Shrove Tuesday

confession, penance, atonement, amends, forgiveness

pentagramToday, the 28th of February, is Shrove Tuesday ~ a day when the basic tenents of religion, 12 step recovery programmes, and a spiritual lifestyle all come together.  It’s all based on strength, honesty, purity, unselfishness, and love.  It’s sometimes called a moral inventory, and it may involve the God /Goddess of your understanding, your Higher Power, your most trusted friend, or any combination or variation of all three.  Ash Wednesday, and by extension Shrove Tuesday, is really a Pagan Festival anyway ~ the main thing is that today is a good day for me to take the next step on my own spiritual journey.

eightfold pathAll this, the whole point of Shrove Tuesday, may have nothing to do with religion, or recovery from an addiction, or eating special meals, or the carnival celebrations of Mardis Gras ~ but what it should have to do with is acceptance of who we are, who we used to be, and who we wish to become in the future.  Today I will take a long look at who I was and what I did, all the good, the bad and the ugly.  I will try to accept and understand the past.  I will acknowledge the reality of the past, and think about making my amends in the future.  Today I will forgive myself for yesterday’s mistakes, and hope that others do too.  I will think about being a ‘better’ man tomorrow than I was yesterday.  My personal tools for doing this are the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.

aphroditeI am not a follower of the Buddha ~ in fact my personal ‘higher power’ is the Mother Goddess, in one of her forms, (it’s complicated).  But the Buddha’s Teachings will make sense to me today ~ Shrove Tuesday.  I will be making pancakes today, but the whole idea of Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Carnival is not really an English Gentleman’s thing.  Mardi Gras isn’t really a spiritual event, it’s just a street party.

If you want to make a great pancake here are some recipes from; Cooking with a Wallflower, Food Eat Love, Damn Delicious, the BBC, and Jamie Oliver.

Have a Happy Fat Tuesday, a Great Carnival, a Joyous Mardi Gras, and a Calm and Spiritual Shrove Tuesday.

(Maybe one day I’ll look for a cool woman wearing a great mask at Mardi Gras.)

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mardi-gras-maskjack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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4 responses

  1. hubby’s getting ready to make potato pancakes this week but that’s about it, have never been to mardi gras, always wanted to though….but alas, most nights I’m in bed by 9 so wouldn’t be much fun I suppose. I do like pretty beads though, purple especially. Hey Marm ❤

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    1. Marmaduke says hello. ❤

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  2. Hello Jack,
    thanks for the mention, I like your take on shove Tuesday! 🙂

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