Do You Rise With the Sun? Making the Most of the Day

I’ve finally hit the point in my life where I realize that waking up early IS truly beneficial.

Getting a head start to the day helps you get things taken care of while many people are still sleeping in or lazing around. Rising with the sun gives me more time in the day, and I’m able to improve my circadian rhythm. I find that I’m more productive and efficient.

In this world where we’re so far removed from the ways of our ancient ancestors, we’ve become all too familiar with glowing lights, tv screens, phones in hand until we fall asleep, and living a life that’s essentially out of balance with nature. We spend too much time in artificial environments.

When I rise with the sun, I get to enjoy more energy from the source of life itself and it’s truly invigorating. The sun powers our life force and it’s essential to plug into it!! Also, I find that it gives me more time to conduct my spiritual practices before getting into the day and I truly appreciate that.

Are you an early riser? Do you find that it’s helped you in life?

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Are You Ready for This Season of Growth

This post is from my March Newsletter about Aries initiating a new energy for the year. Spring is here and we’re really in 2021, take advantage of this time! There’s more great content where this came from so I encourage you to sign up for my newsletter so you can receive the next one later in the month.


Let me ask you something…

We’re always striving towards something right? Maybe it’s improving ourselves, working towards a promotion, a life goal, or becoming the next best version of ourselves. But have you thought about what (or who) you are unbecoming in the process?

What are you letting go of? What burdens are no longer yours to carry? 

Now that we’ve passed the Spring Equinox and we’re in Aries season, we’ve hit the reset button and are at the beginning of a new zodiac cycle. This got me thinking … when we embark on a new journey, there are always parts of us that need to be left behind. That’s what growth is about. When you start a new job, when you become a parent for the first time, when you become a new homeowner — there are old ways of doing things that must get left behind because they don’t serve your new role in life. 

A breath of the new year has entered our souls, and it’s time for initiating. During Aries season, you plant your seeds, physically and metaphorically. It’s when the seedling simmers in the ground to grow its roots. This is only the beginning, you can’t see what’s happening. You have to continue to care for the plant and tend to it as time goes on.

As you plant new seeds, you’re also caring for the growth of the other plants in your life — trimming away yellowed or dried leaves. You want to cultivate lushness, see the green!

2021 is officially here! What are you leaving behind as you become a wiser, more experienced version of yourself? 

Herbs of the season:

Nettles: anti-inflammatory, blood purifier, strengthens bones and tissues

Yarrow: good for those who overheat (a lot of Mars – Aries – Scorpio energy), may reduce heavy menstrual bleeding, helps lower blood pressure

Maca: a stimulant and adaptogen that helps regulate adrenal function, helps against exhaustion (I love Maca powder in my coffee)

Stay well,
–B.

Fertile Grounds

The life that was dormant has now awoken and is ready to shine in its glory. The natural landscape around us is literally beginning to brighten! BUT – all things in their own time, right? Some flowers are blooming now in March and early April, while some flowers don’t peak until May and June.

We all blossom in our time. It’s great to take heed to nature’s cues but there are different stages to this. Maybe you’re feeling like the seed in the darkness that was just planted. Maybe you’re ready to flourish like crocuses that are sprouting right now. It’s okay. Continue to do what you can with the energy that supports you at your current stage!
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Healing: The Choice to Empower Yourself

A brief word on what I’ve learned about healing.

It requires commitment and some level of self-awareness. Or at least that of attaining it.
Healing means having to constantly look at what you’re trying to achieve, and how much responsibility you’re willing to take on. There’s a lot of discomfort that comes with this process. You need to have honest discussions with yourself.

Do you want to heal your heart? Mind? Body? Soul?

Much of my healing has been focused on unearthing more of my shadow self. This process leads to some revelations, confusion, and even shameful feelings. The confrontation of my unaddressed needs can pop up in at any time, and it takes a lot of work to break down the ego.

The key is to realize when you’re being “triggered” and what behaviors you need to take in order to find a sense of stillness.

Though it sounds cliché, healing definitely isn’t pretty but it can be so empowering. It’s worth it when you realize how much of an active participant you are in your life. You can choose to make better decisions for your diet, for your physical health, for your mental health. When you start to notice that you can make decisions that lead you to a more fulfilling life, there’s no turning back. YOU get to CHOOSE that!

