Daily Question :: the practice of humility in the age of “attraction”

When I was about 23 I started a regular practice. Let's call it the Daily Question. It did it every day in the shower. Now that I know about Permaculture and don't shower every single day I do it first thing when I wake up ~ before anything else. It is really quite simple. Ask yourself, what is my question for the day? What is my sincere heart's desire? Another way of getting to it is to ask yourself:  What am I confused about? Then hold this question close to [...]


Krista’s Dream Rates :: prologue to reclaiming the gift economy

I have a Dream. I wrote the first draft of this post about 5 years ago when I started my very first real business (where I was actually trying to make money rather than simply create a cultural millieu, or large scale art installation). I grew up pretty poor - at least by American standards. Before the age of 12, I had bought new clothes a total of twice in my life, though there was always abundance at the Goodwill. My mother had me when she was 21 without the [...]


Listening to Trees :: surrender is the new strategy

  One of my favorite things to do is lay on my back and look up at the trees. Sometimes I go a long time without doing it. Sometimes years. Yesterday I took the morning off with my kids and a dear friend and we went to the Smith and Bybee Wetlands, a 2,000 acre protected space for wildlife withing the city of Portland. The truth is it's not really all that impressive. Flanked on every edge with industrial complexes, old landfills and highways, it seemed at first to be [...]


Find your project’s True Name :: yes, it matters

It is no secret. All power is one in source and end, I think. Years and distances, stars and candles, water and wind and wizardry, the craft in a man’s hand and the wisdom in a tree’s root: they all arise together. My name, and yours, and the true name of the sun, or a spring of water, or an unborn child, all are syllables of the great word that is very slowly spoken by the shining of the stars. There is no other power. No other name. ~ Ursula [...]


New Year Sustainable Santa Alert!

Santa is going green. Really. In fact he has been running a top secret pilot project for the last five years (we were lucky enough to be a part of it) and is now ready to launch the program worldwide. Here is what you can expect starting Christmas 2014: Santa's pilot recycling project has gotten the full green light for this Christmas season. Santa will make 2 stops at each home instead of one. On Christmas eve he will not only drop off special inspiring eco-gifts, but he will also [...]


Financial Recovery – book review

Financial Recovery, Karen McCall, 2011, Non-Fiction, Financial, paperback, $14.95, 978-1-57731-928-3 In her recent book, Financial recovery, Karen McCall shares the principles and methods she discovered in her personal experience and fine-tuned in working with thousands of people from all walks of life in finding the hope, courage, and ultimately, freedom in recovering from confused and wounded relationships with money and earning. Her approach offers more than a pragmatic scheme, but rather a process that is well designed to slowly unfold a new relationship with money without “crash budgeting” and giving [...]


New Year Notoriety :: bad is the new good

Forget Safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. - Rumi Reading this the other night, I felt a massive weight lift from my shoulders. Here we are entering the New Year, starting the yearly bout of Mercury Retrograde and I am feeling the tug-of-war feeling I get every year at this time. I am acutely aware of all that I am not, all the ways I fail to fit in, be liked, look good and succeed, and again this year, like all years, I have [...]