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Monday, May 12, 2008

Shameless Plug and Clarification of the NEXT Blog Carnival

Hi Everyone,

I thought I would write to tell you all little bit of what I would hope to hear about for the next disability blog carnival that is here at Ryn Tales. The topic is Spirituality and Disability.

Spirituality is a topic that touches disability in unique ways. I wanted to write about it and to hear what you had to say because there have been so many crazy takes on why all this happened to Ellie, to us, and what it all means I think hearing from the people who read this blog and those living what is seen as a disabled life could be really great on many levels. First to share and second to once again tirelessly clear up misconceptions about disability and it's place in religion and spirituality.

For example the worst thing I have come across in the pseudo religious and spiritual realm about why this happened to Ellie is that she is paying for somebody's sins. Nice huh?! That was just excellent when that was said to me. Another is that she is the reincarnation of another disabled person in the family history and on and on. I heartily disagree with both points of view and will be writing about that a little but also about the HUGE gains I have made as a person from being in this unique situation. I will also share some of the amazing experiences I had that are definitely in the spiritual realm before Ellie was born as well as from those first touch and go days.

Mostly I am wondering what your life lesson might be if you have a disability or are parenting someone who does. I agree that we are mostly all temporarily able bodied. I think it is the rare person who lives able bodied their entire life to gently dye in their sleep. So this carnival might be of some use to us all.

That said, unless your topic is way, way out in the stratosphere (like discussing the migration of earth worms) anything goes. So if you have already written a post, it will be very welcome!

9 comments:

athenivanidx said...

hi there Ryn,

I got here from cripchick's blog. The topic you have selected for the 38th edition of the dbc is an excellent one, and I will try to write something with the other two cohabitants of this body.....sometime in the future, before the deadline. I just got back from moving, and I need a bit of time to recover....

hope to send a contribution post soon...

The Integral, one of three personalities who co-author the blog
athenivanidx

Terri said...

When are they due? I will *try* to be on time....

athenivanidx said...

Ryn: I just wrote and submitted our entry through the blog carnival page........

hope you enjoy it and thanks for another excellent topic! this is our fourth time participating in the dbc......and we don't plan on stopping!

Ivan of athenivanidx, another of the three personalities The Integral mentioned above.

Bird said...

Perhaps this is the moment where i talk about my MIL who has "spoken" to Charlie several times through energy? Perhaps mention his past lives? I'm not kidding. These things are bantered about my house like they're no big thing, but they've never made an appearance on my blog. Maybe now is the time?

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure the migration of earthworms is a relevant topic for the blogosphere and actually occurs close to the ground as opposed to the stratosphere, are you sure that the migration of earthworms isn't the actual reason that every person has their set of (dis)abilities and that if we better understood it, we would be able to cure all ills....
Rick the tongue in cheek naturalist

sarai said...

I always just cringe when someone tries to turn another's disability into their own personal Sunday School lesson. I loathe the pressure put on the disabled at times to be "inspirational". Yet I can't imagine that being disabled, or being the primary caretaker of someone who is, would not effect spiritual development in incredible ways.

I look forward to your carnival.

Sarai

Terri said...

my post is here:

http://bbandbohmy.blogspot.com/2008/05/blog-carnival-38-faith-and-disability.html

Tokah said...

http://tokah.blogspot.com/2008/05/impairment-and-spirituality.html

And thanks for hosting!

Tokah said...

I'm sorry if this is a late submission, but I hope you'll include it. It is not exactly on topic, but it is beautiful and should be shared.

http://tokah.blogspot.com/2008/05/those-days-when-your-ramp-becomes-boat.html