It’s the new moon again, and as per my usual ritual I am intention setting for the next month. This particular time feels so unbelievably timely and necessary- I can feel my energies dispersed to all directions except inward. I had a particular download that was quite clear in the ways I am not honoring my body’s needs and wisdom.
Springtime feels so vibrant- projects that have been in the works all winter long are coming to fruition-just as the blossoms are opening in our gardens, the squirrels are going crazy and the hummingbirds are beginning to return.
As the temperatures rise, so do our spirits and our will to make our mark on the world around us. Our gardens, our workshops, our parties and time spent with friends and in community- all of this reflects our desire to shape our lives and our environment to more accurately reflect ourselves.
All of this movement and growth takes energy. LOTS of it. It takes the kind of energy that can’t come from drinking an extra cup of coffee (ahem, self) or reorganizing our schedules for an extra hour of work time. No, this kind of growth takes absolutely for granted that deep and nourishing roots were developed over the winter.
It means having filled our cups with the stillness and the silence that comes from periodical dormancy and rest.
To be quite honest, I’m not sure that I did enough of that this winter and I’m feeling shreds of doubt that I can ride this wave fully and excellently. Personally and professionally, I have quite a bit going on right now. Lots of commitments, lots of projects and even more on the back burner. The desire to show up fully and authentically for all of those things feels inconceivable. But I also have the deep knowing somewhere inside that with radical self care, I got this. This and so, so much more.
Here’s a reminder to you and to me- it’s all good. Just as we have our yearly cycles, we have smaller cycles too. Following the cycles of the moon gives us an opportunity to each month to revisit these themes of rest and growth, just as we can find ways of honoring these cycles within the framework of a single day.
That is my intention for this next cycle- to prioritize those roots when they feel a bit wobbly, to ground down into them and find ways to encourage more time for rest and reflection in the days to come.
I like to keep it simple and my ritual reflects that. I like to begin with a ritual bath, smudging, breath-work and a grounding meditation. (Notice that these practices incorporate all four elements- Earth, Air, Fire and Water) Maybe i’ll pull an oracle card or two from one of my different decks.
Fully centered in my essence, I can then craft a month of intention. I have a special notebook that I use for this purpose in order to revisit these intentions at a later date (generally the full moon) and check my progress and also whether I am still in alignment with those goals. It really does not have to be complicated. Simply lighting a candle and making a list of 5 things you call into your life in the next cycle is a beautiful start.
If you have the time to do a meditation, here is one for you to try. It is my personal practice for grounding and it works best as something done on a daily basis.
Earth and Sky Grounding Meditation:
- Find a comfortable spot to sit for a while. A cushion on the floor or against the wall is good, or a straight backed chair if you can’t sit on the ground.
- Close your eyes and begin to breathe in and out slowly and deeply through your nose. Sometimes a mantra helps to calm and focus the mind. I generally silently chant “Sat” on the inhale and “Nam” on the exhale. This works for me and is from my background in Kundalini Yoga, but anything can work- inhaling “peace” and exhaling “love” or even just “breathe in” and “breathe out”.
- Begin to imagine a light beginning to emanate from your root chakra (the base of the sacrum- the place where your bottom meets the ground) and stretch out like roots down into the Earth.
- Visualize these luminous roots penetrating deep down into the Earth- through the crust of the Earth, down through the mantle and right into the fiery molten core. This is the place of deep nourishment, where all manifestations begin. This is the source energy of the Earth.
- Imagine yourself tethering yourself here with the roots, and beginning to absorb some of that energy. Now visualize that energy working its way up through the roots, up through all the layers of the Earth and back into your body. Feel this energy travel up the spine and out of the top of your head. Imagine this energy bursting out of your head, into the cosmos and up to the Sun.
- Feel this light tethering itself to the Sun. Now feel yourself right here, tethered into the space between Earth and Sky. Grounded and held by these two most powerful energies, you can now be fully present in the feeling of what it means to be grounded yet connected to all creation.
- Continue to breathe deeply through the nose and see how long you can sit with this feeling of connection. Maybe the light will move up and down through your spine with each breath. Maybe you can visualize it going down into the Earth and up to the Sun with each breath.
- If you only have a few moments, try setting an alarm for 3 minutes. You can work your way up to however long you can. 11 minutes is a good number, but you can do much more than that.