August 12, 2012


Bamboo essence The last few weekends I have been doing a ton of yard work. One day I worked in a huge patch of bamboo that’s several stories high, pulling out dead leaves for hours. Something about working in and around the bamboo was so peaceful and nourishing, so strengthening and revitalizing. I love everything about Bamboo. Have you seen any of the Chinese Kung Fu movies where the characters are climb up the bamboo with their swords, swishing through the leaves and hoping from limb to limb? I would love to walk in those huge bamboo forests. If you’re on Instagram, you might have seen that the main room of our offices we put massive sheets of photographs of bamboo wallpaper, so it appears as if we’re inside our own little peaceful bamboo forest. bamboo painting Bamboo was the first thing that I learned how to paint. About a decade ago, I went through a really intense period of studying Chinese painting. I spent hours and hours every week painting with an 80-year-old man from Taiwan. One of the first things I learned to paint was bamboo, considered one of the “Four Gentleman” of Chinese Painting and is hugely significant in Asian art. I found this video of Master Painter Ning Yeh, who for me is like the Chinese version of Bob Ross, in that he is so incredibly relaxing and soothing to watch and listen to.

Bamboo is actually a grass, though the idea of it being a ‘tree’ somehow fits its height better. Bamboo is one of the strongest – and fast-growing - plants in the world. Some bamboo varieties grow up to three feet per day! There are two major categories of bamboo, which describe how each grows: clumping, and running. The clumping bamboo stays in one location and puts all of its energy into growing upward. Running bamboo ‘runs’, or spreads, covering great expanses of space. Bamboo Forest1 Bamboo is not only impressive for it’s speedy growth, but also for its strength. Its compressive strength is greater than concrete, wood and brick, and it’s tensile strength matches that of steel! In Asia it’s used in the construction of foundations of large buildings. Interestingly, even though bamboo is as strong as steel, it’s also flexible and supple, bending in the wind.

There are many kinds of bamboo, some of them happiest in the tropics, and others better suited to colder climates where it snows.

Here’s a beautiful video about the use of bamboo in building materials:

As an essence, bamboo is unparalleled for making the impossible possible. It offers unfaltering strength, persistence and tenacity, with a perfect balance of flexibility, gracefulness and the ability to accomplish something against all odds. It enhances focus, clarity and awareness of how our every day actions relate to our greater goals. It deepens an understanding of our actions as a part of the bigger picture, as well as being unwavering in whatever it takes to accomplish our aims. Bamboo dissolves the thought pattern, “I can’t do it”, and the habit of looking at others’ accomplishments and feeling small (looking at other people instead of looking straight ahead at what needs to be done). It eliminates fears and non-constructive enmeshment with others, and gives a boost of stamina, determination and follow- through. Bamboo2 As you’re taking the Bamboo elixir, you might want to reflect on what areas of your life are you not sure if you have what it takes, or when you feel small or that other people are more qualified or more naturally talented than you. bamboo shoots Bamboo dissolves lingering reservations about going all out - after your biggest, wildest dreams. If there is any hesitation or holding back that’s preventing you from really tapping into your full potential, Bamboo is all about rapid growth and making the impossible possible. Look at how fast it grows! It has no hesitations or doubts as it reaches for the sky - it simple goes for it, with perseverance, determination and power.

Experience the magic of Bamboo!

Bamboo Elixir {Magnifies} Unfaltering strength, persistence, tenacity, being unstoppable, flexibility, gracefulness, making the impossible possible, ability to accomplish something against all odds; feeling that “I can do it”; looking straight ahead and seeing what needs to be done; enhances focus, clarity, awareness of ones path & everyday actions & how they relate to the path and the greater goals; Growth. Movement. Change. Evolution; awakens a deeper sense of gratitude and loyalty to Earth, desire to benefit the Earth; deepens understanding of one’s actions as a part of the bigger picture; strengthen’s sense of ‘spiritual pride’, and the feeling that “I can do it”. Bamboo is not about motivation, but about power, strength, follow through, determination, landing the deal, and unwaveringly doing what you need to in order to accomplish your aims. {Dissolves} Feeling that “I can’t do it”; looking at others’ accomplishments and feeling small, or fixating on others instead of looking straight ahead at what you need to do; sense of impotence; dissolves fears and non-constructive enmeshment with others; and is otherwise indicated when there is lack of follow-through, stamina or determination. Love + flower petals, xo-katie And because they are just sooo cute, here are some pandas munchin' on some bamboo! pandas eating bamboo panda eating on bamboo

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