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4 Tips to Make Your Mornings Magical

Mornings can be magical!

It is so easy to have your alarm go off, grab your phone, roll out of bed, get coffee, get cranky, and then wonder why your day went the way it did.
Especially after during this wacky pandemic! 

If you are looking to put some magic into your mornings or your kids are going back to school like mine are and you need a magical morning routine then this post is for you!

I used to hate mornings.

That means I know things have to be quick, easy, and fun in the morning in order for me to do them.

These tips will help you feel guided, sparkly, intuitive, and free-spirited!

If you have more to add, please share in the comments and spread the magical morning love!

4 Tips to Make Your Mornings Magical

  1. Ask for Guidance
    • Before you get out of bed, even before you open your eyes, you can ask for guidance from the divine. You can connect with God, Universe, Spirit, Mother Earth, or any other way you address a higher power or force. Then simply ask: “Can you please guide me, help me, lead me, move me, show me?” Any variation or all of those. Then stay open to receiving guidance during the day.
  2. Sun Breath or Solar Breath
    • Also called the Pingala Nadi Breath. Your right nostril is connected to the solar nadi (or channel) in your subtle energy body which is associated with vitality plus masculine and warming energy. Use the first two fingers on your left hand to close your left nostril. Begin breathing deeply through your right nostril. Practice for 3 rounds or 1 or 3 minutes. Then release the left nostril and breathe deeply through both nostrils. Pause and notice how you feel. This breath is featured in my Free Spirit Guidebook.
  3. Pick an animal guide for the day.
    • You can use the printable animal guide oracle cards that come as a bonus with my Free Spirit Guidebook to shuffle and pick a card as shown in the video. You can also ask for an animal to show up during your day or for the name or vision of one to pop into your mind. Once you see or think of one, then look up the meaning and energy associated with that animal and figure out how that energy can help you in your life right now.
  4. Sun Salutations.
    • Face east and greet the sun! Moving your body is a great way to start your day. It helps you get out of your head and release stress. If you are not familiar with Sun Salutations then simply watch this video I made a while back sharing different variations to get your morning started right. ***For a simple pick me up you can stand with your palms touching in front of your heart, inhale and lift your arms overhead, exhale and fold forward and touch or reach for your toes (bend your knees slightly), then inhale and roll all the way up, and finish with your palms back at your heart. Do this 3 times and start your day!

Just picking one of these things to do each morning will help make your morning magical!

Holistic Happy Hour

Right after quarantine started here in the States, I was invited to be a contributor to a new weekly YouTube show called, Holistic Happy Hour.

This has been a fun way to share the lessons from my Free Spirit Guidebook!

Each week you get to go on a journey with a variety of holistic practitioners to discover methods for connecting to your inner wisdom and power!

Each week you receive a mix of the following in less than an hour:

  • Astrological guidance
  • Plant medicine
  • Breathing techniques
  • Chakra meditations
  • Emotional frequency tapping
  • Ancestral healing
  • and more!

There is a new theme each week based on the astrological forecast but the lessons are timeless.

The intention of each episode is to rejuvenate your spirit and reconnect with your higher purpose while bringing balance and harmony to your body, mind, and soul.

It is like a free healing session each week!

You can check out the latest episodes by clicking the links below:

Surrender to Grief

Financial Well-Being

Intuition

Vibrational Frequency

Easing Anxiety

Get Grounded

Detox

Choose Love

Healthy Anger

Release Into The Unknown

Inner Power

Spiritual Compass

28-Day Reset

You can follow along with the lessons in my Free Spirit Guidebook!

Herbal Allies for Energy Clearing: Guest Post

We are just about halfway through 2020 and our lives are filled with unrest and uncertainty. I feel like it is the perfect time to clear your space with smoke.

If you are like me, you have never been in your home this much for this long, It is time to get rid of any stagnant and negative energy that is hanging around. This will help you shift your energy for the rest of 2020.

In my Free Spirit Guidebook there is a lesson called Clearing your Space with Smoke and Sound.

In this lesson, I suggest that you create an intention or an affirmation to use as you walk around your space.

Some examples are:

  • “Help me clear this space from old, stagnant energy.”
  • “With my intention and this smoke, I clear this space of any negative energy.”

