Safe, Connected, Loved...
A new + beautiful way to experience Mondays.
May I feel safe. May I feel connected. May I feel love.
Three very different phrases, three vital statements. I use these to settle in when I’m starting a meditation.
Feeling safe, whether in your body, your home, your environment, your own skin, is sometimes not easy. Remember: when you sit to repeat your Mettā phrases, or to meditate, being and feeling safe is of utmost importance, and something many of us have to build up to. For first time meditators, or even those of us who practice regularly and have for years, sometimes it doesn’t feel safe to close our eyes and simply be. Thoughts, memories, anxieties, can rush in when the body and mind feel open. It’s normal for this to happen. Use your own intuition to decide: do I stop meditating right now because it is not safe? Do I continue, breathe, and remind myself I am safe?
Feeling connected, supported, and cared for is something all of us crave at some level. Inhale and exhale deeply to find that connection within yourself.
And finally, love. That’s why we're all here. May I feel love.
So glad you’re here.
Fun Tarot Card Reading!
Use your intuition to guide you to a specific card below. Choose the card with the crystal on it that calls to you.
At the end of this newsletter, you’ll see the cards flipped over, with a reading for each one. The card that you choose here will have your reading for the week.
Wait to scroll down to the bottom until you’ve chosen your card!
Reading today from The Star Tarot.
Card 1: Quartz: Choose this card if you’d like some strategies or reflections for setting intentions.
Card 2: Chrysoprase: Choose this card if you need a little guidance navigating your ego.
Card 3: Blue Kyanite: Choose this card if you’ve been feeling negative energy around you as of late.
Class Schedule This Week:
Tuesday: 5:45pm // 45 minutes Yin Yoga
Friday: 7:30am // 45 minute flow
Zoom link to all classes at themobiyogi.com and DM/email Rachel for the password. All times in Eastern.
No noon classes this week! I will be in a writing workshop learning how to write good words.
Rachel’s (Substack) Recommendations:
Letters from an American
A month or so ago, I subscribed to Heather Cox Richardson’s daily Substack newsletter, called Letters from an American. Heather Cox Richardson is a professor of American history at Boston College (my alma mater!), and her daily “letters” are a [very well done] attempt to combine what’s happening now with what has happened. Basically, she talks about today’s news using history as context.
I am one of those ultra-sensitive people who gets overstimulated easily. Reading, watching, or listening to the news has become almost impossible for me as of late. This news moratorium is not a privilege— for me, ingesting all that media would lead to illness. And I would be incapable of living and being and acting through this time in history if I wasn’t healthy.
But reading Richardson’s letters each morning helps me digest this country’s vast history and how it plays into our present dilemmas. Instead of being confronted with frightening headlines and articles that simply regurgitate tweets, I get a very quick history lesson and a rundown of today’s important news.
A recent letter, from December 29th, goes through the days leading up to the Wounded Knee Massacre. I really appreciated the time she took to go into this event, with so much context and perspective. At the end, Richardson says:
One of the curses of history is that we cannot go back and change the course leading to disasters, no matter how much we might wish to. The past has its own terrible inevitability.
But it is never too late to change the future.
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Your Tarot Reading, Revealed!
Card 1: Quartz // Queen of Wands. Well hello. You got maaayyyybe the most aligned card for intention setting: The Queen of Wands literally represents manifesting spiritual potential. This is a card focused on moving forward through challenges, with determination and dedication. Explore your creative passions: write them down, speak them out loud, communicate them. Then, pick one or two to become CLEAR about. Envision achieving your goal, and then envision how it feels to get what you are manifesting. Be vigorous in the way you spend your days and in the power you have to commit to your goals. Above all else, this card is a message that you are on the right track, that you are full of potential, and that you simply need to be CLEAR.
Card 2: Chrysoprase // Strength. This card, like card 1, is perfectly drawn and aligned with its corresponding crystal! I love when that happens. The Strength card (with its docile yet protective lion) is a reminder that a life lived with integrity is not lived from the reactive and often needy ego alone, but instead from instinct, compassion, and intuition. This takes a lot of reflection— to begin to untie the ego’s demand for worth from your everyday experiences and inner light. The best books I’ve read (so far) on the ego are both by Eckhart Tolle: A New Earth and The Power of Now, but he’s not the only one writing, thinking, and teaching on this. I have also found that quiet sitting (also known as … meditation … ) helps to cultivate one’s inner strength, the opposite of the flashy outward-driven behaviors of the ego’s bottomless pit of need.
Card 3: Blue Kyanite // Princess of Cups. Such an intuitive, emotional card. The Cups as a suit represents the subconscious, the vivid inner life we all have but rarely listen to (unless you’re a Pisces like me, in which case, you’re always listening lol). And, when you’re a sensitive soul, negative experiences and emotions run real deep. In this card, there’s power to understanding your own needs, moods, and reactions. Since you can’t control the way others behave, working on how you respond to those behaviors is key. The Princess of Cups wants you to continue to be open, reflective, emotional, and sensitive. These are the kinds of people, with their quiet observations, that mark the beginnings of personal and eventual societal change. A few strategies for you: find a small ritual that grounds you. Do it each day, or week if daily feels like too much. Maybe it’s a walk with no one, not even a podcast in your ear. Maybe it’s a quick meditation in the morning, or a quiet cup of tea in the mid-afternoon. And, if you haven’t read it already, pick up the book Quiet by Susan Cain. You will begin to see your energetic sensitivity as a superpower.