It is now officially Mabon (Autumn Equinox), and during this time of year when the hot summer weather begins to get cooler and the rain starts falling more often, it is known as the reflection time. During the time of reflection, one must take time for themselves and start focusing on their inner selves and heal. This is also the time of year to go through all of your possessions and see what will be kept and what will be donated or thrown away.
The time of reflection of ones inner self can be an unusual journey. This is due to the fact that the person will finally see what it is that they are wanting and what they are needing to heal themselves, to heal their environment, and to push forward into Yule. There are different ways to do this. One of the ways is to journal. Journaling is highly effective and helps all of those who wish to see what it is that lies in the mind, in the soul and in the heart. Not only that, journaling also helps the person cope with what is rushing throughout their life. Journaling daily is the most effective, you can write in the morning when you wake up or before you head off to bed for the night. When you do this, it becomes like a daily routine. No it’s not a chore, it is a therapeutic way of healing yourself and finding yourself once more.
Another way to reflect on ones self is do things that gives you alone time from others and just be alone with your thoughts. Reading is one of the many ways, but for the most part that would more likely distract you and take you into a world where you forget about yourself and become enveloped into one of the characters. Instead, go outdoors and go do something fun and relaxing. Apple picking or pumpkin picking are two of the things that you can do. You can spend time in an apple orchard picking the apples and reflecting in your mind as you do so. No one will be around you, so you can talk out loud to yourself and sort things out. I do this constantly. If I am anywhere near an apple orchard, I will take a basket with me and go to the orchard and pick for hours, all the while reflecting on my thoughts and emotions. Wandering in the forest or mountains will give you all the alone time that you need in the world to reflect and just let you be you.
When we are around others we tend to be engrossed into the conversations and numb ourselves from healing ourselves and focusing on the needs of our mind, body, and soul. This is the time of the year where we need to focus on what needs to be healed and to find ourselves once more, for we lose ourselves throughout the course of the year leading up to this season. For this year, take time to reflect on yourself both on the inside and out. Not only that, take the time to finally heal those wounds that have been trying to open up again.