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self discovery

Grounded and Grateful

I had never truly thought about being “grounded” until I began learning about the seven chakras last fall. Yes, the concept has come up throughout my life, but I failed to embody its meaning until recently.

I’ll admit, I’m a woman with her head in the clouds- whimsy and wild. My dreams are grandiose, my mind is fixated in the future, and I’m always looking for a deeper meaning to what is right in front of me. However, through meditation and nature, I began my own grounding practice without even knowing it.

There’s nothing like sitting in the grass, watching the birds fly by, smelling the crisp fall air, or sitting still to observe.

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After a lack of creativity, I decided to balance my chakras, meditate, and free write yesterday. I came up with seven poems- each corresponding to a chakra- to reframe my thinking and open my consciousness.

The first is “Muladhara,” or “Rooted,” for the Root Chakra. Red Jasper supports this chakra with its grounding, safety, inner strength, and balancing properties.

I hope you enjoy my poem and find your own inner peace, grounding, and gratitude this weekend. 🙏🏻

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self discovery

On the Cusp- Who I Was, Who I Am

June 5th, 2014 (four years ago today!)- the day of my blonde chop.

This morning I looked at my horoscope- the Sagittarius one– as I’ve always felt much more like an archer than the goat.  Although I’m born on the cusp of Sagittarius and Capricorn, sometimes I wonder, “how could anyone consider me grounded!?”

One may say my head is often in the clouds and I have a relentless need for freedom, change, and adventure, but most wouldn’t consider me calm or cautious, like a Capricorn.  That said, I turned to my “Sag ‘scope” of the day:

“A sense of dissatisfaction that has been dogging you for quite some time now will at last begin to fade. You will instinctively know that you have found your niche in life and can follow your calling to achieve your dreams. You will be able to understand what changes must be implemented to make your health as well as your work much better.”

Spot-on.

This brings me to a common theme (or struggle): identity.

Although my haircut is the same as it was four years ago, I’ve spent a lot of these four years questioning who I am.

Have I been who I wanted to be? Or have I been listening too closely to what others have said?

I’ve lived a few different places, dated different people, worked different jobs; but none of things things have made up who I am.  Wherever you go, there you are– no matter what is stripped from you, whatever title you have, or whoever is by your side.  You always have YOU.

So, what do they have to say about Sagittarius, anyway?

Strengths: Generous, idealistic, great sense of humor

Weaknesses: Promises more than can deliver, very impatient, will say anything no matter how undiplomatic

Sagittarius likes: Freedom, travel, philosophy, being outdoors

Sagittarius dislikes: Clingy people, being constrained, off-the-wall theories, details

“Curious and energetic, Sagittarius is one of the biggest travelers among all zodiac signs. Their open mind and philosophical view motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life.”

Fitting.

“Freedom is their greatest treasure, because only then they can freely travel and explore different cultures and philosophies. Because of their honesty, Sagittarius-born are often impatient and tactless when they need to say or do something, so it’s important to learn to express themselves in a tolerant and socially acceptable way.”

Although I can 100% identify with the Sagittarius theme, it makes me wonder, “am I stuck in the clouds?  Do I need to be brought back down to earth?

So, I looked back at the blog posts from the past few days, and came to this conclusion:

My theme for June: grounding. 🙏🏻

What does that mean?  Well, it means quite a bit.  For me, the first things that come to mind would be to get out in nature, turn off the phone, meditate, read, relax, and most of all: sit still!  I often think my way into problems, or over-think the world around me. This has not only caused me anxiety, but has held me back from being my true self.

Once you re-center and become one with yourself, feeling comfortable in your own skin, you are limitless- no matter what your sign.

Although I’ll never back down from my adventure-seeking, curious nature, maybe I can stand to embody a little bit of my sea goat, after all. ✨

June 5, 2018- a little older, a little wiser, and maybe (just maybe), a little more grounded.
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conscious living

Writing: A Grounding Exercise

Sometimes there’s no better feeling than settling in, grabbing a pen, and putting your thoughts on paper.

I’ve always been a fan of a little rhyme or jingle, but tonight I also wanted to touch on growth, the lessons of the past few days, and staying true to my authentic self.

Thanks to an energy session, I’ve recently learned I need to do more grounding work; this means more time in nature, more meditation, more writing, and more sitting still.  As I become more balanced, I’ll think less and start sensing more.

Summer is the perfect season to connect with your root chakra, ground yourself, and spend time in nature.  I must admit, it’s been a challenge to stay grounded these past few weeks- but with a few techniques, it’s possible to improve your anxiety, concentration, and overall happiness.

