Author Archives: liyana

feel it, all of it

“thank you for all the ways you’ve been saying ‘thank you’ and ‘please’ and doing great cooperation together, love.”

“you’re welcome, mama.”


“it’s fun to be in a good mood together, right?”


“i love you when you are grumpy and upset and sad, too.  i love you, and i love being with you, no matter what mood you are in.”

“me, too, mama.  i like all the feelings.”

i glance in the rearview mirror at my three-and-a-half-year-old cutie pie.  he’s looking content in his car seat, munching brown rice crackers.

you like all the feelings???

you.  like.  all.  the.  feelings ??? 

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new poem

i’ve yet to title this new poem. won’t you give me a suggestion for a title, in the comments below? THAT will be a fun way to dialogue 😉

the love of my life and my wish to die

you are my wail and you are my sigh

you are my start and my short, sharp stop

my daily bread, my cherry on top

my tripwire, wound and the sprinkled salt

you are my cure and you are my fault

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evidence you are loved

you know why you are advised to keep your gas tank close to full, or at the very least, not to let it get to empty, right?

if you don’t know — or if you have very little to do with cars and gas tanks and such things — the reason is that there is naturally-occuring sediment in gasoline.  when you top up, it sinks down; the sediment collects at the very bottom of your gas tank.

it is perfectly innocuous until …

… you let your tanks run low or run out of gas entirely.  and then, the sediment starts to circulate through the car’s system, causing problems, mucking up the works.

strange, murky sediment gets kicked up when we let our own gas tanks run low.

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how i choose my mentors

it’s here.  it’s time.

the doors of my beloved mentorship program, Woman:  The Embodiment Experience are open!

it would be my joy and honor to receive your application for this program-of-my-heart.

if you are ready, you can apply now

if you would like to know (feel) more about it, i invite you to come read through and see for yourself

the world suffers when a woman’s inner light dims, and it is my work — and the work of this mentorship program — to help your turn yours back ON.

look: there is something important and distinct that is asking (pleading) to be lived as you, to be brought into the world through you.

the world needs you, as your most lit up, turned on, embodied you.

this is the work i was born to do.

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sex re-education

::  the birds and the bees get a profound makeover

i was 13, in the fluorescent-lit classroom of my junior high school.  the same architect built my school and the town jail, so as you can imagine, the room with its puce-colored walls wasn’t particularly inspiring.  let state-mandated “Sex Ed” class begin!

i was uncomfortable. and confused.  while the class aimed to edify and remove the mystery from this taboo topic, my classmates and i also knew that we were not even supposed think about – or have – sex in the first place.  i squinted at the pictures of male and female anatomy on the overhead projector, trying to understand what fallopian tubes had to do with the way my body exploded into fireworks when i kissed a boy.

but what if sex ed could get a do over?
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