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.
𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗠𝗼𝗼𝗻 𝗜𝗻 𝗦𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗽𝗶𝗼 𝗡𝗼𝘃 𝟭𝟱 #♏️#🌑
There's a new path ahead of us.
𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙬𝙚 𝙢𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙟𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙣𝙚𝙮.
With this new moon, 𝘪𝘵'𝘴 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨.
You might really feel like going inwards with this Scorpio moon, keeping your dreams or intentions private for now. That's okay. 𝘚𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘥𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘚𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘱𝘪𝘰 is where you're meant to be.
Where you choose to direct this energy is getting a helping hand from both Jupiter (the planet of opportunity & growth) and Mars (now direct, ruling Scorpio) - offering support, like the wind at your back. 🖐
𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗲, 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝗻𝘃𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗴𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻, 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. You can't rush divine or planetary timing. So allow yourself to be exactly where you are.
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Through messages from my body this weekend, I was told to 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳. My impatience was made to bow down to the higher forces that told me to eat my own advice 🤣 𝗦𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲. Not always easy. I am a natural do-er, with a tendency towards people pleasing (working on it!). There were things I was excited to do, appointments to be had, patients to see...
Once I let go of trying to force things, to hold things in place, 2020 gave me the lesson (again 🙃) of not being afraid to let things fall, to pause, and to pick things up again later. In the meantime, I was asked to reflect on…
2020 has shaken my vision. Perhaps yours, too. But life isn’t supposed to always go to according to plan. Though the path ahead still isn’t clear to me, that's ok. What became clear to me this weekend was a reminder of what I do have: 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. Without leaving my house, I had phone calls and laughs and cries with people I love, and was able to appreciate 𝘴𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴.
Staying reminded of that, some of the rest doesn’t matter as much.
When you surrender, it’s easier to see the gifts of the present.
What are you grateful for? What are your 𝙨𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙥𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙚𝙨? 💝
#gratitude #presence #acupuncture #torontoacupuncturist #chinesemedicine #tcm #tcmlove #aculove #acupuncturerocks #chinesemedicinewoman #acupuncturelife #personalgrowth #evolve #selfdevelopment #selfgrowth #inspiredaction #selfawareness #healthyminds #healthymindset #healthandwellness #selfcare #selflove #mindshift #vision
I am pausing my practice. For 2 weeks (for now)*.
I write this only hours after my last post. Because I can’t ignore the little voice. The little voice inside me that says ‘Do what you feel is right’. The little voice inside me that says ‘I’d rather be safe than sorry’. The little voice inside me that shouts ‘Bravo!’ when others I admire for their integrity are suspending their practices.
My little voice is not necessarily your little voice. And that is okay.
Despite spending countless hours reading countless articles debating best approaches to dealing with COVID-19 // Despite being someone who is generally most comfortable in the middle ground // Despite not being sure what's more contagious - the virus or the closures // Despite not being personally afraid of being sick (yet recognizing there are others at risk and wanting to ease the burden on our health care system) // Despite being self-employed and unsure of how to pay rent for the indefinite future... the little voice keeps saying, ‘Do it anyway.’
It guides me towards setting the example that feels most right for me, for now. My moral compass.
I will be contacting everyone with private appointments in the next two weeks to reschedule.
*In the interim I will be offering telemedicine for those who could benefit from herbal consultations, and/or self-administered guided acupressure sessions.
Thank you for your understanding. Be well, and I hope to see you before too long.
#covid19 #toughdecisions #flattenthecurve #ihopeithelps
It’s been a H E A V Y couple of weeks. For many.
I don’t always have the right words. But I see you. I see you. I see the pain. I see the grief. I see the frustration. I see how hard you are working to try to heal. How you’re doing all the right things. Going to appointment after appointment. Getting all the tests. Doing all the exercises. Craving sugar but eating “all the [bleepin’] hummus!”. That your body is behaving in ways you don’t understand. That people you love are dying. That old traumas are coming to light. That there is a part of you that will never be as it was. I see that there’s more responsibility on you than you feel you can handle. That Toronto’s rents are out of control. That you’re afraid. That a family member is struggling. I see that you are in a toxic workplace and each day you take your big brave hurting heart to work again and try to focus. I see how hard you’re being on yourself in the process. I see how far you’ve come on the days where you feel lost. I see how much you’re learning. I see the beauty in the spirit of your emotion. I see your kindness. I see your values. Your integrity. Your dedication to showing up for yourself, and for others.
I don’t always know what to say. But I see you. That’s something you can say to someone, too. When they need it. When it feels like no one sees how hard they’re work they’re doing. Or recognizes their talents. Or understands that they’re struggling. If you see them, that’s something you can offer.
I’m privileged to hold space when this kind of stuff comes up in a session. I’m grateful to have something to offer, through body work, through Chinese medicine, and at the very least a listening heart. To support the body & mind through all that you are carrying. To help change a moment. However small or big of a difference it makes in a day. Week. Year. Life.
I’m going to go do some self care now. I’ll be ready again tomorrow.
#tuesdaynightthoughts #itsonlytuesday #selfcare #holdingspace #doingthework #iseeyou #sharethelove #listening #chinesemedicine #acupuncture #aculove #torontoacupuncturist #saturnplutoconjunct #heavyhitters #heartwork #hardwork #showingup #seeyousoon #compassion
I went to a retreat to begin 2020. It was intimate, and heart-centred. We reflected on 2019. We grounded in the present. We got dreamy about 2020. There was vulnerability: shared, witnessed, held, honoured. Visions & goals celebrated. I helped get me in the head/heart space, or the *feeling-space* inside me - that I’d like to come home to as the year goes along.
It’s amazing how a supportive group can lift each other up. I did not grow up with these types of friendships. It was not safe to be myself in my peer group, not safe to take up space. I’m blessed with some real connections in my life now, and yet it still takes conscious effort to unlearn the anxiety of simply being, especially in a group. When I do, and it goes well, it’s 💥💗💗💗💥
Our host Lauren, a dear friend of mine, had a journal waiting in each of our rooms. Each journal featured a different pattern, and she aptly chose mine: the phases of the moon (thanks, LV). I’m pulling it out again on this snowy weekend.
Part of what the moon represents is our emotional life. Instead of a task, what’s a *feeling* you’d like to carry with you through the year? What home-base sensation would you like to live in? It’s pretty much guaranteed that the year will throw you off course at times. But we spend so much time worrying about what we don’t want, that I’m asking myself - and you - to shift that into: what feeling DO I want? What am I coming home to, inside? It could be a word, a nameless sensation in your body, or a practice - like gratitude, perhaps. If you’d like to share, I’ll be your witness. I’ll celebrate this intention and help steer you back there, anytime you need it. .
#2020vision #feelingspace #homebase #moonmagic #moonlife #planttheseeds #torontoacupuncturist #astro #gratitude #torontoacupuncture #nourishyourself #astrology #astrologynerd #tomorrowistoday #goalsetting #growthmindset #personalgrowth #vulnerability #🌝