When I was little, I didn't understand the harvest festival at school. It meant taking in some tins to put in a box and old people would survive winter... because we had put tins in a box. Then I watched the second Nanny McPhee film and more understood the harvest festival! A celebration that the fields had been worked, the harvest was in, the hard work was done and winter could be faced. Those scenes are filmed so beautifully and I recommend the film to all those who haven't seen it. It's gentle, funny, well written and beautifully acted.
Is there a way to harvest our mood and battles?
I'm a bit of a seasonal girl and I know this time of year can be good for me but I also fear the season after. Once in a while it's good to look back and see where we have been. In the last year, have you had downs and some ups? How did you feel this time last year as Autumn started performing for us? Can you harvest these thoughts and feelings alongside the ones that remind us Spring followed Winter?
If you are a little seasonal like me, now is the time to think over what may come and how you plan to deal with it. I'm planning on getting things more in order (I'm having clear outs and having the outside painting done!) so that I might allow myself more hibernation in the coming months. I do not mean curling into a corner wrapped in a duvet (although that is SO tempting) but more that I will be able to go easier on myself. Accept myself as productive in the three other seasons and accept I need one to hunker down within.
Try saying 'hunker' five times and see if it makes you laugh.
The room above the garage.