The Magic of the Lunar Phases

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Every night the shape of the moon seems different to us people on earth. This phenomenon is called the lunar phases or the lunar cycle. This occurs because when the moon orbits around our planet, it also changes it’s position to the sun and therefore the parts that get illuminated from the sunlight (the moon has no light on its own) change with the different positions. So far this is just the science behind it. While this phenomenon in the sky is beautiful to look at, you can gain much more out of the old wisdom about the lunar phases.

Ancient Wisdom

Throughout the times, the moon was worshipped by many different cultures. Mostly represented in form of a goddess but there are also moon gods, for example, the Hindu god Chandra. Luna was always a symbol of change, for the cycle of death and rebirth, the mystic, the unconscious. A symbol of feelings, the feminine and mysterious aspects of life. Moreover, calendars were constructed according to the moon (the word “month” derives from here) and up to our present time, these calendars were very popular among farmers or elderly people and were used to plan farming, gardening, householding or important appointments. The people of those times have already known about the influence of the moon’s gravitation to the life here on earth just by observing it. A lot of eastern religions still have festivities that follow the moon calendar and even in our Gregorian calendar, a lot of holidays fall on special days according to the position of the sun or the moon.  Right now we’re living in times in which more people wish to come back to their roots and to live their lives more in tune with natural cycles of nature, thus moon calendars are getting more popular again.

Spiritual Meanings of the Lunar Phases

But how can we use the wisdom about the lunar phases for our well-being? Well, first, there is another dimension to the moon phases than just the gravitational influence. It’s the spiritual meaning, the spiritual teachings of these subtle energies. We can use these meanings as metaphors and see ourselves as little “seeds” that grow, bloom and then transform. It’s easier to go with the natural flow than to fight it. Modern times try to standardize everything but life comes and goes in circles and we are affected by these natural cycles as well. Why fight this when we can use it for our best? If we try to live more harmonious with these cycles, then we can use this power to manifest the things we really want in our life.

You can divide the lunar cycle into either four or eight phases. It’s basically the same, but the eight phases give you a little bit more detail than just “growing”, “full” or “waning”, so I’m going to give you a little information on all eight phases.

1. New Moon

It’s the phase with the lowest energy level and you may feel introverted and introspective. This time, in which the moon cannot be seen, calls for new beginnings. A blank page, the dark and mystic potential of creation that holds every possibility that exists within. Use this time to set a vision for yourself, a goal, an idea, a dream. Set an intention and really try to feel it from the bottom of your heart. Plant that seed.

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Moon Magic & Yoga

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The Moon. A symbol for the feminine, the mystical, the subconscious. A symbol for cyclic transformation, feelings and the shadowy parts of our inner worlds.

Yoga. An ancient philosophy system, a tool-box with a lot of tools for everyone on the way to knowledge of the self, to union with yourself, others and everything around you, for we are part of a bigger picture.

And then we have humans. Energetic but also physical beings. Humans, living in a big ecosystem that responds to the gravitation of the moon. Beings made out of molecules, fluids, bio-electrical circuits. And equipped with a gift called consciousness to witness all the magic happening around them.

Connecting lunar phases & the yoga practice

Why do I talk about these 3 components, humans, yoga and the moon? Because when you combine the wisdom about lunar phases with the wisdom of yoga, a human being can profit out of this combination. Let me explain further.

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Coming back to Writing.

It’s been a few months since I’ve been actively posting something here. It’s not that I had no ideas, my focus was just elsewhere. Some of you may know that I am attending a vinyasa yoga teacher training since September 2017. And it’s such a beautiful but also an intense time in my life. Intense on so many levels. My practices changes and deepens, I get more details on different aspects and also learn new things like anatomy. My fellow teacher trainees are a bunch of wonderful people who support each other and we all learn also new things about ourselves. Everyone has their ups and downs.

When it comes to writing, I do write about things that I’ve experienced myself or about things that changed my perspectives or touched me in a certain kind of way. It’s not that I just write so I can post here and maybe someone reads it. I want to share content with a meaning that maybe resonates with things you like or maybe make you change your perspectives or give you a good mood or whatever. Something positive. Things to try by yourself.

Being totally immersed in this teacher training and all it’s up and downs, my focus over the last weeks was to be a good student, learn all the things so I become a super good teacher that can do good to the people. But I had like a script what to learn. I’m thankful for that opportunity, but on the other hand when you are “told what to do”, there’s little free space in our thoughts. If something like this occurs, we focus on what the outside gives us and don’t listen how our hearts respond to it. Don’t get me wrong, in my case, it’s not that dramatic because while studying I personally grew and came across a hundred things I could write about, I just didn’t feel like I wanted to put them into an article right that moment. I was focused on the exams and so on. But right now, the theoretical part is done, and I feel like it’s okay to sit here for a couple of hours to think about this post and write it down.

What I want you to maybe think about is: Where in your life you are told to do certain things? What are those things? Who tells it to you (yourself, your family, media, society…) How do you feel about it? Does it feel good or does it stress you out? Does it feel like it helps you grow or does it block your creativity, your ideas and dreams? One of my goals in 2018 is to live life more according to my feelings. I wanna listen more to my intuition and live authentically. I just don’t wanna do things because somebody wants me to or because everybody else is excited about it. If I don’t truly resonate with it, I simply do not do it, say it, feel it, eat it. It’s a process of work, but a worthy one. Life gets easier, you’ll maybe be happier.

So right now like I said I feel like I have lots of ideas and time and space to think more about it and maybe write them down and be more active here. I also noticed the past weeks in which situations I try to step out of being responsible for what amount of time I have for “me-time”. Now I learned if I really truly wanna do something just for myself like having a relaxing bath or because I wanna share positive content, that nothing stops me from it. The “but first I have to clean the room and then I have to do grocery shopping and then I have to study blablabla…..” it’s just thoughts. You decide what you do. Pick a few things from your to-do-list but make sure there’s space every day for something you really would love to do with compassion. Write that book, go learn how to cook, meditate, create a painting, learn a language….whatever makes you feel excited and happy.

I hope you find things that make you happy this year. Always remember you are the one in control. You are in charge of yourself. Do no harm, but take no shit. According to this mantra, let this year be the goddamn best year. Every single day.

Peace & Love

namaste

Jane

Enjoy the silence

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Look what is inside

Me and my love are going to take 3 days off. Into a shack in the middle of nowhere. There will be no electricity and no internet and I am really looking forward to just enjoy simple life and recharge. See you after next thursday, hopefully loaded with a bunch of inspiration for this blog.

Peace and Love, Jane

namaste

Walking barefoot to heal

When you meet me outside in nature, I am that girl that is walking barefoot. I prefer sitting on the ground over sitting on a chair. At home I hardly ever wear shoes, not even slippers or socks. Long time I didn’t know why I was doing like this. My answer to questions always was “I just like it, it feels more comfortable, more natural.”. With this article I would like to inspire you to give your feet a break every now and then. Your whole body-mind-soul-system will thank you for it.

Use your feet for what they were designed for

I believe that who- or whatever created life, it equipped all living beings with everything they need. More specific, I believe that every plant, every animal and every human being gets born with what they need to master this world. Did you ever see a baby coming out of the womb with shoes? I guess not. Human beings are the only beings on our earth that protect their feet with shoes. We sometimes need to because the world today is more of an unnatural concrete jungle than woods and meadows. But let’s face it, shoes are graves for our feet and we start to bury our physical health at very young age. Our feet are full of tiny but oh so important muscels and best way to train them is to walk barefoot. Easy as that. The overuse of footwear leads to deformation of the feet, flat foot, splayfoot, ingrown toenail and so on. Furthermore, wearing shoes all the time (high-heels are killer literally) can lead to bad posture, problems with the knees, hips and the spine. A whole list of not so pleasant things. So from the physical viewpoint, you can just benefit from walking barefoot. To train your muscels it already helps to walk without any shoes at home. Besides of training your footmuscels and therefore improving your posture there are other physical benefits. Maybe you already heard of “foot reflexology”. By walking barefoot, you bring stimulation to those pressure points and you activate reflex arcs of your neuronal system and other connectivities. Activating these circuits is a benefit to your whole physical system. Lower blood-pressure, strengthening of the cardiovascualar system, boosting the body’s defences. But there are so much more benefits, let’s see what happens when we take our bare feet outside.

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