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Inauguration Day

We are here to learn to love in a Human way… And may it start with me! Maybe that’s what today is all about. As I get better all my relations benefit, we all “Grow UP” together

Listen. When we are suffering and struggling hard with someone or something, this is the BEST time to do really potent healing. Take a good, hard look at what is IN YOU triggered by an external force – it’s giving you the opportunity to look at your own junk that wants to rise to the surface – defense, hate, anger, defeat, hurts. THESE are the most potent places to find your power. The more we focus on the external and blame, the more power we give away.

The Shadow is being called forth so we can light it up. 90% of Shadow is hurt and anger, rage and frustration; things tied to our personalities and our grief around what didn’t happen, our Humanness. Learn to love your own Humanness and you will be able to love others’. If we can honor those things and release them within ourselves, bit by bit (this work does not happen in one fell swoop), the pressure will relieve, that external thing has less and less Power over us and our emotions and we re-gain bits of our own Power to make clear decisions, to step into our own selves more fully.

When we are able to do this everyone around us benefits – especially children. They see a strong and clear individual facing something that hurts and rising and even gaining power from the triggers, once the work is done. This is a beautiful example to show everyone how to walk in a world that is full of “slings and arrows.”

Terrible things are always happening in the world. Always, but if you let them consume you you have no strength, no drive, you are deflated, you have lost your Vitality. Do your work. Set your boundaries, feel the feelings and act out of your own power. Do not let Fear of the Future consume you. Stay Centered, stay Present, feed your own Fire. Detach with Love.

I know some of you are parents and you’re asking me when the heck am I supposed to do Shadowwork while my kids are with me all day. I see that struggle and I commend you for doing your best day to day and I get that time for this work might not be available. Just planting a seed. You might be able to touch on it in the early mornings just by acknowledging that you will own your Power in this day, and check in through the day. Once the day gets going maybe that early morning is the only time you have all day. That’s okay. Remember that Loving your Humanness is the point.

The Quechwa in Peru call it “Hoocha” – Dense or disorganized energy. So we can also be healers in this world by setting our intention to “organize and clean” energy. Again, got kids, that ain’t going to happen physically! But your intent can be the anchor for that. Energetic cleanliness and organization is much quicker than physical. Taking a few moments to ask your helpers (Spirit Guide, Higher Self), to come with you through the day and keep things “ordered,” not visually or physically but keeping your energy centered and staying connected to your power. A Power Greater than us is always available, and one we can ask for help, that’s the point. We are only Human. We are here to learn to love in a Human way… And may it start with me! Maybe that’s what today is all about.

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Beauty is a gateway drug

Beauty is a gateway drug.

It gets us to appreciation which is related to gratitude. Living in gratitude is a completely different realm than without it. What is beautiful to you? Imagine every aspect of your life in beauty, insides and out. How would that feel?

The Beauty Way” has enhanced the vitality of my life and brought so much richness to my inner and physical life. The Beauty Way is a native concept to “walk in Beauty” and see beauty in all is our work as we shed our armor, our hurts, and heal our hearts. All things become Beautiful when you walk through healing fires, after you have had your trials and come to terms with the not-so-beautiful stuff in life that you may have yourself created or inherited by no choice of your own.
It’s January, can you use your senses and imagination to find appreciation? Time to go inward, meditation, yoga, Journeywork or working with dried plants, roots and sensitivities. There are vibrations and little things living still in the underground, it is prime time to reach out to our Cosmic friends, our Ancestors, our Guides, or our own Inner Knowledge.
The sun is sleeping at least for 8 more weeks and so now is also a good time to feed our own “inner sun;” our Solar Plexus. The Solar Plexus is connected to our feeling of self-worth, self-esteem and self-love and physically to digestion – the heat of our belly, an aspect known in Ayurveda as Pitta dosha. One of the master techniques in Yoga to keep digestion healthy is Agni Sara, churning of the belly and digestive organs to stay clean.

This is a critical time for nourishing, slowing down, resting, being still yet maintaining activity, take the supplements (Vitamin D, Vitamin C) you need and I am deferring to Susun Weed’s advice of taking nourishing herbal infusions (look her up, there’s tons of stuff out there). Nettle and Oatstraw are good ones that come to mind.

Leave a comment and tell me about one of the most beautiful things you’ve experienced.

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Ways to Pray

Prayer can be confusing for some of us who have not experienced an authentic relationship with our Creator or our own Spirit. Prayer can be just as powerful for atheists and agnostics just the same as for those following a particular faith. Below are a few simple ways to try praying, sometimes we have to “fake it til we make it” to find that relationship, we have to start before we feel it.

It can be very helpful to develop a habit of prayer and meditation in the morning or evening, or any time before crisis happens in our lives. That way we have a way to reach out for our spiritual lifeline. If you want to try but still aren’t sure, maybe think about trying it for 10 days to see how it feels as a routine in your life.

Praying often comes down to two intentions – asking for help and giving thanks. Consider doing both in your prayer time to maintain balance.

Ways to Pray
One way to “pray” for each other is to “sing up their names” simply singing each other’s names one by one to help lift us each up.

Another way to pray is to place tobacco (usually) or cornmeal, or any other plant or offering you know is appropriate for your relationship with Spirit on the ground, in a special place, at a tree base, etc.. for yourself and everyone else.

Journaling can be a form of prayer – writing a “Dear God/Spirit/Creator/Higher Self” Letter to relieve our burdens, share what’s in our hearts and ask for help.

