Starcat’s Favorites: You Know It’s Summer

At this time of year, when I think about my favorite things, it’s SUMMER that comes to mind. If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’re familiar with how much I love the warm season.

Here in Maine, it means swimming, picnics, hikes, reading in the hammock, and long hot days. I adore it.

One of my friends is the opposite. Her favorite season is winter, and she struggles more at this time of year. Recently we were commenting how we’ve been a positive influence on one another over the years. She now has some things she enjoys about summer, and I’m the same with wintertime.

It’s cool to see how others look at the world through a completely different lens.

That seems to be part of the theme of this year – seeing through others’ eyes. This is a good thing.

Here are some resources that I’m finding useful in this time of civil rights activism and the pandemic, and others that are part of my ongoing metaphysical studies.

“To build a nation of equal opportunity for everyone, we need to dismantle this spurious legacy of our common upbringing. One of the best ways to do this is by reading books.” – from this article by Ibram X. Kendi. I can totally do that (and yes, I know reading isn’t the only thing we need to do to be anti-racist).

Leonie Dawson’s take on anti-racism resources: “I think it’s important for us all to look at the way we may be contributing to racism and cultural appropriation, especially if we identify as white, liberal hippies.” Included in her list is a particular resource by Leesa Renee Hall that I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about, so I want to highlight it here – I haven’t taken the course yet, but it’s on my radar to purchase for the fall.

Our whole culture is in the process of shapeshifting.

Here’s an interesting article on using your creative talents to work for good.

Check out some yogic tips for staying healthy during uncertain times. Also this one about mindset, by Sah D’Simone:  “It’s true that life is unpredictable, and it’s also true that you have the power to remain yourself, with your heart open, through any challenge.”

How to hug during a pandemic. Aww…

Criticism isn’t helping things. Let’s just be kind to one another.

Here are those metaphysical-studies links I mentioned:

On lucid dreaming.

An interesting read on the Divine Paradox, although dense and with outdated patriarchal language. If you’re not ready to dive into the text commentary, just reading the quote at the top is thought-provoking.

I haven’t read all of this yet, and certainly can’t say I agree with everything in it, but wanted to leave it here as an access point to learning more about chaos magick. (I have a certain fondness for chaos – just ask those who play board games with me).

Wishing you a joyful summer weekend!

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