Extra close supermoon this weekend

This month’s supermoon will be the largest since 1948.

When we look up into the night sky tonight we will be certain not to miss the moon. It will be 14% larger and 30% brighter than the usual moon. What makes the supermoon so big? It happens as the moon becomes full at the same time it is closest to earth (perigee). This November the full moon will be full within two hours of perigee. An “extra-super moon”. For those of us in the Americas and the Carribean, the best view of this “extra-super moon” will be on November 13.

For those of us on the West Coast, viewing will be best in the wee morning hours of November 14. So those of us on the road before sunrise will be in for a real treat as we head into work. 🙂

December 14th will bring the 3rd and final supermoon for 2016. Along with it, a Geminid meteor shower.

For the yogis of us, these cosmic events will certainly inspire moon salutations (Chandra namaskar). Also, they remind us to stop and reflect. As we practice, it’s a good time to draw our focus into calming our minds and bodies; of letting go of the year’s trials, and those things which no longer serve us. It is a good time to renew our commitment to loving our friends and families as we enter into the holiday season.

All of us, no matter who we are, no matter where we are, will see the same moon. Those we love, those who love us, are connected by this rare moon sighting. So when you look up remember there is someone out there who loves you and they too are looking at the same moon. We may feel alone but we are not.

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Valentine’s Day reflection

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Since it’s Valentine’s Day I’d like to reflect on love.  Seems appropriate doesn’t it?  How do you feel about the word love?  It certainly brings up many preconceived ideas.  Romance, affection, loyalty, honesty, trust etc.  Who do we love? Families, friends, our pets, our husbands, wives, or life partners.  How do we demonstrate love?  Hugs, a kind word, encouragement, trust, honesty, and even just being there.

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What about ourselves?  Do we practice self-love?  What does it mean?  I’m talking about being kind to yourself, knowing yourself i.e. your strengths and weaknesses, respecting yourself, and taking care of you.  Erich Fromm wrote about the concept of self-love in 1956 in a book called The Art of Loving   He postulated that in order for one to express love to others, one must first demonstrate love to themselves.  This is different from selfishness or arrogance.

To me it means eating right; taking time out for our health.  If you think about it we are no good to anyone else if we are not healthy ourselves first and foremost. Also, knowing how we want to be treated by others and letting them know is another way to express love of ourselves. I am not so good with this one. There are a couple of people in my life who need to treat me better.  I know this, maybe they know this, but I have not made it clear to them so the status quo remains. The take home message for me is that I need to stand up for myself better.  It’s a work in progress. We may all have works in progress going on.  The main thing is being aware.  At least I am aware, right?

So, a few treats for ourselves from ourselves today might be:

  1. Create a self-love ritual: this may be something such as taking a bath with Epsom salts and your favorite essential oil.  One of my favorites is lavender.
  2. Build a community: build a community or network of positive people.  We need those who are positive and encouraging to lean on when times are tough.
  3. Create a “What’s Working For Me” list: jot down all the things that you do which are positive.
  4. Respect your body: eat nutritionally and mindfully.  Nutrient-rich foods will get you feeling great.
  5. Clean out your closet: this is something I need to do.  Get rid of the clutter and make space for new and positive adventures.
  6. Don’t compare yourself to others: this is incredibly hard because there are things which we could compare ourselves to everywhere!  However, this will only invite negativity. We are where we are and who we are and we need to accept this and be grateful for what we do have.
  7. Explore your spirituality: build faith in something. Having faith in something helps with intuition and gut instinct.
  8. Do something you are good at: the best way to build self-esteem! If you aren’t feeling so great pull out one of those hobbies and lose yourself in it for a few hours. By the end you will have created something and feel great.
  9. Find your happy place: maybe it’s sitting in the back yard with a good book.  Perhaps it’s gardening, watching a movie, or meditating.
  10. Learn how to let go: some days it’s easier than others; and some situations are tougher than others.  However, holding on to past hurts keeps us locked in the past. Focus on forgiveness and let go of these things.

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(This list was evolved from an article found on the great website MindBodyGreen).

Here’s to much love and happiness to you on this Valentine’s Day.

To your health,

 

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