We are influenced by different cycles. Some external, like the seasons or the moon. We also have inner cycles like the circadian rhythm and in the case of women, our menstrual cycle.
Understanding the different energies of these cycles and the impact they have on us is key if we want to optimise our health and well-being.
For example, you might have noticed that you need to sleep more in the winter and have more energy during the summer.
If you are in tune with your menstrual cycle, you might feel very different in its different stages. Maybe you feel like retreating during your period and more outgoing around ovulation. It is likely that you will feel more confident after your period and more critical the days before it.
In ancient traditions they were very aware of the influence of the moon and they used in areas like agriculture. The full moon is a very special day of the cycle and it was dedicated to celebrations, ceremonies and rituals.
If you want to know more about the moon’s cycle I strongly recommend you read this article.
Today I want to share with you a simple meditation/fire ceremony that you can do the day of the (or around the) full moon.
This is the perfect time to release, to let go of what might be holding us back, to say goodbye to what is no longer serving us.
You don’t need a big fire to do a powerful ceremony, you will only need a candle, a few toothpicks and your intention!
This is how to do it step by step.
1.Find a place where you can be quiet and comfortable and where no one will disturb you.
2.Turn off all devices/notifications so you are not interrupted.
3.Light up a candle and set the intention to release anything that is in your highest interest to be released.
4.Sit in stillness. Focus on your breath for a few minutes, letting go of any thoughts unrelated to this exercise. If thoughts arise (and they will!) just bring back your attention to your breath and see them going.
5.Now spend some time self-reflecting, journaling can be a very useful tool to use here. The following questions might help you get some ideas:
What is not working in your life? What is blocking you from living the life you truly want to live? What are the stoppers? What do you need to let go of? Are there any unresolved chapters you need to close? What do you need to say good-bye to? What feels heavy in your life?
6.Once you identify what you want to let go of (it can be a part of yourself, a relationship, a habit, an old belief, a role, whatever comes to you), blow it onto a toothpick. Use as many as you want.
7.Burn the toothpicks using the candle (please mind your safety when using fire!) and feel how the old energies are being transformed and recycled by the fire.
8.Spend a few minutes in stillness integrating this ceremony and connecting with gratitude. Trust that the universe will guide you so the changes that need to happen will start manifesting in your life.
These steps are only a suggestion to make a simple full moon fire ceremony that anyone can perform at home.
But you can be as creative as you can, adding additional steps, gathering with friends to make it more powerful or using guided visualisations like the ones I have in my online program.
I hope you enjoy this practice and let me know in the comments how it went!
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