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Simple Ayurvedic Suggestions to Cool the Body and Mind

 

As Billie Holiday sang, “it’s summertime and the living is easy”. This is unless you happen to experience migraine headaches and with greater frequency during this season. In Ayurveda, the seasons relate to the three doshas – the three mind-body types called vata, pitta, and kapha. Summer is referred to as pitta season. The pitta dosha is associated with the fire element and its qualities are hot, penetrating, bright, and moist. Common summer weather conditions such as intense sunlight, heat, and high humidity are common migraine triggers. (more…)

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Photo by Sarah Phipps

 

Last month I wrote a piece about the Super Moon. I called it “Super Moon Smackdown”, because it was a somewhat intense emotional and spiritual adventure for myself, as well as my clients and friends. Afterwards I mentioned to a friend about forming a women’s full moon gathering. I envisioned a monthly gathering where we can support each other through the emotional tides which often arise during full moons.

The days flew by and before you know it I realized we were on the cusp of another full moon. And not just a full moon, but a full moon eclipse. It was too late to organize a gathering, but I checked in with my friend Szilvia in order to be prepared for and aligned with the planetary alignments. She studies Vedic Astrology and is gifted at offering planetary remedies to help keep the body and mind balanced through times like full moons. I consulted with Szilvia because my intention was to keep the celestial shenanigans to a minimum. So when the first words out of her mouth were, “fasten your seat belt”, I knew I needed more knowledge about the full moon alignment.

According to Ayurveda, we are in constant relationship with the external world. The weather, seasons, and planetary alignments affect our body and mind. When I pack for a trip, I look at road maps and check out the weather forecast, so I can prepare accordingly. Then I pack my bags with stuff that will keep me protected and comfortable. So, it made perfect sense to prepare for this June full moon in a similar way. I sought consultation on the Vedic Astrology maps for planetary alignments. Then I began to pack a charm bag (a physical and energetic first aid kit) of tools and gear which would allow me to enjoy and benefit from the full moon energies.

Vedic Astrology – Heavenly Lights and Insights

Three events are happening during this full moon, which can intensify emotions. They are the full moon, the full moon eclipse, and alignment of moon in Scorpio with Rahu. A Venus transit happens on June 6, but the energies of this once in our lifetime alignment will be felt the days before and after the transit. This seemed like some major galactic goings-on, so I wanted help understanding the astrology. Szilvia is skilled at interpreting the vedic astrology and explaining it in terms which make it easy to understand. She said, “According to Jyotish, the full moon and eclipse will take place in the sign of Scorpio, which can be an intense placement for the moon (the moon signifies our emotions and connections with other people.”)

The other thing Szilvia shared was, “The moon will be sitting next to Rahu, which is an illusionary planet and can bring up illusionary fears. So it is important to be grounded during this time. It is best to be still during this time, and not make any decisions, or act upon any fear, because most likely the fear is based on illusions.”

Preparing to Shoot the Moon with Charm Bags and Lady Caves

Being a moon type, I knew my charm bag now needed to be larger than a carry on size and thoughtfully packed for my full moon adventure. Szilvia is talented at suggesting helpful remedies to balance the energies in the heavens with the energies in the body and mind. She said she put the note “be still” on her desk calendar, and also included yin yoga and extra meditation time.

I was inspired to begin preparing and packing for my full moon adventure. The bottles of sandlewood and jatamamsi (spikenard) came off the essential oil shelf and into my charm bag, so I could use them anytime throughout the day. I decided to run at the beach on Monday. Running has always been a meditative and physical way for my body to flow. To surrender to the flow of life, I made notes to remind myself to do pranayama and meditation twice a day through Wednesday. I thought of favorite songs which calm me, as well as make me want to boogie. I stuck inspirational quotes on my computer. My strand of pearls and white tops were set out for the full moon adventure. According to Ayurveda, wearing pearls and something white on Monday helps to balance moon energy. My charm bag was packed and I felt ready for the full moon adventure.

I thought of Szilvia and my other two girlfriends who were also setting intentions for the full moon and Venus transit experience. Due to our schedules and family commitments, we would not be able to physically get together. It was a comment Szilvia made which sparked an idea. She said, if it was not for her job and fiance, she would retreat into her lady cave until after the full moon and Venus transit. The image of a lady cave, a place of quiet retreat, caught my attention. Later that night, at dinner with another girlfriend, we talked about the full moon energies. Her husband joked that her lady cave could be the RV. Again the image of a lady cave flashed in my mind.

My lady cave would be my tent pitched up in the mountains; however, I could not do that. But a flash of inspiration got me thinking about creating a “cyber lady cave”. Kind of like the bat cave, only cooler. I thought of my girlfriends and how we could stay in touch over the course of the full moon and Venus transit, supporting each other through texts and emails. I suggested we share quotes, insights, songs, and other inspirational tools. It would be a way to receive emotional and spiritual support amidst the course of our day through the full moon and Venus transit days.

There’s A Rad Moon on the Rise

It’s now day two of the full moon and the edge of the Venus transit. My girlfriends and I are encouraging each other as we connect through texts and emails. I feel embraced by their friendships. I feel nourished by the meditation time, yoga, music, and essential oils. This is the first full moon experience I can recall where I’ve maintained the most gorgeous balance in my body, mind, and spirit. Thoughts have been flowing with nonattachment. Feelings and emotions have waxed and waned with the ease of Michael Jackson moonwalking. Creativity has risen in my heart – bright and abundant, like the full moon.

I’ve never felt such a sweet connection with the moon before, which is ironic, because the moon is in my first house – the house of self. I’ve realized by the light of this sweet June moon, I am connecting deeper with my true divine nature. As I’ve opened myself up to understanding the ways of the moon, I’ve opened the path to understanding myself more. It’s like I can see the smile on the moon, reflecting as the smile in my heart. And in a Ralph Kramden voice I hear, “To the moon, Kellen!”  Onward to your true nature! For by the light of the June moonbeams, I’ve realized the greatest light of all is the Light of Pure Awareness. The Light which is always on…steady…whole…full. And it’s only by going inward to the caverns of my soul that I connect with this divine, brilliant, eternal Light.

In appreciation to the great John Fogerty (There’s a Bad Moon On the Rise) and his musical magnificence, I sing this little poem to the full June moon:

I see the rad moon arisin’

I see Venus on the way

I see smiles a brighten’

I see full joy to stay

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