The Maypole Festival
“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. (Sonnet XCVIII)”
- William Shakespeare
Watch along below and let me know what you think on twitter @Angela_Lindvall or facebook!
“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. (Sonnet XCVIII)”
- William Shakespeare
Watch along below and let me know what you think on twitter @Angela_Lindvall or facebook!
Your family is your blood but it can also be who you choose. For centuries, tribal cultures experienced the benefits, hardships & blessings of community life. Families relied on each other to survive. Of course, things are different now and if we are to believe recent history then let us extrapolate the idea that we are rocking this planet harder and better than any people before us. We have figured out how to kill off all the apex predators and no longer worry about wolves eating our children at the bus stop. We can live in concrete buildings stacked to the sky and our food is delivered to our doorstep whenever we feel hungry. One could say that we have lost touch with a primal essence that lays dormant which can cause us unhappiness. Another view is that we are evolving as a society that is coming out of a period of growing pains.The cause of our evolution from tribal cultures to modern society can be chronicled through a parallel advancement in technology. There has been a recent shift in knowledge and it has physically manifested itself through the advent of the internet and social media.
We are capable of connecting to the world to bring forth great change for good unlike any time in recent history and it inspires me to share my values. I believe that change comes from knowledge. Through educating youth to be healthy, inspired & spiritual we can encourage happier adults which will invoke another evolution of society. I intend to teach my children at an early age that they are citizens of Earth. While they are American and fortunate in every way that comes with being one, they are no different than a child growing up in India. Where you experience life on this planet is a roll of the dice and you should be grateful for your time spent here. With a grateful humbling of your existence comes a neutral mind that ascends negativity. From here you can focus on what is keeping you from experiencing happiness for your true self. Not the person with all the armor that you show to your coworkers. For what should happen if your boss were to realize you were human and not the autobot he thought he hired? Sure, I am generalizing to some extent, some people love their boss… but you can see, therein lies the trouble with corporate America eating away at our primal essence.
Recently, the Monsanto Protection Act was pushed through Congress, and not surprisingly, in a bill that had nothing to do with genetically modified organisms in the first place. Many countries all over the world have already outlawed the use of these mutated seeds because of their habitual inclination to get carried off by the wind, to a neighboring farm and destroy the other farmers crop. These mutated seeds have earned the moniker, “Vampire Seeds.” Monsanto created them and now is protected from legal persecution when planting any untested seed anywhere in the United States, unless the President were to veto the bill. It is so important to pay attention to legislation like this because it can affect the entire organic ecosystem. I encourage everyone to research GMO’s and reach out to your state representative. Let her know that you are interested in organic farming and will vote against genetically modified organisms. Change starts from within and radiates outward to your community before it can affect the world. Do not underestimate your ability to affect the federal Government from a local level.
This beautiful birth of awareness represented in the online community of Facebook, Instagram & Twitter is effecting individual human philosophy in exponential ways and we are only in its infancy. I believe that it is here to unite the people. To allow us transcendence above the shackles of wicked profiteers. Am I getting preachy enough? I’m sorry, but, if we are all sitting around thinking it? Maybe we should reevaluate what it means to experience life on Earth. Are we content with consuming a culture which preys upon our Earth? Many people believe that our dependency on fossil fuels will not support our trending population growth. And this isn’t just oil, as you know, but plastics & synthetic materials like rubber. These beliefs could be conspiratorial skepticism or, more likely, ugh… the “inconvenient truth.” Our beliefs form our perception of reality. If I’m here to convince anyone, then I submit this piece of evidence. A boy in Germany this past February developed an electromagnetic harvester which pulls “free electricity” out of the air. This is the concept that Nikola Tesla was working on before he famously went crazy. It’s the crazy belief: that you can harness all the energy around in a battery. Until you believe it; and you are the first to show the world that it can be done.
