February 2020 Affirmations

I recently ordered this lovely Affirmations deck from an indie designer based in Australia, Dreamy Moons. I’ve followed her on Instagram for a while now and her art always speaks to me. I love the simple designs, the mysticism, and the gold and black combination. I’ve been pulling weekly affirmations for myself, and I decided to pull affirmations for February.

February will be interesting. We had the 02.02.2020 palindrome day this Sunday, we’re harnessing Aquarian energy, and there will be a full moon in Leo on February 9th (post to come about that shortly). I think many of us are experiencing deep shifts in our lives – so I’ve pulled two affirmations that I wanted to share.

Bottom of the deck card.

I did a closeup shot of the “I follow my bliss card” but I had a little scratch on the card and didn’t want to show it haha. But I think it’s pretty legible here. SO – I thought “I follow my bliss” was a great affirmation, pretty straightforward, but then I wanted to take it further.

Similar to the tarot readings I do for myself, I checked the bottom of the deck for the energy that supports the card I pulled. Here, in Biddy Tarot, the author sums up the bottom of the deck energy pretty nicely, “The bottom card alludes to the hidden aspects that are influencing the situation at hand and gives deep insight into the subconscious mind of the client.

I refuse to give up because I haven’t tried all possible ways” was the affirmation at the bottom and I’d say it’s a pretty good supportive energy. To hear “I follow my bliss” is one thing — but why? Because there’s something currently that isn’t really the ideal, so to follow your bliss means to put yourself on the path of “reaching for the stars,” of “refusing to give up.”

This is what I’ll be keeping in mind for February to follow my bliss and not give up. Along with my own mantra to be consistent.

How to Be Present in Nature: Part I (Bird Watch)

Bird watching!

When you’re walking in your neighborhood or in your local park, pay attention to the different sounds of the birds around you. Do you hear one bird? If so, can you locate it? Are there many birds? Are they in a tree?

What type of birds are flying ahead and where do they seem to be resting? I’ve noticed birds in telephone and street sign poles. I’ve seen them perched on tombstones in cemeteries; I’ve watched them flutter in and out of holes in people’s roofs.

I’ve been in Prospect Park and noticed grey catbirds, red winged blackbirds, mockingbirds, cardinals, blue jays, warblers, red tailed hawks and more! It’s so fun – it’s even cooler when you can recognize their calls. Blue jays I’ve noticed are particularly loud and easily noticeable. I’m working on being able to distinguish their sounds, but, all in due time.

Image captured by me in Prospect Park.

2020 Ascension – Are You Elevating?

as·cen·sion/əˈsen(t)SH(ə)n: the act of rising to an important position or a higher level.

Ascension. Where does one even begin? How do you move into a higher level of consciousness? There’s so much work that has to be done in terms of gaining knowledge of oneself, then using this knowledge to understand how you stand in relation to others. I’ve never been a religious person, but I think leaning into spirituality can be extremely helpful in feeding your soul. (It’s 2:22 as I type this).

Honestly, I believe ascension can be as simple as looking at your behaviors and thought processes in the previous year, maybe even the previous month, and seeing how you’ve outgrown things that no longer serve you. How does one rid themselves of limiting beliefs? How do you recognize your shadow and integrate it in your day to day life. Do you realize your own biases and how they impact your attitude towards yourself and others?

It’s 2020, and we’re entering the age of Aquarius – the light bringer – the Star tarot card. Many of us may be shedding some karmic patterns, relationships that no longer serve us, and even realizing how we contribute to our own toxic patterns. You might be called to serve a higher purpose somehow. We’re leaving behind the old paradigms to make way for this new light.

Many of you are already sharing gifts by expressing your thoughts and feelings through poetry, photography, journaling, and more. I believe we all have a great capacity to learn from one another and help each other along the way through mindfulness. If you’re reading this, I want you to challenge yourself. Reflect … go inside … think about how you’ve grown in the past decade and how much more you can expand today and tomorrow. But start today; tomorrow isn’t promised.

Make Time for Nature

How much time do you spend in nature? Nature heals, inspires, relaxes.

Do you realize how much of our lives are spent looking at a screen? According to Forbes, we spend as much as 12 hours a day looking at a screen. We work on computers, we process advertisements, subliminal messages, trends, and “news,” through a screen. We communicate through a screen.

It’s an influx, an information overload. Not only are we clogging our brains with so much “stuff,” but we’re overloading our eyes. Don’t you ever just want to close your eyes sometimes to give them a rest from the constant artificial light? I know I’m writing this on a screen myself — but since you’re consuming content anyway, I hope this helps you consider something.

Here’s what I want you to consider: spend time in nature. No headphones, no digital book. Just you, the birds, green space, blue space, which ever.