I reached out to my favorite herbalist, Kimberly Kling of Joyful Roots, to help take this lesson even deeper.

I hope you enjoy learning about new herbs to use to clear your space!

Smoke cleansing has been used by many cultures over thousands of years, in both ceremonies and daily life. Also called “smudging” in some cultures, smoke cleansing is done by burning bundles of aromatic dried plants and washing the smoke over a person’s body or throughout a room.

Some of the more well-known plants used for ceremonial smoke cleansing by a variety of cultures are white sage, sweetgrass, juniper, and palo santo. However, there are many other herbs that we can choose which may be more appropriate to our own cultural heritage or be more readily available.

I love making herb bundles from my own garden. There are three herbs which are relatively easy to grow, are commonly found, and make beautiful smoke medicine.

Rosemary

Native to the Mediterranean region, Rosemary is surprisingly hardy and can be grown in many climates. She is one of the oldest herbs for incense and has been used since the time of the early Greeks and Romans (and possibly before that) as an adornment crown to help with memory during examinations. Interestingly, we now know that the essential oils found in Rosemary can be absorbed quickly through the sinus cavity and are absorbed into your bloodstream. Science has confirmed that memory recall is significantly improved with the medicine of Rosemary in your body!

Rosemary is associated with the goddess Aphrodite, and also is considered a plant which protects against evil spirits. Most notably though, it is an herb associated with remembrance. When using Rosemary smoke medicine, she will aid you in cleansing negative energies, help bring forth memories, and also serve as a connection to your ancestors.

Garden Sage

Many species of Salvia (Latin name for sage) are used for smoke cleansing, but good old garden sage is the easiest to come by and still makes for beautiful smoke medicine! It is said that sage removes the energies that stick to you like barnacles. Ancient people burned dried sage in temples and during religious rituals; this is still done today.

Tenth-century Arab physicians said that sage brought immortality and health. It has also been attributed to financial abundance. Used in smoke cleansing, sage has a powerful effect on removing positive ions (carbon dioxide molecules stripped of an electron) from the air, which have been shown to have a negative effect on your body when exposed to them in excess. Sage is wonderful for meditation as well.

Rose

This is probably not a plant you would think of for use in smoke cleansing, but this beautiful flower is a delightful addition to your herb bundles not only for its magic but also for its beauty! Rose is a powerful symbol of love, but it doesn’t stop there. She reminds us of the duality of living here on Earth, showing us that sweetness and beauty can coexist with the sharper aspects of life.

As smoke medicine, rose petals have also been used historically for meditation and for promoting peace. Use the petals to place throughout your herb bundle for pops of color. Rose can offer us sweetness, love, and yet protection – reminding us that it is easier to walk with an open heart when we give ourselves a little shield.


A slight note of caution, not all herbs are safe to burn, so please make sure you are 100% sure of the plant you are using in your herb bundle and that it is safe for smoke medicine.

I hope that this information has encouraged you to try making your own herb bundles or experiment with plants other than the ones you may be most familiar with using. If you do make your own bundles, don’t forget to enjoy the aroma and texture of the plant as you work with your hands and then imbue your bundle with a little blessing. This aspect of creating herb bundles is powerful as well!

If you want to be surprised with a freshly handcrafted, extremely high-quality, totally original, love-infused herbal wellness creation delivered right to your mailbox each month then check out Kimberly’s Monthly Plant Magic Membership!

Kimberly Kling is the Creatrix behind Joyful Roots, a botanical wellness brand located in Southern Arizona. Kimberly is committed to offering small-batch, 100% natural body-care and soul-care products that nourish our bodies, respect the Earth, and empower us into greater well-being. In reciprocity to Mama Earth, every purchase from Joyful Roots website over $10 plants a tree!

A Resource Guide for White People to Become Racial Justice Allies

(All illustrations are from https://www.instagram.com/shirien.creates/)
(All illustrations are from https://www.instagram.com/shirien.creates/)

A RESOURCE GUIDE FOR WHITE PEOPLE TO BECOME RACIAL JUSTICE ALLIES

(These were all recommended to me. I have not read and watched them all yet. I have started by getting on email lists, making phone calls, following the people and organizations below on social media, sharing on social media, starting conversations with both my white and black friends.)

