• #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} A Bronzite Stone is a protective and grounding mineral that helps to restore harmony in your life. It strengthens your self-confidence and self-esteem, especially in situations where you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or powerless. Bronzite healing properties help to alleviate any feelings of doubt or indecisiveness. This particular bronzite meaning makes this a very beneficial stone to use when considering plans for the future.

Bronzite stones help you to take responsibility for your actions, while balancing, grounding and stabilizing your energy body in the process. Bronzite healing properties not only repel, but send back the negative energies to the sender. They instill the inner strength and courage to follow through with your actions to pave way for your dreams to come true.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} A Selenite wand (pictured) is the ideal energy tool for all types of energy cleansing. Everyone needs one in their home. It is one of the the very few minerals that has the ability to quickly unblock stagnant energy and remove negative energy. Place one on each of your windowsills to protect your space and raise its vibration. Selenite crystals also greatly magnify the energy of anything that is placed upon them. Place your tumbled stones on top of them to clear their energy. 💎
Selenite is one of our must-have crystals—it’s one that we both wear each and everyday. It is a mineral that holds a very, very high vibration, working on many different energetic levels to cleanse, purify and clear your body of any negativity or energy blockages. Selenite crystals dispel all negative energy from the body and mind, bringing calming energies, deep peace and mental clarity.
Unknown to many, Selenite also promotes fertility as well as unlocks any creative blocks. It is excellent for healers, light workers and people in the public to wear, as they act as an energetic shield surrounding your aura. Some even believe that its' natural ability to cleanse, purify and create energy flow throughout the entire energy system will help to restructure and regenerate cells. It is often used in holistic medicine treatments for physical healing, including cancer treatment and tumor reduction. 💎
Wearing a selenite necklace also shields and protects you from lower energy frequencies, especially energy vampires, spirits or ghosts. Selenite is a form of liquid light that infuses your aura and spirit with white light when worn or held.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} An Andalusite stone is very powerful for psychic protection, grounding and motivation. Carry it with you when you are feeling anxious, stressed or fearful to help you feel more secure and protected.

Since ancient times, Andalusite stones have been used for protection. They believed that the Andalusite meaning as a sign from God, as it has a very unique, natural black cross within it. Andalusite stones carry a very highly protective vibration, especially for psychic protection. In ancient times, it was used to ward off the evil eye and any negativity directed at them. An Andalusite Stone is a powerful healing stone for focus and grounding, helping to strengthen all of your chakras so that you feel more balanced. It increases your motivation and willpower, so that you are fully focused on your task or goal. The andalusite metaphysical properties include having a deep connection with the Earth. When you hold these stones in your hands, you will feel a spiritually grounding and comforting energy. It helps you to change any negative energy into positive, fostering harmony and peace. Andalusite stones are also wonderful stones to carry when you are feeling fearful, depressed, anxious or stressed, as it helps to relieve stress and leaves you feeling more secure. 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Peacock Ore’s (also called Chalcopyrite) rainbow color surrounds you with light to inspire positivity. It is a stone of creativity, innovation and blessings that helps to increase creative energies and stimulate new ideas. Hold it in your hands and say: Negative energy will not enter my space. I am surrounded by light and peace. This will amplify its properties for peace and protection.

