Free Herbal Materia Medica Course From Herbal Academy

The Herbal Academy of New England has created a Free Herbal Materia Medica Course to guide you through the process of studying, researching, and observing plants in order to create an herbal materia medica. Designed for herbalists in the making, seasoned herbalists, and those of you not yet sure if this is the right path for you, this program will walk you through the process of studying one herb at a time, teaching you how to create (or add to) your materia medica.

Your materia medica, which will consist of multiple monographs on the plants that are of interest to you, will serve as one of the foundational resources for you as an herbalist. In it you will compile information from both historical and modern resources, from books and articles to scientific journals and personal accounts. You will rely not only on what you learn in books, but also your own understanding and experience—how you observe a plant in nature and how you experience a plant by spending time with it or taking it into your body—to tell the story of your plant.

The Free Herbal Materia Medica Course by Herbal Academy – You will learn where to look for quality herbal information and how to research. You’ll receive an extensive list of references––from books to online websites and databases––to help get you get started in your journey.

BY THE END OF THIS COURSE:

  • You will know how to study a plant, how to find resources to support your studies, how to interact with a plant to gain first-hand experience with some of its characteristics, and how to evaluate scientific research on plants.
  • You will learn how to research a plant’s names, botany, growing conditions, harvesting guidelines, active constituents, actions, uses, taste and energetics, safety, and herb-drug interactions.
  • You will learn what a plant’s history, habitat, and growing requirements are, informing your understanding of what a plant needs and how you can become a caretaker, even if you aren’t growing the plant yourself.
  • You will gain an introduction to integrating a plant into your life to support wellness by learning about its properties and characteristics.
  • You will have a list of many resources—our favorite books and websites—for your further study of plants and development of your materia medica.

You will learn where to look for quality herbal information and how to research. You’ll receive an extensive list of references––from books to online websites and databases––to help get you get started in your journey.

By the end of this course, you will know how to research your plant and create a plant monograph, and will be well on your way to creating your materia medica!

The Herbal Materia Medica Course is free and will include some of the materia medica pages from this journal for printing at home, and you will also have the option to upgrade your registration to include the Materia Medica Journal so you have a beautiful bound book in which to record your studies and enjoy as a lasting treasure.

 This free course is only available during this month ( January) so head on over and enroll now!

We are proud affiliates of the Herbal Academy of New England and I’m also a student of their courses.

How to have a clutter free home in 2017

 

These books & resources will help you be more organized and have a clutter-free home in 2017!

Are you tired of wasting precious time shuffling papers and looking for your missing shoe, or your vanishing purse? You dream of short-cuts to make your life more organized, but is it possible?

You’ve got great reasons for wanting to be more organized and create a holistic home. You want the best for your family. You want to teach your kids to live in calmness, not chaos. You want to be patient without losing your ever-lovin’ mind in the insanity of so much stuff. And you just want to savor the time you have, instead of running around chasing clutter.
But sometimes it just feels so hard.

Maybe you’ve tried to get more organized before, and failed. Or thought you found the perfect system, only to have it not work for you at all. You’re not alone.

I know what it’s like to feel that getting organized shouldn’t be so hard, and the answer definitely isn’t to keep wasting money on more storage containers or pricey planners, either!

But what if you could learn from a group of organizing gurus all at once — regular people who’ve found practical solutions to their everyday struggles, and want to share their best tips and tactics with you in all the areas you find most challenging?

Because when you have the right info and tools at your fingertips, it’s so much easier. You know which papers to keep (and which should immediately be thrown away). You’re more confident in saying no to the things on your calendar that don’t matter (and yes to the things that do). You start learning the difference between what you really need and what will just add to the clutter to your home. You feel less stressed (and you’ll probably enjoy life more, too).

That’s why Stephanie- a fellow holistic mom & traveler- has put together the Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle for the very first time. Their customers have been begging for help with streamlining their lives. The answer was this super-short opportunity to get a complete collection of organizational resources for a crazy low price.

