𝗠𝘆 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿’𝘀 𝗥𝗶𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹
It’s that time, the end of a year (an epic year at that!) with a new one in the wings.
I developed a ritual years ago in order to better account for my time. It serves 3 purposes:
1) Reminds me I accomplished more than I thought.
2) Helps me take an honest look: 𝘼𝙢 𝙄 𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙢𝙮 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙤𝙪𝙨 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙤𝙣 𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙝 𝙙𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙄 𝙫𝙖𝙡𝙪𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩?
3) Helps me 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦 lessons learned in the past year, and 𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 & 𝘨𝘰𝘢𝘭𝘴 for the year ahead.
It’s a simple ritual & I take my time with it over several days.
𝗠𝗬 𝗬𝗘𝗔𝗥 𝗜𝗡 𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪 ✍🏼
In point form, using different categories, create a summary of the year.
Here are some categories to consider 👉🏽 Work / Friends / Family / Physical Health / Mental Health / Travel / Society / Arts & Culture / Celebrity sightings / Spiritual.
I admit I laughed a LOT as I began this year (“𝘛𝘳𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘭?!” "𝘈𝘳𝘵𝘴 & 𝘊𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦?!” “𝘍𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘴/𝘚𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭?!"). Ha. Yah. Hilarious 🙃
YET - even in the categories I thought there’d be little to show for, there were some pretty powerful experiences & conversations. Those count, too.
In true 𝘆𝗶𝗻 & 𝘆𝗮𝗻𝗴 fashion, in the darkest depths of suffering also exists the capacity for the brightest light.
Looking back at my calendar & journals helps fill in the categories as a way of reviewing & digesting the year.
Then comes 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝟮: 𝗚𝗼𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿 👇🏽
Sometimes I’ll use similar categories with goals for each.
If there’s a project I’m eager to manifest, I will break down the goals into concrete actions to follow 👊🏽
But lately, I’ve been less about goals that are a 'to do’ list, and more about goals that reflect ‘𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡 / 𝙚𝙭𝙞𝙨𝙩 / 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙪𝙥 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙.’
It’s up to you how you want to use this ritual. It’s simply about helping us live with greater awareness and appreciation. Make it your own 💗
Peace out, 2020.
𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗜 𝘄𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗮 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝘆 & 𝗷𝗼𝘆-𝗳𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭.
Welcome, Full Moon in Cancer 🌕 ♋️
This full moon brings the 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳. We've had an unusual year of two full moons and two new moons in Cancer in 2020, highlighting time and time again the themes of 𝙝𝙤𝙢𝙚, 𝙛𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙮, 𝙧𝙤𝙤𝙩𝙨, 𝙨𝙖𝙛𝙚𝙩𝙮, 𝙨𝙚𝙘𝙪𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙮, 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙩.
Uninhibited, this full moon shines brightly in her home sign, and 𝘄𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝘆 𝗯𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁.
For reflection... 📝
♋️ Did you face any challenges in family dynamics? If so, what did you learn from these challenges?
♋️ What insights did you gain around history, roots, or lineage that you can carry into 2021?
♋️ Did your thinking (or feeling) around what it means to feel safe change this year? What does it mean to you now? Do a 5 minute, of stream-of-consciousness writing on feeling safe.
♋️ Did your relationship to your body, and/or food shift this year?
♋️ Emotions are a big theme of Cancer and the Moon. Did you explore your emotions in a deeper way? How has your relationship with your emotional landscape changed since January of 2020?
♋️What brought you comfort this year?
𝗙𝗲𝗲𝗹 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗿 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀! 𝗪𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿.
Wishing you many blessings on this last full moon of 2020.
Welcome, 𝗪𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲.
I love seasons. They build in nature's cyclical wisdom as guideposts for a well-balanced life.
The Winter solstice is considered '𝘺𝘪𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘪𝘯' in Chinese Medicine - the most yin time of the year, the day with least hours of daylight.
Take a moment on the Solstice or the days surrounding it to reflect, to be still, to get extra rest.
❄️ In a dimly lit room, get a candle, and a glass or bowl of water, and set them both in front of you.
❄️ Light the candle. This is to remind you of the light that is always inside you. See the light reflect in the bowl of water.
