Baelyn Elspeth

Goddesses share their secrets...

What is success to you?
Remembering. Coming back to presence when I forget. Being able to feel each moment and assist the flow of harmony between all the elements and moving parts. A balance of showing up fully open and ready to serve whilst sitting back gracefully and allowing it all to unfold.

What is magic for you?
The elements. Nature. The feet and lets that carry my body around everyday. That you can plant seed into the ground and from it arises green life that stretches to the sun and then forms a juicy red sweet berry that makes your mouth pucker and water and brings a smile to your face. That fire conducts water. The sunrise. The sunset. The moon.

What is love for you?
An opened ended mystery of trust and surrender.

What is your beauty / health practice?
I love being out in nature. I love lying on the earth. Swimming in the ocean. Going from hot to cold has always been very healing for me. So, sweating in the sauna and then cold plunging. Putting organic foods in my body and natural plant based products on my skin. Stretching every morning. Drinking tea. Laughing. 

What makes your spirit glow?
An open heart connected to unconditional infinite love. The deep resonant heartbeat of the drum. Dancing and singing. 

How do you stay centered in the middle of chaos?
It is easy if I am in the middle of it and it doesn't hit a personal trigger. Kind of like the eye of a tornado, I just stay centered in stillness. I sit and observe and from that witnessing much can be learned. If the chaos pulls and lures me into the spiral, well then best to surrender and dance with it until I find myself once again seated in the eye. 

Remembering the breath can help me to skillfully dance through the storm. Meditation helps expose the triggers so we can unravel them and return to the center.

Eventually there is no separation between the two and we can rest in stillness on the outer edges of chaos and dance with ecstatic abandon in the center...

What causes and organizations are you passionate about?
Global Tea Hut
For the Wild
Zeno Mountain Farm

If you could say one thing to the world, what would you say?
Wake up. Take responsibility for the life you have created for yourself. Turn the finger you have been pointing outward inward. Remember your spirit and who you are. Open your heart and love it all. 

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All Matters of Spirit
www.allmattersofspirit.com
www.globalteahut.org
www.spiritweaversgathering.com

Katie Hess

Goddesses Share Their Secrets...

What is success to you?
Success to me is engaging in activities that make a difference in people’s lives. Even if only if only ONE person’s life is profoundly and positively affected, that’s worth it. I also love the ability to create beautiful experiences and a vision that people can align with, and have that support myself, my family, my team and the community. 

What is magic for you?
Tiny synchronicities. Signs in nature. Flowers + their tremendous, transformative powers. Trees + their wisdom. Mother Earth in her ancient + vast knowingness. Poetry, creative writing + the way the cream (and magical insights) rise to the top if you allow yourself to be as honest as possible. Unavoidable, transformative meetings with people that change you or your life in some way. The way that meditation, meaningful rituals, devotion, prayer + spirituality evolve + deepen our lives in a tangible way. 

What is love for you?
Hmmm. True love is unconditional, yet so difficult to truly be without conditions. It’s a constant practice of loving yourself so much that you’re not seeking love from the outside, and subsequently the ability to let people be free to be themselves and do what they do - without expectations and attachments. Harder said than done, but the practice itself is what grows us. Sometimes love breaks our hearts open, so that more light can come in - sometimes it comes like a lightning flash + we don’t understand its power or where it came from. Other times it’s slow-growing and malleable and enduring. Most importantly though, as a starting point, I believe, is this practice of loving ourselves. Our ability to love others is in proportion to our our ability to love + cherish ourselves. 

What is your beauty / health practice?
Meditation, breathing, spending time in nature … for inner beauty, which naturally translates into outer beauty without even trying! Experiencing more spaciousness, insights and openness to whatever arises is the best health practice too. 

And also I love to: 

Take breaks. Go outside. Get fresh air. Drink water. Eat dark chocolate. Focus on the little things that bring joy + beauty. Avoid sugar, wheat, dairy + processed foods. Eat lots of mangos! Put oils on the skin. Experiment with herbs, superfoods + supplements that nourish. 

What makes your spirit glow?
Creativity. Making beautiful things or leading beautiful projects. Salsa dancing. Transformative meditation, awareness practices + prayer. The Earth under our feet, the leaves of the dancing trees in the breeze + sunlight. Hot springs. Asian bathhouses. Travel to Asia + eating all kinds of yummy, healthy food. Crazy, exotic, beautiful, transformative flowers! Buddhist monks/nuns chanting + the crazy wisdom yogis + rinpoches that make magic. 

How do you stay centered in the middle of chaos?
I embrace the chaos. And try to get as quiet, still + aware within it as possible - the eye of the storm. 

More practical everyday actions might include: 

Spending time in nature. Meditation. Just taking a minute to breathe outside and feel connected to the trees, flowers, earth and everything around me. Remembering the profound quality of life, how precious and fleeting everything is. 

What causes / organizations are you passionate about?
My passions reside quietly within me, in my life as a role model + in all the conversations I have with people. Some things that come to mind are: healthy eating according to the needs of your body, healthy alternatives to medication if desired, the importance of caring for our parents when they are aging or dying, the ability to have babies in a place where there are no sick people if desired, and learning how to work with intense emotions to help transform our lives. 

If you could say one thing to the world what would you say?
Mother Earth is absolutely here to support us, if we tune in and open up to it, providing soooooo many forms of nourishment for physical, emotional and spiritual health, in the form of trees, plants, flowers, healing foods, herbs, flower elixirs and magical insights and lessons if we listen. We are not alone - we are always supported in our quest for balance, vitality, growth and transformation of our hearts. 

How do you Mother the world? 
I care deeply. I create elixirs that help people see their own potential + try to get them in as many hands as possible. I dedicate my activities to the happiness of all sentient beings. I extend gentleness, softness, kindness … and am teaching myself how to also be equally as discerning, fearless and fierce. 

Also, we have events called Flowerlounges, in which we create experiences for people to rediscover what's most important to them. We have a 7-city tour coming up in July ~ would love to see your readers there! 

-Katie Hess
Flower Alchemist + Founder
LOTUSWEI
www.lotuswei.com

Jaclyn Hodes

Goddesses Share Their Secrets...

What is success to you?
Success is to feel fulfilled each day, like you offered part of yourself to your creative expression and it touched someone else.

What is magic for you?
Magic for me is the connection that's made between time and space and when you know that you know

What is love for you?
The moment when you look back and accept that it was and will always be love. Looking forward to recognize it in the present moment.

What is your beauty /health practice?
Face oils are essential as I start my day and some super gentle kundalini yoga movement and salt baths with the essential oils and evening hikes in the canyon where I live in Topanga. I feel super renewed from the healing blooming plants that line one of my favorite hikes. I also am loving incorporating my FEATHER EAGLE SKY rare earth face mask into my daily routine.

What makes your spirit glow?
Feeling seen makes my spirit glow, The embrace of nature is particularly potent as is authentic human connection.

How do you stay centered in the middle of chaos?
I either go to the beach, walk on the sand and dose myself with some water. If I can't go in the ocean, I at least submerge my feet and throw some water over my head, 3x in a quick a potent prayer to the sea, to myself.

