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An Altar To All The Mothers

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{An Altar to all the Mothers}

To all the mothers who are
We treasure your devotion
Your love shapes us all
Thank you Thank you Thank you

To all the mothers who were
We treasure our lineage
You are in our hearts every day
Thank you Thank you Thank you

To all the mothers who will be
Your love will shape the world of tomorrow
Trust in your mama heart and you can’t go wrong
Thank you Thank you Thank you

And to the great Mother of us all – Mama Gaia
You give yourself to sustain ALL of your children
Your love is boundless even when we are not grateful
Thank you Thank you Thank you

To all the faces and stages of Motherhood
To all the joys and struggles shared
Thank you Thank you Thank you

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Spring Equinox Blessings

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Offering up this despacho to this life affirming time: from the thawing ground, tree buds, and to all the bird songs welcoming this ‪Spring‬ season. Moving from darkness to Light and celebrating all the nuances in-between.

In nature’s beauty I walk and find my way. ‪

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” ~ John Muir

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Saving Graces

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Every tiny bud, a sign that life is returning.

As the Sun always rises after the dark night, as the Moon always becomes full again after emptying herself to darkness, Spring always returns to chase away Winter’s slumber. Light always returning after the passing of the dark.

It never ceases to amaze me, all the cycles in nature, reflected within ourselves. Everything, waning and waxing. Always in cycles.

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All The Small Things

I’m excited to announce that my third mini zine “Holy The Small” is now listed over on Etsy.

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The sacred is exposed to us through the small, and this zine is an ode to all the small things that make up the bigger ones.

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” ~ Arthur Conan Doyle

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Holy The Small

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The sacred is exposed to us through the small. All the small things brought together make up the bigger ones. Nothing larger is ever accomplished on it’s own. It’s in the small that the infinite is revealed. Small stories, small steps, small braveries… Holy the small.

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November’s Rhythm

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Listening to the beat within and diving deeper into the pulse of all the things. Observing November’s rhythm – which is calling for new eyes to notice all the shifting altars.

“What is saving my life now is the conviction that there is no spiritual treasure to be found apart from the bodily experiences of human life on earth. My life depends on engaging the most ordinary physical activities with the most exquisite attention I can give them. My life depends on ignoring all touted distinctions between the secular and the sacred, the physical and the spiritual, the body and the soul. What is saving my life now is becoming more fully human, trusting that there is no way to God apart from real life in the real world.”

~ Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

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A Season for Remembering

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“Death smiles at us all, all we can do is smile back.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

It’s no secret that Fall is my favorite season. With it’s color changing leaves, crisp air and a general feeling of renewal, to pumpkins, hoodies and Halloween preparations, there is also something happening in the undercurrent. A stopping of sorts that lends to a deepening… a turning inward to remember.

Making Light out of Shadows
I bow to the cycle of Life and Death
Honoring all that has come before me
I celebrate Life, by remembering the Dead.

Every year I observe and celebrate Allhallowtide, which is the combined holidays of All Hallows’s eve (October 31st), Hallowmas or All Saint’s Day (November 1st), and All Souls’ Day (November 2nd). In Mexico this is most popularly known as Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

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This is a time to remember our beloved departed, as well as to celebrate the life they had and honor the life that is around us. And so altars are built in their memory, it is said that this time of year the veil between the worlds are at their thinnest and the dead can cross over to come visit their loved ones. The altars generally include offerings of sweets and liquid so the dead may rest and feast with the living. To see more of my 2014 Ofrenda (altar) click here.

“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”
~ Edgar Allan Poe

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(There is more time than life)

During this season of remembering, and all year round, may our loved ones passed be always present in our hearts.

Over a year ago I wrote {Death’s Song} which was published over on the Women’s Spiritual Poetry website as well as in their poetry anthology book Journey of the Heart, and my friend who created this image reminded me of how timely this poem is this time of year… How it reminds us that there is always a new beginning after an ending.

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(Photograph: “Love is Stronger Than Death” by Katarina Silva)

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