New Moon ~ Diwali ~ Meditation

There is something about a new moon at this time of year in the northern hemisphere that, for me, makes it all the more potent.
The falling of leaves as they go back into the soil, the darker evenings and indeed mornings and the small changes that we take for granted such as the increase in root veggies in the stores…
All of these things remind us that the winter and colder months are setting in.
The energy all around us is indicating it is time to slow down, gather together and breathe out.

Todays new moon could be the perfect opportunity for you, whether you feel it physically, emotionally or not at all.
Use today to just stop for a moment and allow yourself some extra time to observe how you are feeling.
Sometimes we feel like this just is not possible. Life is too busy to allow us to have time to stop and do nothing.
This is a sign that we have become overwhelmed by the projects or people we have invited into our lives.
Perhaps today you can find just 5 minutes to light a candle (if you don’t have a candle then you can lay down and visualise this)…
I encourage all of yoga students in my classes to look at today as a time for new beginnings.
Clean your home, clear your mind, take time to set a positive intention to make a new beginning… even if it just a tiny one lined phrase that eliminates the old, negative, regressive aspects of our lives which will then make space  for and invite in positivity, newness and light…

What makes this all the more special and potent today?
Diwali is the biggest and the brightest Hindu festival.
I am not religious by nature or nurture but this festival completely resonates with me.
It’s the festival of lights that’s marked by four days of celebration (starting today)
It recognizes life, its enjoyment and goodness.

In each legend, myth and story of this festival lies the significance of the victory of good over evil;
With each candle or light that illuminates our homes and hearts, that this simple truth finds new reason and hope.
From darkness unto light — the light that empowers us to commit ourselves to positive new starts…
…that which brings us closer to divinity.
During Diwali, lights illuminate every corner of India and the scent of incense sticks hangs in the air, mingled with the sounds of fire-crackers, joy, togetherness and hope.

What better time then, to light that candle?
Or, if this is not possible for you just take 5 minutes
Sit quietly, shut your eyes, withdraw the senses, concentrate on the light in your heart and illuminate your soul.

And finally, in the spirit of positive actions and community….
You are warmly invited to join me and my dear friend (and yoga teacher) Hayley Price in a Bold Yogi Evolution towards Joyful Living!
At 1pm on Saturday the 29th of October we will Unite in Yoga at the Mound, Edinburgh, in peaceful demonstration of the living values of Purpose, Harmony, Community, Connection and Joyful living!
We will demonstrate Ahimsa (non-violence) and Karuna (Compassion) by the way we look within ourselves to ‘be the change we wish to see in the world,’ as Gandhi said.

See you soon!

Love and light!
Namaste ❤

xxx S xxx


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