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Engaging in Moonbathing

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“Thirst drove me down to the water where I drank the moon’s reflection.” -rumi

Hello again Beautiful Readers,

I am a true moon child. (I have three planets in the sign of cancer which is ruled by the moon. And my own moon is in Pisces.) Long before ‘Forestbathing’ became the hot new thing, I was spending cool summer nights under the Santa Fe sky, making heartfelt and fierce wishes on the luminescent crescent each time it appeared new in the dark blue sky.  At more than seven thousand feet above the sea the stars feel close enough to touch.

So with the Eclipse behind us and the new moon (getting rounder everyday) shines invitingly in the twilight sky, I am inviting you to try my ‘Two minutes to Bliss’ Engaging in Moonbathing  practice so that you can experience for yourself the magic of the Moon and of your own true nature.

Staying in touch with the cycles of nature, as well as my own changing cycles of creativity, energy and emotion is one of the ways I take care of myself. For instance when the Moon is waning or dark, I am reminded that waiting is part of creating. This makes it easier to wait patiently and trust those times when ideas and poems are germinating and haven’t yet taken the shape of words.

With the world as we knew it turning upside down, Gazing at and appreciating the Moon each month is a simple way to stay grounded and in touch with the universe. When the news brings us more and more ungliness, we can balance its effect on our systems through meditative and relfective practices like Moonbathing and gazing. 

As long as there is a sky above you and the ability to check your local ephemeris, or farmer’s almanac you have everything you need to begin experiencing moon-magic for yourself.  

Practiced with sincerity, Moonbathing is a kind of poetry.  A poetry that brings with it a glimpse into the true nature of reality and an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the Mystery and of the Moon. Close but distant, appearing and disappearing, ever-changing, and always the same. A perpetual reminder of “That which Is Always There” whether visible or not..  

By choosing to engage your senses in the experience of Moonbathing you take back your power from all those who seek to distract and attract your attention without giving anything back. 

Still wondering if moon bathing and or gazing will work for you? It may seem too easy. Where is the pain for your gain?  How can gazing at the moon as you stay with (and not try to change or dismiss) the sensations you experience in your body make a difference for the better? 

To that I respond by asking you – where your suffering is when you are not aware of or thinking about it?  

Want proof? Pay attention to the sensations in your body, especially your stomach, throat and chest when you are hearing or seeing disturbing news, or rerunning disturbing scenarios in your head.

Now practice the opposite. Imagine or replay pleasant and enjoyable scenario’s and sense the way your stomach, heart and throat relax and respond. Ahhh. That’s better.

Who knew it was this simple?  The Wise women and men past and present that’s who. So learn your limits and stick to them. 

I’ll be thinking of you  when the Moon is full and again when the Moon is new. Together we can align our hearts and souls with its cycle of endless surrender and renewal by symbolically offering up to it our worst fears and habits and asking to be supported in creating new patterns of behavior that support our deepest most heart-felt wishes!

These wishes for love,safety,health,happiness,joy,and peace of mind and heart are universal. In wishing on the moon for them, you join your wishes with the wishes of all humanity. Talk about a powerful way to reshape your experience of reality here and now.

Here’s how:

Two Minutes to Bliss Engaging in Moonbathing Meditative Practice

When -At or near the full Moon. Within the first 3 days after the new moon is visible.

Where – Anywhere that is safe when the moon is visible. Your back or front yard. A local park. A quiet city or suburban street.

What to wear –  I recommend soft comfortable clothes that keep you warm enough and allow you to expose some of your skin. cold shoulder tops are a good choice, as are button down shirts or if it is warm enough shorts or short sleeves. Keep in mind that this bath is symbolic hence without water and with clothes on. 

What to do – All you need to do is spend a short time 5 or ten minutes walking, siting or lying down under the moon appreciating its beauty and luxuriating in the percieved sense of its light pale blue light touching your skin.

What to do next  – As you walk, sit or lie bring all your attention into your body and become aware of your breathing while continuing to stay aware of the moon. Imagine the light of the moon is purifying you as you continue to breathe gently in and out through your nose. Continuing breathing in and out as you scan your awareness through your whole body.  Pay special attention to sensations and feelings especially in your solar plexus area, stomach, and throat, and what messages the moonlight might be revealing inside of you. When you feel complete return your awareness to the present moment reflecting on what you discovered. Maybe even writing it down in a moon-journal you can keep just for this purpose. 

