Shevat (Aquarius)

shevat is the 11th month of the jewish calendar year. the teachers of the kabbalah, ask us this month, to focus on the pleasure and complexities of consumption, for both body and soul. shevat marks the new year for trees, an ancient

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Shevat (Aquarius)

shevat is the 11th month of the jewish calendar year. the teachers of the kabbalah, ask us this month, to focus on the pleasure and complexities of consumption, for both body and soul. shevat marks the new year for trees, an ancient

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Consumed By My Mother

Growing up with an alcoholic mother has been a life of learning and growth. Though the sap in my soul had been thick and slow moving I can say that the new sprouts of learning have me reaching for the sky.

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Consumed By My Mother

Growing up with an alcoholic mother has been a life of learning and growth. Though the sap in my soul had been thick and slow moving I can say that the new sprouts of learning have me reaching for the sky.

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Trusting My Gut

it is raining outside. the drip-drop sounds of the world crying tears of joy, maybe sadness. it is unclear but either way this day provides space for contemplation, baking bread and making tea, writing words and cleaning out cabinets. the

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Trusting My Gut

it is raining outside. the drip-drop sounds of the world crying tears of joy, maybe sadness. it is unclear but either way this day provides space for contemplation, baking bread and making tea, writing words and cleaning out cabinets. the

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Mindful Consumption

As I watch a cardinal seek out every last unhulled sunflower seed from the feeder, I contemplate my tendency to waste.  Forgotten leftovers.  Garlic sprouting green tails. Potatoes with eyes and pumpkins melting into rot. Many of us are well past the

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Mindful Consumption

As I watch a cardinal seek out every last unhulled sunflower seed from the feeder, I contemplate my tendency to waste.  Forgotten leftovers.  Garlic sprouting green tails. Potatoes with eyes and pumpkins melting into rot. Many of us are well past the

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Dissolving Doubt

May we come to know our doubt to see what lesson it holds. May we learn to consume our doubt and transform it into those practices that keep us. Protect us. Guide us. Provide for us. May we learn what

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Dissolving Doubt

May we come to know our doubt to see what lesson it holds. May we learn to consume our doubt and transform it into those practices that keep us. Protect us. Guide us. Provide for us. May we learn what

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Formula For Growth

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it

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Formula For Growth

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it

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Enough Is Enough

The holiday season always brings about a much greater awareness of consumption and the role it plays in my life. I don’t see my family very often – in fact I hadn’t seen my brother and my mother in an

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Enough Is Enough

The holiday season always brings about a much greater awareness of consumption and the role it plays in my life. I don’t see my family very often – in fact I hadn’t seen my brother and my mother in an

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Fourteen Days (Without Social Media)

Almost two years ago I decided to take a break from all communication (except work duties). I did this for three weeks. I logged out of all social media and turned off my phone. The only communication I had with

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Fourteen Days (Without Social Media)

Almost two years ago I decided to take a break from all communication (except work duties). I did this for three weeks. I logged out of all social media and turned off my phone. The only communication I had with

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Morning Presence

Thinking about breakfast is what gets me out of bed in the morning. And I’m not someone who lets a cup of coffee, bowl of cereal or muffin pass as the day’s initial fuel. No, I do breakfast right. Recently,

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Morning Presence

Thinking about breakfast is what gets me out of bed in the morning. And I’m not someone who lets a cup of coffee, bowl of cereal or muffin pass as the day’s initial fuel. No, I do breakfast right. Recently,

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Finding Love By Saying Yes

Consumption has been a theme that has been running through my mind and body recently. I think of consumption as it relates to those things I take into my body, heart and spirit, and those things I block and do

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Finding Love By Saying Yes

Consumption has been a theme that has been running through my mind and body recently. I think of consumption as it relates to those things I take into my body, heart and spirit, and those things I block and do

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Story Time

I feel guilty about nearly everything I consume: food, news, fashion, gossip. The two things that I don’t feel guilty about consuming are literature and music. Partly because they are intellectual and have to do with my own work, but

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Story Time

I feel guilty about nearly everything I consume: food, news, fashion, gossip. The two things that I don’t feel guilty about consuming are literature and music. Partly because they are intellectual and have to do with my own work, but

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Hunger + Satisfaction

Consumption, hunger, eating, food. Life centers around these themes. Whether on the most basic and literal level or on a more metaphoric or psychological level, we are consumers. We hunger and we eat. We must to live. But I know

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Hunger + Satisfaction

Consumption, hunger, eating, food. Life centers around these themes. Whether on the most basic and literal level or on a more metaphoric or psychological level, we are consumers. We hunger and we eat. We must to live. But I know

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Regeneration

I love the following sentence from Zivar’s explanation of this month of Shevat: honor the cycle of regeneration and make way for new shoots and modes of being. It has me thinking about the beauty of composting.  Regenerating food brings

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Regeneration

I love the following sentence from Zivar’s explanation of this month of Shevat: honor the cycle of regeneration and make way for new shoots and modes of being. It has me thinking about the beauty of composting.  Regenerating food brings

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When Anger is Cathartic (And Useful)

