Celebrating Imbolc Quietly

Welsh snowdrops by Gerallt Pennant via Wikimedia Commons.

When I was living in Wales I felt the seasons shift at Imbolc. Snow drops raised their cheery heads from cold earth. The sheep in the pastures across from my house began their lambing. The light grew demonstrably stronger. Occasionally the daffodils would poke up, bright yellow promises of sunlight to come.Here in the Pacific Northwest I also feel the growing light in my bones. It's still cold and wet and grey - reminding me that we are still in winter's clutch. I don't see any snow … [Read more...]

The Power of Self Care

I recently wrote a two-part series on health (you can read them here and here). For those that bristle at the word 'health,' maybe because it's a word that seems over-used to the point of meaninglessness and is often used to level judgment on people, perhaps thinking about it in terms of self-care will be a better entry point to the same idea.In my previous posts I talked about eating well, getting enough water and sleep, finding ways to move that make your body happy, and finding … [Read more...]

Health, part 2

In my last post I talked about five dietary changes to help you be healthy. Now I want to add five non-food related ideas for health. Yep, it's another non-spiritual post!Let me reiterate two things. One, I am not a medical professional. Take this post as you will. Two, I am not interested in promoting weight loss. I am interested in overall health. Sure, taking steps to get healthy as a whole person often leads to weight loss for those who have excess weight on their frames. Sometimes it … [Read more...]

Health, part 1

Warning: This post has nothing to do with Paganism or Hinduism or magic.This time of year everyone is writing on Halloween and Samhain (I'll get there). However, health is a topic that is really important to me. I am an American with lousy health insurance. I have a family of young children and another on the way. These two things make maintaining my health a priority.Good health is also a political act. Working with an herbalist, choosing not to eat junk food or eschewing television for … [Read more...]

Surrender

I suck at surrender. I'm a dominant, organized, go-getter who has a very hard time not doing. A lot of the time this works in my favor, especially as I run a household and raise my kids. I enjoy nurturing others and being pro-active in all of my varied practices. But surrender is an important act of (not)doing, critical to the spiritual life and for healthy relationships.I'm starting to see that my limited capacity for ecstasy might be linked to my limited ability to surrender. Letting go to … [Read more...]

Family Announcements

When I started this blog just over 2 years ago my youngest child was only 4 months old, we were living in Wales, I was enrolled in a PhD program specializing in systematic and feminist theologies and the Virgin Mary. Now I'm living in Washington State, my eldest child has started kindergarten, my youngest is 2 and half years old and goes to preschool five mornings a week, and I happily moved away from academia. Time flies!My family is the greatest joy in my life. It is the source of my … [Read more...]

A happy mother’s day

Being a mother is perhaps the single most life altering, spiritually powerful thing I've ever done. Women often write about how intense and life-changing are the self-sacrifice, the long hours, the intense demands, and the beauty of the love that children bring. Those things are all real. For parents, male and female and every other stripe, parenting is crash course in intense love and compassion and heartbreak. These are good things.For me, being a mother is all of those things and it is … [Read more...]


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