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Simon Mainwaring Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

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Mathieu Bitton Mathieu Bitton Designer. Art Director. Passionate Creator.

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Michaela Boehm Michaela Boehm dedicated practitioner. experiencer. woman.

Michaela Boehm is a counselor and teacher. She's currently the only counselor personally trained and authorized by David Deida, who she began co-teaching with in 2007, focusing on women's empowerment. [www.michaelaboehm.com]

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Everything from my farm to my animals to my teaching to the clients I’m seeing have equal meaning for me in very specific and joyous ways.

Even as a 15-year-old, I had a vision of having a piece of earth where I’d grow things and dispense food and wisdom to people in some way. I’ve always known I’d work with people. I thought I’d be some kind of herb witch who gives concoctions to women. The way my land and animals and clients and students have all come together now – that’s come with my own growth and with adding more of who I am into it over the years.

The only time I don’t feel that I’m really connected to the meaningfulness of my life is when I do too much computer work. I haven’t had a TV in 12 years. I go out to the movies maybe twice a year and if I watch a DVD movie once or twice a month, that’s a lot. For me, that that kind of input disconnects me from what’s really important to me. 

A turning point for me was a phone conversation I had once with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. That conversation turned out to be one of the most profound and meaningful events of my life. It happened during a time when I was grappling with feeling so different and out of the mainstream. I always felt so odd. But when I spoke with her, I saw how she had embraced her own oddness and shrewdness in a such a profound way. She was deep and wide and spunky. And completely unapologetic. I felt like I’d come home, like I knew who I was going to become, I knew what I’d be like as I aged and matured. It really made a huge difference in my life.

What’s made the biggest difference for me is understanding that everything I do can be spiritual and meaningful and an offering, even sweeping leaves and cleaning toilets. I’d love for people to understand that spirituality and God and meaning and joy don’t only happen when we sit down to formally meditate or when we read the right book at the right time. I can translate the incredible pleasure and satisfaction I draw from picking avocados, tending animals, and painting fences into a devotional offering. I can do mundane tasks with open-hearted devotion. That fills my life full of what I love.

– Michaela Boehm

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