It might feel like yesterday that you opened your eyes and it was 2022, but – can you believe it – 6 months have already passed! Maybe you have worked ferociously towards ticking off your New Year’s resolutions, or maybe they are a work in progress. Perhaps you forgot about them on January 2nd and never looked back. In any case, it’s ok! Every moment is new, and is a chance to align with the cosmos, harness the power of the planetary energies and make plans for how you can learn and grow more.
So let’s be kind to ourselves and see what we can do in the rest of the year to enhance our quality of life.
6 Tips to Align Yourself with the Cosmos in the coming 6 Months
1. Take the Plunge - Learn Something New
How many times have you wanted to learn something new, but never quite got round to it? Maybe the excuses set in – “it’s too late,” “my memory isn’t what it used to be” or “I don’t have the time”. Just hold that thought for a minute! There are 1440 minutes in a day, and regardless of our stage in life, dedicating a few of those minutes to learning something new is absolutely doable when we are able to manage our time well. We all know the saying – it’s never too late.
Maybe you have wanted to learn a language or dancing or cooking. Perhaps you would like to dive deeper and learn more about Vedic astrology. You can take a course to learn about the planets, houses, signs and nakshatras (lunar mansions), so you can understand more about your own birth chart, and in the process, gain a deeper understanding of yourself.
Did you know that some days are particularly powerful for you to begin learning something new? Look into the Find Dates section of align27 to choose the astrologically best day to start your learning journey.
2. Practise the Magic of Mantras
Mantras are sound frequencies in the universe which bring healing and harmony to your body, mind and soul. Different mantras carry the vibrations of specific deities, which each represent a natural force or energy. When we chant that specific mantra, we invoke that energy and can harness it in our life.
In the Rituals section, align27 tells you which mantra is good for you to chant on specific days, based on your own birth chart and the current planetary transits. You can also choose to chant a mantra based on what you feel is needed in your life at a particular time. Here are three simple mantras you could choose from. It is recommended to chant it 108 times.
‘Aum Namah Shivaya’
Om is the primordial sound of creation, Na is earth, Ma is water, Shi is fire, Va is wind or air and Ya is space or sky, so this mantra contains all the elements that exist in creation. You can chant it at any time to balance any challenging planetary effects.
‘Aum Gam Ganapataye Namaha.’
To clear your path of difficulties or when beginning a new project, chant the mantra of Ganesha, the Lord of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune, and remover of obstacles.
‘Aum Aim Saraswatye Namaha’
Saraswati is the Goddess of learning, knowledge, art, music, language and technology. You can chant this mantra when you are about to learn something new.
3. Vastufy your Living Space
Planetary and solar energies, directional forces, and the five elements – earth, water, air, fire and space – all have an impact on our home and how it feels to be in it. When your home is aligned with nature’s forces, then it is a harmonious space to be in and is connected with your luck, prosperity and success. This is what is explained in the ancient science of Vastu.
Why not dedicate a month of the year to creating harmony in your home with the power of Vastu? Using the vastufy app is an easy way to align your home with these forces. When you put the floor plan of your house into the app, it gives you suggestions based on your property to improve your Vastu score.
Did you know each direction has a selection of colors which can bring about the positive effects from that direction? They are based on which element the direction is governed by. vastufy will tell you, amongst other things, which color to use in a room to enhance the positive energy of the space. It will also advise on placement of furniture, fragrances for a space and which music to play to rectify energy imbalances and create harmony.
4. Align your Life with Cosmic Timing
Have you experienced days in the past 6 months where you woke up feeling like a cosmic black cloud is sitting above your head, and you needed a fork-lift truck to hoist you out of bed? Other days you bounced out of bed feeling positive, and completed your morning routine and the day’s tasks with ease.
Planetary transits are affecting us all the time. For example, when the Moon transits the 8th House from your Ascendent or Moon, your mind is likely to experience some churning, which can make it difficult to think straight or act constructively, and can take you away from your center. If the Moon transits your Yogi Point – a longitudinal point in the Zodiac that can bring you prosperity – there is potential for you to gain extra blessings and luck during that time.
align27 calculates all your power moments and low-energy moments based on the planetary transits which affect you individually. All you have to remember is to use those Green Days and Golden and Productive Moments to nail those important calls, emails and meetings, and use your Red Days and Silence Moments more for inner exploration and meditation. It’s not that some times are ‘better’ than others – it’s just that different times are suited to different activities. Getting in tune with this flow of the cosmos will help you get the best from every day. Why not follow it fully for a month and see the difference it makes?
5. Improve your Sleep with Yoga Nidra
Did you start your year with the aim of going to bed earlier and waking up at the crack of dawn? How have you actually slept in the past six months? As busy schedules, Netflix and social media keep us awake later than ever, lack of sleep is a common problem in the modern day. But after a night of tossing and turning it can be difficult to function at a minimum, nevermind having the motivation to reach our goals. Grogginess, irritability, not feeling yourself – all are signs of lack of sleep.
In Vedic astrology, the 12th house represents sleep and regeneration. If it is negatively impacted it can cause loss of sleep and loss of resources. An excellent remedy for your 12th house is Yoga Nidra. This practice also uplifts your mind (the Moon).
During Yoga Nidra you lie flat on your back and are guided to bring your attention to different parts of your body, maintaining awareness as you move into a deep state of relaxation. You can give it a go with a guided Yoga Nidra on the Sattva Meditation and Mantras app.
This process not only induces a state of conscious rest, it also leads to reduced stress, calming of the nervous system and better health. The pineal gland is activated, which releases the antioxidant hormone, melatonin. It can help greatly to induce restful sleep, and can even be practiced when lying in your bed at night. Just press play and let it guide you into a restful slumber.
6. Give with Good Feeling
How much time and energy have you given to others in the past six months? Without self judgment and without making excuses, take a moment to reflect. Then consider how you can be useful in the rest of 2022.
There is a simple and well known equation – the more you give, the more you get. Those who practice service know that it brings a lot of energy and satisfaction – though when done genuinely and selflessly it is done without the expectation of getting anything in return.
But giving, whether donating money or offering your time, is a skill. And the intention that goes with giving is important. As Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, “The feeling with which you sow the seeds of your actions, will reap the same kind of results.”
So in the process of giving to a person or cause, do so with the intention that the time or money you have offered brings health and happiness to people and the planet. The good vibes will surely come back to you, one way or another.
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