Photo courtesy of Maria Ignatova from LinkedIn’s Talent Blog.
We all have skills, those things that we are really good at.
I can remain optimistic in the most troubling of times.
I can remain calm in a truly dangerous situation, especially where CPR is required.
I can heal people’s anxieties, worries, and broken hearts.
I can make a mean homemade apple pie and vegetable soup.
I can make sacred baths for relaxation, rejuvenation, and detoxification.
I can usually cut through and see people’s bullshit before they even finish their sentence.
I can effectively create sacred space for protection, introspection, and beauty.
I can write a mean ceremony ritual for any occasion with very to little no time; be it wedding, funeral, baptism, wiccaning, solstice, equinox, full moon, new moon, birthday, divorcing, or even a girl’s night out.
I can teach and I can also learn.
I can make love, give love, receive love, and transform love into a truly sacred and fulfilling act.
We all have our skills.
They can be as diverse or as simple as they may be. They can be a long list, or a short list. But my guessing is if you really took the time, no one would have a short list.
But which of your skills, or what NEW skills need to come into play into your present life?
Now is a great time to look at your current situation and ask yourself, “what do I most need?”
If I really utilize this skill, how will it work for my, my family’s (friends included), my community’s, my planet’s best benefit?
You’ll know when your heart sings…
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.