This is for the sensitive ones, the misfits, the black-sheep, the outsiders…
For every time you were laughed at, eye-rolled, “whatever’d,” belittled, ignored, or made to feel less-than, just because you felt deeply for a wild creature, wept at beauty, listened to your intuition, or expressed selfless compassion, I want you to know..
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Industrialized food is a commodity that functions on a tightly organized linear assembly line, sort of like the automotive industry. Take out one part and the whole kit and caboodle goes to hell.
But the food we eat is not a car!
It’s part of a living breathing system that should involve love, relationship, and an ability to flexibly respond to emergent situations. The best way to achieve this is through re-localizing our food systems.
I’ve been reading so many stories about...
I was recently talking with a delightful woman about a challenge she overcame with a simple mindset tweak. She is a self-proclaimed “nature lover” and always wants to do right by the planet. But when her landlord told her they’d be testing an optional compost system for the building, she said “no thanks.”
Why would someone say “no” to an initiative that would save 103 pounds of food waste from the landfill each year?
Because all the brain heard was “change” and change = hard.
Then preprogrammed thoughts filled her head like…
The first memory of Earth Day is saved in vivid technicolor. I was 12 years old, and my aunt and her friends took me into NYC for the festivities. At the beginning, I felt pure joy at the idea that the thousands of people walking the streets were like me. They too loved the earth and wanted to take care of her. I was not alone!
But as the day wore on, I noticed a lot of garbage on the ground and got really confused. How could all these nature lovers get together and leave a mess? It was literally the opposite of the day’s intention!
“The pen is mightier than the sword.” - Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The first time I heard it I was like, “Oh daumm, so true!”
Words have the power to heal, incite wars, make people fall in love. And, most unfortunately, to exert power and enforce the dominance of few while suppressing many.
You may have noticed that I rarely offer a yes-or-no stance on cultural misappropriation, in part because it’s a super complex, gray area type of situation.
Are there some things that are 100% obviously taboo? Absolutely!
Like black-face. Wrong. Uh-uh. No way.
Other things may feel a little more obscure to some folks, while being extremely obvious to others.
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124 years. With everything going on right now in the world, I feel like the universe is handing us a gift… an early rebirth to facilitate the letting go of the weight of darkness, viruses, fear, and politics.
And there’s no better way to call in a ‘new you’, then a nature based ceremony.
Ceremonies and rituals, big or small, are simply love and intention made visible.
They are acts of faith and gratitude.
They are contracts made between the Self, Spirit, and the non-human beings you share your life with, like the land you walk on each day, the birds you hear, and the water you drink.
Ceremonies are also one way to refuel your hope for a brighter future.
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