For the next two weeks, I am on vacation with my family exploring a new-to-us part of the world: Sweden, Estonia, and Finland. While I am traveling, I have the good fortune of capable and kind people who volunteered to host the Shakti community gatherings in my absence. Because of these volunteers, you have the opportunity to:

  • Attend Makerspace Open Hours on Fridays from 2 to 5 pm
  • Connect with nature and your spirit during a Spirituality in Nature Group
  • Honor the sacred role of mother in an expressive arts workshop
  • Receive and give healing during a Reiki Share

To register for any of these events, please visit our events page. If you have any questions or concerns, then please send an email. The amazing and wonderful Emilee has agreed to serve as the Shakti liaison and will be available to answer questions. Thank you Emilee!!

Because we had a new moon yesterday (May 7), I am reposting a New Moon Practice from several months ago for anyone who would like to set an intention for the new lunar cycle.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!


Kim Bushore-Maki

Lunar Intention Practice: A Guide for the New Moon

When the moon is waning – a barely visible crescent in the sky, the time is ripe for setting intentions. If you are looking at a calendar, then the day before, the day of, and the day after a new moon is the optimal time to engage in this practice. (I also believe that you can set an intention whenever you wish, so don’t let a pesky calendar dictate what you need.)

I suspect that our ancestors, who were so attuned to their natural environment, considered the dark of the moon a good time to sit by the hearth. With the moon as the best source of illumination, the risk of traveling increased the darker the night sky became. Staying at home and staring into the fire organically curated a reflective time. 

I consider the dark of the moon a natural reset: a time to clear the mind and to listen to the heart. Outlined below is one way to reset. As always, take what works, put your own spin on it, and leave the rest behind. 

  • Clear your calendar and set aside uninterrupted time for yourself. If you are not in the habit of claiming uninterrupted time, then please be aware that people who are used to your attention (children, partners, coworkers) may test your boundaries. Testing boundaries is natural AND it does not mean that you are being selfish or doing something wrong. Let your people know that you meant what you said and stay firm. If you are consistent, your people will learn to respect your time. If they do not, then you are exposing a bigger issue to address. Clarity is always helpful. 
  • Create a cozy environment. Find a comfortable seat. Wear soft, stretchy clothes. Surround yourself with pretty and comforting things like your favorite blanket and beautiful art. Make sure you have a journal or notebook and your favorite writing implements close at hand. Water or tea is a good idea too. 
  • If available, light a candle, or if you are up to it, make a fire. I find that staring into a flame is a great way to quiet my mind. Other options are to play soothing instrumental music or to quietly drum. Giving our clever minds a focus diminishes our propensity to get stuck in our thoughts. 
  • As your mind slows down, shift your attention to your breath. Count to three as you inhale and pause. Slowly release your breath to a count of four. Picture your torso as a cylinder. Focus on filling the cylinder from all directions: top to bottom, side to side, and front to back. As you release your breath, feel the torso draw toward your center. Notice how your breath flows within you.
  • You may stay in this space of quiet breathing for as long as you like. I recommend sitting for small increments (5 minutes) and building your capacity for a longer sit. If one minute is all you got, then one minute is all you do. When first learning to meditate, some people initially feel more anxious. If this happens to you, then know you are not messing up! We live in a world where our minds are constantly stimulated. When we remove the stimulation, it can feel discombobulating and even scary. I call this anxious experience busyness withdrawal. The more you practice the less likely the anxiety will be present. Reach out to an experienced meditator if you need support.
  • After sitting quietly, ask your highest self to be fully present. If you are not used to tuning into the wise voice, then notice that there is a part of you who is watching you breathe. This part often feels like a curious observer. If this part starts to have unkind thoughts, then you are tuning into your inner critic. The highest self is kind and curious. 
  • When your highest self is present, ask this part of you to help you identify an intention for the next month. I suggest reviewing the previous month and asking yourself: What did I learn over the last 30 days? I then recommend sitting with the question: What is something that I want to grow or to change in the coming month? Let your highest self answer the question. 
  • Journal your answers and notice how you feel after expressing, through words or art, what came forth. Throughout the month, reconnect with your intention and observe how the intention is manifesting in your daily life. If you feel stuck or unsure, invite your highest self to sit with you and share insights. 
Wishing you many moon blessings!

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 people 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.

Kim is a licensed professional counselor and a yoga teacher. She completed the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy program as well as the Shake Your Soul Yoga Dance program. Kim is very interested in somatic expressive therapy, archetypal psychology, gardening, herbalism, astrology, wisdom traditions, and regenerative economics.

Kim continues to build and to support inclusive, vibrant communities. She spends most of her time mentoring leaders, guiding healing programs, and providing mental health counseling.

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