December 24, 2020 at 12:10PMDecember 24th has always been the most precious of days on the calendar. It is my Grandma Bea’s birthday. On the day she was born, all the flowers were born. Though long since returning to aether, her presence today it ever palpable. She even carried a Christmas tree birthmark on her arm. 🎄 Bea loved sharing her birthday with our family as a way to bring everyone together around the old mahogany round table. We ate the tamales we had made together a few weeks earlier, with the let loose dance, libations and laughter. Wrapping paper would be torn in a squeal of delight and the room would burst forth with new toys for the dozen grandchildren and rent-a-kids. In the earlier days there would be an exquisitely decorated cake with winter scenes made by her master baker friend René. We would sing Las Mañanitas, hopeful for every beautiful morning. Her wrinkly skin so soft and sweet, like a raisin in the sun, reminding us to age in sweetness and let go of all that makes us bitter. Today is precious. I am still unwrapping her gifts and cherishing her smile, the greatest gift she gave me. Beatríz Withrow de Lunar (1921-2003)
December 22, 2020 at 09:32AMMy alma mater CIIS is hosting @adriennemareebrown in February (online, link below) Prevailing ideas around social justice activism tend to focus on “doing the work,” putting in long hours, and facing challenges head-on. Activism is rarely associated with personal joy and pleasure. But can there be a deep connection between activism and pleasure? How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience? How can we awaken within ourselves desires that make it impossible to settle for anything less than a fulfilling life? Author, Black feminist, and social justice activist adrienne maree brown has been talking, writing, and celebrating the intersection of pleasure and activism since her much-lauded 2019 book, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good. Pleasure activism is a politics of healing and happiness that explodes the dour myth that changing the world is just another form of work. Drawing on the Black feminist tradition, she challenges us to rethink the ground rules of activism. Through connecting with our inner desires and needs—physical, mental, emotional—we can become better organizers, activists, and social justice workers. Join Sonya Shah, CIIS professor and restorative justice expert and adrienne for a powerful and joyful conversation exploring how to tap into the full spectrum of our sensual desires and emotional needs while organizing for justice. Whether you’re a seasoned activist or new to supporting social justice movements, adrienne invites you to embrace the idea that activism can feel good. Please note that this conversation will be hosted live online and includes an audience Q&A. adrienne maree brown on Pleasure Activism, A Live Online Conversation with CIIS Register ($25 suggested donation): http://bit.ly/CIIS-amb . . . #pleasureactivism #adriennemareebrown #emergentstrategy #ciis #ciispublicprograms
December 19, 2020 at 03:54PMWhat is a Flow State? Steven Kotler of the Flow Research Collective (where I’m becoming certified to coach on Flow States) paraphrases Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s definition of Flow “as an optimal state of consciousness, a state where you feel your best and perform your best. “More specifically, the term refers to those moments of rapt attention and total absorption, when you get so focused on the task at hand that everything else disappears. “Action and awareness merge. Your sense of self vanishes. Your sense of time distorts (either, typically, speeds up; or, occasionally, slows down). “And throughout, all aspects of performance, both mental and physical, go through the roof. “You don’t get to live in a #FlowState. And you wouldn’t want to.” -Steven Kotler Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi found #FlowStates are universal in humans, given particular precursors. The term Flow was the phenomenological description of the experience people used to describe their experience of being in the zone, or “mind like water” as martial artists describe. Biologically, Flow is an emergent state of being that appears when individual or groups engage in activities of complexity. Flow is triggered by certain conditions, to create an energy exchange in the nervous system to shift energy for greater focus and attention. And while you can’t live in a continuous Flow state because it’s a cycle that requires a significant amount of physical energy, you can become #autotelic in your leadership style to cultivate Flow for your teams and work. The JEDI practice becomes intrinsically rewarding and motivating when we do the work in Flow. Have you created daily practices for triggering Flow states? ✨🌑🌘🌗🌖🌕🌔🌓🌒🌑✨ Ixchel (ee-shell) here, a biz + leadership strategist for JEDIs to cultivate daily rituals for #DecolonizingTime so they can do epic shit in Flow. Link in bio for Flow mini-course. *JEDIs are Justice-centering, Emerging, Decolonizing, and Interconnecting for a post-hegemonic-colonial-patriarchal-capitalist global network of planet-centered businesses, politics, and NGOs/non-profits. #decolonizethewild #decolonizeyourmind #flowfollowsfocus #mihalycsikszentmihalyi
