5 Tips for Spiritual Spring Cleaning

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Attention Moon Children! Spring is almost upon us and if you’re lagging on your New Year’s Resolution or you missed the mark for your fresh start of 2018, this post is for you. It’s time for clean slates and to rid ourselves of any toxic energy that might be surrounding us. Even though I don’t pretend to have it all figured out in any capacity, here are my 5 tips for spiritual spring cleaning. I hope you find this post helpful and one of these tips makes a difference in your life.

1. Get Organized

I know this one may seem obvious considering it’s what most people think of when they hear the phrase “spring cleaning” but I think we fail to realize how a cluttered living environment effects out psyche day in and day out. If your car has slowly become a trashcan (me) or your closet floor has become a graveyard of outfits that didn’t quite work out (also me), it’s time to clear it out. A clean and simple space has been proven to reduce stress. I started out by simplifying my space. I got rid of a plethora of things that I simply didn’t use and took a more minimalistic approach. I found this to not only be more functional but my mind also felt more at ease.

Set aside a half hour to an hour each day and tackle something small first. Maybe you’re starting by making your bed every morning. Maybe you’re starting with your organizing your silverware drawer or your purse – anywhere is a great place to start.

2. Sage It Out

The word ‘sage’ comes from the Latin word “salvere,” meaning “to be saved.” The burning of this plant is called “smudging” and this act is performed for spiritual cleansing. I don’t believe that burning sage is a cure-all by any means but rather a ritualistic way to rid yourself of negative or stagnant energy.

When I’m in a spiritual funk, I open up all the windows, doors, cabinets and drawers (yes, negative energy has a habit of clinging to any small hiding space it can find) and bring my smoking sage bundle from room to room. I usually follow up by audibly repeating a few mantras such as “I rid my sacred space of any and all negative energy” or “I invite only positive energy into my home“. You can also smudge yourself! Work from the crown of your head to the tips of your toes. Let those negatives vibes know they ain’t welcome here 🙂 (**Palo Santo or incense works here, too.)

3. Clean Up Your Social Media

This one is important so stay with me. If you follow an account on Instagram that makes you feel bad about yourself, unfollow. If you’re friends with someone on Facebook who only seems to only post hateful things, unfriend them or hide their posts. If you’ve gotten into the habit of checking up on people who do not directly contribute to your life in a positive way, cut it out, man! Social media is more a part of our lives than ever before so it’s imperative that we at least try to filter what we’re internalizing. Feel free to utilize this tip over and over again until your feed is reflecting the positivity inside yourself.

4. Cut Ties

Just like tip #3, this one is about clearing space for relationships that no longer serve you. I think of this as less about cutting people out of your life and more about making room for new people to enter. Maybe it’s a relative or a close friend. Maybe it’s a significant other. Sometimes you have to let these people know that you still love them and you’re always here for them but continuing to spend your time with them is ultimately hindering your growth. Self-respect and boundaries are always more important than trying to please everyone. Love yourself first.

5. Start Journaling

I first started to journal when I was about 12 years old. I always found that pouring everything out of my soul and onto a piece of paper was deeply therapeutic. Do I really gain anything from it? Yes. Am I happy that most of those journals are locked away in my father’s attic? Also, YES.  Think of a journal as a physical place you can visit to empty your thoughts – a “brain dump” if you will. This technique can include things like lists, things you’re grateful for, hopes, dreams, something that made you angry or frustrated you, affirmations, love letters. Get. It. Out. There are no rules or limits. Just a safe place to express yourself.

 

C l e a n s i n g   P r a y e r

“I am now choosing to cleanse myself and release any and all thought forms, beings, situations and energies that are no longer of service to my highest and greatest good…across all planes of my existence, across all universes and across all lifetimes. I ask that all energies that are less than love be transmuted for the highest good of it all. And so it is.” – @youareluminous

 

xx Moon Child

 

Hearty Vegan Chili

Recipes

We’re coming up on our last few weeks of cold weather before spring arrives here in southern California so it’s only fitting that I share this chili recipe while there’s still a few chilly nights left in the forecast! This recipe is always a hit. I’ve even made it for those of a more “carnivorous persuasion” and I’m always returned an empty bowl. There’s also just something about the aromas of chili cooking on the stove that make a house feel like a home, am I right?

 

 

The black beans and kidney beans used in the recipe provide a hefty helping of plant-based protein keeping you the perfect amount of satisfied 🙂 Give this chili about an hour to simmer allowing all the flavors to develop, pull out your favorite chili bowl (am I the only one who has a designated chili bowl?) and cozy up to fully enjoy this one.

I kept the toppings simple and clean this time and threw some fresh avo and cilantro on top. Sometimes I’m more ambitious and add vegan sour cream and jalapenos. Also guys…Frito’s corn chips are an option here as well…just sayin’.

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I believe that taking the time to prepare a delicious and satisfying meal for yourself is the ultimate act of self-care. Thus, I’ll leave you with a few self-love affirmations:

I love my body and treat it with respect.

I accept myself unconditionally.

I radiate love from deep within.

to the moon and back xx

Hearty Vegan Chili

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

 

  • 3 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 1 yellow onion – diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth + 3 tbsp for sauteeing
  • 1 can diced tomatoes w/ juice (fire roasted/jalapeno)
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin

Directions

  1. In a large pot, sautee garlic, onions and red bell pepper in 3 tablespoons of vegetable broth until onions are translucent and mixture is fragrant.
  2. Add diced tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans and corn.
  3. Slowly stir in the rest of the vegetable broth and add all spices.
  4. Bring to a simmer and cover.
  5. Let cook for about an hour, stirring occasionally.
  6. Load with toppings and enjoy! 🙂
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Golden Turmeric Mylk

Recipes

Hello Moon Children! For my very first post, I wanted to share a recipe that’s not only simple to make but soothing for the body and soul. I like to enjoy this warm drink in the mid-morning between breakfast and lunch or at night after dinner. It tastes rich and indulgent all while providing health benefits!

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Turmeric might as well be named “beautiful magic cure-all yellow spice”. That may be too long of a name so we’ll stick with turmeric 😉 So, what exactly makes it magic? It has anti-inflammatory properties (ditch your ibuprofen), improves skin complexion, reduces bad cholesterol, improves liver function and has been proven to help combat depression symptoms.

Today’s Mantra:

I am thankful for the blessings the universe has bestowed upon me *sips golden mylk* and I am thankful for the blessings the universe will continue to bestow upon me in the future.

Golden Turmeric Mylk

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of almond milk (or any plant milk of your preference)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of agave nectar (or maple syrup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • pinch of black pepper

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend thoroughly.
  2. Pour mixture into small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking often.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into mug.
  4. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and enjoy! 🙂