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The New Moon this month is in the sign of Cancer, plus there was a total solar eclipse!

Any of you who know me, know that each New Moon I hold Hoop. One night a month, as close to the New Moon as possible to everyone’s schedule, women come together to sit, drum, rattle, pray, and renew our bonds to each other, ourselves, our body’s, and with the Earth.

I fully believe that people have gotten too out of sync with the rhythms and cycles of nature. With electricity we can have daylight whenever we need it, not allowing our bodies to rise with the sun and rest with the night. Insomnia is such a common problem with adults, and I feel living as we do: surrendering to stressors, pushing ourselves beyond reasonable limits, over-extending our boundaries, living “un-naturally”, all contribute to the conditions of insomnia, stress, dis-ease, and unhappiness. When we take time to look at and acknowledge the sunrise in the morning – and I’m not talking about watching the whole event, I’m talking about taking a moment to look at the beauty and absorb the colors coming from this miracle that happens without fail every day – we reestablish ourselves in the whole cycle of life. Take a moment to breath! Noticing every day that same sunrise – that is basically the same, looks a little different than any other sunrise.

Then taking a moment again in the evening to notice the sunset, can again restore your sense of connection and belonging with all of nature, with the entire world, with the entire universe. To me, sunsets award us with the most beautiful displays of color that you’ll ever see. All of this is a gift to you from nature, every day – and how many of you accept this gift?

These gifts do not end with your simple observation at that moment. By watching the displays provided by the sun and moon each morning and evening, you are triggering actual physical responses inside of your brain that keep your body in sync with the natural cycles of nature. These triggers tell your body to wake up, or to slow down – naturally. Taking those few moments to be with the sunrise and sunsets will give way to renewed sense of energy, of patience, of peace with and within yourself. Just think what taking just a minute in the morning and a minute in the evening can do to improve your health!

Perhaps creating a ritual or ceremony on a daily, weekly, and/or monthly cycle will help keep you more in rhythm with these cycles of nature and life. Helping you to restore a little balance in your overall well-being. Remember to look with the eyes you had as a child, with wonder, innocence, and joy!

Wishing you a beautiful journey ~ Xina

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People think of meditation as some kind of special activity, but this is not exactly correct. Meditation is simplicity itself. But meditation is not just about sitting, either. It is about stopping and being present, that is all. Mostly we run round doing. Are you able to come to a stop in your life, even for one moment? Could it be this moment? What would happen if you did?

~ Jon Kabot-Zinn, Wherever You Go There You Are

My current studies are on meditation, mindfulness, and awareness. I selected the above from Jon Kabot-Zinn’s Wherever You Go There You Are, as an insight into meditation. Back in the 80’s I read several books on meditation, and I can still remember the one book. It instructed you to sit (yoga style) and stare into a flame. Oh, I tried… but I was never told why I would want to meditate, or what to expect (or not expect).

Today we have a wide selection of reference materials on various styles of meditation at our fingertips. We also have our doctors encouraging us to incorporate meditation in our daily lives as a means of reducing and managing stress and pain. If all this is so, then why do so many people resist, or even still make a funny face when the word meditation is mentioned?

Obviously there is no one answer for that question. But what I can say in attempts to spark your interest in adding meditation to your life, is that this is one of the very best ways to truly get to know yourself and actually evolve on your path in life. Anyone who is looking to become more spiritual, trying to figure out the meaning to life, or desperately looking for something to help them heal should give meditation a serious attempt.

There are many different ways to meditate. There is bound to be a style that suites you best, that you respond to easily. But do not meditate to achieve something. Rather, start your practice with wonder, and an open  spirit. Expect only to be in the moment. That is the reason to meditate! The simple act of being aware in that moment. What does that moment hold for you?

Namaste~

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