On Gratitude: by Nornoriel Lokason

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This is part of a series by the Staff of Asclepius contributors on gratitude, for this (US) Thanksgiving holiday.During a dark time in my life about a decade prior, I met a man who became the closest thing I've ever had to a father figure this side of the fence.  He has since passed on - I wrote more about him here for those interested.  One of the things that this man, Jay, taught me was the importance of "an attitude of gratitude".  He would challenge me each day to tell him at least five t … [Read more...]

On being the “good” disabled person

My friend Heather posted a piece on this issue on her blog, and says it better than I can; go check it out. … [Read more...]

Balancing act

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In addition to my weekly contributions here, I also have a blog entitled Roads to Vanaheim on PaganSquare, and a blog of my own here on Patheos called Ride the Spiral, and I keep my WordPress blog going with fresh content.  I am releasing another book in early November (I spent my summer working on said book).  I am getting material together for forthcoming books.  I run an Etsy shop.  And if all of that weren't enough, I am making preparations for a cross-country move in December. Because I'm go … [Read more...]

Anchor

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Over the weekend, I almost relapsed.I have, as I've mentioned before, a self-injury history.  The last time I self-injured was the end of February.  With regards to my recovery, I can only take it one day at a time.  And the thing with self-injury is, I know people who have been clean for years, who still get occasional urges.There is a difference between getting the urge to self-injure, and then coming yea close to it, just like there is a difference between suicidal ideation (ie fe … [Read more...]

SCIENCE!

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So in the go-round of posts within the pagan blogosphere on the topic of calling out the elephant in the room of anti-Western-medicine sentiment in the pagan community, I have seen a couple comments elsewhere where people have said something to the effect of  "I've told people to go off their meds because doctors just throw them at people and it does more harm than good."I feel the need to address this issue in particular.First and foremost.  Unless you have an actual MD after your name w … [Read more...]

“If you just”

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Note: this post was prompted by posts made by my friend Beth (On Fibromyalgia and Spiritual Emergency, over on PaganSquare) and Heather (Let's Talk About Social Services, also over on PaganSquare).For those of you just tuning in, I have PTSD, which in my case manifests with depression and anxiety.  I have been on an antidepressant as of March, and an anti-anxiety med as of May.This is not my first go-round with medication.  I was diagnosed in 2002 and began a round of "treatment" which di … [Read more...]

Did I ask you?

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Earlier this week I made a post called "The power of love" where I talked about the way D (my primary spirit) has blessed my life, and the problematic things that some folks in the pagan community say to people like me, most particularly the sentiment that involvement with a non-corporeal entity is delusional.This is not just a prime example of the casual ableism that goes unchecked in the pagan community, making an unsafe space for those of us with mental illness (because it implies that … [Read more...]

Spirit-work and self-care

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I am a spirit-worker - my life is not my own, but lived in full-time service to the Powers... in my specific case, the Vanir.  (I have other intensive relationships with entities outside this pantheon, but I would not define them as service-oriented.)  I have been dismembered, killed, and reborn in my astral body, with corresponding energetic and psychological changes; I have had my life blown apart and re-assembled in the way the Powers think it ought to be, with nothing getting in the way of m … [Read more...]


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