Abundance and Welcome to my Blog

“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.” -Wayne Dyer

One of the challenges that has been posed to me, during the course of my evening escapes to commune with one of my best friends and spiritual sister, has been to offer up some examples of abundance in my life. At the time, I was able to come up with a few areas that were “good enough” examples for a point in my life in which everything seemed like a struggle. I don’t think at that time though, I really had felt that spiritual connection to abundance and how it could really manifest in my life. Recently, I would have to say, that’s changed. Hold on to your knickers, this gets very exciting for me.

About a week ago, a friend of mine created an event on Facebook. She’s a rather savvy person when it comes to how she chooses to utilize that social media monster, putting it’s potentially radical powers of letting everyone know your every move to good use as a way to organize and build some community among her friends, whom all happen to be interested in some form of gardening. Being a fairly wise earth goddess in her own right, this event was designed as a way that her friends could meet each other, and make use of some extra seedlings that didn’t really fit in the garden. Mostly, she didn’t want to see her gorgeous new tomato seedlings come to a bitter end after having nurtured them from seed to transplant stage. Who can blame her? It takes a lot of work and an equal amount of love to nurture something so fragile from the very beginnings of life, not to mention the waste of perfectly good tomato producing potential.

Being fairly new and sort of clumsy with gardening, I’ve pestered her from time to time for advice, resulting (to my joy) inclusion in her gardening group, and also an invitation to this seedling swap. Now, to be clear…I’d not planted a single seed this year. My garden is in facts still in the foundational stages due to some financial challenges. I had only just started to sort out how I might create my garden on a budget so tight that the couch is threatening to send in the muscle if I don’t pay back the change I found in the cushions. I accepted the invitation, only after I sent her a private message, weakly confessing that I had nothing to share. I was told to “come anyway and get some tomato plants.”

Shortly after deciding to attend this lovely gathering of women and plants, I wandered outside and started to look around my yard. I didn’t have any seedlings, but I realized I had some rhubarb that I know will spread and populate as much space as it can. It also transplants easily, and was shared with me by a member of my SCA group last year. Maybe, maybe someone would want some of that. Hey! Cool! I looked around a bit more. That yarrow I planted last year, came back. It was also shared with me by the lady I got the rhubarb from. Holy cats, is it ever growing tall and it spread out, a lot. Maybe..maybe someone would like some of that as well. Then I noticed my chocolate mint plants, they were also thriving and spreading like no one’s business, and my lillies, and hostas too! Excited that I did have something to potentially contribute, I rushed back to the computer and offered up these glorious plants that had all returned this spring. I was able to share with this little group of women, some happy rhubarb, some tall and fragrant chocolate mint, and some brilliant orange lillies, in exchange for several tomato plants at least some of which are heirloom varieties, a bleeding heart plant, black-eyed Susans, beans, tarragon, a new fern for between my hostas, and some native irises which will arrive at some point next week.

It gets better, I’ve been really wanting to create an awesome space in my backyard, but finances have been way to tight for me to be able to purchase more than a starter plant here and there this year. All of these gorgeous plants were free. Looking around at what I already have, I could easily thin out my hostas, lillies, and yarrow by spreading them to different spots in my yard. The irises will look great mixed in with the lillies. More free plants! Oh, and there’s a hollyhock growing against the corner of the house, I think it’s multiplied. I think I can move it as well. Then I realized the lilacs really need to be thinned and moved about. More free fragrant flowers! I can also share with my best friend, who would like to increase her lilac population. Abundance, abounds! Yep, it doesn’t take much to make me as happy as, Jack Sparrow with a secret stash of rum and his favorite ship.

Now, I have all these plants, I need some way to create the garden I had hoped for this year. I’d been researching how to do all of this on the cheap. Apparently, the key is to be near a place that throws their pallets out for people to take. I’ve been stalking just such a place. That’s right…stalking, I’ve been stalking that wood pile for over a year now, swearing I was going to somehow find a way to use those pallets. They are now participating in what I am referring to as “Hammer Therapy.” Hammer Therapy is the process of removing the center slats of the pallets, and alleviating my pent up aggression, (of which there is a good bit), by smacking those suckers out with a hammer. It’s a decent work out. It makes me feel empowered and happy; and it provides me with free raised beds for my garden.

