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    Why women should pay attention to the moon`s cycles

    Is paying attention to the moon’s phases just new age mumbo jumbo, or are we tapping into a purposeful force of creation that has served traditional peoples in a deep and meaningful way from the beginning of time -to keep us in sync with the healing and life supporting rhythms of nature?

    http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-waning-moon-image927346There are so many elements in the world today that throw us out of sync with natural rhythms- constant lighting, access to any kind of fruits and vegetables year round, and a work pace that doesn’t acknowledge the natural ebb and flow of our natural energies.

    So, never has it seemed MORE important for women to be consciously aware of the moon’s phases.

    Given all that we have on our plate, we can benefit greatly from consciously tapping into the effect of the moon’s phases on our energy throughout the month.

    In the days before electricity, we didn’t have to use our conscious awareness to be in harmony with the moon’s phases. The increasing and decreasing radiance of the moon would naturally call us into sync with the rising and falling energies of the month.

    Moon CyclesFor example, the new moon is a time of greater darkness- and we would naturally have done less because not only would we have been bleeding, but the dark would also have called us to sleep earlier.

    During the full moon, our energies naturally rise, we are fertile, social and celebratory under the light of the moon in her brilliance.

    At least that is how it could be.

    Unfortunately the very structure of modern life creates an artificial homogenization of our night and day- so that we act as if each day is simply the same as the one before- as if it is up to us to simply manage our time better when we feel out of sync.

    Nature though, provides a perfect rhythm to manage our energy in a way that both calls us to slow down -and to rise up in perfect harmony with the fluctuating energy we feel throughout the weeks of each month.

    Each of the moon’s phases has a specific energy level and quality. As the light builds, so does our energy. As it recedes, our energy decreases. When we plan our monthly tasks in sync with that, not only are we more productive, but our lives naturally feel more harmonious because visioning and rest are built into our feminine template (or patterning).

    In fact the more we resist the way we feel (when our body says no and our soul is uninspired) – and push forward through tasks that are not in sync with where we are at in the lunar cycle, the more unproductive we can find ourselves – even if we never stop working on the task at hand!

    When we “push the river” we struggle against the very nature of our femininity and the beautiful blueprint we have for a harmonious and healthy life.

    Our bleeding time is a gift and our inspiration is the signpost that tells us ‘yes’, in fact we are taking the right path. Our intuition speaks through the language of the body and through our feelings about what is occurring in the moment.

    If we follow our natural rhythms- even if that means stopping work that seems really pressing- we are more productive overall (and healthier because we attend to both the body and soul’s need for rest and recuperation each month).

    Our clear visioning ensures that we act in alignment with our values and our purpose. By taking the time to slow down and evaluate what serves and what doesn’t, we make space for that which is yet to be manifested.

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    Let the waning moon help you go with the flow!

    This is the time in the month where you may start to notice that you suddenly feel less inspired to vision and create with your mind, and more turned on by the idea of clearing space and working with your hands.

    http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-waning-moon-image927346We are entering the waning moon cyle. Your energies will naturally begin to recede during this time as your consciousness begins to move inward (your moontime is coming).

    Now is the time to start making preparations for conscious ‘moontime‘ (menstruation). Not only does the waning moon help you ‘go with the flow’, but attending consciously to your self  care in this time will make space for your other ‘flow’ (menstruation) to become a time of relaxation and restoration (rather than a time of pain and tension).

    Now is a perfect time of the month to reflect:

    • Are you living in line with your values?
    • What needs transformation in your life?
    • What structures or support systems must be put in place so that you can live a life of your conscious choosing?
    • More importantly, what obstacles do you need to overcome or eliminate in order to make room for a way of life that works better for you?

    Get out that dusty journal or enter deep conversation with loved ones to assimilate and absorb that which you encountered, struggled with and learned in the previous weeks.

    Release and let go of that which is no longer needed (ie: clear clutter in your home).

    Take care of your unfinished business, so that you can create a clear slate for yourself moving forward (including unfinished business with people).

    Complete your unfinished projects so that you can move forward into new realms of creativity and make space for the visioning time of the new moon that is on its way.

    How will you need to rework your plans for this week so that you stay in the flow?

    If you notice that you are ‘pushing the river’ on something, or that you keep coming up against obstacles, stop trying to force it.

    STOP NOW.

    Get clear on what the obstacles are and systematically remove them one step at a time. Acting on that will get you back in the flow. The energies at this time of the month support self reflection and movement toward more space.

    While your mind might want you to ‘keep pushing’, in the end you’ll get more accomplished if you are simply willing to put down the things that just aren’t coming together for you easily right now.

    If you continue to ‘push’ things, they might still get done, but they will take you much longer than they should……and you’ll still be left with the clearing you need to do on all levels (putting you ‘behind’ in the bigger picture-exactly the opposite of why we ‘push’ in the first place).

    Surrender.

    If you flow in cycle with the moon’s energies….everything you need and desire will begin to fall into place. Trust it.

    Allow the moon to help you cultivate harmony in your life. As you continue to pay attention, you will come to fine tune your natural rhythms.

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    Grow with the Waxing Moon

    We are about to enter the time of the waxing moon. This is the time of the month when our energies begin to grow.

