Acknowledgment

“You were three years of water.” How deeply this resonates with me. It comes from bittersweet and intimate memories that I go over a lot mentally. I’m certain that anyone who reads those six simple words has their own encounter of a three year affair or event in their life. It doesn’t even matter.

This very short and sweet poem is from Nejma by Nayyirah Waheed. I truly admire her work and have written on it before. Like many of her other to the point poems, this one can have a very versatile meaning yet all the while keeping its wisdom. This is my perception I’m sharing:

I’d like to take a moment and use some imagery for the purpose of this post. Clear your mind of everything to imagine a green valley. Flourishing and full of life, nature has it that a stream flows through. Flourishing, full of life, and now fruitful for life to flourish… that stream becomes a river. It now bears a different weight and is cutting deeper within the valley. The wider the cut for more water to flow, the more life that comes but it’s not the same valley. It’s characteristics and needs are much different than when it started.

In life there are things that will happen and people you will meet, that are those soft waters. They may not cause a dent right away and it might not be negative at all but it will erode away some things. That’s only natural. It’s up to you as an individual to always be true to yourself and understand the beauty in an ever changing life. 

Namaskar.

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David Baron on TED Talks

With the total solar eclipse only 10 days away, I wanted to share this TED talks video featuring David Baron (author of American Eclipse) and his personal recount of watching a live total solar eclipse. If you had a chance to read my post Total Solar Eclipse ’17 Thoughts then you’ll understand why I want you to watch this video. I can’t sum it up quite like he did so I encourage you guys to open your mind & heart for this 12-minute watch. The best recap I can give it (because I feel somewhat obliged) is a total solar eclipse gives you the ability to see your place in this world and know that you’re apart of something larger than life itself. Enjoy!

The Many Meanings of Self-Care

Here is a post that’s long overdue but highly relatable and appropriate for absolutely anyone reading.

What is self-care?

Self-care is any activity that you perform to initiate, maintain, or enhance your emotional, mental, and physical well-being. It’s different for everyone because we’re all unique individuals. We all like & dislike different things so each of our self-care methods or routines are just as special as our preferences.

What activities can be considered self-care?

Since self-care is such a personal thing for everyone, you will benefit most from finding activities that you like or make you feel good. One thing that I’ve learned is that you truly have to listen to yourself and the little voice within to “self-care” correctly.

Does this feel right?
Do I feel accomplished?
Do I feel happy?
Do I feel comfortable?
Do I feel confident?

These questions should yield positive answers if you’re doing it the right way. So here’s the real answer to the question above… what activities can be considered self-care? You have to answer that for yourself.

Some examples of self-care activities can be journal writing, eating a healthy snack, washing your face, taking a walk, meditating, breathing exercises, working out, or anything else you thoroughly enjoy or leaves you with lasting feel-good hormones.

How can I make time for self-care?

This is probably the 2nd most important thing about self-care… finding the time to self-care. I discovered more often than not, people will brush off their needs completely due to work and demands at home. BUT the fact of the matter is that you have to find time even within a chaotic schedule.

Maybe it’s your train ride to work/school, the 15-minute break you take during work or in between classes, the wait at a doctor’s office, etc. Any tiny bit of time has the potential to be more valuable than you might be allowing. Utilize all of the time you have even if it’s in bits and pieces. A little self-care goes a long way.

What are the benefits of self-care?

Self-care is beneficial because it promotes good mental health. Good mental health reinforces good physical health and vice versa. Self-care can be the difference in having better days and making the most out of everyday situations. Consider a more confident and comfortable you just because you’ve made time for yourself. Wouldn’t that you be more successful?

I hope that was insightful in one way or another. Feel free to provide any feedback from reading or your own personal experience by emailing me directly at alyssablooms@gmail.com.

Total Solar Eclipse ’17 Thoughts

Visible across the United States next month on August 21st, the next total solar eclipse is being dubbed the “Great American Eclipse.” Although, to quite the contrary, America isn’t as great as many of us feel. It’s an awesome event when you strip it of equating to patriotism plus some of South America can view the display too. I’m definitely a woman of the cosmos — I follow our sun’s planetary system and how astronomy and astrology cross. So I’m really excited for this solar eclipse! I got to witness the last one in 2009… my life was so much different then. This time around I feel like it is an act of fate and not only for just myself. The universe has coincided its alignments with society’s tone and dire need for change. These unique moments of planetary behavior bring about the utmost enlightenment and realization. People are more inclined to learn, to listen, to try to understand. But the message of change needs to be spoken, to be taught, to be learntClick here to visit NASA’s Total Eclipse page.

Mark your calendars!
For my East-coasters: we should anticipate a 1pm-4pm solar eclipse with totality occurring approximately between 2:41pm and 2:44pm. I’ll update changes if any.