“How do you get so much done?”
This is a question I’ve heard a lot over the years. When I was in high school, I worked part-time, held down a magazine internship, and wrote and published my own zines.
I also worked my way through college and developed my portfolio doing freelance writing for newspapers and magazines along the way.
When I was working 9-5, I wrote books in my off-hours.
I’m used to being busy. I’ve always found a way to squeeze things in, to get focused when I have to.
And it’s the same today, running my business, writing blogs and astrology columns and teaching classes.
And a good portion of the people who come to me for readings are also working to put their energies and ideas out into the world in the best way possible.
It’s not always easy, not when we’re constantly pressed for time, not when we have so many distractions at our fingertips.
Sometimes, I like to recommend certain crystals and stones to work with to ground your energy and stay focused.
I know crystals are a bit “woo” for some people. And I always want to remind you that I’m not here to convert anyone to my way of doing things, or to encourage anyone to try something that doesn’t resonate with them.
I’ve used crystals for years. I was always getting stuff done before I started working with them, but I find it certainly doesn’t hurt to have them as extra support.
I also used to work at a crystal shop here in Toronto. I don’t do or recommend anything that I don’t believe in myself, and I’ve seen firsthand the impact stones can have on some people.
If you’re looking to find focus – whether it’s to buckle down for a special project, or just to feel more present throughout the day – here are my top picks.
1. Carnelian. This is a stone I like to wear when I have big chunks of time to work on a single project. It’s a very creative stone, which makes it ideal for writing or other work that requires long, sustained focus. It also connects to vitality, so anyone who is in need of some extra inspiration or motivation, or an energetic boost, might want to explore carnelian.
2. Sodalite. This is a great stone for concentration and clarity. I find it often helps me to connect to my voice and the truth I need to stand in for the day ahead. Sodalite makes for clear, easy, open communication. This makes it great for writing, especially if you need to put together a proposal, a web site, or a submission package. I also like to wear sodalite when I’m giving tarot and astrology readings.
3. Lapis lazuli. This is a stone that can help you connect to new ideas and unlock your own inner wisdom. I like to use this one when I’m starting a new project, but am not quite sure how it should begin. Lapis seems to help open up the creative channels just enough to get things flowing, but not so much that you are overwhelmed and struggling to concentrate.
4. Hematite. This is a heavy stone. Its energy is very grounding, which means it can stop you from feeling like you’re floating away. It can stimulate logic and organization. So while it may not necessarily help with brainstorming – lapis might be better for that – hematite will help with putting your ideas into action, or gaining control over a disorganized project, plan, headspace, or work environment.
Hematite is also a very protective stone. I find it can be helpful to wear it if I’ve recently had a challenging, emotional situation or setback that is distracting me from my work.
Let me know if you give any of these a try. I would love to hear if they helped you.
Until next time,
p.s. Remember that like any tool, crystals can help to support your intentions, but they won’t do all of the work for you. There is no magic fix.