Conscious Gift Giving
Happy Holidays! Many years back, I slowed down gift giving around the holidays. I was overwhelmed by the mindless spending, excessive waste, and stress caused by expectations both as a gift-giver and receiver. I wondered how the "holy days", a time of reverence and reflection, had turned into a consumerist nightmare? On the other hand, when I received a gift that was imbued with time and meaning--a family heirloom, a handwritten card, freshly baked goods--they really made my heart sing because they made me feel seen. These days, I try to only give gifts that are meaningful and benefit the recipient, the artisan or small business, and the planet. When gift giving brings joy to all, it is truly a beautiful exchange! Here are some conscious gift-giving ideas for your holiday season:
Beautiful biodynamic chocolate
Kindness Sessions with Olivia Clementine and Adriana Rizzolo. "A weekly touch point to bring you back to your wisdom." Inexpensive and expansive!
Moon Calendar for 2018 or a transcendent print from Julia Corbett
Order a gorgeous floral arrangement from Kilkea Design
Make a donation in someone’s name to the Ojai Raptor Center or your favorite charity
Or go for a hike and openly share words of gratitude with your loved ones. It’s free!