There is incredible power in knowing you will never know everything. You realize that no one knows everything. To accept that you will always be a student and never the master. It encourages me to learn and evolve along with future generations. I hope to inspire this curiosity in everyone I encounter so that we’ll witness the end of an era of senseless deprivation. A reconnection with our food will provide nourishment for a healthy mind. There is a deeper sense of gratitude from eating a salad of mixed greens from your garden. Real greens. Not the iceberg lettuce in a bag from the produce section with zero nutritional value. You feel the connection with nature and are grateful.
These urges of the primal essence: to connect with nature, to protect your family, to honor your lover, to seek knowledge; they are quickly recognized outside the constructs of a typical society. Within the society are social confines and barriers that are created for several different purposes. Examples include the effect photoshop & digital modeling tricks have on female body perception and self image. The media profoundly influences children because they will believe anything. This allows them to manifest a reality of self doubt; if they believe they will never look the way anyone on tv or a magazine will look. When children internalize negative beliefs perpetuated by the media, they become isolated and unhappy. It is our responsibility as parents, to guide our children in removing these blockages so they become in touch with their true self.
That is my inspiration for traveling with my children. To show them the boundaries of human life and challenge them to go even further. My dream is to share this experience with the world in a way that will inspire the lives of everyone to pursue happiness. I believe there is a great deal to learn and I am open to all the challenges that will be presented along the way. This will be a true connection to other cultures from the perspective of an American family with a new dream: inspire truth and light.
Love & light,
. . . into the future.
Photo by Oliver Barth
The Aquarian Age is here. There are many dimensions to the radical shift of this Age. People everywhere are talking about it, making predictions or debunking it. Some sense the shift as a cataclysm or end of the world, others as a new beginning, and still others as a time of uncertainty and unpredictability.
We have always experienced change, but rarely with this intensity and speed and never with this scope and vastness. This change is radical, not incremental. It is a simultaneous change in both outer and inner worlds. The mind is changing its sensitivity, its basic frequency and functioning. Our lifestyle is changing its sense of time, space, relatedness, and relevancy.
Five Sutras for the Aquarian Age by Yogi Bhajan
1. Recognize that the other person is you.
2. There is a way through every block.
3. When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.
4. Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times.
5. Vibrate the Cosmos. The Cosmos shall clear the path.
PISCEAN TO AQUARIAN AGE
In the Piscean Age that we are leaving behind, it was a central and even sacred task to find and gain access to the right information. The motto of the age was “to be or not to be.” Learn, grow, and become something. Great knowledge about human potential was guarded by secrecy and layers of initiations. The Piscean Age was dominated by machines and hierarchies. As the Aquarian Age dawns, the old defenses and manipulations based on hiding and controlling access to information will no longer work.
The new Aquarian Age is ruled by awareness, information, and energy. In the Aquarian Age there are no secrets! Information is available. Finding it is not the central task any longer. In this Age, the motto is “be to be.” Real value will come from truth embodied in practical actions and in the internal caliber and qualities of your mind and heart. The greatest power will be your Word – your consciously projected words.
THE CHARACTER OF THE AQUARIAN AGE
• Intellect is not enough. We need a new relationship to intuition, emotion, and instinct.
• Information is not enough. Neither is knowledge. We need wisdom.
• Learning is not enough. We must learn how to learn.
• Complexity is increasing as is our need to deal with it.
• This is an age of paradox – more global and more individual with fewer boundaries and more demand for political separations.
• Everything is faster and we have less time. We need far more love and unity for we have more fear and tremendous insecurity.
• We require a reconciliation and integration of the spiritual side of life with the technological and material sides – a spiritual fitness to sense values and meaning.
• There is no isolation. Each action we take must be considered ecologically and globally because each person does affect, directly or indirectly, vast networks of people and other living beings and places.
• Change and learning is continuous and life-long. We must maintain mental, emotional, and physical flexibility.
• Stamina and constant peak performance are the common benchmarks to evaluate all people and their work, and the need is to go inward and regenerate.
