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THANKS FOR LOGGING ON TO MY WEBSITE........................... We are going into the time of harvest. Scroll down to see how you can feel part of this, and reap your own rewards. Click on this link to hear my BBc interview with Jon Smith on July 30th, about Lammas........................................................ https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0fz1kj5
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SPIRIT OF THE HARVEST
The Wheel of the Year turns again to the season of abundance. Stop awhile, breathe its essence and be awakened to all its meanings.
…Just for a moment, let’s go ‘back in the day’. Imagination reveals a small cottage, at the edge of woodland. Here we live, lit by the sun and the occasional luxury of a candle. In the grate of the single living room a small fire crackles – it brings reassurance on this chilly evening of early autumn, but also constant concern, as we assess the log pile outside for how long it may last. We have intimate knowledge of all around us - bird-call, the scent on the breeze, the pattern of stars flung across the unpolluted purple of the night, the tracks of animals – for all such may have bearing on our survival. We are also aware of the harvest that we have gathered, and are gathering, from the fields and hedgerows. We can see the earth that has yielded this bounty, and although we know all about growing things, deep within the soil there rests a mystery, a power that we know we depend upon, of which we feel in awe and to which we are profoundly grateful for the gift of abundance and the promise of another year of joyful life...
Is the foregoing an accurate perception of how a humble country-dweller might have felt, before the Industrial Revolution? We can only speculate, and there is bound to be some romanticism in the ‘speculation’ because deep within we know quite well we’ve lost something valuable. All such reactions are completely alien now, to us, in the developed world, separated as we feel from what gives us life. However much we may try to look after the environment it is hard to connect with our dependence on Nature, and the rhythms of which we are a part. We are freed from anxiety about dwindling stores, this is true, but often a sense of joy at the abundance around us is absent. Evoking an awareness of our bond with Nature is important to our emotional health and well-being, and to a sense of belonging. At harvest time the gifts of the earth are most gloriously obvious. Now is a prime opportunity to awaken, celebrate and experience the blessing of gratitude.
THE ANCIENT SPIRIT OF HARVEST
In times gone by there existed a vivid awareness of all that nature gives us, and that this should not be taken for granted. The Corn Spirit, as the name suggests is/was the energy within the ripened corn, but also a male divinity, who died yearly, and was resurrected. Those who harvested were mindful of all they were taking. When the last sheaf was cut, all involved would fling their sickles in unison, so no single individual could be identified as the one dealing the final blow. The best ears were then chosen and fashioned into a Corn Dolly, which was placed above the hearth, so enshrining the Corn Spirit over the following winter. Feasting and celebration ensued, and the next spring the seeds were shaken from the Dolly to be sown with the fresh crop. So the cycle of creation was observed. Factories and supermarkets put us at a distance from this, but renewing all such connections is both enchanting and grounding, and may lead to a healthier relationship between us and the planet.
FORAGING FOR BOUNTY
There is a simple magic in the act of putting one foot in front of the other. Not only is walking good for the body, it also benefits the brain by boosting blood flow – so if you need inspiration, are feeling down, or mentally ‘stuck’, a way forward often reveals itself, as you walk. At all points during the seasonal cycle, a walk in the country is the primary way to find harmony with the earth. Do this mindfully, aware of all the scents of the season, the texture of the earth where your feet make contact, the colours, shapes and movements around you and the sounds of the wind, and living creatures. If you live in a city there will, in all probability, be a park near you, for you to explore. Try to rediscover the observance of childhood, and be in the moment. Collect stones, leaves, feathers to collect on a nature table at home – and forage.
The cereal harvest may be gathered in, but trees and bushes are laden. When you forage for food you collect evidence of the soil’s power to produce the beautiful and the edible. Picking berries from a bush is simply magical. Make sure you have a least one foray along the brambles, gathering enough blackberries for a pie, or crumble, or perhaps a basketful, to make bramble jelly. It’s a depressing testament to our detachment from Nature that you will often hear parents tell their children not to pick blackberries, in case they are poisonous – something that not so long ago would never have caused a moment’s doubt. Blackberries are thankfully particularly recognisable and can be picked with confidence.
