Author Archives: Elizabeth Sato

Boxing, Breathing and Mindfulness

    Many people wonder why I box–what is the attraction? First of all (little secret) it is a terrific workout. In 40 minutes–I am dripping with perspiration and my inner core feels tight. When your sparring is complete, you feel just about every muscle in your body because boxing requires “mindfulness.” Perfecting the art […]

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ME TOO

Artwork (c) Still Dancing – Jonathan Labillois, Listuguj Migmaq First Nation Band in Gaspe Quebec I cannot self-identify without bringing recognition and attention to the thousands of women and female children who have no voice because their voices have been suppressed, shamed and mutilated by societal ignorance, culture, tradition and self-indulgent greed that has not […]

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My prayer for Mother Earth

artwork (c) Aaron Paquette (Metis Nation) Nature’s birds are my alarm clock. I overslept this morning because I did not hear their song. I usually awaken before sunrise but there were no birds singing, in fact all of the animals were silent. Perhaps it was the dark grey almost black skies filled with smoke and […]

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Eclipsing Forward With Hope- a prayer for humanity    I got so emotional during the Eclipse. It seems my spirit was overcome with the realization that all across our nation people, brothers and sisters– from many nations around the world were viewing a rare celestial event. We were all looking up and I was secretly […]

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Natsukashii

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  This morning I am in deep contemplation about many things. In fact, I burned my breakfast toast not once, not twice but three times–how that happened– I have no idea. I always thought toasters had built in timers but perhaps I am not in the present but suspended in time? I am deep in […]

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The Power of a Mother’s Prayer

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               The Power of a Mother’s Prayer   This past weekend, I stayed in our childhood home, my mother’s home of 60 years after finishing numerous business meetings in Portland. I love coming home. There are so many memories, scents and sounds that reflect both a joyous and yet tough childhood. It’s hard to […]

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Opening my heart and evolving my faith

I love this photo–it so reminds me of me in my spiritual walk which is so dichotomous. Sometimes I am so serious and oft-times I am filled with joy. Growing up a Buddhist, I memorized and chanted all of the critical scriptures but discovered through research that women were thought to never be able to achieve […]

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Teach, Teach Your Children Well

I love FB timeline pop ups, they make me smile recollecting all of the many wonderful experiences that enveloped our lives when my three sons were young. It was not easy raising three boys as a single-parent and it was especially challenging raising three young teen boys of African-American heritage during a time when prejudice, ignorance and stereotypes […]

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“The more educated a man the less he knows.”

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artwork (c) Terrence Booth Jr, Pima Artist There is an old Pima saying– I heard many decades ago “the more educated a man the less he knows.” I have been pondering that quote a great deal most especially as I look at the huge graduate loan debt I will be paying off over the next […]

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STILL WE RISE

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  YOU HAVE A PURPOSE. I have a purpose. Last night I went to bed so encouraged. I realized after watching the PBS documentary BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE—my life has significant meaning and purpose and I encourage you to reflect on what you can do and where you can continue to […]

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