Breath

Everything comes back to the breath. Everything.Meditation? It's about the breath.Trance? It's about the breath.Yoga? It's about the breath.Tai chi? Breath.Aikido? Breath.Orgasm? Breath.Singing? Shinto chingon and misogi? Being present? Pain management? Anger management? Birth and death?It is all about the breath. … [Read more...]

Everything I need for this quarter I learned from Hinduism

On my last entry the ever insightful Niklas suggested I think about things in terms of house-holding. I've been mulling over that this week. I've barely tended my outside shrine, hardly had time or focus to sit. I find that I need to adjust my shrine, or else accept that everything will rust. But there's always one more load of laundry to deal with, one more diaper to change, one more need to meet.While the ideas of Place and Land have little overlap with Hindu spirituality proper, the … [Read more...]

The newness isn’t really so new

New(ish) quarter, new altar, new practices, new challenges. I'll be honest: I don't feel up to newness right now. It might be blog project fatigue, or it might be the unique challenges that this quarter presents, on top of all the changes from moving and having sick pretty kids lately.The new altar is small and outside. It's a little metal cabinet I found at World Market Cost Plus. (It turns out that I love that store. I find so many great altar items there.) Inside the altar I have candles … [Read more...]

Recovery

Staycation 2012 was both a dud and an exercise in recovery. I did very little of my normal workload: spiritual practices, writing, cleaning, cooking, etc. It was nice to take a break. To sit. To read fiction. I freed up some space to deal with some lingering dysfunction. That wasn't quite how I wanted to spend my free time, and yet.... it was necessary and freeing. I didn't have my normal distractions and some unresolved personal junk demanded attention. I took off some of my armor and I'm … [Read more...]

Yesterday’s blessings

UPDATED: added some photos. Thanks to Regan House Photo for her permission.The resting doesn't come easy for me. And now my nearly 4 year old is a whiny sick mess. But yesterday....Yesterday was Priest Point Park (aptly named, no?). Just wild enough to please my soul. I sat in the trees while the baby girl toddled around. My boy was home with his papa, resting. A lazy bee buzzed around me in circles. A grey squirrel watched us from his perch on a tree. My friend and her children … [Read more...]

Rest

I've talked about how I struggle with vulnerability. I also struggle with rest. Part of this is because I'm a naturally energetic and enthusiastic person. I like doing! Part of it is I internalize not doing with wasting time and taking up space. I do not heap this judgment on others; it's a special judgment I keep for myself. Resting can mean sitting on the couch, but I'd better be Reading Important Works or Thinking Deep Thoughts. Funny, all the time I spend on the internet isn't all that … [Read more...]

Moondays

I'm going to discuss Female Things, like fertility and menstruation, so if this is not your cup of tea, I'll just say¬† - thanks for stopping by! - and wish you well on your way. This will likely be a little TMI for some.When I started this project my baby girl was five months old. I was exclusively breastfeeding her and it wasn't until last month (at 12.5 months postpartum) that my period returned. Like girls beginning to menstruate for the first time, the postpartum body takes several … [Read more...]


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