What causes /organizations are you passionate about?
Carrying for our waterways and the land surrounding it, empowering women to work and then also empowering the men so that balance in occurs again. I think WAVES FOR WATER is doing an amazing job with their program of disseminating water filters and sharing the simple but effective way to have clean safe drinking water along with WOMENS WATER INITIATIVE and WEA (Women's Earth Alliance) is a powerful organization that I want to work with more directly.

If you could say one thing to the world what would you say?
Please just breathe, consciously and deeply. And please feel, feel your self, specifically your feet on the earth and look, please look at oneself and one another more deeply, and directly, eye to eye. If we just could stay present and try to see one another than we would be moving closer toward peace and awareness. I keep forgetting to do these life practices myself and when things get whirly...so a reminder to myself and wish to extend the practice outward.

What has been the greatest lesson as a mother you've learned?
As someone with 5 planets in Scorpio I can say that death and rebirth is a prevailing theme in my life, in every moment, so be flexible to die and be reborn, into a new self and be there to witness the rebirthing of each other, allow for space to be new again and while holding something solid for each other, by just witnessing perhaps, we can also create space for what may truly be needing light and emergence in one another.

What advice would you give to a new mother?
Being so gentle to yourself in the transition from one self to another is not easy but essential. Not yet a mother and can only imagine that one's sense of self and consciousness is inextricably connected to a new way of seeing and being in the world. As mother you are connected to a new lineage and an oath to an ancestry and future blood lines open up--what a powerful portal in addition to now being in care of a new being to this planet. As mother to my creations and business I keep learning how to grow along the growing entity and imagine there's some similarities.

www.awaveawake.com

Chloe Slattery

Goddesses Share Their Secrets...

What is success to you?
Success to me is being in integrity with all things I do. With the way I interact with people, with everything I create, with the way I make my money, with the way I see myself. 

It's continuing to be radiant, vulnerable, creative and hopefully inspiring to the people who need it. Personally, a successful life for me is creating conscious media that showcases the talents and messages of incredible humans. And also to continue to create sustainable products that inspire people to create more awareness and ritual in their lives. Basically what i'm doing now... but on a continuously larger scale. 

What is magic for you?
Magic is the Earth. The intricacies of all that is here. The elements. The plants. Noticing the little details. Gratitude. Marvelling at the sky, or the moon, or the fire. Creating ceremonies with these elements to uplift and heal yourself and others.

What is love for you?
The gaze of awe-filled recognition from your lover or friends. When you feel so seen, heard, and honored by someone... and to let that sink in and burst out through your heart. Love is feeling so held and supported by the Earth too...

When you're laying on the ground or the sand, crying / releasing stuck energy and knowing that the Earth's got you and that you're giving it all up to something so much grander and limitless than anything you could ever experience in this human life. Love is trusting that you're here for good things, and focusing on that service-filled perspective on life. 

What is your beauty / health practice?
I always take time in the morning to drop into my body. To stretch and open up my hips, breathe deep and shake out all of yesterday's energy. I love doing bend backs and handstands in the morning, just to get my blood flowing in a new way.

I'm pretty natural and simple with beauty products. I concocted my own essential oil perfume blend so I wear that, then usually a little Paw-Paw gel, natural moisturizer & mascara and i'm ready. 

I make potent tonics in the mornings which I always look forward to! They're a combination of cacao, medicinal mushrooms (reishi, chaga etc...), a probiotic powder, fresh ginger/turmeric, dates to sweeten, and usually almond milk. So damn good. That always gets me glowing and ready to begin my day! I love sharing them with beautiful friends and watching them enjoy. 

What makes your spirit glow?
Jumping in the ocean, or a waterfall, or any body of water really! Getting my heart-rate going by dancing or running or swimming. Being in service, and helping share the good messages of people. Being creative - in any way!

How do you stay centered in the middle of chaos?
By not going into the stories in my head or the ones other people are spinning. By seeing it all from the birds eye perspective. By asking myself how I can be more in service. By breathing deep and taking time to ground in, back to my real self. By always being willing to be humbled. By just holding a strong, kind, aware presence through it all. 

What causes / organizations are you passionate about?
I love what Sea Shepherd continues to do for our oceans and marine life. They rock.

I'm super passionate about helping to support the next generation so I love any organization that's doing rites of passage or educational programs for young girls and boys. So, so important for us to be supported, educated and held in the right way from a young age so we can carry that forward in our lives. There's one called Future Dreamers that i love.

I'm supportive of any organization that's striving to create a better world! We're all called to help different areas of the movement, and we've got to listen to what really hits home for us and actively support that area of the revolution... because there's so many different issues to address, it can seem overwhelming! Focus on what calls you most.

If you could say one thing to the world what would you say?
Look up at the sky, stand tall, breathe deep, drop into gratitude, and then do all actions from that place, every day. 

What advice would you give to a new mother?
Listen. Be humbled. Allow them to transform you. Be so present and grateful.

 themojomecca.com

Katie Cahn

Goddesses Share Their Secrets...

What is success to you?
Success to me is about being happy.

What is magic to you?
Magic to me is anything that heals my soul. It could be a hawk that lands in a tree I'm sitting under, the ocean waves breaking in perfect rhythm, or when my husband kisses my neck when I’m not expecting it. Magic is simple.

What is love to you?
For me, love and magic go hand in hand. Love is the fuel of the heart. I thrive on the things, people, places around me. Love centers me, soothes me, comforts me.

What is your health and beauty practice?
I have never been asked about my health practices before… I stay healthy by being active and spending time with loved ones. To get technical though, I eat a plant-based diet and practice yoga. I’ve learned that your body can betray you when you least expect it, so I concentrate on health more now that ever. I lost three organs in 2016 due to tumors (one being malignant, the other was benign) so I do everything I can to keep the organs I do have healthy. I have a garden that I grow lots of dark cruciferous veggies in. I try to walk 3 miles or more per day. I dance when I’m cooking dinner. I swim with my dog. I flyfish.

What makes your spirit glow?
I think that my humor is what makes my spirit glow. I’m goofy. I love making my husband laugh. So I would have to say that my spirit glows when he is sitting at the dinner table watching me dance and sing while I make dinner. I’ll make up words and dance moves just to see him laugh.  That, or when I catch a pretty fish. Then you really see my face light up.

How do you stay centered in chaos?
I am an anxious being; I get it from my dad. I have had to really focus on not letting my anxiety get the best of me. So, to stay centered, I breathe. I concentrate on my breathing to find rhythm. I go flyfishing. I’ll do yoga until all the kinks are out.

What causes/organizations are you passionate about? 
I love being outdoors, and I want to give back to Mother Earth in ways that I can. So, I am part of Trout Unlimited as a way to donate my time and money to river conservation. I’m working on becoming a volunteer for Casting for Recovery; an organization where women who are fighting cancer or are cancer survivors cancer can learn to flyfish with experienced anglers. Also, as a teacher, I incorporate education about maintaining healthy rivers into the curriculum.

If you could say one thing to the world, what would it be?
If I could say one thing to the world it would be, “Hey World, lighten up a bit.”


 

Jessica Lewis

Goddesses Share Their Secrets...

