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

Rachel Willis was born and raised in New York City, the daughter of two painters. Her work is informed by an intimate knowledge of the infrastructure and politics of the art world. This Spring, after two years of working in

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New Forever

Rachel Willis was born and raised in New York City, the daughter of two painters. Her work is informed by an intimate knowledge of the infrastructure and politics of the art world. This Spring, after two years of working in

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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

    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

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Platinum

    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

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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

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 is

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Gezunt

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 is

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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

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 is

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Patterned Vision

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 is

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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

  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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Visual Snow

  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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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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Free-Form

  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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Free-Form

  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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Knowing Worthiness

Most of my miseducation about receiving stems from this equation: effort + persistence = receiving more. Its a real workaholic mindset.  No doubt I am truly the daughter of German immigrants and formerly enslaved Africans. I had a lightbulb moment

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Knowing Worthiness

Most of my miseducation about receiving stems from this equation: effort + persistence = receiving more. Its a real workaholic mindset.  No doubt I am truly the daughter of German immigrants and formerly enslaved Africans. I had a lightbulb moment

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Welcoming Yin

On the surface I appear to be very good at receiving. I’ve lived a life of privilege. I am a lover of massages and hugs, of all kinds of touch and attention and food. All these things point to my

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Welcoming Yin

On the surface I appear to be very good at receiving. I’ve lived a life of privilege. I am a lover of massages and hugs, of all kinds of touch and attention and food. All these things point to my

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God of Small Things

Everything was wet. Our car, the road under the car, the hills around the road, the trees on the hills, the sheep under the trees. Swish swish swish. Drip drip drip. In the few seconds I had to survey the

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God of Small Things

Everything was wet. Our car, the road under the car, the hills around the road, the trees on the hills, the sheep under the trees. Swish swish swish. Drip drip drip. In the few seconds I had to survey the

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Sivan

sivan is the third month of the jewish calendar year. according to kabbalah the energy associated with this month is walking or deliberate movement,  an attribute that angels, who are called standers, do not possess. on the sixth day of this month,

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Sivan

sivan is the third month of the jewish calendar year. according to kabbalah the energy associated with this month is walking or deliberate movement,  an attribute that angels, who are called standers, do not possess. on the sixth day of this month,

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Exposing The Ugly

i’ve never liked the name iyar – it’s ugly and i do not like the way it rolls off my tongue. the month itself is boring too, nothing happens and there is no special event of any kind. blah. throw

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Exposing The Ugly

i’ve never liked the name iyar – it’s ugly and i do not like the way it rolls off my tongue. the month itself is boring too, nothing happens and there is no special event of any kind. blah. throw

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The End, The Beginning

  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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The End, The Beginning

  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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Karma Chameleon

  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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Karma Chameleon

  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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Singing with Elijah

As I left Egypt on the first night of Passover so many changes began to unfold inside of me. I found myself sitting at the seat of Elijah the Prophet, the “coyote” of the Seder. In Native American tradition the

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Singing with Elijah

As I left Egypt on the first night of Passover so many changes began to unfold inside of me. I found myself sitting at the seat of Elijah the Prophet, the “coyote” of the Seder. In Native American tradition the

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Leading The Bull

As we move into the Iyar/Taurean moon I stomp my foot down with a burning desire to find stability and healing in the world that surrounds me and within my own precious vessel-being. I seek to find the Light in

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Leading The Bull

As we move into the Iyar/Taurean moon I stomp my foot down with a burning desire to find stability and healing in the world that surrounds me and within my own precious vessel-being. I seek to find the Light in

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The Space Between

With less than three weeks until my due date, full with life, I have been reflecting quite a bit on that space between now and then.  The journey from a to b.  The unknown to the known. I am reminded

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The Space Between

With less than three weeks until my due date, full with life, I have been reflecting quite a bit on that space between now and then.  The journey from a to b.  The unknown to the known. I am reminded

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My Mother’s Daughter

Despite genuine resistance on my part, I have to recognize that I am perpetually hurtling towards the seemingly inevitable: I am becoming my mother. Seems innocuous enough you may say. It feels a little terrifying to me though. My mother

