What’s a meditation altar and do you need one?

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A meditation altar is a place you set aside in your home that’s primary use is a place to meditate and/or pray.    

I am a HUGE fan of meditating and it is a critical choice for us to make if we want to quiet our minds, set powerful intentions and be on the road to manifesting the health, wealth, and happiness that we desire.It’s sort of a “mini-sanctuary” or place of worship, that you can have right there in your own space—no travel required.

It’s a way to anchor yourself into a mediation practice as well as serving as a friendly reminder when you see it.  You don’t have to be super spiritual or religious to set one up and it doesn’t have to be super fancy-pants.

Why do you need one?

  • Because it reminds you to sit your butt down and do it and it’s good for you.
  • Doing it will help you get closer to you, your desires and how to acheive them.
  • Knowing your desires, what you want and your deepest truth is the key to having the life you dream of.
  • Having the life you dream of, is, as the saying goes . . . the bees knees! It’s the wealth we desire. It’s the career we crave. It’s the radant health we want. It’s the deep, internal happiness we know we deserve.

So that is why you may want to consider affirming your commitment to self, by creating this sacred space. You are telling the universe that it matters to you, that you are putting the energy into creating it and sitting down and doing it.

How do you create a meditation altar and what exactly is involved? 

  • You need whatever you think should go there, so a bit of creativity and self exploration is needed to get started.
  • Choose a small table (or something that deliniates it as your meditation area) and begin the process of placing items on your altar that are reminders of what it is that you desire. If you desire wealth, place something there to remind you of that. It could be a small vision board or something that easily reminds you of your desire for wealth. 
  • You can take 5 minutes to create your space, or an hour. Completely depends on what you want to create. It should be simple and represent clarity, peace and calm for you. This is where you go to get in your manifesting zone.
  • Items you can place on your altar are pictures of what spirituality or your faith represents for you, candles, beautiful fabrics or cloths, mediation bowls, mantras. You name it! 

Choose to do what feels good to you. If you are seeking significant change, then sometimes it’s necessay to change it up and do something radically different. An altar doesn’t have to be hippy-dippy either. It can be a gorgeous place to showcase beautiful art, or something that symbolizes your desires. It can be scented candles that you love with pictures of your kiddos by it. It can be a beautiful vase on fresh flowers. 

It doesn’t have to be a big deal and can just be a place you set up to remind you to breath and be focused on your intentions and desires for the day. You don’t necessarily have to sit down cross-legged in front of it for hours a day in order for it to be beneficial to you either.

Above all, choose to create an altar of some sorts, whether it be one that is physically present in you home, or just in your heart. Create a sacred space where you can  get away and focus on creating the life you want. 

Choose your way to the health you desire, the wealth you desire and the happiness you deserve.

In gratitude,

Carrie

p.s. the picture above is one of my altars in my home! Take a pitcure of yours and post it on my site, if you feel inspired! I would love to see what you choose. 

 

Does Feng Shui really work?


If you don’t know already,—

Feng Shui  is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China.

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It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune (success+ wealth) for people using it.

I happen to love feng shui and have incorporated the basic principles in my home and office.

I have to say, it works! Or, at least I think it does. It certainly does FEEL GOOD to me.

But how do we know if manifesting works? If feng shui works? If meditation works?

There really isn’t much of it that we can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt. 

Yes, there is science behind some of it, but science isn’t fail proof either.

How do we know for sure if it works then?

We know because we know.  

What I mean by this, is that if we are getting the results we want and if doing a certain thing makes us FEEL a certain way, then that’s our indicator.  

If chanting to attract wealth, putting a bowl of lemons in your kitchen to attract health, or meditating to manifest your desires feels good to you and is getting you the results your desire—then it works!

How we feel + our results should be enough to tell us if something is working for us, or not.

I know the idea of just feeling good no matter what may go against the grain of the “no pain, no gain” mentality, but it’s the direction we  need to go—if we want to be our best version of happy, successful, healthy + wealthy. 

But why do it if we can’t prove it?  

Again, we do it because it feels good—plain and simple.

