Rituals: Mood-Boosting Rituals

When people think of their mood, they often think of just being in a good mood or a bad mood. But the truth is, there is a lot in between these two extremes. Things like stress, daily habits, physical pain, and so many other factors go into how we feel.
Our mood is not just good or bad, it can include feeling stressed, anxious, fearful, relaxed and calm, tense and agitated.
If we feel like we don’t have balanced moods, or we are constantly at one extreme or another, it might be time to take a look at our habits, daily routines, and how we spend our time. Our behaviours have such a large impact on our moods and how we feel.
What Causes Shifts in Our Mood?
One of the most surprising things about mood fluctuations is how many things in our everyday life, many of which we don’t have control of, can change our mood. The more we understand about mood changes, the more we can decide what lifestyle changes will help the best with our mood-boosting rituals.
Some causes of shifts to our mood include:
Stress – Probably one of the most common causes is stress. This may be severe stress where we expect our mood to change, it also includes very mild forms of emotional stress that we didn’t realize had such a big impact on how we feel and behave overall.
Mental health – Many mental health disorders can lead to changes in our mood, including anxiety and depression. If we struggle with our mental health, we might already be aware of how drastically our mood can shift.
Sleep habits – Yes, how much and how well we sleep is going to affect our mood! We aren’t just talking about having a crappy night’s sleep and not feeling our best the next morning. This includes just poor sleep hygiene habits that affect our mood the next day.
Diet – What we will see throughout this content is that what we eat greatly impacts how we feel. What we choose to eat the majority of the time does make a big difference in our mood.
Medical causes – Not only can hormone fluctuations affect your mood, but other medical causes like thyroid disorders, stroke, vitamin deficiency, and Parkinson’s might all be the cause of your mood changes.
1. Morning Journaling Routine
Let’s talk a little bit about morning routines. This is one of those trending topics that people think are just popular right now and will be gone before we know it, but that isn’t true at all.
We have a morning routine now, whether we consciously realize it or not. We have certain tasks we like to get done shortly after waking up, such as brushing our teeth, taking a shower, walking our dogs, making our kids breakfast, or stumbling out of bed and rushing out the door to get to work.
We are not trying to reinvent the wheel with our morning routine, but instead just add a few activities in our morning that will improve our day and your mood.
One of the best activities we may do during our morning routine is to write in a journal. There are many ways this can help, and one of our personal favourites is with a brain dump.
What is a brain dump?
This simply means we write whatever is on our mind, and keep writing until we feel like we have gotten through all those nagging thoughts. Our mood fluctuations might be from stress or just feeling overwhelmed. Our thoughts can do this without us even realizing it.
By doing this type of brain dump in the morning, we get those thoughts out on paper to help release some of the tension, and also gain a little more clarity.
2. Improve Our Sleep Hygiene
The next most important thing we can do each day when we want to boost our mood naturally is to get better sleep. And we aren’t just talking about how many hours we sleep, though that is definitely important.
We will want to focus on proper sleep hygiene, which is simply the nighttime routine we have before we go to sleep.
Here are some things we can add to our sleep routine that will help us get more restful sleep, and balance our mood at the same time:
-Start getting ready for bed 1-2 hours before we intend to fall asleep.
-Don’t use any electronics or keep the TV on when we are getting ready for sleep.
-Try to avoid stimulants like caffeine or alcohol shortly before sleep.
-Set up our bedroom to provide a restful night’s sleep, including a cool and quiet environment.
-Get blackout curtains to keep it as dark as possible in our bedroom.
-Participate in quiet and calm activities before bed, such as reading or writing in our journal.
With these few changes, we will soon notice that we tend to fall asleep a little easier, and we don’t wake up exhausted and cranky.
3. Pay Attention to What We Eat
This might not be what we want to hear, yet what we eat does make a difference in how we feel, including mentally. Some foods, like high amounts of sugar and refined carbohydrates, give us energy and make us feel better in the short-term, and cause an energy crash, after which we might notice a worsening mood.
When it comes to eating right, we want to focus on balance and proper nutrients. Not being on a restrictive diet, just trying to get in more complex carbs, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein.
4. Move Our Body Every Day
In addition to eating right, try to also get some regular exercise in. Again, we aren’t talking about completing a difficult fitness challenge or pushing to do some extreme form of activity we don’t enjoy.
Instead, find a workout that gets us moving, motivates and excites us, and that we actually enjoy. These can help us become mentally healthier and improve our mood exponentially, with the added benefit of being good for our physical health as well.
Some exercises we might want to try include are:
-Walking or going on a hike
-Taking a local fitness class
-Yoga or Pilates
-Weight lifting
-Family workouts with our kids
5. Practice Gratitude
When we appreciate the blessings in our life, instead of focusing on what we don’t have, our mood will change practically overnight.  No matter how difficult or challenging things might feel right now, there are always things to be grateful for. It might be people in our life who are always loving and supportive, a decent job, a roof over our head, our pets or family, or just our cup of coffee every morning when we have 5 minutes of peace and quiet.
To improve your mood every day, start writing 5-10 things we are grateful for in our journal. Turn this into a daily ritual that we do every morning or evening, and we will notice the changes very quickly.
6. Make Self-Care a Priority
Self-care is so much more than people realize, and often misunderstood. To put it simply, our self-care routine should be something we do only for ourselves. At least once a day, we choose some type of activity that we enjoy, relaxes us, and makes us happy.
While it can be absolutely anything, here are a few ideas if we’re not sure where to start:
-Get a manicure and pedicure
-Do a facial mask
-Watch your favourite show
-Read a book
-Work on an art project
-Take an afternoon nap
-Soak in a bubble or salt bath
-Meet a friend for coffee
It may be something we do alone or with friends. There are no rules about self-care, as long as it makes we feel better and is something we truly enjoy.
7. Declutter and Organize Our Space
Yes, working on our space and getting it organized helps with mood stabilization! Have we ever woken up in a clean and orderly room, and just felt better? Just having a decluttered and clean home makes all the difference. We feel happier, healthier, and more productive.
Spend just a few minutes a day picking up our home and tidying it as much as we can, even if we have a busy schedule.
8. Unplug at Least Once a Day
Give ourself at least one time of the day when we are completely unplugged. This means no computer or laptop, no tablet, and no cell phone. It is up to us if we choose to include television in unplugging, but definitely no phones! We need some time to relax without social media, phone updates, and text messages. This allows us to sit in the quiet and just enjoy our home and family, without all that extra noise.
9. Set Healthy Boundaries
This is probably one of the more surprising ways we can boost our mood naturally. Sometimes, we have so many expectations and so many people needing things from us, that we don’t realize our responsibilities are what is negatively affecting our mood.
It is okay to say no. It is okay to turn down an invitation. It is okay to not always be the one person people can count on for whatever they need. Set some healthy boundaries and let people know when and if we are available to them. If they love us, they will understand our need for boundaries, just like we respect their boundaries.
10. Get Outside for Fresh Air
Lastly, try to spend more time outside if we can. Fresh air and vitamin D will both greatly benefit our mood and energy levels. Many people don’t get enough vitamin D in their diet, and aren’t outside enough during the day to get it naturally from the sun’s UV rays. The simplest thing is to figure out how we can spend a little more time outside.