December 17, 2020 at 10:54AMDid you know our bones are alive, crystalline in nature and respond in amazing ways when we breathe into them? Bone breathing supercharges our blood and bone marrow. As Saturn moves into Aquarius, an air sign, for the next 2 years, and Jupiter joins in the Great Conjunction of 12/21, we will begin the Cacao Ceremony with a teaching of bone breathing. I’ve been doing this practice this week, and it’s brought a wave of delightful energy into my bones and body. Bone Breathing improves the natural capacity of immunity, allowing the nervous system to deeply relax and trust in life. Bone marrow generates immune cells, which move to the thymus to mature, ready for whatever comes your way. – Learn and experience bone breathing, which you will be able to practice in your daily movement routine. Benefits of Bone Breathing: 1. The number one practice for insomnia, stress, and calm the mind. 2. Ideal for bodies with period irregularities and pain, experiencing uncomfortable menopause. (#pmdd Power surges, etc). 3. Very easy to learn with improvement in as little as 15 minutes daily 4. Strengthens the Kidney & Water energy in your body. Water is held in the myelin sheaths, where ancestral memory and/or trauma is held 5. Increases the production of red blood cells and white blood cells This Solstice is the Great Conjunction of Jupiter + Saturn. As a plant ally of Cacao, I like to show you how to appreciate, not appropriate Cacao medicine. Let’s gather over Zoom on 12/21 for a cacao ceremony to let go what’s no longer working and set intentions for what our heart desires for the next 20-year cycle. See bio for access. (Repurposed from Andrew Fretwell) 📸 Gianda Masi ✨🌑🌘🌗🌖🌕🌔🌓🌒🌑✨ Ixchel (ee-shell) here, a biz + leadership strategist creating space for JEDIs to craft daily rituals for Decolonizing Time so they can do epic shit in Flow. *JEDIs are Justice-centering, Emerging, Decolonizing, and Interconnecting for a post-hegemonic colonial patriarchal global network of planet-centered businesses, politics, and NGOs/non-profits. #nervoussystemregulation #cacao #cacaceremony #bonebreathing #ixcacao #decolonization #decolonizing #decolonizingtime
December 16, 2020 at 02:20PMWhen I’m untethered… I will return home to the Galactic Center. I will merge back into the molecular stream. Becoming resources. ✨💫✨ When I’m untethered… I will lay down on the Earth, let everything become still, and Ophelia come and take my hand, guide me to the river. Let the water wash away the pain, the weight of the struggle will take me deep. ✨💫✨ When I’m untethered… My body will become food for the winged ones so they can carry my spirit back to the center. Let my blood soak into the soil. Let my body return to source, resourced. ✨💫✨ When I’m untethered… I’ll become the roots of the orchids. I’ll become the mycelium pushing up higher consciousness. I’ll become calcium for new corals. Eyelashes of new baby perezosos. Footpads for stealthy Jaguar, walking silently through the jungle. ✨💫✨ When I’m untethered… I will catch the wind and become the scent of the rose, the hum of the bumblebee, the tremor of an earthquake. But today we live from the possibility of merging with it all. ✨🌑🌘🌗🌖🌕🌔🌓🌒🌑✨ Ixchel (ee-shell) here, a business + leadership strategist creating space for JEDIs to craft their daily rituals for Decolonizing Time so they can do epic shit in Flow. *JEDIs are Justice-centering, Emerging, Decolonizing, and Interconnecting for a post-hegemonic colonial patriarchal (h/t to @casey.jourdan for that brilliant linking) global network of planet-centered businesses, politics, and NGOs/non-profits. [image description] a purple, partially-transparent circle with a beige set of moon phases at the top in front of a purple and pink starry Milky Way background. inside of the circle in white letters, When I’m untethered…. Instagram username Ixchel dot Love
December 05, 2020 at 09:57AMI ‘ve been dead named three times this week. The last time was from an asshole from the past. Told him to fuck of and blocked him. And yet this comes nothing close to the harm others, especially Trans and people fleeing domestic violence may face in being dead named. Say their chosen name or don’t say anything. ✨🌑🌘🌗🌖🌕🌔🌓🌒🌑✨ My name is Ixchel (sounds like ee-shell) and I am a business and leadership strategist holding space for JEDIs to discover their daily practice for finding gratitude in living through a zombie apocalypse so they can epic ish in Flow. These JEDIs are leading at the intersections of Justice-centering, Emerging, Decolonizing, and Interconnecting. If you’re a JEDI in need of guidance on decolonizing time, ditching extractive time, stepping into regenerative leadership, sign up for the 10 day course “Dreaming in the Wild” link in bio. #TransLivesMatter #DeadName #DecolonizeYourMind #DecolonizeTime
If you’re looking to me for guidance I suggest you look elsewhere. Do your internal work to #decolonize. I’m signal boosting important work in my stories and listening and reading (@resmaamenakem My Grandmother’s Hands). Getting the downloads and giving resources and insights where I can.
