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DIY: Repair your broken pottery with Japanese art of “kintsugi”

In our newest post, Julia writes from Hong Kong about “kintsugi”—the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer and metallic powder. Kintsugi is not only a sustainable practice but also a spiritual one, honoring imperfection on our path toward healing and renewal. Have any broken pottery to repair? Check out her story for step-by-step instructions!

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Cancer in the time of coronavirus

A hermit crab, when confronted with potential danger, seeks safety inside its outer shell. As the crab grows, it needs to move into larger empty shells to survive, exposing it to danger with each change. “Maybe hermit crabs are my spirit animals,” I said to my husband, Julien, who humored me with a half-smile and …

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DIY Liquid Hand Soap

Regular hand-washing has become more important than ever. It’s one of the best ways to remove germs, and prevents us from getting sick and spreading germs to others. The problem is that most soaps, including liquid hand soaps, contain a lot of harmful toxins and are not very natural. If you like to use liquid …

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Make a washable face mask, the Japanese way

I vividly remember my first time in Tokyo:  the scramble of black and white masks dotting the Shibuya Crossing in the warm rain. As an American, I had not grown up in a culture where wearing masks in public was common practice, and this scene made a strong impression. In a sense, the ubiquity of …

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Reflections in times of coronavirus

Since Saturday March 14th, when the State of Alarm was announced in Spain, we have been confined to our houses for the double purpose of not becoming infected with COVID-19 ourselves and not collapsing our health care system, which since the 2008 crisis has been operating at minimum levels. This is our sixth week living …

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Sustainable period

Recently I read an article in the Huffington Post. If a woman without kids has her period for the first time with 13 years and for the last time with 51, that’s 38 years with approximately 456 menstruation cycles. If each period lasts between 3 and 7 days, that’s 2.280 days, or 6,25 years (!) …

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