Navigating this modern world with a hefty dose of constant accessibility, doom scrolling and EMF saturation has anxiety and nervous system dysregulation at an all-time high.
This enhanced and constant state of threat activates the amygdala - the part of the brain responsible for survival and instincts during fear response, which then results in a flight, fight or freeze state. The brain’s top priority is survival so when the amygdala is activated, the frontal cortex – the area of the brain responsible for reasoning and logic, all but shuts down so the brain can go all in on safety and survival. This response creates a state of hyperarousal in the nervous system which in turn stimulates the release of cortisol and adrenaline, leaving us feeling depleted, overwhelmed and burned out.
Did you know that sometimes the body can communicate much more clearly than the brain? The human brain is wired for survival which means that our thoughts tend to get stuck running repeatedly through the same neural pathways.
Once the brain identifies a pattern that is successful in keeping us alive, it sticks with it and creates shortcuts to help improve our chances of survival. These grooves or pathways become deeply entrenched within our gray matter and then convert to default programming. This is a very efficient system for survival. But given that the average human has about 60,000 thoughts a day, of these, 90% are recurring and of these recurring thoughts, 80% are negative – this is not so helpful for clear and innovative decision making, problem solving or general peacefulness.
Any planetary influence can be used to deepen personal growth - even mercury retrograde!
This particular retrograde has earned a somewhat infamous reputation over recent years. Historically, it’s wreaked havoc on communication, travel and technology and has become a popular scapegoat for reuniting with toxic exes, digging up the past and miscommunication at large.
Happy Beltane (also known as May Day) - we are halfway between the spring equinox and summer solstice! ☀️
Traditionally this day has been celebrated to welcome fertility, flowering, abundance and the alignment of male and female energies. If you set an intention at the beginning of the year, then planted the seeds for it around the Spring Equinox, now is the time to take action so that your vision can fully blossom into reality!
I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of chiaroscuro, or the contrast of shadow and light in a painting, drawing or photo.
Finding that striking balance of contrast makes the entire image POP, and it’s something I aspire to when editing my photos. It’s quite amazing how turning up the shadow tones can add so much drama and depth to an image or piece of art. This is the metaphor I keep coming back to for the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. From a psychological and environmental perspective, the cold, dark weather, changing seasons and transition into the new year create the perfect backdrop to integrate our shadow self and use it to make our whole life POP.
We celebrated Thanksgiving, my stepson’s birthday and my daughter’s birthday all within one week and I found myself on the slippery slope of having heavy meals, pie, cookies or cake four days in a row. As a result, my skin broke out, I felt and looked swollen and bloated, my digestion was all over the place and I wasn’t sleeping very well.
My nutrition always takes a major hit between Thanksgiving and New Year’s – does yours?
With the collective anxiety of the world in a constant state of hyperarousal, our energy is being expended in ways that are draining to our soul and spirit. Humans were not designed to doom scroll the news all day, have instant access to disturbing images and video or to spend most of the day in front of a screen.
Practicing spiritual hygiene is always a good idea, but it becomes especially critical during unstable and stressful times. Energy retrieval is an accessible way to keep the luminous field light and vibrant, which in turn feeds and strengthens the mind and physical body.
Traditionally, the time between the Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice is when the veils between dimensions are the thinnest - making divine guidance, connection and downloads more accessible than any other time of year. This sounds great, right?
But when this condition is paired with Scorpio’s intense and mercurial energy, heightened global anxiety, an election, mercury retrograde and Vata season - it can all seem really overwhelming to say the least!
🔮 Have your dreams been more vivid?
💤 Has your sleep been irregular?
💨 Have you struggled to feel grounded?
🖤 Have you felt overwhelmingly emotional?