Happy full moon! So today heralds the Libra full moon, which is all about balance, as is the Spring Equinox of course, which sees the balance of day and night. Here on the full moon we are encouraged to balance our feminine and masculine energies so we can harmonise relationships with ourselves and others.
This full moon emphasises our place in the world and how we impact on others. This is, therefore, the time to be aware of the needs of those around us, while also following the yearnings of our own heart and moving forward along our path. We are encouraged to seek emotional balance in all situations, however challenging.
In finding balance we are urged to be aware of the aggressive masculine energy of Aries and make sure that this does not dominate our behaviour, trying to change others and projecting onto them what you want them to be. On the other side of the coin, we should be aware of the energy of others trying to manipulate and control us, making us do something that does not serve ourselves.
Essentially we must - as always - do what feels right for us, because this will mean it is "right" for everyone concerned. Stop blaming others and take responsibility for your own actions. Make peace with yourself. Forgive. Have compassion.
There is this beautiful quote from Ven Ajahn Sumedho in his book, "Teachings of a Buddhist Monk", "First of all, we must start practicing loving kindness with ourselves. If we hate ourselves, we tend to hate others. And any kindness we might feel for others is only superficial sentimentality. It is not real kindness because it comes fro an idea. We establish loving kindness with ourselves by not creating burdens out of what we have done in the past. Nor do we create burdens out of the foolishness of our thoughts, or our opinions and views. No guilt is created, no remorse or self-hatred. We can even practice loving kindness for the pain in our bodies when we sit for a long time in meditation. This is kindness towards pain, not an aversion towards it, or wanting to get rid of it, or worrying about it. We may make a mistake, perhaps say something wrong, and instead of feeling guilty about it and hating ourselves, we can forgive ourselves for having our weaknesses - not justifying them, but not creating problems around them either. Having a kindly patient towards the rubbish in our minds is a willingness to allow the unpleasant to exist, a willingness to allow it to take its natural course to cessation."
This full moon may see some relationships coming to an end. There is this saying - people are in our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime. If it is for a reason then that person is in your life to meet a deep need. If it is for a season then that person is here to help you share, grow and learn. Those with us for the lifetime are there to help us develop a solid emotional foundation. Sometimes we need to realise that a relationship has served its purpose and it is time to let go.
As a Yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner I see this in play frequently, by the students that come and go and those that stay, through the patterns of friendships away from the mat, of the stages of growth in one's own spiritual development and healing process. It really is a fascinating world.
Over the last few weeks you may have experienced a revisit of the past. This has happened to provide you with the opportunity to make a conscious decision to do things differently now. Again, another lovely saying, "if you always do what you have always done, then you will always get what you always got".
So this full moon encourages us to seek balance in all aspects of our life, finding inner peace and harmony and responding to others with loving kindness. We can clear out the old to make way for the new - after all this is Spring, which is all about new beginnings. This is an ideal time to take to our mat and clear away the cobwebs in body and mind, to brighten the vision and start afresh, copying nature, which is doing exactly that. Clean slate, dream, imagine, and create the life you want to live. You have the power!
Have a good week!
With love and gratitude