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December 3rd Is The Only Supermoon of 2017 – Get Ready For A Major Change

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December 3rd Is The Only Supermoon of 2017 – Get Ready For A Major Change

On December 3rd, get ready to harness the wonderful power of the supermoon with this handy guide. We are going to cover what the supermoon is, why it is so special and how to make the most of this amazing natural phenomenon…

What is a Supermoon?

A supermoon is a new or full moon that is closer to Earth than normal. It is referred to as a ‘supermoon’ due to the fact that it appears bigger and brighter than usual. The moon looks bigger as it is almost as close to Earth as it’s orbit will allow. In astrological terms, this is called a ‘perigee’ – meaning ‘near to the Earth’.

This supermoon in December is also called a ‘Cold Moon’ due to the chilly weather that this month brings. Each moon has a different (non-astrological) name, which is normally relevant to the season and what it brings with it.

A normal full moon occurs every 29.5 days, as it is fully lit by the sun’s rays. The moon normally orbits Earth from a distance of between 222,000 and 252,000 miles, bearing in mind that the orbit is elliptical. During a supermoon, its orbit is at the closer end of the scale, so it is only around 230,000 miles away. This results in it appearing much brighter and bigger – to the human eye, it looks around 14% larger and 30% brighter than usual.

How Often Does a Supermoon Occur?

The moon must be at a certain point on its orbit around Earth in order to appear so huge. It must also be either in its new or full stage in order to be classed as a supermoon.

There is some speculation around what determines a supermoon, but most definitions suggest that they are fairly rare – occurring once every 14 full moons. Full moons occur once every 29.5 days, which puts around 400 days between each supermoon, making this a pretty big event by my standards. Either way, this December’s supermoon is set to be incredible…

What is so Special About This Supermoon?

Well, for one thing, it is relatively rare! Full moons are spectacular in their own right, and supermoons are even more stunning. These events happen once every 400 days, so with over a year in-between them. There is a lot of powerful energy to harness during supermoon occurrences, making them incredible events worldwide.

What Does the Supermoon Do?

It affects, as always, the tides due to differential gravity. The difference may not be hugely noticeable, but it has been scientifically proven that the force of the tides is stronger during a supermoon. These tides are known as ‘perigean tides’ due to the close proximity of the moon to the Earth.

Many people also believe that the moon has a huge effect on our lives and well being. The supermoon is said to hold a huge amount of power and can cause some pretty big personal shifts! Many people report feeling differently throughout the different moon phases, and especially during supermoons. Our bodies are made up of around 70% water, so it is possible that our ‘internal tides’ and balance will be affected. Let’s put science aside for a second and see what the next supermoon has to offer us, spiritually-speaking…

What Spiritual Benefits Are There to a Supermoon?

The full moon has been cited throughout history as a source of positive and powerful energy. Many people choose to bask in the light of the full moon, and there are various rituals people carry out in order to harness the power of the moon. People believe that the increased illumination that comes with a full moon is reflected in our souls – we are full of fresh light and positivity. Continuing with that line of thinking, the supermoon must bring a whole big heap of these amazing energies.

Energy Healing

Fill your body with new light and get ready to work on self-love and energy healing. Emotions tend to run high during full moons, making it the ideal time to really get in touch with your inner-self. Allow anything that does not serve you to fall from your life. Full and supermoons are the perfect opportunity to let go of any negative energy and experiences, and look to a brighter future – quite literally!

Moon-Bathe and Let That Sh*t Go!

Moonlight is also believed to purify our bodies. Take a cleansing ‘moon bath’ and soak up the rays of this natural wonder. The idea behind this is to bask in light and allow our chakras to realign. Keep an open mind, be patient and revel in what the moon has to offer you. For a wonderful Moon bath, I recommend adding some Himalayan salts to a nice warm bath. You can also add some of your favorite essential oils to enhance your experience. After a wonderful moon bath you will feel relaxed, rejuvenated and totally energized.

 

December 3rd Is The Only Supermoon of 2017 – Get Ready For A Major Change

 

Set Yourself Goals

Supermoons also offer an amazing chance to plan ahead. This is a great time to reflect on where you are in your life and what you hope to achieve in the future. Many people use this special time to journal and set themselves goals. The moon’s energy is believed to help these dreams and wishes manifest. Be as imaginative as you like! The energy from the supermoon encourages creativity and exploration, so find the fun in setting serious goals.

Soak up Some Feminine Energy

This supermoon is all about feminine energy! The moon is believed to be a strong source of feminine strength, so the supermoon is an exaggerated version of this. This is especially important for women, but men should feel comfortable engaging with their feminine side, too. Ladies, make the most of this beautiful lunar event – bathe in the moonlight, chant, have a smudging ritual, gather in groups of powerful goddesses and harness this power. Women’s strength and spirituality is so often dismissed, but now is our time!

Charge Your Crystals

If you are already into crystals, or if you are still learning about their wondrous powers, now is the time to charge them. By laying your crystals out in the light of a supermoon, you allow them to soak up all the positivity, creativity and liberation that will be flooding down upon us. You can also set out any important jewelry or talismans. Many people also choose to leave their drinking water out in the moonlight. You can then mix this with herbs for a powerful drink, or add it little by little to your drinks over the next few weeks.

Do What Feels Right

However you choose to embrace this supermoon, enjoy it. The energies being released are full of positivity and are very powerful. Now is a time to reconnect with yourself and align your mind, body and spirit. This may feel emotional, as lots of energies will be released. Letting go of things is the best way to move forward, and this year’s super full moon gives you the perfect opportunity to do just that.

Do whatever feels good for you – this supermoon is all about empowerment, creativity and aspiration, so channel that however you like.

If you’re still not convinced by the spirituality of these events, don’t worry. You don’t need to journal, meditate or set out any crystals if that’s not your thing.
Simply have an open mind and an open heart, and be prepared for them to be filled with amazing energies.

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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