Rest & Rejuvenate

By now, I think it’s fair to say that 2020 has been a challenging year…one (read: me) might even say 2020 has been a dumpster fire. And they would be correct. It’s been a year filled with a lot of uncertainty, fear, and divisiveness. A year filled with a lot of loss and grief and hard work to do and organize. 2020, and life in general, can just be a lot sometimes.

This is why it’s so important to rest and rejuvenate.

We’ve been conditioned to be hyperproductive, to always be working on the next to do, hustling and grinding. Raise your hand if you ever find yourself wanting nothing more than to just do nothing, just be and relax and take some time and space, and then immediately feel guilty and ashamed that you’re “not doing anything useful or productive.”

::raises hand for all eternity::

It’s not healthy for us to always do, do do, grind, grind, grind, work, work, work. It leads to stress, anxiety, overwhelm, and burnout. It leads to dis-ease within the body, which can show up as various physical ailments (liiike totally speaking from experience here – thanks, sciatica!). 

So, take some time each and every day to just rest and rejuvenate. Don’t overcomplicate this. Make it easy and something you look forward to rather than another to do you need to check off your list. Here’s a super simple practice to help:

Rest & Rejuvenate Practice

Step 1: 4x4x6 breathing.

Find a comfortable, quiet place to sit, where you won’t be interrupted. Close your eyes and inhale for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4, and exhale for a count of 6. Repeat 3 times, for a total of 4 cycles.

Step 2: Sit in stillness & rest.

Take a few moments to just sit in stillness and rest. Allow your mind to wander, and don’t focus on any one thing. If you find this difficult, focus on your (normal) breathing pattern. If you notice any tension in your body, focus your breath there.

Step 3: Fill yourself up.

Think of something that makes you happy, something that makes you feel expansive and light. Now picture that happy, expansive feeling as a white-gold light. Imagine that light slowly filling you up, starting at the crown of your head, and slowly trickling through the rest of your body. Once the light reaches your feet, focus on your entire being, now filled with love and light and vibrating high.

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Channeled Message: Express Yourself

Allow yourself to be all that you are.

Use the voice that was gifted to you in this lifetime.

Do not say (or not say) what you think others want to hear, say what needs to be said from the deepest, wisest part of your soul.

And it is not just in speaking that you can express yourself. You can do it through:

Art

Dance

Stillness

Creation

Supporting
Being

Listening

Amplifying

There are many facets to your being, many facets to your soul. Allow yourself to peel back the layers and shine a light on what is calling to your heart the most.

TLDR: Express yo’self, you unique snowflake, you!

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Asshole Oracle: Inner Child

Okay, I said I would be letting my freak flag fly here and be super real about who I am and how spirituality fits into my life. Sooo one of those ways is through comedy and sarcasm! As much as I love personal development and spirituality, I do think poking fun at it can be a good time 😉

So, enter Asshole Oracle…

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Weekly Wisdom: 9 of Fire

This card appears when you’re experiencing a time of uncertainty.

Rather than forging ahead with force (vs. flow), proceed with caution, and perhaps even reevaluate the options before you before taking action.

Sometimes uncertainty is the Universe’s way of trying to get your attention so that you’ll slow down and really take inventory of what is unfolding around you, as well as the best way to proceed.

So, stop, ground into your circumstances, and take the time and space to really think–and feel–into what is right before you act.

TLDR: Stop rushing and forcing. Slow your roll, take a beat, and think before you do kthxbai.

CARD SOURCE: The 9 of Fire is from The Good Tarot deck by Colette Baron-Reid. To read the full card description, check out Page 1!

Spirit right now:

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Why so serious?

I have a confession…

Some of you already know this, but HOLY CRAP have I been struggling with The Sacred Channel!

I decided to take a break from social media in general the past few months, the noise and negativity was getting to be too much, and I was already struggling with my well-being and mental health after this dumpster fire of a year.

But when it came to my work here, I’ve been feeling so disconnected. Something hasn’t been clicking, and I was toying with the idea of just scrapping this altogether, because usually, for me, a sign that something isn’t in alignment is when it feels SUPER HARD ALL THE TIME.

Liiike, who wants to live like that? Create like that? Be from that space? Not me!

Luckily, I have some pretty epic BFFs and soul sisters, and I was confiding in one about my struggle with TSC and she made me realize what TSC was missing…

Me!

Sacred and spirituality doesn’t need to mean SERIOUS 24/7. Those of you who know me IRL know that I am the least serious person ever. I’m silly and outrageous and an asshole and a fangirl and a nerd.

The reason TSC has felt so hard is because I was taking it waaaaay too seriously and haven’t allowed myself to really seep into this work.

Because my spiritual journey hasn’t been SERIOUS AF and super reverent and like holy and shit. Half the time, my spirit guides are coming at me like that meme with Batman slapping Robin up the side of the head.

There’s always been humor in spirit for me, because that’s just who I am.

So! All of this long windedness to say that you’ll be noticing some changes here, as I realign and start Paming up this joint. There will be memes and GIFs and slang and geekery. There will be f-bombs and dumb jokes and sacred silliness.

Cause that’s just who I am.

Remember that story about the wolf and the indigenous old man from months ago? About the mosaic? Welp, I am a mosaic, and it’s allll the little pieces of who I am–not just spirituality, but my fangirling and sense of humor and love of GIFs–that make up the work of art that is me.

TLDR: Sorry for taking this so seriously. Also sorry not sorry for the soon to be abundance of cursing, memes, and witchy ridiculousness.

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Channeled Message: Go inward.

There is much unrest around you now.

How easily you could get caught up in it all, spend every waking moment of your time anxious of the unknown, mourn what you have lost or what you cannot have, afraid of what is to come.

Do not be swept away on this tidal wave of fear.

You must ground into your core, the very essence of your soul.

Cultivate the safety that you seek within.

You cannot control others, nor the world around you. You can only control yourself, your own being, and how you react to the external world.

Allow yourself moments of stillness to go inward. Access the innate safety and trust that exists deep within you, deep within your body and soul.

There will be times to go outward, to use your voice, to amplify the voices of others, to take action, to resist, to love, and to inspire.

And there are times when it is okay to seek solace and safety within yourself. Doing so is an act of deep self-love.

Show up for the fight that calls to your heart, but remember to take breaks to rest, go inward, and nourish yourself.

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