Whether you meditate at the same time each morning or carry a crystal in your pocket, we’re always keen to hear how people make their lives more spiritual. Soul & Spirit staff writer Kayleigh Rattle caught up with blogger and author Xochi Balfour from The Naturalista to find out the spiritual rituals she lives by
What’s the one daily spiritual practice you can’t live without?
Even if I don’t find the time to meditate or do yoga, I always find practising gratitude to be a powerful and effective exercise. Just taking a moment to identify one or two things I’m grateful for in the present moment – and perhaps setting an intention for the day – helps me cultivate a more positive mindset and allows my thoughts to turn towards things that are optimistic, humble and grateful. Practising gratitude ensures that my intentions are coming from a place of love and appreciation.
What’s your favourite crystal and why?
I have a lot of clear quartz around me currently – I feel it’s becoming particularly relevant these days as the need to connect to our powers of intuition, divinity and higher guidance increases under the stresses and strains of everyday living. I’ve just bought a large piece of quartz crystal from Maha Rose in New York and placed it on my altar – it feels like a beautiful guardian and ally.
Where are your favourite spiritual places in the world?
For me, travelling is incredibly expansive and illuminating and I believe the experiences and encounters one has on the road can be the richest in life. I have a great fondness for the people and land of Nepal and I also love Costa Rica’s abundant landscape. I’ve been spending a lot of time in Dorset recently and the ancient scenery and walks there are very special.
What’s your favourite yoga pose and why?
I’ve always enjoyed pigeon – the release I feel from it is always so welcome!
What are you favourite organic fashion and beauty brands?
For fashion I love Reformation, Re/Done, Bamford and anything vintage or natural-made. For beauty, I try to keep the ingredients as raw and homemade as possible, but at the moment I’m particularly in love with a Therapy skincare range which uses honey as a base. I also love Dr Hauschka, Tata Harper and Green People for everyday items like suncream and toothpaste.
What’s your typical morning routine?
It really depends on the season and my location but I typically like to have a cup of rooibos and almond milk tea before I really spring into action. Ideally some gentle yoga and meditation will kickstart my day, followed by a smoothie and some porridge or toast and nut butter.
What’s your favourite quote or mantra?
“Listen to your body.”
What inspires you?
People who are shining their light and raising their vibration in this much-needed time; women who are true to themselves and their wisdom and know their power and healing capacity; my husband who is a constant source of inspiration, love and support.
Find out more
Head to thenaturalista.co.uk to find out more about Xochi Balfour.