By Nicole Murayama Nir

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My alarm gently buzzes me awake.
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I make my way to our dimly lit kitchen and fill the kettle with water. Water is life. Water is a gift. Water is sacred. And in these times, a privilege. Each day begins with an acknowledgement of the nourishment we receive from our lives on Earth.

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I turn on the kettle. As I wait, I fill another glass with water and add a pinch of sea salt.
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Earth gives me the gift of water, the gift of minerals. I give these to my body. In turn, my body gives to my mind and my mind can then give to me, us, our community, and back to Earth.
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The kettle whistles. I thank the Earth for these herbs and add them to my cup. I let the water cool down a bit, then steep them with love.
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As I wait for my tea to cool down, I wash my face, moisturize, and then, meditate. Fully belly inhale. Full belly exhale. Repeat. Fully belly inhale. Full belly exhale. Repeat. I am whole. I am worthy. I am enough. I am love. Repeat.
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As I prepare for the day, I do so with intent. I pick out my armor for the day and cleanse them with selenite. As I put on my makeup, I whisper spells of confidence, bravery, protection, and grace.
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I feed my body what she needs. Bitters. Bone broth. Vegetables. Fermented foods. Protein. Healthy fats. Tea. Water. Movement. Rest. Ritual. Quiet. Solitude. Connection.
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Nourish.
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As the day goes on, I consider where I can say yes, and where I should say no. Connection. Intention. Reciprocity. I give to what nourishes me. Reciprocal connections are sacred. Existing in this body is sacred. That which is sacred deserves intention, attention, love. Nourishment.
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I nourish my body and my body nourishes me. I nourish my community and my community nourishes me. I give love and receive love, both, which nourish me.
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At the end of the day, I remember to be grateful. I am lucky. I am loved. I am full. I am nourished.

Nicole Murayama Nir exists at the intersections of being Okinawan, a Sephardic Jew, third culture, and femme. Her work is rooted in the need for healing our communities and ourselves in order to move toward a sustainable future. Murayama Nir is an intuitive tarot reader and the woman behind the hafu witch. She is the operations and communications manager for Secure World Foundation and assistant coordinator for the Denver Permaculture Design Course. She is the co-creator of the pretty lights mamas, an online space for fostering community among women and femmes who love the pretty lights movement. Murayama Nir is also a trained street medic and advocate for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

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