Summer Solstice Blessings
2020 continues to be like no other as the wheel of year turns to it’s mid point. This year the summer solstice (June 20th) aligned with a new moon (June 21) and a solar eclipse before mid-summers day ( June 24th).
Traditionally the summer solstice is a period of high energy and creativity but as it coincided with a new moon it provided us with a combination of both extrovert and introvert energies. I suppose this links with the eclipse energy which is very much a combination of intense energy.
How have you been feeling? Would you like to spend a moment reflecting on the 1st half of 2020 and makes plans for the 2nd half of the year. The mid point of the year is the perfect time to do this – so grab yourself 2 sheets of paper and a pen and settle down to this ritual – it takes about 20 minutes.
Solstice fertility rite ritual
As it was also the new moon and eclipse I took the time to visit a local sacred stone near where I live. This particular stone has holes within it and so I took the opportunity to use it for a fertility rite and “re-birthed” the creation Fertility Toolkit (aka as #fertilityinspiration) plus the beautiful prints and cards through it. Legend has it that new born babies were passed through the stones as a blessing.
Here is a little video of me “re-birthing the Creation Fertility Toolkit” and blessing my products.
Solstice New Moon Guidance
While I was there I also drew this months new moon guidance for #fertilityinspiration. This month I drew 2 cards:
Card 16 Perspective:
Over the course of this solstice moon cycle I will be discussing how your mind set impacts your fertility journey. 2020’s perspective can seem confusing so let’s work together to maintain a positive perspective.
In the meantime you are welcome to read a previous article I wrote regarding your perspective towards the end of your cycle.
Card 21: good nights sleep
Poor sleep affects over 50% adults in the UK. Did you know that to remain healthy you need on average of 7 hours sleep a night?
Insomnia is classified as receiving less than 4 hours sleep for more than 3 nights per week.
Common symptoms of poor sleep:
include impaired reflexes, excessive clumsiness, increased irritability, mood swings, reduced work capacity, hormonal imbalances and poor concentration. The implications of chronically poor sleep are far reaching including elevating the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, depression, obesity and reducing our life span. A recent study highlighted the crucial link of diet and sleep to long-term health but other factors can also impact impact on sleep including stress, snoring, sleep apnea, nightmares and diseases like hyperthyroidism.
What are the different forms of sleep? First we begin with the in-between phase which equates to 15% as is the hypnotherapy stage, we then travel further into a combination of REM – 35% dream, sub-conscious relaxes. And non-REM – 50% dream, conscious relax. If we do not reach an REM phase we don’t get deep relaxation and this leads to a lack of the feel good hormone “serotonin” which makes melatonin. There are remedies to support this using orthodox and naturopathic approaches.
7 naturopathic measures to help you sleep:
- Enjoy a lighter meal in the evening, avoiding very starchy foods (beans, potatoes, pasta) or carbonated drinks as they can cause digestive disturbance
- Avoid sugary food before going to bed. It contributes towards blood sugar imbalances (called hypoglycaemia) – this includes waking between 2:00 am-4:00 am and can cause nightmares.
- Smoking and caffeine increase blood pressure which reduces REM sleep.
- Include a quiet time for relaxation and meditation before sleep. No TV, lap top or paperwork for at least 30 minutes before going to bed and remember to use your bedroom for sleeping not for TV or work.
- Ensure that the room is a comfortable temperature – no higher than 65 degrees.
- Establish a normal sleeping time – and take time for a pre-bedtime bath to relax your muscles. This helps to shift the nervous system into the parasympathetic state and shifts your brain into sleep mode.
- Drink a cup of herbal tea: Chamomile flowers provide soothing relief for the nervous system. Oatstraw for balance. Valerian and hop flowers help relax and induce a deep, restful sleep. Passionflower to bring a sense of calm.
Try these 3 visualisations:
Sleep Awareness Breathing: Simmer your mind down, focusing on each breath and visualise how it travels through your body. This mindful form of meditation helps you get to sleep faster. So, how does it work? By following the air as it moves in and out of your lungs, your mind, which generally can only focus on one thing at a time, will be occupied with your breath—not your anxieties.
Calming the Mind: Lying in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Allow your breath to settle into a slow and natural rhythm. Bring your awareness to your brow centre and picture your mind as a lake. At first, you may see many waves on the surface of your mind-lake. These are your thoughts and current concerns. Now imagine that someone has dropped a large, beautiful diamond into the water. Gently try to see this gemstone shining brightly on the lakebed. If you try to hard you will stir up the waters which will become muddy and you will be unable to see the diamond. So when thought interrupt so not drive them way – this only encourages them to return. Try instead to gently focus all your attention on trying to see the diamond. Slow down the flow of your breath and allow it to become smooth. Your mind, which is closely connected to your breath will respond by becoming calmer and any ripples will gradually subside so that you can eventually see the diamond clearly. Holding on to the image of the diamond, notice how stilling your mind and focusing on the gem brings a silent, profound inner calm. Let the image of the diamond fade and allow the silence to envelop you by focusing all your senses on it. Imagine that you can see, smell and touch this silence.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation: This practice uses the mind and body simultaneously to induce sleep. Begin with the muscles in your feet and slowly moving up to your calves, thighs, pelvis, abdomen, chest, neck, head and face muscles, relax the muscles in each area, one group at a time clenching and releasing the muscle groups. You can practice this technique in any sleep position; the key is to pick one you are most comfortable in, then relax your muscle groups from there.
Common misconceptions about sleep: Sleep does not store. You can’t catch up on it at the weekends. One hour’s sleep before midnight is not worth 2 after. Going to bed early is not a cure for tiredness/insomnia.
Justine Evans ND – Natural fertility & hormone alchemist. Justine is a registered naturopath, nutritional therapist, body worker and healer. Integrating functional medicine with eastern philosophy Justine provides a multi dimensional approach to your reproductive well being.
On line consultations Tuesday-Friday weekly on line. London 1-2-1 clinic in Twickenham re-opens July 2020. To arrange a consultation please phone me 07747 133170 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer: This article has been written for inspiration and education purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose or prevent any disease and it does not replace personalised evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment by your qualified health care professional.