Being conscious of what you ought to be grateful for without attachment
I realise that for some people this post won't apply to them - life can be hard and we all go through periods of our lives we'd rather forget. I feel that for every good piece of fortune that is thrown my way or I have manifested through the Craft ought to have a moment dedicated to its arrival. That may mean thanking the diety called upon to manifest the support or needs that I had at the time or just being grateful for coincidences which turn your life around. I feel that I really ought to gather my sisters soon and have a rite especially dedicated to this. I think that I feel more like this the more that I meditate - my mind is clearer and sharper and I tend to be more grateful about the positive things that happen in my life. It's too easy to look at the downside of life and accumulate a list of 'if only' statements from one day to the next.
As you will know, I am very fond of Buddhist thought and have learnt a great deal about their concept of attachment. My attachment to 'if only' thoughts and my attachment to 'I should feel grateful for' thoughts should in no way define who I am, I just feel as though some more conscious thought towards what we ought to be grateful for will provide a better balance for a calm mind & way of being.
Contributing in hard times - more on ethical living and how I'm changing my lifestyle
A very sharp change of subject here, but I am wanting to air these concerns all the same. At the same time as making sure I am aware of what I ought to be grateful for, I do feel that I have more work to contribute to Gaia by trying to live the most ethical life that a meat eater can possibly live in this day and age. There is so much information out there to take in! With every step I am coming closer to living a more biocentric lifestyle rather than one which is anthropocentric. I have put some extra cash forward to buy some cloth pads from Wise Woman Pads which I've tried and tested, and they wash incredibly well. They don't make your menstrual flow smell either, it just smells like blood. They're also the most reasonably priced ones on the market and come in the best patterns. Whilst the economy is also suffering a major blow - yet again - it's a great time to set aside money especially to support local businesses if you can manage. The smaller, locally owned organic stores who are more likely to sell ethical, wholesome and natural products ought to be sustained during this time if only for the cosmetics that they sell if you are to buy everything else from the supermarket. That way we are supporting locally owned businesses and will be helping to keep our local community members employed, selling products which are often hard to find otherwise. As you know I'm a non-materialistic witch and have been cutting down on buying new candles, props or any oils which are not ethically sourced. Instead of buying a variety of coloured candles I'm buying Australian made plain beeswax candles which have a beautiful natural smell and feel to them. If I buy furniture in the near future I aim to buy second hand furniture to avoid cutting down more trees, and have considered buying more second hand clothing to cut down on carbon emissions created from the manufacturing of new clothes - the more second hand, the better in many ways! Fewer new trees will get cut down and less energy is put towards the product.
Show your gratitude to your deity by thanking them for their support & give Gaia as much of your support as you can for everything that she has ever given you.
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