Full Moon in Taurus Series :: Regulate your Emotions & Nervous System through your SENSES

This is a series of 3 posts I published on Instagram for the Taurus Full Moon (November 3rd-4th). The way my email send-outs are currently set up right now, is that as soon as I publish on my blog, the post is automatically sent out by email (which I will be changing soon). Because of this, I often refrain from posting on my blog right away (as I do with IG), so that I can bundle different posts together, preventing subscribers from receiving too many emails in a week. Unfortunately this sometimes means the time-sensitive nature of certain posts is disrupted, but in this case, these posts still hold relevance and use-value.

Taurus Full Moon Post #1 out of 3:
Playing Trigger Detective

We are a few hours away from the Full Moon in Taurus reaching its peak (2:22 am ADT, November 4th – see my weekly forecast for further details).

This is a lunation that asks you to find your ground, to find goodness through your senses, and to rest in your resources – both internal and external.

And yet, at the same time this Full Moon brings some disruption. The Saturn-Chiron square of yesterday is still strong, pointing out wounds to be healed. Venus, the ruler of this Full Moon, is opposing the shocking Uranus, bestowing unexpected surprises in our midst. And while the Moon may be in Taurus, it opposes the Sun in Scorpio.

Scorpio reminds us of the pain we have yet to transform. Taurus reminds us that it is possible to cultivate a delicious sense of safety deep within our flesh and bones.

For most of us in this wild world, for various reasons, our bodies are always on high-alert, constantly scanning for threats. Or, exhausted of maintaining this hyper-vigilance, perhaps they are falling into a state of numb collapse.

What would it be like to truly experience a deep-rooted sense of safety… all the time? A world where all bodies can allow themselves to relax into a Taurean visceral sense of safety, is one that I long for.

To get there though, we may need to walk through the land of Scorpio (the sign opposite to Taurus) and address the trigger patterns that may be hiding in our subconscious.

Identifying triggers can itself, be triggering, however.

And yet, this process “can” be helpful when seeking that embodied sense of safety, because we can prepare ourselves and better understand what is happening, which is empowering. Some triggers are obvious, but oftentimes triggers are hard to recognize. We might not understand why certain interactions or situations are so upsetting, and then we might get frustrated with ourselves (and others) when we react to something that we think should not be that big of a deal.

I recently had two major “ah-ha” moments where I suddenly identified the roots and rationale behind some of the extreme reactions I was having in response to two different scenarios. I thought I knew all my triggers well, but nope!

I chose the powerful Sun-Jupiter conjunction of last week to harness the courage to complete my trigger list. I had been playing “trigger detective” for a while, and although it risked activating my sympathetic nervous system, I knew it would be helpful for me personally, to get it all on paper.

I have the Moon in Gemini, opposite Saturn, so this perfectly exemplifies my initial approach to processing my emotions. I analyze my emotions and reactions to death and then in this case, I wrote up a 14-page trigger list (Gemini) with all my triggers broken down and described within the bounded frames of table-boxes in a Word document (Saturn) 😕

Triggers can feel overwhelming and make one feel out of control. Organizing them in a Word document gave me a sense of containment and control – ingredients that contribute to a sense of safety and security.

This admittedly might be a bit over-the-top and isn’t going to work or be helpful for everyone, but at some point, if you haven’t already, you may find it helpful to play “trigger detective” and start taking note of what gets you really upset, and why?

I think we all have triggers that express in different ways for different reasons. Once we see the patterns, we may feel more empowered to start deconstructing our trigger patterns at a time, and in an environment, where we feel well-resourced and supported. When triggers are defused, we can act from a place of greater truth, authenticity and clarity.

Below is a piece on triggers that I wrote for an earlier post

Life events that become triggers for us are those that prompt extreme reactions and stand out as somewhat unusual because they seem disproportionate to the scale of the life event at hand or seem to emerge out of context (note: there are many situations where intense emotions and reactions are quite understandable and proportionate to the immediate stimulus).