What to read:

Articles:

I need to talk to spiritual white women about white supremacy (Part One)

I need to talk to spiritual white women about white supremacy (Part Two)

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack Peggy McIntosh

Anti-racism Resources

For Our White Friends Desiring To Be Allies

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup

When I needed you to speak up

How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change by Barack Obama

New Era of Public Safety: An Advocacy Toolkit for Fair, Safe, and Effective Community Policing

Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true.

Books:

Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad (This is what I am currently reading – Feel free to read along with me.)

Antagonist, Advocates and Allies: The Wake Up Call Guide for White Women Who Want to Become Allies with Black Women by Catrice M Jackson

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US by Lenny Duncan

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jenkins

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge  

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson Ph.D.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 

UNDERSTANDING AND DISMANTLING RACISM: A BOOKLIST FOR WHITE READERS

Young Adult and Children’s Books:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (YA book)

A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners

31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

A Diverse #SummerReading List For Kids

Who to follow:

People:

Ally Henny

Layla Saad

Rachel Cargle

The Great Unlearn

Brittany Packnett Cunningham

Sonya Renee Taylor

Desiree Adaway

Rachel Ricketts

Shaun King

Catrice M. Jackson

Ibram X. Kendi

Dr. Tee Williams

Robin DiAngelo

Organizations:

The Conscious Kid

Black Lives Matter

Color of Change

Antiracism Center

Teaching Tolerance

Intersection for Mankind

No White Saviors

#8cantwait

Obama.org

What to listen to and watch:

Code Switch podcast on NPR

1619 Podcast from the New York Times

13th Documentary on Netflix

Systemic Racism Explained (4 minute animated video)

10 Documentaries To Watch About Race Instead Of Asking A Person Of Colour To Explain Things For You

Shop Black-Owned Businesses Online:

Len’s Kitchen

From Granny’s Kitchen

Arizona:

Black-Owned Restaurants Phoenix Metro Area


This is by no means a comprehensive list but it is a good starting place for people looking to become actively anti-racist.

Within each resource are a ton of other resources.

I am just delving into all of these too so don’t feel overwhelmed.

Pick one and start there.

What has been amplified for me recently is how tired black people are from having to stand up for themselves and help white people figure out what to do next. Take the time to educate yourself.

(All illustrations are from https://www.instagram.com/shirien.creates/)

Free Spirit Guidebook Lessons to Help:

Here are a few adapted lessons from my Free Spirit Guidebook to help you cope with the emotions that come up moving forward.

Letter to Your Younger Self: I want you to think of yourself back in grade school when you learned about Civil Rights. Most likely you were outraged and thought that if you had been alive at the time that you would have marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Unfortunately, the racism and oppression is still occurring. Look for ways to support the current issues and BIPOC. Make your younger self proud while making a difference in the world.

Working with Your Runners: If you feel overwhelmed by all of this and don’t know where to start, ask your runners for help. Runners are like your energetic guides who help you find things faster. Ask them to find the best path for you to be an anti-racist ally.

Working with your Breath: When you start doing this work, a lot of fear and uncomfortable feelings are going to come up. Allow them to come up. Taking deep breaths will help you move through these feelings. Pause. Close your eyes and consciously breath deeply. Inhaling and exhaling through the nose. Feel the belly and ribcage expand on each inhale and draw it back in on the exhale. If your heart is racing, you might like to exhale out of your mouth.

If you would like to see more added, please comment below or email me at hello@kerryburki.com.

If you are a Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color, I am sorry that I have not helped you carry the burden more.

I am committing to educating myself and becoming anti-racist.

Shift your Energy Higher with Breath of Fire

Feeling overwhelmed, sad, or confused?

Try doing Breath of Fire with me for one minute to help you shift your energy to a higher vibration.

This breath also helps strengthen your nervous system to respond to stress with greater ease, increases lung capacity, energy, and endurance.

Learn more about this breath in my Free Spirit Guidebook!

Practice repeating the above affirmation from my Free Spirit Guidebook each time you practice Breath of Fire.

*Please note that it is not recommended to do this breath during pregnancy or menstruation. Also, avoid if you are prone to vertigo or have high blood pressure.