I decided to start with this ritual today, in my compost pile. The compost represents the cycle of life and nourishment. This is what I planned:
- put bare feet and hands in it
- connect to worms who process the waste from our kitchen into rich, nutrient soil for use back in the garden
- thank the worms for doing what they do so well
- thank my Ancestors who grew food and flowers too and taught me to care about the land and what grows from her
- give offering of water
- bare feet and hands
- hold each, one at a time
- listen to what my Ancestors want to share with me at this time
- thank them
- apologize for being disconnected
I want to start this and some other new traditions that work for me as I don't connect with most holidays of the year. I have an idea for the spring too...connecting with the hope our Ancestors had.
- give one each to family members to plant in their own ritual of appreciation and thoughtfulness
- mindful of the earth and water that is given to them to sustain them
- share appreciation...
for bees who spread pollen
for the earth and water that sustains them
* Western Mass SURJ has a reparations program that we are a part of too.
- they, them/per, pers