We went to my mother-in-law's yesterday to celebrate Easter with her. We don't do Easter here as a general rule but we're not opposed to helping others celebrate their holidays. After all, isn't that part of what holidays are about? Connecting with loved ones and acceptance and repect of those people? I tend to flow more towards rituals and celebrations that have a more base focus than the Christian theology aspects. Things that focus on energies and seasons. Connecting to the land and to each other. A circular hoop of belief that encircles us all. While my view might not be wide spread, it's what I've come to believe is true in my heart through out my own religious trek down the spiritual road.
I like to envision that spiritual road paved with a myriad of cobble stones. Each special, unique. Each stone a different color, shape, texture, contour that changes our perception of our beliefs as we feel it underfoot. All the stones are facets of religion. A thought here, a scripture there. The connectivity between all beliefs. A spriritual causeway unique to each person, created by them as they develop their sense of self.
It has been difficult to get this far and I know that I'm not anywhere near the end. Alas, I think I shall never be until that day comes when my soul is given back to the universe. And that's okay.
Easter is a time of birth or rebirth, if you will. The plants that went to seed last year, that were frozen over during the long winter months, are reemerging as new life. Spring is a notorious time for baby animal births (and human ones too). The cold winter winds pick up the tinge of hot summers to come. The Wheel of the World turns again. I can feel it sing to me.
I hope to teach my children about the song of life and I am excited to see where their paths lead them.
I know that religion and politics are two hard topics to swallow so I won't get into a whole lot on here. Just some general thoughts about certain things. But if you read my blog, I think understanding a little bit about my religious beliefs is important. It highlights some of the things I do. It's part of the reason I wish to be a farmer. It's why we have a lot of kids. I think its important for others to gain an understanding of things they might not agree with, or believe in. I read a lot of blogs from Christians. I also read blogs of Pagans, Wiccans, and a Buddist. And a few others I don't really know their spiritual designation.
Sometimes I worry, like with today's post, that I will loose some readers because I'm not the same religious affiliation as they are. And I talk about it. That perhaps, they don't want to read about my ideas or thoughts if they're incongruious to their own. I've read some comments on other bloggers posts just for the meat/no meat issue that has divided bloggers from their readers. I hope I don't push anyone away. I don't think religion should be seperate. I don't understand why so many can't accept others for our differences and love and grow with those people. Rejoicing in the diversity of life and the magic of the world. I enjoy listening and learning about the religious beliefs that make others tick. It's most of the reason I attend a Unitarian Universalist church.
So, I ask you readers, since I share so much with you but might not ever know who you are, What is special for you about the season?