Tuesday, January 8, 2019

"How Many Years Of Beauty Do I Have Left"


How many years of beauty do I have left?
she asks me.
How many more do you want?
Here. Here is 34. Here is 50.

When you are 80 years old
and your beauty rises in ways
your cells cannot even imagine now
and your wild bones grow luminous and
ripe, having carried the weight
of a passionate life.

When your hair is aflame
with winter
and you have decades of
learning and leaving and loving
sewn into 
the corners of your eyes
and your children come home
to find their own history
in your face.

When you know what it feels like to fail
ferociously
and have gained the 
capacity
to rise and rise and rise again.

When you can make your tea
on a quiet and ridiculously lonely afternoon
and still have a song in your heart
Queen owl wings beating
beneath the cotton of your sweater.

Because your beauty began there
beneath the sweater and the skin,
remember?

This is when I will take you 
into my arms and coo
YOU BRAVE AND GLORIOUS THING
you've come so far.

I see you.
Your beauty is breathtaking.

~ Jeannette Encinias

[Image by Tony Cunha of Beatrice Wood. Found on The Cosmic Dancer]

Monday, August 6, 2018

Visit Kate's new Etsy Shop!

Exciting News!
Kate has opened a new Etsy store where you can purchase her newly created Oracle Cards which are sourced from Kate's art portfolio (below). Select one of a kind pieces of Kate's artwork are also for sale. 
Please click here to visit the Etsy Store



Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A New Take on Being Broken

Wow, people. Another really powerful TED Talk here by Janine Shepherd called "A Broken Body Isn't a Broken Person."

This incredible person was an Olympic-level athlete who had a tragic accident and a very unexpected recovery. I recommend that all people listen to this Talk to remind them about the power of inner strength and perseverance--especially when they expect it least and need it most. Janine says "You can't know how strong you are until there is no option left except to be strong." Please click here to listen to this inspiring Talk.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Attention as a Commodity

Hello World.
I listened to an incredible Podcast from NPR Radio Hour this week that referenced this really smart, in-tune person--Tristan Harris. Here is the link to one of his Ted Talks that discusses the way our smart devices are like slot machines; always keeping us jonesing and checking to see what we're going to get with every passing moment we spend as a part of the great world wide web of technology. Really interesting, you guys. Please click here to watch his Ted Talk.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Two Profound Game-Changing Books About how to Approach Life

I recently lost someone very dear to me, my grandmother, to whatever the next phase of existence is beyond this life. In my grief and desire to process her death, I felt very drawn to these two books:

“The Biology of Belief”—B. Lipton
“Dying to be Me”—A. Moorjani

Perhaps these books presented to me during a vulnerable time when I was willing to absorb their teachings, or maybe I would have been baffled by their messages regardless when I discovered them—either way, they are certainly worth sharing.

I highly recommend that all people read these books as a way to round out their perspective of our complex human experience. From any age, religion, occupation, gender...I truly believe there are gems here for you. Please share your thoughts and reactions with me!

May we appreciate and feel gratitude for the people, health, and experiences of our lives. What could matter more?




Tuesday, April 17, 2018

"I am brave, I am bruised, I am who I'm supposed to be. I am me."

I saw the movie "The Greatest Showman" tonight, Hugh Jackman's recent film.
It touched my heart, you guys.

From the song:
"I am brave, I am bruised, I am who I'm meant to be. This is me. I'm not scared to be seen, I make no apologies. This is me." Check out this song from the movie.

This song, among many others in the movie, moved me to tears and made me think of how we are each fighting our own battles and working so hard to rise toward the place in this world where wefeel seen, loved, meaningful, and important. It reminds me of Plato's quote "Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle you know nothing about."

Be kind to each other, friends. We are all people--all doing the very best we can.