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Author Topic: Mountain Biking Meditations... Deity in unusual places  (Read 16872 times)
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« Reply #30: May 27, 2007, 10:22:55 am »

Usually for me, the most spiritual place is alone in the woods. Whether it's just a walk or hunting.

Yes! Particularly the deciduous woods of the eastern U.S. And especially if I'm birdwatching.

Not so unusual, but definitely outside at night when I can watch the stars moving across the sky.

Yes! The fire of the universe spread across the sky. And your avatar made me think of another: the sights and sounds of a waterfall.

Clubbing. Pounding bass, throbbing strobes, and jacked-up drink prices... ooh. Sacred.


Yes! Minus the booze (one could spend an entire paycheck on a Manhattan bar tab). I don't go clubbing like I did in my youth, but I went 2 nights ago, and gods! how that energy races around the room when the music is right and the crowd is in a groove.

So I guess I should watch the stars, club till dawn, then immediately go birding in the woods where there's a waterfall. Therein lies my dilemma.

Anything else I can say "Yes!" to?
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« Reply #31: May 27, 2007, 11:22:54 am »

Re: sound

Clubbing. Pounding bass, throbbing strobes, and jacked-up drink prices... ooh. Sacred.

At the fitness center: I listen to my MP3 player as I am working out, and there comes a point where everything around me just disappears, my body is on auto-pilot with the repetitive motions of the machines and the sounds of the others are droned out by my music.  That's when I can hear the voice of my deity loud and clear, converse with Him easily.  It's the difference between talking with someone on a cell phone with a bad connection, and talking with someone standing right across the room.

LOL  On the riding triplex lawnmower at work (golf course).  I don't do a lot of mowing anymore, but I still have to do some, since the cheapskate greens committee won't approve giving me full-time hours for  the flowerbeds.

The course I work at winds through a lot of wooded areas and borders on a waterway. The route I mow takes me around the entire course in about 4 hours. The combination of the rumbling motor, rhythmic pattern of turns, and just having my hands occupied puts me into a light trance. A few times I've actually had to go back and check to see if I've done a hole, because I was so deep in thought I had no memory of doing it.

ditto, ditto, ditto. (except for the overpriced drinks. Cheap drunk talking here.) I *hate* loud high and midrange sounds, but bass ... lay it on me!

I tend to go for the natural version: raging thunderstorms. I once went for a walk in a storm just to listen. People look at me like I'm nuts when I say I love the sound of thunder.

See the connection?  Your brain has to process the sound, which leaves less brain-power for everything else (distractions).  And I suspect the vibration plays a part.  The louder the sound, the more vibration.  Don't forget that our predecessors have used drums and bells and chants for thousands of years to assist in trance.  You're doing the same thing, just adding hearing loss to the mix. Wink

Oddly, the quiet of falling snow has exactly the same effect.  Huh

Same effect by opposite means? How loud is a snowflake?  I was delighted and shocked as a kid to realize I could hear them.  A sound so close to being inaudible forces us to focus all of our brain-power to pick it up.  The same song always comes to mind: Lo, how a Rose E'er Blooming.
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« Reply #32: May 27, 2007, 11:39:41 am »

What kinds of unusual places do you find yourself close to your Gods?

I'm a Pantheist - no place is unusual. Tongue

A warm smile,
a scented breeze,
mockingbird's call
or whispering trees;

The ocean's song
and mountain's still,
babbling brook,
bee's tireless Will.

A foal's first breath
and cloudscape grand;
a pasture of buttercups,
the fold of my hand.

Singing stars
and butterfly moves,
the scent from my kitchen
and...







(...you didn't reeeeeeeeally think I would forget, did you?)







THUNDERING HOOVES!

 Cheesy Grin

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This is where the Divine finds me.  I am only willing to allow it.
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« Reply #33: May 27, 2007, 06:27:54 pm »

I'm a Pantheist - no place is unusual. Tongue

A warm smile,
a scented breeze,
mockingbird's call
or whispering trees;

The ocean's song
and mountain's still,
babbling brook,
bee's tireless Will.

A foal's first breath
and cloudscape grand;
a pasture of buttercups,
the fold of my hand.

Singing stars
and butterfly moves,
the scent from my kitchen
and...







(...you didn't reeeeeeeeally think I would forget, did you?)







THUNDERING HOOVES!

