After a year such as this one, and at this time of darkness and lockdown, we can easily get impatient for the return of the light and eager to usher in the new. Ahead of the full moon on Wednesday, tonight's practice focuses on giving gratitude and honouring the many moments of light there are even in periods of darkness. The invitation is to celebrate the fire of the living spirit inside each of us, to relish in the beauty and power of our "yes" to life that is there somewhere, even if just in form of an ember.
Guidance for the full moon movement meditation and celebration:
To begin, I encourage you to sit in stillness for a few minutes.
Then let answers bubble up to the following questions:
What is asking for my attention right now? What unresolved questions am I carrying with me? What unprocessed emotions and tensions have I not yet fully processed from this immense year?
What am I grateful for? What have been the gifts from this year? What have I learned, what has been illuminated?
Then put on the prepared playlist (or your own music, if you prefer) and take these questions and answers with you into the movement meditation. The idea with the movement meditation is just to free flow - like you may have done in previous practices where we explored free flow writing and free flow drawing.
There is no right or wrong way, there is only your way.
Putting on a blindfold can help to bring the focus inward and directed more on which way it feels best to move, rather than preconceived ideas of what looks good.
Humans have danced and sung across time and cultures. It is only in our modern Western society that we have become so disconnected to what is an innately human thing to do. Someone once said to me, if you can talk, you can sing; if you can walk, you can dance.
As humans, we can use art to express what is in our hearts, and dance is one way of doing that. So allow your body to move in whatever strange and wonderful ways it wants to, without any judgment, and allow yourself to express your feelings and your questions with your body. Instead of answering the questions posed at the beginning with words, try to let your body answer.
If you get stuck, you can always just do a bit of shaking to get out of the head. A beautiful way to explore is also to dance "from" different body parts... so you can dance really focusing on the feet, letting your feet do the leading. Or with the focus on your hips. Or your wrists. Or even your ears or the tip of your nose. Be playful, be curious.
Finally, for the last part of the playlist, I invite you to dance your gratitude, and your love. This year has been such a strong reminder that nothing can be taken for granted. Everything is fragile, precious, impermanent. Many things that seemed self-evident were taken from us this year. And as much as it is important to feel the associated emotions around that - the grief, the anger, the fear - it is important also to honour the lesson of realising how much there is to be grateful for. How much we still have that could be taken from us, and one day will be.
So I invite you to dance for and with your hopefully healthy body as if it were a dear friend, to dance for and with your loved ones, imagining them, visualising them, and energetically dancing with them even in this time of lockdown and isolation. You can even imagine dancing for and with the animals of the forest, the mountain, the sea, the moon and the stars. This dance is an invitation to celebrate the beauty of being human - that we can play with creation.
I hope this has given you some inspiration for finding an embodied and celebratory way to say "so long 2020, and welcome 2021", no matter what your circumstances might be on this full moon and New Year's Eve.
With much love, and my heartfelt wishes for a beautiful ending and new beginning,
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