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In this episode, I am discussing diversity within the pagan community. The need to recognize, honor and celebrate the diversity within our community is a subject near and dear to me, as I am a bisexual woman of color humanist who proudly calls herself pagan as well.
How can we ask for a seat at the mainstream table when we are unwilling to explore and, at times, accept the diversity within our own ranks? We cannot continue to ask for tolerance that we ourselves are not always willing to give.
I look forward to all comments, discussions, and feedback on this topic! Please e-mail me at the.witch@witchychick.me or use the handy-dandy contact form on the website. I may even share YOUR comments in a future show!
If you currently host a pagan podcast and would like to provide a promo to use on the Witchy Chick podcast, please contact me via e-mail. I would be honored to use it on the show!
Show Notes:
Diversity Graphic: Armed Venus
Intro music: Put The Needle Down – Alex Beroza via CCMixter
Diversity Definition: Merriam-Webster Online
Further Definition of Diversity: Diversity Initiatives – University of Oregon
Promo: Eat My Pagan Ass
Please enjoy!
Be well and go lightly,
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Welcome to the Witchy Chick Podcast! I am so excited to start this project, and bring to you my very first episode, “Celebrating Our Personal Harvest.”
Please enjoy, give feedback and comments, and be sure to stay tuned for more episodes!
Be Well!
 
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When I first started this post, I originally wanted to say that “N Is For Nice.”  With current events being what they are, and the resulting turmoil in so many communities worldwide, I felt like a gentle reminder of this basic courtesy — simply being nice and kind to one another was in order.
Across many different cultures and traditions, we find ways to try and tell each other to be nice.  One of my favorite is the salutation Namaste.
According to sources, Namaste is a common spoken valediction or salutation originating from the Hindus in the Indian Subcontinent. It is a customary greeting when individuals meet, and a valediction upon their parting. A non-contact form of salutation is traditionally preferred in India and Nepal; Namaste is the most common form of such a salutation.
When spoken to another person, it is commonly accompanied by a slight bow made with hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointed upwards, in front of the chest. This gesture, called Añjali Mudrā or  , can also be performed wordlessly and carries the same meaning.
We haven taken the greeting here in the west, and, as is our wont to do, we have shortened to a quick catchphrase: Usually, something along the lines of ” The Divinity in me honors the Divinity in you.” The longer, and more accurate, meaning is on the graphic below.
The sentiment behind this greeting really speaks to the very best of each of us. If we took the time to see the divinity in those that we not only meet, but to remember that the Divine is within every living being, it would help us to see each as more than our race, our gender, our political and/or religious affiliations, where and how we grew up, went to school or any of the other superficial standards by which we judge each other.
If we truly embrace the full meaning of the words Namaste represent, we would understand that we are more than the sum of our parts.
We encompass the entire UNIVERSE. We are, each of us, all that is good and beautiful and wonderful in this world. Each of us is comprised of this amazing stuff.
If we took a moment to remember this about each other, if we took a moment and said “Hey, the Divine lives in that person. And the Divine lives me. We are, in fact One,” when we walked past someone on the street, placed an order with the barista with piercing, tattoos and wild hair, pulled up next to a person at the stoplight blaring loud and unfamiliar music, we might start to expand our own understanding of ourselves, of each and the world at large.
We might reduce the amount of misunderstandings that take place between ourselves. We might stop fighting over the petty minutiae that seems to have always fueled our world. We would stop for a moment and realize that in the grand scheme of things, our concerns, worries, prejudices, and need to be right over someone else (who is most definitely WRONG) mean nothing. Less than nothing, in fact. How could it be, when within each one of us, the entire universe resides?
We are One.
Namaste,

Serenity, The WitchyChick
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