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Can A Spiritual Practice Improve Your Confidence And Wellbeing?

I get it. You are trying to live your best life and keep the whole show on the road in realtime, when someone comes along and tells you to adopt a spiritual practice. It sounds a bit woo woo and airy fairy and although you might be curious about the idea, you just don’t know if all this “alternative” stuff can actually help you get your shit together, or if it’s just designed to help you escape into fantasy for a little while. Can a spiritual practice improve your confidence and wellbeing?

I started my conscious spiritual journey reading tarot and exploring meditation over 22 years ago. I say conscious, because prior to that I had dabbled and had a keen intuition as far back as I can remember, but never sought to develop it until in my mid 20’s. So much changed for me at that time as I began to identify everything in my life that was out of alignment and integrity with what my inner being was feeling and pulling me towards. It took me years to understand that I had a choice – to follow the crowd or to follow my soul’s calling.

When you first start on the journey, light and dark come into very stark contrast, making the transition from what life is damanding of you, to you directing your life the way you want it, can be terrifying without the right guidance. It’s this dichotomy that makes us question whether a spiritual life and practice is right for us. I get that it is hard to see how you can actually make your life change to fit your new found understanding.

It took me just an instant to understand that the life I was creating was making me exhausted, ill, unhappy and really lonely, even when surrounded by countless people in my life, but it took me years to figure out how to transition into a life that filled me with energy, confidence, real connection (albeit on a smaller scale) and wellbeing that I could manage and replicate just by making small adjustments along the way.

I became the oracle, the interpreter of universal law and angelic wisdom, so that others can benefit from the years of work I had put into finding the spiritual path to freedom, empowerment, self-love and wellbeing. I created a life that didn’t include a spiritual practice but instead became a spiritual practice… the practice of listening to my own truth.

Can a spiritual practice improve your confidence and wellbeing? It really isn’t the right question. The question you should be considering is: can confidence and wellbeing become my spiritual practice? Now you are lining up with your soul’s purpose and asking for the universe to get behind your mission.

Once you make this distinction, every action you take in the direction of your intention… meditation, oracle cards, angelic connection, yoga… skydiving, partying, sex, cake… it all becomes a spiritual practice. You stop trying to distinguish between your day-to-day realtime, boots-on-the-ground existence and your connection to something bigger.

Your confidence and wellbeing will begin to improve the minute you stop trying to be something you were never designed to become. Stop trying to live upto the standards and expectations of others. Stop trying to fit the square peg in the round hole and stop beating yourself up for failing to be perfect.

Everything about you is perfect already… with the exception of the fact you forgot (and even that was a part of the greater plan).

If you are considering starting a spiritual practice of your own, ask yourself if it allows you to explore who you are and how you feel? Ask if it leaves room for you to adapt and transform as your connection to your own wisdom evolves? Ask if it restricts or expands your experience of your physical reality? All these questions will tell you if you are stepping into an empowering practice or giving your power away.

Will you always get it right? Nope! (I still get it wrong and I’m still on the path). We’re always on the path. What I can tell you is: the further you walk it hand in hand with Spirit, the more confident you will get and wellbeing will be yours no matter what storms come your way.

Explore the 7 Principles of the Grail as a spiritual practice.

Jo x

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A Self-Full Day In The Life Of…

I know how lucky I am to be able to choose my own daily routine and that it gives me the ability to build Self-Full Living into my schedule as a way of life. I made a conscious choice to put my own well-being at the top of my to-do list a long time ago, after suffering burn-out and chronic fatigue back in 2004, putting me in hospital and rendering me mentally, emotionally and physically incapable of noticing the blessings in my own life. But what exactly does a Self-Full day in the life of a spiritual teacher look like?

I can’t speak for any other spiritual teacher out there to be honest, but one thing I expect we have in common is the ability to recognise that spirituality isn’t a part of your day, it is woven through every aspect of your life. It is not something your do it is something you are.

I’ve never been a morning person. Well actually that’s not true. I am at my best in the morning. I am most connected to my own wisdom, to my own guides and angels, I gather the most inspired ideas and connect the dots from all the synchronicities and insights I receive first thing in the morning. What I mean when I say I’m not a morning person is that I don’t do socialising, human interaction and banal chatter early in the morning. My day is organised so that I rarely even venture downstairs before 11am and I certainly do not entertain client appointments or consultations before lunchtime.

Though you may notice I’m on social media early in the morning, that’s usually my time to scan a few select pages and people that I follow who have pristine, positive and spiritually curated timelines that help to maintain my own positive mindset. I take the time to journal my dreams and my intentions for the day, to acknowledge what I’m grateful for and to explore elusive emotions. I also physically write a prayer to the universe each morning to focus my intention further.

The next action I take is the most important action of my Self-Full day: I shower!

I know, most of us do (hopefully), but for me, the shower is the place where I meditate and converse with the angels. It is the place where I cleanse, not only my body of any grime that might be lurking, but also my energy field and my chakras of any negativity or foreign energy. I take time to acknowledge what parts of my physical body require extra care today, for example: where I feel stiff or uncomfortable, and I check in with what my mind, body and spirit require from me. I also feel into any areas of my energy that feel blocked or sticky, all the while asking the angels for help in transmuting that disharmony or instructing me in the actions I may need to take to heal it through the day. Only when all this is done and I’ve chosen the outfit that best fits my mood… (usually comfy casual to full on pj’s), do I start my day.

I have to laugh at that idea, because often my day started anything up to 3 hours prior… but only now am I ready to interact with the world.

After I eat breakfast (actually usually lunch to rest of you,) I begin creating from an inspired mind, feeling fuelled up and ready to go. I’m now ready to create content, prepare and teach classes, conduct client calls, record and edit videos for my YouTube channel and serve in a way that also nourishes me whilst also hoefully nourishing others.

