Flagstaff Update 03/08/08

Everything is unfolding as it should (and will) — even the uncomfortable stuff.

Hey Y’all!

Well, it’s been a busy week. Took care of a lot of stuff this week. I just watched the final episode of the 2nd season of WEEDS and I loved it! i don’t watch much TV, but Anthony, Steph and I got this on DVD and have watched two seasons as a “family”. I am so glad there is a 3rd season! I’m waiting for it to come out on DVD–so if any of you watch, don’t tell me what happens.

I guess I was tired because I slept 11 hours last night. I think I will try not to book so many appointments back to back during a work week from now on. It was all stuff that needed to be taken care of, so now it’s done. Didn’t get my hair cut, that’s next week, after work.

Biggest news is that I will be running a workshop starting on April 11 for four weeks. It’s called Journaling Through the Chakras. The short description of the workshop is this:

This workshop will use the major chakra system as the “backbone” for self-exploration through journaling. Creative visualization, gentle movement, sound, and writing prompts designed to stimulate specific chakras will inspire a series of timed writings. Journaling is a form of unfolding–participants will benefit from a deeper sense of self-awareness, relaxation and compassion. This exploration is a series of four two-hour sessions, with each devoted to two chakras. At the end of each evening, participants will experience a relaxation meditation and a chakra balancing treatment. Those who sign up for the entire series will receive a hand-made chakra journal. No previous writing workshop experience required.

Materials: Favorite pen, notebook or journal, water and a yoga mat. Although this is primarily a writing workshop, please wear comfortable clothing.

I’m pretty excited! I’ve had this idea for months. Also, I’ve been studying chakras since the early 90s. oh yeah, I’m also going to start yoga teaching at Mountain Waves, too, I’ll be a substitute, but it will be a start. I have to write up a bio so Mountain Waves can put it up on their site and create a flyer. Their site is http://www.mwhealingarts.com/ Send out good vibes! I need at least 5 folks to sign up to make it happen. Envision so many people signing up that I will have to have a second workshop–and on and on. I am going to create a blog for participants to share their work if they like, I’ll send out the address once it’s up.

In the last month or so I’ve also reconnected with some old friends:

The first was my friend Joe, we lived together in San Francisco. Man we have had some adventures! Drove to California from the east coast together (literally 2 months after I said I would never drive across the country again) He knew me way back when I was a squatter, I guess we’ve known each other for 20 years now. It’s great getting to know him again. He has a family and is a photographer. I am glad he is happy. It looks like he’s having a good life.

Then, Ivy Vale. She is a lovely woman who i met when I was on the music scene with the Halfbreeds. She is in a group called the Wyld Olde Souls. I love their music, and all the folks in the band are super nice. They are making more music–hurray! I can’t wait!!!! Check them out: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=317801043

Another is a friend I made in high school, when I was at Seward Park on the Lower East Side. His name is Mohammed. He’s from Egypt, and coming from a very white homogenous background growing up, he’s the first Muslim I’d ever met. We were both having culture shock at the school. We had homeroom together,and I remember how we marveled in horror at the bars on all the windows in school. I remember going through metal detectors to get into school, too–not sure if that’s a real memory or if I’m projecting that. I’ll have to ask Mohammed.

The next friend is Laura Pluta. We met in the 1st grade! She stood by me all the way through high school–even when I freaked the rest of my friends out. (Especially when I shaved my head and started dying my hair and the shit hit the fan with my family) She was cool, she never pushed me and I don’t think I knew what a cool friend she really was. I don’t think I knew what unconditional meant. (That’s a whole other update, or a book or something) Anyway, after 10th grade, I disappeared. It is very nice to reconnect.

What else? oh yeah! Amazon Herb Company has got so many cool things lined up. Besides the Cousteau documentary next month, they’ve hooked up with the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research. They’re building schools now, with a focus on ecology. http://www.aceer.org/index.php

Check this out!

John Easterling, Amazon Herb Company’s founder and CEO, has spent nearly 30 years in Amazonia. Through his vision and leadership, Amazon Herb Company has assisted the indigenous peoples of this region by:

• Sponsoring the formation of the Rio Pisqui Federation. This federation represents all of the natives along the isolated Pisqui River. As a united Federation these communities will be better able to protect and defend their land, way of life and traditional knowledge. They will also be able to better provide education for their children, safeguard their culture and right for self-determination. Together and collectively empowered, they will advocate for laws that favor native communities, as it pertains to social, economic and political issues.
• Assisting the 200 Shipibo inhabitants of the small village of Porvenir to secure legal ownership to 13,000 acres of land that sustains their way of life.
• Creating an ecological reserve near Yarinacocha, Peru, to protect it from logging and other development. The reserve contains a small camu-camu grove that is harvested twice a year. Ecologically harvesting herbs has produced a valuable new income source for the region.

“We’re excited by this new partnership between Amazon Herb Company and the ACEER,” noted ACEER President Dr. Roger Mustalish. “We value the confidence they have in ACEER; it is a testament to the good work ACEER does in villages and cities throughout the Peruvian Amazon,” he added. John Easterling agrees, “It is a great example of what can be achieved to promote conservation and protect indigenous rights, and is, as we like to say, beyond good business.”

Who would have thought selling herbs here in the US could have positive impact in the Amazon!? And it’s good stuff, too! (Speaking of which, if you are ready for a spring cleaning–I’d recommend Envirozon, Illumination and Fiberzon to everyone–especially if you live in the city! if you’re interested you can go to redholly.amazonherb.net)

Everything else is moving along. I need to go to court a few more times and things should be finalized in about a month or so. More getting stuff notarized and stamped. Almost there.

My car is still rolling along. I am looking at getting a commuter bicycle though. i’ve had this dream of bicycling across the country–or at the very least the Southwest and the West coast. Not very interested in going east of the Continental Divide–at least not for a while. I like the expansiveness out here–something I needed FOR SO LONG. Anyway, I figure if I can commute 24 miles a day at 8000 feet, I should be training my body well for some long distance riding. Also, of course a huge reason to ride, is that I won’t be using fossil fuel to get to work everyday–good for the environment! Plus gas is REALLY BLOODY EXPENSIVE!

Everything is unfolding as it should (and will) — even the uncomfortable stuff.

Ok, this is a long note, so I will get going for now.

Lots of love and joy and beauty to everyone.

Holly

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