8 Easy Ways to Raise Your Vibration

I Do #2 Every Week

 

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It was one of THOSE days.

I got home after a long day of feeling off all…day…long. You know the feeling: being more emotional than usual and reacting to things that normally wouldn’t bother you.

I had the classic case of low energy – or what I like to call “low vibes”.

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It’s not hard to get low vibes. We are CONSTANTLY bombarded with stimuli from all directions, and not all of it necessarily serves our highest and best good. From the persistent, frequencies such as electromagnetic waves from cell phone/wifi towers and to the more insidious energies of the harmful emotions of others, such as anger, hatred and resentment…they can all take their toll on the sensitive empath’s energy field and mood.

Brendon and I have definitely struggled with this throughout the years and have learned some tips that have helped us cope and raise our vibrations. Using the techniques below allowed us to feel better, centered and back to our normal selves.

01 Be in Nature

Haven’t you ever noticed that being outside in nature just makes you feel better? There is a reason for that: nature has a much higher concentration of negative ions than indoor places such as your home, car or a stuffy office.

So, what exactly are negative ions anyway?

Merriam-Webster defines an ion as, “an atom or group of atoms that carries a positive or negative electric charge as a result of having lost or gained one or more electrons.” Water molecules produce oxygen ions with an extra electron attached. Those extra electrons act as little magnets that attract denser energy like dust, allergens, pollutants and mold. The result is cleaner, fresher air that rejuvenates your body, mind and soul!

The connection between nature and the brain has been well documented. It helps to relieve irritability, anxiety and energizes you. It helps your brain to create alpha waves which promote relaxation and deeper awareness.

Negative ions are Mother Earth’s antidepressants and they are found all over nature.

Lucky for you they are free and have no side effects other than feeling better and lighter!

02 Sea Salt Baths

This is my all time favorite quick fix. I do this at least once a week (sometimes 3 times a week). I’m so in love with it that if I ever miss a week I can get pretty cranky! Water helps to soothe the soul and connect me with my feminine, creative side since the water is a symbolically feminine quality. This is not gender specific! Water is a gentle reminder to go with the flow and allow whatever is going on in my life to just be.

I first learned about this from Barbara Brennon’s Hands of Light where she describes sea salt baths as the perfect aura cleanser, and she is right! I always feel lighter and uplifted afterward. But, not any kind of salt will do; it needs to be pure, non-iodized salt as they contain a healthy dose of minerals that the body loves. My favorite types of sea salts are Himalayan Pink Salt and Celtic Sea Salt.

Photo by Naomi August

Salt Throughout History
Salt is so effective that it’s been used in many different traditions and has been well-documented throughout history. Feng Shui recommends four bowls of salt placed in a room to freshen up the space and the Bible mentions salt water to bless people, home and objects. Some of sea salt’s benefits are:

  • Salt purifies and blesses. Mix salt with your favorite all-natural cleaner to cleanse and purify your home.
  • Salt releases dark or negative energy. It acts like a magnet by sucking stale and stagnant energy. Place crystals in a bowl of salt to cleanse them. You could also place a bowl of salt under your bed to prevent nightmares.
  • Salt neutralizes electromagnetic waves. If you travel a lot, then you’ve been exposed to countless EMF’s from advanced X-ray machines, the airplane equipment and the constant wifi and cell phone usage in airports. An easy way to balance this out is by taking a sea salt bath.

Salt Bath Recipe
1 cup – 1 lb. of non-iodized sea salt*
1 cup of baking soda
10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
Warm water (not hot)

Pray or set an intention that you are ready to release any lower vibrations and negativity. Mix all ingredients and bathe for at 20-30 minutes. You can use this time to listen to relaxing music, visualize, set intentions or anything else that will help you to feel great. Give thanks, rinse yourself with fresh, clean water and rest well after. It’s best to do this bath in the evening before bed.

*You can use up to 1lb. of salt if you have picked up a lot of negative energy or have accumulated a lot of vibratory energy from an illness, but it’s a strong solution, so it tends to deplete your energy. Get plenty of rest after.

Aside from the proven benefits that salt provides, it’s is just so soothing to sit in warm water and tune the world out.

03 Deep Belly Breathing

Sometimes I get so distracted and busy throughout the day that I forget to breathe properly. I’ll be sitting at my desk during work when a thought pops in my head to notice how I’m breathing. That’s when I realize how shallow it is! As soon as I bring my attention back to my breath and consciously breathe deeply in my belly, I feel more energized and alert.

Deep breathing flushes your body with fresh, new oxygen resulting in a release of toxins. It also helps to release the feel good chemicals, endorphins.

Breathing for Health
An easy way to incorporate deep breathing into your day is by placing your hand on your belly. Slowly inhale through the nose so that you feel your belly increase rise with the fresh oxygen. Allow the breath to fill you up until you’re taking the biggest breath you can. Hold it for about 3 seconds and gently exhale through the mouth. For added benefits feel free to use a mantra as you release. I like to say, “I am relaxed/calm/still,” as the warm breath leaves my body. I also like to imagine the exhalation as black smoke that is all of the stress and constriction leaving my body. You can put a timer on your phone to remind yourself to check your breathing while you’re busy throughout the day.

