On Embracing Rest

Fig. 1 | Slowing Living

Fig. 1 | Slowing Living

Embracing rest –

is embracing the

sacred.


Embracing Rest

When’s the last time you embraced rest? Like on a spiritual and mindful level?

Rest is a necessity we so often and too easily put on the back burner because being busy in these modern times can give us the illusion we are accomplishing what’s most important. But our modern-day busyness needs boundaries.

Unhealthy and unbalanced busy energy, as in over-focusing on the ‘big things’ that have to get done, can create an imbalance in our lives and relationships. Balance is a sacred medicine that can nourish our lives and the connections in them, when we let it in.



Small things

The small things can be often overlooked for big things.

When we do the ‘small things’ with great love, they become not just big things, but the most beautiful of things. Take delight in small things, tasks, and moments. The Divine sure does!! Hello Sabbath!! I think Saturday and Sunday’s are so enchanting for most of us because it’s the time we focus on the small things. That said, the weekend can come and go, and if we aren’t careful with our boundaries and intentions, we haven’t fully recuperated from the week before, or fully rested and recharged for the week's journey ahead.



Slow Living

Slow down to rest your busy mind and to appreciate the small and simple things.

Slow living brings restoral–and restoral–brings renewal. If you’re not familiar with the tools and practice of this lifestyle art, the slow living class in the member’s lounge will guide you through this powerful path and practice.



Creative Rest

Say you’ve been steady at work on a project or a mission, creative rest is putting your workload down, walking away from it, and doing something completely different.

Writers do this as an essential part of birthing our stories, words, and books. In order to fully see and make better sense of what we have created and how it serves our writing goal and purpose, and if it all even makes sense, we walk away, we do something else with our energy, we tend to other parts of our lives, and interests and we return to our work with a refreshed mind–and new eyes. It could be for a few days that you release it, a few weeks, or a month, or even longer, just let it breathe and then come back to it to see it with greater clarity, and a new perspective even. This cures creative blocks like a charm. This can be applied to all work fields and projects. Some of my favorite ways to practice creative rest is to spend quality time with my daughter and son, getting out there in nature, slow living, full rest, road trips, farmers markets, and binging on my favorite creative and spiritual icons.

Rest helps to better

our process.


Full Rest

Where creative rest has you doing other mind stimulating things, full rest would look like putting yourself on 'bed rest'.

Unapologetically and with ‘no exceptions’, where and when possible. These are days where you are free to take it as slow and easy as necessary to fully restore–to come back and be better. Have help with it, you know? Find someone who you can lean on who gets it and supports you in this process. My daughter India and I hold space for one another in this sacred way. Sometimes you can prepare for this deep rest: as in getting any affairs in order, completing chores, and notifying the people in your lives ahead of time. At other times, you may experience a sudden need to rest yourself deeper and fuller. People will have to become respectfully patient, and things will just have to remain undone—until you are fully done: restoring.

To live a healthy, joyful, and sustainable life, you’ll need proper rest. The right people get it and support you with it. That’s how you’ll know.

Who can you partner up with, to lean on one another? Here’s a sweet song to encourage you and help you call it in.

 

Lean On Me – by Bill Withers | Live on Soul Train 1974

Across genres, Bill is my favorite singer-songwriter. He just gets life. As if one of the great a mystic. And he lives like one too!! These lyrics are spiritual. They are so beautifully, mindful, and so necessary. We all need somebody to lean on. We all can help carry each other's load.

Especially when we need sacred rest.


 
 
Fig. 02 | Journey blessings

Fig. 02 | Journey blessings

 

Showing up with a

restored soul, a

rejuvenated body, a

refreshed spirit, and

a renewed mind, is

a sacred gift.

It’s a gift that you, your work, and those connected to you deserve.

How much different and higher our world will vibrate if more and more people took the time and made an effort to show up in this mindful, restorative, and intentional way?

This Week’s Challenge:

I lovingly challenge you to do something that will restore your soul, rejuvenate your body, refresh your spirit, and renew your mind, this week.

In closing

These are just a few suggestions on becoming still, finding peace, deeper creativity, and fuller rest. As you set the intention and begin implementation, you’ll even start to explore new wonderful ways.

Let me know what you found helpful, and I’ll share it with the community next time. Leave a comment on the blog thread, or send in your responses via dm or email.

If you’d like to delve deeper in spirit, vibration, and mind, check out the Summer Self-Care Series Vol. 1-3, here on the blog.