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Good Health, Good Help

I’ve been keeping a continuous herbal infusion going in the little crockpot. I like it a lot more than bone broth. This one has rosemary, thyme, oregano and a couple dried rose buds.. It’s been going for about 3 days, just turn it off at night and keep it warm during the day. It couldn’t be simpler, just throw the herbs and water together and let it brew. The aromatic herbs (rosemary, oregano, thyme) are great for respiratory health. The stronger brew (infusion) will have stronger effects than a simple tea.

Feeling bloated? Dandelion Root tea is excellent diuretic, make sure you are drinking lots of water to continue to hydrate as you release.

Currently trying Parsley tea as an emmenagogue – to get things started with my moon cycle. I’ll report back!

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The Beginner’s Mind

Remembering the Beginner’s Mind. As I am in learning mode for the next leg of life I am reminded of “feeling dumb” not knowing and the stumbling that happens as I try to grow new legs and stand in something I’m not yet strong in. Also the excitement of a new Journey and new tools! (0 the Fool –> 1 The Magician)

I’ve spent a lot of time in the realms of the familiar and teaching what I know to others and trying to relate to the Beginner’s Mind.. Grateful for the embodiment of that reminder. Oh yeah…. this is what it feels like. Unsteady, uncertain, don’t want to “do it wrong,” perfectionism creeping in. Can’t do it perfect if you’ve never done it before.

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Happy December!

Have you tried Rosehip tea? Rosehips have an exponential amount of Vitamin C compared to oranges. Making all the things with rosehips has been a lovely experience and I look forward to the next plant relationship.
Thinking a lot about Winter recipes to stay healthy and mushrooms are coming in loud and clear. UV exposed mushrooms are full of Vitamin D, the vitamin so many of us miss out on in the winter that can lead to seasonal depression. I always have the thought that I should hit a tanning bed, but yuck, it never feels very good to me. Also read about getting green lights to help the brain remember the green and of course the full spectrum lightbulbs.rose-wreath2
Lastly, the herbs have been so beautiful in their assistance in gentle healing. I am savoring the last of the fresh herbs for steaming, bathing, and wreath-making. Some will go in our Winter Solstice Bundles and others will be processed for medicine – tea, infusions, tinctures and vinegars.
Our big plan is to start making bread in the coming months, we are excited about fermentation, always. There is kombucha, kiefer water here, kvass brewing and sour kraut, no lack of probiotics in our little kitchen.
We are blessed and the countdown to Solstice has begun. Happy December!

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Finding Purpose

What am I doing with my life?
What should I be doing?
Why am I doing what I do… Or not do?

Seems to be a rash of this going around. Hang tight people. Breathe, meditate, don’t stress, let it unfold. She says to herself There’s an energetic difference between the things you do for money and the things you do for the simple pleasure of doing it.
Then there’s Guilt. Which can cause so much havoc if we are motivated from the “shoulds.” Things we do for pay are quite simple, really. Here is my energy & time in exchange for these units so I may accrue more units. It’s the other stuff that gets muddy. Today my solution is to sit still and wait. 20 minutes is my ideal minimum. The other day it was 15, almost 0, and last night was just going to be 15 but you know, I got into it and stayed for another 10 minutes. I read a very inspirational post a couple months ago of a man who committed to meditating 2 hours a day. I am wary of addiction alerts in my own life, places where I might try to go to “check out of reality.” I try to keep close tabs on when am I checking out, or when am I doing “nothing” for the right reasons. Reading about this persons’ experience started a shift in me.

The more consistent I am in my meditation – no matter if it’s 15 – 120 minutes – my life changes rapidly, for the better. I want to encourage you all to be gentle with yourselves and take it one day at a time, sometimes one breath at a time. This moment is all you have right now. Om

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Trust your timing


What if everything is exactly as it should be? What if your pacing is correct and there is no need to rush, hurry or worry? Maybe just as things are, your timing is precise for where you are right now.

There is a lot of pressure in our world to do more, be better, have more, go faster, get ahead of yourself. When we live life this way, we aren’t actually living, we are projecting. Our energy gets out of synch with our natural rhythms. We may also be projecting our felt expectations onto others. As we feel the pressure to perform, we may also expect that sense of urgency from others.

When we are in this place the importance of things becomes distorted. We may feel that everything has the same level of weight, when really, some of the things are truly important and the rest will work themselves out.

We may also be on the receiving end of other peoples’ urgencies or expectations, especially in the work place and feel we have no choice. If this is a way of life you want to shift, start within. You may begin by trusting that even though the deadline didn’t get met, that might just be how it is supposed to work out. We can’t know the effect of our presence, energy and attitude on others, but staying centered, grounded and connected will allow others to see and feel what being centered, grounded and connected walks and talks like. Let it begin with you!

“Remind me each day
That the race is not always to the swift;
That there is more to life than increasing its speed.
Let me look upward
Into the branches of the towering oak
And know that it grew great and strong

Because it grew slowly and well.”

Orin L Crain, Slow Me Down, Lord!
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Slow me down, Lord!
Ease the pounding of my heart
By the quieting of my mind.
Steady my hurried pace
With a vision of the eternal reach of time.
Give me,
Amidst the confusion of my day,
The calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tensions of my nerves
With the soothing music of the singing streams
That live in my memory.
Help me to know
The magical restoring power of sleep.
Teach me the art
Of taking minute vacations of slowing down
to look at a flower;
to chat with an old friend or make a new one;
to pat a stray dog;
to watch a spider build a web;
to smile at a child;
or to read a few lines from a good book.
Remind me each day
That the race is not always to the swift;
That there is more to life than increasing its speed.
Let me look upward
Into the branches of the towering oak
And know that it grew great and strong
Because it grew slowly and well.
Slow me down, Lord,
And inspire me to send my roots deep
Into the soil of life’s enduring values
That I may grow toward the stars
Of my greater destiny.