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Reflections, spiritual journeys, healing encounters, and experiences of transformation—shared through creative essays, poems, and art.

Philosophy as Power
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Philosophy as Power

“At its essence, philosophy is spirit,” says Saraliza Anzaldua, “and by doing philosophy you exercise a spirit that has been passed along through your ancestors—now living in you.”

Saraliza Anzaldua
Remembering Who You / I / We Are for 2021
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Remembering Who You / I / We Are for 2021

Professor Cinthya Saavedra shares her spiritual and healing journey and offers a meditative centering prayer.

Words by Cinthya M. Saavedra
Maestra Cuauhtli Cihuatl: A Plática and Medicine Story, Part 1
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Maestra Cuauhtli Cihuatl: A Plática and Medicine Story, Part 1

An introduction by Gris Muñoz, November 2021. Part 1 of 3.

Gris Muñoz
Maestra Cuauhtli Cihuatl: A Plática and Medicine Story, Part 2
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Maestra Cuauhtli Cihuatl: A Plática and Medicine Story, Part 2

An interview between Cuauhtli Cihuatl and Gris Muñoz, recorded on July 31, 2021. Part 2 of 3.

Cuauhtli Cihuatl and Gris Muñoz
Maestra Cuauhtli Cihuatl: A Plática and Medicine Story, Part 3
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Maestra Cuauhtli Cihuatl: A Plática and Medicine Story, Part 3

A continuation of the interview between Cuauhtli Cihuatl and Gris Muñoz, recorded on July 31, 2021. Part 3 of 3.

Cuauhtli Cihuatl and Gris Muñoz
Momma’s Dreaming
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Momma’s Dreaming

Artist Tamara Torres crafts a stunning vignette in both words and images, honoring a sweet memory of her momma.

Tamara Torres
Ofrendas for Grandpa
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Ofrendas for Grandpa

“The picture is black and white. Its plain black frame encloses the sixties, and the setting is the dust of New Mexico in the juniper winds of spring, the sneezing breezes of their pollen-scattering rituals.” An exquisite tribute from poet Ruth Nakamura.

Ruth Nakamura
...if it all means nothing.
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...if it all means nothing.

“If nothing else, Earth wants you to pause to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, to feel the breeze, to listen to the crunch of leaves, and to remember all the past year has brought. And the years before that.” Writer and consultant Cameron Navarro encourages us to pause, grieve, and treasure each moment.

Cameron Navarro
A Día de los Muertos Perspective: My Path with Mictecacihuatl, “Lady of the Dead”
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A Día de los Muertos Perspective: My Path with Mictecacihuatl, “Lady of the Dead”

Maestra CC weaves together a reflection on her lifelong relationship with death, the Mexhika tradition of el Día de los Muertos, and her current bout with cancer.

Cuauhtli Cihuatl
Ijkwania Ejekat (Moving Wind)
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Ijkwania Ejekat (Moving Wind)

Sharing her own traditions for Día de los Difuntos, Yoshabel Shay reminds us to be like ijkwania ejekat, the moving wind, as we prepare ourselves for personal transformation each fall.

Yoshabel Shay
Rage and El Llanto as Medicine
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Rage and El Llanto as Medicine

How might rage remind us of our sacred power? What does rage have in common with the ocean? Liberation psychologist Adriana L. Medrano shares her testimonio.

Adriana L. Medrano
A Xicana’s Reflection on Life, Ceremonial Rootedness, and Environmental Justice
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A Xicana’s Reflection on Life, Ceremonial Rootedness, and Environmental Justice

“It is the ceremonial teachings that must guide me as I embark on this journey to name, disrupt, and dismantle environmental racism,” says Dr. Virginia Necochea, ED of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center.

Dr. Virginia Necochea
Staying Afloat
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Staying Afloat

“I have no doubt in the power of art,” says Suzy González. “Creative thinkers are needed to progress ideas and movements forward. Art is not neutral, and artists have the choice to create for a purpose.”

Suzy González
Verano: A Meditation on Motherhood
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Verano: A Meditation on Motherhood

New Mexico writer Leeanna T. Torres shares a beautiful essay about connecting with her mother over RuPaul’s Drag Race—and the interconnections among us all.

Leeanna T. Torres
Blue Corn, Mixed Masa, and the Occasional Magic Trick
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Blue Corn, Mixed Masa, and the Occasional Magic Trick

“I’m stealing memories. Memories of a dirt floor, broken chicken necks and laundry snapping in the wind... The warm taste of cow’s milk and a little girl hand stitching colorful thread through a butter-stained napkin.” Writer Manya Yana Campos recounts memories that form her self-identity.

Manya Yana Campos
Living la Vida Pocha
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Living la Vida Pocha

Podcasters Charlene Bencomo and Kat Sánchez turn the disparaging term "pocha" into a source of pride.

Charlene Bencomo and Kat Sánchez
stillness.
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stillness.

On learning to live with uncertainty through mindfulness.

Cameron Navarro
Ni de aquí, ni de allá
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Ni de aquí, ni de allá

Artivist Sabrina Zarco invites us into her artistic process.

Sabrina Zarco
Blaxicana Futures, Part 1
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Blaxicana Futures, Part 1

In the author's words: “This testimony is mine, but it may also be yours.”

Naya Jones
Nepantlera—Becoming Verb: Shapeshifting in the Modern World
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Nepantlera—Becoming Verb: Shapeshifting in the Modern World

The author‘s dedication to her grandmother and an anthem of becoming.

Brandi Amara Skyy
Ofrendando del Corazón: Queer Xicana Indígena Root Work
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Ofrendando del Corazón: Queer Xicana Indígena Root Work

A testimony of learning and practicing self-love with the help of Mexican traditional medicine.

Susy Zepeda
Revelations: Temples Within
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Revelations: Temples Within

Artist Sean Guerra shares their story of healing through art.

Sean Guerra
My Father’s Ghost
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My Father’s Ghost

On the healing journey of discovering ancestral languages. A touching essay by writer Sarah Monroy Solis.

Sarah Monroy Solis
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