Other things I keep on my daily to-do list:

  • I take time to cook fresh meals and consciously take breaks to eat them
  • I’m mindful of how much water I drink throughout the day
  • I’ve started to reward myself for a day at the desk with a long, walking meditation. (It serves to add exercise, time in nature to reset and clear my mind, into my day).
  • I do an oracle card reading for myself to help gain clarity and direction for my work, my life, my current projects… anything that might benefit from a wider perspective.
  • I make time to connect with friends, family and loved ones, even if it’s just a quick text.
  • I have a wind-down routine that includes gentle yoga or tai chi, more journalling about how my day went, any resistance felt, what I discovered throughout the day.

Admittedly it means that I often work late into the evening, but because I do what I love, I love what I do.

If you are trying to create balance and a routine that nurtures your mind, body and spirit, you have to build non-negotiable patterns that support your well-being into your life. Do I take on too much or get out of balance? Hell yes, I did that just last week! I’m not always mindful of when I’m saying yes to too much or not fiercely protecting my boundaries or worse still, placing my energy into things that don’t give back in some way, so don’t freak out if you haven’t cracked it yet. You can start today by doing an inventory of what actions nurture you and what depletes you on a daily basis and go from there.

What does “a Self-Full day in the life of” look like for you? Let me know in the comments below.

Love Jo, x

PS. There is a fabulous daily “powersphere” meditation available in the Grail Temple Members area that I do in the shower daily. You can get an Earlybird membership discount up until the official launch (21st June 2020).

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Weekly Oracle – When The Dream Isn’t All It Seems

The mere fact that Principle 6: I AM Self-Full has made a consistent appearance for the last 4 weeks tells us that we definitely need to focus at this time on transforming our lives, or at the very least some part of it, to be more reflective of our true desires and authentic dreams for Self. This week though, let’s explore the difficulties we face when the dream isn’t all it seems.

I’ve had a recurrent theme show up in many readings this week about establishing boundaries around an offer or opportunity. The gist is that something long awaited is showing up for us soon but it’s showing up in a watered down version of itself. What do you do when someone offers you a very small approximation of what you want? Do you accept, hoping that it might be a foot in the door? Or do you respectfully decline and hold out for more?

This week’s combination of Principle 6 and the deeply spiritual violet energy of the crown chakra shows a connection between the Divine Plan for your life and the dream you dreamt for yourself. When Divine Will and Personal will align, miracles begin to show up in your life… but discernment is necessary to decide what truly fits the bigger picture.

If you come at this week from an insecure and needy stance you will almost certainly settle for less than you truly want but if you know your worth and understand that the universe will always eventually deliver, then you will be much more trusting of the timing of things and the choice will be easier.

Principle 6 asks that you take care of your own needs first so this is a week where you absolutely must write yourself into the equation… which looks like this H=(I+S) or happiness equals (I plus Source)… this is a powerful position from which to receive a universal gift because only from this platform can you perceive what is actually a gift and what is a breadcrumb that leads to depleting the sacred chalice with you feeling thirsty and short changed.

As mentioned before in previous posts, Principle 6 is an indication that healing on a practical and physical level is necessary so this is also a week where you should be making meditation a priority. If you don’t have a daily practice then now is the time to incorporate some discipline in this area as your connection to God, your higher self and your celestial support team is paramount to show you the way through the inbound life changes occurring. Regulating sleep patterns may also be necessary but you may find that your sleep pattern is disturbed at present so incorporate an effective wind-down routine too, one that gives you time away from stimuli before you sleep and perhaps incorporates journaling so you can unburdened your mind of superfluous clutter before you rest.

Most of all remember that life is showing you evidence of what is to come but now is not the time to settle for the petal when God has set aside, not just the flower, but the whole delicious bouquet just for you.

You are on the right path… x

For more insight, check out this week’s video Dragon Reading here.

Maintaining Focus In The Face Of Distraction

I’m devout in my spiritual daily practice, not for any other reason than it helps me stay well. When I say well I mean balanced in mind, body and soul, but over the last few days it has been almost impossible maintaining focus in the face of distraction.

Daily practice for me begins with journaling, is followed by meditation and I end the day the same way. I take a few minutes out in the afternoon to check in with my Higher Power (what I refer to as God, though I’m aware you may have a different name for It).

When that routine is disturbed for whatever reason, I feel the absence of focus begin to creep in almost immediately… you know that feeling that you’ve forgotten something important? Having that routine disturbed for a few days though, and I start to feel genuinely unhappy. I’ve been two days with a disturbed practice. It started on day one as a necessity and continued as an experiment… “what’s the worst that could happen?” I didn’t always have this routine and I must have survived before it or I wouldn’t be here, right? The experiment was kind of like seeing what it would be like to go cold turkey to break a habit… is it just a habit?

Daily practice, whatever it may be, is fundamental to my wellbeing. I used the word unhappy to describe something indescribable, but let me break it down for you:

No focus, no direction, impending sense of doom, overwhelming feeling of being alone even in a crowd, physical lethargy, headaches, anxiety, inability to cope with stressful situations, poor digestion even… all because I thought “what’s the worst that could happen?”

When Saturday’s oracle honed in on Self-Full Living (Principle 6), and particularly on taking care of your self-care/personal grooming in order to build confidence, it’s also worth noting that you are a human holy trinity: your mind, your body and your spirit require restoration and respect through meditation.

You deserve to be at the top of your own priority list, and a simple daily practice can help you achieve not just confidence but also health, happiness, balance, insight, connection and focus.

I’m off now to do just that before anything else.

More later… x