Asaera Cote, Founder Earth Gift Herbals

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Notes and Musings

Date: 6/5/2013 3:16 PM MDT

I am always amazed by the energy of trees. I am amazed by their tenacity and their persistence; especially those in the most unlikely places - on a precipice, in only a small toehold of earth or even a planter removed from the rest of the ground - detached and sequestered from its brethren arboretum. Even as dry and parched as the earth has become tiny leaves burst forth from tiny fingers of delicate branches and a field of green shades a small patch of the thirsty earth near the EarthGift soap studio.

Smoldering fires persist in the central New Mexico mountains
from downed power lines and dry lightening strikes.
The reports of fires spring forth from the central mountains of New Mexico. The winds are eerily persistent too late in the season. It is a combination that gives us pause. As I track the fires I am both awe struck and humbled. Though it is usual to be mindful of fire season and to have a plan; this fire season seems to loom larger. The red flags flap by the ranger station more often, the forest restrictions more frequent. It strikes me that the earth is healing herself as best she can to bring herself back to equilibrium.

My job is to reflect that process. I must find my center and bring myself to my own balance - literally and metaphorically. I wonder, do I internally have my own scorched earth; my own places of inundation from mental tornadoes and emotional hurricanes, my own internally razed landscapes?

There is extreme weather inside and out. This is where a discipline of spirit and faith of the unseen serve me best. I love the quote from a recent movie. "Everything will be all right in the end. And if it is not all right, it is not yet the end."

We live to bathe another day.

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Date: 4/18/2013 2:42 PM MDT


I headed west seeking the help of an expert colleague. I was on a mission to get answers to grow the capacity of the communities I love so much. I was on the Mother Road, determined and undaunted; and then met a huge headwind.Spring is often difficult in the southwest because of the winds; and this was a monster wind. Even as I pushed forward it pushed back with doubled ferocity. The kicked up grains of sand sang against my windshield.

It was not lost on me that this visceral force of resistance, this headwind, was much like the seemingly immovable resistance within the communities to the east of New Mexico's central mountains, my community, my home. I knew that willful resistance was necessary. It was protection to steel generations of farmers and ranchers against the harshness of our fickle and extreme climate. So it should be no surprise that strong retreat from change was necessary, perhaps inevitable. This seemingly immovable force, this resistance to moving forward - I was feeling it so directly as I drove looking for ways to raise money and acquire grant funds; whatever I could do to change the dismal decline I saw slowly strangling my beloved communities. And what was I meet with - a willful wind and closed roads.
I turned around. I turned back and drove all the way home to my mountain sanctuary. Like an eagle I flew home on a magical tail wind.  It took no time at all and the symbolism stared me in the face. I'm staring back. I just have to change the wind! And soon my beloved East Mountains will be dotted with brilliant swaths of golden sunflowers, circles of green growth and the rich beauty that is my New Mexico.

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Date: 10/29/2010 1:07 PM MDT

Most soapmakers use palm oils (palm kernel, palmitate, etc) because they are inexpensive and help to harden the soaps. It shortens production time and lowers cost; it also dries the skin. Even organic palm oils dry the skin. There is a better way...

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