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    Druidry and Fitness / Health

    The post on working out in the health section got some gears turning in my head.

    Do you see your Druidry or faith impacting your fitness or health at all?

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    Re: Druidry and Fitness / Health

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    Do you see your Druidry or faith impacting your fitness or health at all?
    I do but for the better. You see I am reading through the book "Principles of Druidry" by Emma Restall Orr in which to begin the path truly begin the path that is. we much first make a "sacrifice" or give up something that defines us. This thing has to embody what we are. So my choice of "sacrifice" Is my weight as proof to myself of my dedication to the path. Because of my weight being how many people judge me I figured what better idea dictates who I am then that. So yes, druidry is effecting my health. And for the better.
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    Re: Druidry and Fitness / Health

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    The post on working out in the health section got some gears turning in my head.

    Do you see your Druidry or faith impacting your fitness or health at all?
    Not as much as I should. Druidry to me is about keeping up proper relationships with the gods, spirits, and nature, but also the relationship to my own body. I know I can adopt more healthy habits and a better attitude towards myself/body and try to view it in that light.
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    Re: Druidry and Fitness / Health

    Quote Originally Posted by Sage View Post
    Not as much as I should. Druidry to me is about keeping up proper relationships with the gods, spirits, and nature, but also the relationship to my own body. I know I can adopt more healthy habits and a better attitude towards myself/body and try to view it in that light.
    I feel the same. I think this is just me, but I get squirmy every time I'm asked questions like this. I have so many Christian friends who relate EVERYTHING they do as part of the duties of a proper Christian. It makes me wonder, does anyone do it just because it's the right thing to do or does it have to always be related to religion? I'm not slamming anyone who does it for religious reasons, it's just something that is always there in the back of my head.

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    it's just something that is always there in the back of my head.
    I actually wonder just how much of life happens because of religion (Christianity) Like I'm sure our social evolution would have happened all the same but do you think the Industrial revolution and so on would have happened if people were still commonly worshiping the earth and all of its splendor?
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    I actually wonder just how much of life happens because of religion (Christianity) Like I'm sure our social evolution would have happened all the same but do you think the Industrial revolution and so on would have happened if people were still commonly worshiping the earth and all of its splendor?
    Yeah, I think it would have still happened. Ancient cultures, while they honored nature spirits, were all about farming. Have to clear the trees away to farm, need to build better tools to clear the trees and to farm or take care of stock. So yeah, I think it would have still happened. Maybe in a different form, but it would have. Humans are human. We were made to explore, discover and create. Sometimes for the good, sometimes for the bad.
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    Re: Druidry and Fitness / Health

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    Yeah, I think it would have still happened. Ancient cultures, while they honored nature spirits, were all about farming. Have to clear the trees away to farm, need to build better tools to clear the trees and to farm or take care of stock. So yeah, I think it would have still happened. Maybe in a different form, but it would have. Humans are human. We were made to explore, discover and create. Sometimes for the good, sometimes for the bad.
    You make a very good point....At the moment I have no real counter argument...
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    Re: Druidry and Fitness / Health

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly68 View Post
    Yeah, I think it would have still happened. Ancient cultures, while they honored nature spirits, were all about farming. Have to clear the trees away to farm, need to build better tools to clear the trees and to farm or take care of stock. So yeah, I think it would have still happened. Maybe in a different form, but it would have. Humans are human. We were made to explore, discover and create. Sometimes for the good, sometimes for the bad.
    Well not just that but in some of the early Irish tales the clearing and settling of land was done by the gods and seen as a sacred act. None of the early peoples were environmentalists by any means, they revered nature but largely for what it could provide and its power over them.

    It's just that now, in modern times, if we want to have anything sacred or wild left we *have* to protect it and as part of our (western) worldview that incorporates environmentalism and stewardship.

    As to health/fitness...I'm not sure, I think it *should* but I haven't quite figured out the practicalities if that makes sense.

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    Re: Druidry and Fitness / Health

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    As to health/fitness...I'm not sure, I think it *should* but I haven't quite figured out the practicalities if that makes sense.
    Well the way I see druidry is more or less like how Chistopher McCandless was (Into the Wild) Other then the death. Kinda need to be in good health to do that kinda of stuff. But I also know that is not just his way or the highway but I take a good bit of inspiration from him. Again I can not stress enough about the "Other then the Death" part." <-- Last part is a joke...well other then the death. (Ahah that must be getting old now.)
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    Re: Druidry and Fitness / Health

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly68 View Post
    It makes me wonder, does anyone do it just because it's the right thing to do or does it have to always be related to religion? I'm not slamming anyone who does it for religious reasons, it's just something that is always there in the back of my head.
    For me, the right thing to do automatically feeds into my religious life, which ends up echoing it back out. A positive feedback loop, if you will. To me, everything is literally connected together - my actions don't occur in a vacuum. Every action I take sends ripples out into the pond. That's not religion to me, it's common sense.
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