I love Sundays. They give you such peace and time to think and plan. Which are two my absolute favorite things. We are well in to our holiday season and we are celebrating and planning away. Tomorrow I am going to the fabric store to pick up some fabric for our family altar. I am also headed to the copy store, to print out a nice picture of my grandfather. With Little being, well so little, we wont spend to much time on teaching her about her family tree but Hubby and I will get to share stories and we will show her pictures and talk to her at her level of understanding.
Besides all of the rituals/ remembrances/ celebrations this week I have been thinking a lot about third thought speak. I am going to try it out for a week and I invite others to do the same. If you do try it out I would love to know how it went for you. Maybe we can compare notes.
What is third thought speak.?
With all of the instant communications in our life sometimes we forget to stop and think. We can post on Twitter to the whole world what we are thinking or eating and we can text or IM’s our thoughts instantly. This instantaneous communication translates to our non tech lives were we can pop off with the first thing to fall from our lips. Often without even the time to think it through. With all of this rush we sometimes forget to slow down and think about what we are actually saying. I think with ones religion at the heart of ones life it is important to follow those practices daily. We as witches believe that words are powerful tools. So why would we not give such powerful tools more thought?
That is where Third Thought Speak comes into play. It is slowing your self down enough to not say the first thing that comes to mind or even the second but rather the third. After you have had time to mull it over. This doesn’t mean taking hours (though in some cases hours are called for) but just slowing down a tad.I must confess this is not my idea. I heard it from my student who heard it from somewhere else. Isn’t it fun how knowledge flows? I am reminded of another favorite quote, possibly written by Frank Outlaw
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
This is what I leave you with today to meditate on and what I will be meditating on and focusing on this week. As we acknowledge the destiny and lives of our ancestors; it is a good time to contemplate what imprint we are making on the world and if it is the one we want generations to remember.