Episode 103: May Energy Reading

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Are you ready to get down to Lizzo? Because May is reminding us that we are our own soulmate! That’s great news to those of you who are sheltering at home alone right now (look up in the mirror like: damn, she the one!), but it’s really an important reminder to all of us business owners who are responsible for holding ourselves (and our businesses, employees, outreach) down.

May is coming in strong with the insecurity and overwhelm, and that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has turned on the news in the last month. So much is uncertain, so much is scary, so much is changing, and that opens up so many opportunities for us to feel broke and shut out in the cold. Notice that the operative word there is feel. Feelings aren’t always facts.

This month, the cards remind us how much we can’t control: other people, world events, a tiny virus flying through the air! That reminder, hard though it is, steers us back to what we can control: ourselves and our actions.

This month, we are called to put on our grown up pants and look reality in the face: What is actually happening? What are my numbers? Where am I spending my energy and resources and is it working? When we have that information, when we have truly looked at it, we are able to take effective action and make change that serves us. Our validation and our security cannot come from outside sources anymore (as if it ever really could). It’s time for a “me, myself kinda attitude” but like, in a put-on-your-own-oxygen-mask-and-be-your-own-savior kinda way. Have your own back, be responsible for your actions and your feelings. See where it takes you this month.

Join us this week for a look ahead at May and for some of my deep biology nerdom!

Show Notes:

1:11– Energy of the Month: 5 of Pentacles. Feeling overwhelmed?

7:17– Action of the Month: 4 of Pentacles. Check your boundaries.

12:23– Release Work of the Month: Wheel of Fortune. Let go of the need to know.

15:15– Outcome of the Month: 2 of Cups reversed. Be your own soulmate!

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Episode 102: Gratitude and Commitment with Ayana Young

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This week, I am thrilled to be talking with Ayana Young.  Ayana is a lover and protector of wildness on earth, especially the temperate rainforest of the west coast. She is a steward for the future and works on many land-based restoration and protection projects under the umbrella For the Wild. You might be familiar with her incredibly popular podcast with the same name. Her work is deeply spiritual, necessarily practical, and absolutely inspiring, and all of that comes through in our interview.

In today’s episode, we talk about gratitude and joy during a time of tremendous pain and overwhelm. Ayana shares her personal practices and how she was converted from someone who rolled her eyes at daily gratitude practices to someone who has been transformed by her ability to be grounded in thankfulness in the midst of crisis.

We talk about the complicated work of holding big visions while doing the everyday work to keep projects moving. We talk about commitment and what it means to be resilient in the grind of the work we love. Ayana shares her experience that owning our mistakes is what makes her a trustworthy ally and respectable partner.

Ayana also explores the story of her call to land-based work and moving away from academic environmentalism. She talks about commitment to her work as saying yes to the full spectrum of possibilities and tasks (not just the fun stuff!) and she breaks down the less romantic part of being married to The Cause: the nitty gritty of becoming a nonprofit. 

Join us this week for a beautiful reminder to be in love with our work and our world.

Show Notes:

3:40– How do you navigate gratitude in desperate times?

11:04– How do you hold a vision for the future that is so big, while making it something possible you can do today?

21:18– Ayana’s story of her call to restorative land-based work

30:52– Commitment to the challenges of the work we love.

37:46– For the Wild’s story of becoming a nonprofit

 

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Episode 101: Creating a Spiritual Practice

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Wow, Instagram sure is busy these days, now that we’re all quarantined home alone (or never fucking alone!) with our thoughts. I’ve been cruising, too and I’ve noticed a particular topic circulating around my corner of the internet: How do I create a spiritual practice?

Sure, this question gets asked a lot, but it seems like a hot topic now. Partially because we need something to do with all those thoughts we are home alone (or never fucking alone!) with, and partially because a time of crisis and upheaval is when we need the structure and comfort of ritual practice the most. So, I wanted to dedicate an episode to this very question. 