For some people, yoga and meditation serve as keys to unlocking the inner chambers of the self. For me, it was the blaring car horns and in-your-face, outta-my-way attitude of my chosen home city, New York. I have lived in

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When Anger is Cathartic (And Useful)

For some people, yoga and meditation serve as keys to unlocking the inner chambers of the self. For me, it was the blaring car horns and in-your-face, outta-my-way attitude of my chosen home city, New York. I have lived in

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Tevet (Capricorn)

tevet is the 10th month of the jewish calendar year; according to kabbalah, this moon is associated with the sensation of anger, which in itself is neither good nor bad. in fact, when directed with integrity, anger can be both nurturing and

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Tevet (Capricorn)

tevet is the 10th month of the jewish calendar year; according to kabbalah, this moon is associated with the sensation of anger, which in itself is neither good nor bad. in fact, when directed with integrity, anger can be both nurturing and

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On Generating Light

Lessons of 2014: Everyone around me is giving me the information I need in order to free myself. Instead of reacting, I dream up ways in which I can generate light.  .. The Medicine of Letting Go Beginning now, a prayer

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On Generating Light

Lessons of 2014: Everyone around me is giving me the information I need in order to free myself. Instead of reacting, I dream up ways in which I can generate light.  .. The Medicine of Letting Go Beginning now, a prayer

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Disappearance

I have a constant inner dialogue of anger when I’m en route somewhere in New York City. It feels like people are always in my way. When I’m pushing through a packed subway car on my way to work or

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Disappearance

I have a constant inner dialogue of anger when I’m en route somewhere in New York City. It feels like people are always in my way. When I’m pushing through a packed subway car on my way to work or

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Anger, My Friend

  I’ve spent the last two years in therapy. Every Monday night from 7:00pm – 7:50pm I talked to a stranger about life. One thing we talked a lot about was anger. For as long as I can remember I

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Anger, My Friend

  I’ve spent the last two years in therapy. Every Monday night from 7:00pm – 7:50pm I talked to a stranger about life. One thing we talked a lot about was anger. For as long as I can remember I

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Many Faces of Anger

You know how they say the Eskimos have many words for snow*? I think I need more words for anger.  It’s not that it is ever-present or relentless, although I have, on occasion, built my shelter from it.  It’s just

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Many Faces of Anger

You know how they say the Eskimos have many words for snow*? I think I need more words for anger.  It’s not that it is ever-present or relentless, although I have, on occasion, built my shelter from it.  It’s just

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Grief, Masked As Anger

Maybe you are acting as a savior, a friend. So much grief in my system exposed, I couldn’t bear more of it as is. You come to offer me clearing. Indulge me, break something, run harder and faster. Get into

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Grief, Masked As Anger

Maybe you are acting as a savior, a friend. So much grief in my system exposed, I couldn’t bear more of it as is. You come to offer me clearing. Indulge me, break something, run harder and faster. Get into

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The Art of Bitter Spirits

Taking stock of 2014, there’s so much to celebrate.  A year full of love, travel, feasts and hardly any famine.  Yet it’s also the year that marks the close of Sweet Mama’s, my raw dessert business, in favor of a

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The Art of Bitter Spirits

Taking stock of 2014, there’s so much to celebrate.  A year full of love, travel, feasts and hardly any famine.  Yet it’s also the year that marks the close of Sweet Mama’s, my raw dessert business, in favor of a

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Equations of Transformation

I am grateful to return to this musing and also renew my commitment to bringing music to you here. Anger is a powerful emotion. Recently I had an experience where I was shooting my anger outward toward other people; a

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Equations of Transformation

I am grateful to return to this musing and also renew my commitment to bringing music to you here. Anger is a powerful emotion. Recently I had an experience where I was shooting my anger outward toward other people; a

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Quick Flames, Raging Wildfire

I was told that nothing could ever prepare me for what it would be like. So I just accepted that. It’s going to be intense, they all told me. After six weeks on the subcontinent, that word has taken on

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Quick Flames, Raging Wildfire

I was told that nothing could ever prepare me for what it would be like. So I just accepted that. It’s going to be intense, they all told me. After six weeks on the subcontinent, that word has taken on

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In My Hips, On My Lips

‘Anger in my hips and on my lips.’  The other day, as I moved deep into pigeon pose in my yoga class, swirls of energy moved through my lower body.  Layer upon layer of emotion, which had settled into my

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In My Hips, On My Lips

‘Anger in my hips and on my lips.’  The other day, as I moved deep into pigeon pose in my yoga class, swirls of energy moved through my lower body.  Layer upon layer of emotion, which had settled into my

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Anger + Gratitude

early on in my pregnancy, i was receiving substandard care due to my health insurance policy. there were a series of serious mishaps which triggered deep anger and frustration for me. instead of getting lost in my frustration, i decided

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Anger + Gratitude

early on in my pregnancy, i was receiving substandard care due to my health insurance policy. there were a series of serious mishaps which triggered deep anger and frustration for me. instead of getting lost in my frustration, i decided

