Here’s an excerpt from the latest Magick Monday newsletter from Jason Miller:
“Thankfulness or Gratitude is in vogue right now. Everyone from Productivity Gurus, to Mindfulness teachers, to therapists are suggesting it as a practice. There are about 50 or so journals you can but JUST to record things you are thankful for. Sometimes trends are stupid things that get blown out of proportion, but sometimes trends become trends because it’s something that works. Such is the case with gratitude. The scientific effects of a gratitude practice are well documented. It boosts happiness because you are focusing on accomplishments, people, and things that you already possess rather than highlighting everything you don’t have. It increases residence and self-esteem for the same reason. For the Sorcerer, offerings are done as part of gratitude, which in turn greases the wheels for greater success in the future.
“There is a backlash of course. Isn’t there always? People upset that gratitude might take your eye off everything that is wrong with the world. People that are banking on your constant outrage at whatever injustice they are trying to fight. I get that too. People who dope themselves up on positivity are not good for anyone or anything, but neither are those who cannot recognize progress made or allow any gratitude or thankfulness into their lives.
“Since in America at least this week is a time to sit down to a family feast, I wanted to share my favorite mealtime prayer. One that strikes a blance between gratitude for what we have before us, and recognition of what is still needed. I believe it comes from Latin America, but I learned it from an Episcopal Priest. It can be easily adopted to Polytheist (Gods) or Animist beliefs (May the Spirits).
“GOD BLESS US TO OUR BREAD
AND GIVE BREAD TO THOSE WHO ARE HUNGRY
AND HUNGER FOR JUSTICE TO THOSE WHO ARE FED
GOD BLESS US TO OUR BREAD”
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