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20 Ways to Say I LOVE YOU

By | Creative, Love, relationship | 5 Comments

What are the creative ways you share your love?  We asked couples to show us how they express and experience intimacy in their relationship.

The process of filming with these love birds leading up to Valentine’s Day was heart-warming.  Although we list 20 ways to say I love you, Kelly and I realized there’s a few missing from the list that we practice each week together in our own relationship:

1) I TREASURE YOU

For the past several years, we have been hiding a golden coin around the house.  She may find it under her tea mug, or I might flip to a page in the book I’m reading, and there’s the golden coin!  This small surprise has come to mean “I treasure you”, and every time I find it equates to a burst of positive feelings.  And then it’s my turn to hide it for her.  I can’t tell you how many times this token of affection has transformed my day.  It’s another way to say I love you, and has been a special source of wonder in our relationship.  If you like it, by all means try it with your partner!

2) THE TOOTHBRUSH TRICK

We all have our rituals as we get ready for bed.  We’ve tried essential oil diffusion to relax us, and a number of other ways to cap off the night.  None has stuck like our “toothbrush trick”.  Imagine entering the bathroom and seeing your toothbrush already freshly pasted with toothpaste–you don’t have to squeeze the last little bit from the tube, clearly someone has paid you an altruistic act.  It’s so small and you might think it’s silly, but it makes all the difference in improving my mood when I am trying to prepare myself for sleep.  What are other ways you can lighten the load of your lover?  You’d be surprised how simple little things make a big difference!

3) GET WEIRD TOGETHER

Sing a funny song in the kitchen, invent your own language, and invite your partner to PLAY.  Couples do strange things when no one is watching, and apparently there’s major health benefits when we teach each other to be more whacky and playful.  Kelly and I have noticed how life gets stale when we take things too seriously.  Also, set a spark by doing new and exciting things together.  Go skydiving, learn improv comedy, go out of your comfort zone as a couple!  It’s the best way to rekindle the passionate love that releases dopamine.  Companionate love is warm and comforting, but a dose of passion is also what we all need.

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Photo by Ed Lehman

 

Kelly and I used to co-sponsor a love parade every Valentine’s Day.  We’d walk through downtown on our stilts together with a whole tribe of friends.  Perhaps it was that exciting peak experience we were after!

Let’s strive for less chocolate and more connection this Valentine’s Day, and please share a story with us about your unique ways of sharing love!

What happens if you turn Grandma’s car into an art car?

By | Adventure, Creative | 2 Comments

The Joy Ride is the manifestation of a long time dream come true.

I wanted to make an art car for as long as I can remember.  In high school, I was the third cousin in line for my grandfather’s hand-me-down Oldsmobile.  When finally I was granted the oldie, I begged my parents to let me paint it.  They denied my requests claiming it would ruin the resale value.  Alas, I left for college and they sold my grandfather’s car for all of $500.  I vowed to one day create an art car…

We bought my grandmother’s car the same weekend our RV broke down during a cross-country work tour.  It was quite miraculous because we had to travel from Chicago to Los Angeles in 3 days time and just swooped through Austin to swap vehicles.  Read More

Behind the Scenes: Follow Nahko into the Woods

By | Creative, Music | No Comments

I envisioned collaborating on a music video with Nahko & Medicine for the People almost 5 years ago. The message behind their music is what inspires us– to join a movement to live harmoniously with Mother Earth, feel more connected with spirit, and to “find our medicine and use it”.  They’ve been the soundtrack to our own spiritual journey, and a major influence in us launching Greenheart.TV. Above all, their manifesto is a compass for following your creative calling.  And there’s nothing more exciting than sharing that mission.

What an adventure!  We followed the “medicine tribe” this past Summer along the Wanderlust Festival tour. And the best part? It all culminated in the creation of an ambitious acoustic recording through the woods of Squaw Valley.

But it was the video that almost never happened. Nahko had to leave the next morning, so there was no way to reschedule when the mountain weather turned for the worse. Right when everyone gathered, a formidable hail storm forced us all inside the nearest hotel lobby. Just when all hope seemed lost, Nahko busted out his guitar and turned the sad situation into a jam session. Nahko has a knack for miraculous moments. The last time I had filmed with him (Wanderlust 2012), his set closed with a huge swarm of bees hovering over the crowd. Everyone was mesmerized. Welcome to Nahko’s world.
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Finally, the hail storm passed! Although it was foggy, we decided to begin shooting. Along the path, Nahko told me the story of a feather that was recently given to him by a tribal elder. Apparently, this feather was dedicated to help him as a “water bearer”. A funny side effect, everywhere he goes it rains when he arrives. True story. That brought new meaning behind his band’s “Water is Life” tour.

My chief collaborator (and lovely wife), Kelly Greenheart organized the shoot and choreographed where everyone would emerge to follow Nahko through the woods. What a wild bunch: acroyogis, hoopers, and winged dancers joined the tribe along the trail.

Greenheart.TV filming with Nahko and Medicine for the People

Greenheart.TV production crew in action. Photo by Megan Kathleen Photography

We filmed the anthemic song “Aloha Ke Akua” only three times. What you see in the video is take two–right after the fog cleared and the sun came out. It was incredible how well Nahko could play guitar and sing while skipping on boulders bare foot. He never stopped and asked to start over, he just went for it. You’ve gotta admire that.

I filmed one long glidecam shot, and I love how it makes my camera look like it’s floating on a cloud. Believe me, it’s a yoga practice itself keeping that thing steady–walking backwards, balancing the weight, and keeping everything in frame!

We played with leaving it as one long steadicam take–but we wanted to include more of the tribe and share all the beautiful footage we shot at the live shows that summer.

Rewind to 2010, when Kelly and I first met Nahko. We had brunch together with his bandmates at JJ Hope Medford’s place in Portland, OR. Kelly and I had been vagabonding for over a year at this point, and found in him a kindred spirit. Nahko Bear was also living nomadically at the time, sleeping in his tour van parked out front. That morning we promised we would collaborate together one day down the road. And I’m so happy it was in true Medicine for the People fashion– inviting the community, and celebrating in the cathedral of nature.

The lyrics “Aloha ke akua, kuleana” translate as “breath of life, responsibility (in life)”.
Nahko describes his songs as prayers or ways of living that we aspire to embody. From my view, he does so with integrity and an incredible work ethic. With that he has become the voice of a social movement that we can all participate in: to tap into our purpose on this Earth, and truly “be the change”.

Watch the Aloha Ke Akua full music video below!

 


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What makes you feel called to create? And what stops you?

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I’ve been thinking a lot about what keeps us from doing what we love, and one of the people we interviewed had a surprising response…

His biggest barrier is stillness.  

But what about the power of meditation?  Isn’t that the seat of all insight?

I could relate.  Getting out into the city and taking action this week has connected me with my creativity.  In ways that pondering and incubating can’t touch.  This time of year I’m usually deep in inquiry.  But I’ve never been more productive on a new project (ahem, www.Greenheart.TV).

SOUNDTRACK/SONG BY Jackson Stell of @Big Wild, check it on soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/bigwild/venice-venture

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