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Humans, Wildness, and the Web of Life

“If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on what is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, but by means of external marks.”  ~ Egyptian king Thamus in Plato’s Phaedrus This morning in meditation, like many mornings that I … Continue reading

One Nation Under Trauma

“The simple truth is that every single civilization, including the western world, was brought into being from a sacred place to serve a sacred purpose. And when that purpose is forgotten, when its original alignment gets lost, when the fundamental balance and harmony of its existence become disrupted beyond a certain point, then nature has … Continue reading

Porn Kills Love

In our culture, where pornography wields a mighty $13 billion each year (and climbing), none of us are separate from the impact it is having on sexuality and intimacy.  Is it surprising that the largest consumer of internet porn are male tweens, commonly seeing their first hard porn on the internet by the ripe age … Continue reading

Gratitude and Reflections

2014 Reflections ~ Madhupa Maypop What a journey it has been this year! This past year has been about revealing, revealing, and then more revealing. Some of my most personal and intimate information (via my blog post “I Was Born to Do This”) was unearthed this year and it’s just the beginning. I do hope … Continue reading

The Honored Middle and Gut Health

Some thoughts on gut health ~ Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) say that gut health actually provides the necessary ingredients to protect the heart (where spirit or “shen” resides). In Japan, the large intestine is referred to as both the “honored middle” (onaka) and “center of the spiritual and physical strength” (hara).  The soul … Continue reading

Releasing that Summer Heat

Oh where to begin!? There’s so much going on in the plant kingdom that needs our awareness ~ from ripening berries to blossoms showing off to pollinators to trees adding another ring of growth. The Summer Solstice is this weekend which marks the longest day of the year. We are at our peak in terms … Continue reading

The Great Forgetting

Last weekend I gave a talk on Plant Spirit Medicine at a local UU church in Oxford, MS.  I was invited by the congregation and was so honored to be asked!  In the process of preparing for my presentation, I made a realization about Jesus that I hadn’t before. Of course, they are a very … Continue reading

The Power of Yes and No

YES and NO are deeply spiritual words.  They don’t seem like much, but just think about what they can do by speaking them! They can begin and end pretty much anything.  They can allow or not allow.  They can open or close something.  They can connect or disconnect, affirm or not affirm… If you begin … Continue reading