At the recent new moon, I made an intention to slow down to enjoy and savor the moments of my day, instead of rushing through them to accomplish my goals. I want to be more open to receive the beauty and joy life brings me in the disguise of the ordinary, instead of searching ceaselessly for the extraordinary.
At first I felt guilty slowing down, because I felt I wasn’t getting enough accomplished. But I really do enjoy the quiet time I’ve been setting aside for myself, with a cup of fine tea and a good book in hand. I smile more, my skin is more radiant, my heart rate slows down, and I’m more available and present for the people around me. And my world is not going to fall apart simply because I slow down and take some time to enjoy myself.
I feel more connected with the feminine and receptive part of myself, as well, and I feel more balanced and in harmony with myself and my life. I feel happier.
In ’s modern society, we so much admire the yang qualities, such as action, accomplishment and success – often at the expense of the yin qualities, such as gentleness, receptivity and relaxation. But without the nourishment of yin, sooner or later the yang gets burned out. And we end up feeling exhausted, agitated and unsatisfied.
I know that feeling all too well. So when I begin to feel that way, I know it’s time to slow down to receive and to be nourished. The nourishment is all around us – in the air, the trees and flowers, in the ocean, good foods, in hearty laughter, a gentle massage, and in the quiet times when we connect with ourselves.
The moon is full again. And on today’s full moon, I’d like to share with you a message from the Egyptian sun and sky goddess, Hathor, who symbolizes the life-giving and nurturing part of ourselves.
Message from Hathor:
Receiving is the essence of feminine energy, and it means allowing yourself to receive with grace and gratitude, whether it’s a gift, an accomplishment, or the simple joy of life. When you stop receiving due to guilt, ambition or pride, you block the flow of this precious life energy. So slow down and allow yourself to receive. This will increase your intuition, energy, and ability to give to others.
Tonight, I’m going to meditate on this message while receiving the powerful full moon energy. If you’re meditating somewhere in the world this evening, know that we’re all connected and that we’re supported by the collective feminine, always…
Message from Hathor is based on Doreen Virtue’s Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards.