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We are saying goodbye to a turbulent year, filled with transitional events. And 2017 is getting the exit it deserves with a full moon on January 1, 2018.  This astro-event, dubbed a supermoon known as the wolf moon, creates extra charged energy on a night already at high vibration. 

A full moon, like the New Year, carries a reputation of inspiring a shift and changing energy.  This reputation is sometimes associated with chaos.  But when we choose to utilize its influence in a positive way, this exciting rare phenomenon can create a vibrant, energetic and elevated 2018.  

To embrace the energy of the evening and charge your spirit, we lean into ritual and intention.  We bathe in the moonlight to align our spirit with our hearts, listening to possibility and potential. We harness the energy of infinite possibility that the collision of these events create — proceeding into 2018 invigorated. 

We’ve selected  a ritual from Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune into the Real You for this event.  

New Year Full Moon Ritual

Supplies:

  • quartz crystal sphere or spectrolite
  • sage
  • fireproof container

Steps:

  • Take your crystal and sage outside to the area where you’d like to enjoy your ritual.
  • Light your sage, and waft the smoke over your body. After you’ve purified your spirit in the smoke of sage, immerse your crystal into the smoke. This will cleanse your crystal of any energy, so that it’s as ready to soak in the energy of the full potential of this year.
  • Remove your shoes, and root your bare feet on the stabilizing energy of the earth. Remain active as you stand by paying attention to the strength in your core, your legs, your mind and your breath. Raise your crystal up toward the moon and feel the energy of the moon and the energy course through you.
  • After a few moments spent syncing with the power of mother nature, state your intention to release the energy of the past, and begin anew with the fresh force of positivity illuminating your soul in this moment.

Spend  some time bathing in the light of the moon in silence and lean into possibility.

The shortest and darkest day of the year marks the Winter Solstice,  and also a rebirth of the Sun. The earth begins her tilt back, signifying the end of cycle, before we emerge in Spring.  

The shortest day of the year signifies a return to light, rebirth and a chance to start new.  We are invited to set new intentions or perhaps realign with our goals and ideals currently in place.  As we set this path, it lights the way through the darkness of winter, and leads us closer to our bright future. An intention is a stepping stone, a starting point of a dream, a power that makes our hearts beat and our souls soar.  

Turn inward today, and stoke your inner fire and light. Harness the power of what remains in 2017 and lean into the  darkness — lean into your significant life. Try this mediation from the Journey Junkie to awaken to your best Self in the Winter Solstice. 

We saw a shift in the definition of “wellness” in 2017. Turning far from treadmill workouts and restrictive diets. Rather, leaning into habits that benefit your mind, body and soul.  Wellness is bigger, better and bolder, with an emphasis on healing. 

We’re excited that wellness is more accessible than ever and this year’s trends prove that big corporations and consumer demand are lifting quality, sustainability and research.  We’ve handpicked a few you will want to watch. 

Activated Charcoal. Showing up in drinks, facial serums, and even pill form, activated charcoal is one of the oldest health remedies taking on new form. Activated charcoal acts like a magnet for organic toxins, claiming to purify, whiten, and cleanse. But be sure to seek activated charcoal from a sustainable source like coconut shells or identified wood species like Binchotan, made fro Japanese Ubame oak.  And remember, activated charcoal powder is dangerous to inhale. Mind Body Green shares more. 

Introducing Moringa. The super green more nutritious than kale, moringa is known as the miracle tree, or Moringa Oleifera.  Rich in in iron, calcium, vitamins, and antioxidants, moringa is  a complete plant protein containing all 9 essential amino acids. With a consistency and taste similar to matcha, it’s simple to add to any meal. 

FemTech. Female focused technology  is on the rise, giving women more power to influence their own health and wellness. Primarily, FemTech is addressing fertility solutions, period-tracking apps, pregnancy and nursing care, women’s sexual wellness, and reproductive system health care.

