There are many things I appreciate.
I appreciate being able to communicate with thousands of people, inspiring them to live healthy lives.
I appreciate being able to have the resources given to us by technology to fascilitate such communication.
I appreciate being able to talk to loved ones far and wide whether that be on the phone or by post.
I appreciate walking upright on two legs rather than four, it just is easier to multitask this way.
I appreciate being dexterious enough to make the things that I make: food, baskets, poems, love.
I appreciate being able to put to paper my manifested thoughts.
But what I appreciate most of all, above everything else?
Taking all of the above, working this magic we all have, and creating untold happiness and love and wellbeing for my fellow kindred spirits.
That is what I am most thankful for and appreciate to the highest heavens and lowest lands.
I appreciate the ability to connect and be connectable with others through love.
What do you most appreciate about being human?
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.