Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Personality Traits of Leo

Warm. Creative. Passionate. Those are just a few different ways to describe the Leo. This fire sign has both its positive and not-so-positive traits, but each one makes up the distinct personality of this zodiac sign. Whether your birthday falls in Leo territory (July 23rd to August 22nd) or you know someone who has the unforgettable roar of the lion, keep reading. These personality traits will shed some serious insight on this astrological sign.

Positive Characteristics. The Leo is known for being a natural born leader. In fact, many people born under this sign go on to have careers where they are in charge or are in the spotlight! Other positive characteristics associated with the Leo include being kind-hearted, optimistic, loyal, generous, and cheerful. They also tend to be energetic and positive…and others tend to gravitate towards them.

Negative Characteristics. In addition to all of those fantastic character traits there are also a few negative ones to consider. Some of the most noteworthy include: the fact that they can be quite headstrong, stubborn, possessive, and impatient. Due to their leadership qualities, they also have a tendency to be arrogant or have a bit of an ego. Being aware of those issues will make it much easier to keep those negative traits in check.

Facts About Leos:
  • The sun rules this sign, with links to colours like gold, yellow, and orange.
  • Lucky numbers associated with Leos are 1, 3, 10, and 19.
  • They tend to be very independent, focusing on their own needs first.
  • Leos love to travel, enjoy bright colours, and having fun.

There you have it! That is a little bit about the Leo. Their dynamic personality makes them a great (and trustworthy) friend, partner, or co-worker. They always know how to have fun, make the most of life, and get things done.

Are you a Leo? Do any of these traits apply to your personality?

- Shannon

Monday, 14 August 2017

Astrology Week: Leo

It is here again! Cosmic Positivity is gearing up for another astrology week, this time, focusing on the unique sign of the Leo. People who fall under this sign are rarely ignored - as they are warm, caring, and love to be in the spotlight. Whether you are a Leo yourself or know someone who is....this week is sure to be of interest. Get ready to learn more about the fifth sign of the zodiac.

Upcoming Posts This Week:
Tuesday: Personality Traits of Leo
Wednesday: Leo and Their Element
Thursday: The Best Crystals For Leo
Friday: Who Can Love a Leo?
Sunday Bonus Post: Self-Help is Powerful

- Amanda and Shannon

Friday, 11 August 2017

Affirmations for Focus

Sometimes a phrase or a word can make a huge difference. When I am having a tough time focusing, I pick an affirmation to help me. Sometimes they work, sometimes my mind just can't shut off. Here are some really great ones that you can try the next time you're meditating!
  • I have tremendous energy and focus for achieving all of my life's goals.
  • I easily focus on my main priorities.
  • I use the power of positive focus to push my mind in a positive direction. When I focus on positive things, they expand into my life. A persistently positive focus creates a consistently positive mind.
  • I am organized and I take the time to stay focused.
  • Always remember, your focus determines your reality.
  • At work my mind is focused and I have clarity and energy in all that I do.
  • Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear.
  • I focus on what I can do right now.
  • Today I choose to focus only on the next step, not the entire path.
  • My focus is now on me being the best version of me.
  • I always focus on the present positive.
In my new house, I plan on having a white board near the area where I will be mediating. It will have whatever affirmation I decide to go with that day, so that I can focus and reread it over and over. That should help me when I am having a tough time focusing.

Remember that affirmations are not a quick and easy fix. They are meant to help guide you, and remind you that you are on the right path. What are some of your favourite affirmations to help you when you're lacking focus? Let us know in the comment section below!


Thursday, 10 August 2017

How to Improve Focus During Meditation

Dedicating your undivided attention to a task? Easier said than done. As much as you may want to be completely focused, we are programmed to do more than one thing at a time. Whether you are driving while carrying on a conversation or working on a big project at work while answering emails and text messages…. multi-tasking is a must these days. As a society, we are always in a go-go-go state. This may be great for productivity but it can also be mentally and emotionally draining.

Before you know it, you start to feel stressed, unhappy, and unable to focus on anything for more than a few minutes at a time. This can be especially troubling when it comes to meditation. There are many notable benefits linked to this practise (like an increased sense of happiness and purpose, lower stress levels, and an overall feeling of balance), and yet it can be difficult for many of us to do.

If you are struggling to make the most of your meditation, don’t worry. Here are some tips to help you improve your focus.

Start Small.  One of my favourite quotes is, “progress not perfection.” Apply this theory to your meditation. Take a moment to remind yourself that you will not go from scattered and unfocused to Zen in a single day. After all, meditation is a practise. It is something you work at day after day. Start small (try meditating for a few minutes a day to begin with, and add more time on as you relax into the process) and see what happens. Patience and persistence will pay off.

Listen to Yourself. There may be the best how-to guide on meditation ever. It could outline every last thing you should do to achieve a successful meditative state, but the reality is that it may not work for you. That is why it is essential that you trust yourself and determine what feels right. For instance, you might want to start off with a guided meditation, set up a relaxing space, light a candle for focus, use crystals, or do an oracle card reading beforehand. Test out different things and see what boosts your focus before, during, and after your meditation.