Gut Health. Everyone is talking about gut health and we are tuning into the conversation. Gut health, or digestive health, remains a big driver for new opportunities and is a fragmented market, with more willing to try. Research shows gut health is directly linked to overall brain function, including improved mental health and a decrease in diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s. The conversation for 2018 turns to prebiotics, foods that contain the fiber that nourishes beneficial bacteria in the gut, like chicory root, apples, and Jerusalem artichokes. Dive deeper.

Women’s CoWorking Clubs. This past year, we’ve witnessed worldwide women’s marches that exploded with BIG LOVE, absorbing the once accepted Mean Girl vibes.  This shift has given rise to dude-free, co-working spaces where collaboration is in, and competition is out.  The vision? Take a look at WMN Space, created by Paula Mallis,  a doula and women’s circle facilitator.

Breathwork. Mindfulness, meditation and yoga are booming.  We understand that stressed, anxious, and goal-oriented people are looking for ways to balance, respond to technology’s unrelenting poke, and improve their relationship with their own minds and bodies. Breath is the quickest way to connect to ourselves and provides supernatural benefits.  

Edible Essential Oils. According to Pinterest, the saves for essential oil food recipes are up 689 percent! These delicious smelling oils aren’t just heaven scent — get it –they are great in creative recipes.  Just be sure oils are safe for ingestion. 

Turning from Tech.  Unplug. Disconnect. Shut down. Technology that was meant to simplify our lives has led us away from the real world and into a false reality. Need we say more. 

Lunar Everything. What was once taboo has become mainstream. Conversations about Mercury in Retrograde are common in the corner cafe over match green tea. Just like horoscopes, expect monthly Moon Reports to grow in popularity, as more people consult the planet as a guide for personal growth.

New Superfoods. Move over kale, quinoa, and coconut water. Make way for new superfoods that provide a powerful punch of vitamins and nutrients. A few making noise: kelp, pink pineapples, purple yams, peas. 

So there you have it! Now bring on 2018.

 

 

Can you feel it already? The tightness in your shoulders? The shortness of breath? The pit in your stomach when you think about your long list of things to do as we lean into December?

We feel it-the inevitable busyness that comes with the holiday season.  We feel it-the signals within our bodies telling us to slow down. This time of year can set us on a slow, destructive path if we don’t listen and pay attention.  We must listen, pay attention and be deliberate with how we take care of ourselves. 

That’s where self-care comes in. We know what you’re thinking. Where do we find the time with our laundry list of to-do’s, parties to attend, presents to wrap? And it might seem counter-intuitive to put aside some time for yourself over the next few weeks, but it’s necessary to remain healthy and sane. By taking time for self-care, you can:

  • Prevent illness by not running your immune system into the ground.
  • Prevent irritability by not being tightly wound.
  • Better process those sweet treats that come with holiday parties by paying attention to your gut.
  • Prevent and soften anxiety.

Sounds great, right? But how do we fit it all in?

Easy: We change how we think about self-care. We make it a priority. We deliberately take time to regenerate.

Here’s a few ideas to create a self care ritual this December:

  • Meditate. We know you’ve heard this a million times, but you can do this one minute meditation by Spirit Junkie, Gabby Bernstein, before bed three nights a week. We think you can spare three minutes!
  • Look at your calendar and mark one hour (any time during the week!) each week where you practice yoga. Do not let anything else interrupt you and listen to what your body, mind and soul crave. Do I need to move quickly? Do I need to slow down? Do I need to lay in savasana?
  • Don’t skimp on your supplements and vitamins! Take your daily and support with supplements that add in vegetables, fruits and berries. We prefer Juice Plus to keep us balanced.
  • Set a bedtime. This one might be little tricky with gatherings to attend, but we promise it makes a difference.
  • Draw a warm bath and add essential oils. We prefer doTERRA and this simple anxiety buster: Frankincense – 10 drops, Lavender – 5 drops, Bergamot – 5 drops.

Now’s the time to create a Self Care Ritual and declare your physical, mental and spiritual health as important as that family gathering your adding to your calendar. 

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