Essentially, it is a study analyzing the effects of using a punching bag to vent anger and scientifically challenging the success of such techniques. I need to ponder this in greater depth but I think the difference between the study and the practices I use is that I have worked out an entire process that ties to a full workout along with a spiritual practice.
So, I think that despite the scientific evidence, the Fire method is still valuable but you need to be aware the risks. I also think that putting the picture of someone whom are angry with on a bag or target is very likely a mistake.
Recently, I have found myself facing the darker sides of the human condition. The actions that our idealized selves would wish were not part of life. Life, however, is not lived in the ideal world. In doing this, and talking to a number of people as well as helping several, I have come to see a different kind of strength and courage. The courage to stand strong in the face of hard things and be an example to others so that they can know how to stand as well. Or, sometimes, just to show them that there are better things that they can eventually reach. This isn’t the action hero. This is the strong and loving parent, the loyal friend, the steadfast companion or the lantern in the night when someone is lost. And sometimes, it matters more than the warrior or the mystic. Sometimes it is the best of things.
So, remember that standing and being a good example can mean more than you might ever know. Think more, once in awhile, of Mr. Rogers than Clint Eastwood. People LISTEN to Mr. Rogers.
As to heathen spirituality, I will point you two places. One, I admit, is new for me. It is Sigyn, who is a symbol for loyalty. Here is a poem and art that struck me:
In addition, I look strongly to Freya for Worth. In many ways, Freya is strongly about Worth and the right of Sovereignity over one’s self. There is a Passion and Strength there as well. I do not have a link for her, it is part of my personal connection but spend the time and you may find one of your own.
Read, study, work and do the things that need doing. But remember, also, to STAND.
As someone with some knowledge of law (NOT an attorney) and organizations, the points raised here are valid and worth considering no matter where you fall in your beliefs. We are a very small sub group of the population and the differences we fight over are meaningless to most outsiders.
I’m writing this to sort of counterbalance the vitriolic spat that I posted up before. I’m leaving it up but, after I’ve allowed my head to cool (I hate bullies), I’ve come to the realization that it sort of puts a pretty nasty view on my blog.
But I didn’t want to delete it, because it needed to be said. I had thought about it, but I stand by what I said. But I do want to say why I stick with the Pagan label, despite lacking my own local community.
But I think this most recent blow-up really highlights the fact that there is a reckoning coming – of sorts – in the community. No, nothing wholly immense or dangerous. Or that we’re going to get together and vote out people who focus on Ritual Aspect XYZ. But that the term Pagan is either too broad or too restricting…
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