Reblogged: Serving Odin

I really enjoyed this blog post. Quite insightful, in my humble opinion. Please click on the link to view the whole post. The following excerpt is what caught my attention most.

When I was still dean of an Interfaith Seminary, all of the instructors were required to assist with an end of the year retreat for the students. Lasting for three days, it was an intensive weekend of workshops, seminars, and ritual work designed to help the students prepare for their eventual ordination. It was quite enjoyable for the most part. During one of the workshops – this one student-led—the participants/audience were asked to call out words that defined their spirituality, and what was important therein. I said “duty.” When I uttered that word you could feel the pall descend over the sweet little new agers. They were so intensely disturbed by the word that no one wanted to write it down (it carries all those nasty connotations don’t you know, like responsibility, maturity, focus, and discipline). Finally the student leading the workshop said ‘Joyful duty.’ It was my turn to be perplexed: what does emotion have to do with it? That is completely and utterly irrelevant. It does not matter if one’s duty is joyful or not, what matters is doing it. If we only did those things that brought us joy, what an insipid world this would be. It really highlighted for me the gulf between me and so many people that I meet. This is also why I dislike definitions of a Deity as “love” or of piety as ‘love.’ What happens when you’re not feeling the joy, does your practice go out the window? One would hope not. Duty is the torch that can guide one through those periods of darkness. To prioritize our emotions in the course of doing what is right is to make the process all about us and not what is right. I find little merit in doing this.

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Food for politics

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What if we were able to eat more broadly, and more locally? What if food wasn’t traded internationally for the profits of those who only get their hands dirty playing the markets? What if we had more food security around the world, and less dependence on the big companies that control seed, pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers?

What if the food you eat is a key underpinning of capitalism? What would changing people’s diets do to the world’s political structures?

The 5G Apocalypse is Upon Us!

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I’m surprised more people aren’t talking about this. It’s been known for some years that the signals from cell towers are not entirely benign. I heard about a study done a while back where people in populated German towns who were experiencing frequent headaches and other problems were temporarily relocated to a place in the mountains where there were no cell towers and all their problems cleared up. Just as an example. Now they want to roll out a heavier dose and hardly anyone notices or cares. I’m glad I live in a rural community, but it isn’t remote enough for what is coming.

The Heathen Visibility Project

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Wanted to share this, because as a heathen, I know how to is not to be taken seriously. People think it’s either a joke (thanks Marvel) or that Northern polytheism is all about racism, which it’s not.

For me, it’s about reconnecting with my roots, honouring my ancestors, and living harmoniously with nature. You could say it is an expression of my nature connection.

I’m not on Instagram, and have no desire to be, so I will just have to find a way to do my part via my blog.

How To Motivate Children

…to be helpful.As some of you may already know, my boyfriend and I have four children between us, and believe me, managing a house full of kids, two of whom are pretty much out of control, is an overwhelming challenge! The house looks like a war zone most of the time, and we are running ourselves ragged trying to do damage control. So, after much distress, and pleading, shouting, and ranting, I devised a plan to motivate these unruly children to appreciate how much work there is and to do their part.Introducing the Score Chart!Children get one stamp for every chore they complete, no matter how big or small. If it is helpful, it counts. Now, with multiple children of different ages, I tell the older kids to offer to let the younger ones do the easier chores first. If the little ones pass up the opportunity, it’s fair game for the older kids!The reward system is so:I have four reward jars. One for ten points, one for twenty points, one for thirty points, and lastly one for fifty. For each jar I make coupons for prizes that are appropriate. For example, for ten points, I have coupons for Movie Night. If someone wins that, they get to choose the movie and get popcorn. We let the kids all watch together, though, as part of our message to include each other. Another prize for ten points is a 5€ coupon for the arts and crafts store.For twenty points, it could be two scoops of ice-cream at the ice cream cafe or homemade dinner of their choice.For thirty points, 🍕 night. The winner gets to have dinner with me or my boyfriend at the pizza restaurant. It includes one small pizza and a small drink.The main prize is won when they accumulate fifty points. We have prizes like a day at the beach, one night camping, 20€ coupon for the arts and crafts store, etc.None of the prizes are straight up money. We try to come up with prize ideas that will not encourage materialism, but will still motivate them to want to help. The goal is to help them appreciate all the hard work we do by including them in the household responsibilities.Now, the way the points system works is this: they can choose to cash in for prizes when they reach ten points, or save up for the bigger prizes for twenty or thirty points. It’s like money. Once they spend it, those points are gone. Except for the big prize. To win the big prize, they only have to reach a grand total of fifty points within the month. It doesn’t matter if they’ve already used their points for the other three prize categories.So, each jar has prize coupons. When they reach their goal, they get to take a coupon from the jar without looking. So, it’s also a game of chance, which is part of the fun. The kids like not knowing what they will get and being surprised when they draw a coupon. Everyone has fun, and as you can see from May’s chart, it works! Before I started this, Frida and Ronja were the only ones who would help out with any of the chores, and those weren’t many. They are only 4 and 5. (Ronja only just turned 6 in May and Frida will be 5 this month.) Flora, who is going on 9, and much more capable of doing her part, is terribly lazy and is impossible to motivate to do anything! Or so I thought! Once the score chart went up and the rules explained, Flora sprang into action! Suddenly, she was taking the initiative to do chores without having to always be told. Frida also got in on the action, and she and Flora both managed to win the grand prize for May!For June, I’ve decided to add myself and my boyfriend to the chart, just to show the kids how much work we do, as a comparison. Whether it will have the desired effect or not is yet to be seen, but at least the kids are starting to do more around the house.

Overwhelmed!

Hi everyone! You must all be thinking I’ve dropped off the edge of the Disc 😉 , but I’m still here, and my book series has not been forgotten. It’s just been a very hectic past few months! My new baby is almost two months old. My boyfriend and I are trying to keep up with three other children ranging from ages 4 to 9, plus manage the household and garden. We have several garden beds planted with vegetables and a lot of strawberries. You can never have enough strawberries with kids around! Plus we planted a a bunch of crops in the greenhouse. The day before our little one was born, we got our first four chickens, and about a week later four more and a rooster! Trying to get started with homesteading is a lot of work, especially with a pack of children wreaking havoc!

Hoping everything settles down soon and then I will get back to work on my books. Please don’t give up on me yet!

In the meantime, I hope everyone has a great summer!