With deliberately responsible companies and thoughtful consumers alike, the world of over-consumption, mass production, degradation of mother earth and poor working conditions has lead to a sprouting of a new kind of consumption. Thoughtful companies are looking toward slow fashion and slow making of quality goods that last decades rather than years, allowing the lowering of our carbon footprint, providing solid working wages and working conditions for those they employ, and other ethical practices.
As a consumer, it is difficult to know which companies to shop from. Here is a list of companies, businesses, individuals, and resources that are making the effort, and should heed our attention.
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From the beginningless time until now,
you have lived in this soul.
You are preparing,
only now to leave.
On the verge of parting,
we look out upon bright summer water.
You are not returning to your hometown,
nor to the country around it.
You will lay your heart in the secret place,
where the sky reaches to a watery horizon,
where the door of your dwelling
opens upon great mountains.
Below, you will see the sunset,
a thousand miles away.
A droplet of shimmering gold,
easing into the silver of a distant sea.
May the light be sent forth upon thee from the Unknown Soul,
for you are about to cross,
and the holy spell is in your ear at the riverbank.
No stain of the world shall be imputed unto thee.
Upon crossing you will journey in peace,
may you pass over the sky, swimming toward illumination.
May you adorn the radiance of the splendor,
it is in thy sight.
May you soar to see the companies of Spirits
in the presence of the sun, day by day,
giving life to every living being upon the earth
not yet journeying with you.
You shall pass on to the place
where lithe the ship-wrecked mariner,
at the threshold of eternity,
will travel alongside you, past the night.
You shall behold the sacred things which are hidden,
and you shall be led on to secret and holy things,
even as they have granted thee to see,
the birth of the Great God.
Rise up now with resolve and courage!
Let your liberation be unshakable;
this has been your last birth.
It is time to begin your crossing.
Let our words of encouragement sing in your ears.
Turn not aside, but hasten along to the yonder shore;
you are leaving Samsara now
for the Mahasukha.
VainLane is a byproduct of Kaileeni. The project started in Shanghai, China in 2009 to “impart fashion knowledge,” with street fashion photography from various places that stretched from California to Italy, New York to London, Honolulu to Shanghai. It has since evolved, and will continue to evolve, into what is now an ongoing log of various change and growth. It is what we regard simply as “life” or “living.” And with that, a fashionable VainLane could not venture on to preclude all other important things that make “life” or “living” life worth living.
It is in the tone. A tone is a voice. A tone is an eye lift. A tone is a body shift. It can be simply shown through the lens in which we view the world and an outpouring of our expression. What are your eyes telling you? Well, whatever it may be, we hope you enjoy the view.
As we dance with the changing seasons into festivities, joy, and, good will, through all the noise of holiday parties and the busyness of end of year frantics, let us remember to appreciate the many gifts that have afforded us throughout the year, including the hard lessons and, sometimes, even harder life circumstances, the friends and family that have handed us stability and support, the heart with the wherewithal for adventure and exploring.
Outside there are fallen eucalyptus branches, making room for the eventual springing of new leaves, but not without being naked and bare for some time. That kind of exposure happens to and for all of us, revealing soft and hard spots, coldness, and sometimes, if we're lucky, some truths about being alive.
Grab some fallen leaves, place them as a centerpiece to your home or dining table, let them remind you through this season to center yourself, your family, your values--and to remind you, what makes life worth living.