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Ash Wednesday 8/1

Yo yo! I’ve missed you. I haven’t written a Wednesday post in a while. It has been a FULL past couple of months but damn has it been POWERFUL. Through all of the movement and change I am so grateful to the people and practices that support me.

What I’m reading: Tantra – The Supreme Understanding By OSHO. Tantra has a reputation in the West as being just about sexuality when in reality Tantra is all encompassing. Tantra comes from the root Sanskrit words tanoti meaning to stretch or expand and trayati meaning to liberate or free. So tantra (tan + tra) means to expand the frontiers of apprehension beyond the material into the more subtle realms of perception and hence through these increasingly more refined insights, attain spiritual knowledge (jnana) and liberation (moksha).

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What I’m listening to: I’ve been adding to this playlist for 2 months now. It’s a goodie.

Product I’m loving: Thinx underwear. You can have your period without the negative affects on the environment!! No plastic, no harsh chemicals, no BULLSHIT. They’re amazing and the future of fem hygiene products.

Word of the week:  Boundaries. Make a list before bed every night for one week of things that give you life and things that drain your life force. Notice any patterns, recurring people, places, activities that are on either list. This is important information! Take appropriate action to set boundaries for yourself. Ultimately, we are responsible for our own happiness – how rad.

Quote of the week: “Trust in God but tie your camel.”
This Arab proverb reminds me to accept responsibility, take ownership and follow through with appropriate action and then rest in faith. Both are necessary to find the balance.

Bless you,
Ash

 

Plastic Free – Tips!

Plastic. It’s everywhere.

We have become so used to the plastic epidemic that we hardly notice just how out of control our plastic use has gotten. To go just one day not using, buying or wearing a plastic product is a seriously difficult task.

It seems to me that most people would prefer to use less plastic, to have less of a negative impact on the environment and to support companies or products that share similar values. The way I see it, three things are necessary – 1. Consumers need to realize that personal consumption has a considerable impact. 2. People need to care about the impact they are imposing on the planet. 3. Consumers need cleaner/greener options to choose from.

Some days I feel optimistic about a less wasteful future but other days I am in despair about the current state of things. I love to see a cafe only offering smoothies in glass jars sans straw with an option to bring the jar back for a discount on your next smoothie. I cringe at the sight when I stop to take in the produce section at the large grocery stores. It’s hard to find anything that is not stamped with stickers and wrapped in plastic. It hurts me every time I see this because I know it can be different and as consumers, we can choose better.

One of my new years goals is to significantly reduce the amount of waste that I produce as a human being living on this planet. There are many different categories that I could talk about but for now I want to share some quick and easy tips to reduce your single-use plastic. I wanted to start here because these are quick and easy things to start doing TODAY.

Here are my top 5 tips for reducing your single-use plastic consumption:

  1. Eliminate straw use OR invest in stainless steel drinking straws.
    Most plastic takes 400+ years to biodegrade. Think about this the next time you’re at a bar or ordering a smoothie..straws are just simply not necessary.
  2. Stop buying plastic water bottles.
    I love my Berkey Water Filter that I have at home. It’s seriously one of the best investments that I ever made! When you leave the house, be sure to always bring a reusable water bottle with you.
  3. Shop at farmers markets or get involved in a crop share
    When you shop at a farmers market, not only are you supporting local farms but you also significantly decrease your plastic use because nothing is packaged or punched with a barcode sticker. Plus, locally or regionally sourced produce travels about 27 times less distance than conventionally sourced produce. It’s a win-win for everybody.
    Interested in a CSA? Take a look here.
  4. Use reusable shopping and produce bags
    My favorite reusable produce bags are these. I also use them to store food in the fridge which helps me to avoid using plastic baggies or plastic wrap. I simply do not buy these products and I never have trouble finding alternatives.
    Plastic bags are now being banned in some cities, states and even countries. Until everyone jumps on this wagon, it’s our responsibility to avoid using them. Always leave a reusable bag in your car or purse for the quick last minute trips to the store.
  5. Buy in bulk
    Buying grains, beans, nuts and super foods in bulk will not only reduce packaging waste but also save you some bucks! Bring containers from home to fill and you’re golden.