Palmistry: An Overview

The American Heritage Dictionary defines Palmistry as the practice of telling fortunes from the lines, marks, and patterns on the palms of the hands. Palmistry is also called chiromancy, palm-reading, chirology, or hand-analysis. Palmistry originated in ancient India. It was said to be practiced by the Brahmins of Ancient India. Palmistry is also regarded as a part of Astrology. Records of the practice of Palmistry are found in countries such as China, Tibet, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Ancient Greece.
Cheiro was the most famous practitioner of palmistry in modern times. He was born in Ireland and had predicted many incidents in his time. For example, he correctly foretold the Boer War, death of Queen Victoria, assassination of King Umberto of Italy, a year or so before each of these incidents occurred. He also had predicted the infamous Great Depression all over the world. He correctly predicted the outbreak and end of World War 1 before it happened. Cheiro wrote a number of valuable books on Palmistry.
Palmistry is based on reading the lines on the hand. Palmists say that by reading the lines of a person's hand, it is quite possible to tell about the person's past, present and future. They say that positioning of the lines in the hand is the key to determining the subject’s past, present, and future. The basics of Palmistry are quite simple as opposed to the popular belief that it is something mysterious. The fleshy part of the hand and the structure of the fingers reveal a lot about the subject. According to the Palmists, the dominant hand of a person reveals the current and future trends. On the other hand, the passive hand reveals the person's childhood. Palmists see a definite pattern in the lines on the palm. These lines have been classified into the heart line, head line, life line, fate line etc. Each of these lines will interpret different aspects of one's life.
In this age of cutthroat competition, people seem to have become more and more dependent on things beyond their normal powers. Palmistry is gaining popularity even among the western public. This is because human beings have become more concerned about their future than ever before.
Palmistry is quite popular in India. It is a part of everyday life for many Indians. They will consult the Palmist for almost every activity of their lives. For special occasions like marriage, setting up of a new business, birth of a child, starting a new profession etc, a visit to a Palmist has become a must. A palmist will examine the hand carefully and advise the clients about their next activity. The palmists say that there is a relation between the lines in one's palm, the planetary motions, and one's life.

