Speaking Your Truth: A Self-Honoring Practice

As women, we are not encouraged to speak our minds, In fact, we are trained to believe that doing so diminishes our "niceness." And, remember that from our nursery rhyme days we are told that "sugar and spice and everything nice is what little girls are made of." 

That doesn't leave much...

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Vow Faithfulness to YOURSELF this Valentine's Day

It may feel countercultural. Our of synch with the romantic love fest going on around us as Valentine's Day nears. Celebrate the beauty of your romantic relationships, yes, AND spend some time tuning into the places you may be abandoning yourself in your romantic relationships and in your life....

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The Way Back Home: Six Pillars of Self-Sovereignty

It's that time of year again—Resolution Season. It starts January 1 and continues relentlessly highlighting our alleged imperfections until the messaging switches on February 1 to the other tired trope of romantic love solving all of life's woes. 

Let's create a moment of...

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Ancestral Wisdom: Signs & Symbols From Beyond the Veil

November 7 marks the halfway point between the autumn solstice and the winter equinox, a day traditionally known as Samhain.

I know that most celebrated on Halloween or the day after on the Day of the Dead, but technically the veil thins between realms for a week beyond that hallowed eve. 

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Let Your Altar Find You

Did you grow up believing that altars, like God, were outside of yourself? Beyond your realm of authority? That they were divinely inspired shrines that someone "up there" (a male priest, pastor, rabbi, etc.) bestowed with holy authority that imbued those sacred spaces with their power.

In this...

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Sacred Herstory: Lessons From Crete

I am freshly back from a goddess pilgrimage to Crete and still feeling into the experience of immersing myself in an ancient culture that operated outside of the bounds of patriarchy, beyond the lens that has tinted all the history, philosophy, religion and literature from the past 2,000 years.

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Take Your First Step Toward Self-Sovereignty

Yes, a literal first step. Walking in the woods is a go-to centering practice for me. When I am there, I notice more. And there is beauty everywhere. The woods are very accessible from my house. What unique beauty is accessible to you?

 

Start by looking around you and finding a path...

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Embracing Life's Detours

Sometimes pilgrimages go exactly as planned. Confession: never the ones that I plan! Often, however, their magic and transformative power lie in the things that go “wrong” and what we do with the detour.



Today we thought we were taking a ferry out to the Isle of May, a National Nature...

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The Story Beneath the Story. What's Yours?

One cave's sacred herstory erasure tells a bigger story.

 

 I'm in Scotland doing what I love—

excavating our sacred herstory—in the wild. 

 

I am focusing on a sacred cave that bears the name of St. Fillan. I have been fascinated by it since I discovered it lay...

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Feral—A Subversive Return to Your Wildest Truest Self

I slipped into the woods today. Down the dusty road from our house, through the fern where the rock garden sprouts from the earth, circles of stones, miniatures of the ancient Celtic monoliths. Someone has nestled shimmering glass rondures in a nest of bark among the stones.

I find the hidden...

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A Complicated Celebration of Motherhood

 

Mother's Day can be complicated on the best of years. This year, even if you have a loving mom who's still alive (I do) and kids who are thriving (also true for me), there is a cloud that hangs over the day. 

The cloud is the looming leaked decision that would force women to become...

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Fixes, Fads, and Self-Betterment Plans, Oh My!

by Patricia Lynn Reilly

It used to be that the pressure to create resolutions and self-betterment plans was most intense around the new year, every year!

For most of us, however, the pressure spills over and we live in a chronic state of planning to be better and to look better, and resolving to...

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