To the moon

This week, we are not alone.

Watching a leader push too hard and hide a serious illness from everyone around her in order to maintain an image of success feels eerily familiar. There is a lot of talk going around about age and health and stamina but it seems more obvious and simple and straightforward to me.

Moving at full steam ahead for a prolonged period without taking the time to take a breath will eventually catch up with us. Getting right back out there to prove we’re okay is like a default setting for many. It feels much safer than admitting any degree of vulnerability — especially in a world that idolizes youth, brags about busy, worships workaholics and standardizes supermom.

Judgements and criticisms are flying.

We are seeing the long-term costs associated with putting the prize ahead of the present. Even a machine will fail if it does not receive regular maintenance.

Nothing is designed to run at full speed for any length of time without essential pit-stops before coming to a sudden full stop.

During my forced slowdown these the past few weeks, I have taken time to reflect. I am remembering my awakening 15 years ago. I am finding it challenging to establish new habits of self care. Slowing down is one of the most difficult things I have had to do for myself.

As if on cue, the internet went down this morning, slowing me down even further today.

I am grateful for my health. Over the weekend, I connected with a teacher friend who lives on her own and is on a journey with breast cancer. I asked her to write about eating well in Hong Kong. This could be the beginning of something new.

I am inspired by a group of friends taking a distance learning course on Civic Ecology from Cornell University and organizing meet-ups to share their learning. There is a growing number of groups forming around shared values and they are the change.

As I prepare for 54 on Thursday, Meranti is my usual birthday gift from mother nature. Instead of hosting one of my popular parties, I welcome a typhoon break.

This is my time of year and I am excited to see new awareness of old habits with fresh options to celebrate the abundance of harvest and say hello moon this Mid-Autumn Festival. We certainly don’t need to add any more to the high levels of waste prompting a third Fish for Trash. We have plenty of ways to come together and make a difference.

In our desire for connection, it is easy to believe we need to do when all we really need is to reach out and share.

Where do you belong?

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13 (7-8pm) Children and Learning | IMI – Integrated Medicine Institute | details

13 (7:30-9:50pm) What is wrong with Pokemon Go? | HK Philosophy Café | details

13 (8pm) Helping the Homeless – Sham Shui Po | The Guest Room | details

14 (6:30-8:30pm) Veggie Cooking with Lentils & Beans | SpiceBox Organics | details

14 (6:30pm) Vegetarian Dinner | Green Queen HK | details

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15 (4pm until late) La Cabane 4th Anniversary Party | La Cabane Wine Cellar & Bistro | details

16-17 (9:30am-5pm) Gong Workshop | Red Doors Studio | details

16-18 Yoga Teacher Training | Life Management Yoga Centre | details

17 (9:45am) Eco-Park Tour | Green Sustainable Living Hong Kong | details

18 (2-3:30pm) Free Community Drum Jam at the Harbour | Kumi Masunaga | details

20 (10am-6pm) Stock your Store (Trade Event) | Green Queen HK | details

20 (8pm) Kindness Walk Tin Hau | The Guest Room | details

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