WEEKLY MALA MEDITATION: The Four Agreements (I)

May be an image of one or more people and text that says 'THE FOURAGREEMENTS: I. BE IMPECCABLE WITHYOUR YOUR WORD. I speak with integrity. •I I say only what I mean. •I avoid using the word to speak against myself or to gossip about others. •I I use the power of my word in the direction of truth and love. Don Miguel Ruiz & Bridge To Balance, LLC'

"The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz is the theme for our next four Mala Meditations. My therapist recommended this book to me years ago and it made such an impression that I gave it to everyone in my family for Christmas one year! 

In "The Four Agreements," the author highlights four leading principles for achieving a life of true happiness, freedom, and love. He believes that there are certain self-limiting beliefs that can rob us of joy and create unnecessary suffering. The principles are simple, yet applying them to everyday life is a true challenge. 

The first one is, “Be Impeccable With Your Word.” He summarizes this so well on the inside cover of his book that I give him full credit for his words in these affirmations: “Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.”

If you haven’t already read this book, I highly recommend it- the way he explains everything is so much more profound than this little snippet!

HOW TO USE YOUR MALA:
Starting next to the guru bead, move your fingers from one counting bead to the next as you say the affirmations in the photo. Once you’ve returned to the guru bead, you have completed a full meditation!

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!

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I have always wholeheartedly believed in the connection of mind, body, and spirit since as far back as I can remember. I was reminded about this connection at a very low point in my life which is what began my road to healing from emotional trauma, autoimmune conditions, and spiritual stagnancy. Once I began this path to healing, I learned so much that helped me in ways I never expected. I felt so strongly about all I learned that I wanted to share it with the world! As such, Bridge To Balance, LLC was born in the spring of 2019. I did every Reiki session for free for all of 2019 so that I could feel good about charging people for a quality session with an experienced practitioner starting in January of 2020. I also began making Malas because they helped me to meditate like nothing else I had ever tried before and they have been one of the biggest parts of my healing experience. The first week of March 2020, I moved my practice from my home to an office space with the intention to hold Reiki classes, sessions and shares, and Mala-making workshops. I was invited to participate in school wellness fairs, and was so looking forward to reaching more kids and families this way.

The second week of March, COVID shut everything down. I closed my office and brought everything back home. Life has taught me over and over that when circumstances we have no control over cause a drastic shift in our lives and plans, it becomes necessary to make new plans and evolve with the changes. I decided to use the time that everything shut down to continue on my path of self-healing, while also being accountable to Bridge To Balance completely through social media to help others as much as I could through this trying time. Doing this brought unexpected benefits to both myself and my children, and hopefully to many of you through my posts.

One of those unexpected benefits has been how much I’ve been healing physically, emotionally and spiritually, that the energy that had been sapped over the years began to return. I was reminded about a goal I had beginning around 2015 to go back to college for my Master’s degree. Because of my health issues and my children being so young, I put that dream off feeling like I wouldn’t have the energy to see it to fruition. My children were still very young and without a support system for them and being the primary support to my ailing mother, I not only put this dream on hold, but pretty much had given up on it altogether.

With my children growing older and becoming more independent, and with all the tools I have learned to keep myself healthy, I realized that this dream still has a chance! As it turns out, Bridge To Balance, LLC has been a stepping stone in my own healing. It made me accountable to all of you, which made me more accountable to myself since I can’t in good conscience try to inspire others with practices that I haven’t incorporated completely into my own life. I also began to realize that the services that I offer with my business would only be available to those who can afford it or who are specifically seeking out these types of healing modalities. I would like to reach people who can’t afford it, and who might not even know these things exist, and still be able to pay my bills and support my little family. I also realized that when trying to help people heal in different ways, you have to be so very careful and take a lot into consideration- things like, what types of traumas has this person experienced? What would be most helpful to them? What should I not say or do that could be triggering? This all reinforced my original dream of going back to school. I have so much more to learn to be able to help people the way I truly am called to do, and that means pursuing my Master’s degree in Social Work.

I’ve learned what I need to do to keep myself healthy, and that means listening to my body and prioritizing where I put my time and energy. As an only parent and beginning school full time for a very demanding program, I’ve had to make the difficult decision to let go of some things in order to set myself up for success with my two biggest priorities: my children, and getting the education I need for a fulfilling career helping others. For several years, I lead a peer-based grief support group for widowed people in our local area through an organization called Soaring Spirits International. This was a tough one for me to let go of, but I’m grateful to have been able to pass the torch to two very capable ladies, and the group is still thriving. Even though I’m not leading this group anymore, I will always be a willing resource for widowed people as I have for the past twelve years since the loss of my husband.

