caramel consistency. Take your faux caramel out of the processor, pack it in a nice little chunk and put it in the freezer for 5 minutes. I usually clean the food processor while it’s chilling and by the time I’m done, they’re ready! So go get them out, and start rolling little baby balls and placing them on a plate or baking sheet with parchment paper. Put them back in the freezer when you’re all done, so they will stay firm while we’re getting the chocolate ready!
For the chocolate, in a small saucepan add approx. half the bag and tbsp of coconut oil. You can stir this constantly on a very low heat or I prefer to double boil it, which just means that I put a small soup pan of boiling water on the stove and THEN place my saucepan with chocolate on top of that. This helps the chocolate melt properly without burning as easily as it does on the stove. Either way, stir that chocolate till it’s almost completely melted and turn off the burner. Let the final little chunks melt themselves.
Now the fun part! Go get your frozen balls out of the freezer and stick toothpicks in them so that you can easily dip them in your chocolate. I used really pretty festive ones, so I kept mine in but you can always toss these after the chocolate hardens so don’t be afraid to use a normal toothpick. Dip your faux caramels in the chocolate and if you’ve decided on a topping, now is the time to sprinkle it on or roll your chocolates in it after they’ve been dipped. This particular batch I used unsweetened coconut flakes but you can get as creative as you want with it!
Once they’re all dipped, place them back in the freezer for 10-20 minutes for the chocolate to harden and leave them there or in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve! These babies are best enjoyed firm and cold!
- 2 cups of Garbanzo Bean Gluten Free Flour
- 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder (or your favorite vegan hot choc!)
- 1/2 cup cane sugar
- 2 tsp of baking powder
- 2 tsp of baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon ( I also like to add 1/2 tsp of nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice to give it a little extra kick)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup agave
- 4 oz of unsweetened apple sauce
- 2 cups of chocolate soy milk (which you’ll add 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar to)
- 1 tbs of vanilla extract and 1 tsp of almond extract (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350 and stick your cupcake liners in your pans. I always bake using mini cupcake pans because I love the portions of the tiny cupcakes! Next, add your apple cider vinegar to your chocolate soy milk in a separate bowl/measuring cup and combine all your dry ingredients in your bowl or mixer. Now, add oil, agave, apple sauce and extracts to the dry ingredients. Pour your slightly curdled soy milk into the bowl and proceed to mix for about 30 seconds in a stand mixer or a couple minutes by hand until the mixture is the consistency of regular cake batter, but not a second longer! You don’t want to over mix. At this point, I have a mini sized ice cream scooper that I use to evenly scoop the batter into the cupcake holders but a tablespoon will work as well. Watch them while they’re baking – their size will depend on how long they need to stay in. Use a toothpick if you’re unsure if they’re done!
Now for the icing! While they’re cooling, check out my favorite butter cream recipe here. As I said before, marshmallows are a great little touch if you’re not concerned about the dish being vegan or if you can get your hands on vegan marshmallows. If not, I like to just dust a little cocoa powder over the top of the icing. I even piped the icing to look like a dollop of whipped cream! Have fun with it!
- 1 cup non hydrogenated earth balance (softened)
- ?1 1/4 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons non dairy milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- ?1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- ?1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, cream the margarine and sugar together for a couple minutes until they are mixed well. Add your non-dairy milk and vanilla, and beat until they’re also combined. Now sift in flour, cornstarch, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt and mix until a soft dough forms. Chill dough for at least 30 minutes (so its easier for you to work with). Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and get out your cookie sheets. In a small shallow bowl or tray combine sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg. Drop a tablespoon of dough in your cinnamon sugar mix and roll it into a ball. Place the balls on your cookie sheet and lightly sprinkle some cinnamon sugar both before and after it goes in the oven. Cookies should take 10-12 minutes to cook, they’ll get puffy in the oven but will deflate once you let them cool.
It’s that magical time of year again, where it can be so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all, and shopping for the perfect gift. Although buying and giving presents can be fun, they can’t compare to giving presence.