We do it if we feel in alignment with it and it gives us an energy of hope, guidance, support and pleasure.  

Feeling good is the key to being a manifesting ninja.

Feeling good just feels good and it also raises our vibration and helps us to attract more good feeling things (so the theory goes) 

And, let’s just say to be the devils advocate, that it(meditation, yoga, prayer, feng shui) doesn’t really work. Maybe it’s all a giant placebo effect—we believe something works, therefore it works.

So do we really care if science can or can’t prove something? I don’t!  Isn’t it enough that you feel better when you do it?

I say yes!

Maybe if feng shui just resonates with us and we feel good about it— it’s the belief that makes it work. It’s our thoughts that make it work, rather than just the arrangement of our furniture or a bowl of lemons in our kitchen to attract health, wealth and happiness. 

On the flip side— when we are negative about a particular thing, then most of the time, it doesn’t work out for us. We manifest our primary belifes about it. We get what we think. We get what we feel. 

I think this is a good one to ponder and decide for yourself. Do you think it’s the actual thing, or our belief in the thing that makes it real?  

Honestly, most things boil down to personal choice. What works fo me, may not work for you.

Our lives are a result of our choices. And our choices primarly make us feel either good, or not so good.

Choose the better feeling things—always. 

I will leave you with a few of my favorite feng shui practices. You can choose to see how they feel for you!

  • place 9 live lemons in a bowl in the center of your home, or kitchen for health
  • purple is associate with wealth in feng shui, so place a purple item or purple flowering plants in the left back corner of your home. look at the feng shui quadrant guide above to figure out where this wealth quadrant in located in your home
  • to strengthen love + relationships, place pink anything (flowers, candles, pictures) in the upper right corner of your home. This is the LOVE quadrant
  • for career(and success) place either live fish or a symbol of fish in your career quadrant, which is basically, the front entrance to your home. Again, consult with the diagram above.

These are just a few of my favorites! Let me know if you want more.

Share with others and leave a comment below + share your thoughts.

Enjoy. Choose wisely and manifest away!

xo

Carrie Jolie

p.s  for more information on making the choices that will lead you to better health,  increased wealth + mounds of joy (sorta like an almond joy….heehee) pick up a copy of my bestselling book called, The 2 Choices. Available at Amazon & Barnes and Noble

Tips for improving your immune system

Tips for improving your immune system

It’s the day after Christmas and here I sit nursing a pretty bad cold.                

12.27I am mostly a huge baby when it comes to being sick…there is nothing I dislike more than not feeling my best.  The good news is that it doesn’t happen very often, because I have an arsenal of good things that I practice in order to ward off colds and keep my immune system ramped up.

Here is what I do for prevention:

  • Get 8 hours of sleep a night ( I know I include this in every list…because it’s critical!)
  • Eat well, avoid all the crap we know we aren’t supposed to put in our bodies.
  • Keep alcohol to a minimum, or none at all
  • Stay strong emotionally and spiritually. 
  • Smile, laugh. Do things that keep our vibration up ( see previous blog posts about this)
  • During the cold season, I ramp on on certain supplements. I use zinc, vitamin C and an immune support formula I get from Mercola.com
  • Meditate! The following video is the meditation and mantra I use to keep my immune system strong.

If you are already sick, continue with the above list and REST!

Ask your spiritual guides for assistance in moving the imbalance out of your body. You can also see the illness or imbalance as a teacher.

Being sick or imbalanced offers us contrast. Contrast is—in most general terms—the unwanted things that we manifest in our lives. Theses unwanted things, while annoying, irritating and inconvenient, offer us the opportunity to learn, to grow, to evolve and to become ninja choice makers and masters of manifesing what we want in our lives.

Contrast gives us the opportunity to become even more practiced at the art of gratitude, focusing on what we want (even though it’s not the reality that’s manifesting for us) and helping us to be even more discriminating about our thoughts and feelings. It’s becoming more aware of the health we desire, when we are sick. It’s the awareness of the wealth we want, when money problems appear. It’s yearning for happiness when we feel down. 

