September 23 marked the autumnal equinox or Mabon. It’s a time of celebrating the harvest. What do you think of when you hear the word harvest?
I’m reminded of the harvest that surrounds me, the bounty that fills my life. If I continue to feel blessed for what I have then I really do have enough. What do you need to sustain yourself? Do you make sure you’re getting what you need? Do you need more time? Then honor yourself enough to clear your schedule. Put yourself on your calendar first – in pen not pencil. I recently read that the happiest people don’t buy things, they buy time. Buy time? Yes, they might schedule a cleaning service for once a month visits, or someone to pick up their dry cleaning, or online ordering of groceries that are delivered to the car.
I’m reminded during this season that letting go is natural. Trees release their leaves. Days release the amount of sunlight that fills them. What do you need to release in order to conserve your energy as we move into autumn? In years past during the harvest period people would decide what foods to preserve, what foods to feast on before the winter, what foods to save to feed the animals, what foods to share with others. Many things were released not hoarded. Are there certain thoughts you need to release? Certain people or situations? Certain things you’ve been holding onto that are cluttering your life? Are there certain dreams that no longer serve you that you’ve resisted releasing for fear that you failed? We need to release to make room for the new. That’s what the trees are doing; releasing the leaves that served their purpose in the spring and summer, conversing their energy through the winter to nourish the new, unseen growth.
I’m reminded that most of us tend to be good – almost too good – at working and tending but not too good at harvesting. But when it comes to slowing down, sitting down, enjoying the benefits of what we sowed – the things we harvested – some of us feel a bit uncomfortable. For those of us who feel that way, I say enjoy the bounty. Celebrate with friends and loved ones – and strangers. Share the harvest that is in your life. Remember to put some of the harvest, no matter what it is, aside for those cold, dark days of winter.
I’m reminded that the harvest includes more than food that was planted. Harvest can be an abundance of friends, or financial wealth, or an abundance of time. Share those things too. Invite acquaintances into your friend circle. Celebrate your wealth by donating to causes that move you – there are so many needs right now. If you’ve been blessed by having an abundance of time in your life, volunteer, reach out.
In these early days of autumn I wish that your life be blessed with a bountiful harvest. Enjoy the cooler nights and the colorful display that nature puts on for us. Try to release a few things, or thoughts, or obligations from your life. Make like a tree. And celebrate – celebrate you and celebrate your harvest.
I’d love to hear what you’re harvesting in your life. Comment on my Facebook page, Anne Greco Writer, or respond to this post.