Mercury went into retrograde on May 18th/19th, and is set to last until June 11th/12th. During retrograde periods emotions run high, tempers flare, and the past may start to resurface in unpleasant ways. While retrograde tends to be those times of the year many of us dread, instead of allowing the time to work against us, we can make it work for us by practicing mindfulness to help us stay balanced.

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Below are 5 easy/enjoyable ways to stay mindful at any time, but will be particularly helpful during the next few weeks.

Here are 6 Ways to Stay Mindful During Mercury Retrograde:

1. A Happiness Jar, (excerpt from Elizabeth Gilbert): “What is a Happiness Jar? The simplest thing in the world. You get yourself a jar (or a box, or a vessel of any kind) and every day, at the end of the day, you grab a slip of paper and write down on it the happiest moment of the day. Even on lousy days, you do this. Because even on lousy days, there is one best moment (or at least, one least-worst moment). You stick that little piece of paper in the jar. Over the years, you have a record of your happiness. On bad days, I will thrust my fist in that jar and go fishing — pulling up a handful of great moments that I would have utterly forgotten, had I not documented them.”

2. Start a Gratitude Journal: A gratitude journal is a great tool for mindfulness, and will help keep your consciousness in a place of appreciation for the present moment. Find a journal that has an aesthetic that speaks to you, and feels really good, then each day either in the morning or evening (whatever works best) write down ten things/moments/people/etc. you are grateful for. Even when you’re having a yucky day, write out what you’re thankful for and it will instantly shift your sight to a higher vibration.

3: Create a Sigil, excerpt from A “sigil” is a symbol. In this context, it’s a symbol that represents a specific goal, desire, or ambition that you’d like to bring into your real life. Although sigils are powerful tools, it’s important to understand that there’s nothing inherently supernatural about them. They simply give a concrete form to an idea, and help to focus all of the power of your unconscious mind on making that idea a reality.”

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To learn how to create your own sigil, watch this video.

evolvegif-jensodini4: Design Your Own Manifestation Board: Similar to the concept of a sigil, the manifestation board is another way to imprint your desires into your consciousness so that they can be made manifest. Get a poster board and a bunch of magazines (lifestyle, travel, fashion, etc.) and cut out the pictures, ideas, quotes that make you feel best and glue them to your board. Place the manifestation board in an area where you’ll be able to give it the proper attention, ideally, in a space where you may find yourself doing a lot of meditating or focusing. Each day focus your intention on the board, and feel into the reality you’re hoping for as if you’ve already achieved it. You can also use your gratitude journal as a way to give extra good “juju” to what you’re looking to attract. Be patient in the process, and be persistent in your passions… before you know it, your wishes will come true. The universe responds to specificity, so be specific, and don’t lose focus!

5: Write a Forgiveness List: When people disappoint you, it’s hard not to take the hurting to your heart. We tend to focus on those that have wronged us, but not in a way that is productive. When we are hurt, we focus on the “why me,” “what did I do,” and “how come this happened.” Instead of playing victim, we can use forgiveness as its own form of alchemy by forgiving those that hurt us, and sending them love instead of sadness. When someone disappoints you, forgive them. The “Forgiveness List” is something you can also do in your Gratitude Journal. Alongside the things you’re grateful for, write out those that you forgive and think of the nicest thing you can possibly say about them. Sooner or later you’ll see a transformation in how you’re treated, and witness your “magic” in action. You can’t fight fear with fear, or hate with hate… fight with love, and you will always rise above.

6. Rewrite Your Life Story Using Sun Language: Sun Language is an alchemical practice where you take the words you use and transform your tone and intention by using poetic metaphor. This exercise in particular is a great way to transmute any residual darkness into light by rewriting your life’s story with a friend. See: How to Learn and Speak Sun Language.

To learn more about this particular period of retrograde, this article is extremely informative and insightful: Mercury Retrograde In Gemini: Adjusting The Way We Think & Communicate.

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