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Editor’s Picks: The Intention Issue

I'M ONE OF those people with a tendency to recommend a book or two before I leave a conversation. To end the issue, I thought I'd share a few finds that are keeping me going this winter—not just books, but music, videos, and plant relations. Enjoy!

Image showing the book cover of Voices from the Ancestors

Book Pick

Voices from the Ancestors

If you haven't picked up a copy yet, I highly recommend you do! Voices from the Ancestors: Xicanx and Latinx Spiritual Expressions and Healing Practices (University of Arizona Press, 2019) is a beautiful anthology of wisdoms co-edited by Lara Medina and Martha Gonzales. To get a sense of the contents, you can read my interview with Lara in this issue, and you can also read pieces by Berenice Dimas and Susy Zepeda, who contributed to the book. (If you purchase the book through our Bookshop affiliate page, we'll get a small commission.)

iPhone mock up with an image of Paloma Cervantes's channel

YouTube Pick

Ixtoii Paloma Cervantes

Ixtoii Paloma Cervantes is the author of our featured Practice article in this issue. One of the things that stands out to me about Paloma is what a great teacher she is. On her YouTube channel, she offers introductory lessons on various elements of curanderismo. I recently enjoyed Paloma's "What to do in winter from a Curandismo point of view," which includes a calming meditation and centering practice toward the end. Check it out.

Illustration of the yarrow plant

Plantcestor Pick

Yarrow

When I was prepping for this issue, I was pleased to learn that the medical definition of "intention" is the healing of a wound. Yarrow, a plant that is native to North America, Europe, and Asia, jumped into my mind. Yarrow is known as a wound healer. You can typically recognize it by its feathery leaves. The Nahuatl word for it, in fact, is tlaquequetzal, translated as "feather of the earth."

Many people think of yarrow as a common weed, so you can often find it growing in yards and what guide books call "disturbed places": patches of earth along the edge of roads and between built spaces. I like to think that yarrow grows in these "disturbed places" to bring healing to the earth itself. I sit behind a computer most days, so haven't called upon yarrow as a physical wound healer; however, I do sometimes place yarrow on my altar to help me bring attention to emotional wounds that need healing. It's a good plantcestor to get to know.

Enjoying Ofrenda?

Mock up of a laptop computer showing The Ritual of Mythmaking Website

Web Pick

The Ritual of Myth Making

Artivists Katherin Canton and mariana IX moscoso have created an online ofrenda where the community can post creative work. They write: "As future ancestors, healers and facilitators we created a wider space for Indigenous identified people locally in California and across the world to not only create, but to exchange contemporary myths through our online art exhibition space. In doing so, it is the curators’ hope that together we can (re)envision our way into our next world." Check them out at ritualofmythmaking.com.

Image of Cha Cha Palace record album

Music Pick

Cha Cha Palace

I received Angelica Garcia's Cha Cha Palace (Spacebomb Records) as a holiday gift, and it's been a soundtrack for January. Songs like "Guadalupe," "Llorona," and "Jicama" have kept me going. You can find her work on Bandcamp.

Editor’s Picks: The Intention Issue

I'M ONE OF those people with a tendency to recommend a book or two before I leave a conversation. To end the issue, I thought I'd share a few finds that are keeping me going this winter—not just books, but music, videos, and plant relations. Enjoy!

Image showing the book cover of Voices from the Ancestors

Book Pick

Voices from the Ancestors

If you haven't picked up a copy yet, I highly recommend you do! Voices from the Ancestors: Xicanx and Latinx Spiritual Expressions and Healing Practices (University of Arizona Press, 2019) is a beautiful anthology of wisdoms co-edited by Lara Medina and Martha Gonzales. To get a sense of the contents, you can read my interview with Lara in this issue, and you can also read pieces by Berenice Dimas and Susy Zepeda, who contributed to the book. (If you purchase the book through our Bookshop affiliate page, we'll get a small commission.)

iPhone mock up with an image of Paloma Cervantes's channel

YouTube Pick

Ixtoii Paloma Cervantes

Ixtoii Paloma Cervantes is the author of our featured Practice article in this issue. One of the things that stands out to me about Paloma is what a great teacher she is. On her YouTube channel, she offers introductory lessons on various elements of curanderismo. I recently enjoyed Paloma's "What to do in winter from a Curandismo point of view," which includes a calming meditation and centering practice toward the end. Check it out.

Illustration of the yarrow plant

Plantcestor Pick

Yarrow

When I was prepping for this issue, I was pleased to learn that the medical definition of "intention" is the healing of a wound. Yarrow, a plant that is native to North America, Europe, and Asia, jumped into my mind. Yarrow is known as a wound healer. You can typically recognize it by its feathery leaves. The Nahuatl word for it, in fact, is tlaquequetzal, translated as "feather of the earth."

