Your Other | Wild Side

Have you ever stumbled upon a piece of genius that stopped you in your tracks and uplifted you so much that it stayed with you and you chewed on it, ruminated on it for so long that it almost became you? That recently happened to me as I was searching for poems that mentioned Basil … Continue reading Your Other | Wild Side

Meditation: A Guide to Your Tactile Sense

When is the last time you really paid attention to your sense of touch? Not necessarily giving a big hug or receiving a fabulous massage; something more nuanced then that. Really tuning into your inner workings as well as what is going on around you. Simply paying attention to your body-mind-soul... just... BEING. Join me … Continue reading Meditation: A Guide to Your Tactile Sense

Meditation: A Guide to Your Aural Sense

Here. Now. At this moment you have the power to glean information about what you need by paying attention to your body in its surroundings and your response to those surroundings. Needs, not wants. What do you need more or less of? When is the last time you paid attention to your sense of hearing? … Continue reading Meditation: A Guide to Your Aural Sense

Shells: A Haiku & Ruminations

Many things may be found along Earth's shorelines, where rocks and sand meet the rolling waters edge. Shells, rocks, washed up garbage. All sorts of detritus. Shells. I don't think of them as detritus. More like mysterious beauties shrouded in juxtapositions: seemingly solid yet often easily crushed. Hard minerals yet ephemeral. Light in weight but … Continue reading Shells: A Haiku & Ruminations

Squeaky Clean: DIY Body Polishes (Sugar Scrubs)

What Is a Sugar Scrub? Sugar scrubs may be made of two simple ingredients: sugar and a nut/seed oil like sunflower oil. You may choose to “amp up” a scrub with botanical ingredients, including essential oils but you don’t need to in order to reap the benefits. Sugar scrubs are also known as "Body Polishes," … Continue reading Squeaky Clean: DIY Body Polishes (Sugar Scrubs)

Earth Day: On Plants and Their “USES”

In deference to Earth Day the following is a reflection on a common relationship many of us humans may have with plants. It may be human nature or a cultural thing; what ever it is I've tried to stop doing it for a few years now. The "thing" being us humans thinking in terms of … Continue reading Earth Day: On Plants and Their “USES”

Broken Bits of Joy: A Haiku

It can be easy finding moments of clarity and joy. Not in big, expensive things but in small broken things: wabi sabi. This joy is not euphoria, but a brightness that brings a calm evenness. Little things that stay with you and help keep you going. Like seeing a hawk soar, collecting beach glass or … Continue reading Broken Bits of Joy: A Haiku

An Aromatic Meditation: Attunement

Over the years I have looked for different ways to help people tap into the power of plants, specifically aromatic plants and their essential oils. I learned from great teachers who wisely passed on how the most effective way to understand a plant, or an oil, and its "actions" is to sit with it. "Smell … Continue reading An Aromatic Meditation: Attunement

Aromatic Spritzers: Elegantly Effective and Affordable Aromatherapy

What Is an Aromatic Spritzer? At its simplest an aromatic spritzer is a combination of essential oils and water put into a bottle with a spray top. Spritzers for Myriad Applications What may you choose to make with a bunch of essential oils in a bottle of distilled water with a spray top? It really … Continue reading Aromatic Spritzers: Elegantly Effective and Affordable Aromatherapy

The Perfect Bath: An Act of Love

To Soak or Not to Soak? That is the Question... Soaking in a tub for 15 to 20 minutes. This was something I used to do weekly, years ago, when I practiced more common sense. Now, as a full-fledged adult, baths are something I always THINK about but never make the time for. Seriously, for … Continue reading The Perfect Bath: An Act of Love