Full Moon Boxes by Gaia Collective

Recently, I went to an amazing event put on by Creative Collective LA at Play collaborative studios downtown. Many women gathered to learn more about different self-care practices that we can utilize on the regular to prevent us from being uprooted. The first instructors were two lovely ladies from Gaia Collective, the group that sends out a monthly full moon ritual box outfitted with all of your ritual needs. The Gaia women led a large group of us women to create a crystal mandala on the ground, and we learned about the power of mediating with these precious stones (we worked with Tibetan Quartz, Laborite, Smoky Quartz, Blue Agat, Black Tourmaline & Carnelian)

Paula Pavlova was the one who led us through this meditation journey and asked us to imagine our inner guides. Once we imagined who that person might be, she then instructed us to imagine ourselves as our own guide. I saw was this Pocohontas-like woman who outstretched her arms to me with love, strength & vigor, and felt so empowered to be meditating in her presence . The powerful message here was that we all contain a guide within ourselves that can be there for us and guide us at any time we call upon him/her. 

I was so inspired by this meditation, and was pleased to find out that every monthly full moon box they send out contains its own unique meditation, three crystals, herbs, a piece of jewelry, essential oils & a featured artist product. They are absolutely beautiful and make for a great gift or even a gift to share with friends. Learn more about this magic and why its important to establish sacred rituals like these in your life with Paula below. 

 

Q&A with Paula Pavlova from Gaia Collective

Q: What is the moon box and how did it come about?

A:  The MoonBox is a subscription to a spiritual set of goodies, arriving at your front door, every Full Moon. This box of goodness is a monthly treat, curated by us {the Girls of GAIA Collective} and filled with creations made by the growing community of artists and alchemists in the collective. This beautiful MoonBox community came about as a manifestation of our intentions to "align with Gaia" and "spread the Luna love". Our mission as a collective is to share the art of the earth with like-minded souls, while creating cosmically bound connections with the universe, the moon, and the stars. 

Q: What is included in the box? 

A: Each box is themed around the location of the Moon in the Stars and includes detailed astrological information, intended to help guide you through your MoonBox experience. The box itself includes three crystals, an essential oil roll-on {specially blended for the full moon}, herbs, a featured item by an alchemist in our collective, and one piece of jewelry, hand-crafted by a featured artist. All of this Earthly Magic is tied together by a guided meditation and ritual {including supplies}. With each MoonBox, we send out a fully packed Full Moon Newsletter with even more information about our Mother Earth and Mama Luna, plus a recording of your guided meditation and ritual! 

Q: Where do you get your inspiration for the meditations? How often do you meditate?

A: We are always finding inspiration in the natural world around us, above us, below us, within us. Two of our co-founders Missy Shaw & Paula Pavlova, are registered Yoga Teachers and draw inspiration from their growing knowledge as constant students of the yoga philosophy & practice. Missy is trained in Yogastrology©, from which she draws inspiration for the ritual included in the MoonBox each month. Paula focuses her practice on visualization, meditation, and pranayama (breathwork). Together they create a symbiotic experience inspired by the lessons that nature is always teaching us, and the stars that always guide us.

Each of us make it a priority in our daily lives to take time for ourselves, and seek solitude as much as we seek guidance from one another. A meditation practice is a profound and challenging thing, often starting with years and years of concentration. We know we are as much students as we are teachers of this ancient practice of healing. We encourage ourselves as a collective to concentrate on and honor the truth in our hearts every day that we can. Some days, concentrations are shorter than others, and some days, they don't happen at all. But everyday, we are gentle with our Selves, and we remember the words "Practice, and all is coming." -Pattabhi Jois. And some days, our concentrations will deepen into enlightening meditations! 

The meditations we lead as a Collective are inspired by the moments of breakthrough we have had ourselves, usually in somewhere in nature. We encourage everyone in our community to take an open-ended approach towards inviting meditation into their lives, and being OK with just concentrating on healing for years, too. Magic will come when you practice, and practice comes with patience. 

Q: What other moon rituals do you have that aren’t included in the box?

A: We make tea! Many alchemists in our collective make incredible blends for every Full Moon, which we occasionally feature in the boxes and will soon be selling individually on our site! Stay tuned! 

We also Gather! Across the United States, we have ambassadors popping up, leading Full Moon GAIA Gatherings inspired by the contents of the MoonBox, yet individually created by each of our Moon Leaders to represent their authenticity as yoga teachers, leaders, healers and/or artists. To learn more visit www.gaiacollective.com/gatherings

Q: What is the significance of the full moon? Why do all of these rituals included in the box? 

