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I Am Black
March 12, 2017, 5:26 pm
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From Black Lives Matter to BLACK LIBERATION by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is agreed to be a must read for we who believe in Freedom! Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is assistant professor in African American Studies at Princeton University. She’s an activist and scholar; and writes on Black politics, social movements and racial inequality. From Black Lives Matter to BLACK LIBERATION is dedicated “To the parents, brothers, sisters, partners, and friends of those who have been killed by police and other forms of state-sanctioned violence and yet remain committed to the struggle for a just world.”The book is 219 pages. I’ve got half the pages bent down because of an amazing quote or mind blowing idea! Those quoted include: Frederick Douglass, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., Huey P. Newton, Naomi Murakawa, Jimmy Carter, Lee Atwater, Lee Sustar, Richard Nixon, Christian Parenti, Manning Marable, Amiri Baraja, Bayard Rustin, James Baldwin, Tef Poe, Barack Obama, Vann Newkirk, Darnell Moore, Johnetta Elzie, Donna Murch, Al Sharpton, Ashley Yates, Brittney Ferrell, Charlene Carruthers, Alicia Garza, DeRay McKesson, Asha Rosa, Aldon Morris, Arundhati Roy, Megan Francis, James Forman, Mwenda Katwiwa, Abraham Lincoln, Malcolm X, John Watson, Tim Wise, Claude McKay, Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Karl Marx, Edmund Morgan, Antonio Gramsci, and C.L.R. James.

The author does such a good job telling the history and connecting it with what we see today. Because she is so knowledgeable and an activist, every chapter has a mind blowing conclusion; on such topics as: Black Awakening in Obama’s America, A Culture of Racism, From Civil Rights to Colorblind, Black Faces in High Places, The Double Standard of Justice, The End of an Illusion, #BlackLivesMatter, and Black Liberation.

Some examples of the things I didn’t quite get until now? Every time there has been a step forward in Civil Rights Law, back to the Civil War, the white men in power immediately spin it so no progress is possible! Black People continue to be blamed for their poverty; while complete and total, political and economic reform is the only answer! Law, order and modern policing are based on racism and the subjugation of Blacks! President Obama could not be for the Blacks because it was whiteness that had got him elected! It is disingenuous to focus on poor, working class Blacks without addressing the many ways the criminal justice system has taken Black parents from their children! All these police killings of unarmed Black people is nothing new; it’s social media that has made the world aware of how heinous the situation is in the US! White supremacy and capitalism are intimately connected! “The New World we are struggling to create must destroy oppression of any type!”

I am Black. As a white, homeless, senior, woman, I mean no disrespect to People of Color, when I say, I am Black. I had dread locks for 26 years as my plea for the end of racism and beginning of Peace on Earth. Never in those 26 years did I feel as Black as I do now. In the last 5 years, a tyrannical narcissist, card carrying member of the Good Ole Boys, defrauded me of my home, inheritance, business and all my personal possessions. That’s not what made me feel Black either. It’s that I finally see how the whole system is rigged and that nobody has a chance against the man. That terrible discouragement and hopelessness is what makes me feel Black. I realize if I had been Black, when the sheriff came to physically remove me from my home; he would have just killed me instead!

February 26, 2017, 7:30 pm
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Speak out while we still can!!!

Move Beyond Victim Consciousnesss!
February 22, 2017, 2:00 pm
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Our last 4 blogs have been about simple things you can do for yourself to detox and heal your body. This blog introduces you to Eden’s Mental Health Tool Box. All the tools are simple, easy to use and very effective in healing even our deepest wounds. Moving Beyond Victim Consciousness is one of the simple tools you can use to heal your emotions, mind and spirit.
There is scientific evidence for something called, “the abused chain of abuse.” It means people who have been abused tend to abuse others. Victim Consciousness is our negative thoughts and beliefs, either inherited or inflicted. We verify these unhealthy thoughts and beliefs through three roles found on the victim triangle. We’re all spinning around in ourselves and in our relationships, playing one of these 3 roles: The Victim believes she’s been abused, weak and needs someone to rescue her. The Rescuer offers unasked for advice and caregiving: believing her needs don’t matter and she has the right to disrespect other’s boundaries. The Persecutor is fearful, defensive and abusive. Interacting from one of these roles is the only style of relating to ourselves and others that many of us know.
The goal of all spiritual practice and psychotherapy is to transform yourself into Observer Consciousness, to be able to welcome the teaching in every present moment. We interact with ourselves and others differently when we respond from the higher frequencies of these roles: The Observer, The Nurturer and The Asserter. The Observer is to be our best self and compassionate witness to life. The Nurturer focuses on taking care of self first and only then extends a hand to others. The Asserter perceives life as positively abundant and radiates self assurance.  
Ok, so what’s the tool you ask? There are 3 steps to wake up and recover from victim consciousness: 

Show up! This means to be present for yourself and willing to do whatever it takes to be happy and healthy.