Palmistry: Hand And Finger Combinations

Before reading the palm, look at the fingers to see if they are short or long. This isn't always easy to gauge when we're just beginning, yet a little practice will enable us to assess the finger length at a glance. The fingers are considered long if they can fold back and touch a spot at least seven-eights of the way along the palm. Unfortunately, there are exceptions, as some people have extremely flexible hands while others are very stiff. Also, someone with an extremely oblong palm may have long fingers that only reach halfway down the palm, as the palm itself is very long. With experience, you'll be able to look at someone's palm and instantly know if the fingers are long or short. The problems usually come when we're first learning and find a hand with fingers that seem to be neither long nor short. Fortunately, we can cover that situation as well.
Long Fingers- If the fingers are long, the person pays attention to detail and we may say: “You enjoy complex work. You are patient and enjoy the details in things. Your work must be very consuming and gratifying. If it's too simple you lose interest very quickly.”
Short Fingers- Someone with short fingers is almost the opposite. They'll be more interested in the broad strokes rather than the details and won't have much patience. We may say: “You're always busy. Sometimes you may start something new before you've finished the last task. You often have several things going on at the same time. You tend to want everything right now, so patience is not your strong suit. Your impulsiveness has gotten you into trouble in the past. In some ways you are a jack-of-all-trades.”
Medium Length Fingers- Naturally, someone with fingers that are neither long nor short will fall into a middle category. We might say: “At times you can be very patient. However, at other times you're inclined to jump first and think later. If something really interests you, you want to get right down to the bottom of it and work it all out. If it's only a passing interest, you're more inclined to skim over it and not learn it in much detail.”
We now have four possibilities to look at:
1. Square hands with short fingers (Earth Hand)
2. Square hands with long fingers (Air Hand)
3. Oblong hands with short fingers (Fire Hand)
4. Oblong hands with long fingers (Water Hand)
This is the classification used in Chinese palmistry. It comes from Fred Gettings monumental book, The Book of the Hand. The four types are named after the four elements of the ancients: Fire, Earth, Air and Water. These relate very well to the descriptions of the Fire, Earth, Air and Water signs of astrology, but it does not necessarily mean that a Sagittarian (a Fire sign), would have a Fire hand. You'll find people with all four types of hands in every sign of the Zodiac.
The four elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water
Fire Hands- Fire is hot, energizing and constantly moving. It can provide gentle heat, but can also burn. Consequently it needs careful handling. A Fire hand is oblong with short fingers. Someone with a hand like this is likely to be emotional, enthusiastic and creative. The short fingers mean a dislike for detail. The long palm adds intuition. For someone with a hand like this we might say:
“You have a great mind, full of wonderful ideas. These ideas excite you. Your enthusiasm may not last for long, but it's extremely important to you at the time. Your emotions can be a bit hard to handle at times, but they enable you to experience life to the fullest. Details are not your strong point and you tend to prefer the overall picture to the fiddly bits. You are likely to be creative and need to be busy to be happy.”
Earth Hands- Earth is the dry, solid part of our planet. Everything that happens on earth is subject to the natural rhythms of germination, growth, death and decay. Earth is timeless and expresses stability. However, below its surface all sorts of changes are constantly occurring. This can lead to earthquakes and other upheavals. The Earth hand is very like the practical hand. It consists of a square palm and short fingers. People with this type of hand are reliable, down-to-earth and practical. They enjoy repetitive work and are good with their hands. They enjoy rhythm. They are conservative, reserved, and possessive.
However, like earth itself, they can also react violently if they deem it necessary.
We might say to someone with Earth hands: “You're a hard worker. You enjoy physical challenges and your hands can think for themselves. You can be stubborn at times, and you don't easily change your mind. You enjoy rhythm and movement. You're not usually good with details, unless you're making something. You probably prefer working outdoors, doing something practical. You're reliable, honest and somewhat reserved.”
Air Hands- Air is essential for life. We take it for granted and seldom notice it, except on windy days. Air is also essential for communications, as it carries sound waves. Creatures of the air, such as birds and flying insects, are fast moving and active. The Air hand consists of a square palm and long fingers. These people tend to use logic more than intuition. They're quick-witted and express themselves clearly. They enjoy communicating and often have careers that utilize their skills. Their strong emphasis on logic means these people tend to distrust emotions, both their own and other peoples. We could say something along these lines to someone with Air hands: “You're intelligent, clear-thinking and discriminating. Relationships are important to you, but you sometimes find logic getting in the way of your feelings. You're reliable and like to do things completely. You're a stimulating companion and life is never dull when you're around.”
Water Hands- Finally, water. If you think about it, water is essentially still. Other forces have to act upon it to make it change. It's also shapeless as it simply moves to fill up whatever space is available. The Moon has a strong influence on water, creating the tides in our oceans. The saying, still waters run deep, is very pertinent to the Water Hand. The Water Hand consists of an oblong palm with long fingers. It's sometimes called the intuitive hand, as these people are extremely aware and receptive. People with this type of hand are changeable, impressionable and emotional. They're idealistic and highly imaginative.
To someone with water hands, we could say: “You have an extremely rich inner life. Your imagination is keen and you fantasize about just about everything. You can be influenced by others, so you're flexible with your ideas. Your intuition is strong. You're emotional. If you're interested in someone, you love spending time with them. You also need time by yourself to reflect on your own life. You are happiest inside the right relationship with someone to depend and rely upon.”

