Rosh Chodesh means "head of the month”, and begins with the appearance of the New Moon.
The special connection between women and Rosh Chodesh harks back to the episode of the Golden Calf, when the women declined to participate in the "fundraising" effort and refused to surrender their jewelry for use in making the idol. As a reward, they were given Rosh Chodesh as a day which they observe more than the men (Tur, Orach Chaim 417).
Rosh Chodesh celebrates the monthly renewal of the moon after it wanes to the point of disappearance. Thus Rosh Chodesh celebrates the concept of perpetuity—notwithstanding life's peaks and plunges. And it is the woman who – through her steadfast faith – ensures that no matter how much we wane, we will always be renewed.
April 16: Chodesh Nisana/Aviv - Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
Meditation on new beginnings and Loving-kindness. Opening up and growing takes a great amount of trust and bravery. It takes a great amount of self-love and self-trust In order to make any changes in oneself and to start a new journey. First, we have to give ourselves space and stillness to rediscover who we truly are. Be brave, be bold, but most of all, be self-loving.
May 14: Chodesh Iyar - Meditation on illuminating the light within – I AM THAT I AM
The new moon is a time of new beginnings, literally and figuratively. It’s usually accompanied by a feeling of excitement and possibility. Embrace it! This phase is about self-discovery, and intent, and is the phase that involves the emotional body. It’s time to embrace the passion, desire, and excitement of who you are.
June 11: Chodesh Sivan - Meditation on Balance – learning to honor the joys and the sorrows of life.
To appreciate the waxing and the waning of life’s journey. Light and dark, night and day, happy and sad, negative and positive, one is incomplete or rather unappreciated without the other.
“God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not one” ~ Rumi
Adrian Hovard has been practicing meditation for the past 30 years. She is a graduate of the Mind Body Awareness Project and certified in Mindfulness-Based Stressed Reduction for Teens. She currently teaches out of her home and at GO INWARD Yoga Studio in Belmont Shore.