Try Exercises for Focus. Since we live in a busy society, it has become increasingly difficult for people to focus on one task at a time. (Which means, you are not alone!) Thankfully, there are many exercises that can help you increase your ability to focus. Many suggestions, tools, and tricks are online, like this one.  There are also apps dedicated to this specific purpose. Take a look, try out a few exercises, and get ready to increase your focus.

It may not be easy to find your focus during meditation but it is possible. Be patient with yourself, listen to your intuition, and add mental exercises to your day. The results will be noticeable!

Do you have any meditation tips to share? Sound off in the comment section!

- Shannon

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

How To Set The Scene To Help You Focus

The day has been hell. Anything and everything that could go wrong did. Now you're finally home and you just want to meditate in order to forget the world. Only problem is that you can't stop thinking about everything. So what can you do to fix that? Well I am glad you asked.  Let's take a look at your meditation area and see if that can help.

Before you start your meditation follow these simple steps. In order to focus and commit yourself to your meditation you need to be in the right frame of mind.

  1. Take a hot shower. Figuratively wash away every bad thing that happened  to you today. The hot water will help you to relax and relieve any tension you are carrying in your shoulders and back.
  2. Turn off your notifications from your phone. You will need 0 distractions. Tell people in your home to give you 10 mins of peace and quiet. Don't even look at Facebook or else the time will be spent else where.
  3. Write it down. If something is seriously weighing on your mind, you know that's where your concentration will be. Instead write it out. It may not entirely get it off your mind, but scribbling it out will make you feel better. 
 Once you have completed the 3 steps above, it is time to focus on getting your meditation area ready to go. Here are some great tips!
  1. Turn off any bright lights. There is no way you'll meditate properly with a bright light shining in your face. Try candles and low lighting instead.
  2. Use music or guided meditation. These are always helpful. Sometimes silence gives you too much opportunity to think.
  3. Hold a crystal in each hand. By holding something you are subconsciously focusing on not dropping them. Let the power of the crystals wash over you.
  4. Focus on an inanimate object. Try a candle, a crystal, a figure or a picture. Look at the details. See every part of it and let your eyes just relax. 
  5. Scents are imperative. Sometimes a good scent will take your worries away. Eucalyptus is one of the perfect scents for stress relief. Try that or any other scent that you feel called to work with it. Breathe that  in!

Yes, it can be sometimes difficult to turn off your mind. It can be done though. Keep some of these tips in mind the next time you need help creating a mediation area that will help you to focus and forget your troubles. You'll feel a lot better after!

What are some of your tips on creating a peaceful meditation area? Let us know in the comment section below!


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Crystals For Focus

It is astounding how many uses there are for crystals. Some work well for achieving balance, others for clearing away negativity or strengthening relationships, and a few for releasing old fears and moving forward. It seems there is a crystal for just about every emotion, ailment, and situation! They can be a wonderful addition to your day – especially if there is something specific you want to work on.

When it comes to focus, there are a number of crystals that can be of use. These are a few examples that can help you stay sharp and on task….

Amethyst. If you have wanted to add a new crystal to your collection lately, choose amethyst. It has so many uses, including an increased ability to focus. This works to create a sense of calm and help you achieve a clearer perspective. In turn, this makes it easier for you to focus on the task at hand – instead of your emotions.

Tigers Eye. Another great crystal to help improve your focus is tigers eye. This is a grounding stone that can help boost your ability to concentrate. It also works well at making you feel more confident and reducing feelings of anxiety. If that wasn’t enough, this crystal can also improve your intuition. Be sure to add this into your daily routine…especially when you need a little extra focus.

Clear Quartz. This is a must have if you are looking for a little extra focus on a specific project, either at work or during the school year. It creates a feeling of balance and will clear your mind of any unnecessary thoughts or emotions. Simply putting this on your desk or workspace can make a noticeable difference in your ability to concentrate. Give it a try to see for yourself!

Other Crystals for Focus: In addition to the three crystals listed above, there are a few others that can also be helpful. They include citrine, jade, amber, carnelian, and fluorite.

With the right crystal by your side, it can become easier to focus on what you really want. Add these to your home, office, or anywhere you need that extra boost.

What crystals do you use the most?

- Shannon

Monday, 7 August 2017

Focus Week

It's beautiful outside. The sun is shining, the weather is hot, and the sounds of summer are calling your name. How can you focus during a time like that? This week we are going to help you to focus! We've got crystals and affirmations for focus, how to focus during a meditation and how to set up your meditation area for success.  Make sure to come back and check it out! We have a lot of great material!

Upcoming Posts This Week:
Tuesday: Crystals For Focus
Wednesday: How to Set the Scene to Help You Focus
Thursday: How to Improve Focus During Meditation
Friday: Affirmations for Focus

- Amanda and Shannon