FINDING THE PULSE
Taking the pulse is a vital sign. One way to do this is by asking the questions: Where is the moon right now? and Where am I right now?
We are cultivating subtle sensitivity to see ourselves as a part of multiple cycles.
It’s a wave, it’s the tides, it’s our blood, a cycle, breath and heartbeat.
Where am I right now? What information do you use to answer this question?
Inner seasons and outer seasons. The menstrual cycle is a key part of this, and yet how can we connect others with the moon even if they aren’t/don’t bleed?
Openings and Closings
Assignment: Write a list of ways to open a group experience/workshop/moon circle/session with clients. And write a list of ways to close. These are transitions that help us to arrive and to create closure.
“There is human time and there is wild time… The psyches of women also have their own cycles and seasons of doing and solitude, running and staying, being involved and being removed, questing and resting, creating and incubating, being of the world and returning to the soul-space.”
-From Women Who Run with Wolves Homing: Returning to OneSelf page 256
MEDITATION FOR A CALM HEART
Posture: Sit in an Easy Pose, with a light jalandhar bandh. Place the left hand on the center of the chest at the Heart Center. The palm is flat against the chest, and the fingers are parallel to the ground, pointing to the right.
Make Gyan Mudra with the right hand (touch the tip of the index [Jupiter] finger with the tip of the thumb). Raise the right hand up to the right side as if giving a pledge. The palm faces forward, the three fingers not in Gyan Mudra point up.
The elbow is relaxed near the side with the forearm perpendicular to the ground.
Eyes: Either close the eyes or look straight ahead with the eyes 1/10th open.
Breath: Inhale slowly and deeply through both nostrils. Then suspend the breath in and raise the chest. Retain it as long as possible. Then exhale smoothly, gradually, and completely. When the breath is totally out, lock the breath out for as long as possible.
Concentrate on the flow of the breath. Regulate each bit of the breath consciously.
To End: Inhale and exhale strongly 3 times. Relax.
Now it’s your turn: How do you take your pulse throughout the day? What are your ideas for bringing lunar wisdom into openings and closings in your life and work. Share in the comments below.