Those of us who keep track of Mercury's crazy cycle know how much we dread hearing those words, "Mercury's in Retrograde." Mercury is said to rule over communication, travel and technology and in our fast paced world those things going haywire can cause quite a few issues. Have you ever experienced flight cancellations and tech failures during a mercury retrograde? Those things alone can cause some communication issues...
But what if we took Mercury's patterns as a sign for us to look backwards and slow down?
When Mercury goes "retrograde" it appears that Mercury is moving backwards in the sky and lucky for us we just started another round on Sunday, July 7th.
Let's challenge ourselves this cycle to play nice with Mercury Retrograde. Are you ready to give it a try?
Now you may not be able to stop using your PC at work, but perhaps now is a great time to cut down on your social media habit (*cough* addiction *cough*--Don't worry, I have it too.) Try limiting your social media time to one hour a day. You can get a free app that tracks the hours you utilize apps; or even better, try limiting the time you pick up your cell phone in a day. You might be surprised by how many hours you activate your phone, just to scroll through a few minutes.
I might have a harder time selling you on this one, but instead of travelling during Mercury Retrograde gift yourself a stay-cation. Set aside a day to spend in your home sweet home. Perhaps you can surprise your loved ones with a sweet fort situation and movie night--not just for kids!
Now is a great time to connect with those friends you may have lost contact with. You always hear the warnings of "Don't reach out to your exes!", but what if we wanted to reach out to those awesome friends we had back in high school that we've drifted away from during the journey of life? Perhaps a coffee date is in order to catch up with those "ex"- best friends?
I'll say it again, from our perspective, when Mercury is in retrograde and we look at that gorgeous night sky the planet seems to move backwards in its orbit. If we take that thought literally, gift yourself some time to look back on your life or maybe just the last few months. We are about halfway through the year; is it time to review the goals you set back in January? How do you feel about them now? Are there any loose ends in your life that need to be tied up? It doesn't all have to be big goals and ideas; maybe it's clearing up that stack of papers laying on the kitchen counter? ;-)
Mercury in retrograde is also a good time to really dive deep into your journal time. Remember we're also in Cancer season so we're really feeling all those watery emotions. Take some time to work through some of those thoughts on paper and set yourself up for success for the rest of the year.
Any other tips for our Zennergy Community?
Hope this retrograde is treating you well, loves.
- Jenn Rose
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There are times our confidence gets a bit of a shake up and who can blame you in this fast paced world where information, opinions and facts are all flying at us at once from all sides! While I believe it takes time to build up your self confidence and a healthy dose of putting yourself out there, there are a few little tricks you can employ to feel confident at any moment.
When I think of this first one, I'm always reminded of that episode of Grey's Anatomy when the neurosurgeon strikes a pose before a super intense surgery. I'm not saying you have to be brain surgeon for this one to work, but perhaps this idea could gift you some of that confidence in the face of your challenge.
This is a guest post by the lovely Brad of selfcareing.info who reached out to me about posting. Check out these self-care tips that you may or may not already be sneaking into your day!
- Jenn Rose
You can’t seem to catch your breath. You have deadlines piling up; you have clutter piling up at home; and your friends are complaining that they never see you. There is so much pressure to be everything to everyone that you struggle to be something meaningful for yourself.
Self-care is the victim of our fast-paced, to-do-list-obsessed, and achievement-driven society. We take on too much because doing more has become the standard. But, researchers and doctors agree, it’s not sustainable and is taking a toll on our health both mentally and physically.
It’s time to make yourself a priority. Self-care doesn’t mean you are being selfish or putting responsibilities on to others. When you take the time to care for yourself, you are making sure you are better able to care for others.
It's been a while since we've had one of these and there is SOOO much out there to be shared.
This time around it's all about mindset and success. Are you ready to dive into some good stuff?!
Grab a cup of you favorite hot beverage and get down to some good reading!
The Seven Secrets of Success
There are many stories shared in the Hindu traditions that provide helpful knowledge on how to attain enlightenment. While rooting around the internet one day I stumbled upon the Sivana East website, whose blog posts range from yoga ideas to mindfulness and meditation. This week I ran into Shiva's Seven Secrets of Success.
Back in November we took some time to check in with that gratitude mindset towards others and of course for yourself! We see a lot of posts on social media about gratitude during the holidays, but what about connecting with that feeling when it's no longer being published in every social media post/etc. to remind us to do it?
1. Journal it out.
Always my first suggestion. Taking the time to write something out helps us to organize our thoughts and give us time to really feel it. Also, if you write it down you can go back to it later and remember that feeling of gratitude or joy.
What stories would your body share if it could speak for you?
Would it tell of the gall bladder surgery when you were thirteen or of the beautiful dance performance with that gorgeous group in Las Vegas on a legendary stage? Perhaps that tooth you lost when you got hit by a snowball? Or maybe how your fingernails feel fancy when they're freshly painted?
What stories do you tell your body?
Do you stare in the mirror with love or ..... ?
Often times our body stories are a mix of our past and our feelings.
The wanting to be something that we aren't right now and not enjoying the journey or the present moment.