I need to be more gentle... (Day 2 Green Gift & Golden Nugget Newsletter)

I need to be more gentle...

...with my beloveds...

during these times
that hold more mystery
than what I am used to.
Perhaps you know what I mean.
Ingredients for being gentle during challenging times: 
1 cup of 3 steps back
4 bowls of of deep breathing
Mix gently (don’t shake)

Cover with frosting made from:
8 hours of restful sleep
1 foot rub or back massage (not necessary but helps)
15 minute walk outside
10 minutes in a hot bath
Mix tenderly and sprinkle on an episode of Mork & Mindy
If you missed yesterday’s email…you missed the announcement that you are experiencing Day 2 of my advent newsletter. One will arrive each day (or so)  till the end of the year. It is filled with 1 life affirming gift idea, 1 soul feeding golden nuggets, and 1 idea for how to bring more story into your life.
Your Life Affirming Green Gift Idea for the Day: 

Amanda Sage’s wacky and wild leggings, ponchos, yoga wear and more have are covered in her visionary art design prints. In other words...she has put her paintings onto clothing
I saw Amanda speak on a panel at Burning Man this summer. While looking at this image I had an ah-ha moments… But first some backstory: I’m obsessed with the process we need to go through to vision a thriving future when faced with the science of climate change (more on that later). We are living through one of the most extraordinary times on the planet where our vision of the future and what we believe is possible will influence what we strive to create. While looking at Amanda’s image it occurred to me that while we can’t necessarily see what the future looks like, we can start believing in who we want to and can be in the future…and design from that place.
Your Golden Nugget for the Day  
Jimmy Carter: Crisis of Confidence Speech:1979
Sit down for this one.
For the 3 min version of his incredible prophetic message go here:
For the entire speech go here:
Ways to Bring More Story Into Your Life
How might life feel different if you could walk through the world knowing the mythic reality of your hero’s journey?

Let’s talk about your Soul Story.
These are one of a kind stories that are created just for you that provide symbols, archetypes, and metaphors that provide a wide angle lens to examine your life through.

It’s like Carl Young meets Joseph Campbell at a cosmic rave party...and you are the star of the show. Each Soul Story includes a song and an audio recording and in depth exploration about how to use the tools and guidance that is in your story. (Another epic life affirming gift idea if I don't say so myself).Don't just take my word for it...see what the critics have to say. 
Good Quote
“One of our people in the Native community said the difference between white people and Indians is that Indian people know they are oppressed but don’t feel powerless. White people don’t feel oppressed, but feel powerless. Deconstruct that disempowerment. Part of the mythology that they’ve been teaching you is that you have no power. Power is not brute force and money; power is in your spirit. Power is in your soul. It is what your ancestors, your old people gave you. Power is in the earth; it is in your relationship to the earth.”
― Winona LaDuke (thank you Celia for sharing this). 
Until we meet again,
PSSST.  Have an idea for something that should be featured in here? Do tell.

You can still catch Day 1 of Green Gift ideas such as the morning altar image created by Day Schidkret featured at the top of this page. 

Green Gift & Soul Nugget Newsletter Day 1


I’ve been thinking about you.

I've been wanting to write… but wanting to say just the right thing… you know?
I wanted this digital communication to be a sweet cup of nourishment that tended to your heart, mind and soul during these wild times. 
[We interrupt this global newsletter to tell those who live in the bay area, this Friday, we can do that in person as I will be joining forces with musicians Laura Inserra and Yari Mander and Cosmologist Ari Makridakis to present SHE RISES: A New Creation Story for the Times we are Living In. It’s going to be a wild experiment in the revealing of a new story and is designed to be a lullaby for the soul and nourishment for the heart and a place to alchemize what is happening in our systems about our current political climate.]
We're Back. Given everything that is going on ~ we need a quiet place to rest.

So rather than overwhelm you with a long list of long stories, fun facts, my latest offering, or the latest cool thing that have caught my eye…
Over the course of the next month every day or so (it's my version of an advent calendar) I’ll be sending you gifts…

  • A really wonderful suggestion for a green-sustainable-life-affirming gift idea
  • One juicy soul satiating nugget (a film, podcast, song, something yummy)
  • Ideas for how to bring more story into your life (aka blatent self promotion)

Today’s Green Gift Idea:

 This EPIC Morning Altars CALENDAR was created by my friend Day Schildkret.

I am devoted to the pursuit of impermanent beauty and how that can become nourishment for life to continue.”  ~Day
These images are prayer in motion captured by a camera and given to the wind and the elements moments later.

And everytime I stumble across these images on instagram they evoke a gasp or a swear (from the thrill and ecstatic experience of the beauty). Day offers all kinds of beautiful things you can purchase to bring beauty into your life so you should check out his whole website. You know that image at the top of this email was created by Day)

Today’s Golden Soul Nugget:
PODCAST: Good Life Project:
Interview with Panache Desai:
On Teachers, Triggers, Presence and Grace



This was a game changing podcast… about power, control, triggers and more. 

Listen all the way to the end if you can.


How To Bring More Story Into Your Life:  

For those in the bay: This is a 6 month in-person workshop begins in mid December. We meet once a month to bring the sacred into the ways we tell our stories, to ourselves, to our communities, and about the times we live in. It brings together all of my favorite things…creative expression, conscious telling of stories, ceremony, archetypal embodiment, myths from around the world, and more. 

FIND OUT MORE HERE: Myth, Magic & Medicine: Storytelling For a new Paradigm
THE ONLINE COURSE BEGINS IN JANUARY: is 4 weeks long and meets once a week. (This is also great gift idea if I don’t say so myself)
Until we meet again….

PS! Do you have an idea for a Green Life Affirming Gift? A Soul Nourishing Nugget? By all means ~ Please send them my way! 

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