Whenever I am going through a difficult time, I find myself time and time again drawn to one of my favorite stores: Earth Speak. For those of you who have never been there, it is a new age hippie shop smack dab in the middle of Kimberton. They have crystals, sage, books, candles- everything an incense burning love child like myself could desire.
Today Lilah and I drove there so I could get some crystals, sage, a feather, and five minutes of serenity. If you have never picked out crystals or stones, it is a really cool experience. Usually the piece you were meant to find sticks out like a sore thumb. You read the description of the energy it is supposed to work with and usually that shit applies. It directly connects in a way that is far beyond coincidence. At some point, I would love to use crystals therapeutically. I have used color meditations before, but never went full on crystal hippie on people. I think that is something I need to be more open to incorporating in my psychological practices with others and have less fear about people thinking I am bat shit crazy.
The earth and nature have so many incredible lessons to teach. We can connect with it in ways that we can feel, but never logically understand. I feel this when I am hiking, at the beach, or holding the right crystal during a meditation. There is something magical about the smell of burning herbs and essential oils that resonates with me in a way that feels calming, grounding, and peaceful. During times of turmoil, I try to make a more conscious effort to connect with the earth and connect with what is "real."
If you have never been to Earth Speak, you have GOT to check it out.