Define Your Sacred Space
You are a goddess of the Moon.
By learning to embrace your cycles, you are setting yourself up for positive intentions to carry you through each month. One way to express your monthly intentions is through altar-building. Perhaps you already have an altar space. Use this week to "spruce it up"! Make some changes to your altar that you feel resonate with how your current state of mind or spirit is now! If anything on your altar space doesn't vibe with you anymore, remove it and add something that does!
Never created an altar? No worries! There's no need to go out and buy items; you'll see in the video below that you can often create a beautiful area using what you have around your home.
Click on the video below to learn about the elements of an altar. Password is balancedmoonbabe.
Elements of an altar
Crystals, Gemstones, Sticks, Moss, Leaves, Bones, the color brown, bear, coyote, deer, wolf
Flower Essences, Essential Oils, Flowers, a bowl or chalice filled with fresh water + flower petals, the color blue, dolphin, otter, all aquatic animals
Feathers, incense, the colors blue/white/gray, butterfly, eagle, owl
Candles, Lanterns, Smudge Sticks, Lights, the color red, lion, tiger, lizard
TO DO LIST FOR THIS WEEK:
Create your altar space!
It can be a "mobile" altar where everything lives in a box and you set it up temporarily. It could be in a corner of your room, or even a small space on your counter. This space is for you to touch, only. It's a space for you to go to for silence and relief and meditation. Start small, with things that mean a lot to you; then, as you walk in nature or go through life, you may find things that you know should be on your altar space. If you wrote down your intentions last week, you can place them on your altar.
Share on social media! #lunarnourishmentaltar
Recommended Video: Watch Daughter of the Sun create a mandala altar.
During your Waxing Moon, or Follicular phase, energy is fresh and a sense of rebirth fills the body and spirit. You are not yet fertile but your body is awakening and building up energy that it used throughout your last moon cycle. Just as the moon waxes, so do we. our light starts to shine brighter every day. This is the season of Spring.
Your Physical Body
Increase in energy; vaginal mucous is almost non-existent initially, then starts to increase and is sticky in texture. Cervix is low and firm, signifying this infertile time. Physical activity can increase as it reaches its peak during this phase. Yoga, swimming, hiking; these are all optimal activities to practice during this time.
Your Emotional Body
Emotions will feel the most balanced and high during this phase. It's a perfect time to be social and engaged with others. Since this is still considered the beginning of your Moon cycle, your month, concentrate on starting new, stimulating projects and activities. Get your creative juices flowing! Try something new, and go play. During this phase, we feel most in touch with nature so getting outside during this time is optimal.
Your Soul Body
The Waxing Moon or Follicular phase of your menstrual cycle is represented with nature and new beginnings. Another representation of this spring-time energy is the Maiden or the Virgin (Athena, Artemis, and Hestia). Traditionally, we think of that word as meaning pure or untouched. However, we now realize from mythology and stories that goddesses and women representing this virgin energy were independent, sexual and fierce. They were huntresses of nature and embraced their independence by making decisions for themselves, rather than trying to please others. Because you aren’t yet fertile at this phase, you are free from ‘pro-creating’ and can use your creative energies to radiate self-confidence. During this time of spring, you may feel both playful and restless. Embrace your independence and take yourself somewhere fun!
This week's guest: Abby Clark
Abby is a MovNat Team Instructor who teaches certifications and workshops in the U.S. with a focus on empowering women through MovNat’s natural movement fitness system. ⠀
It was through natural movement that she discovered her deeper purpose for fitness and teaching it to others, especially women. ⠀
Abby lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband, son and fur baby, Kona. You can find her on instagram at @iamabbyclark and on www.movnat.com
I LOVED getting to know Abby and talking about why it's important for us to keep moving. She also had some great insights about a woman's monthly cycle!
Click below to watch our video!
Self-care practices allow us to really tune into our desires. Complete the worksheet below to tune into your happiness factor!
Waxing Moon guidance
Remember from our video last Friday, our endocrine system is our body's intricate system of checks and balances. Depending on what we eat, and how we handle stress, our endocrine system functions to keep us feeling vibrant and healthy. Let's learn about endocrine system disruptors and how to remove them from your daily life as well as the Yin and Yang balance of your hormones!
Check out the video below to learn more! (password is balancedmoonbabe)
HORMONES ARE EVERYTHING...
During your Waxing Moon or Follicular Phase, your body's hormone levels are at their lowest, causing you to be infertile but also with an increase in energy! The Follicular Phase is one of the more energetic, or Yang, times during your menstrual cycle. Vital energy becomes to build back up as you enter this Spring-time season within yourself.
Binaural Beats Audio
It's important, during this Waxing Phase of your cycle, to be out in nature. Remember, you are embodying the goddess archetype of nature. You are a huntress of the forest. But we can't always go outside because of schedules or weather or... life in general. So allow yourself to embrace the audio track below as a way to get your rhythms in sync- just like if you were out in the forest. Binaural Beats are two different sound waves, that you hear through each ear, to give you the perceived pitch of "unity". To me, this is what happens when I am out in nature and my being is vibrating with that of the trees.
HORMONE BALANCING NUTRITION
Since hormone levels are lowest at this time, its good to eat foods that contain phytoestrogens (like legumes, seeds and fermented foods) so eat your kimchi or sauerkraut during this phase. Also, favor lighter cooking methods during this time such as steaming or a light sauté.
FOLLICULAR PHASE RECIPE:
Lentils with Steamed carrots and green beans, raw broccoli with Sauerkraut with a Tahini sauce (directions below for sauce).
How to make the sauce:
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar | 2 tablespoons tahini sauce | 1 teaspoon Braggs liquid aminos | 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil | Salt + pepper to taste
Combine ingredients! Add more vinegar if it’s too thick.
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