Dr. Mandi Murtaugh Physical Therapy + Yoga


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Moon Journal

Let’s talk about the moon.

I’ve always been fascinated by the night sky, whether it’s a full moon or stargazing. Growing up in Montana, I adored nights under the stars. It truly is Big Sky country. I remember my parents stopping the car on the highway and turning off the headlights so we could see the immensity of the sky full of stars. It’s pure magic.

I was introduced to The Moon is My Calendar last year by my Naturopath, and it has changed my life. Each month has a circular calendar that you draw symbols in for each day about energy levels, exercise, meditation, mood, etc. Then there’s a small space for each day to just jot down whatever notes I want to.

If you’re like me and have been tracking your cycle for eons, it’s similar, but is intentionally about so much more than just when you bleed.

I took it on as a science experiment. I’ll do this every day, then after a few months I’ll look back and calculate when I felt what, etc. It didn’t work like that, though. 

I found that by taking a moment at the end of each day to just reflect on my day, the knowledge integrated into my being. I started to notice patterns naturally. I really do have more creative energy when I’m ovulating (and I’m oh so aware of when I am). I gave myself permission to say no to pretty much everything the first couple days of my cycle so I can just be by myself, probably on the couch (in sweats), honoring what my body is asking for.

Even in business—I have wanted to start my own practice for years, but it wasn’t until this spring that the Universe conspired to bring it to be. I am working hard, but in all honesty, it’s all flowing because I’m paddling downstream. I learned that from the Moon, from my cycles, and from listening.

If this intrigues you, I invite you to do the same. Maybe you jot down notes on a sticky pad or in your journal. Maybe you just spend some moments at the end of each day reflecting. Maybe you already have a Moon Journal. If you are interested in The Moon is My Calendar journal, you can pre-order your own 2020 calendar journal here. (It’s an affiliate link, so I get paid a small portion of your purchase, fyi).

Feel like you need more guidance? At a friend’s request, I am leading a Moon Calendar Workshop on October 12 at Yoga Wild. You will receive a 2019 copy of The Moon is My Calendar so you can get your feet wet (a $29 value!) and a little guidance on how to use the calendar. I’ve heard from many friends that they are intimidated and want to do it right, but the beauty is that there is no right way to do it. It’s a practice just like yoga and journaling and art. You just do it and see what comes out.

I’d love to know what you have learned from the moon and your cycles— Share in the comments!