|As we come to the end of another lunar cycle this evening, I’ve realised that this year the full moon has marked some beautiful memories for me. The first was the first of the year on our New Beginnings retreat in West Lexham where for the first time I saw the moons aura, and it marked the start of a cleansing and uplifting weekend for many. From then I’ve seen her beaming down on the Loire in France as Nacho ran and swam in the river, I’ve been woken by her light in my tent in the Pyrenees, I’ve seen her rise up as the sun set at a Drumming Festival in Norfolk, I’ve watched the full moon rise over a mountain whilst at a Flamenco performance at the Cortijo and many other unforgettable, priceless occasions. I feel blessed for this.
For many the moon is an energetic representation of feminine energy, for others she is a reminder of how we are a floating ball in a vastly unexplored galaxy in a pretty much unknown universe. To me, she is a reminder of my purpose and my desire to evolve.
Because of this I’ve been getting into the habit of meditating each new and full moon. It is said that at the time of a full moon, energy is magnified and it is the completion of a lunar cycle – symbolically making this a good time to let go and to be thankful. This way negativity is released and therefore won’t be magnified, and gratitude is called to mind to feel the amplification of such.
Science is now fully supportive of the beneficial effects of meditation on calming brain waves and lowering the stress hormone “cortisol”, so regardless of your feelings toward the full moon, it can simply be a reminder to take time to “just be”.
What are you carrying?
Carrying the past – the inability or unwillingness of the human mind to let go of the past is beautifully illustrated in the story of two zen monks, Tan Zun and Akido who were walking along a country road that had become extremely muddy after heavy rains. Near a village they came across a young woman who was trying to cross the road but the mud was so deep it would have ruined the silk kimono she was wearing. Tan Zun at once picked her up and carried her to the other side, the monks walked on in silence. Five hours later as they were approaching the lodging temple, Akido couldn’t restrain himself any longer: “Why did you carry that girl across the road” he asked “we monks are not supposed to do things like that.” “I put the girl down hours ago,” said Tan Zun, “are you still carrying her?” (Taken from Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth”)
Take a moment to reflect upon that story. What are you still carrying? It might be holding you back more than you realise. So using the full moon this evening as a marker, set aside 15minutes just for yourself and practise the following ritual:
Fifteen minutes and I promise you will feel lighter and content.
Very soon I will be back on UK ground, so please see the events page for upcoming retreats!
Really looking forward to getting back on the mat with you all,
Chloe and Nacho