Stephanie Sugars
Reconnecting

I am on an enforced retreat for a few days because the Internet is down at home. I'm taking the time to reconnect with my beautiful body's beautiful experience. Wishing you all beauty filled experience too. Much love, Stephanie

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  Stephanie Sugars
I love my beautiful body!


Seated…Goddess flanked by two lionesses from Çatalhöyük (Turkey), Neolithic age (about 6000-5500 BCE), today in Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara

xox

HUMAN - clip #13: Love from the most unlikely place

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afvN6se3Yug

xox

A recent article at the online publication Elephant Journal opened an oft-closed world to my view. Loving my Fat, Stiff, Kind-of-Ugly, Beautiful Body by Carmelene Siani describes her experience of being photographed nude in her 70+ year-old body. Her reflections are so achingly tender and true and her image so arresting, that I’ve...

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S-E-X-X-X


Kalachakra and the consort Vishvamata are the principal deities originating in the Sanskrit text - Kalachakra Tantra. The Kalachakra Mandala belongs to the non-dual anuttara yoga tantra practiced to a greater or lesser degree by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The concept of 'time' is used as the special metaphor to symbolize the process of transformation from mundane existence to complete enlightenment.

Learn more at: http://www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm?setID=167

xox

Re-share of original update from August 19, 2013

xox

Today’s film - The Story of Menstruation by Walt Disney...

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Silence = Death – Cancer and AIDS activism early 1990s

By 1992 or 1993, I'm a breast cancer activist. Shown here with my beloved friend the activist Raven'Light

xox

Aretha Franklin – Respect – Remix

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBqg0L3hhkk

If you danced to the short version, try this. If you didn’t dance or wiggle, what on earth is wrong with you?

xox

If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be In Your Revolution.

I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everyboy's right to beautiful, radiant things.

~ Emma Goldman

Interesting story about the quote by by Alix Kates Shulman http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/goldman/Features/danceswithfeminists.html

And...

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1991 My book review on women and cancer, activism

Me post biopsy in 1991 - bye bye breast celebration. Dean Brittingham photograph

xox

1 in 3: Women with Cancer Confront and Epidemic

Cancer as a Women’s Issue: Scratching the Surface

Book Reviews by Stephanie Sugars

1991 (may have been previously published in Women’s Voices: Sonoma County Women’s News Journal, maybe.)

Cancer may be to the women’s movement of the 90s what rape was to the women’s movement of the 70s. Although the social and political climate has changed greatly in the past twenty years, the growing incidence of cancer is bringing women together to confront the powers...

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Transforming soul food into loving connections - Celebrate Lammas, the harvest

Embroidered mermaid 1679

xox

Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

(Lucas Türschmann Remix)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yk2CDPhdMU

I’ve found that I enjoy a wide range of remixed music, much is better than the original, IMHO.

xox

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.

– Lewis B. Smedes

xox

What a full, rich month I’ve enjoyed!

Yes, the body continues to slowly flounder, yet the spirit soars and the soul, oh she in her glory undergoes transformation.

Transformation and process interests me most right now, so that’s what I’ll share today.

Food is a language...

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Food, democracy and fairness

Swimming To The Other Side

Pat Humphries

When we get there we'll discover

All of the gifts we've been given to share

Have been with us since life's beginning

And we never noticed they were there

Loving spirits will live forever

We're all swimming to the other side.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mhzSXNWvGo

http://emmasrevolution.com/listen/album/roots-rock-revolution/8-swimming-other-side/

xox

I’m fascinated by food and the intersections of hunger, deprivation, affluence, over consumption, real food, fake food, “good” food and “bad” food. Cultural, religious, spiritual, corporate,...

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A healthy body is not what you think it is

Under Your Skin: THE BUDDHA’S TEACHING ON BODY CONTEMPLATION

by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

http://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/Writings/CrossIndexed/Uncollected/MiscEssays/UnderYourSkin.pdf

During my first year as a monk, when I was staying at a monastery near Bangkok, we received an invitation from the children of a man in the last stages of liver cancer, asking for some monks to visit their father in the hospital, as he wanted to make merit and hear the dhamma one last time before he died. Five of us went the next morning, and the senior monk in the group chatted with the man for quite a while to...

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Migas – Scraps of life and death

Alone – Petit Biscuit (Official Music Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juAAykpByXc

xox

Cory Taylor died in Australia.

Dying for beginners: Cory Taylor on facing death with honesty

Wednesday 6 July 2016

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/conversations/dying-for-beginners-cory-taylor-on-facing-death-with-honesty/7549798

Then Elizabeth Caplice died in Australia.

Sky Between Branches

Elizabeth Caplice

https://skybetweenbranches.wordpress.com

The heat came in Sonoma County to ripen tomatoes and usher in a new season. This morning’s breakfast was toast with roasted plum tomatoes,...

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Father Richard Rohr on the Shadow and Liminal Space

Richard Rohr

Daily meditation

https://cac.org

Embracing the Shadow: Living on the Edge

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

As we explored in last week's meditations, liminal space (from the Latin limen for "threshold") is an inner state and sometimes an outer situation where we can begin to think and act in genuinely new ways. It is when we are betwixt and between, having left one room or stage of life but not yet entered the next. We often enter liminal space when our former way of being is challenged or changed--perhaps when we lose a job or a loved one, during illness, engagement, or at the birth of a...

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