Last week, we had a blue moon, which means we had an extra full moon during this season. And as Pixie explained in her newsletter, it's rare. The next one won't be until 2018. Pixie went on to talk about creating a ceremony where you honor nature's magical cycles and the wisdom inside you and create an intention for yourself that you sing to the moon (literally or in a metaphorical way).
So I read her words and thought about the kind of ceremony I wanted to create. I love her imagery of the full moon bringing things into the light. But then I didn't set aside the alone time to do it. Summer evenings have a way of getting away from me, and I simply didn't plan well enough to make it happen.
However, I found myself awake in the middle of the night with that moon shining in on me. And I started thinking.
I started thinking about this place where I'm standing these days with a desire to step onto a larger stage. A desire to expand and create the gatherings and teachings and other good things that support women as they create space for quiet, for stillness, and for joy, as they navigate what it means to really live in the space between the beauty and the mess one move at a time. A desire to dive deep and trust that you will come along.
And I started thinking about the longings I have for my own little family, for my day-to-day life.
Words like courage and "do it anyway" and listen and softness and "tell it" and "focus in" and "what can you set down?" began to float up around me as the moon was shining in.
As I laid there, my head on the pillow, the fan whirring while Jon slept beside me, I tried to just stay in it, breathing, noticing, letting the words and hopes swirl together in a dance and then settle around me. Inhale. Exhale. Trusting the holiness of the moment.
Later in the day, I went out to my studio and gathered up visual reminders that represented that dance and put them on my pinboard so I could see them every day, so I could stand tall in this intention and desire.
No, it wasn't the ceremony I envisioned at first, but instead it became a powerful declaration of who I am right now and where I want to go all while surrounded by the powerful wisdom and strength of so many of my kindreds.
This inspiration board includes postcards and artwork from the following beautiful souls (clockwise from the top left):
- Pixie Lighthorse's bear postcard from her animal deck
- Andrea Jenkin's photo of hands covered in paint
- Quote from Ali Makes Mail
- Lori Portka's deer postcard from her Gratitude Kit
- Elise Blaha Cripe's ampersand postcard
- My own peony photo, love note, alchemy card from one of Mindy Tsonas' classes, and the photo Jenna took of my hands holding peony petals at the last retreat.
- Kelly Barton's feather painting
- Another quote from Ali Makes Mail
- A card from my One Move mini inspiration deck
- A little original painting from Christine Mason Miller
- A little card of brilliance that came with my Get to Work Book
- An Amy Poehler quote from Ali Makes Mail
- An original painting from Danielle Daniel
- And the Hello Beautiful Soul postcard from my shop
These colors, these women, these hopes, this belief that I can embody the life I want, this is a peek at my heart these days.
And I'm putting a note in my Get to Work Book to change this up monthly so I can keep that energy, that inspiration and connection, flowing. Yes yes yes.