Moon Pose


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Standing in Vrikshasana the moon shines brightly upon my face. I anchor myself on its light, watching it hang in an inky darkness at the corner of my right eye. Its light dims the light of Saturn and Neptune visible on the southern horizon. It’s 4:30am and the Earth where I live is silent.

I feel a timelessness between myself and the moon, as my breath moves steadily in and out. I could be a monk readying for his vespers to pour forth from him in song in 16th century France. Possibly I am Zheng San Feng creating his first movements in Tai Chi on a grass mat in 15th century China. Or I am a Qi Gong Master preparing herself to teach a class in 1950’s New York City, standing gazing at the face of this same moon.

The ancient arts of the body have a way of making us feel ageless when we engage them. Thousands of masters have gone before me teaching, learning, shaping a simple move I step into now. I feel the cat brush my leg, but his affections must wait I whisper back to him. In this moment, I am committed to the moon and no other.

The mystery of this hour draws me from my bed day after day. A feeling of a gift only I am partaking. Possessive lover am I, the moon belongs to me, no matter how wide her light is cast. Moonlight before dawn holds the answers to a thousand unexpressed questions. They rest on my lips yet are never spoken, but the answers enter me on a single shaft of light. Exquisitely, my heart opens.

4 thoughts on “Moon Pose

  1. Dearest Noelle. That is beautiful and truly from somewhere deep inside of you.. I envy you .your moon experience .A part of me says .why can’t I feel that..and another voice in me says I’ll keep trying until I do .. It’s this inspiring each other to be better at attaining our best spiritual practice..And this knowing that there is so much more to come …to open up too. That is so amazing about this life journey …you started my day out on a beautiful note . God blessings dear friend Love and light Deirdrè 🕉☮☯️

    • Love you to pieces, Deirdre. And in truth, it’s not about trying at all. It’s just the opposite. It’s really about allowing what is actually there to rise up. We cover it all with so much conditioning, socialization, old beliefs, trained behaviors to not upset others. We truly forget ourselves. I think many of us are afraid of how deep our own wells of feeling really go. You, my dear are a great ocean of love. Peace and blessings to you, always. N

    • Hasn’t it just been amazing the last few mornings? Sky so clear and the light it casts so bright. I should’ve known you’d be up. You are one of the few people I know who shares my deep love of those pre-dawn hours! Tomorrow I will send you blessings as I practice, my dear friend.

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