MotherJana

Water is my wine. The earth is my body.

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Dance in the Temple of Your Love

What is it going to take to reveal your hidden, magical, mysterious, beautiful body? Seriously. What is it going to take? Becoming embodied has little to do with sex or stripping or showing off. Becoming embodied is about nurturing your soul, doing the inner work that makes the energetic body free. And once you clear the energies that haunt you, the wounds of the past, the shadows you still carry […]

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The Middle Way

There is no such thing as sin; rather you yourselves are what produces sin when you act in accordance with the nature of adultery [unfaithfulness], which is called “sin.” For this reason, the Good came among you, pursuing (the good) which belongs to every nature. It will set it within its root. This is why you get sick and die: because you love what deceives you. –Gospel of Mary Magdalene […]

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The Job That Always Pays

“On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.” –Bhagavad Gita We think that our purpose in this life is to find a paying job we like, so we can have money to fulfill our needs and desires. From an early age, we ask kids, “What do you want to be when […]

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How Do I Be Me?

For most of my life, I’ve gone into various situations and felt troubled that I was different from everybody else. For instance, let’s take this story of the shoes. In seventh grade, my aunt gave me a pair of hand-me-down, rust-colored pink shoes with leaf-engravings on the side and holes that showed my foot-skin. (I don’t think I’m explaining these very well.) They had skinny pink laces and smooth wooden […]

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Positive and Calm

I received one of the best compliments I’ve ever gotten yesterday. It was from my 9-year-old daughter, who said this week in school, they’re studying Women’s History Month. When the teacher asked kids to raise their hands and share a woman they thought should be included, my daughter raised her hand and said she wanted to include me, her mom, because “she’s been through a lot but she stayed positive […]

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Starting Again

Almost two years ago, I made a decision that seems short-sighted now. I closed down the online literary journal I had started with my ex-husband, The First Day. It was a decision I had to make during the dregs of divorce, when I had to figure out what to let go of and what to hold on to. I couldn’t keep up the website, and fellow editors who wanted to […]

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