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    **More of my favorite eco-friendly products:
    -Weck food container jars
    -Bamboo reusable utensils. For when you’re on the go!
    Ball mason jars for to-go smoothies, soups and bulk food storage

 

THE WHY

1. 91% of plastic isn’t recycled – https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/plastic-produced-recycling-waste-ocean-trash-debris-environment/ 

2. Plastic takes 400+ years to biodegrade – https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/plastic-produced-recycling-waste-ocean-trash-debris-environment/

 

3. Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century. – https://www.ecowatch.com/22-facts-about-plastic-pollution-and-10-things-we-can-do-about-it-1881885971.html 

 

4. The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year. –https://www.ecowatch.com/22-facts-about-plastic-pollution-and-10-things-we-can-do-about-it-1881885971.html

 

5. In fact, more than half of all bottled water comes from the tap. –https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/about/live-healthy/tap-water-vs-bottled-water

 

6. Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest marine trash vortex, but there are many more in existence, and it’s far from being the only one. –https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/great-pacific-garbage-patch/ 

 

7. Plastic is an endocrine (or hormone) disruptor. Plastics are xenoestrogens, meaning they mimic estrogens in the body. And an excess of estrogen can cause hormonal imbalance. This can effect weight, mood, energy levels, sleep, fertility, sex drive and appetite. Read more about plastic and hormonal imbalances and plastic here. 

8. You eat much fewer processed foods.

Going plastic free is a great way to ensure that you will be eating much fewer processed foods- which is better for our bodies, AND the planet.

Many of your favorite snacks in plastic are things you can easily make yourself (hummus, crackers). The benefits of making this stuff yourself is that you’ll learn how to make it, it will be healthier since you will be making it yourself and you’ll get a huge boost of confidence knowing that you can indeed make your favorite ready-made snacks at home.

Your choices matter.
You can make a difference,
Ash ♣

Ash Wednesday 1/10

What I’m reading – Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard. Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.-shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth.

Also, this article titled Zuckerberg’s Dilemma: When Facebook’s Success Is Bad for Society. Facebook’s chief has signaled he will do what it takes to curb the social network’s negative effects – but how far will he go?
We are just starting to understand the mental side effects of social media (cool, we’re basically the guinea pigs to this whole thing). It would be amazing if big companies acted in the best interest of society versus their bottom line.

Music – The Evett Brothers, Joni Mitchell and Eddie Berman have been some of my favorites this week. Check out my new ‘It’s all good/god’ playlist.

What I’m watching – Tuck Everlasting was my favorite movie growing up. I watched it this past weekend and MY GOD, it’s as good as ever.

Word of the week – Trust. I have been so calm lately because I am just letting things unfold as they will. Taking action and putting things in place and then TRUSTING that all is good, all is god. It feels so good, and it’s bringing me so much peace.

Product I’m loving – My favorite blush is by 100% pure. Mostly all of their products are made from fruit pigments and I just love it.

Quote of the week – “Do something you really like, and hopefully it pays the rent. As far as I’m concerned, that’s success.” – Tom Petty

Ash Wednesday 12/13

What I’m reading – I was turned on to the founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard and his unique journey to becoming a ‘businessman’. I just ordered his book “Let my people go surfing” which I can’t wait to read. Here is an article on him: Yvon Chouinard Interview

Also, this is a great short live interview with him: NPR Yvon Chouinard Interview

Music – I’ve been building this playlist for over a month now.. it’s pretty legit.

What I’m watching – How the economic machine works by Ray Dalio. This is a super short and simple breakdown that I came across when looking into Ray’s new book called ‘Principles’.

Word of the week – Creativity. I never used to think I was creative or artistic in the slightest but I’ve come to realize that everyone is uniquely creative, you just have to do it! I started drawing this week and I’ve quickly become obsessed. Ask yourself, “How do I express myself creatively?”