Listen to the trees, listen to the ocean and just be. Connect with yourself.

Image captured by me: Battery Park City Esplanade

Don’t Forget How Big Your Spirit Is

That’s me. Little B in a big world.

This picture reminds me of how “small” I am in this vast space. A space occupied by buildings, some big, some small, some that soar up into the sky.

A space occupied by trees, fields, water, birds, and a lot more people. There’s an interconnectedness that we forget about in our day to day. We’re like ants, doing our jobs and making our way.

Though we may be “insignificant” in the grand scheme of the universe, we mustn’t ever forget how BIG our spirits are. That our energy attracts things to us, that there’s a cosmic force around us if we tap into it. That we have the ability to make a difference in people’s lives. Even if it’s just one other person.

We never know the little impacts we may have on the trajectory of things; the bigger picture.

Be Intentional About Your Goals – The Chariot: Tarot Inspiration

Brooklyn received its first snowfall of the year yesterday. I came across this old photo I took and thought it was fitting — also because it spoke to me.

When looking at the train pulling into the station, I think of The Chariot (Major Arcana) tarot card. The original chariot description features a brave warrior, standing tall, being carried and brought forth on his chariot. When the chariot card appears, it’s about taking action, moving forward; it’s a positive sign to get. I also like that it means moving forward while also being in flow. It’s a little different than the King of Swords (Minor Arcana), a fixed, stern, take charge kind of energy. The King of Swords is a bit about control.

But I appreciate The Chariot. It reminds us to be intentional about our goals and to realize that you can make decisions that are in alignment with your true values. Are you seeing your intentions come to fruition? Every time I post a blog, it’s a little note to myself that I’m staying on track with being more consistent; that I’m holding myself accountable for the things I said I would do.

The Poison and The Remedy

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Three drinks by my side.
Because my emotions are running deep.
How do I maintain a semblance of balance?
Whiskey on the rocks, a band-aid for my pain.
Green smoothie; I’m being healthy about “detoxing.”
Water, to stay properly hydrated.
Seems I will never be vice-free.

Image captured by me.

Still Trying to Figure it Out

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Sometimes I just feel emotionally all over the place.
More of a, “still trying to figure it out” kind of feeling.
Like, “what the hell am I doing? What’s happening in my life?” kinda thing. 

But something is happening at the moment, some sort of shift.
I can only hope that maybe one day I’ll look back at this and it will make sense. 

Image captured by me in Beacon, NY.

Two of Cups – The Flow of Love

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This image that I captured at Prospect Park reminds me of the 2 of cups tarot card. Something about the gliding of the swans in the water evokes a sense of femininity. The waters remind me of emotions and the flow of life – which is also representative of the 2 of cups card. Ultimately, the 2 of cups is about the flow of love between two people.

Though it’s a Minor Arcana card, the 2 of cups is one of my favorites. I love that it represents creating harmony and deep connections within partnerships. It’s with this card that we see potential to grow into something deeper, and there’s a lovely synergy.

The joining together of two forces.

 

 

I See the Light But…

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I finally see the sun through the forest.
Slivers of light make their way through the dense
packing of the trees.
A clearing is in the distance.
But—there seems to be a magnetic force around me.
That’s what it is right?
That’s why can’t I step towards the clearing.
… what else could be preventing me from freedom?

 

Photo captured by me in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn

Into the Darkness

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I saw the light with you;
but also saw the underworld.
We plunged into the darkness,
ventured into the unknown.
Something about it was so beautifully scary;
intoxicating.
But it was time to take a break,
to embrace the light again.
You made your home in the darkness,
established your throne.

Sadness is my friend, my foe

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Sadness is my friend, sadness is my foe.
Sometimes I can sit with it and let it be.
Other times it bubbles to the surface and boils over,
leaving a mess in its wake.
And sometimes I let myself just be consumed by it;
I submit to it.

Photo taken by me at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.

Own Worst Enemy

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Feelings are just that, feelings.
It’s also because of them, that we do the things we do.
It’s because of our feelings, our desires for one another,
that we hope to execute shared dreams;
that we invest and feed each other’s souls.

What do we do when it all seems to be in jeopardy?
When you wonder if it was all an illusion?
You lied to me; I lied to myself.
Perhaps it is me.
I’m my own worst enemy.

Pic shot by me in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

What is Strength?

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So much time spent trying to be strong, when maybe we’re afraid.
Or unsure.
Or because we fear being vulnerable.

But what if being strong also means being receptive?
Understanding that emotions are complex and sometimes messy.
That it takes strength to sort through these feelings and understand them better.
As humans, we have a penchant for making things harder than they need to be.
Always so driven by action. Maybe strength means knowing when to give yourself a break.

Photo captured by me at Domino Park, Williamsburg.