28 Days of Love: The Decadent Heart

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Day 6: The Decadent Heart

Welcome to Day 6 loves! Now it’s time for the good stuff and if you’re like me we’re all thinking the same thing. That’s right time to add some food to this heart connection equation!

Now of course your first thought may be chocolate or more specifically cacao the bean that is used to create chocolate. Originating in the Orinoco Valley of Venezuela, the Theobroma cacao tree eventually made its’ way to Mexico where chocolate/cacao is most often referenced to having originated from. Chocolate is associated with health benefits to the heart and mood. These benefits can best be obtained through the consumption of either cacao powder or semi-sweet dark chocolate. Cacao powder can be found generally in your local store in the backing section but depending on your leanings in environmental sustainability and ethical working conditions check out this site for Ethical Chocolate Companies. I love to use cacao power in my chocolate dishes such as cakes, brownies, smoothies, hot chocolate and pudding. You can check out my hot chocolate recipe here for a delicious warm drink that is full of spices that are associated with love and the heart chakra.

If you are looking for a savory option look for dishes that feature red foods such as beets, red bell peppers, red onions, tomatoes or red beans. A decadent pasta, salad, or taco dish would be the perfect way to display a variety of red foods. Let’s not forget the importance of spices and herbs associated with love and the heart chakra such as chili pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, or saffron which can create a medley of flavors to activate your taste buds. It’s still a bit cold but it’s quickly warming up so here is an easy dish to make whether you are bundled up still in hibernation or coming out of the cave ready to feel the sun on your face again as we head into spring.

Heart Beet Salad/Pasta

2 medium sized red beets

A small red onion

2 medium red bell peppers

4 medium hot house tomatoes

½ Cup Kidney Beans

A large avocado

Any green lettuce mix or pasta of your choice depending on which dish you would like to make

Chili pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, oregano, parsley, nutritional yeast, pink Himalayan salt, olive oil, vinegar, and lemon to taste

If you prefer use any of your favorite salad dressings as opposed to the olive oil, vinegar and lemon.

Of course I won’t leave you all without a bit of information on essential oils, herbs, colors, and crystals associated with love and the heart chakra.

Love/Heart Chakra (self, romantic, platonic, eternal)

Essential Oils: Rose, Jasmine, White Gardenia, Hibiscus, Jasmine, Lavender, Olive, Strawberry

Honey

Herbs/Plants: Apple Blossom, Roses, Chickweed, Chili, Hibiscus, Hyacinth, Jasmine, Lavender, Lily of the Valley, Olive, Orris, Passion Flower, Strawberry. Sweet Pea, Tuberose, Valerian, Violet

Colors: Red, Pinks, Light Blue, Green,

Stones/Minerals/Etc: Emerald, Rose Quartz, Green Aventurine, Bloodstone, Verdelite, Kunzite, Rubellite, Rhodonite, Ruby, Garnet, Topaz

Always check and make sure that it’s safe to consume or use the above named items topically before putting together a luscious evening of loving baths, beverages, and meals.

-Rose

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28 Days of Love: Bridging the Gap

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Day 5: Bridging the Gap

Greetings beloveds,

Over the past 4 days you’ve spent time connecting to your heart center and your higher-self. Now it’s time to bring these two parts of your being together consciously. There are times when you may find yourself feeling divided on whether you should follow what feels right, what seems logical, or your higher-self/connection to source. Through connecting your heart and higher-self together you alleviate the gaps between your heart and soul. Discernment is a skill that takes time and practice to cultivate. When we are bombarded by messages from everywhere and everyone you have to have a way to determine what is best for you. Bringing our heart and soul into alignment allows for us to discern between the many choices that exist within this world of how to live our lives.

So how do you do this? Well we have gone over how to connect with our heart and higher-self. Now take this one step further. At the completion of this exercise for how to connect with your higher self, your attention was focused on your crown and third eye. Now picture your energy flowing down thru your throat chakra down into the center of your chest to your heart. Having felt the flow of energy that exists between your higher-self and source letting that connection flow down to your heart brings the wisdom those spaces hold from your subconscious to your conscious awareness. Source who is outside of our limited scope of space, time, and physical forms is all knowing. Your higher-self acts as the connection to source and when you bring your heart into the equation you now have a guidance trifecta. Let your heart lends its knowledge of what will bring you joy and comfort while your higher-self leads you towards what will serve you best.

