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Your Beautiful Body

What was the first lesson you were taught about your body? Think about a baby, a toddler, learning about the way her body works. One day she sees that she has a hand. She waves it, understands, slowly, that it’s an extension of her being. Or she moves it wildly when she’s emotional, her whole body squirming, her legs kicking, toes stiff. A toddler learning to walk feels the soles […]

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How to Love Yourself: An Ongoing Recipe

Step One: Stop browsing your computer or your phone. Put them both away.   Step Two: Slice up an apple. Make water into wine by pouring its cool, clear freshness from a carafe into your favorite glass. Watch the light hit it; hear its luxurious sound. Sit on the floor of your living room, on a golden blanket, in your bare feet, listening to Nina Simone. Bite into your apple’s crispness. […]

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The Soft Animal of Your Body

“Let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” –Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese” “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh.” –This guy Paul, formerly Saul, in a letter to people a long time ago   What are we going […]

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The Pleasure of Driving

Love, the Great Being that weaves through all things, sends us messages all the time. Constantly. Sometimes, when I’m in moments of awareness, it’s like I’m being bombarded, and I look to the heavens and say, Yeah, I know, duh! But so many people, people who live in darkness and in their minds and in their confusion and fear, are not able to receive that love. They’re blind. It pops up […]

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