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Let the rhythm take you!

Do you ever just feel like you don’t feel like doing anything, but don’t know what to do, what not to do and at the same time feel frustrated that you are neither accomplishing anything or even taking a break?

I totally get that.

Here is why it happens and what to do with it.

Find out why it is a gift!

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Why women should pay attention to the moon’s phases

Is paying attention to the moon’s phases just new age mumbo jumbo, or are we tapping into a purposeful force of creation that has served traditional peoples in a deep and meaningful way from the beginning of time -to keep us in sync with the healing and life supporting rhythms of nature?

There are so many elements in the world today that throw us out of sync with natural rhythms- constant lighting, access to any kind of fruits and vegetables year round, and a work pace that doesn’t acknowledge the natural ebb and flow of our natural energies.

So, never has it seemed MORE important for women to be consciously aware of the moon’s phases.

Given all that we have on our plate, we can benefit greatly from consciously tapping into the effect of the moon’s phases on our energy throughout the month.

In the days before electricity, we didn’t have to use our conscious awareness to be in harmony with the moon’s phases. The increasing and decreasing radiance of the moon would naturally call us into sync with the rising and falling energies of the month.

Art by Leah Dorion

For example, the new moon is a time of greater darkness- and we would naturally have done less because not only would we have been bleeding, but the dark would also have called us to sleep earlier.

During the full moon, our energies naturally rise, we are fertile, social and celebratory under the light of the moon in her brilliance.

At least that is how it could be.

Unfortunately the very structure of modern life creates an artificial homogenization of our night and day- so that we act as if each day is simply the same as the one before- as if it is up to us to simply manage our time better when we feel out of sync.

Nature though, provides a perfect rhythm to manage our energy in a way that both calls us to slow down -and to rise up in perfect harmony with the fluctuating energy we feel throughout the weeks of each month.

Each of the moon’s phases has a specific energy level and quality. As the light builds, so does our energy. As it recedes, our energy decreases. When we plan our monthly tasks in sync with that, not only are we more productive, but our lives naturally feel more harmonious because visioning and rest are built into our feminine template (or patterning).

In fact the more we resist the way we feel (when our body says no and our soul is uninspired) – and push forward through tasks that are not in sync with where we are at in the lunar cycle, the more unproductive we can find ourselves – even if we never stop working on the task at hand!

When we “push the river” we struggle against the very nature of our femininity and the beautiful blueprint we have for a harmonious and healthy life.

Our bleeding time is a gift and our inspiration is the signpost that tells us ‘yes’, in fact we are taking the right path. Our intuition speaks through the language of the body and through our feelings about what is occurring in the moment.

If we follow our natural rhythms- even if that means stopping work that seems really pressing- we are more productive overall (and healthier because we attend to both the body and soul’s need for rest and recuperation each month).

Our clear visioning ensures that we act in alignment with our values and our purpose. By taking the time to slow down and evaluate what serves and what doesn’t, we make space for that which is yet to be manifested.

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Let the Waning Moon help you go with the flow!

waning-moonThis is the time in the month where you may start to notice that you suddenly feel less inspired to vision and create with your mind, and more turned on by the idea of clearing space and working with your hands.

We are entering the waning moon cyle. Your energies will naturally begin to recede during this time as your consciousness begins to move inward (your ‘moontime’ is coming).

Now is the time to start making preparations for conscious ‘moontime‘ (menstruation). Not only does the waning moon help you ‘go with the flow’, but attending consciously to your self  care in this time will make space for your other ‘flow’ (menstruation) to become a time of relaxation and restoration (rather than a time of pain and tension).

Now is a perfect time of the month to reflect:

  • Are you living in line with your values?
  • What needs transformation in your life?
  • What structures or support systems must be put in place so that you can live a life of your conscious choosing?
  • More importantly, what obstacles do you need to overcome or eliminate in order to make room for a way of life that works better for you?

Get out that dusty journal or enter deep conversation with loved ones to assimilate and absorb that which you encountered, struggled with and learned in the previous weeks.

Release and let go of that which is no longer needed (ie: clear clutter in your home).

Take care of your unfinished business, so that you can create a clear slate for yourself moving forward (including unfinished business with people).

Complete your unfinished projects so that you can move forward into new realms of creativity and make space for the visioning time of the new moon that is on its way.

How will you need to rework your plans for this week so that you stay in the flow?

If you notice that you are ‘pushing the river’ on something, or that you keep coming up against obstacles, stop trying to force it.


Get clear on what the obstacles are and systematically remove them one step at a time. Acting on that will get you back in the flow. The energies at this time of the month support self reflection and movement toward more space.

While your mind might want you to ‘keep pushing’, in the end you’ll get more accomplished if you are simply willing to put down the things that just aren’t coming together for you easily right now.

If you continue to ‘push’ things, they might still get done, but they will take you much longer than they should……and you’ll still be left with the clearing you need to do on all levels (putting you ‘behind’ in the bigger picture-exactly the opposite of why we ‘push’ in the first place).


If you flow in cycle with the moon’s energies….everything you need and desire will begin to fall into place. Trust it.

Allow the moon to help you cultivate harmony in your life. As you continue to pay attention, you will come to fine tune your natural rhythms.

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