This is what I love about healing. That even during those times when you’re plunged into the darker, denser, depths of the earth, you can catapult and ascend higher into the bright, lightness of the heavens. The path of healing is a continuous one with a multitude of benefits along the way, and the knowledge of that keeps me going.

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Nurture Your Seedlings This Aries Season — and Tend to Them

Spring is finally here y’all! I’m excited, forreal.

Now that the Equinox has passed and the sun is in the sign of Aries, we can ride the wave of a new energy. As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries is a fiery, masculine sign ruled by Mars. In addition to being impulsive, Aries can be aggressive and stubborn — hence it’s representation of the ram. Being the baby of the zodiac, they have a lot to learn but live life with vigor; they arrived after the doldrums of winter after all!

Aries is a cardinal sign, which means they’re great initiators. Their creative spark allows them to dream up plenty of ideas and things to do, but with all of theses new items on the to-do list, will it get done?

After the vision, work towards the tangible.

When you think about it, Aries is in the beginning of the spring season, when you plant your seeds. It’s when the seedling simmers in the ground to grow its roots. This is only the beginning, you can’t see what’s happening. You have to continue to care for the plant and tend to it as time goes on.

Sometimes in life we get so excited about the thought of the end goal because of course, the beginning of anything is usually exciting and fun. But don’t get too caught up in the new! Consistency in carrying out the plan is important. Fire energy always needs a good dose of grounding to help them solidify goals and get things in motion. That’s why after Aries, comes Taurus – the fixed earth energy that brings a sense of practicality to what Aries initiated.

Enjoy the newness of the season, set realistic goals for yourself, connect to your center.

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Do You Feel That in the Air? A Cycle is Ending

This post is from my February Newsletter about the Pisces season and its impact on closing out the 2020 cycle. Spring is almost here, y’all! There’s more great content where this came from so I encourage you to sign up for my newsletter so you can receive the next one later in the month.


Do you feel that in the air? Spring is on the way and a cycle is ending!

Now that the sun has entered Pisces, we’re in the last sign of the astrological wheel. We’re completing the full Aries to Pisces cycle, which began in March 2020. And you know what? For the first time, I realized that January didn’t really feel like the beginning of a new year. We were still in stagnant energy. Turns out that the shift actually occurs in March with Aries.

I’ve also noticed that the vibe outside has been a bit weird lately! I wonder if the weight of the oppressed collective is being amplified by Pisces.

Represented by Neptune (ruler of the vast ocean) and the two fish swimming in opposite directions, Pisces is a feminine, intuitive sign that often has troubles knowing when to get grounded in reality and when it’s okay to swim in a fantasy.

There’s a strong connection to spirituality, transcendence, and mankind as a whole. As such, Pisces can sometimes struggle with boundaries and get lost in the sauce of all this “togetherness.” They may drown in their feelings. It will be helpful to get in tune with yourself this season. Learn how to discern your own feelings from that of others.

As we get ready for the “new year”…

Think about the seeds you want to plant for the months ahead. In NYC, last year’s coronavirus lockdowns happened as Pisces season was coming to an end. So much has happened since then. How do you feel?Take some quiet time. Connect with your spirit. Feel your feelings but remember to swim back to sea!

Herbs for the season:

Passionflower: support with anxiety, stress, insomnia
Dandelion – blood purifying, gut support (probiotic), antioxidants
Mugwort – digestive support (indigestion, travel sickness), sleep support (lucid, vivid dreaming)


Poseidon’s Realm

In astrology, Neptune is the planet associated with intuition and spiritual enlightenment. It brings a sense of dreaminess to a situation, making it hard to understand the present reality — because of this, Neptune is also associated with deception and confusion. 

Neptune, Poseidon, God of the sea, can easily take you under and transport you to unknown depths, helping you break free from some of your own limits. Below are some of my “dreamy” photographs to capture the Pisces spirit. *Most images can be bought as prints


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Feed the Inner Child

“I just needed time alone, with my own thoughts
Got treasures in my mind but couldn’t open up my own vault.


