Miöja’s December Newsletter is The Unwrapping It Issue. Peeling away the unecessaries and getting down to the basic business of joy, we celebrate simple living with a two point plan for the holidays, a Rawvember retrospective, and an inspiring interview with Elenore Bendel Zahn, food writer, gardener and gentle activist for the earth. We also unveil some exciting Miöja news for the New Year and get another lovely award!
It’s officially the holiday season! Time to kick off your shoes, shake out your hair and roar with utter joy. You may have noticed that the Miöja online store seems to have gone on holiday early… so very sorry that we won’t be contributing to your Christmas lists. But in the interim, our delightful skincare is busy getting even more delightful. Having undergone an incredibly painstaking (and fairly painful) accreditation process with Organic Certification body Ecocert, many months later we’re thrilled to have been given the all clear! We’re taking a short sabbatical to prepare for the launch of our newly Certified Organic skincare products early next year and are taking the opportunity to upgrade our online store, too, so that it’s even better and more beautiful for you to use. Watch this space for lots of amazing specials to celebrate the double re-launch in the New Year, or keep an eye on the still active Miöja blog, here.
We featured in 2012’s Top 5 Eco Friendly Products as awarded by SA’s guide to natural, organic and eco-friendly shopping,Shop Organic. “Miöja’s Wild Ginger Stimulating Mask changed the way I feel about face masks for ever,” said adjudicator Lela Rabie.
Lela praised our prize-winning packaging and our ethos too, saying “Miöja products are a great example that beauty need not be complicated- our bodies know best and with the right support, they will always opt for magnificence!” We came in second in a top 5 that included other wonderful SA produced natural products, including a personal favorite: Crede Coconut Oil (cook with it/ use it as a hair conditioning treatment/ rub it all over yourself). Thank you Shop Organic, it feels great to be loved.
Sorry if I sound like a Grinch, but I’m having a bit of an anti- Christmas this year. I love the spirit of giving and sharing but every year Christmas overwhelms me; the frantic consumption threatens to sweep me along and swallow me up- if I don’t get snowed in by an avalanche of scrunched up wrapping paper first. This year I’ll be spending Christmas at a silent meditation retreat at the BRC in Ixopo- paring things down and finding my way back to a steadier place.
If you, too feel the need for an antidote to the excess, have a read of this article at Zenhabits- the Simple Living Manifesto. Anything with 72 steps to it seems far from simple to me, but the author also suggests a short form, with only two points: 1. Identify what’s most important to you, and 2. Eliminate everything else.
Wishing you a holiday season full of joy and love and peace (because these will always be better than the presents).
November’s 30 day Live Food Challenge, Rawvember, initiated by the lovely folk at Rawlicious is officially over, and I completed the month without a single wavering moment and having managed to write about my experience daily, came out of it stronger, wiser, brighter and lighter (and with a Raw Chocolate Hamper from Rawlicious for my blogging efforts!).
If you haven’t already, check out the dailies at the Miöja blog here, a collection of recipes, deliciousness, enthusiastic creativity, and very occasionally, in the interests of honesty, the doldrums. And then, maybe, give it a try yourself. Why wait til next November?
Christmas, the season of gift giving, and the haze of wild purchasing that precedes it. This year I’m going to see if I can do the giving without the buying: treasures that I already own. Think on these words by Robert Thurman, from the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
“Practice giving things away, not just things you don’t care about, but things you do like. Remember, it is not the size of a gift, it is its quality and the attachment you overcome that count. So don’t bankrupt yourself on a momentary positive impulse, only to regret it later. Give thought to giving. Give small things, carefully, and observe the mental processes that go with the act of releasing the little thing you liked.”
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