I am slowly learning about and using crystals. I started with Fluorite because I was drawn to it by both its look and what my studies said about it.

Fluorite promotes focus, intuition and understanding. It helps to bring chaos into order, promoting stability, free thinking and clear unbiased reasoning. Fluorite is excellent for the advancement of the mind and aiding in meditation. It is a highly protective stone, and helps defend from outside influences. Fluorite draws away negative energy and stress, cleansing and purifying the body. It works with the following chakras: Heart, Third Eye.

I have often felt that I was not able to properly filter out the emotions of others, and I was drawn to the protectiveness of Fluorite as well as its rumored aid in meditation.

I bought a pendant which I wear anytime I leave the house. It did seem to offer me some level of protection. When I also acquired a bracelet of raw Fluorite, the feeling was much more intense. When I wear the bracelet…I can really feel the difference. On the days when I wear it, I feel so much more centered, focused and far more able to separate my own feelings from those of the people around me.

Yet you will note that I said, ‘on the days when I wear it.’ So why don’t I wear it every day? Consider it a grand experiment. I have tried to remain skeptical of the crystal’s effects so that I can make an unbiased [not placebo affect] judgement. It is time to draw my conclusions. For me Fluorite works. I will add the bracelet to my daily wear.


Meditation is a suggested part of Paganism, yoga and a number of other spiritual practices. In fact, if you read enough you will see that one of the purposes of the asanas [yoga movements] is to prepare your body for meditation. It does this by creating space in your body, but also by helping to create a focus on the present…a mindfulness.

Meditation has been a difficult practice for me. The meditation itself is not a challenge, but justifying the time spent ‘doing nothing’ has been. I mean really, if you spend 15 minutes meditating a day, you will see the benefits, but how can I justify wasting 15 minutes like that?

The irony is that I generally have that argument with myself while watching TV. Now I personally am not a big TV person. So why do I watch? My children [young ladies really] do watch TV. There are many reasons; to fit in, to have a basis for connection with friends, as inspiration. They don’t generally watch train wreck TV, but the fact is that it’s on more than I would like. So the problem for me comes in because if I do not watch their shows, then I do not have that understanding, that basis for communication, that a shared experience brings.

I need to make the time and space for myself as well. I need to accept my need to meditate and do yoga daily. I need to treat myself with as much respect and interest as I do my daughters. They are my daughters and I love them deeply, however, I need to love myself just as deeply. This is a difficult lesson and I have had to learn and re-learn it hundreds of times already in my lifetime.