1 day ago

Opening to Rose Medicine Everywhere I go, the careful garden and wild hillsides are lush with roses. I can’t help but fall in love with them again and again. In traditional Western Herbalism, rose petals and buds are prized for their nervine properties. Cooling and uplifting, roses are also used as a general anti-infective and anti-inflammatory. They are a sumptuously effective remedy for wounds, burns, traumatic injuries and sore muscles. But rose medicine is as diverse as the incredible multitudinous of their species, and my favorite part of rose medicine is the way it speaks to our heart. Roses help us to heal heartache, grief, longing and the rawness of loss. They allow us to feel safe and protected enough to open the blossom of our hearts and they remind us that a healthy heart has healthy boundaries. Similar to the role of the pericardium in Chinese medicine, a rose's thorns remind us that a truly vibrant heart is the one that is wise with when and how the gates are opened. Not every experience needs to be taken directly into our inner sanctum. We do not need to be open to every wind, hurt or words. In truth, when we embody both the rose and the thorn we can allow ourselves to be more deliciously open to that which truly stirs wonder. We can receive, more deeply, more purely, the experiences that awaken true love in our hearts.

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2 days ago

Multiflora Rose is covering our hills in a cascade of white perfume. And it is the perfect medicine for opening your heart to love what is. Our local wild rose gets a bad rap for being a damaging invasive but the truth is that our concepts of good and bad are much too simple for the numinous, humorous and often paradoxical reality of the more-than-human realms. In the more-than-human world there is no good and bad, only *what is.* There is the medicine that's available. There are niches to grow into and opportunities to thrive. There is life and death, and the fluidity of their rise and fall, an exchange that is so seamless as to become one breathing whole. I'm grateful to the plant realm and all the ways it teaches me to let go of black and white beliefs so I can embrace this earth for the paradise of perfect complexity that it is. To see the world as fresh and full of medicine as the bee who drinks indiscriminately from the sweetness that is offered so freely. P.S. if you are looking to make a delicious heart opening treat to nibble on all summer simply collect a jar of rose petals, cover with honey, and let sit for the season. Eat by the spoonful or stir into sweet tea. Let the medicine of this flower open you to all the goodness summer has to bring.

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4 days ago

Love and acceptance is essential to survival. But in order to receive this nourishment, we think we have to try harder or somehow overcome our essential nature. To be the right person, say the right thing. But the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. As Pádraig Ó Tuama, an Irish poet, theologan and social healer who facilitates conversations of reconciliation in Northern Ireland, so beautifully reminds us, “Agreement has rarely been the mandate for people who love each other.” (Don’t believe me? Just look at family...) Love, healing, acceptance, togetherness, is not about consensus. It’s about seeing each other's essential human goodness. And it begins with embracing the impossible truth that maybe, just maybe, you are doing it right. If you are feeling weary of this culture of criticism and are wanting to dip your feet into a rejuvenative stream of a different kind of perspective, check out my new video. (Link in profile). In it I talk about how to neutralize the poison of an overly critical culture, and also how to go about offering and receiving feedback in a way that truly creates growth. In the video I share one of my most precious stories about a time someone called me “in” with curiosity (instead of calling me “out” with judgment) and the way it forever changed how I taught.

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5 days ago

In a culture where we are bombarded by messages that we are doing it wrong, the mere concept that maybe we are doing it right can liberate our very capacity to participate in the healing. For years now the earth has been whispering something in my ear, asking me to pass on this message, pure and clear. Because when we can know our goodness, we can begin to trust ourselves, our gifts, and ability to become a co-creative part of the living world once more. Maybe you didn’t know that you needed this assurance today. Or maybe you’ve been waiting for this truth like you’ve been waiting to exhale. Or maybe there is someone in your life who dearly needs to hear this right now... Dear one, you are doing it right. You are making the best and most resourced decisions at any moment, and the path that you are on is an exact part of the wider plan. Trust it.

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6 days ago

We are told the best way to be conscious community members is to continually judge ourselves. But what if it was the opposite? How much more can happen in our health, in our wellness, in environmental and social healing, when we embrace our goodness? For years now the earth has been whispering something in my ear, asking me to pass on this message, pure and clear. So today I'm doing just that. Maybe you didn’t know that you needed this assurance. Or maybe you’ve been waiting for this truth like you’ve been waiting to exhale. Dear one, you are doing it right. What you’re doing, right now, is exactly what you need in order to be on your path of learning and growth. From a spiritual perspective, as well as from an ecological veiwpoint, there is no right or wrong. There is simply cycles of evolution and growth. The world is crying out for your unique, fumbling and all-together beautiful participation. You do not have to be perfect to bring joy and healing to this earth, in fact, the world is relieved and nourished by your fallibility. . . . If you are needing the refreshment of this perspective today, head over to my new blog post (link in profile) to steep in the possibility that you are doing it exactly right.

