As Halloween or Samhain is known as the Witches’ New Year, I’ve decided to really take some time to look within myself. To think about what I need to let go of that is no longer serving me. As well as take a look at areas of my life where I wish to put more energy.
Part of that is really dedicating my time and energy to my path. Recently I have switched some aspects of my spiritual path. I am starting to really pay more attention to the things that my soul resonates with more. I have decided to take the usual “a year and a day” course of study to fully immerse myself in my spiritual path and to learn more of some these newer aspects.
I started on Halloween this year. Or as we call it, Samhain. This is the time of the year when we move into the dark half of the year. This is our spiritual New Year. Samhain is a time where we move from the light into the dark. It is a time where we honor our ancestors that have gone before us, as the veil between the world of the living and the one of spirit is thinning. This is a time of rebirth through Death.
Part of this study will be a regular journaling practice. Some of which I may share here for public viewing. I hope you will enjoy the bits that I do decide to share. I’m really looking forward to diving deep into the new path I have stepped on and hope I can share it with others.
Reduce the amount of trash you create by replacing single use paper towels with reusable cloth napkins, sponges and towels. I like to use cloth napkins for meals, and keep a sponge for cleaning surfaces. Each item can be reused multiple times, there for reducing the amount of trash created. It’s a simple solution for a BIG problem.
I recently came across a great article on the website One Green Planet
with some great information on how plastics damage the oceans and marine life. The article also included some great inforgraphics that I thought I’d share, with some tips on how you can reduce the plastics being found in our oceans. It takes a little more than recycling, as the article states that more than 85% of plastics are never actually recycled. That’s a pretty shocking statistic. Take a few small and easy steps to reduce the amount of plastic you use. You can read the full article here
Carry a reusable water bottle made of glass or other materials instead of buying single use plastic water bottles. Bring your own reusable coffee cups to work or in the car. I love my Starbucks drinks and use their reusable mugs and cold cups. As a bonus, they have reusable straws for the cups as well.
Bring cloth bags on all your shopping trips. Use reusable cloth bags instead of the plastic ones. I like to keep a few in my car at all times, to have them on hand for those impromptu stops at the store.
Try using solid shampoos and conditioners to reduce the amount of plastic shampoo bottles that wind up in our oceans. Lush has some great ones and you dont need any container to hold them in.
I think this one is the most shocking to me. The amount of straws we use that then wind up in the oceans. And its so simple to stop this one. Just dont use straws, drink out of glasses without them, or as I mentioned buy the reusable cold cups with the reusable straws from companies like Starbucks. At restaurants avoid using the straws and tell your server to not bring them to the table.
If you tend to eat at places that offer plastic cutlery, bring your own set of stainless steel ones. Keep a set in your car to always have on hand