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Don’t Fight It

Me and anger. Anger and me. We’ve got beef between us. Anger is very much in my DNA. Not the normal, human, situational kind, but rather the Morrocan, unpredictable, disproportionate kind. The phrase my husband uses, “when the Morrocan is

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Don’t Fight It

Me and anger. Anger and me. We’ve got beef between us. Anger is very much in my DNA. Not the normal, human, situational kind, but rather the Morrocan, unpredictable, disproportionate kind. The phrase my husband uses, “when the Morrocan is

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Permit Yourself Anger

I was thinking of poems about anger and this first section of “Is/Not” by Margaret Atwood came to mind. She gets at how sometimes we feel we don’t have permission to be angry, and that in and of itself can

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Permit Yourself Anger

I was thinking of poems about anger and this first section of “Is/Not” by Margaret Atwood came to mind. She gets at how sometimes we feel we don’t have permission to be angry, and that in and of itself can

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Dear Anger

From a Kabbalistic perspective, the month of Tevet brings us into the very physical nature of our lives and emotions, particularly the emotion of anger. Through our embodiment, we learn to experience the full intensity of our anger in a

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Dear Anger

From a Kabbalistic perspective, the month of Tevet brings us into the very physical nature of our lives and emotions, particularly the emotion of anger. Through our embodiment, we learn to experience the full intensity of our anger in a

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Wandering Spirit

i remember sitting near the open market in the sacred valley of peru. it was a hot day, not scorching but the sun strong enough to force me to remove layers, roll up my sleeves. i was traveling alone and

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Wandering Spirit

i remember sitting near the open market in the sacred valley of peru. it was a hot day, not scorching but the sun strong enough to force me to remove layers, roll up my sleeves. i was traveling alone and

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Divine Trust

My aunt told me that the first time she met me was at our house. I was 5 years old. She said I instantly loved her and wanted to give her a gift before she left. I ran to get

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Divine Trust

My aunt told me that the first time she met me was at our house. I was 5 years old. She said I instantly loved her and wanted to give her a gift before she left. I ran to get

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Hungry For Love

Damn it, I’m not independent. Why didn’t my parents show me how to be that! Gotta do something about that, quick. My man isn’t going to stick around if I show him how much I need him. Look, I’m the

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Hungry For Love

Damn it, I’m not independent. Why didn’t my parents show me how to be that! Gotta do something about that, quick. My man isn’t going to stick around if I show him how much I need him. Look, I’m the

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Across The Heavens

I’m a homebody. Though I enjoy going out and traveling, my impulse is to stay in, and sometimes that impulse can be too strong. Recently a few friends have, independently, decided to interrupt their lives and fly off to foreign

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Across The Heavens

I’m a homebody. Though I enjoy going out and traveling, my impulse is to stay in, and sometimes that impulse can be too strong. Recently a few friends have, independently, decided to interrupt their lives and fly off to foreign

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Champion of the Heart

Rolling across the country in the trusty silver Ford with the Andalusian Chulita and her companion mini donkey, Benito “the blessing”, they make their way through no woman’s land to Tulsa, Oklahoma. A swirl of striatted pink mountains, brown, mud

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Champion of the Heart

Rolling across the country in the trusty silver Ford with the Andalusian Chulita and her companion mini donkey, Benito “the blessing”, they make their way through no woman’s land to Tulsa, Oklahoma. A swirl of striatted pink mountains, brown, mud

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Grounded Mama

The month of Kislev is about going inside, darkness + solitude. My son Noah just turned six months.  Since he was born, I have spent little time with myself, going inside or carving out alone time.  Before Noah, I was

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Grounded Mama

The month of Kislev is about going inside, darkness + solitude. My son Noah just turned six months.  Since he was born, I have spent little time with myself, going inside or carving out alone time.  Before Noah, I was

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Home Comforts

It’s funny. I need and I value independence. I love to dream, to flow, to dance, for my spirit to wander freely. But lately I’ve been feeling like the needs of my soul – to land, to root, to create

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Home Comforts

It’s funny. I need and I value independence. I love to dream, to flow, to dance, for my spirit to wander freely. But lately I’ve been feeling like the needs of my soul – to land, to root, to create

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Pura Vida

Four women practice morning yoga together at SpaHolis in Costa Rica.  By grace, one of them is me. As we balance in tree pose overlooking a transcendent aqua ocean view, monkeys cackle from the rooftop above.  Hibiscus flowers pop scarlet

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Pura Vida

Four women practice morning yoga together at SpaHolis in Costa Rica.  By grace, one of them is me. As we balance in tree pose overlooking a transcendent aqua ocean view, monkeys cackle from the rooftop above.  Hibiscus flowers pop scarlet

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Abandoning Reason

with the birth of baby 2 around the corner, i am aware of how blessed i am to have built a business over time and to have the flexibility to be with the baby after he’s born. i’ve taken my

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Abandoning Reason

with the birth of baby 2 around the corner, i am aware of how blessed i am to have built a business over time and to have the flexibility to be with the baby after he’s born. i’ve taken my

