It’s hard to believe that we are already facing the harvest season. Each year does seem to go by faster and faster, doesn’t it? On the Celtic calendar, August 1 marks Lughnasadh, also known as Lammas or the First Harvest. This ancient holy day and cross-quarter holiday (that which falls between a solstice and an equinox) has a mythology that goes along with the purpose and legend, but I prefer to leave those stories and explanations to the scholars. For me, the Celtic calendar provides a personal guide for mapping my own personal progress through the year. If we still lived in farming communities, this might be the time of year that we would begin harvesting our grains, which we planted with intention at Imbolc in February, back when the land was beginning to thaw after the long winter.
This time of year is when I like to make a review of those mindful intentions to consider how my hopes and dreams may be coming to fruition. Do they need more of my attention? Do they need to be watered? Do they need more light? Do they need to be freed from obstacles? Are they fully grown and ready to be uprooted and celebrated?
For me, investment and savings provided the gift of a year of reflection, deep diving into spirit and soul to determine a path forward after finding myself at the crossroads last fall. I have no regret for the choice that I made to end a search for more of the same to embark on a journey toward something extraordinary. I wish that everyone could have this opportunity. Imagine getting to spend an entire year with the most important person in your life… YOU. Consider removing any obstacles that stand in the way of deeply connecting with the divine spirit that entered this earthly plane with you, and will remain with you for all of your days… and beyond. What if you could take some time to brush away the expectations of others and determine the truth of your own desires… exploring possibilities beyond what you’ve previously imagined possible for yourself? You could ask yourself: What is it that really makes your soul sing? If you had no need for an income, what would you be doing with your time? Does your passion lie in something solitary or something that connects you with others? Do you have a story to share that might initiate healing and inspire others toward a similar outcome? Can the healing you’ve encountered be a beacon of light for those behind you on the path? Do you have a skill that you’ve taken for granted that deserves to be brought into view? Does your happiness really lie within the size of your paycheck or square footage of your home? Or do you find greater beauty in a more simple existence, filled with more nature and less stress?
I wonder what it is that you might find on your list of reflection. What do you consider to be your personal harvest, so far this year? Were you finally able to let go of some of the people or things that were no longer serving your best interest? Did you create and nurture a new habit of eating differently, or moving more? Did you have the chance to step outside of your box and meet new people, face new adventure, go somewhere you’d never been before? A personal harvest doesn’t have to be filled with really big things… for some of us, greeting August with a smile is worth a bushel of gold. The important part of celebrating Lughnasadh is to find gratitude in every little thing… large or small. Take some time to dance a little jig with joy in your heart for all of the love and beauty that surrounds you. In the northern hemisphere, we are still in the light part of the year and when the Equinox comes around, we will begin our descent into darkness. Is there anything else you’d like to accomplish, gather for your coffer as the year comes into balance and moves… beyond?
To be honest, I feel as if I still have a long, long way to go before I can rest, but I am definitely grateful for my bountiful harvest, thus far. I am enormously blessed to enjoy more time with my parents, and to have this entire week with my grandniece, coming home from the mountains with the sweetest memories of time spent with dearest friends, and overwhelming grace and beauty that Mother Nature nurtures and shares. I am grateful for a loving and supportive community that cares about me, about the wellness of my family, and for one another. I am grateful that sad news in my community, like the loss of a loved one or a beloved pet, or serious illness was also met with wonderful news of outstanding support and loving kindness. I am glad that I have allowed myself the time to find my words and speak my truth, finding healing for self, and for possibly inspiring others to do the same. Our voices are so important – every. single. one!
I would consider it a great honor to hear about your sacred harvest. Shall we dance?