My 18 month old daughter Estrella woke up this morning at 3:30 am, and then refused to take a nap until well after her regular nap time that afternoon.
“What on earth could be happening?” My husband and I wondered. We then realized that on top of the normal-for-her-age teething pain, she could be feeling the effects of the looming full moon eclipse.
Some studies have supported the notion that the full moon wreaks havoc on our sleep schedules. Add an eclipse to the mix and no wonder little Estrella was all hyped up.
What to do?
We focused on grounding and calming our own energy to help support her ability to relax and get the nap she so desparately needed. Shortly after we used the following tools she fell into a deep sleep and napped for almost two and a half hours (twice her normal nap length).
Since the energy of the January 20th eclipse and full moon could affect you all week, I thought I’d share what we did so you can use these tools too.
I began singing a repetitive simple song. Some of you may recognize this popular healing verse that balances the four elements and especially connects to the earth element.
“Earth my body, water my blood, air my breath and fire my spirit”
Most of us are more focused upwardly, in our heads. I like to visualize that my body has a “root” or tail or that travels deep into the earth. I then imagine the energy from the heavens connects through me to this earthly root, and I am strongly centered in the middle, both grounded and spiritually connected. Children as young as 3 or 4 years old can be guided in this visualization, and when they are younger, simply do it yourself to benefit them.
Warm beverages and food
Warm chamomile tea with milk and honey, stabilizing and nourishing foods (with added healthy fat if your body can handle that) and limiting caffeine help me stay calm and centered amidst chaotic energy from any source.
“Get into your body” any way that works for you
Gentle yoga, dance, sitting meditation, a weighted blanket, a massage .. the possibilities are endless. What works for you? I gently massaged my daughter’s legs and feet to help her feel embodied. Sometimes a warm bath also does the trick. Gardening can also be an amazing way to feel grounded, especially when you do it barefoot!
The sky’s the limit
Use your intuition to find the best ways to help you and your family ground and center whenever life throws a curveball (or an eclipse) your way. Trust your inner guidance, and your growing awareness of what feels good, to inspire you!