Enlightenment is when a wave realizes that it is the ocean
— Thich Nhat Hanh

Just like the ocean, we are all effected by the pull of the moon. Full moons bring about a period of heightened emotions and stir the mental turbulences into a full on wave pool. For me, the effects of the full moon started over a week ago.  Since then I felt like I was spiraling into an abyss of emotion, worry, and doubt. But, with every passing full moon and every spiral I've learned that its in these moments where we can grow the most; all it takes it a moment to stop and breathe.

So I invite you all to stop and breathe with me for the next 5 days! Use this time to reflect and realize that you aren't just a wave, but the whole darn ocean. Experience every emotion that you are feeling, honor it, and then let it go. Cry, write, sing, dance, scream, be still. Do whatever it is you need to do to realize that everything that you will ever need is and will always be inside of you. It is absolutely ok to take a moment for yourself; the to-do lists, dinners, errands, meetings, emails, whatever it is it can wait.

Challenge yourself these next 5 days to find some time to just sit quietly and breathe and see how refreshed and relaxed you feel. I found it very difficult to mediate when I first started. I didn't know what was supposed to happen or if I was doing it right. But despite all of that, I continued to just sit and breathe every day and eventually 5 minutes turned into 10 minutes, and then 20 minutes, and then 30 minutes. Try not to think, just be. 

For your first day, start simple. Set a timer for 5 minutes; this way you are not wondering how long it has been and you can just surrender to the moment. Find a quiet spot, free of distractions, and sit quietly.  You can lean up against a wall, sit in a chair, or lay on your back, there is no right or wrong way only that the pose must be steady and comfortable. Once you have found your comfortable seat, gently close the eyes and do a mental body scan. Start at the crown of the skull and work all the way down to your toes, letting go of any tension in the body. Then just breathe. Feel the breath fill your body with new energy on every inhale and release your worries, doubts, and fears with every exhale. Count your breathes if you keep getting distracted. A simple exercise I like to do while mediating is to count the length of each breath:  inhale, 2, 3, 4, exhale, 2, 3, 4, inhale, 2, 3, 4... until the timer goes off. 

The next day try setting your timer for 10 minutes and then 15 minutes the next day, and so on. Or maybe you find that 5 minutes is enough for you right now.  That's ok too. It doesn't matter how long you meditate, as long as you find a moment to stop and just be.

I would love to hear how you feel after the 5 days are up so please come back and comment here and let me know how it went!! 

Living in the moment, 
Samudra xo