Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New Moon, yoga, and meditation

New Moon, Yoga, and Meditation

There have been some horror stories, which have brought some amount of dread to the idea of a new moon. But on the contrary, here are some readings as to how this wonderful lunar phase, was given to us, not to worship, but to use in worshiping our Creator.

The New Moon, or as it is also known as 'the dark moon', occurs when the moon is in conjunction with the ecliptical longitude of the sun, hence appearing invisible from Earth, although it still does have a slight crescent. On a solar eclipse however, the moon does appear dark as it passes between the sun and the earth, thereby blocking all light, and is known as a syzygy.

Use of Sacred Scriptures, Yoga and Leonardo da Vinci to meditate with:
In Colossians 2:15, 16: Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. (16) So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Meditate on this incredible verse, as it allows one to absorb truth. As we absorb this truth, we look to our Creators medicine cabinet, and focus on the Sun.

In Isaiah: 66: 23: "And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another,
And from one Sabbath to another,
All flesh shall come to worship before Me." Says the Lord.

Gen 1:14: Then God said, 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years."

Psalm 104: 19 'He appointed the moon for seasons; The sun knows its going down'.


I feel this 15 minute Yoga exercise (or however long you wish to practice it) may bring you a wonderful meditation and energize you:

Facing the Sun, accepting its energy that you can see, feel, and absorb, by doing so we welcome it into our being for the duration of the upcoming lunar cycle, which we are entering on 3 November, acknowledging that it is bringing with it a Solar Eclipse.
Begin with your arms stretched high above your head, reaching up as far as you can, breath in the warmth of the sun's radiance, close your eyes, and feel this energy penetrate you.
By standing with your feet together, reach up while placing your hands together, now stretch up as high as you can. Slowly bend your torso to the right, into the Ardha Chandrasana pose, or New Moon. Reflect on what the new moon means to you. It is a time of celebration, a time of restoration, realignment, meditate on how spectacular we are in being a part of these cycles. How being 80% water, we are, as the tides are, affected by this new energy, handed to us by our Creator. It is incredible! See this time as a reflection of new beginnings.

Repeat this stretch to the left, which now represents the Old Moon. Meditate on your path that lies ahead, understanding that this divine energy is a part of you, throughout the lunar cycle, purely by accepting the wonderful energy that you have received.

Center yourself bringing your hands in prayer pose before your heart, Namasté pose, thereby acknowledging your gift that you have received. Acknowledge the Creator within you, acknowledging the Creator within the Sun the Earth, and Moon.

Spread your feet leg length apart (or as close to as comfortable) and circle your outstretched arms, until you have them stretched as wide as you can possibly stretch at shoulder length, thereby achieving the Utthita Hasta Padasana – Extended arms and legs pose.

As you stand as Leonardo da Vinci's vitruvian man, you have become the squared man within the circle. Acknowledge yourself as part of Creation, your own sphere, aligned with the sun, moon and earth. From Leonardo's notes, we see that 'The length of a man's outspread arms is equal to his height.' See your creation as limitless from the East to West, from North to South, experiencing the elements of Fire, Earth, Air and Metal as you accept the wonderful creation of the Sun, meditate on another of Leonardo's notes: That figure is most admirable which by it's actions best expresses the passion that animates it.

Stretch accepting your direct source, then rotate your left foot 90 degrees so that it now faces north. Begin to stretch to the left until your left hand is flat on the earth, and feel the earth's energy pulsate through your wonderful body. Keep your back straight, and your right arm shoulder level, thereby reaching to the heavens and accepting your energy.

Slowly returning to the Utthita Hasta Padasana, you can repeat the Trikonasana pose to the right. Once again, feel the vibrations of our Earth, the same Earth created by the same Creator. Allow yourself to receive the earth's core vibrations and energy, connecting you, your Creator, and our Earth as One.

Return to the Namasté, and acknowledge how incredible it is to be created.

Love and Joy!

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