TOOLS FOR THE AQUARIAN AGE
We do not need new choices. We are flooded with choices. We need an elevated capacity to make choices. We do not need more information. We need the wisdom to use all the information. We do not need another religion. We need the experience of a dharma that creates the spiritual fitness to act believably on our beliefs.
There is the need for a potent and practical technology to generate the inner energy needed to survive and excel under the pressure of more information, more choices, more contacts, and more complexity. Now the time has come that you will need a meditative mind to wait and see what comes to you.
Love & Light,
This is original text from Kundalini
I’m at Maxim’s cafe on a layover in Paris waiting for my Madrid flight feeling a bit like Joni Mitchell as a woman behind me plays guitar quite beautifully. It creates an essence in the air, which although very quiet, sets a subtle tone amongst what might be angst in my fellow travelers. I admire her courage to just be herself and feel free to play out in the open. It’s exactly what I need, along with my cappuccino, after a long 10hr flight.
I sometimes really love being a lone gypsy for a short fantasy of a while. It gives me time to ponder, and reevaluate my current affairs. I just spent some time browsing through this years journal to reflect on where I am. I must say, this year has been good so far. I start each year with a list of goals, then make a list under each goal of what I need to do to accomplish each one. Then I put in my yearly calendar a target date of when I’d like the goal accomplished. Something in this process really helps to manifest these things into reality.
This year’s primary focus was on ME and my mind, body, and spirit. Then came family, children, home, and the land. Finally, strategy of work. It was quite courageous to make myself the top priority this year, especially in a world, and a business, where everything seems so urgent and fleeting. I knew that if I didn’t center myself first, then nothing exterior would flourish. So here we are in October, 3 months to go before I’ll start my new list of goals and projections and I’m feeling good about these last 10 months.
Here are some of the things listed under the ME section: daily practice, meditation, Tae Kwon Do, Pilates, breath, good food, Bhakti, radiance, femininity, calmness, peacefulness, and flexibility. Many of these things seem vague but slowly, over time, I see the results. I realize if I don’t give to me first, how can I give to ANYTHING else completely? My son Dakota said to me on the way to school recently, “Mom, I’m really proud of you, you are much more patient and calm compared to how you used to be.” For my 10 year old to notice means a lot. Even more I see it as a reflection in my kids, they too seem more relaxed and vibrant as a result.
Then there is family, the land, and home. This definitely is one of our biggest demands and priorities, yet sometimes gets the least of our attention. The list reads: love, schedule, routine, discipline, family time, sunsets, organization, veggie garden deluxe, chickens, and honey bees. Although we missed a season in the garden, still haven’t got chickens, or honey bees, there is a better flow in the home and on the land. There are always demands and things that come up unexpected, things that break and need fixing. We have a routine, discipline, and more organization, but also leave room for flexibility. I clearly posted the rules on the refrigerator, and have made the concept of reward and consequence a big deal this year. It’s important for the kids to understand. It’s karma, or cause and effect. What we put out is what we get back. We definitely still have our days of defiance, stubbornness, fighting, and chaos but somewhere in the midst of it, the attention to the larger whole has put some order in it.
Last on my list was work. Not that it was any less important, as I’m very grateful for that in which supports me and my family. But this year I was willing to put faith in the universe and follow my heart, a hard thing to do sometimes. There is always so much outside pressure and the fear of the unknown. Yet somewhere within my new state of calm, and my practice, gave me the faith that all would be ok; to just trust. And so I have, and still do. Part of what I put on this section was to not travel more than 2 times a month. I needed this. Not easy in my business, but it allowed me to set priorities, and get focused. I have been spending a lot of time strategizing where I want to go, and what I want to create. Instead of just running with what is thrown at me, take a more active role in creating what I want. More and more I need what is authentic to ME. I can’t just play a role as a model, actress, and spokesperson. I want to now create from my heart, as a mother, activist, and pioneer. I want to do things with meaning, with a reverence to the planet and life.