What is success to you?
I measure my success in relatively simple terms.  It's not an ultimate goal, but a work in progress.  It's less about money or to do lists and more about my ability find a healthy balance between work and life.  It's about living my life in a way that is true to me, but not one necessarily defined by societies standards.  As long as my basic needs are met and I am able to make space in a busy day for nature, for a bit of quiet, a bit of connection and creation...I've had success.  Of course, some days are more successful that others, but I'd like to think I can find a sliver of success in most of them.  When I'm learning, growing, loving...I'm working my way toward living my own definition of success.

What is magic for you?
I'd say I find a bit of magic everyday.  Today, I watched a fox hunting among the snow drifts covering my back yard.  I felt the magic there, in that dance, in the little creature's lithe movements.  I see magic all the time in wild places and open spaces...in the creatures that inhabit them...In sunrises and sunsets.  In high mountain lakes, glacial fed streams, flush with clean water, healthy fish and in tact ecosystems.  I see it both in the grandiose...and in the diminutive, too. In the shapes of leaves and the change of seasons. I'd venture that you really don't have to look very far to find a little magic in the everyday.  

What is love for you?
This is a tough one for me to articulate...but, here goes...Love is the ability to let go, to be yourself, in your glory, in your grace...as well as in your darkness.  And to let another person find that safety, in you too.  And in the knowledge of both the dark and the light, to go right on loving just the same.  The ability to both see and accept flaws, idiosyncrasies, and insecurities. And the desire to ease them...to feel that drive to help, to ease another's journey, to make them whole.  The ability to feel pain when the are wounded, and find true joy in their successes.  To love is to truly want the best for another...enough that you are willing to work for it, to fight and to sacrifice for it, for them. For love.  

What is your beauty health practice?
Sunshine, a good sweat, plenty of time spent outside...and a good moisturizer!   Healthy clean foods, plenty of water...and a little nip of whiskey for good measure.

What makes your spirit glow?
A walk in the woods, rain or shine.  An alpine lake baptism.  Travel. Climbing...and creating...always creating.  Those sacred times in life when you have the freedom of time, when you rise and settle with the cycle of the sun.  Right now I'm picturing red rock walls, sandstone, and full day of climbing and exploring under a desert sun.  A little tent on a bluff to call home for a spell, and a solid string of blissful nights sleep. When you've exhausted your body in a beautiful place...that full body relaxed that comes with it. Peace. I swear, on days like that I can actually feel myself glow.

How do you stay centered in the middle of chaos?  
This is something that I work on all the time.  It's so much easier to stay calm and centered when all is well.  But, it's those times when you're smack dab in middle of the shit storm that it's so important to root down, to continue to cultivate that sense of stillness. For me, it's simple things...forcing myself to breath mindfully, to remember to seek and hold on to the good. It's a reoccurring theme for me...but time spent in solitude...in nature, always does the trick.  Fresh air, fresh perspective, and a good sweat. Gentle reminders of the good.

What causes/organizations are you passionate about? 
Gah~ there are so many! But I'd say, it's always the environment for me.  I truly believe it's crucial to everything, to everyone, everywhere. Quality of life. Clean water, clean air, sustainability and making sure that people both have access to these resources, as well as the desire to preserve them for future generations. If you could say one thing to the world what would you say?We've only got one. One earth...one home to house us all.  So be kind. Be compassionate.  Both to one another, to the planet....and to creatures great and small.    

Aspen Mirabal

Goddesses share their secrets...

WHAT IS SUCCESS TO YOU?
Success is accomplishing one task at a time. Seriously, success can mean something as simple as baking a pie and not burning it or finishing a book. You shouldn’t be SO hard on yourself. And that’s why….(read below)

WHAT IS MAGIC FOR YOU?
We are all capable in living in the magic. We are born with it. You can seriously manifest anything you want. Just remember, be careful for what you wish for. Intention is powerful!!

WHAT IS LOVE FOR YOU?
Love is what conquers all. No matter how smart you are, no matter how dumb an individual may be, no matter how small, large, spiritual, religious, fearful, etc.. love conquers all. Love loves love and only love. Love in itself is an entity that we have yet to fully understand, and maybe we don’t have to understand it, we just need to feel it, and accept it when the love potion eases its way throughout our bodies and consumes our entire being. All there is is love. To love and be loved.

WHAT IS YOUR BEAUTY/HEALTH PRACTICE?
Being in the sun, facing the ice cold wind, embracing all elements. Bathing in flowers and leaves, and plants-- consuming them. Haha, and of course, using FEATHER EAGLE SKY skin care products! DUH!!

WHAT MAKES YOUR SPIRIT GLOW?
Being able to drink water out of the river that flows from the sacred mountain I live under. Eating the food that my family and I grow and harvest, and the meat of the animals that roam wild in the hills. Uh, and waking up every morning HAPPY and LOVED.. AND my absolute respect and devotion to the BLUE CORN MAIDENS.

HOW DO YOU STAY CENTERED IN THE MIDDLE OF CHAOS?
Go take a dip in the freezing waters-- that’ll wake you up! Or take a walk into the corn fields, and focusing on my breathing.

WHAT CAUSES/ORGANIZATIONS ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?
Planting the seeds of the ancients/my ancestors. Participating in ceremony in my community through song and dance.

IF YOU COULD SAY ONE THING TO THE WORLD WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
Make your dreams a reality!!! Anything is possible; face your fears and fuck what people say about you and the way you live.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW MOTHER?
Sing to your baby, even if you feel you don’t know any songs or feel your voice isn’t soft enough, massage baby, teach baby the importance of prayer and giving thanks for each day we are alive. Babies are fragile, but that shouldn't stop you from taking baby outdoors and putting her/him in the earth. Let that baby get dirty and taste the soil!

Camille Rose Giglio

Goddesses Share Their Secrets...

WHAT IS SUCCESS TO YOU?
Success is the ultimate goal in life. But for me, not in the way you think. I think success is the realization that all we have is now. This life is right now, it’s all happening right now. It’s all about the journey, and soaking up every moment of it, not just the end result.

WHAT IS MAGIC FOR YOU?
Magic is the universal forces at work. It’s the direct deep connection that we all have to source, the unwavering forces that are always available for us to connect with, and tap into. It’s the spirit world here with us in every moment. It’s the connection with the universe, our own mother earth, and all of her majestic forces at work. 

WHAT IS LOVE FOR YOU?
Love is staying present. Love, is a constant evolution. Love is where I feel the most connected to myself, to source, and then to those around me. Love is that force imbedded in me as a mother, that will give everything I have no matter how tired, how “not in the mood”, however not available that I am. Love is when I am always choosing the better thoughts, the better actions, the higher purpose. Only when coming from a place of love, do ideas and inspiration come to me. 

WHAT IS YOUR BEAUTY/HEALTH PRACTICE?
I always make sure I am listening to my body first. My body prefers a diet of traditional foods, with pure ingredients, not too far from what our ancestors may have eaten. Since our skin is the largest organ in our body, and we are eating essentially everything that goes on our body, I wouldn’t put anything on my body that I couldn’t eat also. I take the greatest care that everything put on my body, and my children’s bodies is crafted with the purest ingredients, and nothing else. Other than that, movement for me is so important. I’ve never settled on any form of exercise for very long, except for dancing! Nothing gets me moving my body like a live concert or a good playlist. 

