For Your Family:  Set the Example

If you’re not living an amazing life right now, what would it take to change that?

What more is possible?  What would an amazing life look like for you?

Many times people will ask these questions and immediately move into a mode of, well I have to … followed by striving for some goal, some thing that, if only I could get that, I would be happy.  What if you already have an amazing life and you’re just not tuned into it?  What if everything going on around you is the greatest blessing in life?  Would you see it?  Would you have the discernment to recognize an amazing life?  As humans we always strive for something.  It’s part of our nature.  We are never satisfied and always looking to cure boredom.  Many of us drown our lives in entertainment because we are terrified of being bored.  To what else could you attribute the mindless checking of texts and email or scrolling through Fakebook or watching TV for hours on end looking, searching for something, anything to lock onto to make ourselves feel “connected.”

My amazing life is right in front of me.  I have work I love.  I have family and friends I love.  I have a healing body I love for its resiliency and strength.  All of these things are gifts from the divine put here for my enjoyment.  I’m connected at all times.  I can never not be connected for that is the nature of the Universe.  It is one song.  I seek to share my gifts so they can multiply and flourish.  Then when I ask that question, what more is possible, I start to get insights into how I can share more of me.  This makes me a blessing to others and more good things flow into my life.  And this helps me vibrate on a frequency of love and gratitude which brings more good things.

Oh, but what about the “bad” things?  Do you think they just stop coming?  Of course not.   Both the good and bad things are like thoughts we have when we meditate.  They come up, we examine them and then we release them and return our focus to what we want to experience.  We do this over and over, today and tomorrow.  We can choose to live in today and tomorrow, always coming back to our core focus, our amazing lives.

What is your amazing life?  Who’s in it?  Do you appreciate them?  When is the last time you told them how much you appreciate their presence in your life?  What would your life be like without them?  People and relationships with people are the most important things in our amazing lives.  All of the things we strive to get can be replaced.  But what happens when you lose people, relationships?  Whether they were good or bad, it leaves a scar, an empty place.

 I choose to share my amazing life with people who appreciate me and love to receive my gifts.  That’s all.  Let me know about your amazing life and how you share it.  Are you setting the example for everyone around you?  Come see me at JaniceWoody.com where I show people how to live an amazing life of wellness and graceful aging.  Here’s to your Lifetime Health!

 

Budding Opportunities – Being in Nature

I use the term Being in Nature vs. Being with or Being out in because this life is about who we are being in each moment.  We are as much a part of nature as the trees we walk past daily.  We can’t help but be “in” nature.  There is a symbiotic relationship here.  We are kin with the birds and the squirrels because we all have a common source of being.  Many days I’m talking with people who feel overwhelmed by the act of living.  I think and feel that our stress with living comes from not realizing our connection with everything around us.  When brother bird sings, he’s communicating with you.  Are you listening?  It may be a sweet melodious chirp I’m hearing or a somber chant.  Many times I can feel the direct connection between me, what’s happening in my life and the bird’s song.  If he’s doing a somber chant, did I suddenly become aware of him because I’m going through a particularly difficult time?  Or am I overjoyed by some wonderful new blessing and because of that I hear gleeful chirping?  We are all connected.  It doesn’t mean we are all the same.  We are just connected in the web of life and we have messages for each other that can uplift and feed our souls.

This is what creates true abundance in life.  The never-ending connection between everything.  When we tap into this, we start to understand the universe is infinite and there is no lack of anything.  It is our narrow perceptions that steal this truth from us.  My ancestors were connected in a very basic way and taught me to value this connection to everything.  All those days in my grandma’s garden watching and helping her tend to and nurture the crops was my foundation in the truth of abundance.  Watching her shake the peach tree to collect that delectable sweet, juicy fruit taught me that one day it would be my turn to shake the tree.  And because of her, I would know how.  Giving thanks for everything that came, taught me about the most powerful energy in the universe, love and gratitude.