Personally, I cannot recall many of the gifts that I have received throughout my life, but I can recall the people and the feelings I felt during the holidays. The best Christmases were the ones where everyone was enjoying the company of each other and making memories in the present moment, without discussing the future or the past. Whether we got presents or not didn’t seem to matter.
Time is an expensive currency because once we spend it we can never get it back. Loving, undivided attention is a rare commodity these days amongst the distractions of daily life. It can be easy to think a store-bought item can be a suitable substitute for presence, but it doesn’t take long before we start to experience emptiness within us. By giving our presence we are giving a gift so unique and priceless; a gift that can’t be returned, broken, lost, or replaced. Not only does it become a perfect gift for others, it becomes a gift for us. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.
So how can we really give this holiday season?
1. Set aside the technology.
Technology has the ability to draw us together, but it also has a way of isolating us from the people around us. While we are busy taking pictures to post and share with the world, we miss out on the un-pixelated reality that no camera will ever be able to pick up. Have tech-free time and give your loved ones undivided attention.
Really listen. Not to reply, but to understand. Hold the judgments and interruptions. Judgments close you off, and interruptions show that whatever you have to say is much more important. Both can be demoralizing to the other person. Have patience and listen with an open heart. Take a moment to take in whatever was said before answering.
3. Make eye contact.
Eye contact increases the bond within a relationship. It also allows you to really focus on what is being said, and it shows the speaker that you are actually interested in what is being said. The eyes are the windows to the soul; acknowledge the beautiful soul waiting to greet yours. Empower it with your light and love.
4. Maintain body awareness.
Did you know it is said that 80% of communication is non-verbal? Your body will let others know if your mind is elsewhere. Relax and enjoy the moments you are creating. Your body will naturally follow.
5. Breathe and be love.
If you find yourself becoming distracted by your thoughts, judgments, and emotions just breathe and be love. Focus on your breath to return you back to love and back to the present moment.
6. Get structured and organized.
Create a plan so you know when and how you will be getting things done. Set alarms on your phone to remind you, if it helps. With a plan in place, you will know when you have time to fully dedicate your attention without worrying that you need to have everything done.
7. Make memories.
Embrace your inner child. Be free and let go. Smile. Live every breath as if it were your last. Laugh so much that you actually do end up rolling on the floor.
8. Experience it all through your senses.
See, hear, touch, taste, and breathe in everything as if it were your first time. It is a lovely meditation to ground you in the now and allow you to experience the holidays and your loved ones in a whole new light.
Not enough can be said about gratitude. It has the power to change our moods positively, create happiness, and deepen our relationships. Show those around you your gratitude for their presence in your life through your actions. Actions will always speak louder than words.
If you can’t be physically present with someone this holiday season (or even if you will), creating a gift from the heart will show you spent time pouring your love out for and thinking about them. It shows presence. It can be a letter or a craft; whatever your heart guides you to make.
11. Be present for YOU.
Wake up a bit earlier than you are used to and start the day being present for the most important relationship in your life: the one with yourself. Show yourself some love and devotion and you’ll soon find that you’ll have so much that you won’t be able to help but share it with others. The last thing you want is to subconsciously resent the time you spend with others that you never got to spend on yourself. Take care of you and let love flow.
Every moment is an opportunity to give ourselves spiritually, to connect with those around us in a state of absolute loving presence, while deepening our relationships. Let us not forget the real meaning of this holiday season. May we live in the power of now, creating cherished memories of happiness, gratitude, and love that last a lifetime.
Let’s make spending time a priority. Let’s value giving presence over presents.
Written by Summer Perez. Check out her Instagram @summerperez.
Holidays bring a lot of cheer (and delicious meals with loved ones). But that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on feeling ah-mazing in your body. Did you know that if you start your day with a delicious nutrient-packed meal, you’re less likely to overeat or have cravings during the day? Ok, that was a fact from the doctors, let me add one more from myself: if you start your day with a delectable superfood breakfast bowl prepared with love, you’re opening the pathway to magic. Take my word for it.