Meanwhile where I am in Central America, our brown and Afro-Caribbean, indigenous siblings are dying at unspeakable rates from Covid and not being counted. I’m getting reusable masks made for the neighborhood. We’ve got to stop the spread so these folx can live to see 2021 and beyond.
Midwifery is really close to my heart. Roots in Minneapolis needs help. Venmo or PayPal their fiscal sponsor, @ProjectMotherPath, with a note it’s for Roots. Will post deets in comments. Click their bio link for PayPal or Venmo @projectmotherpath #blackmothersmatter
Photo repost from @resmaamenakem
Today is 13 Kej in the Kiche Mayan Calendar. It’s also a Kej year.
Kej is connected to the four directions. It is a day of the shamans and priestesses. And it is a 13 day, so the veil between worlds is thin. Today is the day to seek insights from the Spirit world. Powerful indeed.
As the nawal of the majestic stag and cacao medicine, today is a day for making an offering with cacao, standing in your center and surveying your dominion. Seek guidance of the four directions and your ancestors and you will receive insights.
A delicious offering recipe, Cacao Pudding
In a mixing bowl blend with a hand blender:
2 large avocados, pit and seed removed
1/2 cup cacao powder (sugar free, not cocoa powder but will suffice if that’s all you have)
stevia to taste
1 drop copaiba oil (contains BCP cannabinoids, not psychoactive, neuro-protective, imparts wisdom, calms the nervous system)
1 drop cardamom oil (not for pregnant or nursing moms, vasodilator, warming)
1 drop cinnamon bark oil (vasodilator, enhances cacao)
1/4 teaspoon salt to taste
Chill for 1 hour ⏳
Set an offering at your altar. Light a candle. Say a prayer and ask for blessing to work with Cacao medicine. Spend time in meditation. For more exploration, download my cacao ceremonial guide (link in bio)🕯
Photos via @unsplash pudding by Klara Avsenik, altar by Luz Mendoza, cacao pod by Ly Le Minh
#cacaoceremony #kej #mayancalendar #deer #offering #chocolatepudding #recipeoftheday
I recently came across reference to this paper by Stephen Harrod Buhner, author of The Secret Teachings of Plants, in my Evolutionary Herbalism class. I had been wondering what he would know and which plant recommendations he would have in regards to CoVid-19. It seems important to share. I’ve learned about some of these plants […]
Here’s a few things I’m grateful for.
• My health
• My family (+ Pets)
• My friends
• Moon in Capricorn
• Fresh air to breathe
• Clean(ish) water
• Enough healthy food
• Mi Casa
• Access to internet
• Freedom of speech (when I’m in the US)
• My cell phone
• My computer
• Music and Dancing
• Free time
• Freedom of choice (when I’m in the US)
Leave me a comment with some of yours… xoxo
#youarelight #gratefulaf #gratitudepractice #wildfit #wildfitwithixchel #getwildfit