Finding Joy and Healing in Synchronicity

Lately I’ve been thinking about synchronicity, or more specifically, noticing symbols or repeating images in our lives. Although I’ve always been spiritual, I also have a strong analytical side of me who likes to solve puzzles, who likes to study the way our minds work. I like to ask why, to get curious about things.

So yet again, when a symbol starting showing itself to me over and over again I began to think – Am I just looking for this? Is God or angels or my guides really showing me this as a message? Is my subconscious just finding a way to emerge? Or am I over thinking a perfectly natural occurrence of synchronicity?

These are the thoughts that I pondered as time and time again the Dugong (a relative of the manatee or “sea cow”) kept showing up in my life and I began to find meaning in it.

Each morning I pull an animal card for inspiration and guidance. And for the three days that I was working feverishly to launch the pre-sale of my e-course Roots, I pulled her card – the Dugong.

Dugong

As I read her message each morning, I couldn’t help but smile and give thanks for the perfect timing. She was reminding me to stay heart-centered, to remember to breathe. If it was a coincidence, it was a suprising one – seeing as there are 46 cards in the deck, and each time I put one back, I do so in a random spot in the deck and shuffle thoroughly.

Then, a few days later I felt called to do a journey meditation, a visualization of sorts where I usually go and fly with my owl guide. But this time, as I was visualizing my owl friend, I kept getting pushed toward the beach, then pushed even further towards the water. I resisted at first, as you’ll very rarely see me go swimming. But it was like a force was pushing me deeper and deeper into the water, until I saw her – my sea cow.

The next day I decided to do some research and learn more about this beautiful creature and draw her in my journal. As I journaled about her and my experiences, I realized another coincidence… this symbol, or spirit, showed up right as I was inviting the element of Water into my life.

Journaling Dugong

Another day later, as I continued to ponder how these types of synchronicities play out in our lives and why, I prayed… I called out – If this really is a message from the Divine and not just my mind making things up, show her to me again. Give me another sign.

I had no idea how else the Dugong could be shown to me beyond my imagination and my animal cards… it’s not like I’ll be seeing one swim by my window any time soon! lol But I asked for her to show herself to me again, knowing that it would be highly unlikely with such a rare animal.

But later, that very same day, my daughter was playing computer games on pbs.org, and what do you know… just as I looked up, a sea cow was swimming by on the screen!

I just had to laugh.

It’s hard to trust in anything that can’t be physically proven. Our human minds need order, need rational calculations. But the spiritual world knows no such boundaries. It doesn’t follow the laws of the Earth. And our only way to access it is through our right-side, creative brains, through our heart, through our Soul.

But really, which ever way you look at it – through your analytical mind, or through your heart – synchronicity in our life deserves to be looked at, to be explored. Our lives have no meaning unless we look for it, unless we make meaning.

Whether my experience was pure coincidence, or my unconscious sending me a message, or the Divine giving me guidance… it doesn’t really matter in the end. What matters is that I took notice. I found meaning within the mundane of my life. I celebrated the mysteries in life. I found comfort, and healing, and direction. I found love. I found joy. And I am thankful. <3





P.S. I’d be curious to know… have you noticed synchronicity in your life? Share your stories in the comments!

Noticing Water

As we continue our journey of exploring the elements and shift into WATER, let’s take a moment to call it into our lives, notice it around us, and release our tight holds so that we may flow with its gracefulness.

Toes in the sand

Feel the tides within as you breathe in and out.

Allow yourself to be taken by the flow of life with ease and grace.

From now until August, keep your senses focused on the water around you. Taste it, feel it running through your fingers, listen to it move. Keep your imagination active as you filter your life through the lens of WATER. How does water show up in your life physically? How do the qualities of water show up in your life metaphorically? How can you use water to help you in your day-to-day? (For example, when heavy emotions fill you up, you can use the energy of water to help them flow through you.)

Waves

As we begin to notice water in our lives, we’ll not only gain a deeper understanding of the world around us, but we’ll also start to gain a deeper understanding of who we are.

