Book Highlights: Birth, Breath, & Death

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I just finished reading a lovely little book by Amy Wright Glenn. Lyrical, gentle, contemplative, and touching, Birth, Breath, and Death explores Amy's meditations on life as a doula, mother, and hospital chaplain.Amy Wright Glenn was raised as a Mormon and eventually found her way onto a different faith path, Unitarian Universalism. Her reasons for connecting with the UU church actually closely mirror my own. Amy mentions that she first finds the UU church through her interest in poetry, … [Read more...]

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Four Simple Ways to Honor Spirit in Baby’s First Year

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By Thekla Richter  Finding time to nurture your connection with divinity might seem laughable when you are so busy nurturing your newborn and struggling through the most basic aspects of day-to-day life. Yet, at the same time, if you were supported by spiritual practice before you had your baby, giving up that path entirely can leave a huge void in your life that you feel deeply even through your haze of exhaustion.The good news is that tending your spirit and connecting with the … [Read more...]

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March link round-up

Family, parenting, miscarriage, practice, breastfeeding, Goddess, and more... time for another monthly link round-up!Owl at The Pagan Household wrote about the meaning of family, which was timely for us because I announced that Pagan Families was dropping the pregnancy and birth tag line in order to get conscious about a comprehensive approach to family life (still with a core of attention to childbearing which remains underrepresented among Pagan resources).Check out this post on in … [Read more...]

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International Women’s Day: Mama, You’re Amazing!

The world needs you. Sing your strengths dance your passions smile your successes hug yourself with compassion for your painful moments take a second to drink it up and to rest in powerful certainty that you are enough.Breathe out breathe in soft shoulders soft belly strong legs strong woman.A mother who is seen who is heard who is appreciated who is valued.In and out Mama, you're amazing.(3/8/2013) This month marks my eighth anniversary as a breastfeeding … [Read more...]

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Purify

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By SunweaverAbout this time last year, I was having a walking meditation/ conversation with Apollo. This is not an uncommon thing for me to do and I often have the best conversations with my gods this way. I talk about my puny mortal problems and the Theoi graciously humor me, often offering very helpful guidance and often rather unhelpful but true guidance as well. This particular conversation mainly consisted of me babbling and Apollo saying pretty much one thing:Purify.It was not … [Read more...]

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Wednesday Wisdom: Of the Earth

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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.Earth body, mama body, Gaia, garden... "I am part of nature, connected in the web, born not only from my own mother, but from the body of Gaia."--Laura Paskell-Brown "I had a baby, I worked the soil; I nursed and fed her my milk/my garden. Our summer days were in the garden; the sun-drenched plot … [Read more...]

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I keep vigil…

One of the first Pagan bloggers I ever followed online is Teo Bishop, a solitary Druid and prolific writer. Recently, Bishop wrote about creating community poetry for use in liturgy based on the starting line, "I keep vigil to the fire in my heart" (see current contributions from other writers via this post: We Keep Vigil: Crowdsourced Poetry). Bishop started this experiment last year during Imbolc, when he composed a spontaneous poem to Brigid. As someone who frequently experiences spontaneous … [Read more...]

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Community wisdom for the NICU

After Niki's review last week of Pagan Parenting in the NICU, there was some great discussion on the Pagan Families Facebook page about NICU experiences. Several people shared their advice on dealing with the NICU and some obvious themes and points of agreement emerged.I didn't want all that great advice to get lost to the scrolling away Facebook feed, so I've collected it here. This is your community wisdom for life in  the NICU:Connect with a social worker, nurse, or doctor who can be … [Read more...]

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