Lughnasa is the sacred seasonal day celebrated around August 1. This is the cross-quarter day that marks the mid-point of summer. The energy has shifted since the Summer Solstice, and we can feel that the Wheel of the Year is turning.
The days are growing visibly shorter. The grass is becoming dry and brown. (My sunflowers are beginning to bloom! I’ve never grown sunflowers before.) Farm fields are standing full and lush with wheat and corn.
This is the time of the year’s first harvest.
When we lived more connected to the Earth, and her cycles of growing and harvesting, we were more aware of this part of summer as the time when the first grains were harvested. For Earth-based cultures, this was a traditional time to celebrate the harvests and to acknowledge all the hard work that went into those accomplishments.
You may not be harvesting wheat from your fields, but that energy is still prevalent. You have our own personal harvests–things you have grown and nurtured and worked hard to bring to fruition in your own life.
This is the time of year when we confront our hopes & fears about our own personal harvests. We hope the seeds we planted in our lives last spring will continue to grow & flourish this year. And yet, like the farmer in his fields who fears a storm will ravage his crops before he can harvest, you may have fears rising up about your ability to accomplish all you’ve worked hard for.
It’s hard, hard, hard work growing things in the farm field. And its hard work growing the richness and blessings you’ve created in your own life as well. Lughnasa is an important time to pause and acknowledge all the beauty you harvest in your life. And all the hard work its taken to get here.
Below are several really great questions to reflect on at this time of the first harvest. I recommend printing them out (or bookmarking them up on your phone) & spend some time with you journal & a pen to record your reflections.
What are you harvesting in your life right now?
What do you hope to harvest in the coming months?
What do you fear might stand in your way?
What is one thing you could do right now to help ensure that won’t happen? (Write down one actionable item you can do, right now, to correct it.)
Spend some time & really acknowledge how very, very hard you work.
Despite all the million & one ways you always feel you could do more, take a moment to really appreciate all the hard work you do put into growing and evolving. Spend 10 minutes acknowledging all the hard, hard work you’ve put in this year–into your life, and your self and all the rich, juicy, goodness you have in your life.
Write someone else close to you a Thank You note.
The fact of the matter is, we can’t do it all by ourselves. We can’t harvest our wheat fields and we can’t build our own beautiful lives all by ourselves. Take 10 minutes and acknowledge how hard someone close to you has worked, allowing you to harvest riches in your life.
Cheer yourself on. Give yourself a big, serious pep talk.
It is damn hard work, building a life you love. (And, just living life in general.) It’s hard work and it requires some serious stamina. You have to finish what you start. And you can do it! I know you can do it. And you know you can do it. Write yourself a pep talk. Cheer yourself on like you’re a badass Olympian. You are so strong. And so powerful. And you’re about to break a mother-f*cking world record.
Finish what you start. Go after it. You are a badass.
Record your favorite summer memories.
Make a note in your calendar for the first of the year. (Seriously, go schedule it in your calendar right now.) Write a “To Do”, to come back and reread your favorite summer memories in the darkest, coldest days of winter. Plan to re-read and return to these sunny, warm memories of summer.