 
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Summer Self-Care Series – Vol 3: Spirit


Fig. 01 | Spirit vibrations | by Lalah Delia

Fig. 01 | Spirit vibrations | by Lalah Delia


Is your spirit light?

Things in life are always lighter when there’s someone else to help carry the load. On this human journey we’re each on, we have this higher source of help, always. And no matter how disconnected you may feel at times from yourself, from others, or from The Divine, you are not alone. There's a higher purpose for your life, your spirit, and with your gifts. You are a spiritual gift to this Earth. Through free-will, how you choose to live vibrationally is how you honor (or not honor) the higher mission and purpose of why you are here. So in this moment and onward, may you feel the power of your own divinity and of the Divine help that is always here to guide you. May you beautifully see yourself through the eyes of The Divine, and nothing less. And so, may your spirit be light and in higher purpose. What helps your spirit live light and in purpose?

My Lifestyle:

My spirituality is not

a separate part of

my life: it is my life.

Spiritual practice and work for me is an all-day thing, not only a morning routine. I begin each day with The Divine in mind. And after preparing myself for the morning, I connect. I align. I tap in. From here, I’m ready! This early A.M. ritual sets the tone of my day. It helps steer it in an intentional direction. I become the vessel, the mother, the sister, the friend, the writer, the creative, the educator, and the human being, from this place. I know my spirit is in the right place, nourished, and thriving, when my intentions for the day are to spread high vibrations in my goings, comings, doings, interactions, responses, and work. That lets me know.

Spirit Solutions

Fig. 02 | Path to Your Higher Self | by Lalah Delia

Fig. 02 | Path to Your Higher Self | by Lalah Delia


And on days, when

my spirit is feeling

unaligned and not

like its best self,

I make a conscious effort to journey in grace, nourish my spirit all the more, and vibrate higher–from wherever I find myself.

Seek Guidance. The important thing with being stuck is, is that I don’t camp out there. I observe what’s happening, and do the necessary things that get me unstuck and in higher flow. Sometimes, this is achieved through self-effort, and at other times it’s seeking out spiritual writings and teachings, a book, an inspirational message, a song, a poem, or through opening up to another trusted soul, who’s able to offer a word that’ll feed and help my spirit back to high vibrational ground. One thing my spirit is certain of and grateful for, is that there is always a way out. There’s always a guided pathway–to take us higher.

Restore Your Spirit + Raise Your Vibration: Keep in mind that you are not only a physical being, but a spiritual and vibrational being too. Seeking wellness and balance between these interdependent aspects of yourself, is what creates wholeness, and a sense of wholeness is what restores your spirit. So do more of what makes the various aspects of your being vibrate higher. This means that maybe it’s having a cup of sweet warm-cacoa/ cinnamon milk, swimming in the ocean, laying out in the sun, hiking, time in a garden, dancing, crying to release, a long overdue home spa-style bath, fully resting (as in the do not disturb sign on and all devices and wi-fi powered off), a nourishing meal, healing hands, inspirational teachings or music, or having church in your own way– somewhere alone or with a community. The possibilities are wonderfully endless. Do more of what makes you vibrate higher.

(More in Vol 2: Vibration)

Consult with The Divine. Throughout my day, I consult with The Divine, I ask questions, I say prayers, I share a laugh with the Divine about what’s going on in my life, and I look for the signs and messages. I give thanks, I ask for help.

Walk in Spiritual Integrity. Stay humble, graceful, disciplined, and in your power. Seek to operate with spiritual integrity and compassion.

Guard Your Mind: The mind is a powerful gateway. Guard your thoughts. Whether toxic or healthy, everything that goes into your mind, is food. Be a vigilante and fierce gatekeeper. Don’t give energy and focus to what will take your power away and weaken your spirit. Release limited belief systems. Renew your mind as necessary. Affirm yourself. Transform any lower thoughts into higher ones.

(More in Vol.1:Mind)

Self-Awareness + Spiritual-Awareness. Make time to introspect and reflect. Practice self-accountability. Stay aware of what’s happening within you and around you. Seek to honor the spiritual process for each day by being intentional, fully engaged, aware, and present in it. I ask and observe what the day is calling for and then I do my best to honor it. This could look like: slowing down to connect with my life, my tasks, or with others deeper, and softening and being more tender. Or, it could be picking up the pace and using more resolution, determination, and grit, where necessary. This also looks like time spent in sweet solitude, or, time with other souls divinely sent and assigned to my path, on any given day. Stay aware of what is and what’s needed.