My childlike creativity, purity and honesty
Is honestly being crowded by these grown thoughts.


Reality is catchin’ up with me
Takin’ my inner child, I’m fighting for custody.”

Kanye West, Power

Remember when we were children and had opportunities to simply explore?
To play in the dirt… pick up bugs… tell stories, play games. 
To just BE!
We were encouraged to enjoy the make believe.

We recreated our own “discovered lands” in open areas before everything was so developed. 
Stayed outside until the street lights came on, and then some.
But then, with each passing day, we learned how to trade in the freedoms of youth for the
responsibilities of adulthood.

Some folks got less creative, some weren’t as inquisitive, some just “gave up.”
The inner child is an aspect of our whole selves that will always need to be addressed.

Feed your inner child.

These thoughts came to me as I spent time in my neighborhood park. I thought that … one day, we’re just not little kids anymore. As children, yes we still consumed and wanted to play with toys, but we found so much joy in being the CREATOR. Of course, we can’t stay children forever, but we can develop a relationship with the child in us that never truly died.

Our inner child wants to be seen. It wants to laugh, to feel light, to have fun and be silly. Honor that.

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“Take Care of Your Needs”

This Pisces season has been wearing on me.
Mentally exhausted.
Longing for the rejuvenation of spring.

Though I understand I can’t let the external affect me, it’s an ongoing practice.
I have been performing mental gymnastics.
I meditate, journal, and do the things “I know” will benefit my mental health.
Sometimes, these are the very things we neglect when a challenge is presented!
Funny how that works …

After I was done letting my feelings be, I had to commit to bringing myself into the light.

Do you have prep talks with yourself?
Do you have an ancestor altar? Try voicing some of your thoughts or concerns aloud. God is within us, and speaking helps put things into motion. Speaking is a part of spellwork. What spells are you casting over your life? Seriously. Think about the things you say to yourself when speaking to others – or yourself – or Spirit.

After meditating, I pulled an oracle card from the Angels and Ancestors deck. I found it quite fitting:

“Winter: Take Care of Your Needs”

You have an opportunity to move beyond your fears. Although you may feel in the dark, get comfortable with being in the unknown and trust that the light within you will sustain you through what may seem a challenging process.

Ask yourself what you need to do to feel supported and alive. 

It was a friendly reminder.

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Acknowledging the Darkness That Comes with Wellness

Feel the feels.
Sometimes the emotions rush in quickly like a hot, summer storm.
Thunderous clouds roll through the sky with their downpours and flashes of lighting.
The darkness has arrived.

The path to healing isn’t linear, and it’s during the downward swings where you’re faced with your true coping mechanisms.

This is when connection to spirit, to health and wellness, and self-care is tested.
An overwhelming wave of sadness has made its presence and I feel the collective weight of something I don’t know exists.
Feelings that can’t be verbalized.
That’s what it’s got to be sometimes.
Acknowledge the pain, the clogged gutters, the overflow of water, and be prepared to work once it’s passed.

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Are You Positively Influencing Your Community?

This post is from my January Newsletter about Aquarius season and its impact on 2021’s energy. In honor of the February 11th New Moon in Aquarius, I thought this would be a good post to share. We’re in an Aquarius stellium; the energy is strong! Start working towards those out-of-the world dreams of yours! Also, there’s more great content where this came from so I encourage you to sign up so you can receive my next newsletter later in the month.


If you could do something to benefit mankind, what would you do?

How would you make a difference in the world, in your community, in your immediate circle? 

Aquarius represents change; it influences improvements for humanity and fights for social justice. This unconventional air sign is represented by the water bearer, which pours the water/nourishment out onto the earth. It’s washing away the past to make way for a new start. 

As we navigate through these energies this month (6 planets in Aquarius), and honestly, this year —it’s a good time to think about how you can contribute to positive changes around you. Aquarius is about focusing on the whole, rather than the individual. 

Do you have knowledge that you can share with others? Are there unique ideas you’d like to share on your website or social platform? If so, get to it! This is the time.

With new apps on the scene like Clubhouse, Parler, Twitch, and others, you’ll see how the Aquarian force to spread ideas and take advantage of free speech will certainly continue to dominate as we become even more connected in the digital world.

