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I keep three blogs now.

Three.

This means that I’m either always writing or always thinking about writing. My life becomes the stuff of posts, sometimes the stuff of songs. The medium, with its requirements of regularity and consistency, force me to see stories in my life and lay those stories down in text.

When I started this blog, it was my experiences with Druidry that were the meat of my writing. Discovering Druidry was the focus, and unpacking the questions provided countless opportunities to write. What does it mean? How is it relevant? Why? Why?

If I didn’t have anything to write, I probably wasn’t investing enough in my own spiritual work. That’s how I saw it. Writer’s block? Do ritual, read something, dig deeper.

But now with these three blogs — BITG, the Solitary Druid Fellowship blog, and the newest, #allofthesongs — my writing is broken into very different themes.

The SDF blog is an extension of service. I write there, or I organize the writing of others, in order to provide solitaries the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of solitude in their lives. A deeper engagement with solitude is a primary goal of the Fellowship, and this blog encourages that with each new post.

#allofthesongs is my foray back into music. It is the blog I created to give me a place to write about music — my music — and to process what it means to be a songwriter and performer. Many of the readers of this new blog come with the hopes of hearing about famous people, but the fans who’ve been following my career for the longest seem to appreciate the candidness with which I write about my creative process. Transparency is rare in the entertainment world.

But this blog, my First and Foremost, has alluded me lately. This was the place I created to ask questions about my spiritual path, and I’m not sure how to ask those questions right now. My journey into leadership with SDF and the Solitary SIG (a sub-group of ADF for solitaries) has made the asking of questions seem less timely or appropriate. Inquiry for inquiry’s sake might seem confusing to those who are looking to me for direction.

At least, that’s how it feels at times.

Inquiry is so important, though. Asking ourselves why we’re doing the things we’re doing opens up the possibility for new awareness. Our growth is dependent upon our occasional disassembling of our preconceptions and our assumptions. We have to keep asking questions or things get stale. The soil gets hard. Nothing can penetrate it.

Perhaps this is a natural thing to be thinking as we inch closer to the spring. There are eight High Days in my tradition, but sometimes I think it would be better if we recognized the seasons between them instead. These are the days we’re living. These are the days that require context. This season of Imbolc could be filled with inquiries into what it means to me making our way to a place of planting. This time could become a time of closer inspection of what is in our pantry (the one inside) to see what remains after the winter. We could use this time to reevaluate where we are, and to make plans about where we’d like to be when the sun returns.

I think I’d like to bring some synchronicity to these three blogs I keep. The post I wrote on #allofthesongs today is one that could have easily been on this blog, and this a post could have — with a little more focus on practice and solitude — been on SolitaryDruid.org. Maybe that’s the key to managing all of this creative work; to see how the various parts of myself are not actually so separate, and to allow them to become more integrated.

Perhaps this is a season of bringing things together.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/fathergia Conor O’Bryan Warren

    Do it. Compartementalization can be a terrible hindrance sometimes. It prevents a lot of things and it pops up in unexpected places. I’d love to see it all come to a head, so to speak.

    Also, a good teacher keeps on learning, they keep asking questions. As you come into a sense of authority you might feel a need to stifle your own questions, but don’t. Despite the asking of questions the and rumination of notions people have been coming to you for advice and such (or, at least it appears that way from your posts and the various comments) so why should you change that?

    I think that questioning and inquiring about things is fundamental and does not undermine your authority, it has made part of what makes your writing enjoyable, it encourages me to meditate on my own notions about things.

    Whatever you do, just don’t overextend yourself man, if you had to take a few months to “reset” or something, the amount of bloggers who regularly make me “think” about things would be about 2, and that is a very sad thought indeed!

    • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.fotiades Lauren Fotiades

      The nice thing about a non-hierarchical spirituality (well, one of the nice things!) is that the leaders do not already have to know all the answers.

      “Despite the asking of questions the and rumination of notions people have been coming to you for advice and such (or, at least it appears that way from your posts and the various comments) so why should you change that?”

      This is very true! It’s not as though you woke up one morning and out of the blue decided to become a leading Pagan. The questions that you ask and conversations you participate in provide a part of the inspiration people find from you, I think.

      Also, being open about the questions you have is just honest. And that’s one of the most powerful things about your blog for me.

      • http://www.bishopinthegrove.com/ Teo Bishop

        Thank you, Lauren. I appreciate the comment. Things seem to work out best when open and honest is the guiding principle behind the blog posts. :)

    • http://www.bishopinthegrove.com/ Teo Bishop

      Thanks, Conor. Wise words.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mbrazell Michael Brazell

    Love this. I have quite a few blogs and now the radio show. It has been tough balancing everything out. Reading this was great and exactly what I needed today.

    • http://www.bishopinthegrove.com/ Teo Bishop

      Thanks, Michael. I’m glad the post spoke to you. I hope all is well with your blogs and the radio show!

  • http://twitter.com/SophiaCandle Sophia Catherine

    How about writing more of the posts from the other blogs as posts to go here? Take the theme and repurpose it. You might be surprised at how much that seems to fit into the music box can fit here (and vice versa). Just a thought, though.

    • http://www.bishopinthegrove.com/ Teo Bishop

      That’s a great idea. I hadn’t really thought of that kind of cross-posting, but I can see how it would be well received. I’ll give it a try!

  • http://www.facebook.com/A.Ravensong Andrew Adams

    “There are eight High Days in my tradition, but sometimes I think it would be better if we recognized the seasonsbetween them instead. These are the days we’re living. ”

    Love this!

    • http://www.bishopinthegrove.com/ Teo Bishop

      Thanks, Andrew. The thought’s been with me for a while. I like the idea of using the High Day to propel us forward, to make us aware of what it coming. That seems like a more season-centric way of worshipping.

  • LaurelhurstLiberal

    Hey, I personally like your posts that are all, “here’s something I’ve noticed lately…” the best. I like the idea of the crossposting, or just cross-linking, since the discussion is probably quite different in each blog.