12 Rituals To Do In 12 Days To Guarantee 12 Months Of Love & Prosperity

montreal-skyline2By; Barbara Biziou / Source: Mind Body Green

Why are the first 12 days of the new year so important? According to my spiritual teacher Master Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov, the first 12 days of January represent the whole year. Jan. 1 stands for the month of January, while Jan. 2 stands for February, and so on.

By practicing loving kindness, openness, and generosity while giving thoughtful attention to the significance of each day, you can consecrate the coming year.

But first, here are two rituals you can try to invite more love and prosperity into your life:

1. Ritual for love

Wear new red underwear on New Year’s Day to bring in love.

2. Ritual for prosperity

For good luck and prosperity, you can throw money into your home the first time you enter it in the new year. If you are staying home on New Year’s Eve, go to your front door at 12:01am and throw coins or paper money into the front door.

Bless it with your “inspirations” for the new year.

On Jan. 2, you could give some money away freely as a sign to the universe that YOU ARE PROSPEROUS.

Now, focus on the following keywords each day for the first 12 days of the new year. Each of these words can evoke a special energy that will make your new year special.

Jan. 1: Breath

As you focus on your breath, you actually can breathe in the inspiration you desire. Breathe in love, creativity, joy, health and prosperity. Allow the universe to gift you with energy to invite your best self forward.

Jan. 2: Love

Today is the day to be more loving and compassionate toward yourself. Learn to be compassionate in the areas where you tend to resist. Ask yourself.

How can I be more loving today? Then reach out to others. Smile, be kind and send a loving note to a friend or family member.

Jan. 3: Renewal

Use nature to renew your body and spirit. Nature is a window into the world of the divine — with the four great elements representing the physical manifestation of spirit into matter.

Spend some time just looking at the sky, or take a walk in the park, on the beach or in the woods, listen to birds sing, hold a rock or crystal to remind you to ground your energy and of course, watch a sunrise or sunset.

Jan. 4: Smell

Of all of our five senses, smell is the only one that goes directly to our brain. Experiment with different scents to see how you feel. Vanilla works well to lift your mood.

Orange boosts your energy, while chamomile or lavender may calm you down. Jasmine is a wonderful aphrodisiac and rose is often associated with opening your heart.

Jan. 5: Play

When we get over-serious and try to figure everything out, we lose our spontaneity and creativity. Fun is a good thing, so allow your playful inner child to come out.

Go to a playground and swing on a swing, ride a bike, get some Legos and build a castle, take out the finger paints and let it rip, or put on some upbeat music and move.

Jan. 6: Present

Life can pass you by if you are so busy making plans and doing stuff. We forget to just BE.

Focus on one thing at a time, unplug from your smart phone and computer for five minutes every hour if you can, take a deep breath every time your phone rings, be conscious of walking on the earth — one step at a time, really listen to yourself and others.

Jan. 7: Purify

You wouldn’t think of going to an important event in dirty clothes, so why not pay attention to cleansing your energy field, as well as your physical space.

Do some spring clearing, throw out old broken items, spray lemon water around your office, use your morning bath or shower as a ritual of purification, let go of old emotions that no longer serve you, shred old letters that hold negative associations, delete any email that is not positive.

Jan. 8: Honor

By loving and honoring the body you have, you can bring more health and flexibility into your life. Be conscious of what you put into your body, and try starting the day off with gentle stretches.

You can also walk instead of driving or taking the elevator, rest when you are tired and take short breaks during the day.

Jan. 9: Creativity

Doing something new builds new brain cells, so experiment with something you would normally consider “out of the box.”

Jan. 10: Wisdom

Read inspirational books, talk to an elder, mentor someone, honor your inner wisdom and pay attention to your intuition.

Jan. 11: Abundance

Say this affirmation 27 times today:

Huge sums of money flow to me rapidly, abundantly and effortlessly. I am truly needed and my talents, services and products are always in great demand.

Jan. 12: Gratitude

Bless everything you have, including your body. Send notes of appreciation to friends and family members; see how many times you can say “thank you” to the universe for the many blessings you have in life.

7 Ayurvedic Tips for a Dazzling New Year

ayurBy: Chara Caruthers / Source: Do You Yoga

The New Year is bursting with the energy of opportunity. Why? Because fresh starts are sexy, second chances make us feel alive, and who doesn’t want to refocus their attentions on creating a happier body, a healthier diet, and more abundance?

Thing is, while we’re in love with the idea of making resolutions, the execution…Well, that can get a little sticky. Because the truth is resolutions don’t go deep enough.

