The Astrology and Mindfulness Resources That Help a Pottery Phenom Thrive
Image via @mysticmamma.
The L.A.-based ceramicist Angela Chvarak Jung relies on her ceramics practice to stay grounded—but that’s not the only thing in her toolkit. “Outside of making art, a lot of my free time is spent learning how to improve myself as a person,” she explains. “I like to start my day with a run outside. I write in my journal, listen to music, and meditate. Spending time in nature is essential, so I go to the beach and camp quite a bit. I get inspired through conversation with spiritually grounded friends and notice magical synchronicities throughout the day.” How can you do (at least some) of the same? Here are a few tangible tips Angela has picked up during her never-ending quest.
“I’ve loved astrology since I was a teenager. Regularly checking in helps to guide me in understanding why I may be feeling a certain way, and I become connected with myself and the universe energetically. My regular, go-to astrologers are Kaypacha for his Pele Report, and I do love getting my weekly horoscope emailed to me from Rob Brezsny. Oh, and Mystic Mamma is pretty neat and makes beautiful collage artwork.”
“When it comes to building a spiritual practice, you have to follow your heart. Each person has their own journey, and, when they’re ready, they will find and connect with the right people and resources needed to develop what works for them. Personally, I’m a huge fan of spiritual reads. Some of my favorites are Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks, Teachings on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh, Be Here Now by Ram Dass, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK by Mark Manson.”
“I keep lots of stones and shells that I collect while outside hiking and adorn my home with crystals, feathers, and small drawings that are given to me. I like placing little, purposeful objects throughout my house that remind me of special people and places in my life.”
MEDITATION AND YOGA
“Meditation helps me to stay grounded throughout the day. Sometimes lying down is all I need to recharge and clear my mind. I’ve found that slowing myself down in a gentle yoga class, stretching and breathing more deeply, helps to keep me calm and to restore my spirit. I also like yin yoga, and, if I’m looking for something more active, a great vinyasa or ashtanga class are my go-tos.”
“I recommend that women track their cycles using a calendar. I also recently learned about the Hormone Horoscope app. It’s helpful to be attuned to our cycles so that we can understand our moods and energy shifts throughout the month. Understanding ourselves physically and emotionally allows for us to have the knowledge and power to take positive steps to nurture ourselves.