Tag Archives: mental health

Kindling, Tending, and Drawing from the Hearth-Fire with Brigid, Frigga, and Eir

I’ve made a habit over the past couple months of lighting a tealight on my kitchen windowsill above the sink before starting the morning cooking and getting into the day. After my son wakes up and we head downstairs, I turn on the lights, turn on the heaters, and head to the kitchen, where as […]

True Abundance

It’s Lammas Eve here in the Village Gardenhouse — I prefer to celebrate the Cross-Quarter Festivals on their true in-between dates — and as my son and I prepare for our First Harvest celebration tomorrow, I have spent the day pondering what abundance really means, and why it’s possible to experience abundance no matter what […]

My Path To Paganism, or Where I’ve Been and How I Got There

It’s been a few more years since my last little spurt of activity on this blog, which itself came after a two-year hiatus, and in order to explain what I’ve been up to, I think it’s important to explain where my journey into belief began. My earliest memory about having an opinion or awareness about […]

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Birthdays

Mine has just passed on January 15, but as I began to weave my thoughts on what the day might look like, I quickly realized that I have no birthday traditions. Birthdays have always been the lowest day of the year for me–for one reason or another, I have cried every year on January 15, […]

Amanita Spirit Ally

Every plant is an individual. Wrong again. We are not individuals at all, we are all connected. We are individuals the way each blossom on an apple tree is an individual. Dale Pendell, Pharmakopoeia I could write for an eternity because last night Amanita showed me how to tap into eternity. I walked forward and […]

Meditation & Wood- and Bone-Work

What does it mean to “take the time”? It’s something I’ve been struggling with immensely of late. I’ve written before of how I need to write to turn inwards, clear my head, and function at my best–so why is my hand-written journal and grimoire not filled daily with poetry written from tree-limbs under leaf-canopy shade […]

Meditation & Enlightenment

I found meditation difficult this week. It felt easier to trance out through yoga and exercise and reading than to “just sit.” There were so many things I was hiding from myself, so many tensions in my soul that I did not want to face in the stillness of zazen. In a talk on shikantaza (Hakuun Ryōko Yasutani: “Shikantaza is […]