WHAT MAKES YOUR SPIRIT GLOW?
My children! Seeing my children together, laughing and playing, there is nothing that makes me smile and laugh more. They are always connected to source, and full of laughter and love, reminding us all of the way to be. The fact that these two beings both came from my womb, is a direct connection to me and my spirit, and also happens to be my biggest accomplishment. That, basking in the warm sun, and being in my favorite spot in the woods.

HOW DO YOU STAY CENTERED IN THE MIDDLE OF CHAOS?
Well, for starters, I don’t know if I always do! Stay centered that is. I think I stay centered by not getting stuck in any one place. I truly try and ebb and flow with each day, and with each moment. If life is chaotic and nuts that day, the more I can be embracing every second and being along for the ride, while maintaining my own rhythm that is unique to me, the better I will feel. A quick nap or meditation can always provide an excellent reset for me.

WHAT CAUSES/ORGANIZATIONS ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?
Right now, one of the very most important moments in all of history is happening. The number of times I’ve almost packed it up and headed out to Standing Rock can be counted on more than 2 hands. The water protectors at Standing Rock are not just standing up to protect the reservation land, they are standing up for the clean water for millions of people. If there’s ever been anything that needs our help, any reason to give, now is the time. 

IF YOU COULD SAY ONE THING TO THE WORLD WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? Go forth with joy! :-) WHAT HAS BEEN THE GREATEST LESSON AS A MOTHER YOU’VE LEARNED?
Really, we’re all in this together. I don’t do authoritative parenting, and I am not the boss of my child. I want to show my child that they are their own guiding light, and I’m here and available for any and all support that he needs (I have 2 boys). We’re a team, all of us, and we work together to make our life come together in wonderful ways, every day. I was blessed to have a Taurus boy for my first born, and he’s one day apart from my birthday, I’m also a Taurus. Any time I’ve ever tried any parenting with authoritative style, we butt heads and I go back to the drawing board. Some would tell me, you just need to break their spirit and make sure they listen to you. Um, what? Break my child’s spirit!? No, no, that’s not what we’re here for. It’s everything I can do every day to make sure the spirits in my children soar become their own guiding light. Our journey is constantly evolving, and we are always aiming to do whatever feels best, for everyone involved. 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW MOTHER?
Always trust your intuition! Some days it may feel like you’re making things up in your mind, but your heart always knows. Always.  I never told my child “oh don’t cry” as a baby, because I didn’t want to teach him not to be emotional from such a young age. Cry all you want! I’m here to help you find whatever it is you need, we can work this out together. When I was pregnant with my first baby, my mother told me, “babies never cry for no reason.” From birth, with both of my babies, I would figure out whatever they needed from the moment they started fussing. I recently learned that in tribal cultures, a baby would be picked up and held by the nearest available person before they even started to cry. Even in high emotions with my older boy having an outburst as he did in his toddler years, I didn’t try and stop it from happening, I just stood by to see how I could help.

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Do'ri Varga

Goddesses Share Their Secrets...

What is success to you?
Success is making others happy without the expectation of anything in return.

What is magic for you?
Magic is every morning. Every smile. Every little piece of sand. Every heartbreak. Every bite of every meal. All is simply magic.

What is love for you?
Love is the most powerful force that has ever existed.

What is your beauty/health practice?
I believe in supporting locally grown ingredients both for internal and external use of my body. Just being conscious of where my face creams and food are coming from means much confidence in my self care.

What makes your spirit glow?
A supportive Lover. Loving and Caring Sisterhood. Spiritual Activism. Creating.

How do you stay centered in the middle of chaos?
Deep breaths. Everything is as it is meant to be.

What causes/organizations are you passionate about?
Any kind of women's, mothers', environmental and cultural heritage issues. 

If you couldsay one thing to the world what would you say?
Don't be afraid, you are enough. Let Love guide you.

What has been the greatest lesson as a mother you've learned?
There's nowhere to rush, the party is where we are!

What advice would you give a new mother?
Surrender to your intuitions. Your heart will never lie.

http://www.tribedemama.com/

Sunny Savage

Goddesses Share Their Secrets...

What is success to you?
I don't know because it's something that seems to oscillate, feeling it and not feeling it. But, maybe a feeling of the fullness of an energy and/or the ability of an energy to be effective.   

What is magic for you?
Raw creative power.

I just listened to the Equinox radio show of Caroline Casey's 'Visionary Activist' show on KPFA radio, where she interviewed Starhawk. Now those would be some ladies to ask about magic. I also found myself linking to a recent article about language and sound, am important part of invoking and sealing magic. and found the authors mention of synesthesia being the ability that humans have for associating stimuli across different modalities. Changes in consciousness that are translated through the feel of a leaf or a stone or a star into sound - into language - that's gotta be magic right! 

What is love for you?
Energy that works together. which i guess would make energy that doesn't work together unconditional love. hmmm, this is a big one. It's a higher plane, an energy consciousness that we all know and feel, something that encompasses nourishment, sustenance, habitat, knowledge, freedom, beauty. 

What is your beauty/health practices?
Regular sauna, daily moisturizing, rest and healthy eating, washing hands with soap and water, eco friendly/handmade beauty products

What makes your spirit glow?
Full belly laughs with my 2 year old, staying dedicated to curiosity

How do you stay centered in the middle of chaos?
Breathing...always back to the breath 

What causes organizations are you passionate about?
I am passionate about the political revolution sparked by Bernie Sanders, passionate about Indigenous rights, passionate about sharing love for wild food plants. The photo attached is of my arrest standing with Hawaiians in opposition to telescope construction atop Mauna a Waukea and Haleakala. My dad was a physics and calculus teacher who taught me how to use a telescope from the time I was in the second grade. I am a science and astronomy lover, but the US Military use of the tops of these sacred mountains along with private industry in the building of massive telescopes the size of football stadiums while old decommissioned telescopes clutter up the peaks and are not cleaned up...this interrupts Hawaiian relationships with the land, and ultimately all of our relationship with the land. I am very passionate about connection, with fellow humans/flora/fauna, that is sacred. 

If you could say one thing to the world what would you say?
Eat one wild food every day

What has been the greatest lesson as a mother you've learned?
Patience

What advice would you give a new mother?
Stop worrying so much. Let go. 

 

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Merrill Page

Goddesses Share Their Secrets...

What is success to you?
Feeling in harmony with all aspects of myself, and watching the world organize around that. So when my thoughts/heart/actions align and I feel a deep sense of inner peace, then I carry that into the world around me, that to me is success.

What is magic to you?
Invisible forces shaping visible ones. That for me, is magic. And it’s happening all the time. Healing physical systems with the mind, or a gesture of the hands, is also magic, and that too, is happening all of the time.

What is love to you?
Mmmmm. Love. The feeling literally in my heart that sends waves through my entire body, cleansing any tension or discomfort, and bringing the deepest sense of relaxation and healing. Peace. Joy. A desire to be engaged with just what is presenting itself...

What is your beauty/health practice?
Lots of sleep. Regular movement/exercise. Qigong. Clean water all the time. Occasional acupuncture and cranial work. Time in my garden. Time outside. Self-massage. Meditation. Love.

How do you stay centered in the middle of chaos?
I remember “God”. The Divine Source of all that is. That which breathes life into each moment and each living thing. This often means working with my mind. Constantly observing my thoughts and directing them towards that place of Trust. Deep, real trust that it’s all ok, no matter how uncomfortable it feels at the time. It also helps to remember my sense of humor!!! And bring that, and a little love/compassion, into the overwhelming situations.

