Taking a Breath: Spiritual Care for Intense Times

The Druid's Garden

To say that this hasn’t been an easy week for anyone in North America, Europe or in many places around the globe is an understatement. Between what is happening in work life, school life, and political life, the situation is difficult to navigate.  I’ve talked to many friends and family who are feeling overwhelmed, lost, panicked, and fearful about the near future. So today’s post is about taking a breath.  Its times like these that I am thankful for my druid practice, thankful for the healing nature provides, and thankful for the lessons of spirit.  Let’s take a breather today, now, in this space and time, and talk through a few spiritual self-care practices that can help in times of high stress, anxiety, and intensity.  I have three kinds of suggestions that have helped me get through this week–embracing nature, embracing spiritual practices, and embracing the bardic arts.

Embrace Nature

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Just revisiting my wordpress dot com blog

I use WordPress to blog but am primarily doing so through wordpress.org at inthewind.ca – so content that was posted at this site here was imported over there some time ago. If you are finding me here now at this dot com version of wordpress, consider following me over at inthewind.ca 🙂

“In No Strange Land” by Francis Thompson

Seems appropriate at this time

The Jesus Question

“The Kingdom of God is within you.”

O world invisible, we view thee,
O world intangible, we touch thee,
O world unknowable, we know thee,
Inapprehensible, we clutch thee!

Does the fish soar to find the ocean,
The eagle plunge to find the air—
That we ask of the stars in motion
If they have rumor of thee there?

Not where the wheeling systems darken,
And our benumbed conceiving soars!—
The drift of pinions, would we hearken,
Beats at our own clay-shuttered doors.

The angels keep their ancient places—
Turn but a stone and start a wing!
Tis ye, tis your estrangèd faces,
That miss the many-splendored thing.

But (when so sad thou canst not sadder)
Cry—and upon thy so sore loss
Shall shine the traffic of Jacob’s ladder
Pitched betwixt Heaven and Charing Cross.

Yea, in the night, my Soul, my daughter,
Cry—clinging to Heaven by the…

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Not redirecting Diaspora peeps – as D* is the best for a social net…

Not redirecting Diaspora peeps – as D* is the best for a social network in my opinion. However I moved a paid group thingy I had at spruz (similar to Ning – blech) over to self hosted Oxwall. Created initially so that the group I work with could have a private space to share lessons and whatnot without being at the mercy of FB kicking me or someone else out due to not using real name, and of course data mining etc… So just moved it over to self hosted, its a pagan flavoured social site that allows formation of private group, blogs, albums. Just opened, small. Would appeal to Pagans- not a general news sharing/meme sharing site. Created for content.
http://terraspiritus.ca #pagan #wiccan #druid #occult #social