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3 Ways to Connect with Your Authentic Self

by Suzanne Winchester

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In today's world, it's harder and harder to find time for ourselves. Between workweeks that get longer each year and the demands of raising a family, most people find they have little time to connect with their authentic self.

As a result, stress levels continue to rise, leading to many people developing a variety of physical and emotional problems. However, as society becomes aware of the important role rest and relaxation play in a healthy life, people everywhere are making it a priority to connect with their authentic self. To do so, activities such as yoga, plant medicine, religious studies, and others are becoming very popular ways to not only develop spiritual growth but also grow closer to family and friends.

If you have found yourself caught up in the hustle and bustle of today's world, here are some approaches you can use to connect with your authentic self.


Plant Medicine


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As people have become weary of a seemingly endless array of pills to solve all sorts of problems, more and more of them have decided to turn to a variety of traditional and natural ways to feel better. One of the most popular involves plant medicine, which has been used for centuries by people around the world. A form of spiritual healing combining elements of Chinese Five Element Medicine and the healing power of plant spirits, it is considered a way to bring balance and harmony into the lives of those who have been stressed out due to personal or professional responsibilities. For those who choose this method of healing, the experience can be life-changing.

Starting with a meeting with their Plant Spirit Medicine healer, a detailed assessment is made of the plants that can best help you. After a first session lasting up to two hours, subsequent sessions typically last about one hour. Used in conjunction with meditation, a healing session can help you feel relaxed and energized. Even though there are no set number of treatments, most people typically have one session per week for as many as 10 weeks. A safe way to restore the body's balance and harmony, this form of healing can be customized to fit the uniqueness of each person, making it a very effective way to rediscover your authentic self.


Yoga and Meditation


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Growing in popularity each year, yoga is quickly becoming the exercise method of choice for those seeking physical, mental, and spiritual growth. And when used together with meditation, the results can truly be outstanding. Since yoga improves flexibility, letting the body and mind work together, it naturally goes along with meditation.

For those who use yoga as a transition to meditation, attending yoga retreats can be the perfect way to blend everything together into a winning combination. However, when choosing yoga resorts or yoga retreats, be sure to only consider those that emphasize a back-to-nature approach and are located far, far away from the distractions of society. In more and more of these resorts, participants are expected to unplug from the outside world, meaning you may actually be in an environment free of text messages and emails.

To get the most from your experience, try to choose a yoga and meditation retreat, or one that offers more wellness features such as life coaching. By using this combination in an effort to improve your life, chances are you'll leave the retreat feeling like a new person who is ready to tackle any challenge that presents in life.


Kabbalah and Chakra Stones


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Along with plant healing, yoga, and meditation, many people are also turning to other forms of physical and spiritual growth and healing. Two of the most popular methods are chakra stones and kabbalah, both of which are said to produce excellent results for those who commit to their healing powers.

Chakra stones, which are healing crystals that have specific colors and sound vibrations, are used to transmit life force energy to one's body, with each chakra stone tied into specific organs of the body. For example, green and pink chakra stones are used to heal the heart, while blue chakra stones are used to heal a person's throat area.

Kabbalah is a Hebrew word meaning "to receive". For people who study this ancient wisdom, it has resulted in tremendous fulfillment. Students of this practice learn how the universe and life work together to heal. Kabbalah teaches universal principles that apply to people of all faiths and religions; it focuses on health, relationships, and careers. By doing so, it enables people to not only better understand themselves, but also those around them. Thus, you not only understand why things are happening to you, but also learn how to handle good and bad situations in ways that will lead to greater happiness in your life.


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