A: The Full Moon is an energetically potent time and marks the completion of a cosmic cycle. Ancient cultures have been marking this day with ceremonies and traditions for generations, as it connects people to a narrative that is much larger than the self. It connects us to our Universal One-ness and the deeper layers of Self. The Moon and her cycles lead to deeper introspection when honored and reflected upon. This results in more interconnectedness between beings and broader understanding of the phrase, "we're all in this together." Because we are! When we start to better understand the world within us, we can have a better relationship with the world around us, and that is what our collective seeks to offer to individuals, the universe, and our Mother Earth - GAIA. 

Q: What is the moon box and how did it come about?

A:  The MoonBox is a subscription to a spiritual set of goodies, arriving at your front door, every Full Moon. This box of goodness is a monthly treat, curated by us {the Girls of GAIA Collective} and filled with creations made by the growing community of artists and alchemists in the collective. This beautiful MoonBox community came about as a manifestation of our intentions to "align with Gaia" and "spread the Luna love". Our mission as a collective is to share the art of the earth with like-minded souls, while creating cosmically bound connections with the universe, the moon, and the stars. 

Q: What is included in the box? 

A: Each box is themed around the location of the Moon in the Stars and includes detailed astrological information, intended to help guide you through your MoonBox experience. The box itself includes three crystals, an essential oil roll-on {specially blended for the full moon}, herbs, a featured item by an alchemist in our collective, and one piece of jewelry, hand-crafted by a featured artist. All of this Earthly Magic is tied together by a guided meditation and ritual {including supplies}. With each MoonBox, we send out a fully packed Full Moon Newsletter with even more information about our Mother Earth and Mama Luna, plus a recording of your guided meditation and ritual! 

Q: Where do you get your inspiration for the meditations? How often do you meditate?

A: We are always finding inspiration in the natural world around us, above us, below us, within us. Two of our co-founders Missy Shaw & Paula Pavlova, are registered Yoga Teachers and draw inspiration from their growing knowledge as constant students of the yoga philosophy & practice. Missy is trained in Yogastrology(insert copyright symbol), from which she draws inspiration for the ritual included in the MoonBox each month. Paula focuses her practice on visualization, meditation, and pranayama (breathwork). Together they create a symbiotic experience inspired by the lessons that nature is always teaching us, and the stars that always guide us.

Each of us make it a priority in our daily lives to take time for ourselves, and seek solitude as much as we seek guidance from one another. A meditation practice is a profound and challenging thing, often starting with years and years of concentration. We know we are as much students as we are teachers of this ancient practice of healing. We encourage ourselves as a collective to concentrate on and honor the truth in our hearts every day that we can. Some days, concentrations are shorter than others, and some days, they don't happen at all. But everyday, we are gentle with our Selves, and we remember the words "Practice, and all is coming." -Pattabhi Jois. And some days, our concentrations will deepen into enlightening meditations! 

The meditations we lead as a Collective are inspired by the moments of breakthrough we have had ourselves, usually in somewhere in nature. We encourage everyone in our community to take an open-ended approach towards inviting meditation into their lives, and being OK with just concentrating on healing for years, too. Magic will come when you practice, and practice comes with patience. 

Q: What other moon rituals do you have that aren’t included in the box?

A: We make tea! Many alchemists in our collective make incredible blends for every Full Moon, which we occasionally feature in the boxes and will soon be selling individually on our site! Stay tuned! 

We also Gather! Across the United States, we have ambassadors popping up, leading Full Moon GAIA Gatherings inspired by the contents of the MoonBox, yet individually created by each of our Moon Leaders to represent their authenticity as yoga teachers, leaders, healers and/or artists. To learn more visit www.gaiacollective.com/gatherings

Q: What is the significance of the full moon? Why do all of these rituals included in the box? 

A: The Full Moon is an energetically potent time and marks the completion of a cosmic cycle. Ancient cultures have been marking this day with ceremonies and traditions for generations, as it connects people to a narrative that is much larger than the self. It connects us to our Universal One-ness and the deeper layers of Self. The Moon and her cycles lead to deeper introspection when honored and reflected upon. This results in more interconnectedness between beings and broader understanding of the phrase, "we're all in this together." Because we are! When we start to better understand the world within us, we can have a better relationship with the world around us, and that is what our collective seeks to offer to individuals, the universe, and our Mother Earth - GAIA. 

All Images courtesy of Gaia Collective