Using WATER as our lens through which we see our lives, we’ll begin to see things in a way we may not have otherwise, gaining clarity on all aspects of our BEing.

To help us hold this lens in place, it’s helpful to place reminders around our spaces and infuse our activities with water. Here are some ideas you can use:


#1. Journal or Ponder About Water – Taking some time to reflect on what you already know about water is a powerful way to begin our journey together with intention and trust in your own inner knowing. Journal, write, paint, doodle, or think about water and how it plays a role in your life. Here are some prompts to get you started:

  • What are some words you would use to describe water?
  • What symbols, lines, forms, or imagery do you associate with water?
  • How are you a natural expression of water?
  • What is your personal relationship with water?
  • Where are you longing for more ease in your life? How can you create it during our exploration of water?

#2. Create a Pinterest Board – Pinterest is full of inspiring water images, and a perfect place to create dream boards, energy boards, and more. Create a board full of watery images that inspire you to go with the flow. Or, create a mood board for emotions that seem to be bubbling up. To get started, take a peek at my Water Inspiration board HERE.

WATER Pinterest Board


#3. Update Your Desktop and Mobile Backgrounds – Changing up my desktop and mobile background images is one of my favorite ways to remind me of a feeling, mood, or energy I aim to embody that day/week/month. What side of water do you want to embody this week or this month? Do you want to call in the depths of water? Or perhaps flow? Keep this thought in mind as you search for an image that reminds you of this feeling. Images are powerful in evoking certain feelings and responses in us!

Here are a few of my favorites (click on the image to be taken to the original source for download):

water wallpaper water wallpaper
jellyfish wallpaper water wallpaper


#4. Infuse Your Creative Practice – Whether you art journal, create mandalas, draw, paint, dance, or whatever… infuse it with the energy of water. Use water as your inspiration and get into the creative flow! (PS My free water e-book talks about the fluid ways of creativity, be sure to read it for inspiration!)

water art by Kristal Norton


#5. Create an Altar – Creating a space to celebrate water is a beautiful way to honor the element and to remind you of its presence throughout your day. Simply gather a few things that remind you of water and display them together in a space that you’ll see during your day. Perhaps your nightstand? Or a shelf next to your desk? Some items you might consider adding to your altar are: shells, sea glass, starfish, blue items or stones, pearls, a bowl of water with floating candles, photographs, etc.

Water Altar


#6. Drink Plenty of Water – Many of us move through our day without drinking enough water. Try experimenting with different fruit waters or teas to increase your water intake. Or, download a phone app to help you keep track. Plant Nanny is a cute fun app that I just love! (available for apple and android)

Plant Nanny water app


Some other ideas might be: Listen to the sound of rain or moving water (if you don’t get a natural opportunity, try downloading a soundtrack!), go swimming, try different flavored waters and teas, notice your emotions and journal about them, visit an aquarium, play with watercolors, take a bath, follow me on Instagram, read my WATER E-Book, visit a lake or river in your area, dance in the rain…

What other ideas do you have? Which of these will you try? Share in the comments below!



Much love to you!!




(More) Lessons in Stillness

I believe everything happens for a reason. And if not… well, at the very least I know that we can learn something from the experience, whether or not it was put on our path “purposefully” for that lesson or not.

I feel like I’ve been sick for all of 2016. (Yes, I’m sick again after my short spurt of energy last time I checked in!) And ya know what? I’ve never journaled more or learned more about myself than in these last two months.

I have grown so much.

Learned so much.

And I’ve filled more than half of a journal I just bought weeks ago. (A rarity, honest!)

lotus journaling

But it wouldn’t have happened if I wasn’t forced to slow down. I am grateful for this sickness, to God/Universe for making me slow down.

That’s not to say I don’t complain either. Ask my husband and my friends – I am tired of feeling like crap. My mind and mouth rambles off and complains whenever I’m around others.

But when I get still… OH, when I get still… My heart speaks.