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6 days ago

🌿 You’re doing it right 🌿 (A vulnerable share about something that’s been on my heart for a while) It seems no matter where we look, we are bombarded with the same message— you're doing it wrong. Whether it’s how you parent, use social media, engage in activism, make medicine, treat your depression, or even build your home, there is often a judgment-tipped arrow of opinion to greet you. The internet is a brilliant thing. It makes world-wide movements, information exchange and global connection possible, but it also magnifies one of humanity's largest downfalls— our tendency to judge. In the past handful of years I've seen this crude tool, so often used as a corrective measure to “fix” our own selves, become *the* method for shaping movements. Instead of encouraging each other's growth through recognizing our goodness and potential, our culture has gone in the opposite direction— to correct, criticize and judge as a way to force change. The essential problem being that no matter how much we try to use judgment to fix things, the presence of judgment itself nearly always inhibits growth. Sometimes called “purity culture,” this toxic system of criticism is inherently immobilizing. In public, we walk around with increasingly tender feet. In private, we worry that we are so hopelessly incorrect, maladjusted, or misinformed that we stop striding forward. We cease having conversations. We self-edit and shut down. As social researcher Brené Brown writes, “Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.” Inevitably, this feeling of “I'm doing it wrong,” leads to the sneaking suspicion that “I am wrong.” Perhaps the most destructive poison of all. What if this doubt in our essential goodness is becoming the very malady that causes more harm? What if... we are actually doing it right? Check out the link in my profile for my new video “You’re doing it right” where I take a deep dive into talking about how to neutralize the poison of an overly critical culture.

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7 days ago

Experiences wish to enter us. To fill out every corner of our cells, like fresh fallen rainwater drunk from root tip to bloom. We spend so much of our lives striving to escape a certain experience, or to attain another. But what happens when we decide to simply dissolve into what is? What happens when “good” and “bad” drop away into the presence of what is aching to be felt, seen and embodied? . Whatever is available to be experienced, right now, is the medicine you’ve been seeking all along. All you had to do is agree to experience it, completely. . Heartbreaking, heart opening. Blossom heavy, light as pollen. There is only experience. Sweet as strawberries, high as sunflowers, wide as sweetgrass in the wind. An alley full of roses. Each one different, in scent and petal and life well-lived. . This is why we are here. To experience each other. To experience the flowers. To have experiences that bring us to our knees. . Because from there we can look up and see everything.

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8 days ago

The deeper I move into my days, the more I realize that goals, accomplishments, and To Do’s are just décor. Ways in which we embellish our experience, give it complexity so we know where the handholds are. But beneath and within all of this is just experience. . The pureness of simply experiencing the world, as it takes shape around you. Of dropping analyzation, or even meaning, to just be in the variants and flutes and hues. To experience the world in all of its minutiae and mandala intricacy. In the longness of shoreline and cello note. . What if we aren’t here for any purpose…. except to experience ourselves in a world that is perennially sipping from the joy of its own experience? To know that experience, pure and unfiltered and streaming through the portals that are our bodies, is truly the greatest gift on earth. And that amazingly, unbelievably, this is available at any moment.

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17 days ago

I heard someone say once that in every relationship there’s a gardener and a flower. The one who tends to be the nurturer, providing environments of stability and calm, and the one who needs to throw all caution to the wind to bloom. In an ideal relationship I would hope that all parties could inhabit both roles! But as someone who has very much been a gardener (read: nurturer, tender, caregiver, supporter) in most of my adult roles and relationships it’s a pretty profound thing to give myself permission to bloom. To be radical, nonsensical, contradictory. To be the wild child, the artist, the charmer of the muse. To let go of being the doer, to be the one who blooms. When all the responsibilities add up, and I find myself defaulting into my caregiving roles sometimes I have to remind myself... you are allowed to be a flower.

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18 days ago

Sometimes the world wants us to work. To move through the things that are hard, to build nests from mud and the discards of our life. To push stones until they roll away from the living roots of things. But other times, the world simply wants us to sing. To fill our throats with the sweetness of the breeze, the gratitude upwelling, and be at peace. May this post today be an invitation for you today. To come by the hills, and visit the places that are free. To put honey in your tea. And wait to make dinner until you’ve watched the last pink of the sunset. To hum as you walk to get the mail. And skip as you head back home. To be like a bird in midday. Singing simply because it fills you with sweetness. Let yourself be carried away by light and tender green and winds that sound your name. And allow the cares of tomorrow to wait, until this soft day is done.

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20 days ago

May there be ever new flowers blooming in your world. Bright gateways and pollen dusted knees. The flirtation of newly budded trees. That floaty feeling like a cello note sung out over sun-touched water. Ah, those Beltane feels... Spring is soaking into every corner of our world here in the mountains and it feels wonderful. 🌼🌷🌸🌿🌻🌿🌸🌷🌼 . This flower altar was created in shared ritual today with all the students in this year's Intuitive Plant Medicine! Today the journey begins! Each of us at our altars with fire and flowers and a torch in our hearts to begin. Open the gateway dear ones... here's to the unfurling of a bright new era. #intuitiveplantmedicine2019 #intuitiveplantmedicine #beltane #beltanealtar

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20 days ago

Opening the Beltane Gateway Beltane is the Celtic holiday of fertility and fire, a celebration of the profound blessings of spring and the coming abundance of summertime. Observed on May 1st in the northern hemisphere, about halfway between the spring equinox and summer solstice, Beltane is one of the four major seasonal holidays within the Celtic wheel of the year (which included Samhain in the fall, Imbolc in winter, and Lughnasadh in summer). . On Beltane we celebrate the beauty of blooming—both the plants that stretch into blossom and that which inside of us is opening into the lushness of a new era. Blessed days everyone!

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