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Subtle Reading Nurturance This Year

What kind of subtle reading nurturance will you give yourself this year? How will you feed your mind in ways that are satisfying, even healing, for you? In Ayurveda we work with the five koshas for healing. These are different levels of experience, sheaths, dimensions of being, ways that we relate to the world around…

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Top 2 New Year’s Health Tips from Amadea

What are my top 2 New Year’s health tips this year? As an Ayurvedic educator, Polarity therapist, and human, here are my votes for this coming year’s most effective re-balancing actions in this moment. First of the top 2 New Year’s health tips Stop sugar. I mean white sugar, for at least 30 days. Less…

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Dynamics of Healing Chai

Dynamics of Healing Chai, and a 2 for 1 Special Treat

It’s worth contemplating the dynamics of healing chai as the season changes on us. This sweet, pungent, and astringent-tasting brew warms us up just when we are needing it. As the season changes, it’s time for our food and beverage choices to change some too. With autumn, we need more warmth and less coolness, more…

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A Tale of Two Broken Blenders Plastic and Climate Change

In this moment so many sentient beings are directly in the path of danger. At a time like this, tending to the mundane or long term feels just that, pretty small and/or remote.  In one of those aching moments, I got an email from our good friend Ramona with a cheery inquiry “Hey! I keep thinking of…

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In the Lineage of Sister Mary

Editor’s Note: We are glad to welcome Ralph Steele as a guest blogger. This guest blog is reprinted here with the author’s permission, from a longer article that originally appeared in Tricycle. I was born on Pawleys Island, South Carolina.  There was a white only section close to the Atlantic Ocean, no blacks were allowed. We…

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Yoga the Integrity of Sobriety and Me

Editor’s note: We are delighted to introduce our first guest blogger, Angie Athanassiades. Angie, welcome and thank you! I have written before about the integrity of sobriety, how the process of becoming and staying sober allows our self to grow whole again, to bring together all those parts whose adhesion was broken down by regular,…

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Skin as Costume Open to Diversity

With my skin as costume, I can fly under the radar. It doesn’t matter what I think, what you see is white. I may be old, I may be a woman (Amadea, she/her), yet I carry my protection with me at all times. Smiling helps in many circumstances, yet not all. It’s taken me a…

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Cognitive Speech Therapy, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Kindness

The story My husband Gord is a carpenter. He’s also a writer, builder, designer, an innovative human. A year ago this week he fell off a high ladder at work. He and his partner Matt were up on matching ladders, repairing an aging façade on a storefront in downtown Santa Fe. He broke a number…

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Building Adversity Muscles Four Ways in New Mexico

In terms of building adversity muscles, a Nunani First Nation elder was asked who had greater depth of knowledge of a hunt under difficult conditions, an old human or an old wolf. On reflection, he replied, “They’re the same”.  Both faced great adversity with as much skill as they could muster within the Arctic landscape. (1)…

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Soothing Creamy Milk – What Kind?

(Stay Warm and Gently Spiced) Facing the dairy section of your closest big grocery store, you may see a bewildering array of soothing creamy milk these days. There’s classic cow’s milk in a variety of fat to no-fat forms. There could be goat’s milk. Now some places there’s also plant-based almond milk, coconut–cashew, oat, rice,…

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