Although many spiritual practices celebrate the full moon, Native people also focus on the new moon and a new moon meditation because it is the beginning of a new cycle and an important time to release the old and set intentions for the upcoming moon period.
Like other indigenous cultures, the ancient Maya placed a high degree of importance on lunar cycles. However, for them, Venus was the most important planet of all. Its cycles were studied carefully and major political events such as ascension of kings and military actions were all timed to coincide with auspicious Venus aspects.
This is a meditation I led at Unity Church of Grand Rapids on April 20, 2017. Just four minutes long, it’s a great example of the fact that meditations can be short, and still bring peace and relaxation.
And if you have 20 minutes, here is a talk I did at Unity of Grand Rapids on the same day:
How does falling off a horse relate to ho’oponopono? My riding instructor explained it to me.
“Horses don’t throw you, you fall off.”
Those were the words of my riding instructor every time I landed on the ground uttering the oft-repeated phrase, “the horse threw me.”
What she meant was that if I went off the horse, it was because I wasn’t paying attention to signals the horse was giving, or wasn’t seated well. Because if one is paying attention, and is well-seated, you will stay on no matter what the horse does.
I find this an apt analogy for how to go through life well. If we are balanced, discerning, and paying attention, we won’t be thrown off kilter by life’s bumps. And we won’t be blaming the horse, or other people, which is often the go-to reaction when something doesn’t go the way we want it.
This may explain how we got a leader in this country that most people are unhappy with. How did he get elected? Were we paying attention? Apparently many of us were not.
Over the course of his thirty-five-year spiritual journey, Otto John Kralovec III has studied and participated in ceremonies with shamans and indigenous spiritual leaders throughout North America, Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras.
Now, he vividly captures his inspiring personal shamanic odyssey toward his encounter with the Divine, supplemented by the latest anthropological findings on the ancient Maya, to guide us on a path back to the Source.
LightHearts UK is offering a free online course that is a wonderful resource for relaxation of body, mind and spirit. If you want to reduce stress, I highly recommend it.
Week 6 features breathing as a relaxation technique and talks about Bear Heart, which is why I’m sharing it with you. Bear Heart was a big believer in the benefits of daily breathing exercises for stress reduction.
You can access Week 6 under the Mental Wellbeing menu, but I recommend the entire free course.