Seasonal Mealtime Blessings

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Over the years we have sung and said many blessings at our table. Saying or singing a blessing when you sit down together helps everyone to slow down and center before eating. It also fosters a deep sense of gratitude.

I recently revisited some of our favourite blessings and rewrote them to emphasize our gratitude in a secular and gender-neutral way.

I wanted to honour the elements, the seed, earth and the farmers without labeling them as Father, Mother, Sister or Brother, simply because the idea of certain elements being masculine or feminine is a cultural one that varies by climate & region. For example, in many Aboriginal Australian stories the Sun is a woman and the Moon is a man.

When telling a story from a particular place and time I would stay true to that culture’s gender-attributions, but in blessings I like to leave more room for open-ended expression and freedom, especially in a multicultural home or classroom.

This is such a tiny, simple change that many might not see the need for, but one I am enjoying reflecting on and playing with. There is so much freedom to be found when we ask ourselves why we do the things that we do, don’t you find?

I would love to hear some of your mealtime blessings. Join in on the conversation on my Instagram post and share some of your favourites with the community there.

Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.

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