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A few years ago, i attended an "arts for social change" week-long gathering called a jam, which is a blend of retreat, conference and something else beyond it all. i was expanded and inspired on a cellular level through heart-centered and love-based practices, discussions and creative expressions. There, a river-soul songstress @sie.libre taught us an affirmational and ancestral song with these words, "we give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way"... i still sing it when i choose to acknowledge the seen and unseen abundance of past, present, future. 
Today, the "wellness and healing justice" jam starts; a gorgeous group of healers, physicians, wellness advocates, psychologists, energy, body and social workers will gather to nourish, play, release and expand our well and good circles of individual and collective minds, bodies, spirits. @jamsworldwide 
i'll be unplugged for a few days before visiting the big apple on Monday 8/26 for a live workshop to create more space for compassionate practice (nyc womxn workshop in the biolink). See you on the other side 🙏🏽❤️✨👽

2019-08-21 14:19

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A few years ago, i attended an "arts for social change" week-long gathering called a jam, which is a blend of retreat, conference and something else beyond it all. i was expanded and inspired on a cellular level through heart-centered and love-based practices, discussions and creative expressions. There, a river-soul songstress @sie.libre taught us an affirmational and ancestral song with these words, "we give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way"... i still sing it when i choose to acknowledge the seen and unseen abundance of past, present, future. Today, the "wellness and healing justice" jam starts; a gorgeous group of healers, physicians, wellness advocates, psychologists, energy, body and social workers will gather to nourish, play, release and expand our well and good circles of individual and collective minds, bodies, spirits. @jamsworldwide i'll be unplugged for a few days before visiting the big apple on Monday 8/26 for a live workshop to create more space for compassionate practice (nyc womxn workshop in the biolink). See you on the other side 🙏🏽❤️✨👽

Creativity is healing. power. transformation. a bridge to another. it's a love of my life! The seed of creation is in me. and you. and us.
Come share live e-space with me + a group of other beautiful, wise and creative womxn like you to expand your inspiration, creative expression, community and change.
Find more details on the agenda and experience in the story highlights on "creativity." We start in September; applications are welcome until Sept. 5th and tuition is on a sliding scale. This is the third wave of this program and it’s rich, multimodal and growth-inducing 🌿✨🍇

2019-08-20 23:35

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Creativity is healing. power. transformation. a bridge to another. it's a love of my life! The seed of creation is in me. and you. and us. Come share live e-space with me + a group of other beautiful, wise and creative womxn like you to expand your inspiration, creative expression, community and change. Find more details on the agenda and experience in the story highlights on "creativity." We start in September; applications are welcome until Sept. 5th and tuition is on a sliding scale. This is the third wave of this program and it’s rich, multimodal and growth-inducing 🌿✨🍇

NYC❤️ i’ll be with you soon, Monday, August 26th at 6:30pm to be precise, occupying this sanctuary space again and circling up with womxn to practice compassion with self and others. Because we need it, desperately👏🏽right👏🏽now👏🏽please. 
Our level of compassion affects how kind we are to ourselves and how kind we are to others...it’s a soothing balm to our individual and collective suffering; teachers from the Dalai Lama, Einstein and Mother Theresa to modern day scientists and researchers have revealed the significance of self-compassion on our mental, physical, emotional and collective health. 
So come through for an evening workshop✨. It’ll be informative, reflective and deeply connecting. Find the link in the bio for more info and tickets. There are a number of student scholarships still available for the next few days. Love you💕

2019-08-15 05:30

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NYC❤️ i’ll be with you soon, Monday, August 26th at 6:30pm to be precise, occupying this sanctuary space again and circling up with womxn to practice compassion with self and others. Because we need it, desperately👏🏽right👏🏽now👏🏽please. Our level of compassion affects how kind we are to ourselves and how kind we are to others...it’s a soothing balm to our individual and collective suffering; teachers from the Dalai Lama, Einstein and Mother Theresa to modern day scientists and researchers have revealed the significance of self-compassion on our mental, physical, emotional and collective health. So come through for an evening workshop✨. It’ll be informative, reflective and deeply connecting. Find the link in the bio for more info and tickets. There are a number of student scholarships still available for the next few days. Love you💕