Many people think of yarrow as a common weed, so you can often find it growing in yards and what guide books call "disturbed places": patches of earth along the edge of roads and between built spaces. I like to think that yarrow grows in these "disturbed places" to bring healing to the earth itself. I sit behind a computer most days, so haven't called upon yarrow as a physical wound healer; however, I do sometimes place yarrow on my altar to help me bring attention to emotional wounds that need healing. It's a good plantcestor to get to know.

Enjoying Ofrenda?

Mock up of a laptop computer showing The Ritual of Mythmaking Website

Web Pick

The Ritual of Myth Making

Artivists Katherin Canton and mariana IX moscoso have created an online ofrenda where the community can post creative work. They write: "As future ancestors, healers and facilitators we created a wider space for Indigenous identified people locally in California and across the world to not only create, but to exchange contemporary myths through our online art exhibition space. In doing so, it is the curators’ hope that together we can (re)envision our way into our next world." Check them out at ritualofmythmaking.com.

Image of Cha Cha Palace record album

Music Pick

Cha Cha Palace

I received Angelica Garcia's Cha Cha Palace (Spacebomb Records) as a holiday gift, and it's been a soundtrack for January. Songs like "Guadalupe," "Llorona," and "Jicama" have kept me going. You can find her work on Bandcamp.

Editor’s Picks: The Intention Issue

I'M ONE OF those people with a tendency to recommend a book or two before I leave a conversation. To end the issue, I thought I'd share a few finds that are keeping me going this winter—not just books, but music, videos, and plant relations. Enjoy!

Image showing the book cover of Voices from the Ancestors

Book Pick

Voices from the Ancestors

If you haven't picked up a copy yet, I highly recommend you do! Voices from the Ancestors: Xicanx and Latinx Spiritual Expressions and Healing Practices (University of Arizona Press, 2019) is a beautiful anthology of wisdoms co-edited by Lara Medina and Martha Gonzales. To get a sense of the contents, you can read my interview with Lara in this issue, and you can also read pieces by Berenice Dimas and Susy Zepeda, who contributed to the book. (If you purchase the book through our Bookshop affiliate page, we'll get a small commission.)

iPhone mock up with an image of Paloma Cervantes's channel

YouTube Pick

Ixtoii Paloma Cervantes

Ixtoii Paloma Cervantes is the author of our featured Practice article in this issue. One of the things that stands out to me about Paloma is what a great teacher she is. On her YouTube channel, she offers introductory lessons on various elements of curanderismo. I recently enjoyed Paloma's "What to do in winter from a Curandismo point of view," which includes a calming meditation and centering practice toward the end. Check it out.

Illustration of the yarrow plant

Plantcestor Pick

Yarrow

When I was prepping for this issue, I was pleased to learn that the medical definition of "intention" is the healing of a wound. Yarrow, a plant that is native to North America, Europe, and Asia, jumped into my mind. Yarrow is known as a wound healer. You can typically recognize it by its feathery leaves. The Nahuatl word for it, in fact, is tlaquequetzal, translated as "feather of the earth."

Many people think of yarrow as a common weed, so you can often find it growing in yards and what guide books call "disturbed places": patches of earth along the edge of roads and between built spaces. I like to think that yarrow grows in these "disturbed places" to bring healing to the earth itself. I sit behind a computer most days, so haven't called upon yarrow as a physical wound healer; however, I do sometimes place yarrow on my altar to help me bring attention to emotional wounds that need healing. It's a good plantcestor to get to know.

Enjoying Ofrenda?

Mock up of a laptop computer showing The Ritual of Mythmaking Website

Web Pick

The Ritual of Myth Making

Artivists Katherin Canton and mariana IX moscoso have created an online ofrenda where the community can post creative work. They write: "As future ancestors, healers and facilitators we created a wider space for Indigenous identified people locally in California and across the world to not only create, but to exchange contemporary myths through our online art exhibition space. In doing so, it is the curators’ hope that together we can (re)envision our way into our next world." Check them out at ritualofmythmaking.com.

Image of Cha Cha Palace record album

Music Pick

Cha Cha Palace

I received Angelica Garcia's Cha Cha Palace (Spacebomb Records) as a holiday gift, and it's been a soundtrack for January. Songs like "Guadalupe," "Llorona," and "Jicama" have kept me going. You can find her work on Bandcamp.

Editor’s Picks: The Intention Issue

I'M ONE OF those people with a tendency to recommend a book or two before I leave a conversation. To end the issue, I thought I'd share a few finds that are keeping me going this winter—not just books, but music, videos, and plant relations. Enjoy!