This week, I break it all down with 2 simple questions, 3 basic steps, and wrap it all up with some specific ideas to get you started. After all, a basic spiritual practice is one of my bare minimum requirements for being a functional human, so it better be doable.

Tune in to find out the magic secret to my personal practice! Just kidding. I’ll tell you now. It’s coffee.

Show Notes:

1:25– What is a spiritual practice and why do we want it?

7:11– Step 1: Why do you want a spiritual practice?

9:51– Step 2: Tie it to an existing habit

12:10– Step 3: Start super fucking small

15:08– Ideas for getting started

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Episode 100: Hogwarts without Hierarchy with Eliza Swann

Eliza Swann in dappled sunshine, looking off screen. The Golden Dome School. The Anatomy of the Aura.

This week on the podcast, I talk with Eliza Swann. Eliza is an interdisciplinary artist, intuitive writer, mystic, educator, community organizer, and (on April 14th!) a published author.

In this episode, Eliza shares her journey of coming to mysticism before it was “cool,” and how she has remained resilient in her work through big cultural shifts around spirituality. We chat about the oracles, the witches, and the ancestors that were persecuted before us and how we can draw strength from them.

Eliza is the founder of The Golden Dome School, an educational and performance platform created for studying the intersection of art, metaphysics, and ecology. She shares its evolution from a solo roving punk project into a more sustainable model for teaching magic without hierarchy to a 501c3 nonprofit, and how creating accountability and removing oneself from the center of a project can give it new life and a sense of community..

Eliza also gives us a sneak peak into her new book, Auras: The Anatomy of the Aura, which comes out on April 14th! This book is a modern take on how the aura is mapped, in relationship to the  chakra system. Auras: The Anatomy of the Aura is beautiful and deep, as well as action-based with so many examples of practices and exercises to do. Many of them are not dependent on proximity, so we can even do them in the midst of social distancing!

Eliza has some badass Capricorn energy and we close the episode by talking about discipline: what it really is, why our culture seems to lean so far away from it, and super real talk about how to practice it in our solo-work lives.

Be sure to join us this week for all of that goodness, plus some top-notch justification for hoarding books (spoiler: you can just call them pets).

Show Notes:

2:49– Eliza’s Story: Her introduction to the mystical and how she stayed with her work before it was “cool.”

20:08– The evolution of the Golden Dome School

25:56– Eliza’s new book, Auras: The Anatomy of the Aura

42:05– How Eliza turned a zine into a book in 3 months

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Episode 99: April Energy Reading

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In a time when all routines are out of whack and so much feels unpredictable, our monthly Energy Reading, a ritual of taking the pulse of the month ahead, feels so welcome.

As always, the cards know what’s up. They can read the damn room and know that, whether we are thriving or floundering in it, change and uncertainty are all around us.

This month, the cards are calling us to lean into wonder and gratitude instead of fear and scarcity. They call our attention to everyday miracles and appreciation for what is. Do you have a roll of toilet paper right now? AMAZING! Take a moment to be awe-struck by the mutual aid and the willingness to help that is taking over our social media. Do you have running water with which to wash your hands (very thoroughly and for at least 20 seconds, please)? Be struck by that, too.

But the cards (or, my cards anyway) are not a Pollyanna bunch. Gratitude and wonder are important, but so is recognition of what we are losing and what has to change. The cards remind us of what we are walking away from. In a time when many of us feel like choice is being taken away, the cards show us that we also have the choice to leave things like self-centered individualism and exceptionalism behind. They remind us that we can take care of ourselves while centering our community.

Finally, the cards ask us to reevaluate our thresholds, relocate our centers, and find our new homeostasis. This is just as important as handwashing for our health and wellness.

Join me this week, as we charge ahead into April together-but-separately. Take care, Stay home.

Show Notes:

1:16– Energy for April: Page of Cups. Putting wonder before fear.

8:11– Action of the month: 8 of Cups. The act of walking away.

10:40– Release work of the month: 9 of Pentacles. Releasing individual exceptionalism and embracing our role in community.

17:35– Outcome for the month: 10 of Wands reversed. Finding our new centers.

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