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 myContinue reading “Confession: I Hug and Hold Trees.”

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

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.Continue reading “Winter: A Time for Quiet Reflection”

How to be Present in Nature Part VI: Listen

I find the simplest thing to do while being in nature is to listen. Typically, we’re walking the streets with our headphones on, exercising in the park while listening to music, or talking to someone on the phone — we’re preoccupied with keeping a sound barrier between us and the world. These days, I spendContinue reading “How to be Present in Nature Part VI: Listen”

Inspired by a Photo: A Brief Exploration of the 4 Elements of Life

To me, this featured photo encompasses representations of the 4 major elements that are the foundation to life: fire, water, earth, and air. You’ll find that these elements are important to occult practices (5 elements, if you include that of the spirit). You come across more representations of these elements when we explore the zodiacContinue reading “Inspired by a Photo: A Brief Exploration of the 4 Elements of Life”

In October, We Celebrate Life and Death

I love October! Fall is in full effect, the weather is cooler but still enjoyable, pumpkins are abound, and we have the celebratory times of Halloween/Samhain/Dia de los Muertos/All Souls Day. Though Libra rides out much of this month, on the 22nd, we have the start of my second favorite season, that of Scorpio. ScorpioContinue reading “In October, We Celebrate Life and Death”

What’s Your Daily Spiritual Practice?

“One of the pillars of soulful living, according to inspiring yoga teacher Leila Sadapghee, is the establishment of sadhana, daily spiritual practice. This needn’t involve prayer– it could be a daily meditation, mantra repetition or yoga practice with an underlying spiritual intent.” — Pip Walker, Deeply Holistic I highlighted that quote in the book IContinue reading “What’s Your Daily Spiritual Practice?”

Welcoming Fall and the Harvest with a Mabon Celebration

We just welcomed the Autumn Equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere and there’s been a lovely crisp to the air here in the Northeast. During the first day of fall on September 22nd, the sun also moved into the zodiac of Libra. Additionally, the beginning of fall also brings us Mabon, a pagan/Celtic/Wiccan tradition, whichContinue reading “Welcoming Fall and the Harvest with a Mabon Celebration”

How to be Present in Nature Part V: Earthing

When was the last time you felt the soil and grass beneath your feet? Or even the sand between your toes? It’s way too easy for us to physically disconnect from nature these days. Unless you intentionally spend time in a park or the beach, most of us are missing out on connecting to theContinue reading “How to be Present in Nature Part V: Earthing”

A Midsummer Symphony

Cicadas replace the sounds of birds on a summer morning,Crickets and grasshoppers sing their nightly symphonies;Sounds that could simply lull you to sleep. You walk around,you sit on the porch or the stoop,and the liveliness of the critters becomes the background noiseof your environment. Rattles, whistles, and chirps remind us that no matter what, lifeContinue reading “A Midsummer Symphony”

How to be Present in Nature Part IV: Skygazing

Ever since I was a child, I’ve been entranced by sunsets and skygazing. I remember during a trip to South Carolina in my youth, I was in complete awe looking at the night sky. Everywhere I looked, just more and more clusters of stars. The whole sky was be-speckled in them! As a young girlContinue reading “How to be Present in Nature Part IV: Skygazing”

We Shouldn’t Externalize “The Revolution”

The revolution won’t be televised. Why not? Because I honestly believe the revolution starts within. It starts with how we think about ourselves. Our outlook on our own lives, the intentions behind our actions, the way we prioritize our health and mental states. The little things we can do in our lives to help bringContinue reading “We Shouldn’t Externalize “The Revolution””

Does Your Soul Need These Two Things?

“What are soul needs? They lie in two realms: nature and creativity.”– Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype I just want to leave you all with this quote that resonated heavily with my soul. I chose this photo I shot from the Brooklyn BotanicContinue reading “Does Your Soul Need These Two Things?”

Swimming: An Artful Escape

That moment when you glide smoothly into the water;it’s like you’re transporting yourself to another world.Swimming; it’s so therapeutic. Without regular trips to the gym and a daily commute, my mobility has lessened.I do take walks and go for jogs, but that only makes up for a portion of what I’ve lost.I’ve been fortunate enoughContinue reading “Swimming: An Artful Escape”

Have Fun and Honor the Sun’s Energy This Leo Season

“The Sun is the pull to Spirit and Self, a differentiation into individuality and separate awareness. It is the life giver, a source of power and indicator of destiny.”– Judy Hall, The Hades Moon It’s about to be Leo season! Leo season lasts from July 23rd through August 22nd. Being a July Leo myself, IContinue reading “Have Fun and Honor the Sun’s Energy This Leo Season”

How to be Present in Nature Part III: Connect with Open Water

Apparently, due to coronavirus lockdowns, there were people who have spent more time in nature than usual, as a way to cope with the stress and uncertainty. For those 3-4 months, going to your yard, local park, beach, lake, or pond, was the only escape for a while. In this Vox article, Quarantine Has ChangedContinue reading “How to be Present in Nature Part III: Connect with Open Water”

Reconnect with Self This Cancer Season – Where’s Your ‘Home’?

It’s summer time in NYC and it’s also Cancer season. Cancer is a feminine, water sign – represented by the crab (hard exterior, soft interior) and connected to the moon. We’ve had some wonderfully summer weather lately, and with the beaches open, it’s been the perfect time to feel the healing energy of the ocean,Continue reading “Reconnect with Self This Cancer Season – Where’s Your ‘Home’?”

We Need Seeds, We Need Growth.

I recently realized that I only see seedless grapes in the grocery store. To be honest, I haven’t been to a farmer’s market in a while, but I do know that seedless grapes seem to be the norm in the stores. Why is seedless so popular anyway? Did people really demand seedless fruit or wasContinue reading “We Need Seeds, We Need Growth.”

A Sunset and A Second Wind

Some folks relish the sunrises.The dawning of a new day. Glorious rays of sunlightthat beam with possibilities of what’s to come. But the sunset always feels like home. The grand finale beforeact II for the night. As it ushers in the inky deep blue, we can slink away into the darkness. This is where IContinue reading “A Sunset and A Second Wind”

Birdwatching in Brooklyn; An Act of Mindfulness

As I’ve mentioned in one of my previous posts, birdwatching is a great way to spend time being present in nature. It’s a great way to be present, period. Bird calls are easily and most notably heard in parks, and we often hear common birds like sparrows, pigeons, starlings, robins, and mourning doves in ourContinue reading “Birdwatching in Brooklyn; An Act of Mindfulness”