It is so basic in us to feel that things should go well for us, and that if we start to feel depressed, lonely, or inadequate, there’s been some kind of mistake or we’ve lost it. In reality, when you feel depressed, lonely, betrayed, or any unwanted feelings, this is an important moment on the spiritual path. This is when real transformation can take place.
—Pema Chödrön, The Pocket Pema Chodron, shambhala pocket classics, Boston MA, 2008, p. 12
End of Summer Holidays
The traditional end of summer is coming up—nominally August 2nd. Also known as Lughnasa or First Harvest, celebrated this year on July 31st. It is the beginning of bounty and plenty which lasts until the end of fall.
For the rest of us semi-pagans, it’s the second full moon of the month or Blue Moon. There are plenty of those celebrations happening, too. (Here’s one.) Ramadan just finished up with Eid (the big feast after the fast) on the new moon that will be bringing us this full moon.
I completed the 100 Happy Days challenge on April 15th. Each day I posted a photo of the first thing to bring on that happy feeling. My rule was no repeats. I could have used Instagram or Facebook. Instead of blowing up a feed, I created a specific tumblr. Find out more about the 100 Happy Days challenge. They make you a free book as a bonus.
I’m contemplating purchasing a membership in AutoCrit. The agony comes from knowing once I buy it, I’ll have to use it. I have a novel all picked out—one I’ve already published. All part of my 20-year plan to finally finish up my great unpublished novel Cosmic Control: Bronwen’s First Age. AutoCrit offers automated language editing showing you overused words, poor adjectives, and weak constructions, to name a few. Almost like a self-tutored editing class.
Thought of the Month
To sit patiently with a yearning that has not yet been fulfilled, and to trust that fulfillment will come, is quite possibly one of the most powerful magic skills that human beings are capable of. It has been noted by almost every ancient wisdom tradition. —Elizabeth Gilbert