Now that the danger of frost is past, I am busily working in the garden, planting vegetables and herbs. I love this time of year. Whether I start with a seed or a small plant, I whisper my hopes for each one as I put them in the ground. I like to imagine what will come, what fruit they will bear, and how I will use each one.
This time in the garden is aligned with the beginning of the lunar cycle.
Each new moon represents the seed stage of gardening. New moon energy is great for intention setting. If you want to cultivate a new habit or start a new project, then seek clarity and make a commitment under the light of the new moon.
As the moon grows in the sky, the intention we set sprouts and grows roots and shoots.
Our intention is no longer a mere idea, rather our intention becomes a practice which requires us to take action. This part of the lunar cycle culminates with the first quarter moon, or waxing half moon, and is often the time when we experience a challenge.
The goal of the first quarter moon is to meet the challenge with compassion and resolve: to recognize you may have to let go of something in order to make room for what you want to grow. This process is akin to thinning out sprouts in the garden: an activity I loath. Every time I pull a little sprout I mourn the potential lost, and yet, if I leave all the sprouts, then none will thrive: there is only enough space for some.
Today (May 19) marks the first quarter moon. Use the energy of the day to notice what is growing in your garden both literally and figuratively.
To support your reflection, consider sitting with the following questions:
- What conditions optimize what I want to grow? Just like some plants need full sun or acidic soil, our intentions need certain environments to grow. Make a list of what you need to bring your intention to fruition. The more thoughtful and precise you are, the better the outcome.
- What is getting in the way or slowing down my progress? Like the carrot sprouts in the garden, do you need more room to grow? What can you take off your plate, do less of? What beliefs or thoughts are preventing you from taking action?
The above practice is an example of working with the feminine energy inherit in all living things.
Observing natural cycles and aligning our actions with those cycles is an integral component of Journey with the Moon: an online program I started a year ago.
Next month I am celebrating the one year anniversary of the program by offering the 13th moon cycle free to any woman who wants to participate. If you have been curious about Journey with the Moon or simply want to learn more about working with the feminine energy, then please register here for the 13th Moon before June 7.
In the meantime, I wish each and every one of you the insight to recognize your challenge and the courage to work through it.
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.