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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Palm Oil is highly praised for it's economy and affable nature by the biggest food companies in the world- so much so, that you can find it or it's derivatives, in 50% of the products we buy. But this cheap product comes at the very high cost of habitat loss, further endangering critical species. The complex drama rivals an M. Night Shyamalan film.
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Mmmm, almond milk!
That delicious unassuming non-dairy drink starts out it’s life as an almond. And who doesn’t LOVE almonds?
Well I guess people with a tree nut allergy?
But other than that, who doesn’t LOVE almonds?
They’re super high in protein, loaded with fiber, oodles good fat, antioxidants, and Vitamin E - all of which has been linked to lower rates of cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimers.
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from previous years they’d be set on meat suit coverings. But today we have Fast Fashion- cheap clothing made rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends. So Instead of 4, we now 52 micro seasons of fashion trends a year. Yes you read that correctly, a new line rolling out into H&M, Forever 21, Walmart, etc. every week.
As a result, the fashion industry is the second largest polluting industry, just under the oil industry.
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When the constant pursuit to do more leads to overwhelm and anxiety, it’s easy to find yourself feeling disconnected, exhausted, and missing the juiciest parts of life. For over 15 years, Lynn has been guiding people to reconnect with nature, allowing them to reclaim a sense of peace and heal the soul.