Zen Living – A List of Twelve Ways To Live Zenfully

Worried that tomorrow is Monday?

Worrying about all the things you need to do?

Stop! And Breathe One Breath.

Exhale Slowly…

And if you are really busy, then take the moment to take at least three deep breaths, and exhale slowly….ready?

Okay now, then read this list…  – I’m grateful I read it today and when I did.
I really am.

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How To Cleanse and Recharge Crystals

Just A Sampling of our crystals in our shop.
Just A Sampling of our crystals in our shop.

Just A Sampling of our crystals in our shop.

So yesterday being a production day for my Heart and Soul Apothecary Boutique, we created batches of our luxury bath salts in our signature blends we call ‘Vavoom Zen’ and ‘Relaxing Chi’.

The wonderful combinations of pink Himalayan salts, dead sea salts and epsom salts that help sooth and smoothe the day’s worries away are hand mixed with our unique blend of organic essential oils and oh, do they just delight the senses!

I thought to myself, that this would be the perfect time to also cleanse my own crystals now that we had finished production for the day and the team had departed. So while the bowls had the remnants of those luscious essential oils (still making the rooms smell utterly divine) ‘leftover’ residuals of the sea salts used in making our bath salts – waste not, want not! I set my task on ‘go’ mode!

It was a perfect combination of timing, the full moon rising, hearing the outside winds and trees channeling to me that those times they are a changin’, I took it to cleanse and recharge my crystals – and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect since the Full Moon is today July 1st.

IMG_6467When & How Often To Cleanse Your Crystals

While there are a variety of ways to cleanse one’s crystals as there are types of crystals to be had, personally I combine several practices for my own version. Some practitioners cleanse them every two weeks, once a month, or even more often if the crystals are being used for serious energy work. For me, It’s more like every month, I want them dust free, recharged and cleansed of the past months energies to welcome the new month anew.

And since the moon is waxing (becoming stronger with its energies and growing into a full moon) this is the prefect and I say even optimal time to do your rituals of smudging, blessings on one’s homes, places of businesses, people, and in this case your crystals.


How To Cleanse Crystals:

You’ll Need:

  • Crystals
  • Warm water
  • Sea Salt (your regular table salts have harsher vibrational energies – I find that sea salts are gentler)
  • Bowl to set the crystals in
  • Colander (can help rinsing them without losing your crystals down the sink!)
  • Clean Dish Towel
  • South East Window on a Sunny Day (smart phones usually have a compass built in so you can locate your direction easily – and for best window placement)
  • White Sage (For Smudging) – optional but perfectly great for those extra large crystals that are not suitable for getting wet.
  • Essential Oils (not needed) but it does give an extra boost of vibrational floral essences reconnecting earth to the crystals. Trying grounding essential oils like clary sage, your cedar woods, etc. Just a few drops will do ya

I added my crystals gently to the bowls we had used to make our bath salts, not wishing to waste any residual sea salts nor essential oils. I added warm sudsy water using natural castile soap covering them with at least an inch with the water. I swirled the crystals around letting them soak for about 60 minutes. If you are doing serious energy work with your crystals or have just purchased crystals, feel free to soak longer. No more than 7 hours is really ever needed.

(You can use a teaspoon up to a few tablespoons of sea salt) depending upon how many crystals you are cleaning with into your bowl of warm sudsy water. Some people get very specific and say to use a 30% salted water – I’m more intuitive when it comes to the amount of salt I use.

Some practitioners like to use stream water since it’s full of minerals and some even would say more ‘alive’ and closer to the crystals original journey in its original creation – even suggesting that the crystals prefer said stream water. While others say to use actual sea water for cleansing. In any way – use whatever water you may find.

I then gently rinse them and place them on a clean dish towel to dry. Then I placed them in the South East window – where I allow the moon’s light to shine brightly on them overnight.

To further restore the crystal energies in them. I will allow them to sit in this window to receive both Sun & Moon energies for the next few days until the moon becomes it’s fullest. By then my crystals are cleansed and recharged with positive energies and intentions.

I also finish the cleansing ritual with a smudging of the crystals using a feather to smudge the white sage smoke over the crystals (some people use sweet grass to finish the cleansing rituals) – I suggest not to fan the white sage smudge smoke with your hands as this process, some say, can have yourself being caught up with the releasing of the negativity and it being captured into your own hands – ugh!

The sunlight will recharge your crystals using the sun’s ultraviolet rays. While making sure your mind is clear, you can then set your intentions by writing them down, and/or using the pieces of paper that came with the stones (as they do in my Heart & Soul shop) – read out loud or to yourself while holding the stone in your hand. And voila, cleansed and recharged crystals are now personal yours!

Now place them where you like around the house for overall good health, near your bed for sweet dreams, on your alter or meditation area, in your pocket, your wallet – where ever you feel and deem appropriate.

The Light in me honors the light in You…



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