A trigger could show up in your body in numerous ways. Triggers can show up as intense emotions: anger, rage and hatred, fear, panic, paranoia, grief, sadness, anxiety, despair, shame (to name a few).

They can show up as fight or flight body sensations (e.g. a pounding heart, tense muscles, the inability to concentrate).

Triggers can also show in your body as a feeling of being dissociated and disconnected from what is going on around you (e.g. really “spaced out”), a sense of complete overwhelm and numbness, immobilization, compulsive self-destructive and addictive habits, or flashbacks to old memories. A triggering life event can also catalyze a harsh tirade of negative self-talk.

Triggers are often talked about within the context of trauma and PTSD, but even if you haven’t had an experience that you would label as “traumatic”, I would wager a guess that in this messy thing called life, all of us have had some painful past experiences. The pain associated with these past experiences often gets locked up in this big vault in our psyches in order to protect ourselves from continuously feeling that pain.

But, this pain wants to get out of the vault. It wants to be processed. It wants to heal. And thus, this pain jumps at any opportunity that looks like it might hold the promise of freedom. Any situation or interaction that appears to hold even a sliver of similarity to the original source of the pain, prompts that pain to break free from the vault and grip your body with the somatic and emotional memory of what you experienced when that pain was first inflicted.

Sometimes a triggering event can act positively as a release valve; allowing us to channel and process different emotions from our past (I am using the word “trigger” in a very broad general sense). However, unfortunately many times, the emotions will continue to circulate through our systems – we put the pain back into the locked vault in our psyche until it escapes again, wreaking havoc and overwhelming us… until we capture that little bugger and lock it up in the vault again… ad nauseum.

Triggers operate on our automatic nervous system, at a level below our rational thinking mind, and thus they can be quite powerful and difficult to deal with.

Being “triggered” may not include any cognitive reminders of the original event (e.g. like with visual and auditory memory flashbacks), and that’s what makes them SO FREAKING confusing. What vault just got opened? Where did this pain came from? What is its original source? Sometimes we don’t know.

For a long time I just kind of shrugged off certain triggers – “Well, that was weird. I guess I’m just really sensitive to that sort of situation.” But then I started paying more attention and noticing the consistency in some of the extreme reactions I was having. I started taking notes on when this happened and what exactly I experienced in my mind and body.

Triggers are clues. They suck. They are super shitty. BUT. They hold really important clues that can help you heal – so you can get rid of that locked vault in your psyche, or at least begin reducing the power of the trigger. Some of my triggers I’ve managed to trace and track down to their source. Others… the case is still open. Their cases remain, unresolved. But I persevere with playing detective while simultaneously trying to defuse and deactivate them now that I can recognize them.

It’s one thing to notice your triggers, but of course, although self-awareness can take you a long distance forward, it’s quite another thing to defuse and deactivate them. It involves processing and healing the actual source of the pain in the vault that keeps trying to make a break for freedom, rather than putting the pain on a never-ending circuit, going in and out of the vault.

Remember to be gentle with yourself when you start examining and addressing triggers! It can be volatile stuff, even when you don’t think it should be.💖


 Taurus Full Moon Post #2 out of 3:
The Abyss + Tea (Scorpio + Taurus)

The writing below is something I wrote exactly a year ago (November 2nd, 2016), that I haven’t shared on this platform before. The structure of this piece is a bit discordant and choppy, but it comes straight from my 8th House and reflects how I was feeling at the time. When I re-read it, it occurred to me how well it reflects the tension between my North Node in Taurus (9th H) and my South Node in Scorpio (3rd H).

With the North Node in Taurus, I need to shift away from the intense Scorpionic “abyss-gazing”, toward the grounded-in-the-here-and-now Taurus, with its orientation toward pleasuring the physical senses – in order to bring the two into balance.

