Spring Clean: How tidying up the mind first, creates lasting change.

Spring has sprung!

But don’t go bouncing off to the races just yet.

With the exponential growth of light, it’s easy to get ahead of ourselves.

We want all the flowers, vegetables, hikes, picnics, a clean and dust free house, and of course,

a beach bod.

This early part of the spring is the perfect time for decluttering, tidying up and ultimatly, discernment.

It’s not quite time to put plants in the ground or sunbathe,

so take this time for internal cleaning.

After a long winter things become a little stagnate, or habits of mind and body change, as well as our priorities.

This is a good thing, it served us in those quiet, darker days well.

Now that we can get out in the world again without cringing and more sun shining on us, we start to reconnect to the outer world, the nature that we are part of.

Take a couple weeks to do some slow moving inventory.

Make a ritual out of it. This makes it mean more.

Your personal time with nature and being.

Walk around your backyard and neighborhood with curiosity.

How do things look in the light now after the winter?

What’s starting to grow and bloom already?

Can you experience the changes all of your senses?

What does the outside world smell, taste, feel and sound like?

How are you feeling with the quickening of the sun?

Take some time to jot down:

What are your thoughts about the season change?

What emotions does it invoke?

What are the physical sensations of being in your body and in more sunlight?

What do you notice about your natural response to longer days?

What are you eager to get working on?

Was there an activity from the winter you want to bring forward into the rest of the year, maybe see how it can flourish practiced outside?

What can you leave behind that may have been an easy habit of comfort?

There is no real rush to get the house, your body and garden all in shape by any certain time.

It is all in your head, your beautiful brain with the power to change your life.

This year, take a step back.

Become an observer of change rather than diving in before you even see what has transpired.

From this place of calm clarity, observation and assessment of you and your relation to life and the world,

you can choose carefully how you want to spend your precious hours.

My suggestion is take a week to drink more water, go on some nice intentional walks, or simply sit in the sun observing.

Make note of the quality of your thoughts, emotions and sensations in your body.

Take some meals outside with out any stimulation other than what nature has in-store.

Notice if your mind is racing for more.

Allowing the mind to be bored, is how we find presence and gratitude.

It is where great ideas are born and it is how we get to really know who we are.

When you start the process of change from the inside first you build the muscle of discernment.

This is a skill you can take anywhere with you.

A tidy house helps trigger positive thoughts and emotions, but our circumstances are not always in our control.

To be able to be in the change and chaos of life as an active observer is an invaluable asset to own.

I invite you to become an expert at it.

I have many tools to aid in this process to create ultimate ease of change and enjoyment.

Reach out for a phone consult. I would love to connect and hear about what is present for you.

Let’s make the most of the changes around us and in us. A more relaxed state of being might just change the world.

Happy Spring!

Mary

Grow your life beautiful by the light of the moon: An intention challenge.

Ahhh, the magic of la luna.

Her alluring presence, her rhythmic force.

Our closest celestial sister offers great meaning to our lives, if we allow it.

The deep darkness of the new moon creates the unmistakable opportunity for pause and reflection.

On the clear evenings where the darkest part of a crisp winters night calls to look up,

the brightest glow of the nights stars informs our ability to breathe into life.

The outer shell of the body melts.

The ability to transcend into oneness with all of the cosmos,

to ebb inside of the Milky Way, becomes magnetic.

So here we are, in the presence of another opportunity to reflect yet again on our bountiful lives.

Many of us go through phases of intention setting, doing more or less of a thing.

Abstaining, allowing, pausing.

Yet how does intention become ingrained to create real change?

Ritual.

A moment to celebrate your deepest passions, desires and sacred needs.

This New Moon, the invitation is, to bring your intention to life.

When setting your intention, create the statement in a positive light, with real life feelings and examples.

Find a place to take notes from now until the next new moon.

What ever your intention is, put it into real practice.

This is called a commitment.

Make an extravagant ceremony with fire and roses or as simple as noticing the wind on your skin.

My intention this moon phase is Purification.

My mantra for this: I see my self as a vessel for pure light and benevolence to flow through.

Some examples of how I can create an everyday ritual around this is:

A cleaning diet of raw foods or fasting.

Dry body brushing.

Burning my limiting beliefs.

Tiding and getting rid of clutter in my home.

Smudging.

I will light a candle and drink tea.

I will write down my action, the thoughts and feeling surrounding it.

I will observe the effects after the lunar cycle is complete.

Rituals create change.

They bring the value of your life into the forefront.

They make you more aware, kind and forgiving.

See what la luna has in store for you.

An intention with out action,

is like a seed without soil.

Grow your life beautiful by the light of the moon.

