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Turtle Circle

Published June 5, 2017 by Lunapo

At a birthday party at the end of April, Witchlette was formally introduced to the Ninja Turtles. 
The next day, for tv time, I put on an episode of the most recent reiteration. Witchlette has been hooked ever since. The kids take turns picking a show for tv time, and Hubby laughs that there shouldn’t be concern over whose turn because the answer will be the same. He also jokes that I’m in nerd heaven with the kids, enjoying every moment of the cartoon myself, reliving so highlights of my childhood with my kids. 

Witchlette saw one episode that started her. She was struggling to get to sleep. I went into our dining room cabinet and got her my turtles, which I’ve had since I was about 7. She’s slept with them at her bedside every night since. 

Nerd. Heaven. 

About a week after getting the physical Turles, Witchlette made the connection that there are four Turtles and four Elements and each Turtle could be an Element. Donnie and Raphael were obvious, as Air and Fire respectively. Leo is grounded and grounding like Earth. Splinter embodies everything that is Spirit. Mikey is free flowing like the babbling brook and spontaneous like the ocean waves. 

I reserved a weekend in August. All was set. 

The whole ritual was written to discuss movement and meditation. I learned some basic Tai Chi to teach Witchlette so we could do it an Magick Circle. 

Then, dates needed to be switched and we were now up for the first weekend in June. Which was great, because that long of anticipation was going to be rough. 

I showed Witchelle the tai chi i learned and asked her to join me. I was told it was boring and weshouldn’t do it. Instead, we should do a rainbow meditation, which is what Witchellet calls a chakra meditation. 

A few days before the ritual, we watched an episode where the Turles want on a spirit quest and Witchlette asked that it be incorporated into the ritual. Great idea!

She also decided she wanted more on the altar yhan just turles and asked for tutle colored flowers. One trip to the dollar store and voila! Altar decor!

The night before the ritual, there was a lot of back and forth about Leo being water because he’s blue, and taking yellow out of the chakra meditation because there’s no yellow turtle. But green can stay because their skin is green. Light blue also had to go, because there’s only one blue. Sorry, Venus. 

Witchlette, knowing this was her ritual, chose Ms. D to be earth, Ms. C to be air, her grandma, who now joins us semi-regularly, to be water, and Ms. S to be spirit. She actually picked her favorite human pixie to be air and was in tears upon learning she wouldn’t be there, and adjusted Ms. C to air from fire. She then said someone with red hair has to call in fire. Luckily, L was in attendance, who is a red head, and was honored to be chosen as fire. She also solidified her playlist for the end portion of the ritual. 

Witchlette decided she would like to place the turtles, one by one as they were called, onto the alter. I was not expecting her to raise them up as she did, offering them to each Element, then placing them on the alter. That piece took my breath away. 

She chose not to speak during the ritual itself, but helped my guide the rainbow meditation and was a star at the dance sequence. Everyone had ribbon wands with the four Turtles colors to wave around as they danced. 

Below is the ritual itself:

Earth- leo

Patience, support, guidance. As the trees hold together the soil and the plants sustain the Ecosystem, so too does Leonardo, tactical and courageous leader, the most conscientious of the four, ground and sustains the dynamic of the turtles.


Thank you Leonardo for guiding us today. In your quest, you had to learn to become a true leader. May we have the courage to be leaders ourselves.


Air- Donnie

Ingenuity, craftiness, knowledge. As the breeze carries bird song and our voices messages, so too does Donatello, scientist, inventor, engineer, and technological genius, using his intellect to solve conflicts.


Thank you Donatello for teaching us today. In your quest, you had to learn to not always rely on your mind, but also your body and be strong like the mountain reaching high into the clouds. May we be strong in body and in mind.


Fire- Raph

Passion, ferocity, strength. As the flame warms the home, but left uncontrolled can also destroy it, so too does Raphael’s fierce, sarcastic, aggressive, and intensely loyal nature bring a spark of primal energy to the team.


Thank you Raphael for inspiring us today. In your quest, you had to learn to control your anger and use it to hone your energy on the enemy. May we also channel our energies to fan the flames of our passions.


Water- Mikey

Playful, spontaneous, friendship. As the river cuts through the woods, bubbling over rocks and splashing about making new paths, so too does Michelangelo’s free-spirited, relaxed, adventurous nature remind his brothers to have fun and not take themselves too serious.


Thank you Michelangelo for playing with us today. In your quest, you had to learn to focus and keep your mind free from distractions and become still, like the forest. May we focus what is important in life and remember to work hard and play harder.


Spirit- splinter

Mysticism, unity, awareness. Just as the spark of life in each of us brings us together, so too does Hamato Yoshi, Master Splinter, bring up his adoptive turtle sons and unite them as their sensei in the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of ninjutsu.