❄️ Sit upright, placing your hands on your lower back. This is the area where our kidneys are. In Chinese Medicine the Kidney system is associated with Winter, and where we can look to gain insight into living in harmony with the season.
❄️ Take 7 deep breaths, breathing into your hands/lower back/kidneys. Feel your lower back expand as you breath.
❄️ Looking at the glass of water, the element associated with this season, take a moment to reflect on:
❄️ What was most nourishing for your body and spirit this year? What was your vital go-to for a recharge? (It could be one or several things that come to mind.)
For me it was:
🕯Earlier mornings, time all to myself (well, plus a cat!) to reflect & write & create
🕯More routine around meal times - eating, approximately the same times each day, in line with the Chinese Medicine Organ System clock, giving my body a more predictable rhythm for optimal digestion
🕯Using astrology as a tool for guiding my spirit through the toughest times, offering perspective and some personal lessons to be gained.
🤚🏽 Make a commitment to yourself: to listen to what your body & spirit need, and do your best to provide. When things are overwhelming, come back to the simple things, and take it moment by moment. When things get dark, trust that they will get lighter.
I'd love to know: What was most nourishing for you?
Wishing you a peaceful Winter Solstice ❄️
For more about the Great Conjunction that’s happening today, see my post from December 19th 🤞🏽
One of the best pieces of advice on relationships I've ever received, is "𝙇𝙚𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛 𝙗𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙣."
It means not just the light parts of you, but also the shadows. The pieces we wish didn't exist, that we try to hide away.
We all have them. Yang + 𝗬𝗶𝗻. Light + 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗱𝗼𝘄.
It requires vulnerability to let yourself be seen. And appropriate timing, with healthy boundaries that are true to you. Not easy!
Tomorrow's 𝗪𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲 is a time for 𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯.
𝙄𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙖 𝙛𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙙, 𝙛𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙮 𝙢𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧, 𝙤𝙧 𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙣𝙚𝙧 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙬𝙝𝙤𝙢 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙤𝙬 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙬𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙣, someone who sees & accepts & loves you in spite or even because of it all / you all, 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚'𝙨 𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙜𝙞𝙛𝙩𝙨. (And if you don't yet, don't give up!)
Take a minute to let this person know you appreciate them. 𝗦𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝗮 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗲 - 𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗮𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗼𝘄 to say 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦. 👇🏽
THE GREAT CONJUNCTION. December 21st, 2020.
Welcome to a new 20 year cycle. Coinciding with the Winter Solstice tomorrow, we have a major planetary alignment: 𝗝𝘂𝗽𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗷𝘂𝗻𝗰𝘁 𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗻. It only happens once every 20 years. This conjunction is also setting up a new 200 year cycle elementally, as it happens at 0 degrees Aquarius - out of the Earth signs and into the Air. 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘶𝘱𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘴.
I doubt that things will suddenly be different in a really tangible way, it's not a magic trick. However, I do expect this next 20 years (and longer) to take on a new tone as it gains momentum.
We will see & feel & participate in this collectively.
Collectively we may 𝙧𝙚𝙞𝙣𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙬𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙚, 𝙖𝙨 𝙬𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙖𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙮. New systems may be established, replacing old outdated ones. Let's make them more equal.
Individually, where this shift takes place depends on the placement in your own chart. 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙥𝙪𝙩 𝙛𝙤𝙘𝙪𝙨 𝙤𝙣 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙗𝙚 𝙞𝙣𝙛𝙪𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙢𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙪𝙢, 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙖 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙢 𝙨𝙪𝙘𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙜𝙞𝙘 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜.
Wishing you a wonderful new cycle!!
My TCM Breakfast Obsession: 𝙔𝙞 𝙔𝙞 𝙍𝙚𝙣 porridge 😋
𝙔𝙞 𝙔𝙞 𝙍𝙚𝙣 has many names: Croix Seed, Job's Tears, Chinese pearled barley, Yi Mi
It's an herb in Chinese Medicine that's used in many formulas to help to 𝙩𝙤𝙣𝙞𝙛𝙮 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙙𝙞𝙜𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙨𝙮𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙢 and 𝙧𝙚𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙚 𝙙𝙖𝙢𝙥𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 in the body. And it's gluten-free 👌🏽
I'll have to write another post on what '𝗱𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀' is, but think: congestion, mucous, cysts, pus, tumours. For additional symptoms, think: feeling lethargic, bloating, loose stools, sinus congestion, brain fog.