Herbs and spices for the season: 

  • Lavender: relaxation, tension relief, sleep aid
  • Witch hazel tea: anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, soothes sore throats
  • St John’s wort: anti-depressant, 
    really useful for seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Cumin: (can also get cumin from black seed oil) may help lower cholesterol, aid with blood sugar control

The Collective’s Contribution

During this time where there’s such a focus on the collective – world politics, the pandemic, and the effects of globalization, I wanted to share some photos I captured that represent these themes.

Structural tributes to our planet, the place we inhabit and call home… and destinations that were designed for human consumption and enjoyment. When I think about it, I feel that we can be quite a destructive species, but we also create wonderful things in the process of it all.


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I Finally Get the Hype About Roses; They’re Magnificent

I used to think roses were overrated. To be honest, they’re still not my favorite. But also … I LOVE THEM!

Roses are absolutely beautiful.
They grow in an array of colors and shapes, unfurling petals in a multitude of designs. A great addition to practically any bouquet. Fresh roses smell divine.

To me, roses seemed like a cop out. I don’t know why — maybe because it’s so widely available, the thought of a planting a rose bush or buying a bouquet of roses seemed to lack originality for me. But then I got older, became interested in lillies, orchids, daisies, peonies, sunflowers, tulips, and the likes. And I learned to appreciate how classically delightful a rose is.

Roses. Love. Peace. Nurturing. Purity. Joy. Sacrifice.

Apparently, roses have been collected and cultivated for centuries. Humankind has taken a liking to this multipurpose flower. It’s been used as an ingredient for beauty recipes, for its medicinal properties, and to symbolically communicate different messages.

A pollen provider for the bees and food for other creatures, the rose is truly a gift from the universe. Which makes sense, given that it’s the highest vibrational plant. Roses emit the highest frequency of any plant that man has measured thus far. So when you keep roses around or spray rose on you, you’re keeping yourself surrounded by a high, positive vibration.

I like to incorporate roses into my daily life in the following ways:

  • buying fresh roses at the market (and keeping some on an altar)
  • rose petal herbal tea
  • rosehip fruit herbal tea
  • baths with rose petals around the tub
  • baths with rose water
  • dried rose petals in a spiritual bath

Now, whenever I see someone growing roses in their gardens, I admire the bush and am grateful that someone decided to cultivate an earthly piece of heaven. I will no longer take them for granted!

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Aquarius Season May Have You Questioning How You Relate To Yourself and the World

In the spirit of Aquarius season (1/20 – 2/18/21), I’ve been thinking about identities. The way we often cling to a group, or something familiar in order to label ourselves. Since Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the planet of all things unexpected, there’s a bit of a rebellious energy that we may experience around this time, now that the Sun is placed here.

And to turn things up a bit, Uranus has gotten settled into its home in Aquarius in 2020, and will be stationed here for the rest of the year. A lot of us will be feeling an “awakening” energy. We may start to question the things in our lives that we took for granted or that seemed to have previously “worked” for us, but no longer do so.

You might be drawn to shake things up in your life!

Maybe you’ll feel called to take a different approach to your work/life balance. Do you base your identity or success around what you accomplish professionally? Does that really speak to the core of who you are?

Perhaps you’ll feel differently about how you label yourself. Maybe you start to feel more sexually fluid and open — or maybe you realized you wanted to stop being referred to by your sexual identity, no longer letting that be a lead identifier for you.

Do you unconsciously place restrictions on yourself based off of the label you’ve chosen to identify with?

This is something that I think about in my own day-to-day life. When choosing to live more spiritually inclined, I sometimes find myself boxing myself into ways in which I think I “should” act, rather than what actually suits me in the moment. Sometimes I go against the very thing I’m trying to achieve (harmony, a mentally balanced life), when I try to force myself into my own expectations.

I don’t think labels inherently hurt us, as they can help alert others to some of the values in which we align with or to certain lifestyle choices — but we can’t let them become us.
They should be used as tools for empowerment.

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It Can’t Always Be About Winning

It seems that as a society, we’re all in a bubble of continuously chasing some sort of high. We’re hardwired to want to win SOMETHING.

