I can’t believe that the month of July has arrived already!
And as you may know, many Lokeans around the country celebrate the month of July by writing; that’s 30 days of devotional posts for Loki.
And this blog here will be no exception.
2016 has been quite a year thusfar, and in this month alone, I’ve experienced a lot of upheaval and change in my devotional practices.
For one thing, towards the end of 2015, I found myself being damn near forced to abandon most if not all of the connections that I’d previously made within the Lokean community over the past several years.
As well, I was encouraged to develop a renewed focus upon several of my most personal relationships, and to be honest, I was even more stubborn about that. As a matter of fact, I will freely admit that I abhor change. As one might imagine, this meant that I fought many of those changes damned near every fucking step of the way.
You see, I was given several tasks in the first few months of 2016, and I will admit that I would just not be myself if I didn’t somehow try to weasel my way out of doing some major work towards that end.
But if Loki is anything, He is a patient God, and His tactics are often relentless, to put it mildly.
You might imagine that the last few months have not been easy.
The first task that I was given was to be self-aware and honest with myself about all the ways in which I have avoided confronting …myself.
The second task was to stop engaging in all of my various avoidance maneuvers, including but not limited to vaguebooking, privatizing entries, and downright avoiding certain relevant topics, simply for the sake of someone else’s comfort, let alone my own.
And the third task was to pull all those half-written and mostly hidden entries from my files, and either complete them/post them…. or throw them away.
So it’s a mental and perhaps spiritual decluttering, if you will.
And I am working on it.*
So. Where do I begin?
First up, I screwed up my resolve and over the course of several months, I have been forcing myself to discuss the finer points of my devotional practice with my husband, V.
So far, things have been going well enough.
V has been nothing if not open-minded, and I am slowly coming to terms with the fact that it is not as I had feared it would be at all.
In fact, many things have gone so entirely well that I am left wondering if perhaps I am the close-minded one in our relationship.
I don’t know what I am – or have ever been – so afraid of.
*The network of tasks that I have been given shall, henceforth, be referred to as ‘keeping it 100:’
It’s not just one thing, Heathir.
It is the whole of Heathir.
You are to be known. Make yourself (known)
Open. Be open.
You give (the permission to others.) Give permission (to yourself.)