Mantra Maven Blog

It's important to have clean air in the areas you spend the majority of your time. Clean air eases breathing and is great for your overall health. Those of you urban dwellers, who've had the luxury to travel outside the city limits for an extended period of time, have first-hand knowledge of the benefits of fresh air. But some toxins can't be cleaned by just opening a window or using an air filter. For those times,I turn to sage. For hundreds of years, Native American cultures have burned sage as a way to clear blocked or negative energy. I use it to clear the air in new apartments and office spaces, as well as after any particularly stressful time my life. It always makes the space feel clearer and lighter. So try sage the next time you're in need of an energy lift, and let me how you like it!

Many blessings,
Tifffany

Many moons ago, gratitude journals were all the rage. At the time, I wasn't interested. I recognized I had much to be thankful for but there was just no time to stop and write it all down. In the last year, I have become reformed. I use the MyMantra journal pictured on your left every day to record the many things I feel blessed to have in my life. I love the quote on the cover, "Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly." It reminds me that even the darkest clouds have silver linings---something to feel grateful for. Gratitude journals allow you to focus on the good things in your life that we often don't make time for. Don't wait as long as I did. Try a gratitude journal out for yourself!


Many blessings, Tiffany

I've kept a journal on and off since I was six. I remember my first one. It was green with a lock--if you can believe it. I kept the tiny key with me at all times to keep my deepest heart desires protected. It was my very own confidant. Every night, I would write about my first grade trials and tribulations. The writing has faded some and the cover is now missing but I still have this diary along with my other 20 or so that have followed. There's something about pouring your thoughts and feelings out onto an empty page. It's cathartic. That's why I wanted to make sure I carried journals at MyMantra.  Sometimes, when I'm feeling nostalgic, I go back and read my journals. It's fun to see what I had to say when I was in high school, starting my career or just moving to Chicago. It's fun to realized how serious things were for you at one time that no longer phase you. It serves as reassurance that my current challenges will also pass. I wonder if I will feel the same way 20 years from now when I my current  journal. I will keep you posted.

Many blessings,
Tiffany

I have crossed over. I am now a gardener...maybe not in skill...YET...but in spirit. I have herbs that I grow on my balcony--basil, mint, thyme and Rosemary--a hint of green in my otherwise concrete home in Chicago. I decided on herbs because I intend to be a practical gardener. I will grow these flavorings directly from the land the way the universe intended. I've had my downs, horrific foliage damage from a unseasonable cold spell, as well as my ups, a delicious mojito made with my own mint. There is nothing that has given me more joy these last few weeks than tending to my garden on warm summer day. Perhaps, I missed my calling.

Many blessings,
Tiffany