Do Good is looking for help. If you are in the PDX area and can donate any of the following items, please let me know. If you are outside of PDX and would like to contribute in dollars, that would be great, too! Do Good staffs the sixth “physical distancing motel shelter” opened by the Portland/Multnomah County Joint Office of Homeless Services last year. The 43-room shelter at the Portland Value Inn on Barbur in SW Portland provides 24-hr services along with meals, health support, and access to counseling and substance use treatment. This is a stellar example of repurposing space to meet the needs of the community. Let’s do what we can to help them succeed. Here’s what they could use now:
GARDEN SUPPLIES: They want to create raised garden beds and do some garden therapy. Soil, seeds, starts, tools, raised beds. ART SUPPLIES: A wall mural is being planned that will incorporate art therapy. Paint, brushes, tape, tarps. GRILLS: As warmer weather approaches, they’d like the ability to grill meals for residents. Any size of grill would be appreciated. Grill tools, too.
Questions or ideas about donations: Email or contact Jane at A Clear Place.
The latest ACP Enews includes segments about: Sam Cooke’s timeless A Change is Gonna Come; a gifted Earth loving artist from Boulder, CO; the latest from EWG and three vignettes about the neighbors on my floor. Wherever this time finds you – now more than ever, it’s SO important to find ways to share your story. To listen. To act. To offer help. To find the humor. To embrace change. And to come from a clear place – one that is based on understanding and compassion. Stay safe and stay connected! View here.
Part of enjoying a clear space involves being mindful of what’s in it. In this month’s ACP Enews I feature a few of my favorite ways to shift into enjoying life right where you are – starting with what I call ‘piece’ practice. This is a wonderful exercise in gratitude and appreciation for what you have. (And a wake up call for what isn’t working for you.)
Read the simple ‘how to’ steps.
Wherever you are, I wish you a clear and a joyful Spring!
Nature is a continual source of inspiration for us especially in challenging times. We can tap into its energy, its wisdom, its beauty 24/7. Clouds remind us that life is all about change. Relish each moment and trust that something wonderful will unfold again. Read my latest Enews to learn more about this featured cloud and the global interaction I enjoy with fellow cloud enthusiasts. PLUS: Know someone who could use some cheer? FREE photo note card to the friend of your choice; and an easy recipe for these in home cooking days. Stay well and remember to enjoy the view! Go to April Enews.
Plenty! In the practice of clearing within and around you, love gives you the boost to persevere, remain open and reap the benefits of your efforts on multiple levels. Whether it’s self-care, the love from others, the love of life and being – or a combination of all of these – the energy of love is a super conductor when you are connected to it. Here’s the illustrated sequel to my broken cup story. A first hand example of how love can beautify the space in and around us. Take a look.
We can all use a bit more self love. Make that a LOT more. The messages we tell ourselves matter most. Read the latest ACP Enews to find out why and get a simple way to start giving yourself good vibes right now. I also share a personal grief story and some tips on how to spread the warmth this winter season. Here’s to a warm, loving and clear new year! Take a look now.
“Fan mail from some flounder?” A one liner from my youth that never fails to bring a smile to my face. It also serves as a reminder that messages do matter – especially ones of gratitude. Click here to read my latest Enews and its dedicated message about the power of cultivating gratitude in your home and in the world.
I am in love with Autumn. The season that celebrates release, the element of water and the energy of the West. What’s not to love? Here’s a reminder from a favorite post of mine from last year. Happy letting go!
Fall is officially here and most of us couldn’t be happier. Autumn is, in fact, THE most popular season of our nation. A Gallup poll done a few years ago ranked it number one with Summer coming in 2nd, Spring 3rd and Winter 4th. This is the time of year when I remind everyone (myself included) about the power of letting go. Whether it’s stuff in your space, weight on your heart or things in your head – letting go brings clearer energy and renewed strength. Like leaves that release from their branches, Nature shows us that it is the letting go that allows for new growth to happen. So, use this natural energy to help you remove and restore on all levels. It’s SO worth it!
When a business combines a handcrafted product with a wonderful mission and does it with heart, humor and dedication – THAT is a clear winner. Congratulations to Sarah Bellum’s Bakery & Workshop for being the ACP Winner for 2019. If you live in the PDX area, put this place on your must visit list. If you’re not local, you can still find out about their work and how you can help them raise awareness about brain injuries. Read all about it: https://festiveheart.com/2019/06/14/cupcakes-for-a-cause/.
Whew! Lots of bad news going around these days. But there’s plenty of good stuff, too. Starting with a recent cover from The New Yorker, I talk about tending the garden that is your heart. I also share a personal story about my Dad and suggest a way that you can focus your good energy and really make a difference in the world. I even threw in a little green tip on mighty arugula. Take a moment and read the June issue of ACP Enews.
Here’s to making it a good news day everyday!
Illustration by Tom Gauld courtesy of TNY.