Learning to love poetry only a few years ago, I really resonate with contemporary poets who discuss all the complexities and complications of a heavily intersected world. These collections are intentionally arranged, creating a cascade of revelations and reflections, connecting with readers beyond the inaccessible bounds of traditional, restrained poetic verse.
Here in quarantine the months have flown by quickly while glimmers of hope have become fewer and farther in between. For many, January brings about more of the same: loneliness in the day to day, anxiety over what is to come, and worry for our loved ones who are facing their own hardships.
My journey of self discovery and healing has lead me down many an unexpected path. I’ve encountered traditional talk therapy, online wellness summits, Buddhist meditation practices, and the study of energy itself through both a holistic and a quantum physics lenses. Each teaching has contributed a piece to the cornerstones of my personal wellness practices.Continue reading “A Practical, Beginners Guide for Mindfulness in the New Year”
My most reliable marker of time is consistently my own body. Each day approaching 4 PM I feel a repetitious collision in my brain: my encroaching exhaustion hitting a crossroads with my seemingly unaffected to do list. I gaze at my nearby bed longingly but I know better than to surrender to my assortment ofContinue reading “My 4 PM Obsession”
As I became interested in spirituality throughout college, I found the perfect adult transition for my longheld fascination with rocks– crystals. Gradually, I have accumulated a small assortment of crystals that provide certain energetic improvements simply by having them around. I still haven’t delved too deeply into the entire scope of their abilities and the rituals surroundingContinue reading “Crystal Collection”
“Whenever authors have been compelled to write of Southern California, it has been their tendency to extol, often beyond the limits of good taste, the quality of the climate, the beauty of its semitropical flora, and the loveliness of its natural setting.” – Victoria Padilla in Southern California Gardens
“But our culture keeps telling us these things. “The person next to you can’t be trusted.” We don’t even know our neighbors. And that’s a shame. Because what are we doing? We’re telling our children also that they must not trust. And we’re becoming more and more separated from each other. It’s time to startContinue reading “Best Thing I Read Last Week”
“In the darkest part of the night, when your husband and your son are sleeping, you wonder about death: If courage crumples in the face of it. If it comes like an avalanche, carrying with it the debris that was your life. If you’ll sense it in the stillness of things, smell its crisp approachContinue reading “Best Thing I Read Last Week”
Smell my fruit in the store again Make faces at babies Bump into someone, anyone Travel out of this country Sing with my friends in a crowded bar Give a good hug Make a dinner reservation and inevitably still end up waiting Talk with strangers Go to an outdoor market Throw away my face mask
The smell of fresh cut grass and chlorine The sound of children laughing in the Summer sunset My body being squeezed, pressed and pushed against other bodies in a crowded parties Being able to see a cute boy smile at me Sneaking candy into the movies Souplantation Goosebumps at a concert My hands, touching everyContinue reading “10 Things I Miss from Before”