The recent Full Moon in Taurus of last night, is lighting up this Scorpio-Taurus axis, and I was reminded of this piece and thought I would share.

[it could be possibly triggering if you are feeling anxious or depressed]


I love this 1893 painting by Norwegian painter, Edvard Munch.

Wikipedia: “The Scream is Munch’s most famous work, and one of the most recognizable paintings in all art. It has been widely interpreted as representing the universal anxiety of modern man…”

“Munch wrote of how the painting came to be: “I was walking down the road with two friends when the sun set; suddenly, the sky turned as red as blood. I stopped and leaned against the fence, feeling unspeakably tired. Tongues of fire and blood stretched over the bluish black fjord. My friends went on walking, while I lagged behind, shivering with fear. Then I heard the enormous, infinite scream of nature.” (~Wikipedia)

This painting absolutely grips me every time I look at it. Thank you Mr. Munch, I can hear that wretched, blood-curdling scream.

When I was in my early teen years, I had a lot of repressed anger and emotional pain (perhaps somewhat typical for that age). I may have presented a shy Pisces image to the world, but inside I was raging and clawing at the confinements of my mortal existence.

When my family was out of the house I would sometimes go down into our deepest basement, which we called the ‘crypt’.

I would go into the crypt and I would scream. And scream.

There is no way I could replicate these screams on command. They were unearthly guttural cries that had been first birthed in my soul’s deepest cavities where they lived a tumultuous, festering existence until I released them from their torture and let them express their pent up anguish through my vocal chords.

One evening I could not wait until my family vacated the house. I went down in to the basement… and screamed. Both my parents came running downstairs with fierce panic in their eyes. The first thought for both of them was that our downstairs tenant (who was not home at the time) had killed herself and I had discovered her body. My parents were furious with me for nearly giving them a heart attack.

Munch’s painting reminds me of those adolescent screaming sessions in the crypt.

It was in the midst of this time that I believe I asked for a punching bag for Christmas – a less disruptive outlet for anger and frustration perhaps.

Anyway.

I want to reflect on the concept of ‘the abyss’, which I kinda love. There are lots of metaphors that have been used to describe an existential crisis and depression (e.g. the ‘dark night of the soul‘), and the imagery of gazing into the abyss of despair, is one of them.

Here’s what google’s dictionary has to say about the word ‘abyss’:

a·byss
• synonyms: chasm, gorge, ravine, canyon, fissure, rift, crevasse, hole, gulf, pit, cavity, void, bottomless pit
• a deep or seemingly bottomless chasm. e.g. “a rope led down into the dark abyss”
• the regions of hell conceived of as a bottomless pit. e.g. “Satan’s dark abyss”

Below are some of my favourite abyss quotes.

Here’s what Nietzsche had to say about the abyss…

“Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”

And after perhaps you win a staring battle with the abyss or manage to walk away from it…

“…throw roses into the abyss and say: ‘here is my thanks to the monster who didn’t succeed in swallowing me alive.” (Nietzsche)

And the Elder Sophrony of Essex had some important words of advice for all abyss-gazers…

“Stand at the brink of the abyss of despair, and when you see that you cannot bear it anymore, draw back a little and have a cup of tea.”

Indeed. Or another drink of your choice.

And now to come back to The Scream’s painter, Edvard Munch…

“My whole life has been spent walking by the side of a bottomless chasm, jumping from stone to stone. Sometimes I try to leave my narrow path and join the swirling mainstream of life, but I always find myself drawn inexorably back towards the chasm’s edge, and there I shall walk until the day I finally fall into the abyss.” (Edvard Munch)

There is a deep authenticity and a raw stillness that emerges from abyss-gazing. It is dangerous to walk the chasm’s edge of course, but sometimes it is a relief to step away the bullshit and the flimsy structures of the swirling mainstream. In the midst of the wretched pain of walking side-by-side with empty nothingness, it is a relief not to fake it anymore; to no longer coast on autopilot and pretend that life actually makes sense.

