A Supermoon occurs when the Moon is closer to the Earth than it is at other times and is in direct alignment with the Earth and Sun. The Moon has a tremendous power over the Earth and is greatly connected to our oceans.
When we tune in and pay attention to these major changes in our environment we will probably notice a big difference in our emotional state. This is especially true for women since we are already linked to the Moon’s energies.
If you have felt like this is a good time to let go of old beliefs or pain that isn’t serving you today your intuition is right on. This is an ideal time to move in that direction. Supermoons are incredibly supportive in clearing those energies, especially in our hearts, to make room for how we want to live today.
I spent the last three days in a breathwork healer training so you can imagine a ton of emotions and pain surfaced. It was such an intense weekend in the best way possible. I was called to this training to connect with a new community and dive deeper into some places in my life that I am ready for the next level of healing. One thing that fascinates me about healing is how layered it is. I’ve been on this path for a long time and have done a great deal of work on myself and my past. I’ve been in and out of therapy for what seems like forever, had a yoga and meditation practice for over a decade and take really good care of myself. Lately I have been aware that I am ready to move deeper into the energy layer and let it go.
I went to this healer training because I am ready to release the old energy from past pain that I still carry with me. As a long time student and teacher of Hatha yoga I have experienced firsthand the energetic releases that can come from a deep and consistent practice. These days my asana and pranayama (breathwork) practice have been more about daily maintenance because it takes so much energy to live in Los Angeles. Even though I am clear about that and set boundaries when needed, I still take a lot of the cities energy with me. It’s the nature of living here. These practices help me release that collective energy on a daily basis.
There is only so much that I can do with the physical aspect of yoga. In order to shift and clear the old pain and beliefs that continue to linger in me I need some type of pranayama in my life to assist in releasing those blockages. Learning how to breathe in a way that allows for such release is transformative.
Nothing happens in this life by mistake. We are all guided, even if we aren’t aware of it. One of the biggest takeaways from the weekend was the quote I posted above:
Our future does not have to be determined by our past.
I have never felt more sure about this than I do in this moment.
Our past makes us who we are. It can be a powerful tool for connection and a way to learn about our behaviors, beliefs and patterns. Our past does not define our true essence and we don’t have to operate from a place of making decisions based on past experiences. This is such a timeless and powerful teaching.
Anytime we release old pain we feel it again and each time we feel it the pain lessens a little bit. I am a very empathetic and sensitive person. Always have been. It doesn’t take much to get me to feel deeply and sadness is something that is easy for me to access. What was wonderful about this weekend was that I made a decision to not live in the sadness that resurfaced. I felt it, allowed it to move through me, talked about it and said goodbye to it.
This was life changing for me. Because sadness is something that is easy for me to tap into and feels so familiar it can be tempting to want to hang onto it when it comes back up in the clearing. If I don’t detach from it and really let it go, the energy can take hold and I start moving forward from a past pain. There isn’t anything inherently wrong with that, it was part of my journey and it’s taken time to understand all of these pieces and learn that I really do have choices. I might not have had them when I was younger but I do today.
When we commit to our spiritual growth which basically means showing up and facing ourselves with courage no matter what, we practice the teaching that we don’t have to live in the past. We can, from this day forward choose to create and manifest a future that is beyond what we think is possible. This is where the magic is. This is where life gets juicy and interesting. We are much braver, intuitive, and resilient than we know.
Photo: Marielle Chua