Mind your mind
We often overlook or underestimate the magical practice of gratitude. This season is muddied with consumerism and over indulgence. Our minds bathe in the shallowness of these two things and try and trick us into believing it's okay to join in the "season of giving," but it's so much more enriching to dial that back and focus on a few small fulfilling things that give us joy.
What brings you joy?
Take a moment this weekend to journal that, and my challenge for this task is to only write down non-physical things. Think of experiences, emotions, memories, places, people, causes, states of being.
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Mind your mind.
Don't let the monkeys run astray.
Give thanks, not just gifts, this holiday season.
Harnessing the Power of the Moon
Have you forgotten your power lately? Or given it away?
Don't forget you are the only vessel that can bring life into this world. YOU are the light being that gives life. YOU are the summoner of all things you can envision. YOU are the embodiment of life.
If you feel like you've let that cosmic power dip, I urge you to harness the power of this week's New Moon.
Our 12th Dark Luna of the year goes into free-spirited Sagittarius and it's just in time to help us let go of the very heavy recent eclipse season which brings about huge transformation, twists, and awakenings. This moon is kicking off a refreshing new cycle of celebration and expansion, and it's bringing a gorgeous new beginning. This is a time to expand your horizons, take risks, and break out of your comfort zone. It's time to try new things, let go of old beliefs and patterns, and drop the heaviness of life.
TIPS TO TAKE YOUR POWER BACK:
Set the intention to do so by just stating this as fact. "From here on I claim my power as my own, intend to use it for goodness and inspiration, and call in all my helpers to aid me in standing in my power!"
Add uplifting energetic movement to your morning ritual. Use Yoga, Tai Chi or Qigong practices to draw in the power from Mother Earth, the Sun, and the Moon, bringing their energy into your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies to give you life, health, focus, and anything else that would help you live your truth.
Burn the old. Write down all the things that no longer serve you – beliefs, patterns, habits, and any other negativity that perpetuates your smallness, and then stand outside in the new moon and burn them in a small contained fire pit or bowl, stating with intention that you are letting go of the old.
You can also program a crystal, infuse a tea, call in your dreamstate helpers, listen to our Chakra Clearing meditation, or book an appointment with an energy worker to help you take your power back. There are infinite ways to call back the fragmented pieces of yourself you have given away to others as you perpetuate the victimhood of powerlessness.
The time is now. This moon is your ally.
From Europe with love ?
A peek into a whirlwind week!
What a whirlwind these last few weeks have been!
I've been to Europe and back – and time travel is no joke! – and we've rolled back our clocks as well as been through two major gateways! The Full Moon Eclipse and the annual 11-11 Portal!
How does that feel to you?
To me it feels like I've been through a washing machine, rolling, tumbling, soaked, spun, and wrung! I've had so many AHA moments I've lost track; but with all that industrial cleansing, I feel renewed, reinvented and remade! I feel like I've shed some layers of crust that were blocking my progress, and unearthed some crystalline layer of myself that was lying in wait – "the me that once was," the me that was excited about new things, the me that traveled to Europe by myself in 1997, the me that formed deep friendships with people around the world, the me that came here to help with the great awakening.
In London, I became the giddy, goofy companion of a giddy, goofy explorer who's still out there, reinventing herself on a 3-month sabbatical through the UK and Europe. We tore that city up – so much so that it tore our feet up – we should have taken stock in Mole Skin before we left. The best and simplest highlight - feeling like a local taking the tube from one end of that metropolitan to another!
Then in France, I joined my sister-from-another-mister on her beautiful expansive land in Provence, giving me a glimpse of what life will be like on Shambhala – the biggest takeaway was the closed-loop: meals made from the gardens and the kitchen scraps from those meals going into the compost bin and back out into the garden system. It also filled my heart to hear her four, sweet children playing and laughing outdoors around their big, 160 year old stone farmhouse instead of inside on their screens.
These small things on a short adventure gave me the strength to continue on this adventure that we embarked on in June, that can feel daunting at times, but is so rich with lessons and new friendships I wouldn't go back for all the tea in China (and that's some darn good tea!).
The very best things in life are memories and relationships, not things at all. Fill your life with those, and your heart and soul will be full through the end of your time, this time around.
Adventure on, my friend!
It's going to be difficult...
An emotionally charged month:
We are in an energetically charged season as we enter the month of November with a powerful Solar Eclipse in the horizon. According to our last astro forecast, many of us will be experiencing deep emotional transformation. This is growth, the shedding of the old guard in preparation for the new.
In the past few weeks or days leading up to the end of October, have you been feeling more emotional, sentimental, and nostalgic? Have you felt a little out-of-yourself – discovered temperaments and traits you didn't know you were capable of embodying? If you've felt so much as an inkling of this or a full on emotional torrential downpour, the first proper thing to do is to acknowledge these emotions; affirm your newfound discoveries of self. This on its own is a big step forward.
Second is to pay close attention to your emotional state and the whims that get enacted during this time. But remember, be kind to yourself. As Mary and I discussed on our first podcast together in early October (listen here), seasons with retrogrades, eclipses and other powerful planetary happenings tend to amplify our deeper inner selves. The 'selves' that we'd normally keep hidden, or didn't even know existed in the first place, will come out of the woodwork in full force. Instead of doubling your efforts trying to "get rid" of these amplified versions of you, study them. Both the good and bad. You can never fully step out of your yin, so might as well yield it to your advantage. Study to understand your darker traits to co-act it with your lighter ones. You're multidimensional and unaware of the power you possess. Remember that.
The only way out is through, especially when we're dealing with emotions and other personal matters. You can try and sweep it under the rug, but they'll always find a way to resurface. Bottling up emotions will only get you so far until you reach the cap limit, then you know what happens next... So go through the motions of it, feel it, and cry if you have to. You're honoring yourself by doing this – by not putting a limit to how much or how hard you can feel, you're allowing yourself to embrace the growth, the transformation and the shift.
Growth is uncomfortable and humans are creatures of comfort. We'll always find a way to build a box, even if we like to step out of it frequently, and that's okay. Again, expect deep emotional transformation this month and remember, don't cower or hide. Instead, acknowledge, study, embrace and move forward.
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