21 Days to Love: Day 14

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Gift Economy

Today is about our intentionality of building around Local Peace Economy Practices.

Let’s branch out into action.

Much of what frightens us about giving and sharing without monetizing the exchange is that it can destabilize our sense of what is normal.

It’s okay to do things differently.

Homogeneity, which is unnatural, is a form of violence in that it makes us discount abundance, generosity and the natural free flow of energy and movement. When our lives are organized in a way that finds us always offering money in exchange for goods or services, we are always engaged in transactionalism and not giving ourselves an opportunity to be more creative and free to engage in the idea that nature is holding us ... there is enough for everyone.

The illusion of scarcity is a primary violence of the war economy and if we’re not mindful it can become a driving force in every aspect of our lives, and crucially impact our relationship to money. Many of us have been taught that having money and using money is the only normal, acceptable way to exchange goods and services.

Therefore, our self-worth can be tied up in it.

Today accept that all your needs are already met. Test out alternate systems to get one thing that you need.

You can use the barter system or check in about arranging a trade of some kind. You can also try the gift economy or “ask and offer.”

See how it makes you feel. Find your partner and talk about it.

This is a big one, please write to us and let us know what happens.

💖 Love and Respect,
Jodie & Kelly

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