Combining Munch’s experience with the advice of Elder Sophrony of Essex: abyss-gazing and chasm-edge-walking are always better with a hot drink to nurse while you ruminate.

The mug’s heat against your skin and the warm liquid running down your throat will remind you, that despite the dark chill taking up residence in your spine, pleasure is the birthright of the soul’s fleshy embodiment.


BACK TO TODAY…

I would say I am emerging from a “Dark Night of the Soul”. I can honestly say that in my particular case, this Dark Night was necessary and ultimately has been fruitful in many ways.

Sadness and dark emotional times are not necessarily poisons and infections to sanitize. Depressive “symptoms” can accompany important times of shedding and surrendering previous ego-selves, previous identities and ways of being in the world, old life purposes, and one’s grip on meaning – in order to re-awaken into a deeper knowing and a greater sense of aliveness, peace and fulfillment.

These could be times of transition. Times of grief and loss. Times, perhaps, to withdraw from society and the whirlwind distractions of the mainstream to access a more real Truth. These are times of asking difficult existential questions. These are times of challenging that which you have taken from granted.

And yet… gazing into the abyss is not the safest place to be.

I do not want to romanticize depression (or any other mental health concern). I am continuing to actively wrestle with these various perspectives as I reflect on my own experiences and that of others.

As it stands now, depression is a big umbrella label with many symptoms, MANY causes, and many interventions.

When I was in the midst of that dark period, there was an important Scorpionic process of death and rebirth occurring in my life, but there was also a lot that was NOT helpful to the spiritual evolution I felt I was undergoing.

Sometimes I was too close to the edge of the abyss and my hopelessness frightened me. I could have also done without the overpowering shame of feeling so incapable, and the immobilizing lethargy and painful physical expressions of depression and anxiety made everything worse.

Life is tough, and yet sometimes dark times and difficult emotions are vital tunnels that we pass through on route to continued growth and rebirth. Many spiritual leaders, for example, have undergone periods of exile and deep existential/identity crises, which ultimately led them to where they are now.

AND YET.

Sometimes, as Elder Sophrony of Essex pointed out, you really just need to draw back a little from the brink of the abyss of despair, and have a cup of tea.

Meaning: when we are not doing well, we need to seek out help and assistance in various forms.

Life will inevitably bring emotionally tough times, but I think there is more we could do as individuals, for each other, and as a society, to alleviate much of the unnecessary suffering and searing hopelessness that accompanies difficult periods.

Scorpio is the edge of the abyss. Taurus is the cup of tea.

We need both ends of this astrological polarity. But we need to hold them in balance.

As someone with a North Node in Taurus and South Node in Scorpio, I know it is essential for me to seek this balance.

There are many ways to alleviate the threat and pain of depression (and anxiety – they often accompany or precede each other).

During this Taurus Full Moon, the physical senses are front and centre. And yet the powerful ability of our senses to regulate our emotions and nervous system, are often underestimated.

I am not naïve enough to suggest that a cup of tea will fix everything when someone is in the throes of anxiety or depression, but have you noticed that when you or someone else is anxious or depressed, it becomes really hard to think clearly?

Positive mantras and telling yourself (or someone else) to just “be calm” or “be happy”, is largely useless (and often offensive) when one is in the thick of anxiety or depression.

Have you ever tried to reason with someone having a panic attack? It is impossible. Generally the best approach is to calmly re-orientate the person to their environment through their senses, by pointing out the colors in the room or bringing their focus to the supportive surface of the chair underneath them, etc. (check out this link for more ideas)

Personally I have been astounded at the terrible state of my memory, my concentration and focus, and even my ability to use language when I am really depressed or anxious.

I also remember times of internally yelling at my body to move, and yet not being able to get myself to stand up (much less, do anything more “productive”). Studying the brain and nervous systems has helped ease some of the frustration and self-blame.