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My Mother’s Daughter

Despite genuine resistance on my part, I have to recognize that I am perpetually hurtling towards the seemingly inevitable: I am becoming my mother. Seems innocuous enough you may say. It feels a little terrifying to me though. My mother

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Upstate, Downstate

The month of April has required some incredible feats of balance. Juggling my priorities of different jobs upstate and in NYC, care for loved ones, and the great call of the outdoors has created a path of learning to surrender

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Upstate, Downstate

The month of April has required some incredible feats of balance. Juggling my priorities of different jobs upstate and in NYC, care for loved ones, and the great call of the outdoors has created a path of learning to surrender

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It Asks Everything

The journey of becoming is the journey between departing and arriving, between the known and unknown, and it asks everything of me. It asks me to risk desire. It asks for my desire to grow and my vision to expand.

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It Asks Everything

The journey of becoming is the journey between departing and arriving, between the known and unknown, and it asks everything of me. It asks me to risk desire. It asks for my desire to grow and my vision to expand.

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Iyar

iyar is the second month of the jewish calendar year. according to kabbalah the energy associated with this month is a sense of self-healing through refinement of character. iyar also acts as a bridge between the jewish festivals of passover, which commemorates

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Iyar

iyar is the second month of the jewish calendar year. according to kabbalah the energy associated with this month is a sense of self-healing through refinement of character. iyar also acts as a bridge between the jewish festivals of passover, which commemorates

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Trusting What Is

stepping forward each day with new hopes i continue to dream of my future and what it might bring. blessed i have been as my life continues to grow… my partner and i have just stepped deeper into our commitment

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Trusting What Is

stepping forward each day with new hopes i continue to dream of my future and what it might bring. blessed i have been as my life continues to grow… my partner and i have just stepped deeper into our commitment

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Endless River

The other day, Gary Eisenberg, an old friend of my parents posted something online that really moved me. He wrote that he had read an article in the Jewish Journal that compelled him to write a letter to the editor. This is

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Endless River

The other day, Gary Eisenberg, an old friend of my parents posted something online that really moved me. He wrote that he had read an article in the Jewish Journal that compelled him to write a letter to the editor. This is

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One and Another

Every word I speak is a seed I sow, and sow I go and so I go I bend my ears to pique my Curiosity, So I will know, yes I will know. Creeping trepidation and a rush of Fear

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One and Another

Every word I speak is a seed I sow, and sow I go and so I go I bend my ears to pique my Curiosity, So I will know, yes I will know. Creeping trepidation and a rush of Fear

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Soaking Wet

With the chariots of my mind charging at me from the place of slavery I once knew as home, and the deep powerful creative sea in front of me I have no where to go but forward; into my music.

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Soaking Wet

With the chariots of my mind charging at me from the place of slavery I once knew as home, and the deep powerful creative sea in front of me I have no where to go but forward; into my music.

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Coming Out

This month heralds my 32nd birthday, and my “coming out” celebration of sorts!   Brenda Beener and I met at the Harlem Farmer’s Market in June of 2012.  She and her son, Aaron, appeared to love working together.  Brenda’s unique

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Coming Out

This month heralds my 32nd birthday, and my “coming out” celebration of sorts!   Brenda Beener and I met at the Harlem Farmer’s Market in June of 2012.  She and her son, Aaron, appeared to love working together.  Brenda’s unique

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State of Redemption

i remember being a very overweight teenager and feeling totally relieved when the winter arrived, a time of layering up and hiding my fragile emotions behind big coats and heavy scarves. i also remember being that age and feeling increasingly

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State of Redemption

i remember being a very overweight teenager and feeling totally relieved when the winter arrived, a time of layering up and hiding my fragile emotions behind big coats and heavy scarves. i also remember being that age and feeling increasingly

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Forgiveness

It’s been a long winter.  Everyone is ready for spring.  I have always loved cold weather and the seasons.  This year, however, pregnant and cold a lot of the time, I am READY for spring and looking forward to the

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Forgiveness

It’s been a long winter.  Everyone is ready for spring.  I have always loved cold weather and the seasons.  This year, however, pregnant and cold a lot of the time, I am READY for spring and looking forward to the

