What is your love language?
Peter and I were circling a sculpture at Burning Man that had the expressions of love lit up by soft pastel lights pulsing out of the earth.
Words of Affirmation
Acts of Service
We shared about our different ways of speaking the lexicon of love and when we arrived to gifts, he didn’t pause, but kept on walking as he said,
“Me neither,” I pseudo lied.
(Welcome to the annual Green Gift Guide)
This is a pulse of love
designed to inspire your imagination
during this season focused on gift giving.
Everything in this story-letter-green-gift-guide is designed and created to support a thriving planet: natural resources, fair pay, and other good things.
I bring this to you for the pure thrill of sharing inspiration.
I receive zero financial kickback or incentive.
If you make it the bottom of this email...there is a gift waiting to be given.
Oh! And these beautiful Images are Morning Altars by Day Schildkret. (You can learn more about day in the book section)
It was a pseudo-lie because the truth is...
While I enjoy gift giving, I'm not into obligatory gift giving.
But I LOVE giving gifts when I come across the perfect thing that will contribute to the life of someone I care about (such as the time I had that photo of my brother and Noam Chomsky etched into a 3-d crystal. #priceless).
And why not put a little effort into spreading more strength + beauty + love into a season that invites attention on miracles, generosity, and more good tidings through the language of gift giving?
"We Make A Living By What We Get,
But We Make A Life By What We Give."
WINNERS TAKE ALL
by Anand Giridharadas
This book comes recommended by Jerry Gorde, philanthropist and social entrepreneur and leader in the sustainable investing movement. Prepare to have your socks knocked off.
Could it be that generosity does not bring justice?
A 7 Step Practice to Nourish Your Spirit Through Nature, Art, and Ritual
by Day Schildkret
OMG. Can we say a collective #wowtothepowerofbeauty? Day, the creator of the earth mandalas featured in this newsletter, just published his first book. You can get a book, a calendar, prints, cards, and all kinds of beautiful things for the earth lovers in your life. Go here to see more.
The Power In A Gift
I recently moved away from my home in the Bay Area of 13 years as I prepared to move to LA.
It wasn’t easy to leave so many people I loved.
It was so hard,
that it took me nearly 5 years to arrive at what I called the inconvenient truth: For unexplainable reasons, this wasn’t my home anymore.
As I packed my boxes,
feeling the significance of the moment,
I thought, well, I’m making a passage…but what are the rites? The ritual?
... for such a transition?
I didn’t give it much more thought,
not living in a time or culture that carries an agreed upon a memory of this kind of ritual.
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...But my community answered the question I didn’t know how to ask.
At my send-off gathering they gifted me with the most beautiful thing …
A quilt they had commissioned, the design inspired by the essence of the work I have been putting into the world.
The power in the offering lived.
Even if I didn’t understand what had happened.
So I did what anyone would do…and I googled power of gifts during rites of passage so I might figure out how to express what had come alive in my bones.
In essence, I found something you probably know:
Gifts are given during passage & threshold moments as a way of creating threads of connection that keep us connected through time and space. A way of saying, I know you on this side of the threshold, and I am committed to knowing you on the other side too.
Ancient skin care for a modern world
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Organic intimate products for women
Created by the one and only Christine Marie. She works with plant magic to meet the needs of women of all ages and heal and care for the most intimate places of a woman’s body. Rosebud rekindles caring for the yoni as a daily practice. Packaged inglass, made with love, and created from organic plant-based materials (ie: no plastic, chemicals, or pollution, but perhaps a fewooohhh and ahhhhs..) https://shop.rosewoman.com/collections/all-products
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Wilderness Torah awakens and celebrates earth-based traditions of Judaism to nourish the connections between self, community, earth, and Spirit.
They create pluralistic, multi-generational community celebrations to reconnect us to the earth-based traditions of Judaism. All are welcome (regardless of your religious affiliation). They host festivals (such as passover in the desert) the high holidays, and more. A small organization, with a mighty vision.www.wildernesstorah.org
It's one of the greatest gifts
you can give yourself,
A GIFT FROM ME TO YOU
"THE DAY I MARRIED A POLAR BEAR"
Audio Story by Leah Lamb
Enjoy this 15-minute audio mythic tale about a young woman who wakes one morning to discover that she is to marry a Polar Bear. A strange and true climate change romance.