Astrological retrogrades are all about self-discovery and lessons learned. They invite us to deeply connect with, reflect, and know ourselves from the inside out. They also give us an opportunity to dive deep inside of ourselves and explore how each planet in retrograde and the signs they are transiting impact us.
Mercury Retrograde is one of my favorite astrological retrogrades. It is connected to the fast-moving planet Mercury. Mercury’s energy impacts communication, technology, and travel. For me, Mercury Retrograde is an invitation to slow down, become present, and practice my birthright of mindfulness in how I think, communicate, and connect with myself and others. It happens three or four times each year. When it arrives, it hangs around for approximately three weeks.
A few years ago, I renamed my personal Mercury Retrograde to Mercury Upgrade because I began to appreciate its energy and the lessons I learned that opened my heart up to be more present, well, and the REAL ME. In short, Mercury Upgrade helps me embrace Thriving Mindfully in my life, relationships, and career.
During the early days of the global pandemic in 2020, I began observing and embracing Mercury’s shadow period which happens two weeks before and two weeks after the actual retrograde. I consider the pre and post-shadow periods as my VIP Mini Mercury Upgrades. That means I get approximately 7 whole weeks 3 to 4 times a year to practice mindful self-care as I review and recommit to thinking, communicating, connecting, and using technology in mindful, intentional, and healthy ways.
Last night, I led my Thriving Mindfully Academy’s monthly mindful self-care class that incorporated the May theme of “Strengthen Yourself,” Digital Wellness Month, and Mercury Upgrade (my name for Mercury Retrograde that starts May 10 and ends June 3) into breathing exercises, gentle movement, affirmations, mantra chanting, meditation, and mindful reflection and journaling.
The class gave the Thriving Mindfully Academy members an opportunity to check-in with themselves about:
■how they are using technology
■their struggles with technology (digital distraction, digital overload, social media comparison, digital time overdosing, and tension and tightness in the body)
■stress caused by their use of technology
■one step they can take to practice digital wellness during May and Mercury Retrograde
At the end of the class, I encouraged Thriving Mindfully Academy members to use our self-led Digital Wellness Month Challenge as invitation to take better care of themselves. I also shared my recent reflection on the number of years I have had 24/7/365 access to technology at home. It started in 1996. That means it’s been 26 years. I didn’t realize I needed to practice digital wellness until I experienced digital overload and burnout after publishing my self-love and yoga-inspired novel, Love’s Troubadours. My coach Yael Flusberg brought it to my attention during one of our conversations in 2008. That was a light bulb moment that shined light on making digital wellness a priority.
I am using Digital Wellness Month and Mercury Retrograde to release and forgive my social media comparison habits about my journey as an entrepreneur that have wreaked havoc on my nervous system. It’s a process (fo’ sure)! My mindful self-care practices of deep breathing, meditation, affirmations, tapping, reiki, and yoga are helping me take better care of my nervous system. I am also easing up on the amount of time I spend online and downsizing my social media with indefinite tech breaks on Facebook and Twitter.
Over the years, technology has become our BFF and made life and work easier. During the global pandemic, most of us have increased our reliance on and use of technology as we live, study, work, and shop from home.
Many of us (me included) have been glued to our digital devices (smartphones, tablets, laptop and desktop computers, and wearable tech including smart watches, wristbands, pins, rings) for the majority of our day. We’re not aware of how much we are missing out on being present for moments that matter. We’re so plugged in we are suffering from stress, anxiety, and a lack of sleep. Our ability to focus and concentrate for long periods of time has decreased and impacted our productivity. What’s more, we may not even realize our need for digital wellness.
I launched the Digital Wellness Month through my Thriving Mindfully Academy during the first months of the pandemic in 2020. The purpose of Digital Wellness Month is to encourage and help you practice tech life balance with small steps.
This month Thriving Mindfully Academy members are focused on the theme of “Strengthen Yourself.” They are participating in a self-led Digital Wellness Month challenge to help strengthen their capacity to use technology in a mindful, intentional, and healthy ways. If you’re interested in joining us, click the button below to learn about and invest in your monthly Thriving Mindfully Academy membership.
