Each November I practice a form of Mindfulness that I describe as living in the energy of Gratitude.
For the entire month, I wake up each morning expressing my thankfulness for people, places and things in my life. I challenge myself to find different, unique and new things to be grateful for each day, never to repeat the same ones for the 30 days of November. I continue with this state of mind ("be-ing" ) all day and end the evening reflecting upon how many things I have to be grateful for each day. This is what I describe as Level One of my practice.
Level Two is when I reach out to people in my life (during the entire month) and have a direct conversation with them, thanking them for being in my life and explaining to them what I appreciate, love and respect about them. I engage in this practice for the entire month of November and it often shocks people, as I share my thoughts and feelings with every person I see each day, from a clerk at the store, to a good friend, a stranger...
As we gather around the table at Thanksgiving, we are offered this opportunity to celebrate:
We symbolize ABUNDANCE in the dinner feast (BODY) and express our GRATITUDE (MIND) to those seated around the table. The REFLECTION (SPIRIT) comes from looking back at this year at what we have experienced and how we have grown.
Given the chaos of 2020, many people think we've never seen such tough and challenging times like these. I think history repeats itself and there have been situations throughout the centuries here on earth where we've been rocked to our core and asked to find our inner strength and rise again.
Perhaps you've read this piece before, many of you might connect with it for the first time. It was written 100 years ago and I think the advice bears repeating again, as it is a timely today as it was then.
Here's a small sample from this poem...
..."You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should".
It's called Desiderata, a poem written by Max Ehrmann.
Ever wonder why cauldrons are featured so prominently during Halloween and associated with witches? Maybe you're 'engaging' in this magical practice and didn't even know that you are!
You may be thinking, what are you talking about Kala? I don't use a cauldron, how am I part of this magical old world practice?
Sure back in the day, meaning way back in the day centuries ago, cast iron cauldrons were the pot used to cook over an open fire.
I mean once upon a time, the cast iron cauldron was the Instant Pot of its day!
But the way we cook has evolved over time and rarely are cauldrons used to cook with, except maybe while camping out as seen in the old western movies with a pot of beans roasting over the fire.
So why are cauldrons still represented today with magic?
The reason is that cauldrons are a symbolic shape and tool. They represent the energy of the Divine Feminine. The shape is round and nurturing and represents that good things come from within, symbolizing...
Greetings Fellow Traveler, it's me again, your travel guide to the other side popping in for a quick chat. What's on my mind today, you ask?
Well, mostly my thoughts are that it's almost Halloween, a time of fun, mystery and magic!
I can't talk about books and spirits and psychic ability and interpreting your dreams and reading auras and intuitive interior decor all the time, can I?
Actually I can and I love to do it, but it's also important to take the time to laugh a little and enjoy the sweet things that life has to offer. So let's explore a little of that shall we...
On that note, two years ago, (pre-covid) to visit the World of Harry Potter at Universal in Orlando and can I just say - Amazing! I could not LOVE J.K. Rowling's books anymore than I already do and I was a little worried that it wouldn't be able to be portrayed well in a theme park atmosphere, but I was more than pleasantly surprised. It's wonderful, I didn't want to leave, it's so magical I...
I love decorating for Halloween, starting with the entrance to my home. This year it's challenging in a new way, as I'm in a condo, where there are some restrictions of what I'm allowed to do and I don't have a yard to play around with. I do have a landing though where I've been able to decorate.
The video above shows the area where I have some outdoor furniture on the landing and the photo here shows the entrance. No matter how much space you have or don't have, there's always a creative way to make some seasonal fun, that you and visitors will enjoy. Even my UPS delivery guy tells me he loves seeing the changes I've done as he delivers throughout the seasons.
Here's a few pictures of what's new. My ghost girls are still floating around, if you remember pictures from other seasons where they were out in the front yard. I have them sitting in flower pots this year so they can stand up and do their thing.
These white hutches are probably my most favorite pieces of furniture that I...
Ever wonder why witch hats are so pointy? There must be a point to it right?
Photo: Spirits of New Orleans book by Kala Ambrose
Once again my dear friends, as your travel guide to the other side and all things mystical, it's time to delve deeper into the meaning of these icons of Halloween.
Back in ancient times and up through the late Middle Ages, women of nobility wore pointed hats. Queens and princesses wore them, aristocratic noble wealthy women wore them. They were symbols of power and prestige. Later in the 19th century, Queen Isabella of Spain brought back the fashion of wearing a very tall hat with the veils and interestingly enough, I write about Queen Isabella in my Spirits of New Orleans book, as she gave magical iron gates to two sisters who lived in New Orleans who were female entrepreneurs running a business.
Photo: Divine Feminine Energy Blessing the Witches Hat - Kala Ambrose Intuitive Interior Decor
Hmmm, so here's another reference to magical energy in iron as I...
“Seeing a ghost in New Orleans is as common as having a bowl of gumbo. The question is not when, but where best to savor them both. Each person who lives or visits the city of New Orleans quickly finds their favorite haunts, which they return to time and time again. As Your Your Travel Guide to the Other Side, let's explore ” – Kala Ambrose
Join Kala Ambrose, a powerful intuitive and Your Travel Guide to the Other Side, as she takes you back to her roots to discover the most haunted places in Spirits of New Orleans.
The energy of this city is so potent and powerful, that it places a hold on each person who enters this ancient land claiming you as part of its own.
As an intuitive child born in Louisiana, Kala Ambrose grew up exposed to a rich variety of cultures and influences. Her soul flourished along the running waters of the Mississippi Delta and the Gulf Coast. The city that had the...
Living on the coast, one can't help but to embrace the seaside vibe and this spills into the decor. It can be challenging to create a traditional Fall feel when the evergreen trees and palms sway in the breeze year long.
What's one to do? Embrace the look and make it your own. Blend touches of the season into the coastal decor, creating an authentic look that connects with your natural surroundings.
I've done this several times while living at different locations on the coast.
A couple of years ago I was fascinated with the hand painted pumpkins done by local artists along with the wide variety of pumpkin colors, shapes and sizes, so I create my own pumpkin patch here on my coffee table:
I began with traditional pumpkin colors, exploring the various hues of orange and shapes and sizes. Put some of the smaller ones on pedestals created a sense of drama.
Next I added the coastal hand painted pumpkins I've collected with starfish, octopus and other designs. Touches of silver and gold...
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