Mental health issues express on all levels – the emotional, cognitive, spiritual, energetic, and physical realms of being.

During a period of mental unwellness and intense emotional distress, the conscious thinking, planning, rational parts of our brain (the prefrontal cortex) is literally offline. The automatic nervous system and lower brain action-centers have taken over, and dethroned our thinking brains.

So what can we do at this point?

“One answer” (among many) would be to begin speaking back to the automatic nervous system and the lower brain areas in a language they understand – using the sensory system. Regulating our emotions through the body’s senses is often a lot more accessible than trying to re-frame our thinking patterns at times of intense mental and emotional distress.

A cup of hot tea (or a hot shower, walk outside, etc.) will not fix everything obviously, but it could give you that couple inches of perspective and breathing space from your emotions to enable your thinking brain to come a bit more online. In a suicide intervention course I took, I remember even the instructor telling me how beneficial sitting down for a warm beverage can be, when supporting someone in crisis.

What happens when you drink a cup of hot tea?

Well, the warm liquid communicates to your nervous system, via your taste buds and your throat, that you are being nourished and taken care of.

The warmth of the mug against your hands sends comforting messages of safety through the sensory receptors in your fingertips to the central nervous system, tapping into deep emotional memories (held in the limbic brain) of the many other thousands of times that you have enjoyed a warm drink in a safe and relaxed setting.

Perhaps your breathing is becoming more even. Perhaps you are beginning to notice that the trees outside are a particularly vibrant shade of green. Perhaps you are becoming aware of the cat at your feet, rubbing against your legs, waiting to be petted.

A cup of tea is only one example of how we might appeal to our Taurean senses when we are deep in Scorpio’s tumultuous and churning seas. We have 8 physical senses: Sight; Hearing; Taste; Smell; Touch; Vestibular (e.g. movement and balance which enables the enjoyment of activities such as jogging and swimming); Proprioception (e.g. knowing where our body parts are in relation to each other which enables the enjoyment of activities of coordination); and Interoception (our internal feeling perception of the current state of our body which tells us when we are hungry, tired, upset, in pain, etc.).

There are so many possibilities : )

[❤fyi, you can always call suicide hotline number 1-800-273-8255 (US) 24/7, or the suicide hotline # specific to your country, if you or someone else is in need of a listening ear and guidance during a time of crisis❤]


Taurus Full Moon Post #3 out of 3:
Train & Prepare for life’s challenges before they arrive, by developing sensory resources

 

In the 1st Taurus Full Moon post I talked about playing trigger detective in order to become more aware of when, why, where, and how we experience strong reactions in the present, that are actually linked to previous painful experiences. A better understanding of our triggers can help us get resourced appropriately in order to manage them (acquiring resources is a Taurean theme).

An event or situation could trigger us for a day, causing some short-lived distress, or an event/situation could be a catalyst initiating a more sustained downward spiral, whether it is connected to past wounding or not.

The 2nd Taurus Full Moon post described some of my experiences with dark emotional times and distress – and how I try to seek stability – as a personal example of how the Scorpio-Taurus axis can play out and be brought into balance.

This third post builds on the Taurean theme of finding grounding and wellness through our physical senses.

These posts would be relevant to anyone who struggles with their mental health (depression and anxiety are an epidemic right now, so I suspect that includes many of you), or anyone who is experiencing some stressful times (or will at some point in the future) – and that includes all of us.

Just as you wouldn’t try to run a marathon without training, it is worthwhile to “train” and prepare for life’s inevitable challenges before they happen. Resilience is not a static personality trait; it becomes stronger and increases in flexibility (assisting with our “bounce-back” capacity) the more we work on building this internal muscle.

