YOLY Challenge #36: Ritual of the Moon

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On this the new moon, I would like to introduce you to a process for going within, for moving from your outer world to your inner world.

It is the ultimate quieting technique called the Ritual of the Moon.  And it goes hand in hand with our quest for clarity.  This technique will release your mind and your body thoroughly so that you can move into the lunar world. Begin the process an hour or so before you would like to go to bed.

 Ritual of the Moon

  1. Sit somewhere quiet and reflect on your day. Rethink what has occurred and release any emotional tensions that may have been created. Apply wisdom and compassion as you see yourself as you truly are. Without harming thoughts, re-balance yourself.
  2. Prepare your body for sleeping: take a bath, practice restorative yoga, listen to meditative music or just sit & breathe.
  3. Fall asleep as slowly as possible.  This sounds tricky, I know. But the idea is to maintain your self-awareness as you descend into sleep.  This won’t happen if you stay up too late and fall into bed exhausted.

As you perform the ritual each night this week, journal your thoughts and feelings. You are learning to form a more meditative mind. One that will cultivate great self-awareness and much health and happiness.

I’ve tried the new moon tilted in the air
Above a hazy tree-and-farmhouse cluster
As you might try a jewel in your hair.
I’ve tried it fine with little breadth of luster,
Alone, or in one ornament combining
With one first-water start almost shining.
I put it shining anywhere I please.
By walking slowly on some evening later,
I’ve pulled it from a crate of crooked trees,
And brought it over glossy water, greater,
And dropped it in, and seen the image wallow,
The color run, all sorts of wonder follow.
The Freedom of the Moon
by Robert Frost

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