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Publication Date: January, 2021

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Genesis: The prompt at the end of 2020, ‘Thanks’, took me to gratitude, which is part of the ‘sacred triad’ of Love, Forgiveness and Gratitude. This is the first time I’ve written about this aspect of my practice and my relationship with this triad, and I thoroughly enjoyed the process. To be honest, though, I was half-expecting the poem to be rejected on the basis that it didn’t stick strictly to the prompt, and using ‘Gratitude’ as the title may not have been enough. In the event, it was accepted and published, and I’m delighted with the end result.

My shamanic pillar of strength
is firmly rooted in the wisdom of the ancients,
embedded in rocks laid down long ago,
while its crowning glory is the sacred triad
of Love, Forgiveness and Gratitude.
Love is for myself, for others, for the world.
Love is for everything and everyone, despite.
Love is for all those who walk, run, burrow, fly, crawl and swim;
the visible, and the invisible alike.
I’m thankful for all the Love in my life,
both proffered and received.
Through Forgiveness, bridges are built
to those I don’t think I can love
for past slights and misdemeanours;
for heartbreaks and rejections;
abandonments and betrayals;
or, for just being different from me
in ways I simply can’t understand.
I’m thankful that I’m learning Forgiveness,
crossing those bridges, one by one, to Love.
I start each day in a spirit of Gratitude.
I’m thankful for my friends, my family,
my excellent health, my inquisitive
and questing nature, my talents, my training,
my fortitude and strength and resilience.
I’m thankful to all of my ancestors
who’s collective efforts across the centuries
culminated in my very existence here, today.
I’m thankful for my enchanted home,
in which everything has a story to tell,
and is surrounded by the endless, natural beauty
of fells, fields, forests, and the canopy of stars
on a cold, crisp, winters night.
I am grateful for being a part of the All,
and that the All resides within me, as One.
I Love acknowledging the Gratitude I feel,
and I Forgive myself whenever I forget
just how blessed I truly am.

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