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Kislev (Sagittarius)

kislev is the ninth month of the jewish calendar year. according to the kabbalisitic tradition, the heightened energy associated with this sagittarian moon is active trust which ushers in deep relaxation that we may wander in our hearts and engage

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Kislev (Sagittarius)

kislev is the ninth month of the jewish calendar year. according to the kabbalisitic tradition, the heightened energy associated with this sagittarian moon is active trust which ushers in deep relaxation that we may wander in our hearts and engage

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Cheshvan (Scorpio)

cheshvan is the eighth month of the jewish calendar year. according to kabbalah it is a month reserved for redemption as it is void of holidays and special directives. cheshvan is also associated with the scorpion which is characterized by bold +

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Cheshvan (Scorpio)

cheshvan is the eighth month of the jewish calendar year. according to kabbalah it is a month reserved for redemption as it is void of holidays and special directives. cheshvan is also associated with the scorpion which is characterized by bold +

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Growing Heart

I am now one and half months away from giving birth to a new child. I have been so blown away by the experience of motherhood and the pure, unconditional and expansive love I feel towards another human being. I

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Growing Heart

I am now one and half months away from giving birth to a new child. I have been so blown away by the experience of motherhood and the pure, unconditional and expansive love I feel towards another human being. I

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This Path Is Home

it is three in the morning and i am not awake yet, still in this horrible dream. i hear loud music, enrique iglesias screeching from the front windows. it is unusual, a first on this quiet park slope block. kids

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This Path Is Home

it is three in the morning and i am not awake yet, still in this horrible dream. i hear loud music, enrique iglesias screeching from the front windows. it is unusual, a first on this quiet park slope block. kids

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Dance of The Species

To receive a stem cell (bone marrow) transplant, first, you must have an “empty” marrow.  No cells, healthy or sick.  Siddhartha Mukerjee, the author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer describes the view under the microscope

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Dance of The Species

To receive a stem cell (bone marrow) transplant, first, you must have an “empty” marrow.  No cells, healthy or sick.  Siddhartha Mukerjee, the author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer describes the view under the microscope

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Empty Room

During the last few years, I’ve had a particularly salient recurring dream. This is what happens: I’m in my apartment and discover an empty room that I’d completely forgotten about. I want to slap myself because I feel so foolish

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Empty Room

During the last few years, I’ve had a particularly salient recurring dream. This is what happens: I’m in my apartment and discover an empty room that I’d completely forgotten about. I want to slap myself because I feel so foolish

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Broken Family Road Trip

Carrie Thompson is an artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her work explores her relationship to family, roots, rootlessness, and restlessness. .. Next week my son Goma is turning four years old. When he was only six months old his father and I separated.

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Broken Family Road Trip

Carrie Thompson is an artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her work explores her relationship to family, roots, rootlessness, and restlessness. .. Next week my son Goma is turning four years old. When he was only six months old his father and I separated.

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Message In a Bottle

Standing at the ocean side with the cool atomized sea mist I breath in the magic of presence. There are a multitude of fantastic living creatures crossing our paths today. The birds are in a deep, telling interplay with the

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Message In a Bottle

Standing at the ocean side with the cool atomized sea mist I breath in the magic of presence. There are a multitude of fantastic living creatures crossing our paths today. The birds are in a deep, telling interplay with the

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So Comes Love

let it go – the smashed word broken open vow or the oath cracked length wise – let it go it was sworn to go let them go – the truthful liars and the false fair friends and the boths

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So Comes Love

let it go – the smashed word broken open vow or the oath cracked length wise – let it go it was sworn to go let them go – the truthful liars and the false fair friends and the boths

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Tree-Like

When I was studying Five Element Acupuncture we learned to observe the seasons. Autumn is the season of letting go. It is the time when trees release their harvest and leaves begin to fall. They retain their essence but the

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Tree-Like

When I was studying Five Element Acupuncture we learned to observe the seasons. Autumn is the season of letting go. It is the time when trees release their harvest and leaves begin to fall. They retain their essence but the

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Still

It has been such a busy year that at times I have forgotten to come up for air.  This has left me in a perpetual state of breathlessness, and led to the resurfacing of a frenetic and overwhelmed side of

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Still

It has been such a busy year that at times I have forgotten to come up for air.  This has left me in a perpetual state of breathlessness, and led to the resurfacing of a frenetic and overwhelmed side of

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Island Time

You’ll find Quansoo Farm further than you think is possible down another unmarked narrow dirt road, a temple overcome with praying trees knarly boughs creating sunlit golden arches where their bowed, crisp-leaved fingertips touch. If you ignore a warning about

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Island Time

You’ll find Quansoo Farm further than you think is possible down another unmarked narrow dirt road, a temple overcome with praying trees knarly boughs creating sunlit golden arches where their bowed, crisp-leaved fingertips touch. If you ignore a warning about

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Whispers

One year ago I joined the New Moon Project.  This month, I returned to all my posts from this past year.  This year was powerful – conception, pregnancy, birth and motherhood – and I am grateful for the intentional and graceful

