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Elan Vitae

February 9, 2018

Growing up, there were always good cooks in my family, including several seafood restaurant owners. The food was always delicious, but as a child I was not usually permitted to partake in the preparation - even so, I loved sitting in the kitchen while either my grandpa cooked up wonderful seafood dishes or watching my grandmother, aunts and mom prepare holiday meals.  Even at this moment, I can see my grandmother sitting on he...

October 16, 2017

My 40 Day Experiment with Metta Meditation yielded more clarity, tranquility, more rapid manifestation, and a stronger sense of knowing. I was pleasantly surprised by the Mega difference in my life and I wasn’t even looking for it.  I thought I had tried every type of meditation under the sun - TM, Mindfulness, Breathwork, Zen, Guided visualizations, Yogic, Sound.  

Yet somehow I had skipped over this brilliant little gem...

September 29, 2017

It wasn’t the most convenient of places to fall apart, but I happened to be navigating the frozen food section of my neighborhood grocery store with a full cart of items when my world began to melt down.  In this place I frequented weekly, I suddenly felt like invisible walls were closing in on me and that I was going to die. I couldn’t breathe, but tried desperately to hold in the tears and keep myself together. I was gripped...

September 21, 2017

Just before the Sun enters Libra, there is a Virgo New Moon. The last lunar cycle began with the great eclipse and world events (extreme weather, nuclear tensions, etc.) certainly reflected the intensity. Now there's a much different vibe beginning. The Virgo New Moon is conjunct Vesta in early Libra, bridging the sign of refinement (Virgo), with cultural inclusion (Libra). The spiritual work emphasized this month involves dil...

August 22, 2017

Dancer and Choreographer Liz Owens shares her inspiration behind short film 5 Stages of Fibonacci and her secrets for cultivating creativity after 40.  

JB for EV:  Liz, can you tell us about the meaning of the name of this piece and why you chose it?

LO:  Yes, the name is meant to reflect the 5 stages of the mourning process.  It’s actually a re-visit to this topic for me.  I originally tried to tackle this subject in my underg...

August 12, 2017

4:25 AM. Biggest full moon of the year. Alone downstairs, sitting on the floor. Design Drawing 3800 09107 HB pencil with gold letters, black paint, dull point, no eraser. Blank white paper. The sudden urge to notice every detail: seeing things in ways I had never seen them before, awareness heightened, senses keen.

A pencil has six sides? How many pencils had I held in my life? How many times have I seen my own hand but how wel...

July 28, 2017

As the one year anniversary of my walk on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela approaches, I can still barely put the experience into words.  Perhaps that’s because it’s either too profound to sum up in words or it’s not meant to be shared.  My intention all along was to share.  In fact, it was my primary purpose for embarking on such a physical and exterior exploration of self.  Known as the “Way of St. James,” the Camino is...

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