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Autumn New Moon Wishes and a Decade of Kisses

meaning and magicI adore the story of how I met my husband.  As it happens, today marks a decade since that fateful night.  Time is such a strange way to measure things because in some ways it means something and in other ways it means nothing at all!

time mattersI feel like we only met yesterday, our relationship still feels so new….and yet, I feel like I have known him forever.  We just click that way.  He is my family, my dearest friend, my creative go-to-guy, my biggest fan, my truest critic, and the love of my life.

I met my artist husband under a full moon while camping  out at a wild life preserve.  The evening, like the one below, was magical.

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This Polyvore set, created by my artist hubby, depicts the night we met.

We were in costume…. I, as a gypsy, and Eric….a Renaissance artisan. I was on stage, drum in hand.  I spun out a story that talked of following the heart,  falling in love, and wishing on stars.

Up, he walked after my performance.  He seemed more confident than I have ever known him to be since.  In the distance we could see the wildlife moving in the shadows.  The tents for the medieval reenactment group transported us to someplace far away, even though we were not far from our Texas roots.

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We sat, visiting and clumsily falling over our words.  I had a hedgehog in my pocket (see it in the corner of the picture he created?) and a little girl named Grace came to play with it…sitting right between us.  I couldn’t help but think her name might mean something.  I imagined myself someday telling someone that when we met, Grace sat between us.  (I have said it at least two dozen times since.)  And I think in that moment I let my heart wish for something MORE in my life and wonder if he might not just be IT.

Later that night he drummed and I danced under the moon and stars with the lake glistening in the background. I could feel the air thick with the stuff dreams are made of…that fairytales are spun from.  That began a short long-distance romance followed by marriage within the year.  We have been making beautiful music together ever since.  (Sounds pretty sappy, but it is every bit true. )

Let the air be thick with possibility for you during this Autumnal New Moon.  What do you wish for?  Begin forming your wish in the comments below and let us all energize those dream seeds together! I have been crafting my life in the manner for some time now, letting the moon take me close to my dreams and letting my dreams spill out into my life.  It is power… simple…. and energizing.  Dig in with hope…. and who knows what dreams may come!

Eric and Rachel 10 years together

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Full Body…Full Moon

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Full Body…Full Moon

I am honoring my Full Body this Full Moon.

We love Her full body…can’t keep our eyes off of it.

She fills up the sky with a brightness that draws us out, into the dark.

We turn our heads to Her.

Call friends and family to point out Her majesty.

We tell stories about Her, that old woman in the sky.

I say, “She is my Grandmother….

Our roundness and light run in the family!”

And so, this month, as I look into that expanse above

With adoration for Her Fullness,

I will remember that what I love in Her

I should also adore in myself.

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An Invitation to Celebrate YOU

I want to invite you to do the same.
Yes, you….Round Woman, Full WombMOON!

Every woman has some Roundness to her.
Round Hip,
Round Breast,
Round Lip,
Round Shoulder,
Round Belly,
Round Booty,
Round Minded,
Round Hearted.

 

 

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Look for opportunities to bless the Roundness
in your life this MOONth.

Bringing Your Creativity to Life

Create a Full Moon altar….
an art installation in your bedroom or a special space in your home.
Here you can add reminders of how you are the same as Her.
Place a Round bead there or stone.
Light a candle.
Adorn your body. Move in celebration of your curves.
Anoint yourself with oils.
Pretend to BE the Moon….full, majestic, magnetizing!
Write a poem or letter to your Roundness…to your Fullness.
And discover what blooms in you as you honor all that you are.

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New Moon Mystery

Marvel Us Moon

In the dark of the Moon, Mystery blooms.  It invites you to let go of all those yearnings and all the drives that move you forward.  It calls you to slow down and just be.  Be with.  Be in unknowing.  Be nothing.  Let go of the striving.  Let go of yesterday and tomorrow.  And sit in the silence of all that you are and all that you are not.

Be prepared there may be anxiety in this space.  We aren’t used to the empty.  We try so desperately to fill it up so we don’t have to feel, don’t have to face simple existence.  Make friends with this Mystery sisters and know She has wisdom to share if you simply let go and make room for her nothingness.

Reflection Moon

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Womb-Moon Wisdom Meditation

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I sat with the Moon last night.  It was full and wrapped in the clouds that brought a quenching rain the morning before.  I tuned in to my body.  It is changing as women’s bodies do.  For the last 6 months or so during the Wednesday night meditation group I attend with Rev. Shar Schwengler of the Lucid Waking Radio Show on A2Zen.fm, my body has been talking to me.  I began with exploring the stories that lived in various parts of my body.

There is the old hitch in my giddy up (my lower back) that flares up occasionally that reminds me of a bad fall I had in my late twenties that led to years of physical and emotional discomfort, the scar tissue on my right arm from getting it caught in an elevator when I was in kindergarten (sounds much worse than it was), the swelling that sometimes happens in my right ankle.  They all have stories to go with them….stories about what happened, what I think happened, and what the injury makes me think of.