I found the heart bowl in a lonely corner of a discount store when I was newly single two years ago, and it became my daily reminder to be present, mindful, fearless, and give myself a little more love than I think I have.
The heart bowl magic has spread wide and far, and I’m happy to be sharing my favorite recipe concoctions with you! Having just come back from a meditation retreat with my guru David Harshada Wagner, where I learned how to meditate with my beautiful I Am Love Mala, I’ve been infusing my recipes with a little extra sweetness. Get blending and feel it for yourself!
This Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie Bowl will please your senses just as much as your soul (especially if you eat it from the heart bowl) I’ve also sneaked kale into the bowl for some added alkaline – trust me, you won’t taste it at all.
Dairy Free, Soy Free, Gluten Free, Added Sugar Free
Ingredients to blend:
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup frozen strawberries (if using fresh, add 1/2 cup ice)
- 3 tablespoons coconut yogurt
- 1/2 or 1 banana, depending on how sweet you want it
- 1 cup kale
- 1 tablespoon cashew butter (I use Dastony raw stone ground cashew butter)
- Granola (I used Purely Elizabeth gluten free ancient grain granola)
- Coconut chips (Dang are my favorite)
Often, when I post my Instagram yoga and dance photos I get asked a lot of questions. People seem to want to know whether I took the photo myself or if someone else took the photo, which apps I use to edit my photos, and what equipment I use. I am not a professional photographer, however I am very passionate about taking artistic photos. The important factors to consider when taking a photo are light, depth, angle, and composition. I envision in my mind how I would like a photo to turn out before I take it. It’s all in the details.
Camera or smartphone?
I personally use a digital camera for my Instagram photos. I use the Panasonic Lumix DMC SZ5 mounted on a mini-tripod. This particular digital camera connects via WiFi to my iPhone so I can easily transfer my photos from the camera to my iPhone. I find it easier to use this type of camera because it eliminates the extra steps of downloading the photos onto your computer and then emailing them to yourself in order to access them on your phone. My camera has a standard 10 second timer and I have it set up in burst mode to take 3 consecutive photos. It is usually set up in Sport mode so that it can capture movement.
The best lighting to use is natural light. The majority of my Instagram yoga photos are taken outdoors at the beach; I go either at Blue Hour or Golden Hour. Avoid taking photos in the middle of the day because that’s the time of the day when the light is harsh. You will appear washed out or have to deal with a lot of shadows. Overcast or cloudy days are the best for creating ambience. It provides you with filtered/soft light that is very complimentary.
Setting and styling the scene.
Part of the fun is styling your photo. Experiment with your angles, change your perspective, and look out for cool backgrounds and scenery. I wear bright or patterned yoga clothes to stand out, especially when it’s gloomy. Sometimes I color coordinate my clothes with my scenery or backgrounds. I also love to play dress up and wear long, flowy skirts that create movement in my photos.
I use the following apps to edit my photos for Instagram: SnapSeed, TouchBlur, PictureMirror, Photogrid, and of course Instagram filters. In SnapSeed, I like to utilize the Drama and the HDR features to make the image pop. I use the Centre Focus feature to vignette my photo and create a dreamy, washed-out effect. Touch Blur app is great for blurring backgrounds and the intensity of the blur can be adjusted as well. PictureMirror is great for creating 2D or 3D mirror images of your photo. PictureMirror is pretty straightforward and simple to use.
Get out there and snap some photos!
Written by Shiela Advincula.
Find her on Instagram: @bohemian_heart .
Have you ever had that moment of intense fear mixed with palpable anticipation and excitement? The moment you hear the CLICK, CLICK, CLICK of the rollercoaster as you literally or figuratively climb up the track?
Perhaps you’re on a real ride, or maybe it’s moments before your performance review (and potential promotion). It could be seconds before you quit your job to pursue a life of your dreams or the day you decide to become a mama bear.
