The Mercedes Demon

When I was younger I wanted everything the mainstream culture told me I was supposed to want. I was miserable because I didn’t have it and I couldn’t see a path to getting it. Those painful thoughts aren’t as distant as I wish they were. [Read more…]

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Losing My Religion, Twice

Dr. Jeffrey Kripal says you cannot study religion until you’ve lost two worlds. That strikes me as overly general, but it’s very true in my case. [Read more…]

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Why We Make Offerings

If you’re new to polytheism, especially if you come from a Protestant background where religion is all about beliefs, dogma, and the written word, the idea of offerings may strike you as odd or unnecessary. But for many of us, offerings are the cornerstone of our religious practice. [Read more…]

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Ostara: The Season of Preparation

If Imbolc is the season of contemplation, Ostara is the season of preparation. As we sit here in early February it’s not time to get moving (not just yet) but it is time to start getting ready to move. [Read more…]

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Religion That Works

Religion that works deals with religious matters. It does so honestly, transparently, and unapologetically. If we water down our deepest traditions in the name of unity, we end up with a religion that doesn’t work. [Read more…]

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An Imbolc Meditation

As we celebrate Imbolc, let us use this cold, slow time of the year to prepare ourselves for a warm, vibrant Spring. [Read more…]

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Corporate Mindfulness: Be Careful What You Wish For

Corporate mindfulness is a mixture of Buddhism and Taoism with a little New Age thrown in. It promises to make employees less stressed, more patient, and more focused, but mainly more productive. It’s a vile process that profanes the religions from which it steals. [Read more…]

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Beginning a Devotional Practice

There is no substitute for a consistent, reverent, devotional practice. Start small: pick one or two things; do them well and consistently before adding something else. But start. [Read more…]

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