Letting go ritual with the full moon
I read recently that the main thing that separates those of us who suffer from hardships and those who can smile and grow through them is purely our perception and expectation. It’s all in our mind. If we believe that hard things give us opportunities to learn and grow then we will. If we believe that we are victims without choice then we get ourselves stuck.
Whether you choose to wait and harness the power of the full moon or simply decide it’s just time right now, letting go rituals give us a powerful opportunity to let go of what you don’t want in order to create space for what you do want your life moving forward, with new hope and a renewed belief that we are gifted our experiences to learn and grow from.
With the end of the year tending to be quite a busy time preparing for the festive season, here we focus on quick and easy practices you can sprinkle in to your month or use as a ritual to harness the power of the full moon.
A practice for your mind
Grab a piece of paper and start writing. Write down the disappointments and challenges that you have faced this year, or those from the past that you are still holding on to and wish to release ready to start fresh. Burn the paper outside as you visualise letting go of them all as they burn away with the flame, freeing you to welcome joy and abundance in your life.
A practice for your body
The lunar equivalent of sun salutations, a few rounds of slow paced moon salutations (Chandra Namaskar) is the perfect mindful movement practice to release tension in the body and bring calm and focus. The cycle of poses focus on hip openers and moving with your breath, bringing your mind and body back in harmony.
A practice for your soul
One of the best ways to let go of hurt and disappointment is to shift your focus to love, gratitude and forgiveness. You are a being of light, love and joy, take a few minutes to tap in to that by as you close your eyes, focussing your attention inward to your heart centre.
Repeat the following loving kindness mantra to yourself as you visualise shining your love from your heart, out to the world, sending the mantra and love to all beings on the planet. If there is a particular situation you are wishing to let go of, imagine sending your love to all involved. Repeat this practice any time you wish to shift from anger in to love.
May you be healthy
May you be happy
May you be peaceful
May you be safe
May you be free
Love & light,