How Mantras Helped Quiet my Anxious Mind

“I can’t meditate.” I’ve heard that so many times. Heck, there was a time when I said and thought that too. Sitting in silence with a completely empty mind might sound impossible. But meditation is so much more! There is a wide range of tools to assist you on your journey inwards. Let’s explore how you can use mantras and affirmations to help quiet your nervous mind.

How do you use a mantra or affirmation?

Finding an object of concentration is an essential part of meditation. You can focus on your breath – there are many books and articles about breathing techniques. But a mantra is a powerful way to focus your mind and align with a specific intention. The words give you something to come back to when your mind wanders. AND FYI, it is okay if your mind wanders, just gently bring yourself back to your intention.

You can chant your mantra out loud, if that speaks to you (pun intended haha), or work with it silently. They are both very different experiences, and I encourage you to try each way. I will spend time chanting a mantra out loud, but also let it be present in my mind throughout my day. You won’t usually see me in the grocery store chanting, but I’m probably thinking of a mantra.

I lean on my mantras the most when I’m having a hard time. Maybe it’s one of those days where one thing after another is going wrong – you know what I mean. When I feel like I’m about to hit my breaking point, I take a deep breath, and try to refocus my mind. Having a word or phrase to turn to is way more helpful than letting my “anxiety brain” take the wheel.

How do you pick a mantra?

Mantras can be in any language and for any purpose. Just find something that speaks to you! Here are some that I’ll use – it changes depending on what I need.

  • The 5 Reiki Precepts (English translations, but also the original Japanese)
  • Lokah Samastah Sukino Bhavantu – May all beings be happy and free and may my actions contribute in some way
  • I am full of love and light
  • Om anandam nama – “May I be blissfully unattached from the outcome”
  • Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha – invokes the energy of Lord Ganesha, remover of obstacles

Need Help with Mantras?

I would LOVE to help you fill your meditation toolkit with mantras and affirmations that speak to you. If you’d like some ideas tailored just for you, email me at

This book contains 21 great affirmations as you work through the wisdom of the 5 Reiki Precepts.

Love and light,


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Natural Ways to Boost Energy

Do you wish you had more energy? One of the most common complaints I hear is that people are fatigued. Fatigue seems to go along with almost every chronic condition. More than that, it has become a way of life for most people! Well, I’m going to tell you some of the tricks I use when I’m feeling run down. BUT this is not meant to be a substitute for seeing a medical professional. If you feel like your fatigue is serious or linked to a serious condition, I encourage you to see a doctor.

  • Sleep Quantity and Quality – If you aren’t getting enough good sleep, it’s worth revisiting your bedtime routine. There are a lot of articles out there with sleep suggestions, so I’m not going to go into a ton of detail. But having a routine helps your mind realize it’s time for sleep. I have a white noise machine, leave time for reading, diffuse calming essential oils, and keep certain crystals under my pillow. If you want to read more about crystals for sleep, check out this article.
  • Nutrition – Usually when I’m feeling run down, I realize I’ve been eating too much junk food. Are you getting enough protein? Veggies? Fruit? A healthy snack can give you a quick boost! I’d recommend working with a registered nutritionist if you have specific concerns and questions.
  • Water – How long has it been since you’ve had a glass of water? Hydration is great!
  • Exercise – Once I’m moving, I find it so much easier to stay moving. The increased blood flow from exercise carries oxygen and nutrients to your muscles. Yoga is full of benefits for your mind and body. Pairing movement with intentional breathing is a great way to recenter and energize yourself. An energizing flow is a round or two of sun salutations! When I’m starting my day with sun salutations, I like to do 10 – that’s a good number for me to get all warmed up, but not overwhelming. If you aren’t familiar with sun salutations, check out this video.
  • Essential oils – Scent is so important to emotional health! Have you ever smelled something that perked you right up? My go-tos for energy are citrus and mint – orange and peppermint, lemon and spearmint. But you can use whichever oils make you feel happy. Let me know if you’d like me to make you a custom blend!
  • Crystals – Crystals have powerful energetic properties, so keeping energizing crystals with you can help give you a boost too! Some of the crystals I recommend are pyrite, orange calcite, malachite, and garnet. These crystals and more can be found in my Etsy Shop.

Do you have questions about any of these? Anything I missed? You can always send me an email at Thank you for letting me be part of your healing journey!

Love and light,


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Recommended Books

I am so lucky to have had some truly fabulous books recommended to me – here are some of my favorites!  This list will certainly grow, as I’m always looking for new resources.  If you click on the title, it will take you to the Amazon page where you can see all the details or add it to your cart.



Essential Oils:

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Using Crystals and Essential Oils Together

crystals-and-essential-oilsTwo of my favorite healing tools – crystals and oils.   Using them together only magnifies their powers!  Are you unsure how to combine them?  I’m going to give you some tips, as well as some suggested combinations of oils and crystals.