What makes your spirit glow?
My Man. He is the mirror of my own wildest, deepest, most complex and most simple nature. My love for him must make my spirit glow. And then there is running down to the ocean, as fast as my feet will take me, and diving into those icy cold waters....And dancing.....

What causes are you passionate about?
Right now I am particularly engaged with the Vaccine topic- a controversial topic to say the least. California has just passed a law that absolutely mandates a long list of vaccines for children entering school. The schedule of vaccines starts with Hepatitis B in newborns, a disease that is transmitted and only starts to appear in teens. The risks of vaccines are still in major debate, and taking away a parents right to choose or be selective about vaccines is something that should be a basic human right, I think. So I helped secure $10k in seed money for a new non-profit that a local Osteopath founded to educate physicians on the real risks of vaccines. They have just opened a lawsuit against the State of CA to challenge this new legislation.

If you could say one thing to the world, what would be be?
HO’OPONOPONO

What is the greatest lesson you have learned being a mother?
Humility and Modesty. Those seem to be the most important daily practices in our daily push to get fed, clothed, washed, to and from school, soccer, the store when necessary. With this comes the ability to apologize to my children when they deserve an apology.

What advice would you give to a new mother?
Cast away what “they” say, and write your own script. Maybe read Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin, as it all starts there. How we hold our babies in utero, through birth and beyond sets the imprint for their entire lives. So education yourself before you give birth!!! And, when you are in labor, remember your baby is there, going through each and every step with you. So, instead of relating to the pain, relate to your LOVE. LOVE. Send your baby LOVE with each and every contraction. Soften, open, remember “God”. Your God. That which is holding you when you can no longer hold yourself. Give yourself into that. That LOVE that you have for the Divine, and this child which you are about to meet. Let every contraction be an invitation to love more deeply. Surrender more fully. Trust more completely that you are in the hands of the Divine. Trust that. Trust yourself and your ability. It is but a threshold. A doorway you are walking through into your next embodiment as Mother. So feel everything. Feel it completely, and find who you are. These are the tools you will need on the other side....Please, don’t give them away.

Kahmen Ceh

Goddesses Share Their Secrets

What is success to you?
Alignment. In a non subjective way. I've really had to reframe mainstream beliefs around success because it's so dualistic and materially driven. Success for me is a journey of alignment with my life's path which is mainly about listening and surrendering to what's in the present moment. Rather than being driven by my conditioning to thinking I need to do what is right, feels good, purposeful and or grasping for that "extraordinary" life. 

What is magic for you?
I'm laughing, because as a birth worker. I compare and relate everything to birth! Creation to me is magic, which I call God. Nature or Source. Again I've had to relearn what magic is for me, because a magician is often a trickster or someone who can hide the truth for aesthetics. For me true magic is alchemical and is powered by the forces of creation.

What is love for you?
Connection. When there is mutual exchange of energy and creation of more energy in the most positive way for all.

What is your beauty/ health practice? 
Beauty practice to me is paying attention to myself, all the nitty gritty things; emotionally, spiritually and physically. Even if it's an afternoon of cleaning my ears, clipping my nails, exfoliating my whole body so it's fresh and clean and then sitting in the sun and paying attention to what's going on for me internally... I don't really think in terms of being beautiful anymore, I just do my best to be as physically healthy and spiritually diligent as possible without comparing it to anyone else (however always deeply inspired by others) and paying attention to what is relevant to serving me in the moment.

What that has come to look like is choosing quality nutrient mineral rich locally sourced as much as possible meat and produce, good fats, fermented foods, home grown greens, local spring water, loads of herbal teas and Chinese herbs, dry skin brushing, clay and salt baths, essential oils, self dental care, movement, yoga, dancing, running, ice skating and hockey, body work, chiropractic and acupuncture (I'm a cupping addict), crying, laughing, sex, snuggling with my family and filling up our love cups (which is unique for all of us), breath-work, cold water immersion, sitting down in the sunshine with a herbal tea and just brushing my scalp and hair with honey and coconut oil until I'm tingling all over. I've been washing my body with honey and oats since a little girl and love to use food for my hair and body, so the things I use are pretty minimal (or in the fridge) which is why I love feather eagle sky. It's one of the only products that isn't out of the pantry or garden that I use.

Oh haha.. and sleep. That is definitely something I am getting better at making a priority in my life and giving more value too. Learning to be a more proactive indulgent sleeper.

And on a more recent holistic health discovery. I've discovered the power of having an empathy partner.. For the last 6 months every week, me and a friend from an aware parenting circle I am in. Call each other, set the timer for 20-30 minutes each and then just use our time to say what ever it is we need to talk about. Usually all the stuff we don't want to bother the rest of the world with, we just let it all out. And the other empathetically listens and mirrors, without directing the conversation any other way. It is a practice that has changed my life and has given rise to so much self discovery and nurture. To be in a safe space to be heard is an invaluable experience I feel, everyone needs regularly. Not just when shit hits the fan, so to speak.  

What makes your spirit glow?
All of the above!

And I love what I do for work. I love birth, women, children and families.. seeing them grow and step into their fullness. Working in body work and wellness I am honoured to facilitate peoples own awareness in coming to their own health and healing. Brazilian music and dance (especially samba) and yoga, has and always will be a part of my life and is woven into my being. I grew up in a rural veterinary setting and still horse ride as much as I am able too, I love being in nature and around animals (mountains or ocean, I'm not fussed I grew up with both). Basically anything to do with gardening, food prep, movement, water, animals, birth.. I am very practical and sensual (one of the senses) and glow when I am being a useful part of the natural world around me.  

How do you stay centered in the middle of chaos?
Breathe. Move. Cry. Laugh.

(FYI I'll write this on a post-it note and put on my fridge because I'm still very much learning how to do this!) 

That formula sounds easy but I totally get it can be the hardest thing to do properly when you are snagged by life and emotional baggage. I am blessed to have found very grounded teachers in both dance, yoga and even aware parenting who focus on body and breath awareness, mindful movement and meditation.

And jiggling. Seriously, if all else fails get your qi moving and jiggle your wobbly bits! All of them! Even better if you do it under a freezing cold shower. Guaranteed you’ll be in your body within seconds and if you aren’t crying you’ll be laughing or singing hahaha.  

What causes and organizations are you passionate about?
I've been supporting the birthing kit foundation of Australia though my business for many years. It's amazing how a tiny kit of soap, plastic sheet, guaze, rope tie, scalpel blade and gloves can make such a huge impact on the lives of women and babies. Basic cleanliness and hygiene that we take for granted is life and death in many countries. The foundation is dedicated to safe birthing practices in developing countries and aiding community development and support for maternal and infant health.

On a personal everyday level though, I'm pretty passionate about supporting/sourcing any and all local business or small businesses and especially Australian made.

If you could say one thing to the world, what would you say?
Be a student. Seek out great teachers, most of which are already in our lives as relationships. Learn to meditate and breathe properly, learn to feel your full emotional scale and to know your own unique nature.

If everyone of us did this, and were free to do this from birth and explore ourselves. I personally think/feel all the other stuff wouldn't need to be said. Because we would be connected to our creator and those intrinsic details about caring for each other and the universe would manifest as a result of not being severed from source and our innate curious natures which are inherently useful and creative.