Another option – according to an article in Yoga Journal you can “take your moon bathing to the next level by making it an all-night event. If it’s warm enough, take a sleeping bag or blanket and set it up under the canopy of sparkling stars and the glowing full moon. Take time to just bask in the light; you can meditate or pray, but just be sure to let the peace and beauty of the moon soak into your body and soul while you sleep. You’ll wake up refreshed and rejuvenated.”  

🌙

💜

🦋Sabrina

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Satine Bunny stops to smell.. I mean eat the flowers.

 

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Believe you can and you are half way there!

Happy first Monday of the new year, Beauties….!!!

 

quote-Theodore Roosevelt

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The Gift of Letting Go

The gift of letting goHappy Full Moon Beautiful Soul,

We made it. Here we are on the other side of the Solstice. Christmas too depending on your geographical location and when you are reading this. The darkest days are behind us and Spring is a seed in a Trumpet flower’s dream.

This rare Christmas full moon offers us an opportunity to let go of something that no longer serves us. It might be a pattern of thought, or way of speaking to yourself, or others..it could have something to do with letting go of anything that is inhibiting our individuality, freedom, independence, or spiritual aspirations. 

So now that all the rushing and wrapping is over it is time to celebrate the rebirth of the Light by engaging your senses in a deep guided relaxation. This simple act of loving kindness is the best possible gift you can give to your post holiday over stimulated and exhausted senses.

No need to stand on ceremony. This doesn’t have to be fancy or formal. Just come as you are. Unless you know something I don’t, I guarantee that the world will not come to an end.  Nor will anyone be hurt if you simply steal away for 10 or 15 minutes to your own cozy bed. Once there make yourself as comfortable as you can, breath deeply, close your eyes and gather yourself in the blanket of pure presence as you let go of all the accumulated tension your body and mind are carrying. Ahhhhh

Staying in touch with the cycles of the moon is one of the simplest ways to nourish your senses. When I look up at the sky I remember myself as a part of something larger, beautiful grand and mysterious. That we are made of the same stuff as the stars and our activities are guided by the same universal rules.* As with wishing on the New Moon,  it is within the first 24 hours after the moon is full that initiating letting go is most effective.

 

 

Big Hug and Happy New Year and new Lighter You!

xoxoxSabrina 🌈🌕☮️🌟

 

 

via Christmas Full Moon in Cancer: A Time Of Heightened Emotional Connectivity With Others | Collective-Evolution.

*astronomer Harlow Shapley, director of Harvard College Observatory, 1929

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Coming home to Presence

Health is the first wealth. – Thoreau

Health is the first wealth. – Thoreau

Hello Beautiful  Reader,

I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is over, Hanukkah has begun, and the Winter Solstice and Christmas are only weeks away.  Tara Brach’s guided meditation  “Coming Home to Presence” (13-min)  is my favorite way to relax my body and mind before sleep during this busy time of year.  It is also a perfect, super easy, ‘pick-me-up’ anytime I feel the need to relax, or recharge and return to myself!  You might want to try it instead of another cup of coffee or tea or other “energy” drink the next time you are feeling frazzled, or like you are starting to unravel. So as the days grow shorter and busier, get in the Spirit of the season by unwrapping this present of Presence and pleasure, and putting it under your own tree of Life!!🌲

Engagingly yours,

Sabrina🌺

Source: Guided Meditation – “Coming Home to Presence” (13-min) – Tara Brach

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Inspiration Sunday

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Peace is a universal language

peace paris

Paul Éluard

Liberty
Translated by A. S. Kline © 2001

On my notebooks from school
On my desk and the trees
On the sand on the snow
I write your name

On every page read
On all the white sheets
Stone blood paper or ash
I write your name

On the golden images
On the soldier’s weapons
On the crowns of kings
I write your name

On the jungle the desert
The nests and the bushes
On the echo of childhood
I write your name

On the wonder of nights
On the white bread of days
On the seasons engaged
I write your name

On all my blue rags
On the pond mildewed sun
On the lake living moon
I write your name

On the fields the horizon
The wings of the birds
On the windmill of shadows
I write your name

On the foam of the clouds
On the sweat of the storm
On dark insipid rain
I write your name

On the glittering forms
On the bells of colour
On physical truth
I write your name

On the wakened paths
On the opened ways
On the scattered places
I write your name

On the lamp that gives light
On the lamp that is drowned
On my house reunited
I write your name

On the bisected fruit
Of my mirror and room
On my bed’s empty shell
I write your name

On my dog greedy tender
On his listening ears
On his awkward paws
I write your name

On the sill of my door
On familiar things
On the fire’s sacred stream
I write your name

On all flesh that’s in tune
On the brows of my friends
On each hand that extends
I write your name

On the glass of surprises
On lips that attend
High over the silence
I write your name

On my ravaged refuges
On my fallen lighthouses
On the walls of my boredom
I write your name

On passionless absence
On naked solitude
On the marches of death
I write your name

On health that’s regained
On danger that’s past
On hope without memories
I write your name

By the power of the word
I regain my life
I was born to know you
And to name you

LIBERTY

Thanks to Miriam Sagan for the translation above!

