Waaaaaahhhhh, this news!
I reckon I'd rather live under a rock sometimes, you know?! But even then, I think I'd have heard the world's collective outcry against Trump's withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement today. The reverberation is palpable.
Dear Trump, the "pullout" method is neither a reliable form of birth control nor climate control!
You, Sweet Agent of Change, and I are connected via this newsletter to begin with because we're people who, at some point, by way of other peoples' efforts, luckily came into contact with the idea of veganism and all its far-reaching benefits, solutions, and transformative powers.
That being said, I wanted to drop you a time-sensitive note. At this very moment, we need to:
• waste ZERO time and energy being outraged at the lunacy.
• be extra extroverted about vegan choices in our businesses, workplaces, social media, schools, and communities.
• be extra loud amongst the "progressive" population of people who recycle, drive Priuses, etc., but continue to eat animals.
No matter how much we all want to demonstrate our rage, let's be leaders by managing it wisely instead. Let's not hate outwardly in social media, let's not retreat under a rock, let's just make ourselves known to others as go-to resources, in the context of this very time, for how to be legitimately, practically, truly sustainable—with our food, our clothing, our purchases, our habits.
In Vegan Is Love, I wrote: How wonderful that at this very moment, everyone has the power to make the world a better place. We don't have to wait to grow older, for laws to change, or Presidents to be elected. We can begin right now."
Go to it, and let's get the next generation on board immediately. Fill them in on what's happening. My books will help you explain the motives behind veganism in a way they'll understand (the Help Yourself Cookbook, by the way, is good for all ages, vegans and non—it will encourage "healthy eating" without causing any wars with anyone you give it to).
Energy is intense right now, right?! The whole United States is feeling feelings!
Amidst all the resistance and fear and protest and negativity, I wanted to express/suggest something else:
I am excited. I feel very goddamn strong.
All the ugly has to come out if we're going to annihilate it (that goes for personal and public matters; the micro and the macro) and the progressive population needed to realize that buying a Prius ain't enough.
In my 10+ years of vegan activism, the worst offenders have been progressive people who won't change the personal choices that are destructive to the world; "conscious" people who reform instead of revolutionize their habits; smart, caring people who have the wherewithal to vastly change markets and society with their personal agency, and don't. They are the meditating, electric-car-driving, organic-meat-buying, Greenpeace-donating, outraged-by-police-shooting types who merely voice their concerns or throw money at bandaids versus participating in the most effective solutions. Their concerns about the world do almost nothing to change it.
In light of Trump's election, this demographic wants to make sure that the progressive agenda is not reversed or ignored. This is an opportune time for us to make veganism's power known.
It's time to step up OUR game and promote the political motivations behind veganism—matters of healthcare, energy, environment, labor and workers' rights, feminism, gender, racism, subsidies, pharmaceuticals, water, local and global food distribution—all the dimensions of life which are, in fact, more immediately affected by people's everyday choices than by any legislation these cockamamie politicians will or will not support in the coming years.
The question we need to pose now to the population upset about Trump is, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? In other words, where are you pushing and pulling your money? What are you going to eat? What do you do for anyone or anything besides yourself? Are your habits revolutionary or just reformist? Comforting or effective?
I'm not afraid of what's coming because I see all sides. I know transformation, I know my power, and I know WHAT TO DO now. Death cycles bring life cycles. A new America is not on Trump, it's on us.
P.S. Sending a little love from a time of deeply spiritual and effective opposition (play this loud!):
Tell me if you know this feeling—it happens when you come into contact with standards so genuine and proper, you find yourself immediately shifted, uplifted, inspired, and settled on making the best choices for your own quality of life because anything less would make no sense. Do you know what I mean? No effort or work is needed, the transformation just is.
I got this feeling after meeting Doug and Genna Wolkon, the owners of Kauai Farmacy, a seed-to-cup medicinal tea farm that plants, grows, harvests, dries, jars, labels, and sells organic raw-cured herbs in the form of teas, culinary spice blends, and hydrosols. They do everything there is to do themselves (including raising and homeschooling their vegan kids) from their tiny Kauai, Hawaii farm location, which is one of the most happy, high-vibes places I've ever been.
