Strong Back, Soft Front

Crabs Near the Water's Edge - a woodblock print by Yashima Gakutei, 1830

All too often our so-called strength comes from fear not love; instead of having a strong back, many of us have a defended front shielding a weak spine. In other words, we walk around brittle and defensive, trying to conceal our lack of confidence. If we strengthen our backs, metaphorically speaking, and develop a spine that’s flexible but [...]

We Can’t Have it All: A Gemini Primer

Diane Arbus Identical Twins

The Gemini of Greek myth were the horsemen-healer-brothers Castor and Pollux. Pollux, who was immortal, was so brokenhearted when his mortal twin was killed in battle that he begged Zeus for his own death, to be stripped of his divinity, so that he could be with Castor. Zeus granted his wish but with a caveat: [...]

Drowning in Possibilities

Pacific Ocean New Moon in Pisces

This Saturday we gather online for the new moon in Pisces, our second of this style of gathering. Unlike the Full Moon Gatherings where I lead us through various embodiment exercises, in the New Moon Gatherings we sit around and share as a group. We’ll set our intentions on the new moon and we’ll pull [...]

As Above, So Below

Pavel Tchelitchew Spiral Head

The turmoil and uncertainty we’re feeling isn’t just a reaction to what’s happening in the world. It’s a two-way street we're on; a symbiotic, interdependent existence. The world outside is a reflection of the world inside and the problems of the world begin and end within ourselves.  We all know there’s no going back to [...]

How to Save Democracy #02

The World Card from Delta Enduring Tarot

Vote. No matter how futile it all feels, we have to vote like our lives depend on it because our lives absolutely depend on it. Some states require you to be registered at least a month before the election. If you're not sure you're registered, check right now. If you're not sure you've got proper [...]

How to Save Democracy #01

Tiny Actions Over and Over and Over

Remind yourself that you can’t save democracy. Sobering, depressing, I know. But let go of that burden (it's overwhelming you) and just do one small thing. Everyday. Donate. Mail postcards. Make calls. Make sure your friends are registered to vote. Your small thing inspires others to do their small thing inspiring others and others and [...]

Good Trouble

John Lewis documentary Good Trouble

How lucky were we to have John Lewis in this world, showing up for disadvantaged people everywhere, making "good trouble" in the streets and in Congress for the duration of his life. He was among the original 13 Freedom Riders, the Black and white activists who challenged segregated interstate travel in the South in 1961. He [...]

Showing Up

Illustration by Nikkolas Smith

In case you've got protest fatigue, in case you're questioning the impact this is all having, in case you're feeling overwhelmed - here's a growing list of reforms that are a direct result of what's happening right now. In other words: no protests, no reforms. It's crucial we carry this momentum into the election, especially [...]

How to Quarantine

The rain surrounded the cabin … with a whole world of meaning, of secrecy, of rumor. Think of it: all that speech pouring down, selling nothing, judging nobody, drenching the thick mulch of dead leaves, soaking the trees, filling the gullies and crannies of the wood with water, washing out the places where men have [...]

The Time That Is Given Us

Gandalf and Frodo

"Mordor. That name even you hobbits have heard of, like a shadow on the border of old stories. Always after a defeat and a respite, the Shadow takes another shape and grows again."“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo."So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to [...]