Everything has a vibration. Light, sound, breath, movement, your coffee mug. Some vibrations are recognized more than others, like the recent Blood Moon.
There's a lot of material on the meaning and impacts of a Full Moon. Each culture or group of people seem to have their own beliefs, and each individual may or may not have their own special attachment to the moon. In Buddhism, a full moon signifies a day of religious observance and spiritual development. Significant events in the life of the Buddha often took place during a Full Moon. The Native Americans named the moons around the time of year, representing seasons of harvest or hunt, and to keep track of passing time through the year. Other groups recognize the moon's astronomical affects to humans, animals, plants and nature. The effect of the moon can be physical and even spiritual.
The moon is the closest astronomical body to Earth, and there is a physical gravitational pull and magnetic attraction between the two bodies. Although the gravitational force of the moon is much less than that of the Earth, there is a lunar pull responsible for Earth's varying ocean tides. The force of the moon literally pulls on the ocean water, creating a high tide and low tide. Though, the frequency and cycle of the tides is a direct result of the Earth's rotation. It is fascinating, the relationships than can be linked to the lunar cycle, including weather patterns, animal feeding and mating/spawning patterns and human body function and behavior. In addition to what science has discovered, there is still a mystery behind the moon and how it relates to us and the planet. In the world of science, the mystery that remains is called "the lunar effect".
A Full Moon and "lunar effect" can mean various things to various people. I believe it truly is different and personal for each individual. My theory is that it depends on the relationship you've developed with the moon over your lifetime. Maybe it's something or nothing at all. Since the day you were born, the moon has existed in your life. Maybe it was just something to take a picture of every once in a while. Have there been significant events or moments associated with the presence of a full moon, or something odd and unexplainable perhaps? Do you feel your body or emotions responding to the ebb and flow, the waning and waxing periods? For our entire life up to this point, we've either paid attention to it more often than not, or we haven't paid attention most times. Some months, I'm head-down and rarely aware of my surroundings. Other months, I'm more attentive to the big picture. My relationship with the moon is visual and emotional. I spent a lot of time in college laying on the grass with friends watching it, along with shooting stars and northern lights ('cause that's what college is for right?). Seeing it triggers a moment of pause and reflection. Within the pause, I am reminded of how much more room there is to breathe, to be, to love, to forgive. A full moon opens up that space even further.
The word "magic" is a commonly used term when associated with the moon. Call me a scientist, but..."Magic" to me, is the "product" or "result" to an equation created by our-self and our natural surroundings. I believe everyone is emitting a unique vibration, which is continuously changing, moment-to-moment, breath-to-breath. Your unique vibration is a combination of your body chemistry, your current emotions, your state of your mind and your deeper soulful intuition. I think of the soul as intuition (visually, as tattoos on the heart), because it's something we cannot consciously change. When our vibration resonates equally with another vibration, that is Magic. Perhaps it's the soft light from a Full Moon or eclipse, an early sunrise from your back porch or a plastic bag blowing in the wind (American Beauty, Kevin Spacey...awesome movie).
There are moments when your vibration runs into another of the same frequency, and as is with the physics of waves, two of the same are added together, creating a larger version or "vibration". Those are the magical moments.
There is something fascinating and wildly enchanting about the Full Moon, especially during an eclipse. I had a brief moment of electricity which compelled me to grab my super-powerful camera. It's no NASA photo, but it certainly captures some of the magic.
How does this relate to yoga?
Yoga relates to this magic because the practice of yoga allows us to become more attentive and aware of our physical and emotional bodies. When we are more in-tune with our bodies and minds, it becomes easier to recognize and appreciate the special moments nature flashes before our eyes.
There are numerous yoga practices dedicated to the moon cycles. What exactly those are again depends on your relationship with the moon, and what feels best. I'm a huge lover of back bends. I think part of it is because my day-to-day lifestyle is sitting at a desk, slumping forward (or trying not to but failing). But I like to use back bends as a way to remember that the space around me is way bigger than the World of Me. It's a movement signifying surrender and openness. Sometimes back bends are very difficult for the very beginner, because the fear to surrender can leave you feeling helpless or hesitant. You can also think of back bends as a way to acknowledge the atmosphere and space above you...the Sun, the Moon, and everything else in between.
We should talk about the sun sometime too. There's a lot of attention toward the moon and it's mystical nature. But the sun....oh, how we often forget about you despite your obvious blinding light. To think that a 95 degree day is only a minuscule fraction of the fire and heat we could be receiving, is hard to imagine. The sun gets just as much "air time" as the moon, and could be argued at being significantly more powerful. I think it holds more of a charming flair than the moon. The sun is responsible for the northern lights and our greatly mysterious rotating atmosphere. As a meteorologist, I have a genuine respect for the sun's seriously complicated and disturbed nature. The sun and moon are almost like soul mates, right? The quiet, cold and calm moon balances the loud, hot and turbulent sun.
"Tell me the story about how the sun loved the moon so much he died every night to let her breathe." (author unknown)
Of course, yoga is not the only way to connect with our natural surrounds, but it's one that has echoed profoundly in my life.
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