Category Archive for: Healing

Cultivating the Strength of Vulnerability: Healing from sexual violence

In the wake of a President Elect that is an outright sexual predator, I find it important to share how I’ve healed—mind, body and spirit—from sexual violence. It’s been a long journey that has informed my life’s work. There’s a lot to write about, but for now, in the spirit of healing, I feel moved…

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Awakening to the Power of Nature: Plant Medicine

I came to herbalism through my healing journey and a deep need to connect with the land. Plants have healed me, comforted me and become great allies. Through years of internal exploration and growing mentally/spiritually/emotionally, I came to view everything as medicine (a method of healing)—movement, meditation, food, dreaming, the creative process. Through combined practices,…

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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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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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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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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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