Chalcopyrite is a wonderful meditation stone because it breaks up energy blockages to open up the crown chakra. It is also believed to be one of the strongest healing stones in the mineral kingdom, as it has the ability to align every chakra when placed upon it. Using it in body layouts causes a transformative experience that removes negative energy and replaces it with strong, positive energy. Meditating with them on a regular basis increases your intuition and helps you to become more in tune with the universe. It is also said to help us overcome the idea of “perfection,” encouraging us to embrace who we are and accept ourselves. 💎 
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Black Tourmaline is one the ultimate protection crystals. If you are looking to clear, cleanse and unlock any energy blockages in your home, place a piece of Black Tourmaline in each of the 4 corners of the room or at the 4 corners of your property. This creates a protective shield of energy to ensure that no negative and harmful energy permeates your space. The human body is constantly bombarded with positive and negative energies. When you come in contact with people everyday, you often pick up some of their energy. To maintain a balanced mind, body and spirit, you want to make sure that your energy is 100% your own, so knowing how to remove negative energy from your energy field is key. 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} One of the oldest stones on the planet, Shungite is a must-have for any crystal collection. All gemstones have healing qualities, but in the case of this super stone, the unique purifying and cleansing properties of shungite make it unlike any of the other protection crystals. Found only in Russia, shungite has been a source of healing since long before the discovery of fullerenes within the stone. The natural fullerenes within this carbon dense stone have the ability to reduce the concentration of free radicals. That's why we always recommend setting shungite protection properties on your desk, to shield against the free radicals cast off by your tech devices. It's also great to place shungite in a glass of water to create a healing elixir. The high-carbon content within shungite acts as a filter. Modern water filtration systems use active charcoal carbon for the same reason. In Karelia, Russia, where shungite is found, they've been using shungite in their water for centuries! 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Black Onyx is one of the best crystals for protection because it facilitates better decision making. In connecting with a black onyx protection crystal, you can work to shield your energy from regressing into negative habits or patterns. It's ideal for releasing tension, and guides you to find grounding within. Use black onyx to find stability during times of turmoil in your relationships. The self-confidence this stone imbues you with comes from that sense of balance within. It will encourage you to pursue your dreams without fear. Wear it as protection crystal jewelry and always have a bodyguard to shield your inner spirit from unwanted intrusions. 💎 
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Energy is your most precious human resource. Your energy makes you, you. Your physical energy, emotional energy, mental energy and spiritual energy all contribute to how you feel and show up to your life on a day to day basis. 
Your mind, body and spirit are constantly bombarded with positive and negative energies. Even when you do your best to maintain a positive mindset, you are still susceptible to the energies of others and your surroundings. When your co-worker or loved one is stressed, you may pick up that energy and take it on as your own. If you walk into a room where an argument just occurred, your energy field picks up the energetic residue left in the space. This is why it’s of utmost importance to prioritize protecting your energy.

When you feel safe, secure and energized on all levels, you just feel good. You are grounded, calm and able to make better decisions. Your performance at work sky rockets. Your relationships become easier. And your home feels like a safe, harmonious haven.

So what can you do to protect your energy? That’s where crystal energy comes into play. Throughout this week on the @ecobeautyeditor feed, you’ll learn what crystals are best for protection of your space and your energy.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK This week’s @ecobeautyeditor feed will be guest edited by Heather and Timmi from (my all-time favourite) crystal house, @energymuse The women are going to be talking about crystals for energy protection — one of the most overlooked health and wellness subjects on the planet IMO. We are actually first and foremost energetic beings, so it makes complete sense that we would need to put certain protocols in place to protect (and nourish) our energy reserves. If you’re a crystal lover like me, stay tuned to find out what ones Heather and Timmi recommend, and why.
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Maria Boznovska, Living Gratefully

March 7, 2018
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Maria Boznovska is an author, motivational speaker; thought leader and inspirational woman behind the highly engaged Facebook page Live Gratefully. But it wasn’t always that way.

After years of hardship and turmoil, Maria found her purpose in becoming grateful and has dedicated her life to finding blessings in the hardships—and inspiring others to do the same through her introspective discoveries, thought-provoking poetry and lead-by-example journey.

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Maria Boznovska shared her story with me...

How was Live Gratefully born?

The idea of Live Gratefully was literally conceived sitting in a cafe in Bondi Junction in Sydney, Australia. A gorgeous little vegan cafe with amazing food and equally amazing coffee. I was sitting there having lunch with my adult children and just sharing my feelings and perspective on all things  called “life”. Above the coffee machine was a chalk board with perhaps 50 or so words written on it, in no particular order. In fact, quite ramdomly placed in the same small font. Looking at it when we first walked in, all the words seemd scambled and no one word particularly stood out over another.

I shared with my children an idea I had for some time which was to create a public facebook page where I could blog, write posts and share poetry which would help me navigate my journey through life. It was a public diary, which would enable me to find my voice and express my feelings.

Having experienced excruciating painful circumstances throughout my life including being overweight and body image issues as a teenager, divorce after 24 years of marriage, miscarriage and depression, writing enables me to give voice to these feelings.

Writing takes me to a place of peace, serenity and unconditional love. Having experienced excruciating painful circumstances throughout my life including being overweight and body image issues as a teenager, divorce after 24 years of marriage, miscarriage and depression, writing enables me to give voice to these feelings.

I was reflecting with my children that despite my past, how grateful I was for my life. In fact, my decision was to embrace life and continue to live gratefully and enjoy each moment. For a split second I looked over to the board, two words stuck out from the chalk board and they were Live and Gratefully. And that’s how the name was created. The blosomming of a new found passion and purposeful living.

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What experiences did Maria Boznovska “the mother” have that brought you to the moment of awakening and change?

