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Earth is Mother ~ I Am Mother

The Earth, my Mother.
I come from your womb,
the Mother of a Mother
born knowing
your breast.
You see the Earth is my Mother,
but I am Mother too.
Not the Mother of a child born
from this body and flesh,
but a Mother soul.
I feel this tenderness
as I walk upon you.
Like that of a bear
like the marrow that runs deep
through my bones.
I feel the rage of a Mother too,
the fervor of storm,
as I save my only child
I cry out for help
to my brothers and sisters.
The great storm.
Mother.  Earth.
WE have birthed each other,
you have given me
from your loins.
I know your breast well,
but I am no longer a hungry child.
I can see that you are growing old,
and it is time for me
to take care of you now.
Like a child loves her Mother.
Like a Mother loves her child.
We care for each other.
Honoring the cycles of life,
that I can see with my own eyes.
The child who grows,
becomes the Mother
of her Mother.
The Mother
who has given all of her milk.
A child forever,
I cannot be a child forever.
I am Mother,
a fire that never dies,
and I know my children well. 

Prickly Pear & Wild White Sage Syrup

I’ve been spending my days in a desert by the Sea.  The sweet California coast.
I found this amazingly ripe patch of prickly pear on a hike the other day.  Wow.  So juicy and ripe and ready to go.
Look at the color of these amazing babies.  Decided to harvest a few and make something nice :

Touch the Earth

Touching the Earth is one of our great medicines.
How deeply do we understand this?

When we walk the soil, our feet touching the ground,
our entire beings are filled with the primal energy of pure resonance,
bringing us back into natural state.
In a world of such intensity this is one of the very first steps
towards finding center, finding balance,
understanding our lives, purpose, peace.
Bless yourself with a life connected to the Earth.
Understand that once we as a people develop a deep and
caring
relationship with the Earth,
we will naturally live our lives in harmony with her.
This is what will change the world.
We must care, and to care we must know.

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Touch the Earth with your hands,
and while you are touching the Earth
be still in your mind.
Take slow, deep breaths.
Notice what it feels like
to be engaged in this
simple act of communion.
Take this opportunity to dive deeper and
deeper into your true nature.
If you wish to hear the Earth speak
be quiet and listen.
Listen deeply as if you are trying to understand
a language you’ve never heard before,
Listen not to the words but to the impressions.
There is a surrender there.
Feel the essence behind it.

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Be in stillness…quiet and quieter

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Sit by the water.
Allow your mind to empty, crystal clear.
Do this to see clearly.
The Earth will speak and your
Soul will hear.
Do not be afraid of your own body.
Be bold and be naked.
Make friends with the cold river.
Remember it is waking you up in your bones.
At our core we are wild things before anything else,
and it is our birthright to be free in this way.

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Be Bold.
Touch the Earth.
Sow the seeds of
your nature.

Life is Ritual

Life is a Beautiful Ceremony unfolding.
There are so many ways to honor and be
present within our day to day happenings,
nurturing ourselves through the ritual of life…
keeping our bodies:
physical, mental, emotional, spiritual,
tuned in, in balance.  Happy and free.
Here I will share a few of my own self-care rituals.
I work with this magic everyday.
Take the time to nurture, slow down,
be present and grounded within your own being.
Within the presence of a simple moment,
just to notice is such a beautiful gift.
~ Bless yourself  ~

 Drink Tea

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I drink a lot of tea.  So, so much tea.
Many of the herbs I work with are plants I wildcraft myself,
and this of course is a part of the ritual for me.
Nettles, Wild Mint, Horsetail, the list goes on an on.
For years I stayed away from teas with caffeine,
but since meeting some beautiful friends who are deep into Tea,
I have begun to explore the world of fine Pu-erhs and Matchas,
White teas…there are so many to discover.
I brew a pot for myself first thing in the morning,
sit quietly, watch the sunrise, and enjoy the silence.
Taking in the beauteous expanse that lies before me.

Touch the Sun

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This is one of the most important Rituals of my day.
Standing on the Earth, bare feet, hands to the Sun.
Feeling the light radiate my entire being,
magnifying every cell, merging into One.

Eat Beauty

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I make food magic everyday.
Beautiful, bountiful, deeply nourishing foods.
Deep Earth food.  Rainbow food.
Organic, farm grown, vitalized food.
Every sense enchanted.
Blessing the food makers.
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10254009_10202362238433179_1321423431642455277_nRaw Rainbow Thai Soup
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1454742_10202300914940130_1935392962_nFarm fresh neighbor eggs, Homemade seed toast, Grandpa’s backyard honey, yummy kale salad
My food magic ritual is simple.
Tune into what my body needs.
Create in a meditative love state.
Make beauty.  Enjoy every bite.
Try to eat slowly and with presence.
Give thanks.

 Neti

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I use my neti pot almost everyday.  I actually really love to use it.
Neti is an ancient yogic cleansing technique used to purify the mind, body, & spirit.
Some even say it brings clairvoyance…I say, I agree.
I always feel much more clear and awake when I neti first thing in the morning.
It’s easy to do.  Simply mix approximately 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. of
fine ground high quality sea salt with pure, warm water and
run this solution in one nostril and out the other.
(I like to switch nostrils half-way through the pot, and take 10 deep breaths when I’m done.)
Feels good to clear the sinuses, washing away the old, making way for the new.
Making way for Deep, deep breaths.

Meditate

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 I had been practicing Yoga asana for years before I realized the importance of Meditation in my life.
Fortunately, a dear friend and practitioner encouraged me to sit in a 7-day silent Vipassana retreat years ago.
I soaked it up like a S P O N G E.
So happy to be quiet and go in.  After I left that particular retreat, things were different.
Very different…instaneously.  Magic took its course, swallowing me completely.
After that, I was hooked.  I remember the moment I realized that this practice was a key for me.
A doorway to the Natural state.
I would love to hear some of your own rituals : )
Always something new and inspiring to learn 
With Love,  Holly Jean
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