embodying radical self-expression

i am fierce, flawed, fragile, fear-facing and, above all, free. a decolonized mind, tearing down false refuges + unhooking from the iron yoke of twisted mores that decree how to love, learn, worship, succeed. a liberated soul, living into the sacred — on spirit’s clock, wisdom’s rhythm + body’s intuition. a rebel heart, pumping joy…

embodying resilience

i am lungs springing back oxgenated, fueled and aflamed to burn off toxins and tensions. the softening fist, fingers extending in a mudra of receptivity. emerging grace, wobbly-kneed and raw-skinned soles finding its footing, rebounding from stumbles, rising from falls. the heart willing (sometimes wavering), nevertheless ready to face the tenderness of being alive.

embodying resistance

i am an open heart — strong, free, full and clear as the bell itself. i am soft-flexed knees, gravity centered and recaliberated, surfboard-steady and supple to ride the waves of challenge and change. turning away from that which seeks to diminish, defeat or undo me — i protect my borders, restore breaches, preserve the…

refuge, resistance, resilience + radical self-expression

“The Sangha is an island of peace. The Sangha is a community of resistance against violence, hate and despair.”  — Thich Nhat Hanh These words of my root teacher Thây live at the core of our sangha’s suchness. They have shaped our evolution into a community of spiritual friends who find sanctuary in journeying together…

woman horizontal | tonglen in four parts

today, the exhale was the hardest. a trust fall in giving and taking —precious tears and shadowed fears, irrupted hopes and radical imaginings — into a world that cannot hold them gently. where supple lungs now resist the inhale, constricting to protect me from inviting in a swirl of noxious fumes (engineered to smother epiphanous dreams…

woman horizontal | elder song

i hear the mothers whisper-chant: do not abandon yourself, dear one. blending with the harmonies of grandmothers singing: seek refuge in the dance between heartbeat and breath. buoyed by the infinite canon of their prayer-magic, i have trusted myself into love, loved myself into healing, healed myself into death and rebirth, becoming more and more of myself,…

woman horizontal | cardinal points

energy. essence. force. flow. source. light. manifold. immanent. continuous. creative. destructive. indestructible. enveloping. inculcating. infinite. unknowable. intuitive. interdependent. heart. guide. compass. core. all that is.       

woman horizontal | indwelling

  brave is in your spine. peace in your center. grace is in your heart.  — t.scott-miller  for + inspired by k.r  

woman horizontal | done + been done

done and been done still they appear in dreams unsummoned cords cut but roots regrow when memory whispers my name new work to be done and done again unhook and untether call back my energy reclaim my soul i am not yours to harbor in distorted reverie no longer known to you no longer held…

woman horizontal | ich bin mary

Today I honor the memory of my great-great grandmother, Mary Roth Rhodes, who was born on this day in 1863 in Würtemberg, Germany, the daughter of Dora + Gottlieb Roth. ▪▪▪ 14 years ago, in July 2003, she became a beacon, a catalyst and a guide for me on a pathway of reclamation, transformation and…