Magic, Mindfulness, and Mysticism

I grew up going to a nondenominational church. It attracted
healers and mystics and spiritualists of all types. My mom’s friends
included aromatherapists and reiki practitioners and massage
therapists and acupuncturists. The church often brought in visiting speakers from a range of spiritual traditions. Native American elders and sufi mystics and energy healers populated my childhood. I helped build my first sweat lodge when I was 8. I learned to meditate when I was 6.

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DIY Compostable Facial Cleansing Pads

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I’ve come to a point in my life where I really hate washing my face. I don’t mind doing it in the shower in the morning, but there’s something I despise about trying to rinse my face off at night in our tiny bathroom sink. I’ve tried a few different types of facial cleansing pads and I loved the convenience, but I hated the amount of waste they created and all the chemicals they contained so I never used them regularly.

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The Power of Radical Vulnerability

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If I took one lesson from the past year, it’s that there is incredible power in radical vulnerability. While I’d hoped that 2017 would be kinder to us all, I spent most of the year feeling paralyzed.
 
I think I kept it together pretty well: I juggled a full-time job and an demanding consulting gig. I navigated a marriage transformed by the endless reverberations of grief. I managed to keep 3 needy creatures alive. But inside, I was struggling.

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