Monthly Archives: September 2015

Mabon Gratitude

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This is my favourite time of year. I love the autumnal misty mornings, dewy cobwebs, abundance of hedgerow food and the colder, darker days and nights. This is the time of year when I am most myself. Not to mention Samhain is only a few weeks away and that makes me as happy as a child with unlimited access to the sweet shop!

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One of the traditions of Mabon is to be thankful. Because of my depression I often forget to be grateful; too caught up in all the bad to remember how much good there is in my life. Let me share a few of the excellent things I am thankful for this year:

1 – Having my best friend in my life. Yes, he’s been around for a long time now, but every year that passes increases how thankful I am for having met and got to know him. Thank you to (image of train is an in-joke)

(image of Charlie the diesel shunter from here because I can’t find my picture!)

2 – Making a new friend. Sometimes you are just in the right place at the right time and this person came along when I was looking for more online pagan connections and her online moot is fabulous. Thank you to

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3 – Mobility – I am thankful that I can walk for a couple of hours at a time, visiting a variety of woodland, scrub and river locations easily from my home. I am thankful that I am fit enough to do so and to enjoy doing so. There is nothing more calming than walking in nature.

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Beautiful old oak king on an abandoned golf course near my home

4 – I am grateful that I can afford to bake wonderful foods combining an abundance of ingredients which I can buy from any shop or pick from the wild. I am thankful that I have access to such a cornucopia when so many have little or nothing in this world.

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Apple cake and white bread made this morning.

Above all, I am incredibly thankful that I can practice my beliefs without censure and without fear in a world where this is true for so few. I am aware of how privileged I am and I try to show my thankfulness by helping others wherever and whenever I can in any way I can. It may not be much but – and Tesco have it right for once – every little counts. Imagine all those little things, every small action, building and growing and it is just possible to imagine the world as a better, more accepting, more peaceful place.

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A small celebration I did this morning including apples from my garden and from the wild, plus some berries and leaves and Green Man incense from the wonderful Goddess & Green Man shop in Glastonbury.

Thank you for reading; I’m grateful 😉

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