Do you feel the shift in the air? I am noticing a sense of heaviness: a need to hunker down, go inward, inventory my resources, and ground. This heaviness does not feel like despair, although I can feel the grief in the collective, rather this heaviness feels like an invitation to disengage from distractions and to seek wisdom.
There are so many distractions. Seasonal expectations, news headlines, social media, workplace drama, and cultural norms all of which encourage us to delegate our power to forces outside of us. If we choose to conform to these external expectations, then we do not have enough time or energy to listen to our inner knowing, or worse, we do listen but disregard our inner knowing.
I am choosing to act on my need to disengage. I am staying home more, taking longer walks, playing games with family, finding new recipes to cook, and making time for introspection. When I feel restless or when I worry I may be missing something, I remind myself the restlessness and the worry are by-products of the over-culture. (The over-culture is the name Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes gives to the cultural norms and expectations which attempt to dictate conformity and uniformity at the expense of creative expression and freedom.)
If you, too, are feeling a shift in the air, then consider making time to tune into your inner knowing by engaging in a mindfulness practice. Below is a fun, but useful, practice I created. As always, take what works and leave the rest.
New Moon in Scorpio Practice
(Happening on November 4 at 5:14 pm EST)
Materials needed: magazines, scissors, glue, card stock or poster board, colorful markers/pencils, journal, candle, matches/lighter.
- Make a nest. Find a place where you will not be disturbed and can spread out. Wear your favorite lounge clothes and perhaps some fuzzy socks. Surround yourself with blankets and pillows. The goal is to feel warm, cozy, and comfortable.
- Go in. Light your candle and have your journal near by. Either close your eyes or stare at the candle flame. Slow down your breath by breathing in one, two, three and breathing out one, two, three, four. Use this breathing practice for several minutes or until you notice feeling calmer.
- Get curious. Ask yourself: What am I noticing in my body? What am I noticing in my community? If my ancestors could speak to me, what would they wish me to know for this moment in time?
- Record your observations in your journal. Do not edit. Let the information flow without interruption.
- Create a visual representation of your observations. Use magazine images and/or personal drawings to convey the information you received from your meditation. You may create one large image, like a vision board, or several small images, like individual oracle cards. Let your imagination be in the driver’s seat. Don’t worry if the image is not logical.
- Refer back to your images. When your images are complete, consider placing them in a location where you can reference them easily (bathroom mirror, nightstand, altar). Over the next four weeks, check in with your images by sitting quietly and staring at them. Notice what you observe in your body. Listen to your intuition. How does your understanding of these images change as the moon completes her journey through the sky?
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.
Since 2010, Kim continues to build and to support 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.