Image showing the book cover of Voices from the Ancestors

Book Pick

Voices from the Ancestors

If you haven't picked up a copy yet, I highly recommend you do! Voices from the Ancestors: Xicanx and Latinx Spiritual Expressions and Healing Practices (University of Arizona Press, 2019) is a beautiful anthology of wisdoms co-edited by Lara Medina and Martha Gonzales. To get a sense of the contents, you can read my interview with Lara in this issue, and you can also read pieces by Berenice Dimas and Susy Zepeda, who contributed to the book. (If you purchase the book through our Bookshop affiliate page, we'll get a small commission.)

iPhone mock up with an image of Paloma Cervantes's channel

YouTube Pick

Ixtoii Paloma Cervantes

Ixtoii Paloma Cervantes is the author of our featured Practice article in this issue. One of the things that stands out to me about Paloma is what a great teacher she is. On her YouTube channel, she offers introductory lessons on various elements of curanderismo. I recently enjoyed Paloma's "What to do in winter from a Curandismo point of view," which includes a calming meditation and centering practice toward the end. Check it out.

Illustration of the yarrow plant

Plantcestor Pick

Yarrow

When I was prepping for this issue, I was pleased to learn that the medical definition of "intention" is the healing of a wound. Yarrow, a plant that is native to North America, Europe, and Asia, jumped into my mind. Yarrow is known as a wound healer. You can typically recognize it by its feathery leaves. The Nahuatl word for it, in fact, is tlaquequetzal, translated as "feather of the earth."

Many people think of yarrow as a common weed, so you can often find it growing in yards and what guide books call "disturbed places": patches of earth along the edge of roads and between built spaces. I like to think that yarrow grows in these "disturbed places" to bring healing to the earth itself. I sit behind a computer most days, so haven't called upon yarrow as a physical wound healer; however, I do sometimes place yarrow on my altar to help me bring attention to emotional wounds that need healing. It's a good plantcestor to get to know.

Enjoying Ofrenda?

Mock up of a laptop computer showing The Ritual of Mythmaking Website

Web Pick

The Ritual of Myth Making

Artivists Katherin Canton and mariana IX moscoso have created an online ofrenda where the community can post creative work. They write: "As future ancestors, healers and facilitators we created a wider space for Indigenous identified people locally in California and across the world to not only create, but to exchange contemporary myths through our online art exhibition space. In doing so, it is the curators’ hope that together we can (re)envision our way into our next world." Check them out at ritualofmythmaking.com.

Image of Cha Cha Palace record album

Music Pick

Cha Cha Palace

I received Angelica Garcia's Cha Cha Palace (Spacebomb Records) as a holiday gift, and it's been a soundtrack for January. Songs like "Guadalupe," "Llorona," and "Jicama" have kept me going. You can find her work on Bandcamp.

Editor’s Picks: The Intention Issue

I'M ONE OF those people with a tendency to recommend a book or two before I leave a conversation. To end the issue, I thought I'd share a few finds that are keeping me going this winter—not just books, but music, videos, and plant relations. Enjoy!

Image showing the book cover of Voices from the Ancestors

Book Pick

Voices from the Ancestors

If you haven't picked up a copy yet, I highly recommend you do! Voices from the Ancestors: Xicanx and Latinx Spiritual Expressions and Healing Practices (University of Arizona Press, 2019) is a beautiful anthology of wisdoms co-edited by Lara Medina and Martha Gonzales. To get a sense of the contents, you can read my interview with Lara in this issue, and you can also read pieces by Berenice Dimas and Susy Zepeda, who contributed to the book. (If you purchase the book through our Bookshop affiliate page, we'll get a small commission.)

iPhone mock up with an image of Paloma Cervantes's channel

YouTube Pick

Ixtoii Paloma Cervantes

Ixtoii Paloma Cervantes is the author of our featured Practice article in this issue. One of the things that stands out to me about Paloma is what a great teacher she is. On her YouTube channel, she offers introductory lessons on various elements of curanderismo. I recently enjoyed Paloma's "What to do in winter from a Curandismo point of view," which includes a calming meditation and centering practice toward the end. Check it out.

Illustration of the yarrow plant

Plantcestor Pick

Yarrow

When I was prepping for this issue, I was pleased to learn that the medical definition of "intention" is the healing of a wound. Yarrow, a plant that is native to North America, Europe, and Asia, jumped into my mind. Yarrow is known as a wound healer. You can typically recognize it by its feathery leaves. The Nahuatl word for it, in fact, is tlaquequetzal, translated as "feather of the earth."

