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Mercury in Retrograde? No Problem. You’ve Got This.

Mercury in Retrograde?  No Problem.  You've Got This.

 

One of the most highly discussed topics on social media right now is that of Mercury being in retrograde. What does this mean for everyone? Are we all doomed to experiencing emotional roller coasters, things breaking and businesses going sour? No. …. or yes. Well.. Let me explain.

I feel like you probably know the history behind this confusing topic, but if not, let me divulge for a moment. Mercury goes through this phenomenon about 3 to 4 times in a year and for about 3 weeks at a time where the planet appears to slow down, stop and then go backwards a bit. However, it’s more of a pause – an optical illusion while the rest of us must continue to orbit in forward motion in our daily lives. In reality, all retrogrades show us that it is sometimes more important slow down and reflect on the inward than simply remain focused on the outer. Robert Wilkinson writes, in his Aquarius Papers, “…While it seems as though Mercury retrograde is associated with things that malfunction and miscommunications and delays, we must remember that in actuality, no planet or its influence is good or bad unto itself. We are the ones who determine our ‘destiny,’ based on our choices, which shape our character. In that sense, ‘character is destiny,’ and so we have the responsibility to determine whether we will be active or passive in responding to life’s challenges.”

As with all retrogrades, we can use this time to take a reflect on the things of the past, or even what has recently begun. This current one helps us to re-shape our minds, understanding, perspectives and processes by taking current observations into past feelings, filling in some aspects or elements we previously didn’t understand that could set the stage that would allow us to forgive or have compassion for something we went through.

That being said, I have to admit that I didn’t know retrograde was upon us until my spastic emotional highs and lows whispered (or shouted) into my subconscious, that something bigger was happening in and all around me. I felt incredibly happy and excited about this, but at the same time, ready to bawl my eyes out. Why, you may ask? Well, I’m sure I don’t know! That’s what this whole retrograde thing is all about, right??

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This isn’t necessarily a ‘bad’ thing. I know people (myself included) who are apt to post cautionary calls to awareness, but in truth, this occasional visitor arrives with an intention to give. We have the opportunity to use this time to follow in it’s path; to stop, pause, look back and reflect. It’s a time when people are more intuitive and that old buried shit seems to come back for us to more fully deal with.

Because we are operating from a more sensitive, dare I say, more emotional state, we are advised to stay away from signing contracts, venturing in to new markets, starting/ending a relationship … In short – this is NOT the time to make major decisions. It IS time to sit down and reflect on your personal healing, growth, needs, goals, desires …. and where you are on your road to bliss.

I realized that for my life, I need to take better care of myself and plan ahead to include those times that feed and fuel the natural motivated and excited energy within me. That is my natural state. But starve the spirit, especially when it is most in need, is to engage in self-sabotage. THAT is the shadow side of Mercury being in retrograde.

I believe that incredible things and opportunities are about to get amazing for everyone – but you won’t be able to experience them if you remain stuck in this potential bad mode/energy. Now, more than ever, surround yourself with uplifting people and create proactive, positive practices in your life.

You may even want to temporarily change how you ‘do life’. We all desperately need to take care of ourselves right now. Take baths when possible, nap occasionally, meditate, write, read, laugh, hang with friends, get in to your bodies, play …

So, give to yourself. Get happy. Eat healthy, be active, meditate, express yourself and have grace with your weaknesses. If you aren’t loving yourself, if you aren’t happy, you will only stunt the progression of possibility.

What do you do when retrograde strikes?   What gets you through with a smile on your face?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Here are 3 Tips on Finding Time For YOU!

Here are 3 Tips on Finding Time For YOU!

After having an emotionally and physically exhausting week, I knew something needed to give. Have you ever felt that way?? I have been traveling and working a lot. It got to that point where I went out with my partner to see a friend’s band play, parked the car and just wanted to bawl my eyes out. I wanted to curl up in the driver’s seat, cry and just sleep for weeks.