I’ve always felt the need to be the perfect mother. I always aimed to be the “perfect” of everything; wife, daughter, employer, friend, sister and more. I understand the whole struggle of wanting to give everything to your children and to everyone you love. In doing so, I neglected my self care and this impacted my happiness.

As I continued to focus on the big picture, I continued to lose sight of my simple needs to stay healthy and happy as I was too busy trying to please everyone else. What I realised is  my children just wanted a mum who is happy. And so the realisation that happiness begins with “me” awakened.

It was the awakening before the awakening that ultimately I was responsible for my own happiness and that the buck stopped with me. It didn’t matter what my past was. What mattered was what I did from here on and that I had a free will and the power of choice. I could chose how I wanted to live my life and could create what I always imagined it to be. A new sense of freedom was born.

Why do you think women, generally, have to be able to do it all and be everything to everyone?

It’s the culture we live in, societal expectation and our own imposition to be all things to all people. Everything in life is determined by our decision to live out of fear or to live out of love. When you live out of fear, as I had done in the past, you are forever trying to please others to gain their love. And so I lived my life in this way, because ultimately I craved the love I had failed to give myself. I like most people aimed to be the perfect person for fear that I will be judged as being less than perfect and not good enough and ultimately be unloved.

maria boznovskaWhat changed for you when you began to put some of your needs first?

Everything changed from that moment on. A huge lifting of burden off my shoulders that I had been carrying around for most of my life. This year I turned 49—now that’s a long time to be carrying a burden of expectation.

Ultimately I can choose how to live my life and am not defined by my past. Self care allowed me to return to “myself”, to acknowledge and awaken my dreams. To consider and honour what are my highest values and make a decision to live in accordance with that even though it will displease those around me. In fact, it has been those around me that have struggled to deal with my growth.

Putting my needs first has enabled me to find the energy, the comfort and the hope to keep engaging with life and to embrace who I am and who I chose to be, despite the challenges I face. Life is an evolution and our growth is a process of our journey.

What advice would you give to others who might be going through a particularly difficult time?

It takes courage, energy and ongoing commitment to your self care which supports you and enables you to keep turning towards life, especially when faced with challenging situations. This may seem like a difficult thing to do at first and often we feel guilty when focusing on our own needs and our happiness.

Living a conscious life for me seemed more difficult in the short term as it was easier to follow popular culture, easier to follow the latest fads and diets, easier to please those around me in order to keep the peace, easier to stay in the friends circle even though I could see we were walking different paths, easier to remain in an unpleasant marriage for fear that I wouldn’t be able to survive on my own.

It takes courage, energy and ongoing commitment to your self care which supports you and enables you to keep turning towards life, especially when faced with challenging situations.

Rather what I have experienced is that when I reached a certain commitment to myself, it actually became easier to live a conscious life of following my heart and what makes me happy than what I expected it to be. Making conscious what makes me feel good and happy, enables me to recover and face adversity during challenging times. It is a reminder of my strengths and individuality, my right to enjoy life and the greater awareness that I am a better person by doing what is right for me. By staying true to myself, indeed I am happier and this reflects in my relationship first and foremost with myself, my children, my family, my friends and others.

My advice is for you to make that commitment to yourself too . And as you do you will find that you are willing to give the amount of energy and attention to your simple needs whether they be physical, emotional and spiritual as necessary without apology or regret. Without embracing this commitment wholeheartedly, there is no connection to yourself and it isn’t your life that you are living, rather someone elses.

The more in touch you are with yourself, the less likely you are to people please and deny your needs for the sake of pleasing others by conforming to their expectations. Find courage and strength to embrace who you are and in the process illuminate your ideas, energy and uniquiness to the world. It’s what we are here on this earth to do. We all have special gifts to share with the world and it starts with each of us accepting, embracing and honouring who we are.

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As a coach, how do you help women find and awaken their true selves?

Life is a matter of perspective. There is no one size fits all. The key to a great teacher is one who provides a safe space that helps the client to determine their own truth rather than impose the values and systems of a culture and society. Understanding this takes the pressure off and the need to follow “one way” to be happy.

I adopt this principle and help my clients  awaken their unique selves by encouraging, supporting, facilitating a process whereby they can explore, understand and determine their own truth by tapping into their internal resources.

Everything we need, we already have; all the answers, all the questions, all the knowledge exists within each of us.

If someone wants to find out more about Maria Boznovska coaching and mentoring services, where should they go?

Feel free to contact me through email or my Facebook and website. Also through my PR in relation to keynote speaking, panels, media interviews. You can also receive my weekly Letter of Love: Note to Self here.

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