It's Mabon! This is a pagan festival celebrating the harvest/ autumnal equinox. Darkness now overtakes light and as we appreciate a bountiful harvest, we know that things are beginning to grow colder and die. Now is a good time to "count your blessings" and find balance in your life. Enjoy the last gifts from your garden. Send someone a note just to let them know they are appreciated. Start a new stress-relieving habit (meditation, getting up 10 minutes earlier, eliminating some junk from your diet).
Here are a few things I am thankful for:
1. A truly wonderful, huge family filled with talented, loving people.
2. That I am able to be at home during the week, making things run more smoothly in our house.
3.A house filled with laughter and love, with a yard filled with plants, trees and so many critters.
4. That Grandma was with us to the end, teaching us some very important lessons and not in an institution, alone and scared like so many people have to be.
5. That my husband treats me kindly and lovingly, even when things aren't so great for him in other areas of his life (like work). I am so grateful to have a partner.
I used to do a quick 5 minute meditation/ creative visualization every morning. After the boys were born, that didn't go too well any more! I think I will try to work it back into my day some place else, as it was a great stress reliever.
This is a great time to reread the myth of Demeter and Persephone. http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/grecoromanmyth1/a/mythslegends_2.htm
Also, I think it is a good time to reflect on the saying "you reap what you sow". Are there things in your life making you unhappy? What part do you play in "sowing" its seeds?