exploring postmodern religious naturalism

I laid there and contemplated.

Nothing that I do,
Advances my dreams.
When will I wake up,
To the sound of tui calling me,
Wind pulling me,
Sun warming me?
I am carrying an energy,
An old and dusty spell,
Laden with inertia,
And it is holding me back.
Is it the consequence,
Of my own doings?
I do not believe so.
But then I think,
Where did it come from?
Almost immediately,
As I ponder its origin,
A voice whispers inside of me,
And then comes the realisation,
That the inertia in my life,
Is of my own creation.

Wake up.
It is time to wake up.


- Kyle Bluck.

how to believe.

“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

—   Albert Einstein

Daily Pagan News: Permaculture and Metaphysics (The Permaculture Research Institute)

this is an interesting read from the permaculture research institute and definitely worth discussing. examines the mixing of permaculture and spirituality.

pagannews:

I recently had a brief email conversation with someone (a person whose name I shall omit), and I’d like to share it with you to get your thoughts. Perhaps I’m opening a can of worms here, but I can’t help myself. I am opening this potential can of worms for three reasons:

  1. I personally often feel…

(Source: permaculture.org.au, via pagannews-deactivated20130221)

“postmodern naturalism asserts that humans are relational processes of nature; in short, we are nature made aware of itself.”

—   Carol White, Saundra Morris.
Postmodern Religion in the New World Order: An Ethics of Relationality in Contemporary Models of Religious Naturalism.

(Source: hc03.commongroundconferences.com)

five activities you can do right now to clear the mind and ease the soul

these are some of the things i do often. each activity has a unique effect on me and i do at least one of these every day.

go for a jog. jogging focuses the mind. each breath taken while jogging is a blessing. the sharp, raw, burning feeling as air is exhaled then quickly needed once again, inhale… exhale again… inhale!… out again!… in!… lets you appreciate the element of air. the stinging sensation one feels when in need of oxygen awakens you like a cold shower on a winters day.

meditate. there are a raft of different meditation techniques and rituals out there, so it is a matter of experimenting until you find one that suits you. meditation can open up places in your mind you’ve never ventured to before.

try new music. there is so much music out there, try something new every now and then. i’m currently enjoying a band called optimus park, especially this song here. i never pay for music because i don’t believe music should be a commodity that can be bought and sold. thankfully, optimus park releases all their music free to download at high quality. i make a donation if the music has had a positive effect on me and i’ve enjoyed it, and can afford to donate. music alters moods and has been part of human culture since time began.

garden. i find gardening to be very therapeutic. take your time when you do it and notice the interactions occurring around you in your plot. basing your garden on permaculture principles is very rewarding indeed.

take a cold shower. this really refreshes me! nothing quite like it! water has a special place in my heart and is an important element for all life on earth. treat it with respect and don’t waste it.

those five activities might not suit your lifestyle, but maybe you can start from here and adapt them to your situation or experiment with other activities. i believe performing one mind and soul ritual per day is important in maintaining good health. so i invite you to give it a try. have fun!

green anarchism

you can follow my blog about green anarchism and anarcho-socialism here:
fuckyeahgreenanarchy.tumblr.com 

not much analysis of green anarchism there, usually just pictures and videos. but bringing some substance to that blog through discussion of anarchist theory is my goal for 2012.