Starting the day at 5:30 a.m. every day, I head out to Central Park for a morning jog. Staying healthy both in the mind and body is important when it comes to working laboriously daily for hours non-stop, and keeping a routine is what makes us stay on track in this hectic career life. The soft autumn breeze refreshes my mind as I jog along the path, and the warmth of the sun gives me a sense of relaxation. With this salubrious habit, I am motivated and ready to go to work.
Having a daily routine like this one is common for the people in the investment banking world- one of the most challenging jobs of the era - because we need to keep a clear mind and stay motivated to overcome all the trials and tribulations our job encounters. But despite doing so, there aren’t many people that stayed working in this area for as long as me. This has always been a mystery because, with the same habits and routine, it seems to be reasonable for them to keep going as I did.
What made me different from them? What gave me the strength to adhere to my job?
I’m not sure what exactly brought me strength during the lowest of times, but looking back, the biggest difference from my colleagues and I is the way I chose to cleanse my disposition. Some of them chose to seek refuge in bars for a quick drink, or take up meditation, but I chose to look for help in a particular field, gemstones.
Healing Gemstones and Their Characteristics
1. Agate (Hope)
The Agate crystal has the power to bring hope, security and inner strength. When you are depressed or feeling at lost, you can consider using the Agate crystal to cheer you up. It also has the trait of keeping you grounded and out of the state of panic. Most people choose Agate as their first gemstone to buy.
Healing Properties: Heals skin disorders and strengthens blood vessels.
2. Sodalite (Truth)
Sodalite is a gemstone of truth, it promotes self-expression. With this crystal, you can gain confidence in expressing yourself and communicating with others directly. If you are trying to find your direction in life, or you wish to connect with yourself more, then this is the gemstone for you.
Healing Properties: Increases blood flow circulation and clears electromagnetic pollution.
3. Turquoise (Optimistic)
Turquoise has been used for quite a while by Native Americans; it is especially known for its ability to ward off evil, bring an optimistic view on life, and is a crystal for good luck. If you wish to change your perspectives for the better, then this is the crystal for you!
Healing Properties: Enhances the immune system.
4. Lapis Lazuli (Confidence)
The society nowadays put great pressure on people, causing them to lack in self-confidence. With the help of the Lapis Lazuli, confidence can be easily earned back. Besides boosting confidence, this crystal can also bring peace and compassion.
Healing Properties: Boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, alleviates insomnia.
5. Howlite (Creativity)
The White Howlite can strengthen our memories and bring awareness, but most importantly, stimulate our creativity. This crystal is favored by old and young, it calms our minds and gives us new ideas to challenge ourselves with.
Healing Properties: Cures Insomnia and balances calcium levels in the body.
6. White Jade (Peace)
The White Jade blocks all negativity, bringing a sense of comfort and peace. By blocking negativity, distractions are also blocked, giving you the chance to focus completely on the work you need to finish.
Healing Properties: Assist the body to heal itself, helps with kidney and bladder problems.
7. Obsidian (Clarity)
As you come across countless problems to overcome, it is easy to be obscured by the frustration you have. The Obsidian is a crystal that helps clears your mind, it brings clarity and optimism. If you feel like you are lost in life, this crystal can be the light that leads you the right path.
Healing Properties: Aid the release of addictions, negative behaviors, and emotional obstructions.
8. Tiger Eye (Warrior’s Spirit - Courage)
Known for the special trait of bringing wealth to the wearer, the Tiger Eye is one of the most in-demand crystals. It inspires ambition, purpose, and courage, which is the most significant keys to success. Tiger Eye is popular among entrepreneurs, all wishing for a successful and good career.
The Tiger Eye gemstone was the one I chose to help me along the way. During the financial crisis in 2008, I had hit rock bottom. Companies and banks collapsed, and the clients I managed had lost large amounts of money, which later caused legal issues and compensation problems. I was on the verge of losing my job and going into debt, and I was so close to giving up like the people around me.
Out of desperation, I took a chance in buying a Tiger Eye gemstone. At first, I still struggled in hopelessness, but after a month, I suddenly gained the courage to stand back up and venture forward, traveling to China in search of new investments. The strength is what made me the way I am today; with the right perspective and disposition, you can easily find the right direction.
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