Total Eclipse of the Heart and Mind

The "Diamond Ring" Effect happens in the last few seconds before totality is achieved.

The "Diamond Ring" Effect happens in the last few seconds before totality is achieved.

Today is the solar eclipse! 

I'm sure that you know it's the Great American Eclipse unless you've been living under a rock. Atlanta will have an over 90% totality (how much of the sun is covered up by the moon), and complete totality will be visible starting about an hour and a half north of the city. 

If you want information about how and where to watch safely, please see NASA's website or the Great American Eclipse's website. NASA will also be live streaming the eclipse from multiple locations across the country. 


Bonnie Tyler's epic 80's smash, "Total Eclipse of the Heart"

Bonnie Tyler's epic 80's smash, "Total Eclipse of the Heart"

So why am I quoting Bonnie Tyler?

Total solar eclipses are really special moments. In works of fiction, both in literature and in cinema, eclipses represent change. They represent an opportunity for great growth and revelations. So regardless of whether or not you're going to be in the path of totality, or even if you think you'll go outside to watch the eclipse, you should take a moment for mindfulness. What new goal or intention can you set for yourself? What is something that you would like to leave behind? We often think about making resolutions on New Year's Eve for the following year, but you can choose to create new goals and set new intentions at any time. Let's allow this major cosmic event to spur us on to meaningful change. 

What kind of intention or goal should I set?

One of the best things about setting goals and personal intentions is that it can be for whatever you want it to be! Because August has been my month for treating yourself to better health, I would encourage you to set a positive intention for your health. An healthful intention could be incorporating more physical activity into your life - perhaps setting a goal of walking for at least half an hour outside every day. Maybe your intention is to make a home-cooked meals at least four nights a week. It can be anything that you like as long as it is something that will improve your life. I just recently finished a month of guided meditation, and it was incredible. Perhaps you could commit to meditating at least once a day for just ten to fifteen minutes.

If you feel like setting intentions is not for you, you can also try releasing bad habits or letting go of hard memories and feelings. This is another popular thing to do at New Years, but it can be done any time. Write down things that you would like to leave behind you after the eclipse, and then light a candle during the eclipse. Toss the things that you would like to leave behind you into the flame and let them be burned away. Just make sure that any time you're using fire that you are using it safely, and that you do not ever leave any kind of flame unattended. Make sure that you also have a fire extinguisher or a large container of water handy to put out any errant sparks. 


How should I do it? 

I personally love wish jars. They're a really cool way to set your intentions and goals for an upcoming period. Most people will choose to open their wish jars once a year or once every other year and just see what they have been able to accomplish. It can be a very rewarding and inspiring process. Try making one for the eclipse! 

A wish jar, or in this case a dream jar.

A wish jar, or in this case a dream jar.

You can also just light a candle and write on small strips of paper that you'll burn up to leave behind bad emotions, events, memories or habits. Again, just remember to follow all rules for fire safety. If the addition of the crystals in this image feels a little too "new-agey" for you, that's totally okay. I just thought they were pretty and made for a nice picture. There is no need to incorporate crystals into this practice. 

Releasing bad habits, memories and emotions by burning them on small slips of paper during the eclipse.

Releasing bad habits, memories and emotions by burning them on small slips of paper during the eclipse.

As always, I'd love to hear what you're planning to bring and do. Feel free to comment here on the blog or on my various other social media outlets. 

Oh, and before I go, I want to leave you with the Literal Music video of Bonnie Tyler's fantastic "Total Eclipse of the Heart." If you haven't seen this, please treat yourself. It's fantastic. Some slightly NSFW lyrics, but nothing worse than PG-13.

Yours in health,

Dr. William