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes 38 digital products on topics like how to organize your photos, decluttering, family systems, meal planning, time management, and much more. All together, it’s worth over $650!

Plus, it comes with two brilliant bonus offers worth over $40:

    • SaneBox – An exclusive credit to save you 12 hours per month ($20 value)
    • YNAB – A FREE four month trial to the popular budgeting software ($20 value)

Besides being so incredibly helpful and inspiring, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering the bundle for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $650 worth of amazing products for a whopping 95% off!

Here’s how it works:

      1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this Super Bundle, then click “Get my copy now!” to go through their simple 3-step checkout process.
      2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, printing out planners, and redeeming your free bonus products.
      3. Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the area you want to tackle first and start getting organized!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just 6 days! After Monday night, January 30th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or buy the bundle.

 

Want to know exactly what’s in the bundle?

Cleaning & Chores

  • 2017 Motivated Moms Chore Planner by Susan Cramer ($9.00)
  • 30 Day Guide to a Clean and Organized Home  by Rachel Jones ($27.97)
  • Energy Budget: Time Management for the Chronically Ill (And Others With Long-Term Roadblocks) by Rachel Ramey ($78.00)
  • The Three Systems Every Family Needs by Saren Loosli ($24.00)

Decluttering

  • Chaos To Clutter-Free: 16 Realistic Steps To An Organized Home by Davonne Parks ($4.99)
  • Freed from Clutter: Declutter Course  by Becky Mansfield ($47.00)
  • Step-By-Step Decluttering: Your Guide To Less Stuff And An Uncluttered Home by Sarah Mueller ($15.00)

Family Organization    

  • 30 Days To An Organized Life by Kimberlee Stokes ($9.00)
  • Home Management For The Homeschool Mom: Simplifying The Big Things So You Don’t Miss The Little Things by Amy Roberts ($9.99)
  • Home Organizing DIY Assessment Workbook by Andi Willis ($7.00)
  • Organizing For School Success Kit by Saren Loosli ($27.00)
  • Organizing Life As Mom by Jessica Fisher ($12.00)
  • Sanity Savers For Christian Moms: Simple Solutions For A More Joy-filled Life! by Kristi Clover ($5.99)

Managing Your Time    

  • 5 Days To A Better Morning by Crystal Paine ($2.99)
  • Spend Your Days: How to Control Time with Rocks, Bullets, Chisels, & a Boat by Tsh Oxenreider ($8.00)
  • Never-Ending To-Do List: A One-Hour Solution for Busy Parents Who Want  Less Stress And More Fun by Kelly Holmes ($4.99)
  • Routine Cards by Rachel Norman ($6.00)

Meal Planning

  • Meal Planning Made Easy by Kelly Smith ($7.95)
  • The Printable Recipe Binder Kit by Kalyn Brooke ($12.00)
  • The Ultimate Guide To Freezer Cooking by Crystal Barton ($10.00)

Organizing Paperwork & Digital Files

  • 10 Steps To Organizing Photos & Memorabilia by Lisa Woodruff ($3.95)
  • 2017 Budget Planner by Jessi Fearon ($19.97)
  • Evernote Essentials by Brett Kelly ($29.00)
  • Mindspace: 10 Practices To Help You Let Go Of Mental Clutter And Make Room For More Joyful, Creative Living by Melissa Camara Wilkins ($9.99)
  • Paperwork: Sorted! by Chrissy Halton ($12.39)
  • Spend Well Budgeting System: Printable Files To Help You Take Control Of Your Finances by Carrie Lindsey ($5.99)
  • The Sunday Basket: Weekly Paper Organizing & Planning by Lisa Woodruff ($7.95)
  • The Ultimate Unofficial Dropbox Guide by Jason Glaspey ($29.00)

