On braiding intentions and letting go of the ego

It has been five years of braiding intentions almost on a daily basis and now in the spirit of another birthday that just flew away I want to share with you something very personal, that I know we all struggle with, because I know that the more specific the story is, the more universal it [...]

Black Canvas: Once upon a Braid

You can only understand your journey from the perspective of your future self. When you’re living in the present there’s way too much noise. I don’t remember where this journey began; all I know is I found myself one day trapped inside this body, trying to make sense of the world around me.

Mirror Conversations //Chapter I: Unbraided

‘Mirror conversations’ are a series of videos where I explore the intimate relationship we have to mirrors. I hold a complicated relationship with the girl that lives there. I can’t hide anything from her staring eyes.

On balance, and vertigo

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Anyone whose goal is 'something higher', must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No. Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It's the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us. It is the desire to fall, against which terrified, we defend ourselves. - Milan Kundera [...]

Day of the Death: Celebrate Life

Being alive is a fatal condition. The moment we are born, we basically begin to die. I've always been intrigued by Death. Every year I honor her, and the effect she has in my experience of life by celebrating 'Day of the Death' with my family.

The Surrealism of Catastrophe: Hurricane Irma

We read daily stories regarding natural disasters, war, or dictatorships and see them as something so distant. It's the first time I live a natural disaster of this kind, and I was pretty impressed by all the feelings and emotions I went through. Even with such little damage, I know I was changed for life [...]

Braid your sadness away/ Trenza tus tristezas

Braid your sadness away.

When you feel sad, braid your hair. As you do, the pain gets trapped between its strands, preventing it from reaching your body. Then, wait for the wind to blow hard and run. It will take all of your sadness away. Yes. Whenever you are sad, just braid your hair... Have you noticed how life [...]

On dying a little every day, and why it’s worth it/ El valor de morir constantemente

We all have a couple of quotes that are present in our minds in special ways. When I was a little girl, I remember someone said that ‘life was nothing but a chain of deaths’. The first time I heard this statement, was right after witnessing the death of my grandfather, taken away by a [...]

The journey/ La Jornada

We are surrounded by stories. Social networks, the news, blogs, television, our family, neighbors, friends, even the lady we say hello to every morning as we arrive to the office shares a bit of her story with us. We like them. And they are kind of addictive. It's only through stories that we understand ourselves, judge our behaviors, and comprehend our feelings. [...]