full moon musings ( + meditation guide)

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i love full moons.

there’s just something about the muted, mellow light and how it seems to cleanse everything it touches.

the full moon is a great time to take a look back on all the happenings of the past cycle; to celebrate your triumphs and successes and to cleanse and ride yourself of any negativity and failures (while still holding on to any lessons you have learned).

i also like to take this time and meditate on all the situations the world has gone through in the last month, as a way to process these circumstances and move past any unpleasantness that may have been felt.

i thought it would be fun to share my process with you today.

perhaps you’ll find that it’s a fitting way to welcome in each new cycle and that it’s a great way to allow good things into your life to fill up the spaces where negativity and muckiness used to sit.

i know i have.

so, try it out and, if you’ve never meditated before, don’t be scared to start small.

one minute. two minutes. five minutes.

it doesn’t matter.

what matters is that you make a point to sit with yourself (something that almost everyone i know is entirely uncomfortable with) and your thoughts in order to process, to learn, to grow.

let’s begin.

full moon meditation

a meditation to reflect on life and times of the last cyle.

suggested items

  • a yoga mat or folded blanket
  • a timer
  • a media device to play music
  • a candle or incense

the process

start by choosing soothing music to play at a quiet volume on your chosen media player. i know that spotify has some great meditation music playlists, if you’re looking for recommendations.

if you like, before you get settled, you can light some calming incense or a candle, if you find those soothe and relax you.

set your timer for your allotted time.

next, make yourself comfortable.

i personally like to sit cross legged, with my hands resting softly on my knees (palms up) and my back straight, but you do you.

start your timer and get settled.

now, just focus on your breathing.

breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds and out through your mouth for seven seconds. repeat until you feel your heart rate slow and your muscles relax, or your timer goes off, whichever comes first.

after your time is up, bring your awareness back to yourself by wiggling your toes and fingers gently. allow your mind to tune back in to the world around you.

you should feel more relaxed and your mind should be clearer, but it’s okay if this is not the case.

as with everything, meditation takes practice and if you work at it, eventually, you won’t even need the timer.

i hope you enjoyed this peek into my practice and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to drop me a comment!

xx

 

a good stretch…

i’m ashamed to admit that my personal daily yoga practice has been pretty non-existant these last few months.

sometimes, life is rough and the last couple years have been no exception. unfortunately, instead of turning to the mat, i turned away from it and spend a lot of time curled up in a pile of blankets and ignoring all of my problems.

things have finally begun settling down however, and i find myself missing the ritual of a daily practice.

so, to remedy this, i began searching for an online/at home yoga class that i could take even on days when i couldn’t get myself to the gym and i came across http://www.dailyom.com and subsequently, sadie nardini.

because i am so out of practice and out of shape, i decided to go with her 21 day beginner class.

i’m excited to get started again, which i plan to do, bright and early before work tomorrow morning.

apart from getting me up and out of bed when i’ve become accustomed to laying there until the last possible minute, starting my day off with a ritual and a workout gives me something to look forward to so i can start my work day stress free and clear headed.

hopefully, it won’t take too long to get back into the swing of things, and even if it does, i suppose that’s all part of the process, isn’t it?

xx