We all have the ability to be free no matter what our situation- we are each responsible for our own thoughts, feelings, and reactions to the world around us. 

It just takes practice.

Life truly is beautiful when we can calm our minds, sit still, and reflect within. ✨

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self discovery

Rejuvenate and Rebalance

Lately I have been feeling a lot of deja vu. Perhaps it’s the spring season, or the shifts of energy… but somehow, I keep getting the same feelings of hope and optimism that I had four years ago before moving to New York.

This also brings a bit of uncertainty; am I preparing for a change? Is something big on the horizon? Or, maybe, this change is on the inside.

It’s hard to say, but I’ll try not to overthink it and just enjoy each day.

After living in Boston for a year and a half now, I’ve reflected a lot on my experiences and how I’ve healed from the life I was living before moving here. I’ve learned the power of vulnerability, and that the right people come into your life at the right time. I’ve learned that curveballs provide great lessons, and that sometimes you have to take a step backwards to take two steps forward.

As I have cut baggage from my life- old patterns, behaviors, and thoughts, I also decided it was time to cut one more thing- my hair.

It seemed symbolic for the time, because it was four years ago this month when I cut my hair before, too. Full of excitement for the future, I opted for a new blonde bob, packed my bags, and left for a new life in NYC. Well, this year isn’t quite the same, but I have the same fresh feeling as I did four years ago- but I won’t let my story end the same this time.

Yesterday I woke up, fixed my new hair-do, and headed to an energy healing- just in the nick of time. There’s a fun background on how this energy healing happened, too:

Last weekend I serendipitously passed a street sale in Arlington on my way to the library, which just happened to be closed because of Memorial Day. However, as I strolled through the sale, I found two 25 cent books for sale- both on meditation and energy. When I headed to the table to check out, one of the ladies told me about an energy healing raffle going on. I filled out a card, bought my books, and headed back home.

A couple of days later, I received an email saying I was the winner! What a surprise. They had availability for Saturday morning, so, as an appropriate way to start my month, I booked a 9am appointment.

This was my first time having energy work done, and it was a very comfortable and interesting experience. We discussed where I thought I held onto negative energy, and chatted about my lifestyle, stresses, and passions.

After the session was finished, she asked how I felt. It was hard to pin point at the time; I was extremely relaxed, fuzzy, and calm. She did tell me that I am holding an immense amount of energy in my stomach, which I have never heard before. It all makes sense, though- she described it as the “butterfly in your stomach” feeling. Oh, do I ever know that feeling all too well!

In addition to holding stress in my solar plexus chakra, she mentioned my need for grounding work. Although my upper chakras are active and well, I have a hard time grounding. This made a lot of sense, too.

After I left, I thought about ways I count ground, calm my brain, and redistribute my energy. Instead of being stuck in my head all of the time, holding energy in the wrong places, how can I rebalance? So, I decided to go to the park.

It was a beautiful, hot June afternoon- until the rain came. I felt the rain hit my skin, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. I headed home and put on some comfy clothes, opened my laptop, and started the new season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Sometimes we just need a day or two to calm our minds, sit in nature, and rest. Saturday provided that opportunity for me to just be, reflect, and look forward to whatever is next. I don’t have to know what today or tomorrow will bring, as long as I am grounded in the moment- with a fresh new haircut. 🌿

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self discovery

Take Time to Just Be

I love a new week!  With feelings of optimism and peace, I am looking forward to what each day brings- and I’m not worried about the unknown.

Every Monday I enjoy getting coffee, going to the park and embracing the beauty around me.  As I thought about what I have planned for the day and the week ahead, I stopped and remembered the importance of going with the flow.  Often times we can get so caught up in our own plans that we don’t recognize the messages the universe sends about other plans and opportunities.

These past few months have given me many opportunities to practice being more mindful- with many uncertainties about what lies ahead, it’s been crucial for me to enjoy the moment and take time to just be.

Just last week I was feeling a little unsettled about my routine, but after enjoying a day at the beach and meditating on my intentions, I received a phone call about a new opportunity.  It just goes to show that worrying didn’t serve me- having faith, putting in the work and going with the flow was all I needed.

While there’s still uncertainty, I’ve let go of fear.  I’ve been through transitions before, and life has always worked itself out in the end.  Taking time to connect, recharge, and care for yourself is so important when going through changes- even though we may want to control every outcome.  Instead of wasting my energy feeling nervous, I’m enjoying this time of peace, walks by the harbor, and grounding myself in nature.  The universe already knows what is in store for me, so I’ll embrace the moment and welcome the next opportunity that comes my way.