Honor the Higher Call. My spiritual life and path are about being obedient to the higher call, instructions, and guidance coming through. And, realizing that when I'm feeling vulnerable, uncomfortable like I'm not enough, or feeling stretched, being in the will of The Divine is the safest and best place to be. And as human, vibrational, and spiritual be-ings, that higher call is our north star, our higher navigational system. It takes us to where we're supposed to be. And as we honor the process, it fortifies, matures, and blesses our spirit.

 
Fig. 03 | Journey blessings [Lalah Delia by India X]

Fig. 03 | Journey blessings [Lalah Delia by India X]

 

Spiritual Atmosphere

Be mindful. Every

atmosphere you

enter into has an

Effect on your spirit.

And you have an

effect on it.

There are many atmospheres you that enter on any given week, or day. Being mindful of the vibration and intention of any space you enter into, is spiritual work, guidance, higher insight, and even protection.

  1. What type of atmosphere do you live in?

  2. What type of atmosphere are you going to school in?

  3. What type of atmosphere are you entering when you're with friends and family? Or when out experiencing life?

  4. What type of vibration is there?

  5. What happens when you are exposed to lower vibrational atmospheres?

  6. What happens when you are exposed to higher vibrational atmospheres?

  7. What type of atmosphere helps you vibrate higher and come home to yourself?

Create the Space

Whether it’s in your home, your room, your closet, your altar, or your car, create sacred space to go grow and nurture fuller in. The ideal place is one that has reverence, is set apart, and is off limits to low-vibrational things. It’s your spirit’s dwelling place for the Divine.

At times, when on the fast move, it may have to be your car or shower that’s your ‘church or temple’ of the day. Do you!! At least you’re showing up for yourself in this mighty way. Ay!! Wherever your spirit finds it’s sanctuary space, may it lighten your spirit, and help it vibrate higher each day.

Spirit Prayer

Most High, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is dispair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy…

– Mother Teresa, via St. Francis of Assisi

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National Women Build Week

Can we talk about

some of my new

favorite sheroes?! 

As you may have seen from the coverage on my Instagram stories and Highlights –yesterday was LIT!

Lit, as in my soul lit up. It was one of those experiences! I got to spend the majority of the day with the most lovely women of Habitat for Humanity, Habitat LA, and Lowe’s, in honor of National Women Build Week.

National Women Build Week is Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s initiative that unites and empowers more than 18,000 women nationwide to join forces and devote at least one day to help build decent and affordable housing in their local communities. The campaign is happening all around the country, all week long, May 5-13. One of the key flagship events was hosted in Los Angeles, where I participated.

There were power tools galore, pink hard hats, the sound of amazing music and women's joy filling the atmosphere. The love, support, and sisterhood was real and deeply felt. 

 
National Women Build Week 2018 | Los Angeles

National Women Build Week 2018 | Los Angeles

 

Women have a way

of making our work

feel like a gathering

of women warriors.

Throughout ancient times up to modern times, no matter what it is that women gather in community for, we have a way of letting it be known, "We're here, and we've got this'. It was such an empowering and divine experience to be a social ambassador for. 

Looking around and seeing an all woman construction crew was breathtaking site to behold. Yes!!!

I've never gotten

dirtier in my life. 

We were dirty. Ha! The kind of dirty where if if stomp your shoes on the ground or pat your your clothing a dirt cloud is formed. lol. Underneath our nails, our hair, head to toe, full of dirt. 

At the end of the day, I said to The Habitat For Humanity ladies, Hillary and Lisa Marie, "I feel like that character on Charlie Brown who has the dirt cloud on him." As we all laughed I mentioned that "I forgot his name, it's..."  

"It'sPig Pin!" said Lisa Marie. "Awe yes, Pig Pen", we all laughed. So here's a sweet image of Pig Pen that represents how we pretty much looked at the end this amazing and rewarding day. Ha!

Source:  Peanuts

Source: Peanuts

So I built a picket

fence!

I overcame all of my fears of getting super dirty outside, yesterday. What a life-changing experience in itself. I got the dirtiest I've ever been and I lived to write this blog about it! Growth is real ya'll. The work was amazing and soul satisfying, and so was the dirt! (wink)

The warm California sun was shining and the winds were blowing strong on and off throughout the beautiful day. Being this was a construction site with no grass or lawn yet, dirt was flying everywhere. As we built the fence out, we dug into the earth, shoveling and pick-axing even more dirt into the air to make way for the pickets to go securely into the ground. 

