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Bear and Depression’s Mother

  “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” ~ Mary Oliver I’m still collecting my thoughts around the coincidence of two bear dreams.  They were not dreams I had.  They were dreams that two friends had of me and a … Continue reading

Forest Bathing, Mississippi-style

  Between cutting down the old-growth cypress forests of the Mississippi Delta, the clear-cutting of the coastal long-leaf pine forest, and the cutting and then conversion of the beech-magnolia climax forest to the monocropping of pine trees for the paper and wood industry… there is not much left to speak of when it comes to … Continue reading

All Creatures Return Home

“Every creature on earth returns to home. It is ironic that we have made wildlife refuges for ibis, pelican, egret, wolf, crane, deer, mouse, moose, and bear, but not for ourselves in the places where we live day after day. We understand that the loss of habitat is the most disastrous event that can occur … Continue reading

Imbolc, Liver Health, Glutathione, and the River

With the many rites of the coming spring in full force (Imbolc, Lunar New Year, Groundhog Day, Candlemas, etc), the warmer weather has me feeling…not only revivified…but also thinking, carefully, about where my energy goes as we enter this new cycle. Just like a archer aiming her arrow, I think about what I want this … Continue reading

Women: Reclaiming Our Natural Rhythms

“The major challenge for women is that we have knotted ourselves so firmly into the awkward, rhythmless, dissonant, societal system that we can barely breathe — much less think of breaking free from it.” ~ Maya Tiwari in “Women’s Power to Heal” Women.  We feel something is missing.  Some of us are shut-down around what … Continue reading

Just. Keep. Going.

Some of the most important use of time and energy is to restore our relationships with the living world…and to do this with as much heart as we can. Over the years, I have met some amazing people from all over the world doing just this… They are honing their life ways…refining ~ reskilling ~ … Continue reading

The Toughest Work and Integration

Some notes on trauma, integration, and wholeness: The toughest work is loving yourself and arriving home in your own skin, inviting all parts of you back home. Then, the toughest work is extending beyond that skin into the world with expression, creation, and action…as if just learning to walk and be human. Once we connect … Continue reading

Humans, Wildness, and the Web of Life

“If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on what is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, buy by means of external marks.”  ~ Egyptian king Thamus in Plato’s Phaedrus This morning in meditation, like many mornings that I … Continue reading

One Nation Under Trauma

“The simple truth is that every single civilization, including the western world, was brought into being from a sacred place to serve a sacred purpose. And when that purpose is forgotten, when its original alignment gets lost, when the fundamental balance and harmony of its existence become disrupted beyond a certain point, then nature has … Continue reading