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Whispers

One year ago I joined the New Moon Project.  This month, I returned to all my posts from this past year.  This year was powerful – conception, pregnancy, birth and motherhood – and I am grateful for the intentional and graceful

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Tishrei (Libra)

tishrei is the seventh month of the jewish calendar year and begins with the introspective, high holy days and the birth of a new year and new season. according to kabbalah, tishrei is a fantastic and opportune time to set

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Tishrei (Libra)

tishrei is the seventh month of the jewish calendar year and begins with the introspective, high holy days and the birth of a new year and new season. according to kabbalah, tishrei is a fantastic and opportune time to set

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Getting Messy

I just started a graduate program which involves a great deal of time spent reading poetry and even more time writing it. I used to devote months to a single poem, going over and over every line, each word, until

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Getting Messy

I just started a graduate program which involves a great deal of time spent reading poetry and even more time writing it. I used to devote months to a single poem, going over and over every line, each word, until

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Reciprocity

I think of this Hebrew month of Tishrei as the one designated for taking account of my life and intentions. Am I living in balance and impeccably in service to my dreams of music and family? I have felt this

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Reciprocity

I think of this Hebrew month of Tishrei as the one designated for taking account of my life and intentions. Am I living in balance and impeccably in service to my dreams of music and family? I have felt this

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Scales of Now & Later

“Live in the moment!” goes the advice.  It’s good advice, really, even if we hear it so often it has become cliche.  Don’t spend today feeling nostalgic for the past, or anxious for the future.  Just enjoy the moment. It’s

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Scales of Now & Later

“Live in the moment!” goes the advice.  It’s good advice, really, even if we hear it so often it has become cliche.  Don’t spend today feeling nostalgic for the past, or anxious for the future.  Just enjoy the moment. It’s

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Grateful Surrender

My breastfeeding experience has been nothing like I expected.  I always dreamed of breastfeeding when I visioned having a baby. Baby taking in nutrients from the source.  How nature intended it. Planning to be home with my babe for a

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Grateful Surrender

My breastfeeding experience has been nothing like I expected.  I always dreamed of breastfeeding when I visioned having a baby. Baby taking in nutrients from the source.  How nature intended it. Planning to be home with my babe for a

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Bless The Harvest

I am Embodying the mobile whose pieces float with ease and grace. I am Strategically seeking the under-curving pathways as I descend progressively to the floor. I am Catching the thermals and utilizing their warm, directional, winds when I have

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Bless The Harvest

I am Embodying the mobile whose pieces float with ease and grace. I am Strategically seeking the under-curving pathways as I descend progressively to the floor. I am Catching the thermals and utilizing their warm, directional, winds when I have

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Himmel & Holle

Do you remember hopscotch? I used to play it with my friends in the schoolyard, the chalky squares drawn with great care onto the uneven pavement. In German, hopscotch is called Himmel & Hölle / Heaven & Hell, with the

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Himmel & Holle

Do you remember hopscotch? I used to play it with my friends in the schoolyard, the chalky squares drawn with great care onto the uneven pavement. In German, hopscotch is called Himmel & Hölle / Heaven & Hell, with the

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Letting Go

I used to think of balance as a destination, a place that could and should be reached. But of course it’s not that; it’s a cycle, or part of one. There are four main things I define the balance of

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Letting Go

I used to think of balance as a destination, a place that could and should be reached. But of course it’s not that; it’s a cycle, or part of one. There are four main things I define the balance of

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Moon Feast

Somewhere along the road of culinary training in raw foods, I came to attach a certain perfectionistic idealism to living vegan.  I’ve been grappling with this for years, and wondering how I can broadcast more of my culinary creations without

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Moon Feast

Somewhere along the road of culinary training in raw foods, I came to attach a certain perfectionistic idealism to living vegan.  I’ve been grappling with this for years, and wondering how I can broadcast more of my culinary creations without

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Balance

balance. it happens when you’re not looking, when you stop obsessing about it. it is graceful, with ease, it tastes good and makes everything just a bit more, more. it is not dark or light, it is that middle point.

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Balance

balance. it happens when you’re not looking, when you stop obsessing about it. it is graceful, with ease, it tastes good and makes everything just a bit more, more. it is not dark or light, it is that middle point.

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Bounty

The harvest has begun! All the seeds that I planted last year have blossomed and new seeds are being planted for the future. It has been a truly extraordinary month. I’ve seen miracles in my work life, my family life

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Bounty

The harvest has begun! All the seeds that I planted last year have blossomed and new seeds are being planted for the future. It has been a truly extraordinary month. I’ve seen miracles in my work life, my family life

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Open Pathways

These questions posed to the members of our new moon project stood out to me on this Libra moon: Do you feel balanced? Are you willing to embrace this perceived imbalance? Answer to question 1: No and no! Answer to question

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Open Pathways

These questions posed to the members of our new moon project stood out to me on this Libra moon: Do you feel balanced? Are you willing to embrace this perceived imbalance? Answer to question 1: No and no! Answer to question

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Transitioning With Care

fall has arrived in new york and it feels like everything sped up just a bit, a rush to complete tasks and gather the harvest before the depths of winter set in. in preparation for the fall equinox and change