Another very difficult choice I had to make is to let go of what I had originally planned for Bridge To Balance, LLC. Though I will not have an office, provide sessions or classes, and am significantly limiting my online presence through social media both personally and professionally, I will continue to happily create Malas because this has become a big part of my self-care routine, and I will be offering them at a much more discounted rate since I won’t be depending on them to help sustain an income. You can still find me, my inspirational posts, and my handmade Malas through my site at www.andrearow.com. My first class in the Master’s program begins this Tuesday, and I’ll be immersed full-time with classes and internships beginning in August!

I am so very grateful to those who have supported my little business during this extremely challenging time in our world, and thankful for the trust you’ve put in me to inspire you all on your healing journey!

WEEKLY MALA MEDITATION: Forgiveness.

Being more forgiving of yourself makes it easier to be more forgiving of others. We are imperfect beings living imperfect lives, all here with the purpose to learn and grow. Growth doesn’t happen if you don’t make any mistakes! If you’re anything like me, sometimes you need to make the same mistake a few times before finally understanding the lesson! Instead of beating yourself up for it, take what was learned and then do better. When we can be gentle with ourselves in this way, it makes it easier to extend that compassion to others. 

HOW TO USE YOUR MALA:
Starting next to the guru bead, move your fingers from one counting bead to the next as you say the affirmations in the photo. Once you’ve returned to the guru bead, you have completed a full meditation!

May be an image of text that says 'FORGIVENESS •I can look at myself without judgment. •I I don't have to be perfect to be lovable. •It's okay to make mistakes. I forgive myself and will do the next right thing. I am always learning and growing We are all a work in progress. Bridge To Balance, LLC'

Words to live by!

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An exercise of being in the moment.


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WEEKLY MALA MEDITATION: Protecting Your Energy

Without realizing it, we absorb energy from other people and from our environment. This can be a good thing if we’re surrounded by loving people who are grounded and secure. However, we are living through a global pandemic, societal and economic challenges in addition to our own personal troubles, and this can all have energy-depleting effects that can negatively affect the state of our well-being. Don’t like the energy in the room? Be the light that brightens it up by projecting your loving energy! Here are some affirmations for protecting your energy, and recognizing what is your own versus what could be coming from someone else.
HOW TO USE YOUR MALA:
Starting next to the guru bead, move your fingers from one counting bead to the next as you say the affirmations in the photo. Once you’ve returned to the guru bead, you have completed a full meditation!

May be an image of one or more people and text that says 'PROTECTYOUR ENERGY. am in a protective bubble of white light where my energy is safe. I invite healing and loving energy into my bubble .I can remove myself if I don't feel safe. I'm aware when others are projecting their emotions onto me. I am conscious of the the energy I bring to others. Bridge To Balance, LLC'

Happy Mother's Day!


Sending Mother’s Day love to all the moms, step moms, moms-in-law, moms in heaven, pet moms, and the dads pulling double duty (hoping I didn’t leave anyone out)! This day is for you all!

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WEEKLY MALA MEDITATION - Practicing Acceptance.

The secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is instead of what you think it should be. We spend so much time thinking of the past or worrying about our future that we don’t spend enough time in the present, and when we are in the present, we tend to think about what would make our “present” better than what it is. Try not wishing things were different. To find true joy and peace with your life, practice acceptance for things as they are right now.

HOW TO USE YOUR MALA:
Starting next to the guru bead, move your fingers from one counting bead to the next as you say the affirmations in the photo. Once you’ve returned to the guru bead, you have completed a full meditation!
May be an image of text that says 'PRACTICINGACCEPTANCE I will begin with quiet awareness. I have all that I need in this very moment. I am grateful for the air filling my lungs and the ability to move. Love, compassion, and gratitude are flowing into my heart. •Iam am enough. Bridge To Balance LLC'

April 27, 2021

There was a time in my life when I gave to the point that there was nothing left for me. I’ve learned that by holding space for myself and giving more consciously, I have much more of quality to share.

May be an image of one or more people and text that says 'Just because you're a healer, a lover, a giver, a peacemaker...doesn' peacemaker. mean that you are obligated to heal, love, give, or share your peace with everyone. Learn to hold space for yourself so you don't invite the vampires into your sanctuary. Free LAmour @letsgetugli'

Super Pink Moon - April 26, 2021

Tonight will be one of only two Super Moons for 2021! Though it’s called the Super Pink Moon, it won’t actually look pink; it gets its name from the herb pink moss (also known as creeping phlox, moss phlox or mountain phlox) which is one of the earliest spring flowers appearing in the US according to the Farmer’s Almanac. How cool would it be if it really WAS pink?!
If you’re lucky to have clear skies for viewing, look for it on the eastern horizon!
Use the energy of the full moon to clear your healing crystals and stones, make some moon water, and take a few moments to really get the most out of this full super moon by meditating with its healing energy and setting intentions for the month ahead!

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WEEKLY MALA MEDITATION: The Four Agreements (IV)

This is week IV and the last week of our theme using the book, “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. This week, we’re focusing on the fo...