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Inspiring, Illuminating, Insightful: Books That Influenced Me

I am periodically asked what I would recommend to read about the work I do – i.e. about embodied living, emotional healing, movement, or spirituality. If you are interested, scroll for a link to a (very partial) book list.

I have read all these books and more, many of them more than once… but most of my learning has come from oral transmission from my teachers and personal experience in living the practices.

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'Tis the Season to Be Healing: Thoughts on Ceremony

Hello dear one,
Short and sweet today as you may have many holiday parties to go to:

At Scott’s invitation, I recently met his Lakota teacher Arkan Lushwalla. I was inspired by how Arkan spoke about Ceremony in the Native American tradition: as a way for people to enter together a space of healing, clearing, and prayer; a place to go deep into the dark and wide into the light, and return with the gifts received so we can offer them to our radically troubled world.

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The Seven Secrets of a Perfect Relationship



Yes you too are in relationship, even if you're technically single. Pick any important person in your life, or yourself, and see if these apply.

  1. Spend time on your own before you venture into relating. This is a no brainer but so often disregarded, especially in emotionally fused relationships. Sometimes we have to be reminded that some answers are found within, and the intimacy we so long for begins at home. (Meaning, at home inside each of us.)
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Hello, Goodbye

On a recent trip to Hamburg, Germany, nostalgia got the best of me, and I emailed an ex-boyfriend i hadn't spoken to in thirty years. We had met in the '80s as international students in Helsinki, and had some wild times together in Hamburg, both studying arcane Ugro-Finnish languages at the time (don't ask me how).

He is now a distinguished professor at a European university, with many awards for his intellectual achievements, and me, well ... I cannot tell you how grateful I am for my decision to leave the academic world behind and choose this adventure of embodiment instead.

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I Always Mysteriously End in Love

No matter what ugly, fearful self I offer to the dance, it always mysteriously ends in love.

I came originally just to dance. I discovered by accident the spiritual center I have been craving all my life. No matter what ugly, fearful self I offer to the dance, it always mysteriously ends in love.

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