Miriam’s Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond

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Two Minutes To Bliss

Hello Lovely Reader,

Our senses have had a bad rap. Because of their relationship to desire, the senses have been seen as a ‘gateway drug’ to all kinds of dangers, pleasures, and dangerously pleasurable, pleasures. The truth and our relationship to our senses is far more complex and interesting. The senses are the operating systems through which we process information. It takes all of our senses to pick up on, and make sense of, all the stimuli pleasant and unpleasant, we are encounter on a daily basis.

How does your experience of one sense affect all the others? In addition to being the conduits of pleasure and pain, your senses are the midwives of intelligence.  -Michael Gelb

We each use and rely more on certain senses than others. For example, some people are very visual and think in colors and images.  They are likely to notice how people and objects appear and tend to have very active imaginations and strong, detailed memories. Others are auditory oriented and think in sounds and rhythms. (I do both and my poetry has been described as both strongly imagistic and lyrical.) They are excellent listeners and can easily pick up on all the layers of different sounds around them. (I’ve included a link to a fun quiz to help you determine your sensory style at the end of this post.)

Then there are those who think in tastes and smells. They notice and interpret the world around them more in terms of physical sensations, and remember how situations and memories made them feel physically. These people are often drawn to the culinary arts. When they get a whiff of something they often have flashbacks to memories associated with that smell and can almost even taste it.

Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it’s raining, but the feel of being rained upon.  – E. L. Doctrow

Our senses connect us with the world and our selves. Yet often we deprive these essential ‘parts’ of our selves of true nourishment.  We are running as fast as we can subsisting on a diet of  TV, reality shows, magazines, shopping, catalogs, fast food, alcohol, social media, smoking and any and all other kinds of escapism, instead of the Beauty we really need.  No wonder why we often feel like something is missing. …. Our lives are stuffed full of list making, doing and buying, but they are short stocked in being and receiving and creating. We tend to take better care of most everyone and everything from children to possessions. Or maybe we lavish money on adorning our body, while starving ourselves of true sustenance. 

What we really crave is Presence. And no matter how busy we are, we can and do have two minutes to attend to and befriend ourselves.  So the next time you have two minutes to spare, instead of checking your phone, you might want to try checking in with yourself!

It is as easy as taking three mindful breaths in and out through your nose as you soften your jaw, throat and belly. Let the muscles around your eyes relax too.  Continue to breathe fully and deeply, sighing out any tension as you exhale. Then imagine the shape of a smile at your heart center, as you let your shoulders drop down away from your ears.  Lastly, feel your feet on the ground as you place one hand lovingly on your own heart and give it a little ‘hug’. Beautiful. 

QUIZ: In Which Way Do You Think According To Your Senses?.

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Inspiration

“We all shine on, like the moon and stars and the sun.” – John Lennon

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Engaging with Stars

Hello Beautiful People,

I have to admit I was a bit starstruck after looking into James Franco’s eyes while holding his hands late late Saturday night after meeting Scott Haze, Jacob Loeb (Soon to be seen in James Franco’s much-anticipated independent drama, Bukowski, portraying legendary American poet Charles Bukowski as a teenager struggling with an abusive father, disfiguring acne, alcoholism and his first attempts at writing.), and Joey King (looking scrumptious in Kate Spade) after the premier of the Sound and the Fury outside Busbys in Los Angeles, Oct 24th.

Getting smaller films the distribution they need is an art in itself. James and the sparkling Page Ostrow

Getting smaller films the distribution they need is an art in itself. James and the sparkling Page Ostrow.

What I like most about James is his appreciation of American Literature and Poetry; and his willingness to take risks and to educate; all the while continuing to learn himself. After attended several MFA programs he is now a Ph.D candidate at Yale no less,  and has said “..the best thing about graduate school is that it’s a place where the things you consider sacred are also considered sacred by the people around you.. I’ve gotten to be with people who speak my language.”

