Everything has its own version of beauty, even the so called ugly things. Beauty speaks to me through synchronicity and faces that tell me something. In a more traditional sense, I am a double virgo, so aesthetics have always been very important to me. Beauty is color and good design. I am a visual and sensory being. I run my hands across everything, especially fabrics. How something makes me feel will determine whether or not I deem it beautiful- from people to places. Beauty is eyes that see beyond the here and now. It is also being cozy in your skin, something I have struggled with greatly. It is found in the big and little gestures of love that we get to experience in these human bodies. And it's in the scars and stories, the things that make you uniquely you.
What makes you feel most radiant?
Laughing and making others laugh. A hot shower and a fresh tan, after a day of ocean and beach. Great food. Words. My herbal cabinet. Tea. Intimacy. Connected sex. Expressing myself through clothing. Self acceptance. Travel and airports (they are my happy place). Taking photos. Kundalini yoga. Meditation. Boxing. And a good crush.
What daily practices are you devoted to? How do you create the time and space for them?
I am devoted to my sadhana, which consists of rotating kundalini meditations. I've got to be honest though- I don't wake up early to do this. While I aspire to get up during the ambrosial hours, I fit it in whenever I can. I am almost always writing, even if its something short in my journal or phone. I take notes constantly and jot down ideas while I am out or meditating. Words are definitely sacred to me. Tea is another ritualistic practice and I am very lucky to have a roommate who loves to serve.
What is success for you? How do you cultivate prosperity in your daily experience?
Success is being ok with who I am. All of me, the light and the dark. Putting myself out onto the internet, with such vulnerability and honesty, has been so freeing. Success is being able to help others- through money, time, love, wisdom etc. It is experiences with those you love and a lot of laughter along the way. It is living in the spirit of creativity and empathy and feeling like I did what I came here to do. It is opening when I am scared and continuing the be on a journey of never ending curiosity.
I cultivate prosperity through trust. I feel a richness in my being, a sense of worth that is so beyond this physical realm. I welcome money, treating it as a powerful form of energy. I work on releasing guilt around prosperity, as this is definitely a block for me. And I try to deepen my relationship to gratitude every single day. Thank you is a powerful prayer.
Share a favorite recipe or instructions for a beloved practice/meditation.
I will share a meditation since my cooking skills are still a work in progress. My roommate and I have gotten into the kundalini mantra, So Purkh. Known as the love chant, I find that it's really good at removing people who no longer serve me. It also helps to heal one's relationship to their father, which then effects all relationships to the masculine. Guru Jagat jokes that its the desperate woman's mantra, as many use it to call in a man. Before beginning, you can set an intention to send this mantra towards three men in your life. While learning 31 minutes of Gurmukhi is definitely a commitment, it's very powerful. All you need to do is youtube the track, google the lyrics and get to chanting.
Share three books you’re currently loving.
Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch - I am not reading this currently, but I will love it forever. Lidia is this cosmic force of brains and love and bravery. Her words are lyrical and smooth, potent in darkness and edge. She doesn't shy away from the ugly. She breaks many rules and gives other writers permission to do so, too. Can you tell I'm a fan?
A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives by Kelly Brogan M.D - Kelly Brogan is doing some next level work in the realm of mental health. As someone who takes meds, I have a very complicated relationship to this topic. Kelly started as a traditional psychiatrist, only to then realize that psychiatric medications were doing more harm than good in the long run. As a result of going against pharmaceutical companies, she was unable to get a single news outlet to pick up the book for press. Taking matters into her own hands, she began a grass roots campaign and got the book on the NYT Bestseller List. Talk about seeing a vision through! I find Kelly and her work to be incredibly bold, inspiring and revolutionary. Perhaps I will work with her if I choose to go off meds again in the future.
Anything by Rebecca Solnit!