You will want to envision a steady flow of energy between your heart and higher-self. This energy flow may be yellow, white, blue, pink, or any other color. Does it have a temperature associated with it? Is it warm, cool, or just a color? If you have a question or concern, once that flow of energy is consistent feel free to ask your question. Note if there are any changes in the color or how you feel during this time. Does the answer come to you easily? Pay attention to how you feel but if you find yourself becoming too distracted and your mind is wandering then focus back on your breathing and trust that your message will come to you when you are ready.

Connecting your heart and higher-self for many will help them to feel more connected to the world around them as well as themselves. Rest in that connection. Do this exercise for as long as it feels comfortable. You can always return to this exercise whenever you are desiring connection or guidance.

-Rose

28 Days of Love: Connecting with Your Higher Self Exercise

Day 4 Connecting with Your Higher Self Exercise

Find a comfortable spot where you will be able to relax. This could be a chair, on a pillow on the floor, or your favorite place outside. Anywhere where you can relax, focus and not be interrupted is preferred. Settle into your space. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on your breath. Feel as the oxygen flows into your lungs, filling them with life. Envision all of your worries, all of the drama, all of your responsibilities of the day filling those bits of air. As you completely fill yourself with this deep breath hold it for 5-8 seconds. Really putting your attention towards instilling each other air particle with the stress that you intend to release. When you exhale envision all of those worries releasing to the universe where they are transmuted into refreshing air for the natural world.

Continue these breaths 5-10 times or for however long it takes until you feel completely at ease. Once you have entered that space, center your attention on each chakra starting with your root chakra. Feel it pulse, pull, and draw round your etheric being. There will be a moment when you will feel that connection. It is different for everyone. If you don’t feel anything such as a wave of energy flowing in that area. Repeat this for your sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown chakras. As you move upwards through each chakra pull that energy along as you go. Some areas may feel sluggish, although this isn’t an exercise to clear one’s energy you may want to spend some time doing so. You may feel a slight buzzing around your head from this exercise. Continue to move that energy upwards past the crown for our energy fields extend much further than that. In fact continue to let you energy expand as far out as you desire (to infinity and beyond ;)!

At this time bring your attention back to your third eye and crown chakra.

With love,

-Rose

28 Days of Love: Connecting With Your Higher Self

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Day 3 Connecting With Your Higher Self

When looking for love we often search outside of ourselves. Buying things, eating rich comfort food, in the company of friends, family, and romantic partners, in various forms of entertainment. Yet, no matter how fulfilling these connections may be, they are nothing in comparison to the connection to authentic self. Finding love from within for many is a lifelong journey.  Everyone experiences the lifelong task of being the embodiment of love that must be continuously and consistently nurtured. When we make this connection though, it provides us with a gateway to our “higher self”. You may have heard this term thrown around the new age, spiritual, conscious, enlightened and whatever else folks are calling themselves these days sphere. Realize that your higher self is nothing more than that innate portion of your being that gently (or for some of us not so gently) guides and supports us. That which is outside of time and space that exists in order to hold our energy in whatever form it may take.

Some folks are preoccupied with connecting with their higher self through meditation, clean eating, and “vibrating higher”. I have another secret to share with you. You are always connected with your higher self. You are always one – just in different forms. One form is not better or worse than the other we just are. In our entirety. We may not be as aware as we could be of the information available to us in this life form. That is the advantage of connecting with our higher self. Insight, wisdom and ultimately power to transmute energy. When we are connected to our soul being or our higher selves it is our direct line to unconditional divine love.

Tomorrow check out how to connect to your higher self.

-Rose

28 Days of Love: Connecting With Your Heart Exercise

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Day 2 Connecting with your heart exercise

Are you feeling that heart energy? It’s a soft, gentle, tug that flows from the center of your chest to your crown. It swirls through your brow brushing out the clouds of lowness. Bringing a sense of euphoria and celebration. It moves gentle down through your root, legs, and feet to connect you to the Earth. Grounding you in everlasting abundance and stability.

Heart Connection Exercise

Find a comfortable spot where you will be able to relax. This could be a chair, on a pillow on the floor, or your favorite place outside. Anywhere where you can relax, focus and not be interrupted is preferred. Settle into your space. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on your breath. Feel as the oxygen flows into your lungs, filling them with life. Envision all of your worries, all of the drama, all of your responsibilities of the day filling those bits of air. As you completely fill yourself with this deep breath hold it for 5-8 seconds. Really putting your attention towards instilling each other air particle with the stress that you intend to release. When you exhale envision all of those worries releasing to the universe where they are transmuted into refreshing air for the natural world.

