The start of August sees the festival of Lammas, traditionally the start of the first harvest preparations.
It’s the height of summer, gone are the long sun-soaked days and in their place are shorter, cooler days and we smell the imminence of autumn.
The land around us is changing. The first berries are ready for picking, the first crops ready for harvesting, and summer flowers are dying off. Autumn is on the way!
In some respects, it’s difficult to feel into the energy of late summer in these days of extreme and unpredictable weather. But if we can tune into our deep inner knowing of nature in all her glory and the cyclical nature of the seasons, we can use this time as a prompt to align with the external rhythm and check in with our own.
It’s a time to make the most of the time that is left before we gather in the harvest and prepare for the winter ahead.
So, in your own rhythm of late summer, it’s time to take stock and think about what you’ve achieved so far this year and what you have left to do. (When I use the words ‘achieve’ and ‘do’, I use them in both a practical and emotional sense. So, there’ll be some ‘things’ you’ve done and still want to do. And, there will be some emotional shifts you’ve made and will continue to do so over the remainder of the year.)
You can use the questions below as journaling prompts:
- Who and what are you grateful for from the year so far?
- What are you proud of in what you’ve done and how you’ve done it?
- How will you celebrate?
- What is left to do and how will you do it?
- What can you let go of to make way for the rhythm of autumn and then winter?