Category Archive for: Mindfulness

Diversity Is Essential To Life

Diversity makes us and the earth stronger. Without it, soils are depleted (literally and figuratively) and once fertile ground becomes incapable of supporting life. Nature is the ultimate teacher. If we look at healthy ecosystems, they are always diverse. Inhabitants share resources and support each other’s growth. This is something we, as humans, need to…

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Finding our place in Nature, By Ancel Mitchell

As herbalists and plant workers we are always looking to the context of the plant to give us clues as to where it can best ally with us in body, soul and spirit. Whether a plant is shade grown, tolerates salty air or prefers to cling tenaciously to cliffside cracks, all helps determine its medicinal…

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Palm Oil: A Threat to Species, Human Rights & Our Health

LIVING MINDFULLY We make an impact on the world around us through our choices each day. Living mindfully means that we take the time to reflect on our strongest values, our deepest beliefs, the consequences of our actions and act accordingly. It means that we are informed about who and what benefits or suffers with…

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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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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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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

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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