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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ENJOY LIFE!

Merry Christmas!  I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday.  I have used the time to reflect on all that I do have in my amazing life.  I’ve gotten some great gifts and even a couple under the tree this day.  The best gift of all has been the love and support from my family and friends.

It didn’t have to be this way.  I’ve faced some tremendous challenges this year and I chose to see things differently.  Dr. Wayne Dyer, bless his soul, told us that when we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.  I’ve chosen to see myself abundantly healthy, happy and blessed.  By looking for all the blessings in every event of my life, I have found some true treasures and insights to see a better world for myself and everyone else.

I’m so happy today my soul is jumping for joy at just being here.  For all of you reading this blog, you have blessed me with your attention and I want to thank you and bless you in return.  Just remember, what you see around you is simply the past choices you made.  If you want it to look different, make different choices.  Be grateful for whatever you’re seeing and look for the blessing in that.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  2017 is our year!  Hears to your Lifetime Health!

LOVE & COMPASSION

BOOMshackalacka! Trump won. He trumped his enemies. So now what?
I say let’s all get back to work but now do it with a little more love and compassion for everyone around you. Regardless of whether they’re smiling or in tears, they need your love and compassion.  I spent some time this week with a group of people who didn’t all agree on the outcome of the election, but we were able to sit, listen and talk about it.  What a revolutionary idea!  America could use more listening and talking.

Next…  What are you doing to make your world a better place? I know I’m doing all I can to make my world a better place by first making myself a better person. That starts with leading a better life moment to moment, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Are you doing all you can do to have optimum health?
Are you filling your mind with garbage while steadily praying for peace of mind?
Are you allowing negative emotions to rule your life?
Are you spending any time focused on the most high?

Our lives are precious gifts we can live with joy and gratitude, love and compassion. You choose in every moment how you give your gift.

Hears to your Lifetime Health!

PLANT GOOD SEEDS

If you’re fortunate enough to have a garden, you know how important it is to prepare the soil and plant good seeds. Good seeds give you a good crop.

The same is true for our internal life. If we expect to see good results in our lives, we need to prepare our spiritual soil and plant good seeds. These seeds are our thoughts. We can prepare the ground with meditation. When we spend time in contemplation of good thoughts that’s the same as dropping our good seeds in the peaceful mind of meditation.

We can expect a great harvest, a life of abundance because we planted good seeds.
All that work results in us bringing good food to the table daily. Good food on the table is another way to share our love. Bon appetit!

CHOICE…

There always comes that time when I have to ask one of my clients, ‘How bad do you want it?’ What is optimal health worth to you?

One of my favorite excuses is …’But it felt so good eating that ‘fill in the blank’…
‘I just didn’t have time for a workout because of the kids and work, blah, blah, blah…’

Every day is a series of choices. Many of us use our family obligations as an excuse to sidestep a healthy lifestyle and at what price? The family that you love so much would probably be in worse shape if you suddenly fell ill or worse died due to poor health. But you say, ‘I’m not that bad. I’m not on death’s door’. Really? How do you know that? The bad choices you made yesterday are impacting you today. Likewise, the good choices from yesterday are bringing you benefits, seen and unseen today. No one is promised tomorrow or today for that matter! If you’re not making the most of your life today, you’re essentially throwing away a day and saying that you really don’t care if you’re not around to enjoy life and your family. Choice is like that. It’s brutal and honest.

Start with a small seemingly easy choice just for today. There is nothing complicated about this. It’s just a choice. What will you choose? Some quiet time alone to recharge? a healthy breakfast? some much needed sleep? a brisk walk in the park? calling an old friend to say I love you? It’s just a choice. You drop a pebble in that pond and the ripples burst out in every direction. Be grateful for each and every choice. Surround each choice with love.

So once again, what is optimal health worth to you? What choices will you make today? You can only choose in this minute, moment to moment. Will you take an honest look at your life and decide for health?

Here’s to your Lifetime Health!

FOSTER EXPANSION – For Your Family

The Standard American Diet or better known as SAD needs EXPANSION! Get out of the crack house!

Many of us say we love our families but then we turn around and feed them poison on a daily basis. So what’s love got to do with it? Remember the June 5th blog post FEED OTHERS GOOD FOOD. Revisit that one to be reminded about all the pesticides in our food. Pesticides were never meant for human consumption. Neither is beige Frankenfood. So much of SAD is centered around meats that are full of hormones and antibiotics from animals who were fed genetically modified organisms (GMO). Of course you wouldn’t know that because the food industry has lobbied against labeling these foods.

Here’s the funny part. You just can’t keep those scrappy Americans down. Just when you’re convinced we’re all asleep at the switch, BAM, we wake up on you! Monsanto, Bayer, DuPont, etc. are shaking in their boots because by now millions upon millions of Americans have heard about GMO. They may not completely understand it yet, but they know they don’t want to eat it.

We initially fell victim to this scam because of our addiction to processed foods. Something the food industry was all to eager to help us develop. We now have more people addicted to sugar than crack cocaine (myself included). Have you ever tried to get between an addict and their fix? It’s dangerous. They will sell you and your mother down the river for a hit.

So what can we be and do to stem the tide of food addictions and clean up our food? Well here are some ideas.
– Eat more organic plant based foods, as fresh as possible.
– Eat a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, the rainbow of colors.
– Plant and nourish a garden.

Where have you heard all these suggestions before? Have you heard yourself saying things like — I can’t afford ORGANIC!? I have a family to feed. Revisit June 5th and see why that mother realized that she was poisoning her children. Besides, if you grow your own fruits and vegetables, it’s much cheaper and you get the benefit of vine ripened produce which has all of the plants powerful phytonutrients and disease fighting enzymes. Plants don’t produce some of these gifts until right before harvest when they are most attractive to bugs. When you eat vine ripened produce, you get that benefit as well. And it tastes heavenly. Way better than boxed, processed food.

I don’t have time for a garden. Really? Seriously? I see people spending countless hours and dollars growing grass in their yards. At least grow something you can eat. You’ve got to water the lawn anyway. Why not water a few fruit trees and some containers full of vegetables? Even some homeless people have gardens so what’s your excuse?

By growing and eating the rainbow, your body gets vital nutrition that you can’t get out of a crack house like your local grocery store. In the past we’ve talked about your body’s cell receptor sites for specific nutrients found in the rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Your cells are crying out FEED ME!

Get out of the crack house and into the garden. Expand your horizons with more and better foods. Really show your family that you do love them. Feed them good food.

Here’s to your Lifetime Health!

FEED OTHERS GOOD FOOD

It’s approaching summer and a lot of us will be doing the backyard barbecue, attending family reunions, birthday parties or just friendly get togethers. Whether it’s pot luck or not, please strive to feed others good food.

I see so many people piling on the heavy fatty meat products, salads packed with mayonnaise, and high fat sweet desserts. Sometimes there not a green vegetable or fresh fruit in sight for miles. With diabetes at epic proportions here in the US, most people can benefit from eating a healthy diet of plant based foods with limited processed foods and smaller amounts of meats and high fat, high sugar options. Over 100 million people in the US either have diabetes or are at risk for developing it.
Eat organic whenever you can. Pesticides were not meant to be ingested.

When you love someone, feeding them good food is a confirmation of your appreciation and admiration. It says that you want them around for a long time and you’re willing to go the extra mile if need be to give them the best.

Here’s some FOOD FOR THOUGHT…

Here’s to your Lifetime Health!