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Meet Hope, a Gift from Spring

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | March 11th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: awakening, blooms, blossom, earth, flowers, Gaiam Hope Project, growth, hibernation, HOPE, joy, life, light, new beginnings, rebirth, seasons, Spring, springtime, sunlight, warmth, winter

Hope and Springtime

Hope is one of those phenomenal insights of the emotional body that can appear in any shape and any context. Hope is cherishing the expectation of fulfillment in any part of your life. Hope is found in loved ones — your sister, brother, mother, father. Hope is the water that fills the well, the lighthouse that calls ships home. Hope is the food on your table and the gas in your car. Hope is as specific or as ambiguous as you need it to be. Where there is nothing, let there be Hope. Where there is something, let there be Hope. You can never have enough and there will never be a lack.

With the recent passing of the equinox and the shifting from one season to the next, Hope has taken up residence around each corner of Spring’s beautiful awakening.

4 Ways to Green Your Valentine’s Day

Jodi Helmer by Jodi Helmer | February 7th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Relationships | tags: cards, chocolates, DIY spa, eco gifts, eco-friendly restaurant, fair-trade, flowers, gifts, holiday, holidays, i love you, jewelry, locally-grown food, love, organic, organic cotton robe, out to eat, recycled paper, reflexology, Relationships, spa, Valentines Day, Valentine’s Day

istock_000005074709smallI’m a sucker for love letters and chocolate, so it should come as no surprise that I look forward to Valentine’s Day. Show a little love for your partner and the planet by having an eco-friendly holiday this February 14!

Here are four ways to do it:

Enlightenment in the City of Light

Elena Brower by Elena Brower | October 7th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Yoga | tags: ahimsa, Andrea Boni, Anne Vandewalle, Anusara, Be Love Now, Champ de Mars, City of Light, City Yoga Berlin, cloud shapes, community, David Newbery, Eiffel Tower, Elena Brower, flowers, France, freesias, French, gratitude, Guerilla Yoga, HOPE, International Day of Peace, Kai Hill, light, love, Mahatma Gandhi, Marc Holzman, Paris, puja, Ram Dass, rodney yee, travel, Wall for Peace, White Yoga Session, Yoga, yoga mass, Yoga Planete, yoga-practice

White Yoga Session, Paris

Traveling comes with its own distinct set of trials and truths. If yoga is a practice of equanimity in the face of constant change, that evenness takes on new meaning when we’re far from home.

On October 2, 2011, I led a class of 3,000 yogis, all in white, on the Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower’s Wall for Peace to honor Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday and the United Nations’ International Day of Peace.

Whether I’m lost, found, late, early, confused or completely uplifted, Paris offers me lessons on Light — on being light, on absorbing light, on offering light. I’ve been teaching there twice a year for seven years, and my dream of teaching a class about the Light of True Gratitude and Peace in front of the Eiffel Tower has finally come true.

With this photo essay, I honor my beloved city of Light, Paris.

Flower Power: How to Find Happiness Among the Petals

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | May 20th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home, Personal Growth | tags: Chris Freytag, flowers, garden, gardening, house plants, meditation, memory improvement, mood

Learn the power of flowers, and what it means for your health

The best physical results come when you take care of the whole person — mind, body and spirit! You could say I am a big fan of anything that will help change your mood and attitude, like affirmations, meditation and, yes, flowers too. In Minnesota, where things have been pretty drab and covered with snow for months, it is mood-changing to see all the flowers and foliage blooming.

Planning a Wedding that Won’t Break the Bank or the Planet

Jessie Lucier by Jessie Lucier | April 8th, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living | tags: Clothing, favors, flowers, food, green, inexpensive, invitations, simple, sustainable, transportation, weddings

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Weddings are expensive, both to the pocketbook and the planet. If you’re lucky in love and planning a wedding this year, why not make it simple and sustainable?

Here’s a few money-saving, eco-ideas to get you started:

Invitations

Buy simple invitations printed on 100-percent post-consumer recycled paper. Before ordering them from a large-scale company, research printing shops in your local community. You’ll get the personal attention and detail that you won’t through a commercial company, and your dollars will support a local business.

Tulip Time in the Skagit Valley

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | April 6th, 2010 | 8 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: agritourism, buy local, Eco Travel, eco-tourism, farmers market, flowers, local foods, local produce, locavore, Skagit Valley, slow-food, tulips

Photo by Wendy Worrall Redal

Is there anything that says “spring” more effusively than a tulip? As soon as colorful bunches start popping up in the grocery store in February, I quit thinking about wet snow, gray skies and winter’s lingering grip. However pretty a bright bouquet of cut blooms is, there’s nothing like surveying row upon rainbow-striped row of these spring floral icons in full, growing glory.

No Toxic Love, Please.

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | February 12th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: chocolate, flowers, love, organic, organic flowers, sex, Valentines Day

Many of us will send (and receive) flowers for Valentine’s Day (as well as Mother’s Day and/or Easter). However, many of us are unaware the $40 billion floral industry often exploits laborers, and deals in toxic chemicals – not what you want to associate with a gift of love! Check out some of these facts from the bestselling book, The Flower Confidential. We have an opportunity to use this holiday to improve our health, as well as minimize our impact on the environment and build community by making better flower choices, like shopping at Local Harvest, Organic Bouquet, or California Organic Flowers.

Grass Roots Green: Humble Things in Nature Can ‘Make’ a Room

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | September 24th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living | tags: affordable green decorating, branches, conscious design, decorating with nature, eco-friendly decorating, eco-friendly design, flowers, nature in the home, nature indoors, plants, rocks

cropped2ndblogI have always been a frugalista, eco-fashionista, and precycler — I just didn’t know the labels! Eco thinking is embodied in my everyday behavior and the natural way I have always designed spaces, which I refer to as conscious design. Having elements from nature in a home environment signals a presence of life supporting systems, which inherently give us a feel-good-green-vibe. The good news (really good news these days) is that it is not expensive; in fact, it’s often free!

The Ladybug Wars: Confessions of an Obsessed Organic Gardener

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | June 26th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living | tags: aphids, flowers, gardening, ladybugs, organic garden, vegetable garden

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There comes a time in any mother’s trajectory when she can clearly look back and see when she lost her mind. My moment of insanity occurred last week. My six-year-old and I were enjoying a lovely morning outside — me poking around in my garden while she, bug bucket in hand, sought out toads or creepy crawlies to examine. I was mentally congratulating myself on my perennials, which (if I do say so myself) are looking quite spectacular.

Is It OK to Take Pieces of Our Travels Home?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | May 12th, 2009 | 9 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: flowers, leave no trace, mementos, natural places, pine cone, seashells, travel, Utah

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On a bookcase in my home office is a tiny piece of shed seal fur I spotted on a beach in New Zealand, a Douglas fir pine cone I absconded with from a forest floor in British Columbia, and a piece of shale I picked up from the rocky shores of Newfoundland. Looking at these mementos I’ve picked up on several journeys near and far reminds me of my travels; and arranged as they are in a circle, they create a “map” of sorts, a visual representation of where I’ve had the great fortune of going to in the world and the arc I traveled back home.