Sitting in a coffee shop early this morning, I got chatting with one of the other guests as her dog came over to make friends... The conversation developed and she asked a really interesting, relevant question. "How do you keep your aura clear? I mean, how do you maintain your own energy levels and remain clear whilst you are dealing with people?"
It is a good question, because here is the thing, I don't actually often think of it consciously anymore. It is simply something which simply happens as a result of who and where I am now. It is a part of my daily practise.
A few years ago though, and from time to time over the years, this hasn't always been the case. I had to regularly and consciously remember to do this, to connect in, to practise, to consider ways of doing this - to heal within myself, and to remain within that flow of healing which then allowed me to continue to be open and present.
My reply to her - Meditation. Well, I try, but realistically, life often gets in the way in the form of, well, life really. A nearly 4 year old boy, and a young dog particularly!
Realistically, its walks by the river, under the trees. It is a gratitude practise - looking for moments of beauty and humour, or things - people and situations - which teach me something about myself and the world I live within. And acknowledging these - either writing them on "leaves" and hanging them on our gratitude tree at home, or posting them to Facebook. It is eating well, and making sure I get enough sleep. And then, its the deeper stuff. Acknowledging the big, deep, scary, sometimes dark emotions and giving them space. - Having a cry, finding a safe space to rage.... and then, coming back to my core, - acknowledging myself - who and where I am with all of this Life. Looking for the beauty once more, giving gratitude, breathing it in and being present to all of it.
I also smudge with herbs, use flower essences and make space clearing sprays with flower essences and aromatherapy oils to further support myself and keep deepening into my own journey. Because it is a journey. A constant journey into staying present and being health-ful. Mind-body-emotions-spirit-soul. And each one of these needs time, attention and caring. It is so easy to forget this in the busy world we live within.
Maintaining those, allows me to remain present and be open, to life and to the people around me, and the adventures - and challenges - which unfold daily.