Today, August 1, is Lughnasadh, the first of three Celtic autumn harvest festivals. With the heat and drought much of the US has experienced this summer, it is perhaps a time to more finely focus our gratitude on what we have. In my case, hay for my horse will be hard to come by so I'm already planning to stock up for winter. Feed prices for grain have also increased. However, my small pasture has been resurrected by recent rains (little rain thought it was), so Tori has been able to graze for a while each day, therefore allowing me to feed her less. That little patch of green has been a welcome blessing!
As I reflect on what I've sown this season, I realize I've cultivated gratitude for my home, my friends, and my abilities (both creative and mundane). I have also returned to a much closer relationship with nature than I've enjoyed in years, spending more time with Tori and other critters that cross my path, and taking time being observant, still, and open with the natural world. I've had the wondrous pleasure of walking amongst literally dozens of large dragonflies, I've taken walks in the rain, I've watched some amazing and colorful cloud formations, and I've experienced kayaking on a lake at sunset. (I love Colorado! Can I get an "amen," brothers and sisters?!)
In the next couple months, I hope to start some new projects and I'm a little apprehensive about taking these next steps. But when I reflect on all that has come to me this summer, both externally and internally, and when I realize how inspired and excited I am at the prospect of these new doors opening, I feel confident that I'll be reaping a soul-sustaining harvest that I can share with others who hunger as well.
What seeds have you sown this year? What is coming to fruition for you to harvest this fall? As we begin the autumn months and prepare for the introspection of winter, what will you gather now to sustain you through the darkness?