There is a lot in the mixing pot right now and I needed this year to conjure it all up. I have a feeling that next year the top of the list is going to be filled with these plans coming to life. Yet I now know that the space of ME must be maintained as a daily practice in order to stay centered and intuitive throughout it all. I must say, I am excited. There is much to look forward to but it feels great just being here now. Listening to this beautiful faint sound of the guitar and song behind me. I also will strive for the courage to be myself and feel free to play out in the open.
Love & Light,
It been quite awhile since I have spent some time in this space.. Yet I have longed to reconnect… Its all a matter of just doing it! So here I am… and I plan on spending more time here. I’m so excited and have so much to share!
It’s been quite a year so far as its now getting closer to the end. My biggest accomplishment this year was becoming a Kundalini Yoga teacher. This has changed my life! I have learned so much but the proof is in the pudding. With daily practice for over a year now, I have seen so many subtle and not so subtle changes occur in my world and in myself. I find myself more centered, calmer, more intuitive, clearer, more patient, and stronger. I’ve become more flexible on and off the mat and more resilient to the curve balls life throws at us. At times digging deep within my soul has been painful, but shedding light upon the darkness has been rewarding. Mostly I feel a new found radiance around me, and a deep reverence within me.
What I find to be very interesting is that daily ritual has seemed to disappear in our modern world. I went for years with it never occurring to me. I wasn’t raised with this type of consciousness, other than maybe going to church on Sunday as a child. I have always been interested in ancient cultures, metaphysics, theology, mythology, and philosophy, but hadn’t really put anything into a real practice. I spent a lot of time this year traveling to ancient cultures in Southeast Asia. Its amazing how intact they are with the ways of the past: awareness and ritual that have existed for centuries. They have awareness of something greater than ourselves and the hustle and bustle of our modern world.
Its funny to me how speaking of “Creator”, whatever that may be to you, is now a hush, hush… and the idea of prayer is some religious turn off for many. Yet since the beginning of time, this is where we have found strength, peace, and expansion. Maybe I “shouldn’t” talk of these “hush, hush” things on a public blog being a public figure, but I say….. why not? Im not speaking from a religious place, not trying to convince anyone of anything. I just want to raise the question of why the idea of anything beyond what we can see, touch, taste, smell, and hear become so taboo? In my opinion, we are more than mere physical being, we have spirit and soul, so why not connect and communicate with that part inside ourselves more? Why not recognize this sacred space in our world and share it? Don’t we need it more now than ever?
Today we have more demands than ever, and certainly more and more information overload. It can be overwhelming but simultaneusly give us access to anything we want. Everything we want or need is available to us. Seek and you will find. But what is it we are seeking and where are we focusing our attention? I can say by experience that getting still within, realizing my own infinity, has expanded my awareness and capacity. I also know that we are all capable of shifting our experience from the finite to the infinite within. This takes commitment, character, dignity, divinity, grace, and sacrifice, which creates true happiness. My journey has only just begun but will continue and I look forward to sharing my journey with you.
In the mean time, try some long deep breathing meditation:
Close your eyes and focus upward at your third eye, the seat of your soul, and just breath. Focus on your gratitude and expansiveness, and let everything else slip away. Start with even 5 minutes each morning when you wake, then increase over time. Breath is our connection to life and spirit. The # 1 thing we can do to improve our consciousness is to breath consciously throughout our day. Its the most simple thing, but something we all forget to do, yet has the power to shift our emotions tremendously.
Love & Light,
How do we truly transform ourselves to transcend our ordinary human awareness and achieve personal freedom? I read an interesting piece on quantum physics about the atom. Physicists have found that if they split the atom far enough, they find pure energy. When the atom is split, waves and particles act in very different manners. If the “observer” expects the energy to act like a particle, it will; if the observer expects it to act like a wave, it will do that too. So if energy responds to the beliefs of the observer, it must be able to perceive what the observer is thinking. All energy has consciousness. Therefor, since we are made up of atoms, we are pure energy. If we are pure energy than our thoughts then create our reality. How’s that for food for thought?
