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Honoring the Women in our Lives

DSCN3367For the first 20 years of my life, International Women’s Day passed by without any acknowledgment. As an internationally recognized holiday to honor the women in our lives, the U.S. sheds far less light on this day than most other countries. I remember on March 8, 2011, I was walking out of a seafood restaurant on the coast of Chile with a friend and the waiter handed each of us a white rose. He smiled, bowed his head slightly, and thanked us.

“What was that about?” I asked my Chilean friend.

“It’s International Women’s Day!” she replied so enthusiastically I almost felt embarrassed for not knowing such an important date. As we walked through the streets, I began to notice we were not the only women carrying roses. While looking back on how grateful I was to be acknowledged on that day for my contributions as a woman to society, some women take the tradition of receiving flowers one step further by saying, “Don’t give me roses, give me respect!” I love to receive flowers, but respect, yes, respect is so much more permanent than a cut-flower that lasts three days in a vase.


Seafood dishes are traditional International Women’s Day fare

In honor of International Women’s Day, Women’s History Month, and the year 2013 which is the year of the female water snake, I have recommitted myself to the women’s liberation movement. I hosted a women’s dinner party last week, attended lectures by Vandana Shiva and Starhawk, and danced the night away with girlfriends I grew up with. Building a strong  and diverse community of women where we can hold sacred spaces to share our thoughts, dreams, hopes (and despair!) for the future is crucial for the women’s liberation movement.

The water snake of 2013 paves the path of rebirth, new beginnings and transformation as she sheds her skin. I feel encouraged  to let go of what keeps me separate from women, especially in the past, so we can empower one another to be leaders of the women’s liberation movement.

Love and blessings to all the women of the world- we are so brave!

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Living Based on Love


It is incredibly rewarding to practice empowerment through self-love. When I set up my life to go well by balancing my mind, body, and spirit, everything else goes smoothly. My stress levels go down, I smile more, my digestion is powerful, my neck and shoulders relax, and I rarely get headaches.

In addition to feeling healthy, strong, and at ease, I also have more energy to give to my community. I engage in meaningful conversations, I show up to work ready to serve, and I am motivated to keep in touch with old friends.

IMG_7313Trusting my inner wisdom has brought me to another major form of self-care: Herbalism. As many of you know, local food has been a focus of mine for the last few years. I have worked on several farms learned enough skills to eventually have my own farm in the future. Still unsure exactly what kind of farm that may be and also because Western Mass is becoming saturated with small farms, I took a break from that field.

I came to Kripalu to tap into a deep vein in hope of finding some direction for my future. I found instant community, sahdna (a personal practice), and love. It’s reassuring to know that as long as I trust myself and follow my heart, I will find exactly what I am searching for.

As I enter the last few months of my time at Kripalu, I struggle to stay present. Even though I constantly remind myself how much I have to be grateful for in this community, I can’t stop thinking about the future. After weeks of being hard on myself for what I thought was living too much in the future, a friend said, “Hannah, you’re just ready to move on and follow your path.” Giving myself permission to begin again feels hopeful and true. I am ready to fly the nest and build my own nest somewhere else.

IMG_7338_2Come early March, my sweetie and I will move closer to the Pioneer Valley. I will apprentice with an Herbalist, which will tie in beautifully with my Life Coach Certification. I am also collaborating with a group of people to start a small farm half way between Kripalu and Northampton.

My dreams are coming true. I am not going to give up and let fear or discouragement rule the show. The world needs me. The world needs all of us. Let go of what is getting in your way of living your dream and don’t look back. Stay grounded. Walk and lay on the Earth to feel the pulse of our planet. We must unite as one unit of Love during this Great Shift.

Let 12.21.12 be the transition from fear based living to Love.


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