Cooking Up a Storm

Tiffany is on Open Temple shift this first night of clear blue Thursday evening skies.   With these rain cloud heavy past few weeks, I have been feeling the effects of self care neglect.   With no dry earth to hike upon, no sun to soak up, no energy to run and exert muscles that have been languishing about, the body and the spirit were feeling blue. Amazing how much joy can be found in waking up to a dry sunny day.  Strolling through my neighborhood, taking in the saturation of green all around me it is hard to remember that it is not spring.  Feeling the spring in my step, oh, I am so happy for the sunshine! Tonight, I accessed my kitchen goddess and was cooking up a storm.  Feeling the need to add a little spice to this rather grey week, my menu was Tom Kha Gong, coconut lemon grass soup which succinctly summed up my day.  There is something infinitely soothing about preparing a meal in one’s kitchen.  There is something ultra sweet about nourishing oneself and the practiced ritual that cooking becomes as I flow through the kitchen weaving through my kitchen song.  I speak the poetry of fresh ingredients prepared with love and care.  I am singing over the hot kitchen stove: Fresh green and red veggies served up slightly al dente in gentle coconut with spicy chile, bland tofu with tart lime, zesty lemon grass with sweet basil base.  And noodles- the comfort food of champions!  Coconut, garlic and lime. Cooking to remember. Remembering how to make memory. I sit down to my meal for one.   They say we are what we eat and I serve up nothing but love in my bowl.   Eating what I love, loving what I eat.   I thank the elements […] Read more »

I stand with the Earth

by Tiffany “the panther who prowls with purpose” Foo “A human being is part of the whole, called by us “universe,” a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and his feelings as something separated from the rest- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creature and the whole [of] nature in its beauty.”                                                                                             ~ Albert Einstein When the pain becomes too much and the weight of it all begins to overwhelm, I remember.  There is more than this.  This I know.  I am sitting drinking tea with a friend becoming more dear with each encounter on torrential rain filled night number three in a row in the cozy sitting room of my urban temple sanctuary.  And in the revealing of my rawest pain, I am seen and witnessed as I see and witness. There is deep sadness here.  It is felt and experienced at a cellular level. Life is mourning life and the very air is heavy with the perfume of sorrow- but it is not despair.  I feel blue and you feel blue.  We are all swirling in the blue morass together.  And it is true and there is deep rightness in that feeling.  And it is more than me.  More than you.  We are all a part of that deep blue sadness.  There is much to mourn and sometimes I wonder if there are enough tears to […] Read more »

The Temple tonight

This blog comes from one of the Priestess Circle members: April C. Taylor I got to the Temple right on time tonight. I have had a pretty tough week so I was glad to be there although I was feeling pretty tired. The front porch really needed a good sweep and the dead faery lights were depressing so I decided to take care of these things.  We do need more light on the porch so I fired up this really beautiful lantern with tea lights and brought out two pillar candles in jars. There was a Dianic Circle meeting in the main space and I wanted it to be welcoming and sacred when they arrived. Once inside I set about creating sacred space. The circle has been dialoguing about how best to create the space when we come on shift for Open Temple. I decided to be magikal and practical all at once, so I lit the candles on the alters as I cast a circle. I cleared the space with a bit of sage, and fired up Quan Yin in the Study: candles, incense, mood lighting. The whole 1st story real shown. An unexpected perk to being on-site tonight was a guided Chi-gong mediation. One of the other PIR (Priestess in Residence) has been working with an amazing healer on a type of healing based Chi-gong only brought to the US in 1999. The three of us ran the energy for about 40 minutes. It was so special. I have been fighting a cold for a week and my back went out today. This practice is designed to boost the immune system and strengthen the bodies ability to heal itself and maintain optimum health. The facilitators prescription is do the practice for 30 days to get yourself out of […] Read more »

What is a Priestess?

This post comes to us from April C. Taylor, one of the Temple Priestesses. She was asked to respond to the question of how as a Priestess she self-defines. “I consider myself a Priestess in all areas of my life. It is an active defining force that I embody. At times I am the Priestess in a class or ritual in a very outward way while other times I am a Priestess in much subtler ways. When I teach young children or provide customer service in my work for example, I am tending the energy and well-being of others. It is mystical and magikal, practical and everyday all at once and I treasure the paradox. It is powerful and empowering. I often sing the Kali’s Angel song, “Born Priestess” because this idea really speaks to me. I was born to do take this identity and embody it fully.” Do you self-identify as a Priestess? How does this inform your life’s work? We’d love to hear your response. For more on Kali’s Angels: http://home.earthlink.net/~cedarsongs/kalisangels/ Read more »