Saturday, September 01, 2007

a new year...

"Most of us miss our own lives. Most of us spend our time preparing for a moment that never comes,
while the years slip by, unnoticed, unused." - Geneen Roth

Tonight I came home from work, had a quick shower to wash off the day, and set about beginning my 'divine mojo-boost' ritual. I wasn't sure until I sat down what I was going to do, but I knew that I wanted to get the autumn started off right.

I started by burning some sage. I like thinking that I have cleansed the air of any negative energy. Then I recited the bit of Mary Oliver poetry that I feel hits exactly the note of who I would like to be. (The one on my sidebar.) And then I did what I do best - I wrote - I wrote about all of the aspects of myself that I wanted to release and I gently read them to myself over and over and over again. At first I felt quite silly, and I felt like maybe nothing was going to happen, and then an amazing thing happened. I experienced release.

I felt it in happen in my stomach, just below my chest. I felt a tight place loosen. I hadn't even really known it was tight. I felt my forehead relax and my breath deepen. I felt softer than I have in ages. I folded up the paper, whispered a gentle thank you, burned some sage again and then took my paper out to the barbecue! I lit the edge and as I watched it burn I whispered a wish to the smoke for anyone else who was doing a ritual at the same time as I was. Then I whispered a prayer for those I love, and recited the bit of poetry again.

"I feel my boots trying to leave the ground, I feel my heart pumping hard. I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings." -Mary Oliver

I hope that wherever you are you are feeling rejuvenated and ready for autumn to begin. Here's to a new season and a new year!

And what did you do?


GreenishLady said...

Oh... I meant to do a ritual, and then, I forgot about the date. Now, when I read your post about your lovely experience, I feel sorry I wasn't more intentional in what I did yesterday, but I realise some of what I did was indeed in the nature of release and preparation for autumn. I bought 4 new kitchen chairs, and took out the broken old chairs to go to recycling, and, feeling a need for greenery, I acquired three plants for my living-room and hallway, with beautiful pots for them, too. I think my mojo will be boosted by that alone. Your reminder will make me consider what else I need to do, though, so thank you for that.

Sentient Marrow said...

Sounds like a successful start! I, too, intend to burn up the negative but I haven't gotten to that part yet. I am so happy that you felt the release of all that negative energy.

Here's a link to what I did...

Maddie said...

You do have wings - I felt the
flutter all the way over here!

Beautiful and you know - I think I
shall head down to Banyon Books
tomorrow and get some well -


Maddie said...

hmmm - what i meant was I will
get some sage!

also - that quote is so true -
about life slipping past -
sort of a far more eloquent
"life is what happens while you
are busy making other plans"

John Lennon


Tori said...

Something big turned and released within me this weekend. My fear is smaller and my feet are lighter. I am glad that your ritual proved powerful. Happy New Year!

wish studio said...

i feel this so strongly as well...autumn ringing in the true new year. lovely ritual for a fresh new start. xo

Michelle (a.k.a. la vie en rose) said...

oh meg this is such an inspiring is filled with the lightness and the frolicsome-ness you long for...

you've inspired me to write my own list...

Melba said...

Creating your own rituals is a fantastic idea!

MAHIMA said...

I wrote. voraciously.
and then I took my bright yellow coloured chart and my camera and went out onto the streets.
I took a multicolours lollipop, pink framed spectacles and a red flower as props.
I took portraits of people. strangers. asked them to play with the props against the board. And get clicked.
In return for some good conversation.
it was more enriching than I can describe.
I'm trying to live a daring life. :)

bella said...

This was a release for me, just reading your words and letting myself be moved by them, changed.

I will have my own autumn ritual tomorrow and this inspired me and healed something in me. To just release. That is enough.


blisswarrior said...

I am feeling that poem...thanks for sharing.

ceanandjen said...

Megg, this sounds like it was a beautiful ritual, and the release...that is so wonderful. My good intentions to participate in this were good; however, the weekend dictated otherwise in a big big way...which means that when the time is right, which will hopefully be very soon, I will come up with my autumn welcoming and actually do it.

I thank you for the idea and the inspiration.


Jessie said...

What did I do? Uh...that's a good question. But I do know that what YOU did is wonderful! It is so easy to forget to create sacred time. Your words make me take a deep breath. They create a sacred space inside of me. Thank you for that.


Amber said...

I sat outside under the stars for the first time in forever. I prayed and breathed.

You time sounds wonderful!


Lianne said...

I feel like everything I've done and everything I've spoken since returning from vacation has been a ritual. To say that things in my life have shifted is a gross understatement.

Thank you, thank you for your Divine Mojo Ritual. Shall we all plan to do it again next year?

Tomorrow is a big DAY! Lunar eclipse and New Moon!

Frida said...

I went to the beach with Susannah. I dug my feet into the sand and imagined any way in which I wanted my life to be different.

Then I sat on the coach from Bournemouth to London and wrote out my dreams and my plans to get there.