Continue these breaths 5-10 times or for however long it takes until you feel completely at ease. Once you have entered that space, center your attention on each chakra starting with your root chakra. Feel it pulse, pull, and draw round your etheric being. There will be a moment when you will feel that connection. It is different for everyone. If you don’t feel anything such as a wave of energy flowing in that area. Repeat this for your sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown chakras. As you move upwards through each chakra pull that energy along as you go. Some areas may feel sluggish, although this isn’t an exercise to clear one’s energy you may want to spend some time doing so. You may feel a slight buzzing around your head from this exercise. Continue to move that energy upwards past the crown for our energy fields extend much further than that. In fact continue to let you energy expand as far out as you desire (to infinity and beyond ;)! )

At this time bring your attention back to your heart chakra located at the center of your chest. Feel it pulsate with life and joy. If you feel sorrow, regret, pain, or worry focus on the center of your heart. Burrow down and envision a spark of light/energy/life at that center point. From there picture whatever makes you smile. Then transfer your smile to your heart center. Let your heart smile ad shine forth. Fill it with joy and let that emotion of well-being radiate outwards moving down through your lower chakras into the earth then upwards until it reaches the stars.

When your heart smiles you are connected. Let your joy be your guide.

-Rose

28 Days of Love: Heart and Soul

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Week 1: Heart and Soul

Connecting to your heart:

When is the last time you connected with your heart? We get so busy being productive yet our hearts are often last on the list. How often do you hear that though and think to yourself “what the hell does connecting to my heart even mean?”

Let me share a secret with you, you connect to your heart all the time. Whenever you laugh from your gut unapologetically, sing at the top of your lungs, dance passionately, read a great book, or do anything that brings you joy, you are connecting with your heart.

You heart holds the sacred energy of your being. In connection with your root, will, voice, spirit and most high self, the heart brings forth your internal light which makes the world seem as if it were covered with glitter. Your heart energy also leads you to journey through the darkness when that light has dimmed. Our hearts are our strength.

Look out for a wonderful way to connect to your heart tomorrow.

-Rose

New Moon in Aquarius

Hello Gorgeous!

We are back with the new moon in Aquarius. How did that total lunar eclipse treat you? If you found yourself feeling a bit all over the place have no fear Aquarius is here!

February 3rd, the day before the new moon, we have Venus entering Capricorn which highlights what the message of this new moon is all about- finding peace in solitude. Capricorn in Venus creates a space where we express our feelings through acts, material items. and setting up long term arrangements. The perfect time for Valentines right? This isn’t the sentiment of Cancer, it’s the stability of the Earth. Even when the Earth takes, she births more for us without us even realizing it. We just have to know where to look.

We take this energy and then move into a new moon in Aquarius. Look at the long term narrative. We are coming out of a new moon in Capricorn, full moon in Leo, New Moon in Aquarius, followed by a full moon in Virgo before we enter into the end of the astrological year. This is the end. It’s the time to take all the cleansing, clearing, releasing and let it go into the waters of Pisces. Those depths are universal and that energy is constantly renewing.

How does Aquarius clear the air? Through systematic processes of elimination before a genius bit of innovation. There’s a reason Aquarius is related to Capricorn. Cause after you make all the lists, only keep things that bring you joy, reviewed and aligned your goals for the next 3, 6, and 12 months, you gotta let go a bit. Lighten up. Not all the work is physical or material, the mind plays such an important role in this process. We are about to enter into the season of dreaming and to get there we take a trip through the conscious, the cognitive, the mind of a genius.

So what’s your genius? Is it in the arts, writing, sports, comedy, nurturing, providing, beautifying, loving, being, creating, doing, feeling, listening , etc, etc, etc. There’s so many different ways that our genius expresses its self. Let it happen! Think of it like the mental preparation needed before a psychedelic trip. That’s where we are now before we jump down the rabbit hole of Pisces and are re-birthed through Aries.

Check out this link to find your genius.

