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Getting back in the saddle
« on: August 24, 2014, 11:00:42 pm »
Was I ever really in it, though?

I don't remember where I first discovered Paganism. I wasn't raised with a religious background, and while I kick myself in the butt every day for not learning the Bible, I'm so thankful that I had no "thought control" or learning restrictions in my upbringing. I was a great student, quiet kid, well behaved; but I was also the weird black sheep, and my parents didn't bat an eye when I bought tarot cards or witchcraft books, and I grew up in an area with plenty of forests and hills and privacy. Paganism just sort of seeped into me, through my love of nature and my natural inclination toward that which is hidden and secret and mystical. I can't say I was exactly open about it, because my parents were pretty uncomfortable with religion -- they got angry when my younger sister went through this zealous Catholic phase lol. So I was quiet about it, and life got in the way and I've sorely neglected my spiritual development because no one really taught me that it existed and was important to begin with. I was Pagan in obscure theory, but I didn't do much practice.

I've realized the inadvertent damage I've done myself, now that I'm an adult, and now that I live on my own I've been taking steps to rectify that. I don't live close to any true wilderness or private places anymore, but I feel that this in itself is one of my tasks: to reconnect with nature and the divine when it feels most far away.

I have a lot of Buddhist leanings through my study of tea ceremony and other Japanese traditions, but my heart revels in the earth and fire and water and passion of a tangled forest, looming moorland, the ocean and the mountains and mesas... you get where I'm going lol.

Anyway, I'm here to begin again and find friends and support, offer support in any way I can, and really start living.

A little bit about me: I'm an avid reader, and my dream is to be a writer and translator (I study French and Japanese). My cat, Arya, is the love of my life lol, and I'm currently obsessed with The Walking Dead. I like to pen-pal! I'm a good cook, but not very good at cleaning... My favorite flavor is elderflower ^-^

I'm sure you'll see me around :) I'm always up for a good chat.
« Last Edit: August 24, 2014, 11:04:44 pm by Komachi »
"His innermost destiny drives him on to the spirit and to God. His innermost longing draws him back to nature, the mother."  
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Re: Getting back in the saddle...
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2014, 12:37:15 am »
Quote from: Matsukaze;157019
I have a lot of Buddhist leanings through my study of tea ceremony and other Japanese traditions, but my heart revels in the earth and fire and water and passion of a tangled forest, looming moorland, the ocean and the mountains and mesas... you get where I'm going lol.

Anyway, I'm here to begin again and find friends and support, offer support in any way I can, and really start living.

A little bit about me: I'm an avid reader, and my dream is to be a writer and translator (I study French and Japanese). My cat, Arya, is the love of my life lol, and I'm currently obsessed with The Walking Dead. I like to pen-pal! I'm a good cook, but not very good at cleaning... My favorite flavor is elderflower ^-^

I'm sure you'll see me around :) I'm always up for a good chat.

 
....and your name means "wind through the pines?" Yes, I think we'll get along well.;)

I study Classical Japanese history and the spirituality of Japan seems to run in my blood, for some reason I can't explain, because my first trip there was only last month. Please don't be afraid to pm me. I don't bite. We have a lot in common, it looks like.
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Re: Getting back in the saddle...
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2014, 02:35:12 pm »
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...I'm sure you'll see me around :) I'm always up for a good chat.

 
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Re: Getting back in the saddle...
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2014, 04:30:12 pm »
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....and your name means "wind through the pines?" Yes, I think we'll get along well.;)

I study Classical Japanese history and the spirituality of Japan seems to run in my blood, for some reason I can't explain, because my first trip there was only last month. Please don't be afraid to pm me. I don't bite. We have a lot in common, it looks like.

Yes! "Matsukaze" is taken from one of my favorite Noh plays n_n. Plus, it's one of the only directly translatable wordplays: "wind in the pines," or "pining wind". I'll definitely say hello; I'd love to hear about your trip. I've never been to Japan but I ought to start saving up soon. I find that Japanese aesthetics, mythology, ritual and customs, hierarchy etc, are all sympathetic with my own sensibilities. Studying Japanese culture has been one, if not the biggest, of my joys in life.

Not so sure I'd actually like living there with the lack of privacy and open space, though lol. I started studying tea ceremony this Sunday; the classes are held within an authentic 100-yr-old, 2-story machiya inside a museum. I was giddy just to experience the architecture. But oh my god I hate low ceilings. I'm not even 5 feet tall... So you can imagine what I mean lol.
« Last Edit: August 25, 2014, 04:33:31 pm by Komachi »
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Re: Getting back in the saddle...
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2014, 07:32:20 pm »
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...Anyway, I'm here to begin again and find friends and support, offer support in any way I can, and really start living.

A little bit about me: I'm an avid reader, and my dream is to be a writer and translator (I study French and Japanese). My cat, Arya, is the love of my life lol, and I'm currently obsessed with The Walking Dead. I like to pen-pal! I'm a good cook, but not very good at cleaning... My favorite flavor is elderflower ^-^

I'm sure you'll see me around :) I'm always up for a good chat.

 
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Re: Getting back in the saddle...
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2014, 09:06:31 pm »
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Was I ever really in it, though?

 
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Re: Getting back in the saddle...
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2014, 10:00:52 pm »
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I'm a good cook, but not very good at cleaning... My favorite flavor is elderflower ^-^


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Re: Getting back in the saddle...
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2014, 08:45:28 am »
Quote from: Matsukaze;157019
Was I ever really in it, though?

I don't remember where I first discovered Paganism. I wasn't raised with a religious background, and while I kick myself in the butt every day for not learning the Bible, I'm so thankful that I had no "thought control" or learning restrictions in my upbringing. I was a great student, quiet kid, well behaved; but I was also the weird black sheep, and my parents didn't bat an eye when I bought tarot cards or witchcraft books, and I grew up in an area with plenty of forests and hills and privacy. Paganism just sort of seeped into me, through my love of nature and my natural inclination toward that which is hidden and secret and mystical. I can't say I was exactly open about it, because my parents were pretty uncomfortable with religion -- they got angry when my younger sister went through this zealous Catholic phase lol. So I was quiet about it, and life got in the way and I've sorely neglected my spiritual development because no one really taught me that it existed and was important to begin with. I was Pagan in obscure theory, but I didn't do much practice.

I've realized the inadvertent damage I've done myself, now that I'm an adult, and now that I live on my own I've been taking steps to rectify that. I don't live close to any true wilderness or private places anymore, but I feel that this in itself is one of my tasks: to reconnect with nature and the divine when it feels most far away.

I have a lot of Buddhist leanings through my study of tea ceremony and other Japanese traditions, but my heart revels in the earth and fire and water and passion of a tangled forest, looming moorland, the ocean and the mountains and mesas... you get where I'm going lol.

Anyway, I'm here to begin again and find friends and support, offer support in any way I can, and really start living.

A little bit about me: I'm an avid reader, and my dream is to be a writer and translator (I study French and Japanese). My cat, Arya, is the love of my life lol, and I'm currently obsessed with The Walking Dead. I like to pen-pal! I'm a good cook, but not very good at cleaning... My favorite flavor is elderflower ^-^

I'm sure you'll see me around :) I'm always up for a good chat.

 
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