Daily observance (part 1)

As you know I am big on the idea of a relationship between The God and Goddess and self( myself/ yourself) I find a lot of what I do to feed that relationship is through my daily practice and daily observance.

I don’t do daily meditation, though I like the idea. I simply don’t have the ability to right now. I find when I get quite, I go to sleep. at least for now I guess sleep is what I need.

I do try to do some yoga every day and I like to do a sun salutation. There is also a moon salutation and neither one of these takes to much time so you can add them in to your day fairly easily. Plus they are a layered activity. Mindfulness, conectiveness, being in tune with your body and a bit of a work out.

I have my personal altar set up on my bedside table and so it is the first thing I see every morning and the last thing I see at night. I also have a dog that requires I accompany him to the yard first thing, so I am often able to see the sun rise. I know lucky me. Often while in the yard I will face the sun and greet the God as He brings light and warmth for another day. I usually say something along the lines of “Hail fair Sun lighter of day, thank you for the warmth and light that show us your way” though “good morning God thank you for another wonderful day” is just as good. You get the point. often while I am still in bed I thank the Goddess for another wonderful day and either thank her for the blessings of a goodnight sleep or for coffee depending on the night.  I ask them both to be with me and to help me make the best choices through out my day.

For meals such as breakfast I try to light a candle and ask the God and Goddess to be with me. I usually say something like “bless this food that I prepare and nourish us with love, bless this food that we will share with both of you” above.

I also try to say grace whenever I eat. Weather it is spoken or thought it is the intention that seems to be most important. If your family has a grace by all means use it. if it needs a little tweaking, say they forgot the Goddess, you can add her back in. Simply changing God to God and Goddess or Lord to Lord and Lady and Father to Father and Mother. you get the idea. If you are the guest in a home of someone that may not share you beliefs you can always add the extra word silently in your head.  I also encourage my Daughter as we eat to thank the various people and animals and plants for our food.  So thank you to the pig that gave us this bacon, thank you for the chickens that laid these eggs. Thank you for the tree the grew these oranges, and Thank you for the farmer that took care of the oranges and picked them for us. This again gives us that sense of connection because food does not just magically appear in your fridge. Thanking the cook is also a very good idea.

I will finish with a grace I like. This is a family grace so I am not sure where it came from. I have changed “friend” to “friends”( and otherwise made it plural) Which I like so much more because not only can in encompass the God and Goddess but also the elements who are key in food and also ancestors. Particularly nice around Samhain.

“Sit down with us, oh silent guests, our Friends unseen, whom we love best. And by thy presence let us feel, true happiness through out this meal”

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