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Fire, Nature & the Art of Transformation » Pele Flow

June 20, 2012 By: Mary Lane Category: Awakening Feminine, Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit, Raw Food, Uncategorized

Pele Fire

Happy Solstice! And welcome to the fire element, and season of the yearly cycle. This element rules the heart, small intestine and sex circulation. We are collectively transforming our relationship with all three of these aspects of the fire element. In fact we are transforming our relationship with the fire element in general and maturing into a human race that is more heart centered. We are welcoming the receptive feminine principle back into our world to create the much needed balance we all long for.

So what is her role in this fire element? We have the heart which rules our passion, relationships, joy, warmth, transformation, creativity, and just plain juiciness of life that emanates care toward everything and everyone else. The heart’s partner in this is the small intestine that supports the heart by sifting through and separating the pure from the impure. It supports the heart to follow what is pure with discernment. When we walk through life with an open heart and follow it, a good companion is discernment.

Sex circulation moves our raw creative energy through the channels and supports us to create, bring into manifestation and form from the realm of the unmanifest. It supports the nourishment of all the organ systems so they are alive and healthy, contributing to the creative process. Read more »

Transforming Hatred into Compassion

January 31, 2012 By: celedra Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit, Touching the Sacred, Uncategorized


Almost 20 years ago now, I rented a lovely garden apartment in a wonderful home in Marin County.  In the midst of internships and work, I passionately created  my beautiful backyard garden.  Parents would walk by with their children to peer through the wooden fence in order to see the beautiful array of colors and textures.  This home nourished my soul and was a place of deep solace.  I often sat upon my eggplant colored zafu in front of my alter and soaked in the silence that was all around me.  My dear Serena was a perfect companion and was enthralled to simply lay her soft little cat belly on a fluffy bed of Lambs Ear to bask in the sun.  I loved my home.

I cannot even remember what it was that came upon my landlord, a local attorney who was known for her sharp tongue and aggressive nature, but suddenly she wanted her house back.  Because I had a lease, she couldn’t force me to leave, so instead she set her mind to get me to leave on my own accord.  My world turned upside down and I was about the receive one of my greatest teachings.

The Story of my Protector

April 09, 2011 By: Samantha Category: Grandparenting, Mind Body Spirit


“Lay down” says the familiar, angel voice belonging to my grandmother. I obeyed, not knowing what for, but simply because I trusted her. I got into the bed that we had so many memories in and she told me to lie on my stomach. Then she put her warm hands on my back and asked me in a soft tone “Would you like to meet your guardian angel?” I excitedly answered, “Yes!” “Alright. Close your eyes,” Grandma Lala said. Again, I obeyed, but with this new excitement in me, it was an impossible task. “I want you to picture yourself in a happy place,” Lala said.

“Where are you?” she asked. “I am on the beach with mommy, daddy and Jakey. I don’t know where, but it seems familiar, and it’s very warm,” I informed her. This was one of my favorite illusions, being on the beach with my family. I can always see the water rushing up towards me, giving up and then sending more waves again to attack me. I pick up shells, running to Jake and mommy to show them off. “Good” said Lala, bringing me back to life. “I want you to look for your Guardian angel,” she announced.

I closed my eyes again, stepping into the other dimension. “This is like Alice in Wonderland,” I murmured. All of the sudden, I saw something I hadn’t noticed before. “I see it! I see it Lala!!” ”What is it? Who is it? Is it a girl or boy?” Lala asked excitedly.

I walked up to a cave on the beach. Inside, I could easily see the outline of a cat. A CAT! Its eyes were amazing. A green so bright it seemed like it would glow in the dark. It stepped out into the light. I lost my breath from its beauty. It had orange fur with an occasional white spot. Who are you? I somehow asked the cat. My name is Lyeda, and I am your protector. We’re gonna be best friends in no time! Said the sweet girley voice. I instantly felt relief. I have to go now. See ya later! I opened my eyes.

“Her name is Lyeda! She is a beautiful cat with big green eyes and fluffy orange fur.” “Congratulations!” replaid Lala! “Now you must go to sleep,” she whispered. I closed my eyes, and Lyeda appeared behind my eyelids. She sang me a lullaby and in a matter of seconds, I was asleep.

To be continued…

Droopy Eyelids Anyone?

February 22, 2011 By: celedra Category: Aging With Grace and Glory, Mind Body Spirit


I am enthralled with aging. I wonder if this is the first time in history that women stand around at a party and so enthusiastically talk about the agony and ecstasy of it all. This actually just happened last Saturday night at a party with about seven of us all in a highly animated circle – each one gingerly pinching our sagging eyelids to see who wins “most eligible for insurance coverage due to impairment of eyesight”. We laughed hysterically. It’s not unlike that great moment with Meryl Streep in What’s Complicated when she exposes her one droopy eyelid!

I don’t remember my mother or her friends ever talking about aging. It was just the natural course of events. No one spoke about longevity, corrective surgery, raw food, HGH injections or what it would be like to live until 100. Nature seemed to simply take its course.

