Moon CircleMay 31st, 2019 by Christina Sprayberry
Human connection is proven to be an important part of wellness. For ages, people have gathered in groups for many reasons to connect, empower each other, and heal. “A circle” is a gathering with some commonly agreed guidelines and can form around a wide range of themes including common identities, women, nature, the moon, various forms of spirituality, healing for such things as survivors of sexual abuse or grief, and common interests such as book groups or knitting. Circles emphasize equality, the wisdom of the participants, safety, being heard and seen, listening to each other, and healing through connection and self-empowerment. Jean Shinoda Bolen writes in her book The Millionth Circle that “being in a circle is learning and growing experience that draws upon the wisdom and experience, commitment, and courage of each one in it. As we begin to change our personal relationships, that change spreads. It’s like throwing pebbles in a pond; each one has an impact and an effect, with concentric rings of change rippling out and affecting other relationships.”
So why is the moon a central theme for a circle? First, take a moment and imagine when you have looked at the moon, what are some of the words, thoughts, feelings that come to mind? The moon can remind us to pause, connect with nature, and reflect. It is literally a circle. It is both consistent and has cycles, balances both dark and light, and ebs and flows. It is influential and connecting, impacts the oceans tides. It is both ancient and present in this very moment. It can help us to reconnect with natures rhythms and timing while supporting our own bodies rhythms as well. Menstrual cycles have been referred to as moon cycles. It is feminine and intuitive. Farmers have used the moon to plant by and indigenous have names for moons reflecting the seasons.
The new moon, dark moon, is a time to set intentions, establish goals, and plant seeds about what you want to bring forward in your life. By establishing a time with nature to do this every month, we bring awareness to what we want to prioritize and manifest in our lives. The full moon is a time to reflect on what we have brought into our lives, recognize and express gratitude for what is, while we also notice obstacles and release what no longer serves us. As a mindfulness meditation practice, the moon can simply be a time to pause and practice mindfulness and meditation. It can also be a time to self-care. There are many ways to use the moons rhythms for wellness.
You are welcome to join us for a moon circle here at Beverly Therapy, held on Monday’s closest to the full and new moon. Mondays are associated with the moon, literally meaning moon-day or in Spanish, Dia Lunes. This is sacred time and space to deepen into stillness with supported meditation practice, allow contemplation with the power of putting words to paper, and be witness to yourself and others setting intentions/releasing in a ceremonious way. It is a standalone event, you can come to one or as many as you’d like. Come as you are, dress comfortable, bring a journal (optional), and please plan your arrival early and on time. This is a space for any feminine identified or any gender connecting to your sacred feminine energy, not restricted to women-only it is a feminine space. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, 10 participants, no drop ins, but feel free to contact me the same day for availability. It is $15 a session (sliding fee scale options available upon request) preregistration and advanced payment required (no refunds can be issued). Please contact Christina Sprayberry firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-550-4384 by text for more information and registration.
About the Author
Christina M. Sprayberry LCSW, RYT is a psychotherapist trained in yoga and mindfulness meditation. Her training includes 200 hour yoga training at Pavones Yoga Center Costa Rica; Certification in Integrating Psychotherapy and Yoga with Live Oak/Bloom Yoga; and Mindfulness Meditation at the University of Chicago. She provides individual yoga and meditation sessions in a safe affirming space combining mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga movements, and stillness in restorative positions that emphasize connection with mind and body.