Playing with sand at the beach lately, working with my clients & reflecting in therapy gifted this distinction:
The grasping & controlling sense of trying really hard to be understood & liked by everyone, or really anyone, as if someone else's understanding / approval of me determines the value of my truth (it inherently doesn’t).
Of course in some cases, the people we’re trying to have understand us get to assign value to our messages, yes, that's real. I.e. in school, a bunch of teachers grading & ranking us get to decide whether we’d pass & “succeed” as students. We’re conditioned to operate this way with a need to attribute our value based on how well we’re understood. Being understood is also an important part of being human & forming connections with others, where we feel seen + heard & can feel & hear another. Being understood is important. Yet when we’re trying to get strangers to understand us or trying to get our loved ones to understand us every time, such that it creates tension & conflict in + between us, we’ve generalized this need to be understood to a detrimental degree. We can’t possibly be understood every time, even by people who love us, & certainly not by people who don’t even know us.
👁👁👁 It's okay to not be understood sometimes. Part of emotional maturity is recognizing that we don't always have to be "understood". It's also okay to not be “right” every time. It’s our ego that holds this desire with fervent ardor. Our ego fights hard to be right. 👁👁👁
✨✨✨Yet a wiser & inclusive part of ourselves knows that it’s okay to admit that we’re wrong, or mistaken, & that we can actually learn from it. It's not saying that our existence is wrong, just that our decision, reaction or belief was wrong and by wrong i mean unaligned with our (not our ego’s) actual values. The difference between grasping & holding in this example is that grasping is trying to control how others react, while holding is doing our best to act in accordance with our own values and agency over ourselves first. ✨✨✨ See more in the comments.

2019-08-10 21:05

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Playing with sand at the beach lately, working with my clients & reflecting in therapy gifted this distinction: The grasping & controlling sense of trying really hard to be understood & liked by everyone, or really anyone, as if someone else's understanding / approval of me determines the value of my truth (it inherently doesn’t). Of course in some cases, the people we’re trying to have understand us get to assign value to our messages, yes, that's real. I.e. in school, a bunch of teachers grading & ranking us get to decide whether we’d pass & “succeed” as students. We’re conditioned to operate this way with a need to attribute our value based on how well we’re understood. Being understood is also an important part of being human & forming connections with others, where we feel seen + heard & can feel & hear another. Being understood is important. Yet when we’re trying to get strangers to understand us or trying to get our loved ones to understand us every time, such that it creates tension & conflict in + between us, we’ve generalized this need to be understood to a detrimental degree. We can’t possibly be understood every time, even by people who love us, & certainly not by people who don’t even know us. 👁👁👁 It's okay to not be understood sometimes. Part of emotional maturity is recognizing that we don't always have to be "understood". It's also okay to not be “right” every time. It’s our ego that holds this desire with fervent ardor. Our ego fights hard to be right. 👁👁👁 ✨✨✨Yet a wiser & inclusive part of ourselves knows that it’s okay to admit that we’re wrong, or mistaken, & that we can actually learn from it. It's not saying that our existence is wrong, just that our decision, reaction or belief was wrong and by wrong i mean unaligned with our (not our ego’s) actual values. The difference between grasping & holding in this example is that grasping is trying to control how others react, while holding is doing our best to act in accordance with our own values and agency over ourselves first. ✨✨✨ See more in the comments.

These look like conjoined twins though my intention was to depict multiple parts of one person ☺️ and making the necessary effort to be our own best friend...
If we’re capable of meeting a beloved friend exactly where they are and offering them kind attention, acknowledgement and affirmation, then we’re capable of meeting ourselves this way too.
Sometimes we need to remember our multitudes, to join the downtrodden, scared or doubtful parts of ourselves on the floor, intentionally strengthen the voice of the kind and compassionate in us by speaking to ourselves like a bestie, highlighting our strengths and letting this inner voice remind us that we always have a friend inside who is on our side rooting for us through all of it. #myownbf

2019-08-05 01:00

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These look like conjoined twins though my intention was to depict multiple parts of one person ☺️ and making the necessary effort to be our own best friend... If we’re capable of meeting a beloved friend exactly where they are and offering them kind attention, acknowledgement and affirmation, then we’re capable of meeting ourselves this way too. Sometimes we need to remember our multitudes, to join the downtrodden, scared or doubtful parts of ourselves on the floor, intentionally strengthen the voice of the kind and compassionate in us by speaking to ourselves like a bestie, highlighting our strengths and letting this inner voice remind us that we always have a friend inside who is on our side rooting for us through all of it. #myownbf