Pick rose hips to make herbal teas, jams and syrups. For an immediate experience of this bounty, make rose hip tea. Wash and top and tail your rose hips and cover ¼ cup of the fruit with one cup hot water. Steep for 15 minutes, strain and taste the season on your tongue. This can be somewhat tart, so sweeten with just a little local honey in order to enjoy.
Elderberries make a delicious and refreshing drink. Pick 1.75 kg elderberries, removing the largest twigs. Wash thoroughly and place in a large pan with six cored and chopped apples and ½ litre of water. Simmer for 30 minutes, strain and return to heat with 400g sugar. Once the sugar is dissolved, decant into warmed, sterilised jars/bottles and seal immediately. Cool and store in the fridge where it should last through the winter. All of these recipes are packed with vitamins, but also ‘structural information’ from plants steeped in harvest spirit.
CONCENTRATE YOUR MIND ON BOUNTY
Harvest comes in more than one form, and there will be a personal ‘harvest’ that you are reaping. This is a good occasion to focus on this, and delight in it. Contemplate all that you have gained over the previous year, and list this on a sheet of paper, including:
- Exams and tests passed, courses completed
- Positive career events
- New experiences, positive or challenging
- Fresh circumstances such as greater freedom or security
- Anything you’ve created, from knitting to becoming a parent
- Inner awareness
- Hobbies or interests
- Special possessions that you’ve gathered
- If your year has been full of suffering, there will be gains even in this, in the strength and wisdom you’ve earned and the endurance you’ve shown
When your list is complete, roll it up in a scroll, secure it with gold ribbon and place this on a cupboard top or shelf that you have set aside as your nature table.
GIVE THANKS FOR BOUNTY
Nothing opens the heart and makes the soul blossom more than gratitude. The Law of Attraction tells us that by being grateful we create the spiritual climate that draws more goodies towards us. True gratitude does not arise from believing you should be grateful as a duty, but from a sense of joy. Amplify your sense of gratitude by applying the following:
- Start saying ‘thank you’ to the Universe. Begin each day by standing before your window and holding out your arms in a ‘thank you’ to life. Say an inward ‘thank you’ for any little bit of good fortune or pleasure, for the realisation that you are healthy, safe, loved – whatever. Gratitude is an emotion – get used to spotting it arising in you, and magnifying it
- Train your brain. Our brains have a ‘negativity bias’ that clings to us from the Stone Ages, when it was helpful to prepare us against threats, so ensuring our survival. But you don’t have to be controlled by this. The analytical mind may not be naturally grateful, so become aware of any tendency to dwell on problems and deficits. Instead, get in the habit of focussing on bounty
- End each day by concentrating on things to be grateful for. Aim to list ten, and if you’re going through a bad patch you can still feel thankful for ten minutes to put your feet up, or for a chocolate bar, or ray of sunlight
- Start each day by finding half a dozen blessings that are coming your way during the day and saying ‘thank you’ three times for each one, concentrating on its delights. Your first cup of tea or coffee could be the beginning
- Re-shape problem areas (such as a stressful job or relationship) by picking out another six elements for which to be grateful. Of course this does not mean overlooking abuse, but you can choose to focus on your strengths and experiences in the situation, and thus be empowered
Gratitude is arguably the very spirit of the harvest, enfolding you in its gifts. May abundance be with you.
COUNSELLING AND HYPNOTHERAPY FROM HOME
We’re all going through strange times. Change is always stressful, but what has been happening is unsettling in the extreme. For each of us this situation has had its unique impact, touching on the parts of life that are most sensitive. If you’re already anxious, depressed, stressed or panicky, these feelings can be made much worse. However, help is, in fact, easy to find and can be reached from your home at a time that works for you, whatever your schedule.
I’m offering counselling and hypnotherapy by FaceTime, and Zoom, at times that can be convenient to you. I'm also available for face-to-face therapy. Please phone/text 07833752173 for details
If you wish for hypnotherapy, you will receive your own, personal hypnotherapy/guided meditation recording, emailed to you after the session, for you to play whenever you wish. Hypnotherapy of this type works very well over Zoom or FaceTime as long as you have a quiet and private space of your own, for this. It is extremely beneficial for relaxation and optimism.