See, resolutions are life’s surface dwellers. They take detours around our motivations for living, loving, or being, and go straight to action. And action works fine…Until things start to get a little shaky.

When that happens, without a clear connection to what really matters, or some inspired driving force to keep us engaged and moving forward, our resolve waivers and the wheels fall off.

Sound familiar? The good news is you have choices. So why not make this year different?

Wisdom from the Past for Your Brightest Future

This year, rather than swimming around on the surface of the health and happiness pool, dive a little deeper to see what’s underneath it all.

Connect with what you’re really about, using the energy of opportunity to make some unconventional but insightful choices that will support you far longer than your will power ever could.

Ayurveda is about living your bliss. Its ancient principles endure because they get to the heart of what matters and makes a difference in our lives and our health.

They aren’t the sexiest ideas to come down the pike, but they acknowledge that, at our very core, we’re driven by the need for connection, nourishment, inspiration, and love.

So take some advice from the ancients, ditch the resolutions, and try these…

1. Know yourself.

We’re SO much more motivated by the idea of changing ourselves than we are by the idea of getting to know ourselves a little better. But knowing yourself is the secret to having everything you want in life.

Getting a realistic handle on your strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies isn’t as scary as it sounds, and opens your eyes to a world of possibilities.

So start here. Choose curiosity over judgment, observe yourself through “love-colored” glasses, and embrace what you see!

2. Manage your agni.

Agni is the fire that burns within. It is the driver of transformation, the spark of insight, and the catalyst for creation.

According to Ayurveda, there are thirteen different kinds of agni in the body-mind governing the digestion and metabolism of everything, from thoughts and ideas, to the pizza and beer you ate last Saturday night.

Your agni is no joke. Managing it is about tuning into your experience of clarity in the mind, body, and spirit. The clearer and more connected you feel, the better your agni is functioning.

3. Create a routine around something that matters.

Three things that make routines awesome:

  1. They remind us of what’s important when life gets a little chaotic.
  2. They give us a center to come back to.
  3. They’re stress killers (there’s a certain amount of stress in the unknown—routines are about creating the known).

Self-care is a great place to start, but your routines could be anything!

They don’t need to be complicated or all-encompassing. Don’t try to overhaul your whole life in a day, or even 21 days.

Start with a single simple thing, know why it’s important and why you’re doing it (that’s key), and then do it every day or week. And when you do so, celebrate!

4. Embrace rituals.

Sadhana (Sanskrit for spiritual practices) are an ancient approach to celebrating the everyday.

They recognize the sacred in everything, invite us to witness the miracle of living with our eyes fully open, and make something as simple as cooking and eating a meal feel as significant as building a cathedral (with a lot less mess).

Sadhana are all about you. They are simple practices that connect you to your soul. Create them by asking, “How do I want to feel? “ and “How can I honor the spirit of my desired feelings in my thoughts and actions?”

5. Find your tribe.

There’s nothing better than sharing who we are with the world, openly, authentically, and in all our crazy, messy, beautiful glory. So why don’t we do it? One word…Fear.

Authentic self-expression thrives in an environment that nurtures it and getting there is often about finding a tribe or community of folks whose acceptance, love, and support breaks down our fears and pulls for our success. And doing so is easier than you think.

If you can listen, practice empathy, open your heart, and push past your fears, you’ll get a taste of the sweetness of authentic connection, and you’ll be contributing something powerful to the world in the process.

6. Practice yoga. Every. Damned. Day.

Practicing yoga every day is more about intention rather than flexibility or endurance.

Choosing a moment of silence, a few conscious breaths, a grounding stance (press down through the heels and big toes, slight bend in the knees), to act in the spirit of service, or observe your own thoughts and reactions, this (and so much more), IS yoga!

On or off the mat, your yoga opens your mind, body, and soul to experience life in the purest and most enjoyable ways possible. So find big and small ways to practice, every moment of every day!

7. Love yourself.

Every one of these suggestions is ultimately an act of self-love. Yet, none of them really matters until we embrace that the desire for love and worthiness is really what runs our show.

Our never-ending search for love outside ourselves obscures the fact that we’ve already got a non-stop, self-generating supply of love within. So if you do nothing else this year, tap into your own supply of self-love.

Find the little bit of it that exists at the heart of everything you do…And add a lot more!

How Your Date of Birth May Affect Your Mood & Behavior

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What is it that makes you a “born pessimist” or “incurable optimist?” Why do some of us feel low more often than others, while some breeze along life with a smile?

