Maxim Monday: Listen to everybody

The older I get the more I see the wisdom in this maxim. Listen to everyone. Don't just smile and nod, but listen.As some one who is a very quick learner, I spent countless hours itching to get started on assignments or tests, having read the instructions myself, but forced to wait while the teacher spent 15 minutes on directions and trouble shooting tips for the rest of the class. That attitude has carried over into other aspects of my life and I hate to admit it, but I'm often chomping at … [Read more...]

The Body

What a complex site of confusion is the body. As spiritual persons we have a host of understandings about it to unpack. As a female in the Western world there are even more complications and understandings to unpack. I'm not going to get too theoretical about either of these points, but instead, as this blog is designed to do, I will talk about my own experience and understanding of the body.Many religious traditions proclaim that the body is a negative thing. That it is a hindrance on our … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Shun evil

This Maxim requires a lot of defining. I looked up the definition of 'shun,' and I'm glad I did. In my head it means 'reject,' and it does. But it also means to avoid or ignore. Of greater importance is the definition of evil.I've avoided talking about evil on my blog. I've thought several times about writing a post on what I consider evil, but I've chosen not to every time. I guess I can't avoid it any longer!In the Christian world many people write entire books about 'the problem of … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Praise virtue

Virtues are good. Virtues tend to be linked to morality, rather than ethics.* This entire Delphic Maxim series is based on what I consider virtues. I also think of virtues as strengths of character. As a parent this particular Maxim is doubly important.My son is 4 and 3/4 years. I don't know if 4 was this hard for other parents (I'm hearing that yes it was/is), but in our house it has been the season of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. One moment my son is being super rad: maybe he's funny, helpful, … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Pursue honor

When I hear this word I think of knights and samurais: people who live by what seem to be (according to romantic and anachronistic novels) hard-and-fast codes of honor. I also think of 'honor killings,' where people murder others (usually women, sometimes themselves) in order to 'save face.' I can see nothing honorable about killing somebody else because you feel ashamed of their actions. That to me is not honor, or even remotely healthy boundaries.And yet we have phrases like 'honoring our … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Cling to discipline

It's been a while since I've tackled the Delphic Maxims.I definitely have no ancient context for the Maxims. I'm not doing any research into what the original Greek meant and for what context this phrase might have been intended. I think that would be very worthwhile! But I'm not doing that. I just ponder what this phrase means to me in the here and now. Let's jump right back in with 'clinging to discipline.'This particular Maxim is extremely apropos. My son is four and half, and boy, … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Vote

I didn't double-check, but I'm pretty sure this isn't a Delphic Maxim. Democracy comes from the Greeks, even if only the non-slave males were given the opportunity to vote. The Unites States doesn't have a direct democracy, which really only functions best among thousands of people. But we do have democracy, and I'm a fan of it. I don't use this blog for my political thoughts (although you can be certain I have many). Doing our civic duty is an ancient pagan value and so I'm using today's post … [Read more...]


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