TRIPLE NEW TIMES

I know our official New Year already happened on January first, but there are several other kinds of New Years’ or, better put it, New Times of varying types and magnitudes that will soon be impacting us individually, collectively and cosmically. I am thinking of three in particular that are at hand, or soon to […]

THESE TIMES

Fourteen years ago, in mid-December, I met the man who I am now married to at a Shopper Christmas party. One week later, my mother passed away peacefully on the night of the winter solstice. I nestled close to her now cool body until the ambulance arrived. This year, there will be no Shopper party […]

PATIENCE

When my daughter was in nursery school, her favorite song starred a snail and had the following refrain: “Be patient, be patient, don’t be in such a hurry/when you get impatient, you only start to worry.” These words have popped back into my mind in the last few weeks, as we have been dealing with […]

Entering the Dark Sun Time

Last year, I attended a workshop with Mexican healer Sergio Magaña at the Open Center in New York City. A portion of this two-day workshop focused on the Mayan/Aztec calendar. Like some of you, I followed the hype around 2012 with its myriad books and scary movies about how this was going to be the […]

Our Underworlds and Mexico

Mexico, what do you think of when you hear this word? Perhaps it is tacos and tequila that comes to your mind, or maybe an enjoyable vacation you took there by the beach. Or it could be that you think of drugs and danger, poverty and violence. Maybe images of some Hollywood movie comes to […]

Living Stones, Loving Earth & Now

Life as we know it is changing, shifting. We can feel it in our bones and in our hearts. Many are the explanations offered for these new times we struggle to wrap our minds around. For those who truly follow the ancient Toltec/Mayan ways, this is because we are in a time of transition from […]

Honoring the Mountain, Honoring the Water

Imagine partying non-stop for a month, as a sacred act. That’s what goes on throughout much of the Ecuadorian Andes starting on the summer solstice. In a tradition that extends back to long before the Inca in this part of the globe, communities and villages celebrate Inti Raymi, or the sun festival long and hard. […]

HEALING WITH THE HELP OF IMBABURA AND COTOCACHI

Mama Maria climbed the stairs of her two bedroom concrete home in the small town of Iluman, Ecuador to get something. What could it be? I had arrived to her place half an hour ago. It had taken the taxi a few minutes to locate her clinic, since the sign announcing she was a “yachak” […]