I love the seasons. I love how they move into each other and cycle in a series of colours and changes. Although I love all of the seasons and all that they bring, we are moving towards my favourite time of the year - Autumn. Today is Lammas, the first harvest festival of the year and time of the grain harvest. It is high summer; a time of abundance and warm hazy mornings. It is also perfect for family celebrations. My little boy is a little young at the moment, but as he gets older I would like to introduce him to the cycle of the seasons and how fun it can be be to observe nature in this way. I intend to start introducing him to these celebrations next month for the Autumn Equinox, as the leaves start to turn. This is the first in a series of posts that I will doing on the traditional festivals. For now, here are some fun ways that you can celebrate the first of the harvest festivals with your family. You don't have to do these things on Lammas, but can be done on any make and they make great summer holiday activities.
Buddhism is growing in popularity in the modern western world. This is not surprising, as our lives get faster and more hectic - we begin to look for an alternative. We rely on mindfulness and meditation techniques to calm our minds in a world that is competitive, violent and seemingly uncaring. I have considered myself a Buddhist for quite a while now and have recently been attending classes at my local Buddhist Centre. I have found, as I continue my journey into Buddhism that it is very relevant to parenting and can actually help us to make the most of being a parent. As it turns out, young children and babies are natural little Buddhas themselves.