Many foods are used as herbs in TCM (food is medicine) and this is one of them.
You cook Yi Yi Ren like rice; I make mine in the insta pot.
Here's the recipe - along with the benefits!
🥣 1 cup Yi Yi Ren - 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘮, 𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘥𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴
🥣 10 Da Zao (Chinese red dates, pits removed. See my previous post about 𝘿𝙖 𝙕𝙖𝙤 to learn more!) - 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘲𝘪, 𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘴 𝘣𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘥
🥣 Handful of walnuts - 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘒𝘪𝘥𝘯𝘦𝘺 𝘴𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘮 & 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯
🥣 2 tbsp chia seeds - 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘨𝘢 𝟹𝘴, 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘪𝘯, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘪𝘣𝘳𝘦
🥣 1 tbsp coconut oil - 𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘴 𝘺𝘪𝘯
🥣 3 cups vanilla almond milk (or 1/2 almond milk, 1/2 water)
🥣 A sprinkle of hemp hearts (optional) - which in TCM support 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘺 𝘱𝘰𝘰𝘱𝘴, but they are also a source of 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘺 𝘧𝘢𝘵𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘥𝘥 𝘢 𝘺𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘺 𝘯𝘶𝘵𝘵𝘺 𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘶𝘳.
🥣 Ground flax seeds - 𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘴 & 𝘯𝘶𝘵𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦
🥣 drizzle of almond milk
Put everything but the optional toppings in the insta pot (you could add the walnuts after but I find them easier to digest when cooked in - or a bit of both). Cook on pressure cook setting for 6min. Let sit 15min before opening the lid.
Freezes well for quick breakfasts too.
You can purchase online @theherbdepot.ca or / Amazon / or delivery on GOcery app / or find at your local Asian market.
TIP: if ordering online search the different names above to make sure you find it.
If you make it let me know!
New moons are generally a time to embark, initiate, or implement.
But an eclipse brings shadows. Beginning a new venture with clouded information or intentions isn't ideal.
Particularly with this eclipse - as simultaneously mercury conjuncts the south node, i.e. that which we're moving away from. This eclipse asks us:
There is added planetary potential to best make use of this eclipse, which is positive: Mercury trines Mars, which helps us with the energy to change, and Venus sextiles Jupiter which helps propel us with and towards a place of love and optimism.
Still, there are crevices which we can't see into, unknowns that will be revealed as the next 6 months unfold. Jupiter is still in Capricorn until Saturday Dec 19 - meaning it's in a sign where it's not able to be its best self, an uncomfortable environment that's been hard to thrive in (for the last year).
The way forward in this one...
Ask yourself: What inner patterns are no longer serving me? Take a big breath, and lovingly let go.
Remind yourself that letting go is not always a 'once done' event, but a process. Patterns are just that - places we return to. Commit to letting go, catching it if it returns, and gently letting go again. (And again.) Humour helps: Oh THIS pattern again... I see you, but see ya ✌🏽
For the area in your life you're feeling driven to move forward in, simply take your time to allow for all the information you need to come forward first. It will. Trust.
Lighten up a bit. I'm all for self-work and reflection, but it can be heavy at times. Sag likes a jovial time. Do something fun (but safe/responsible pls 😷).
Mind your livers. Sagittarius rules the liver. Things that support the Liver Qi in Chinese Medicine are:
Stay true to your values and your truth, your authenticity. From this place you can handle whatever comes your way.
For what it’s worth, and in case it helps....
I want to share a few thoughts on how. This year has thrown so much at all of us. And it keeps bringing in the question 𝘏𝘖𝘞:
❔How do we deal with this?
❔How will I live with this?
❔How do I get through this?
❔How can I accomplish this?
❔How do I heal from this?
I wrote a cue card message to myself (swipe ➡️) at the start of 2020, one of my new year's mantras still posted above my desk. Little did I know the extent to which I would turn to it.
And now today’s thoughts on 𝘩𝘰𝘸, for what it’s worth, in case it helps...
𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝗻
It's a lot to take in sometimes.
I hear you.
(And now, the snow ❆)
What lies ahead.. we don't know.
