It's the last one of our "Understanding Moon Cycles" series! If you enjoyed this, let me know and I'll work more moon related content into our mix.
Happy (almost) Full Moon! I like to think of the full moon as a celebration. It's the finish line for the work you've put in and time to check back in with those goals. It's also a time for gratitude (when isn't it?!).
Let's dive a little deeper.
First of all, if it's not bitter stinging cold where you live see if you can sneak outside Monday night (the 21st) to take a look at that beautiful moon. I always feel really connected with the universe and everything in when I look up at a full moon. Anyone else?
Like the sun, the full moon is a bright reminder of all the good we have in our lives. I encourage you to take some time to check in--hint hint--with your journal! This is one of my favorite times to complete my "Find the Good" journal prompts; which goes a little something like....
Finding the Good is all about training the brain to look at the positive. I've talked a lot about how we will forget that compliment on our dress today, but we'll remember that mean thing that kid in 2nd grade said about us so much easier. (Here's a bit of the science behind that.) So to combat that negativity bias, I write about all the good things that happened that day; any compliments, cuddle time with kitties, my warm cozy socks, you get the idea.
During the full moon, we can amp up that gratitude practice, Finding the Good, by checking with those goals that we set back during the new moon.
It's important to celebrate your success, no matter how small. Take this to feel the increased strength in your body after hitting gym consistently or take some time to enjoy the artwork you have created this last moon cycle. You've come full cycle.
Reflect on those big goals and determine what the next stepping stone is. If there are things that need to be released/changed; take the time to take note. (Hint: the Waning cycle is next & great for releasing what no longer serves you!) Use the New Moon to solidify your plan and put the time in again during the waxing moon.
As I mentioned in the first post for our Moon Cycle series, following the cycles allows you to have a consistent tracking method for those big goals. The approximate 13 cycles per year can help you break down those big ideas into smaller bite size pieces.
So what are you working towards this year? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!
P.S. - The moon is full on the 21st so you still have a bit of time to get all that work in! ;) And if you want to dive deeper into intention setting be sure to join me for "Clairfy" our local retreat.
Today it's all about the waxing moon or the process of the moon appearing to grow larger. I always like to think wax on, wane off (ha ha!) to keep the cycle straight. With that in mind, of course our connection to the waxing moon is all about GROWING!
In short the waxing moon is drawing in energy and building up to become a whole (think full moon). If we choose to work with these natural cycles, now is the time to put the work in! Continue building up your projects, work on getting that experience and really commit to your daily practices.
So what are you currently putting your attention into?
Continuing on with our Moon Cycle Series, let's check in with the New Moon! As we start our new year journeys we're beginning the year with a new moon on Saturday, the 5th. This is like getting a second start for those new year intentions with a bit of extra oomph from the universe.
First up, the new moon occurs when we don't 'see' a moon in the sky. Obviously it's still there it's just not reflecting sun light since it's positioned between the Earth and the Sun. Some people will call this the dark moon, since the light is not being reflected back towards us. (Want to learn more about the science?)
The science is grand, but I'm more into connecting to the vibes and I'm guessing you are too if you're reading my blog. (ha ha)
New moon vibes are ALL about starting fresh. We've got a clean slate since we released what doesn't serve us during the waning moon cycle. Now is the time to begin new things. Try something new. Start a new hobby, work-out, etc.
I'm really loving that this year the moon cycle seems to have synced up so perfectly with the holidays! We had the Full Moon sync up with the Winter Solstice last week. This week we've got a waning moon before we release the 2018 year and welcome in 2019. Not to mention the New Moon on January 5th, 2019!
For today, let's just focus on the waning moon.
When I say waning, I mean the moon is diminishing in size. This is a great time to let go of things that do not serve you. Right now it is especially powerful as we let go of 2018.
Gift yourself some quiet time before midnight December 31st for some yearly contemplation.
With the moon in the waning phase releasing this year's difficult situations may feel a bit easier. I'm not saying it still won't be emotional, but letting go during a waning phase is allowing you to work with the natural cycles rather than against. It is also important to let go of the comforts that no longer serve you. This one might be a bit more difficult, but if we want to grow this is necessary!
Grab your journals! Let's do this together.
Today, December 21st 2018, has a LOT of magical power.
First up it's the winter solstice (Happy Yule!) and the longest night of the year. This year we're also lucky enough to enjoy a full moon on the longest night of the year (at least in the Northern Hemisphere)! It's also the last full moon of 2018.
Let's grab all that magic and gift ourselves a self-love ritual!
Traditionally Yule is celebrated as the returning of the sun! Back when we couldn't turn lights on with a flick of a switch, THIS was a big deal. While it may take some time to actually see the "days getting longer", so to speak, we can celebrate this light and the light within.
During the holidays it gets a little hectic and naturally we start to put people and tasks before our own sanity. If you follow me on instagram, you've probably seen a few of my recent posts reminding us to take a moment to check-in, connect with your breathing and gifting yourself some self-care time. It's SUPER important right now, especially if you feel like you don't have time for it.
So here's the thing... The full moon on Yule is a reminder to check in with that internal light.
I first did this photo blog back in 2016, moving into 2017. I was just looking at last year's thinking how far I have come in a year! Sure, looking back in my journal I may have thought the same thing, but seeing it through an image stirs up so much more. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words!
So this post is more for me, #sorrynotsorry. However, I do encourage you to look back at your year and take some time to reflect how far you have come, who you are now and where you are going in 2019. <3
2018 SUMMARIZED IN ONE PICTURE…