It’s important to take time to step back to rejuvinate and replenish yourself. A time for reflection, for looking within, assessing and setting intentions. For some it can be a certain activity or ritual that helps them feel relaxed and replenished and for some it can be a certain place. We wanted to share a few tips on how to make a rad boho inspired space to wind down, reflect on your journey and just relax.
1. Location, location, location. The space can be small or large, inside or out as long as it encourages a peaceful mindset, a place to replenish your mind, body & soul.
2. Find inspiration in what you love. Chose what smells, sounds, looks, and feels good to you. Things that give you energy, inspire you. This could be comfy cushions, scarves, blankets, vision boards, art, stones & crystals, essential oil diffusers. You name it.
3. Journal. Have something you can write on, to record any questions, feelings or inspirations from your day. It gives you a chance to express yourself and allows you to dig deep, reflect and encourages you to relax and unwind.
4. Add plants & flowers, they increase energy, color & oxygen. Different colours represent different feelings & emotions, include colours that align with your intentions.
5. It is important to enter your space with your intentions clear, to leave the chaos outside of your space, so as to allow cultivation of only your truest potential.
Remember that this space is yours, created by your intuition. Honour that intuition, let it flow through you, don’t be afraid to make alterations to your space at anytime as you progress through your journey.
During a Full Moon, the Moon is on the exact opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, bringing us a brightly lit spectacle. People used to plant, hunt, fish and even move by the seasons and cycles of the moon.
Perhaps it’s under your pillow, or placed neatly within a spiritual crystal altar. By writing your intentions down and verbally sharing them with friends, you hold yourself accountable to achieve them. The best part of this? It’s proven you’re actually more likely to achieve goals set this way. Take the time until the next New Moon or Full Moon to reflect upon how far you’ve come and what needs work.
We’ve put together the perfect kit for cleansing your gemstones! Check out the Full Moon Party Activation Kit.
We’d been to that old lodge on the trip up to Lion Creek many times before, but I’d never noticed the mysterious tray that sat beside the other jewels and rings that were being sold there. It caught my eye because a thousand beams of light and colors danced from the tray to the windows of the shop, calling me to see what was inside.
“They’re crystals,” said the old woman who owned the lodge,
“They will inspire your intentions.”
“Intentions?” I asked.
“Yes, there’s a special crystal for every season, reason and chapter. Look,” She pulled out a pink stone, “This one is for love and grounding! Keep it with you always.”
I smiled at her, bought five of the pink stones and left the lodge. Since that day at the lodge I’ve learned some seriously special things about crystals and their meanings.
Here Are My Top Five Sacred Stones and Their Special Meanings:
Many bohemian bellas worship this stone because it is known to bring unconditional love. It’s said that in ancient times, goddesses would use the stone to pray for everlasting romantic love. The magical thing about rose quartz is that although the crystal is meant to bring everlasting love, its intention is based around reawakening one’s heart, personal fulfillment and innate contentment. You know, like-to love another, you must first love yourself!
This is the ultimate stone for dreamers. White jade is a seriously mystical stone, as it brings potential, focus and force to the auspicious dreams and goals that we seek. Back in the day, magical individuals would encourage people to wear this stone, as it dispelled negativity and helped them to see themselves for who they really were. White Jade has been known through the ages to bless whatever it touches and help individuals realize their dreams. Dream on, dreamers!
Leadership, endurance, motivation. This deep rusty stone embodies all of these strong female energies. I’ve always carried carnelian with me in times when I’ve felt timid or untrusting of a particular situation. This stone helps individuals step into their power, feel confident and trust the sweet strength within.
This is the stone of highest protection. Goddesses and gurus will find it visually very striking, but it’s meaning is also intense. Turquoise carries the wisdom of basic truth, and protects whoever carries it from any harm. Keeping turquoise around the house or in your boho bag will shield you from negativity, and keep you safe.
Black Onyx has been known to defend against negative energies. Bad boss, crazy co-worker, sibling rivalry? Keep black onyx with you or, wear your black onyx mala, and negative energies will remain at bay. This stone has been known to sharpen the senses, create self-confidence and create a healthy sense of egotism.
These are my favourite stones at the moment, but they are always changing! There are so many special stones and uses, from amethyst to amazonite. So go, boho goddesses and check out which stones speak to your reason, season or chapter 😉
From Your Resident Boho Fashionista,
Living in Montana provides a constant source of inspiration. There is so much natural beauty and an abundance of healthy, heart centered energy. It’s a wondrous thing to wake up every day in what the natives called the Valley of the Flowers. I feel immensely grateful to live here and do what I love – teach yoga, energy heal, get lost in nature, and inspire others.
Another beautiful gift that Montana has given me is the importance of ritual. Ritual is grounding and gives us purpose. It’s what our ancestors did on a regular basis and allows us to feel connected to this earth and our place here within it.
Ritual can be done anywhere, by anyone, and in any way.
When I hiked Machu Picchu last year I turned it into a spiritual journey. I used my malas to set an intention with every step. I ran the beads through my fingers and honored a loved one, said a healing affirmation, and charged them with love and purpose through every step.
Now it’s a ritual to use my malas in meditation when I need recharging; to cleanse them along with my crystals on the full moon; to practice 108 sun salutations at the change of every season; to place them on the top of my mat during my yoga practice.
Breaking away from technology and connecting in a more meaningful way, through ritual, is a blessing. It allows us to hear the whispers of our ancestors as we ease into the groundedness of feeling earthly, relishing the seasons, and delighting in being human.
I love the Devotion mala for this reason; it reminds me of my devotion to ritual and to the purpose we all have in this life. It also reminds me of my devotion to the dreamworld, to spirit work, to the seasons, to my ancestors, to the land where I live, to my relationship with my self, and to the source of connection that lies within us all, at our heart centers.
Let creating ritual be fun! Just like the excitement that comes from picking out the perfect mala for you, exploring meaningful rituals in your life will feel freeing, empowering, and invigorate you! Ideas are to smudge your house, pat your buddha, carry crystals with you, celebrate the full moon, all of it works. Go with what feels good!
In my opinion ritual is anything that you come back to regularly, that steps you out of your normal routine (habit) and provides a feeling of meaning, purpose, and connection. So look for inspiration and get creative in how to bring ritual into your life. It’s sort of like deepening our roots so that our branches can grow even further.
Your malas are your best ally in bringing ritual and intention into your every day. Let them connect you to the ways you want to feel, to the love and groundedness that connects us all, every time you touch, wear, and practice in them!
– Jessica Cartwright