September 2008


Prayer for a Creative Life

God, give me the strength to be surrendered, to be open to what the day brings

Give me gratitude and hope and lead me to the places I need to go

Bless my uncertainty with curiosity,

My searching with calm

Bless my action with release

Let my heart be open, my mind clear,

Let my muse be nearby, not always at…

Bless…

Let me see beyond the obvious

And hear the serenade of the present

In the silence of the moment

Let me reach for harmony

Let me learn the melody, and forget nothing

Let me be simple but precise

Let me feel confident and eager

Release me from fear and negativity

Show me the path

And give me the courage to travel it, one day at a time…

~ Judy Collins

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Fall Equinox

“This is the harvest home festival, the ingathering time, when we bring in the crops, fill the woodshed and prepare for the cold. Now day and night are equal, and we turn our thoughts again to balance.

Fall Equinox is a time of evaluation. Did we plant enough of the right tings? Did we tend our crops well? Have we nurtured what will truly feed us? How do we preserve our harvest so it can continue to nourish us through hard times?

Above all, this is a time to give thanks, to offer gratitude for what we have, and to remember the balance of all the elements that sustain our lives. Gratitude to the earth, the living soil that grows our food, to the air we breathe, to the sun’s warm rays, to the life-giving rain and the flowing, cleansing waters. Gratitude toward our community, to our family and loved ones, and to all the families of beings that are linked in the web of life.

Gratitude is the counter to greed. If we neglect to say thanks for what we have, we feel eternally dissatisfied, and need more and more. When we are thankful for all we have been given, then we need very little in order to feel surrounded by abundance.

In a just world, everyone would have enough to sustain lives with room for beauty, pleasure, self-expression and love, to restore and regenerate natural systems that provide what we need. May balance be restored!”

~ Starhawk 2007 (We’Moon 2008 Calendar)

Retreat

Repair

Regenerate

Return

Do you take time to retreat, to examine your choices and experiences, to pause and regroup before moving forward?

How might our life be different if we were to take more time to pause, to practice time apart, to acknowledge our grief and to celebrate our many blessings?

What more would be available to you in your life if you were to practice honoring your own unique spirit?

Can you wait patiently and live into the questions?

What are you yearning for?

What are you seeking?

What must you eliminate from your everyday life?

What do you need more of?

Be Still And Listen…

(Inspired by Joan Anderson’s book A Weekend to Change Your Life)