How to use crystals and oils together

An easy way to pair crystals and oils is to coordinate which ones you’re working with each day.  Carry a crystal in your pocket (or bra haha), and use a dab of the accompanying oil on your wrist, neck, or the bottoms of your feet.

As part of your meditation practice, you can hold a crystal as a point of focus for the meditation, and use the scent of the oil to take you a little deeper into the meditation.

For calming oils and crystals, you can put the crystal under your pillow and diffuse the oil at bedtime.

Place small crystal chips inside your rollerball blends of essential oils.  If you’re looking for fun bottles to create these blends, I have a variety available in my Etsy shop.

Which combinations should I use?

When I’m pairing crystals and oils, I tend to select ones that are linked to the same chakra, or energy center.  If you’re looking for a great book for beginners about the chakras (with meditations, essential oils, crystals, and yoga poses for each chakra), I recommend Chakra Healing: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Healing Techniques that Balance the Chakras.

Some combinations to get you started:


I also made a video if you’d like to hear more!

Love and light,


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Using Essential Oils Safely with Dogs

I get a lot of questions about how to use essential oils safely with dogs, so I decided to make a quick(ish) video showing you what I use with my pack.

The book I mentioned:


I’m happy to make (and ship!) custom oil blends.  Email me at to start the process or get answers to any questions you may have.

Love and light,


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All About Labradorite Metaphysical Properties

Finding the flash or fire in a piece of Labradorite makes me giddy.  This is my go-to stone when faced with change.  Change can be scary, but I feel like the power of labradorite eases that transition.

Let me tell you more about that flash.  When the light hits this stone just right, it’s dark grey exterior lights up with blues, greens, and yellows.  The exact colors and the part of the stone with the most vibrancy varies from stone to stone.  While preparing for this article, I finally found out the name of that effect!

The play of colors is called labradorescence. The labradorescence, or schiller effect, is the result of light refracting within lamellar intergrowths resulting from phase exsolution on cooling in the Boggild miscibility gap, An48-An58.  Gemstone varieties of labradorite exhibiting a high degree of labradorescence are called spectrolite; moonstone and sunstone are also commonly used terms, and high-quality samples with good qualities are desired for jewelry.  (Source: Madagascar Minerals)

A man is like a bit of labradorite spar, which has no luster as you turn it in your hand until you come to a particular angle; then it shows deep and beautiful colors. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Labradorite got its name from Labrador in Canada, where it was found in 1770.  My yellow lab Mindy says that lots of good things come from there, but it sounded more like “woof.”  But I’m sure you’re more interested in talking about the metaphysical properties of labradorite.

My favorite use of labradorite is for support during times of change and transformation.  It helps to replace fears and insecurities with faith in yourself and trust in the universe, and brings strength and perseverance.

Many people believe that labradorite has strong healing energy supporting many physical problems, including: lung disorders; respiratory problems, colds, and bronchitis; issues related to rheumatism, gout, and arthritis; pain; metabolism and digestion; blood pressure; PMS symptoms, pain and heavy menstruation; and detoxifying effects on tobacco, alcohol and hard drugs.

From a psychological and emotional standpoint, we believe labradorite supports: depression and hopelessness; anti-social, reckless, and impulsive behavior; and bringing out the best in people.

This stone is great for connecting with your intuition.  If you’re working to activate your third eye chakra, you want to work with labradorite.  It is also good for protecting you from negative energies as you work in the metaphysical realm.

Astrological Signs: Sagittarius, Scorpio and Leo
Element: Wind
Represents: Temple of the Stars
Associations: Moon, Uranus
Symbolizes: Fantasy and Creativity
Birthstone: Not a traditional birthstone for any month
Angel: Archangel Raphael, the healing angel


Check out my Etsy Shop for labradorite and your other crystal needs!

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DIY Sugar Scrub – Perfect for Gifting!







Handmade gifts are fun to make and give.  It’s a thoughtful way to show you care, and they can be inexpensive.  Sugar scrubs cover all these bases!  Give a spa experience, or use make one for yourself for some well-deserved relaxation.  Blend oils together to make something unique for your friend or loved one.


Here is a video explaining more!


Materials (** contains affiliate links) :

Share your favorite scrub scent combinations on Facebook or Instagram and tag me (Energy Healing with Caitlyn) so I can see!

Love and light,


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Benefits of a Crystal Infrared Mat

If you’ve had an in-person reiki session with me, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced my crystal infrared mat.  You start to go to that relaxed, meditative, and healing place before my hands even reach your head.

For my fellow practitioners, I strongly recommend incorporating this into your healing sessions.

How do these mats work?  And what are the real benefits?

To start, the full sized mat that I use is filled with 12lbs of amethyst.  You’re getting all the healing benefits of this wonderful crystal, known for its soothing and energetically balancing properties.

On a more scientific note, amethyst actually emits negative ions when it’s warmed up.  All of our electronic devices emit positive ions, so it’s important to get ourselves balance with negative ions.  You can find negative ions in the forest, mountains, or the beach.   But so many of us live in cities and suburbs that we need to find alternative sources.  You can find more information about negative ions here.

