Today’s blog post is about consumption.
Consumption of wisdom, that is.
One might think the faster, and the more you read, the more you absorb, and the wiser you shall become, more quickly.
Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but that’s not how it works, although there is certainly nothing wrong with reading a lot. It’s more the quick part I am talking about, and taking enough time to absorb, and to use, what you have read.
We live in a world of “instant gratification”.
People don’t want to wait in line.
We are so spoiled by our cell phones delivering us volumes of books that we would otherwise have had to collect over a lifetime, that we don’t appreciate what is before us, in our pockets!
No, I am not being perverted, I’m talking about your phone still, although they can also take someone down other roads if that’s what you seek.
No, I’m not going there though, maybe someday.
Anyhow, what I do mean is that last night I was reading the splendid book Norse Goddess Magic, by Alice Karlsdottir, who, to quote her website which you can find by clicking her name, “Alice Karlsdóttir is a writer, actor, and musician. Her long-time involvement with Scandinavian mythology and folklore influences her work.”
I have listened to all her radio interviews I am aware of which can be found at YouTube, and always find her to be enlightening, and so very relaxing, that it’s quite enjoyable to listen to them over, and over.
Even more so when the interviewers read her book first and keep the questions on topic.
What I read from her book was the chapter on Eir, the Norse Goddess of healing, and how when Tyr sacrificed his hand so the Gods could secure and bind the great wolf Fenrir, that Eir attended to his wounds.
Really, that doesn’t give justice to her book, and you need to check it out to fully embrace why it had such a profound effect on me.
No, we don’t need to speed up the process of learning, we just need to stay true to ourselves, stick to our guns, take one step at a time, and surely, eventually, we will find ourselves atop the mountain of wisdom that we sought from below.
Where once seemed like an impossible feat, has now become reality.
So it is!
If you’re new to meditation, yoga, learning the runes, magic, studying the paths of your ancestors, take your time.
Don’t rush it, instead embrace it, find all the ways you can to truly be at one with yourself, and your ancestors!
They are speaking to us, if only we would take the time out of our busy lives to slow down for a minute and listen.
All the answers you seek are right in front of your nose, and this time I don’t mean your cell phone, although that too can enable you to find some good reads, if only you seek them out, instead of being spoon-fed or giving up.
Perseverance is the key, in anything we do!
Just like me trying to write a blog a day or around there, eventually, it will take off!
So too can your spiritual learning, your readings, your ability to stretch a little more to fully attain that yoga pose you’ve been trying.
If you push yourself too far, you will strain your muscles, so instead wait, do the yoga poses you can for now, stretch a little tiny bit further every day, and just wait, soon enough you’ll find yourself reaching your goal.
It’s so much more worthwhile that way too, when a single paragraph from a book, like Alice’s, can fill your whole day, or week even, with thoughts that inspire poetry, songs, or just dance in your little head, and fill your face with a smile.
It’s good to take things one step at a time.