Last October, I went to Northern California for a few days to visit my dear, dear Aussie friend Katie (more about her later). We stayed at The Land of Medicine Buddha in a yurt surrounded by Redwoods and every morning two eagles would fly above. As that trip came near it’s end, Katie told me that I would be forever changed because of it. And she was right. It took a few months for me to soak in just what I had experienced. Since then, I have noticed the changes in myself and I have noticed how what I thought was a clear path ahead, has somewhat altered and I am loving all of it. What I have learned is to be a little more still and patient. That it is okay to sit in something – whether it be a feeling or conversation or experience – for a while, for however long it needs sitting on. I have learned to be slower with my words. To really listen to what others are saying and to honour them by giving a thoughtful response. Mostly, I have learned to sit within myself. To really reflect. To put out intentions, whether they be small daily ones (pack a lunch! Don’t buy takeout again!) or bigger ones. I am learning to honour myself more. To realise that I really need to look out for myself first. That in order for me to be good for others, I need to make sure that I am doing good myself. I have realised that I cannot help everyone in my life and that that is okay. That sometimes you need to love others from afar. That may be the best advice that Katie has ever given me.
I have always been drawn to the idea of rituals. Of ceremonies. Of routines. Of doing things for yourself, to better yourself, whether they be monthly, weekly, daily. Admittedly, I am not that great for when it comes to following a specific regiment of things. But, I will choose to wear a ring with a certain stone or carry a certain crystal in my pocket on days that I know that I will need them. In 2012 I was in Australia over New Years and went to the Woodford Folk Festival. Throughout the five day festival, you are invited to write something on a piece of paper and put it in a big container. An offering of sorts; something that you are wanting to be rid of, some sort of intention, anything really. Then at the cusp of entering a new year, the festival has a moment of silence and the following day, a large structure full of everyone’s notes is burned. It was a pretty incredible ceremony to witness.
In following Amber at MISFITSTUDIO and going to her pilates classes, I have been learning more about astral insights. About the movements of the moon and planets and how they affect us. Each week when she speaks her words, I find myself nodding in agreement. Some weeks, I have to avoid eye contact with her, afraid that I will tear up just a little too much at the beginning of that pilates class because her words ring so true. When my pal Emma first announced that she was starting a new venture with something called a WOO box, I was intrigued. I always try to support friends when they start something new and the more that I saw from Starseed, the more I was hooked. The WOO box is a kit that includes all of the things you need to do for your own lunar ceremony and it’s delivered monthly to your home right in time for the full moon. I received the first one last week and was pretty giddy when I opened that box. Included in September’s box is an essential oil blend, an intention bracelet, smudge, a candle, detox tea and three crystals. There are also instructions for what to do with all of the items, as well as some insight for this coming month.
Whether you believe in these things or whether you think that it’s all a bunch of hocus pocus, is totally up to you and my intention is to not turn any of you onto something that is not for you. Whether you believe that we are somehow affected by the moon and the planets and that beautiful sky or not, what I will say is: having this ritual, having this one night, one hour, even just a few minutes, to give yourself to sit down, to be still in yourself and to really focus on your life and intentions for it, is never a bad thing.
In fact, it’s a pretty positive thing to do and I believe, that it’s a necessity for living a truly good life. We can run around all day by the seat of our pants, saying that we are busy and stressed and that we just do not have time to stop and breathe, but the truth is: if you do not give yourself time to pause and to really reflect, be intent and make goals, you likely aren’t going to be making your way anywhere far. You need this time. Your mind needs it. Your heart needs it. You will be better for it. I am looking forward to this forthcoming full moon and cannot wait to release some things that I have been holding onto for so long. September is all about new beginnings and taking care of business and I am loving it.