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Freedom Starts Here

Redemption is freedom and one freedom is knowing the difference between what really matters and what really doesn’t matter. Even if not forever, at least for now. Three weeks ago everything felt important, urgent, dire. I felt overwhelmed. I needed

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Freedom Starts Here

Redemption is freedom and one freedom is knowing the difference between what really matters and what really doesn’t matter. Even if not forever, at least for now. Three weeks ago everything felt important, urgent, dire. I felt overwhelmed. I needed

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Liberated at Home

The time is finally here.  No more late nights measuring – we are moving into our new home this weekend! It’s been months of building, choosing materials, meeting with contractors, learning about different building processes, living out of boxes and

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Liberated at Home

The time is finally here.  No more late nights measuring – we are moving into our new home this weekend! It’s been months of building, choosing materials, meeting with contractors, learning about different building processes, living out of boxes and

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Nisan

nisan is the first month of the jewish calendar year. according to kabbalah the energy associated with this month is birth and redemption. on the fifteenth day of the month, jews from around the world gather for passover to commemorate their ancestor’s collective

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Nisan

nisan is the first month of the jewish calendar year. according to kabbalah the energy associated with this month is birth and redemption. on the fifteenth day of the month, jews from around the world gather for passover to commemorate their ancestor’s collective

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Breathe In, Breathe Out

I notice, that each time I reach for a large goal in life I go through this intense cycle that consists of moments of great hope and those of great despair. It is a very human part of this reality

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Breathe In, Breathe Out

I notice, that each time I reach for a large goal in life I go through this intense cycle that consists of moments of great hope and those of great despair. It is a very human part of this reality

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Here

I got out of bed on two strong legs. It might have been otherwise. I ate cereal, sweet milk, ripe, flawless peach. It might have been otherwise. I took the dog uphill to the birch wood. All morning I did

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Here

I got out of bed on two strong legs. It might have been otherwise. I ate cereal, sweet milk, ripe, flawless peach. It might have been otherwise. I took the dog uphill to the birch wood. All morning I did

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Signs

Daily happiness necessitates daily vigilance. – Colette If I knew everything would be the same this year as it was last year, I would be disappointed, even though it was a pretty good year.  Nothing big, nothing small, just kind

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Signs

Daily happiness necessitates daily vigilance. – Colette If I knew everything would be the same this year as it was last year, I would be disappointed, even though it was a pretty good year.  Nothing big, nothing small, just kind

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Restoration

This month I’ve been reflecting on the places and experiences I return to, consciously or not, to feel grounded and secure.  I’ll be honest- the winter here has been particularly long and bitterly cold, and I’ve found myself not taking

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Restoration

This month I’ve been reflecting on the places and experiences I return to, consciously or not, to feel grounded and secure.  I’ll be honest- the winter here has been particularly long and bitterly cold, and I’ve found myself not taking

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Commit to Your Story

Sometimes we procrastinate for a reason.  This post is a great example of on-purpose procrastination!  I had to wait to receive and share this evening’s miraculous journey, and talk about honoring self-doubt and embracing commitment. Yesterday I received an email

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Commit to Your Story

Sometimes we procrastinate for a reason.  This post is a great example of on-purpose procrastination!  I had to wait to receive and share this evening’s miraculous journey, and talk about honoring self-doubt and embracing commitment. Yesterday I received an email

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For Now, Love

i’m writing this after reading through reflections from the women of the circle, making slight edits, and offering feedback on their words for our month of adar bet and this theme of doubt + certainty. my being is full with

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For Now, Love

i’m writing this after reading through reflections from the women of the circle, making slight edits, and offering feedback on their words for our month of adar bet and this theme of doubt + certainty. my being is full with

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Leap, The Net Will Appear

We are currently living in a sublet with a magnet on the fridge that reads, “leap and the net will appear.” I love seeing it every day and being reminded of how important it is to take risks. I realize that

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Leap, The Net Will Appear

We are currently living in a sublet with a magnet on the fridge that reads, “leap and the net will appear.” I love seeing it every day and being reminded of how important it is to take risks. I realize that

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Metamorphosis

The metamorphosis of my doubt into certainty is underway. There are moments in my life today where I sense a clarity deeper and more true than I have ever known … and there remains a yearning for more. Perhaps more