 

Building together.  Watch highlights over on    my IG   .

Building together. Watch highlights over on my IG.

 

A major take away:

I now feel

empowered to let

go of fear and

doubt, get dirty,

do the work, and

build.

How symbolic is

that?!

I learned how to build a fence! Who wants one? ;)

I learned how to build a fence! Who wants one? ;)

Awareness

As part of National Women Build Week, Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity are holding space for meaningful discussion and bringing awareness to help educate, inspire and empower women nationwide to advocate for decent housing. The initiative is also about empowering women and girls with the skills in home construction and community building. The hashtags #BuildHer and #WomenBuild represent this so well.

For the 11th annual year, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s partnered for National Women Build Week and this year, Lowe’s donated $2 million to support in 300 communities nationwide. Habitat helps empower, stabilize families, and build self-reliance by lending what they call "a helping hand up, not a hand out", to homeowners. The homeowners all donate a certain amount their time through what is called "sweat equity", which includes partnering up and pitching in with Habitat in the building of their own home, and volunteering in the building of the homes of other's. And homeowners all pay an affordable mortgage. That's true community building and empowerment. 

According to a @Habitat_org and @Lowes survey, most women think home maintenance skills are important, but half of the women surveyed don’t know the basics? This is where Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's comes to the rescue.

 

 

#BuildHer

#BuildHer is a social movement used to generate conversation about building one another up; all while raising awareness and empowering women and girls with construction skills and affordable housing.

Find the social

movement by

using:

#BuildHer and #WomenBuild

Watch highlights over on    my IG   .

Watch highlights over on my IG.

Here’s how You Can

Get Involved

Habitat and Lowe’s encourages anyone to volunteer—no construction skills or experience necessary. Check your local Habitat to find out about local build clinics and community happenings and opportunities to support this initiative.

"Women Build opportunities are available across the U.S. throughout the year, and anyone who wants to learn how to build and construct a home is invited to join us." – Habitat for Humanity

It was an honor to partner with @HabitatLA, @Habitat_org and @Lowes, #WomenBuild Week, #WomenBuild #BuildHer for National Women Build Week.

Visit www.habitat.org/wb to learn more and to get involved throughout the year.

 

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3 Ways To Protect The Earth & Yourself

White Sand National Monument | White Sands, New Mexico

White Sand National Monument | White Sands, New Mexico

Happy Earth Day!

Please celebrate by having yourself an extra yummy green–superfood–salad, smoothie or juice today. And go outside and connect!! Cheers!

With a growing shift in consciousness and wellness lifestyles, what we consume, how we source food and materials, how we eat and how we treat the Earth, should all reflect this rise in consciousness–as it did in ancient times and how it currently does in indigenous cultures still. A beautiful way of life and philosophy of indigenous people is to only take what you need from the earth and to pray and give thanks for all the elements and energy that went into planting and harvesting that which you eat from the Earth, a.k.a. Mother Earth, a.k.a. Gaia. This way of our ancestors is beautiful and not dead. We can each reach deep within and connect to the timeless wisdom of living in better harmony with the Earth and its inhabitants.

Living greener, more conscious, and mindful, has evolved into an overall lifestyle for me. The beauty of this path of living environmentally friendly and making responsible decisions and lifestyle choices, has affect me on all levels. 

 

Our mindfulness towards the earth is for the greater good and future sustainability of all here now, and all to come.

 

Becoming aware of what environmental hazards are, their impact on us and the earth, and how we can easily do our part to reduce them, is such a powerful start for making change. Chemical-based products negatively affect us on a cellular level. They cause hormonal imbalance, reduce brain function, alter the nervous system (google neurotoxins) and pollute our bodies, the air in our home, the environment, and the planet. One of the greatest factors that made me realize the impact of chemicals and environmental hazards on living things is the many benefits I've experienced mind, body, and soul, as a direct result of cutting chemicals and toxins out of my life. I have greater brain function, more clarity, clearer skin, greater hormonal health, and emotional control. I now implement regular ways to detox from the heavy-metals around us, such as having Fulvic Acid with water, liver cleanses, green juices, probiotics, and epsom salt detox baths. Toxic heavy metals come from air pollution, automobiles and public transportation, and are some of the biggest sources of pollutants. So no matter how healthy we eat or how toxic-free our home is, if we leave our home and venture out into the world, pollution will be there. The good news is that there’s solutions. The more and more that awaken, lean in, and learn how we can each do our part in reducing pollution, honoring our planet, and protecting it, we help the earth vibrate higher daily.

