Self care tips for productivity

Mpumi Hlatshwayo, Thursday 16 May 2016

We all want to be superman sometimes. We lead such busy lives and end wanting to achieve a lot more than is possible in just one day. The self care tips provided here should help you from feeling discombobulated. Setting goals and achieving them is a great feeling that we all want to experience as often as possible, but it should never be at the detriment of your well being. Time management is important because it will lead to increased productivity. It is therefore vital that you are realistic with the goals that you set for yourself on regular basis. This will minimize the chances of you burning out.

Here’s a few tips on how to take better care of yourself while you’re out saving the world:

It is very important that you practice the art of self care. Get an average of 8 hours of sleep. Keep your body well hydrated and drink an average of 8 glasses of water per day. Practice deep breathing whenever you start to feel stressed or anxious. You can also start by breaking down your long-term goals into smaller tasks per day. This is guaranteed to kick chaos and confusion to the curb. Being more organized will help you get more done a lot quicker than if you began with no plan at all. Your energy is very precious and should not be scattered on unnecessary stress. It is important to always make time to unwind and give time to relaxation everyday. Life should be more fun so balance is needed in both work and play. Do little things each day that are solely for your benefit.

Self care is king!

Spirit & Me

Full moon in Scorpio 18 May 2018

Deep & intense emotions

By Mpumi Hlatshwayo, Thursday 16 May 2019 14h00

Scorpio is ruled by Mars and Pluto which makes it both mysterious and magnetic. The full moon in Scorpio will be on the 18th of May 2019. This is a very significant full moon happening in the sign of Scorpio. Full moons are usually a time of releasing the old and letting go of any baggage that we do not need on our journey. Whether this is a toxic relationship/friendship or a job that is just leading you nowhere. Scorpio energy is a sign that correlates with death and death in spirituality usually represents endings. Through our many transformations on our spiritual journey, we are constantly going through death and rebirth cycles. Every time we experience death, we experience a newness thereafter. This is a sense of shedding old skin and becoming renewed.

What these energies are really about:

Deep emotions will come to the surface, you will be forced to evaluate what else needs to die in your life. We would need to go in to deep reflection on what it is that we truly value in our lives. Scorpio is usually a very intense sign and it will not be easy for anyone to let go of something that means a lot to them. There may be a great sense of attachment to whatever needs to be released. Because letting go is never easy, these energies will also provide us with great healing as well. We still have the new moon energies in Taurus still strongly present. The new moon in Taurus is also about our finances and wealth (but can be about more than just money). Remember that the universe grants us wealth in other areas as well. Taurus is ruled by Venus and highlights the senses such as taste, love, passion and beauty. This energy allows you to see how you can do things different in these areas of your life. Taurus being an earth sign will allow you to bring some of these desires into reality and make them more tangible. How these energies will be affected during the full moon is that there may be changes in fortune. It is a very practical and earthy vibration. With the full moon in Scorpio you now have to ask yourself: What is it that I need to let go of? What is it that is keeping me from enjoying and manifesting these desires in my life?

Scorpio full moon is a time to remember to nurture yourself and go within to unveil the treasures that you hold inside. Move forward towards your deepest desires. Your attitude will need to be adjusted in order for you to be able to achieve your goals. Any areas that you have been experiencing difficulty in, will be the areas that are illuminated at this time. As you get to understand the truth of a situation, you will become changed and strengthened as well. You may be given a new area to focus your attention and energy on or you may be provided with a new perspective on a particular situation. What you can do to stay afloat is to remain motivated and balanced during this shift of energy. It is a good time to do your grounding meditation and say your prayers.


Spirit & Me

Kick Karma!

#karma #relationships #selflove

Karma is about lessons. There are parts of ourselves that need to be rediscovered by us through the experiences we encounter. We learn and gather strength through these experiences. Once we’ve learnt the lesson, karma is released.When karma shows up in your relationships, there are ways of dealing with it. You can practice these few things until the lesson has been learned and you can close that cycle and move on. It is very important that you always speak your truth in all relationships. Use your voice as a positive vibration. It is also vital that you practice the greater aspect of love of self.

Spirit & Me

Saturn Retrograde 2019

By Mpumi Hlatshwayo, Thursday 09 May 2019, 16h10

Enter the professor’s classroom:

OMG!!! So many retrogrades happening all at once this year. First Jupiter, then Pluto, now Saturn. Saturn retrograde in the sign of Capricorn will last about 6 months (From 30 April until 18 September 2019). Let’s have a look at how these energy shifts will affect us. This will be quite a huge shift in the energies and cause major shake ups for many. These retrogrades are very karmic in nature,which means that a lot of the past will reappear. Saturn is known as the teacher in astrology talk. It is also a very karmic planet (I would know I have Saturn in my 7th House). This is where past meets present. Because Saturn is such a slow moving planet, it means that he will slow down even further during this retrograde. Saturn is a planet that teaches a lot of tough lessons and these lessons do take a long time for some to learn. The teacher has now stepped into the classroom to find out what you’ve learned.

