Mixtape: Arizona + New Mexico

This time last week we were on our way to White Sands, NM driving highways, grazing on leftover snacks, and listening to tunes. Since then I started my LAST term of grad school, and finally received official approval to sit for board exams. In the midst of all this, I can’t stop thinking about our trip to Arizona and New Mexico. I posted a few thoughts on Instagram in an attempt to express how humbled and thankful I am for the opportunity to visit Tohono O’odham, Apache, Zuni, Hopi, Navajo, Pueblo, and Mescalero lands. I feel especially fortunate to be entering the next phase of this journey more fortified and grounded.  arizona + new mexicoI created this playlist pre-trip and added more tunes post-trip after having some time for reflection. It’s a particularly special mix tape for me, and I hope you enjoy it!

In solidarity,

Christian

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July 2017 Full Moon in Capricorn

Being human is about being dynamic: to be in a constant state of change. To transform. To work out and unpack. To come undone. To mold and create from the core. To learn how to be. To breathe and think and dream. To survive told and untold traumas. To live through all this, remaining resourced and resolute in the process, in itself, an act of of radical hope.

The Full Moon will ease on into the sign of Capricorn on July 8, 2017 at 10:08 PM CST. Capricorn, traditionally theorized to be a sea-goat, is an Earth sign with ancestral ties to water. Known for its agile and surefooted nature, Capricorn understands that achievement requires a balance between gregariousness and introversion. This Full Moon helps to culminate what was started during the New Moon, serving as a reminder to value healthy relationship to self, community, and environment.

Earlier this month, the New Moon was in Cancer, the contemplative crab. This is a sign concerned with nurturing the process of navigation, as much as it is with getting to the destination. With the sun now in Cancer, and the Moon in Capricorn, this moment illuminates the consequences of change, for better or for worse. Change is direct reflection of the dynamic power of the Universe. It is an inevitable, and uncomfortable process. It is movement that pushes the boundaries of what we think is possible. It is a dance between two ends of the the spectrum, demanding full attention be given to the parts of us that remain in opposition to the other.

Tension is necessary in order to maintain structural integrity. But tension does not necessitate making an enemy out of the other side. That which holds us up is not just about the ends. It is about the means; the rainbow of experiences that rests in middle ground providing the juice of the story. A central component of Chinese medicine is the principle of Ben and Biao. Ben is the root. Biao is the branch. Ben is etiology. Biao is symptomology. When immunity is compromised and resistance is down, external pathogens tend to invade and oppress the whole system. This is an all too familiar concept when it comes to matters of equity and justice.

The fact of tension, injustice, or opposition is as real is the yearning for freedom. The vision for liberation that is a collective, solution-based approach, can serve to strengthen and empower immunity that is needed to recover from both acute and chronic issues. This Full Moon offers an important opportunity to level-up our commitment to compassionate intention. May we take time to lean into the process of change and healing from the ground up.

In Full Moon solidarity,

Christian

Notes on Planting Seeds + The Work of Farmers

The pungent smell of onions permeated the shed while we worked. As each minute ticked on the sun emerged, and the day grew warm. The large drum fan and the cross breeze kept us cool. Black flies zipped by, landing any and everywhere there was space. No matter how many times we swiped, shooed, and blew them away, they returned. That’s the thing about flies, they always find their way back. Continue reading “Notes on Planting Seeds + The Work of Farmers”