Alison Leigh Lilly

• peace, poesis & wild holy earth •

Category Archives: Contemplation & Meditation

Pieces

The thing about puzzles is, there’s a moment between when you have all the edges done, and when you have enough of the middle filled in to see what’s missing, what’s left.

April 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

Another

Crow in a birch tree
shakes rain from its wings…

March 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Romancing the Flower Maid: or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Anima

These days our society is moving further and further from the simple conception of gender as a binary: male or female, man or woman. We are beginning to recognize that gender is complex. In the natural world, scientists continue to discover undeniable examples of how sexuality is multifaceted and fluid, from the parthenogenesis of blacktip sharks to the three distinct sexes of the midshipman toadfish. But we’re not there yet. Binaries have kept us trapped for a long time, defining us by what we are not or what we supposedly cannot do, rather than by who we are and what we’re really capable of.

July 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

New Moon, Forever Maiden: Wild Worship in the Digital Age

Cynicism is just the mask that hope wears when it ventures out at night.

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June 22, 2016

New Moon, Forever Maiden: Wild Worship in the Digital Age

We live in a time of amazing opportunities and heart-wrenching tragedies, a time when many of us live daily with the humming tension between wild enthusiasm and deep cynicism. Women in particular face challenging contradictions in this brave new age. In a society that celebrates equality, we see before us endless opportunities to pursue our dreams. And yet in many ways, the glass ceiling seems thicker than ever, and the balancing act of gender equality forever remains a perilous one.

June 22, 2016 · 7 Comments

The Choice Between Freedom and Love

How much do I allow my life to be governed by my decisions? How open am I to making real choices, on a daily basis?

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February 8, 2016

The Choice Between Freedom and Love

How much do I allow my life to be governed by my decisions about how the world and how people “ought to be,” and how I “ought to behave”? How open am I to making real choices, on a daily basis, facing up to the potential within every single moment to integrate love and free will, and to respond to the diversity and interconnection of an ever-shifting and always surprising reality? This is what I thought about as I walked in the woods this morning.

February 8, 2016 · 1 Comment