We typically think of skin only as it relates to beauty — but it's actually important to overall health. Did you know that a single square centimeter of skin hosts approximately 1 million microbes with an estimate of over a 100 distinct species? These microbes include bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses, protozoa and even mites.
The storm hit but there was no thunder. News reports said it was the biggest downfall of the decade. The way the media talked about it made me think the rain was biblical and the floods to come were groundwork for some divine message. That’s how I read it, at least. I was sure Moses would descend from Mount Tamalpais with a tablet in either hand and have amended the commandments. Not that they were out dated. I mean they ARE but they’re solid instructions on decency that require zero religious zeal to devote to entirely. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not lie.
“What we are is made up of what we have been; and what we have been also shapes the future, without definitely giving line and substance to every thought and action. The present is a movement of the past to the future.” J. Krishnamurti
I often start any class or talk I'm leading by asking the group what it means to be a healer. Ultimately, my goal is to articulate the difference between providing a service and providing a space. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received push-back on asking those around me to identify as a healer. Denmo I’m not a healer, I’m a helper. I’m an artist, a therapist, a coach, a dancer. My work may be healing but I am not a healer.
If you’ve been feeling waves of anxiety, fear, stress, or depression because of the political climate today, you are not alone. We may be experiencing collective trauma, defined as a shared experience of anxiety in response to sudden or ongoing events that threaten our basic sense of belonging in society.
So what now? Amidst so much uncertainty, how we will move forward? What can I do? I mean, is this really happening?
It’s been one week since Pasara’s death and I’m still grieving. She was an incredible human and talented esthetician who graced us with her presence at Earthbody.
As a way to move through all the feelings that have come up, I wanted to share some thoughts on how she has touched my life.
I met Pasara at a conference I was speaking at in San Jose. In my talk, I spoke about the role of the healer and choosing work you love, about how you could be stuck in a restaurant job for years and suddenly wake up to realize that this isn’t the life you want, and how to recognize the wake up call of your own life.