e-value-ating how we value our values

value (n.) c. 1300, “price equal to the intrinsic worth of a thing;” late 14c., “degree to which something is useful or estimable,” from Old French value “worth, price, moral worth; standing, reputation” (13c.), noun use of fem. past participle of valoir “be worth,” from Latin valere “be strong, be well; be of value, be worth” (see valiant). The meaning “social principle” is attested from 1918, supposedly borrowed…

by Alexa de los Reyes, available at http://lexrey.com/work/roots/roots-mandala-ii

know your roots

transmute ancestral poison into potion for present and future generations This was my intent and my main driver behind creating PocaHAUNTus–shapeshifting history into Herstory. Yet the tendency that I have, and that perhaps we all have, is to get caught up in the past. We begin to think and act as though that’s the way it’s all-ways been and then…

here I am with my travel drum in a staged photo to indicate--without capturing!

Quit trying to Capture everything.

The most magical moments are impossible to capture anyway. So close the camera/phone & open yourSelf to receive what is. Try recording what you’re witnessing within your cell tissue instead of on your cell phone. A few weeks ago I was in a new place, a lovely place, but I didn’t know it well enough to know the right place…

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Home

(there are song links at the end–you might like to play them while you read!) Home It’s the question wherever I go. “Where’s your home? Where’re you from?” Sometimes I get “welcome home”, which is nicer. Usually now I run my fingers down my midline & say, “Here.” That rarely satisfies them. They want to fit me into something they…

Tripod Twist

this is how I pray

Last year at this time I was at Sundance. About 99% of people I have mentioned Sundance to assume I mean the film festival. I struggle to continue after that, except in the vein of pointing out how deeply the appropriation of “Indian” is in the western culture–so deep that it’s unconscious by now. Partly First Nation peoples had to…

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Iceland

Don’t go. Don’t go to Iceland unless you know how to be reverent, deeply reverent, to the land and to all that is less-visible.  Don’t go with a Western mind that feels something is owed to it, that feels it has inalienable rights to go wherever it chooses without first asking permission or seeking to make communion with the residents…

Sacrificial Child or Disappearing into Motherland

In my 8 years or so of teaching pregnancy yoga, I’ve had the enormous privilege and benefit of simply being exposed to the process of gestation, birth & the on-going transitions into parenthood. This is no small thing in a society that is no longer tribal, where we are generally not privy to the rites of passage and the wisdom…