About

You may be wondering what this blog is all about. Do I really have an ashram? It’s called a ‘spiritual field guide’ – where are you going? The answers, in order, are: No, but maybe? And, I don’t know.

This blog is the outer face of a personal project I started on 21 June, 2011. My goals were to see just what my own ashram might look like, to explore the spiritual traditions that have informed me thus far in my life, and to see what my internal and personal spiritual shape looked like in a year’s time.

I wrote the following when I started this blog:

First up, yoga. I love yoga. Now, that’s mostly hatha yoga I’m talking about, the physical branch of yoga that people recognize from their gym or studio or workout videos. But there’s so much more to yoga. I’ve slowly been getting to know the tantric, ecstatic branches of yoga, which also leads me to the colorful and vibrant Hindu tradition. So that’s what I’m going to start with: tantric Hinduism. I’m going to live like I’m a Hindu yogini for the next three months.

From the end of September to nearly Christmas I’ll be diving into the Feri tradition. The Anderson Feri tradition is an American-grown form of witchcraft that I’ve been involved with for the last five years. I’m not an initiate, but again, I’m going to be living as if to the best of my ability.

From Christmas through the end of March I’ll be back living as a Christian.

From right around Easter until this time next year I’ll be exploring Place. I grew up in South East Alaska and the people there are fiercely in love with their land. Juneau, Alaska, and it’s environs are still the home of my heart. A sense of place is something I’ve taken with me wherever I’ve lived. Right now I live in rural Wales, a truly beautiful, magical place, rich in mythology and history, with a strong identity of its own.

During my first year I quit my PhD program and moved from Wales to the United States. I continue to explore my practices, how to live a magical and spiritual life while also being a mother/partner/householder and general woman in the world.

My goals for this blog are: *to establish a place to track my growth, practice and insights *by writing publicly to keep myself accountable to the practice *and to contribute to the online community and discussion of like-minded seekers.

I hope you’ll join me on my journey.

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15 responses to “About

  1. Hi Niki,
    How wonderful to find your blog. I am eager to follow this spiritual journey. Love to hear the story of how you discovered this tradition. Maybe some day we can compare notes- I have been following the Zen Buddhist tradition for about ten years, but all paths are interesting and useful in their own ways.

  2. Hi Natalie! I love seeing your posts on FB. The reminders to meditate are always timely for me! I find Zen similar in many aspects to yoga and Tibetan Buddhism is like a cousin to tantra. Thanks for following along.

    • Ha! I think this wins for most amusing comment! As problematic as that book was, I really loved it. But most of us can’t run off for a year to find ourselves. How do we do it when the baby cries right as you settle into meditation? I’m still working that one out!

      • When you find out how to do it, please let me know! I have a 2 year old and another on the way, and I cannot seem to find the time to do anything for myself, haha! I love this project, and it makes me want to start something similar! ❤

        • Oh it’s such a struggle! I am so glad I have this project to keep me focused! I am only getting up early about 1/3 of the time. Although I do devotions every day, I do not get in my yoga and meditation that often. There’s room for improvement right there! Let me know if you do start a similar project. I’d love to see what you come up with!

          • I definitely will! Sharing experiences and information is amazing, and I am learning a lot from reading your posts! I get my yoga in at night, mostly, and I tend to meditate in the shower – it’s soothing to have the water there to aid in it, at least for me. But I don’t get it in nearly as often as I want to or should! 🙂 I’ll keep in touch! 🙂

  3. I had a question about your Hindu quarter – are you/have you been a vegetarian, and if not, did you stop eating meat and/or meat byproducts as a part of your Hindu practice?

    • I have been a vegetarian in the past, but wasn’t this time. If you scroll through entries you’ll see that I really struggled with this. I have a couple of posts talking about this issue.

      • Thanks 😀 I am going to read through the Hinduism posts as soon as I get the chance – the kids are getting ready for bed right now, so hopefully after that 😀

  4. Fascinating exploration you are on. I, too, have a life filled with sampling and savoring. It all seems to be fitting together like a giant puzzle. Nice to meet you! hugs, pat

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