My heart tells me this is good for me. Sure, I had to throw my business plan out the window. Sure, I had to cancel plans that I was looking forward to. Sure, I’m in pain and tired of blowing my nose every few minutes…

But my Soul has never felt so nourished.

I’ve been waking up slowly, taking time to pull an oracle card for me and each of my daughters. I’ve been drinking my tea in front of the fire instead of in front of the computer. I’ve been yelling less because my throat hurts. I’ve been noticing my surroundings more. I’ve been taking time to sit in silence, take naps, or journal as my heart desires… (because frankly, I have no energy to do anything else!)

journaling by the fire

And it’s in this silence that I become aware… aware of the patterns and habits that hold me back from being my best self. Aware of the gifts that surround me. Aware of all of the love that fills my heart.

I have learned that DOing more and fighting hard isn’t what is going to bring me the happy fulfilling life I want. I’ve tried that route. It doesn’t feel good at all.

It’s only in the slowing down, and the listening, that I can clearly see the beauty of this moment, of this life right now.

But let me be the first to tell you – it’s not all sunshine and rainbows taking this path of stillness and awareness. You’ll begin to see your ways of being that aren’t so ideal. You’ll begin to remember the moments in your life you didn’t fully experience. You’ll begin to fully feel the emotions you were trying so hard to avoid.

There cannot be light without the darkness. There cannot be expansive joy without the deep sadness. There is no lotus without the mud.

And in the awareness of ALL of it, you’ll need compassion for yourself most of all. For it’s in the compassion that you’ll notice the gifts. You’ll notice the ways in which you can grow. You’ll notice the possibilities of RIGHT NOW.

Your heart, your Soul, speaks to you in the silence. Are you ready to listen? Are you ready to truly LIVE?

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Sitting in silence, taking a walk, or doing the dishes mindfully are a few of the many ways you can honor the moment and listen. But if you’re here, I’m guessing journaling is a favorite tool of yours as it is mine. If you’re in need of some inspiration, here’s a few prompts to get you moving:

  • I know as truth, right here, in this moment to be…
  • It lights me up when…
  • I need to give myself permission to…

These are excerpts from my upcoming new journaling prompts book: The Soul Journal. I hope they open a doorway to help you listen deeply within and express yourself with words or color and shape. I know they’ve been helpful for me in these times of silence!



All my love,




Lessons in Stillness

These past couple of weeks have been really tough.

My energy was severely low, I was sick, and I felt like I was struggling through muck.

The full moon and a coaching session cleared the “muck” but only amplified the emptiness. I felt like an empty shell, not knowing what to do or what to say.

Eventually I gave in to the stillness. Accepting that, yes, this too is a place where I’m meant to be. And hey, it’s another great learning experience for my upcoming workshop “Dancing in the Unknown”. I was in the unknown alright. I had no idea where I was or where I was going.

I suppose I had forgotten what it was like to spend time with myself alone with no agenda. It felt weird, awkward. And I was bored out of my mind to tell you the truth. Being sick left me with no energy or motivation.

So there I sat, day after day, not doing much of anything, sleeping to my heart’s content, and wondering if life will ever be the same again.

Snuggling

Luckily my energy suddenly (finally!) returned and I snapped back into reality – coincidentally (or not) right on the day of the new moon.

With my mind back in working order, I reflected on what had happened and what I learned. This odd couple weeks of nothingness left me feeling rested, clear, stress-free, and cared for.

It made me see just how little I knew about being truly still.

You see… I had spent years in overwhelm and spent all of 2014, during my coaching training, working through the stories, beliefs, and fears that held me there. Last year was my first year free from overwhelm; but my hands and mind were still always busy.

Being thrusted into this long span of stillness made me see that there’s still a piece missing from my journey out of overwhelm.

Overwhelm had been conquered, yes, but now there was something to claim. Space. Freedom. Truly connecting.

Heart by Kristal Norton

It’s time that I connect even deeper with myself. To gift myself pockets of that alone time every day without an agenda. It is, after all, the only way to build a relationship.

