When I chose botswana as the healing crystal I wanted to work with for this post, that choice required a trip to the local crystal shop! Can you say BONUS? Who doesn’t want to HAVE TO make a trip to the local crystal shop?!?! 😉

Living in small quarters pushed me to pack up almost all of my crystals some time ago, as there is simply nowhere for them to be. My good friend botswana was among them. It’s difficult for me to be without my healing crystal allies. But there really wasn’t a reasonable alternative solution to packing them away. I do, of course, have some with me. And, writing this post, gave me a reason to bring home a new sweet baby botswana to join the crew that is still living free from captivity 😉

I wandered around the shop looking for this amazing stone for quite awhile. It was almost like she was hiding from me. I finally found her, but then it took quite a bit more time for me to find the right piece. The piece that was calling my name, as they say.

I honestly was about to reconsider working with this healing crystal for this post, because I wasn’t at all interested in digging through my storage to get my favorite piece. It’s pretty jam-packed at the present.

But just when I started to seriously consider this route, there it was … a second bin of the gems which seemed so elusive just moments before. I found the one calling my name and brought her home.


My botswana ally and I were off to the pool early this morning. This was a nice start to our journey, as it gave us plenty of quiet time together.

I noticed right away that there was a change in my usual ‘battle of the thoughts’ dance. I am a person who strongly believes that as humans we are responsible for our thoughts. They shape our life, from the tiniest details to the broader panaromic view. And, for that reason, I work rather hard on maintaining positivity in my thought life. As a rule, if my mind decides it wants to take a little marathon run on the road of negativity, it can feel like a full time job trying to reign it in. Negative thoughts occur. I replace them with a positive mantra. Negative thoughts occur. I replace them with a positive mantra. And repeat.

This morning … negative thoughts occur. I replace them with a non-emotionally charged logical explanation as to why they are skewed, followed by a thought that is more fitting to the subject matter and leads it in a positive direction. And repeat. All in all, quite refreshing. And definitely a theme that lasted all throughout the day.

After the pool I did some things around the house, ran some errands with the son and the bulldogge, took the bulldogge for a quick swim to cool down, ran yet a few more errands, and then came home to relax for the evening. 

I found my thoughts and my interactions with the people who crossed my path today were ‘easier’ (lacking miscommunication) and delightfully uplifting/positive.


Today feels low key. It’s rainy and pretty dreary. And it is crying out for everything to happen in its own time. I grabbed my botswana and headed down to my storage unit to get some painting done. 

Waves of emotion passed over me as I worked. Memories from the depths of my being kept surfacing. Things seemingly long forgotten. Some quite painful.

I had no desire to try to escape these feelings, as we humans so often do. Nor did I find myself wallowing in them. Rather I wanted to sink into them knowing that it was in the sinking that healing could be found. 

Later in the day I was going about my to-do list with neither an abundance or lack of enthusiasm. Just doing it, if you know what I mean. And the next thing I know I realized that I had abandoned the daily obligations and immersed myself in a cleaning project that was both long overdue and fundamentally changed the ease of daily chores in the future. 

This was particularly gratifying because living in a small space can be challenging when it comes to organization. In order to maintain daily functioning without an unreasonable amount of effort, you must periodically clear out your space. You must 😉 And botswana seems to encourage a ‘do this to make that easier’ kind of vibe. So we worked together as a team!


Botswana was still going strong this morning providing me with enhanced decision making (logical thinking), rooting out negative emotions, and increased energy levels. 

I was feeling really great about our experience together. And then … I crashed. Like 100% crashed. Couldn’t function anymore. Right in the middle of a project I went in the house and laid down and went to bed. Early. Very early.

Upon waking the next morning I began to recall my previous experiences with this gemstone. And it occurred to me that She works this way. She walks you through so many things spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. She holds your hand and gives you the tools to process issues and concerns that arise all the way from the depths of your soul to your needs in the present moment. 

And you never realize how much energy this process is sucking out of your very being. But when it catches up to you it does so at full speed. BOOM! You need a break.

It’s not a bad feeling. It’s quite the opposite. Like the exhaustion you feel upon completion of a long term task. It all feels good. And just a little rest will cure any residual physical depletion you may experience from it rather quickly ❤

As a person who has worked with alternative healing and spiritual modalities for decades, I recognize that some of the emotions, thoughts, and events which occurred while I carried my lovely piece of botswana with me may not be related to her presence.
And still, I don’t discredit the sixth sense I have cultivated about these sorts of things either. And I put forth information which I really do attribute to the energetic frequency that this stone brought to my days.

My intent in approaching this post in this manner, as opposed to the usual style in which healing crystal property posts are written, was to offer something a bit different. More personal. Less general.

I hope this space inspires others to share their experience with healing stones. I think it would be beneficial for everyone to have more information about stones presented in this way available to them.

If you have experiences with healing stones, particularly botswana, that you would be willing to share, please put them in the comments. I am very excited to hear them ❤ 😉 ❤

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As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤

DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed health professional. You are solely responsible for researching crystals to determine how you choose to use them. If you decide to make them a part of your health care plan, I take no responsibility for the results of that decision.

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