mindfulness Tag - PaganSquare - Join the conversation! http://www.witchesandpagans.com/latest.html Tue, 23 May 2017 01:46:56 -0700 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb December Check-In http://www.witchesandpagans.com/pagan-culture-blogs/at-the-crossroads/december-check-in.html http://www.witchesandpagans.com/pagan-culture-blogs/at-the-crossroads/december-check-in.html

Hey.  How are you doing?  Are you taking care of yourself?  Are you feeling okay?


triviaatthecrossroads@gmail.com (Trivia at the Crossroads) Culture Blogs Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:02:10 -0800
Basic Meditation http://www.witchesandpagans.com/sagewoman-blogs/druid-heart/basic-meditation.html http://www.witchesandpagans.com/sagewoman-blogs/druid-heart/basic-meditation.html

Here is a 13 minute basic mindfulness meditation that I created which can be incorporated into your daily practice. I also use it before prayer and ritual, to ground and center myself, preparing for the work.

quornflakegirl@hotmail.com (Joanna van der Hoeven) SageWoman Blogs Thu, 17 Mar 2016 05:17:46 -0700
Message from the May Queen http://www.witchesandpagans.com/sagewoman-blogs/woodspriestess/message-from-the-may-queen.html http://www.witchesandpagans.com/sagewoman-blogs/woodspriestess/message-from-the-may-queen.html IMG_4416

The 30 Days of May ecourse has come to an end and the month of May itself is drawing to a rainy and humid close for me here in the Midwest, but one of the lessons that lingers for me was identifying the call of the "May Queen" in my life this month.

I have been working on a lot of projects, many exciting and some stressful, and I was feeling tense, taut, stressed, unhappy, unsettled, depressed and discouraged. On one of these stressful days, The Judgmental Committee in my head not only decreed that I was a bad mother, but also a bad friend, wife, daughter, and overall person.  I was feeling pulled between the needs of my older children, my baby, my work, and my business and ended up feeling as if I was not doing a good job with anything. And, then in response to the prompts from 30 Days of May, the May Queen delivered her message: Discernment. Much of life about wise discernment. I have a tendency to become dualistic in my thinking, either I DO IT or I QUIT IT FOREVER. At the same time, I am very harsh with myself at my perceived inability to “flow” and surrender. 

woodspriestess@gmail.com (Molly) SageWoman Blogs Wed, 27 May 2015 11:28:41 -0700
Changes Surrounding the Vernal Equinox http://www.witchesandpagans.com/sagewoman-blogs/changes-surrounding-the-vernal-equinox.html http://www.witchesandpagans.com/sagewoman-blogs/changes-surrounding-the-vernal-equinox.html

As we entered into March, a strange energy overtook me.  Perhaps it was that, while the rest of the country remained captive of the snow and ice, the West coast has had a warm, early spring.  Perhaps it was, as some astrologers suggest, the Pegasus energy surrounding the eclipse on Ostara. 

Whatever the muse we attribute with providing motivation, I have felt an invigorating sense of determined purpose.  After years of plodding through a collaborative project, my co-author and I are nearly finished with the revised manuscript.  After years of a loss of mobility from a degenerative knee issue, I finally started taking my health seriously and used my new insurance to get physical therapy. 

In one month of rebirthing energy, our household is undergoing changes.  Just as my son emerges forth into his own budding personality, my daughter seeks the cocoon to ruminate on her ideas of self.  Even my partner has been grabbed by an urge to exercise his core each night.

With changes come the unknown, and I have fought hard against the doubt and worried thoughts that once crippled me.  By acknowledging when I've become trapped in cyclical negative thinking, I'm able to be proactive by using some of my tools to calm my brain: magnesium, meditation, and tapping taught to me by an EMDR therapist.

I have looked for strength from the sources that inspire me most: my guides, the gods, dance, and family. And with all things, I am staying in the present moment to take charge of the little things (not the kids), like the choosing between doing my good work and playing a video game, like sitting down to tune out the mess and getting up and dealing with it.

In your own life, as change comes sweeping in to upset your routine and reorder your perspective, be mindful of the small choices you make.  Be aware that as change comes, so do opportunities to reshape how we approach the world.  In so doing, we change the world in small ways.  With mindfulness those changes can one day make a big impact both for ourselves and the communities in which we live.

ravendemers@gmail.com (Raven J. Demers) SageWoman Blogs Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:53:25 -0700
The Mind of a Witch http://www.witchesandpagans.com/pagan-culture-blogs/paganistan/the-mind-of-a-witch.html http://www.witchesandpagans.com/pagan-culture-blogs/paganistan/the-mind-of-a-witch.html I just heard the single clearest description I've ever heard of how a witch's mind works.

