May there be peace in the West;
May there be peace in the East.
May there be peace throughout the whole world.”
~ Druid Blessing
It’s only a month ago the Autumn Equinox arrived here in the Northern Hemisphere. This has always been a favorite time of the year for me, and many honor the recent Celtic festival of Mabon (September 22) as the balance of light and dark. It is a time of reflection, and honoring our harvests.
Peace begins within each of us, and then extends to our neighbors and our world. What other gift could we give ourselves at this time that would benefit our world more?
John Muir reminded us to “Keep close to Nature’s heart and break clear away once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.” Living here in the Nantahala Forest reminds me of this prayer every day. I feel Mother Nature’s heart day and night, and it comforts me immensely.
As the Celtic history honors the Green Man of the forests, so our soul’s desire to honor that light within us. Our hearts yearn for the harvest of peace and prosperity. And when we choose peace and prosperity, and we gift ourselves with the time and space to create that harvest within us, we fill our lives with joy.
As the leaves here are changing to spectrums of yellow and golds and oranges and reds, our eyes take in this feast and a smile fills people’s faces. Apples are ripe and leaves free fall for all to enjoy.
From the Blue Ridge Mountains near Sylva, North Carolina, to our world, blessings to us all. May this year’s harvest be good fortune for all.
Featured photograph “Fairy Land”, fine art photograph by Teri Leigh Teed, selected for Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS’ member exhibition “Autumn Art”.
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