Mythology

Weeds

She’s sitting on the bench by the dinning table, hair a little messy, lots of missing teeth, a crazy wide spread of artist markers - a hundred and twenty colors and shades, to be exact. She’s working on an elephant. Fifteen shades of gray. Muse-struck.    “Mama?” her eyes are focused on the curving lines of her elephant trunk.   “Yes, my love.”   “I have all these bad thoughts in my head.” The trunk she’s working on is playfully [...]

Cosmic Love

Whether he dances in the forest of my heart, howls in the dark nights of my soul, meditates on mountain tops inside my head, retreats to his cave, takes the seat of the teacher, or roams the cremation grounds of my life’s deaths, Siva is by far my favorite masculine deity.    (not a gender thing, but rather a code, an energy, a coalition of qualities)    I am a sucker for metaphor. Myths and archetypes help me understand myself [...]

Death & Decay

It’s that time of year again - the peak of Fall, tipping over the midpoint between Fall Equinox and Winter Solstice. Darkness is gaining momentum. The days are getting shorter and shorter, faster and faster. Nights are growing longer. Death and Decay spread wide through the natural world now.    We are being pulled down. Guided to be lost beneath the surface of the earth, beneath the surface of our lives. Down and deep and in to the underworld. To [...]

Receive Yourself, Strengthen Yourself, And Create Yourself – Yogafying Sukkot

Hey lovely!   Life keeps getting more and more complex. Doesn’t it? We become more layered. There’s more to deal with, more responsibilities, more on our plates. We are more deeply invested in things. We are tangled up and woven in to other lives more intensely. We become more grounded in who we are. But our tendency to become more rigid increases. Our foundation is seemingly more solid. But there’s also more loss. The ground beneath us threatens to shake [...]

Softness And Strength – Durga And The Battlefield Of Self Love

You have strengths. Powerful abilities. The capacity to overcome challenges. We all have stubborn tendencies. Aspects of our being that keep us blocked in some ways. Parts of who we are that keep us stuck. You have vulnerabilities. Sweet spots. A soft side. Places in you that are wide open. We all have weaknesses. Instabilities. Shaken grounds. Dark holes that threaten to swallow us. You are a woven together tapestry of triumphs and disappointments, hurt spaces and a healing forces, [...]

Reclaim Tradition, Receive Yourself

Shavuot   It smells like peaches. And freedom. Summer Break is knocking on the door. The air feels warmer and the anticipation of beach days and lounging and lazy late afternoons is tickling skin and soul. Everyone is dressed in white. There are bales of hay and flower crowns. My mom and I are making blintzes and laughing together in the kitchen.   I have beautiful childhood and teenhood memories of Shavuot.   It was never about religion, and always [...]

Girl Boss Gone Bully

#GrilBoss has been trending for a while. It had always struck me as a good slogan. Women Empowerment is suuuuuuper important to me! Girls and women taking back what belongs to them – power, autonomy, choice – is beyond necessary. It’s a serious issue that cannot be taken lightly. Women’s Rights still need to be fought for. Just look at Alabama. We are still on the battlefield, people!   There’s a sexiness to Girl Boss. Not the kind that is [...]

Epic Germination

As this year rolls itself into existence, what intentions and aspirations are making waves and shift your lives in dramatic ways? Which ones settle into more stable rhythms, and are likely to change you slowly? What goals have you forgotten about already? What dreams struggle to live up to their great promises? There are rare and electrifying blessings of quantum leaps in life. Mostly we grow in a steady(ish) way, with setbacks, heartbreaks, small steps forward, and a somewhat clear [...]

Fuck DeVos

It is on days like the ones we've had since January 20th that I cannot help but asking myself: What difference does another down dog make? What's the point of getting on my mat? What's the point of mantra and mudra? Why should I even bother to meditate? How can I create a sacred relationship with a universe that has a Bannon in it, and a Donald Trump as the president of the US? And who cares about a stupid [...]

Resistance. Recognition. Ritual.

Sisters and brother of humanity, What a week! How far can this go? Unfortunately, probably very far... It's hard not to get swayed by the currents of current events. I am doing my best not to lose my mind, trying to anchor myself in breath, maintaining a sense of stability by living my "normal" life, teaching classes and clients, writing in the mornings, practicing, going to the farmers market, cooking organic food for the family, telling bedtime stories, taking a 3 day [...]

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