Numerology: Name Vibrations

Numerology helps us to establish a relationship between various elements that make up our lives and numbers. These numbers range from one to nine. A long time ago, numerology was considered a part of mathematics, but that is no longer the case. Numerology can play an important role in our lives.
The names given to us by our parents or our grandparents find an important place in the field of numerology. These names are not merely a way to address or distinguish us from the other people that are present around us, but to a great extent, are a deciding factor of our personality and our future developments in general.
Any name, be it a word or a title has a particular kind of vibration attached to it. The reason being that every letter in our name has a certain number associated with it. These numbers in turn carry some particular vibrations with them. Thus, adding all the numbers that are associated with the letters of our names, gives various vibrating modules, which in turn are added up to give a final vibration pattern.
For instance, the name Hadi has four distinct letters. Each of these letters are associated with a number. Read H as eight, A as one, D as five and I as nine. Now by adding all these numbers we get a total of 22. So there must be some particular wavelength of vibration that is being attached to this number 22. Therefore this 22 number and the vibrations associated with it is the deciding factor of the overall personality of Hadi.
Parents while keeping a name for their new born child, ponder on all the options available to them. And once the name gets decided, the child is addressed by it. As the vibrations of the names start to reach the ears of the child very frequently, she tries to encode the meanings behind the vibrations and accordingly tries to understand the environment around her.
Every vibration has some particular behavioural trends and patterns associated with it. And once our name has been decided, these vibrations start having an effect on us and guide us towards a particular path. Therefore, name numerology helps us considerably to know a person’s personality and development in the future. These future developments may include their studies, their health, their career growth and their life in general.

Numerology: Introduction

Numerology is the use of numbers and number combinations in divination. Numerology is often used as part of psychic readings. Each number corresponds to a meaning. They also correspond to the letters of the alphabet. It is through these meanings and correspondences that numerology is interpreted and charts are made for divination.
The numbers used are zero through 10. Any number larger than 10 is broken down by adding the two digits of the number together to get a single digit number. The following explains the generally accepted meanings of the number zero through ten:
0- everything and nothing all at once
1- singular, individual
2- balance, pair
3- communication
4- creation
5- action
6- responsibility
7- the mind, thought
8- power
9- the end
10- begin again
The meanings of the numbers vary often according to each numerologist. However, in general the above meanings are a good representation of the number meanings that are most often used. Sometimes the numbers 11 and 22 are assigned special meanings as prime numbers that represent the most important and meaningful numbers in numerology.
The numbers also are related to the letters of the alphabet. For this, numbers 1 through 26 are used. Usually in numerology reports a person's name is written out then labeled with a number for each letter. The numbers are then added together and brought down to a digit between one and ten. For example:
Sue becomes the number 18/20/5
18 becomes 9
20 becomes 2
5 stays as 5
Then it is added: 9+2+5=16
The answer, 16, is reduced to a single digit of 7
This is the basis of translated words into numerology. It is an important part of the process though, and something every numerologist needs to know.
Numerology charts are often done for one person or can be made to compare two people, such as in a relationship. Numerology reports often tell about the inner workings of a person or relationship.
A numerologist has to be able to make the connection between letters and numbers, as well as be able to add and interpret the meanings behind the results of their work. Numerology reports are often long and take quite a bit of time to finish. Reports are often based upon the name and date of birth of a person. The name and date of birth are broken down into various equations that each mean something different.
A numerologist should only need the basic information, name and date of birth, to complete a natal numerology chart. For more complex charts they may need additional information. Relationship charts require the names of both individuals and their birth dates and may require the date of the anniversary, depending on the reading to be done.
Numerology requires a lot of skill to remember all the corresponding details of numbers and letters. A numerologist also has to learn the different meanings of the numbers and the different formulas for coming up with the results of a reading. It can take some time to learn numerology, but it is not as difficult as it may seem. A good numerologist will be able to explain the process to their clients and be able to answer any questions they may have.
Numerology is a form of divination and can be used on a smaller scale with other forms of divination like tarot readings or rune casting. Numbers have always held special meanings and they can add depth to a tarot reading or rune casting. Many psychic readers associate numbers with their readings, as sometimes they may receive messages in the form of numbers.

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