What to expect during this time:

Unlike during Mercury retrograde where it is not a good idea to make major decisions, Saturn retrograde is a time to get things done and make those decisions that are necessary for growth. Saturn is a work and value driven sign. It is time to evaluate how we handle our tasks (do we complete our tasks or do we procrastinate?), how we handle relationships (are we maintaining balance in our relationships?) Saturn retrograde is a time to evaluate how we handle responsibility as well. Saturn deals with a lot of limitations and also teaches us to appreciate sacrifice because some of these lessons require great deal of sacrifice. It is a time for us to get serious about the responsibilities that we have. This planet requires a lot of discipline from us.

This is a time of karmic connections with all these retrogrades happening. There may be major decisions that need to be made during this time. Saturn is here to see how you handle the situations that you are faced with. Whatever situation from the past you are dealing with currently may be very karmic in nature. This can be very intense for many. There may be a lot of people entering our lives that are very significant to the lessons you need to learn. We need to be very aware of those entering our lives at this time. As much as many of us do not like to live in the past, we will have to face past situations that we have avoided. This is a time of very deep reflection.

Just when we thought we were recovering from the madness of Mercury retrograde, we now have 3 retrogrades in our solar system. Having 3 planets in retrogrades is not something we should take lightly. We need to always remember that for every negative aspect that we are faced with, the universe gives us a positive outcome. We should use this time for positive transformation. Focus on the things that are important in your life. Jupiter removes lack, Saturn brings you the ability to make important decisions and Pluto gives us an opportunity to reevaluate and make changes for the better. These energies should be looked at as blessings, which will steer our lives in better directions. We cannot control our outside world but we can control what is within us. Use these energies for transformation, unleash your creativity and become the best that you can be in all areas of your life.

Ideally, you should check your birth chart to see how these energies will affect you as an individual.*

For Spiritual teachers

Written by Mpumi Hlatshwayo, 30 April 2019

“May you hear the voice of wisdom.
Listening, may you act with trust.” 
― Charlene Costanzo, 
The Twelve Gifts for Healing

Becoming a healer can manifest itself in many ways in an individual’s life. Healing can be more than just physical. Being a spiritual healer can allow one to heal on a spiritual and an emotional level. Healing can also be achieved through teaching. You can teach and encourage those you come across, to live their lives in the best way possible. People need these words of encouragement and the various practices to help them cope with the stresses of everyday life.

More confidence is needed in self when one takes up such a role. Confidence is needed in order to become more successful as a teacher. See value in yourself and others will start to see it too. Combine the passion of teaching with the gift of healing. Spirit believes in you and would never have called you to this role if you were not strong enough and worthy of this role. You are a natural born leader and you were made for this.

The path to being a spiritual teacher is one that requires great strength and tons of courage. Take time to rest as often as you can. Go within as often as you can. You cannot give to others if you are burnt out. It is important too that you heal yourself before you can heal others. The wisdom, creativity and guidance has already been made available to you. Use these gifts to your advantage.

The path to being a spiritual teacher is one that requires great strength and tons of courage. Take time to rest as often as you can. Go within as often as you can. You cannot give to others if you are burnt out. It is important too that you heal yourself before you can heal others. The wisdom, creativity and guidance has already been made available to you. Use these gifts to your advantage.


More and more people are experiencing spiritual awakenings around the world…but what does it actually mean?

Mpumi Hlatshwayo, Friday 26 April 2019

Probably just like me, these people might think that they are going crazy when going through this transition. Spiritual awakenings are about change It is about being more aware of yourself and the reality around you. Hidden truths start coming to light. Your higher self is starting to reveal these things to you.Things that need to be changed in order for you to become a better version of yourself. It can start by question the world we live in, the government systems, the foods we eat, the music we listen to etc. Before these questions start popping up, we are basically asleep. That is why it is called an awakening. It is about becoming more conscious to the deeper meaning of life. Once we’re awake we begin to discover the power we hold within us. We start to understand that we are more than just these bodies that we occupy. We are spirit beings having a human experience. It is vital for us to awaken and know who we are before we can understand where we are going and what our life purpose is.

Going through a spiritual awakening can be an uncomfortable experience for many. It’s nothing that your mind and your body are used to, that is why it is such a difficult process both physically and mentally. It is definitely not all rainbows and butterflies. Usually spiritual awakenings are triggered by various painful experiences in our lives such as heartbreak, illness, accidents and/or death. This is usually how the process begins but there may be other ways that the process may begin in one’s life. Every individual may experience different levels of intensity, depending on their type of spiritual calling.

