Gratitude and intention
A friend of mine recently celebrated his birthday, and had a small group of folks over on the 1st for a combination birthday/Beltane gathering. He offered this really lovely ritual idea, where each of us brought some fruit and we prepared a fruit salad together. We took turns at the table speaking about something that we’re grateful for in our lives, and also something that we are hoping to manifest in the coming season. We added that gratitude and intention to the shared salad, added some honey, and then had a delicious meal together. Important lesson: magic can be delicious!
When my turn came, I thought back to a one-on-one conversation I had at our recent event in Kansas City. I was asked what I plan to do with myself, now that the very long remodeling project at home is done and there’s more space in my life for other things. I was rather surprised to realize that I had an answer. I said, “I’m really just going to spend more time with my friends, doing things that we love.” It’s honestly that simple. I talk a lot about wanting to manifest more joy in my life, and yet I often let those things fall off my calendar or off my radar. Sometimes that happens consciously – for instance, I’m attending a memorial service in a couple of weeks rather than going to a party that I’ve been looking forward to – and that’s one thing. But often it’s not conscious at all, and I just find over the course of a month or a year that I haven’t done the things that I KNOW will make me happier.
So what I’m grateful for right now is that sense of clarity, of knowing what I want to bring forth into my life. My intention (and my prayer) is to have the discipline I need to prioritize that and actually make it visible in my life. To that end, I’ve already scheduled a little get-together with some close friends next week to play games and hang out. Important lesson: magic (for me, at least) sometimes requires board games!
As we move through Spring and on into the bright part of the year, that’s a wish that I’d share for any of you who might need it, too – a clear idea of what you love and an extra bit of discipline to make it manifest.
This post was written by Jason Frey