The Dance of Pagan Recovery: One Last Dance

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Friends, this will be my last “Dance of Pagan Recovery” column. Next week, I will begin a new blog for Patheos Pagan entitled The Urban Pagan Homestead: Earthy Adventures of a Dirt-Heart Witch. But before I go, I offer you this ongoing ritual for Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom. [Read more...]

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: Turn on the Porch Light!

Porch Light

If we want to work with powerful gods, we have to recognize the power inherent in our choice to step away from our addictions. There’s a big difference between the weakness of “I can’t drink” and the courage of “I choose not to feed the monster.” Our health, safety and sanity is our gift to the gods, to all beings, and to our own sweet selves. [Read more...]

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: New Tools, New Ways

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Sitting in mindfulness, walking in mindfulness, eating in mindfulness, it all helped me to remember how I could relax my body and calm my mind, sans substances. I was able to meet my anxiety and other emotions, give a polite nod, and know that within and beyond it all, I really, actually am whole and safe and beloved. [Read more...]

What’s New on Patheos Pagan (May 2014)

Agora - Raphael, School of Athens, detail

New blogs and columns at Patheos Pagan! Thelema, being a witch in the South, recovery resources for Pagans, Wayland, bioregionalism, dual Hindu/witchcraft practice, more. [Read more...]

Happy 5th, Patheos! #‎Patheos5yrs‬

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“The Dance of Pagan Recovery” is a newcomer to the Patheos Pagan Agora blog, only appearing since January of this year. In that short time, I’ve begun to feel the juju that is available through this venue. It feels good to have a place to discuss the needs of those like me, who may have felt unwelcome in traditional recovery programs. [Read more...]

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: “Just one won’t hurt!”

Do these things first!
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I was having a conversation with someone yesterday at our community Beltane ritual about that tricky thing that happens to us as we get further along in our recovery process… you know, when you start questioning whether you actually ARE an addict or alcoholic? When you remember the innocent pleasure of just that ONE glass of wine, or brownie, or bump? Maybe we could engage in those behaviors in a normal way. Oh, the beautiful maybe! [Read more...]

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: The River is Your Heart

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We may choose not to play with others because we are resentful or fearful. But there are other reasons why we might do things differently. We may hear another need calling out to us. Sometimes that looks like being way-away from the herd, or maybe just up the river a bit. Just far enough to where we can do our own thing and still hear the singing of our kin. [Read more...]


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