Whatever you’re going through, however hard the issues seem, talking helps. Please call me initially on 07833752173. We can talk about how you’re feeling and find a positive way forward.
DON’T FEED THE FEARS!
If you suffer from anxiety or feel overwhelmed and down, there are things you can do to raise your spirits and regain control. Change is always challenging, and the pandemic has changed lots of things – and yet as humans we are programmed to adapt to change. If anxiety becomes overwhelming, concentrate on your breathing.
Breathe in until you feel your ribs expand – place your hands on your back, just above your waist and you’ll feel this. Then blow out through your mouth, repeating this 6 times. Now focus on what you can do, such as phoning a friend, making a warm drink or carrying on with some useful activity.
You are powerful and there are actions that you can take. Avoid the media, if your fears are growing and stop storytelling – in other words, let go of any tendency to dwell on what you fear is going to happen. This is a ‘story’ – it is not real. Be aware of asking yourself lots of questions in a row, bombarding your brain with uncertainty. It’s okay not to know – you can and will deal with things when they arise.
Make sure you meditate, relax, and write down all your thoughts in a journal – that’s going to be so interesting to read later on. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help – your well-being matters.
Now here are some practical tips;
1) KEEP BUSY
If you’re working from home, create a space to work and turn off television, radio etc. to avoid distractions and anxiety
2) DON’T SIT FOR TOO LONG
Get up every half an hour, stretch and walk about
3) BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE
Find time to get out in the fresh air and walk. whatever the weather, it feels better to get out there and face it, even if it's only for a short while. The exercise and fresh air will boost your mood and immune system. You can also do yoga, dance, or turn your living room into your ‘gym’, if you are now working from home
4) CONCENTRATE ON LAUGHTER AND GOOD NEWS
There’s plenty of it out there. Circulate it among friends and stay in contact, in positive ways
5) DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND WARM DRINKS
essential for health and well-being
6) GET PLENTY OF SLEEP
this also boosts your immune system, and you will sleep better after activity and fresh air.
7) TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR TIME
Ask yourself what you’ve always wanted to do? Painting, mosaicing, music? It won't happen by itself, so take the first step. Order supplies and schedule some time.
8) ENJOY HELPING OTHERS
If there’s anything you can do, from shopping to a cheer-me-up phone-call, do it. It will boost you, too.
9) USE ‘TALKING THERAPY
Your emotional and mental health is very important and it affects your physical health. Just sharing your thoughts and feelings with an empathic listener has an immense healing effect. Don't hesitate to reach out.
Stay safe and well! Blessings Teresa x
TAKE A SOUL DETOX WITH THE POWER OF NATURE, AT HARVEST 2022
Find remedies for feeling cut off, losing your intuition, an over-active mind, loss of belief in yourself and being generally under par
Modern life can drain your energy cutting you off from your roots. All the materialism and striving can pollute your soul, making it hard to be peaceful. But you can get rid of spiritual toxins with these five simple practices, to re-connect you with Nature. Whatever the weather you can free up some time to find a way to move on psychically, getting out and about for your soul detox.
Find remedies for:
- Feeling cut off
- Losing contact with your intuition
- An over-active mind
- Loss of belief in your life purpose
- Feeling generally under par
IF YOU JUST FEEL CUT OFF FROM NATURE AND YOUR OWN BODY
Maybe you’ve developed habits you know aren’t good for you, eating the wrong things, getting stressed, not sleeping? Probably you spend days inside, maybe sitting at a desk, staring at a screen or dashing about trying to complete tasks. No wonder you can feel incomplete and on edge.
TAKE THE CURE. Go for a micro walk. When you have a coffee break or lunch hour, don’t slump in a chair. Get out and use your legs, even if it’s only for five or ten minutes. Make sure you walk where there are at least a few growing things. Notice your surroundings very closely, letting your attention zoom in and out, from gazing at distant objects, to homing in on those closest to you.
Nature is the shadows of clouds drifting over the hills and it is that little butterfly fluttering from bloom to bloom. As you watch you may find that you notice symbols and metaphors that give you wisdom about your life and you feel part of the cosmic web again.
