This Friday is Mabon and because I like to make everything a multi-day production (seriously I do, wait till you hear about Thanksgiving) I have started tonight. I am not sure which night we are going to do our ritual since we are not an official coven we tend to plan things the week of. By official I mean that we are all really Solitary Withes but we have been celebrating the sabbats together. Anyway so I am not sure what day we are going to do our “actual” ritual, but I am doing a few mini rituals. Tonight ritual is a simple focus on the physical body and Cleansing.
The change of season seems to always bring with it a little cold or virus for folks. Some of it has to do with kids being back in school and so they are now exposed to everyone else’s germs. Some of it is just the temperature fluctuation and the changing of the season. Not only do I HATE being sick, I am simply not allowed. I have a little one that counts on me and there is no such thing as a day off from being a mom. So it is a good time to do a little cleansing of the house and of the self to protect your self from germs. On top of this my Hubby is sick and I just don’t want the germs. So tonight focus is keeping my physical body in balance. I guess now is as good as time as any to say that I am not a doctor nor do I pretend to be one and I do in fact go see my doctor when I need to. These are some things that I do for my family and me to keep us healthy other then seeing the doctor.
Look at the food that you have been eating. Is it healthy for you? Are you making good choices with how you choose to nourish your body? You can be consuming tons of calories but if they are not real food they may not sustain you. This will leave you feeling lousy and hungry and with a depressed immune system, which makes it easier for you to catch a cold. If you find yourself making choices that are not the best for you it’s a good time to sit down and figure out a solution. (in my world we don’t have problems, we have opportunities for solutions and growth) One thing that I have found made a huge difference to us is that I block out a 15 min time every week to plan menus for the whole week. Down to the snack food. We eat 3 meals a day plus about 3 snacks. I plan that all out and write up my shopping list. When I go to the store I know just what I need and I am make sure I have healthy good food on hand and that I am never getting so hungry that I am just grabbing for the nearest thing that is not bolted down. I also LOVE savingdinner.com for the weeks I’m to busy to plan. I just print out the whole thing and I’m done.
Next look at you exercise. Are you moving your body the way it needs to be moved? Personally I chase after a toddler all day long so I feel like I am doing pretty good in this department. I could really add some yoga in and in the past I have also done like 10 min interval training which I liked. The other thing I know I need to work on is my breath. I have a nasty habit of holding my breath some times when I am concentrating. Not good so I am going to work on that.
Next to last I am going through the house and cleaning off all surfaces that are touched and could harbor germs. Pay special attention to door knows and cabinet pulls and the sort. As you clean you can visualize the germs leaving and being replace with strong white/ green healthy light that repels germs and bad vibes. After you are satisfied with this it is on to the last and my favorite step. Which is to take a nice long hot soak in the tub. I will be adding some sea salt and some rosemary and lavender. Let it soak in and cleanse your body. Again picture all the little germs just flinging themselves off you and being covered in a nice little suit that repels them. Sea Salt is cleansing and Lavender and Rosemary are protective herbs by nature. by the way we are also in the last quarter of the waning moon so an excellent time to banish germs.
Little mini rituals like this help me keep the focus of the change in season. For me, as I said the Equinox is all about bringing myself back into balance and taking a few nights to look at that help me gently make changes to better honor myself and my place in nature.