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The Omphalos Meditation: an alternative grounding and centering visualization

Grounding and centering is a fundamental part of my practice. It’s often the first thing Pagans and Wiccans learn, and it can be almost deceptively simple: connect yourself with the energy of the world around you in order to come … Continue reading

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Mabon: Jewels and Fruit

Grounding and centering. I breathe in, and out. I sink my roots down, deeper, deeper. Breathe. Sink. Breathe. Sink. When I am grounded, deep in the dark, I find the Mother. I spread my hands before her, and my tears … Continue reading

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Spring in the Garage

I live in a deeply urban area; the buildings are several stories tall, parking is hard to find and often underground, and I have to drive to find a green space that I can’t see across. But as I was … Continue reading

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RD on Americans and their cars

After I mused about how Asphaltia’s influence spread along with the interstate highway system, it is interesting to see Religion Dispatches picking up on a related theme. The piece describes Michele Bachmann’s promise to return gas prices to $2 a … Continue reading

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Irene: with continuing updates

Dear all, Spouse and I are putting our final preparations in place. We expect to have no problems riding the storm out, but just in case, I’ll use this post as an information center and will post updates every few … Continue reading

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Grounding and Centering: The Tree of Life

This is a common visualization exercise; it’s common because it’s a simple and effective way to begin to relax and be present in the moment. Here’s my version of it, which gives you an idea of how you can lead … Continue reading

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Take a deep breath

This is an easy breathing exercise that is very useful. The goal is to take a deep breath, which sounds simple, but is a powerful way to calm both body and mind. Put one hand flat on your chest, over … Continue reading

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Meditation Moment: Connection and Context

Last month, I talked about letting go of time to be wholly in the present moment. Worrying about a few pieces of the past or future disconnects us from the present moment, and also leads us to ignore the rest … Continue reading

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Daily practices: sacralizing the everyday

In one of Slacktivists’s recent posts, he writes about he wishes there were more ceremonies or rituals to acknowledge important turning points in one’s life. He gives the example of a Jewish community creating a community-wide ritual for a young … Continue reading

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Meditation Moment: The Opposite of Multitasking

The act of meditating is mostly about not doing anything else at the same time. That’s why last month I discussed how to measure the time of your meditation practice without letting the act of measuring time become overwhelming; you … Continue reading

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