nature…

TINY FLOWER

I like to get out in nature; I found her in my youth, and never felt alone when I was wandering the hills around my home. My love for nature has only grown over the years, and honoring her brings clarity to how I live my life. This sense of appreciation is what we will be channeling this week, month and hopefully – for the rest of our lives:-)

A fun example of how nature continually intrigues me can be seen in this hydrangea photo. We have this medium sized hydrangea bush in our yard, but all the leaves and flowers fell off well over a month ago. Except for this one fist-sized bloom that is holding tight to its’ stem, the entire bush is made of twigs. I am truly going to miss this Dr. Seuss flower when it finally drops to the ground, but I will remember its’ triumph!

 “Lose yourself in nature, and find peace.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

On some level, all our yearnings and scarcity in life are due to our separation from nature. Consumption is nature’s demise and without proper balance, our ecosystem can collapse and cause the decline of all affected species. We, as consumers have an important role to play, not only for our own bodies, but for our own planet.

Nature has everything to do with good nutrition as it offers all we need to survive. The vegetables, fruit, rice, water, berries, nuts and wildlife we have at the offering is literally all we need… somewhere along the way, a bunch of manufacturing plants and added chemicals came in because us humans thought we could improve on what is already a miracle. It feels good to remember that food is and should be simple; whole foods speak the same language our bodies understand…truly!

It is time to fall in love with nature again, to really appreciate how lucky we are to call this planet our home. Then take just one step further, and bring that same love into your house… and watch that one intention grow over time. I am so happy to be sharing this journey with you guys; please only enjoy your choices, and remember that life should be joyful, not painful.

BREATHE

Make a date to walk or hike a beautiful piece of nature this week, whether the beach, a park or simply your lovely neighborhood. While you are out there, take the time to focus in on your breath periodically, look around and take in your surroundings. There is so much beauty in nature, and it taps into our inner sanctity when we show the respect it deserves.

LOVE

Plant 1-3 herbs in small container(s) you can keep indoors through the winter. The herbs I most use are:  rosemary, basil, mint, cilantro, thyme, and sage. We mostly keep our herbs outside, but the winter months are hard on them; mint and rosemary are the hardy plants, cilantro and basil are the most tender and definitely indoors in the winter.

NOURISH

Visit your local farmer’s market. Although more fun in the warmer months, this could be your one day out in a string of rainy days, so get out there and find inspiration from your local farmers. I often wander with all my senses open, just waiting for that one BAM! I have to have those mustard leaves, or the local honey or the sprouted bean mixture. Then put those ingredients to work for a meal that weekend; you will notice that meal tastes better than the rest! If no local markets, substitute with your favorite produce market and go home with something new to try:-)

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transcendent revolution…

In revisiting my journal, there are a few themes that keep repeating… frustration with the world (politics, religion & capitalism), frustration with my life, and powerful desires to heal the world, me included! This quote from my journal captures the essence quite well:

“I want to feel freedom’s wings upon my cheeks, with each breath I take. I feel purity cleansing my being, my soul has been quenched… I yearn to resonate this peacefulness, in stereo for all to appreciate!”

Sitting back in reflection… I am able to laugh at myself and see the simple path of growth I am on. No longer worried about finding meaning in life; I was always trying to reconcile the effort I was making vs. the value I felt I was receiving. I was like liquid nitrogen, rolling around in beaded anticipation… never fully coming back to its original form.

Living life simply is at the heart of everything I now do; this path leaves my youthful doubts and insecurities behind, making way for the beautiful view before me. This clarity of thought could be attributed to being a cancer survivor, but I think it also has to do with the Gita philosophy, “peace immediately follows the giving up of expectations.” Finally accepting that at our core, we are all connected… our Ch’i, cyclotrons, chit Shakti, spirit – the energy of consciousness is all one. We are all in sync… in constant “pairing” mode.

As Kant and Hinduism gave way to the transcendental movement in the 1800’s, so they all have birthed every new age movement since.   Pure reason, or a priori knowledge, of the spirit is being held captive by science (posteriori or personal knowledge)… and my thought is capitalism is at the root of all this struggle, as religion was once thought to be the cause of all wars. Our society needs to get behind our politicians and push for real change; we all need to push for a revolutionary change in how we run our country. There is no time to waste; our environment, health and well-being all depend on us taking a real look at the state of our union and place their faith in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“So shall we come to look at the world with new eyes. It shall answer the endless inquiry of the intellect, — What is truth? And of the affections – What is good? By yielding itself passive to the educated Will. …Build, therefore, your own world. As fast as you conform your life to the pure idea in your mind, that will unfold its great proportions. A correspondent revolution in things will attend the influx of the spirit.”

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