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What is Plum Brilliance?

I'd like to take a moment to introduce Plum Brilliance and what it means. Plum Brilliance is the story of a small girl. A feral child allowed to explore the idyllic rural setting of southern California. She was encouraged to climb through sage covered coyote trails. She became the queen of granite tables that filled with fairy pools in spring. She was transformed into a water sprite in creeks full of teeny tiny frogs and crawdads. Her loyal subjects were the faithful dogs that kept watch and her confidants, the plants. She would come home exhausted, dirty, scratched, scraped and drenched in the perfume of sagebrush but rarely “lonely”. Plum Brilliance is the story of a woman. A wife and...

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Wildcrafting and Connection

Very often I head out to harvest or forage and though my heart is full my rucksack remains empty. On the occasions I do return with a bountiful harvest I am filled with such a sense of bliss.  Sticky sweet fingers drenched in the juice of wild berries and my senses saturated from the nibbling, tasting, sniffing and touching as I wander the places I am most at ease.  A pack filled to the brim without any indication that the wild plants have been harvested, humbled by the abundance and generosity of the natural world.

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The Courage to Slow Down

My life was changed with a foot massage.  Truly, this simple act opened the possibility of self-compassion and healing within my heart.  A moment I dedicated each day to practicing stillness and loving kindness towards myself.  All with the hopes of healing. The path I was walking was one of severe depression and immobilizing anxiety.  I looked to western medicine for assistance, and the help I received never resonated with me.  I continued to feel worse, and spent much of my time in a place of victim hood, wondering “why me?”  The methods, the medications, the talk therapy had little impact.  I was at a place of defeat, my body weight had plummeted, my hair was falling out and I...

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Obligatory Fire Cider Post (and yes, I'm calling it that!)

Confession…I love plants (not news, I know!)  I whisper to them and they whisper back.  I feel completely connected and grounded when my hands and feet are in the dirt and I’m praying to these wise ones.  Plant allies provide nurturing and care through their existence.  They remind me that I am of this earth and not just a stranger visiting this place.  Plants are supportive in ways that I don’t necessarily recognize at first.  Sometimes the best support they offer is not in the form of a tea or a tincture, but in communion.  Through many seasons of depression and anxiety I found that getting my hands in the dirt while gardening was so incredibly healing.   The greatest healing...

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