Thank you splinter for uniting us today. May we walk with balance and maintain Seishin Teki Kyoyo, Spiritual Refinement. May we always be connected: mind, body, heart.



Ok, so I know what you’re thinking. We’re gonna learn ninjutsu?!


No. We’re not. Not in the way it’s typically perceived, anyway…


While walking through the woods, Leonardo realizes he and his brothers are too caught up in modernality of t-phones, junk food, and television. He is concerned about their lost connection to nature.


Nature? Raphael exclaims. What are we? Hippies?


Well…<look around at the circle>


Donatello agrees with Leonardo: Splinter had spiritual refinement from his connection to the natural world.


Leonardo continues: the brothers, including himself, have mastered 17 of the 18 ninja skills. But they never got the first one. Seishin Teki Kyoyo (Spiritual Refinement).


They go into the woods and each complete a spiritual quest. They learn to rely on themselves but reaffirm the team is not whole without one brother. All four brothers need their father and sensei. Splinters life lost all meaning before he took in and trained his sons. They are all interconnected.


We are all interconnected.


Life is all interconnected.


Color is a very powerful representation.  


Honoring the four colors of the turtles, which do not correlate to the typical alignment, and the qualities they represent, which do


Leo- Patience, support, guidance, sustenance, conscientious, grounding


Donnie- Ingenuity, craftiness, knowledge, scientist, intellect


Raph- Passion, ferocity, strength, warm, uncontrollable, destruction, sarcastic, aggressive, loyalty


Mikey- Playful, spontaneous, friendship, bubbly, free-spirited, relaxed, adventurousness, fun


Splinter- Mysticism, unity, awareness.

Let’s meditate on it, through a rainbow meditation.


<Inhale, reach down to touch your toes, feel your red light coming from your feet and reaching deep down into the earth, exhale

Inhale, stand with your hands on your hips, feel your orange light inspiring your creativity to sing, paint, dance, exhale

Inhale, place your hands on your heart, feel all the love you will ever give and will ever receive, exhale 

Inhale, place your hands on your forehead, feel your blue light allowing you to see so much more than you know, allow yourself to see the unseen, exhale

Inhale, place your hands on top of your head, feel your purple light spreading upwards towards the Divine, feel your connection to Spirit, exhale>


Splinter encourages his sons to meditate before battle. They need to be clear in mind, clear in body, clear in heart.


But, they are kids and kids don’t do sitting well.


Instead, Mikey suggests dancing is a kind of meditation. He and Donnie lead a dance party to ready themselves mind, body, heart.


Everyone take a ribbon wand.


Dance party


Cakes and ale


Closing


Witchlette’s dance mix:

Mindful bedtime

Published March 9, 2017 by Lunapo

Witchlette struggled to get to sleep tonight. She stayed up in bed for almost an hour reading. She then felt tired, but was too anxious to relax and let herself rest and get to a point where sleep could take over. 

When I went to her room to ease her, she shared her fears related to her next vacination, that she knows it’s not til she’s 5 and she’s only 3 now but it’s still scary. She doesn’t want to do it alone, nor does she want it to hurt and she doesn’t like the idea of getting a scratch on purpose. We talked about her “inside Avengers” (immune system) and how the booster shots give them extra super powers, how they will make their special band-aids to stop any bleeding that may happen during the booster shot, and that it hurts more when daddy steps on her toes. She had big feelings and she didn’t want to feel them alone. I reassured her that she wasn’t alone and she would never have to feel big feelings alone, but that she does have to rest. Careful not to dismiss her feelings ala there’s nothing to worry about, I kept reassuring her but that just kept going in circles. Hubby’s tactic of talking about the big day she’s going to have tomorrow didn’t work as she informed me all her good stuff happened already this week. 

So I completely shifted gears. 

Close your eyes. 

You’re on the beach. Feel the warm sand under your feet. Feel the cool, gentle waves tickling your toes. Feel the sun on your skin and the breeze in your hair. Feel all the warmth and comfort surround you. Feel the beach. Feel the comfort. 

I’ve never seen her relax so wholly so quickly. 

This is a tool I will be utilizing more in the future. 

Mindfulness parenting ftw. 

Doing it right!

Published November 16, 2014 by Lunapo

A recent post from a science website on Facebook headlined “Meditation effects us on a cellular level”. The attached article is headlined: “World-first evidence suggest that meditation alters cancer survivors’ cells”.

How often has one heard, “Think happy thoughts. It will make you feel better?” or “If you don’t calm down, you’re going to make yourself sick?”

