Even Nature Takes Some R & R!

As the winter solstice approaches, nature reminds us it is important to take time to rest and restore. I invite you to do the same as 2018 comes to an end. Nourish your body, allow your mind to daydream, and revitalize the spirit with family, friends, and loads of natural beauty! I'll be doing the same for the remainder of the year, so comment approval and email replies will be delayed. I appreciate your patience as I take time to replenish the 'ol creative wells (because I've been busy working on MANY new and exciting things coming your way in 2019, so get ready!).

Wishing you all a comfy and cozy, fuzzy-sock-wearing, soul-healing, snowman-building, chocolate-covered kind of Yuletide season! Love and blessings to each and every one of you! 🎄

♥ Michaela

Simple Food Blessing

Instead of acknowledging Earth Day in the typical way (because every day is Earth Day for Pagans!) I've decided to touch upon another subject.

When I was a teenager, much like many other teenagers, I was a vegetarian. After a year or so, my growing body became anemic. But when I returned to eating meat, I felt such guilt. How could I believe animals have souls and yet still eat them? How could I have such profound respect for something I'm willing to kill for sustenance? 

Eventually I came to realize one simple truth: Everything on this planet lives at the expense of another. The antelope dies for the lion. The fly dies for the toad. Even the tomato ceases to be a living plant for the vegan.

It was then that I came to accept that I am not a terrible Pagan for liking myself a steak. We shouldn't feel guilty about sustaining ourselves. But what we should do is recognize the sacrifice that has been made. One life dies so that another may life. And we are obligated to acknowledge and honor that transformation from one form of energy to another, from a living creature (or plant!) to nourishment. 

Before every meal I say one simple blessing and I invite you to do the same!

Happy Earth Day, fellow Pagans! 

Do you have a blessing you say before a meal? How do you honor the blessing of nourishment?

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  1. As a pagan, you've given me something to think about. I, too, have felt guilty eating animals. This simple acknowledgement of sacrifice is beautiful. Thank you!

    1. You're so very welcome! I hope you find it helpful! =D

  2. Thank you. Making this something that I speak aloud would be a great idea.

    1. You're welcome! It is a very gratifying practice, showing reverence for sustenance. =D


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