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December 27, 2017, 4:03 AM

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By : Nikki Savage

 

I’m sitting here on the first day of the lighter half of the year.  The beginning of the waxing phase of the sun, the day after the shortest day of the year.  Seems appropriate to turn my mind to the new year ahead.

 

Winter still firmly holds me.  I’m not done with the less active phase but with the shift in the sun’s energy, I have to honor that things will be growing again shortly.  Seeds that lay dormant need to be cultivated.  All the darker truths I found in the waning half of the year will need to be allowed to fall and amend the soils of my soul to support the new growth ahead.

 

Now is still not the time for action but it is certainly the time to envision what action I will take to grow healthy and strong in the sunshine ahead.  I used to believe this was the time to make resolutions.  But I found the very idea of resolutions to be too rigid.  Instead I set intentions for my year.  Two years ago, my intention was unconditional love and compassion.  Last year was integrity.  The universe obliged by giving me some of my most difficult tests that rewarded me with finding some of my deepest truths.

 

I will not say I’d like to go through any of it again but having an intention gave me a way to frame all of what occurred in my life and keep a grounded perspective.  I found patience, a trait I thought I completely lacked, as I looked to cultivate unconditional love in my life.  I also learned the necessity of boundaries and the healing grace of self-compassion.  Then I applied my new lessons as I discovered what living a life with integrity looked like for me.   I learned how to work, how to love and how to lose with integrity.

 

I sit now reflecting on the path I’ve traveled.  And I sit thinking how I’d like to travel in the upcoming year.   And I am drawn towards the intention of authenticity.  I wish to make this year about living authentically.  I have accepted myself which has allowed me to be accepting and compassionate towards others.  I faced some very difficult truths about myself and the world and found a way integrate them into my whole being.  I seek now to allow these new truths to be made manifest in my life through the authentic expression of my ever-evolving self.  I know we are here to shine our own unique light, to share our own unique gifts and tell our own unique stories to the best of our abilities.  And so that will be my intention this year.  To live my life as an unfiltered, flawed and still-growing being made up of my own blend of stardust and mud.  To walk in truth and let my life speak of my travels.  Unapologetically and authentically me.  And I’d be honored if you would join me.

 

Please join me in setting intentions this year.  Take some time as we still sit dormant in winter’s embrace to reflect on the changes that have occurred in your life over the last year and choose the view you would like to hold throughout this coming year.  Like the beginning of a yogic practice, set an intention to center upon and when the poses that follow get uncomfortable, come back to your center and move again from there.  See if and how that changes your perspective on any struggles you face and how it adds a richness to any triumphs.  This practice has helped me to stay true to my journey and the universe always seems to let me know when I stray from my path and when I’m heading the right way.  It is my wish that this practice may also be of benefit to you.  Brightest blessings for a beautiful, wonderful, wild and magical 2018!

 

 

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Holiday Hustle

December 20, 2017, 4:00 AM

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By : Nikki Savage

 

The holidays are upon us.  I truly hope everyone is finding some time and making space in their lives for some stillness.  While the lights and festivities are wonderful and exciting, winter is a time to go within.

 

I know if feels counterintuitive to take time to be still during a very busy month.  But it is oh so necessary.  We each have our own rhythms to honor.  If we truly wish to bring our A game to the holiday season, shouldn’t we take the time to see how we can flow more harmoniously with the pace of the season?  When we get off our own rhythm we can begin to feel overwhelmed by the marketing machine the holidays have become.  When we allow ourselves to stop and sit with it, it really isn’t going as fast as we believe.  We realize the pace is ours to set.

 

We need to take the time to exhale some of that hectic, frantic energy and inhale some of the peace of this season.  To honor the way the energy moves in the wintertime.  To sink more deeply into our roots so we can withstand the winds.

 

So many try to overdo.   I know I have.  We see that everyone else appears to have it all together.  All the shopping done by November, cookies baked with decorative icing in every shape and color, packages wrapped with curly ribbon and dried flowers, and holiday cards with perfect little children in a perfect holiday setting.  I know there are some people who really can do all these things and not feel stressed.  They enjoy it.  And that is wonderful.

 

But with social media and marketing, some believe it is the standard.  And it truly isn’t.  Or at least it never was for me when I would try to do it all.  So I don’t anymore.

