the elephant in the room

I don’t blog about politics; I blog about what’s natural.
And, sometimes, that includes love.

Tonight, I am legitimately distraught.

There are conversations I should have had weeks ago with people I love but didn’t. Because sometimes it’s easier not to talk about the things that divide us. The things that stomp on already shaky ground.

But sometimes elephants in the room deserved to be mentioned. Not because they earned it, but because the humans they represent did.

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sunday night musings about a shelf

It’s 10:34 p.m. on Sunday night as I start typing this.

If you know me at all, you know something must be wrong–I am generally in bed by 9:00 p.m. every night with the goal of sleep by 10 p.m., especially on Sundays.

But I just finished mopping (and crying on) my kitchen floor and took a shower, and now I am writing this blog instead of sleeping.

Because it was just one of those days.

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hippy how-to: make a mala (part 2)

Okay, so, where I left off (if you missed the first part of this Hippy How-Two series, you can read it here): I—the near-anti-jewelry wearer and one of little patience—decided to make my own knotted mala (i.e., basically a Buddhist rosary). I found some articles that explained how to DIY, researched the meanings of different gemstones and wooden beads,* and drew up a plan.

Today’s post explains in more depth why I chose the stones and wood I did and the mala-making process.

When I first started to think about the intention behind this mala, two things really came to mind: tree roots and an open heart.

I wanted my mala to be made of stones and wood that symbolized grounding energy and strength and also stones that protect and energize the Heart Chakra.

So after much debate (and many sketches), I decided I wanted the following stones to make up my 108 mala beads:

  • Tiger Eye (Primary Beads): Tiger Eye beads make up the majority of my mala (30 beads on each side, 60 beads total). I chose Tiger Eye because not only is it believed to be a grounding stone that develops courage and confidence, but my some of the great men in my life (including my grandfather) have randomly given me Tiger Eye jewelry over the years. Bonus: Tiger Eye is also supposed to have great healing powers for the digestive system, and I can never seem to get along with mine.
  • Garnet (Secondary Beads): There are 14 garnet beads on each side of my mala (28 total). Garnet is my birthstone (for the month of January), and it is also known for its employment of creative energy—it grounds these forces within your body, channeling them to lovingly create in a physical space. Garnet is also known generally to be a fiery and sensual stone, and those aspects seemed to really resonate with me.
  • Green Aventurine (4 Beads on Each Side, 8 Total): Green Aventurine is known for the care it takes of the Heart Chakra, specifically as a protector. It’s supposed to help block the entry of those who would manipulate us and their way into this center of energy.
  • Red Jasper (2 Beads on Each Side, 4 Total): Red Jasper is similar to Green Aventurine in that it is a stone that empowers us to resist emotional domination by others
  • Rose Quartz (2 Beads on Each Side, 4 Total): Enveloped by its guardians—Green Aventurine and Red Jasper—Rose Quartz is said to open the Heart Chakra to love and to help us let go of those things, like resentment and anger, that are not serving toward that purpose.

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my love list | 9.2.16

this week (sorry about not posting my list last week…Colorado happened), these are things I’m currently falling in love with or already committed to:

This piece from one of my favorite bloggers about how bamboo grows and the farmers that tend it;

This podcast episode about running as a spiritual practice;

The fact that Netflix is making (or rather re-making) an eight-episode series based on the children’s book series, Anne of Green Gables;

The piece of advice my Bikram teacher gave me years ago (and that I found myself repeating as I came down a very, VERY steep mountain with my mom while I was at home): When the climb gets harder, make your world smaller.

View from the top of Mt
View overlooking the Grand Valley (Grand Junction, CO) from the summit of Mt. Garfield at about 6500 feet