Planners

  • 2017 All Inclusive Binder by Mique Provost ($19.99)
  • 2017 Christmas Planner by Mandi Ehman ($4.00)
  • 2017 Homestead Management Printables by Quinn Veon ($8.99)
  • 2017 Thanksgiving Planner by Mandi Ehman ($3.00)
  • Homekeeping Foundations Kit: The Perfect DIY Homekeeping Binder Kit by Clean Mama ($20.00)
  • Homeschool Mom Life Binder by Heather Bowen ($19.99)
  • How To Create Your Own Printables by Laura Smith ($49.00)
  • Printable Planner Stickers by Rachael Wynn ($28.46)
  • The Home Management Binder & Family Planner by Helena Alkhas ($47.00)
  • Wanderlist: Your Travel Planning Toolkit by Kimberly Tate ($12.99)

 

No one should have to feel overwhelmed one more minute because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need. By finding systems and strategies that really work for us, our home and daily life is much calmer than it used to be. It’s made all the difference in the world and I want the same for you and your family. I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or buy the bundle.

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Learning how to improve your health & create an holistic home

More and more of our family and friends have mention that they’re struggling with health issues. The fact is that more adults & children than ever before are suffering from toxic overload, due to the chemicals in our water supply and air, as well as food.

While this may sound depressing, the good news is that more and more people are becoming aware of just how important nutrition & adopting a healthy lifestyle.

In fact, family members that would never to listen to us about nutrition and herbs are talking about organic supplements they’re taking, and how they’ve changed their diet!

Because of the internet, there is a wealth of information available about how to create a holistic home in the form of blogs, research papers, and courses. There is so much information available though that it can be confusing.

So where do you begin your studies in holistic living?

I personally recommend you:

+ Make a list of sites ( like this one) that are themed after holistic & natural health

+ Research topics you’d like to study, such as essential oils

+ Ask friends and family who are health conscious what they’re reading

Starting A Holistic Living Library

Starting a home ( or online) library with health books & courses is a great idea, no matter how far you are on your journey to creating an holistic home!

One affordable way to get started is to purchase healthy living resources in a bundle.

You’ve probably seen some bundles around from time to time, but they’re not all created equally. One particular bundle we enjoy is called the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle, which features not only ebooks but free products, eCourses, discounts, and more.

It’s the perfect way to get started in learning more about holistic living!

What I love about Ultimate Bundles is the quality and value of the resources included in each bundle, how easy it is to download and use, their amazing customer service team, and the physical bonus offers included with each one.

And because of your interest in holistic living, I have a feeling you’re going to love their newest bundle, and I want to let you know that it’s available now for just a few days.

The Ultimate Healthy Living bundle contains 83 superb eBooks and eCourses designed to help you:

  • prepare wholesome & delicious real food
  • get the toxins out of your house for good
  • understand and use natural remedies
  • breathe new life into your exercise habits
  • raise exceptionally healthy kids in an unhealthy world
  • plus learn about gardening and homesteading, meal planning, women’s health issues, and so much more.

The combined value of everything in the bundle is over $2,400, but you get it all for a ridiculous 98% off!

Worried about information overload? Don’t be: there’s a handy Getting Started Guide to help you take action right away.

Ryan and Steph (and their awesome team) are extremely picky about what they include in their bundles and spend a whole lot of time researching which resources would be BEST suited to the needs of people like you.

On top of the eBooks, this years bundle has FREE Maca, kombucha tea and probiotics, and numerous other health products you can get for free or for a discount. We just ordered our maca and a face cream that we can’t wait to try! It’s loaded with organic oils, and usually costs almost 40 dollars.

Because of their commitment to including only the best eBooks and eCourses, over 64,000 people like you have purchased an Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle over the last five years. That many people simply can’t be wrong!

This years edition of The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle – with over 95% never-before-included resources – is available to you now, but only for a few days.

On September 26th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle (2016 Edition) will no longer be available.

Click here to find out more and get your Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle!

Please note we are proud affiliates of the bundle, after purchasing it ourselves. We’ve been investing in it every year since 2013 and highly recommend it. 

 

 

The BEST natural skincare products for holistic mamas

The BEST natural skincare products for holistic mamas

I’ve always been a fan of natural skincare products, whether I make them myself or purchase them. Over the years, I’ve tested what works best for my somewhat dry and sensitive skin, and some products that say they’re natural have actually caused irritation.