If  you learn to be ok with whatever contrast that life is throwing your way—illness, arguing with your partner, bad drivers, issues at work, kids that won’t listen to you, money problems—you will at least have mastered the art of feeling ok, no matter what!

And that’s a win for you. In my humble opinion, life is supposed to be enjoyable and we are meant to be happy, fulfilled and prosperous. 

Try to take whatever bummer situation you may find yourself in and turn it into a positive in your life. It’s the old concept of finding the silver lining in any situation.

Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts about this post! Love to get feeedback from my readers.

Much love and appreciation,

Carrie 

 

When it’s not working for you . . .

When it’s not working for you . . .

What about when it isn’t working?

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When we follow the steps to living our desires and the things we are asking for aren’t showing up—then what?

How do we deal with frustration, defeat and lack of results?

How do we  turn it around and get back in the zone?

We all know it’s easy to feel good when all is going well for us. It’s easy to really start believing the manifesting thing when life is going well.

But what about when it doesn’t? What about when things are not so rosy?

What about when we are doing the deal, meditating, thinking good thoughts, really following the bascis of manifesting principles and life just isn’t producing the results that we want?

Here are a few simple tips to getting your energy back on track and getting back into the flow of high vibration (or just higher vibration, because that is always the goal) and mastering the art of manifesting, getting what you want and living your desired life.

  • Whatever is bugging you—STOP FOCUSING ON IT. Train your brain to “let go of that stick.”  What that means is drop it, let it go. Write down the worst of it, get it all out on paper and then burn it. If you can’t feel good about a certain topic, then just stop thinking about it, long enough to get BACK INTO A BETTER FEELING PLACE ABOUT IT.  It’s not about ignoring it, entirely. It’s about recognizing it’s there and then choosing to replace it with a higher vibration thought or feeling.
  • Laugh, dance, sing, smile, exercise, hug, walk in nature. Just shift the energy by getting out of your normal routine. Change it up.
  • Dream, day dream, create a vision board. Do whatever you can to keep the vision of what you desire in your mind, in you awareness and in your “reality,” even though “reality” may be showing something different. If you want more money, but the bills keep piling in, get in a space of daydreaming, visualizing what it will look and feel like when you do have the exact amount of money you desire. It’s the constant art of knowing, expecting and seeing (without a shadow of a doubt) the thing you want, being there for  you, even in the face of adversity—even when life is showing the opposite of what you want.
  • Get out of your comfort zone and do something different. As the saying goes, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”  If you want this thing in your life to finally shift, FOR REAL, then commit to stretching beyond your normal comfort zone and be bold, do that thing you’ve been wanting to do forever, but have created every excuse under the sun why NOT to. Choose to do it.

The main key to geting it to work, when it’s not, is to stop focusing on it NOT working and start feeling good, no matter what.

Feeling good, no matter what is they key to creating more happiness, health and wealth in your life.  It’s the key to our growth and the foundation to being masters of our choices and masters of manifesting. 

Choose you. Choose now. Choose wiser.

Much, much love,

Carrie Jolie Dale

p.s.  I am opening up 5 spots for private, VIP coaching. If you are ready to own it (your life, your truth, your brilliance), step into your power and ready to go beyond your comfort zone. E-mail evolve@carriedale.com  for details and availability.

My Top 20 List

My Top 20 List

Hello, Fellow Choice Makers!!

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I want to share with you 20 of my favorite things in hopes that you may find some of them as useful as I do.  

I know every little bit helps, and when we surround ourselves with things that make us feel good, we raise our vibration and get in alignment with manifesting what we want. 