What is the greatest lesson as a mother you've learned?
That it is never about them (the children) it is always about me or the dynamic resonating between me and my husband... Getting my stuff out of the way (which ironically often isn't mine, it's my parents, ancestors or influences around me), growing myself up and about me becoming more conscious and aware so I can allow them to be free and fully connected to their being and their own sense of what the world is to them. Which is essentially, our birthright.

I'm constantly finding ways to come to their level and see through their eyes and experience and truly listen to them rather than projecting how I want them to be. (Challenging. I repeat, very challenging.) And I am still slowly learning this and integrating, sometimes I wonder why I thought I was ready for such an honour of parenting little beings. So in summary, a lot of this lesson is also about learning to really take care of myself on so any levels. Cliché as it sounds, which isn’t a cliché just a basic truth trying to have it’s way with us? – the more I take care of myself and tend to my own growth and connection to source. The more I can parent lovingly and be available to them in an authentic way.  

What advice would you give a new mother?
I'm going to go out on a vulnerable limb here and be honest which may be interpreted as a bit full on, but this is what I have learned on my own motherhood journey and has become normalized for me.

Parenting is not a natural instinct, it is a journey of healing and is something we learn to do and evolve into. Particularly if you haven't had great role models in your life to learn from about raising children consciously, then it is not something that will just come to you once you have a child. We are all re enacting our own childhoods, living out our traumas and conditioning. I think some of the most misguided advice out there in both the birthing and parenting paradigms is to "follow your instincts".. Like giving birth, raising children and navigating our inner terrain is as easy as breathing. And even breathing might I add, we have to learn how to do effectively! Unfortunately our instincts are often just conditioned responses and it isn't enough for us to tap into our true potential and thrive, it is merely being in survival mode.

So be brave and reach out, make mistakes and don’t bother feeling guilty just do the inner work and keep bringing love and compassion. It is a journey of learning and unlearning and relearning over and over again. The main teachers being; our children! Be prepared to meet the darkest parts of yourself, meet all the judgements you’ve made about other parents and say hello to your own parents behaviours that you don't like, waiting below in your cellular level reactions. (Damn it!) But there lies the key to evolving and freedom and true connection - conscious love, with our family.

One that is not conditional, toxic or driven by our deeper fears and hurts.

I also don't think there is anything wrong with listening to our elders, trying things on to see if it fits for us and trying again if it doesn't. I feel such sadness now in watching new mothers completely ignore everyone around them including family members and just isolate themselves to their findings in books and the internet because people tell them to just do their own thing. That isn't a very integrated way of living. I understand we are trying to find different ways of doing things from old paradigms and sometimes we need to channel the warrior when certain people insist that we do it their way, but if we look to the roots and learn to truly listen to what others are offering. We can usually hear they are just contributing to us the way that was helpful to them. It doesn't mean we need to subscribe to it, however it is an opportunity to stay curious and be inquisitive and maybe even share our own gifts of what we are doing differently.

So be curious. In birthing your baby, stay curious about the pain and sensations... Be curious about how your baby might like to be born as opposed to how you want to birth. And once they are here, stay curious about who they are and what they want to communicate and how they want to communicate it. Because, if you are lucky enough. You will be blessed with children that do things very differently to you and will show you how to be truly present and remember how to live in the moment.

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@birthingground

Mariel Rose Garcia

Goddesses Share Their Secrets


What is success to you?
Success, to me, is having a deep and fulfilling connection with self, the Earth and Great Spirit. Expressing the gifts that we have with creative conviction. Feeling joy and having an open heart. Being delighted by each day and with the smallest of things; a flower, the trees, bees, a child's smile.... Success is moving through one's life with grace and purpose, able to navigate through the choices we make each day with intuition and wisdom, no matter what that path looks like to each one of us.. 

What is magic to you?
Magic is all around us.. The cosmos and the Earth are magic. Spirit, healing, and the human mind are magic. Every plant, animal and mineral, down to the molecule is magic.. Plant medicine is magic. Water is magic.. Ancestral, cellular memory and knowledge are magic. It has been removed from us in our modern fairy tales, but each one of us posses true deep magic in every cell of our body,  in every thought and action. Life is magic!

What is love to you?
Love is a part of the magic of life.. Of Spirit, & the Earth.. It is a way of being and a way of caring for one's self, family, and community.. Love is a cellular response to all that is God within and around us on a deep molecular level. Love is the deepest essence of life... 

What is your health / beauty practice?
My health and beauty practices revolve around self love. I am fluid with my practice and allow myself acceptance when my routine is out of sync. I always strive for a deeper discipline, so that means always accepting where I am at in my current practice.. 

This practice includes, but is not limited to, good sleep, healthy food and water, meditation, cold plunges, ceremony, time in nature, mountains and sunshine, the purest essential oils and masques, exercise and movement, good love making (alone or with a lover), song & dance, dry brushing, lemon water, hot springs, saunas, massage, and many beautiful teas and herbs. 
My self care also includes a lot of laughter and fun; as well some tears, both joyful and sorrowful, because a good cry from time to time is healthy and beautiful as you truly purge toxins and emotions that overwhelm the heart and mind; tears cleanse the spirit. 
I keep a long and running list of self care practices so that I may choose what feels good to me at that time, thus greatly reducing any negative self-talk that may come up when goals are not being met. It works well for me to be flexible with myself in this way. 

What makes your spirit glow?
Many magical things of the Earth and the Universe feed my soul and make my spirit glow.. Ceremony makes my spirit glow! Making life a daily ceremony... Staying in a place of inner prayer as much as possible.. 
Spending time with my daughter and a few good people in nature always makes my spirit glow. Dance, music, doing my art and singing, flowers, sunshine and the cold creeks of the Sangre de Cristo mountains feed my soul! 

How do you stay centered in the middle of chaos?
I stay centered by staying connected with my community. I remember that everything changes, I call in my ancestors and I breathe. I remember my deep unfaltering strength of soul and I pray!

What causes/organizations are you passionate about?
I am excruciatingly passionate about healing the sacred waters of the earth, and of women. We must protect our life-source within and outside of ourselves. I hold space to heal the water on a molecular and cellular level within the bodies of each individual that come into contact with my healing hands. I am deeply passionate about educating our children and youth in practices if self love, creative expression, and of environmental restoration and preservation. We must build healthy, sustainable community and create a consciousness that promotes and protects a space of love..  We must engage with each other in a safe space of truth and acceptance for each individual's process of expression to be revealed and allow each member of community to bring their gifts with grace and reverence for the greater whole. We are the One-Song, the Uni-Verse.

If you could say one thing to the world what would you say?
The world needs love and positive, conscious thought, intentional prayers for healing and a rebirth of the collective consciousness.. The state of the world is a direct symptom and representation of the extreme disconnect Man has with the Earth, Spirit, Nature, and subsequently each other. It is time to reconnect. We must recall the old medicine knowledge and implement it for ourselves, our people and our planet. 

What has been the greatest lesson as a mother you've learned?
The greatest lesson of my motherhood is unconditional love, for my daughter as well as myself... In the face of the most humbling times as a mother the only way to self preservation and the saving grace of child rearing is unconditional love. To be forgiving, patient, and kind. 

