In many cultures, the full moon is regarded as a time to rejoice and celebrate. It represents completion or fruition. Its illumination intensity allows for the release of powerful energy from the cosmos and provides a spiritual opportunity for everyone to harness their mind energy and cultivate their emotional landscape. In this article we will look at the benefits of full moon meditation, how to do it, what to expect from it, and tips for a successful full moon meditation.
What is Full Moon Meditation?
A full moon meditation is a form of guided meditation which uses visualisation to encourage healing and relaxation. It may also incorporate chanting, breathing exercises and other relaxation techniques.
Regular meditation practice when the moon is full and bright has positive effects on the mind, body and spirit. The reason behind this is that the moon has a natural rhythm with water, and our bodies are primarily made up of approximately 75% water.
Benefits of Full Moon Meditation
Full moon meditation has been practised since ancient times and is shown to have a positive effect on the physical bodies and spiritual energies of all living creatures in the universe. Of all the moon phases, its full cycle every 29 days has been shown to affect all living things, including plants, animals and humans due to changes in gravitational pull. Taking advantage of lunar energy is a great way to unwind after a hectic day at work or school. It can also be used as part of an exercise regimen to promote relaxation and stress relief. Other benefits associated with moon gazing meditation include:
- Promotes a calm mind
- Improves sleep pattern
- Improves digestion
- Lower blood pressure
- Supports personal growth and boosts self-confidence
- Reduces symptoms of depression
- Improves concentration
- Supports spiritual growth
- Eliminates negative energy
- Strengthens connection with the universe
Tips for a Successful Full Moon Meditation
You can use full moon meditation as part of your bedtime routine to help you sleep, or as a relaxing activity on a Sunday evening after a hectic week. There is no ideal time to engage in moon gazing meditation; it can be done at any time during a full moon phase. The following tips will help you get started:
- Find a quiet and comfortable room where you will not be disturbed for the full hour you need to complete your full moon meditation. If you have a sacred space like a garden or an altar, all the better.
- Turn off your phone and other electronic devices and close any windows so that no sunlight or artificial lights can get in.
- Sit comfortably on a cushion, chair or mat with your back supported but not touching anything. If sitting on a chair you may want to rest your feet flat on the floor with your knees apart and slightly bent. Hands should be resting easily in the lap with palms facing upwards or held together in an upright position, one hand clasping the other gently (palms up). To help keep your back straight, it may help to tuck your chin in slightly.
- Close your eyes, take some deep breaths and begin full moon meditation.
- Let go of any thoughts and emotions. Let them come and go without judgement or reaction. If you find your mind full of thought, remember that there is no such thing as a bad or good thought; they are just thoughts. Gently bring yourself back to full moon meditation when you realise your mind has been distracted.
- Continue meditating for at least ten minutes, but it may help to continue full moon meditation for 20-30 minutes depending on how busy or agitated your mind is.
- Once you're finished, open your eyes slowly. Do not be surprised if you feel slightly disoriented. Take some deep breaths and stretch out your arms and legs.
- Make a note of how full moon meditation made you feel, as it may differ from time to time.
Your meditation's outcome will be determined by your intentions. Some people meditate in the hopes of attaining enlightenment or finding inner peace. If you expect full moon meditation to help you relax and relieve stress, it should be beneficial in this regard. However, if you expect it to fix all of your problems, you might be disappointed.
Being part of a full moon meditation session online or in person can also be a beautiful experience. It provides an opportunity to heal the pain that you have been coping with for so long through reflection and sharing with others.