Embodied Spirituality: Compassion

Intertwined branches of a large tree (Public domain image, CC0)

Spirituality – embodied or otherwise – is merely narcissism and self-indulgence when it doesn’t involve compassion – literally, feeling with others. I regard embodied spirituality as a sense of mystical connection with the universe and all beings within it. In feeling this sense of connection, we experience compassion for the sufferings of other beings, and empathy with their joys. [Read more...]

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Embodied Spirituality: Magical Tools

By Fer Doirich - Own work, CC0

Tools are levers for affecting the world. You can’t tighten a screw without a screwdriver. You need a wooden spoon to stir a pan of soup or stew, otherwise you would burn your fingers. You can cast a magical circle without a sword or a wand – but it feels like a better and more magical circle when it has been cast with the appropriate tool. The subtle energies involved in magic are affected by physical tools in much the same way as denser matter is affected by tools. [Read more...]

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Embodied Spirituality: Archery

Warrior woman by Andreas Øverland on Flickr

When I am doing archery, I am totally in the moment, totally focussed on hitting the target, and how my body fits with the bow (though probably insufficiently focussed on the latter). I am not thinking of anything else. For me, archery is embodied spirituality in action. [Read more...]

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Embodied Spirituality: The Hearth

The hearth - photo by Yvonne Aburrow

The hearth is traditionally the place where you honour your ancestors and household gods and spirits, usually by making offerings to them. The fire would have been kept burning all the time, so it would be a good place to make offerings.
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Embodied Spirituality: The Sit Spot

"Flickr - Nicholas T - Woodland (1)" by Nicholas A. Tonelli from Pennsylvania, USA - Woodland (1). Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flickr_-_Nicholas_T_-_Woodland_(1).jpg#/media/File:Flickr_-_Nicholas_T_-_Woodland_(1).jpg

A really great way of experiencing yourself as part of nature is to incorporate the sit spot into your practice. The sit spot is a place in nature where you can sit comfortably for around fifteen minutes. While there, you slow your breathing, quiet your mind, and listen to the sounds around you: the rustling of the wind in the leaves, water flowing or falling, bird song. You return to the same spot on a regular basis, so as to become attuned to that particular place and its sounds, energies, spirits, seasons, and moods. [Read more...]

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When We Are Birthing, It Helps to Breathe Through the Pain

Wisconsin landscape

When we are birthing, it helps to breathe through the pain. An invitation. [Read more...]

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Combinations of Difficult Questions #PinkOut

"Untitled," by Wendy Vardaman. From the Exquisite Uterus Project.

What if a woman’s voice is the tree falling in the forest? What if women’s voices come together to weave another forest? [Read more...]

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