Humanistic Paganism

Category: Death and Life

Mid-Month Meditation: “Breaths”

Editor’s note: We encourage our readers to take these mid-month meditations as an opportunity to take a short break from everything else. Rather than treating these posts the way you would any other post, set aside 10 minutes someplace quiet…

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“Vulture” by Robinson Jeffers

The poem “Vulture” by Robinson Jeffers expresses a religious perspective on death and afterlife that is pervasive in contemporary green spirituality. In it, Jeffers reflects on an occasion when, while lying on his back in adesert canyon in the Southwestern…

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“Death: Sacred, Necessary, Real” by Rev. Michael Dowd

This article is reblogged from The Huffington Post. Everything we value is possible only because of death. The ancients couldn’t have known this truth revealed by science. We can no longer afford to remain ignorant of it; the cost is too…

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“The Death of Everything” by Brock Haussamen

Editor’s note: This essay was originally published at Brock Haussamen’s blog 3.8 Billion Years. I wrote last year about my five fears of dying. They included four familiar ones—fear of pain and fears of letting go of my life and my ego—along…

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Musings of a Pagan Mythicist: “Getting Down to Earth: Caring for Compost″ by Maggie Jay Lee

There is something deeply spiritual about composting.  For years I’ve had a compost pile, really just a refuse heap confined by pig wire.  It was almost impossible to turn or to get at any of the finished compost.  The flies…

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