Transmutation of Suffering: The Magic of Tonglen

Tonglen meditation is a healing practice. The word tonglen is Tibetan, and means “giving and taking.” It is also translated as “sending and receiving.” Rooted deeply in Tibetan Buddhist teachings of mindfulness and service, tonglen is designed to transmute and transcend suffering, not only on the personal level but on the global as well. Seeking [Read More…]

Simple Winter Self-Care Magick to Banish Your Winter Blues

In this time of the year, winter self-care magick can serve as a steady light that will help you to find your way home to your body. Even a few minutes of tending to your internal fires can help you increase your peace of mind, and enjoy being present in your body. Even those of [Read More…]

Silencing is NOT What We Need

Stop policing people’s expressions of anguish. Stop telling people – and especially women – to shut up. To seek unity. To let it go. To move on. I am afraid for and in my queer AF, female assigned at birth, gender nonconforming body. I am afraid in and for this body. AND afraid for my [Read More…]

Fight Sexism: Get Out the Vote

Eight years ago I spent days on the phone with GOTV projects for Barack. Four years ago I did it too. I haven’t done that for Hill. And I’m not even sure why. I mean, I’m busy, but that is not an adequate excuse. We make time for important things. I am honestly excited about [Read More…]

Hallowe’en, Samhain, The Witches’ New Year – with recipes!

(First published October 30, 2014 at www.Lasara Firefox Allen.com.) Samhain: The Witches’ New Year In Gaelic, the Celtic language, the word Samhain (and variations of it) means “summer’s end”. The Celts divided the year up into two parts; the winter half, or dark half, and the summer half, or light half. Samhain was the advent [Read More…]

Self-Love Bath Magick

This past Saturday I was slated to go to an event I had really looked forward to. Instead I woke up done in! As a person who lives with chronic pain it behooves me to listen to my body when it’s whining, and slow down and take care of myself – rather than doing what [Read More…]

You Are Welcome In This Circle (toward our collective liberation)

Something has been weighing on my mind lately. On the one hand I don’t want to be seen as starting shit with other feminists or being divisive. On the other, I gotta pull this into the collective convo. Here it is: I really admire some of the powerful, courageous women in the Red Tent movement. [Read More…]

Happy My Birthday to YOU – Want to Win This Book?

As is my personal tradition, for my birthday I will be GIVING a gift (or more than one maybe) in celebration of the abundance in my life. This year I will be choosing someone at random from my electronic mailing list to WIN A COPY OF JAILBREAKING THE GODDESS! Happy my birthday to YOU! I [Read More…]

The Roots of Mother’s Day: Protest and Pacifism

Arise Then, Women of This Day When most people think of Mother’s Day, they may think of roses, champagne brunches, “mother’s rings,” and a visit to mom’s place. While the idea of family togetherness is a lovely sentiment, there was a different, and perhaps even deeper, original meaning to the beginning of Mother’s Day: it was created [Read More…]

A Listicle About Mental Health Choices, or, Five reasons it’s worth it to me to medicate even when the meds are hard to deal with – and three ways you can support me

This listicle came to be because #endthestigma matters to me. Over on my facebook wall, and in my newsletters, and my articles, and my books, I talk about living with bipolar disorder and the other invisible illnesses I experience. I do this because I think it is essential for those of us who suffer with [Read More…]