A New Moon Journal Practice

If you’re like most of us, you hide certain aspects of yourself. As humans, we tend to rejects the parts of ourselves that we’re ashamed of.

We hide our anger when we stuff it down

We mask our codependency with “acts of service”

We control our lives by controlling our food

We ignore our sadness by distracting ourselves

All of these emotions that we’re afraid to feel (anger, sadness, fear of rejection, shame, loneliness…) these are all facets to this human experience. They are just as much a part of who we are as our joy, our passion or drive, our humor, our love, our empathic tendencies…

They’re what I call our “shadow” selves.

Our shadow selves are just as much a part of us as the parts we let everyone see.

But for many of us, we don’t feel safe enough to let most people we know, see our shadows. So we mask them. And in the masking…

It becomes exhausting simply to exist.

When we try to hide who we are (for numerous reasons like simply not feeling safe and secure), it becomes a game of tug-of-war with ourselves…

When you play tug-of-war with yourself, you never win.

The simple thing is, you never have to explain WHY you can’t be yourself in certain situations or around certain people but simply by being AWARE of when you’re not comfortable expressing an emotion is a great place to start.

Each month, a New Moon is giving you a LITERALLY PERFECT chance to simply find a new way of being-where you can fully express your whole self- shadows and all.

Think of the symbol for Cancer (one of the most watery, feminine signs in the zodiac); the crab.

The crab has a shell; its shell is its home.

Over time though, the Crab outgrows her shell and so she must find a new one that fits her growth.

Just like you.

At different points in your life, you outgrow things. But how often do you actually LET GO of things you’ve outgrown?

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We even outgrow things that we once desired! This is part of the evolution of being human.

It’s when we don’t let go of the old, that we block our energy for more a more creative and abundant life.

Just like the Crab… there’s a time period, though, where she has to take off her old shell and seek out a new one.

She’s THE most vulnerable, at that time. She’s essentially naked; raw. She’s totally “seen” with no protection.

If you're "in between" homes or ways of being, with this New Moon…

…how can you nourish your foundation?

By being your FULL self, you nourish your foundation. You let the ancient, primal part of you know that it’s safe for her to be seen. That’s really what most all of us truly want…

We want to be seen.

Your practice for this Moon cycle (until the Full Moon) is to really accept all the parts of you and find a new way of being that allows all those parts to co-exist.

By staying in tune with YOUR inner Moon, you’ve got the only tool you’ll ever need- your connection with yourself.

New Moon Journal Practice:

#1: What parts of yourself do you tend to hide away & isolate?

#2: Who are a few people that you feel safe enough to be your FULL self with?

#3: How can you invite your inner Queen out? Even during your in-between time of finding a new shell. Even when you don’t feel 100% safe?

Why do we set intentions on the New Moon?

Ages ago, most women would bleed together when they stopped traveling and the Moon was dark in the sky. This was the time to create and plant seeds for the coming Moon Cycle. In 2014, I began leading women’s New Moon Ceremonies and it’s the foundation of all of my work.

If you want to learn how to sync YOUR inner moon (menstrual) cycle with the Moon’s phases, check out my online course, below! Enrollment is open now and I can guarantee it’ll change your life.

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