Author Archives: Michelle (Aurora)

“I Miss You.” (and nostalgia)

Three powerful words, indeed. Walking out of work today, I noticed I had received a text from a friend who is away on vacation with her family. “I miss you!” It read, as I opened up my high-tech Razr flip phone (haha), while simultaneously digging for keys and nearly dropping the purse I was carrying....

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Pain as Nourishment

While I’m currently working on another essay post, as well as an inspirational piece for the blog… this issue is more present-tense. I wanted to write briefly about pain and working with negative emotions. Vulnerability While positive thinking is a good quality to have, it becomes counterproductive when we fail to fully accept the pains...

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Purging = Love

Wow! After spending another weekend in the forest, I’ve been compelled to get rid of even more “belongings.” Attachment has been a theme this week, along with more discussions about intentional living.  The closet will be left with 5 pairs of pants, 5-10 long sleeved shirts/sweaters, 5 short sleeved shirts, a few “comfy” items for...

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Good Job, Greenpeace

  If you’d like to voice your opposition to the partnership between Shell and Lego, you can do so by clicking this link. There are lots of other ways to get involved through volunteer work and activism by registering on their site. Sometimes I stop and look around and wonder to myself: when will the...

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Essay: Fidelity & Fragility

Inside the minds of most human beings lives the idea that a life-mate exists out there in the world. Some of us have found that person, some of us have not, and some of us do not believe in the concept at all. Love is the simplest, yet most complex of all emotions. So many...

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5,000 + Year Old Tree

  This article over on Planet Permaculture made me smile this morning, as I paused to ponder the many seasons this tree has endured… the many people who may have taken shade beneath its branches. A pleasant, gentle reminder about endurance. Endings and new beginnings are inevitable, yet life endures. I hiked deep into a...

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Connections

Where I’ve been the last 2 days. New commitments in life are happening. This is a time of entirely new lessons that I didn’t even see coming… a time of strength and strengthening of bonds. The connection that happens in the mind and soul when the body comes together with Earth is so strong. This...

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Inner Awakening: Whole Brain Activation

Image by Mateu (Brazil based artist) This week in the classroom at work, our team of hypnotists is educating clients about the benefits of whole brain activation, as opposed to left-brain vs. right-brain separation (or labeling oneself as one or the other). At our wellness center, we use Audio-Visual Entrainment to stimulate this process, in...

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Essay: Authenticity, Oppression, and Freedom

“If there is dispute, there is contention; if there is contention, there is trouble; if there is trouble, there is vexation.” –The Buddha A few years ago I remember feeling inspired and patriotic as I invested a great deal of time studying the issues at hand as the last presidential election approached. This year, watching...

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Photography

Well, I stayed up a bit late tonight to organize and update my photography portfolio blogsite. I will keep an active stream going in the ‘recent work’ section of the photo site, and will continue sharing writing and other insights separately here [at escapetolight]. Sisters in the first ‘recent work’ feature are the daughters of a dear...

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