The Ritual Stress Reliever
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Ebb and Flow.
I love the afterglow of a good ritual.
The smell of bonfire smoke in my hair and dragonâ€™s blood on my skin.
The way the evening started out cloudy until a certain point in the rit, and now thereâ€™s a huge circle around a crystal-clear Â sky around a full moon…and Â everythingÂ else is still cloudy.
The way the wind suddenly kicked up at the mention of one particular word or the way the fire lapped high at the mention of another.
The way the energy was so strong in me that I wasnâ€™t even shivering Â in shorts, bare feet, thin shirt, all in 44- degree weather Â when Iâ€™m Â usually Â looking Â for a sweater when it dips below 70.
The feel of stone beneath my feet.
The after-feast of fresh raspberries, my own little harvest.
This wonderful Â relaxed Â feeling Â that Â makes Â me Â just want to Â cuddle Â up Â next Â to Â a priest…if Â I had Â one…and sighhhhhhhhhh.
Yeah. Glowing in the afterglow.