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These fires, hurricanes, and shootings… they provide ample human suffering for the media to shower us with images of the apocalypse.

I have another idea…the belief  that mass human suffering WILL  break through the capitalistic bubble of misplaced dreams.

The most steadfast conservatives in my life have held tight to the security money provided, a life-vest in the sea of fear they live in. Today’s society is a bit more open to discussion with respect to Gaia (our living planet), that we are currently en route to destroying.

Smart actions and dialogue haven’t helped; actual positive social movement for our society has very recently been  easily cast aside. Fear, however, is now actually palpable in the actions of our current government.

Rational thought seems to require a national crisis to get an invitation to make change in our society. The “Me Too” movement is upon us; and my question is simple, “does our voice only have one story?”

I KNOW WE HAVE FAR MORE TO SAY!

To be free of shame, guilt and fear is our validation, and our grand accomplishment; but I know there is an uncorked bottle of creativity waiting to come to fruition.  Let’s now shake this tree we’ve uprooted, and take a giant step into creative empowerment.

It is time to drink from the JUICE OF LIFE our spirits can finally rejoice in!

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gratitude…

If

only

we

could

open

our

hearts

in

gratitude

as

easily

as

we

do

for

fear

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resonance…

There is an essence to each living thing; this essence has its own distinct vibration, and can change over time, but that ultimately is only one small wave in the vast ocean of light and love, we call energy.

Each of my teachers has their own angle or catch phrase, but they all reside in how well they resonate with the magic of all things living, whether plant, animal or ether.

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as above… so below

The sentiment “as above, so below” has been echoing in my life for the past year or more; it takes the macrocosm, our global atmosphere and equates it with the microcosm of our planet. The same can be said when comparing our planet to our own personal body; we exploit the earth and there is no escaping these harmful effects contaminating our own bodies at the genetic level. Lately, I’ve been taking this one step further, and equating the internal self-hate programming to be what is attacking our bodies with the many auto-immune issues that plague our population.

We allow or don’t even notice this destruction because we are too busy beating ourselves up for some silly nothing that embarrassed the hell out of our ego. And if we are bored with complaining about our own bodies, then we tend to lean into my least favorite habit to be around… complaining about someone we love or at least like a lot. I now believe it is our personal responsibility to not listen to mean garbage talk; grow up and look at yourself in the mirror is what I would like to say. Instead, a polite change of conversation seems more appropriate. I now come prepared with conversation changers; I found it makes my friendships remain what they should be, an enriching, amazing part of my life!

Taking this analogy one step further, I developed eczema when I was pregnant with my first child at 33; I never had allergies before and certainly didn’t have skin issues. What shifted for me was fear and shame; I suppose you could say that I enjoyed living in the moment in my twenties. The problem arose when I became truly responsible for another’s life; that was crippling, and I believe my insecurities started within and then expressed themselves on the outside, my skin. I became endlessly sensitive to food, perfumes, and dust… really anything that came in contact with me only added to my itchy, highly volatile skin that met the outside world.

Too busy with work, being a new mom, and listening to everyone complain about our lot in life; which by the way, none of my friends have it bad, we all just shovel the shit around. I took all the shortcuts with food and housework; chemicals were spread all over my homes’ surfaces, and even made it into our food, in one form or another. Too busy to see that my environment could be affecting my body; that is, until my body wouldn’t let me ignore the truth any longer.

So, I cleaned up, got healthy and committed to a daily mindful practice; whether yoga, meditation, walking in nature, writing, painting, music, dancing, whatever gets me calm and centered, I do it regularly.

Lately, I have been diving deep into herbalism, and found an amazing teacher, Sajah Popham, founder of The School of Evolutionary Herbalism. The foundation of his works is about having a relationship with nature, and using the whole plant to heal the whole body. Everything has meaning in his teachings, and I couldn’t agree more with this premise. No one is an island, and our connection will be our salvation.

Just as our bodies turn on ourselves when we are not operating optimally, so does our planet; this is what I feel global warming is creating for our environment currently. Earth is hurting and it has to kill off what is creating the harm; it needs to wash the germs away, only we just happen to be the grime that needs to be cleansed!!

This reality does make one feel small and rather vulnerable, but if you move through the discomfort, this truth will ultimately be what can save us… and that is not insignificant or worthless. In fact, it gives us power… how the small can unite to become a much stronger unit together. This is where the real magic will happen; when we stop with the nonsense busyness, and move into the space of conscious evolution.

Darwin’s survival of the fittest worked to our benefit when we were living in the wild, but in today’s society of immediate gratification, plastics and fast food, we are (very openly) the most destructive being on this planet. Would the fittest creature choose to destroy the very planet it lives on? Would the wisest creature contaminate its’ food and water to gain financial power? We worked so hard to escape living in the wild, but we have created an environment today that is far more dangerous.

The powerful would like to have us believe we have no strength, and that they alone have the wisdom to move mountains. That paradigm is fast dissolving, and I am here to say you do not have to fear change. In fact, change is the one true unavoidable facet of living here on this planet. To grow and to change; this is our true calling now… how will you answer the call?

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MENOPAUSE… peri or otherwise!

the fire that makes our cheeks red & clothes damp with sweat is the bonfire of our lives, putting to rest the struggles of our past, and opening the portal of our next journey in life. i stand strong in my quest, and the challenges of each wave that wants to bring me to my knees, i know i will find the shore ahead. my heart leads me now, but my body needs time to adjust… and with compassion and patience by our side, we move valiantly forward.

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love or violence, which will survive…?

One of my favorite papers I wrote in college was regarding the “pyramid of power”, with capitalism at the base, and the three walls being our media, politics, and corporations. Within that pyramid is our society, and we have been domesticated to follow their design for what is appropriate and how to attain it.

 

Since I was a very young girl, I knew this system that we lived in lacked a soul and a heart to guide it. Living for the sole purpose of making money creates nothing but competition, and humans cannot survive long-term if our goal is to consume the very planet we live on.

 

Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” has done more than explain evolution, it explains the human psyche… win at all costs, or perish. The problem with using this model in our human society is that we are not simple animals, our brains have developed beyond fight or flight. Our hands manipulate our surroundings, and we can emote verbally, sharing our knowledge for generations to come. We also cover our naked bodies, and by doing so, have forever separated ourselves from the animal kingdom. But we are not separate, and it is time to repair the damage caused by our abuse and naivete inherent in our evolution… and time to remember our connection and reliance on mother nature.

 

Reuniting with mother nature is the crucial first step to our continued survival here on this planet.

 

We thought we could control mother nature,

but she doesn’t like bullies.

One has to coexist to play in her ground.

 

This is where AHIMSA (the Buddhist practice of non-violence) connects. It seems impossible for non-violence to exist in an inherently violent (capitalistic) society; the same social platform we are all accustomed to living, and one that feels secure if we are lucky enough to land in a good spot.

 

The opposite story of this evolutionary violence, one of NON-VIOLENCE AND UNCONDITIONAL LOVE (ahimsa), represents a release of our ego and its’ expectations. Only by surrendering to our heart can we choose to live outside the capitalistic society; this means living by an entirely different code of conduct, and requires a completely different pyramid. One that I designed in college to be based on the soul, and the three walls to be built by truth, passion and love. This is a structure I could unconditionally coexist in love.

 

Each of us unknowingly accepted a “life plan” for our existence on earth; regardless the continent, culture or tribe, we have all been trained by our predecessors. We can rewrite this story, and as I see it, we have to rewrite this story, both personally and globally; and this nation is seeing it in the “Me Too” movement, there is a better story to be told.

 

For me…  until my heart is cleared of the muck, I cannot (sustainably) love unconditionally. It reminds me of the book, Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn, and “how the sixties offered an ingenious and disorganized effort to escape from captivity. Failure came due to failure to find the bars of the cage. If you cannot find what is keeping you in, you get confused and ineffectual.”

 

Can we love if held captive within bars? Unconditional love is born of freedom, peace and honesty… within oneself and with the world sustaining us. In pure form, the two (captivity and love) cannot coexist… something else is created in loves’ name.

 

Our world needs help, but where do we start?

We need love and understanding, but it has been so long.

How do we change the anger that has been building from the start?

We need to care, not count our money.

How do we show that love will mend our hurt?

We need to start with ourselves… it will begin from within.

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coexist

We thought we could

control Mother Nature,

 

but she doesn’t like bullies.

 

One has to COEXIST

to play in her ground.

 

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spring…

 photo credit:  The Sacred Wheel

 

EVERYONE, EVERYONE, THROUGHOUT TIME…

HAS ALWAYS REACHED FOR THE SKY.

BIRD

BUILDING

MOUNTAIN

TREE

ARMS OUTSTRETCHED IN LOVE

ROCKETS

ALL OF IT — ALL REACHING FOR THE SKY!

 

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felt reverance…

how does “freedom” feel

weightless

breathe in joy

and

breathe out love

easy

breezy

sunny

gentle

wise

it is transparent

and all the beats of your heart

it is the space before

you speak

 

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my quest…

I took a super fun yoga class by Shari Beard that prompted us to write our own poetry at the end… didn’t share in class, but feel compelled to share somewhere:-)

 

TO SEE

TO FEEL

TO HEAR

TO BE

I AM MEANT FOR THIS WORLD

IS THIS WORLD MEANT FOR ME

LOVE-

IS MY HEART’S QUEST

WHY DOES MY HEAD GET IN THE WAY

TO WANDER

TO SEEK

TO BE FREE

TO BE ME

MY QUEST

DIVINE ONENESS

WITH THE EARTH BENEATH MY FEET

THE MOUNTAINS THAT I SEE

FRESH AIR TO BREATHE

NOTHING ELSE SHOULD MATTER

THIS IS LOVE

MY HEART BEATS FOR THESE

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