With love,

Kamilah Rose

28 Days of Love 2019

Greetings loves,

I hope that you are taking time to care for yourself after the chaos of 2018. Change is coming and quickly. Over the next month as many focus on chocolates and bears, we here at The Bliss Institute dedicate each February to 28 Days of shamelessly loving ourselves and each other. Each week we focus on bringing a specific aspect of our being into alignment with source and love. The first week we focus on our heart energy via the heart chakra. During the second week, we examine the relationship between our thoughts and our hearts. The third week, we move to engage the body in heart felt connection. Lastly, we will explore ways to transform our living and other spaces that we occupy into nurturing areas of support and love.

They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. This month we are looking to encourage and fill our love meters in a time when making it through each day may be all that we can do. You deserve to take a moment to nurture yourself. Focus on what you can give yourself even if it’s just a moment to breathe and hopefully a bit of time to complete some of these exercises. Here’s to 28 Days of Love.

-Kamilah Rose

Of Duty and Sovereignty: Aquarius Season and Izanami-no-Mikoto

Aquarius season. We’ve dug out way out of the dark depths of Capricorn season. With the help of Marie Kondo folks are decluttering and finding the joy in their life. In the way that only Aquarius season can, we are guided by another air sign, to find a way to understand the information that we have acquired during Capricorn season.

Do you know the story of Izanami-no-Mikoto? She is a Japanese Goddess who with her beloved Izanagi, birthed the world. Her tale consists of several moments in which the social order of male and female relationships are established. First, when instead of waiting for Izanagi to speak first Izanami spoke up presenting them as a couple. Then there is the child of fire who she birthed which destroyed her. She is a mother who died in childbirth, attempting to bring light/life into the world.

Finally, we have her role as Goddess of Death. Izanagi ventured into the underworld to retrieve his love. Izanami had consumed food from that realm and could no longer return to the land of the living. She told her love that she would ask though if he would give her some time, but he must promise not to light a torch and look at her. Izanagi in his desire to see his beloved, found a light and gazed upon her anyway only to find that she was as she suggested, a dead decaying being. He ran from her in fright and she in turn came after him not believing that he would not only not listen to her, but reject her due to her state.

There is so much here to explore in this myth. So much that Izanami-no-Mikoto has to share with us. I cannot wait to share the insights and rituals with you all.

Queen of Heaven and Earth

Greetings beloveds,

This has been a busy season hasn’t it? There’s a meme that says “Capricorns are so boring, I forgot it was even your season”. No offense, but it’s true. I distinctly can remember the energy of Aries, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius season. Now, in Capricorn season it seems very active but in a different way. At the winter solstice we reach the 7th gate of the underworld. We lay down our physical form to embrace the spirit of death and change. We enter the 8th gate to explore our subconscious dreams. The things that we only dare to express in the quiet of our journals.

There’s the celebration with friends and family, the liminal space of the time outside of time between the holy-days and the honoring of our pasts in the Gregorian new year. Then it’s go time. We rise from the 8th gate and begin our ascension. What do you leave behind? What do you take with you? We clear out our homes, set goals, buy a gym memberships, and fill our fridges with fresh vegetables. Yet, when we look at the astrology of this time in 2019, it is ruled by the energy of Saturn. Of planning, organizations, structure, time.

Inanna, who has made it clear for me that this is her preferred time of year to be honored. At what other time are we so clearly connected to the earth and the heavens. When a powerful narrative of the birth of a King being foretold by the stars in the sky is so richly woven through Western culture. Another narrative exists though. One of a Queen. A Queen who was selfish, strong, self-assured, slightly narcissistic, determined, ambitious, kind, and giving. A Queen who knew what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to go after it even if that meant playing some tricks along the way. The kind of tricks that gained her the 7 ME’s, brought her life where only the dead were allowed to tread, and eventually lead to her transformation from Queen to Goddess.

When thinking of Inanna, I remember her feisty side. She was so active and alive. She made me want to be like her. Brave. Secure or perhaps foolish enough to defy all expectations to accomplish her goals. She didn’t wait for anyone to give her permission. She made a decision and acted. I think about her in relation to winter, the stillness that seeps into our lives. It seems so far removed from her stories, yet this is the time when she wants to be heard.

What wisdom does she have to share with us? To slow down instead of rushing into things. We don’t always know what lies beyond the next gate. We cannot be sure that our beloved will mourn for us when we leave. That even with all the power, beauty, and magic of the world we still experience loss. We still make mistakes and have to make amends for what we have done. Above all else we have to do better. When we rise from the depths of the underworld and are initiated into a new form it is a gift. One that no one else has had the honor to receive. We should treat this experience with respect and to assist others. At the very least to help ourselves.

Kamilah Rose