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Product I’m loving – I’m not a big makeup girl but when I do wear it, I make sure it’s all natural with simple ingredients. This time of year I find myself putting on a bit to brighten up – I’m loving this eye palette from Pacifica.

Quote of the week – 

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big hug,
ash

Ash Wednesday 12/6

What I’m reading – Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Music I’m listening to – The New Basement Tapes

What I’m watching – This video I saw on Instagram reminded me of the power of MUSIC. I’ve watched it a million times. I only wish I was there..

Word of the week – Action. It’s so necessary to get out of the busyness of the mind and just start putting things into action. There is no right or wrong, it just is. I’ve been practicing sticking with the following steps: feeling, knowing, acting, surrendering, trusting. I have a tendency to get stuck at the knowing step and then stopping there but am moving past this, BUH-BYE uncertainty and stagnation!

Product I’m loving – Satya Palo Santo Incense sticks. Palo santo is burned to invite a sense of sweetness ❤ ((We sell them at Golden Buddha Yoga!))

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Quote of the week – 

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Ash Wednesday 11/29

What I’m reading – I’m still enjoying Reflections on the Art of Living by Joseph Campbell

Music I’m listening to – Chris Stapleton. I’ve listened to Tennessee Whiskey more times than I want to admit this past week 🙂

What I’m watching – The Tale of the Hero’s Journey on YouTube. This is a great inspirational video going through the Hero’s Journey as written about by Joseph Campbell.

Word of the week – Pleasure. Last week I was recovering from a small surgery I had, my body felt so foreign and like every part of me was crying out and aching. This week I’m dedicated to bringing back a general state of ease and full-bodied pleasure. How much time a day or week are you dedicating to being in a state of pleasure? Circulate and breath it throughout your entire body. Allow it to heal you!

Product I’m loving – My ukulele. I’m just starting to learn some cool songs but it’s been so fun to learn something new. When’s the last time you picked up a new hobby?

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Health tip – I recently HAD to take antibiotics. I’m really grateful for them as I know they kill the bad stuff but unfortunately they also kill the good bacteria in your gut and digestive track. Gut health is the absolute key to overall health (and beauty!). If you ever find yourself having to take antibiotics I found it really helpful to take (really high quality) probiotics 2 hours before my morning antibiotic. Eat a half cup of fermented veggies with lunch and drink some raw kombucha late afternoon (or two hours before your evening dose of antibiotics). My stomach and digestion feel really good and normal (which usually does not happen after a full round of antibiotics).

To health and pleasure,
Ashley

Ash Wednesday 11/22

 

Hey all!

I decided I want to start doing a weekly post about different things that are inspiring me. So here it is:

What I’m reading – Reflections on the Art of Living by Joseph Campbell

Amazon: Reflections-Art-Living-Campbell-Companion

 

Music I’m listening to – Jeffrey Martin. His songs are like this beautiful mix of folk, poetry and soul. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH.

What I’m watching – I have a huge crush on (Chef) Francis Mallmann. He does everything in such a romantic way, really makes love to life. He’s wild and free and I think so many can feel the same call to the wild that he has built his life upon.

Check out his episode on Chef’s Table or check out this article: VinePair – Francis Mallman Interview

Word of the week – Mystery.
So often we need to know everything (or have the false sense of knowing). I think it’s a coping mechanism to avoid the discomfort from living in the moment. From what we’ll be doing this weekend, to where we go when we die, we try to plan it all out. I’ve been asking myself, “where in my life am I leaving space for mystery?” I’m learning it can be a big pill to swallow without trust to wash it down! 

Product I’m loving – Paine’s Log Cabin Incense Burners. I’ve been burning the Pine scent the most.  Shop Herepaine-products-log-cabin-incense-burner

Health tip – Drink more water!! I’m just now realizing why this is so overstated. When I used to hear this I would always think to myself, duhhhh! But now I realize first hand just how devastating dehydration can be to the whole body. Water is life. Drink more than you think you can.

 

Spread the word,
Ash