mandysee_mandydo: (Classy Phryne)
an apple fell from the tree
do not mourn the loss
in the shade
in the orchard
do you not see me?
see yourself?
the apples?
i am you
you are me
we are all apples in the tree
we could taste the whole orchard
and find no two fruits
tasting exactly alike
yet each so familiar
nectar sweet like a memory
like a life lived
like a life to come
seeds spill in the soil and take root
to become a tree
to become me
to become you
to become all

Selu

Mar. 6th, 2008 12:44 pm
mandysee_mandydo: (Turtle and Children)
As usual, I went about the task of preparing the meals for the day this morning. For dinner I cooked a sweet potato, some pork and some corn on the cob. I packaged it all and went about getting ready for the day. On the drive into town, the aroma of the corn filled the truck with great presence and it was all we could notice. It's funny what can spark a spiritual moment, but I was suddenly stricken with the reminder from Selu that we should be grateful for what we have. Yes, I'm still emotional about never having children, but there's so much more that we do have and that we can have, and likewise so much that we have given and can give.

Wado Selu.
mandysee_mandydo: (water)
I'm now a Unitarian Universalist. I attended the Path to Membership session today and signed the membership book. I am actually pretty excited about it and feel better about it having been attending services for a month now and knowing a lot better about UU and how my spiritual beliefs can fit into the picture.

Since I'm on the topic, our congregation has podcasts for those interested. I highly recommend the Sexuality & Spirituality sermon. Apparently they will be posting two a month. I really hope they post the Nicaragua sermon as it was really cool.
mandysee_mandydo: (water)
I'm probably going to go to church for the first time in a very long time.

I've been thinking about Unitarian Universalism since [profile] quantumswordsmn and [profile] chenoachem talked me into attending a UU service at their former church in Nashua. It seemed all fine and well, but at the time I wasn't interested in going to church every Sunday. To be honest, I'm still not, but I think it's time for me to do it for a couple of reasons. For the past couple of months I've been thinking about it as a means to bring me more into the community, to find a sense of belonging. I also think I could use it if for nothing more than some grounding and some help in finding my spiritual center since I don't have others readily available to help me with that anymore.

What really made up my mind was that the local fellowship submitted a DVD for cablecast about Unitarian Universalism. I listened to it and did some web surfing and reading up on UU and decided that I agree with just about everything (except the every Sunday going to church, but I'm willing to compromise) so it would be worth the socialization and building up community connections to go and find my spiritual center perhaps.

I think I'm ready for this. I could use all the help I can get.
mandysee_mandydo: (Default)
I just ate my last meal until Monday morning. Only water from now until Monday breakfast.

So much of what I am, what I have been and what I will be are tied to my life in very spiritually significant ways. More and more I'm finding those connections and cherishing them. I've protected this post for core friends only because I'm going to share a lot about myself that I usually don't discuss so openly.

I was born on September 23. For the past few years on my birthday I have fasted as a spiritual commitnment. I believe that we are all related, every living thing, and that we must all have a certain amount of respect for each other and our place on this Earth. I know that what I eat was once living and has sacrificed its life so that I may live. Life feeds on life. To celebrate another year of life I sacrifice that sustinance to give other living things a little more time and to show my respect and gratitude for that sacrifice. I have two animal spirit guides: turtle and crow. The turtle travels in water and the crow in the air. Both can walk on land where I walk. I am in between and where they meet spiritualy.

I was born on September 23. It's a date that falls on or the day after the autumn equinox. It's a change of seasons. It's a time when many of our natural relatives are going through change and preparing for a rebirth. This year my birthday is very special to me because it comes at a time of personal rebirth for me. It's a time when I shed my exterior and show more of what's inside. It will this year become an anniversary on which I time much of the change that is to come in my life in the years ahead.

I was born on September 23. It's a date that falls on the cusp of two astrological signs. I'm not much of a believer in astrology, but I find that still to be a very interesting fact. I was born between a sign that signifies modesty and servitude and another that signifies balance and harmonious relationships. I may not always succeed at either, but in general I try to be modest and seek a balance.

I was born on September 23. It is Celebrate Bisexuality Day. I am bisexual. This is something with which I've struggled for many years and only in the past couple of years come to accept.

I am a pre-op transsexual. I was born on the gender line and have struggled with it longest, for most of my life. I live every day trying to strike a balance between the male I was raised to be (the body and the fascade) and the female I was born to be (the spirit). This time in my life marks the beginning of a transition toward my true self.
mandysee_mandydo: (water)
For the past few years I have held a spiritual commitment to fast for 24 hours on my birthday. This year Yom Kippur is the day before my birthday. For those who aren't familiar with Yom Kippur, it is a Jewish holiday focusing on atonement. Part of this Day of Atonement is a 25-hour fast. I'm not Jewish. I just find this to be a very interesting and wonderful coincidence!

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