What advice would you give to a new mother?
My advice to a new mama is to make time for self care, whatever that looks like to you, not as an escape as much as a way of life. Involve your children in the process so they see how a healthy woman cares for herself first in order to care for the ones around her. Teach them that it is a natural part of the day and its ok for you to make time for Mama.. They will then grow up to have amazing self care practices and support the people in their lives to do the same. Its not just for your own sake but for the ripple effect this way of raising our children will have on our evolution as One-Song. 

Alexandra Elle

Goddesses Share Their Secrets...

What is success to you?
Finding peace in my stillness and not losing myself when failure happens.

What is magic for you?
Being present for myself when it seems hard to show up. Something is enchanting about the act of kindness through self-care.

What is love for you?
Love, for me, is my family. Nurturing my almost nine-year daughter into a caring and compassionate person, being in tune with my husband, and being present for myself. Love shows up in my life in many ways—but currently, it looks a lot like what I’ve just shared. Family.

What is your beauty/health practice?
Eating well, moving my body—whether outside or in a class setting like yoga or Zumba, taking naps, using natural and sustainable bath, body and home products. Overall, I like to indulge in what makes me feel good inside and out.

What makes your spirit glow?
Doing what I love for a living. Being self-employed is such a courageous act of self-confidence. It lights my life up to be able to get up write books and create skin care goodies every day. There’s no better feeling than nurturing and illuminating your own life walk.

How do you stay centered in the middle of chaos?
Lots of journaling, reading, meditating, praying, and self-care. Oh, and cooking. :)

What causes/organizations are you passionate about?
I am passionate about women taking charge of their lives and becoming skilled in what they love.

If you could say one thing to the world what would you say?
Enjoy the journey.

What has been the greatest lesson as a mother you've learned?
Your children are who they are. Allow them to be free while guiding them the best way you know how.

What advice would you give to a new mother?
The journey through motherhood is a beautiful one—even when the days seem long, tiresome and not so awesome.

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Teo Griscom

Goddesses Share Their Secrets

What is success to you?
I've learned to lessen the importance of success, so that failure never enters my vocabulary. My idea of success are little accomplishments along the way. More having to do with accepting myself in the world and having a certain unabashed presence. All of this has come with age, which I really love.  I have been fortunate enough to have a family that believes firmly in never compromising one's goals
and passions for mediocrity.

What is magic for you?
Moments of discovery, when worlds collide, when the unexpected happens. When I fully TRUST myself. When I lay down in the dirt, sand or water and completely surrender myself to the sky.

What is love for you?
I am a firm believer if you can't love yourself you wont' have enough strength to fully love another. I don't always love myself, and am completely honest about that. I am constantly aware of how I'm coping in the world, and often slow down to take a deep breath and give myself a big hug. SUCCESS.  Love has no limits and no expectations. I strive to extend that beyond myself to all the people/animals/surroundings in my life. Forgiveness and allowing people to just be who they are feels like an important part of the meaning to love.

What is your beauty /health practice?
Finding my center and radiating myself out into the world and to all the people I've met or will meet. That makes me beautiful, inside and out. With age I'm aware of my physical body needing that attention. I listen to my body as much as possible, try never to obsess about perfection.  The body can hear you!! Movement has become incredibly important and water. Lots of water!! I've always been a bit of a tomboy, so don't particularly care much for looking beautiful in a conventional way, I usually try to not be noticed.. that's a part of self LOVE, i'm working on. Lately, I like to stand in front of the mirror after a quick wash and splash of cold water and look into my eyes and take that moment to really SEE myself. Sometimes it makes me laugh,and sometimes it makes my boyfriend laugh. It feels good and it does the trick.

What makes your spirit glow?
Traveling. It's the thing I crave more than anything else in this world.. I crave the world. To see and be a part of it, maybe only for a moment the vastness and richness. Then returning to New Mexico, and the silence. That beautiful silence, there is nothing like it.  Also Learning! I want to know and experience everything!!! I will never be educated enough. There is so much to knowand see and do. This really keeps me inspired and striving for growth. Also I learned at a young age how to spend time alone. I'm never afraid to be alone. I love that time to myself.

How do you stay centered in the middle of chaos?
I choose not to participate, but if I find myself in chaos, staying neutral is so important for me. Surrounding myself in light and navigating my way thru, by again listening to my body and heart, and by doing that I know that calms everything and everybody around me. I've also found that its really important to surround myself with people and situations that are supporting beauty and health of mind and spirit.

What causes /organizations are you passionate about?
Quality vs. Quantity. I am so passionate about this. I strive to only have a few things that I need and love around me. Even though I work in Fashion, I wear practically the same thing every day until it falls to pieces. I don't wear or buy anything made in China. My apple computer and phone are my only Chinese purchases. Not because I don't love China as a country, but because they have come to represent this fast fashion and quantity over quality movement. It sickens me how much we waste and how we buy things we don't need with no thought to where it will end up or where it comes from.  As a country we have lost our own manufacturing and production, which destroys communities and towns. I always strive for beauty,quality and craftsmanship and locally grown food. Supporting small designers and makers.


If you could say one thing to the world what would you say? 
Love yourself, love the ones around you, love the earth and be aware of who you are in the world. Be conscious!!!! Teach others and raise your children to be conscious as well. Speak your truth.

How do you Mother the world?
I certainly don't feel I do as much as I can in this department. I take steps in my own community to be aware of the immediate concerns. Whether it be water conservation or making sure that where ever I travel to I leave the smallest trace of my existence behind.


www.unforeseencircumstances.com

Lorra Fae Wildfire

Goddesses Share Their Secrets...

What is success to you?
Success to me is having complete freedom to do whatever it is I love,
without answering to anyone but myself. Making my own rules, defining my
own boundaries, and being completely authentic and reveling in it.

What is magic for you?
Magic is when everything culminates in a way you couldn't have even dreamed
of. It's when eyes meet but souls connect. It's when there is language
between two souls, whether they be human or animal, and there is an
understanding there. It's when you realize you are completely capable of
anything and you prove it to yourself. It's when you discover you are
powerful and strong, despite any circumstances. Magic is invisible but
everywhere, and you can always feel it and notice it if you pay attention.

What is love for you?
Love begins with the self, ALWAYS, and extends to every living being. It is
sharing your authentic self. When you love yourself truly, it is mirrored
back to you from every direction. Then you see magic. Then the right people
come to you and you see them for who they are, and you can love them for
who they are, and help them to be the best version of themselves, while
completely accepting them where they're at, and vice versa. Love is also
compassion for all life, appreciating everything we have, and helping any
person or animal that needs our help. It means helping this earth overall.
Everyone everywhere - when we love ourselves we can help the rest of the
world heal.

What is your beauty /health practice?
I have been a raw vegan for over 8 years, which has healed me more than I
can even fathom. My focus is on ripe fruit and an abundant amount of
greens, plus raw plant fats, mostly seeds, avocado, coconut. This keeps me
very energetic, slim, and my skin youthful and glowing, even at 38 years
old!

Every day I begin with 2-3 hours of self-care, starting with lemon water (a
whole lemon blended with 32 ounces of water), I write 3 pages of
stream-of-consciousness writing, and I do some sort of movement. This can
be hiking in nature near where I live, hoop-dancing, running, stretching,
lake swimming, sex, martial arts, and many other forms of movements I love
- as long as they are fun and I enjoy them - this is key to staying active.
I then have a large green smoothie. I meditate.

