Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Great Radio Show / Podcast on CBC Tapestry

Tapestry is a CBC radio program that covers a variety of spiritual topics.  A recent episode was about Our Lady Brighid - and is very much worth the listen.

On the CBC site here - http://www.cbc.ca/tapestry/archives/2010/030710.html

and on Itunes - http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/includes/tapestry.xml

It is a deep blessing that we can have such open and widespread acceptance of our Pagan beliefs.  

Tapestry, and it's American Public Radio equivalent "Speaking of Faith" are excellent programs for understanding religious diversity from a scholarly and philosophical point of view.  I would encourage everyone who is on a spiritual journey to listen to them - there are many amazing lessons in listening to such a wide variety of faith-based topics.  


Friday, January 29, 2010

Day 19 - Blowing on the Coals


My Flamekeepers night this cycle came at the midpoint of a very hectic week at the end of a very hectic month, and it was upon me almost before I realized that it was my day.  I was exhausted - energy at a low ebb.  I felt like I was a fragile uncertain flame that needed tending more than having energy to do my sacred duty.

Funny, it is when the universe rises against us that we find ways to dig a little deeper.  My "falling asleep" meditation, in the deep cold dark of the night where my heartbeat was the only flame I could light for My Lady after blowing out the symbolic candle I lit earlier.  I imagined that my heart was a piece of charcoal - glowing softly red and warm in my chest.  With each breath, I drew in the blessing of the Lady - thinking of each good thing that I have been given in this past cycle.  Mentally, I placed a small piece of tinder on the coal of my heart, and the exhale of my breath was a soft blowing of air on the coal.  Breathe in, be grateful, add fuel to the fire, and blow on the coals.

Over the few minutes it took me to really focus on this exercise, my started feeling myself renewed.  Not in a raising of energy kind of way - it was bedtime, after all, but in a restorative heart-fire kind of way - filling up my energetic tank, stoking the fire of my engine for the next day and week ahead.  I put up a good supply of fuel, and a strong fire glowing in my being for the adventures of the future.

I drifted off gently into sleep, warmed from the inside out, immersed in my blessings, feeling the gifts of the Goddess surrounding me in warmth.  I slept deep, dreamed even more deeply, and awoke refreshed.

Thank you, Brighid, for tending the fire in my heart, and keeping me safely centered in the flame of your blessed care.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Day 19 - Sharing the Abundance

Greetings of the Sacred Flame - may it keep you warm during these cold days and may it light your day and your way.

My shift this cycle started last Thursday, at about the time that I had to be at my Organic Food buying group to help sort out the most recent order - we unpack and distribute the food amongst the members of the group. Its quite the organization.

I was helping weigh out dry goods, and thought about the journey that my food takes to get to me - and marveled how abundant our world has become for those of us lucky enough to live in a "first world economy."  We eat good, simple, hearty food - for the most part - but we still have more food than most of the world.  Just the food we have in our house - in the cupboards, fridge, 2 freezers and pantry would be considered amazing to so many of the world's peoples.

I thought about the point of origin for each piece of food I packed into my cloth bag - wondered who planted it, who picked it, who sorted and weighed it.  Did they ever think of the person who would be eating this food at the other end of the supply chain?

Some time ago, I got to meet the man who, with his wife and fellow villagers, actually harvested the coffee that I was buying from his coffee collective in Central America.  It was humbling to shake his hand, knowing that my consumption of his wonderful coffee had contributed to the visual and tactile evidence of his calloused hard working hands.  His wife gave me a bracelet that she had woven. These people, from thousands of miles away put joy and alertness and great flavor in my thermos each morning.  Their coffee cost more than other brands - but - while I could get it - it was worth it.

The abundance of the Goddess and her gifts is like that - an ongoing exchange of energy that sustains us.  there is always exchange - in some energetic form.  There are sacrifices - and callouses and distances to be traveled - because life is an adventure of sharing.

We are surrounded by abundance both visible and invisible.  It is everywhere we look - and where we forget to look.  It makes us whole - because recognizing it contributes to our sense of wholeness with the Divine.  From our gratitude for all we have, we are able to move forward, to prosper.  We must be grateful for this abundance - and remain thankful that our needs are met - our wants are often granted, and we have enough to share.

Some of you may recognize the Spirit-Haven food blessing within the last paragraph.  It has served many of us well over the past decade or so since its creation at one of our Weekend Retreats.  I invite you to use it, if it fits, to bless your food, and to receive the blessing that is given to you through the abundance of the Great Mother.

The Spirit-Haven Food Blessing
It is not we who bless this food, but this food that blesses us.  Abundance is a wholeness of being, and from this, we prosper.  We are grateful for this abundance, and thankful that our needs are exceeded.  And so it is.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Join the Imbolc Art Card Exchange

Hi everyone,

I wanted to let you know that I am hosting an Imbolc Art Card Exchange on my blog Chasing Domestic Bliss. If you are feeling inspired by our Lady and wish to make some art to share this month please head on over and join in the fun. Details can be found here.