It has taken a full week for me to truly process and be able to speak about my participation in Start Within, Finish Strong!, a sisterhood New Moon event hosted by Coach Colette Ellis. I am very glad I went as I had an uplifting inspiring afternoon filled with new thoughts, reminders of practices I used to do in my early 20’s, and nudges to release old behavior patterns that lived and breathed in my psyche’s blind spot.
Due to the busy morning I had last Saturday, 6/24, I arrived at the event 30 mins late. I was bummed…until I walked into the heart meditation.
Coach Colette asked us to visualize the sister to our right and imagine her heart full of all of the love she has and how it fills her, and how that love can heal that woman, and all of the women in the room. Then we were directed to imagine the woman on the left and visualize the same. After that, we were to visualize the world, however that appears in our mind’s eye, and all of the sisterhood groups in the world doing the same new moon gathering. To see and know that we are connected to these other groups and we are sharing our energies with them, and they with us. To see our combined global energies healing the world. It was a beautiful meditation!!
There was sharing afterwards about how we each felt and what we experienced during the meditation. It was lovely to see how each woman had a different perspective and a different meditative experience!
Then we went into breathing with Amy Jindra of Choose Love. Amy showed us four breathing techniques to help us energize and clear our chakras of stagnant energy. These were powerful experiences that raised my inner fire and my body temperature! These breathing techniques also flooded me with endorphins in a natural uplifting way.
Something key that Amy said during the sharing after the breathing exercises was this (my paraphrasing):
Find out where the fear lives in [your] body, recognize the fear feeling and sensations and do whatever is opposite of the emotions. OR, step back, review the intuitive information, and then respond to the situation (never react).
This is very compelling yet difficult to do when in a moment that is full of emotion. Yet, this is precisely what we should do; this is also a form of mindfulness.
Did I mention the pasta salad that Chef Allie Pisano prepared? She kept people with food allergies/sensitivities in mind when she made a pasta salad made from Banza pasta (made from chickpea flour!) with walnuts and veggies. [Did I mention she’s available to cook for your next event? Or, just for you?]
Lauren Servin of DiLoren Acacia Silk was on hand providing facials to all participants using her company’s product Acacia Silk in which the main ingredient is desert date oil, aka dattier du desert oil. This oil is rich and moisturizing without being heavy so it will not clog your pores, or leave you feeling oily. This oil was found in the tombs of the Ancient Egyptians. They used it as a part of their beauty regimen.
The most gratifying portion of this half-day event was the section where we discussed our intentions for the upcoming month. After a discussion about the New Moon in Cancer and what it could mean for each of us in our personal lives, we were asked to digest the information and create intentions for what we want to accomplish for this next month to continue our plans for the year. This event is the half-way mark of the year and is meant to invigorate us and help propel us towards our annual goal(s).
There was also a crafting/vision board table for us to use while we set our intentions as well as a deck of Angel Dream cards to help pull down inspiration. There was great conversation and networking among the women as well as quiet reflection time, if you so chose.
We closed with another breathing exercise from Amy; a Yes! breath that filled us with joy and a feeling of powerfulness. I’m going to leave you with my first impressions of this event…
- Spiritual (in a non-religious way)
I will definitely be at the next event which will be held on Thursday, July 27th, 2017. Will you be there?