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MEET OUR MAKERS
Welcome to the first in our series of Makers Reflect. We designed these to
support our community of makers during these challenging times, and we hope
they will inspire you. Our global partners do good through the environmentally
responsible pieces they grow and craft, and these include our maker friends in
California who lovingly create products made from organic Palo Santo
wood that cleanse the energy and purify the air. We recently checked in with
One Love Holistics to see how they’re staying fulfilled,
optimistic, and joyful during these challenging times.
ONE LOVE HOLISTICS
Ian Elliot is the founder of One Love Holistics, a Bay Area
provider of sustainably sourced Palo Santo sticks from Peru. The heartwood of Palo
Santo (a.k.a. “holy wood”) — also known by its scientific name Bursera Graveolens -
is native to various regions throughout Central and South America, and has long been
regarded as a sacred element in cleansing practices for centuries. To this day, it is
celebrated for its restorative qualities by shamans throughout Latin America, spiritual
healers, and modern-day aficionados alike. One Love is committed to bringing the benefits
of Palo Santo to homes around the world, and to safeguarding the habitat of the tree itself.
All of One Love’s Bursera Graveleons products
are cut from the heartwood of naturally fallen trees and produced in strict accordance
with governmental guidelines regulating the collection, processing, and global distribution
of Palo Santo.
"WE MAKE A POINT TO BE IMMERSED IN NATURE ON A DAILY BASIS AND IT IS THIS RAW ENVIRONMENT THAT HELPS US TO REMEMBER OUR TRUE ORIGIN."
We chatted with Ian in Northern California:
What keeps you fulfilled?
Despite all of the challenges that accompany the journey, what keeps us truly fulfilled is knowing that we help to provide a service that impacts people in a positive way across the entire world...on an energetic level. From our partners to our customers, our business is a medium for facilitating “light work” through the power of love in oneness. When the synchronicities surround and abound all aspects of our work, it is clear as quartz that we are undoubtedly on the right light path forward.
How are you staying resilient?
Any entrepreneur out there in the world simply must be resilient by nature. Entrepreneurial resilience is one of those qualities that defines leadership. While we are all collectively dealing with the recent social shifts we find ourselves in, it is of utmost importance to maintain this resilience in times like these. You must empower your sisters and brothers to stay strong and allow them to forge their own way, insofar as it is aligned with promoting an abundance of love in the times it is needed the most. By embodying a natural authenticity and not trying to superficially impose that which is not, you will naturally be guided to the next step forward along your journey...as such is the nature of a spiritual being riding the wave of the human experience! And when it comes to any type of entrepreneurship, regardless of your niche...adaptation of your business models and products is the name of the game.
Where do you find joy?
Well the joy is generated from within of course! Bringing joy to others is one of our foundational building blocks, both personally and professionally. Joy is simply the recognition and celebration of our oneness. Now in terms of "hobbies," we make a point to be immersed in nature on a daily basis and it is this raw environment that helps us to remember our true origin, to stay-the-course, and to maintain peace-of-mind in this fast-paced global world.
What are you grateful for?
We're truly grateful for every blessing we are bestowed with...our loved ones, our home, our local community, our global community, and this opportunity that we have so graciously been given.
Any special silver linings?
We're in the midst of some major conservation projects in both Ecuador and Peru at the moment and are eagerly awaiting borders to open back up. While these lockdowns have certainly impacted all of our team members, everybody is patiently waiting to get back to work and continue forward ASAP!
What do you hope for the future?
Be the change that you wish to see in the world…it all begins from within.
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