Wednesday Wisdom: Cycles

A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post with two or three profound or beautiful thoughts on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing. An invitation to meditate or just to pause a moment and consider. Mandalas, cycles, birth and death, seasons, tides, an unfolding life…

“Your life is also a mandala. In each year, you complete a cycle, a mandala, with you at its center and around which revolves that year’s events and experiences. Elongating that cycle, we see the mandala that is your life, which includes all events from birth through life and death.” -Lori Bailey Cunningham, The Mandala Book: Patterns of the Universe

“Our great spiritual traditions, speaking in thousands of languages, have set their sacred stories of ultimate mystery within the grand epic of orbiting planets, changing seasons, eclipses, moon tides, and meteor showers. In the midst of all this action, in the unspeakable beauty of the Garden Planet, the story of every person unfolds.” – Charlene Spretnak, The Resurgence of the Real

How do you envision your lifecycle? As a story unfolding on this Earth? As a mandala spinning round you? Some other way?

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About Sarah Whedon

Sarah Whedon is founding editor of Pagan Families, the author of Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year, and former Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious History at Cherry Hill Seminary. Sarah’s teaching, research, and advocacy work center around topics of spirituality, feminism, and reproduction. She makes her home in the Boston area with her partner and their children.