Reposting a gem: One adversity, two different questions with very different feeling states. 
Shit is shit. Adversity is painful. Sometimes it’s so deep in our bones that an ill-timed cognitive reframe, no matter how valid, doesn’t do much beside grossly invalidate our painful experience. There’s an appropriate time for each of these questions to be asked.
The first reflection certainly recognizes the adversity and the suffering. The asker is actively holding the struggle with their full body; they might even make us feel sorry or empathetic for them, inviting us to share their pain (and perhaps that’s their deeper desire- to not feel so alone with it). i’ve dwelled here plenty (and still sometimes) until i was sick of it, and no amount of sympathy or empathy from others made it much less painful nor me any stronger.
The second reflection feels less victimized and perhaps more empowering. The asker recognizes the adversity, is certainly holding it while also upholding the rest of their body with dignity. This question indicates acceptance of certain shit things, and takes responsibility for excavating the wisdom the adversity has to offer. When i’ve asked this question after allowing a contained and limited time to dwell in the grief, it has opened doors to realization, and alchemized some of my most challenging adversities into superpowers. This question inspires my art work, affirmation and consultation today 👁🙌🏽✨
Shortly after drawing this illustration, i heard @hal_elrod (whose had lifetimes worth of adversity from the death of a sibling, to a wild drunk-driving accident at age 20, to cancer) say on @impacttheory that, “everything happens for a reason...and it’s entirely our responsibility to choose the reason.” It was synchronistically fitting and an important expansion to a well-known adage. #nourishmentforthought
Do you tend to air on one side more than the other? What do you feel you can apply the second question to in your life right now?

2019-08-01 18:10

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Reposting a gem: One adversity, two different questions with very different feeling states. Shit is shit. Adversity is painful. Sometimes it’s so deep in our bones that an ill-timed cognitive reframe, no matter how valid, doesn’t do much beside grossly invalidate our painful experience. There’s an appropriate time for each of these questions to be asked. The first reflection certainly recognizes the adversity and the suffering. The asker is actively holding the struggle with their full body; they might even make us feel sorry or empathetic for them, inviting us to share their pain (and perhaps that’s their deeper desire- to not feel so alone with it). i’ve dwelled here plenty (and still sometimes) until i was sick of it, and no amount of sympathy or empathy from others made it much less painful nor me any stronger. The second reflection feels less victimized and perhaps more empowering. The asker recognizes the adversity, is certainly holding it while also upholding the rest of their body with dignity. This question indicates acceptance of certain shit things, and takes responsibility for excavating the wisdom the adversity has to offer. When i’ve asked this question after allowing a contained and limited time to dwell in the grief, it has opened doors to realization, and alchemized some of my most challenging adversities into superpowers. This question inspires my art work, affirmation and consultation today 👁🙌🏽✨ Shortly after drawing this illustration, i heard @hal_elrod (whose had lifetimes worth of adversity from the death of a sibling, to a wild drunk-driving accident at age 20, to cancer) say on @impacttheory that, “everything happens for a reason...and it’s entirely our responsibility to choose the reason.” It was synchronistically fitting and an important expansion to a well-known adage. #nourishmentforthought Do you tend to air on one side more than the other What do you feel you can apply the second question to in your life right now

Time and again, i’ve decided to share, speak, or post something that felt sooo gut-wrenchingly, heart-poundingly vulnerable because there was a glimmer of lightness that i sensed at the prospect of releasing it into the ether of the world. 
As alone as i might have felt in the narrative, i've learned a thousand times over, that there's someone, often many, who have or are experiencing the same essence of that narrative. Beyond my unique circumstances, so many others have felt the core emotions and the human experience beneath. Thank you for affirming this lesson even here via the gram.
So let's not get it twisted; we're human, and as Terrence and Maya Angelou said, nothing that is human is alien to us. We're in this together. May you share, speak, or post something that's longing to leave you and serve as a bridge to others. Let it go in service. 🙌🏽❤️🌑
And if you’d delight in a tangible reminder, find this print along with others (and a few new ones to come) in the biolink webshop ✨
 #newmoon #beginnings #reminders #togetherness #humanity #interconnection

2019-07-31 20:32

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Time and again, i’ve decided to share, speak, or post something that felt sooo gut-wrenchingly, heart-poundingly vulnerable because there was a glimmer of lightness that i sensed at the prospect of releasing it into the ether of the world. As alone as i might have felt in the narrative, i've learned a thousand times over, that there's someone, often many, who have or are experiencing the same essence of that narrative. Beyond my unique circumstances, so many others have felt the core emotions and the human experience beneath. Thank you for affirming this lesson even here via the gram. So let's not get it twisted; we're human, and as Terrence and Maya Angelou said, nothing that is human is alien to us. We're in this together. May you share, speak, or post something that's longing to leave you and serve as a bridge to others. Let it go in service. 🙌🏽❤️🌑 And if you’d delight in a tangible reminder, find this print along with others (and a few new ones to come) in the biolink webshop ✨ #newmoon #beginnings #reminders #togetherness #humanity #interconnection