Fear keeps us on our toes, but can always be really healthy. Unless it’s a life or death situation, fear can often be the perfect motivator. It allows you to find the edge and then climb right over it.
Fear is located in the third chakra, manipura. This marks post three of our chakra series and begins the exploration of fear, courage, will power, resistance and joy. Manipura is located in the solar plexus (that soft space in between the top of our ribs, just below the sternum). I always imagine this space to be bright and full of a deliciously yellow energy that controls our portal for joy and it always brings a huge smile to my face.
This chakra is developed between the ages of 16-23 and is when we find ourselves. It’s the age when a boho babe begins to truly dig deep and discover who she is, it’s how we begin to leave our mark on the world. This is the moment we begin to find our fire, our sparkle and the shine we always need while being fully present in the world.
When this chakra is blocked: When this chakra is blocked the energy can go in one of two ways: our fire can burn too hot (anger, temper tantrums, destructive words) or our fire can burn out (lack of energy, nothing to add to a conversation or space, feeling lackluster and sadness). As the manipura is the city of jewels and controls passion, we need to find the perfect balance. Often if we are out of balance here we will have serious digestive issues (ulcers, heart burn, hypoglycemia).
When this chakra is open: When we are open in our fire energy, we feel joy and laughter. We have passion for all our favorite activities and are often willing to try new things. We enjoy the anticipation and baby amounts of fear as we conquer our dreams. We indulge in a delicious or healthy treat without over indulging and allowing our fire to dull and we are able to bring our natural spark to the world.
How to open this chakra: Twisty poses, classes that involve fire (power yoga or aerial, maybe even a zumba class). Hot & spicy foods when you feel low on energy, carbs and starches when you feel too fiery. Crystals and sound energy.
Crystals: Amber, citrine, golden topaz, tigers eye
Color: Yellow… I feel there is so much joy in this color, you should have it everywhere. Abundance is one of the biggest things that comes to mind around passion and fire. In order to allow true abundance into your passionate being, wear more yellow (a beautiful scarf or a new mala) or have a post card on your desk that embodies the color yellow. Integrate more of this color into your life to allow for more passion, money and energy.
Sounds: Ram, repeated in a mantra. Music with intensity… house, EDM etc.
Poses: Twists, abdominal or core work (yes ABS!!), solar flows, agni namaskra (fire salutations – go ahead, look them up because they are delicious), arm balances, utkatasana and power yoga.
Location: Solar plexus
In order to tap into this chakra you need to decide where you are right now. If you’re feeling lackluster and as though you need a boost, you need to eat spicy foods or go salsa dancing. Invigorate your body, find movement and enjoy a really sweaty power yoga class. If you’re feeling too hot, drink some water and eat toast with honey butter to calm your insides. Then go enjoy a yin yoga class to bring your energy back to neutral.
Jenny Ravikumar is a yoga teacher, blogger and studio owner of Barefoot Yoga Shala. As a teacher and self-proclaimed boho mermaid, Jenny has been bringing her yoga lifestyle knowledge to the online world for years through her blog, jennyravikumar.com. She specializes in helping women dig deeply into self-love & care, while also explaining yoga philosophy and love on her blog and through her courses/private online groups. You can catch her teaching 6 days a week in Massachusetts or pouring love all over the internet 24 hours a day.
Giving a gift is more than a Black Friday deal or a fancy pants bow.
It’s an extension of the heart.
It’s an extension of you.
It’s a connection.
Has the hurricane of holiday pressure hit your world yet? You know what I’m talking about: the parties, baking the perfect elf cookie to bring to the cookie exchange, the blanket of decorations that devours your home in tinsel, random elf trinkets, and ornaments made of out of macaroni you made in first grade. Once all of these snowflakes settle in the snow globe that is your life, you still need to get gifts… for everyone and their mom.