White Sands National Monument| New Mexico

White Sands National Monument| New Mexico

 

3 Easy Ways to Protect the Earth & Yourself

 

1. Supporting Ethical Brands & Companies

Brands who are environmentally mindful, sustainable, ethically, and consciously made. Not only do these companies have the planet’s well-being in mind, but also yours. Such a win-win situation. I have a huge crush on companies whose values and ethics benefit and support me in maintaining and sustaining a healthful lifestyle. To have conscious brands so accessible–is everything.
I love mindful companies and brands who get it. Don't you? In the same way that indigenous gatherers and farmers only take what is needed from the earth, these brands only make and produce what is needed. And in some cases as in not made until it’s ordered. This ultimately helps to reduce emissions in the air, which is the #1 cause of air pollution.

 

2. Going Green | Natural Products


Transitioning to a non-toxic lifestyle by breaking up with chemical-laden beauty, hair, body, and household products, has been life changing is such a positive way. My biggest concern was if natural/green products would actually work as well. It took me some time to discover which products are most effective for my home, my family and I, and to learn about ingredients. Once I found my flow and way with green products and green living, I never looked back. I love supporting natural products & brands who get it and that WORK. I've become a full-fledged believer in the power of pure, natural, chemical-free products. Yes, they are out there, they work–well, have high standards, and help us all to do our part in reducing emissions and protecting and saving the planet.
Natural Home & Cleaning Supplies: Seventh Generation, Zum Clean Laundry Soap, Natural Value (Wax Paper and BPA-Free Baggies), Mrs. Meyer'sIf You Care, Simply Organic, Caboo
Natural Body/Beauty/Hair/Bath: Saje, GiovanniWell People, Hanahana Beauty, HonestSchmidt'sSpa Ritual Natural Nail Polish
Natural Medicinals:  Premier Research LabsGaia Herbs, Herb Pharm, Moodbeli, Moon Juice, Navitas, EnerHealth, Mushroom Matrix, Nature's PlusGarden of Life, Sun Potion
Natural Candles, Incense, Sprays, Woods: Resonance Apothecary, Shaman's Market
are all among my favs and go to's. I could go on and on! 

 

3. Reusable Grocery Bags & Boxes
 

Less plastic bags for the win! Less paper bags for the win! Less single use items for the win! The data on how plastic bags are polluting the environment and harming both marine and wildlife is alarming. California along with other states have placed a ban on single-use plastic carryout bags to reduce pollution and protect the environment. Customers now have to bring their own bags when shopping or pay 10 cents to purchase a recycled paper bag or you can purchase a reusable bag for around $1 to $2. It’s wonderful to know that 200 countries around the world and other states and cities are taking the same protective measures by enacting laws which ban the distribution of disposable, non-recyclable plastic carry-out bags and charge a fee for all other disposable bags.
My personal favorite way to pack groceries is using hemp mesh bags and large canvas or cotton totes. My next favs are boxes and hand woven market baskets and African Baskets. The level of ease they both make carrying groceries is pretty epic. Saving and repurposing grocery boxes works wonders as a way to transport groceries from store to home. Grocery boxes can be found at any market and store you shop at. I’m sure they’d be more than generous in donating a few to your mission in reducing waste and protecting the environment. If you use plastic bags and sandwich bags, consider reusing them. Sandwich bags can be washed out, left to dry, and
reused.
A few of my essentials. Resonance Apothecary's Holy water and a couple of my Saje's products. 

A few of my essentials. Resonance Apothecary's Holy water and a couple of my Saje's products. 

Just a few of my many multipurpose reusable bags.

Just a few of my many multipurpose reusable bags.

 
 

Reflection | Thoughts

Keep in mind that because of supply and demand, the less we use, the less that has to be made. And keep in mind that litter is not just litter, it’s pollution.

We’re either guardians and stewards, of the Earth/Gaia or the opposite. Yikes! Let’s be good, thoughtful, and kind stewards of Gaia, Mother Earth, she’s feeding us and housing us–as she did our beloved ancestors. How beautiful. Give thanks and honor!

-Lalah

 

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