Winning by appearances, winning because of the money in your bank account, because of the amount of followers you have .. and so on and so forth. We spend so much of our living time chasing money, chasing relationships, chasing “the ideal,” hoping that we come out on top of it all.

I realize that many of us end up doing something to reach a specific end goal in mind; not to simply enjoy it for the sake of. It’s too easy to get caught up in the rat race of working more – earning more money – buying things – earning accolades. Always in a never ending pursuit to ACHIEVE.

I’ve recently thought that this hamster wheel to achievement must have been put in place due to a fear of lack. At a point, we experienced a lack of something in our lives, and then perhaps reacted through the need to WIN, to ACHIEVE, to be THE BEST. Enjoyment was out of the question.

Do something you simply enjoy that doesn’t require winning.

Where does all of this chasing lead us? To burn out. To a potentially unhappy life. Everything, indeed must be done in moderation.

I’ve found that developing hobbies can truly help the mind escape and relax for a bit. Honestly, not everything has to be done to achieve a monetary or status-building goal. What do you do that lights you up from the inside? For me, it’s birdwatching. I simply enjoy observing the birds and being in nature. I don’t feel I need to win anything. I also enjoy birdwatching because it makes for a great solo activity. It’s a time I get to spend all by myself, how I see fit — without checking to see if anyone else is hungry or needs to take a break. Isn’t that lovely?

What do you do that allows you to get lost in time? That stimulates you?
Something that you do just for you, and not as a means to make a profit off of (though you could – but that’s not your intention).
Maybe it’s baking… reading … writing … gardening …
Make sure you give yourself the time to do the things you love!

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Is Listening to Music a Part of Your Self-Care Regimen? It Should Be!

When you think about improving your overall health and wellness, do you also take into consideration what you listen to? I noticed that over time, as I started to seek more mental peace and balance in my life, my music selections began to change.

I started listening to more music without words. I found myself really enjoying the relaxing sounds of jazz and chillhop. I gravitated towards music that I could play while working and while being creative. Soon enough, I started listening to binaural beats, which helped me sleep better.

“Binaural beats between 1 and 30 Hz are alleged to create the same brainwave pattern that one would experience during meditation”

Healthline

Listen to relaxing frequencies.

I enjoyed hearing music without other people’s voices … without messages I needed to decipher. Throughout this process, I was introduced to listening to music at different frequencies. For instance, I started letting videos at 432 Hz play on YouTube. Apparently, music tuned to 432 Hz is closer to the pulse of the earth, it’s a sound that relaxes the mind and body.

So, when we think of holistic health-care, we have to remember that we need to attend to our mind, body, and soul — and what we listen to is also food for our souls (and nervous system). What are you feeding your soul? Are you listening to harsh music that may negatively affect your mood? Or are you listening to something to help you be at ease?

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Confession: I Hug and Hold Trees.

What are you doing to feel good these days? Since I’ve been spending more time indoors this winter, I’ve been cultivating my inner space. I’m trying to stay on top of watering my plants, I’m meditating in the morning/listening to my Divine Goddess Affirmations, and lighting incense and burning lovely candles (Diptyque’s Narguile being my favorite thus far). I’m also making sure that I take some time to GO OUTSIDE!

Me, touching a tree at the park.

Being home is nice and comfortable and all, but our bodies need to interact with a diversity of microorganisms. We need to introduce these bacterias and microbes into our own microbiomes; this is what helps our immunity develop. It’s why children should play in sandboxes with one another; it’s why you should feel the soil on your hands, and why you should hug your friends and family.

Since some of this connective activity has been limited for many folks lately, which I’m sure is contributing to increased sadness, I suggest you get yourself outside and connect with trees. Yes! touch a tree, hug a tree, lean against one!

Increase Your Serotonin Levels Through Nature

I love to touch trees or hug them; I envision that I’m meshing with its life force. I like to visualize roots growing from the bottom of my feet into the ground to meet that of the trees. I conjure up images of connection so that I can start to actually FEEL it.

“Hugging a tree increases levels of hormone oxytocin. This hormone is responsible for feeling calm and emotional bonding. When hugging a tree, the hormones serotonin and dopamine make you feel happier.”