 

In my world, it’s midway through December and I am just starting to shop.  And once I buy them, my gifts will probably look like they were wrapped by a 4 year old or they will be inside other gifts like a scarf.  My cookies, if I get around to baking them, will be unadorned unless my daughter wants to sprinkle colored sugar on them. When I used to send out cards by mail, they had the single picture out of 30 that all three kids were looking, no one was slapping anyone or screaming or crying or ripping their little clip on ties and bows off and it was zoomed in to omit the mess of toys, sippy cups with solid milk and whatever else living life with little kids looked like that surrounded the tree.   If my cards were in video form, they would have featured me screaming at the top of my lungs, “Sit still and look at Mommy for the love of God!”  Yep.  Not so Christmas-y.   But the resulting picture… ah my sweet little angels.

 

I used to feel so stressed out by it all.  It wasn’t my bag.  And regardless of what I got done or did not get done each year, the holidays came and went just the same.  So I’ve learned to take it easy.  I’m thankful for the chill that drives me inside and attunes me to the shift to a more quiet and reflective energy.  It allows me to stop and enjoy the season for what it truly is.  Peace and joy and the sharing of our most precious gifts, our love and our time.  It really is all that matters.

 

And so I hope you find peace and joy this holiday season and take the time to share it with  those you love.

 

 

 

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By : Nikki Savage

 

It’s that time of year again.  Tis the season to gather together with family and friends and celebrate the winter holidays.  The kids already have their lists ready and excitedly await the whirlwind of cookies, presents, and family visiting.  And the adults, maybe not so excited for this busy time of year.

 

Let’s face it, the holidays ain’t what they were like as kids, when we would just need to wake up to the magic.  We overeat, overspend and overschedule ourselves during the holidays and they usually leave us feeling overfull, overtapped and overwhelmed.  And, sadly, sometimes the most stressful part of these times can be the family part.  This is especially true for families that don’t agree on politics and religion or just have opposing views of the world in general.

 

Now everyone knows we don’t talk politics or religion or opposing views at these events, especially in these divided times.  But everyone also knows that it always seems to come up.  We all have the one guest who likes to stir the pot.  I’ll admit that I have been an occasional pot stirrer myself though I do have a blanket “holiday no stir” policy.  But, my “holiday tongue biting in the face of pot stirring” game is weak.  Even as my mind screams, “Disengage!”, my mouth will carry on with whatever it wants.

 

I used to try disable this reflex with alcohol.  As soon as good old Uncle Hater would start stirring, I would head for the liquor cabinet.  Uncle Hater is the name I’ll give to my stirrer of holidays past  who generally is against most things I am for and who also sees gatherings as a one time shot at satisfying his passion for arguing.  Since outing myself as a terrible tongue-biter, I became one of his favorite targets.  I would usually follow his first comment with, “Who wants shots?”  Big old smile on my face as I hoped he’d get the hint.

 

I found this method lacking as he would never take the cue and the more shots I’d take, the weaker my tongue-biting ability became.  That coupled with not being able to bounce back from shots like I used to has me looking for new, healthier ways of coping.

 

Avoidance could be an option.  But, in my case, with a smaller family gathering, it can be a bit more difficult to keep it from being too obvious.  The intention is not to hurt anyone’s feelings after all!  Just to get through a gathering without wanting to throw anyone into a rear naked choke hold.  That’s all I’m looking for here.

 

Maybe I could bring an unsuspecting child into the mix to lighten the conversation? Whichever child walks by first.  Like, “Hey there little Johnny, why don’t you tell Uncle Hater about school while I go do more shots…”  Hehe.  There’s those darn shots again.  I can’t do that to the children.

 

I could try to view the arguing as a holiday tradition and embrace it as such.  Kind of like the “Airing of Grievances” portion of Festivus.  Only then I’d be inviting more arguing into the situation.   Maybe we can move right to “Feats of Strength”?

 

Or maybe I’ll try smile therapy.  Whatever is said, even if it reeks of the highest quality bait on the market, I’ll just smile and nod.  And respond with non-confrontational things like, “That’s an interesting perspective.”  Hmmm, that could work.  Or maybe I can carry around a tray of food so I can perpetually have something to shove in my mouth before I speak.  Giving me time to thwart a knee-jerk response or the opportunity to choke myself unconscious.  That’s got potential too.

 

Sigh.  Or I can just allow it to be what it is and know it is all part of the family gathering.  It is what makes those memories so endearing.  It is what gives Aunt Always polite the extra aggression she needs to carve the main course.    Ahh the memories.

 

Okay, so I didn’t offer much in the way of help here.  But maybe that is where you can step in.  Go on and comment with any advice you have for keeping the family gatherings festive and light.  Or feel free to vent about your own Uncle/Aunt Hater and maybe get some venom out before he/she arrives. :)

 

 

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