My skincare regime is simple, easy to do, and quick.  I used to wash my face with plane old water but now use the organic Hydrating Cleaning Lotion from MuktiIt’s a rich, creamy cleanser that makes my skin feel very soft after using it, and the bottle has lasted me 6 months.

Afterwards, I use argan oil ( typically from Now Vitamins) and an Anti Aging synergy roll on essential oil blend. The oil absorbs rather quickly but leaves my skin hydrated all day long. I sometimes also use a moisturizer from Mukti if my skin needs extra hydration.

Related Post: 5 Ways To Be Healthier

A few other facials oils I love:

Sea Buckthorn Oil

very nourishing 

Coconut Oil

excellent for using on your body and hair

Frankinsence Essential Oil

Anti-aging

Carrot Seed Oil

acts as a natural sunscreen

Taking  schizandra berry has also drastically helped my overall skin. It has been used for centuries throughout Asia as part of women’s beauty regimes. Within a few days of taking it in supplement or tea form, my skin feels softer, even if I don’t use any products or oils. You can find it in your local Chinese herbal store or on iHerb.

Collagen supplements have become a popular natural skincare product. Consuming Bone broth is another way to ingest collagen as it’s found in the joints of animal bones used to make it ( usually beef).

It’s also very important that we eat a diet that’s low in sugar and processed foods. They not only decrease one’s immune system but also can promote premature aging and will zap your energy.

Speaking of energy, getting enough rest is essential to having beautiful skin. As hard as that may be for parents who are busy taking care of their kids, home, and career, the benefits of adequate sleep are almost endless. And we all tend to look healthier ( and better overall) when we’ve slept well.

 

 

Thriving as a Mom


Dishes are piled up in the sink. You’re pulling clean underwear out of the drier for your potty training toddler. Your kids need a bath (and a haircut, too). Dinner is looking like scrambled eggs (again). And you’re pretty sure you didn’t win any awards for “the Most Patient and Gentle Mommy” today.

In fact, on days like this you might be tempted to judge yourself even more harshly than that. Not only were you not at your best, but actually, you’re a terrible mom. A pathetic homemaker. The day was a disaster. You probably deserve an F minus in motherhood.

And on and on goes the litany in your head as you stew about the ways you didn’t match up or weren’t enough or were too whatever (angry, critical, impatient, disorganized, fill in the blank).

You snap a shot of your depressing laundry pile after the kids go to bed and share it on Instagram with a self-deprecating comment and the hashtag #momfail. It’s only meant as a joke, of course, but deep down it feels a little truer than you wish it did.

If this sounds even remotely familiar, you need to know two things:

  1. You are not a failure. Most of us feel this way far more than we ever admit.
  2. All the ways you failed?? How awful you did today or last week? It’s just not true. You’re doing better than you think.

I’ve had these sorts of days myself, and it’s precisely because I get it that I’m so excited to point you in the direction of this brand new (and free!) video series created by two moms who have lived their fair share of #momfail days.

Stephanie and Beth are not only popular bloggers, but they’re also moms in the trenches. They’ve got 8 kids and almost 20 years of mothering experience between them.

They also understand and have the deepest compassion for moms who are working their tails off, but still hitting the pillow at night with a heavy heart and tear-stained face, because they feel like they’re failing at one of the most important things they’ll ever do in their lives.

And so they’ve put together an honest, candid and incredibly encouraging series of three videos just for moms. It’s called “The Truth About #MomFail Culture: 10 Things You Need to Hear on the Hard Days”.

It won’t solve all your problems, and much as they wish they could, they can’t reach through the computer and fold that pile’o’laundry for you. But we can all benefit from a fresh perspective and encouragement from someone who really gets it.

Each video is short – around 15 minutes, and you can watch it on any sort of device and whenever you’ve got a few spare minutes.

To watch the video series, just click this link and enter your name and email to sign up. You’ll get access to the first video today, and then one per day after that.

