In my previous post, on turning off my TV, I said the following
What's Pagan about this? Making a choice to get "OUT" - maybe even outside (oooh scarey) - to go sit in my beautiful back yard and read - or knit - or do Soduko puzzles - or just watch the clouds and the birds in the birdfeeders and admire the flowers - to go out even in winter and make a fire in the fire pit and watch the moon and the stars and listen to the city and the wind in the branches of my walnut tree. To go for a long walk in one of our lovely city parks. To go make peace with the trees in Assiniboine Forest (we had a disagreement in 2004, and I haven't gotten over it - maybe its time). Most of us don't spend enough time outside - or if we do - we are simply moving from one pre-occupation to another, and we don't really pay attention to the urbanized natural world around us. We are part of the urban ecosystem - not just observers of it.So what does "leaving my house" mean - in terms of building community? It means interaction with other people. It means going where other people are. It means participating. It might even mean activism. It means putting myself OUT THERE - with all the shades of meaning implied in that statement.
We have great parks here in Winnipeg. Why don't we pack a picnic basket, take a blanket and go read in the sun at the park more often. Nature and people - and a conservatory and a zoo (sorry don't do zoos, but others might). There are free concerts at the Lyric Bandshell throughout the summer. I love music. why don't I go OUT more often? Free is best. Concert tickets can be pricey - but the Folk Festival is worth every penny - and there is definitely a sense of community that occurs for 5 days in July.
Charity events - for causes I support - or causes my friends support and I want to support my friends. Volunteerism - like maybe taking a shift at Winnipeg Harvest (I have friends who volunteer there regularly). Finding opportunities to use my gifts and talents outside of my usual channels. Art galleries, museums, the Forks (ugh - too crowded) - the Exchange - Little Italy on Corydon - lots of great places to go for a drink - a snack - a meal - a good cup of coffee.
Lyric Bandshell on a hot summer evening under the moonlight. Did I mention Canada Day Fireworks?
Other than the circles I cast either by myself at home, or with friends at The Witchery, other Pagan Community events happen at various locations around town. Beltane in the Park - the Full Moon Group - Open Circles for the Sabbats - Gaia Gathering Fundraiser events for the Canadian National Pagan Conference - classes by various elders - Meet Ups - Mentoring Groups - Coffee Cauldrons - Pagan Community Socials - Psychic Fairs - Sales or events at Paganish bookstores and Occult Supply Stores - there is a lot going on "out there somewhere".
Enjoy the Day,