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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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The Unseeable Animal

“I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief… For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”.~ Wendell Berry Wendell Berry is poet, essayist, fiction writer, farmer and environmental activist I so admire. His message is constant: humans must learn to…

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Sacred Warrior Boxing Narrative

Part One: The journey to Follow Through by Steph Harris, Sacred Warrior Boxing student   Point A Coming from a lifetime of athletics, I think my well-being really suffered after I lost touch with that aspect of my life. 25 now, in NYC, I hadn’t really been engaged in a serious athletic endeavor in 3…

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Winter Solstice

  Here is a some beautiful writing along with suggestions for Solstice ritual from one of my beloved teachers: Wisewoman and author, Robin Rose Bennett:   About the Solstice: At Winter Solstice, the earth is actually closer to the sun than in the summer because of the oval shape of its yearly path. But because…

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A few basics on making herbal infusions, oils, poultices and tinctures

  Herbal infusions I make and drink herbal infusions daily. I have my go to herbs such as Nettles, Red Clover, Burdock Root, Yarrow, Mullein and others depending on what my body/mind/spirit need. The practice has improved my health and vitality in so many ways. Infusions differ from herbal teas as they are darker in…

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Multidimensional Mindfulness

Each moment is an opportunity to move through obstructions toward our full potential. We all are confronted with challenges— outer and inner ones: old ideas, stories, patterns, doubts. Our inner dialogue creates our outer turmoil if left unchecked. Warriorship involves the willingness to confront oneself; to look, listen, feel and be present for whatever comes…

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Herbal Medicine and the Way of the Sacred Warrior, by Matthew Wood

  What does the Way of the Sacred Warrior have to do with Herbal Medicine?  Shamanism is the point of contact between the two.  The herbalist is close to Nature and the good herbalist is one who learns directly from the Living Nature.  The warrior, on the other hand, is someone who takes life seriously – deadly…

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