Welcome to The 9 to Shine, our monthly blog series where we share some of our favourite jewels of wisdom for creating more balance, bliss and brilliance. Each month we curate a collection of 9 tried and tested tips, tool’s and to-do’s to help you and your life shine even brighter.
Here’s this month’s 9 to Shine…
1. Start a Jewel Journal
A Jewel Journal is your personal planning and record keeping log when working with the Jewel of Life system. It is a place to set and plan your goals, track your progress and reflect on your personal growth so that you can intentionally create a life you love.
2. Commit to a daily check-in with yourself
So many of us live life on autopilot, often neglecting ourselves and living out of true alignment to who we are and what we need. This is why it’s so important that we check in with ourselves every day to see where we are currently at.
Get into the habit of taking a few minutes each day to stop what you are doing, correct your posture and take deep and conscious breaths in and out. This in itself allows us to be mindful and can give us a deeper sense of grounding and personal power. As you breathe, become aware of how you feel. Notice any tension or conflict you hold in your mind, body and spirit and ask yourself what you need right now.
If you want some inspiration then check out The Daily Check-In, where you can find tips and tools to help you connect and correct.
3. Journal prompt: What does it really mean to find balance, bliss and brilliance in the facet of Friends & Family?
The facet of Friends & Family is all about self-respect and cultivating healthy relationships. Take time this month to journal and explore what it means to create a sense of harmony, happiness and fulfilment within this area of life.
4. Work with Aquamarine
Aquamarine is a calming stone that allows us to gently soothe the mind, body and spirit, so that we can free ourselves from any negative attachments that take away our peace and stop us from experiencing life in a more tranquil way. Aquamarine is a great stone for communication as it assists us to speak more clearly and confidently even during conflict.
5. Affirmation: “I give myself permission to create healthy boundaries”
Spend a few minutes each day repeating the affirmation to yourself. As you say the words, notice any thoughts or feelings that come up for you. Become aware of how they make you feel in your mind, body and spirit. Allow yourself to explore how it feels and what it really means to give yourself permission to create healthy boundaries in your life.
*This affirmation was taken from the Permission Affirmation Card deck. Download your free printable copy here.
6. Try Earthing
Earthing (also known as Grounding) is a technique of connecting the body directly to the Earth in order to absorb its natural energy. Earthing has been known to have many health benefits such as reducing inflammation, stress and fatigue. One of the easiest ways to practise Earthing is to simply stand or walk barefoot on the Earth’s natural surface i.e. grass, sand, mud or rock.
7. Reconnect with old friends
Just like any relationship our friendships need to be nurtured in order to survive. However, life gets busy and it’s easy for time to pass and for us to lose track of people we were once close with. If there is someone you miss, then make some time this month to reach out and try and reconnect.
8. Start an evening ritual
Having a morning ritual that allows us to both connect to ourselves and implement healthy habits and practices is a great way to set us up for the day ahead. However, in order for us to sustain a good morning ritual we also need to create an evening one that will help give us the energy, motivation and recuperation needed to start the following day off right. There are lots of things we can do to create a great evening routine. However, making sure we have enough sleep and allowing ourselves adequate time to mentally switch off are fundamental, so be sure to add those in.
9. Send some snail mail
It’s hard to imagine a time where our letterbox was one of the primary portals of communication. In today’s world, most of our correspondence is done through technology and these days it’s rare to get something through the post that isn’t a bill or some other official adulting business. So why not pleasantly surprise someone the old fashioned way by sending them some fun mail in the form of a lovely letter instead.