Ayahuasca in the Amazon: Healing Through Plant Medicine and Sacred Ceremony

I embarked on one of the most important excursions of my life, and it was perhaps the greatest experience of my life so far. Over the last couple of years I noticed I’d dream about being given a plastic cup of dark, earthy liquid to drink. Sometimes in the dream my vision would become distorted,Continue reading “Ayahuasca in the Amazon: Healing Through Plant Medicine and Sacred Ceremony”

Consciously Living and Dying

How often do you think about your existence? I don’t know about you, but I think about death a lot. I think about life too, and it’s these moments that feel like true reality to me. When I was going into second grade I had my first “awakening experience”. Part of this experience was blissfulContinue reading “Consciously Living and Dying”

Your Purpose and Answers Written in the Stars

The skepticism of astrology, like many other things, is likely due to some lack of understanding of it. So before you write it off as pseudoscience, let’s explore a bit about what might be written in the stars for and about you.  You’re probably aware of the month you were born—cool. That’s a start! ThisContinue reading “Your Purpose and Answers Written in the Stars”

2 Meditative Practices with Mandalas

Some of us will never understand the use or make use of the Pythagorean Theorem in our lives, or what an isosceles triangle means for advancing in life. For this, we remain obtuse, but what about sacred geometry? Mandalas, certainly in North American culture, rose to popularity through the trend of adult coloring books. TheContinue reading “2 Meditative Practices with Mandalas”

The Psychology of Color

Seeing the world morph from black/white/grey to color is like an epiphany, a new vibrancy for life. The rainbow after a monotone storm is a beacon of hope. The darkest most northern locations on Earth are graced with Aurora Borealis, the streams of color dancing across the sky. I believe color psychology has something toContinue reading “The Psychology of Color”

“Leggo” Your Ego

The ego is a loaded topic, though I’ve decided to spare us all the deep dive into its Freudian roots. In its simplest, most basic explanation, the ego is the idea of who we are.  Often ego is recognized by its exaggeration like “He’s got a big ego” or “All that praise will go straightContinue reading ““Leggo” Your Ego”

From Sunrise to Siesta: a Piece of El Camino de Santiago

El Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a pilgrimage trek towards Santiago de Compostella, a cathedral for St. James in Santiago, Spain. There are numerous ways to get there, most commonly walking or biking vertically from Portugal or across the north of Spain from France. One woman I met began in BelgiumContinue reading “From Sunrise to Siesta: a Piece of El Camino de Santiago”

Labyrinths: The Winding Road to Healing

Labyrinths are powerful ancient symbols, and if you’ve been following Live Fluently, you know that I love symbols. The purpose of this symbol, even more closely aligning with my interests and inspiring my extensive knowledge of it, is to represent a healing journey inward. Interestingly, the inner structure of the ear is called a labyrinth,Continue reading “Labyrinths: The Winding Road to Healing”

Enter the Dream World

Lot’s of people pay little attention to their dreams or claim they don’t dream at all. This is unfortunate because dreams help inform us of our health, contribute to problem solving and creativity, and sometimes even have an extraordinary impact on our waking lives. I can recall dreams from when I was very young, andContinue reading “Enter the Dream World”

What to Look For in a Yoga Class

Yoga classes can be fun, relaxing, invigorating, intimidating, relieving, mind and body-bending, and forever onward. The experience depends on a number of factors, namely your approach and the setting. I’ve been doing yoga pretty regularly since I was 12, and became a trained instructor in Vinyasa flow at 16. I’ve tried a variety of stylesContinue reading “What to Look For in a Yoga Class”