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

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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Divine Trust

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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Hungry For Love

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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Hungry For Love

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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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

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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So Comes Love

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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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

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 now

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Getting Messy

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 now

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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

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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Letting Go

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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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

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

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

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

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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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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