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Metamorphosis

The metamorphosis of my doubt into certainty is underway. There are moments in my life today where I sense a clarity deeper and more true than I have ever known … and there remains a yearning for more. Perhaps more

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Dear Certainty, Dearest Doubt

Dear Certainty (aka. Confidence/Belief), I’m not sure exactly what I want to say here. The truth is I sometimes wish I were more like you, just for the approval. I see how much Yiska loves it when you’re around. You

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Dear Certainty, Dearest Doubt

Dear Certainty (aka. Confidence/Belief), I’m not sure exactly what I want to say here. The truth is I sometimes wish I were more like you, just for the approval. I see how much Yiska loves it when you’re around. You

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With Grace

With Adar here, I am grateful for the chance to reflect on the past months. Sitting quietly, my heart beats at the risks I took and the abundance that followed.  The year was a flowing river of contractions and expansion.  I retreated. I jumped. I listened to my intuition

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With Grace

With Adar here, I am grateful for the chance to reflect on the past months. Sitting quietly, my heart beats at the risks I took and the abundance that followed.  The year was a flowing river of contractions and expansion.  I retreated. I jumped. I listened to my intuition

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By My Side

Yesterday X and I found out that we are getting thrown out of our apartment next month. Just like that. Two days ago I was still making ambitious plans about what vegetables to grow in my garden this coming season,

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By My Side

Yesterday X and I found out that we are getting thrown out of our apartment next month. Just like that. Two days ago I was still making ambitious plans about what vegetables to grow in my garden this coming season,

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Today We Dance

True to my Piscean nature I am riding the Oceanic waves of Life’s undulating forces while finding ways to survive, stay afloat and also opportunistically celebrate! A complex matrix of stories and revelations are swirling in my watery mind and

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Today We Dance

True to my Piscean nature I am riding the Oceanic waves of Life’s undulating forces while finding ways to survive, stay afloat and also opportunistically celebrate! A complex matrix of stories and revelations are swirling in my watery mind and

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Wild Goose

This is me assuming with Marylyn Monroe’s posture which mirrored my nervous energy before JANE, a performance I just did at Dixon Place. Performing is the perfect platform to explore my feelings of doubt and certainty. The flip flop between these emotions

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Wild Goose

This is me assuming with Marylyn Monroe’s posture which mirrored my nervous energy before JANE, a performance I just did at Dixon Place. Performing is the perfect platform to explore my feelings of doubt and certainty. The flip flop between these emotions

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Adar

adar is the twelfth and last month of the jewish calendar year. according to kabbalah, the energy associated with this month is metamorphosis through laughter. on the fifteenth of adar many jews from around the world celebrate purim, a holiday that commemorates the redemption

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Adar

adar is the twelfth and last month of the jewish calendar year. according to kabbalah, the energy associated with this month is metamorphosis through laughter. on the fifteenth of adar many jews from around the world celebrate purim, a holiday that commemorates the redemption

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The Space Between

Then the hawk black against the blues of a sky who was just left by the sun This lover is happy to be inscribed by those feathers like a love song which says ‘I’ll be back soon, and I’m not

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The Space Between

Then the hawk black against the blues of a sky who was just left by the sun This lover is happy to be inscribed by those feathers like a love song which says ‘I’ll be back soon, and I’m not

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Home

we are nearing the end of the renovation on our new home and while we are close, it will not be until april before we can settle in and begin to nest. we have been floating for months, spending weeks

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Home

we are nearing the end of the renovation on our new home and while we are close, it will not be until april before we can settle in and begin to nest. we have been floating for months, spending weeks

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Internal/External

I am an appreciator of beauty. I always have been and always will be. The space around me affects me greatly. When things are messy, dirty, chaotic, this is how I feel internally. When things are clean, beautiful, tidy and

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Internal/External

I am an appreciator of beauty. I always have been and always will be. The space around me affects me greatly. When things are messy, dirty, chaotic, this is how I feel internally. When things are clean, beautiful, tidy and

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Wisdom From The Old Grey Mare

I find it very difficult to carve out physical or emotional space for myself. As the Mother, Cook, Cleaning Lady, Nanny, Stable Hand, Spiritual Guide and Emotional Glue, pulling out for my own Space is like stopping a freight train

