Lifestyle

Creativity and Moon Cycles

Do you want to be more creative?  Do you enjoy being creative?  Do you have your own business that requires you to get creative?  There is a natural ebb and flow of creativity.  What I’ve noticed is that my creative cycles parallel the moon cycles.  When the new moon is nearing, I feel much more creative and inspired.  I can write easily and effortless. 

I haven’t always been a creative person.  Not even close.  I majored in chemistry and took a lot of math (too much math), worked on lots of problems, where there was only 1 right answer.  It wasn’t until I was in my late twenties when I realized I felt better when I was creative.  It wasn’t an easy process, I had to let go of my “inner critic,” but there was something so beautiful  and so innate about being creative.  And when I say creative, I don’t necessarily mean creating art.  I mean that creative process where the result is inspiration.  Writing. Building. Designing. The possibilities are limitless.

If you want to maximize your creative potential, I encourage you to work with the cycles of the moon.  Block off some “creative time” near the date of the new moon.  In this modern day, a few hours or an entire day is great, but I consider any amount of time a “win!” The new moon is all about new beginnings and the start of the creation process.  Between the new moon and the full moon, seeds are planted and growing. 

My belief is that when ideas are flowing I want to capitalize!  During these times I’m inspired almost all the time.  Getting inspirations for blog articles.  Workshops.  Retreats.  And it feels very natural to create.

The full moon is the apex of the creation process, and from the full moon to new moon the theme is “letting go” (often not ideal for creating).  And when there is an ebb in my creative process, that’s fine.  Because I’ve already planted more than enough seeds to get me through the cycle.  It’s during an ebb, where I only create, when I absolutely have to.  It takes much longer, and is sometimes a painful process!

Intentionally follow the cycles of the moon and observe your how your creativity waxes and wanes.  Of course there are many factors that affect creative bursts but I encourage you to start with the moon cycles and evolve from there.  Let me know how it goes!

Wake Up Your Life: Cold Showers

Cold showers are an amazing self care practice for healing and vitality.  In India, the practice of cold showers is known as the Sanskrit word Ishaan which translates to “sun.”  This makes sense, considering that cold showers are energizing, detoxifying, and strengthen the immune system.  I notice when I take a cold shower in the morning it’s like having a cup of coffee without the obnoxious 3pm caffeine crash.  As an added bonus, cold showers also tighten the skin and increase circulation transmitting your innate radiance!  I’ve outlined the practice below so you can try it for yourself.

1)      Cold showers are best in the morning.  They are energizing and stimulating to the whole system.  I like to take a cold shower right away, even before eating.  To prepare, coat yourself in a light layer of oil.  If you do this practice everyday, you will want to invest in bulk oils.  I buy them online.  Some of the oil will absorb into your skin, so I like to buy organic.  My favorites are sesame, olive, and almond oil.  Sesame is very grounding.  Olive oil is soothing to inflammation.  Almond is great for all skin types and contains vitamin E.  You can make it fun by adding your favorite essential oils.

2)      Turn the water on cold.  All the way on cold.  I like to ease into it by starting with the feet and legs.  Then arms.  Then face.  Neck.  Chest.  Belly. Pelvis.  Shoulders.  Low back.  In traditional Ishaan, the head and forehead are avoided. 

3)      Let out a warrior cry!  Victory!

4)      Towel off.  I usually use a worn-out towel for this part.  Some of the oil will stay on the towel even if you wash it.  I designate a towel for my practice.  I use the towel everyday and the towel usually lasts about 2 months.

5)      Congratulate yourself for being a badass!!!  Start your day feeling energized and refreshed.  You just took a cold shower, you can do anything now :-)