Altar Life

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Having a morning meditation practice is one of the most rewarding and powerful tools of transformation. I began my meditation practice in 1994 at the age of 23, and it has been a daily ritual since then. Creating a sacred space to sit helps invite this practice as something to be looked forward to and welcomed in.

It Begins with an Altar

This sacred space is meant to be a representation of your spirituality, a place to honor yourself and your beliefs. It should be created on a flat space, and kept clear of clutter, in order to hold space for the intentions you set. The altar can be designed with a variety of objects, but they should all be things that either call to you and represent something to you. You could have personal, meaningful objects, or items that belonged to your ancestors, to help call in their knowledge and guidance. You can place statues of deities such as Ganesh or Quan Yin, or representations of the elements; a vase of flowers to represent earth and water, and candles for fire and air. I like to use oracle cards to help set my intentions and to get deeper in to a meditation.

My personal altar has some of my favorite crystals and ones that speak to me to work with during meditation. Each day, I allow my intuition to guide me towards certain crystals to hold. If you allow yourself to listen within, you will be guided to which crystals would like to work with you and who wants to be on your altar.

Before I begin my Meditation

I light a candle and incense to cleanse the space around me and to set my vibration. I also arrange my crystals in a way that feels good. Even though my eyes are closed during my meditation, having something beautiful before me allows there to be space to drop in even deeper.

Holding crystals during meditation has allowed me to open up channels of communication and gain a deeper sensitivity to the energy of the crystals. They have taught me through connecting with them. The longer I have meditated with crystals, the deeper the understanding and knowledge that has come to me. Mediation is a practice, and the more your practice, the more wisdom you will be able to tap into and unlock.

Meditation can be as simple as repeating an inspiring prayer or a word that feels good, like “love”, “yes”, “amen”, or good old fashioned “om”. Whatever calls to you, meditation is ultimately a time to trust your intuition, a time to remember the gift of life, the connection to the divine. It is a reminder of how deeply connected we all are to one another.

I have some personal favorite crystals to meditate with:

  • Amethyst: The perfect adaptive crystal, giving you exactly what you need. Amethyst helps to open your crown chakra, bringing clarity and calm to your thoughts. This is a stone of intuition, allowing you to better trust yourself and your judgement.
  • Lemurian crystals: Connecting to deep inner wisdom and knowledge. These crystals are said to have been left behind by the ancient culture of Lemuria, and filled with their histories and knowledge. Lemurian crystals are powerful tools for unlocking spiritual growth and higher guidance.
  • Kyanite: Loving communication going deeply into the heart of the matter. Kyanite is a high vibrational crystal that helps bring all of your chakras into alignment. This crystal also helps you to contact your spirit guides, and receive the divine wisdom they can provide for you.
  • Obsidian: The fast track to transformation. This powerful auric healer helps you cut cords with the people, places, and things that are no longer working towards your higher self. Obsidian is also a wonderful crystal for grounding, and for shielding yourself from negativity.
Every crystal can bring gifts to your meditative practice. While these are just a few of my favorites, there are so many others out there with intense healing and transformative powers. Trust your beautiful intuition, and use this time every day to honor yourself. You are so worth it.

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