Welcome to Wellness Weekly coming to you every Wednesday. This will be a weekly series, sort of like a Letter from the Editors that will rotate between Morgan, Lara and Luigi with the occasional guest. We’ll hold space on the Dirt to check-in on our Sixth Sense: the term we use to refer to our spirit, our intuition, our inner power. And because while we exist in the world alongside our other Five Senses, we’ll do a check-in of those, too.
October fills me to the brim with joy because of how thin the veil is! There’s always divine communication and signs and synchronicities going on this season, and ultimately, a lot of inner growth and healing. After surviving the WAR that was that mercury retrograde in Libra, I’m feeling so much stronger and embodied. It’s important not to take these large and collective astrological events in vain, they’re always for our evolution and never something happening to us! It really forced me to look at my relationship with codependency, the rose colored lens I’ve looked at certain relationships through, and ultimately reconfigure my chosen identity to be more honest and true. So that was fun, hahaha.
As the retrograde came to a close this week, I’ve committed to building more intimacy with my inner dialogue and honoring my intuition more bravely. As a chronic people pleaser, sometimes being of service to others or being externally validated overpowers my truth, and breaking through that was a radical act of self love I needed to give myself. This has meant saying more yes to things that sit right in my gut, saying more no to things that are out of pure obligation, and letting my body lead instead of wandering aimlessly or over intellectualizing my journey.
I feel like my natal Capricorn mercury thrives with plan, structure, and logic, which has helped me build so much for myself but has also simultaneously locked me in a very linear and rigid way of living. It means I can control more of my life instead of letting cosmic orchestration intervene. My Pisces Venus (and honestly every other part of my chart haha) just wants to DANCE a bit more, to let herself take more detours and get lost. It’s important to find the balance between walking straight and walking side to side, and I’m working on letting my intuition be the compass.
Inspired By the 5 other Senses: Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, and Touch
Sight: I was meant to fly from Madrid to London last week and I ended up not being able to get on the flight because there was a form I was missing, like literally turned away at the gate. I shed a couple of thug tears while waiting for the next flight which was s e v e n hours later, but ended up spending most of it with a mid-50s British man who was in the same situation. We drank lots of green tea and airport wine and talked about the peaks and valleys of his life and travels, losing a parent and remaining in visceral love with his wife of decades, and his processing of his children’s queer identities. I took so much nectar from our encounter and he referred me to a poem named The Station by Robert Hastings, which he’s regularly returned to every time he gets lost in the autopilot of life. It’s short and powerful and is now going to be the anchor I return to when I forget to be grateful for existing as a pretty animal on a floating rock, and I highly recommend experiencing it.
Sound: Lately I’ve been listening to a looooot of Sault, which is this anonymous band that makes music you genuinely couldn’t place in any genre nor compare to any other artist. They’ve been on loop for awhile now, with a particular emphasis on their “Untitled (Black Is)” album, which highlights police brutality, racism, and self-love in the most gentle and beautiful way possible. Also, Mark Groves’ podcast has been carrying me through life quite beautifully! This week I listened to his episode featuring Moe Ari, a transgender mindset coach who shared their experience regarding living life performatively, radical authentic identity, and redefining love. It moved me deeeeply.
Smell/ Breathing In: I’m all about the essential oils, so I’ve really been enjoying this ylang ylang, jasmine, cardamom blend I’ve been placing on my third eye during meditation. Ylang ylang is also amazing for hormone regulation! It’s wild to see how my senses respond to natural, earth-bred scents, they make me feel so held.
Taste: So I’m currently in Spain and am taking fullllllll advantage by eating all the fruits I wouldn’t get to eat back at home! Paraguayas, kakis, chirimoyas, ciruelas, every foreign fruit you can think of. Also, a loooot of fresh fish and grilled calamari. My favorite thing about the intentionality here is that they eat along with their seasons; certain fruits are only available during the fall months, which makes enjoying them all the more special.
Touch: I’ve allowed my meditation to evolve since I’ve been in a different place and out of my usual (Capricorn comfortable) routine. While I’m used to the whole sit still in the morning and count your breath kind of meditation, I’ve been allowing movement to bleed into my practice. I’ve been taking a lot of hikes and allowing simply that journey to be meditative, letting the whistling of trees and singing of birds be the soundtrack to my stillness in motion. I’ve found that letting fluidity take shape in your practice is an incredibly useful skill for life itself. Doing the same thing the same way forever doesn’t leave much room for evolution!
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