What traditional frameworks support you?

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Tradition. The backbone of our cultures. The fables, mores, and rules of the land.

I grew up not really following them.

Instead, I borrowed from other cultures. Older cultures. Ancient cultures.

I read herbal remedies, and mating rituals of the Amazonians. I studied birth and death rituals of the Egyptians and Celts. I practiced Buddhist meditation, Shinto, and Native American philosophies of respecting the natural world. I consumed anything relating to the French Revolution and Italian Renaissance.

All of these were my foundations.

Looking back now, the only familial tradition I follow is the act of inviting and going to tea. A steamy hot cup always reminds me of times spent with my mom and grandmother.

I was always on the fringe of society, being a deviant was my proud mantle. However, now as I am aging, there are a few frameworks of society that I do follow.

I vote. I don’t drink and drive. I don’t do drugs. I pay my car insurance on time. I want to get married and have kids someday.

But those don’t sustain me.

The traditions that do sustain me are all of the things you see on this blog. The philosophies, the love, the good health. The wild things. The gathering together to celebrate rites of passage and the changing year. And of course…tea.

What traditions sustain your spirit?

Namaste.

Solar question posed by Caitlin Matthews, Celtic Devotional.

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2 thoughts on “What traditional frameworks support you?

  1. I like this question and the way you framed it. I guess I share some of your style. I have never really accepted most present-day cultural norms, I prefer the ancients.

    The Yoga Sutras and practicing yoga is one of my primary starting points. I love how whole I feel when I’m in certain postures, it also forces me to recognize the important relationship I have with my breath! I discover new things about myself every time I practice asanas and pranayama.

    The Tao te Ching is another big one for me. The more contemporary frameworks that support me are the works of Alan Watts, Daniel Quinn and James Redfield. Some of their books have totally changed my life and given me firm ground to stand on spiritually, mentally and metaphysically.

    The most important framework that supports my beliefs and behaviors is the simple principal that change is good. I’m not sure where exactly I picked it up, probably from a combination of sources. I find that allowing this to be part of my framework keeps me flexible and positive.

    Thanks for encouraging me to stop and think about this question!

    Namaste, K

    1. Thank-you so much! I am so happy this has inspired you.

      Deep soul digging, I feel, is where and how we become better healers. Through self-healing and journeying we get a grander sense of the person as a whole. And we do this by asking ourselves some pretty nitty-gritty questions. Caitlin has been a close teacher of mine for quite some time, inspiring me along the way…

      This act of questioning, and never stopping to ask why we do the things we do gives us more empathy and attracts more people who need our help at the time, even if it is a mere smile in the checkout line…

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