Expressive Writing: The Sacred Art of Understanding Yourself Better

Just like plants, from which we obtain the so-called essential oils, we as human beings also have an essence. I believe that essence resides in our hearts. The more we distil our hearts, the more we see and perhaps understand what our essence is like.

I’m not talking about our physical heart though. I’m talking about something that allows us to go way deeper. I’m talking about a resonance, a frequency that emanates from the centre of our chest.

The more we tune into that frequency, the more we feel who we are and the more we become one with everything. What separates us from the outside starts to melt and we connect beyond our physical limits.

My preferred way to melt these boundaries is through writing. Every now and then, my body and mind are disconnected from each other. Each one of them speaks into the void and they find no listeners.

My mind is usually faster and more resolute than my body. I have ignored my body. I have mistreated it. I have lived my life pretty much inside my head. As a result, I have often forgotten the importance of uniting them as one.

When I sit down to write though, that disconnection tends to disappear. Both my mind and my body come together. They form a sole beam of light and I feel like I’m floating. I’m swirling around in a sky made of cotton clouds.

While I’m comfortably lingering in that space, my heart keeps pouring out words. These are sometimes sweet, other times bitter. Whatever the case, I let my heart speak with little to no filter. I feel alive and human by allowing it so.

That sense of aliveness comes with the feeling that I’m reaching my essence. Or at least a deeper part of myself. I get closer and closer to my core. Sometimes it’s like I can even touch it. The closer I get, the more I feel like I belong.

It’s mostly for that feeling that I sit down and write. It’s for that feeling that I let myself experience the flow of being, the flow of creation itself. I let it come to life on paper or on the screen of my laptop.

That’s why writing for me is to step into a sacred space. It’s a portal to my inner being. It does not disconnect me from others. It actually helps me transmute the way I relate and interact with reality as a whole.

For me, writing is the gateway to a world where all emotions co-exist freely. It is where there are no harsh rules shaping and bending my being. I don’t turn left or right as the outer world commands me.

I believe writing can be a way to connect with life’s beauty. At least, when I write, I dive deep into our collective heart. That’s where we all exist equally, regardless of skin tone, size, shape, age, or belief system. That’s where good and bad are one too.

When I slide into that space through writing, I do not only exist. I am one with myself and with the world. I just am, and I find beauty in the tiniest of details throughout that journey. Even in what we grow up to believe to be bad, ugly, or shameful.

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What is Meditation? The Practice of Zazen

Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Meditation is a contemplative practice through which we can connect with ourselves at a deeper level, gaining access to thoughts, emotions, and attitudes from an observer’s point of view. The word meditation comes from the Latin word meditationem, which means to think over, reflect, or consider. From my perspective, there are two types of meditation, with two different goals and outcomes. One goal may be to calm ourselves down and recharge. I call this restorative meditation. Another goal is to understand ourselves more, and life in general, by doing inner work in a meditative state. I call this insightful meditation.

Whatever type of meditation you take upon, I believe the practice in itself is great for well-being. Studies have shown that practicing meditation on a regular basis can improve self-awareness, decrease stress and anxiety levels, and boost the capacity to manage difficult negative emotions. I personally have been practicing Zazen, a gentle Buddhist meditation practice in which we simply, sit, settle in, and rest in a space of compassion toward ourselves and reality. In Zazen, we don’t compete to see who can sit in the most difficult position and for the longest period of time. Our goal is to sit down and explore our inquiring process.

I say explore because the aim of practicing Zazen is not to seek or find answers but to engage in the art of questioning life and our existence. Are we living or surviving? How can we improve our daily life? What problems do we need to tackle? Zazen invites us to gently tap into our natural curiosity and face the questions that arise from within ourselves, with compassion, and gentleness. We then welcome any answers but we don’t obsess over getting them, even when a question makes you feel agitated or upset. Through Zazen, we learn to lean into a question but also stay present with it, accepting that answers may or may not come and that if they do come they may not be fully satisfying.

While in mindfulness-based practices you are encouraged to let go of your thoughts and emotions, in Zazen we acknowledge thoughts and emotions as part of our questioning process. They arise so that we pay attention to what may be bothering us, which can help us find our center again. When a thought or emotion comes, we gently ask what it is. Where did it come from? How do we choose to approach it? We don’t fight against or dismiss them. We sit upright and face them, without clinging to the need of obtaining clear or elaborated answers. Sometimes we get a lot of insights, other times we don’t.

