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This is what healing looks like—from cancer to politics, and our bleeding, blazing hearts.

My friend D and her husband B stopped by my studio. B has cancer. It was the first time I’d seen him since he started chemotherapy. Our hug that day wasn’t just a greeting, it was a communion.

We all cried. And then we just sat on the floor, easy and immediate. We talked about the decisions to be made. More tears. And as always, laughs. B is wickedly funny. And ridiculously tall and handsome. And on that day he was struggling with his brokenness. Feeling toppled, like only giants can.

Amidst fatigue, and skin on bones, and life with death decisions, it’s really difficult to see if you’re winning the fight or not.

Hope is always hard to spot in the wreckage. But it’s always there.

In-between his reports of being curled up in the fetal position for days at a time, feeling more in love with his wife than ever, and walking through hell itself, I reached for the most hopeful truth that I could find. It had to be hopeful and it had to be true. I said…

“I think this is what healing looks like.”

We were quiet for a while. No rush. “You know,” he nodded, tugging our heart strings together as it dawned on him, “I think this is what healing looks like.”

Isn’t it always this way? Whether a tumour is trying to ravage our bodies, or hatred is gutting the body politic. Or we’re hauling our psyche up to the next peak of clarity—isn’t healing always really fucking messy? Do we not become unrecognizable while we are reassembling our identities?

I’ve danced, and declared, and prayed, and wrote, and raged, and faith’d my way out of various agonies. And it was amazing to feel myself becoming more me than ever. But in-between those power-moments was some ugly terror and resentment. Bones into soup. Comfort into chaos. Commitments into dissolution.  

This is what healing looks like.

Healing is as ugly as “healed” is gorgeous. If we don’t judge the mess of it, we’re more likely to get to the other side of it sooner—and more deeply healed and stronger than we ever imagined possible. Scars and all. Healed.


 

For the person(s) you know in the beautiful mess of healing…press share. xo

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Photo credit: Catherine Just

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Cataclysmic Evolutionary Catalysts. (AKA: The times we live in). A guest appearance from Guru Singh.

For the first time ever on my site, I’m bringing you a guest feature. Because these times call for collaboration. And radical wisdom. So here it is.

Guru Singh is a luminous and direct Truth teller. It’s an immense honour to share his insights—and prayerful plea. Please listen in.

 

There are many times throughout life when you’re inspired to be your best, but it’s rare in history when life is required to be its best… where there are no optionsyou’re either at your bestor it’s over.

Such times are known as cataclysmic-evolutionary-catalysts (CEC), moments in the evolution of matter and life when options aren’t available and the magnitude of change is both unimaginable and essential.

Now is such a timethe extreme agony that accompanies this moment has stripped away all freedoms of choice… your only choices are to be your very best, or there’ll be no rest. Today there’s a necessity of human leadershipa ‘future-proofing’ of the planetand insuring there’ll be life on Earth for a future to exist. The adolescents of evolutionary under-development have wrestled their way into all the positions of power; democracy has devolved into a mob rule; the epic quest for ‘Lord of the Rings’ has dissolved into the chaos of ‘Lord of the Flies’.

These are the darkest of times where medicines for profit have more side effects than benefits; where banking is not financial security, but a chop-shop of money gangsters; where industry has stopped making life better on Earth and is destroying life on Earth. And government, sweet government, is now an accumulator of lawless characters housed in an institution of anarchy. Within this ridiculous riddlein a world turned upside downyou’re on an assignment from Spirit, and have no choice.

“Either wake up, stand up, and show up, all the way up, or pack it up.” @GuruSingh


At the threshold of human extinction, if you’re paying attention, your awareness is agony set in treacheryit’s experiencing disloyalty causing great misery, and with no place to hide or run… no free will… 
you’ve got to be willing.

Our prayer is that you experience this catastrophe and then resolve your honest mourning… it’s a natural response; that you then bring yourself to the threshold of deep breaths each morning; set yourself into outstanding mode every day, and stand out in the crowds of your life, with the best possible performance of your life, for life depends on it… and on you… this is real.

Always with Sacred Prayer & Deep Gratitude, and Love…

Guru Singh & Guruperkarma Kaur

Learn from Guru Singh
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Light the way. xo

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8 holiday gift ideas for friends & co-workers. Conscious, cool, and not-destined for landfills. And 6 ways to help #NoDAPL this season.

(Note: I don’t do sponsorship deals or ad placements. If I recommend something it’s from the heart, experienced, and researched.)

Togetherness, twinkly lights and…mass overconsumption and environmental pillaging. Ohhhh, the holidays. I can hardly. The stuff. The plastic. The perceived obligation to give the stuff and the plastic. My prayer is that we just…get over it, let our love for our rellies extend to loving the Earth.

Here are a few pro-earth, good taste, and kind ideas for gifting this season.

8 conscious ways and things to give this season—to friends and your professional circle:


#1 NOURISHMENT: THRIVE MARKET
(US only)

danielle-laporte-conscious-gift-guideFor the second year running, we’re giving all of our US-based collaborators gift certificates and memberships to THRIVE MARKET. A membership at Thrive allows you to have organic and non-GMO groceries delivered to your door at nearly wholesale prices. For every membership purchased, Thrive donates a membership to low-income families. One for one. Thrive is sending food by the semi-truck to the peaceful protestors of Standing Rock. Starting at $30, you can sponsor food kits here.


#2 CLEAN WATER: #NoDAPL DONATIONS
(Worldwide)

Donate in someone’s name to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Print out your receipt, tuck it in a card, and tell your giftee that they are a Water Protector and humanity thanks them!

6 ways to help stop the Dakota Pipeline by giving:


#3 STYLE THAT SAVES: TENTREE + #NoDAPL
(Worldwide)

danielle-laporte-2017-holiday-gift-guideTentree for every piece of clothing purchased (tees, hoodies, joggers) Canadian-based Tentree plants, you guessed it, 10 TREES in areas most in need of reforestation.

We’ve sourced two official Standing Rocking fundraising tees—where the money goes directly to the cause (note shipping dates for these so you get them in time for holiday giving.)


#4 GIVE LIGHT: Danielle Candles
(Worldwide)

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Candles have been my go-to gift forever. And now I have my own line of soy-based, paraben-free, cruelty-free, organic essential oil blended, fair trade candles. In re-usable glass containers and packaging that’s so pretty we hope you’ll keep it around.

If these candles were any more conscious, they’d light themselves. We hope each one is lit with a prayer.


#5 EMPOWER WOMEN
(Worldwide)

I’m also making donations in friends’ names to my favourite cause, Eve Ensler’s VDay, a global movement to end violence against women & girls.

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#6 WELLNESS:
 Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods (Worldwide)

At least five people on my holiday list are getting this book about the “hidden healing powers of fruits & vegetables” from one of my favourite spirit-dialers, Anthony William.


#7 ANIMALS & AGRICULTURE
(Worldwide)

Angie on Team D loves baby goats. So last year, I got her… a baby goat.


#8 FREEDOM IS A BEAUTIFUL THING

I asked a bunch of my friends that we NOT exchange. “Hey, so, can our gift to each other this year be that we don’t exchange gifts?” I asked. The unanimous answer: “Oh my God! I would love that!” Friends don’t let friends stress out over the holidays.


BONUS:

If you’re purchasing through Amazon this year, sign up for Amazon Smile and the Amazon Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations of your choice. So easy.


 

Forward this list to Santa. xo

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What I’m giving for gifts this holiday (along the lines of food, water, love)

 

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