Ritual Practice: The Hunter's Full Moon

La Luna… The moon is the closest celestial body to the earth, making the energetic impact it has on our internal and environmental rhythms very significant.  As humans we experience our life in cycles, and if you pay attention, the energetic implications of your emotional body corresponds with the moon’s phase is a way that is worth noting.  It may give you some insight into why you may have heightened emotions or more apathy during specific times of the month. For this reason, I think moon rituals, especially on the new and full moons are amazingly auspicious times for creating intentions and aligning your energetic body with that of our closest celestial sister, the moon.  This is all based primarily on my own personal observations and experience. Today I will talk about a Full Moon ritual as we are less than 24 hours away from the fullness of the Hunter’s Full Moon. If you wish to dive further into this subject based on the zodiac and astrology, I encourage you to do so. That subject matter however, is not my expertise.  I base much of my ritual practice on deep observation of my subtle bodies and how I respond to the natural world itself, the earth, moon and universal connection. Ritual is any ceremony you would like to perform that invokes a deep connection and sentiment to you. It is a sacred practice that does not need to mean anything special to anyone but yourself.  Ritual can be the long, hot bath your treat yourself to on Sunday’s with your special bath salts. I believe it is an act of self care that pays tribute to the truest part of our divine nature.

The Hunter’s Full moon, is a name given to this usually late October full moon based on Native American tradition.  It is the end of the harvest season, the leaves have fallen, the deep woods are more in view and the light of the full moon guides the hunters to find their game, plump and ready to be food for the long winter ahead.  With this imagery, let’s take a journey to our personal lives. The apex of the full moon is a time to reflect on the fullness of your life. What have you been working on these last several weeks and what is really shining for you with full exposure?  With this specific full moon, I think it is a great opportunity to reflect on the year as a whole. Now that the leaves have fallen and your inner workings are ripe and of their fullest potential, what will you take into the darker, quieter months to feed your soul, tend to your loved ones, express as a creative venture? It is an amazing opportunity to be fully present, nothing to hide behind, exposing that part of yourself that may not have been ready to shine forward.  But maybe now, there is nowhere to hide. Courage can not exist without fear. But it is the promise of transformation on the other side that makes courageous acts possible. Let the softness of the earth's floor and the lull of the hazy moon hold and guide you in to these last months of the year where you can put the finishing touches on the masterpiece that is your life.

A practice in moon bathing. No matter where you are in your journey, fully expressed or still trying to find that little push to get you to your next step, find a special, palm sized object that means something special to you. Under the light of the full moon, even if you can not see it, whisper your deepest desires of your greatest wish for transformation into this object, sit quietly and breathe deeply.  Let your sacred object rest in your hands on your lap and for as much time as you can, allow the radiance of the moon to enter into ever pore of your body. Permeating the skin, every cell and organ. Let it go deep into the tissues and bone.  Feel the moonlight from your being start to radiate out of your palms into your sacred object, your portal of deep intention. Be with this feeling, allow it to enliven your being and fill any place where you feel stiff, dull or void. Bring your attention back to your wish and know with all of your heart, that the power of your being infused with the power of this full moon has the wisdom to carry your dreams into reality.  Be still and radiate in the magnificence of all that you are. Know, that by tuning into finding more peace with the essence of who we truly are, we create more peace in the world. Remember, we are all born with the same internal potential, sometimes it just needs to be illuminated to hear that whisper of remembrance...of course it was you, it was always you.

What are you thinking?

As the outer landscape continues to fade and the days grow shorter and cooler,  the inner world becomes quiet and softer.  When the body starts to slow down, the mind had a couple options, wander else where, or find the same stillness.  The ability for self inquiry can become more available at this slower pace. If we don't stop to pause to recognize the tools, skills and bounty we have already grown, will never become fully realized.  We will quickly move on to the first option of the mind, peace out and start planning the next best thing.  Goals are great, they are what keep us growing and discovering our unlimited potential, but we must tap into our creative wisdom to see what all of the resources we already own,  mixed with our true essence will produce.   This is what Brooke Castillo of The Life Coach School calls passive VS. massive action.  Will we just keep creating goals that don't really produce results, but just knowledge gained, making us think we have actually done something? Or, will we put in the work, get vulnerable and show up to see what our true creative potential is? Most of us interested in self inquiry know we must take action to reach our goals, the work must come from inside, no one can do it for us. We want to take action to live our dreams but can't  seem to get our from behind all of those self help books we've been reading.  And that's okay.  However, if you are interested in creating the life of your dreams, you need to at least start to ask the questions, why am I scared to be seen?  It's the perfect time of year to take some inventory of all you have grown and been storing in the cellar, not just this year, but your divine wellspring of knowledge from your entire life.  

Everyday ritual prompt:Take some quiet time for a writing reflection. 1) What is that one thing you have been waiting to do for so long, but everything seems to keep stopping you from doing so?  This can be anything from reading a book to launching a business.  There are no rules, it's just about your hearts longing that has yet to be fulfilled. 2) What are all of the thoughts surrounding the reason that this is not part of your current circumstance?  Don't censor your self, just keep free writing your thoughts. 3) Take the time to read each one once you are finished writing.  4) Next to the thought, write down how that thought makes you feel, what emotion is present. It can be the same emotion for many thoughts. 5) Now, from a place of reflection and openness, can you rewrite any thought that did not produce a positive emotion with a thought that will.  If any of your thoughts are based on circumstances that involve others changing, through those out.  We can't change other people.  We do not want our thoughts based on the actions of others.  We have to take control, with or with our people in our lives changing.
Once you answer these questions on paper, just a few moment for some deep breathing with your eyes closed.  If your body wants to move, let it go. This is just the beginning of taking control of your life.