There is a natural evolution to life that we humans seem to keep wanting to mess with, as though we have some all-knowing wisdom only to often end up paying a big price for our meddling. For me, there seems to be a correlation between the more wrinkles I have and the more authentic I feel. And more womanly. There is undoubtedly something deep inside that is calling to be heard, that has a new voice.  Perhaps too, there is a new way to listen.

Sacred Living, Sacred Body

February 15, 2011 By: Mary Lane Category: Aging With Grace and Glory, Feminine Wisdom, Mind Body Spirit


I did not honor the agility, unlimited energy and vibrancy of your youth until it was gone. I did not honor your beauty, sensuality and sexual aliveness of your maiden years until it was gone. I spent years in non appreciation of you, tried to fix you through artificial means, thinking it was your fault I didn’t love myself. Spent the following several years in self hatred for betraying you. Spent the next several years trying to rectify my past relationship with you through the food I have fed you, hoping in some small way this was enough. I feel your appreciation for this level of care as I approach the auspicious passage of my 60th birthday. You have overcome all my ignorance’s and continue to give me the ability to wake up every morning pain free with enough energy to do my hiking, gardening, dancing, living. However, am I truly honoring you enough?

You have selflessly walked with me through every step of my journey in this life, even though I have taken you for granted. Your resilience that has enabled me to come to this 60th year is no longer lost on me. I have traveled enough miles now to gain enough wisdom to know that the day will come when I have to say goodbye to you, my dearest friend that has stood by me no matter what. Without you I could not take this sacred journey, experience the many twists and turns, pleasures and pains that has allowed me to grow and evolve as a soul. Without you I could not experience myself as an expression of the Divine.

I honor my role as steward of your health knowing that every morsel of nourishment I offer you comes from our Beloved Divine Mother. You are made of her, you carry her wisdom, and you obviously carry her compassion. I will honor each breath you take knowing it has been given as a gift from spirit, so that I may know myself.

Instead of waiting until I have moved onto the next phase of my journey that does not include you I am choosing on this day, and every day to give you thanks and treat you as the Divine gift you are in every way. I will listen to your wisdom, honor your intelligence, offer you rest and care as you carry me to your last breath. And, I will celebrate you and never ever consider you “less than” because our time together is temporary. Instead I will cherish every moment we have together, “because,” our time together is temporary.

Your grateful best friend


Mary Lane is author of Divine Nourishment: A Woman’s Sacred Journey with Food. Find out more at

Herb of the Month – Amla

February 09, 2011 By: Patricia Tedeschi Category: Mind Body Spirit

Amla Herb

English Name:        Indian Gooseberry, Emblic Myrobalan
Hindu Name:        Amla
Sanskrit Name:        Amalakai
Botanical Name:    Emblica officinalis, Phyllanthus emblica, Euphorbiaceae

Amla (Amalakai) is a jivaniya herb or life-giving herb.  The amla fruit and its versatile strengths are considered to work like a mother.  This nutritive plant provides extreme protection against the harshness of the environment making your hair strong and preventing premature graying.  Caring for all of your hair needs, its potent anti-oxidants provide shine and luster, while the rich mineral content prevents breakage and hair loss.

The amla fruit is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C providing the equivalent of 26 oranges, and it is said to increase vitality or rasa (the sweetness of life).  It has been known to enhance cellular growth causing the hair to grow thick and full.  It helps reduce the pitta dosha (characteristic), which in Ayurveda is the dosha that is responsible for hair loss and graying when it is out of balance.

Amla is a natural astringent and skin toner that works on both hair and skin.  It helps to promote luxuriant hair even as it controls hair loss.  It may also remove mild dandruff from hair scalp while giving body to the hair.

Amla  is one of the world’s oldest and most effective natural hair conditioners.  It provides a protective coating and helps make your hair shiny.  A good oil massage with Better Botanicals Herbal Hair Oil (with Amla) also helps stimulate blood circulation and promote hair growth.

The Blessing of Community

February 09, 2011 By: celedra Category: Mind Body Spirit, Uncategorized

Waves at Sea Ranch

It is Sunday, February 6th and I am sitting in a beautiful home at the edge of the ocean at Sea Ranch in California. The weather is spectacular. The sun is glistening on the water and sends sparkles into the foam that sprays fiercely into the air from the crashing waves.

There are 24 of us here to celebrate my dear friend’s 50th birthday. We have watched sunsets together, gathered in circles, had a heart rendering ritual; we have meditated together, danced our asses off , played music, laughed hysterically, met new friends and deepened relationships.

For me, cultivating conscious community has been foundational to life. Years ago, my community become my family, then, my “real” family suddenly grew to include three consecutive years of new grandchildren and life quickly changed. I have no doubt that those years, those hundreds of circles, all the sharing from a place of ever deepening presence and vulnerability led to a growing reflection of my own true nature that has allowed me to love more completely. I saw this in them; they saw it in me and we all grew. It made me a better person, a better grandmother, a better mother, a better friend.

Community is a social construct based on a group of people coming together with shared expectations, values, beliefs and meanings. It is a coming together of kindred spirits. I delight in the fact that now, eleven years later, the space is opening again for creating community in my life and for that, I am so deeply grateful.

So much love and blessings,


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