Practice and Fear

Wiccan author and musician T. Thorne Coyle (who was one of the primary musicians at the Druid Gorsedd back in August) has a recent blog entry where she says:

my hunch is that we often avoid daily practice not out of laziness, or lack of discipline, but because we know that profound changes will occur in our lives and we are not sure we are up to shouldering what feels like the burden of the unknown. Something inside of us fears the loss of normalcy and of the known.

Yesterday I stood in the DUUF pulpit and spoke on our organizational fear of change, and a vision which I hope will help us move past it. Taken at an individual level, Thorne Coyle’s words sound very familiar.

If I go deeper, what will change? What will I lose? What will I have to give up? A compartmentalized life has helped me get to where I am, but at some point, those compartment walls start to stretch beyond their limits…

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About John Beckett

I’m a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. I’m an ordained priest in the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. I’m the Coordinating Officer of the Denton, Texas Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. This year I’m also serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of CUUPS National. I’m a member of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

I write as a spiritual practice. It helps me organize my thoughts and work through ideas and concepts. It helps me evaluate my beliefs and practices against my core values and against what I know (or at least, what I think I know) to be true. It helps me interpret my experiences (religious and otherwise) in ways that are both meaningful and honest.


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