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Lessons from the Moon: Part 2

Days later, I am still riding high off this weekend’s Full Beaver Moon in Taurus and a full moon yoga class at Tough Love Yoga. Therefore, I am back with another Lesson from the Moon! This lesson is all about transition.

I think it’s safe to say a lot, if not most, people don’t like change. We feel comfortable when we feel settled. I know I thrive on all levels – mental health, productivity, and general well being – when I have my routine down. I did have a brief moment of questioning if I’m too dependent on structure, but my therapist told me the other week that everyone’s mental health is better when we have a routine. As long as we’re not too rigid with it, they are great for us.

Except, life likes to shake things up. Just look outside your window. Nature is going through a big shift right now as the leaves are changing and falling, prepping for winter. I love Fall because it reminds me that transition is okay. In fact, it’s damn well beautiful. While this reminder from Fall is only once a year, all we have to do is look up at the moon to remember this lesson. It is constantly shifting and changing, every day, much like how we do.

I went to a workshop with Todd Norian at Yoga Collective recently where he mentioned this – that every moment is a moment of transition. It is too true! We don’t wake up every morning feeling the same. I can confidently tell you that based on my mood tracker in my journal. Some days I feel great and happy, others just meh, and even some days, down right awful. Even when we follow a routine and life seems “settled,” we’re still different every day. Just as life is unpredictable, we are unpredictable.

Yet, we still fear change and transitions. We don’t like what’s unknown. But I want to ask you to acknowledge, and embrace, it. No matter what phase the moon is in, whatever its meaning is in regard to its alignment in the sky, it’s always beautiful and teaching us something new. When you notice a transition in your life is either about to occur, currently happening, or has just ended, stop and reflect. What did you learn from the experience? How are you different, for better or worse? It could be something as simple as eating a new food and realizing it makes you feel energized, to something more complex and complicated as a new relationship to a breakup, or making the decision to switch jobs.

While transitions can be difficult as you go through them, we can take a full, deep breath once we get to the other side. The big changes in my life over the past year have been scary at times, but they are not something I regret in the slightest. My 300 hour training has honestly changed my life and my work. Deciding to start therapy has opened me up to a whole new part of myself. It has inspired me to learn more about psychology and mental illness, which in turn has also affected my work. Letting go of people has left me with space to invite in both new and old friends.

To reiterate, transitions aren’t easy. But they are a part of life, of nature, of the universe. The moon doesn’t fear its nature of constantly changing, so why would we?

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