A reminder of the space that exists and can grow between us and our tendencies to react; the space that becomes visible and felt when we slow down, and intentionally take an inhale + an exhale (or several) before we respond, explode in anger, spiral into shame or hopelessness, or grasp onto a situation, ideal or material thing. 
We are not our anger, our shame or our attachments; we're not our egos or our impulses. As quick, habitual or automatic as these reactions might be, they're not who we are.
We are the observer, the awareness and the ability to notice, without judgment, our habits and impulses. We are capable of recognizing that space between us and our tendencies, finding air and peace in that space, and then choosing a different response.
This reflection is so meta... i'm sharing it because for me, seeing this piece reinforces this spaciousness between the true me (awareness) and my egoic or habitual patterns of reaction- and perhaps it may for you too. This visual is a product of a meditation practice, of slowing down my sense of time to notice in the micro-moments my emotional or mental reactions, and my ability to observe versus identify with or be overwhelmed by those reactions. At the same time, just when i'm swimming blissfully in the space between, something new (or old) comes out of the cuts to push me back into reactivity, and the journey is the find the space between again within each moment. 
Holler if you have a sense of this space between or if this resonates with you 👁✨💥

2019-07-30 18:24

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A reminder of the space that exists and can grow between us and our tendencies to react; the space that becomes visible and felt when we slow down, and intentionally take an inhale + an exhale (or several) before we respond, explode in anger, spiral into shame or hopelessness, or grasp onto a situation, ideal or material thing. We are not our anger, our shame or our attachments; we're not our egos or our impulses. As quick, habitual or automatic as these reactions might be, they're not who we are. We are the observer, the awareness and the ability to notice, without judgment, our habits and impulses. We are capable of recognizing that space between us and our tendencies, finding air and peace in that space, and then choosing a different response. This reflection is so meta... i'm sharing it because for me, seeing this piece reinforces this spaciousness between the true me (awareness) and my egoic or habitual patterns of reaction- and perhaps it may for you too. This visual is a product of a meditation practice, of slowing down my sense of time to notice in the micro-moments my emotional or mental reactions, and my ability to observe versus identify with or be overwhelmed by those reactions. At the same time, just when i'm swimming blissfully in the space between, something new (or old) comes out of the cuts to push me back into reactivity, and the journey is the find the space between again within each moment. Holler if you have a sense of this space between or if this resonates with you 👁✨💥

Sometimes we're grieving; grieving the loss of a beloved one in the physical plane or in our lives, sometimes we're grieving past selves, experiences and lifestyles that are no longer present or never had the chance to be present. Sometimes we're grieving for our ancestors and carrying unexpressed burdens of generations past. Sometimes we're grieving and we don't know we're grieving; we just feel the weight and burden of energies around us and even the state of the world as we know it. 
So grieve. Take the permission to grieve as you do and may, as much as needed and whenever is needed. Grieve so you can clear out space, and move on with your others things in grace and gratitude.

2019-07-27 02:31

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Sometimes we're grieving; grieving the loss of a beloved one in the physical plane or in our lives, sometimes we're grieving past selves, experiences and lifestyles that are no longer present or never had the chance to be present. Sometimes we're grieving for our ancestors and carrying unexpressed burdens of generations past. Sometimes we're grieving and we don't know we're grieving; we just feel the weight and burden of energies around us and even the state of the world as we know it. So grieve. Take the permission to grieve as you do and may, as much as needed and whenever is needed. Grieve so you can clear out space, and move on with your others things in grace and gratitude.

Easier drawn than done... but may these serve as an inviting reminder: visual art from the last Moon Times digest on “tea with Mara (our demons)”, & the poem “The Guest House” by Jellaludin Rumi. “This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.”
 #welcome #allmyshades 🙌🏽❤️👁✨

2019-07-23 22:51

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Easier drawn than done... but may these serve as an inviting reminder: visual art from the last Moon Times digest on “tea with Mara (our demons)”, & the poem “The Guest House” by Jellaludin Rumi. “This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice. meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes. because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” #welcome #allmyshades 🙌🏽❤️👁✨

Big spoon, lil spoon or both? i love both. i feel so protected and held as lil spoon, and so loving and generous as big.
Tag someone below who you share your dreams with, who is a good spooner, and whose presence brings additional sweetness to those dreams of yours in sleep and awakeness. 😚❤️😴☁️ #spooneachother

2019-07-22 06:46

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Big spoon, lil spoon or both i love both. i feel so protected and held as lil spoon, and so loving and generous as big. Tag someone below who you share your dreams with, who is a good spooner, and whose presence brings additional sweetness to those dreams of yours in sleep and awakeness. 😚❤️😴☁️ #spooneachother

it's a daily discipline to give love like acknowledgement, affirmation and gratitude to all our growth phases. How do you water you? 💦❤️✨

2019-07-19 16:48

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it's a daily discipline to give love like acknowledgement, affirmation and gratitude to all our growth phases. How do you water you 💦❤️✨

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