– Wild Tree Adventures

I always feel super pleasant after physically connecting with nature. We are not separate from nature; it is of us, and we, of it. If you can, start developing a relationship with mother nature who can supply you with so many resources to help increase mental clarity, induce relaxation, and stimulate happiness.

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Let’s Be Real: How “Motivated” Are You Feeling Right Now?

I’ve noticed a shift on social media. I think we’re so traumatized by the year we just had that people have left the “new year, new me” memes in the past. I haven’t seen as many, “Let’s leave X,Y,Z in 20XX” as I’ve seen before. I think many of us have resigned to the idea that we have no idea what’s to come and it just “is what it is.” As I mentioned in my last post, focus on what you can control.

Call me cynical, but you can’t simply shift your whole energy and plan for a set amount of time because a new month showed up. Especially here in NYC where we’re used to seasonal shifts, it’s hard to feel ready to start up anew and force yourself to get back into the swing of things just because the date on our calendar year changed. Something about that feels quite unnatural to me. Which is interesting because when I look back at my journals, I notice changes tend to appear around February/March. January still carries a lot of old energy.

Stillness.

BUT – you can still work towards the changes you DO want to see. Just be patient with yourself. We’re still in winter. We’re in the season of rest. Honestly, this is a reminder for myself as well, as I feel I have a lot of lofty goals but I have to pace myself. I often feel guilty for not getting as much done as I think I should. Like I’m continuously racing against the clock.

Nature is one of our greatest teachers. Slow down with her and prepare yourself to usher in greatness this Spring!

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Focus on What You Can Control

Honestly, I don’t want to get into a whole, “new year,” type of post. But I will say that with 2021, I’m ushering in new traditions and less expectations. Or even, maybe not even really holding steadfast to any tradition in general but what feels right for me in the moment. I’m learning how to best honor my needs.

So much has changed in the past year, we can’t possibly continue to try to do the same things while the whole energy of the world and behaviors of mankind have shifted. All I can do is surrender and co-create with the universe.

Some things are in my control, and some things are completely out of it. I will just focus on what I CAN control. And with that — it’s a continued focus on health and wellness.

SO here are some simple reminders for continuous improved health:

  • Drink lots of water everyday
  • PLEASE get some sun; even if it’s freezing outside and you’re sitting at your window, soaking it in
  • Exercise, daily!
  • Engage in relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, breath work
  • Find a hobby or interest to stimulate your mind (I’d suggest something beyond television)
  • Find ways to connect with nature
  • Drink herbal teas
  • Eat more fruits and veggies. Even if you think you’re eating a lot, eat more! Because you probably aren’t 🙂

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Winter: A Time for Quiet Reflection

Now that I’m older, I’ve really grown to appreciate winter. To be honest, it also probably helps that I don’t have to commute to work everyday and wear a bunch of layers 🙂

As an empath who needs a lot of solitary time, I also appreciate winter because it’s quieter and fewer people are out. After NYC’s raucous summer with everyone being outside due to the pandemic, I appreciate not having to encounter all of those energies. Restaurants have managed to set up heat lamps and bubbles for outdoor dining, but I’d prefer to stay in and make my own dinners or order delivery. Everything about this year has been about learning how to adapt.

Every season, nature transforms and displays a different stage of beauty.

In the winter, we see the bare bones of trees, but they still look beautiful and cast magnificent shadows. Fresh snow can truly brighten the day; it can also be an invitation to just get outside and be present. Watch the snowflakes fall, enjoy it.
Spring brings pleasant smells, birds, blossoms, flowers, and rain for the soil. Summer, we glow with the rays of the sun, the trees are big and green. We enjoy the water and throw our cares to the side. In the fall, we savor the last bit of life as the leaves change beautiful colors at the end of their cycle.

Winter is a time where we reflect on all that came before this moment. Hopefully, we find times of triumph, of growth, and of wisdom.

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2020 Enhanced My Vision; I Can See in Ways I’ve Never Seen Before

Resilience.
2020 is almost over and I look forward to my vacation time so I can do a shit-ton of journaling and reflecting. What’s coming to me right now though is the idea of resilience. How 2020 has shown many of us how strong we can be.

