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Updated: Sep 4, 2021

It had been a while, a couple of months at least, since I spoke to one of my favorite teachers, mentor, friend, and beloved mother figure, Rubia Machado. A crone, by definition, we get together over the phone to catch up a couple of times a season.

We got deep into a conversation about revelations of my journey as a constellation facilitator. We spoke about the hurdles and blind spots I have overcome. As we were picking apart specific experiences and bringing them into the context of life, for we know each other for more than 40 years, she brought me to a conclusion that was simple yet incredibly profound.

She said: "Don't forget, Mariella, that to feel is to live truly. If we do not feel, life would be a series of events with no real meaning or reason for being. When we feel, life becomes expansive and full of intentions. Never forget to feel. To feel is to live."

I want to celebrate our elders' wisdom. I give thanks that I can still share with Rubia. May their wisdom nestle within us and continue to live through our children.


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