HK heartbeat #806 | 4 Dec 2018 |

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This week we are reviewing the power of gifts.

The inbox is filling with offers and invitations and newsletters saying farewell to 2018. Next month is already 2019 and it we just signed up our first member who will renew in 2020. We are having a moment.

It's that time of year when what we wish for most is more time -- time to share with family and friends; time to rest and relax; time to catch up on sleep and time to cross things off the endless and growing to do lists.

We are urged to get shopping and get decorating and get dressed so we can celebrate.

Our bank account shrinks while our waist line expands.

We have the option to opt out of the consumption cycle and break the pattern of obligatory exchange.

It might not be the easy option but the painful part is moving through the change and the ease on the other side is as good for our wallet as it is for our planet and our peace of mind.

We have the option to ditch disposable and invest in durable and this year there are more options available than ever before. Eco-markets are popping up everywhere and we are happy to support the Green Queen Zero-Waste Christmas Market as a Community Partner.

We can make use of our gifts and replace presents with presence.

How will your December be different?


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Community Calendar

4 (7-9pm) Releasing Fear in Love | Mindful Movement | details

4 (7-9pm) Seven-Chakra Aromatic Private Dinner | i-Detox Wellness Centre | details

5 (7:30-10pm) A Merry Little Christmas | Cecilian Singers | details

5 (6:30pm) Wildlife Trade in 2018: is CITES up to the Task? | The Royal Geographical Society | details

6 (12-6pm) Buy Nothing Christmas Anniversary Swap | JupYeah | details

7-9 (9am-6pm) The Garden Gathering | Soultrains | details

7 (12:30-1:30pm) Managing a Difficult Pregnancy | Tian Yan Nei Gong Centre | details

7 (6-8pm) Laughter Yoga to Yoga of Peace | Raja Yoga Meditation Centre | details

7 (6:30-9:15pm) Future of Food - Tasting, Talk, Film | Green Monday Hong Kong | details

7 (8-11pm) Kirtan & Mantra Film Screening | Dave Stringer Music | details

8 (9am-7pm) Holotropic Breathwork | Pause HK | details

8 (11am-1pm) Strength, Mobility & Yoga Charity Event | F45 Training Quarry Bay | details

8 (2-5pm) Reiki Cafe | Shine Body & Soul Healing Centre | details

9 (11am-5pm) Tong Chong Street Market | Honestly Green | details

9 (3:15-6:15pm) New Moon Circle & Chakra Dance | Sacred Women Circle Dance | details

11 (6:30pm) The Great Wall: The Greatest Views | The Royal Geographical Society | details

11 (7:30-9:45pm) Philosophical Way for Post-Post-Modern Society | HK Philosophy Café | details

12 (12:15-2:15pm) Pathways to Happiness | Asia Society HK | details

12-13 (Mon 6-9pm; Tues 9am-12pm) The Feel Good Fair | Resurrection Church | details

14 (10:30am-12:30pm) DIY Natural Gifts Workshop | i-Detox Wellness Centre | details

14 (12:30-1:30pm) Finding your Balance Within | Tian Yan Nei Gong Centre | details

15 (11am-5pm) Green Queen Zero Waste Christmas Market | Green Queen HK | details

15 (11am-5pm) Christmas Market | The Hive Sai Kung | details

22 (7:30-9:30pm) Yule Magic Winter Solstice Celebration | Stellar Spiritual | details

Coming Up

Jan 4-6 Farmfest

Feb 22-24 (10am-5pm) LOHAS Expo & Vegetarian Food Asia

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The Round Clinic - Family oriented natural health center for fertility, maternity and child related services

John Masters Organics - Organic skin care, hair care and body care with functional ingredients

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