Nov 21 2012
Last night was the 40th monthly meeting of the original Pagan Round Table! What an exciting 3 and a half years it has been – who knew what that time would hold when Debra and I first set out to create a regular community gathering where people from many or no traditions of earth-based spirituality could come together in a safe, positive space. Some had despaired of the lack of civility in our Pagan community, but you all have proven that you are compassionate, curious, funny, eager to learn and eager to grow.
Attendance has dwindled the past few months so we take that as a sign, like the falling leaves of the season, that we should withdraw for a time, go within to rest and restore. Perhaps we will emerge in the spring with renewed vigor, or perhaps our growth will take a different direction. Such is the beautiful, cyclical nature of existence, is it not?
Thank you to all of you who have made this such a loving challenge. You restored my faith in the potential of our still-fragile community. I am still available should anyone wish to simply meet for dinner on the third Tuesday (or any time, really) to share from the heart. For now, however, we will release the good folks at Grecian Gardens from holding one of their party spaces for us until such time as we can better fill it.
Last night we talked about how cultivating an attitude of thanksgiving has changed our lives. Today someone sent me a wonderful statement made by the first president that I remember:
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy
An old Pagan song comes to mind as I write, so click here if you would like to hear it as a complement to this post. I wish you peace, prosperity, health and great happiness this joyous holiday season and in the year ahead, Holli/Sekhmet