Author: Sarah Adkins

Blessed Be the Ties That Bind: A Christian in a Pagan Handfasting

Sarah and Jacques unite in a ceremony that holds deep meaning for them, steadfast in their choice despite family objections.   Sarah and Jacques, know now before you go further, that since your lives have crossed in this life, you have formed eternal and sacred bonds. I thought the hardest part would be telling my parents. It wasn’t. The hardest part was not having them there on our special day. With full awareness, know that within this circle you are not only declaring your intent to be hand fasted before your friends and family, but you speak that intent...

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If Parvati Wrote a Love Letter to Shiva After 1700 years of Marriage

By Sarah E. Adkins My dear one, Though it had long been my goal to make you my husband, I was not prepared for the contradiction of being lost and found at the same time. It’s something I’ve never gotten used to. Even when Ganesha nurses, his long elephant trunk tickling my breast, it is your warm breath I feel; your rough stubble’s rubbing rawness. I feel an intake of air before suckling resumes. Today, scientists know that the pheromone released when reaching climax is the same as the one released during breast-feeding. I know this feeling, Shiva. It...

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Conversation With the Twenty-Eighth Buddha

By Sara E. Adkins Siddhartha tells me he doesn’t have a strong feeling one way or the other about the happy fat Chinese Buddha. He admits that it doesn’t “accurately represent” his six-feet-tall “earthly form” but smiles lopsided and shrugs his shoulders. It’s where Kwai Chang Cain got his I-do-not-know-why-you-think-this-is-important-shrug. I’m pretty sure. Siddhartha wants me to know that being an enlightened teacher isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I could tell him being an unenlightened tutor isn’t a walk in the park, either, but I bite my tongue. He raises his eyebrows like he knows what I’m...

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The Braided Way is a framework to see every faith tradition as a strand, braided into a larger whole of spiritual awareness. In the Braided Way, combining spiritual practice from various faiths allow us to explore sacred experience and wonder in forms that resonate with our personal spiritual needs and sacred intuitions. In today's culture, many people shun religious dogma, but yearn for spiritual connection. The Braided Way allows the ceremonies and practices of multiple faiths to be available without the confinements of cultural dogma.

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