 Align with a higher frequency in a daily practice of any kind! This can be meditation, yoga, prayer, a devotional reading, music, dancing, singing, etc.

Clear! At Eden we teach these invaluable techniques to clear negative beliefs, thoughts and feelings: Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping), “The Work” of Byron Katie, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. (We’ll show you these tools and more in future blogs.)
 A well known secret to happiness is this: The only thing we can control in life is our reaction. Change the way you think about the things that happen! There are no mistakes, ever. The Universe is unfolding as it should; it always has and it always will.

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February 9, 2017, 7:59 pm
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Help me become a death dula please
January 18, 2017, 6:06 pm
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Prema Dasara Offers Inspiring Wisdom
November 29, 2016, 2:15 pm
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After the ElectionSamsara, the wheel of becoming, never fails to astonish me with it’s wild twists and turns. It looked like a more peaceful world, a more intelligent, inspiring, inclusive political presence in the United States was within our grasp. Now it looks like a pre-nazi era, where whole segments of our population here in America are to be held in question, demonized. Reports of an increase in bullying, hate groups feeling acknowledged now coming out of the woodwork to celebrate, seeing possible political appointments of hate-mongers…..goodness, it’s a lot to digest.
At the same time, all over the planet we have movements of populations declaring their commitment to peace. I have received wonderful, inspiring, uplifting words, music and video celebrating the human spirit.
I have been asked by many people what is my take, what words of advice do I have.
1. Breathe. Let go of tension, physical, emotional, mental

2. Meet the moment with wisdom and compassion.

3. Stay open to the magic and miracle of life…anything can happen.

4. Examine your own prejudices and disarm them

5. Send love and light into the world with every breath

6. Count your blessings and cultivate a constant and deep sense of gratitude

7. Work with your sources of refuge, teachers and community to develop ways to disarm any prejudice, unkindness, violence in the people around you.

8. Remember, it is all impermanent and we have no idea the ultimate significance of things

9. Above all stay in the heart of love.

10. Develop creative ways of working with the violent people in our world, to help them to disarm their prejudices. Look how far we have come, how many have been converted to opening their heart. Keep on, keeping on.


Here are some of the things that have inspired me during this time of transition

click on each of these five links for a precious, uplifting, inspiring time….
Women Wage Peace

 Prayer of the Mothers


True Power

Thich Nhat Hanh talks to Oprah 
Today I Rise

Powerful video for all women

A Love Song To The World


  From Lion’s Roar 

 After the Election: Buddhist Wisdom for Hope and Healing 


President Barack Obama told his teenage daughters to “constantly affirm and lift up and fight” following the election of Donald Trump to the presidency last week. “People are complicated, societies and cultures are really complicated. . . . This is not mathematics; this is biology and chemistry. These are living organisms, and it’s messy. And your job as a citizen and as a decent human being is to constantly affirm and lift up and fight for treating people with kindness and respect and understanding. And you should anticipate that at any given moment there’s going to be flare-ups of bigotry that you may have to confront, or may be inside you and you have to vanquish. And it doesn’t stop. . . . You don’t get into a fetal position about it. You don’t start worrying about apocalypse. You say, O.K., where are the places where I can push to keep it moving forward.”


Good advice. Keep on moving forward. Cultivate the virtues. And continue to affirm the power of love. Create magic with your loving heart. We can do this.

With Great Love, In Tara’s Light,


Happy Thanksgiving from Eden!
November 18, 2016, 3:57 pm
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Our digestive system has been argued to be the most important body system; as it is intimately connected to all the others, especially our immune and cardiovascular systems. Our digestive system is certainly the one we have the most direct control of; as in “you are what you eat.”In addition to providing nourishment, our digestive system has a second function, to detoxify the body. You don’t have to wait until after New Years to begin your detox program! Let us introduce you to the age old concept of the daily fast. Simply allow 14 hours between the last meal of the day until “Breakfast!” Nourishing, hydrating, and sanitizing liquids go directly into the blood stream; so can be included during your fasting hours.

During your 10 hours a day of eating solid food, avoid “non-nutritives;” since your body still has to work to digest foods that contain no nutrition! Please don’t overeat! Ingesting unhealthy food and overeating both cause structural and functional disease. Eat moderate portions of a variety of healthy foods at moderate intervals! Chew your food well and enjoy!