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Transitioning With Care

fall has arrived in new york and it feels like everything sped up just a bit, a rush to complete tasks and gather the harvest before the depths of winter set in. in preparation for the fall equinox and change

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Elul (Virgo)

the month of elul is the sixth month of the jewish calendar year. according to kabbalah the attention associated with this month is action as directed toward self-understanding, spiritual devotion, and returning to the virgin which dwells within and holds

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Elul (Virgo)

the month of elul is the sixth month of the jewish calendar year. according to kabbalah the attention associated with this month is action as directed toward self-understanding, spiritual devotion, and returning to the virgin which dwells within and holds

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New Forever

This time last year I fell in love for the first time as an adult. I say “adult” because the only other time I was in love was as a teenager (I’m 26 now). Previously, I had a high school

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New Forever

This time last year I fell in love for the first time as an adult. I say “adult” because the only other time I was in love was as a teenager (I’m 26 now). Previously, I had a high school

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EdgeWalker

How do I (re)claim the joy, love, ease and grace I need in my life right now? How do I trust that this sweetness belongs to me? Most of my life I have thrived in the intense corners of reality.

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EdgeWalker

How do I (re)claim the joy, love, ease and grace I need in my life right now? How do I trust that this sweetness belongs to me? Most of my life I have thrived in the intense corners of reality.

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Thirst

‘but you are such a pro at moving.’ these words, spoken by friends (word for word) over the last few weeks have intended to ease the stress of moving and remind me that just as some get their teeth cleaned

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Thirst

‘but you are such a pro at moving.’ these words, spoken by friends (word for word) over the last few weeks have intended to ease the stress of moving and remind me that just as some get their teeth cleaned

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Platinum

I’ve always been pretty conservative when it comes to my hair. For instance, whenever I get highlights, I ask my hairdresser to make it look as natural as possible. However, a few days ago, I had this sudden urge to

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Platinum

I’ve always been pretty conservative when it comes to my hair. For instance, whenever I get highlights, I ask my hairdresser to make it look as natural as possible. However, a few days ago, I had this sudden urge to

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Magnolia Moon

Dear Magnolia, you are a manifesto of partnership.   Two great limbs stretching from a joined trunk, terraced with violet and sheltered by bamboo.   At their parting place, a mysterious, holy hollow window. The tear was of no great

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Magnolia Moon

Dear Magnolia, you are a manifesto of partnership.   Two great limbs stretching from a joined trunk, terraced with violet and sheltered by bamboo.   At their parting place, a mysterious, holy hollow window. The tear was of no great

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Duality

In the past three months I’ve been deep in the virgin territory of new mamahood.  What was once unknown is becoming known to me.  What I dreamed about for so long is my new reality.  My son is a miracle,

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Duality

In the past three months I’ve been deep in the virgin territory of new mamahood.  What was once unknown is becoming known to me.  What I dreamed about for so long is my new reality.  My son is a miracle,

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Perfect Presence

Have you ever felt like it’s all Virgin Territory? I wonder when will I finally be “driving my own life” age. I have a sense that an innocent child walks in my shoes and knows not where she travels. I

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Perfect Presence

Have you ever felt like it’s all Virgin Territory? I wonder when will I finally be “driving my own life” age. I have a sense that an innocent child walks in my shoes and knows not where she travels. I

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Wrapped in Shadow

Your calling is wrapped up with your shadow. Alongside the via positiva is the via negativa. It is the way. In preparation for Elul, I began a long journey with a shaman, to travel through the underworld in order to

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Wrapped in Shadow

Your calling is wrapped up with your shadow. Alongside the via positiva is the via negativa. It is the way. In preparation for Elul, I began a long journey with a shaman, to travel through the underworld in order to

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Always A Warrior

when it comes to virgin territory, i definitely have seen myself as a warrior and adventurer. i’ve been knocked down many times and yet find the inner resilience to quickly transform times of adversity or situations unknown to me into

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Always A Warrior

when it comes to virgin territory, i definitely have seen myself as a warrior and adventurer. i’ve been knocked down many times and yet find the inner resilience to quickly transform times of adversity or situations unknown to me into

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Beginner Heart

As I write this, my relationship continues to pass through the ring of fire I spoke about last month. This month’s theme of Virgin Territory however offers me the realization that in the realm of marriage, I am actually a

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Beginner Heart

As I write this, my relationship continues to pass through the ring of fire I spoke about last month. This month’s theme of Virgin Territory however offers me the realization that in the realm of marriage, I am actually a

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Empty Branches

Over the past few weeks I have been watching my beloved Calamondin tree, once a vibrant little plant heavy with fruit and healthy green foliage, shed all of its leaves and all of its fruits. I didn’t understand what had

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Empty Branches

Over the past few weeks I have been watching my beloved Calamondin tree, once a vibrant little plant heavy with fruit and healthy green foliage, shed all of its leaves and all of its fruits. I didn’t understand what had

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Av (Leo)

av is the fifth month of the jewish calendar year. according to kabbalah, the sense associated with this month is hearing, in its capacity to be a vehicle for understanding. the month of av is divided into two distinct parts; profound mourning

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Av (Leo)

av is the fifth month of the jewish calendar year. according to kabbalah, the sense associated with this month is hearing, in its capacity to be a vehicle for understanding. the month of av is divided into two distinct parts; profound mourning

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Gezunt

Each person bears a uniqueness that asks to be lived and that is already present before it can be lived. – James Hillman I bought a bracelet from a frail, elderly lady at a town sidewalk sale the other day.