Many people think of yarrow as a common weed, so you can often find it growing in yards and what guide books call "disturbed places": patches of earth along the edge of roads and between built spaces. I like to think that yarrow grows in these "disturbed places" to bring healing to the earth itself. I sit behind a computer most days, so haven't called upon yarrow as a physical wound healer; however, I do sometimes place yarrow on my altar to help me bring attention to emotional wounds that need healing. It's a good plantcestor to get to know.

Enjoying Ofrenda?

Mock up of a laptop computer showing The Ritual of Mythmaking Website

Web Pick

The Ritual of Myth Making

Artivists Katherin Canton and mariana IX moscoso have created an online ofrenda where the community can post creative work. They write: "As future ancestors, healers and facilitators we created a wider space for Indigenous identified people locally in California and across the world to not only create, but to exchange contemporary myths through our online art exhibition space. In doing so, it is the curators’ hope that together we can (re)envision our way into our next world." Check them out at ritualofmythmaking.com.

Image of Cha Cha Palace record album

Music Pick

Cha Cha Palace

I received Angelica Garcia's Cha Cha Palace (Spacebomb Records) as a holiday gift, and it's been a soundtrack for January. Songs like "Guadalupe," "Llorona," and "Jicama" have kept me going. You can find her work on Bandcamp.

Editor’s Picks: The Intention Issue

I'M ONE OF those people with a tendency to recommend a book or two before I leave a conversation. To end the issue, I thought I'd share a few finds that are keeping me going this winter—not just books, but music, videos, and plant relations. Enjoy!

Image showing the book cover of Voices from the Ancestors

Book Pick

Voices from the Ancestors

If you haven't picked up a copy yet, I highly recommend you do! Voices from the Ancestors: Xicanx and Latinx Spiritual Expressions and Healing Practices (University of Arizona Press, 2019) is a beautiful anthology of wisdoms co-edited by Lara Medina and Martha Gonzales. To get a sense of the contents, you can read my interview with Lara in this issue, and you can also read pieces by Berenice Dimas and Susy Zepeda, who contributed to the book. (If you purchase the book through our Bookshop affiliate page, we'll get a small commission.)

iPhone mock up with an image of Paloma Cervantes's channel

YouTube Pick

Ixtoii Paloma Cervantes

Ixtoii Paloma Cervantes is the author of our featured Practice article in this issue. One of the things that stands out to me about Paloma is what a great teacher she is. On her YouTube channel, she offers introductory lessons on various elements of curanderismo. I recently enjoyed Paloma's "What to do in winter from a Curandismo point of view," which includes a calming meditation and centering practice toward the end. Check it out.

Illustration of the yarrow plant

Plantcestor Pick

Yarrow

When I was prepping for this issue, I was pleased to learn that the medical definition of "intention" is the healing of a wound. Yarrow, a plant that is native to North America, Europe, and Asia, jumped into my mind. Yarrow is known as a wound healer. You can typically recognize it by its feathery leaves. The Nahuatl word for it, in fact, is tlaquequetzal, translated as "feather of the earth."

Many people think of yarrow as a common weed, so you can often find it growing in yards and what guide books call "disturbed places": patches of earth along the edge of roads and between built spaces. I like to think that yarrow grows in these "disturbed places" to bring healing to the earth itself. I sit behind a computer most days, so haven't called upon yarrow as a physical wound healer; however, I do sometimes place yarrow on my altar to help me bring attention to emotional wounds that need healing. It's a good plantcestor to get to know.

Mock up of a laptop computer showing The Ritual of Mythmaking Website

Web Pick

The Ritual of Myth Making

Artivists Katherin Canton and mariana IX moscoso have created an online ofrenda where the community can post creative work. They write: "As future ancestors, healers and facilitators we created a wider space for Indigenous identified people locally in California and across the world to not only create, but to exchange contemporary myths through our online art exhibition space. In doing so, it is the curators’ hope that together we can (re)envision our way into our next world." Check them out at ritualofmythmaking.com.

Image of Cha Cha Palace record album

Music Pick

Cha Cha Palace

I received Angelica Garcia's Cha Cha Palace (Spacebomb Records) as a holiday gift, and it's been a soundtrack for January. Songs like "Guadalupe," "Llorona," and "Jicama" have kept me going. You can find her work on Bandcamp.

Editor’s Picks: The Intention Issue

I'M ONE OF those people with a tendency to recommend a book or two before I leave a conversation. To end the issue, I thought I'd share a few finds that are keeping me going this winter—not just books, but music, videos, and plant relations. Enjoy!

