THE PEAK & THE AFTER EFFECT

full moon summer solstice june 20 2016

Greetings Friends – Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this.

The Full Moon and Summer Solstice was magical for me. How was it for you?

I had an incredible evening meditation soaking up the light of the Full Moon and the Sun. With deep Ujjayi breaths, i filled myself up and emptied myself out, over and over again, just like the waxing and waning moon. I haven’t felt so warm, calm, clear and energised ever. I felt i hit a new peak in my life, a new sense of fullness and wholeness. An incredible feeling.

The day after i felt a buzzing in my veins, it felt like a jolt of Prana (life force). A part of my brain kept saying: crank it up. get more stuff done. go. go. go.
But i didn’t.

I have learned.

What have i learned? I have felt peaks before, and after the peak i’ve felt valleys; really deep ones. Rabbit hole ones.  It takes a long time to get out of it. I’ve paid attention to this within myself for MANY moon cycles, and i’m constantly reminded of what Pema Chodron calls; After The Ecstasy; The Laundry. Basically, enjoy the peak, but don’t get attached to it; get on with everyday life after it. The show must go on.

The Sun, the Moon and the Earth do this naturally. They do this beautiful dance together all the time of perfectly timing when it’s a full moon and a new moon. After the Full Moon; the moon goes through a two week period of gradually waning; or slowing down until the moon is “empty” and it’s a New Moon; then she starts another two week cycle of waxing moon until she had “filled” herself  back up again to a full moon. And so she continues. Waxes and wanes. Waxes and wanes. Over and over again.
Even though the moon slows down her energy frequency to restore during the balsamic moon phase before she turns a new moon, she never stops or collapses. She slows it down just enough. The perfect amount so she can start the waxing phase.

There is such steadiness AND precision to it all. It’s like clockwork. Month after month. Year after year. You know exactly when it’s going to be a full moon, a new moon, a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse, summer solstice. You get the point.

Even 5 years from now you know the date of the full moon in November.
Isn’t that amazing to think about? It’s so consistent, precise and reliable.
It blows my mind, big time.

And to me this is all about managing energy. As humans we have a lot to learn from this. I write a lot about it in my Moon Phase Yoga book and it’s something i’ve worked on a lot the last two years of my life; to manage my own energy better, to keep myself more accountable, to do the things i say i am going to do. Because i’ve been at the peak, and then fallen into the Rabbit Hole; just to be out of commission for a long time and wasted so much time.

Through my study of the Sun, the Moon and the Earth i have had this epiphany, and it hit me hard. There was no more time for excuses.

Yoga has taught me a lot as well because yoga is about practicing energy management; learning how much effort and energy to put into the yoga on and off the mat without collapsing from exhaustion. Showing up for our practice, and showing up on time; when we say we are. It’s a huge practice.

Practice. Pay attention. Notice how your energy management is working for you in your life. Are you showing up when you say you are? Always a few minutes late? Or, by Friday; are you so exhausted you need the whole week-end to recuperate? If so, what can you do to create more space for yourself to manage your energy better, be efficiently, more on time, more reliable?

Efficient doesn’t mean more. Efficient usually is about less and being smarter about what we prioritise.

Think about it. Meditate on it. Take note.

Try not to make excuses, (oh, but i am so busy … oh, but i don’t have any more time … oh, but this doesn’t apply to me …) but without judgement, track yourself for the next week and see what comes up..

[Too much screen time that’s zapping energy out of your body? Lack of yoga/exercise making you tight and lethargic? Too much yoga/exercise making you tired? Too much coffee/tea? Lack of sleep? Not doing the things you really want to do, procrastinating, etc etc.]

I would love to hear what comes up for you. Please share.

Embrace The Light // Share The Light // Be The Light.

Love, Light & Eternal Flow,
Anita Goa 🙂

4 Comments
  • Jane Watkins
    Posted at 21:59h, 22 June Reply

    Thank you always, Anita for your wise observations that always motivate me to STOP, listen and evaluate my own life in this respect.
    Love you, because you share your vulnerabilities and I am sure you know as a result, we become wiser and more humble.
    Thank you for your example. Love, Light, Blessings from my heart.- Anahata Chakra…….

    • Anita Goa
      Posted at 15:06h, 23 June Reply

      Hello Jane – Thank you always for being so openminded and interested in reading my thoughts 🙂 xo

  • Melanie
    Posted at 01:46h, 27 July Reply

    I love “After The Ecstasy; The Laundry” – hilarious but true! This definitely makes me think about where I am spending my energy. On first thought: staying up too late as a “treat” to myself (and taking away from my energy the rest of the day), but what else? Work tends to drain me, I have to think more about where I’m using up too much energy there. I’m meditating on this for the rest of the week to try to help myself find a bit more balance!

    • Anita Goa
      Posted at 08:49h, 29 August Reply

      Great to hear, Melanie. Good to pay attention to those “leaks” that can make a huge difference when we become aware of them and notice what a difference it makes. The awareness is always key, and knowing that we can change it accordingly, if that is needed. I hope you have gotten some further epiphanies in your meditations. Namaste 🙂

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