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Gezunt

Each person bears a uniqueness that asks to be lived and that is already present before it can be lived. – James Hillman I bought a bracelet from a frail, elderly lady at a town sidewalk sale the other day.

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Scaredy Cat

i feel groundless, uprooted, filled with fear. i feel loss, a lack of familiarity and comfort. i cannot see the next island landing. the skies are blue, bright and vivid. the sun is in middle sky, shining directly between my

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Scaredy Cat

i feel groundless, uprooted, filled with fear. i feel loss, a lack of familiarity and comfort. i cannot see the next island landing. the skies are blue, bright and vivid. the sun is in middle sky, shining directly between my

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Pressure Free

it’s been an extraordinary summer so far in that i’ve kept my commitment towards taking time off to be with my son, to nurture myself and to enjoy my second pregnancy. it’s been such a joy to be fully present

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Pressure Free

it’s been an extraordinary summer so far in that i’ve kept my commitment towards taking time off to be with my son, to nurture myself and to enjoy my second pregnancy. it’s been such a joy to be fully present

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Fire Horse

“Momma come see this! You’ve got to come see this right now!” she cried out with excitement. What was I looking for? I wondered with my heart aflame. Is there a fire in the redwoods coming up the ridge? Is

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Fire Horse

“Momma come see this! You’ve got to come see this right now!” she cried out with excitement. What was I looking for? I wondered with my heart aflame. Is there a fire in the redwoods coming up the ridge? Is

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Wild Edges

With Aries and Capricorn as my sun and rising signs, you will more often find me on my feet than on a couch.  I tend to push the boundaries of my physical limitations and think very little of it. Moments

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Wild Edges

With Aries and Capricorn as my sun and rising signs, you will more often find me on my feet than on a couch.  I tend to push the boundaries of my physical limitations and think very little of it. Moments

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Elemental

  Alisha Kaplan, a native of Toronto, writes poetry and short stories and something in between. Her wish is to say things simply. She currently does freelance writing and editing, and hosts a weekly writing studio in Brooklyn, where she

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Elemental

  Alisha Kaplan, a native of Toronto, writes poetry and short stories and something in between. Her wish is to say things simply. She currently does freelance writing and editing, and hosts a weekly writing studio in Brooklyn, where she

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Burning and Birthing

Love is a burning thing And it makes a fiery ring And it burns burns burns The ring of fire. The ring of fire. -Johnny Cash Childbirth Educators refer to that moment in birth when a baby is crowning as

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Burning and Birthing

Love is a burning thing And it makes a fiery ring And it burns burns burns The ring of fire. The ring of fire. -Johnny Cash Childbirth Educators refer to that moment in birth when a baby is crowning as

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Things Fall Apart

I really wish the theme had conjured up more positive emotions for me. But all I can think about this month is the terrible situation between Israel and Palestine, the horrible injustice, the endless violence, and the hatred that consumes

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Things Fall Apart

I really wish the theme had conjured up more positive emotions for me. But all I can think about this month is the terrible situation between Israel and Palestine, the horrible injustice, the endless violence, and the hatred that consumes

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The Phoenix

I was consumed by the fire.  Unlike the burning bush, I was not aflame without being consumed; I was swallowed whole, reduced to ash, and re-emerged. The fire was, of course, my bone marrow transplant.  It began with total body

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The Phoenix

I was consumed by the fire.  Unlike the burning bush, I was not aflame without being consumed; I was swallowed whole, reduced to ash, and re-emerged. The fire was, of course, my bone marrow transplant.  It began with total body

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30

These days, in the height of summer of abundance, energy and passion, I have been feeling incredibly sensitive, raw, tender. Inside myself I feel stirred up, churned, revealing what needs to be composted, laid to the earth with straw to

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30

These days, in the height of summer of abundance, energy and passion, I have been feeling incredibly sensitive, raw, tender. Inside myself I feel stirred up, churned, revealing what needs to be composted, laid to the earth with straw to

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Awake

yesterday, while visiting my mother in st. paul, the city of my childhood, i escaped to alec soth’s nearby studio. alec is an incredibly gifted photographer and i have followed his work for many years. he has a way with

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Awake

yesterday, while visiting my mother in st. paul, the city of my childhood, i escaped to alec soth’s nearby studio. alec is an incredibly gifted photographer and i have followed his work for many years. he has a way with

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Sacred Dance

I can feel the moisture in my boots and smell the sweet forest and rain perfumes in my midst. The familiar canopy of Trees who have always lived with Summer Rain storms I imagine as my own Amazon Jungle. From

