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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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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Wobbling, But Not Falling Off

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Jason Mankey has a great post on “When Someone Leaves Paganism” and how to respond to this situation – both in supporting the person leaving, and processing the feelings about it that inevitably come up. But what about when someone has a crisis of faith, which may involve leaving the Pagan path temporarily, but where [Read More...]

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Spiritual Healing: Run Toward Your Fear (A Book Review: #PTCS by Reba Riley)

Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome

I’m not quite like Reba; I left Christianity gently with no hard feelings. But I relate to this: she finds her fear and runs straight for it. And I relate to this: for Reba, spiritual growth isn’t a luxury, but a matter of life and death. [Read more...]

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Religion, spirituality, and the big ball of mud

Scouts Canada, Toronto contingent to the 4th Pentathlon Jamboree Fredericton New Brunswick. User:WayneRay and Harry Gatley, Quartermasters for the Jamboree.

Religions are organic, they grow with and in culture – and if people rip the ideas out of context, they lose meaning and coherence. Religions are like languages – deeply embedded in culture and history; sometimes they have their own culture. Even religions that claim to be universally applicable arose at a particular time and place because of specific theological, philosophical, and spiritual concerns. [Read more...]

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Spirituality – let the buyer beware

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Every time I have an encounter with someone who has an interest in spirituality, and also possesses power over others, I find that they want to silence my anger at injustice because it is “not spiritual” to be angry. I find myself bruised and diminished by their criticism of my way of being in the world. Any engagement with the intellectual or theological or historical context of an issue is also silenced by these people, because that is “not spiritual” either. [Read more...]

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A Dance of Impermanence: Introducing Myself in Two Chapters (Otherwise Titled, Why Am I Here and Who Am I, Anyway?)

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New contributor, Sarah Sadie! “I went into the class defining myself as a loose-ish, pagan-ish follower-ish of an undefined goddess figure, and I more or less believed that all the gods and goddesses are really archetypes. I changed my mind pretty quick when I was approached by Wayland the Smith, a more-than-mortal figure about whom I knew nothing.” [Read more...]

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