    It is a special window of “seeding” where we don’t necessarily give birth to our intentions, but we nourish and nurture the gestation of our projects.

    What structures or containers do you need to put into place in order to create a foundation that supports the unfolding of your intentions, goals and dreams?

    http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-waxing-crescent-ocean-image2004265The energy of the waxing moon’s cycle is now calling you to take action. This is the time to begin “putting the wheels into motion” so to speak.

    Begin acting on the revelations that you received during the the new moon.

    If you have been managing your energy in tune with the moon cycles, you will have already invested time during the past waning moon cycle to clear clutter and remove any obstacles that are standing in your way.

    During the new moon, you would have spent precious time with yourself, making an inquiry into what kind of month (or next moon cycle that you want to live into). You peered into your own soul and embraced your sacred moon time by reclaiming the power to say YES to those elements of your life that serve, and NO to that which no longer does. You got clear, set intentions and spent time visioning into the future.

    Are you ready now to make the life of your dreams manifest?

    What actions do you need to take on the physical plane to make manifest that which you have inner-vision-ed and intended? What nourishment will it require to firmly root your dreams into the garden that is your life, so that they can bloom and flower later?

    Don’t just make a to-do list! Look at your upcoming month- keeping the different energies of each of the moon’s cycles in mind. Which tasks would best fit, at what times of the month?

    Literally, put each task on your calendar, synchronizing the kind of energy they require with the most fitting of the moon’s cycles. For example, put the highest energy tasks near the full moon and keep your schedule free and open during the new moon, so that you do not fall into the trap of regretting saying yes to high energy tasks at a time when your energy is naturally more internally focused.

    Both the outer and inner work that you did during the waning and new moons are in and of themselves a crucial part of the structure or foundation needed to support the unfolding of that which you desire. But we must be mindful not to overlook the details, skipping ahead to the dream- which will be manifest in the perfect timing, but that crumbles without a firm foundation.

    Take it one step at a time and put the foundation in place. Nurture and tend to the gestation time of your dreams, so that they can be fully realized and birthed in a natural and easy flow.

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    New Moon, Moontime

    We are now heading into the rebirth and renewal aspect of our feminine cycle. Each month as we bleed, not only does our physiology create the conditions that shed the lining of our uterus, but we also enter a slightly altered state of consciousness, very much like we do when we give birth to a child.

    http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-girl-moon-image17368462During the new moon we have the power to give birth to a renewed sense of ourselves. This is the time of the month where we hit “transition“, that time when we think we just can`t take it anymore and something has to give. Just as the pain and discomfort of birth alerts us to the need for a shift in our environment (internal and external), premenstrual tension also serves us, because it alerts us that it is time to stand up, claim our power and give birth to the vision of the life that we truly “see” for ourselves.

    You might notice that you are weepy or impatient or clumsy during this time of the month (if your body is in tune with nature`s cycles, you will now begin your “moontime“ (menstruation) but know that as you harmonize yourself more and more to living in harmony with the moon, these monthly breakdowns will start to feel more like breakthroughs as you plan ahead to create your month in such a way as to facilitate this sacred time of the month. Make it your downtime, rest time and time of enhanced self-care.

    Do not let this special window of expanded inner power and intuitive vision, go unclaimed. When we allow life to go on as usual, we often experience pain and suffering both in body and mind because we are acting against our natural rhythm. This internally generated and intrinsic power has positive and negative sides. In the positive, it gives us the courage we need to speak our truth or say “no“ to the things that we generally put up with, but shouldn’t. On the negative side this same power can be repressed into depression or if not channeled consciously into something that transforms our life, it becomes more of a destructive energy- released through anger, impatience and frustration.

    Again to use birth as a metaphor, the tension we carry of not becoming , transforming or beholding that which we long to birth (our creations or passions), while continuing to carry the weight of those things that we no longer want to be burdened with in our lives, is translated both into emotional (eg: PMS) and physical pain (eg: cramping).

    So what can we do?

    Just as we “nest“ to prepare a sacred space for the birth of our new baby, we must also create a nurturing space to be rebirthed each month on the soul level (which is what we are called to do with the clearing and releasing that is asked of us during the waning moon).

    Allow your renewal and rebirth this month to be unhindered.

    Ask for your desire for privacy to be respected, so that you can concern yourself with nothing more than the rebirth of your soul or nurturing your creativity. If you are a mother, engage your partner in a conversation about how you can plan for and get the amount of solitude that you need on a personal level.

    This time of the month is the perfect time to plan for a date with yourself or socialize mainly with other menstruating women (again the fact that our physiology actually attunes our bleeding to be in sync with our close women friends making it so that we bleed together is yet another hint that we are made to spend our time together with other women during this aspect of the moons phases). Take a meditation retreat, book a massage or other body work. Spend time alone if that serves.

    The new moon is a time for deep introspection, reflection, stillness and meditation. Take time to be still and listen to your inner voice. This is the perfect time to vision ideas for new projects. Visualize how you want your life to be in this next moon cycle. Meditate, vision and then set your intentions. Make sure to write them down in a special journal that you can keep coming back to and reflect upon. Write down your goals for the upcoming month. Take time to schedule them into your calendar, so that you make time for them. This is not time to act, it is time to plan and to vision.

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