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Wisdom From The Old Grey Mare

I find it very difficult to carve out physical or emotional space for myself. As the Mother, Cook, Cleaning Lady, Nanny, Stable Hand, Spiritual Guide and Emotional Glue, pulling out for my own Space is like stopping a freight train

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Spatial Privilege

Space is always on my mind. It is hard to imagine it any other way, given that I spend my days getting paid to think about space. Although this kind of sounds like I am an astrophysicist or something similarly

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Spatial Privilege

Space is always on my mind. It is hard to imagine it any other way, given that I spend my days getting paid to think about space. Although this kind of sounds like I am an astrophysicist or something similarly

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Way Into Creation

I am writing this overlooking the ocean from the beach in Costa Rica.  The ocean is vast and there is so much space. For many years I didn’t embrace or understand, really, the essential quality of space in my life.

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Way Into Creation

I am writing this overlooking the ocean from the beach in Costa Rica.  The ocean is vast and there is so much space. For many years I didn’t embrace or understand, really, the essential quality of space in my life.

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Letting You In

Letting you in Ceding ground to you usually follows a crashing that you’ll later ask yourself about as if you could tell whether it was a falling or a propelling but it takes the breath away all the same and

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Letting You In

Letting you in Ceding ground to you usually follows a crashing that you’ll later ask yourself about as if you could tell whether it was a falling or a propelling but it takes the breath away all the same and

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Walking The Dog

On this new moon, contemplating filling and emptying space, I’m aware of how much easier it feels for me to fill rather than empty. Whether it’s with food or metaphorically with the plate of my life, I find my habit

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Walking The Dog

On this new moon, contemplating filling and emptying space, I’m aware of how much easier it feels for me to fill rather than empty. Whether it’s with food or metaphorically with the plate of my life, I find my habit

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Loving Space

Elbow grease and Sal’s Suds.  Swirling sage and sweetgrass.  Crying, laughing, singing, dancing.  Movement clears space!  Going through the mail or shaking your hips loose, it all does the trick.  My apartment isn’t all that big, but I keep it

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Loving Space

Elbow grease and Sal’s Suds.  Swirling sage and sweetgrass.  Crying, laughing, singing, dancing.  Movement clears space!  Going through the mail or shaking your hips loose, it all does the trick.  My apartment isn’t all that big, but I keep it

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Waking Hours

it’s ten o’clock at night and i’m in the kitchen wiping down the counters from a late dinner of noodles, sauce, and cheese.. i am trying my best to be quiet as my mother is asleep - she had a long day at

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Waking Hours

it’s ten o’clock at night and i’m in the kitchen wiping down the counters from a late dinner of noodles, sauce, and cheese.. i am trying my best to be quiet as my mother is asleep - she had a long day at

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Just Another Phase

Since turning 75, I have felt a huge, almost desperate urge to get rid of things that clutter my life, like books I will never read again and clothes I haven’t worn in years. I also have this same urge

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Just Another Phase

Since turning 75, I have felt a huge, almost desperate urge to get rid of things that clutter my life, like books I will never read again and clothes I haven’t worn in years. I also have this same urge

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Space + Transformation

taking up space, creating space and clearing space – all of these concepts resonate deeply with me this month as I am taking up more space in the universe by making my presence known and defending myself when necessary… and

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Space + Transformation

taking up space, creating space and clearing space – all of these concepts resonate deeply with me this month as I am taking up more space in the universe by making my presence known and defending myself when necessary… and

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Circles In The Ashes

She tells me, “Fill a ceramic bowl with epsom salt. Pour strong alcohol in the bowl. Light it all on fire. With your hands wrapped in wool, carry this bowl along the perimeters of your home, in all directions. Ask

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Circles In The Ashes

She tells me, “Fill a ceramic bowl with epsom salt. Pour strong alcohol in the bowl. Light it all on fire. With your hands wrapped in wool, carry this bowl along the perimeters of your home, in all directions. Ask

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Center Stage

Being big is taking up space with the divine as my dance partner When I choose to create from this place of creativity and collaboration with creator then the space becomes available to me and the universe meets me in