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Sacred Dance

I can feel the moisture in my boots and smell the sweet forest and rain perfumes in my midst. The familiar canopy of Trees who have always lived with Summer Rain storms I imagine as my own Amazon Jungle. From

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Patterned Vision

It was one year ago that I heard Neila, wife of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlbach, share her words. She was speaking in a friend’s family room on that warm Saturday afternoon, the first day of the month of Tamuz. She explained that

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Patterned Vision

It was one year ago that I heard Neila, wife of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlbach, share her words. She was speaking in a friend’s family room on that warm Saturday afternoon, the first day of the month of Tamuz. She explained that

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To See & Be Seen

I have been taking photographs for a very long time, but only making them, with purpose, for a few years. An incredible byproduct of this more conscious exploration of the photographic medium – not just as a way of capturing

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To See & Be Seen

I have been taking photographs for a very long time, but only making them, with purpose, for a few years. An incredible byproduct of this more conscious exploration of the photographic medium – not just as a way of capturing

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With The Flow

i am expecting another child this year and recently crossed into the second trimester. it’s amazing to me how the act of having children has been guiding my sight and vision for what i want my life to look like.

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With The Flow

i am expecting another child this year and recently crossed into the second trimester. it’s amazing to me how the act of having children has been guiding my sight and vision for what i want my life to look like.

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Light

The beautiful 4-Directions wedding cake I created for friends’ Lauren & Pedro’s summer solstice wedding towered with local strawberries, zesty chocolate mint, and dark chocolate and vanilla-bean vegan butter cream.  Ohhhh, the cake!  All beautifully layered throughout was the most

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Light

The beautiful 4-Directions wedding cake I created for friends’ Lauren & Pedro’s summer solstice wedding towered with local strawberries, zesty chocolate mint, and dark chocolate and vanilla-bean vegan butter cream.  Ohhhh, the cake!  All beautifully layered throughout was the most

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Visual Snow

24/7, I see static. I mean literally; like a fuzzy TV channel receiving a poor signal, only a bit subtler, or like camera noise in low light. It’s as though I can see the actual molecules of everything around me

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Visual Snow

24/7, I see static. I mean literally; like a fuzzy TV channel receiving a poor signal, only a bit subtler, or like camera noise in low light. It’s as though I can see the actual molecules of everything around me

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Moon Reflections

The hebrew month of Tamuz is my birth month. According to the kabbalistic tradition, Tamuz is connected to our sense of sight. It is also the month of the astrological sign of Cancer and said to be ruled by the

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Moon Reflections

The hebrew month of Tamuz is my birth month. According to the kabbalistic tradition, Tamuz is connected to our sense of sight. It is also the month of the astrological sign of Cancer and said to be ruled by the

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Tamuz

tamuz is the fourth month of the jewish calendar year. according to kabbalah, the sense associated with this month is vision, the ability to see beyond physical perception toward what is true. tamuz also begins the summer season which is often referred

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Tamuz

tamuz is the fourth month of the jewish calendar year. according to kabbalah, the sense associated with this month is vision, the ability to see beyond physical perception toward what is true. tamuz also begins the summer season which is often referred

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The Space Right Here

we came back from cape cod the other day. the trip itself was perfect, beautiful, the love that rests between me and z special and so alive inside nature and silence. i feel my heart open wide, deeply loving, seeing the

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The Space Right Here

we came back from cape cod the other day. the trip itself was perfect, beautiful, the love that rests between me and z special and so alive inside nature and silence. i feel my heart open wide, deeply loving, seeing the

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Winged Messenger

The birds have all been sending me messages. How grateful I am to receive their wisdom. Wherever I go and whatever my goal I keep finding the graceful teaching of the fantastic local bird gurus flitting about. The Jays are

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Winged Messenger

The birds have all been sending me messages. How grateful I am to receive their wisdom. Wherever I go and whatever my goal I keep finding the graceful teaching of the fantastic local bird gurus flitting about. The Jays are

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Lord of the Dance

  Originally from North Dakota, Carol Berlin currently lives in Teaneck, New Jersey and is the founder and director of Freedom Within Yoga, where she teaches yoga, offers workshops, and leads a women’s new moon circle once a month. Carol

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Lord of the Dance

  Originally from North Dakota, Carol Berlin currently lives in Teaneck, New Jersey and is the founder and director of Freedom Within Yoga, where she teaches yoga, offers workshops, and leads a women’s new moon circle once a month. Carol

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Moment of Faith

I love our theme of receiving this month. My first level of understanding in the art of receiving is that when we clear out unneeded energy we begin to make space for what we want to bring into our lives.

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Moment of Faith

I love our theme of receiving this month. My first level of understanding in the art of receiving is that when we clear out unneeded energy we begin to make space for what we want to bring into our lives.

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Receiving with Grace

Over the past few years, I have become so much more graceful in the art of receiving. I would go as far to say that this once hot topic is no longer a hot topic for me. I have been

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Receiving with Grace

Over the past few years, I have become so much more graceful in the art of receiving. I would go as far to say that this once hot topic is no longer a hot topic for me. I have been

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