Monday, July 6, 2009

Some thoughts on what we bring with us.

Let my worship be within the heart that rejoicest,
for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.
Therefore, let there be beauty and strength,
power and compassion, honor and humility,
mirth and reverence within you.

Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valiente

That little bit is taken from the Charge of the Goddess. Something that many pagans incorporate into their worship. But do we live it. Do we celebrate the things that other religions, society, friends or family may frown at simply because they are fun. I am not talking about the pleasure that we may find in reducing another's joy. But the pleasure from the simple things. A game with a child, walking in the rain, laying with your lover, talking with your friends, enjoying food, enjoying looking nice, enjoying walking, enjoying goofing off, reading a book, you see how the list can go on. Yet in our 'work work work' society, we often feel shame at just feeling joy. Is that truly living a life of worship?

"But we don't need to live a life of worship!" Some might say. "We do that when we cast circle, on the sabbats, on the esbats, (again fill in the blank)." I ask why not? Even when we are doing serious work, should we not find joy in it? Should we not find pleasure in accomplishing a task? Should we not doubly enjoy the pleasures of the day when the Gods present them to us?

So take the time to pause and enjoy the breath of fresh air when you are in your garden, the laughter of a child, the sprinkle of rain, the hug from a friend. And know that when you are being a witch. One of the Wise, to find joy in life.

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