Beauty-Making in a World That Feels Increasingly Restrictive and Closed Down

alive beauty changemakers Nov 18, 2020

Dear Fountains of Sorrow and Overflowing Promise,

 

Isn’t that what we all are really? Here in the soft ache of being human we find the intermingling of grief and beauty greeting us everywhere. Fleeting and fragile, there is nothing we...

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If We Really Love Mother Earth, We Must Do This First

Dear fellow Earth lover,

You may or may not associate yourself with this label, but the truth is that we are all quietly biophilic at heart, we all have an innate draw to the living world. Nature is an adventure, a healer, a companion, a teacher,...

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How To Feel Liberated and Still Live in a World That is Not Yet Free

The colors are waning now. The sun is riding low through the sky and the plants are changing into clothes of beige and amber.

 

I have been reflecting on how we experience this turning of the wheel, this changing of the seasons over and over...

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Untame the Wild Within You With These Little Pieces of Earth

I am a second generation forest.

Maybe a third or fifth generation wood at best. I did not grow up in a family or culture that planted my feet deep into the wisdom network of undisturbed mycelium.

I was not placed within a matrix of thought...

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The Rising of Your Ecological Self

It is said that cartographers call the blank spaces on a map “sleeping beauties.”

Fair maidens lying along the land, their virginity just waiting to be captured and plundered, I am reminded of how we are all trained to think in this...

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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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