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What do you feel from the Earth? When you turn your attention not to an individual aspect of nature, but to the great matrix of the planet, what do you notice?
Tuning into the Earth is an exercise I did many times as a student and have since repeated many times with my own students (because we all want to know: what is Mother Earth saying?).
My noticings are often quite different from those around me.
Mother Earth is so sad, someone will say.
She’s grieving the loss of the rainforests, another will chime in.
And for sure someone will be weeping inconsolably, “feeling her pain.”
What if I told you that’s not at all what I get when I tune into this gorgeous planet?
I paused... Trust your intuition, my heart whispered. You’re being paranoid, my head replied. He said there were no tomatoes. He wasn’t confused. He even asked if you had a nightshade intolerance. He gets it. Still… The smell of the soup kicked up my fear. One tiny...read more
When I was a kid I dreamed of being an author. I figured the job description involved, well, you know, writing. I thought the primary requirement to get a book deal was to be a decent writer. And then I grew up. This could have been “the end” 'cause I was told that,...read more
Lessons, we all know, come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and anything (or anyone!) can be a teacher. We are all connected to each other and everything else in the universe. And because of that, we can learn from anyone and anything... Even bacon. Bacon is, as we...read more
A detox is not a diet. Getting comfortable in my own skin and with how I perceive my body image has been one of my challenges this lifetime. So every spring, as I come off the liquids-only day of my yearly, oh-so-gentle detox, I repeat the mantra "A detox is not a...read more
Smudging is not just for the woo. ‘Cause if my mom can smudge, you can too! My mother is most emphatically not woo-woo. She’s not even woo-curious. (At least that’s what she wants me to believe, but I remember her sitting on the edge of my bed when I was a half-asleep...read more
Life doesn’t deal in stasis or absolutes… which means there’s no such thing as “the answer." There’s only the answer that works right now. If what you’re doing isn’t working, it’s time to make a change. I’ve always been fascinated by how the human body regenerates:...read more
My sister did her Master’s degree in Haifa, where she fell in love with an Israeli man. Their courtship was conducted in running shoes—first jogging on the beaches of the Mediterranean and later in airports running to catch Trans-Atlantic flights. Now she and her...read more
“Everything’s sacred,” she wrote… with her thumbs, I’m figuring, since this was Instagram. Maybe she would have written more had she had a few fingers at her disposal. But maybe not. Sacred is trending and witch is a fad, so much so that Vogue (yes, the fashion...read more
What if stories are soul maps to heal what is broken? Remember the movie Erin Brockovich? In case you never saw it, here’s the 20-second recap: Erin Brockovich (played by Julia Roberts) is a down-on-her-luck single mom desperately searching for a job. Unfortunately...read more
You’re Gonna Get Pushback (and That’s Okay) and Other Shareables As I Begin My 49th Turn Round the Sun
We gain a year, a “birthday," at the end of the cycle. So you're born, you make it through a year, and you get the tally mark for that year (your first birthday) when it’s complete and you’re beginning your second year. I’ve made it through 48 years and I'm embarking...read more
Ever Wondered "Can Natural Products Hurt Me?" I got a call a few weeks back from a local restaurateur asking me if I had any idea how to help one of her waiters detox from Kratom. Kratom is an Asian herb which has become popular in the past few years for pain. Her...read more
The rejection was written in less than 144 characters: Not Interested (STOP). Like a tweet or a modern-day telegram. I stare at the words, my mind spooling backward to earlier in the day: Asheville crowded with summer tourists, a confused woman in a blue Camry in the...read more
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