Seeking Direction from the Directions

woman walking at St Paul's Labyrinth in Vancouver

I walk the Chartres style labyrinth in downtown Vancouver on the regular, have done for decades. Walking meditation can be a great way to meditate and pray and stay grounded in your body at the same time.  Worth trying out if you find yourself drifting otherwise.

I go and walk, in silence (at least I’m silent, sometimes people have noisy jewelry or footfalls or whatnot) connect with my body and with the gods.

This past week something different happened, which is saying a lot, since I’ve been doing this for 20+ years. Continue reading “Seeking Direction from the Directions”

Odin’s Ordeal – Part 2

It’s now 14+ months after I fell on my head in a Norse ritual dedicated¬† to the Norns and received a rune and a head injury.
In this time, in addition to mostly healing my head, I birthed a lesbian country band that has recorded and is performing professionally, a novel¬† that had been gestating for 10 years, am making real progress in learning piano and have written three new songs. I also claimed myself as a ‘real’ musician, which had begun at that ritual so long ago.

One complication that came from my head injury was a worsening in a condition of low blood pressure I hadn’t taken note of before. About a year ago, three months into my recovery, I ended up in the emergency with sudden and persistent dizziness and elevated heart rate, something that could have been a life threatening heart condition. I am so grateful to live in Canada where the system took charge and did all the tests at no cost to me. At length, and after much fear and worry, they determined I had a low blood pressure condition (low blood pressure isn’t always a good thing). I was diagnosed by about March, and by December of last year, I had mostly figured out how to manage it successfully. Continue reading “Odin’s Ordeal – Part 2”