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The Druid Way

Gratitude – for Everything

March 7th, 2018

Last week I included an Alanis Morisette song in a post. Richard wrote: Philip, I love the Alanis song you referred to and shared last week. About the time I discovered Druidry, her song ‘Thank you’ really became a big part of that time of awakening for me. I love the symbolism that she is naked in the video, all the things that had caused her pain she now viewed as something to be thankful for and it was therefore like she was stood naked saying, this is me, I don’t need your acceptance. I found the following piece of writing where she explains that period in her life; “I felt that I lived in a culture that told me that I had to consistently and constantly look outside myself to feel this elusive bliss. And I achieved a lot of what society had told me to achieve and I still didn’t feel peaceful. I started questioning everything, and I realized that actually everything was an illusion and it was scary for me because everything I had believed in was dissolving in front of me and there was a death of sorts, a really beautiful one ultimately, but at first a very scary one, and so I stopped. I stopped for the first time and I was overcome with a huge sense of compassion for myself first, and then naturally that translated into my feeling and compassion for everyone around me and a huge amount of gratitude that I had never felt before to this extent. And that’s why I had to write this song, ‘Thank U,’ because I had to express how exciting this was and how scary it was and all of these opportunities for us to define who we are.”

2 Responses to “Gratitude – for Everything”

  1. It is indeed a powerful healing and transformative moment when we can look back at that which we perceived as pain and find gratitude. Thank you!

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