I think just creating an altar/shrine/sacred space can be a good exercise in getting involved with your spirituality. I love cruising the "pimp_my_altar" group on LiveJournal for fun and inspiration. And actually, once I go for my run, I'm going to revamp MY altar (it's getting quite cluttered and unfocused).
As for health, the only way I think about it is "just do it." I went to MyVirtualModel and did up one of me at my goal weight in a bikini, and then put it on my desktop background image. So whenever I'm killing time at the computer, I see her and remind myself to get off my butt and DO something.
Kak lyoblyo ya vas, kak bioos ya vas. Znat yvidel vas, ya v nedobri chas.
I have the belief that everything has sacredness to it so I am compelled to treat everything I do as a sacred act.
some examples are I had not been getting my water in so I set the intention every morning that what I drink in helps to purify me and what I release are the toxins I either never needed or don't need. This cleansing I see on both a spiritual level and a physical one. I have got in my 8 glasses just about every day since I started this.
I try to know myself in all my parts that means learning to love and accept those things that I don't necessarily want to keep. I have to be kind to my body and love it even though it occasionally fails me and I see it as too fat. I engage in self love practices a lot. This is new to me as well as I grew up with very low self esteem and sense of worth.
I am getting ready with the new moon to start doing some money work get clean about money and treating money and what I do with my money as sacred. I have already started that process by looking at what I choose to spend my money on.
ok, things that have worked for me and none of these is a quick fix - i just keep reminding myself of what i want to achieve, i praise every time i make a "good" choice, when i don't feel like moving - i make the effort to do such and even though i hate it at first - i really do start to feel better, keep track of the food! yep, i wrote down the sonic chili cheese dog and tots i had yesterday and it tasted good! now the good part was, i shared it with my daughter so i only had half! satisfied my desire and didn't totally blow it. Deny yourself nothing - it just creates havoc; besides, if you only eat part of a ben and jerry's - you can enjoy more later! Keep telling yourself you can do, over and over and over and over - eventually it will sink in. Pretty much goes for anything you want to do.
For pagan ideas i also have circle round and i searched online for yahoo groups and found a pagan parenting group, lots of resources there, not to chatty but lots of links. There also are a lot of local pagan groups with yahoo groups that you might be able to find. Also looking for alternative healers - many of them might be able to link you to someone or a pagan or celtic shop might be helpful.
my advice is to make sure to get back on track realistically. Don't set goals for yourself that you will not be able to keep. Try smaller sustainable ones like learning a few good healthy and quick meals to serve the family and eventually building a base from those.
Ritual full blown circle casting is all well and good but what can you do to bring your spirituality into your everyday? I have a very rich practice that combines the sacred and mundane it took me quite a while to get here but I find it works for me.
Circle round is a good book for parents of kids trying to bring their kids a taste of their spirituality.
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So I'm trying to get back on track (again) with my dieting. Stress just overwhelmed me and with so much going on, I decided that it would be easier and quicker to just get some fast food then take the time to cook. Now that that has happened for the past... oh, two weeks... I am GETTING BACK ON TRACK. Another thing that I want to get back on track is... doing rituals and such. I have never been able to do them where I have lived and now I've lived in my own home with my boyfriend and son for almost a year, it's time to go a step further then reading books and calling myself Pagan (i AM pagan, i just was never able to do much of anything because of my parents). So, I'm wondering if anyone can help me. I'm not really sure where to start as it's very hard to do anything for me lately... I deal with keeping up the house, my son, and school. I have started to reread all my books, but now where do I go? Especially with Samhain around the corner... I've never been able to do anything for any holiday. And now I have a boyfriend who encourages me in what I believe in, so this is the time to start.
Also, my son is 13months. What can I do to show him what I believe in, or is it too early still? I have a banner of different Goddess figures hanging in my house and I show him that all the time and he loves looking at it, but other then that, I'm not really sure what to do.
I really have no idea where to start, so any help at all would be really appreciated. Blessed Be
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