I Breath the Breath of Life, in through the nose, out through the mouth, and I begin…
So I am under a lot of stress lately, and will be welcoming any prayers/energy/loving-kindness sent my way. I am dealing with some unpleasant, manipulative, and in at least one case incandescently mentally ill (and fixating her hate on me) people. Then too, things have been very hectic at work, and lately my longstanding habit of waking up to news/NPR has been a little hard on my spirit this year…
Challenges and trials, and blessings.
Sometimes, in the face of trial and turmoil, all you have is yourself and your practice. Even if you have loved ones who are there fore you, there are times in life where people and situations in your life are putting you under such pressure that you almost go into a retreat mode. This impulse is, at once, a healthy and potentially dangerous place. Here the escapism of a few hours of online gaming or of a glass of wine can dance along a precipice of days lost to gaming or drinking and sleep and diving into unhealthy habits and addictions and distractions until the other parts of your life in a shambles.
We seem to live in a world so full, sometimes of distractions… so what to do?
Breathe. Breathe deeply the Breath of Life. Ask yourself,
“What fortifies you? What sustains you?”
For me it has been daily devotions of prayer, and breathing into my Chakra’s, and Cleansing my Life Force. Prayers, like my daily prayer, and special prayers of greeting to The WitchFather, and Cleansing the Life Force… and sometimes remembering to breath even Six changing breaths and Grounding and connecting with all Creation around me. Staying with my commitments at Church and trying to sort out my own head and heart.
I haven’t blogged about the troubles here, or written of them elsewhere, because they are some complex and in some cases very personal ones. Also I didn’t want to simply foist my burden onto my fellow mortals until I had gained some perspective and a sense guidance from the Holy Powers. As I began to have a sense of guidance, or of clarity about the situations I found myself in, I began to reach out to some of my local friends and acquaintances who were here in the ground in Orlando… sometimes a face-to-face heart-to-heart with a friend is much easier than a cross-continental phone call or online chat.
Breathe deeply, nurture your soul, seek what fortifies your mind and spirit and body, seek what sustains you rather than what entertains you or distracts you.
(Not that entertainment and distraction are wholely bad, but they can be ~and all to often in the overculture are~ overdone)
Seek Clarity, Seek Connections.
I have some of that, and have found a way to change some of the situations for the better.
I thank the Holy Powers for their Blessings,
I thank The Honored and Beloved Dead, for Lessons good and bad, for I have tried to learn from both,
I thank the Spirits of the Wide World Around Us, for their friendship or avoidance as is appropriate,
I thank my dear friends, those I turned to and those I held in reserve, or was simply inspired by,
Thanks and Blessings unto You All.
Peace, and Thank you dear readers!
Pax / Geoffrey
2 thoughts on “Stress and the Practicing Pagan”
I have been struggling with my own personal attacks, life uncertainties & challenges that have made my day to day life very difficult. Your words & reflections have helped me to remember the importance of calling on my powers of faith to see me thru the brutality this reality can, at times, impose. Thank you for being the messenger the universe has chosen to bring me the clarity & inspiriation I so needed. Blessed Be!!
Blessed be, and I hope you find the resources and allies you need in your own journey. Thank you for your kind words.