Happy New Moon Day!
Today we begin a new lunar cycle, the first full lunar cycle of the fall season. New moons are wonderful reminders that we can begin again, that everything is part of a cycle, and that we are dynamic creatures constantly evolving.
I invite you to make time this week to sit in contemplation: to get still and to breathe. What do you notice? What is your body, your heart, and your soul sharing with you?
As you notice what your body, heart and soul are sharing, you may be tempted to step out of the observer role and to distract yourself. Distractions can show up as your critical voice, as your task master, or even as your day dreamer. Know distractions are a normal response when we feel uncertain or uncomfortable. Be kind to yourself, acknowledge what is happening, and then re-engage with your observer.
Sometimes I have to re-engage multiple (too many to count) times in one sit. When I am super distracted, I notice a feeling of pressure. The pressure often feels like a tightening in my chest or a clenching in my belly. If my pressure could speak, it would say things like:
- You don’t have time to sit here.
- How are you going to get everything done?
- Why is this so hard today?
I suspect this pressure is primarily habit. I am so used to doing that I feel weird being. There is a part of me which still believes how much I do is more important than sitting still. I imagine some of you can resonate with this feeling. If there is a part of you which believes doing is more important than being, then I invite you to try the following.
Before you sit in silence, do a brain dump.
A brain dump is when you write on a sheet of paper all the things you think you should be doing or all the things about which you are concerned. My brain dumps have included tasks I need to complete, people I want to respond to, concerns about weather, worries about people I love, and ideas I want to pursue.
After completing a brain dump, I like to stretch.
Nothing as formal as a yoga practice, although you could, rather I engage in some neck rolls and toe touches, swing my arms and roll my shoulders, or circle my hips and move my jaw. Stretching invites me into my body and gives me permission to get my wiggles out.
I also like making a nest for my sit.
Making a nest is my way of creating a comfortable and cozy space in which to invite reflection. Typically my nest involves my favorite cushion on which to sit as well as having at hand my favorite journal and art supplies. I also like to light a candle, smudge the room, and turn off electronic notifications.
After all this prep, finally I am ready to sit. My process may seem like too many action steps. If so, then don’t do it. Find your own way to prepare for a sit. I have discovered over the years that this process is what I need. The wonderful thing about contemplation practices is there is no one way to do it.
With the new lunar cycle beginning today as well as a new, two-year cycle for Mars beginning on Thursday, you may feel the urge to launch a new project or to begin a new regimen. Starting with a contemplation practice is a wonderful way to tune into your Intuitive Self and discover what is your dream or vision for the next 30 days, or even, for the next two years.
If you wish to share what you discover, then please send me an email. I would love to hear what is percolating for you.
Kim Bushore-Maki is a soul-driven entrepreneur who understands the undeniable urge to create a business and a life filled with meaning and purpose. Her vision of opening a center where women could heal and grow led her to open Shakti in the Mountains in Johnson City, Tennessee: a place where the creative, feminine energy is nurtured and valued.
Five years later, Kim is still in the flow of supporting and building a healthy, vibrant community and now guides retreats, teaches yoga, and provides one-on-one services for women who want an immersion experience into the life-affirming, Shakti energy.
Kim’s training as a therapist and yoga teacher allows her to safely and compassionately guide women on a heart-centered journey to Self, where women re-connect with their beautiful, authentic spirit.