Harvest Moon and Renewal

I’ve noticed the past few nights, but this morning in particular the beautiful full moon that is still present in the sky.  It seems we are experiencing the Full Harvest Moon Phase that began on September 29.  Joe Rao, skywatching columnist for space.com provides some history about the Full Harvest Moon.  He states traditionally the full harvest moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the Autumnal (Fall) Equinox.  At the peak of the harvest, farmers can work into the night by the light of this moon.  With the technology available for farmers today, working by the light of the moon is less needed.

I’ve also taken notice of  the glorious colors of the autumn leaves displaying rich hues of red, orange, amber and gold.  Autumn is a wonderful time with crisp cool air and the leaves crunching under your feet.  Do you also feel the temperature outside is perfect to walk, hike or partake in any activity you enjoy while appreciating the transition of seasons?  Autumn for me is a time of  renewal and self-reflection.

Below is information I found to help with the process of self-reflection and renewal.

The 10-Step Life Renewal Plan

Ask yourself these questions to figure out what’s working, reject what’s not, and move toward your best decade yet.

1. Does the way you spend your time reflect what’s important to you? Make a list of your top five priorities – marriage, children, volunteer work, and so on – and track how many hours you devote to each in a week. If any numbers are too low, recalculate your time budget so you can live according to who you want to be.

2. Does your Blackberry get more attention than your family and friends? Resolve to switch off your gadgets during private moments so you can nourish personal connections with complete focus.

3. Are you nursing a grudge or two? Let bygones be bygones, and free yourself from the emotions that weigh you down.

4. Who should be in your life? Phase out any so-called friends who offer only criticism and negative energy. Surround yourself with people you admire, who believe in you and want you to succeed.

5. Have you typecast yourself? You may cherish your responsibilities as a mother, but “Mom” is not the whole of who you are. Ask yourself if one role is draining all your energy, leaving other expressions of your authentic self unfulfilled.

6. What battle are you fighting? Is your husband really the one who’s letting you down, or are you blaming him for the pain of a past relationship? Are you doing what’s best for your kid, or are you parenting with a chip on your shoulder left over from your own childhood? Remember: You are not a prisoner of your legacy.

7. How can you live greener? Can you swap your gas guzzler for public transportation? Trade plastic bottles for a thermos? Go meatless once a week? Pinpoint changes you can make now.

8. What are your goals? Define specific goals with measurable outcomes and assign yourself a timeline. Passion and will-power alone won’t cut it – you need a strategy.

9. Who is standing in your way? The answer may be you. Reject self-loathing and treat yourself with the kindness and respect you would show your best friend.

10. What one thing can you do for yourself every day? It could be as simple as finding 20 minutes to take a bath.  Every day is a new opportunity to pay attention to your own needs and make choices you feel good about. This decade, claim the right to minister to yourself.

– The Oprah Magazine, written by Dr. Phillip C. McGraw, PhD

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Beautiful Fall Pictures to enjoy from lovethesepics.com.

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