Image showing the book cover of Voices from the Ancestors

Book Pick

Voices from the Ancestors

If you haven't picked up a copy yet, I highly recommend you do! Voices from the Ancestors: Xicanx and Latinx Spiritual Expressions and Healing Practices (University of Arizona Press, 2019) is a beautiful anthology of wisdoms co-edited by Lara Medina and Martha Gonzales. To get a sense of the contents, you can read my interview with Lara in this issue, and you can also read pieces by Berenice Dimas and Susy Zepeda, who contributed to the book. (If you purchase the book through our Bookshop affiliate page, we'll get a small commission.)

iPhone mock up with an image of Paloma Cervantes's channel

YouTube Pick

Ixtoii Paloma Cervantes

Ixtoii Paloma Cervantes is the author of our featured Practice article in this issue. One of the things that stands out to me about Paloma is what a great teacher she is. On her YouTube channel, she offers introductory lessons on various elements of curanderismo. I recently enjoyed Paloma's "What to do in winter from a Curandismo point of view," which includes a calming meditation and centering practice toward the end. Check it out.

Illustration of the yarrow plant

Plantcestor Pick

Yarrow

When I was prepping for this issue, I was pleased to learn that the medical definition of "intention" is the healing of a wound. Yarrow, a plant that is native to North America, Europe, and Asia, jumped into my mind. Yarrow is known as a wound healer. You can typically recognize it by its feathery leaves. The Nahuatl word for it, in fact, is tlaquequetzal, translated as "feather of the earth."

Many people think of yarrow as a common weed, so you can often find it growing in yards and what guide books call "disturbed places": patches of earth along the edge of roads and between built spaces. I like to think that yarrow grows in these "disturbed places" to bring healing to the earth itself. I sit behind a computer most days, so haven't called upon yarrow as a physical wound healer; however, I do sometimes place yarrow on my altar to help me bring attention to emotional wounds that need healing. It's a good plantcestor to get to know.

The Practice of Intention

1

If possible, play music that inspires you to be calm. This is the time to look inward. Turn off any external distractions; silence your phone.

2

Close your eyes, taking a moment to “feel” how different and peaceful it is to have the eyes closed.

3

Take three very slow and deep breaths, trying to fill out the bottom of your lungs. Inhale and exhale slowly.

4

With either hand, take a little bit of tobacco or some dry herbs—like lavender, sage, rosemary, basil, rose petals, a combination of all of them, or imagine them, if you don’t have any. In the Curanderismo tradition, it is believed that these plants have energy that can help us communicate more deeply with the spirit realm, and focus with concentration and a sense of calm.

5

Place your hand with the herbs at the center of your chest. That is the area known as the heart chakra. Take another deep and slow breath.

6

Very slowly, start directing your attention to one or more of the emotions mentioned before: love, gratitude, happiness, and peace.

7

Then, also very slowly, start your prayer, being careful that you genuinely mean what you are saying. If you are reciting a prayer in another language, make sure you say it first in your native language and then in the other language.

8

At the end of each sentence from your prayer, add a vibration of any of the emotions. Once you feel the emotions, move them throughout your body until it is vibrating. This is a very important step because this vibration is creating electromagnetic energy that will help you manifest what you are asking for.

9

Carry on with your prayer until you are done. Remember not to rush. By the end, your body should be vibrating, and from there you are going to send gratitude to the Universe, to the spirits, to your ancestors, to everyone for hearing your prayer and making it happen.

10

If you are conducting a ceremony or ritual, empowering a place or a spiritual tool, asking for healing, or something similar, you can cup your hands and transfer all of these beautiful energies into your hands and into the mixture of herbs. Then you can offer these herbs by placing them on your altar (if you have one), placing your hands on the part of the body that you want to heal, or offering the herbs to Mother Earth.

11

Finish by staying still for a moment, just feeling this beautiful energy that you have created.

Mock up of a laptop computer showing The Ritual of Mythmaking Website

Web Pick

The Ritual of Myth Making

Artivists Katherin Canton and mariana IX moscoso have created an online ofrenda where the community can post creative work. They write: "As future ancestors, healers and facilitators we created a wider space for Indigenous identified people locally in California and across the world to not only create, but to exchange contemporary myths through our online art exhibition space. In doing so, it is the curators’ hope that together we can (re)envision our way into our next world." Check them out at ritualofmythmaking.com.

Image of Cha Cha Palace record album

Music Pick

Cha Cha Palace

I received Angelica Garcia's Cha Cha Palace (Spacebomb Records) as a holiday gift, and it's been a soundtrack for January. Songs like "Guadalupe," "Llorona," and "Jicama" have kept me going. You can find her work on Bandcamp.

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