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...]

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...]

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, … [Read more...]

Vulernability

I know vulnerability doesn't relate specifically with Christianity. But it seems to be the theme of late. At least this week. Ok, who am I kidding? It's probably my life's work. Why? Because I am lousy at it.A couple of people directed my attention to this TED talk on vulnerability yesterday, so this morning I sat down with my cup of tea and decided to listen to it.... while I read email. Because, it's about vulnerability, see, and what could it possibly say that would demand twenty minutes … [Read more...]

Resolution

So I went to sutra study. I was able to read a few comments on yesterday's post before I left, rather in a distracted rush, for yoga class and sutra study. Many of you made excellent points and I was left feeling awkward, silly and vulnerable. I particularly hate feeling vulnerable. I am much better at over thinking things, if you hadn't noticed.When I started this project I knew this quarter would be a challenge for me, but I didn't realize just how hard it would be for me. I've spent most … [Read more...]


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