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The Mind Body Connection

How Boxing and Meditation Feed Each Other by Sophie Browner “In truth, there is enormous space in which to live our everyday lives.” –Pema Chodron I never anticipated that the beginning of my journey as an athlete would also mark the beginning of my own spiritual practice. Four years ago, I began to learn the basic…

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It’s A lot like waking up

It’s a lot like waking up by Samuel Perry We must not imagine that what we call “nature” is outside of us.  When we come to rest and pay attention it is really very simple: the world is alive! And we are all part of it! The places we live, the communities we move within,…

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Where Have all the Lobos Gone?

Where have all the Lobos Gone? by Zoe Helene Mexican gray wolves (lobos) are the most endangered mammals in the United States, and if policies don’t change, the species could go extinct. Wherever wolves run free, indigenous cultures have revered them as symbols of loyalty, free will, fearlessness and unity. But wolves haven’t had it…

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TEK and the Return of Wolves, Fire, and Bison: Dr Cristina Eisenberg

TEK and the Return of Wolves, Fire, and Bison by Dr. Cristina Eisenberg Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is the wisdom indigenous and local people acquire by living on the earth. Rooted in a specific landscape and based on the fact that everything is connected, TEK braids together relationships between plants, animals, the earth, the seasons,…

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Sacred Warrior Boxing Narrative: Simplicity

Simplicity by Steph Harris How close we live with dichotomy. She’s a close friend, someone I always turn around and see at the darkest and lightest of times. She’s lurking and jumping, happy go lucky, and sometimes, it seems, without purpose. As I’ve grown older, dichotomy has grown closer to me, and now, I’m not so…

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Running with the Wolves

“Each of us, at least once in our lives, hears the inner call. Some call it the wild woman within, who seeks to be heard, to return her tamed daughters to their natural, intuitive state, to break the chains that hold them so that they may run free…” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PH.D., Women Who Run…

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Sacred Warrior Boxing Narrative 3: Intention

Uncovering Intention By Steph Harris   I was very close to moving to the west coast this past December. Very very close. And in the new year, as the awareness that NYC is where I’m staying settled, I myself, and close mentors began asking the question, “What’s your intention?” And I didn’t know. Now, almost…

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Sacred Warrior Interview with Founder, Vanessa Chakour

Vanessa Chakour, former professional boxer, Sacred Warrior founder, environmentalist, and inspirational mentor, talks about Sacred Warrior. Interviewed by one of her students, Steph, the two discuss Sacred Warrior, Martial Arts, meditation, plant medicine, animal activism, and life in NYC.   Steph: You’ve been working on this Sacred Warrior program for a couple years now. What…

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Layers of The Rainforest, by Ancel Mitchell

We spent a fascinating day with Ancel at the Botanical Gardens learning about the layers and language of the Rainforest during our recent Women’s Warriorship Retreat in Costa Rica. Here’s a glimpse into her world: I like to talk with trees. It’s not necessarily a verbal communication— though quite often conversations do begin with an uttered word…

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Sacred Warrior Boxing Narrative 2, By Steph Harris

On fire and power   It’s a beautiful spring day for the third Warriors Path Training with Vanessa. Drinking Dandelion to invoke the element of fire in our guts, we had a chance to meditate and do a free write.   “I let the fire inside breathe for me. I have no say in the…

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