Today Tuesday 23 Feb 2016 (22 Feb in Europe & America) marks the New Full Moon in Virgo. The actual days of the Full Moon are generally the liveliest, revelatory, and emotionally charged periods of the moon cycle. Exactly how I’m presently feeling!
Full Moons are a time when we can feel extremely sensitive to the pushing and pulling energy of two opposing signs, in this case it is the polarity of Virgo and Pisces. During this process we facilitate changes within our lives and we release what no longer serves us. Under Virgo we learn to perfect our natural talents in our service to the world. I read today that the Virgo brings practice and discipline into everyday, and she keeps her body pure, as she regards it as her holy temple. Hence, we can anticipate greater faith and practice during this lunar sequence.
Significantly, this Full Moon February 2016 is the final moon phase in an eclipse chain, which began in September 2015. We have literally come full circle. It is a period in which all projects that we’ve started come to completion. The Virgo Full Moon is a time of relinquishing old, stagnant energy. It is essential that we set an intention to let go of the ‘old’ and move forward into the ‘new’. Cutting free from any chords that no longer serve our purpose. The theme of completion fits perfectly with the final moon cycle. Sigh!
The planet of Jupiter aligns closely to Virgo during this phase bringing new opportunities, either in matters of love or financial. A leap of faith will serve us well. It also indicates the healing of a broken heart. It may be a love relationship, friendship or parent relationship that has been a source of inner pain. Whether it be a separation or a continuing toxic relationship, it is the moment for us to take back our power. A time to set healthy boundaries and release all old patterns of expired relationships. Outstanding emotional issues need to be discharged so we can start our new journey with no baggage (or as least as possible!).
Honour yourself and stand in the light of your BEAUTIFUL LOVING BEING. Embrace all that is coming with this New Full Moon in Virgo.
With Love Sarah xx
Meditation quite literally changed my life! To be honest, five years ago, the very concept of sitting in a lotus position, ‘zenned out’ in a serene state, chanting “OM” mystified me. In that previous life, I was conditioned into a state of ‘hurry’. Squeezing an early morning exercise regime, organising children for school, work, shopping, dinner, homework, folding washing all into a daily routine. How could I possibly entertain the notion of sitting for a period of time, empting my mind of the endless ‘to do’ lists and take mindful deep breathes? No way!
A close girlfriend invited me to join a local meditation group. She promised me that I’d love it, so I tagged along. I remember walking into the hall and being struck instantly by the light energy. There were gentle whispers, people shuffling to get comfortable, welcoming nods and then I saw our teacher sitting framed in her beautiful, glowing aura. The guided class transported me. I entered a state of blissful calm. From that very first experience I was hooked. I read everything I could on ‘meditation’ and all the different practises. I attended classes and workshops. The real change for me came from my own dedication to my daily practise.
I write this piece to urge you too to find the time from your extremely busy, time-poor lives to invest 10 minutes a day or every second or third day, to yourself. I have been in this space. I get it, but the self-transformation is worth every dedicated minute.
Regular practise embraces a plethora of benefits, such as:
- Stress management
- Boosts our immune system
- Combats illness
- Slows our rate of ageing
Meditation invites mindfulness into our daily life, where we can cease monitoring the content of our daily thoughts. Flicking off our ‘auto-pilot’ button and being present in the HERE and NOW. Meditation provides time for reflection and planning. Meditation is a powerful and life changing tool.
So here is the simple practise I adopted into my own busy schedule:
- Find a place. Quiet. Uncluttered without distractions.
- Mornings are best straight from sleep. Your body in this state is far easier to discipline (but choose a time that works best in your day).
- Start with 10 minutes (you can build this over time, 10 mins is perfect when starting).
- Sit crossed legged on a cushion with your hands resting gently in your lap. Keep your back straight. Sit in a chair if you cannot comfortably sit on the floor.
- Gently close your eyes and concentrate on the tip of your nose.
- Have a statement prepared. An affirmation that brings meaning to your practise. It could simply be ‘I am happy’ or ‘my day today will flow effortlessly’ or ‘I am grateful’.
- Breathe in gently through your nose. A long, unrushed inhalation. Draw your breathe as far into your belly as you can. Hold it.
- Exhale, slowly with purpose (conscious breathing slows down your metabolic rate). As you exhale count ‘1’.
- Then ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’ all the way to ‘22’. I chose ‘22’ as my number; you can choose ‘10’ if that works better. If I was distracted by mind chatter and lost my focused count, I would start over from ‘1’.
