Annapurna Woman Maya Corinne
How do you start your day?
Cuddling, with whoever appeared in my bed! I love warmth, skin and the smell of soft baby hair. We come from a matrilineal culture, where shared beds create a deep sense of trust, security, and accountability for the kids, with plenty of ease + power for the mother. I have vivid childhood memories of being freezing in San Francisco, with raccoons fighting outside the window, and running to my mom’s bed. Safe and sound. While everyone has their own beds and spaces, I want my children to have access to that same sense of warmth, comfort and security. Now that there’s four, they aren’t as interested in cozying up with me when they can dog pile, but we love to stay in the same room, sleeping by the fire Fall-thru-Spring. So I wake up and stoke the flames, adding a few logs. I light a couple of candles, put on the hot water and reheat the soup. It’s all about gentle brightness for all twelve senses. There’s a tune I hum, given to me by my baylan, my grandmother guides, as I cut lemons, smash garlic, onions, ginger and sprinkle cayenne for salabat. This is a Filipino medicinal tea that I drink with a bit of maple syrup each morning. It’s hardcore and takes me right into the moment, again, hitting each of the senses. Once I’m warmed up, I go feed our goats, turkey and chickens.
What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?
This happens a bit everyday…I pause. I go into my closet for space before I realize it’s no help. But I do it every time! If I have had a full day, the kitchen is a mess, and they expect a full fresh meal, I used to flip. Now I let them fend for themselves and hit the fields for sunset. My practice of twenty years is a barefoot medicine walk. I bring the greatfulness, with all of my questions and feelings. I don’t try to quiet my mind or do anything, but I stay open to tokens and auguries from the natural world and they always come, of course. If there is a burden I’m holding, I will lay down and let the Earth take on the weight. She always carries me. It’s an honor to be a daughter of Earth. In my tradition we leave offerings of service, and pray for support to fulfill the vision. So humility looks like putting it down and not ever carrying more than my piece. I’m not so good at that yet. But I’ve learned to call my women, my legacy keepers. They always, always make me laugh.
My husband D is a brilliant medical intuitive and he knows before I do if I’m off energetically, physically, emotionally or nutritionally. So I can go to him to get cleared if I’m really messed up. He also knows my lotus cycle down to a science! We have our months planned around it - he travels for business the week before and I take off during my full trance. Otherwise we’ve learned we will miss the insight and get all the drama. I was nursing or pregnant for 16 years, so I often drink nourishment tea for pregnant and postpartum mamas. My boys make bags and bags of it from bulk herbs: red clover, spearmint leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, nettle leaf, rose hip, fennel seed, lemongrass leaf, alfalfa leaf, lemon verbena. I know I need it when I want to eat the goat hay! Oh yes. That said, cooking helps me to integrate.
I cook in a famished-mama kind of way: so, so, over-the-top. Every salad has to have greens, fruit, something cooked, something sweet, crunchy, salty, nutty, creamy. Soups are stews that get piled on grains with fresh herbs and onions, cheese, lemon, avocado, chips! Everything. It takes me from freaked to excited, then finally, grounded. If I’m angry, or in too much love, I dance. Hip hop, Tahitian, Capoiera. Spin kicks. I move it out to drums and percussion, usually in the fields.
What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?
Deep, remote nature where I can see the horizon. Travel, culture and discovery. Family time, always. Community meals with folks that are woke - spiritually savvy to the environment and social justice. Basking in the sun, always, always.
What are you currently reading?
Goodness from my best friends: Love Your Lady Landscape by Lisa Lister, Flower Evolution by Katie Hess and Louie Schwatrzberg, Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry. Also, I keep World Tales by Idries Shah, Full Moon Feast by Jessica Prentice, Jesus Lived in India by Holger Kersten, Fields of Plenty by Michael Abelman, The Vow-Powered Life by Jan Chozen Bays, MD., and Passage Meditation by Eknath Easwaran close.
What are you listening to right now?
Uyayi, songs and chants of the indigenous Philippine archipelago. A Tribe Called Quest. The Beatles. Alicia Keys. Ingrid Michaelson. Everything acoustic strings.
What does nourishment look like to you?
