Is your mind streaming with ideas? Feeling like everyone and everything wants your attention? Having a hard time concentrating? If so, you're not alone. After all, Mercury is stationing, about to end its current retrograde cycle this evening.
When a planet slows down to shift directions, we often experience the things governed by it to be more apparent and concentrated. In astrology, the planet Mercury relates to communication, thinking, the movement of idea, the transport of people and goods, and the media.
I've been definitely feeling this the last few days. It feels like I'm in information overload in terms of the ideas that are streaming through my mind as well as the news that I'm hearing from friends and loved ones, as well as the media. If I don't stay mindful, I feel myself pulled in numerous directions wanting to place my attention in this and that, so as not to miss anything, whether it be a trivial factoid or an important communication by a loved one.
Mercury also rules the nervous system and if we finding ourselves streaming with data and information, coming at a pace that's either faster than usual or we're perceiving to be greater than the bandwidth we have to process it, it could have us feeling a bit overwhelmed, nervous or anxious.
As such, it's a good time to build in some nurturing-self time outs. Go for a walk, take 5-minute meditation breaks, listen to some music, close your eyes and daydream, and/or do a few Sun Salutations et al, anything that helps you move the mental energy out of your mind and through your body.
Let all the news and information stream through you. Keeping paper and pen or a recorder by you to write down snippets of ideas and notions that come forth is a good idea. This can help dissipate the swirl that they create in your mind while also making you feel less worried you'll forget these inspirations and/or to-do-list items.
Go slow, breath....take your time, don't forget to smell the roses, and remember your heart in all communications.
(The current Mercury Retrograde cycle = August 30 - September 21)