Is it Friday already? I’d almost forgotten! So what did I find in the Pagan internet undergrowth this week?
Dana at The Druid’s Garden has an absolutely excellent article on Druidry for the 21st Century. How can Druidry help us navigate the complex environmental and social challenges of the modern world?
As I’ve shared before on this blog, druidry as a spiritual tradition is a response to our age, and through the ages, it has always been such a response. Revival druidry began at the dawn of industrialization, responding to that day. Modern druidry has gained speed as our ecological problems have increased. Revival druidry saw the beginning of industrialization, and I honestly believe it will see us through to the end of it. For those of us in the 21st century–druidry is our response to today.
The Witch of Lupine Hollow offers a useful reminder of 5 Reasons You Should Have a Spiritual Practice. Rather than offering a set of practices to follow, the post looks at what having a regular practice can do for you.
Expressing your spirituality on a daily basis is an excellent way to stay connected and grounded in your beliefs. It’s easy to get off track and distracted from your spirituality when not engaging with it every day. Although maintaining your daily practice can be difficult at times, there are many ways to adapt your practices so that they can evolve with your own unique lifestyle and needs.
Terri Windling at Myth and Moor shares a wonderful tale from Native American author and biologist Robin Wall Kimmerer about Homemade Ceremonies, and the beauty of simple offerings. The post is from 2015 but I discovered it on Tiwtter yesterday thanks to the wonderful #FolkloreThursday hashtag.
Ceremonies large and small have the power to focus attention to a way of living awake in the world. The visible became invisible, merging with the soil. It may have been a secondhand ceremony, but…I recognized that the earth drank it up as if it were right. The land knows you, even when you are lost.
Want to make a change to your carbon footprint and help create a more sustainable world? Changing what we eat and our relationship to food might be a good place to start. Damien Carrington in The Guardian discusses how a New plant-focused diet would “transform planet’s future”.
The planetary health diet is largely plant-based and allows an average of 2,500 calories a day. It allows one beef burger and two servings of fish a week, but most protein comes from pulses and nuts. A glass of milk a day, or some cheese or butter, fits within the guidelines, as does an egg or two a week. Half of each plate of food under the diet is vegetables and fruit, and a third is wholegrain cereals.
And finally, Danni Lang at Esoteric Moment shares her top 10 Reasons to join OBOD. I’m an OBOD member myself, having completed the Bardic Grade of their course and while I haven’t been particularly active in my membership recently, I have a tremendous appreciation for OBOD and am inspired by their inclusive Druidry and their global reach.
This is what I’ve learned through my years with the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids so far. I hope it helps you as you find your place in Druidry, be it in an Order or not.