CATEGORY: SPIRITUAL

Personality is influenced by many things. We can't pinpoint the way we are to one specific reason, however, it's always fun to get some insight into where certain aspects of our personality stem from. If personality was completely genetic, why are some of us so different from our siblings and our parents? Why are we drawn to certain things? Why do we react differently than others? One explanation is our zodiacs, but even more specifically, the day of the week we were born on. The seven days of the week correspond to the seven visible celestial bodies — Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. These celestial bodies are what make up our zodiac signs (your sign is governed by one of these planets) and affect us on a daily basis. Our ancient a...

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One is not born buddhist, one becomes a buddhist. And how do they become it? They practice, they learn, they teach, they believe. Pema Chödrön, referred to as a “bodhisattva warrior,” is one of the most famous and revered Buddhist teachers of our generation. Her writing, which explores Buddhist concepts and offers paths to conquering subjects such as suffering, fear, and difficult times, has inspired people worldwide. A central theme of her teaching is the principle of "shenpa", or "attachment", which she interprets as the moment one is hooked into a cycle of habitual negative or self-destructive thoughts and actions. According to Chödrön, this occurs when something in the present stimulates a reaction to a past experience. Like most Buddhist teache...

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Jupiter turned retrograde Monday, and calls us to question what is fair, both in our personal lives and the collective whole. There has been a lingering feeling of exhaustion, and a questioning of whether we will ever reap the benefits of the hard work we have been putting in. It can all feel discouraging and a bit somber, but our Jupiter Retrograde is arriving to alleviate it all. Unlike the effects of the often dreaded Mercury Retrograde, Jupiter Retrograde happens less often, and for much longer and is known to bring unexpected luck. Jupiter, the ruler of wisdom and luck, will be in retrograde until June 8th, and offers us a lovely bundle of time to achieve the growth and happiness in the areas of our life we have been working so hard to make progress ...

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