happy lammas, everyone!
today, i hope you take the time to reflect on the changes and blessings that you have received this year and set intentions for the remaining times we have this year.
i know, even with the struggles i’ve gone through, i have much to be thankful for.
a great way to give thanks and honor the universe for the gifts you’ve been given is to set up an altar and offering for whoever or whatever you feel has given you the things you have.
if you don’t honor or worship a deity, simply set up an altar and offering to honor yourself and your achievements.
may the next few months be plentiful and full and vibrant!
happy full moon in saggitarius, friends!
as you go through your day, work on releasing all the negative energy of the last cycle to begin anew tomorrow.
let the moonlight cleanse and rejuvenate you and wash all that gross ickiness away, leaving you feeling fresh and clean and ready for another day.
if it’s your jam, do a simple tarot reading to find out what this upcoming cycle has in store for you and let the excitement of what’s to come give you motivation to see your intentions through.
be kind to yourself and take it easy today, letting your body and mind rest.
treat yourself to a cleansing bath or meditation.
forget the bad, remember the good.
life is way too short to be focused on the bad anyway.
i’ve been pretty nonexistent this last month, as you may have noticed.
long story short, my eyes decided to mutiny and i spent the better part of may struck down with ridiculous migraines and annoyingly doubled vision.
as a result, the only thing i could manage was to just barely crawl through my desk job responsibilities (which has me staring at a computer screen for 8+ hrs a day) and some days, i couldn’t even manage that.
but, enough of that pity party parade.
my eyes are on the mend, my head is (mostly) pain free, and i am so ready to get this show back on the road.
over the next coming weeks, watch this space (!) for more awesome posts and fun adventures to be had!
there may even be a few surprises on the horizon.
but you didn’t hear it from me.
welcome summer! it’s about time you got here!
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.
full moon meditation
a meditation to reflect on life and times of the last cyle.
- a yoga mat or folded blanket
- a timer
- a media device to play music
- a candle or incense
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!
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?