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 ease for ourselves is not always synonymous with working toward the liberation of all beings. But, in the case of tonglen, the transformation of discomfort… 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 us Witches who love the dark, wet winter months may find ourselves pulled under the spell of seasonal affective disorder – you know, SAD for… 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 trans kid and my daughter – who may have to undergo an illegal abortion in her lifetime because OUR bodies – the bodies of women… 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 having a women POTUS. VERY. It’s been a long time coming. And she is, all faults accounted for, the most qualified for the job. The… 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 of the dark half of the year. The Celts considered day as starting with evening instead of midnight or morning, and so it was with… 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 I used to do: pushing it until I was unable to move at all. So I indulged in a magick I love: BATH MAGICK! As… 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. And, my skin gets uncomfortable when I read about blood rights as the way to claim our female power. I am not saying that all… 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 will personalize the book for the winner and everything! And they will likely be the first person aside from me and the publishers to have… 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 as an opportunity to stand against war. The observation of Mother’s Day emerged during a potent period of American history; the Civil War. The only… 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 hidden ailments to come out of the shadows. Why? For so many reasons. We can’t find support if no one knows we are suffering. Also,… Read more

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