I whole heartedly share with James (and a great deal of other people across the globe) a love of great American Literature. We share a passion for Beat era writers, like Alan Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Diane Di Prima, and the 50’s in Greenwich village where my parents met and talked with artists, socialists, thinkers  and writers including Anais Nin, Henry Miller and Paul Goodman. One I was born into, and that is almost as natural to me as breathing and writing itself. My mother had a flat on Barrow Street.  She and my Dad, whose step-father was a well-known literary editor in the 20’s of Hemingway and others attended parties, and frequented the famous Chumley’s* whose unmarked Barrow St entrance backed onto my mother’s tiny subterranean apartment. Talk about location. “They shared a common wall with my apartment which was fine.. until I walked into my apt one day and there was a rat sitting brazenly on couch. It was very startling.” That wasn’t all that was startling. Greenwich Village and later San Francisco were America’s Paris of the twenties. The stream of creative consciousness and counterculture that was dreamed into existence then gave birth to the modern literature, poetry, deep ecology and mindfulness of today.

He may get most of his beauty sleep on planes in-between shoots, but James still looked every inch the movie star he is (and not the least bit tired) as he shook hands, answered questions and posed for pictures on the red carpet, and later outside Busby’s at 12:30am. Before leaving the party to go, not to bed, but to work. Anyway, I thought I’d close with some fun pix from The Sound and the Fury premier and a Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem, and wish you a very fine day indeed!

“Recipe For Happiness Khaborovsk Or Anyplace”

One grand boulevard with trees

with one grand cafe in sun

with strong black coffee in very small cups.

One not necessarily very beautiful

man or woman who loves you.

One fine day.

Engagingly yours,

xoxoxo Sabrina

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*Chumley’s is a historic pub and former speakeasy at 86 Bedford Street in Greenwich VillageNew York City. It was established in 1922 by the socialist activist Leland Stanford Chumley, who converted a former blacksmith’s shop near the corner of Bedford and Barrow Streets into a Prohibition-era drinking establishment. The speakeasy became a favorite spot for influential writers, poets, playwrights, journalists, and activists, including members of the Lost Generation and the Beat Generation movements.Some features remain from Chumley’s Prohibition-era history. Notably, the Barrow Street entrance has no exterior sign, being located at the end of a nondescript courtyard (“The Garden Door”), while the Bedford Street entrance, which opens to the sidewalk, is also unmarked. Inside, Chumley’s is still equipped with the trap doors and secret stairs that composed part of its elaborate subterfuge.

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Saturday night! James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury premiers at the Historic Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills

A 1942 view of the Fine Arts.

A 1942 view of the Fine Arts.

Word is that James may be flying in for the The Sound and the Fury’s opening night from the the set of HBO’s The Deuce where when asked about the relevance and timing of the making of the film he laughed and said, “Well, I think any time is great to be interested in Faulkner. For me, it was interesting to do this at this time because the books “The Sound and the Fury” and “As I Lay Dying” were written over 80 years ago, and if they were made in that time, it would be very different because people made movies differently then. Nowadays movie audiences are pretty sophisticated. Music videos, reality TV, reality TV confessionals — all of these weird techniques have accustomed audiences to read film and video in new ways. I thought, “Faulkner’s books are so experimental, I can apply a lot of these contemporary approaches and techniques to Faulkner and actually achieve a closer stylistic adaptation of the novels by using these contemporary techniques.”

Set in Mississippi at the turn of the 20th century, “The Sound and the Fury” portrays the decline and fall of the Compsons, a once proud, aristocratic Southern family. Translating WilliamFaulkner’s famously challenging experimental prose into the language of cinema, “The Sound and the Fury” reveals the secrets and betrayals that have tarnished the family name and continue to haunt the Compson children.

Told in distinct chapters, the film juxtaposes the unique perspectives of the three Compson brothers: mute, man-child Benjy; sensitive, melancholic Quentin; and cold, calculating Jason. Meanwhile, the fate of the lone Compson sister, Caddy, gradually unfolds across all three narratives. “The Sound and the Fury” spans three decades in the lives of the Compsons and offers, through this single family’s history, a meditation on the relationship between time, memory and history.

After waiting for more than a year to find distribution, I am so excited to finally see this movie on the big screen this Saturday.  Hope to see you there!

Engagingly yours, xoxoSabrina

ps. Check out this revealing interview with actor, director James Franco if you’re interested in learning more about the process of making the film!

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