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holistic living

Mindful gardening

Even though it was over 20 years ago, I have a distinct memory of one of my Tae Kwon Do masters reminding us to “tend our own garden and not waste our time looking over the fence at the neighbors garden.” At the time, as we understood, it was with the intention of encouraging our group of testing students to work on our own training. Continue Reading

10 Reasons Why Children Embrace a Holistic Lifestyle Better Than Adults

It’s no secret that children are prone to living less inhibited than most adults. This becomes more apparent during the summer months. Why is it that children seem to live more holistically than adults? Ironically, the average child has no idea what the word holistic even means. They are just being, just living, embracing a set of living ideas that’s a distant memory for most adults. What are some ways that children naturally live more holistically?

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Third floor, please.

In the past few months, there have been several occasions where I have been in a situation that I needed to give an *elevator pitch. Although it shouldn’t feel awkward, it’s often the case for me. I have what I refer to as a predisposition to a genetic humbleness. Talking about myself or putting myself out there doesn’t always feel comfortable. And then, more often than not, I have others telling me that I need to put myself out there more.

The Who said it best…”See Me….Feel Me….Touch me….Heal Me….” 
 
It’s a natural human condition to want to be “seen”. Regardless of who you are and what you believe, we all want to be recognized in some way or another.  Significance is a basic human need. We all crave and need it to reach a personal level of fulfillment. However, this is where the split happens. For some, being seen means constantly putting themselves out there and craving all and any attention, both negative and positive. For others, it presents itself in the form of service to others. Being seen as a contributor to society, a humanitarian, or simply a helpful person.
 
I have struggled with this for most of my life. I have often been labeled as shy and quiet. I am what most would consider introverted, and happy to be such. I never felt the need to jump up and say “here I am!” It’s just not who I am.
 
However, there has been some sort of a push lately to do otherwise. Actually, it’s more of a nudge, as I manage to maintain my comfort zone. I don’t always agree with stepping too far out of the comfort zone. When someone gets pushed out too far, we may see a lack of authenticity. Authenticity is very important to me- keeping true to who I am is something I have struggled to find. I am not about to lose sight of that.
 

It’s true that we grow when we push ourselves. Instead of pushing out of the comfort zone, why not stretch out within your authenticity zone. Keep true to who you are, while experiencing growth at the same time.

 

A healthy planet begins with you!

 

 

 

 

 

The Who – See Me, Feel Me Lyrics

See Me
Feel Me
Touch Me
Heal Me
See Me
Feel Me
Touch Me
Heal Me
Listening to you, I get the music
Gazing at you, I get the heat
Following you, I climb the mountain
I get excitement at your feet
Right behind you, I see the millions
On you, I see the glory
From you, I get opinion
From you, I get the story
Listening to you, I get the music
Gazing at you, I get the heat
Following you, I climb the mountain
I get excitement at your feet
Right behind you, I see the millions
On you, I see the glory
From you, I get opinion
From you, I get the story

Clean Eatin’

Every year EWG releases their updated list of produce that contain the highest and lowest levels of pesticide residues. They call it the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen. Although, there are more than twelve items that fall into the high residue category, only the top twelve are listed.
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Harmony Within

It was one of those moments when time becomes irrelevant. My senses felt blocked to anything outside of the current task. With an inkling of doubt and a slight hesitation, I proceeded to strike as hard as I could. Or at least I thought I did. The brick sat there, staring at me. I looked up and at that very moment, I realized I had to go through with this. In front of me sat the master, several instructors and fellow students looking on. As I was given the motion to try again, a voice came into my head….”mind, body, spirit.” It was my dad’s voice, with three simple words that had set an anchor to what I now needed to do. I collected my thoughts and cleared my mind. This time there was no try….I broke it. The year was 1994 and I had just tested for my black belt (1st Dan) in Tae Kwon Do.   Continue Reading

For the Gratitude of Guinea Pigs

I am totally and completely against animal testing in any way, however, over the years, my family members have been my Guinea Pigs. Many times knowingly, but others not. At some point they gave up asking “what is this made of?” or “what type of product does this replace?”. Now they just smile and approach, ever so cautiously.

 

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Neener Neener Greener!

We all know that person….you know the one that is sicker than you when you have a virus, the one that has a better car than the one you just bought, the ones who’s life is more perfect than yours or perhaps more complicated than yours will ever be. The bottom line is there is no comparing to someone that is constantly living in competition of others.

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Green Inspiration

What inspires you? Sometimes that is an easy question to answer, and other times not so much. Inspiration comes to us at any time, moment or place. Often not even asking to be inspired, rather it is just dropped on us like a summer rain storm- unexpected, yet very welcome.

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