It may feel lonely, but spirit is always with you

Once you have become triggered into question, you start becoming more connected to God/ the universe. You start appreciating life a bit more. You also start to understand that you are co-creator with the universe when it comes to the direction that your life is heading. You start to understand that all the negative experiences you’ve had in your life were not to destroy you but to make you a stronger and more powerful individual. Life is a learning experience. Sometimes pain brings about a multitude of blessings. There are many symptoms that can determine whether one is going through a spiritual awakening.

Common signs of a spiritual awakening include:

  1. Experiencing a deep connection to everything in life which is called “interconnectedness”
  2. Your intuition becomes stronger and you become more aware
  3. Change in your sleeping patterns such as (waking up @ 3 am)
  4. You may experience high levels of emotion,with extreme highs and lows
  5. Seeing synchronities everywhere, such as repeating numbers 11:11, 555, 888 etc (These are called Angel numbers)
  6. Losing friends or changing the type of people you connect with, you long for deeper connections
  7. Feelings of being inspired and becoming more creative
  8. Anxiety (which will pass)
  9. Past issues come back to the surface in order to be dealt with and healed
  10. Ringing in the ears
  11. Emotional and Mental confusion
  12. Changes in weight (This is a phase, you will lose the weight again just be mindful of your diet and exercise)
  13. Changes in prayer or meditation
  14. Headaches, chest pains, flu-like symptoms (vibrational flu), muscular spasms etc
  15. Looking younger, particularly once you’ve cleared old issues
  16. Vivid dreams

The one thing that will help you get through this transition is a positive mindset. Once you have released and healed your past, you can look forward to being a lighter and fully awakened version of yourself. It is truly a beautiful thing.

Pluto Retrograde 2019

25 April 2019

Pluto will begin its retrograde period on 24 April 2019 until 03 October 2019 in the sign of Capricorn. Pluto is the planet of creative destruction and its transits are hard to ignore. It is also known as the great revealer of hidden truths. Pluto brings about purging before the rebirth. There is a major influence here which is Saturn conjunct Pluto which means hard work and serious business. This is a time to “face your shadow self”. It is very important that you know your birth chart in order to be able to see where Capricorn falls in your chart and which areas of your life will be affected by these energies. You can use to generate your chart or whichever site you prefer.

Solar System, Planet, Planetary System

When Pluto goes retrograde it means that this is a reflective period. It is time to go within. This is also because Pluto moves very slow. It is the energy to focus on deep internal emotions. What are the external influences that affect you internally? These could be your home, your work environment, the foods you eat etc. You need to start being more realistic about your efforts and desires. It is a time for deep introspection. This period will allow you to slow down and review the decisions you make about our lives. See how these goals you have and the way in which you plan to achieve them affect you emotionally. Contracts and negotiations may be slowed down during this retrograde in order to give people an opportunity to refine their long term commitments.

Astrology, Divination, Chart, Horoscope

Capricorns are really good planners and dedicated individuals. They are organized and persistent doers, so with this energy it allows plans to become more refined. There are a lot of lessons to be learned with all these retrogrades happening. Saturn will follow suit (I will cover that in another blog later). Something has to die in order for something new to emerge which is a “Phoenix Rising” type of energy. Even though some of these lessons are painful and overwhelming, remember that it is a process and you will overcome it. Balance is what is needed within the chaos we experience in our day today lives. So in essence we do need these shake ups (retrogrades) to bring about that balance.

By Mpumi Hlatshwayo

#astrology #retrogades2019 #plutoretrogade #transformation #rebirth #capricorn #phoenixrising

How to protect your energy

It is important for all people to protect their energy from any kind of negativity. Particularly as an empath you may find that certain things and people tend to drain your energy. Negative energies are drawn to your positivity and light and this is not necessarily a good thing. You must protect yourself and rather use your strengths for good. Here’s a few tips on how you can keep yourself from being depleted:

By Mpumi Hlatshwayo

24 April 2019

  • Be mindful of your environment (people, places and things)
  • Become knowledgeable on the subject of energy vampires and narcissists
  • STOP giving too much of yourself and see what happens
  • Guard your emotions and guard your finances
  • Give more to yourself
  • Do not allow yourself to become depleted
  • You must always maintain balance and learn from the negative people that are around you
  • Focus on your own happiness
  • They are there to teach you lessons and get you on a healthy level
  • Surround yourself with positive people
  • Invest in the things that make you happy
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Practice more self love
  • Release fear of any kind (meditation is key here)
  • Learn how to enjoy your own company,when you are whole you do not need others to complete you
  • Do activities that raise your vibration (music, exercise, affirmations etc.)
  • Know who you are, that way other people’s perceptions of you become irrelevant