Heated amethyst also emit far infrared rays that give you that deep, warming feeling.  This improves blood circulation, which can facilitate physical healing.  Plus, it feels really nice 🙂  To get more information about far infrared rays (or FIRs), click here.

Where can you get one?

If you’re an Amazon addict (like me haha), this is the mat I have and love.


But!  I was able to get a special discount for you if you order directly from the manufacturer.  How does 10% off + free shipping sound?  Just type in the code “ehc10s” at checkout!

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As you go through all the mat sizes and styles available, you’ll see that they have smaller and more affordable mat styles than the one I use primarily.  (There are also bigger ones haha I dream about the one that fits on top of a queen sized mattress.)  Just placing your feet on top of a smaller mat will still give you the benefits – and you can use it for targeted areas of soreness on your back.


If you have any questions about the mats or why I love them, please send me an email at

Love and light,



P.S.  This article does include affiliate links, but all my opinions are 100% honest.  I really do love these mats.

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Crystals for Restful Sleep

When you’ve had a great night’s sleep, don’t you just feel ready to take on the world?  Well, sometimes we have the opposite happen.  Maybe you couldn’t fall asleep, kept waking up, couldn’t get comfortable, etc.  It doesn’t really matter what caused it, but now you have to go through your day feeling a little (or a lot) like a zombie.

I notice that I sleep better when I use crystals, so I wanted to tell you about the stones I use personally 🙂

If you’re more of a visual person, you can watch this summary video I put together 🙂

How do you use crystals for sleep?

There are a couple options so you can choose the one that feels the most authentic to you.

  • Sit and meditate with your crystal before bed.  Meditation on its own is a great way to calm the mind and prepare for sleep
  • If your pajamas have pockets or you wear a sports bra to bed, you can put your crystal(s) in your pocket or in your bra
  • Place the crystal(s) under your pillow, inside your pillow case **my favorite!!!**


Which crystals should you use to support restful sleep?

I’m going to talk about my 3 favorite crystals for restful sleep: selenite, rose quartz, and mangano calcite.  They’re the ones in the photo at the top of the page.


Starting off with a safety note here, selenite comes in rough and polished forms.  Rough selenite is great for placing around your home (above windows and doorways is my favorite).  But please use polished/smoothed selenite to place under your pillow or to hold during meditation.

Well-known for clearing negative energy, selenite also supports healing at the energetic level.  Working with this stone to balance and stabilize your emotions helps you find that peaceful place where you can drift off to sleep as though you don’t have a care in the world.  More information about selenite can be found here: Selenite – Healing and Metaphysical Properties

Rose quartz:

The stone of unconditional love and peace brings perfect bedtime energy.  Working with this stone helps you to being the healing process for any emotional woulds you are carrying within you.

Mangano calcite:

This soft pink stone is soothing and calming, perfect for sleep!  It also brings in the energies of peace, serenity, and self-love.


Where do you find these crystals?

You might already have one or more of these stones in your crystal collection.  If so, I hope you enjoy using it in a new way!  If you have a local crystal shop, you can see if they have any pieces in stock that speak to you.  I carry these stones in a few sizes and sets in my Etsy shop – take a peek and see if anything piques your interest, I’d really appreciate your support!

A quick preview of what you can find in my shop


If you enjoyed this article, please check out some of the others I’ve put together.  You can join my email list or like my Facebook page so you are able to stay up to date with all my alternative healing updates.

Love and light,


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Living with Worry

There seems to be a surge in worry these days.  It has become a common talking point among my clients and friends.  I’ve also been finding myself worrying more recently.  It’s been talked about enough, and I felt it was time to make a post about it.

What purpose does worry have?  Fear is great for kicking your adrenaline into gear when you’re in a dangerous situation.  Fight or flight.  Being afraid of that bear is beneficial because it means you have a chance of getting away (disclaimer, I don’t actually know the right way to escape a bear, and as I write this, I’m thinking it might be to play dead…).  Either way, fear is meant to give us that boost to protect ourselves, and then dissipate when we are safe.

Worry lingers.  The worst part about worry, is it’s about potential events in the future.  These are things that may never happen, and we are twisting our stomachs and grinding our teeth about possibilities.  When these stress hormones linger within the body, they’re increasing inflammation and adding to a whole host of problems.

Although we can’t control that initial burst of panic, we can control how we respond.  Talking ourselves down, back from the ledge of extreme worry, is so helpful in regaining our calm.  Find a breathing exercise or sequence of yoga poses that you can do when you feel your mind overcome with “what ifs?”.  Remind yourself that what your worrying about is in the future.  By focusing on the now, we are cultivating mindfulness.

As you practice mindfulness, you may find it easier and easier to stay in the present moment.  If one of your worries is realized, you will approach it from a more calm and grounded place – making you better equipped to deal with whatever comes your way.

You are full of the energy of the universe.  You got this!

Love and light,


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