The top 20:

  1. Candles—Loving candles throughout my house right now. My luxury brand is diptyke—www.diptyqueparis.com
  2. Tea— Love Teavana, Youthberry White Tea…but you can’t go wrong with any from this brand—www.teavana.com
  3. Music—I am loving any ambiance and chakra balancing music right now. There is a good selection on this site—www.meditationrelaxclub.com
  4. Baths!!—Loving long, candle lit baths. I know it’s a simple thing, but those are often the things that are the biggest vibration enhancers. I always put some kind of bath salts in my bath. One of my favorite brands is AHAVA calming lavender, but any natural brand is fine—www.ahavaus.com
  5. Beautiful Journals—I am a big believer in journaling.  One of my favorite journal brands is paperblanks—www.paperblanks.com/us/en.  Barnes and Noble always has a great selection of gorgeous journals as well.
  6. Yoga—Loving Kundalini right now. Maia Fiennes complete chakra set is really good! www.amazon.com/Maya-Fiennes-Kundalini-Yoga-Journey/dp/B001FC37FM
  7. Exercise—I discovered Burst training about 5 years ago, and it has changed my body, my metabolism (more bacon mac n cheese, yay!) and I am no longer bored of working out. And the best part??  It’s quick and effective. 
  8. Supplements—I LOVE my supplements, and I notice a huge difference in my energy and the way my skin looks when I don’t take them. I get most of my supplements from Mercola.com. I take Krill for Women, Ubiquinol, Turmeric, Probiotic, Astaxanthin and occasionally I will add some others in here or there. For my Multi-vitamin I use a brand from Prograde, called  VGF 25+.  If you need more information on brands and what you may need, get in touch with me and we can discuss options. 
  9. Skincare—I am a skincare fanatic. My favorite everyday brand is Arcona and Renee Rouleau. 
  10. Eating “Clean.”—I LOVE to eat (hence the burst training to supercharge my metabolism), but I do eat very “clean.”  What does this mean? I eat almost 99% organic, and  when I do eat meat, it’s the cleanest version I can find. In other words, it is free range, or grass fed, organic and not the mass-produced stuff.  
  11. Abraham-Hicks— I am a believer! They are the pioneers of the manifesting movement. My life changed dramatically for the better when I started listening to, reading and implementing their teachings. Invaluable! Any of their books, CDs or DVDs are good. My favorite is  called  “Getting into the Vortex.”
  12. Danielle LaPorte, The Desire Map (book)—I am one of her book club leaders, and  I love, love, love it. www.daniellelaporte.com
  13. Florence Scovel Shinns, The Complete Works of Florence Scovel Shinn(book)—This is old school and a bit religious-y, but her message is GOLD. I LOVE the affirmations and find them to be very high vibration. 
  14. Holosync—This and Abraham-Hicks’ Getting into the Vortex CDs are my two main meditation CDs. I use them both at night before I go to bed. Great way to end the day. www.centerpointe.com/about
  15. Self-help, Coaching, Counseling, Personal Enrichment—I am a BIG believer in  always learning, growing and stretching. Stretching beyond our comfort zones and trying new things. Investing in myself, in a high end coaching program, was the best thing I have ever done for myself. 
  16. Being around people I love—My family, my kids and other like-minded people. I love being part of a community of positive, healthy, successful people.
  17. Good, high quality dark chocolate or raw cocoa—One of my favorite brands is Theo—www.theochocolate.com
  18. Coconut oil for body care—I LOVE using coconut oil as a moisturizer. I buy a huge tub of organic coconut oil at Costco and use it as my main body oil.
  19. Sleep at least 8 hours a night—I love to sleep!  I use, on occasion, Mercolas melatonin if I am having trouble sleeping. 
  20. Laughter—I choose to laugh and smile as much as I can. Not only are they free, but they are instant vibration changers.

I know some of the things on this list are also included on my list about how to raise your vibration, but there are a good number of new things on this list. 

When we make a conscious choice to surround ourselves with things we love, we are stepping into a place of being conscious creators of our lives. We— in turn—add to the good energy of our lives and the planet. 

My point in sharing this with you is ultimately for you to create your own list. Create your arsenal that you can surround yourself with to feel good—no matter what. Because when we learn to feel good no matter what , we manifest our desires. Whether it’s more money, improved health, happiness—whatever it is for you —we get there one choice at a time.

So, choose to create your top 20 ( 0r 10, 30, 50, 100)  list and enjoy!

Happy Holidays!

Carrie Jolie

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