Monday, September 14, 2009

Autumnal Equinox

Here in the northern hemisphere the Autumnal Equinox is soon approaching. This year its September 22nd. For those that don't know, it marks the first day of fall. It also the time when day and night meet in equal length, from here on out the nights will be longer then the days.

Having always been somewhat in tune with nature, there's always an energy in the air during these times. Many people feel it, maybe you always have as well, and just didn't realize what it is. Its the first year that I'm going to try and really celebrate the Earth's change.

The start of fall is a harvest time, and along with many celebrations going on around the world, it is also a deeply personal type of day. We should take a moment to harvest our selves. To take stock in our lives, to give thanks for all that we have in abundance, and to open yourself to the possibilities in the making. Just as crops are harvested, the earth is tilled and prepared for the next year, so to should we be. I know its easy to focus on the bad and what we don't have, so today is not that day. Clear your mind of all that negativity, and think about all you do have, and all that is good in your life. Unlike things like "New Years resolutions" we don't need to make a list, and compare with friends, or even against ourselves. Just celebrate your goodness.

With so many things out of balance in our lives, and the world around us, it is also a perfect day to find our balance. The Earth is in balance, and easily lends its strength to you, to help you balance. One way to find your balance is to start by sitting or standing quietly with your eyes closed. Breathe deeply and pay attention to your body. How does your body feel? Take some time to really feel it, let your thoughts drift to each of your limbs, your torso, your head. If any of it feels out of balance see if you can find way, and make the internal adjustments needed to fix it. Now focus your thoughts further inward on your mind and soul. What do you feel? If you're having trouble finding balance here, try bringing up a little energy from the earth your sitting on, let it flow through you. You don't have to give it any specific directions, just think about finding your balance. It will come. Remember at this time the Earth is in balance, that comes with the autumnal equinox between day and night, light and dark, activity and rest.

There are often other celebrations going on, like Oktoberfest, if you want to look around, but you can also quietly celebrate the changing of the seasons alone, or with a loved one. Going for a walk, and paying special attention to the world around you, the changes going on as fall is here, the Earth prepares for a nice long nap. Decorate your home with the colours of the season, the reds, browns, oranges, candles, leaves, a harvest horn.

Do you have anything special you do at this time? I'd love to hear about it! If you decide to try any of these ideas, I'd like to hear your thoughts and feelings there too. I wish you all balance, abundance, and magic in your lives.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Writer's.....cramp?

So it's been almost a week and I decided I better write something again. Have you ever noticed that the longer you go without writing the harder it is to write? When you're in a groove, you just write, it doesn't...seem to matter as much, words just seem to flow. Take a bit of a break though, and all the doubts and fears seem to creep right back in.

Things like, nobody wants to read anything I have to say anyway. What's wrong with you, you don't know anything about writing leaving it to the pros. Shouldn't you be out looking for a job?

Maybe its a form of writers block. Its not that my writing sucks...I just don't have anything creative, I have writers block! It sounds almost cool...cause you have to be a writer to have writer's block, right?

So what do you do when the words don't seem to flow? Is it music, a movie, a walk, a long talk with an old friend? Me...well apparently I just open a window and start writing. :)