(Side note: I think walking through a forest of plant foods inspires the oldest parts of our humanness. It makes me, personally, feel utterly grounded—like there is nothing, nothing, nothing more important to serve than the earth we walk upon. I could almost cry, I am so thankful for being brought to these moments!)
Packed into just one little acre are the 60 plant species Farmacy uses, from papaya to chile, bele spinach (AKA hibiscus), chaste, anise hyssop, moringa (a super herb that contains 46 antioxidants, omega 3, 6, and 9, 20 amino acids, 7x the vitamin C as oranges, 4x the calcium of milk and 2x the protein of yogurt), lemongrass, comfrey (can help heal broken bones), oregano, gotu kola, blue vervain, cinnamon, allspice, spilanthes (like pop rocks in your mouth!), taro, and so many more—all grown at the highest of permacultural standards. The diversity alone is a major factor of eliminating any need for pesticides—buggies much prefer mono-crops, where there's no confusion or shortage of what to infest. These are all things Doug and Genna expounded on, which is a great reason to join their newsletter if you want to up you herb knowledge.
One acre, 60 plants!
Doug says "Heal yo' self!" I love this T-shirt, I sport mine all the time!
Cacao pods—money does grow on trees.
Tea tree; Bele spinach (AKA hibiscus)
The dehydrating system.
The giant dehydrators and racks of herbs.
Genna, constantly radiating a smile.
Their standout products:
• Women's Wellness blend (tulsi, bele spinach, ginger, raspberry leaf, ginger, mamaki, hibiscus, moringa, and more) which helps balance hormones, PMS, and mood swings (reportedly even bringing some customers' fertility into effect).
• Puritea Herbal Cleanse (papaya leaf, mulberry, soursop, guava leaf, turmeric, noni, tulsi, and more) to cleanse out toxic buildups.
• Tulsi Hydrosol (totally obsessed).
• Savory Blend Culinary Spice (Bele spinach, rosemary, oregano, tulsi, tarrago, pineapple sage, garden sage, thyme—such a great addition to any ordinary salad or quinoa bowl, or even straight onto an avocado).
• Buzz Chew: an energizing herbal powder you can take a pinch of on-the-go. Spilanthes (used in natural toothpastes) gives you a pop-rocks-candy-like sensation in your mouth. So fun.
• Children's Wellness Tea: don't leave the kids out!
What I adore most about this whole situation is the philosophy that underlies Farmacy—that we are all our own best teachers when it comes to healing (the motto Doug and Genna promote on their turmeric-yellow T-shirts is "Heal Yo' Self"!). The herbs themselves will tell you how much "medicine" you need, the Wolkons say. If you're feeling headachey, pay attention! Drink water to flush out toxins. If you're feeling tired or exhausted because you're dumping toxins or you're stressed out, stop fighting it and let your body sleep. If you're feeling energized, exercise. This is the magic of any healthy food practice—it puts you in a state of consciousness where you will naturally lean toward bringing yourself, your life, your habits further into balance.
I find this with veganism, too, having observed so many people's transitions. When one's physical state improves, one becomes more open-minded and open-hearted to all kinds of new paradigms—environmentalism, alternative healing modalities, animal rights, etc.
Healing the body helps the mind get free.
I mean, look at this pic of me. At this point I hadn't even sipped the goods yet and I was already super happier and thus a better person to everyone around me—see what herbs do?!
Follow @KauaiFarmacyTea on Instagram to get happy and improve your herbal knowledge.
And use code Mahalo10 to get 10% off your purchase from www.kauaifarmacy.com. If you have a retail shop, a waiting room, a tea-drinking practice, an imbalance to heal, are in need of kickstarting a healthy ritual, or you're just a tea lover, do yourself (or someone else) a favor and get some Kauai Farmacy tea—you'll be supporting yourself and adding to a beautiful, deserving, awesome health-invoking economy (can you tell how much I love this small company?!).