Manifestation and meditation practices seem to have taken to the web in mass volumes over the course of the pandemic. Or perhaps you've seen the affirmation chants flowing all over Tik Tok? It's no wonder these practices seem to be taking a lead during this crazy year. People are looking for new ways to practice self-care and affirmation practices are important for us to really dive into what the power we have in our words, friends!
I've spoken before the concepts of the subconscious messages behind music you listen to or the thoughts that you choose to live with. However, what if we shift that mindset to only look at the good things or to consciously create more beauty and love in our lives? What if we present the idea to ourselves that there are more positive than negative things/ideas that we can focus on? What if we decide to tell ourselves the narrative of our day and really manifest the messages we want in that moment?
Affirmations are becoming increasingly popular, but what are they really? To affirm means to validate the truthfulness of something. Affirmations are confirming the validity and truth behind a statement or idea. Generally, we focus on positive concepts or ideas that are based in uplifting our mind, body or spirit.
I like to think of affirmations as words of power. One of my inspirations, Veronica Varlow, likes to say "Words are wands." Affirmations are magic and remind us of the power within. If we consistently practice our magical words those words of power can alter our mindsets during a tough time or at least give us a shining light of hope. In the best of times affirmations can help amp you up and get you pumped for a big day or a tough work out. Almost like your best friend or trainer saying "You got this!"
Below I've shared a few of my favorite affirmations, but I'd love to hear some of yours in the comments. <3
Encourage your mind to focus on one of these affirmations to shift your mindset into something more positive. Choose one of these affirmations and commit to repeating it like a mantra for a week. Challenge yourself to stand in front of your mirror each morning and repeat this mantra while you get ready for your day. Record yourself saying an affirmation and put it on repeat as you meditate or work-out.
How else can we utilize affirmations? Let me know in the comments.
- Jenn Rose
(Foggy Mirror Photo by Vinicius "amnx" Amano on Unsplash)
Hello friends! It's been a loooong couple of months.
As we continue through this pandemic we're finally at a point where folks are going back out into world, donned with masks of course. It's exciting to see things start to return to something similar to what we remember as "normal". Unfortunately, Zennergy Studios will not be opening back up for in-studio session just yet.
Many of you know Zennergy Studios is my passion project, but it's also my "side gig". I currently work at a long term care facility where restrictions are still incredibly high. Not to bore you with details, but as we move into "Flu season" I'm hesitant to move forward with re-opening....
At this point, I'll still be online via Facebook live bi-weekly with a half hour chair yoga class on every other Wednesday and a bit of meditation/pranayama every other Thursday. I am planning to bring the blog back since things are starting to return to somewhat normal hours! Be on the lookout for new online content. <3
- Jenn Rose
We are certainly living in interesting times, friends and while I'm not going to talking about the virus I do want to talk about maintaining your balance, checking in with your center and gifting yourself the time you need for self-care! Right now, more than ever we need to focus on keeping ourselves healthy and happy as much as possible, whether you're currently working from home for the first time or on the front lines. Keeping a routine self-care check in will help now and in the future once we've put all this behind us.
When the going gets tough and I forget who I am, one of my go-to's is always meditation. While I believe there is a meditation style for everyone, you may just have to try a few to find what resonates with it. I find it's similar to the different styles of yoga; not everyone is into a Hot Power Flow style class and maybe a Yin yoga class is more your jam. I'm here to say to each their own style of yoga and meditation.
One of my favorite styles of meditation is often called "mindfulness". This concept is growing more and more since it allows you to connect to something you see, hear, feel and use your senses to meditate. Depending on your definition of mediation this may or may not be your personal preference, but I believe that meditation is a concentrated focus either on a visualization, something physical or on a concept. With that in mind if running works that for you, then it's also a form of meditation.
The self-care industry has really gone head first into essential oils and I for one am all for it. I utilize essential oils in my day to day life for many purposes, but one I tend to forget about it stress relief. So let's make a pact together that when the going gets tough, we reach for the good stuff! ha ha
Obviously I mean good quality oils... but I digress.
The point is something so simple as smelling or applying a scent could totally change your day around.
My first go to for stress relief is always going to be Lavender. The soothing scents as you may already know are great for sleep, peaceful feelings and calm vibes. I'd have to second this. I prefer to put a little lavender on my wrists and on the back of my neck when the going gets tough. However my favorite use is to put a couple drops on my pillow before crawling into bed after a long day. #instantcalm
Sometimes I think there's a reason we tend to get sick during the wintery months; other than the bitter cold air. It's a time that we are forced inside and for good reason! It's time to look inward and reconnect to your intuition. Gift yourself time to rest so you can reflect, refine and redefine your life.
For those of us living in the northern hemisphere winter coincides with new year traditions like resolutions or goals. We are gifted a new calendar year; a fresh start. Often our resolutions are a reflection of what we want to see changed in our current lives. A refinement of bad habits and a redesign to welcome newer habits that will serve us better. Whether you're limiting alcohol or cutting out sugar this is a renewal of sorts and we're feeling it!
As we draw close to the end of another year I'm excited for all the things that 2020 will bring; the new adventures, inspirations and growth. Looking back at these photo blogs each year stir up thoughts on why I chose each image and TBH I'm really enjoying it.
Would love to know if you make one of these too or if you have other end of year rituals.
So without further ado, my Gala Darling inspired photo reflection of 2019...
2019 SUMMARIZED IN ONE PICTURE…