And with Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s the perfect gift I could give or receive: quality time with the one person I am destined to spend eternity with – myself.







Dancing in the Unknown ClassPS Registration for my upcoming workshop “Dancing in the Unknown” is now open!

Join me, as we step into the unknown, use creativity as a tool to expand our comfort zone with uncertainty, listen deeply within, learn to navigate our fear, and start to build trust in our inner knowing… Trust in ourselves.

Click HERE to learn more.





Noticing Air

As we begin our journey of exploring the elements with AIR, let’s take a moment to call it into our lives, breathe it in, and notice.

Breeze

Breathe in…

Notice it filling your lungs, expanding your chest… then releasing into the space around you.

How does your body move as you fill your lungs?

What does the air feel like on your skin?

From now until April, keep your eyes, nose, and ears focused on the air around you. Keep your imagination active as you filter your life through the lens of AIR. How does air show up in your life physically? How do the qualities of air show up in your life metaphorically? How can you use air to help you in your day-to-day? For example, when things feel tough, you can close your eyes, take a deep breath, and invite air in to lighten things up.

cloud

As we begin to notice air in our lives, we’ll not only gain a deeper understanding of the world around us, but we’ll also start to gain a deeper understanding of who we are.

Using AIR as our lens through which we see our lives, we’ll begin to see things in a way we may not have otherwise, gaining clarity on all aspects of our BEing.

To help us hold this lens in place, it’s helpful to place reminders around our spaces and infuse our activities with air. Here are some ideas you can use:


#1. Journal or Ponder About Air – Taking some time to reflect on what you already know about air is a powerful way to begin our journey together with intention and trust in your own inner knowing. Journal, write, paint, doodle, or think about air and how it plays a role in your life. Here are some prompts to get you started:

  • What are some words you would use to describe air?
  • What qualities of air do you sometimes or often express? (some examples would be: nourishing, energizing, playful, destructive, forceful, mysterious..)
  • What symbols, lines, forms, or imagery do you associate with air?
  • Where are you longing for more spaciousness in your life? How can you create it during our exploration of air?

#2. Create a Pinterest Board – Pinterest is full of inspiring air images, and a perfect place to create dream boards, energy boards, and more. Create a board full of calming images that remind you to slow down and take a deep breath. Or, create a vision board for what your heart is calling you to do. To get started, take a peek at my Air Inspiration board HERE.

AIR Pinterest Board


#3. Update Your Desktop and Mobile Backgrounds – Changing up my desktop and mobile background images is one of my favorite ways to remind me of a feeling, mood, or energy I aim to embody that day/week/month. What side of air do you want to embody this week or this month? Do you want to call in the expansiveness of air? Or perhaps an airy feeling? Keep this thought in mind as you search for an image that reminds you of this feeling. Images are powerful in evoking certain feelings and responses in us!

Here are a few of my favorites (click on the image to be taken to the original source for download):

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air air


#4. Infuse Your Creative Practice – Whether you art journal, create mandalas, draw, paint, dance, or whatever… infuse it with the energy of air. Use air as your inspiration!

air art journaling by Kristal Norton


#5. Create an Altar – Creating a space to celebrate air is a beautiful way to honor the element and to remind you of its presence throughout your day. Simply gather a few things that remind you of air and display them together in a space that you’ll see during your day. Perhaps your nightstand? Or a shelf next to your desk? Some items you might consider adding to your altar are: feathers, a candle or incense to invoke your sense of smell, light pastel items or stones, angels, photographs, etc.

air altar


Some other ideas might be: Listen to flutes or other music (My fav flute album is Dreams from the Grandfather), light incense, start or bring intention to a breathing practice, get your heart pumping, use essential oils, smell roses, follow me on Instagram, read my AIR E-Book, watch the breeze move through the trees, star gaze, find pictures in the clouds…

What other ideas do you have? Which of these will you try? Share in the comments below!



Much love to you!!