Sometimes the Universe guides you on a wild ride to India! (Like I mentioned in this post)
Although I thought I had a plan for what was next in my life, when a psychic channel told me that I'd be invited to India with a small spiritual group, and months later I received that exact invitation, I was willing to drop everything and take the adventure of a lifetime.
It was nothing short of deeply transformational and spiritually uplifting. Most of the time, I was so absorbed in the moment that I didn't film many of my inspiring Instagram videos or even get out my journal to document my process. I was just... in it. But I did take a few short videos and had some realizations to share with you.
Here are 3 things (among SO many) that I learned on my journey to Rishikesh, India:
1. Being human is as spiritual as it gets
I mean, sure, astral projection and levitation sound pretty spiritually impressive, but when I was in Rishikesh, I realized that being in a human body is the ultimate spiritual experience! We get to taste, smell, feel, dance, stretch, breathe, listen, see, and experience a rainbow of emotions. When we leave these bodies, we will ache to experience the human form again.
While dealing with jet lag, a little "runny belly," and a tad bit of culture shock, I realized that just being in touch with my human self is a wildly fascinating spiritual experience.
2. Asking "why" stops up the process
Another powerful thing I realized while journeying to Rishikesh is that we are in constant process on our spiritual journeys. We are always shifting, changing, and growing. Sometimes this looks like losing a job or getting sick. Sometimes this looks like having epiphanies and creating new things. But we can't help it; we are always changing, and it's ALWAYS for our soul growth.
The only thing that sometimes gets in the way of our spiritual shifts is when we ask the question "why." "Why me?" "Why did this happen?" "Why now?" We start blocking the energy that wants to flow through us and transform us. Needing to know why will actually slow down the uncomfortable phase of transformation. If we can let go and trust what is shifting inside us, we will quickly see the other side.
3. We can choose to be the stone or the water
Spending 2 weeks on the Ganges River in the holy Himalayas will give you lots of inspiration! One such notion came to me on my last day while I was sitting next to the water meditating; in life, we can either choose to be the stone or the water.
Life is a constant, flowing, evolving dance, just like the Ganges River (or Ma Ganga as she's known in Rishikesh). We can choose to flow with her and be the water, or we can choose to plop down and resist the flow, as does a stone in the river.
When being the stone, we want to be in control and resist change. We want things "our way." But life flows past us every moment, and we stay stuck wanting things to be different than they are. When being the water, we synchronize with the rhythm of life and find ease and harmony. We shift and evolve with the currents, and enjoy the constant dance of life. Which one sounds better to you?
Below is a video that I made with photos and video clips from my trip (with one of my latest healing chants as the background music!). I hope you'll enjoy watching my journey.
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I’ve been journaling (almost) every morning for the past year and a half, and it is an amazing start to the day. Before seeing another human or speaking a word, you have the opportunity to clear your mind, express your emotions, release your worries, and set the tone for the day.
I have gotten into the habit of addressing myself in my journals as if I’m writing myself a letter. And wow! It’s so powerful to be your very own best friend, biggest fan, and most devoted lover. I started looking back through my journals and reading over the greetings and farewells to myself. No matter what I’d rant about in the entry, I noticed how important it was to begin and end with hope and positivity. I started writing “I love you” every day… because I needed to hear it, and I needed to say it.
So I collected some of my favorite good morning self-talks over the last 7 months, whether they be profound or just cute and silly! I am sharing them with you in hopes that you would maybe be inspired to write yourself a letter, call yourself “sweetheart,” or look in the mirror in the morning and say, “I LOVE YOU!” Does it sound stupid? Maybe. But does it feel damn good? YUP!
Hello my beautiful goddess…
…All is well in my world. We are free, we are channeling Spirit. We are open, we are wise. I love you millions, beautiful. All my love!
Good morning beautiful…
…I believe in your beautiful soul and I love you so infinitely much!! All of my joy and peace with you today.
Hello sweet soul…
…You are my special princess who I will stand by in all ways, forever. In love and light beautiful.
Hey beautiful dream keeper…
…I am who I am, and I’ll enjoy it how I will! All my love butterfly.
Hey special soul!…
…Wish me luck! My lucky stars. I love you sweet Gia.
Don’t stress little sweet thing…
…Use joy and passion as a guide. Never stop in the face of fear. Always onward and forward. Continuing the pace. Faith faith faith! We may not know why we are here, but we are here for something. SMILE. Love it. Love you dearly my Emily Marie.
Hi beautiful goddess!…
…I’m always open… I trust you, Universe! Let’s do it! Love you the most baby girl.
…Hold your heart close and don’t worry about the future. The light is on its way. Soon we will be soaring. Our spirit is radiating now. I love you!
Good morning my sweet pea!…
…I love you so, Gia Bean!
Hello special girl…
…I feel like I have a lot to heal. Always do. But overall I’m so proud of myself and so impressed with my everything! I love you!!
Good morning sweet child…
…Oooh I love you so! Have an epic and magnificent day, buttercup.
Hey wonderful spirit…
…Love you, soul and inspiration! Stay strong, stay true. Love you the most.
Good morning doll…
…Take it one moment at a time, that’s all we can do. All we can do. Breathe and try. Release, let go. Accept the mysterious outcome. Hear the guidance. Wait, meditate, accept. Love yourself fully and completely. Own the path, walk freely on it. I love you, Em!
Hi my love…
…Have patience, my dear. Just breathe and enjoy yourself. I love you so!
Hey gorgeous princess!…
…Nothing can stop my spirit from soaring. Nothing can hold my energy, my joy, my love from flowing forth. I love you with all my heart sweet princess!!
…Use your voice, be proud of your style. Confident in your uniqueness. I already know enough in my soul to birth this magical life. I love you to the core! To the max!
Hello sweet mama…
…I believe all the magical things will come true! I love you, little bean!
Hey sweet soul…
…May we rest our hearts inside our souls and know we can let go. Love you button.
Hey sweet pea…
All my love, all my light! I love you beautiful girl. Have a great day!
Here’s to practicing SELF-LOVE!
Photo Credit: Olga Filonenko via Flickr
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