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
Seated…Goddess flanked by two lionesses from Çatalhöyük (Turkey), Neolithic age (about 6000-5500 BCE), today in Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara
HUMAN - clip #13: Love from the most unlikely place
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...
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
Re-share of original update from August 19, 2013
Today’s film - The Story of Menstruation by Walt Disney...
By 1992 or 1993, I'm a breast cancer activist. Shown here with my beloved friend the activist Raven'Light
Aretha Franklin – Respect – Remix
If you danced to the short version, try this. If you didn’t dance or wiggle, what on earth is wrong with you?
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
Me post biopsy in 1991 - bye bye breast celebration. Dean Brittingham photograph
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...
Embroidered mermaid 1679
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
(Lucas Türschmann Remix)
I’ve found that I enjoy a wide range of remixed music, much is better than the original, IMHO.
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
– Lewis B. Smedes
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...
Swimming To The Other Side
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.
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,...
Under Your Skin: THE BUDDHA’S TEACHING ON BODY CONTEMPLATION
by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
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...
Alone – Petit Biscuit (Official Music Video)
Cory Taylor died in Australia.
Dying for beginners: Cory Taylor on facing death with honesty
Wednesday 6 July 2016
Then Elizabeth Caplice died in Australia.
Sky Between Branches
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,...
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...