The Hard and the Soft. -by SJM
As per this week's horoscopes:
Full Moon on Sunday 11.17 at 09:15 CST while exalted in Taurus and in Krittika Nakshatra. Sun is weak and in young degrees (sandhi) at this time as it will have just moved to Scorpio in the wee hours of the morning on 11.16. Seek clarity and purification with this Full Moon weekend and don't over indulge in sweets and intoxicants. The coming weeks will bring a theme of "cutting out what is unnecessary". Attend to your inner flame, your life force energy at this time.
This week we will work with the stomach, the gut, as our body part. The metaphors for gut have to do with digestion and assimilation as well as elimination. What are you digesting and assimilating? How effectively do you eliminate? We use this process in our lives on multiple levels; with our assimilation of environment, our internal/external landscapes, with words, ideas and life's experiences.
The gut is connected to intuition- our "gut responses". Stomach problems are associated with "the inability to process and assimilate impressions received from our outer environment. Our ability to eliminate, or how we eliminate, is connected with the abdomen. In Eastern traditions, the belly is considered the center of the body, and the place form which a state of balance emanates. The abdomen acts as a transit area between the upper and lower areas of our body." -The Expressive Body in Life, Art and Therapy by Daria Halprin.
Use movements such as "cat and cow" and gentle spinal twists to activate the gut. Notice if your breaths are going all the way to the base of the stomach, or stopping short. Lie on your back and place your hands on your belly. Feel the gentle undulations of its rise and fall with each breath. Gently knead your gut with your fingers. Notice any sore spots or lumps? Move around the navel in a circular pattern. Stop and let your body relax and respond to the touch of your hands on your belly.
Come to your drawing pad. Draw your belly. What images were invoked during your body part exploration? What colors and textures are alive in your drawing? Ask your Self "Are there "leftovers" that I am digesting still?" Does your gut have more to say, more to digest and assimilate? If your gut could talk, what would it tell you?