ancestors, antioppression, antiracism, blackness, grief, intergenerationaltrauma, main, mentalhealth, pleasure activism, radicalcare, radicalselflove

intergenerational trauma and triumph (pleasure activism series)

photo by @leloupblanc Message from the Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers: “As you move through these changing times… be easy on yourself and be easy on one another. You are at the beginning of something new. You are learning a new way of being. You will find that you are working less in the yang… Continue reading intergenerational trauma and triumph (pleasure activism series)

Buddhism, compassion, main, mindfulness, radicalcare, radicalselflove, reflection

self-care -> community care

Please check out this regularly updated post on Coping with The Impact of Covid-19 if you are in need of support. There is nothing selfish about self-care. Self-care is a foundation of community-care and a form of community-care. By allowing space for our own healing and care, we support community's healing and care. We all are… Continue reading self-care -> community care

Buddhism, compassion, heart, lovingkindness, main, Meditation, mindfulness

heart-centered living

Please check out this regularly updated post on Coping with The Impact of Covid-19 if you are in need of support. 13th-century poet Rumi wrote: “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” What if instead of finding all the barriers… Continue reading heart-centered living

main, mindfulness, poetry, radicalcare, radicalselflove

Holding and Letting Go

Please check out this regularly updated post on Coping with The Impact of Covid-19 if you are in need of support. photo by bernideen I have a love to garden deep in my roots. I breathe in flowers sacredly tended to by divine mothers hoping they blossom throughout this lifetime. I wake up unexpectedly sometimes during that late-night,… Continue reading Holding and Letting Go

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joy and sorrow (pleasure activism series)

Please check out this regularly updated post on Coping with The Impact of Covid-19 if you are in need of support.   photo by Ben Heine.   One of the keys to having greater access to happiness and pleasure is allowing space for their presence in all circumstances, through all the ups and downs of life. As adrienne maree… Continue reading joy and sorrow (pleasure activism series)

antioppression, antiracism, main, mindfulness, radicalcare, radicalselflove

watch me bloom

  I want to move in the direction of my fears. I want to fully speak my truth. I want to speak up against injustice regardless of the risks. I used to leave countless words unsaid out of fear, worry, doubt, and to protect myself. Life is too short to say silent though. And as… Continue reading watch me bloom

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radical self-love

I am here with you.  I am here with you, I say to myself in a gentle lullaby. I will keep you safe.   I adore this poem by Ijeoma Umebinyuo. It says so much about radical self-love and its tenderness. "I bathe her, I play her some jazz, I feed her, I weep for her," she writes… Continue reading radical self-love

ancestors, Buddhism, earth, intergenerationaltrauma, main, mindfulness

connecting with ancestors

photo by marietjie hemming I like to think our ancestors are rooting us on through life. There is a mindfulness practice from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh called Touching the earth that I learned while on retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery many years ago where we place our palms in front of our chests in the… Continue reading connecting with ancestors

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Being with Grief

everything's going to be okay, I tell myself. this will pass. I find so much peace in those simple words during challenging times. this will pass. photo by joniwoq Grief has been increasingly present for me. A collective grief for all the beings who it feels like are gone too soon, for the state of… Continue reading Being with Grief