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Shedding what you no longer need

campics 032Harvest always bring to mind a season of culling and clearing space. Not only do you reap whatever you’ve sown for the year, you also need to clear and prepare for the coming Winter.

As a homeschool mom, this means cleaning out textbooks and other school related items, but I also take stock of the emotional and spiritual things I should shed. This is especially true when things aren’t working for me.

This year’s goals have varying results, but I recognize some didn’t come to fruition because I didn’t apply myself. Even the weight loss demands more rigorous exercise I wasn’t willing to do. Either case, I know the reasons why my ‘crops failed’.

And that’s okay. Know why? Because I learn from those mistakes. I adjust my life accordingly, or I take time to meditate and question as to why I’m not applying myself. Is it fear? Laziness? Do I even want it badly enough?

Fingernails[5]Growing out my nails took almost two years to get them to the length they are. I slipped a few times, adjusted my habits, but most important of all- I recognized that it wasn’t the actual biting of my nails that was the issue. It was the anxiety I had that caused the nail biting.

Once I worked through that, it became easier.

I can tell you right now one issue with the weight loss is that I don’t really like exercise, well…more to the point, I don’t like getting sweaty. I also like to eat, not so much to eat until engorgement, but I love flavor and texture, and food is connected to social events as well.

So I started walking.

Look a turtleWalking my dog ends up being enjoyable, once I get my butt out the door. I see the changing season, I meet nice people along the trail, I gain the happiness knowing my dog is enjoying herself.

(She doesn’t, in fact, see the turtle in the photo, but she gets real excited when it splashes in the water.)

I also picked smaller portions, so I can still enjoy food, just less of it. (And I refuse to buy Nutella because I recognize I would eat the whole jar by myself).

We see our limits, adjust for changes, but forge ahead to find that success.


Manifestation Box (or basket)- Get a box or some container to keep on your altar and decorate as you wish. You can find paper mache or wooden boxes very cheap at craft stores.

You can paint, glue, or stick paper on it to make it yours own, but while doing so, vision your energy flowing through it, empower the materials even if its just cardboard. Make this your manifestation box, to put in things you want manifesting in your life.

Get scraps of paper and a pen to keep at your altar. When in need, jot down things you need, or things you need to gain your goal. For instance, if I want to lose weight, I might wish for weight loss, but I also need to wish for resolve, motivation, health, energy, and strength so I can meet that goal.

Periodically, you’ll need to clean out the manifestation box. You can do this by casting circle and ceremoniously burning the paper as a way of sending that energy back to the universe. You can also glue seeds on the paper and bury them, sending energy back to earth but also getting the added bonus of growing something (like flowers or fruit/veggies).

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The Power of the Attitude Change

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After so long of seeing no results or receiving luck, I’ve been experimenting on myself by trying to change my attitude, to improve my idea of self-worth, and that I have the power to change what I feel in various situations. Attitude is everything.

“If you can’t get out of it, get into it”- This quote I found on the Internet. I’m not sure who originally said it, but it struck a chord in me, that it implied I had this super power to change my attitude towards doing something I didn’t really want to do.

In some things, I found this was easy. For instance, I don’t like dishes. Its not something I hate, but I’d rather not do them.  So, while washing dishes, I tend to let my mind wander during the redundant action of cleaning dishes. I will sometimes blast my favorite music. I’ve been known to dance while doing dishes. Other times, my mind wanders to stories, rattling in my head, that want to be written, or perhaps a craft project I want to do someday. It makes the work easier, the time passes quicker, and sometimes I feel I’m putting Order back into my life.

Doing any chore and complaining, or wallowing in the thought of how much you detest it, serves to make the time more miserable. You’re focusing, feeding that bad energy.  If it must be done, why not find some way of getting it done, or better still, enjoying yourself while doing it?

This might be difficult in some jobs, but others can end up being fun. Folding laundry with my son when he was little involved sock puppets, and fun experiments with static electricity. Even shoveling snow provoked games where we pretended to be snow plows. Mopping the floor, and I’m envisioning cleaning not just the dirt (and slaughtering dust bunnies) but cleaning the negativity in my house, removing the bad energies. Its very cathartic.

Studies on the topic of happiness also show that changing one’s attitude, even synthesized happiness, serves the same health benefits, and offer you real happiness.

It might take practice. I’m still a work-in-progress, and catch myself complaining. I’m trying to change that, and I’ll post results in a few months. I do see a shift already starting, where things don’t seem as bad as they are, and Life seems brighter.

Book Of Shadows in Deep Red with Pentagram 3 Ring BinderBook of Shadows Assignment: Journal about what you’re grateful for, what things in your life are blessings. Some things might not be things one would initially appreciate, but I am grateful for even the tough times, for they make me stronger.

Harvests that fail

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Harvests are just around the corner. But not all grains, fruits, and vegetables will be ready to harvest at the same time. and not all harvest will bear fruit…or whatever it was you planted.

Our goals are much the same; bearing nothing but disappointment for our efforts despite the best efforts put out to the Universe. Sometimes these things happen.

The first step is to take stock of one’s actions. Did you do enough, make mistakes, or even pay enough attention to your goals. An example would be to lose weight- did you exercise, keep track of your diet, and do what needed to be done to see results? If not, was there something you could do to adjust your efforts, try harder, for instance, that can help?

The second step is to take stock of the environmental factors. A goal of employment might not bear fruit if the job market is suffering. Perhaps a goal of an herb garden didn’t have the best soil to grow, or not enough sun, or too much sun? You can learn from this, try next year.

The third step is to recognize that some goals need their time to come to harvest. Some goals require more time, more focus, and even more help from others  to bear the fruit of success.

Remember- a failed harvest, or goal, does not make you a failure. You learn from it, and try again, providing the goal is important enough to you.

My own goals this year vary with success. Some goals I recognized I really didn’t want to do the work involved. Other goals required certain elements to succeed that I didn’t have. Other goals show results, but not the abundance I hoped for. I must adjust and move on.

I find myself taking pride in whatever goals I do accomplish, however small. Even goals I didn’t plan on, but spontaneously took up the last minute, earn me self-respect.

Book of Shadows Assignment: Write down the goals you’ve set for yourself this year, and what you should differently to accomplish them. Take note of effort versus yield. Give yourself kudos for successes you didn’t plan for.