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Removing the Mask and the “Blindfolds”

“In the Southwest, [Wild Woman] is also known as La Que Sabé, The One Who Knows. I first heard of La Que Sabé when I lived in the Sangre de Cristo mountains in New Mexico, under the heart of Lobo Peak.”

“An old witch from Ranchos told me that La Que Sabé had created women from a wrinkle on the sole of her divine feet. This is why women are knowing creatures; they are made, in essence, of skin of the sole, which feels everything.”

“This idea that the skin of the foot is sentient had the ring of truth, for an acculturated Kiché tribeswoman once told me that she’d worn her first pair of shoes when she was twenty years old and was still not used to walking con los ojos vendados, with blindfolds on her feet.”

—Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D.

As our small group of three adults and one child walked the nature trail in Camarillo a few days ago, a man mentioned to one person in our group as he passed us, “Thank you for wearing your mask.”

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Salad Heaven

Salad Heaven

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This is my first week of entirely raw eating.

About a year ago, I started eating vegan—as if that wasn’t enough of a challenge! Now I’m eating raw.

When I went to the grocery store on Wednesday, I bought a few things I could cook, but I’m trying not to cook them. Mostly, I bought fruit and vegetables. Call it an experiment because I’m not really sure how it will go, and I want to have a backup plan in case I get “crazy hungry.”

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Fasting

Fasting

While reading the book of Esther, I was reminded of how useful it is to fast before doing something important.

After my breakfast of white rice, I decided to stop eating for the day. Getting ready to go outside tomorrow for the first time in two weeks is important, especially because it’s so risky to do much of anything outside right now.

Fasting has cleared my mind, though. It has allowed to me experience an online interaction as humor instead of criticism, no matter how the communication was intended to be received. #accomplishment

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Sunrise

Sunrise

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From my window, I get to see the sunrise as it’s reflected from the trees.

I can’t see the origin yet, but in two more days I will get to take my first walk in a new place.

The week has started off on a good note. I stayed up late last night and I had the resolve to get out of bed early today. Until now, I had been reveling in the joy that comes from having a bed to sleep in and the reticence I felt toward getting out of that warm bed to start working in an otherwise chilly room.

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