Every month, we have an opportunity to pause in gratitude, take stock of where we are, and begin a new cycle. The New Moon is a perfect reminder of this time for reviewing, rethinking, and refocusing.
Examine your unexpected gifts
To begin your New Moon Celebration, list the unexpected gifts you have received during the last 30 days. These will be opportunities you didn’t expect, decisions you made that opened fascinating new doors and ideas that seemed to appear out of the blue. Keep an awareness of the unexpected gifts you receive daily.
I write them down at the end of each day so I become more aware of how supported we are by Tao. Offer gratitude for the changes that have shaped your life.
Review what you’ve accomplished
Do a little back-patting. You got a lot of things done. You experienced change within yourself. Notice that. Appreciate the shifts and the new awareness within yourself.
Look at the path you’re on. This is where your past actions have taken you. What worked? Do more of that. What didn’t work? Do less of that.
Rethink how you feel about where you are now
You’ve changed in the last 30 days since the last New Moon. You’ve learned new things, gained new awareness, and maybe your goals have shifted a bit. Notice how you feel about your present situation and see what you’d like to change, what you’d like to keep and what you’re ready to toss.
Explore your consciousness
Part of your New Moon Celebration will be about listening within and worrying to bring what you discover into tangible concepts. I like to mind-map — with paper and pencil from a meditative state.
Take stock. How are you physically, mentally, spiritually? What new longing has emerged? What need has arisen? How will you address this in the next 30 days? Collect your ideas and choose the ones that call to you.
Refocus and re-choose for the next 30 days
Choose one new change to make in the next 30 days. You can develop a new habit, finish a project, take a new course, make a new friend, make a new choice. Gather some ideas of what might be possible. Leave room for the opportunities you don’t expect. Journal how you feel so you can see your progress at the next New Moon.
Create a ceremony
Begin your New Moon Consciousness Ceremony by reviewing your journal and mind map from the previous month. Move into an awareness of the present — what has manifested because of your thoughts and actions. Feel your way into the future, allowing your mind to explore new ideas, to sort, to consider, to accept and reject.
Meditate, sing, chant, light candles. Do what works for you to celebrate a fresh start for the next 30 days.
Let life unfold
Then put it all away and sit in silence like a blank slate, a cleared garden, a vessel of receptivity and simply be with yourself. Immerse yourself in feelings of renewal, restoration, and replenishment. Feel yourself refreshed and revitalized.
Then simply let your life unfold. Take what’s offered in the moment, and based on your own self-awareness and the over-arching goal you have selected for your life make choices that move you in the direction of your chosen “next.”
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