Resourced in Your Roots

Resilience. 

This word has been rolling around in my head these last few weeks. 

How are we resilient beyond armoring, grit, clenched teeth and sweaty effort, resilient beyond some impenetrable, diamond toughness?

What is the resilience...

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You Are More Than a Flesh House: Listen to the Voice of Your Body Soul

body inner healer soul Aug 27, 2020

What would it feel like to more fully arrive in our bodies despite everything we may have learned to feel about them, our society subtly telling us that we are the wrong size, shape, color, or gender? In many ways the influence of the patriarchy...

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The Feminine Black of Possibility: Dancing the Path of the Spiral

Spirals have drawn me in since childhood. Not really understanding anything of their symbolism, they would appear as dreamy doodles on the outskirts of my journals and later in the interlocking tattoo along my lower back. Over time I came to...

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Strength in Softness: Heart Medicine

 

Beloved survivors of an endlessly complicated world, how are your hearts feeling? 

It is all about heart medicine right now as we travel deeper into summer. From a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) perspective, the special gift of...

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Sing To Me Just Like That: Part 5

FLAME

 

I didn’t grow up with fire. There were no forest fires where I lived. There was no ritual to greet fire as an ancestor, the way it breathes with generous lungs, the way it warms our bones with a primordial spark. I don’t...

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Sing To Me Just Like That: Part 4

beauty grief nature Jun 22, 2020

ICE

 

There is a wind, a breath, a lingering contrail of energy left behind from all the interactions of nature. Everything is moving towards everything else, blood vessels stretching, rivers running, lungs expanding, roots touching, nerves...

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Sing To Me Just Like That: Part 3

auspicious nature trust Jun 22, 2020

WIND 

 

The breeze is my grandmother ancestor, running her beautifully veined hands through my hair. She is this gentle, not just to me but to the leaves and flowers too. I watch the branches of the sequoia lightly heave and settle in a...

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Sing To Me Just Like That: Part 2

freedom loss nature Jun 22, 2020

FOREST

 

I have always gone to the living world with my loneliness, my failures, my heart aches. She is a friend that is unafraid of my very ugliness. 

 

This time is no different. But now it is nature herself that I mourn, needing...

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Sing To Me Just Like That: Part 1

beauty grief nature Jun 22, 2020

FLOWER

 

It is the day after Mother’s Day and the unseasonably warm weather has made the peonies on the dining room table prematurely stretch all the way open. Last night I refilled the water in their vase, making sure it was icy cold...

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Sing To Me Just Like That: Teachings from the Living World about Resilience, Beauty, and Grief

freedom loss nature Jun 22, 2020

If I could pocket this mountain for good, I would. My heart lifts every time I see her, ripped white skirts, unkempt hems peeking beneath velvet cloudscapes. It was this land that called me to her seventeen years ago and I have loved every moment...

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