For my beauty regime, I dry-skin-brush and have a contrast shower. The
products I use for hair and skin are organic, natural products, or
home-made beauty treatments. I rarely wear make-up on my skin anymore, but
I do love to wear eyeliner and darken my eyebrows, and sometimes I wear
lipstick just because I love it. I never feel I need make-up, but I use it
as a way to express myself or be creative. I rarely cut my hair or dye it,
but only use natural black dye if I do.

I also get some sunshine (though not too much, I prefer a more pale
complexion), get my feet on the bare earth, and orgasm as much as I can. I
get plenty of sleep, and keep my stress levels as low as possible. I avoid
drama and negativity. This all contributes to beauty - mentally and
physically.


What makes your spirit glow?
When I accomplish something I set out to do. Reading beautiful fiction or
inspirational books. Traveling, having adventures. Massages. Writing. Any
immersion in nature, especially swimming in rivers or lakes or the ocean.
SURFING. Martial arts. Being around animals. My little dog. Intense
love-making with my boyfriend. Helping people with their health issues.
Freedom, to do and be what I want - above all else.

How do you stay centered in the middle of chaos?
Meditation, and questioning my beliefs, Byron Katie-style.  I focus on
reality, and stop fighting it, because when I fight reality I lose, but
only 100% of the time. I also write it out, and up my self-care, because if
I don't take care of myself first, I can't fully function or care properly
for others.

What causes /organizations are you passionate about?
I am passionate about veganism but I don't force my opinions on others. I
accept people where they are. Animal rights are exceptionally important to
me. I am also very passionate about the environment and try my best to live
sustainably. My other main cause is to fight the dog meat trade in Asia, as
it is the most barbaric thing I've ever seen. The Animal Hope and Wellness
Foundation (in California), and Soi Dog in Thailand, are the ones I support
the most. I'm also passionate about women's rights, illiteracy, and
especially helping people heal naturally without relying on Western
medicine. There's a spark of Anarchy in me, too.

If you could say one thing to the world what would you say?
You can do anything you can possibly imagine, even if you only take small
steps to get there. You're more powerful than you realize. *Realize it. *And
eat plants.

If you're not a mother, how do you mother the world?
I only eat plants, for one, because animal agriculture is the main cause of
every environmental issue out there. Since I was a kid, to recycle, reuse,
and reduce my footprint on the planet has been ingrained in me, and I do
what I can to minimize my footprint on this world. My scraps are composted,
my plastics are minimized and all recycled, and I mostly buy used things.
My garbage output is a small bag every few months.

I am not a mother to any of my own children, but I am a mother to my dog,
to all animals who cross my path, and I am basically a step-mother to my
boyfriend's twin 8 year old boys. I want to be a healthy female role model
for them, as their mother is troubled and has addiction issues, and so I
maintain that role of strength and health, ethics and confidence, without
every trying to replace her, as nothing can replace your real mother.

Lauren Nixon

Goddesses Share Their Secrets

What is success to you? 
For me, success involves pursuing my passions regularly.  Success involves pursuing these passions as my full self, my wild self, without shame.  In my own life, success has involved creating a life from scratch that makes me happy, that makes me glow.  I lead a very simple, humble life full of good food, hard work, nature, and great relationships.  For me, having a few simple threads that build and amplify my happiness is key.

What is magic for you?
Magic is when my intuition, my gut feelings, and my ancestral wisdom all lead me to discover new parts of myself and the world.  I can't explain how much important information has arrived in the form of dreams, hunches, daydreams, random thoughts, tarot readings, and other sources.

What is love for you? 
Love is embracing the light and the dark and being willing to ride life out and trust that magic is still always under the surface.


What is your beauty/health practice? 
I start my day with very little talking or interacting.  I wake up early enough so that I can move slowly and intentionally.  I oil pull, dry skin brush, shower, and give myself a daily massage with raw coconut oil.  I use very few products on my skin.  Coconut oil, bentonite clay, a few essential oils, and homemade deodorant are pretty much all that I use.  I like to keep my personal care practice affordable and simple.

Movement is essential for me.  Biking is my main mode of transportation and it really allows me to explore my city in a profound way.  The DC area has tons of green space, so I hike in Rock Creek Park and surrounding natural spaces in Virginia as often as possible.  I have a daily asana and pranayama practice.  I also feel really great when I dance, so I spend a good deal of time dancing in my bedroom with the lights off like a mad person.  It feels good to shake the day off and get my blood flowing.

Relationships play a big role in my daily health regime.  I only maintain relationships that are healthy and I'm very serious about maintaining boundaries and safe space.  I have a tight knit group of folks in my life and we have built amazing, healthy connections.  When connections don't serve me, I move on and make space for new connections.

In my work as a Food & Wellness Educator, I share with people the importance of cooking from scratch as a form of self-care.  I'm very serious about walking the talk.  Home-cooked meals using local ingredients are a must for me.  I love dark leafy greens, a good amount of coconut oil and avocado, local meat, root vegetables, the works.  I try to workshare on farms for food as much as I can, but I also frequent the local farmers markets.

What makes your spirit glow? 
My spirit glows when it is allowed to be wild.  I've always had trouble being regular.  I've always marched to the beat of my own drum.  I spent a good chunk of my younger years in trouble or misunderstood for not doing what everyone else was doing.  I've learned to embrace it and make it work for me.  When I've tried to suffocate my wildness and tuck it away, there have been serious repercussions.  My spirit feels best during muddy romps through the woods, time spent laughing with my friends, when I'm eating good, health supporting food, when I feel valued or make someone else feel valued, or creating something out of nothing.  Being myself, being a maker of things and experiences, and allowing room for wildness allows my spirit to grow.

How do you stay centered in the middle of chaos? 
I actually really believe in first allowing myself to feel the chaos before I attempt to center myself.  I'm a very big introvert, albeit a very social one, so I tend to get overstimulated very easily.  I'm also a fairly emotional person by nature, so learning to center myself is a daily practice that I have been working on since I was little.  I allow myself to feel what I feel and to take it seriously.  I have no issue having a good crying session/freakout session in my bedroom!  Then I allow myself to react to it in a safe manner.  I'll whip out some of my tools: journaling, calling a friend for support, breathwork, stepping into nature, using crystals, or tucking into some library books.  For me, centering myself involves spending a good amount of time spent alone.

What causes/organizations are you passionate about? 
I'm incredibly passionate about creating space for women, especially women of color, to use food as a catalyst for deepening their self-care practices.  The narratives of women of color are often shoved aside, disregarded, misunderstood, and trampled on by the world.  I'm really interested in using food as an entry point for women to be able to tel their stories in their words, for them to use food as a catalyst to remember that they are makers and creators.

If you could say one thing to the world, what would you say? 
Spend time alone.  Explore the things that scare you--your light and your dark.  Dive deep.  Live your own life...not the life that you *think *you're supposed to be living!  Stop worrying about what other people think.  Do your thing.

If you are not a mother, how do you mother the world?
I don't plan on being a mother, but I mother the world by communing with other women daily and creating sacred webs of sisterhood in my own life.

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