Sale at the Herbal Academy of New England

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Image from the Herbal Academy of New England

Looking to become an herbalist, or yearn to DIY your own tinctures? No matter what your herbalism goals are, the Herbal Academy of New England is the place to pursue your studies.

And I’ve got good news for you: for the remainder of this month, you can save 15 percent off of your training!

To get this limited time offer,use code HERBALISTS when enrolling in the training of your choice.

No matter where you are at in your herbal studies, the Herbal Academy has a training program for you!

The Introductory Herbal Course is a good place to start if you are new to herbal medicine. It’s a beginner’s course filled with easy training guides, recipes, downloadable flipping books and charts to get you well on your way to becoming an herbalist. The course begins with the basics of medicine making and wildcrafting, anatomy, introduces you to many many plants, covers common discomforts for adults and children, and discusses the overarching holistic approach of herbalism.

The Intermediate Herbal Course begins with an introductory unit as a review, and then quickly advances into more complex topics. The program dives in deeper, working through each body system and discussing the herbs; their actions and energetics; their safety and side effects; in-depth coverage of anatomy and physiology; and guidance for herbal formulation.

The Entrepreneur Herbal Course is geared towards herbalists who have already studied at the beginner and intermediate levels, who want to make and sell their own herbal products. Lessons on sourcing herbs, Good Manufacturing Practices, labeling requirements, writing a business plan, and creating a brand are some of the many lessons included in this fast track program!

Photo from the Herbal Academy of New England

Photo from the Herbal Academy of New England

The Advanced Herbal Course is an in-depth program geared towards students interested in becoming clinical herbalists. This program picks up on the body systems not fully covered in the Intermediate Course, and covers more complex topics including herbal wisdom traditions, health and wellness of men, women, and elderly, assessment and herbal therapeutics, and steps to becoming a clinical herbalist; as well as regulatory and legal obstacles facing professional herbalists and herbal products businesses.

I’m personally studying in HANE’s intermediate and beginner courses and loving them. The modules are beautifully designed and available both online and as a downloadable PDF. They have video lessons and other downloads ( such as gorgeous labels), as well as a forum to connect with other students. I’m also a proud affiliate of the program.

Remember to use the code HERBALISTS when checking out to get that 15 percent off discount while it lasts.

4 ways to save money on natural cleaning products

4 ways to save money on natural cleaning products

We all want to use the natural products to clean our homes. From concerns over the toxicity of conventional cleaning products to allergic reactions to ingredients used in laundry detergent, more and more people are seeing the benefit to going green.
But you may have noticed that the prices for more holistic alternatives tend to be higher. This has been one of the top concerns many of my readers have vocalized: they want to go green, but want to do it without breaking the bank.
In today’s post, you’re going to learn three ways to save money on holistic home products!

DIY Your Own

Our family loves making our own cleaning products using natural ingredients that we have purchased at our local store, or even common ingredients you find in your kitchen.

For example, you can create an easy to use and affordable surface cleaner by diluting lemon essential oil with water and putting it into a glass spray bottle. Mixing essential oils with baking soda also makes an excellent air freshener if you place it in a recycled jam or babyfood jar.

Vinegar is another low cost item that clean windows to toilets and even as a laundry brightener!

Resources:

Herbal Academy of New England
HANE is an excellent resource for how to create natural alternatives to conventional ones. Both their blog and courses are fantastic.

 Grove Collabortive

The Grove Collaborative ( previously called ePantry) offers natural, eco friendly household products for a good price.

They carry brands such as Mrs. Meyers, Method, Seventh Generation, and Dr. Bronner’s and ship throughout the US.

iHerb

Another fantastic place to save big on natural healthcare and household products is iHerb. We’ve been using them for 6 years and they ship internationally at an extremely low cost ( $4 dollars to ship to Thailand).

iHerb has an array of green household cleaning products that you can save on in three ways.

For starters, they sell holistic products at a discounted rate and repeat customers get loyalty rewards points they can use to save even more. Their referral program is another way to get additional credit to your next purchase.