Strengthening our internal and external resources in preparation for life’s challenging times before they happen, doesn’t need to be a pessimistic, doomsday chore. It requires highlighting all the wonderful, stabilizing life-giving tools and activities that you have access to, and intentionally incorporating them into your life on a regular basis when you are doing well and life is proceeding smoothly, so that when you find yourself in distress, reaching for these resources becomes reflexive, instinctual, habitual, automatic. Because as I’ve mentioned before, when you are in times of crisis, high stress, or deep depression, using the conscious, rational, planning, thinking part of your brain (the prefrontal cortex) becomes extremely difficult once the automatic nervous system has taken over and you are reeling from the neurobiological and physiological effects.

Working on changing and re-framing your thoughts and cognitive reactions and transforming your inner critic to embody a more optimistic and positive perspective on yourself and life, IS still definitely worthwhile… because our THOUGHTS can be TRIGGERS and CATALYZE emotional distress on their own – without even needing an external stimuli!

Thoughts are immensely powerful. In fact, one of the most popular forms of psychotherapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – CBT) was founded on the theory that our thoughts influence our emotional state… which then influence our behavior… which then feed-back and influence our thoughts, etc. Therefore, the assumption is – change the negative thought distortions, and you change the emotional experience and response.

Do you have lots of air in your natal chart? Particularly an air moon? You may find this type of approach particularly helpful if so. I have a Gemini Moon and I find it helpful to a point, but to be honest, with my South Node in Scorpio in Gemini’s 3rd House, I can really overdo the endless analysis and reframing of thought patterns until I am sick of myself and my cognitions are disintegrating into obsessive ruminations : )

For everyone though, laying this cognitive groundwork for resilience is best undertaken when one is in a stable, relatively calm place in life, because when you are too deep in a downward spiral, rewiring the brain’s responses by trying to change cognitive thoughts, becomes more difficult. At this point, a CBT approach is a weak defense.

Furthermore, many triggers are based on IMPLICIT MEMORIES – meaning, stored emotional and procedural memories in your brain and body, that you are not consciously aware of. This is a super weird thing. I have had a few really intense panic/anxiety attacks recently where I had no sweet clue what I was anxious about. And yet my body was gripped by the awful and yet familiar sensate symptoms of tense muscles, pounding heart, etc. It is a very disconcerting experience.

We ALL have a vast number of implicit emotional and procedural memories (implicit procedural memory, for example, allows us to ride a bike without having to cognitively focus on each body movement). The unintentional accessing of these implicit memories in our unconscious, can be experienced positively or negatively, depending on their nature…

Our nervous system is constantly assessing the environment for threats and it reacts at lighting speed – often before our conscious thinking brain can figure out what is going on. As soon as it receives information from our sensory organs (eyes, ears, nose, skin…), or our internal processing, that suggests a threat is near, our neurobiological and physiological systems react, ready to implement whatever coping strategy we are most accustomed to using in order to avoid perceived pain and danger. This can occur at highly inconvenient times, over which we have very little control.

When our automatic nervous system has decided to send us into fight/flight (hyper-arousal/defensive anger or anxious mode), or freeze (hypo-arousal/ depressed or disconnected/shut-down mode),  this is when intentionally using our sensory system becomes one of the best methods to regulate our nervous system and emotions and get into a mental space where we can think more clearly and figure out what to do.

If our sensory system is responsible for first introducing danger to our automatic brain responses, than it logically follows that by supplying messages of safety through sensory stimuli, we might be able to gradually reverse that response with a new message.

It is now the day after the Taurus Full Moon as I write this on Sunday. The Moon is now in Gemini and Mercury just shifted out of Scorpio into Sagittarius – a perfect time to reflect and devise a plan : )

How can you use your 8 physical senses to regulate your emotions and your nervous system?

 

Here’s a few more ideas.

Of course, we can’t completely eliminate distress or pain, because we are often dealing with life events, situations and histories, that are legitimately awful – there very well may be a real and viable threat to our general wellbeing. I heard a psychologist once say something to the effect of: “the goal of therapy is not necessarily to eliminate suffering, but to strategically increase our distress tolerance while staying connected to the present moment and our bodies.”

