For nearly 500 days, I have been meditating outdoors.
Five hundred days of laying in the grass…
…chasing the moon…
…sitting in the snow…
…hugging the trees…
…and communing with the plants and the flowers and the critters…
Five hundred days of consciously dropping my energy into the earth as I allow it to support and sustain me through my meditation practice and beyond, support that filters through into every aspect of my life.
And at the core of it all, is the color GREEN. The color of aliveness, of vitality, of energy, and of wonder. It has become, for me, the color of communion and connection, of acceptance and healing, of celebration and JOY.
Even in the snow, when the world has frozen over, the energy of green surges beneath the surface, inviting us to flex the muscles of our faith and trust and tap into the power of our hope. Sure as we are that the sun will rise again tomorrow, through any adversity or storm when it feels our sparkle has diminished, we can be sure that green is there — even when we can’t see it — cheering us on.
Beckoning us home to ourselves.
Green is the color of wholeness and of living a full, vibrant life.
Green is the color of GRATITUDE.
And it is in this spirit of gratitude, that I introduce you to a magical book by my dear friend, Rachel Awes, called The Great Green Okayness…
From the back cover:
The Great Green Okayness is a field guide to discovering the beautiful wildlife within, infused with a dollop of nourishing honey and delectable color. Wise author and artist Rachel Awes, a psychologist of twenty years, created these works of the magnificent human heart from her reflections following client sessions. Each passage and corresponding artwork speak to the soul like a potent, powerful reduction of boiled-down truth and goodness that every one of us needs daily, a homecoming gift to our humanity. Open to any page and find the passage that you need now. From the African plain to the great cosmos, Awes takes her readers on a journey to discover the beauty around, within, and always.
Praise for The Great Green Okayness:
Especially at this most thankful time of the year, I am grateful to support Rachel’s project and to share my love of it, and her, with you.
If you feel moved to, please consider supporting the crowdfunding campaign to bring this beauty of a book into the world. The campaign runs through December 4th. You can learn more about Rachel and The Great Green Okayness here.
Thank you so much for being here! I am eternally grateful for this community and your important part in it.