Published on May 1, 2021 May we take a moment to talk about the 5th Body, AKA the Physical Body? (did you see what I did there? Because it's the month of May... ^_^) When we talk about the Physical Body we are talking about the one we inhabit; we live in it and we have to care for it or it will deteriorate quite quickly. We have shared experiences in our different bodies but will never truly understand what it's like to be in someone else's. We try, certainly, creating personas and exploring the world around us for insights into ourselves and others on deeper levels, but there comes a time when we need to wise up and accept our bodies for what they truly are, because like it or not, we are stuck with them for now. So what's next? How will you test yours? Stretch it? Strengthen it? Protect it? Modify it? Adorn it? Keep it vital and agile and resilient? Well that's for you to decide for yourself, isn't it?! Such freedom! Our bodies tell us so much information, and they want us to explore, expand into spaces, test limits, see what's new and interesting around us and beyond. This desire for freedom is so integral to our existence in a physical form, that we have been tested on it for the entirety of human existence. History has shown humanity's systematic oppression of those deemed as "others", always beginning with the restriction of the Physical Body first; one cannot trap and control a mind until the physical is restrained. One of the greatest tools we have come up with to combat this is teaching; passing on wisdom, skills, and information to empower others to liberate themselves from whatever form of mental, emotional, or physical bondage they are experiencing. Those who seek freedom must also learn to liberate others, because none are truly free until all are free, and nothing teaches like teaching. As the 5th of our Chakras, the throat is the seat of our direct and honest communication; ergo, the number 5 represents truth. Absolute truth, beyond feeling or speculation. There is a health emergency taking place right now in India. People are getting sick and dying in the streets of COVID-19 at an alarming rate. Crematoriums are operating above capacity to handle the staggering number of casualties. This is an uncomfortable truth because many of us are hundreds, if not thousands of miles away from this crisis; and despite all our privileges, many of us are not in a position to help in what feels like a meaningful way, with such significant distance and with how many people are being affected. While one drop in the ocean may not feel like much, the ripples it creates will impact unknown numbers. If you can, please help those on the ground get the life-saving supplies needed to front line workers [info on previous fundraiser removed]. Let it support the fight for all people to be free from disease and dis-ease.