Broken connections, broken glass, broken trust

My spine and brain is a frayed electrical cord, short circuiting and sending confused messages to my body. I lose connection to parts of me; sometimes I look at my fingers and toes to make sure they are still there.   Broken connections to broken dishes: mixing bowls and glass measuring cups are the victims…

Broken connections, broken glass, broken trust was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

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The spirit is willing, but the flesh is uncooperative

“Sedentarism is very much linked to consumerism, materialism, colonialism, and the destruction of the planet. If you’re not moving, someone else is moving for you, either directly, or indirectly by making STUFF to make not moving easier on you. You were born into a sedentary culture, so 99.9 percent of your sedentary behaviours are flying…

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is uncooperative was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Link roundup: Pagans with chronic illnesses

Similar to and overlapping with the issue of accessibility is the issue of Pagans dealing with chronic illnesses. This seems like a less explored topic. The Mighty, an amazing site created to empower and connect people facing health challenges and disabilities, has 4 articles when you search “pagan” and only one of those was an…

Link roundup: Pagans with chronic illnesses was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Accessibility in the absence of perfect trust

My partner sometimes tells a story of the early days of our relationship. I actually don’t remember the conversation, per se, but it is part of the structure of our life together. As the story goes, I sat him down and offered him a simple agreement: we will both agree to say what we mean…

Accessibility in the absence of perfect trust was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Link roundup: accessible Paganism

As Paganism matures, we have to address a huge range of accessibility issues for our religion: physical accessibility for Pagans with mobility issues, assistance for Pagan parents, audiobooks for Pagans who are blind, sign language interpreters for deaf Pagans, inclusivity for LGBTQ Pagans, a welcoming atmosphere for Pagans of colour, accommodations for Pagans with allergies,…

Link roundup: accessible Paganism was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

If only the activists see your activism, does it mean anything?

Every year, I go to a big local literary festival. I typically buy tickets for six or more events over the course of a week and come home with a pile of new books. I’ve mentioned before that this particular festival includes a territory acknowledgement before each event. This is something that started a year…

If only the activists see your activism, does it mean anything? was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Well, why not both?

“Jön Upsal’s Garden” put out a challenging question:   “… anyone who identifies as a pagan atheist, or humanistic pagan, or religious humanism, or whatever the heck they call themselves. Why do you include the word “pagan” in your self-identification?”   The post was mostly directed at The Allergic Pagan, who responded quite eloquently here,…

Well, why not both? was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Responsible to the centres

This past weekend, I went to my 18th Gathering for Life on Earth. There were rituals, and swimming, and workshops, and feasting, but best of all, there were juicy conversations. One of my favourite people to talk to every year is a brilliant woman who runs a local Pagan choir and who does a sung…

Responsible to the centres was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Paganism is silly

Paganism is silly. All religion is. That’s OK; sex is silly too, and most of us need that. Sex can be physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally fulfilling. So can religion. The process of getting to either orgasm or spiritual ecstasy is messy and weird, and few people look good in the the midst of either,…

Paganism is silly was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic