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Dear readers,

I am very happy to announce the publication of my first personal piece for Elephant Journal, on of the largest online zines for yoga, spirituality, Buddhism, non-duality, poetry and eco subjects.

It wasn’t quite the title I chose for the piece, but the Editor has the final say!

I hope you will take the time to support my new endeavours with Elephant Journal by reading and leaving a comment on Elephant Journal’s site. And… sharing is caring! Thank you all :)

Notes on a Psychedelic Love Affair

Love, Aly

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How the Spiritual Community Failed Michael Stone

July 28, 2017

Non-dual teacher Michael A Rodrigues writes “Life is about the alternation of opposites. Thinking of your moods as “natural or cosmic events” or “seasons in consciousness” will relieve you of the neurotic feeling that they’re anything other than natural, impersonal, and universal — or that you “should” be feeling any particular way all the time. [...]

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He Is Not For You, Dear One

July 25, 2017

Recently a sweet friend submitted one of my writings to Elephant Journal, and they contacted me asking me to be a regular contributor. I said yes… but I have somewhat mixed feelings about it as I always write from such a vulnerable place. It’s one thing sharing my broken open heart with mostly like-minded, supportive [...]

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You Are Not a Bad Person, Trust Me

July 22, 2017

The more I inquire, the more I can’t help but arrive at the understanding that all thought seems to arise out of a mysterious void. We spend a lot of time judging ourselves harshly for thoughts that we had no role in summoning, but that inevitably create particular feeling states in reference to said uninvited [...]

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Positivity Junkies. Brrrrr.

July 21, 2017

Feel like I need a power shower after an earlier encounter with one of the ‘power-of-positive-thinking’ transcendence junkies that this little island seems to attract in such large numbers. Preach your reckless hope elsewhere. For me, leaning into the darkness is the truly radical act that leads to transformation. I find positive affirmations to be [...]

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Our Longings Are Innocent

July 16, 2017

  Artwork - Christian Schloevery With the exception of a very small minority, I believe our longings are innocent, our desires life affirming. Of course it’s also true that craving is the cause of much suffering. So whilst it’s prudent not to buy into it too much, not to lend too much weight to the ‘stories’ [...]

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Martin Shaw – West Country School of Myth and Story

July 15, 2017

Something insistent and magical happens when I listen to Martin Shaw. I can feel a quickening, a call to the Wild, a deep sense of home; of remembrance. God(dess) stirring in my cells. I’m filled with awe and gratitude for these beauty-weavers who live on the edges, who dare to care so deeply for this Earth [...]

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Why Do Story Tellers Write?

July 12, 2017

Why do story tellers write? Why do they expose their soft, vulnerable underbelly to a sometimes scornful, sometimes indifferent audience? I write because often I cannot contain everything I see, hear and feel, such is the intensity of my bittersweet and painstakingly beautiful lived experience. It has been this way since I was very small. [...]

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‘Interbeing’ Enters the Mainstream

July 12, 2017

Photo credit: Harpo, Inc./ Huy Doan   An inspiring and very heartening essay from change maker and way-seer Charles Eisenstein. 3 years ago I began a process of giving up my personal ambitions in order, as Charles writes “to be an anchor of the field of love that helps the rest of us serve our [...]

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A glimpse into my community in Koh Phangan

July 5, 2017

This beach has been the setting for so many beautiful moments of love and connectivity. Video footage courtesy of Arthur Moore.

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Who Decides What is Reality?

June 25, 2017

Of course I know that I am a stone in the wall of a giant echo chamber that is manipulated heavily by social media wizardry… and I know that I live in a tropical bubble, where truth seekers, rabble rousers and conscientious objectors come to find kin to live among…I know that the open heartedness [...]

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Happy New Year! May We Rise In Integrity

January 5, 2017

2016 was the year of loss and letting go, of people, beliefs, ideas and false hopes. And in these white hot fires of grief, steely backbone is forged. Some of us made it through. Many didn’t. We owe it to the Ones that didn’t to let the old world burn – not that we could [...]

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My Heart Holds It All – A Poem.

November 1, 2016
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  My heart holds it all My heart holds the murky depths of loss, hopes dashed against rocks, with the tenacious knowing that it will readily risk it all again for love’s promise. Love turned to salty water, tears I cry to heal myself, are chased by easy laughter that trills from my throat at [...]

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A Brief History of Sexual Assault

October 16, 2016
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This is undoubtedly the most challenging, vulnerable post I have ever written. In the aftermath of Trump’s ‘hot mic’ revelations of his practice of sexually assaulting women BECAUSE HE CAN, I lay awake for hours feeling a trauma response course through my body. Feelings of rage, of impotency, of shame and even a little despair [...]

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Sunscreen Chemicals to Avoid

July 27, 2016
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  Infographic courtesy of Odylique.co.uk. Odylique Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 is organic and fair-trade, and I will be testing this soon for review, so keep your eyes peeled.  

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Amnesty International – Look Beyond Borders

May 24, 2016
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Today I saw this very beautiful little piece of celluloid from Amnesty International and felt to repost it here on my blog for a couple of reasons; 1. It reminded me of the after-school club I used to attend in the 80′s. Once a week, a small group of students and teachers would stay behind [...]

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Volunteering in Thailand – Samma Karuna Healing, Awakening and Yoga School

May 12, 2016
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For the past couple of months I’ve had the pleasure of volunteering at Samma Karuna School of Healing & Awakening, located on Had Cha Pao beach, Koh Phangan. With the energy exchange of 4 hours work a day, 6 days a week, I am able to participate in the school’s full Healing and Awakening programme, [...]

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