We never have.
But especially now...
When I can't see the way through
I look within ↓
And I look up ↑
Guidance from both directions.
is the how.
The way = the how.
And the how is the heart.
The how = the heart.
And the breath
That links one moment to the next.
How we move
How we breath
into the unknown.
How we show up
For each other.
How we care
How we love
So we don't feel alone.
When we know so little else
This is the how
This is way.
Take care of your heart.
Take care of each other’s.
And if you're feeling alone, please reach out.
#thedao #thehow #theway #theheart
𝗙𝘂𝗹𝗹 𝗠𝗼𝗼𝗻 𝗘𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗽𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗚𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗶: This Monday Nov 30th
A full moon is like turning up the volume, a heightened energy that can be either creative & energizing or it can be reckless & overwhelming. A full moon eclipse is, well, even more jacked up - ‼️🌖‼️
With Gemini in particular, it might feel like your nervous system has been plugged into a socket, a power surge of energy is completely over-stimulating or anxiety provoking. Gemini keeps things head-y. Your hair might feel your hair standing on end 🤯
An eclipse can also bring up a sudden letting go, especially with a full moon eclipse. It can be a powerful release, if we surrender to it - that is if we can let go of resistance to what we are called to let go of.
It's the first of a few Gemini/Sagittarius axis eclipses next year, so it also sets the stage for themes in your life that may play out over the next 6 months.
A few tips:
#1: 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱. Be kind in your thoughts, especially the narratives you have about yourself.
#2: It will be extra important to 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝘀𝗹𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗵𝘆𝗴𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗲 with this one: No screen time before bed. If you usually give yourself 30min, double it. If you usually need an hour of unwinding, take two.
#3: Calming 𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗼𝗶𝗹𝘀 can also help, as Gemini rules the lungs (which in Chinese Medicine controls our smell). Scents like lavender, camomile, and pachouli.
#4: 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝘁. Especially before bed. Use oil to support the nervous system. (Bonus: you can combine a few drops of essential oils in the carrier oil for the massage. A 2-for-1!)
#5: 𝗔𝗰𝘂𝗽𝘂𝗻𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲. I'd be remiss not to mention this one here, as easing the nervous system is one of the things acupuncture does best!
𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘦𝘭𝘴𝘦 𝘥𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘰 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥?
Sending y'all some love for this one. #BeKind and #MindYourMind
"𝘌𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘭𝘴; 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘨𝘰 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘥. 𝘌𝘹𝘩𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘦 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘤𝘬 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯." ~ @brenebrown, quoting Emily & Amelia Nagoski from their new book, 𝘉𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘵.
Our lives are multifaceted, and often emotions get put in a separate category, like a box we shove away that we don't have time - or make time - to sort through. But 𝙚𝙢𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙣𝙫𝙤𝙡𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙮. And each one creates 𝙖 𝙣𝙚𝙪𝙧𝙤𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙢𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙤𝙙𝙮. They are a driving force in all of us, an essential part of human life, and a factor in disease.
But what do we do with them? 𝘏𝘰𝘸 do we work with them? If it sounds exhausting to tend to every emotion you have, I feel ya. We can't always do this, especially in a situation where the appropriate action calls for setting our emotions aside and dealing with them later.
And therein lies key - dealing with them later. 🗝
What Emily & Amelia's book 𝘉𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘵 is presenting, is actually good news: We don't always have to change the issue that sparked the emotion. We just have to deal with the feeling (or physical reaction) from it.
And here are some ways to do so:
▫️Positive social interaction (I know, a more challenging one in a pandemic!)
▫️Affection (i.e. a 20 second hug)
▫️A big cry
And though it wasn't mentioned, I'd like to propose 𝗮𝗰𝘂𝗽𝘂𝗻𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 for this list as well📍
One thing I love about Chinese Medicine is that emotions are woven into it. They are a recognized 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲. There are acupuncture points that help the body process the neurochemical responses of emotion, so we don't get stuck there - or burnt out.
𝘼𝙣𝙮 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪'𝙙 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙖𝙙𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙩?
I highly recommend the podcast episode (Unlocking Us, Oct 14th 2020). And if it sparks your interest, consider reading Emily & Amelia's book 𝘉𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘵.
#burnout #stress #emotions