Woo Woo You: Why do a guided meditation for the New Moon?
Aligning to nature is one of the most intelligent things we can do. The simple act of considering just that — of dwelling our awareness in the moon, the earth, the sun, the trees — can not only quiet the mind, it can bring us back to the Flow State of such great intelligence. The new moon begins a cycle. A cycle when we ground, when we plant seeds. In meditation, we connect to these intentions mindfully as currents of energy that live inside of us. With the constant stream of chatter going on in our brain all the time, it can be useful to guide ourselves back to the beam, to the current, to the Flow State that exists in all of us.
There is another subtle nuance to how practicing a guided meditation centered around the moon can be useful. It connects us, quite literally, to a power greater than ourselves. A power greater than our deepest stresses, a power greater than our biggest joys. Just as I can’t tell the sun not to rise tomorrow, I cannot tell the moon to stop waning, to move faster, to come closer, to buy me dinner or to follow me on instagram and like all my photos. The moon is more than that. And there is something really powerful when we finally grasp this feeling that we are in fact held and connected.
A guided moon meditation practice is less about superstition and more about consciously connecting to our true nature, our deepest intentions of what we are here to create and ultimately to align us to the rhythms of nature and possibly a power greater than ourselves.
When we consider the grounding nature of the new moon, we can reflect on what is really important to us and re-align to these intentions as we allow for them to bake into us. We create new neural pathways through repetitive focus and feeling. Meditation allows us to notice these sensations as they arise and pass. Old samskaras (or patterns) that no longer serve us begin to lift during the meditation clearing space as we set these intentions. As the moon waxes full, our intention is waxing full through disciplined focus and awareness.
How we start the day matters. Increasingly, we are becoming addicted as a culture to apps on our phone that imply a false sense of validation and stimulation to wake up the brain. But, what we are really doing is stimulating a stress pattern for the entire day. We are essentially medicating our stress with wrong pill. A daily meditation practice can begin to treat stress levels and even awaken purpose — so long as we commit to practice.
There are varying points of view about whether the moon actually has an effect on the body. A guided moon meditation practice is less about superstition and more about consciously connecting to our true nature, our deepest intentions of what we are here to create and ultimately to align us to the rhythms of nature and possibly a power greater than ourselves. Given that, I believe the greatest wisdom we can really come to know is the knowledge that comes with experience. So here goes. I hope you’ll join me.
Alex Dawson is featured on Yoga Wake Up with several wakeups including "Dream Big", "Oh That Sense of Security" and "New Moon Meditation", as well as a bedtime yoga sequence and meditation called "Rest & Digest". She recommends that you practice the New Moon Meditation 1-14 days following the New Moon, as needed, to "bake" your intention and manifest it.
Join us in practicing the New Moon meditation daily starting Wednesday, Mar. 6. Share your experience on Instagram hashtagging #yogawakeupnewmoon and enter to win a 3-month subscription to the app + a Saje Wellness Sleep Well essential oil blend. We're looking forward to meditating with you! 🌙