Shar has been encouraging us to let go of the story and to work with the pains that come up emotionally and physically in a more energetic way.  It has taken me a long time to understand what she means, but I am catching on.  Sometimes I can let the story float away and imagine a glowing light attending to the area of focus.  The less I try to make something happen, the more profound the release.

Sitting with the Full Moon tonight, I sent my attention to the stories that float around in my Womb.  They probably aren’t much different than the stories that other women find there.  Themes of fertility and abundance, creativity and safety, of connecting with others and with the Divine Feminine.

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This has been the seat of most of my body work this Summer.  It has been difficult work, deeply personal, but so valuable.  The Moonlight flooded my Womb and illuminated areas that needed a bit of love and understanding.  Stephen Levine in his book Guided Meditations, Explorations, and Healings suggests that healing consists of inviting mercy and understanding into the mind and body.

And so, I invited the Moon to hold that space for me tonight. I drew its light into my body and asked it to illuminate that great sacred center of creativity.  As I did, I felt my body and heart give into its sense of support and deep understanding of the rhythmic wisdoms I have played out over the course of my life and will continue to explore until the end of my days.  I allowed its light to bless my little girl Womb of the past, the Womb that wished for children, the Womb that decided not to conceive of human life in the end but revels in a deeper form of creating ( a creative of life….made of ideas, relationships, new beginnings, and exquisite possibilities), and finally the wise Womb that is more than a physical uterus and more like the energetic home for all I hold sacred of being a Womb-in (woman).

Each layer of my life as a female drenched in lunar lusciousness until every cell, every thought, every nuance glowed.

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While the Moon is in its fullness, set some time aside to do your own Womb-Moon Wisdom Meditation.  If you are a male, consider the value of imagining a symbolic Womb….a home, a vessel for your creativity.  Simply connect with its light, either in the openness of the night’s sky or in the comfort of your home (perhaps you might like to connect outside and do the meditation inside.)  Once you are comfortable, draw the Moon’s light into your Womb and listen for the Womb and the Moon to guide a journey together.  Know that whatever happens is just right.  This is your meditation, your body, and your healing.

 Creatively yours…

Rachel Payne Life Coach

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Full Moon Meditation

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I have been watching the Moon.  That is what I do, I am a Moon Gazer.  She is getting closer to full.  I love watching her wax and wane.  It reminds me of our impermanence, of our ability to change, and that for more years than we know, our ancestors have looked to the skies and felt the movement of Mystery in their lives…just as we do.  The Moon is one of my very favorite parts of this life.

The Moon reaches fullness today.  During the Moon’s course from dark to full and dark again each Moonth in 2013, I have committed to focusing on a word chosen by myself and my dear friend Jessica of WildWood Naturals. We are naming the Moon according to the word we are centering on.  We call this one Reflection Moon.

Reflection Moon

Tonight on the way home from a Coaching Session, I stopped the water to sit with the Moon.  The sky was completely cloudless and the water calm.  I felt like I was in a movie. Perfect.

The light of the Moon reflected on the water, reminding me of the Body Wisdom Project word for the month.  I slowed myself down and got comfortable.  Reflection….I went inward.  So much busy-ness bubbled around inside.  I thought of the water and invited myself to get calm.  Looked up at the moon and asked what of myself wished to grow into fullness.

My breath fell into a rhythm, my heart keeping a quiet beat.  A nuance came over me…a feeling.  It seemed to be showing me that my spiritual life wished to grow into fullness.  When I named it…spiritual life…in my mind, my inner knowing-ness responded with a feeling of peace.

The road trip I am taking in April is leading me to a fuller spiritual life.  For me, like with everything, creativity is at the heart of my spiritual life.  I look forward to watching it take shape.

I would love for you to reflect on what wishes to come to fullness in your life. Leave a comment letting us know. When you claim something in writing or out loud, it gives it strength and energy.  If you don’t claim it here, consider giving it voice somewhere in your world.

Are you interested in joining me for the Journey of the Inner Wanna Be’s… an inward exploration of those parts of ourselves we don’t often let out to play?  I will be engaging my Gypsy Wanna Be, but your Inner Wanna Be choice is up to you.   Be sure to keep visiting over the next week, I have some super fun parts of the event planned!

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We Now Interrupt this Regularly Scheduled Program

Regularly Scheduled

If you have been hanging out with me since the first of the year, you might be expecting a post for This Sense-sational Life today. Or perhaps some words of wisdom from the Body Wisdom Project.  Well, I have a Sense that I am coming down with a little something, so I am going to listen to my body’s wisdom and tuck in for a bit of self-care.

In the meantime, please enjoy this Full Moon Meditation I was saving for a rainy day….or if you have been anywhere around my neck of the woods, you will know I was saving it for a super windy day!

Be well!

Full Moon Meditation

If you know someone who might enjoy this Full Moon Meditation, please feel free to share the link with them. They just might need it. 

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