12/29 Day 7 | The Gift of Children of War Becoming Children of Peace


Aloha Kakou! (Love to us all) “This may be the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” said Kate, pushing back her burgundy hair with wet fingers. Green, blue, and gold paints now smudged her ear in colors matching the silk Peace Flag in front of her. At 11, she had just painted her first Peace Flag for her family, and she was ecstatic, ready to make another flag as a gift for “children of more

12/27 Day 6 | The Gift of Books

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A Book-Lover’s Octave 8 Favorite Books for 2022 What better gift is there than a good book? The gift of knowledge is forever; its riches are endless. This year-end round-up of my “top books” will nourish you long after reading them or giving them as gifts, and they highlight my eclectic tastes. I love books ranging from novelist Jonathan Franzen’s Crossroads to Kirael’s Lemurian Legacy for the Great Shift — and who could forget Brene more

12/24 Day 5 | The Gift of Sharing with Nature

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BALINESE OFFERINGS AND CHRISTMAS GIVING While wrapping a gift one year – a live French Thyme plant for my partner – I felt eager for Christmas when he would open it. In that moment, the gift would show him my thanks for all the days, hours, and time he gives to us. We could celebrate how time flies by and recall how the gift of thyme charms more than the eye, green thumb, and taste more

12/21 Day 4 | The Gift of Friends Helping Friends

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On a Rainy Day (or any day) It rained lions and tigers and bears on Monday in Hawaii, but silk painters braved the elements to arrive at SKEA. Inside, we felt the thunderous balancing dance of Fire and Water from the cave-like pottery studio in South Kona. We stayed warm with our intention to make beauty, have fun, and share peace of mind. With the wind pushing rain sideways, rainy days can give pre-teen painters more

12/17 Day 3 | The Gift of Pictures

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Aloha Kakou! (Love for us all) Thank you for supporting ArtWavEs (AWE) Nourish the Children. Do you recall how, for more than a decade, AWE has nourished, and in some cases saved, young lives through our work? Here is a glimpse of the happy children and some of the goals we have achieved with your generous support…. – Thousands of wholesome meals served at events including our elaborate, joyful Christmas dinners celebrating children, families, and more

12/16 Ten Days of Giving - Day #2 - The Gift of Memory

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Aloha Kakou! Gifts are like drops of nectar in a forest of color. Both giver and receiver replenish and renew. Some people can only see black and white, and when you give a simple gift, it can colorize the world again. Take for instance the gift of memory. It can help us see how positive streams of kindness, compassion, and generosity may be nourished and grow over time, and how thrilling it is when you more

12/5 Lava, Love, & a Peace Flag Blessing

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Spatters of lava, fountains of flame, fires sparkling, and haloes flying in the air — a volcanic eruption awes us. A vision, quite literally, like God in the Burning Bush, or Guan Yin, Goddess of a thousand arms, reaching out in rivers of fire, a flowing web of energy that moves mountains and hearts. In Hawaii, the Fire Goddess is known symbolically as Pele, and all physical manifestation emerges from her sacred energy, so she more

11/24 Why Do We Make and Bless Peace Flags?

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Aloha, Friends! To our shared collective blessings, we bow. In this moment, this day, this year, we have much to integrate, accept, and appreciate. Let us count the ways and share our blessings for the children! You are invited to cultivate a sense of gratitude for vigorous new levels of peace, joy, and contentment, to manifest the new Earth we envision. Please come to celebrate your infinite love at a Peace Flag Blessing Ceremony and more

10/30 Embrace the Light | You know your yoga is working when...

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Aloha, Friend! We are earthen vessels moved by the light. At times, we might have more flux than flow, and fortunately, Yoga moves us away from the realm of struggle in the midst of flux, and into the flow state, the realms of comfort, empowerment, and grace. How do we stay aligned with our true power, which is always inside of us and always available? If we have nourished inner spaces of protection, energy healing, more

8/11 Quan Yin: Joyful Yoga Vision

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Be happy. Be healthy. Be hopeful. “One legend says that after struggling to understand the needs of so many whose cries she heard, Quan Yin’s head split into eleven pieces. I can relate, having felt that way just this morning!” Aloha, Friends! Even if life is handing you difficulties, your ability to love and feel compassion is growing. No one is left out in the arena of problems, suffering, and loss. (Don’t you wish?) But more
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