I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people tell me that they’ve “fallen off the boat” with their coloring. It’s happened enough times that I’ve wondered if I should forgo the coloring calendar idea all together and just make a colored moon calendar.
I don’t want this calendar to feel like another thing that you have to “get to”, something that you “don’t have time for”, or for it to instill in you a subconscious story that you’re somehow not enough.
The coloring meditation is a gift for you to take or leave, there is no right or wrong way –
Know that you are always enough.
It’s easy when there’s an unlimited amount of things to ‘get done’ for me to live as if I’m just checking things off a list. Supplements: check, Bank: check, Work: check, Walk in the woods: check, etc. When I operate from a place of check-list, I’m not fully present in my life. If I’m walking in the woods because I ‘need to walk the dog’, even though I’m in the woods I’m not actually present in the forest…
Am I listening to the trees?
Am I noticing the rocks around me?
…Or am I matter-of-factly walking my dog in the woods to move onto the next thing on my to-do list?
The coloring meditation of this calendar is an opportunity to be present.
More than ‘something to get done’, or something to mindlessly color in, it is an invitation to connect deeply with yourself.
Light a candle. Slowly savor a cup of tea. Listen. Ask yourself what your Soul is needing this cycle, and as you color, dream your life into being.
P.S. Did you know that the 2017 Lunar Mandala Calendar is now in print and available for purchase? You can find it online or at one of many stores across the country.
I forgo expectations
I trust and surrender to the cosmic flow and to what is.
I do not live in a state of resentment and blame for choosing wrongly but instead trust that I am listening to spirit and following intuition, even when it leads me someplace unexpected.
I trust that I am exactly where I need to be for now and know by listening to the wind.
I am held, taken care of, safe and protected in all that is. I am safe in the embrace of the divine.
~messages from the first quarter moon~
“Why am I doing this all by hand?” I’ve wondered to myself, sitting cross-legged on the floor, erasing and re-drawing the circles of each lunar phase. It would certainly be easier to plug everything into a computer and not have to spend as much time in the creation process. Yet I chose to draw this calendar by hand so that my energy can infuse into it through the hours I spend in creation.
A year ago I was at a hospital in Oaxaca, Mexico, laying on a piece of cardboard on the floor of the Emergency waiting room while a friend was in surgery, in risk of losing her leg. I watched one of our local hosts, Lulu, and my friend Kimberly sit and stitch embroidery for hours as the surgery took place. They would make one stitch at a time, staying present and relaxed, knowing that each stitch was a prayer. As they held that space of tranquilo in their stitching they trusted and co-created the reality that our friend would live.
The energy we hold has the ability to co-create the world around us. When we engage in a process of creation, we have the opportunity to infuse our energy into what we are creating.
My intention to make a hand-drawn calendar was to have a tactile relationship with its creation and so that each line could be infused with prayer. As I worked on each page, I would light a candle and take each session as an opportunity to be present and grateful.
I imagine with hope the many people around the globe marking their intentions on the new moons, amplifying the positive change they are already making within themselves and their communities. I bow to you for all of the space you hold for peace, for stillness, for action, and for hope during these times of change.
May each mandala you color be a prayer for the new world you are helping to co-create through your thoughts, words, and actions.
The handmade Lunar Mandala Coloring Calendar is an accessible and easy-to-use moon calendar that also incorporates a grid for the days of the week. It’s designed to be user friendly whether you have been tracking the moon for many years or are new to working with the lunar energy in your life.
I created this brief tutorial to answer any questions you may have on the “how-tos” of using the Lunar Mandala Calendar. Click here for access to me explaining the calendar 🙂
I will be posting more information on setting intentions with the moon and learning to flow with the lunar cycles in your life. Stay tuned!