HAVE YOU STOPPED LISTENING TO YOUR INTUITION?
Intuition is the voice of truth within you. It’s your deepest self, trying to give you wisdom. This may be about your own path in life, or things you need to know about the world. If you’re cut off from it you can feel empty and unsure. You may find it hard to make decisions, spend time with the wrong people and make career and relationship choices that aren’t in your best interests.
TAKE THE CURE. Nature has the greatest power to boost your natural instincts. Find a quiet spot outside where you know you can be private and just sit. Listen to all the sounds around you. As you become still you will hear more and more – the birds sing, the breeze rustles the leaves, bees buzz, and there are other, more subtle sounds that you may not be able to explain.
Look around you, noticing the contours of each leaf, blade of grass, stone and twig. If your mind wanders, keep bringing it back to the present moment. Relax your body as much as you can and breathe deeply and comfortably. Let the hassles of life flow out of you.
Think of a major life question that you have. Don’t try to analyse it, just hold it in your mind, sitting with the uncertainty. When other thoughts interfere, notice them and let them go. Just listen to your inner self and the answers will start to form. This is your intuition speaking – you have cleaned the wires and made contact.
IF YOUR MIND IS BUSY, BUSY, BUSY.
Has it become almost impossible to switch off? All day you’re multi-tasking and in the evening going over and over the day’s problems. You may feel worn out and overwhelmed, as if you’re on a treadmill and there’s no way off.
TAKE THE CURE. Go somewhere where the air is fresh and clear. This may be beside a stream or on the top of a hill. Relax your body and close your eyes. Take a deep breath while visualizing the breath spiraling up your spine as you count to six. Pause for a count of six, then exhale to a count of six, visualizing your breath spiraling down, cleansing your being.
If this rhythm feels strained, settle into a rhythm of your own. Once you are comfortable with your spiraling up, holding and spiraling down timing, do the exercise ten times in all. Slowly return to your regular breath and don’t rush back into ordinary life if you can help it. You have inhaled peace and expelled stress.
IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT ANY MORE
Perhaps you used to know what you wanted, but now it seems meaningless. Often you ask yourself what’s the point of it all? Have you backed yourself into a corner with your commitments? Or is this all there is?
This depth of discontent needs a radical approach IF POSSIBLE. Take time out to go somewhere beautiful and dramatic, unspoiled or possibly sacred. This could be a mountaintop, an ancient woodland, a stone circle or a shoreline - anywhere that calls you. If you really cannot do this practically, then take yourself there virtually, by watching a calming video such as my youtube, to make a virtual escape
Settle comfortably, relax and breathe in the ambience of your surroundings. Give all your stress to the earth, imagining it flowing away in a sludgy stream, until you are clearer. Then imagine nourishment rising through you, from the earth.
Ask yourself that big question ‘Why am I here?’. Notice all the thoughts that come. If they are irrelevant concerns, blow them away and ask, and ask again. Notice your surroundings. If an animal or bird approaches it may have symbolic meaning. You may not get a clear answer, but pointers will arrive. Follow these and eventually your answer will be there.
IF YOU FEEL PHYSICALLY UNDER PAR MOST OF THE TIME
There isn’t really anything wrong with you – just aches and pains, low energy, not much motivation – you may even be somewhat depressed. You’ve tried early nights and other small lifestyle changes but nothing makes you feel much better.
TAKE THE CURE. Give your problems to a friendly tree. There is an old custom of tying a rag to a tree to represent an illness and asking Mother Nature to bring back health. In fact that tradition is still active in certain places such as Madron’s Well, in Cornwall.
You don’t have to go to any location other than somewhere that is right for you. Go for a leisurely walk and find a tree that seems welcoming. In your hand hold a small strip of cotton, linen or wool (N.B. Please use only natural fabrics) Hold the fabric in your hand, close your eyes and pour all your feelings of discomfort, lack of energy and low mood into it. Ask the tree to take your malady and give you some of its earthy strength. Tie your strip of fabric to a branch and say thanks. Leave the tree some water as an offering, and whenever you feel under par, think of your tree and relax.
Enjoy Nature – she’s our wisest teacher.
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