Holding the beginning bead, in this case, my bisque Goddess image given to me long ago by Susan Baylies, I breathe. Find stillness. Begin.
“Blessed Mother Goddess, Queen of Heaven, She of Ten Thousand Names. Star Goddess. Mama Gaia. My Lady of the Green Wood. Brighid. Danu. Hecate. Minerva. Kuan Yin. Yemaya.
“I give thanks and praises to you this day for your presence in my life and my heart. I give thanks for your many gifts to us…”
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How do you practice stillness and coming to center?
By what names do you call to your Divine One(s)?
Has this changed over the years for you? For me, there are some who never change – I am devoted to them for life. But there are others who I may choose to call upon when I am particularly working with them.
For instance, when our little kitty’s health was declining, and long after he died, I called upon Bast every day. When a friend of mine was going through a very scary pregnancy, I invoked blessed Isis as protector and midwife in my daily practice.
I did not do this in order to ask for more of their favors, but to remember for myself their presence and love, and know they are always available if I would pay more attention.
Considering what is most sacred to you, what your deepest soul’s music may be, who would you invite to hear your thanksgiving? And how might you most recognize Her/His hands upon your own life?