I was mad. Frustrated, exhausted and overwhelmed. So much of it came from this anger inside that knew, ‘THIS ISN’T ME’. I am a believer in good, beauty, possibilities and bliss!! There’s no crying in bliss!! …right?

The reality is, that our true bliss is often discovered through the honesty of our tears. We know that exhaustion calls us to find inner peace and rest, but we can’t seem to shake the other reality – that damn cycle we get caught in call the ‘busyness of life’! As a woman with 3 kids, a business, a relationship, home, etc… I know what exhausted looks like and what I can tell you, is that the most important thing you can do is LOVE you. Take time for you. MAKE time for you.

So, what is your YOU practice? What gets you grounded and able to call in the truth that sets you free? If you’re ever feeling low and stuck on ideas– here are a few tips for daily grounding in the eye of a storm:

1. Say NO. Being a people pleaser is something many of us have a subconscious, guilt driven desire to succeed at. We’d never want to actually have the title – we just want everyone to be happy and taken care of. This isn’t totally a bad thing, until we do it at all odds. Far too often, we sacrifice our health, time and well being just to keep everyone happy. From little things like over scheduling to much greater things like staying in a toxic relationship – we say yes, because we don’t want to let people (even ourselves) down. But here’s a little extra trick for you: If there is something you believe needs to be done – close your eyes and check how it feels. Do you feel good about it? Or do you feel heavy like there’s a fearful guilt and obligation battle going on inside your gut? Well – we are meant to feel light. And the right choice for you will feel right. Our true essence has a gentle voice that always pulls us toward the direction of our greater good. Go with it. You don’t have to fully understand it – but the peace and love you are left with will prove itself and in the end, you will be a more full person for the next thing you are meant to contribute to.

2. On that note, LOVE YOURSELF THROUGH EVERY BLOCK. I don’t care how you do it. Whether it’s through good company, a yoga class, going to bed early, making a cup of tea and sitting in silence for 5 minutes, prayer, affirmations… there’s really an endless list available to you here. Be creative and start thinking!! What makes you breathe deeper and feel rooted? For me, I have to be honest – of course, the normal things help, like being in nature, saunas and the like help immensely. But for me my top five are meditation, proper diet, exercise, laughter and sex. So there you have it. Every one is different – and as I write this, I realize that this point is probably mean to be a topic all on it’s own. (What do you think? Want to hear more on this?)

3. Give yourself a round of APPLAUSE. Because you’re pretty damn amazing. Look at all the things you’ve accomplished, the places you’ve been, what you’ve come through and how you’ve grown!! I’m proud of you and you should be proud too. We are so quick to take edit of ourselves. Both sexes stand in the mirror and rip there curves (and lack thereof) apart, we relive our setbacks and replay that moment in our day when ego took over and we used our ‘superior intelligence’ to over rule the people in our wake…. OK – not good but you also get the point. YES – you are a person with weaknesses and strengths. Sometimes you’re going to be on it and other times you just seem to fall down. But if I know you – you are also the one that falls and gets back up again. You already recognize where you could have done it better. So quit beating yourself up about it and learn from it. See where the compassion and patience can increase in your heart, while also seeing the abundance that already exists in you.

*BONUS TIP: VALUE YOUR SLEEP. This one is like accessing an extra super power because it can be used pre-emptively. I know for myself and many others, I just can’t function with my eyes burning, head aching and knowing that the only thing I want while I COULD be productive- is my pillow. Imagine if we gave a little more love to our pillows BEFORE our adrenals burn out? Trust me – arranging your schedule so you sleep longer a few nights a week will do you and everyone around you, well.

We are a race of beings that have incredible divine potential for love, expression, connectedness and abundance. I know that our modern life demands a lot, regardless of your status, nationality or religion. But no matter who you are or what your situation may be, if you are not connected to your true essence, then you will miss out on the greatest beauties in life.

External demands leave us feeling stressed, overwhelmed, anxious and frustrated. Internal connectedness allows us to see beyond the stresses of external demand and live through the experience in an awareness that not only sets us up for success but also leaves us in a state of divine gratitude. This is the beautiful cycle we should encourage.

This is your power. Live it.