Life can be incredibly distressing. How do we allow ourselves to feel, tolerate, and effectively process painful emotions – and respond appropriately to intense situations with mental clarity – without getting completely overwhelmed and/or using any method possible to evade the discomfort?

We were born into containers to hold our emotions – our bodies. Wrapped in layers of skin and fascia, our bodies have the capacity to hold the physical sensations of our powerful emotions and the reactions our thought patterns evoke, without surrendering completely into a state of stress or overwhelm. However, depending on our histories and temperament, it can require a lot of training and effort to gradually widen – and stay within – our body’s window of tolerance.

Working intentionally with the physical senses (especially proprioception in this case), can remind us of the bounded safety of our fleshy container in the moments when we are flooded with overwhelming sensation. When even our bodies do not feel safe enough to fully inhabit as a container, for a variety of reasons, other trusted people and environments, can provide us with a temporary container (a contained safe space) while we work on developing or re-establishing a sense of our own.

Again, using physical sensory stimuli strategically can give us tools that build our resilience and our distress tolerance whether we are dealing with internal triggers creating emotional and physiological responses that are disproportionate to the situation at hand that provoked them, and/or whether we are being confronted with a present-day situation that is understandably very challenging, distressing, and perhaps even threatening.

Experiment with sensory tools! What works for one person may not work for someone else. Incorporate something new into your life and then check in with yourself to see if you feel more present, and less stressed and distressed.

Our physical senses is the gift of Taurus, in our cosmic DNA.

You can check out this quiz at ASensoryLife.com to learn how you might be already using your physical senses to self-regulate your nervous system. The website is aimed at parents supporting children with sensory issues, but the quiz at the bottom of the page is a good tool designed for adults. You may prioritize and value sensory stimulation coming through one sensory channel more than others.

When I created a sensory resource list for myself, I separated high-capacity tools, from lower-capacity tools. For example, when I am not doing great, but still managing, I like to go running  (the vestibular sensory system). When I am lower capacity and not doing well at all, running requires too much preparation and energy. Dancing in my room, or doing Yoga stretches, is much more accessible (vestibular and proprioception).

Are there any sensory tools you would like to develop? Personally I would love to practice mindfulness more intentionally on a daily basis  in order to be able to use it more effectively at a time of distress (interoception; awareness of inner body sensations and states, as well as bringing focused attention to all sensory engagement in the present moment). Mindfulness practices and meditation are like a muscle though – you have to strengthen them regularly during stable times, so that they will be accessible during difficult times.

This holds true for all sensory tools, really. The more you intentionally incorporate them into your life, they more readily available they will be when you really need them.

Beyond our sensory tools, we can also think about cultivating our spiritual, energetic, cognitive, social and community-based resources to build tools of resilience.

What resources do you use, or want to cultivate and develop, in order to increase your resilience and ability to self-regulate emotions & the nervous system during difficult times?


This is from an Instagram post published on October 31st: 

The Moon is currently drifting through Pisces, Void of Course, while the veils are pulled back to usher us into Samhain’s liminal territory. The air is thick with magic.

As someone with an 8th House Pisces Sun, the ocean is my sanctuary.

I am in a sacred temple when I stand on the cliff’s edge, witnessing the waves crashing mercilessly against the rocky outcrop until I can feel their forceful velocity pounding in my blood.

In the face of such raw primordial power, my flesh and spirit reconnect with the ancient memory they have forgotten once again:

Just as the oceans have pounded against rocks since the Earth first took a breath, the elements that have united in this moment to form my being, have existed for longer than I can comprehend or begin to understand.

Remember:

A renewable life force pulsates relentlessly through your veins.

Your soul is fed by an infinite source that fiercely surges through your inner catacombs.

Do not forget this.

You are as stunningly fierce and wondrous as the ocean.

In every moment that you find yourself alone, desperate and despairing, remember that your heartbeat vibrates with all of creation.

You are more powerful than you know.


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