Abundance, surrounds me. I find it in the woods these days as I forage for wild foods and medicinal herbs. I find it in the ability to endure that makes my family so resilient. I find it in the sweet delight of uncovering a new piece to our family tree. I find it in the unconditional love and quick forgiveness visible in the depths of the eyes of my children. I find it in the bonds formed between a 4 year old boy as he naps flopped on the couch using a patient and gentle pit bull for a pillow. I find it in my backyard, looking around for a way to fit in, for a way to contribute. It was there, and in recognizing that it is there, it allows me the opportunity to be resourceful in how I work with my surroundings, and with my own ability to create more abundance for myself and the people I love.

Sometimes it takes a bit of resourcefulness to uncover it, or a moment of looking at it from outside the box, but abundance is most assuredly there; and I am truly blessed.

Welcome to my blog. I know, it seems backwards, and at times it will be very much like a conversation with…well, with some one quite unaccustomed to caffeine after a mocha with a triple shot of esspresso. Other times, it will be much more like a walk in the woods, peaceful and soothing. I sort of flow where ever the spirits takes me. I hope you enjoy your visit and return soon.

-Blessed Be!

The Measure of Success – The Questions that Lead to Self Discovery

One of my soul sisters and I are making building on a habit that we once had of getting together once a week for magickal purposes. It’s not always formal, and sometimes it’s just a time of discussion, venting, or just general fellowship amongst ourselves within the energy. It so happens that at this time that on our more casual nights we have been working through, T. Thorn Coyle’s latest book, Make Magic of Your Life. So far we’ve been working through the introduction, which is unusual in that most introductions in that book introductions tend to be fairly short and they don’t usually jump right into the working portion of the book. I’m not complaining, in fact I am enjoying the process. One of the questions asked for the purposes of further contemplation, meditation, and perhaps even journal work that was posed in the book is something to the effect of, “What does success mean to you?” or “How do you define success?”

It’s a very interesting question, the answer will vary depending on who you ask. Does being successful mean that you’ve reached a certain financial or social status? To a certain degree it will for many people. I think that to many people achieving a certain level of financial independence is a necessity. We all need things like food, a place to call home, and to be able to at least maintain the basics. For some folks, that may be all that it takes for them to be successful. For others, perhaps being successful means making an impact on the world in some way through social activism, environmental activism or through some other means. Depending upon the person, maybe their success is reached by touch the lives of individual people, or through larger scale actions that impact their community as a whole. Perhaps success is found through the pursuit of music, or art, or both. Perhaps it’s to be found in the pursuit of spirituality. Maybe it’s really just about finding harmony in the life you already have. There are a lot of great stay at home parents out there who are doing an amazing job of juggling the daily tasks of maintaining a household and raising the children. I can tell you, it’s no small task. It takes a lot of juggling, love, patience and resourcefulness. Perhaps it’s in learning to balance all of these things in our lives in such a way that we can pursue all of our interests, while meeting our needs in a way that nurtures our souls.

This question has brought to me a few questions that I must ask of myself. Oddly enough, I popped over to Twitter to do my daily twitting, (yeah I know, it’s tweeting, but I like my terminology better) to find that the lady herself has posed the question to her followers. What kind of person do you want to be when you grow up? Are you speaking to me, T. Thorn Coyle? Have we somehow connected in a way most unexpected and to me quite awesome? It is the question of the hour to me. This is the question that will begin my journey of introspection, and self discovery. Who am I really? Who do I want to be? How do I evolve into the kind of person I’d like to be?

For me this will take discipline, which I’m not terribly good at. This new twist in my path will be challenging, but in the end, as I discover more of myself and become more the person that I would like to be. I think that I will not only be happier, and more successful in my life but will also be able to be a better role model for my children. That would be very fulfilling for me, as a mother, and as a witch.

Thank you to Kirsta Skaff and T. Thorn Coyle for the needed inspiration this week. Blessings to you both and so much love.

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