It’s officially 2011! What a year it’s been. From battling General Mills and Cargill on the ground in Minneapolis, MN to diving in even deeper through field visits in Borneo and conferences in Jakarta, I’ve learned a lot about myself and how to provide a stronger voice for our planet. To ensure I don’t burn out, I also took plenty of time to honor myself through adventure and nurturing love – a month in Italy and Holland as well as two weeks in Hawaii to live it up and taste the truest nectars in the world with the love of my life!

Sunset Yoga

As 2010 drew to a close, one of my dearest sisters wrote me a beautiful end of year reflection that I want to share:

As we continue to move through this exquisite life, finding our way towards who-knows-what, trying so hard to become what we believe we should and can be, l pray that we may each find our own way to realize the absolute brilliance of the present moment. The past can be cherished- we cling to it. It can be thankfully left behind~ we run from it. And the future… the future can be bright and promising~ we long for it. Or, it can be vast and terrifying~ and we fear it.
Yet the moment we face here and now, whatever shape it finds us in, carries truth and beauty, if our eyes are only open to see.

We are blessed, we work hard, we do good for the world, yet we must somehow continue to remember- we’re not exempt from the single truth of this human existence- that it is temporary.

I pray for a year of open eyes, an open heart, and loving-kindness, loving-kindness, loving-kindness.
Please be gentle with yourselves, and kind to one another.
This life is not ours to keep, and the ground is moving beneath our feet.

There is nothing more important in the entire world than right here, right now, being within ourselves what we wish the world was for us.

I love you all and feel your presence and love everywhere.
May all your endings, beginnings, and breaths in-between bring you joy, and sadness, woven together perfectly.
It couldn’t be any other way.

In Hawaii, we saw many sea turtles, whales and a black tipped reef shark while we were paddling way out off the coast of the Big Island. The whales breached all the way out of the water and splashed their perfect tails way up so that we could see them, some 50 yards away. It was exhilarating. These encounters with such powerful animals reminded me of their medicine. Here is some turtle medicine:

Turtle – Mother Earth

“In Native American teachings, Turtle is the oldest symbol for planet Earth. It is the personification of goddess energy, and the eternal Mother from which our lives evolve. In honoring the Earth, we are asked by Turtle to be mindful of the cycle of give and take, to give back to the Mother as she has given to us…The turtle augurs a time of connecting with the power of Earth and the Mother-Goddess within. This is a reminder of the ally you have in Mother Earth. It does not matter what situation you have created: ask her for assistance, and abundance will follow. “

Bliss

I am blessed, and so grateful for all of life’s lessons. I pray that we can work fast enough to reverse the horrible damage done to our sacred Mother Earth.

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