May the 4th be with you! May the force of mindfulness be with you always! Just in case you need a reminder: Mindfulness is your birthright. It’s your ability to be aware of what’s happening in the present moment. Watch the video above to learn more.
I use my force and birthright of mindfulness to open my heart and be present, well, and the REAL ME in my life, relationships, and career. I call it Thriving Mindfully!
If you’re ready to be present, well, and the REAL YOU with my coaching support in a safe space, click the button below to learn about and invest in becoming a Thriving Mindfully Academy member. Email me if you have questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When I struggle (which happens regularly) with mind drama and stress, I often choose to use one of the 1,440 minutes I get each day to notice my body, MAKE MY BREATH MY BFF, and meditate. Meditation is one of my go-to mindfulness practices I use to strengthen myself.
Check out the Thriving Mindfully Podcast episodes on Mindfulness 101 and Meditation 101 below. They include short guided meditations too.
Thank you to everyone who has supported and helped me build and sustain the Thriving Mindfully Academy and Community since it began in April 2018!
My heart is filled with deep gratitude as I think back to April 2018 when Thriving Mindfully Meetup Group was launched as a weekly Mindful Monday Meditation class in partnership with my Qi Kratom CBD Tea family — Kai Kai, ee, and Gigi in my U Street neighborhood in DC.
The Thriving Mindfully Meetup Group quickly became a sacred space and community because of the people who showed up, sat in meditation, and shared their vulnerabilities in Mindful discussion.
Leading the weekly classes and retreats, hosting moon circles and workshops, holding space, feeling held by the community, and being supported by guest teachers Angel Dungee and Corey Castle, sound healer Sincere, and community members ee and Vince were gifts from the Creator and you I will always cherish. Many thanks to our resident Martin Parker for blessing us with your amazing baked goods.
When the pandemic began in March 2020, the weekly class became virtual. The Thriving Mindfully Academy was also born to support a wider audience of people who needed my coaching support in navigating the ups and downs of living through a global pandemic.
Today, I am proud to say the Thriving Mindfully Academy has expanded into an online learning platform and membership site that inspires and in-powers you to be present, well, and the REAL YOU in your life, relationships, and career.
As we move into May and beyond, I look forward to serving you as your Thriving Mindfully Coach.
Find out how I helped people just like you show up more present, well, and their real selves in their life, relationships, and career.
Dealing with mind drama ain’t easy, especially when it happens first thing in the morning. My mind drama comes from the pressure I put on myself to overachieve and thoughts and feelings of unworthiness caused by comparison, self-criticism, and self-judgment.
I have learned to embrace mind drama as an invitation to soften my gaze and heart towards myself. I use 5 softeners as my self-care vitamins: loving kindness. compassion, nonjudgment, patience, and forgiveness. They turn the volume down on the mind drama and help me create a safe space in my mind and heart to connect with the TRUTH of who I am. They also help me begin releasing and forgiving the comparison self-criticism, and self -judgment. Watch the video above learn more.
How do you manage your mind drama?
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Sometimes it helps when I have people around me who can see the REAL ME. They are my soul sistalove and brothaloves who see my MAGNIFICENT ENERGY and remind me to love and celebrate myself for who I am in this moment.
I want you to know I am holding space and seeing the REAL YOU. I celebrate your MAGNIFICENT ENERGY.
Watch the video below for a special message that I hope will inspire and in-power you.
Also, I thought you might be interested in the Spring Reset sessions this month. Folks have been asking for more sessions. So I am offering two morning and evening sessions. See the dates below. Pick one that works best for you. Replay videos will be provided.
The Full Moon in Libra happens Saturday, April 16th. It invites us to slow down, release, forgive, and celebrate how far we have come since the Full Moon in Virgo.
How are you planning to honor the Full Moon in Libra?
I am honoring the Full Moon in Libra with my Self-Love Language practice of reclaiming my time with readings from my oracle and tarot cards, mindful journaling with music, art-making, and tea this weekend.
Watch the video below to hear my Full Moon reflections.
I’ll also be leading the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s (TMA) Spring Virtual Retreat for TMA members on Saturday. A part of the retreat will feature an exercise on releasing and forgiving self and others.
Ready to be present, well, and the REAL YOU?
Ready to be inspired and in-powered with my coaching support in a safe community?
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