We spend so much of our life in our head, thinking away, worrying, and creating stories that don’t exist. Yet, this is all information we are bringing into our consciousness and that of the larger collective.
Seems so simple, yet try for a moment to actually clear your mind, and stop thinking; its not so easy. This is where the fun begins. If we can be aware of what we are focusing on, and “putting out there”, could that effect our experience of life? I do believe so, I have experienced it myself.
Rene Descartes said, ”I think, therefore I am.” I think he was onto something! Lets take the time to clear our minds and focus on the life we really want to create, and the world we really want to live in. Focus on the good stuff; beauty, love, abundance, solution, and perhaps that will begin to manifest in our lives. I find that this is most powerful when we first awaken to a new day. By taking a moment to take some long deep breaths and acknowledge that we are alive on this planet, that still swarms with abundance and beauty, than we shift our attention to the good, instead of the terrible. We will then begin to focus on creating more good.
Of coarse we live on a planet filled with environmental degradation, pain, and disease. We mustn’t wear blinders. Yet by creating what we do want, we create less of what we don’t want. So we can then shift our attention to sustainability, solutions, and healing. By knowing what we don’t want, we can know what we do want. If we imagine that the world depend on each and every one of us to align with our true nature in order to become whole, we then can see that each one of us plays a big role in the larger whole. Take a stand and do your part to become part of the solution.
With Much Love and Gratitude,
We are approaching the Autumn Equinox. This is the time when there is equal amounts of day and night. Traditionally it is a time to reflect balance in our lives. We are in the sign of Libra, the scales. What are we putting our emphasis on? Where do we need to give more attention in our lives? Balance is key to keep us feeling centered. No matter who we are or where our people came from, our ancestors had many ways of honoring the autumn equinox, when the day and night are of equal length and the world finds balance for a breath of time. After this equinox the nights grow longer than the days, so it is traditionally a time to look inward, take stock, give thanks, and prepare for the time of dreaming.
This is also the time of harvest. After many months of planting our seeds, and tending to, we enjoy the fruits of our labor. Literally or metaphorically. Its a time of gratitude for all the abundance in our lives. Its also a time to prepare the soil for next years crop. So a good time to put forth new intentions. Taking time to honor our own inner harvests–all the things we have achieved and felt and learned from, over the past year.
In a world that is often so terribly out of balance, it can be both healing and heartening to celebrate this special time. Plan an autumn dinner party with friends and family .Prepare beautiful autumn vegetables is a great way to celebrate. I love to combine purple and red potatoes with sweet potatoes, beets, and butternut squash. I cut them all up put all these beautiful colors in a baking dish with oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and lots of rosemary… Serve with a salad, beautiful! Light candles, and have a nice glass of wine
A fun thing to do is to take four pieces of paper and write: 1) write what you have achieved and give thanks to 2) write what you would like to let go of 3) what you would like to carry forth 4) The things you would like to achieve in the coming year… Then make a big fire and burn them.
Some fun things to do with the kids can be to make dream catcher, create an autumn nature table, rake & jump in a big pile of leaves! The Autumn equinox is a good time to tell your children the story of Michaelmas. The Archangel Michael is one of the principal angelic warriors, seen as a protector against the dark of night, and the administrator of cosmic intelligence. Another great story for this time is Saint George And The Dragon. Story telling is a great way for children to connect with their inner archetypes. May we all find ways to let our inner light shine!
Love & Light,
We have an array of environmental issues to be healed. Yet what is our environment? Our first, most intimate environment starts with our inner being. Without healing our inner environment, how can we approach our outer environment? Isn’t it all inter-related?
This Labor Day weekend was nothing more than a labor of love. My friend Joni and I planned a spontaneous healing community retreat hosted at my home. It all came together so beautifully.
We kicked off the weekend Friday starting with a Toltec Tantra circle on empowering our emotions, held by Sedona yogini Juniper, with dance movement led by Crystal. Juniper’s Kejiwa Kombucha [www.kejiwa.com] makes the best rose kombucha I’ve ever tasted!
