Let’s talk about Practice

I was asked last week just what a practice of Place looks like. What does it consist of? Good question! The honest, straight up answer? I don’t know. You’ve heard me say this before. In fact, at the start of every quarter there’s been a recognition that I won’t know until I start Doing.

Most of what Place means to me could easily be summed up with: going outside and paying attention. I plan to do a lot more of that. To the casual observer this might not be particularly spiritual or religious, but being outside and paying attention is the cornerstone of every indigenous tradition I’ve ever read about, not to mention most shamanic traditions. Prayer, meditation, gratitude – and do it outside. Listen to your surroundings. Start to see yourself as part of the whole, not lord and master over.

I am reading books about the indigenous peoples of the Pacific North West. I have lots of plans: an outside altar, visiting cultural centers on the reservations in the area, going hiking, attending the farmers market (which opens next week) and finding local foods, taking my meditation and offerings practice outside in the mornings.

Also, I am going to explore Shinto, and attend the Shinto shrine that is 2.5 hours north of here.

But as for what my practice has looked like in the last week, I admit that it’s mostly been me sitting in my office, meditating, making kala, and getting back in touch with Kali. I’ve been laid out with a virus and was too exhausted to go outside on the two nice days we had. But the exhaustion will pass and the sun will come out, and when I build the little back yard altar I’ll be sure to post pictures of it!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500120234 Joshua Michael Jordan

    What’s “making kala”?

    I’ll be very curious about your experience at the Shinto shrine!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/awitchsashram myownashram

      Kala is a form of self-purification and release. I’m very excited for the visit to the Shinto shrine!

  • Ealasaid

    I am so incredibly envious of your proximity to the Shinto Shrine! Shinto draws me, in large part because the founder of Aikido was so influenced by it. I’m really looking forward to you writing about your trip.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/awitchsashram myownashram

      I can’t wait to go. I will for sure write all about it!

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