To be homesick is to long for the thing(s) outside of our present grasp.
For some, this could actually mean just what the word says: home. But for others it could be the nostalgic “memory” of things or times past. Possibly from a past life, possibly from childhood. Or even still, from the things that we have yet to encounter.
Being homesick and the things that which we are sick for tell us a lot about who we are as people, and show us glimpses as to both our higher purpose and our higher truest, most authentic selves.
What are you homesick for my friend?
From where do you travel?
To where are you going?
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.