Wind and Waves

~ The process of aligning the life I am living…with the life in me, that wants to live! ~

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WOMAN!

November 27th, 2017 · La Vida

Image result for wild woman  “Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a woman. A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories. Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life.

Imagine a woman who trusts and respects herself. A woman who listens to her needs. Who meets them with tenderness and grace.

Imagine a woman who has acknowledged the past’s influence on the present. A woman who has walked through her past. Who has healed into the present.

Imagine a woman who authors her own life. A woman who exerts, initiates, and moves on her own behalf. Who refuses to surrender except to her truest self and wisest voice.

Imagine a woman who names her own gods. A woman who imagines the Divine in her image and likeness. Who designs a personal spirituality to inform her daily life.

Imagine a woman in love with her own body. A woman who believes her body is enough just as it is. Who celebrates her body’s rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource.

Imagine a woman who honors the body of the Goddess in her changing body. A woman who celebrates the accumulation of her years and her wisdom. Who refuses to use her precious life energy disguising the changes in her body and life.

Imagine a woman who values the woman in her life. A woman who sits in circles of women. Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets. Imagine yourself as this woman.”

by Patricia Reilly

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All Saints Day

November 1st, 2017 · La Vida

A day to celebrate saints, ancestors, and others in the less than visible world.

Spirit-of-Fire

We are the sum of our ancestors
Our roots stretch back to blue-green algae
They stretch to the stars
They ultimately reach the void
This history is inscribed in our psyches
Silence and solitude enjoin us to remember
Our whole and great body. Joan Halifax

Find what is natural, not what is normal. Panache Desai

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This! Esta!

October 22nd, 2017 · La Vida

Shari Ubechel (awesome artist in Taos, NM)

{Below} is how I look out onto world. (a tough way to see the world.  Why do I look at it this way soo much?!)

Wow, I love his wordsmithery.  {Russell Brand}

“Here in our glistening citadel of limitless reflecting

screens we live on the outside. Today we may awaken

and instantly and unthinkingly reach for the phone,

its glow reaching our eyes before the light of dawn,

its bulletins dart into our minds before even a

moment of acknowledgement of this unbending

and unending fact: you are going to die.

You and your children and everyone you love is hurtling toward the

boneyard, I know you know. We all know but because it yields so few

‘likes’ on Facebook, we purr on in blinkered compliance, filling our

days with temporary fixes. A coffee here, an eBay purchase there, a

half-hearted wank or a flirt. Some glinting twitch of pleasure, like a

silvery stitch on a cadaver, to tide you over. And you’re probably too

clever to ‘repose in God’, or to pick up some dusty book where the

poetry creaks with loathing for women, or gays or someone. Maybe

if quantum physics could come up with some force, or web, or string

or something that tethers the mystery to something solid, something

measurable, you’d think again but until then there’s nothing but an

empty grave and a blank tombstone, chisel poised. So no one’s going

to blame you if you perch on a carousel of destructive relationships

and unfulfilling work, whirling round, never still, never truly looking

within, never really going home”

I wonder…..How do we live a life of meaning?

 

 

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The leaves are a changin’

October 2nd, 2017 · La Vida

 

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Belonging

September 20th, 2017 · La Vida

My most cherished teachers, have given me advice about “belonging” because somehow, it’s a thing for me. Like, a total thing for me.  I have rarely experienced a feeling of belonging.  And when I did, I remember grasping at it, wanting it to last forever.
Em: “Why would you want to belong, you gotta get over that one, girl, the sooner the better!”
Paul:  “You will never belong you are powerfully special”
Julie: “Why would you want to be special (and belong)… that is filled with expectation of others and…..sooo boring! Be you! so much more exciting…”

I feel lucky to have such independent strong loving teachers in my life, who are willing to be so present with me, in such a deeply kind way.  Thank god for them! or I may not be here.

And yet, my wanting to belong hasn’t shifted. It is real.  I feel it today. I feel it now.


So when I discovered that Brene Brown’s new book (which has the word WILDERNESS (love that!) was about BELONGING….. I straight up bought it, even though I have about 20 books in my queue.  I am one chapter in and LOVING it!  I have tears in my eyes, as I read (listen).

I have moved from being on the fence with this woman (though I have read and enjoyed all her books and TedTalks) to officially, admiring her.

I think this book is her best and I think people are going to love it and it is going to fly off the shelves in a big way.  She seems ON, like super tapped in to what is going on internally for a lot of people right now.  Although I have only read a chapter and my feelings could shift…….this is my first impression!

