Happy October! Favorite month ever. Always.
This Sunday, I gave my new talk “Good Girl Myth” and spoke alongside Elle Luna (check out her new workshop Aphrodite Emerges!) in Mill Valley, CA. Elle shared a time when she was at a book signing. There was a man there who was angry and yelled at her: : “I have five kids and a mortgage! How am I supposed to choose “must”?!” She simply asked him: “Do you have 10 minutes a day?”
It was such a great reminder that ten minutes a day are powerful and add up. Sometimes, we want to be extreme and overhaul everything in our lives, but what about the slow marathon approach? A little bit goes a long way.
Well, today's Moon Paper is rolled up with delicious goodies for the creative and sensitive soul!
Could you please reply and let me know which resource(s) below delighted you to learn about?
If you’re a designer or creative, please listen to the episode with design legend Jessica Hische (she’s worked with Wes Anderson, Liz Gilbert and other huge names). The big thing that I took away: oversharing may be worth one’s time. It helps you drive your own story, instead of people making assumptions about you. As a private INFJ Scorpio type, I have an allergy to oversharing about my life, but Jessica may have changed my mind! Jessica isn’t afraid to show that she’s “in progress” and that the journey can be long and messy and imperfect which feels beautifully aligned with what the podcast is about.
I recently saw this video by sister and feminine lifestyle expert Rachel Rossitto and was blown away by the vulnerability and beauty in it. It's simple, poetic, and captures the possibility of living our lives with more grace and ease. If you're feeling burnt out, tired, or jaded by your work, definitely check out Magnetic – an 8-week program starting this month (includes a retreat in the Redwoods!) to help you reconnect with your inner feminine. Use Code "Maria" and get $50 off!
Ayla is a true artist and activist who cares deeply about the planet. I’ve been listening to her entire album on repeat for the last three weeks. “This album is a love letter to planet earth, ornately dressed in celestial tones, campfire sing alongs, harmonies sublime, and lush, understated instrumentation.” Her single “Little Beckon” is divine and my favorite song at the moment is “Turning Wake” (it's so textured and surprising). Each song is medicine for the soul.
Tony Robbins' Netflix Special blew my heart open. Probably because I was on my moon, but I was crying and crying as I could see him completely “flipping” people from suicide to finding a new sense of purpose. If you’re interested in the art and science of personal transformation, watch this King with a big heart at work. (And I was never a Tony believer before this). To riff on Elle’s wisdom above, at one point Tony hopes to persuade a man from killing himself: “Most people overestimate what they can do in a year, but underestimate what they can do in a decade.” (A.k.a. “You’ve got time!”).
Damn, Alanis drops a ton of wisdom bombs in this gem: “For if patriarchy (disempowered masculine) relies on a silenced and reduced feminine (disempowered feminine), then true empowerment is an internal movement toward maturation and healing, and renewed defining of personal power and responsibility and a re-working of what it means to achieve success on this planet. And it is asked of both genders alike.” Alanis has never been afraid to show her anger through her art, which I deeply respect. For a glorious throwback (though she reminds us that man-hating is not her thing), please watch “You Oughta Know.”
Check out this deep amber tea and perfect everyday drinking tea. It’s “full-flavored and sweet, with a pleasant upwardly sweeping Qi. One of our favorite "everyday drinking teas." This tea is smooth and full and the leaves are large enough to throw in a bowl or cup without needing to strain (they will eventually make their way to the bottom and dance).
“I Am Going to Sleep” (1938) by Alfonsina Storni (original Spanish version below)
I Am Going to Sleep
Teeth of flowers, hairnet of dew,
hands of herbs, you, perfect wet nurse,
prepare the earthly sheets for me
and the down quilt of weeded moss.
I am going to sleep, my nurse, put me to bed.
Set a lamp at my headboard;
a constellation; whatever you like;
all are good: lower it a bit.
Leave me alone: you hear the buds breaking through . . .
a celestial foot rocks you from above
and a bird traces a pattern for you
so you'll forget . . . Thank you. Oh, one request:
if he telephones again
tell him not to keep trying for I have left . . .
Voy a dormir
Dientes de flores, cofia de rocío,
manos de hierbas, tú, nodriza fina,
tenme prestas las sábanas terrosas
y el edredón de musgos encardados.
Voy a dormir, nodriza mía, acuéstame,
ponme una lámpara a la cabecera;
una constelación; la que te guste;
todas son buenas; bájala un poquito.
Déjame sola: oyes romper los brotes…
te acuna un pie celeste desde arriba
y un pájaro te traza unos compases
para que olvides… Gracias. Ah, un encargo:
si él llama nuevamente por teléfono
le dices que no insista, que he salido…