Of course, the genes we inherit from our parents play a big part. But it could also have something to do with the time of the year when were you born, according to a recent Hungarian study.

The study, presented at the European College of ECNP Congress in Berlin, reveals several interesting facts about how your season of birth affects your moods and behavior.

Lead researcher Zoltan Rihmer, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Research, Department of Clinical and Theoretical Mental Health, Semmelweis University, Faculty of Medicine, Budapest, Hungary summed up the study, saying “The season in which you are born has an influence on certain neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, which is detectable even in adult life.

This led us to believe that birth season may have a longer-lasting effect.”

Rihmer’s team studied more than 400 subjects and matched their birth season to personality types in later life.

They observed that a person’s chance of developing certain mood disorders were related to when they were born. Some of these trends were particularly significant:

  • Those born in the summer were seen to swing between happy and sad moods more rapidly and frequently than those born in winter. Scientists call this a “cyclothymic temperament.”
  • People born in spring and summer exhibited a tendency to be excessively positive, while winter borns showed less of this “Hyperthymic temperament.”
  • Those born in the winter were significantly less prone to irritable temperament than those born at other times of the year.
  • Those born in the autumn months had a much lower tendency to be depressive than people born in the cold months of winter.
  • No significant results emerged for the Anxious temperament.

So what about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the mood disorder which commonly hits during autumn and winter from lack of sunlight? This research indicates that those born in the cooler months are affected more deeply by SAD.

Commenting on the study, Professor Eduard Vieta of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology said, “Although both genetic and environmental factors are involved in one’s temperament, now we know that the season at birth plays a role too.

And the finding of ‘high mood’ tendency (hyperthymic temperament) for those born in summer is quite intriguing.”

Rihmer himself states that the results are in line with clinical observations concerning the seasonal variation of onset and hospitalization due to affective episodes.

Although the small size of the sample makes this a limited study, further research should yield interesting clues on what makes us the way we are.

The Virtues of Being Mindful, Kind, and Patient – The Venerable Losang Samten

Lobsang Samten RinpocheSource: Conscious Life News

The Venerable Losang Samten, a renowned Tibetan scholar and a former Buddhist monk, stresses the virtues of being mindful, kind, and patient.

Losang Samten: When we are more mindful we get a joy. In a way, the seed of the mindfulness, we all have that. We don’t have to buy that from somewhere else.

Not necessarily finding for the enlightenment or [a] spiritual reason, in a sense, but whether we [are] a believer or non-believer, we all need a peace of mind.

So the peace of mind comes from the mindfulness. Through that, we understand how important kindness and compassion [are]. One mental good quality leads into the next and the next and the next.

The fundamental [one that] we’re talking [about] here is mindfulness.

All the Holy Beings, each religious leader, the first thing definitely they will say to us – be kind, be kind. Be kind to yourself. Be kind, be kind. And be kind to the other. To be kind is the Jesus, [to] be kind is the God, [to] be kind is the Buddha.

Another thing [that] is very important to us to practice is be patient, be patient, be patient. Working with somebody or [on] the relationship – husband and wife, girlfriend and boyfriend, any relationship – life’s not perfect.

Life [will] never be perfect. [No matter] how much we put into effort to be perfect, there’s no perfect everything. We are human. Patience is wonderful to have.

So if that day somebody in your life, if he or she is so stressful and at that time – sometimes not necessarily, there’s not much room for communica[tion] – just be patient. Just be [breathes in deeply].

Truly these are not religious training[s], but more as a human being we all need that kind of quality. But yet, again, the seeds – we all have them. We all have patience.

How much we call an impatient person, he or she has the seeds of patience and the kindness and the compassion. All of these seeds we don’t have to buy anywhere – we have them.

We all have room to grow, but we all have the seeds of beautiful kindness and patience.

The Venerable Losang Samten, a renowned Tibetan scholar and a former Buddhist monk, was born in Chung Ribuce, of central Tibet. In 1959, he and his family fled to Nepal and later moved to Dharamsala, India.

His education includes studies at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and the Namgyal Monastery which is the monastery of the 14th Dalai Lama.

In 1985, he earned a Master’s Degree in Buddhist Philosophy, Sutra, and Tantra, from the Namgyal Monastery, which is equivalent to a Ph.D. In 1994, Losang received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

He was granted an Honorary Doctorate of Art from the Maine College of Art in 1995. He taught Tibetan Language at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia from 1994 – 1997 and was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002.

In 2004, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.