This year I propose we shake up the experience, process, and philosophy of gift giving. We often have an authentic intention to give, but because of the rush of life we end up giving from a place of obligation, haste, and pressure. Reaching for something at the last minute, snagging a Starbucks gift card with your triple stressed out latte, and scribbling something half-legible on a card has become the norm.
Take a moment and feel this quote from the beautiful Maya Angelou, “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”
There is an energy transfer when we give. When we give without intention and lack of thought, that energy is unwrapped along with the gift. On the flip side, when we give from a soulful place with the intention to connect at a heart level, that energy radiates from the gift.
So how do you tackle a new way of giving now that we are already diving into December?
Simple. This year, give from the heart and listen to your intuition about what that special beauty of a human needs and let go of the idea that you need to give something that looks like it was packaged by Martha Stewart.
So guys and dolls, here are some spectacular ways to reframe and reclaim gift giving madness this year:
Open those gorgeous ear canals of yours and take a moment to really think about what your friend, family member, or co-worker has expressed they need. Is it time with you? Give an adventure with you! Is it stress relief? Go bliss out at a new yoga studio together. Let them know you hear them and through that you will give more than a gift; you will give a heap of love and instant connection!
Offer Your Unique Gift
We are all on the path to find our purpose. What is it that lights you up like a Christmas tree and makes you sing from the snowy mountain tops with glee? Is it making jewelry? Is it accounting? Is it painting? Is it personal coaching? Is it cooking a warm meal? We are all here to give our gift to the world! Give what you do best and use this as an opportunity to serve!
Give Tick Tock
Quality, juicy time is priceless. Give the gift of eye contact and uninterrupted bonding! Have you ever thought about giving a hike, a weekly phone call to check-in for the next year, or a road trip? Give something that creates a bubble around you and your bestie, lover, or boss.
As soon as we let go of the expectation and pressure of what giving gifts mean and let our souls do the giving, we are liberated from stress and anxiety. We end up giving something far more priceless than anything you could buy in a sardine packed mall.
Challenge yourself this year and give with soul.
Jessie Gardner is an entrepreneur, inspirationist and Co-Founder of HeySoul, an inspirational experience company delivering inspiration every month to doorsteps around the world. She is dedicated to giving from the soul. The HeySoul themed box of the month is JOY. Learn more about HeySoul here! Connect with her directly at Jessie@heysoul.com. To make your soul flutter and get a daily jolt of inspiration, visit @heysoul__ on Instagram.
When Tiny Devotions asked me to blog about this topic, I immediately knew what my top choices were be and what I’m gifting my friends for the holidays. Being the free-spirited, Bohemian flower-crown wearing woman that I am, I’m all about sharing my favorites. I won’t recommend something that I haven’t tried or absolutely love.
I have been blogging at beautybybritanie.com for the past two and a half years. I test and review the top industry brands in natural and organic beauty, health, skin care, jewelry, and fashion so it’s an understatement when I say, “I know what I like!”
I encourage people to live with an open heart and do all things with passion and a positive attitude. When making decisions on what to purchase, and from whom, I advocate for and support the companies and brands that promote wellness and are in business because they want to make a significant positive difference in the world. Some of the absolute “must haves” for the Holidays are free: kindness, love, sharing and time spent with loved ones. Most importantly, remember that true organic beauty is always created and nurtured from the inside out.
Here are my 7 favorite “Must Haves” for every Bohemian:
Tiny Devotions: The Balance Stack.
I adore wearing my balance bracelet stack. To me, balance is an absolute “must have”. I work daily to be equally centred in all the different areas of my life: body, mind, and soul. I meditate, practice yoga, and use positive affirmations as tools to achieve my goals. When I look at this bracelet throughout the day my favorite affirmation that I repeat to myself is: ‘I create harmony in my life by maintaining a balanced lifestyle.’ Aventurine, Rosewood, Clear Quartz, Sandalwood, and African Jade all work synergistically to promote and enhance harmony in my life.
Kahina Giving Beauty: Argan Oil.
