Tender Full Moon
Happy early spring Full Moon. As the soil warms, animals start moving around, and colorful tender life sprouts and buds, my prayer is for you to lovingly release what you're ready to compost, and seed what you're called to birth into this world during these paradigm shifting times. I offer the following words in the spirit of radical self and communal love and nurturance.
I invite you to breathe into any areas of your body still holding tension or strain from the long cold, dark season. With your eyes closed or with a soft gaze, scan your body with your awareness, sending nourishing breath to any parts that feel tired, sore, and/or hungry for the light of the sun and the light of your loving attention. Once you feel more present with your body, more attuned to how it feels in this moment, make any adjustments so you are more comfortable as you read on.
With this first post as a newly “out” radical bodyworker / politicized healer, I want to share an excerpt of a spell/prayer/incantation/poem I wrote near the winter solstice. I hope it supports your journey of compassionately listening to and befriending the truths and wisdom of your body. Perhaps take a few deeper breaths, and drink some water before and after, giving yourself time and space to attune to what it stirs in you.
this body. this body knows. this body
knows this body. knows what’s real. what’s
real. what’s real. body knows ritual. knows
melody. knows how to sway and mend
back to whole again. body knows pulsing
blood memory of prayer. of meal. of earth.
body remembers. body just needs time.
give it time. give it time. give it time. time.
in time. it will come. it will come. it will
come. it will come. i will come. the knowing.
the knowing will return home. it’s already
there. in your bones. there will be tears.
let them come. let them out. let them breathe.
let them fall. give them space to soak
gratitude, reverence, relief into her lap.
her. mother. grandmother. great
grandmother. ancestor. witch. healer.
weaver. priestess. midwife. earth. goddess.
let the tears come. let her absorb them.
she is here. listen for her voice as you tend
the altar of your softening heart. receive
her nourishment. receive her forgiveness.
her collaboration. her conversation. receive
her reorientation. receive her moonlight
on the path home to the motherland of your
body. receive her wildness. her spells. magic
incantations. her potions. tinctures. the salve
of her caress. medicine to knit you back,
into your lineage. it needs you. you are
not insignificant to these generations
behind you. they are calling you to prayer.
inviting you to attune to what was and what
wants to become. invitation to shape. a
welcome to full body experience of aliveness.
invitation to dwell in this body. reclaim this
body. thank this sacred body. this presence.
this container for the pleasure of presence.
divine vessel. inhabit this temple. dance in
the grace of its knowing. this. here. body.
welcome. this. home. here. body. roots.
I offer you blessings for reclaiming your sovereign right to fully inhabit your body, with all your complex identities, needs, and desires alive and intact within you. This is an act of resistance of all the unfair and unjust reasons we have to leave our bodies to survive. Our survival strategies are effective, and, when we cultivate compassionate awareness of our bodies, we gain integrated wholeness, sustainable resiliency, and a felt sense of empowerment.
May the energy of this tender Full Moon illuminate the somatic wisdom within you. Take loving care of yourself and your community, and reach out for a complimentary twenty minute consultation if you'd like to explore the possibility of collaborating on your radical embodiment journey.