Apparently scientists in Canada have just proven that all of this is correct! There is a part of the cell that controls cellular aging- the longer the better. Patients who participated in some form of meditation and/or support groups had longer parts while those who opted out had shorter parts. It is thought that these cell structures can determine the likelihood of surviving some diseases and even longer ones may prevent the disease all together.

Long story short, take up some form of meditative practice everyday. It’s good for your health!

*To get all of the sciencey stuff, click on the linked article above. While I’m a huge nerd, I’m better at explaining grammar than biology. 🙂

Nine Worlds

Published June 28, 2013 by Lunapo

Here’s what I’ve found in my search to satisfy the search terms:

I have not found anything conclusive about how the gods traveled between the worlds. The text I have at home, Gods of Asgard by Erik Evensen, the gods are depicted as merely traveling between worlds much as we would travel between states before modern transportation: horseback. Often they are seen walking as well.

As for meditation, I have not found a meditation specific to traveling to a nine world on Yggdrasil. I have, however, found some information about Norsemen and meditation as well as a meditation for connecting with Yggdrasil itself.

According to Volmarr, “The Vikings practised meditation too. Often times they sat some place outside to do this or even very commonly on a burial mound. Was common to place one’s cloak over oneself to block off the senses so that the focus was turned more inward while doing this. Since most Vikings lived in communal longhalls I doubt meditating at home would have been so good since was probably too much activity going on there. But since we tend to live in dwellings nowadays with less people living in them, it is more useful to meditate indoors as there is less to disturb us there. Of course outside meditation can be used as well when one wishes to feel the energies of an area for spiritual world purposes.” He offers the Icelandic conversion to Christianity as a staple example of Nordic mediation: Thorgeir Thorkelsson and his task of deciding the issue of Icelandic conversion to Christianity. He offers a Wikipedia article to support his point, but there is no mention of meditation in said article.

The following meditation is from Runelore:

Stand outside in a solitary place where you will not be disturbed. Face north and raise your arms to create the shape of Algiz.

20130628-082019.jpg “I connect to the tree of life. I offer myself to myself. I make contact with the runes in a spirit of love and harmony that I can give forward this blessing to all I meet.” Think on what you’ve just spoken and wait for an answer. When the answer is received, lower your arms in acknowledgement and reflect on the answer.

Baby Wednesday- Chakras

Published February 6, 2013 by Lunapo

Saturday night I did a chakra meditation; it was the most beautiful experience I’ve ever encountered.

The Canes game was on, and so was the fireplace. Between periods, I sat on the floor by the fire. I felt compelled to close my eyes and *WOOSH* my Crown Chakra lit up. It was intense. The pull to the Divine was AMAZING. Normally I do Chakra meditations from the Root up. That night, I was pulled to the Crown, so I started with the Crown and worked my way down. My Crown was buzzing the whole time I unzipped. Third Eye, Throat, Heart, and Navel were typical. Intense, but nothing particularly unusual. When I got to my Sacral Chakra…now that was Magickal. There was an orange glow, with a muddle of white, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red swirling within the orange glow. I saw Baby’s Chakras. Oh, it was so beautiful. I stayed in the moment for as long as I could before I started to feel like I would float away. I moved down to the Root and attempted to re-ground myself but I was too enthralled with seeing Baby’s Chakras. Then, my Crown Chakra started buzzing more and more so I went back to it. The feeling began to mellow, and a flowed with it, mellowing out, coming down. Then it was gone.

But it was so beautiful. Beyond beautiful.

And the Universe put me back into myself just in time for the puck to drop for the next period.

Serenity

Published October 2, 2012 by Lunapo

I am a big fan of music. I use music every time I meditate, and I always have some on in the background.

A morning like today, where I am the first person at work and alone in my room (which is the office space for eleven women) I have my phone on and playing. This morning is my “chill” playlist, including some of my favorite meditation music. Bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Mumford and Sons, Kings of Leon, and Godsmack.
I’m a fan of Godsmack. I don’t think I can call myself a “big fan” of any one band or any one genre of music. Ok, so I am a big fan of rock music. There’s no better sound than a guitar and a raspy voice, a bass drum and cymbals.

But I’m not a “big fan” of anyone enough to get tattoos of the band’s logo. I won’t pay a lot of money to listen to songs I could listen to on my iPod. I love live music, but I love more local live music. Or artists  who are small enough to play in a smaller venue, like an amphitheater. Once you’re in an arena, congrats and keep rolling in the money. But I’ll listen at home.
So I’m a fan of Godsmack, but I have not seen them live. I have no plan to. I don’t have any of their merchandise. I just like their music. It’s great to dance to. It pumps me up to clean the kitchen. And a lot of the mid- to low-tempo songs are great meditation music.
Serenity is one of my favorites.

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