The Inner Child & The Cosmic Mother

When I see exuberant people who seem so full of energy and luster for life, I wonder if they’ve ever felt weighed down by depression. One or two people who I view as role models in the mental health world admit they’ve never had the experience of feeling crippled by fear/anxiety or being bogged downContinue reading “The Inner Child & The Cosmic Mother”

Views from the Wilderness

(Journaling post-work to process all the craziness) Trails , December 2021 When someone asks me, “How was work?”, upon my returning to the “real world” out of the woods, it’s laughable, because so many terrible things happen— yet I feel invigorated and fulfilled. (For example, I was proud of myself for being viewed as “calmContinue reading “Views from the Wilderness”

What’s a “dosha”?

Beautiful synchronicity has been showing up in my life lately. Teachers, podcasts, books, and new educational endeavors are revealing to me: we can trust in the elements. The air, the water, the fire, the earth and the ether– with observable qualities that exist as the building-blocks of our being. Traditions of philosophy and medicine aroundContinue reading “What’s a “dosha”?”

From the City, into the Mountains

There’s a strange realization settling in: I’m almost completely moved into my new place. It happened sooner than I would have ever planned, so somehow there was hardly any time left to stress and worry about, “How?” One load on a farmer’s borrowed pickup truck, and another on an open-air flatbed with wooden fence sides.Continue reading “From the City, into the Mountains”

Which Witch is Which

(pictured: 21st century witch in her habitat) The term “witch” doesn’t have the cleanest of reputations.  No surprise our cells recoil inward at the sound, with resistance, “No, not us!,” –considering it’s only been some 350 years since European ancestors were burned for such a label, terrorizing female healers for 3 centuries, no less.  (SomeContinue reading “Which Witch is Which”

In and Out

AHARA and VIHARA. What we take in, and what we put out. These concepts have fascinated me as of late, as I ponder why it is that I feel so sensitive sometimes. Whether it’s seeing a commercial on TV that makes me cry, or hearing the words of a friend that turn my whole dayContinue reading “In and Out”

Diary of a Vipassana Experience

aka Buddha Bootcamp aka Enlightenment Kindergarten aka Awakening 101 The eve of January 1st, I arrive in Kaufman, Texas. A few miles off the main road, down some winding side streets through woods that remind me of fall in Maryland, past some dry fields and onto a dirt-and-pebble road, passing small farm houses before theContinue reading “Diary of a Vipassana Experience”