By Chelcee Loraine. Photography by Deun Ivory.
It has been a week. So, I want you to take a moment and just breathe here. That’s it, really. Do this with me? Take a deep breath in through your nose, close your eyes, hold the breath for three seconds, slowly let it out fully through your mouth. How are you over there? Even if you are not plugged into the news cycle, it’s been hard to completely escape the state of the country we find ourselves. So, what do we say to these things? Shift.
As astrologist (whom I call an astro-activist in my mind) Chani Nicholas recently wrote, “If your rage is showing up, if your pain is calling upon you, if the hurt that you have harbored for years is erupting, it trusts you enough to receive it.” And so, we realign to receive the fullness of this season both its beauty and unbuttoning the possibility of its pain.
Whether it’s your political action or spiritual evolution, a new season, a fraught country asks for change. This month at BGIO our theme is “Sacred Shifts: The Time to Realign.” The final quarter of the year can come with its anxieties, within and beyond the political climate. Maybe you find yourself staring at your vision board wondering how you’ll pull it off in the next three months. Maybe you’re in the prime of your glow-up and charting how to take a breath, because the glow has meant another level of grind. Maybe it’s time to realign with your core values and lean into a sacred shift.
When we say sacred shift, we’re referring to creating change that reverberates beyond the surface. A shift that not only deals with the exterior - what you are doing. But one that dwells in the internal - who are you being? A moment to pause and realign.
We learn much from the shifting of seasons, mother nature whispering a time of letting go as the leaves falls and autumn harvest nears. A reaping of what’s sown. What we see happening in our country shows the layers of what’s been sown and the depth of healing that is needed. Radical change is often hemmed by personal transformations, sacred shifts, that move from the personal to the communal and further.
Do something with me? Smile. You are here. In this moment. You are a harvest that reaches further. In this season. You are, for such a time as this. Let’s realign and shift into all the universe, the highest you, is ushering you to be.
A Few Modes of Shifting:
A Good Cry: Sometimes we find morning in mourning. Sometimes, we must let go of what we thought should be, where we thought we would be. All things still, can be.
A Quiet Reflection: At this time last year, we used this season to take inventory of all we’d accomplished and all we were working toward. We often fall into go-mode, procured by society's pressures. However, taking a moment(s) to reflect can put us in proper position to move with purpose and ease.
A Loud Praise: Poet Lucille Clifton wrote, “Come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed.” Remember the church mothers and their moving feet, arms in full wingspan, shouts of glory? I think they knew something, know something. Praise where you are. Praise where we are going. We, you, will get there.
A Long Walk: Walk the praise into your bones. No really, take a walk this week. Slow down, as they say “appreciate the beauty of small things.” Mother nature is a teacher, be its student. Wonder, let your body explore and your mind be at ease (maybe even turn that phone on airplane mode).
A Sacred Shift: It does not happen overnight, but it happens as we pair our reflection, our praise, our purposed walk and our being into motion.
How are you creating sacred shifts in your wellness goals, activism, career, relationships? What has it taken to reach this place? How are your daily routines creating lifelong positive change? Are you sustaining your breathe and balance in the glow-up? We’d love to hear about how you’ve created sacred shifts and realignment in your life. Send your pitch or 750 - 1,000 word article for review at Editor@BlackGirlInOm.com.
Chelcee Johns is a digital nomad, publishing professional, Detroit native, editor, and word & world-loving soul. Based in Harem, her passion for the power of the written word & highlighting often policed narratives has led her to work in publishing for the past decade with organizations such as Simon & Schuster, Moguldom Media Group, Serendipity Literary Agency, the New York Times and writing for the likes of Ebony. In a rupturing political climate and blooming social change, BGIO is the place Chelc is able to create a community of safe space in our collective stories as Publication Editor. She is empowered by the (inner)work! With that said, her self-care go to is journaling, prayer and meditation.