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    • There are many benefits if you keep on practicing meditation. The benefits of meditation are numerous and there are more being discovered every day. Science has shown that meditation helps to reverse aging, decrease stress hormones, lower depression, improve memory and strengthen the immune system. One of the best meditation app which I have experienced using is the SOS Method app(https://sosmethod.co/). It's unique in that it doesn't require you to quiet your mind, it only takes minutes, and it's been endorsed by doctors, scientists, and regular people all over the world. It's a special formula that fuses music, tones, words and white space, and there are programs for all kinds of needs/issues/goals.

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      Witchcraft and the spirit world are uniquely tied together, and building a deeper practice often means building bridges between ourselves and the spirit world. This isn't always easy, however. Here, author Devin Hunter presents 6 ways we can build bridges to the spirit world.

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      Shownotes for DruidCast Episode 146

      The Dreaming – Damh the Bard – https://www.paganmusic.co.uk

      Interview with Awnangee (really not sure if the spelling is even close!)

      Angel – Deborah Cher – https://deborahcher.bandcamp.com

      Artorius Rex – Malkin Tower – https://www.malkintower.co.uk

      Arthurian story with Professor Roland Rotherham – https://www.rolandrotherham.co.uk

      Belthain – Belthain – http://www.belthain.com

      DruidCast theme – Hills they are Hollow – Damh the Bard – https://www.paganmusic.co.uk

      For further information on the Druid tradition – https://www.druidry.org

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      What do you do when you pull a court card in the outcome or action position in a tarot spread? Do you pull another card out to help get more clarification? Do you pretend it didn't happen, put the court card back in the deck, and pick another card? Or do you learn how to use the tarot court to problem-solve, get unstuck, and move forward?

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      I find myself thinking about echo chambers often.  The last couple of weeks have been bringing home to me how very unhealthy they are for us as individuals, but also as a society.

      One of my friends was recently recounting a meetup for therapists he attended that had a large number of people from the same geographic area in the same profession who were all echoing the same concern that something was missing from the field.  My friend was astounded at how often these people echoed each other but also failed to grasp that the answer to their concern was shockingly simple: it's time to start talking about intersections of race, class, and gender.  

      A few days before this conversation, I was listening to someone else make unhealthy choices with the support of her echo chamber.  Because their viewpoints were all too similar, they were missing just how messed up things sounded to everyone else.

      We've all seen how media outlets have begun to tailor their reporting to their perceived audience, and how that bias is straining relationships between groups.  A lack of diversity in thought is polarizing, misleading, and disruptive.

      I'm trying to challenge myself to look for the echo chambers in my life.  Without any challenge to my thought processes, I'm afraid of becoming both intellectually lazy, but also callous to the concerns and needs of others.  I'm afraid of withering from spiritual malnutrition caused by a too homogenous environment that lacks the strength that comes from adaptation.

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      river.jpg?resize=225%2C300&ssl=1The snow-capped mountains reach towards the blue sky, and as they do so the white begins to fall away. Rivers of melted snow rush downward and soon join as one with the river below. Soon the river is flowing so fast it’s uncontrollable. It has a life of its own, its own purpose. It grows as more snow-melt joins. The water is one being, one life, as it rushes through the valley, out, to reach the oceans.

      When the Awen is flowing, that’s what it feels like. Overwhelming, uncontrollable, exhilarating, and that’s the flow I’ve been swimming with for the past three years working on the First and Second Branch of Y Mabinogi. It has felt like these albums have had a life of their own, almost as if they were desperate to be created. I remember when I finished the First Branch and was instantly being mobbed by crows each day as I walked Oscar by the river as if Bran and Branwen were saying, “Come on! It’s our turn now! Get on with it!”

      But the Second Branch was quite some ride. By the end, after living with the tale for a year I had such mixed emotions. I loved the end result and was so happy to release it so you could all hear it. But I was also emotionally exhausted – the story had taken its toll on me, and so I decided I needed a break. I could feel that need before I finished, and I remember saying to my Bardic Buddy Arthur Hinds that I was done for a while and that I was going to have some time away from the Y Mabinogi albums to record some songs. His response was, “But what if the Lady wants you to carry on?” My reply was, “Well if that’s so, the Lady will get her wish.”

      The Awen is a complicated Mistress. Right now it feels like the river I had been enjoying so much for the past three years has slowed. The peaks have melted and now the waters have settled into an almost imperceptibly gentle meander. Life has been incredibly busy (with great stuff, but still very full) and at times like this, I sometimes wonder how I ever have any time to actually sit down and write songs. The temptation is to jump in and swim. To try and force the Awen to flow faster by trying too hard. But I know from many lessons in the past that this isn’t the way. It’s possible, but songs that spring from that kind of effort are always the ones that either don’t make the album, or that wait to be changed by a more free-flowing Awen dive.

      So I have been wondering if the Lady does indeed want me to remain focussed on the tales. To finish the task. But then I question that and ask if I’m just being lazy when it comes to writing new non-Mabinogi songs. Or is my life right now just so busy, with the Awen directed in other areas, that I should just surrender, leave things for a while, and go where the Awen is taking me. I’ve never been very good at ‘going with the flow’, but sometimes that is the best thing to do – to surrender and see where life is going, rather than trying to force it to go somewhere it doesn’t seem to want to go.

      I’ve never been torn between two projects before. I’ve always known what would come next, where I would point my wand. Now I think the best thing to do is to let the Cauldron bubble and brew.

      To allow the ingredients to do their work.

      To surrender, wait, and stir.

      And trust.

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      Mystics, magicians, Wiccans, and Neo-pagans of all stripes identify their practice with the figure of the pentagram. But, it is unlikely that any group has incorporated the pentagram into its ritual work more than the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Here, Golden Dawn Magic authors Chic & Sandra Tabatha Cicero explain its importance to Golden Dawn magic.

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      As we prepare for vacation, I find myself swept up in the kids' enthusiasm.  This is a rare thing for them. It's been years since we had an extended trip and more importantly, its' our first family vacation that is not for someone else's celebration.  The kids are pretty excited about an adventure, and my husband and I are looking forward to being away from home and work.  We'll be camping in an RV for a week to celebrate our 20th Wedding anniversary.

      I've started packing things in boxes, but a couple of boxes have become projects themselves.  Aislinn and I decoupaged a forest and flowers ad a deer on one of them before we packed things into it.  Totally unnecessary, but fun. It has added a bit of magic to the whole process of packing.  We're plotting a box of stars next.  To top off these shenanigans, I've also color coordinated things unnecessarily (really the plastic plates and vinyl tablecloth and mesh food tents don't have to match, it's just ridiculously cute and joyful). 

      From time to time, it's a lot of fun to embrace childlike joy and anticipation for no reason other than you can.  Decorate something to within an inch of its life, make cupcakes and enjoy them, be silly, sing and dance because you can.  Exuberance can break up a whole lot of negative and stale energy in your life.  I know I'm enjoying all my unnecessary and silly plans even before we leave home.  

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