Grandmother Cottonwood’s advice to you during a full moon?
Rest, dream, lay on the earth and soak in the silvery moonlight. Know that you belong, that you are an integral part of this universe. Let the moonlight fill every cell of your body, your breath and your aura with peace. Rest yourself, body mind and spirit.
Let earth energy fill you and anchor you as well. Know the fullness of your life as it is right now. Know the sense of completeness and satisfaction and the sense of being at home in your body just for today. Full moon helps you become aware of these blessings.
Just goof off! The energy of the waning moon will begin soon enough. Then you will feel energized and ready to tackle your projects once again.
The full moon is your opportunity for a mini vacation from constant doing, pushing, striving. Your bodily rhythms tuned over millennia to the rhythms of the moon come to a still point on this day.
Honor yourself and all you’ve accomplished. Honor your need to rest and recharge and be still.
Honor your need to bathe in the magical moonlight for a little while.
We write this on the day of the full moon, a time to rest and bask in the fullness of her silvery light. Don’t try to get anything done today, unless it is to fill yourself with light and color and sound and love and plans for the waning phase of our beautiful moon.
Relax, observe the pause in nature’s in-breath on the day of the full moon before the out-breath and action of the waning moon. Absorb her beautiful light and energy into your being and feel her blessing shine through every cell of your body.
She lights your way in the dark.
Get to know the connection between your energy and the moon phases. Pay attention! Observe! It is no use trying to resist the age old rhythms that predate life on this planet. Surrender!
We (humans, trees, plants, animals, and all living things) have evolved over millennia to respond to the push and pull and pauses of the moon, to the time of planning at the new moon, then, as she waxes, of filling, taking in, planting; then resting at full moon. Next comes the emptying, releasing and action, the carrying out of plans, the time of harvest as she wanes again.
You divide what you call “time” into even increments. You measure the immeasurable with clocks and watches, shiny addictive devices. You live by the schedule imposed from outside yourself. You order your lives according to the numbers and commands of the little gadget in your pocket or on your wall.
Waxing moon and sycamore
You allow your ideas, beliefs, bodily needs for food and drink, rest and sleep to be ruled by a pale and ineffective substitute for the real thing. Do these ideas and concepts and gadgets run your lives instead of the sun that bathes our planet in life giving light? – instead of the cycles of nature?
The more “civilized’ you are, the farther you are from the seasons, rhythms of nature, of sun and moon, and dawn, noon, evening, dusk, planting, reaping, nesting, fledging, aging, death, and rebirth..
You have been created to order your days and nights according to the nuances of sunlight and moonlight, and the needs of your body. This is the wise way of all nature.
Your bodies – all living things are minutely attuned to this light – the angle of the sun, the length of days, the quality of brightness, the position of the sun, moon and stars in the sky…
There is no match for the wisdom of your bodies in concert with the natural world. Work within the wise ways of nature. Become a student of her cycles, her life giving energy.
All time is now, dear ones. There is only the infinite now. It is where you must attend your focus. Pull your mind from past and future, from the pull of your devices, and live in the light, for you will only be balanced, focused and centered in your power in the here and now.
It is the eternal present where the true richness of life unfolds.
Pay attention to the here and now, for life does not happen inside your head.
Spring ephemeral – Jack in the pulpit
Life does not happen on the TV, on your “smart” phone, or in your computer. It unspools from your heart, that rhythm instrument each of you humans possess, but sometimes forget. It arises from the feelings and emotions of your body. That is life! Feel it! Be one with it!
Attune your life to the rhythms of your body– the heart and breath, your earth, your sun and moon, our seasons. So many clues exist to help you order your waking and sleeping, your eating, your quiet and active times with perfect balance and health.
Yet you allow the gadget called the clock to order your day. You march to its beat, you obey it’s dictates. You have given it power to tell you when to sit, and when to move, when to eat when to sleep. Your body is not consulted. And your health declines.
You allow the big box with moving images and the shiny hand held blinking things to arrest your attention, to take you away from your power and flow, to distract you from your life’s purpose and the precious days and nights that make up your lifespan.
Someday, as it must, your lifespan will come to a close. Will you mourn those precious moments you spent in your head, ignoring the here and now, the countless hours on your “smart” shiny thing, the days and weeks mesmerized by the moving talking images that you will forget in a moment when the power is switched off? You yourself are ephemeral, your body will not last. How do you choose to spend your time?
Back away from the devices. Pay attention to your body, to nature, to your feelings. And live.