Adventuring in California and exploring Deep Ecology

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The past few weeks were chock-full of traveling. I drove to Colorado from Washington twice (once permanently), drove to California with a bestie, flew out to California for Symbiosis Gathering with another bestie, and went to NYC for a work trip. Needless to say, I’m glad to stay put for a while! Symbiosis Gathering was a great experience. It is a music … Read More

Relieving stress by being in the body

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“I never really understood the word ‘loneliness’. As far as I was concerned, I was in an orgy with the sky and the ocean, and with nature.” –Björk My schedule these days has been more packed than it ever has. I leave the house at 7am and usually get home around 6 or 7. It’s less time to myself than I … Read More

How to harvest seeds

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Carrie harvesting seeds

I am packing up my life, and that means my garden! Gathering up and harvesting clippings, herbs, and blossoms. And I’m making sure that next year I will be able to create a magical garden by harvesting seeds. It amazes me how nature just gives and gives. When you garden, you can really see the cycle of life, letting go (of seeds … Read More

A most flowy transition

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Since my vision quest on the summer solstice, my life has completely changed. The feeling I have is that I am being carried down a gentle river—listening, and most of all trusting that the journey will be smooth. A couple of weeks ago, Alex and I drove out to Colorado with a moving truck full of all our stuff. At … Read More

The old ways are rooted in a sense of place

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forest canopy

People have asked me why I am interested in Native American traditions and lore; in particular, people have asked me why I am “going on the mountain,” or doing a vision quest this week of the solstice. The vision quest is a Native American (and other indigenous cultures) rite of passage that adolescents undertook for thousands of years. The first … Read More

Tradition in ceremony creates structure

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As a child in church, I always thought that people sounded monotone during prayers and songs because there wasn’t much feeling. It has taken me this long to realize why that is! Last weekend I went to a sweat lodge, an indigenous purification ceremony from the Native American and ancient Celtic (known as sweat houses) traditions. The non-traditional ceremony took place on an … Read More

New moon gathering

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phases of the moon

The moon’s phases effect the ocean tides, women’s cycles, animal behavior, and they tell us when the best time is to plant. We gather at the new moon because people have been doing this for thousands of years. It helps us DROP IN, just be, and align with the natural cycles and the energies around us. As we tune into those cycles … Read More

50 Shades of Bullshit

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Poster from the movie

I have had some kind of repulsion toward the idea of 50 Shades of Gray that I couldn’t articulate, until I read a chapter on sacred sexuality in Shakti Woman, a book about ancient women’s wisdom. How we relate sexually is deeply connected to our groundedness, and our sense of self worth. What does this statement mean in the context of a culture … Read More

We have come to be danced

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earth dance by Alex Grey

Dancing balances the four elements within the being, and it also activates the subtle energies within. It helps us get in touch with our true essence—our soul came here to be danced, and to express its true self. When we dance, the soul is able to do that! I love how this poem perfectly describes what this means. by Jewel … Read More