We went from a 2-week lockdown, to an unknown quarantine. I’ve wondered about job security, when local non-essential stores would open, and also about the mental and physical health of loved ones. At some point, I finally figured out what selfcare truly looks like to me. It’s almost been a bit radical.

For me, self care became a new lifestyle. It meant making better eating decisions. It meant that taking care of my appearance doesn’t simply mean manicures and massages, but also yoga, stretching, and holding myself accountable to go to the gym (once that opened – but goes for runs during the times when it was closed).

The lifestyle allowed me to get more intimate with myself. To further pursue my hobbies, to practice more meditation, to know when I’m “spent,” to recognize when I truly need to be in touch with nature, to understand how to listen to my body.

Selfcare meant turning off the news because everyday was the same thing but told in a different way. It meant reviewing the accounts I follow on social media to ensure that it fed my soul, provided inspiration, and knowledge. It meant getting more in touch with my intuition and being more open to thinking critically about EVERYTHING.

Honestly, 2020 showed me that I have so much power, that I am blessed, and for that, I am truly grateful. I have honestly been able to see life in ways I’ve never seen before and there’s no going back.

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Delighting in the Simple Pleasures of This Dark Season

As a person who is quite sensitive to the energies around me, December is feeling a bit heavy already. With the lunar full moon eclipse on November 30th, the December 14th new moon + solar eclipse, and the planetary alignments on the 21st, which will usher us into the Age of Aquarius, I’m doing my best to not over work my mind and emotions. I’m meditating more, drinking my herbal teas, and letting myself enjoy the holiday spirit.

I’m making the conscious effort to revel in the positive energy that Sagittarius season brings. Though I don’t consider myself a Christian, the festiveness of the season brings a smile to my soul. It’s cold, the days are darker, and our spirits are truly being tested. At a time where anxieties and stressors tend to be a bit higher, I’ve decided to be more receptive to the holiday joy.

Make Time for the Things YOU Like

I’m taking in all of the lights, I’m enjoying holiday jazz music, I don’t drink hot chocolate but I’m delighted by images of the warm foamy drink with fluffy marshmallows on top (especially if it’s in a holiday-themed mug). The happy snowman images call out to my inner child, and the twinkling wreaths and snowflake decor seem to light up something inside of me. And this is all because I’m making the conscious effort to enjoy these simple pleasures. I’m working on detaching from expectations and just doing what feels right for me.

The lights won’t be around for long, the decor will come down at some point in January, so I encourage you to also take this time to enjoy the season (if it’s your thing). Just go for it! Of course, you can always enjoy these times with friends and family, but this is such a great opportunity to be spontaneous. Want to try that new holiday latte? Go to the coffee shop and just do it! Want to wander around and admire the decor — go for it! See how you feel just seizing the moment and enjoying the little things, even if it means you’re going at it alone. You may just love it.

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Fight the Power with Your High Vibration

We all know that 2020 has shaken the world up. And I don’t foresee things going back to what they were “pre-pandemic.” Too much has changed already.

An unfortunate circumstance from the pandemic is the decline in accommodations and resources. At least here in NYC, it seems that there are more lines and subpar customer service. There’s obviously less space that can be utilized as we’ve transitioned to indoor dining, which has limited capacity. Things seem to be breaking down more often with the wear and tear of people being at home or in their neighborhoods more often than before, and sometimes — you can pretty much feel the low vibrations in the air.

You Hold the Power

It takes a lot of energy to fight these low frequencies. Honestly! Sometimes being outside feels like a chore. Like I walk among the living dead, but I understand that the power lies within me. The power lies within me to carry a good attitude. To know that things are different; to adjust my expectations.

EYE have to decide to be the one to change my approach. EYE have control over how I choose to view my day. And as someone who would huff and puff with every slow-moving line or person on the sidewalk, I’ve learned so much about just being in the flow. About patience. And that when I’m super aware of my energy, I can have a beautiful day where everything happens the way I’d like it to. Sometimes it doesn’t. And that’s okay because I trust that some things are out of my control, and perhaps things happened the way they did for a reason.

So this holiday season, I ask you to be patient with yourself and others. Be cognizant of the energy you bring to the outside world. Keep your frequencies high and don’t bring stress and illness upon yourself!

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