 Cheesy Grin

<bows>

This is where the Divine finds me.  I am only willing to allow it.

Oh clapping!!!   Grin  Wonderful.  I wish that could be distilled.  :sigh:  :grins:

Gonna have to start calling you the Don Juan De Marco of the Cauldron.  lol
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« Reply #34: May 27, 2007, 06:48:52 pm »

Oh clapping!!!   Grin  Wonderful.  I wish that could be distilled.  :sigh:  :grins:

Gonna have to start calling you the Don Juan De Marco of the Cauldron.  lol

Thanks, Mandi!

I'm starting to like you. Grin Cheesy

Sometimes I do my best stuff off the cuff. Wink  Back when I was moderating a writing bb, I stopped doing the Flash Fiction because I didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. Tongue

Longer works is where I have trouble.
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« Reply #35: May 27, 2007, 07:43:34 pm »

Thanks, Mandi!

I'm starting to like you. Grin Cheesy

Sometimes I do my best stuff off the cuff. Wink  Back when I was moderating a writing bb, I stopped doing the Flash Fiction because I didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. Tongue

Longer works is where I have trouble.

Now don't you go doin' that  Cheesy So much for cultivated prickly.  lol

What is longer really?  If you've got a good hand for poetic bits, might as well use it.
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« Reply #36: May 28, 2007, 07:35:18 am »

What is longer really?

My novel ms is currently some 700 pages, and is half done.  That "longer." Wink
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« Reply #37: May 28, 2007, 08:30:31 am »

My novel ms is currently some 700 pages, and is half done.  That "longer." Wink


When I was writing my "longer" was 120 pages.  Methinks you probably have longer down far better than you're giving yourself credit for.
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« Reply #38: May 28, 2007, 08:33:55 am »

When I was writing my "longer" was 120 pages.  Methinks you probably have longer down far better than you're giving yourself credit for.

Doesn't mean it's good, just means I keep pounding. Tongue
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« Reply #39: June 02, 2007, 05:13:44 pm »

What kinds of unusual places do you find yourself close to your Gods?

I like to go on devotional walks for my gods, especially the gods related to roads and crossroads.  Sometimes I just go on instinct, not plotting a route - just seeing where feels right to turn.  Sometimes the presence of my gods is overwhelming.  One time I found really a neat three-way crossroads, and made an impromptu offering to Hekate there.

I live in a fairly urban/residential area, and did before I moved too.  I find myself close to my gods there - where else would they be?  I like to have my spirituality integrated into my life, and this is where I live.  On a related note, I first became close to Djehuty at my design internship, and this has continued at each of my jobs.  When I worked at the bookstore, I also felt close to Seshat, Foremost in the Library (or House of Books).  (These days I honor her by walking around (surprise!) and looking at architecture.)

And I feel close to my gods looking up at the sky, day or night.

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« Reply #40: June 02, 2007, 05:42:38 pm »



In my garden!

Some of the most obvious ones escape me. 

I picked up a few more plants today to fill in in a couple places and spent the afternoon making pomegranate wine coolers with pinot grigio and seven up and planting.

It was wonderful.
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« Reply #41: June 02, 2007, 06:33:15 pm »

and spent the afternoon making pomegranate wine coolers with pinot grigio and seven up...

Would you be willing to elaborate on how you make them? Sounds yummy!
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« Reply #42: June 02, 2007, 07:46:03 pm »

Would you be willing to elaborate on how you make them? Sounds yummy!

They're awesome.


Great to slow down wine consumption if you're looking to save money.

Half glass of your preferred sweeter side white wine.  I'm going sauvignon blanc.  Then 25 % POM opmegranite juice and 25% 7 up.

I haven't tried crushed ice yet, although I'm tempted to, since I'll bet this would be delicious REALLY cold, and the water might not be so bad since they are on the sweet side.

This would probably be tasty on angel food cake and vanilla ice cream.

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« Reply #43: June 02, 2007, 09:23:22 pm »


Half glass of your preferred sweeter side white wine.  I'm going sauvignon blanc.  Then 25 % POM pomegranite juice and 25% 7 up.


Thanks! Looks like I have a new drink to try.  Smiley
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« Reply #44: June 03, 2007, 01:51:30 pm »


This would probably be tasty on angel food cake and vanilla ice cream.


That sounds really good!  Sounds like a great thing to have on my balcony with some friends.  Smiley
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