We are living in the month of May and it is full of budding opportunities to realize our connection and how we are being in nature,  Are we growing?  Are the buds in our lives blossoming?  When we become aware of our connection, we begin to see this growth.  The growth leads to maturity, then death which leads us back to the start of the cycle with birth.  None of this is to be feared but appreciated and acknowledged.  We are  part of the never-ending cycle of love and gratitude.

Ask yourself this question.  Who am I being in this moment?  Would I be proud of my great, great-grandchildren knowing this person?  Am I living the values I preach to my family and friends?  Or am I a straight up hypocrite?  Every moment is a choice about who we are being.  Stay in the now and stay connected.  Nature teaches you how to be in harmony with everything and everyone around you.

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Comfort Food

Thanksgiving memories for me are of Grandma in the kitchen cooking and baking some of my favorite comfort foods.  They might have been different from what you ate but they were all I knew.  Much of the food was organic because she didn’t use pesticides in her garden or on the fruit trees or the lawn.  This was back before organic was cool.  We didn’t even know we were eating organic but we knew it was good.  Our family was so big, we took shifts at the dining room table on Thanksgiving day.  Family members traveled for miles to get there so we could all be together.  I hope you’re memories are this sweet.  If not, make some new memories starting this year.  Let your comfort food be a blessing to your health.

If you’re having turkey on Thanksgiving, at least strive to get the best possible.  Remember, this is for your family.  Most commercial turkey farms use a variety of drugs as feed additive to “fatten up” the birds.  Topmax is the preferred additive found in most supermarket turkeys.  If you care, there are alternatives to ingesting this stuff.  One would be give the turkey couple in the photo a break and eat something else.  But if you insist, go organic.  Notice the following warning says – NOT FOR USE IN HUMANS.  Yet they feed it to the birds many of us are eating.

WARNING:  The active ingredient in Topmax, ractopamine hydrochloride, is a beta-adrenergic agonist.  Individuals with cardiovascular disease should exercise special caution to avoid exposure.  Not for use in humans.  Keep out of the reach of children.  The Topmax 9 formulation (Type A Medicated Article) poses a low dust potential under usual conditions of handling and mixing.  When mixing and handling Topmax, use protective clothing, impervious gloves, protective eye wear, and a NIOSH-approved dust mask.  Operators should wash thoroughly with soap and water after handling.  If accidental eye contact occurs, immediately rinse eyes thoroughly with water.  If irritation persists, seek medical attention.  The material safety data sheet contains more detailed occupational safety information.  To report adverse effects, access medical information, or obtain additional product information, call 1-800-428-4441.

This information was obtained from drugs.com and accessdatafda.gov

My prayer for you this Thanksgiving week is that you are able to spend it with people you love, enjoying clean, toxic free food and beverages, and truly giving thanks that you’re alive and able to do this.

Hears to your Lifetime Health!

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOODY’S WORDS

Observations On the Go

This week everyone is talking about gratitude and Thanksgiving, and I hope they are really grateful for everything they have.  I had the pleasure of spending some time with a few homeless people earlier this month.  They were truly grateful for the gifts we brought to them.  It was only a few blankets but their eyes said everything.  They were surprised at the help from total strangers and probably wondering why someone was taking the time to help them.

I know I helped because I am truly grateful for all that I have in this life.  While my life may not appear to be the greatest, I have so many riches I experience each day.  I have real friends and people who do love me and support me.  I have a roof over my head and hot food to eat.  I have dreams and goals to achieve.  I am limitless.

What I realized is that there is no difference between me and the people I saw living on the street and in the shelters.  They may not realize that we all have the same potential.  We all can have our dreams and the life we desire, but we have to want it desperately.  We have to want it like we want our next breath.  Only then will we be willing to endure whatever is necessary to achieve our goals.  When you want something so bad then you can say “I will have it, NO MATTER WHAT.” Then you will have it.

It’s getting colder so now I must find socks.  I know some people who would really appreciate a nice warm pair of socks.

Light and Love,

Janice

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