Welcome to Autumn Equinox
We find ourselves at the middle point of the harvest season at another point of balance. But to me the world is out of balance. Worldwide violence fills the news this year. You cannot turn on the television or listen to the radio without hearing of senseless acts of violence. It saddens me to my soul. What needs to change in the world for the violence to end? No one knows the answer. You would think in this day and age we would have advanced beyond violence to solve problems but that isn’t the case. May we all grow stronger within so we can be stronger without. And let’s pray someone finds the answer to end violence.
This is the time of year we begin to see the results of our manifestations we created earlier in the year. If you are like me you start (or plan to start) so many things but never seem to finish all of them. I always start the year off with good intentions but after a few months other things get in the way and plans change. This year has been a rollercoaster ride for me regarding my health. Every time I think I am on the road to good health something jumps in the way. It has been disheartening to say the least. But I am resilient and am overcoming all my obstacles one at a time.
At this time of year I always turn inward and look at my soul. I try to see if I am the woman I want to be. This year I am closer to the goal. Through the hurdles of the year I have grown stronger, not just physically by emotionally and spiritually too. I spend time just being me and enjoy it. I find I like myself and that is a good thing. I am returning to my roots and looking at my life through a different perspective. I am not living to please others first. I realized that I cannot make anyone else happy if I am not happy first. I am finding things I love and have missed.
Writing the herb of the season column has shown me what I was missing for so long. I decided to reopen my soap and body products business. My website is almost finished and I have inventoried my supplies. We made our first batch of cold process lavender soap and the house smells wonderful. I also renewed magazine subscriptions I let lapse.
For me the results of my manifestations have been opposite of what I wanted. It is more about what I needed instead. I needed to find myself again. So, this second harvest for me is about being thankful and living with gratitude. My acupuncture doctor says she lives with an attitude of gratitude. I completely agree with her. It just took me the long road to find it.
A year or so ago a friend of mine showed me how to do Zentangles. At the time, I was reviewing a book on intuitive drawing. She showed me different patterns and how do draw a string to begin a tangle. It has been more than a year but I decided to try it again. I had a few books on my kindle with different patterns. So armed with my Sakura pens and plain white cardstock I drew a tangle. I thought I would incorporate the drawing with gratitude. I began by writing the word on the paper. Then I drew a string around the word and another strong further out. Now came the hard part. I had to decide which patterns to use. There are so many to choose from and I found I was engrossed in the search. I probably looked at more than 50 patterns before I ever put any ink on the page. I thought I should have a sample page with some patterns so I could narrow down the choices. Once I began, the image slowly revealed itself to me. I decided to draw another string further out and added more tangles. I found the process truly relaxing. I read Zentangle was a form of meditation and I believe it. This is my finished drawing.
My husband read me an article today about the ten things happy people don’t do. The first was not to take anything for granted. That message has been beat into my head this year. The article reminded me about the book, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. It has been a while since I read the book so I went in search of it. I think everyone needs to remember the four agreements.
• Be impeccable with your word. If you don’t keep your word no one will trust you or have faith in you.
• Don’t take anything for personally. This can be hard to do especially when you feel the world is out to get you.
• Don’t make assumptions. Most things are relative based on a person’s experience. Always be open and ask questions so there are no misunderstandings.
• Always do your best. Your best will change with the days and weeks. Just because you weren’t able to do something you were able to do before doesn’t mean you are lazy. It means your best changes depending on you – your mind, body and spirit.
They are more than the golden rule, “Do unto others as you would like other do unto you. If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it. It may change your outlook. May you all be blessed with a bountiful harvest.
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Dawn “Belladonna” Thomas is a High Priestess and Elder of The Apple Branch, a Dianic Tradition. She is the editor and book reviewer for the Oracle and was the Treasurer for The Global Goddess, a non-profit organization. She recently graduated from the University of Florida fulfilling a lifelong goal of completing her college education. She has been published in several magazines for her paper crafting designs. She is the owner of Belladonna’s Garden and makes homemade soaps. She is an avid gardener and lives in Florida with husband. Other book reviews can be found on her Blog: http://becomingbelladonna.blogspot.com/