The thing that keeps us sane. The thing that keeps us going.
Hope is not the same as denial. Hope keeps us abundant, alight, and alive. Denial simply keeps us afloat.
What do you most hope for?
I hope to see my great grand children.
I hope to simply have children.
I hope to create a better world for our future on this planet.
I hope to live presently in the moment.
I hope my family is able to see that they are loved and will be taken care of.
I hope my partner will come into his own and find the career he has always wanted.
I hope that my inner compass eill always point north.
I hope that I will be able to see beyond the fog of trauma and look towards the light.
Ihope the world’s governments can fight less and party more.
But I hope most of all that we as a people, that we as individuals, will be able to heal ourselves with harmonious minds, bodies, and spirits.
What do you most hope for right now in your present position? Remember, a happy ending always starts with hope.
Question from Caitlin Matthews’ Celtic Devotional. Practices for Samhain.
Practices for the Winter quarter of Samhain (1 Nov- 31 Jan) by Caitlin Matthews:
- Practice introspection, meditation, contemplation, drawing upon the peaceful sanctuary of this season.
- Shift burdens by doing something about them (e.g. make your will) or by giving up unnecessary patterns.
- Remember your Ancestors and celebrate their wisdom.
- In this deep season of darkness and introspection, seek the sun at midnight, the rich treasures that lie in the lap of Winter.
- Be aware of the Ancestral Teachers, the grandparents and elders of the spiritual traditions, whose footsteps have kept the pathways open.
- Cut back old growth in the garden and burn or compost it. Dig over the soil in preparation for the Spring.
- Walk and meditate outdoors for at least ten minutes daily.
- Identify the nature of the soil and rock-forms in your locality and how this affects the life-forms who live upon the land.
- Be active, with like-minded others, in recording, preserving, living and learning about the ancient wisdom of indigenous peoples, especially those in your own land.
- As you travel through the land of Winter, relate your spiritual journey to the wisdom of this season.