Did you know that every month you have an opportunity to let go of that which no longer serves you so you can make space for that which you desire to create? This perfect time for release and renewal happens during the New Moon.
The moon has a 28-29 day cycle around the Earth, during which you see the moon in her many faces. At her brightest, we see her in her entirety at the Full Moon. The New Moon is the point where she is at her darkest. It is during this magickal time of darkness that your ability to discover and release these negative aspects of self is at its most powerful. This is also the best time in the moon's cycle to bring forward your intention for new creation or new healthy patterns.
What can we do to prepare for this time of release?
One of the best ways to prepare for the energetic release made possible by the New Moon, is by getting in tune with all the things that are coming up for you so you can shift into awareness. How this might manifest in your life is through relationship issues, depression, anxiety, heightened emotions, and even physical body aches & pains. Everyone is going to have different and unique experiences, pay attention to yours. Become curious about your experiences, your emotions, and particularly your reactions to the world around you, these are all great reflections of your inner psyche.
Here are a few tips on how to get in tune with yourself:
Meditation is about learning how to quiet our inside world in order to hear authentic selves more clearly. It is also about training the mind, and relaxing the body. In fact, there are countless medical, physiological, and spiritual rewards that come from developing and maintaining a meditation practice in your life, meditating regularly seems like a no-brainer.
So, why is meditation such a difficult thing to institute and remain dedicated to, when we know there are such positive rewards?
We all live in a world with millions of distractions! There is television, radio, movies, streaming services, and, especially, now the smart phone which makes all of these things and more available at our fingertips 24/7. You are constantly being bombarded with information and stimulation, and your mind is becoming saturated. Now, you hear, meditate, meditate, meditate, and yet when you attempt to sit quietly it is nearly impossible to shut down the overactive mind. This can leave you feeling frustrated with meditation or with the false belief that you just cannot meditate.
One reason I am so impressed with the meditation system I teach called Max Meditation System™ is that it is literally training for the mind. In 5 steps, this system brings you through relaxation, quieting the mind, recharging your energy system, empowering visualization, and a cool-down, all while supporting the mind and body. Max Meditation System™ is offered twice a month on the 2nd & 4th Mondays at 7pm. Check the calendar for upcoming dates.
Breathe. Inhale, exhale & repeat.
Until you can make it to a Max Meditation System™ class, here is a tip for quiet mindfulness.
Journaling is an important aspect of any process of self-discovery. Journaling doesn't need to be grammatically correct, have perfect punctuation or spelling, in fact, journaling is at its most powerful when it becomes a stream of consciousness without filtration or judgement.
You've tried to journal and have troubling getting started.
Yes, believe it or not, journaling isn't always easy! Resistance comes in all forms, and can be especially strong when you are about to rock some serious self-discovery! I recommend, if you have writer's block when it comes to journaling, you create a list of questions you can work on answering to get you writing.
Here is an example of questions or sentence starters that can inspire a journal writing session.
3. Safe-space Processing
Safe-space processing occurs between two people, with established ground-rules and expectations. This option is great for people who are highly verbal. It opens up a space for self-expression, emotional release, and reflection that is free from conversation, fixing or explanation. You are able to get out all the things you need to process in order to make decisions, let go of stress & worry, or discharge emotions. Leaving you with a clear mind & a pathway forward.
How do you create a safe-space agreement?
These three tips: (1) Meditation; (2) Journaling; & (3) Safe-space processing, are just a few ways you can get in tune with yourself. This is a process, and isn't accomplished overnight. Rather, it is a worthy component of self-care & ought to be cultivated regularly. In order to encourage exquisite self-care, I have begun holding Transformative Tuesdays to support healing & rejuvenation. Every Tuesday, from 10am - 5pm, drop-in sessions are available in my healing studio located inside Good Karma Center for Joy. I'd love to be a part of your weekly self-care routine, you can RSVP anytime by "clicking here."