Home grown, or community grown organic foods, loved up from scratch. Recipes with history. We eat whole, ancestral foods, mostly plant-based. I facilitate a YES! Jam every year. YES! is a community of artists, activists, founders, community leaders and philanthropists from 65 countries. The diversity of experience, culture and perspective is like manna for me. We meet in groups of 30 for a week, unplugged in a natural setting, with wonderful local organic food. The whole week is about connection and creating lifelong friendships, not about our work or our brands. So the kind of play we do is deeply nourishing to me. As an organizer, it takes a year of work! But it feeds me so much more, and is literal food for my work. I always come away new.
How do you make space for play?
Our lives are scheduled around freedom. My sons are life learners, so they wake up when they’ve had enough rest. I don’t have to rush around trying to get their lunches made, their bodies dressed and their mouths fed in time to stand in line. Our learning experiences are all play, like jumping in the car to watch salmon spawn, in the creek we swim in. So our days are flexible. D works from his office upstairs and the boys help me work (business, math, art, wellness) from my studio out back, so we cook (science) and eat many meals together and take family bike rides (P.E.) a few times a week. In the summer we pick up from California and move to an island cabin in New Hampshire. It’s rustic, and the families there are lifelong friends, so we share meals and dock time and childcare. My parents help a ton here and D’s parents help a ton there. In both cases we don’t live too close!! That wouldn’t be space for play.
What are some favorite mantras you cling to?
When you pray, enter the room as if for the last time.
This too shall pass.
Hinds feet, on high places.
It’s all a learning curve.
Please share some words of wisdom you've learned as a direct result of soulful and embodied living.
Just follow the children and they will show you. Creative expression magnifies and raises energy. Looking good and protection drains energy. When it comes to business, translation is training ground. If you are translating someone else’s work to sell, you aren’t ready to teach it. But if you are changing and shifting and expanding, then integration is fertile teaching soil. And so the most effective results come from students, beginners, and explorers. The most important product of any initiative, business, organization or geography is the wellbeing of the community landscape. We all want to be one, but we have to learn to navigate the field. Individually, we have to walk through our initiations. Systemically, the walk towards justice is long. Friendship makes the path brighter. Honoring the Earth and saving the environment has to include social justice.
At it’s best, a personal practice allows us to be self-led and to step into leadership: the capacity to hold difficult space. We begin to see and honor natural boundaries that create the just, thriving world we all want for our children. To pretend that we don’t see differences in race, class, or gender is excruciating to those who are working hard to reclaim themselves from colonization. This is called a “spiritual bypass,” and it’s an act of unconscious unkindness. Charity can be invasive. Distinctions like “Black lives matter…” “we need women who are…” are not divisive or exclusive, they are important. Cultural appropriation, trying to be “all one,” and “all love,” in response to marginalized voices can literally be dangerous for those who need to be seen to create their physical safety. Or to protect and preserve their ways, language, and lands. It’s imperative that we let folks make spaces and have conversations for and from their own kind and let the dignity of those spaces and conversations be lifted up in full brightness or sacred privacy as they see fit. Just like we each have the answers within ourselves, every community has their own answers and they need quiet to get creative. If we are invited in to help, then we can accept in a learning way and that is solidarity. Being an ally is a moment of partnership, not a notch on one’s belt. So when someone says, “I’m an ally,” that’s a red flag. When someone says, “I’m ready to ally. I wish to ally,” like a verb, then we can begin building trust. It’s scary, and that’s where the leadership comes in. I get schooled all the time!
Real communication begins when we listen to learn, not to agree or disagree. Expansion is love. If you look past your own work, products and profits to grow a healthy communal dynamic, then you are now creating healthy economies. And you will be carried with many countless returns.
Maya Corinne is a Legacy Architect for global icons, beacons and angels. As an explorer and social ecologist, she teaches creatives, activists and community leaders to magnify life, beauty, and magic.
A homebirthing, urban-steading mother of four life-learners, she encourages community exchange, deep-rooted support systems, and focus on flowing resources. Her fresh paradigm of lifecycles over lifestyle deepens our dialogue with the Eternal, creating impact, results, velocity and profit, while leaving everything forced, unkind and extra on the path.