Well... I've not been blogging much or in fact doing anything much - apart from making baskets and making shops to enable me to make more baskets!
I had a night of insomnia and built a website too... www.heartandsoil.org
In amongst it all I have become a godmother!
We'd had a million pictures taken by this point and our faces were hurting!
Becoming a godmother has given me lots to think about. As I am not a christian I'd thought very hard about whether or not I should say the prayers and vows at the ceremony. I decided I would say the prayers and vows, mainly for the benefit of those that could hear me.
When it came to it, I just couldn't. The sentiments behind the words were too far away from what I believe in. I take the spirituality of people very seriously and so I would never say the prayers of a religion, emptily. Instead I made my own vows in my mind.
The truth is, I'm not going to encourage my niece to follow a path to the church. Mind you, I'm not going to discourage her either.
I'd like to stress that - I will not discourage her from going into the church, if that's truly & clearly what she believes in.
On the other hand; I will never lie to her to make it easier for her to believe in the teachings of the protestant faith.
If she asks me a question she will hear a thought out answer. If I don't have an answer, she will be given an explanation to that effect. I will also treat her with the respect I believe all beings should be treated with, hopefully showing her, by example, the importance of kindness.
Do you see my dilemma..? A godmother, in the churchy sense of the title, should encourage, enable and nurture the teachings of the bible in their godchild. I can't do that, as I don't believe. That doesn't mean to say that I am not deeply touched by the teachings of Jesus. I am. I see them as common sense principles. Principles we would potentially come up with ourselves if we were to sit down and with a clear head, think about things for a bit.
So, all I can do is offer her honesty and the tools to enable her to make a clearer decision about how she wants to live her life, spiritually. I believe those tools are meditation and kindness.
Nothing buddhisty, just meditation and kindness.