- Thoughts will come in and out of your mind. This is part of the process. Let the thoughts enter and leave. Constantly bring your attention back to the breath and the count. Over time this simple practise will become easier and easier.
- You will find the practise profoundly calming. Start to deepen your awareness. Notice the pause between breathes. Embrace the stillness.
- Finish your practise by repeating your intention or affirmation.
I challenge you to try it. Take just 10 minutes each day for YOU. Find that inner peace that we are all seeking. Once you’ve started, the changes in your life will become abundant.
With love Sarah xx
I feel guided to share an element of my recent Dr Brian Weiss workshop with you.
I first attended a Hay House workshop with Brian Weiss three years ago in Coolum, Australia. The experience was one of life’s personal epiphanies. I connected to the very essence of Brian’s spiritual being, which is pure love. Love in its unconditional form had been barren in my own childhood and I’ve spent a lifetime looking for it, to find that true love is within (but that’s another story).
Brian Weiss represents humility, compassion, benevolence, kindness and love on such a high vibrational level that his light is awe-inspiring. He resides in this physical realm in a state of pure love.
On this recent weekend in November ’15 in the heart of Melbourne, Brian Weiss took to the stage in his humble manner, and unbeknownst to many of us, the world was watching Paris fall to its knees. Brain eloquently expressed the crucial importance of spirituality, embracing love, compassion, kindness and the consideration of the good of others.
One of Brian’s metaphorical concepts presented in the workshop has resonated deeply and I wish to share. Brian Weiss asked us to imagine that we were all ice cubes floating around in cold water. Cubes were being emptied from an assortment of ice cube trays. Imagining the cubes had consciousness, Brian asked us to imagine the discussions the cubes would have in the water, “We have neater and sharper edges than you” or “Look at those cubes, they’re dented and misshaped”. These words of difference would lead to arguments and battles. Brian then asked, what happens when the all cubes melt? Every individual ice cube would return to its original state of: water. All the cubes are in fact the same. As to life on Earth, we are all connected. We are from the same source and true spirit.
I truly connected with this metaphor. Brian Weiss also powerfully added during his workshop “There is only one religion, LOVE’. By opening our hearts and living from true heart, we can practice unconditional love and live with empathy, compassion, altruism and kindness.
Only love is real! Thank you Brian for sharing your true heart and true wisdom.
Brian L. Weiss, M.D., the best-selling author of Many Lives, Many Masters and several other books, he is an American psychiatrist & hypnotherapist who specialises in past life regressions. Dr. Weiss conducts national and international seminars and experiential workshops as well as training programs for professionals.
In an incredible, digitally connected world, on a physical level we are becoming more and more disconnected. People, in a time poor state of mind; bustle here and there, with eyes downcast, avoiding eye contact. Most often, connected to a mobile device with ear buds in. The device maybe either on or off, but the very sight of a headset screams, I’m not listening and I’m busy!
Acutely aware of this state of “disconnection”, I attempt throughout my day, everyday, to engage. Whether it be, a simple smile to someone passing in the street, a kindness to a stranger in a checkout line or even an enquiry at the other end of my phone. I realise I am only one, but I strive to make a small difference and set an example for those around me.
My youngest daughter set a challenge a couple of weekends ago. On a family bike ride, she decided to greet every single passer-byer with a cheery “good morning” and tally their reactions. A mild, sunny morning, it was a perfect opportunity to test her demonstration, of simply ‘connecting’.
Riding behind her, I watched her positive enthusiasm as she targeted her eye contact, smiled and chirped, ‘good morning’. Her authenticity and her kindness made my heart swell. Some passers sashayed out of the way and looked at her oddly, as if she’d asked them how much tax they had paid this year! Others refused to lift their eyes from the pathway and quickened their step. A few gazed straight ahead, flatly ignoring her sweet gesture. And then a few kind strangers connected. They replied with their own ‘good morning’ and some took the time to say ‘what a beautiful morning for a bike ride’. The smile on her face and the smiles on the recipient’s face, during those moments of positive connection, was magic. It was a fleeting moment of mindfulness.
28 “good mornings” were bestowed with a humble 9 replies. My daughter said at times she felt awkward, but not disheartened, she declared that 28 people had felt her kindness and 9 people chose to return the gift. She hoped those people in turn would share the gesture. Random acts of kindness like this do spread. Happiness, as my daughters remind me constantly, doesn’t come from the world around us – it comes from deep within us. Give it a go! Unplug and connect.