There is no minimum order nor scheduled shipping, although for international orders, there may be certain customs restrictions on certain supplements, or a maximum weight for your package. For example, here in Thailand, shipping is $4 dollars and you can buy up to $80 dollars worth of items that way less than 4lbs.

We’ve ordered from iHerb from everywhere and find them to be extremely reliable and the items have always been well packaged for international shipping.

Buy in bulk

I always tell readers that the best way to save money on healthy foods is to buy in bulk when possible. The same goes for when you purchase green home cleaning products as many brands have the option for you to buy larger sizes that are more cost effective than buying say a smaller size every month.

Costco is carrying more and more discounted bulk items, as are other stores throughout North America. Not sure if you’re favorite brands sell products in bulk? Contact them directly to ask if there’s a store near you where they are available.

This article contains affiliate links to stores we personally have used and recommend. It was originally published on holisticdad.net, our other site.

Eating Magic! Helping Kids Eat Healthy

How to get your kids to eat healthy

 

It isn’t an accident that my daughter eats a variety of healthful nutritious foods. It is my personal mission.
My mother fed me wholesome, home cooked,vegetarian fare abut 85 percent of my childhood. There was fast food and junk food and some meat here and there. I received an education in balance. My grandmother home cooked all meals.  I can not remember ever once having a take out meal or eating with her in a restaurant. This upbringing gave me confidence in the kitchen and a working evolving knowledge of food and its power.

I’m determined to give this foundation to my daughter in an even better upgraded superfood and herbal medicinal curriculum.
To lay the  foundation for this I’m starting with healthful eating as a way of life. The entire family unit eats the good stuff. We all eat the same. I present her with an array of awesome choices.
Some she likes some she doesn’t even want to try. That’s ok. Aside from normal level parental prodding to try a bite or eat a meal when there is obvious hunger, food is a no pressure zone. I find the more relaxed I am the more likely she is to try something. So far it’s working out. I have a three year old that eats big salads of greens, quinoa, super smoothies filled with powerful foods, green juices, homemade mega veggie soups and more. I’m not saying there aren’t nights I have to opt out and give her a pb and j but, it’s not every night. It’s not even every week.

Here are a few ways that I use on a regular basis to keep the healthy flowing in and junk off the radar.

Offer Offer Offer!
She didn’t eat kale the first time I presented it to her. I brought it again and even again before she tried it. But, she tried it and now eats it on a regular basis. We named it lettuce lollipops. She picks baby kale up by its stems and chomps away. I always offer and offer again and again. Sometimes switching up how it is prepared. For example, the lettuce lollipops turned into a favorite when I massaged avocado all over them. WIN!

Cut Snacks!
In most situations other than say, long car trips, sports days, or when truly needed, snacks are really just taking up valuable space for real meals. Unless your kid is a grazer as some are then just cut snack type foods as much as possible. When they do snack use fruits, vegetables, and nutrient filled beverages. Leverage those snacks into really healthy items and then you won’t be disappointed or worried when meals don’t go down as planned.

Walk the Talk!
You must be eating Healthy if you want your children to eat healthy. Bottom line, they learn by watching us. As i recomend for adults I also recommend for children do not be totalitarian in approach. Temper your journey with ease and wiggle room. This imparts the healthy lifestyle in a gentle and digestible manner.

Related Post: 5 Steps To A Healthier Home

Presentation!
I don’t make whales out of tomatoes or cucumber frogs but, I do slice and arrange pleasantly. I add visual appeal whenever possible.

One meal for all!
I  am not saying I don’t sometimes short order cook. But, for the most part we all eat one thing. I may make the salad free of onions and serve her then add some spicier items to the adults salad but, it’s the same salad and she sees us eating what she is eating. This can take what feels like an eternity to break into if you have been cooking different stuff for the whole family but trust me eventually they will come around.

Identify Favorites!
My girl really loves berries so I make a huge pile of those on the plate and then add a few new items I want her to try. Her enthusiasm for the berries gets the eating motor started and then she is more likely to keep feasting on the new items.

