Summer Solstice 2017
“Wheel of the Year circles and rituals are not only about the seasons and agricultural traditions, they are remnants of an ancient nature- based spiritual psychology and spiritual path. It’s easy to imagine our foremothers using the same observable realities- the cycle of changing light, the growing seasons of animal and plant life - to illustrate their own inner lives and the dynamics amongst themselves in human relationship and community, just as we do now... it’s more important than ever to have a spiritual psychology to walk with during these challenging times”
— We'Moon 2017
It has been a while since I have brought words to this space. Much has shifted in my life and the world in which, Harness Your Breath was born is now an incredible piece of my history.
For those of you that do not know, Harness Your Breath started in the summer of 2011 when I was 19 years old. The world then felt brand new to me in so many ways, and I was testing my own capacity to carry myself by traveling on the road for 3 months. Those 3 months are still embedded in my memory. Up and down the west coast of North America I went, with a touch down in New York city and then a month in Greece. While on that trip something began to breathe fire into the pit of my belly. I felt so alive and in love with our world, yet I didn't understand much of what was going on. I started asking big questions about war, about politics, about the earth. I wanted to understand my place in it all, and I was frustrated by how little I knew. For that month I spent in Greece, most of my nights were restless, researching until the sun came up on what my next step should be. I was looking for support and guidance into this next chapter of my life. As a part of this process I decided to reach out to girlfriends of mine who inspired me. I wrote a handful of little notes with an invitation to create an online space where we could keep in touch about the deeper topics that moved our hearts. I was thirsty for quality dialogue as my feed on Facebook at that time was not generating conversations that created points of connection for me. I wanted something more than just the day-to-day moments, I wanted to deconstruct, inquire and hopefully one day contribute.
Harness Your Breath first came into being on one of those hot sleepless nights. It started out as a tumblr account and a year later I built it this online container that you see today. Over the past 6 years the space that Harness Your Breath has offered me has been tremendous. It has been a platform for all of my exploration. From homesteading on Maui, to a year in Sweden while studying at The International Youth Initiative Program, to my first steps into grassroots organizing and my exploration into photography. I have created and found my own home here again and again while moving around the world.
As some of you may know, last summer I started a program called The Spiritual Ecology Fellowship.
One of the main aims of this program was to support youth like myself in further developing a project forward. Over the past 9 months I have been working on my project, Earth Is `Ohana (EIO), which is an adaptable environmental curriculum. I have just returned home after 12 days of teaching a portion of it at women's gathering called Spirit Weavers. These last days have been absolute dream for me. After holding a project so close it felt like a giant release to finally be able to ground it in tangible action. Earth Is `Ohana finally feels ready to grow and bloom. A part of this growth has been the creation of a new website that is solely dedicated to moving this vision outward. You can find it at earthisohana.com. That being said Harness Your Breath will be in a place of active rest for the time being. I will keep this site live, because there is still so much goodness here, but please do accept my invitation in moving your active support over to Earth Is `Ohana. There is a blog space there where reflections will be shared, an opportunity to sign up for my new newsletter and even a book club you can join. As always my intention for any of my online spaces are too support education and nurturance on the topics that I hold close in my heart.
Thank you again for tuning in, I look forward to continuing the conversation with you for years to come.
Meduh // Mahalo
Kailea // earthisohana.com
Photo: Koa Kalish