We then had a beautiful Cacao Ceremony for opening the heart. This was followed by a potluck, and a night of Kirtan chanting. It was so incredible to see who showed up. I met so many beautiful souls. We all sang our hearts out with Sukhdev Jackson of AYKANNA and MoMo, while the children blissfully danced.
First thing in the morning a new friend Michelle, who is also a musician, offered to teach us an ashtanga kundalini yoga set. Her beauty beamed from a deep blissful part of her soul. It was an awesome way to start the day.
As more friends arrived, so did Dr. Udd’hava Om to teach us Chi Gong.
We then spent time discussing energy fields, our relation to the universe, and how everything begins with us ourselves in our heart mind. This was followed by another amazing potluck of super charged foods and a nap for me. We ended the night with a fire pit drum circle led by Francesco.
Sunday was again another magical day. The day began with my most immediate friends and community with yoga by Sybil Buck—yes, the former model. We spent the rest of the day eating food grown from the land and admiring what a beautiful weekend it was!
Everyone came together and offered their services in one way or another to make this special weekend come together. It really cost nothing more than a few candles—I used foliage from the garden to decorate along with oranges from the trees. The rest was a labor of love.
The world is shifting fast. Now more than ever it is clear we must make those inner shifts to create balance and harmony here on earth.
Love & Light,
Angela Lindvall has been a cover girl for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and the face of brands from Valentino to DKNY, but for the past 10 years this supermodel’s mission has been to bring a personal interest in sustainability to her professional career. Angela founded the non-profit Collage Foundation to bring national awareness to environmental issues, co-hosted “Alter Eco” with Adrian Grenier, and is on the founding board of Natural Resources Defense Council’s Clean by Design Initiative.
Angela Lindvall: I met you almost eight/nine (?) years ago when I first started Collage Foundation and you were working on the Organic Portraits Project, how have you seen the industry change over that time?
Summer Rayne Oakes: Yeah it’s crazy to think the time that has passed. There are some obvious differences: More people involved in sustainable design, a growing interest and understanding of the concept, more coverage within the media, and a greater move to integrate into academia.
AL: What are some of the less obvious changes?
SRO: With the acceptance of sustainable design comes a more critical evaluation of the externalities along the supply chain. Consumers are more discerning especially as media becomes hypercritical on how “green” a product really is. Basically not everything goes now.
AL: What do you think were the drivers that led to that change?
SRO: The advent of the blogosphere and social media tools with a focus on green-mindfulness has played a huge role in catalyzing change – from simply presenting options to consumers – to galvanizing outrage around socio-environmental injustices. I mean think about how many people retweeted “H&M’s slashing on 35th Street” or the recent reports of a Zara’s contractor in Brazil using slave labor.
Operating in a resource-constrained economy has also triggered change. The increased cost and reduced availability of fuel, water, and fiber such as cotton has created a bottleneck in the industry, forcing the market as a whole to reduce any unnecessary waste along the supply chain.
I can’t believe it’s already almost the end of the summer! Kids will be going back to school soon and fashion season will start again! I’m taking the next couple weeks to really tune in to myself and get centered. Routine and ritual are important to balance, and most importantly that time we give to ourselves in meditation. Today I held the space at mine for 8 girlfriends to come together to meditate and do Kundalini. The world is moving at a fast pace, so being centered is key. And women play a big part in that.
Yesterday I did an interview for ABOVE Magazine. If you haven’t yet heard of them, tune in to this beautiful quarterly magazine focused on nature and sustainability. Come fall they will be launching an interactive website and I will be contributing in as many ways as I can. I love seeing people with the power to influence, take the initiative to create positive change.
Another great thing to tune into for fall is The Bioneers conference. This organization is one of my biggest inspirations. They are comprised of some of the best visionaries and leaders in science, technology, and sustainability. They truly have found solutions. The conference will inspire you and give you hope for our future. Also check out their many books and audio series.
See you next week with when I reunite myself with a good old friend Summer Rayne Oaks.