Full Moon Musings
Remember my last slowdown series post? The one that poured outta me as I lie awake during that powerful full moon? Here I am again, awoken by the pull of a powerful full moon, bursting with creative energy. No, it’s not convenient to be awake at 3:00 a.m. when you have to work a full day ahead. But rather than fight this magnetic moon energy, I’m just flowing with it.
When you’re a writer, the words write you, you don’t write them.?
Writing: Surrender into Inspiration
With writing, it’s so important to understand the magic of surrender. You can’t force it. The inspiration will come when it’s ready. You can certainly sit down and methodically write each day. But the real magic, the words flowing out of you directly from your heart kinda magic- that can’t be forced. It’s such a beautiful example of surrender and flow. Slow living at its finest. You can’t force the words onto the page. Overworking, overanalyzing, and trying too hard will get you even further from your goal.
This means sometimes you’ll be awoken by the moon. Sometimes the energy will come when you don’t feel ready. When it’s inconvenient. When it doesn’t make sense. Seize that energy. Let it flow through you and around you. Relax into it with a sense of reverence and gratitude.
I’m not upset that I only got a few hours of sleep, I’m deeply honored that these words chose me. I laid in bed this morning, wide awake, energy pulsing through my soul, and a part of me knew. For a while, I laid there, curled up tight, trying to listen to a guided mediation. I was deeply relaxed and tranquil, but also buzzing with energy. I finally got up, and was drawn to the open window like a magnet. Then it was all clear to me. I saw the full scorpio moon shining in all her glory. The breathtaking contrast between the moon’s light and the thick, black clouds passing by. I stared at the moon, captivated. That’s when I knew. I knew it was time to write again. Time to let the words tumble onto the page. I could no longer deny this energy. As soon as this realization hit, the moon was gone, engulfed by dense gray clouds. I said a prayer of deep gratitude and now here I am.
Follow Your Natural Rhythms
I want to remind you how sacred it is to follow your natural rhythms. Your mind, body, and soul all have beautiful rhythms. Natural ways of being, the perfect pace, brilliant timing. I don’t need to get into how our modern society ignores and devalues these rhythms, because you already feel this. We can’t sleep when we want to, can’t eat nourishing, seasonal food how we want to, or even live in places or structures that promote our natural energies. So many desires go unfulfilled, so many cycles interrupted, so much art left unmade.
Begin with Small Changes
But rather than focusing on the negative or pining about how we got here, let’s focus on making small, positive changes. I know your kids wake you up earlier than your body wants each day, your job forces you to work uninspired, and you don’t have time to be creative. It would be awesome if we could all live off the land, rise with the sun, and walk barefoot on the earth each day. But that ain’t gonna happen. At least not in our lifetimes. We have to find ways to exist in this society while still honoring our natural rhythms.
You can’t do it all, but you can certainly do one thing. You can make one small change to honor your energy today. You may wonder where to start. You’re so far gone that you don’t have a clue where to begin. But that’s the thing, just begin. Somewhere. Anywhere. Your intuition knows what you need most. You feel pangs of knowing when something feels extra juicy for you. Follow whatever lead is unfolding for you. It can be even the smallest decision.
Listen to Your Intuition
For example, I normally drink golden milk before bed each night. But last night as I reached into the fridge for the almond milk, a bright yellow lemon caught my eye. I walked to the tea pot to start assembling the golden milk, and all of a sudden, it hit me that my body wanted hot water with fresh lemon instead. So rather than ignoring this and continuing on with my normal routine, I set that aside and honored the sign my body gave me.
Your mind, body, and soul are always talking to you, but it’s up to you to listen. Maybe allow yourself that midday nap, even if you “don’t have time.” Go for a run in the dark. Wake up at 3:00 a.m. and write by moonlight. Honor yourself and cherish your natural rhythms.
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