It came from Harvard socio-psychologist Ellen Langer.

She's written lots of books and articles (I haven't read them). She's given lots of interviews, I'm sure (I've only heard one). But when I heard her speak, I immediately thought: this woman thinks like a witch.

swposch@iphouse.com (Steven Posch) Culture Blogs Sun, 01 Jun 2014 08:01:35 -0700
The Morning Veneration http://www.witchesandpagans.com/pagan-culture-blogs/the-morning-veneration.html http://www.witchesandpagans.com/pagan-culture-blogs/the-morning-veneration.html One of the common topics brought up in conversation with me is how I go about bringing my spiritual practice into my life in more authentic and regular ways. People remark that sometimes they feel like perhaps they're not as Pagan as they could/should be when they just do stuff eight times a year, or when they need to cast a spell or send healing energy. Here's at least one thing you can do to bring that spiritual path under your feet every day instead of just eight times a year.

webmaster@thatwitchyplace.com (Peter Beckley) Culture Blogs Thu, 01 May 2014 14:36:42 -0700
Spiritual Scavenger http://www.witchesandpagans.com/pagan-paths-blogs/yoga-wicca-buddha/my-life-as-a-spiritual-scavenger.html http://www.witchesandpagans.com/pagan-paths-blogs/yoga-wicca-buddha/my-life-as-a-spiritual-scavenger.html

I’ve always wanted to be consistent. Walk one path with loyal dedication. But it was not to be.

Born with a perverse need to be both sceptical and spiritual, I have a checkered religious history. I’ve been a Jehovah Witness, Anglican altar girl, and agnostic (a few times). Twenty years ago though, I found Paganism. Instead of dogma and moralizing, it offered me a celebration of life and a treasure trove of symbols and traditions to explore.

In my darkest hours however, I was still plagued by a nostalgia for something I’d never really had. This was a deeper consolation of the kind promised by more mainstream faiths. I secretly longed to be saved, forgiven, healed, and taken care of completely. But I could never give in to “accepting a saviour”—even the soft-eyed Jesus I remembered from childhood—because that came at too high a price: obsession with sin and guilt, denial of the “the flesh”, and the requirement of literal belief.

So I got into yoga instead. This reliably raised energy that soothed and enlivened me, helping me see beyond fear and self-doubt. Of course so did a rousing Pagan ritual, but those came around less often than I liked. Yoga was something I could do every day to escape my psychic cage.

And then, when suffering arose that even yoga couldn’t cure, I stumbled onto “mindfulness”: a version of Buddhism. Paganism had been my escape from negativity into joyful affirmation. Yoga was my way of living that joy through raising bodily energy. Both had made me ready to face something it took mindfulness to really uncover. This was a bone-deep belief that there was something wrong with me, and that I would never be enough.

Through mindfulness, I learned not to fight or ignore this belief, but simply to observe it without judgment. The space and freedom this simple step afforded can’t be overstated. In mindfulness, there is nothing to achieve and nothing to evaluate—there is only the practice (over and over) of just being there, a witness and not a judge in one’s own life. In the absence of that imperative to judge, to correct and control, my soul could finally relax.

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.

--Mary Oliver “Wild Geese”

It was from this place that my Paganism became less of an escape into ecstasy, and more of complete practice. Over time, mindfulness techniques gave me ways to have faith in my own worth. And so I could have a deeper, truer love for the world, for life, and for others. I came to believe in a healing compassion because I found it in myself—and it answered that old need for consolation, redemption. It was my own compassion that saved me, or rather, made me feel saved.

Being a Buddhist, being a Yogini, made me a better Pagan. And, in turn, being a Pagan has helped me connect with the earth-honouring strands in Buddhism and Yoga, practices can seem austere or even repressive without that emphasis.

I know there must be others out there walking an eclectic path, driven by needs both open and unacknowledged. As I continue to triangulate traditions, I hope to share some of what works for me.

Even the Buddha touched the earth. And, sometimes, even Pagans need to be saved.


swiggum@sympatico.ca (Archer) Paths Blogs Mon, 14 Oct 2013 18:21:20 -0700