Practice: 40 Days Honoring Ancestors
Full Moon with Magha + Krishna Pratipad (1st day of waning cycle)
Today is the Full Moon (precisely at 11:57am EST). And this particular cycle is about honoring and receiving the blessings from our ancestors.
I’m personally beginning a 40 day practice (sadhana) honoring and receiving the blessings from my ancestors and I welcome you to follow along on my journey. I’ll be offering my practice insights, ways for you to honor your ancestors as well.
Take the dose you want. A little bite or a bigger bite. Let the the practice fit your life and obligations.
The full moon exact degree is with the stars/nakshatra by the name of Magha, associated with the ancestors. There are plenty of reasons why this is a particularly powerful time to dive into that energy but I’m not making this practice about the astrology.
I want this to be experiential and practical…relevant…and meet you in a way that you want to align with it so you, too, receive blessings.
I started tracking the rhythms of nature a couple of years ago and have found that there really is inherent optimization by aligning with the rhythms. Many of us are doing it innately. For instance Bex Hall, my friend and co-grandmother of Ellie wrote this fascinating blog post today. Maybe she is listening closely to my sharing of the rhythms or maybe she is innately aligning (maybe both). This posting touched me deeply and I encourage you to check her out. I contemplate how this continual cycle of self-unraveling and self-understanding (of both me and Bex) will continue through our lineages toward Ellie.
We are her ancestors.
When Ellie was born, my life trajectory made sense. Until that time, I had no idea why I was on this Self discovery journey.
When I put down what is not mine to carry, I am free.
-Octavia Raheem from Gather
Journal Prompt: What are you carrying around from your ancestors? Take some time to really reflect on this today. Make a commitment to bring it forward into your consciousness. What we don’t see, we continue to pass on.
Over the next 40 days, I’ll continue sharing bites of insight through my own practice and ideas for you to consider. Some will be part of the free subscription and more insight in the paid subscription, which is the cost of one latte each month. Please consider signing up for the paid version.
For now here is how you can start your journey of honoring the people you came from, including a 40-minute guided relaxation audio practice: