practical

Alternatives to Yoga, for Catholics

The New Year is an ideal time to begin to put into action your new plans and resolutions for the year ahead.

Health is wealth, and it is vital to take care of your body via diet and of course, regular exercise.

If like me, you hate the idea of going to the gym, there are lots of other activities to help keep you fit.

Yoga seems to be very popular, but as Catholics and Christians, we know that Yoga is not permissible due to it being based on Hindu philosophies and Eastern mystical theologies which is in dissonance with Christianity. 

Here are some alternatives to yoga you can use:

BALLET:

I am a big fan of ballet, which combines dance, stretching, flexibility and also strength training.  It not only improves your posture, strength and flexibility, but it can keep you trim and fit too. 

I am naturally very slim so I don’t do much cardio or fat-burning exercises, however ballet is a very good way to improve muscle tone and core strength.  

PILATES:

Originally created to help athletes recover quicker from their injuries, pilates is fast becoming popular.  It makes a great alternative to yoga as it also helps you improve flexibility, endurance and strength.  I also practise pilates and rotate between this and ballet 2-3 times a week for my strength and flexibility.

CALISTHENICS:

I used to do this years ago and rather enjoyed it.  A lot of men will love this too if they find Ballet not challenging enough.  Calisthenics helps improve muscular and aerobic conditioning, as well as improving, balance, agility and coordination.

College Witch Tips

Especially if you’re living on campus (some of these I have yet to do)

• If you have space on a windowsill, charge crystals there in the sun and under the moon, set up a mini shrine, have some plants (succulents are great bc low maintenance)
• Your dining commons may have salt packets or sugar packets that you can put in your pockets and have on the go
• Carry a stone or two that you feel works best daily for you or for an exam day or something specific in your bag
• Write sigils on post it notes, whatever sizes and colors you want, stick them in books, folders, in your dorm room closet, in your desk
• Simple witchy thing, especially if you’re living in apartment style housing: buy plants! Or seeds to grow something! People usually don’t mind plants in open living spaces, plus it’ll make your place look cute too
• ONLY IF YOU FEEL COMF ENOUGH: let your roommate(s) or suite mates know you’re a witch if you feel they’ll respect you, your space, your stuff and any witchy rituals and such you may wanna perform
• Kitchen witchcraft is always valid! Look up certain ingredients you have (doesn’t have to be fancy) and their purposes, cook with witchy intent! Sometimes I say little spells or affirmations in my head as I stir and boil things.


Any other college witch tips anyone wants to add on please feel free to do so! Blessed be! 🔮

anonymous asked:

Do you have any tips on how to store the herbs you use for witchcraft? My room is quite small and I don't want to place my witchcraft herbs in the kitchen for my family to use. Any ideas?

Hey!

If you’re pressed for space, I’d advise going minimalist on your practice as a whole: small spells in small jars, if you get my drift. Sure, a giant fuck-off fire fueled by a huge rosemary stem is satisfying, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you do your spells in small batches and use small amounts of herbs for each spell, it will all be generally easier to store in a small space.

As for the storage itself, this really depends on your whole situation - can you buy stuff, or are you pressed for cash as well, what space/furniture you have available… stuff like that.

Still, you may want to try:

  • Small ziplock bags. They are airtight and will keep your herbs fresh, they take up very little space and you can see what’s in them without opening. The downside is that some people might assume you have drugs in them because people are like that.
  • Matchboxes. They also take up little space, they’re practical, and people are not likely to snoop in them. They’re likely to grab a box expecting actual matches, though, so there’s that. Also, possible sulfur residue means you’d best not use the herbs stored in matchboxes for eating or cosmetics, though of course you can keep a plastic bag inside the matchbox.
  • My DIY pouches made from leftover cotton pad packaging. Absolute hit.
  • Any small jars you can get your hands on - leftover cosmetics packaging, pill bottles, things like that.

I know this is all pretty generic, but not knowing your situation I have to be. Still, hope some of this helps!

#LOAThursday

The Only Way To Create Abundance

 We all want things, but in using the law of attraction to manifest them into your life you must first detach from the idea of wanting - which is associated with scarcity. This is done by embodying the mindset of abundance and changing the way we view our current situation. 

Instead of saying “I’m broke” or “I need more money” we can choose to adopt the perspective of “I can make more money” and this will attract more opportunities for you to do so. This is a great place to start if you’re new to using the law of attraction in your life.

Whether you’re in the process of manifesting or just beginning - your perspective is everything. If you find a penny on the floor and you are embodying the scarcity mindset you will think “it’s only a penny, I need more”. Whereas if you have optimised your perspective for abundance you will think “the process of manifesting more money has begun!”

Using the law of attraction in your life has practical applications that begin with very small changes in your attitude towards everything that comes into your path. It is true that our thoughts & feelings create our reality - but our actions create those thoughts and feelings, therefore your actions are the most important area to focus on in creating your new life.

Creating a clear mental picture of what you want to manifest and how it will look is also a great way of building your new story and manifesting it into existence. Remember also that manifestations take time - observe the signs in your daily life to acknowledge if you’re moving in the right direction. 

Keep in mind that everything you do, say and think need to be in harmony for you to effectively manifest big shifts in your life. This all begins with the way you see the world and the perspective you choose to adopt. Let abundance be your attitude toward every experience that enters your life.

Your actions create your reality.

Peace & positive vibes.

Got a specific problem you need help with? Add me on Skype for a free consultation - spoonofconsciousness@gmail.com :)

I can = Я умею

I can smth in Russian is я умею.

  • I can dance = Я умею танцевать.
  • I can swim = Я умею плавать.
  • I can’t ride a bike = Я не умею ездить на велосипеде.

P.S: Я могу means I’m physically or morally capable of doing smth. Я не могу убить человека - I can’t kill a man. Я умею обрабатывать раны, но я не могу видеть кровь. I can treat wounds (= I was trained), but I can’t see blood (= I faint).