I taught myself to live simply

Source: I taught myself to live simply

Possible posts, a Neopagan/Earth-centered grad student support community, and the lack of time to do it all

I have a few posts I’d like to make…

One about how I’ve been looking into atheopaganism, naturalistic paganism, and exploring my thoughts on theism and agnosticism in general.

One on change and self-transformation, a lesson given by chlorophyll and autumn, regarding how leaves that change color aren’t leaves that die but trees that adapt.

One on mindfulness and anxiety.

Another on how my practicing is changing in a really, really good way…how I’m finally blending my love/reverence for nature with my Kemetic paganism in a way that is meaningful to me.

One on how I am learning to be myself at a time when my sense of self is challenged.

Another on how my spirituality, loved ones, and honestly counseling are helping me to navigate the changes grad school and love are making in my life.

But…that grad school thing is an awful time-sucker. I thought many times about starting an online group for grad students who also practice a neo-pagan and/or earth-based spirituality. It can be hard to branch out from the people you see at the office…because you spend that much time there. I know a woman who is also Kemetic who lives just an hour away. She and her husband are the sweetest people…when I moved up here, they truly and generously extended their welcome and kindness. But I struggle to find time to clean my house, speak to my relatives, and engage in self-care. Sometimes, I feel guilty that I haven’t had more time to visit her. But, due to the internet, we can keep in touch via other online groups.

Its not that I need the support for spiritual reasons. Its just nice to have others with similar spiritual outlooks who are also in a similar spot in life. Grad school is one experience that can challenge you in a lot of ways, and its good to have a few support systems. In some ways, academia is its own, strange sub-culture. You learn about your field and who you are…and that can challenge the structures you’ve built in your head. Its good to talk about that cognitive dissonance…or at least have the resources to straighten it out. The internet is a blessing, because if used properly, you can pull a truly diverse group of people together who share a common interest or two and a few shared experiences.

I’m not sure there are enough people who would desire such a group. It makes me wonder if there is enough “demand” for it…because without that diverse sample, there’s little point, eh?

Day of the Dead Meditation: “Spirits” by Birago Diop

Humanistic Paganism

Listen to Things
More often than Beings,
Hear the voice of fire,
Hear the voice of water.
Listen in the wind,
To the sighs of the bush;
This is the ancestors breathing.

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