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August 23, 2018

I recently had a major revelation. That somewhere locked deep in my body, my unconscious mind, was a belief that if I let go of control, I give up my power. This revelation shocked me.  It was not something I had consciously thought about or believed. It does makes sense, though, as many of the images of power in our culture are tied upwith controlling others or being in “control.”

The first definition of control that pops up when I search Google...

April 11, 2018

I write a lot about connection. True connection that nourishes us: our bodies, our hearts, as well as our relationship with the earth. A big part of that piece of connection is slowing down. Something that is extremely difficult to do for many of us. Here I want to explore the importance of the cycle of expansion and contraction, and the importance for us as a culture to remember the “exhale,” the idea of contraction, of resting. 

The dominant paradigm conce...

January 25, 2018

This past weekend I journeyed to visit the Redwoods in Northern California. I hadn’t visited them for 10 years and was immediately taken. I cried and laughed in awe multiple times over my two-day visit. I learned so much from being in their presence, and felt indescribably interlinked with the ancient mystery of this Earth. I think the most important teaching I received while there was regarding embodiment. Interesting, that a non-human form had so much to...

October 31, 2017

"Worms will not eat living wood where the vital sap is flowing;

rust will not hinder the opening of a gate when the hinges are used each day. 

Movement gives health and life. 
Stagnation brings disease and death."

- proverb in traditional Chinese Medicine

Every October I begin to feel more alive. As the leaves turn, as the sun wanes, I feel a sense of growing communion with that which is unseen. I feel the penetrating truth that lies just beyond our day-to-da...

October 2, 2017

                Photo by Artem Mishukov

I woke up this morning with the words “Hollow Bones” ringing in my ears. I had been dreaming about old, jagged bones, placed in a circle, waiting to be filled. Filled in the only way they could be: by connection. They were our ancestors' bones. They were our bones. 

When we forget to honor the very things that give us life, we remove ourselves from the reciprocal cycle of generosity an...

July 19, 2017

St. John's Wort (SJW) has long been associated with the summer time and peak solar energy. Traditionally, it is said to be most potent if harvested on the summer solstice when the earth receives the longest bath of the sun's rays. The bright yellow flowers locking in some serious solar blessings, SJW helps us feel that warmth and shine throughout the darker months. It can uplift those of us with seasonal depression, or really most forms of depression, letha...

June 10, 2017

With rampant violence and fear in our world today, it can be really difficult to find center and peace in our bodies and minds. Living in a time with such unpredictability is a literal constant stress. Over time, these consistent low grade stresses create a cascade of physical and emotional symptoms that effect our entire body.

When we live steeped in stress, our bodies react as if we are physically in danger, and we reside within the "fight or flight" resp...

April 28, 2017

Harvesting cleavers 

Here in Portland, OR the earth is truly waking up from Winter Slumber. New growth is blanketing the ground, flowers popping out every which way, on every level of growth. The plants coming alive in the spring is one of my favorite moments in the seasonal cycles. The beauty stops me in my tracks, a much needed pause in a fast-paced day, and I inhale the moment. As these plants emerge, they lead me out of my contracted winter state. I watc...

March 20, 2017

As we arrive at the spring equinox, we are hovering in momentary balance between day and night, light and dark. These two forces of opposition come together as equals before the darkness bows to the light for the next six months. 

The theme of balance is potent to explore at this time. Balance is a huge subject with may facets, many ways of interpreting. Throughout history balance has been a hot topic for philosophers. It is something humans are continuously...

January 26, 2017

We all have stories about what power means and represents in our lives. They morph as we grow, shift as we take on and lose identities. These stories are touched by privilege, by how much power our families and societies have given us or withheld.

Today, we find ourselves amidst giant power struggles. We’re fighting against each other, fighting to find our own power, fighting to protect it for others. Power feels like a limited resource, sucked increasingly...

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