Lughnasadh blessings…

February 4, 2016 at 2:42 am (Magic, Wheel of the Year, With thanks) (, , , , )

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Wishing all my friends in the south a magical Lughnasadh, and those in the north an enchanting and enchanted Imbolc… On this day of gratitude and thanksgiving, I am grateful for my love-filled life, and all the blessings I have – a loving hubby, close family and friends, clean water, good food, good health, a job that pays the bills, a wonderful home, the right to choose, the right to vote, the right to an education, access to health care and (for the most part) equality…

From Into the Mists…

The ritual Carlie attended was Lughnasadh, also known as Lammas, which is celebrated in the first week of August in the northern hemisphere and the first week of February in the south, and marks the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. It’s the first harvest festival, traditionally a time of feasting and of thanksgiving for the life-giving properties of the grain, as well as a recognition of the cycle of sowing and reaping of the crops – and of the symbolic things you grow and create in your life.

It’s a day of harvesting the fruits of your labours and acknowledging your successes and what you’ve achieved in the past year. Celebrate the goals you’ve reached and have your own festival of gratitude, in whatever form that takes. Toast your success, throw a party or do something special to mark the occasion. Make a list of all the things you’ve gained over the past year – the gifts you’ve been given, the new talents you’ve developed, the friends you’ve made, the experiences you’ve had, the healings you’ve received – and give thanks for it all.

Then, out of gratitude and in the spirit of the ancestors who shared the bounty of their harvest with those less well off, pay your good fortune forward. Donate to a local charity, as Rose and her friends do, lend to a business in the developing world, or give your time to help someone, ensuring the energy of abundance continues and is strengthened. Give joyfully, with no expectation of receiving anything in return. And work out small ways you can make a difference to the people around you all year long as well.

As the energy begins to subtly slow, this is also a time to be patient and to trust that everything is as it should be, because there are still harvests to come. Not everything has to be achieved right now – some things take longer to manifest. The lesson of the Wheel of the Year is that everything continues, everything happens when it should, and everything is eternal.

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New Year’s Blessings…

December 31, 2014 at 11:26 pm (Magic, With thanks) (, )

Tonight I am grateful for a beautiful night with my hubby, dreaming a new year into being, celebrating a year just gone, and being happy to just be together and exist in the moment.

I’m happy that I did three workouts today (they were only 30 minutes each)… and glad that PiYo is almost over. I’ve enjoyed the program, but eight weeks is a long time for a set of workouts that you like but don’t love. Can’t wait for the new Jillian one to arrive 🙂

I’m glad I had time to make salad and yummy new dips, for a healthy start to the new year 🙂

And I’m grateful for the year just gone – the good, the bad, the sad and the joyful.

I’m grateful to my beloved, for love, adventure, support, encouragement, fun and sharing of dreams and hopes and love and laughter, for soothing frustrations and celebrating success, and all the myriad moments in between 🙂

I’m grateful for my friends and family, for visits to spend time with them, and catch-ups over cups of tea, and long distance friendships and laughter and love.

I’m happy that Into the Dark was published, and glad I wrote the first 53,000 words of Into the Light in November, and grateful that I made it through another crazy year at the magazines.

I’m proud of my hubby for doing a new EP and a cool video, and following his heart and his dreams and his muse, no matter what.

I’m grateful to my fitness friends, and especially my workout buddy Claire, for sharing another awesome year and pushing each other to do more and strive for more and be more – the best us we can be – and I’m so happy that we met Jillian together and worked out with her 🙂

I’m grateful for beautiful messages from people who read my books, and while talking is a little out of my comfort zone, I’m happy that I could meet people at Supanova, Book Expo, Mind Body Spirit Festival and Festival of Dreams, and glad that I’ve been able to meet even more online…

And I’m grateful for all the promise and potential held within this threshold moment, as we move from one year into the next – while being mindful that we can make a new start every day, every minute – we can change our mindset and our life whenever we choose to… That’s the real magic I think, the magic of intent and creation which exists always, in every moment…

Happy New Year! xx

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With thanks… Thursday August 11…

August 12, 2011 at 4:24 am (With thanks) (, )

Hmm, am having Facebook issues and can’t post my daily gratitude note, so I shall add it here for now…

With thanks… Thursday August 11…

Today I am grateful for a catch up with a sweet faery friend, for coffee, laughter and bemusing waiter assumptions…

I am grateful that I worked very productively – I set up a FB page with a store, and had some likes before I’d even announced it exists 🙂 And I continued my eBook/marketing adventure, researching, learning, planning…

I’m grateful for a lovely night-time walk with Cutes, up to Newtown for a friend’s birthday dinner, then home through the park, holding hands and inhaling the sweetly scented night air, all washed clean by a sprinkling of rain… (And I’m grateful that my sore leg survived it, and that painkillers dulled my bad head…)

And now I am grateful for bed. This getting up early thing is quite a challenge! Too much to do to get to bed before midnight, but my eyes are getting heav and my brain is a little… slower than usual 🙂 xx

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