Honor the Cycle

Written By: Eric Bach

I have a tattoo of a circle on the inside of my right forearm. Just a circle—nothing elaborate or decorative, just a line drawing of a shape we learn about in preschool. But within that line, there is a significant amount of meaning. During yoga teacher training in 2014, I learned that circular motion is healing motion. In my post break-up-mid-body-shame haze, something clicked.

A woman’s world is made of cycles and circles: the moon, menstrual cycles, breasts, seasons, friend groups, etc. Everywhere I looked, I kept seeing them, and once I embraced their power, they all brought me closer and closer to myself, to healing, to remembering that everything is a cycle and therefore nothing is permanent.

I thought of this again when I woke up this morning to a blanket of snow covering my yard. As a born and bred Los Angeles girl, moving to Atlanta and experiencing seasons has been a magical reminder that our natural state is cyclical—times of health and times of illness, times of abundance and times of lack, times of sunshine and times of rain. And that it’s all okay.

January 16th marked the first New Moon of 2018, ushering in a new year and a new moon cycle. Whatever 2018 has already dished out to you, no matter what you may be going through right now (positive or negative), please know that it’s temporary, part of a cycle, and that respecting that cycle brings so much more ease into your world than fighting it.

So, in the spirit of this new lunar energy, here are a few ideas for how you can honor this new year, new cycle, and embrace the power of the circle:

  • Connect to your body by honoring all things curvy (say hi to your boobs in the morning, smile at your booty in the mirror, lay your hand lovingly on your belly).

  • Connect to your emotions through journaling about whatever phase you’re in (knowing that like the moon, darkness and light come and go).

  • Connect with your sensual self through slow, deep hip circles (I suggest you close your eyes and sink into the movement—circular motion is seriously potent).

  • Connect with nature by taking a minute to stand outside and look up. Notice the sky, the leaves. Even if you live in a semi-seasonless area like LA, try to find the crispness in the air or notice which flowers are in bloom.

  • Connect with community by bringing together a circle of friends for some quality time of laughing, dancing, or talking.

 

Happy New Moon!