Serious Moonlight

If we let it, the full moon tonight will work in perfect harmony with things we want to come true in 2015. I’m not one to make resolutions in the new year. I resolve to make changes, take actions and move forward with my life’s purpose every single morning.

But 2014 was an unusual year for me, so with this first 2015 new moon I thought it couldn’t hurt to ritualize my daily habit of trying to do my best. First, do you know what you want to accomplish with your life? Try to clarify that if you can. I want to love and be loved. That’s really it, although this love business manifests in a few different ways for me: writing, relationships, health.

Writing

My goals for writing have always been simple: to write the best books I can and to keep a daily writing routine. I feel that writing is a sacred gift that steers me through life, so I am humbled and grateful when anyone else reads and appreciates my words. I’d do it even if I was certain I was the only person in the world who’d ever see a word I wrote. Me and Emily Dickinson:) But even Em, with her carefully stitched manuscripts tucked into a box under her bed, sent some of her work out into the world.

This year’s first new moon calls for us to take action on our life goals, and in that spirit I have stretched a bit further this year, resolving, like Emily, to take my work out into the world by setting up readings, book signings and some other things truly out of my comfort zone. Too often with resolutions, we don’t do the footwork so much as make a wish. This new moon demands we put in real effort, something beyond saying the words. So what else can you do to forward your goals? Maybe something you’ve been hesitant to try? Now is the time to go for it, because success is in the stars.

Relationships

I have a new grandchild coming. I was blessed with little Owen last year, and now his cousin is set to come into this world in 2015, and that kind of love, well, you need to experience it to understand it. I certainly had no idea of the bigness that would be my love for Owen. It’s pure and it’s powerful. I’d like all my relationships to be that way, so effortlessly full of kindness and compassion.

So, for the action portion of this intention, I will use a mindful meditation that focuses on lovingkindness. I have meditated daily for many years, and only occasionally have I added this extra piece to the practice. You begin by summoning up a mental image of a particular person. There is a sequence some teachers recommend: such as a friend, an acquaintance, an enemy, a loved one, a stranger. If you need self-love, as I do, include yourself. In fact, start there. I kind of just let this part flow as far as the mental pictures, and there are words too. These can be any variation on one Spirit Rock mantra: “May I feel protected and safe/may I feel contented and pleased/may my physical body support me with strength/may my life unfold smoothly, with ease.”

And of course, through it all, breathe, notice thoughts, let them go.

Health

Self-love. Self-care. I have not done much of it in this life. Writing has taken care of the inner me. For most of my life, I kind of just let the outer Cindy fend for herself. She’s getting on in years. In 2015, I will be 60 years old. I want to be kind to my physical body this year by giving it what it needs and reversing or slowing down the habits that help me stay in false security. I’m talking about soothing substances…food, drink, chemicals…I put into my body and the frequency and enthusiasm with which I choose unhealthy stuff.

Actions here include keeping a food journal, working on a book about health and diet with my friend Lisa, and getting rid of the pounds accumulated since Thanksgiving by working Lisa’s plan and counting calories. I’m also focused on physical movement, yoga every day, and walking more, because we writers are not known to be a particularly active bunch.

So that’s my third intention and the actions I will take as this new moon comes into fullness tonight. To love myself, body and soul, and to treat this slightly tattered package with the care it deserves.

What about you? What will you do for your one vast and beautiful life in 2015? Whatever it is, do it now, with sacred intention, and you will see serious moonlight results.

25 Comments on “Serious Moonlight

  1. I too, have been having a long hard look at myself, and not too pleased with what I see. So with a little of your ‘sacred intention’ I will try and do something about it. Thanks for the inspiration, Cynthia!

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  2. You mentioned diets. Why not try low carbs? I did this last yeat, to ge my diabetes under control. It worked’ and the bonus was, I lost over 7 stones in weight. Made me feel much better on all counts as a whole new wardrobe was needed. That was a boost to my feelings about me.
    Yeah!
    Evelyn

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    • When I abide by it, my diet is very clean, Evelyn. No white carbs, limited whole grains, no meat, no sugar. But the holidays saw me backslide. I’d love to know how you maintained during the hols.

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  3. Hello Cynthia. The only holiday I have is Christmas. I am retired so do not need holidays. No, they cost. I have let it go mostly though still do not eat bread. It is more due to the colder weather than holidays. Need more in to withstnd the chill. But as soon as it gets warmer, back on more salads. My bad, know what I am doing, kind of thing. Must get back to more normal ( for me) food regimes. Not even whole grains, no bread just Ryvita where just 4 or 5 carbs per slice. Lots of veggies. No rice or pasta of any kind except occasionally the Japanese no carb/ no calorie stuff. You need meat or eggs. It is protein. Bad to stop eating protein. Study what your body needs. My daughte studies for me, tlls me what I can have. I often gave what they call here ‘a full English’ for breakfast. Bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, sausage ( usually vegetarian sausage). If my sugars are low that morning, I will lo have a buttered Ryvita ( pumpkin seed one) as well. I still do not have much in nir,l potatoes, usually sweet potato fries, about two or three only.
    Evelyn