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Meditation can offer you different benefits for well-being. These include increased self-awareness, a greater focus on the present moment, reduced stress, enhanced productivity, and improved self-regulation. I find Zazen meditation very useful and adequate to my needs and goals. I hope this post makes you curious to explore other meditation styles so that you can find one that suits your nature.

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How to Tell the Difference Between Fear and Intuition?

How do you know whether you are tapping into your intuition, or simply engaging and entertaining unhelpful, fear-based thoughts? Is that inner voice your intuition or your fear speaking? This is a complex topic, and yet it represents a skill we need and can develop as highly sensitive people. I believe everyone can benefit from learning to differentiate between intuition and fear, but highly sensitive people even more because struggling to understand which one is speaking to us can lead us to an endless spiral of doubt and confusion.

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What is Karmic Astrology? The Role of Lunar Nodes

Whether you believe in reincarnation or not, it is incredible the amount of insight you can get from a karmic astrology reading. In a nutshell, karmic astrology talks about the past and future, the transformation and evolution of our soul through the Self. By looking at certain aspects of your birth chart, it’s possible to gather information about who you were, what has prevented you from becoming a better version of yourself, and what you need to work on in order to self-actualize. Let’s recognize the value in this: such understanding can only improve the relationship you have with yourself and others.

One of the aspects we can look into to know more about your past and future through your birth chart are the lunar nodes. Lunar nodes are two imaginary points in space between the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth. These points are opposite each other at 180 degrees and are called North Node (also known as Rahu) and South Node (or Ketu). The former gives you information about past lives or your early years as a child or young adult. The latter offers you information about what you need to work on in this life as an adult in order to evolve and grow.

Since the lunar nodes are opposite to each other, each one of us will find a nodal axis in our birth chart. For instance, I have a North Node in Pisces. Therefore my South Node is in Virgo, the opposite sign of Pisces. My north node is in the first house, which rules identity and consciousness, and my south node is in the seventh house, which rules one-on-one relationships and marriage. For the purposes of this post, I’m not going to address the astrological houses these nodes can be found in, but that would give us further information about our path toward enlightenment.

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North Node1stā™“Pisces
South Node7thā™Virgo
House and Sign of my North Node and South Node

Having a North Node in Pisces tells me that in my past life or early life years I had a tendency to overlook my relationship with the Divine or spiritual realm by being too analytical. This time around, and in order to fulfill my life’s mission, I must master the ability to balance both my right and left brain hemispheres. In other words, I need to find an equilibrium between thinking and feeling. This may require me a greater focus on spirituality and self-healing.

My South Node in Virgo indicates that my natural tendency is to be a perfectionist and that I can be self-critical. This hinders my sense of acceptance, self-worth, and self-love. It is no mistake that these have been recurrent topics on my blog. Having a South Node in Virgo is also usually associated with the tendency to overwork, and with the struggle to simply be still. I find this to be very true and, thanks to my life experiences, I have been forced to learn the importance of non-doing the harder way.

The Virgo energy on my south node provides some insight into why I struggled a lot in my childhood and young adulthood to accept and even realize my spiritual sight. I used to ignore my intuition all the time because logic and rationality were my comfort zone. This is the karma of having a South Node in Virgo. Whenever my intuitive voice would speak to me, I shut it down and called myself crazy. Over the recent years, I have learned to listen and follow my intuition as well as my other gifts.

There is much more to say about the Pisces/Virgo nodal axis, especially when we look at the astrological houses in which both lunar nodes are placed. If you want an Astro psychological reading of your lunar nodes, I’m offering an online service that gives you a report on your lunar nodes’ signs and houses. You can find more information about it here.

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What Can Numerology Say About Your Psychology?

Numerology is the science behind the meaning of numbers. It’s an ancient practice and, according to it, each number holds a specific vibration or energy signature. This idea was carried by Pythagoras and his followers, who believed the universe could be explained by numbers and that each number would have a nature of its own. Pythagoreans saw number one, for instance, as the representation of unity, and the origin of everything. They also posited that even numbers had female energy and odd numbers masculine energy.

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What is Numerology? The Meaning of Numbers 1-9

According to Pythagoras, each number has a nature, or vibration, of its own. Modern science has already shown that every manifestation has its own wavelength, a vibrational or electromagnetic signature that can be measured by numbers. In total, there are nine distinct vibrations, and Numerology works with such a system by attributing numbers to letters, which in turn have corresponding sound vibration and form.

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