Feel sensational this season
Use summer’s vibrant impact on your senses to inspire calm, confidence and strength in all areas of your life
Get ready for your best summer yet – use this season's vibrant impact on your senses to inspire calm, confidence and strength
We often take them for granted, but our senses allow us to experience, understand and navigate the world, as well as feed our soul and enhance our wellbeing.
Our eyes help us see the beauty that surrounds us, our ears allow us to listen. Our nose lets us breathe in the scent of old memories and create new ones, our taste buds become aroused by different flavours, while our sense of touch allows us to feel emotions.
‘Our senses are interconnected and each one helps us to process our life experiences in a different way. Feeding the soul comes in many forms and, if one of our senses isn’t working fully, it can be a challenge to be our authentic selves,’ explains Sara Doone, founder of the Intuitive Pathway (theintuitivepathfinder.co.uk).
The warmer days and lighter evenings provide us with the perfect opportunity to get the most from our sensory system.
‘Our senses become heightened and we spend more time outside during these months. We actively connect with nature, grounding ourselves into the earth and disconnecting from phones, laptops and social media a little more,’ says Sara. ‘When we do this, we become more aware of the information our senses give us.’
From listening to a breeze wafting through the trees to savouring the taste of a ripe strawberry, summer is packed with moments that stimulate our sensory system and lift our mood.
‘These moments feel extra special because our senses are having the time to process life freely,’ adds Sara. Here we reveal how to use your senses this season so you can nourish your inner self, raising positive energy.
Listen for guidance
Noise constantly surrounds us. Listen carefully, however, and you will connect with the angels and hear the messages they communicate.
If you are feeling stressed, upset and worn out, it may be that some supportive words from the angels could help lift your mood.
‘One of the best ways we can connect with the angels is by using crystals,’ says Sara, who recommends celestite and selenite to tune into the angelic realm.
‘Find a comfortable space and hold your cleansed crystals in your hand. You’ll also need two ‘grounding’ crystals to help you remember the information you are being given. Use hematite when working with celestite, and garnets or silver with selenite. Place them at your feet, keep the intention in your mind that you wish to connect with the angelic realm, and receive their guidance. Visualise the energy of the crystal surrounding you and repeat the intention in your head or out loud.’
Angels communicate both the spoken word and intuitively, so listen intently to decipher what they say.
‘It’s a good idea to have a notebook to hand, so you can jot down any messages,’ adds Sara.
Heal with flowers
From morning dew to flowers in full bloom, summer is bursting with fresh scents that make you feel good. Studies show that aromas help reduce depression while further research demonstrates a link between using flower essences to lower stress and anxiety levels.
‘Every single flower essence has the ability to enhance our lives in some way,’ believes Sara.
Traditionally, flower essences are taken directly under the tongue or added to a glass of water, however diluted essences can also be splashed onto the body or sprayed in a room.
‘You can also spray flower essences directly into your auric field via an atomizer,’ says Sara. ‘This has the benefit of passing directly through your emotional body, which is where the problems you’re experiencing can reside.’
Our sense of touch is linked to wellbeing because when your skin is positively stimulated by contact with another human being it produces healing chemicals.
USE CRYSTALS TO LISTEN Celestite and selenite will help you to connect with the angelic realm for guidance
It’s thought that positive human touch affects the brain’s response to threatening situations. One study found that when married women, who perceived threat, held their husband hands, they experienced stress relief.
Healing therapies such as reflexology and reiki use the power of touch to release negative energy blocks, and you too can use touch to connect with your energy field – removing any lingering bad vibes and amplifying the positive energy that surrounds you.
Try this exercise, which taps into the energy centres within the palms of our hands, to supercharge your energy.
‘Bring your hands out in front of you, parallel to each other, about four inches apart,’ says Sara. ‘Then slowly start to bring your palms together, while paying attention to what you are experiencing and the sensations you are feeling. Begin to move your hands slowly outwards to about six inches apart, and repeat.’
You might have difficulty bringing your hands together or feel a little electric shock.
‘You may even feel an orb forming between the palms of your hands – this is your own energy that you are experiencing,’ adds Sara.
Now take that ball of energy, lift it to your face and breath it in, feeling it’s warmth travel to your chest and radiate outwards.
Love with sight
Whether you enjoy gazing at a clear starlit sky or feasting your eyes on a field full of colourful flowers, everywhere you look, summer is brimming with beauty to boost your mood.
Colour can affect your wellbeing, from lowering blood pressure and stress levels to giving you courage, focus and helping you let go of the past. This is because every colour has a unique light wavelength that we can tune into to rebalance different areas of our lives.
‘There are simple ways to bring the power of colour healing into our world,’ says Sara. ‘Pick up some different coloured wallpaper samples or choose items of clothing from your wardrobe. Take a moment to look at each colour that you feel drawn to and think about how it makes you feel. What sort of emotions come to mind? Once you’ve decided which colours you’d like to work with, try integrating them more into your life.’
Even small splashes of colour can make a difference to your emotions – yellows are uplifting, blue is calming, while red hues are empowering, green reduces anxiety and orange is stimulating.
‘If we choose to eat with the seasons, things definitely taste better – the sun-warmed strawberry in June will be infinitely sweeter than the one that’s come half way round the world at Christmas,’ says Sara.
Food is also central to the Indian philosophy of Ayurveda, where it’s divided into six different tastes – sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. Followers of Ayurveda believe that taste is important to both our physical and emotional being and each of these six tastes impacts health by way of the energetic properties each food transmits.
A main principle of the tradition is that when we sit down to meals we should acknowledge, appreciate and taste different flavours with gusto to maximise the positive effects of food on our body.
Use mealtimes to practice mindfulness and give thanks to the earth for nurturing the land that’s created your food.
FEEL THE BREEZE TO CLEANSE Take a walk and imagine the wind helping to blow stagnant energy away BOOST ENERGY WITH FLOWERS Try the Life Force Flower Essence Spray by Findhorn