Some of you are thinking, “This is a productivity blog. What’s with the crystal? Where are the calendars and organizers?” Answer: In my opinion, if you are having problems being productive and you are already doing work that you love, then your problem is not likely to be a lack of organization. If you put off doing the work that you love, it’s likely because something is bothering you on an emotional level: worry, anxiety, grief, heartache, loneliness, anger, fear. Negative emotions are terrible productivity busters. And when we’re feeling emotional, nothing helps us as much as a few missed deadlines, right? Wrong.
There are lots of different ways to defuse negative energy, and I can’t think of a single one that involves calendars and to do lists, so you’ll have to bear with me on the crystals, even if it seems a little out there.
This will seem like a wild claim, but rose quartz CAN and WILL pull negative energy out of the body. If you are one of those people who feel heartache as a literal physical pain, you may very well be able to physically feel rose quartz doing its work. To try this, place a good-sized hunk of rose quartz (the less expensive unpolished kind is just fine) in the palm of your hand and hold on tight. Putting the rose quartz in your palm presses it against the end of a meridian, or line of energy, leading to your heart chakra. It’s also helpful if you can hold the rose quartz near your heart. In times of grief or high anxiety, you can sleep with a rose quartz crystal clutched in your hand — you will probably get much more restful peaceful sleep that way.
Once you connect the rose quartz with your heart chakra, relief from your heartache or pain in your heart area (assuming the pain is emotional in nature) will come almost immediately. The rose quartz will not take away your emotions (some people worry about this because they feel their emotions, even when negative, are an integral part of who they are). But it will take away the edge, the physical ache, and the sharp unbearable intensity that can make it totally impossible to function — leaving behind a feeling of being soothed and calm. Rose quartz is a wonderful tool to have on hand if you experience a sudden emotional jab that is so sharp as to cause you or a loved one to tumble into a first-aid level state of shock (though if that is the case, productivity should be the last thing on your mind!). It is also a wonderful tool to have if you experience chronic difficulty with anxiety, heartache in general, low self esteem, feeling unloved or rejected, or if you are a very sensitive person who tends to feel the emotional pain of those around you almost as keenly as you feel your own emotions. If you are a woman and have a chronic situation of this sort, you might want to tuck a hunk of rose quartz inside your bra (choose one without too many sharp edges, lol).
You can also use rose quartz to pull purely physical pain out of the body–for example, it’s great for taking away the pain of menstrual cramps. Just press it against your lower back–move it around until you find just the right spot.
Yeah, you’re still skeptical. So try it. One good-sized hunk of unpolished rose quartz will cost you about two or three dollars — less than a good calendar will run you, and your crystal won’t expire at the end of the year. (At Natural Productivity, we are all about frugal approaches to feeling better and getting more done!)
One more thing: after using your crystal, spritz it with a mixture of water and esential oils, and then put it in a sunny window. This will help to clear the negative energy from your crystal so that it will be ready to help you again the next time you need it.