What a person believes to be true about life, about other people, about faith or luck, for instance, plays a very powerful role in determining how a person lives. Because what we believe is intimately connected to our emotions, our beliefs influence our emotional response to life. The empowering belief patterns and positive mental attitudes that we posses are, therefore, essential to create a healthy body as well as a healthy life.

We are not meant to stay wounded. We are supposed to move through our tragedies and challenges and to help each other move through the many painful episodes of our lives. By remaining stuck in the power of our wounds, we block our own transformation. We overlook the greater gifts inherent in our wounds — the strength to overcome them and the lessons that we are meant to receive through them. Wounds are the means through which we enter the hearts of other people. They are meant to teach us to become compassionate and wise.

Caroline Myss

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Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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Do you have a dream?
A sacred dream that wants to be lived out through you?
Is there an urge, an impulse, a desire
that is longing to be expressed?
What is it that wants to come forth?
What is it that is ready, waiting, calling?

~ Shiloh Sophia

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Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

Wendell Berry

December 22, 2013

I go among trees and sit still.
All my stirring becomes quiet
around me like circles on water.
My tasks lie in their places
where I left them, asleep like cattle.

Then what is afraid of me comes
and lives a while in my sight.
What it fears in me leaves me,
and the fear of me leaves it.
It sings, and I hear its song.

Then what I am afraid of comes.
I live for a while in its sight.
What I fear in it leaves it,
and the fear of it leaves me.
It sings, and I hear its song.

After days of labor,
mute in my consternations,
I hear my song at last,
and I sing it. As we sing,
the day turns, the trees move.

Wendell Berry

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Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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Alan Watts – Apple Tree

December 13, 2013

Look, here is a tree in the garden and every summer it produces apples, and we call it an apple tree because the tree “apples.” That’s what it does. Alright, now here is a solar system inside a galaxy, and one of the peculiarities of this solar system is that at least on the planet earth, the thing peoples! In just the same way that an apple tree apples!

What I am really saying is that you don’t need to do anything, because if you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomenon of Nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars, and the form of a galaxy. You are all just like that…

~ Alan Watts

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Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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Painting by Gisa David

I just returned home from an amazing trip to Bisbee, Arizona.  The CBJ Flamenco Ensemble performed in the ‘For the Love of Music’ Series on Saturday, March 27th & Sunday, March 28th.  I love Bisbee and it is always such a joy visiting and performing there.  I was very privileged to cross paths with a very talented artist: Gisa David – acupuncturist & painter.  She kindly took some images of the concert on Saturday evening and painted a wonderful piece inspired from the performance.  I am honestly beside myself.  The painting is absolutely beautiful and I’m honored that she would include me in her artistry. Thank you Gisa.

All photos courtesy of Gisa David.  Bisbee based acupuncturist & painter.

Dancing with the talented Martin Gaxiola.

Thank you once again to Gisa David for the wonderful images and beautiful painting.  What a fabulous and amazing time I had in Bisbee.  Thank you to the Bisbee Woman’s Club and ‘For the Love of Music Series’ for having the CBJ Flamenco Ensemble.  It was an honor.

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