The Importance of Loving and Taking Care of Ourselves

Part 1 of the Self-Love Series

Hi!

Hopefully everyone has had a wonderful week. This has been my last week of winter break; classes start again tomorrow, and I could not be more ready. I’ve changed my major from education to English literature, and just reading through my syllabi online was getting me so excited! I can tell the next couple months are going to be amazing, and I hope they’ll be amazing for you, too. Continue reading “The Importance of Loving and Taking Care of Ourselves”

Sonia’s Favorite Practice for Ushering in the New Year

…and I slowly and ceremoniously burn them.

Hello, and Happy New Year!

Does anybody else feel like 2017 flew by? Sometimes I feel like the older I get, the more quickly the years pass. It’s crazy. I’ve always really liked New Year, though. I love how everyone gets together and celebrates the leaving behind of the past and the raw possibility of the future. It’s so much fun, and honestly, it has always felt pretty spiritual to me. Continue reading “Sonia’s Favorite Practice for Ushering in the New Year”

A Nightly Ritual to Attract Joy and Abundance

If you want to attract good things, you have to recognize what’s already good.

Hello, my lovely readers!

Hopefully everyone has had a warm and joyful holiday season. I know I’ve really enjoyed spending time with friends and family; it’s been a beautiful celebration of love.

If you’ve been keeping up with this blog for a while (or honestly, even if you’re just glancing at it for the first time), you’ve probably noticed that the things I choose to write about predominantly focus on various ways we can attract greater joy, abundance, and positivity into our lives—things such as practicing mindfulness, living authentically, exploring our creativity, accepting ourselves as we are, toning our chakras, listening to music, expressing gratitude, and embracing purposeful lives. Continue reading “A Nightly Ritual to Attract Joy and Abundance”

Make like a Plant: On Choosing Joy

Plants always choose the light.

Houseplants are wonderful. They clean the air, purify the energy of a room, and brighten up the space they occupy. My grandma has three big, beautiful jasmine plants in her living room that fill the space with lush greenery and—a few times a year—the sweet aroma of jasmine flowers. She must have one of the greenest thumbs in the world; sometimes, I’m actually convinced she’s goddess of abundance incarnate. It’s incredible. She’s the reason that, about nine months ago, I decided to start nurturing some plants of my own. She really inspired me. Continue reading “Make like a Plant: On Choosing Joy”

The Importance of Surrender

How much do we want to struggle?

It’s comical really

that there is a

god

creator

universal energy

whatever we may call it

that invented everything

on earth and in the heavens

in absolute flawlessness

yet we struggle so tragically

to trust that very same

god

creator

universal energy

whatever we may call it

to handle the minuscule

troubles of our

meager lives—

instead remaining convinced

that somehow

we can do it better on our own. Continue reading “The Importance of Surrender”

On Embracing Solitude

It is through our aloneness that we are able to recharge.

There are many people in this world who feel uncomfortable with being alone. It’s understandable to a point—most people enjoy the sense of community and belonging that comes from spending time with friends and loved ones who care about them. However, finding joy in solitude is really important. It’s during our moments of aloneness that we have the opportunity to go inward, figure out who we are, think about what we want, and connect with our creativity. Continue reading “On Embracing Solitude”

On Healing: What Comes After Feeling the Feelings

Feel them, move through them, and then move forward and let them go.

If you got a chance to look at the article I published this past Monday, “On Healing and Embracing Negative Emotions,” you read about the importance of allowing ourselves to authentically feel the emotions that have traditionally been viewed as “negative,” such as sadness, anger, grief, and resentment—particularly when embarking on a journey of healing. By doing so, we are able to move through our difficult feelings rather than away from them, and ultimately, we return to a place of joy and wholeness. Continue reading “On Healing: What Comes After Feeling the Feelings”