Night of the Naga

Night of the Naga

Happy Loy Krathong!! 🇺🇸🙏🏾🇹🇭 “Loy” means to float. ”Krathong” is what we use to float our wishes on down the stream toward the mythical Nagas (sacred water serpents) by candlelight, traditionally made from banana leaves. We honor the spirit of water on this day, releasing any stagnation (grudges, anger, regrets, etc) we’re holding onto in our minds and bodies so that we can allow gratitude, joy, and peace to flow into our lives. But how do I celebrate this Southeast Asian Buddhist holiday while being in the United States?

Life As Ceremony

Life As Ceremony

“In a world that profits from your insecurities, loving yourself is a radical act. Your joy is a revolutionary and radical act; anger can be a beautiful thing until it manifests into sickness. Tears are a sign of strength. Stay woke, but not to the point where there’s no room for those who have yet to awaken. And while those who came before you have experienced struggle, remember you come from a long line of resiliency. You are a beautiful badass.”

Power to the Plantain

Power to the Plantain

Some of my succulents didn’t survive, and what felt like a reflection of my life were the resilient plantains growing in this pot gifted to me by Green Wisdom that gave up their fight and wilted away. I dreaded looking at them as I walked up to my doorstep, but still I watered them. Like watering a graveyard, hoping they would reincarnate from the dead to greet me again...

Monkey Mind

 Monkey Mind

 "The mind spends most of the time lost in fantasies and illusions, reliving pleasant or unpleasant experiences and anticipating the future with eagerness or fear. While lost in such cravings or aversions, we are unaware of what is happening now, what we are doing now." - S. N. Goenka