Ogham Series - Buíochas - Gratitude
Ogham is the first written script of Ireland. Said to have been created by the God Ogma as proof of his scholarly prowess, these characters can be found all across Ireland marking prominent stones where ever you may go. Combining this ancient script with the words from the living Irish language our Ogham series hopes to bring new energy and awareness to both.
Buíochas is the Irish word for Gratitude. Its most often heard as a way of saying thanks or for the devout Catholics, 'Buíochas le dia' or thanks be to God.
There is a lot of talk out there about gratitude and though some of the fundamental principals are sound there is much that is also troubling. As with so many things in our world, context is key. A sentence like, 'be grateful for what you have' could be read any number of ways if context is not clear.
For some who have uncertainty about their situations, it can be read threateningly, for others it could be read as a positive affirmation of their abundance and status.
Gratitude is something that I encourage active engagement with, meaning that I regularly look for things to express gratitude for and remind myself that there is much that I benefit from in my life.
It is important to me to retain some honest perspective so that I do not fall into a delusion of toxic positivity. I try to be conscious of the advantages that my life offers be, but without falling into a cycle of comparing myself to others.
Gratitude is something that everyone can express in their own unique way to themselves. I don't see it as a magic "laws of attraction" solution, but I do find that I personally feel more secure within myself when I take time to be grateful. Not just for all the nice and easy things, but also for the hard and hurtful things, because even these difficult experiences have led me to the place I am in today. Gratitude is not always easy, but I find that it can help to actively engage in personal gratitude from time to time.
Oh and as for that version of gratitude I mentioned earlier? I think I might add a little "buíochas le Dagda" into my devotions.
Catch you next time.