A Mental Fire Drill

Full moon energy= robust (sometimes crazy) inner fire


The moon rules the tides of the ocean and since our bodies are mostly made of water our energy shifts with the phases of the moon.

Around full moons I feel the inner fire blazing hot. It may be assumed that this is a good thing, but an untamed wild fire is just as undesirable as weak fire. When my fire is blazing hot due to the effects of the moon and universal energies, where I’m at in my cycle, overwhelm, or not taking great care of my digestive fire, I wake up with an anxious fast moving mind. I have so much energy that I just don’t know where to start. I feel like I can conquer the world, but yet I’m stuck in my head and can’t seem to get the energy to my body in an effective manner for positive action. Sound familiar?

From experience, I know that this energy can carry me overboard off into the deep end of doing, going, rushing, and impulsiveness. I’ll take on more than I can handle and then find myself saying, “what did you do that for?”

From the ashtanga yoga tradition I’ve learned to take rest on new moons and full moons. On new moons the energy is too low, on full moons the energy is too high. Neither one serving a practice of balance in body and mind. If we are not mindful we can light the match towards our own self-destruction.

So on full moons I feel this immense tidal wave of energy and I do not react to the rush of thoughts that flood in, but yet I’m mindful of my intuition and gut feelings. It’s important to observe yet remain neutral. Let the fire burn and run it’s course, but don’t throw gasoline on the fire. 

Examples of throwing gas on the fire is eating processed sugar, excessive caffeine, impulsive spending, or giving someone who ticked you off a piece of your mind. (Only spread goodwill, never misery)

You are the Universe

human-brain-uses-both-sides-to-process-speechAll moon cycles tell stories of the universe and since we are mini universes in motion on this planet the story of the grand universe can play out in each one of us. According to the astrological wisdom foreverconscious.com this full moon in Cancer on January 12, 2017 is asking us to GROW.

“Being the first Full Moon for the year, this Cancer Moon is going to be highlighting part of the journey that we are destined to take in the next 12 months. It is also going to be calling on us to step into our truth and embrace that inner power that we all have inside.”

“In fact, watching the planets closely it is almost like they are planning something, it is almost like they are whispering secrets to each other in order to create a revolution. 

Revolutionary energy has been in the works for some time, and this January Full Moon is almost going to be planting the seed for this energy to flourish over the coming years. This is not just revolution in our own lives, but also in the world at large.”

Growth can be uncomfortable yet it’s inevitable. I like to think of the lobster who crawls out of his shell when he outgrows it, walks around in a vulnerable state until he finds a new shell that fits.

The good news is that 2016 is over. It was a time of a lot of turmoil for many people. 2017 marks a transition, a time to set our intentions, do diligent daily work with enthusiasm and watch our intentions blossom with more ease. 

So, when I feel the intense energy of the moon, I breathe, make my tea, and sit down for meditation. I’ve learned that focusing on a task whether it’s writing (like writing this blog post), prepping and chopping veggies, a slow controlled yoga flow, walk in nature, or simply closing my eyes and observing my breath harnesses the energy of this fire so it does not burn me out and make me rough and crisp around the edges. It’s extremely important to remain soft, receptive, and open yet strong and confident to be aligned with our inner nature and move towards our goals in a graceful manner. 

 Add this drill to your Self-Care Tool Kit

When it feels like your mind is running out of control like a forest fire do a mental fire drill:

  1. Stop what you’re doing. Keep your mouth shut as sometimes intense energy can cause us to lash out at someone and be reactive.
  2. Drop down to a comfortable seated position
  3. Close your eyes and take 10 slow deep breaths. Breath in through the nose for a count of 5 and exhale for a count of 5 seconds.

Remember:  It’s your fire; it can either light the way and burn away samaskaras (layers of conditioning) that no longer serve you or escape the fire pit and burn up the reserve of steady sustainable energy.



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