If you’ve spent any time cruising around the blog, you know that I’ve been working closely this year with the elements and the phases of the moon. I’ve also been exploring … intentions. Starting back with the first Shake n Bakes – I had a weekly experiment/intention/adventure/focus. I am now splashing around in Leo Babauta‘s Sea Change program where we focus on developing/deepening one “habit” per month. I am liking this pace.
I belong to a group within the Sea Change program called SpiritWalkers, and our fearless leader recently brought up the idea of using the four elements as a way to focus each week as we work on our new habits. The idea sang out for me and I knew I wanted to give it a shot. He has his own system worked out:
“How I feel and what I think, what I say and what I do and created the four elements for mindful habits. In the end, these are just a synthesis of good ideas from other people, but I am looking forward to trying them out. Just for fun I added a Greek element in brackets to each element. Here they are:
- Mindful Compassion (Fire) – Be kind to yourself and others. Open your heart.
- Mindful Thought (Earth) – Use good judgment. Choose well.
- Mindful Speech (Air) – Be impeccable with your word. Listen.
- Mindful Action (Water) – Always do your best. Be fully present.”
I love it. Especially the drilling down to the four Actions of Feel Think Say and Do. Awesome. Clear. Simple.
Of course I have my own kooky correspondences so I’m working on a way of incorporating the phases of the moon, the directions and elements to deepen my habits and practices.
I read a lot in different wisdom traditions – Wiccan, Native American, Buddhist, Christian and Shamanic… whatever comes across my path. I am grateful for this foundation and all the wisdom gleaned. I read and study, but I’ve also been working it all out for myself as I go along – absorbing, ruminating, watching the wheel of the year turn on my own little patch of earth and in this body and mind that I inhabit.
The correspondences below are of my own creation – from this spot on earth as they have been revealing themselves to me – through direct experience.
I am learning so much about myself by… slowing down… and focusing in on ONE practice/habit per month. I think this further zeroing in of focus each week can only deepen my awareness – Setting one intention/focus for the month with a special LENS on each week – moving through the elements (and the actions).
So… let’s look at where I am right now with the energy I am feeling from the moon phases…
New Moon: renewal, cleansing, planting, setting goals and intentions.
1st quarter (waxing): build, increase, be fertile.
Full Moon: highest energy, creativity, review, release.
Last Quarter (waning): untangle, decrease,
Dark Moon: Rest.
And let’s take that and combine it with the Elements and the Actions:
Beginning at the New Moon I will put my focus on DOING.
Set the intention of developing the habit/practice and paying attention to how it feels in the body and affects the outer world of home and hearth.
As we move past the 1st 1/4, I will shift my focus to the THOUGHTS I have while doing the habit/practice.
Noticing what thoughts bubble up for me and also noticing how the practice affects those around me and my relationships.
At the Full Moon, I will take a pause to review, readjust, and release anything that needs Letting Go.
I will take a look at how the practice is affecting/influencing my work with special attention to what I SAY – about the habit, but also being aware of the concept of “right speech” in general.
Moving into the Last 1/4, I will focus on how I FEEL about the practice. What emotions are rising up now that I have been working closely with this habit for a few weeks?
I will also note any changes in overall health and wellness.
Just before the Dark Moon, I will take time to look over the previous 4 posts and bring them together in a synthesis of what I have gleaned and take a look at how I wish to move forward with the practice.
On the actual Dark Moon – I will allow myself to rest.
Seems doable, no? I’ll keep you posted on how it all shakes out.
Working this all out is making a TAD late with this moonth’s New Moon post. I might get to it today, as well, but first… I do believe it is time to head outside and soak up some sun.
Thanks for stopping by.
go easy ~p