Quote (somewhat chopped up)

“…..These are the moments that left unspoken and unresolved send us into our adult lives searching desperately for belonging and settle for fitting in. They have the power to break our heart, spirit and sense of self worth.  And generally you handle this in 3 ways:

  1. You live in constant pain and seek relief by numbing it and are inflicting pain on others.
  2. You deny your pain and your denial ensures that you pass it on to those around you and down to your children (my Dad)
  3. You find the courage to own the pain and develop a level empathy for yourself and others that allows you to spot hurt in the world in a very unique way.”

I think we need to weave the tapestry of humanity back together….go into this pain and come out the other side!

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Dear God, help me out with the basics, would you?

September 20th, 2017 · La Vida

Danielle Laporte, I appreciate……. how you say it, why you say it and THAT  you say it.

Keep on keepin on.  You are a dazzling role model!

“Dear God,

Show me how to love the ones that are like, really hard to love. The misogynists and boundary bullies, the fake leaders and land-rapers. Actually, for the sake of efficiency, just show me how to love the most greedy. That should cover it. (But while we’re at it, help me out with the Mean Girls, ‘cause like, whoa.)

Show me how to move my body through a time and space that is full of photoshopped illusions, exorbitant goals, and endocrine disruptors. Instead of wanting her to be any different or stronger, I suspect that you’ll tell me to shower my bodacious bod’ — every cell, and bronchial, and pore, and limb — with infinite gratitude for carrying me through gravity, sunrise after sunrise; for the ecstasy; for the endurance. On second thought, I can rescind this request for help. I think I’ve got it.

Show me how to surf my creativity like the most benevolent tsunami.

Help me do the hard work of tenderness.

This is in the realm of super magical powers, but I’d really love to know how to transmute all of the plastic that coats the Earth and chokes her oceans into some kind of restorative nutrient. Kinda of like how leaves are made into tinctures.

This is the most basic of basics but could you show me how to sleep — sleep like I deserve to rest, with no worries about keeping up.

Sweet Father-Mother, help me get free of the damn cloud. Remind me what life was like before my devices became vices. Or even better, how I can operate from the here and now with the gifts of modernity and the intention of ancient devotion.

There is a vantage point on one of the peaks of my life with a sign that says, “You’ve come so far.” (Thanks for putting it where I can see it.) Can you help me take a break every day to walk there and enjoy the view? I’ll meet you there, with every intention of staying a while.

Thank you for absolutely everything.”

~ Danielle Laporte

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Purpose

September 14th, 2017 · La Vida

I often wonder what my purpose in this life is.  I believe the closer I can get to honing it, the more meaning will flow through me.  What if some of us are here to speak for the earth?

“The earth cries like a child,

and the blood of the animal is the blood of innocence.

but,  you,

having lost your innocence,

cannot hear the cries, or the blood as it beats in your own ears.

It is to answer those cries, that I have come as I have come.”

~ A message from Martha Beck’s son, Adam, who has down syndrome

 

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Moto goes zoom

August 27th, 2017 · La Vida

This was my first official joy ride of the summer!  It has taken me awhile to get back on my bike, after my crash and difficult fall/winter.  But Here I am!  Bill and I spent 7 hours riding through the high mountains of Colorado.  Sooooooooo Freeee!

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Road trip to zone of totality!

August 24th, 2017 · La Vida

 A bonding experience with my mom.

Beautiful morning sunrise.  uh oh……lots of clouds…..not good! 

We made it to Nebraska.  Windy. wonderfully warm and humid.  Rolling hills and lots of traffic on small time road.

Found the PERFECT spot to watch the eclipse. As the moon slid in front of the sun, I was so powerfully moved.  I wasn’t expecting to feel so much.  Whew! I can’t even put it to words.  The fricken stars came out!  We got to see the process of getting dark and then light again…in a matter of minutes.  That same process that we have experienced every single day of our lives, fast forwarded.

It Blew my fricken mind.

Holy Shit it was powerful!  I think I will start thinking about my life in terms of before the eclipse and after the eclipse.

Mom, rocking her solar sunglasses

 

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Mushroom Hunting

August 21st, 2017 · La Vida

Tis the season for Chapparal mushrooms……which happen to be delicious.  We tromped around the woods all day looking for these.  It felt like a treasure hunt. By the end of the day we realized that we had found lots!   And so we cleaned them and cooked (Timothy is quite the cook)  a delicious steak and mushroom dinner, with grilled sweet onions and rice, finished with red wine. Still had a ton of mushrooms, so the next night……pesto mushroom pasta. And Still have lots of mushrooms.  Yummm!

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