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Center Stage

Being big is taking up space with the divine as my dance partner When I choose to create from this place of creativity and collaboration with creator then the space becomes available to me and the universe meets me in

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Basket Case

I read in the paper the other day that Target had been hacked. Well. I have a Target card and so I called Target to cancel my card. Of course their lines were busy as a lot of people were

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Basket Case

I read in the paper the other day that Target had been hacked. Well. I have a Target card and so I called Target to cancel my card. Of course their lines were busy as a lot of people were

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Still Like The Ocean

“Waters from many rivers continually flow into the ocean but the ocean never overfills. In a like manner, desires and attachments constantly flow into the mind of the Illuminated One, but he or she, like the ocean in its deepest

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Still Like The Ocean

“Waters from many rivers continually flow into the ocean but the ocean never overfills. In a like manner, desires and attachments constantly flow into the mind of the Illuminated One, but he or she, like the ocean in its deepest

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Heart Back To Heart

On this Winter Solstice, I believe it is timely to reflect on the past year as a way to ’till’ the ground for the coming months of planting seeds.Instead of writing about this reflection, I decided to create a ‘body

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Heart Back To Heart

On this Winter Solstice, I believe it is timely to reflect on the past year as a way to ’till’ the ground for the coming months of planting seeds.Instead of writing about this reflection, I decided to create a ‘body

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The Climb

There are times when I need to get small. I mean, when life and all it’s magical and confusing twists and turns start to get to me, I need to climb. I need to breathe deep and be alone, listening

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The Climb

There are times when I need to get small. I mean, when life and all it’s magical and confusing twists and turns start to get to me, I need to climb. I need to breathe deep and be alone, listening

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Equanimity + Pregnancy

I love caring for my ever growing and transforming pregnant body. It’s been a sacred journey. My experience has me reflecting on this month’s theme – equanimity. Now more than ever, my desire is to create my life and choices with calm, quieting

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Equanimity + Pregnancy

I love caring for my ever growing and transforming pregnant body. It’s been a sacred journey. My experience has me reflecting on this month’s theme – equanimity. Now more than ever, my desire is to create my life and choices with calm, quieting

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Shevat

shevat is the 11th month of the jewish calendar year. according to kabbalah, the energy associated with this month is the sensation of pleasure and taste as it relates to conscious eating and drinking. shevat also marks the new year of the trees/plant

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Shevat

shevat is the 11th month of the jewish calendar year. according to kabbalah, the energy associated with this month is the sensation of pleasure and taste as it relates to conscious eating and drinking. shevat also marks the new year of the trees/plant

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The Vessel Is Me

The New Moon of Shvat speaks to me right where I am today. I touch down across the cornucopia of symbols and meanings of Shvat with the skipping steps of a well played hopscotch game. The game starts and ends with Me.

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The Vessel Is Me

The New Moon of Shvat speaks to me right where I am today. I touch down across the cornucopia of symbols and meanings of Shvat with the skipping steps of a well played hopscotch game. The game starts and ends with Me.

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Open Dialogue

While I enjoyed my studies at The New School, I often found myself confused and overwhelmed as I read academic paper after academic paper on diet, food and eating well. While lots of this research was historical and cultural, the

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Open Dialogue

While I enjoyed my studies at The New School, I often found myself confused and overwhelmed as I read academic paper after academic paper on diet, food and eating well. While lots of this research was historical and cultural, the

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This Barren Moment

During this deep winter I find my energy moving inward. I am inclined to meditate longer and craft projects in my own home. In the quiet space it feels like I am standing on a tightrope, searching for hope to

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This Barren Moment

During this deep winter I find my energy moving inward. I am inclined to meditate longer and craft projects in my own home. In the quiet space it feels like I am standing on a tightrope, searching for hope to

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The Stillness Before

As I sat at my altar early in December, last year’s vision poem fell off of its rose-orange watercolor background, leaving a white window in the center of painted swirls.  I reveled in this wink from the universe that I

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The Stillness Before

As I sat at my altar early in December, last year’s vision poem fell off of its rose-orange watercolor background, leaving a white window in the center of painted swirls.  I reveled in this wink from the universe that I

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