Small Sacred Places

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I feel that the small, sacred places need more attention. They often get overlooked because they aren’t great wildernesses or national parks or miles-long lengths of trail. They’re often the most vulnerable to development because who’s going to protect a half acre of grass and poison ivy in the middle of a suburb? Put a house or business there instead, or turn it into a carefully manicured park or community garden. While a home can give shelter and a garden can provide food, neither of these prov … [Read more...]

Hold to the vision…

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"To dance is to reach for a world that doesn't exist, To sing the heartsong of a thousand generations, To feel the meaning of a moment in time." - Beth Jones "I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."  ~Edward Everett Hale After writing about human trafficking for the Patheos book club and then reading a truly horrifying article about incredible, unimaginable violence and brutality ag … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Midwife’s Invocation

I’m working my way through a class at Ocean Seminary College that is based on Karen Armstrong’s book Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. One early assignment was to find a reading articulating a spiritual perspective/teaching on compassion. I turned to one of my books, Sisters Singing, in which I marked a prayer called Midwife’s Invocation. As a birth educator and activist, I have been devoted to birthwork as a cause for many years, something that for me is rooted in social justice as well as … [Read more...]

Body Blessing to and from the Mother

I am a new contributor to the Pagan Families blog. I became introduced to Pagan Families when I bought Sarah's book Birth on the Labyrinth Path, enjoyed it very much, and blogged about it. I've been a childbirth educator since 2005, primarily teaching private classes to parents one-on-one in their homes, and I have an ongoing, sustained, and passionate interest in birth as well as in women's health in general (and breastfeeding too!). Another of my deepest passions is for Goddess spirituality … [Read more...]

There is a crack in everything

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"I have always believed in the need to acknowledge life's darkness in order to fully experience love-magic. This has never been so clear to me as now, after the birth of my baby girl." -Francesca Lia Block in Guarding the MoonRecently on the Pagan Families Facebook page there's been a lot of talk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and other often deeply challenging and painful experiences related to pregnancy and loss.It seems that one of the hardest things about experiencing such a painful … [Read more...]

Review: Bless This Child

"Here, under my heart you'll keep till it's time for us to meet..." --Erica Mann Jong (33)Edward Searl is a Unitarian minister and the editor of Bless This Child: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations and Readings to Celebrate Birth.  He writes that the collection, "gives voice to the many hopes and wishes that accompany the arrival of a new child." (vii)These prayers, poems, and meditations are "culled from antiquity and from our contemporary world, written and spoken by parents, priests, … [Read more...]


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