You can take it a step further by practicing breathwork techniques such as Rebirthing or Holotropic Breathwork. A session with a certified practitioner centers around deep breathing to release blocks in the body and emotions and can accelerate healing and vibrant health.

04 Petting an Animal

It’s hard to be in a bad mood around a cute pet to make you laugh and open your heart. The idea of walking into a room full of puppies melts my heart straight away! The healing benefits of being around animals can’t be understated. They are used all over the world to serve humans in countless ways. From therapy cats at retirement homes to therapy dogs in children’s hospitals, animals love to cheer humans up and raise our vibrations. Dogs, in particular, have played a symbiotic role in human lives for thousands of years, so they are very in tune with human emotions.

Studies have shown a correlation between reduced stress and improved emotional health while being around a pet. There have also been positive results with social anxiety decreasing when people are around pets. In fact, a 2014 study conducted at the University of Missouri-Columbia found that children with autism were able to communicate more clearly when they spent time with a dog. The dogs seemed to give the children more confidence and helped them feel safe to communicate.

Don’t have a pet or know anyone who does? Consider volunteering at a shelter to get a chance to bond with a new furry friend!

05 Smudging

When I’m feeling a little foggy headed or have had a particularly low energy day, I light some medicinal herbs and allow the smoke to swirl around me to brush off the dense energy. I find that this is particularly useful when I want to meditate, but my mind has been thinking too much. The smoke instantly makes me feel more centered, grounded and aligned to spirit. For added benefit, I also smudge my house when the air feels a little stale or I’ve been going through some emotional things. The emotions seem to “hang” in the air and smudging helps to clear the energy.

It’s not just spiritual; there are proven health benefits to burning dried herbs. A 2007 study found that burning herbs for an hour acted as a natural disinfectant and reduced airborne bacteria for up to 24 hours. This is great news for people with any sort of respiratory issues or who are prone to allergies.

How to smudge
First, set your intention for the smudging ceremony. Do you intend to feel uplifted? Release anger? Negativity? Give thanks to the herbs for working with you to manifest your wishes. Second, get your tools ready. My favorite herbs to burn are sage and palo santo, but I’ve also used cedar, sweetgrass and copal with nice results. Finally, I like to have the windows open so that I can set the smoke and negativity free. Once this is all ready, I light the herbs above a fire-resistant bowl (some people use an abalone shell) and allow the flame to burn the herbs for about 20 seconds (if using palo santo, allow it to burn for about 60 seconds as it takes a little longer to stay lit). Then, I blow the flame out and use the smoke to purify my space.

Remember, it’s the smoke that does the purifying, not the flame.

I use my hands to waft the smoke, but you can also use a feather. Imagine the negative energy being transmuted into fresh, clean energy. Once you’re done, give thanks for the gifts the herbs gave you, and enjoy your new, clean vibes!

06 Deep Prayer and/or Meditation

Sometimes no matter what I do, I just can’t seem to shake off the funk that I’m in. The only thing I can do at that point is to realize that the issue is bigger than me, and to give it up to God (or whatever awesome force that resonates with you). I need to get out of my own way and allow spirit to handle it. This means I either go into prayer or meditation. My favorite go-to book on how to let go and let God is Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver. She has a whimsical, yet profound way of writing each chapter as a short story on different ways to truly surrender your life to a force that is greater than me.

07 Exercise

This is one of the best ways to ground yourself and shed unwanted energy from the day. The physical impact of your feet hitting the floor will bring you back to connection to the earth while getting those endorphins going. Admittedly, I find this to be the hardest to get motivated to do, but I always feel better after I’ve had a good workout session. It helps me to get out of my head, relaxed and in the present moment.

08 Do Something Fun and Laugh!

NOTHING will make you feel higher and better than having a deep belly laugh while doing something playful. Go outside, blow bubbles, play laser tag, swim with dolphins, reminisce with your childhood friends, go dancing or anything else that will allow your inner child to come out and play. ‘Nuff said.

Be fluid with these tips and allow your mind, body and soul to select the right one that is best for you in any given moment. For instance, a sea salt bath might sound good to me today, but going salsa dancing tomorrow might be the ticket. As long as you’re intentionally setting quality time with yourself to do something you love each day, you can play around with what that looks like. Have fun!

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Written by:


Christine

Written by:


Christine

Christine is an intuitive empath, clairsentient, indigo adult, Reiki Master, EMF Balancing Technique® Practitioner and all-around free spirit. She has traveled to nearly 35 countries exploring different ways of life and developing her spirituality. She specializes in giving energy healing sessions and intuitive readings for people and pets.

   

Christine is an intuitive empath, clairsentient, indigo adult, Reiki Master, EMF Balancing Technique® Practitioner and all-around free spirit. She has traveled to nearly 35 countries exploring different ways of life and developing her spirituality. She specializes in giving energy healing sessions and intuitive readings for people and pets.