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  4. Your program sounds very do-able Evelyn. I don’t eat much rice, potatoes, or pasta either. Or crackers or bread. I try to do the protein and veggie and a little bit of healthy grain. No sugar! But this is me at my best, which I have not been since Thanksgiving. So…back to health! I will try your Ryvita. I do use the soy crumbles and the soy bacon etc. The full English sounds great right now!! I also love sweet potatoes but like you try to limit how many I have, if I make them into “fries” — thanks for the tips. It’s good to know I’m doing most things right, or at least thinking in that direction:)

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  5. Well, best if luck, Cynthia. As I said, I was doing it to gey my blood sugars down. Most was los uring the first 6 months. Then my diabetes slowed it down until winter began. But, I will be workingon it again. Comes the pring.
    Evelyn

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    • I think winter activates that ancient part of the brain, the part where we needed the extra fat to survive the winter. I like warm comfort foods in winter, not salad. So I have veggie soups now. I also have the blood sugar issue, but not diabetes yet. I did get my numbers down, but not low enough for my doc. So it’s a health issue. At first, I really didn’t eat any sugar at all, as I know people with diabetes and I see the agony is can cause. But then, after a while, with the cookies and the fancy cakes and chocolates all around me all the time, well, here and there I slipped a bit. I do think part of this seasonal thing is just built into our genes and it’s very difficult to overcome. So you’ve got the right idea. Spring!

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  6. Ah! Well, thete is your downfall. NO PIZZA! I started with practucally NO on everything except salad or cooked veggies with some meat, not fatty meat, mostly chicken. I can eat more since the beginning. But, I did lose 7 stones. Had to up my allotement as i must nit go under on the sugar front.
    Evelyn

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    • Wow, a stone is 14 lbs so that is amazing–close to a hundred pounds USA–an entire person. A very small person but still. Evelyn I am so proud of you!! WTG and keep working your plan. Some of us just need to work harder than others. For me, I think of sweets this way “I’ve had more cake in my life than most” and while it was very difficult to give up sugar, I did it and its a lifetime decision for my health. As to pizza, at Weight Watchers they used to say you can have pizza, one piece or even two, just eat a salad first, and for me, that is true. I’ve lost 3 lbs in 2 weeks and that is with pizza. I’d like to lose slowly, so that’s about right for me. If I start to lose too quickly, my face turns into one big wrinkle. Also other body parts, but those you can cover with sleeves and jeans:)

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  7. I spent some time yesterday thinking about this full moon. I thought about creating a vision board but ran out of time. Kid line this full moon to take me home….after a year of working away from home & my family, I’m ready to home. & if the full moon can make that happen, that’s all I want from her. 😉

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  8. Sound very boring, do I not? But, it worked for me on to fronts. What soup do you hav? Packet, canned? Theae are not good. They ontain ll orts if things you relly should not have, undet th guise of ‘ healthy for you’. They are not. Mak your own. A soup machine or Vitamix does most of it for you. Only what you put into it. I have a soup machine takes 25 mins. From cold. We have a Vitamix, tkes 10 mins. To make butternut squash soup.adding a little leek, onion, knib of carrot and sime veggie stock cube. All good helthy stuff and some cooked chicked can be added for protein. Slimming/fit prog. On t..v. Last night with well known t.v. doctor, said that puried ( thickened by blemding)
    soup fills you up more so you will be able to last longer before next meal. We knew that but many do not.
    Evelyn. Good luck.

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    • Yes, I make my own soup. I’m a writer, so I work from home. I live in a cold winter climate, so soup simmering is comfort. And we have this thing in the States, its an emulsifier, like a one prong blender, you simply immerse in soup (like carrot or broccoli or squash) that you want pureed and boom it’s done much faster than blender. I have a juicer that’s a bit more labor intensive for the green drinks and so forth. Again, I only use that in summer as the veggie and fruit drinks are cold. Soup is warm:))

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  9. Yes, we also have a juicer but problems. But good, you are on rhe rght track. I also have a blender, uforgot that. Mostly use the moor on that to grind nuts. Porridge oatso, if eaten with ground almonds, can pread the sugars out over a longer time period. Tonight, I did not want what my daughter was having, sò I opened a can if chicken soup, the one you add water to. That was more than I wnted really. My normal sweet is sugar free jelly ( or jello in the US), with greek styl yoghurt and some fruit, not much, and a teaspoon of CQ10 with ground walnuts an other nuts.
    Evelyn

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  10. This is so beautifully written, Cindy! I love the thoughts behind this and will be sharing this post on Twitter.

    I also feel that there is a surge of powerful positive energy this year but that we must choose to align ourselves with that surge. I plan also to work hard in the spiritual realm to align with the positive energy on the planet, and to add to it. The explosions will happen, but I’m not going to focus on them.

    I love what you said about how writing nurtures your soul.

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  11. Please try to be careful and not becone diabetic. Just to show, I was a bit low this a.m. 4.4 and had porridge and around mid day, I started to get the shakes, out of the blue. Nor ally the porridge is enough. Sometime, it ain’t. Told my daughter, panic stations. She got me the Medjool dates in, chocolate orange, I had already eaten an iat biscuit ( cookie) whilsy making her coffee when the shaking started. Not enough. This is when, for me, the diet goes out the window. Can’t be helped.
    Evelyn

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  12. Mostly, then out of th blue, a hypo happens. Had porridge, ok so it was going towards lunch time but not there. Felt bad for a while. Even now, body is not up to par. Just sonething they don’t tll you, how fast it can creep up on you.
    Evelyn

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