Super Blue Blood Moon Was The Perfect Time For This Ritual
The rare occurrence of a super moon, a blood moon, and a blue moon all happening simultaneously was seen last night by millions of people all over the world. People were hanging out in their balconies, lining up the streets, and going to parks or observatories, just to get a view of the show that the night sky was putting on. It was breathtaking.
I, on the other hand, chose to celebrate the rarity of the occasion by going to a Full Moon Gathering by Flow Retreats in Beyond Yoga, Rockwell. I regularly get invitations from Flow Retreats to join their holistic wellness programs aimed to do wonders for your soul, as well as your body. This was my first time to actually attend something, much like the moon, this was a rare occurrence.
The first thing on the agenda was cleansing. In preparation for it, someone was going around putting peppermint essential oil in everyone’s palms to begin easing the stress away.
While the facilitator, Katrina Mariano, was discussing what was going to happen, she was showing everyone how to cleanse their aura or reset their energies by lighting up sage leaves and waving it around you.
Participants were given a piece of paper and a pen. We were asked to first write down the things we were grateful for in life. Next, we were asked to list down what we would like to happen in the next six months. This was the intention setting. We needed to envision the things we’d like to have, things we needed, and basically what we wanted to achieve for ourselves.
We were throwing our wishes at the full moon. The activity was meant to have people dive into themselves and think about what would make their lives work better, what would make it easier for them to live life the way they wanted.
The third column of the paper was used to write down the things you're willing to get rid of in yourself, the things that were burdening you, things you no longer need in your life. It could be emotions, memories, or generally any negativity that no longer serves you.
The first session was closed by doing some exercises.
Next up was the Kirtan, or mantra meditation. It was the singing or chanting of transcendental mantras, led by Madhya Gonzalez of the Science of Identity Foundation.
Mantra, as we were told, has the power to release positivity. It can help purify your heart and release one’s anxiety or stress.
He eased us in with the simple chanting of ‘Gauranga’, which meant the golden moon. At first I was hesitant about chanting because it felt silly, but as it went on, I realized everybody else was starting to catch on and it was even sillier if you didn’t open yourself up to what was happening in the room.
One of the things that chanting also teaches you is to let go of inhibitions and allow yourself to be in the moment. The dark setting also helped make it easier for some of the more bashful people in the audience.
If you want to learn more about Kirtan, you can check out www.sif.yoga.
The last part of the evening was a sound bath meditation, led by Miqo Dionisio. Sound bath meditation is a kind of therapy that involves the use of sound to bring out emotions and to calm the mind and the heart. For this activity, everyone was asked to lie down comfortably and to let the sound vibrations do its magic.
Miqo said that every class is different because the vibrations are different for everyone. The experience of the sound varies from person to person. Sometimes when people are doing the sound bath, they feel uncomfortable and that might be because there's something in you that's being awakened by the vibrations. That's what you need to bring it to the surface and deal with.
When the gathering was done, tea was served and participants could check out some of the wellness products laid out in the lobby of the center.
If you’re looking for wellness programs to nurture your mind and body, Flow Retreats offers something new on a monthly basis.
Lead photo by Pat Buenaobra
Photos by Chris Clemente