This is a must have skincare choice for me. I use a few drops on my face every single day. The quality and efficacy of this brand is unparalleled. I love that Kahina Giving Beauty works only with cooperatives in Morocco that pay a fair wage to women. This also ensures that the highest quality nuts go into their superior organic oil. I have sensitive skin and this particular Argan oil is superb. I gently press a few drops of this precious antioxidant-rich oil into my skin before I apply my mineral makeup.
Synergy Organic Clothing: Helena Long Sleeve Bamboo Dress in Snowberry.
This is the absolute perfect Boho Holiday “little red dress”. I love this color, but more importantly I love how comfortable and flattering bamboo, cotton, and lycra fabric is. All the pieces I own from Synergy are the absolute epitome of luxury. I only purchase from companies that I’m a huge fan of. I love Synergy Organic Clothing because they are mindful & conscious in every facet of the way they do business. Their clothing is sustainable and organic fair trade. When the holidays are over, this dress is perfect for a date night. Just add a scarf, leggings, lots of bracelets and your favorite jean jacket.
Nudus Organic Lipstick in “Revenge”.
This is THE color for the holidays! It’s the perfect red and is an absolute showstopper. Nudus is my favorite brand for beautifully pigmented (with ancient Ayurvedic bioactive color extracts) highest quality lipstick. I love that they’re handcrafted and made in Australia with 27 active natural ingredients for soft hydrated lips. The colors and formulation, are COSMOS Certified Organic.
AILA Cosmetics: Nail polish in “Like A Boss”.
This is a sassy rose-gold color perfect for a holiday manicure. It’s festive and classy at the same time. When I switched over to all natural & organic beauty a few years ago, the one product missing was a USA made quality nail polish that was 5-free, chip resistant, and made without parabens. This company is also cruelty free, vegan and has gorgeous colors. Once I found AILA I’ve never looked back.
Tiny Devotions: Hipster Scarf.
Wrap yourselves in scarves, but never hide is a part of the Tiny Devotions Manifesto, which I whole-heartedly adhere to. Hipsters are counter-culture, have an appreciation for art, indie-rock, creativity, intelligence and witty banter. I’m continually striving to be an honest person and walk my talk. I don’t ever want to hide. I’m proud of who I am and I accept all my quirks and myself. I love that I’m not perfect and I think striving for perfection is a waste of time. I’d rather be an imperfect freethinking boho hipster. This scarf reminds me to “lighten up” my expectations.
Free People: Embellished Matador Hat.
Every Boho girl that’s into fashion needs a favorite hat. I think this particular style is flattering on everyone. It’s a wool brimmed outlaw hat with a metal plate embellished band. I wear this with everything.
Britanie Faith is a renowned Natural Beauty Advocate, Makeup Artist, Photographer & Yoga Enthusiast. Check our her site here, where she reviews the very best of natural and organic skincare, makeup, jewelry, eco-friendly products, and alternative health. She is adamantly committed to researching the myriad ways of incorporating the natural gifts of aromatherapy, yoga, meditation, herbalism & positive thinking to facilitate healing for body, mind, and soul. Organic beauty ALWAYS comes from the Inside~Out.
Recently we had the opportunity to interview bestselling author and spiritual medium Rebecca Rosen.
We wanted to begin by thanking you for taking the time to chat with Tiny Devotions. We’re all really grateful. The girls here know a lot about your work. We’re excited to get to know you.
Can you tell me a little bit more about yourself and your daily life?
I’m currently living in Denver with my two boys who are 5 and 10. I recently got engaged and I feel like I am at an amazing point in my life.
Thank you, everything is falling into place, especially with work. There is a lot of change going on behind the scenes that will manifest in 2015. I’m looking forward to new opportunities, new ways to better help people; I’m really excited about it, I’m in a really good place.
I just returned from a yoga retreat in Costa Rica. Sometimes I have a lot on plate and I have to find ways to balance work and play. Outside of being a spiritual medium, I’m also a person. I need to stay recharged and grounded in my life as a mom and every other role that I play.
Through your work, you inspire people to live with purpose and intention. What are some ways we can all strive to live with purpose and intention?
It’s about starting your day and ending your day in prayer and meditation. Even if it’s for 5 minutes at a time, it gets you out of your head and into your heart where your truth lies, reminds you who you really are; your soul. When you tap into that you connect to the god spark within you; your purpose intention and meaning.
Your passion really comes through your work. What does passion mean to you?
To me, passion is whatever I’m doing that lights me up and brings me a sense of authentic joy. Passion for me is getting to serve others. Passion is sharing all of the enlightenment I’ve received over the years and inspiring others to find their own passion and to feel connected.
How do you use your Mala beads?
They’re so beautiful that I do wear them as a fashion statement. However, I’ve been wearing Mala beads for years and I wear them to remind me to my connected to the source. My life here is more than an earthly responsibility. I have to use my gift to help others. I also use my Mala when I meditate, counting and reciting a personal mantra I was recently given.
Are there any gemstones that are significant to you?
I don’t have one particular favorite, but there are several gemstones on my Mala. I always ask which one I need in that moment. For me, Rose Quartz connects me into self-love and unconditional love.
We read about your powerful journey and the significant role journaling played in it, what advice do you have for those who are toying with the idea of journaling?
The biggest thing is to not think too much about it, rather sit down and unload whatever comes up. Allow free flow of thought onto the paper; allow it to organically come out, versus overthinking. Overthinking blocks whatever words need to be expressed.
What benefits do you think we can all gain from journaling?
Communication. Words are a powerful way to express and create. Our words have a lot of power. Sometimes we are stuffing our feelings. It is especially great for anyone who is clairaudient. One of their heightened intuitive senses is clear sounds. Journaling is a fabulous way to get in touch with that.
Journaling can also allow one to tap into the spiritual world through automatic writing, which is how my journey began.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
In spirit I would say Quan Yin, the goddess of mercy and compassion. I have a strong connection to her as one of my higher guides. In life I have many, Ram Dass for example.
Earlier you mentioned the importance of relaxing and recharging. What are some ways you relax and recharge?
I start my day by having my cup of coffee, listening to music, and meditating. Then I step into life and get into the rhythm. I always try and figure out a way to go for a walk and get into nature; it helps me release anything I’ve soaked up during the day. I also take a yoga class.
Another thing that also really helps me recharge is playing with my kids. Kids naturally have a joyful pure energy that helps you be present and remember to find the joy in life.
What are some ways we can all work on staying grounded and balanced?
It’s going to be different for everyone based on his or her makeup, personality, and how sensitive they are to energy around them. But a great way to stay grounded and balanced is getting out into nature. Nature has natural negative ions, which is positive energy that clears us of anything that might be standing in our way of feeling a sense of peace and calm.
Another way is engaging in anything that allows us to be connected to our breath. Breath connects us to spirit and allows us to stay grounded. Cardio and yoga are both great ways to connect to your breath.
Finally, anything that is of this earth world is grounding. Travelling is grounding. Getting out and exploring new territories and new areas awakens your senses, puts you in the present moment, and grounds you.
What is the main thing you have learned about love through your work?
That at the end of the day love is the only thing that matters. The love that we’re able to give and receive is what we are here to do. Love is the only thing that transcends physical death. For those familiar with the course of miracles, everything stems from love or fear.
In the end it always comes back to love, making it a point to come back to love in everything you do and say.
How can we all work on connecting with other people?
First and foremost, having a solid and authentic connection to your self. If you’re connected to source, the god spark within you, naturally you are going to have a sense of self love and self worth. You can then pay it forward to anyone who walks into your life. If you don’t love and connect with your self, you can’t give that to other people.
You are a very successful woman; how do you measure success?
Something my fiancé taught me has become my mantra: I don’t measure my success in dollars, I measure it in the amount of joy I feel on a daily basis. Spirit has taught me that success comes from feeling good and loving god. Success is connecting to that feeling every day and being able to share it with everyone around you.
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