August 1st marks the halfway point between the Summer Solstice & Autumn Equinox. There is something determined and strong about the energy now, though there is also that sigh of satisfaction or that wistful nostalgia that may caress our fields of energy in moments of reflection. There seems to be powerful waves of ready-to-go mixed with taking a moment to bask. It's that air of ripening summer and the full sweetness of the harvests coming in mixed with the desire to keep going and start something else and keep working on it. But, it's important to remember that we can reap and sow at the same time.
And, in other areas of their land, they are mulching spent beds for overwintering, trimming fence-lines & underbrush, and gathering firewood to dry. The point, however, isn't really a homestead lesson so much as an energy lesson & following the seasons.
This time of year affords us an opportunity to slow down and enjoy our blessings. We have the time to appreciate what we love & desire most in life. We remember that a "desire" is not always that want or need as yet unfulfilled, but is present and ever changing and thriving with us - requiring our appreciation of its presence with a bit of TLC. Remember when you first desired your partner (or a partner), children or a family, that car or that job? Just because you have that now "fulfilled" it's not gone away, it's growing with you, changing with you, has the opportunity to fulfill itself every day... Do you still desire it? If you do, appreciate it - which is to say, increase its value by offering it gratitude and care. Put that loving desire of "Yes, I still want this," behind your interactions with whoever or whatever it is.
Instead of just counting our blessings, let's tend them, recognize them, and when the energy arises "to do" then appreciate them, and when the energy slows "to bask" then relax into the abundant feeling of these fulfilled & thriving desires. Sometimes more is just more, and sometimes more is merrier, but always what is presently can thrive and grow with our appreciation. This is where the magic starts!
Cynthia Botsko is an author of poetry, metaphysics, and channeled wisdom for the empowerment and upliftment of humanity.
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