These are just a few methods I have found that work. I know once you start your journey you will have even more brilliant ideas. Maybe you are already teaching kids to eat healthy. Share your genius here in the comments, please!

Unblock creative energy

Unblock creative energy

After a long grey winter my house wasn’t the only thing that needed some sprucing up. My psyche had some dust bunnies and cobwebs to clean too.

I’ve been creatively pent up.

I’m on a mission to let creativity out of the cage

First I had to find where it was locked up. I’ve been feeling a bit stifled.

My first inclination of where my creativity was being held hostage was while doing a little beginners belly dancing . During a break down of basic steps I was encouraged to open and push out my heart. I actually found this incredibly challenging. I realized in that moment how much I round in and block off my heart.

Locate Where You Might Round In and Protect Your True Power So You Can Release and Flow

I looked up information on my heart chakra. I started focusing on the color of the heart chakra (green according to most information). I did some meditations, chants, visualizations, and mostly just told myself as much as possible that it is safe to open my heart.

Yesterday I went to the healer ( see: The Spa ) and during what was the most epic facial of my life, provided by an amazing aestheticism, I again saw my heart space as a golden cage jailing my most brilliant ideas. I meditated on this and broke the cage bars while also vibrating as much love into that space as possible. Go figure! Lack of self love will make your sweet little heart close up and shrivel. In turn that shrived heart-space will block the flow of awesome ideas.

So, If you are feeling stuck in any area here are some suggestions.

1. Move that body! Your body wants to get moving. Just a simple walk with no intention of a destination can get your mind loose and your blocks can start popping up for observation. Doing some basic stretches can also help by locating areas of tension. For me it was my heart. For you it may be your belly or your throat. Find the tension, move thoughtfully into it, see what you find.

2. Once you identify where you are holding yourself back inject major doses of love into that space. Open it up and know that it is safe to have dreams, desires, talent, genius, it is safe to be totally awesome.

3. Investigate, research, get connected. Check out how people are living like you want to live, creating the way you want to create. We are not alone! Remember that. Use other peoples insights, build a tribe. This tribe can be physical, digital, ethereal, made of cookie crumbs…whatever works

4. Create space, in your mind and your home. Even if you just move the couch across the room, or toss out that pile of papers, you will change the flow of your environment and could be quite surprised by the results.

Good Luck, cleaning your psyche!

Why Stopping Monsanto Will Unite Our World

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I was lucky as a child. I spent most of my youth in a country that highly values quality food and ingredients ( France). Our town had some of the world’s freshest seafood, vegetables, and everything else. Pizza was freshly made in wood fired ovens, and fast food was generally still fresh, to a degree, with lots of salads and veggies included. We had no fast food giant like McDonald’s, unlike the town in the States that I spent the other half of every year. Fast food chains were not only common there, they were the norm. Obesity was a huge issue, and chronic disease and illness were common.

Quite a contrast! I learned many lessons from my experiences in both parts of the world. I learned to appreciate quality food and eventually abstained from any fast food chain. My health improved greatly when I began to continue my high school education in France. All of my sinus issues disappeared completely once the fake food was out of my diet.

I haven’t been back to my to childhood home in France in years, but I have no doubt that things have changed. ‘Macdo’ as it was called was becoming popular with teenagers and most probably opened up a chain in Antibes. Nonetheless, I know that the same high quality farmer’s markets and health stores are still there and as popular as ever. And thankfully, France has taken a stand against GMOs.

Yet, I have a daughter. And more nieces and nephews than I can count ( seriously, I have a huge family). And these kids deserve to know the truth about Monsanto and other companies that strive to put profit over concern about my family’s health, future, or the world in which we live. In fact Monsanto has so little care for humanity that they’ve hired people to troll activists and those of us who speak out and attempt to inform others about their dangerous seeds of deception.

There are several things to note about Monsanto. For starters, yes they are harming us. Second they are destroying the lives of small farmers around the world. According to Dr. Vedana Shiva:

The creation of seed monopolies, the destruction of alternatives, the collection of superprofits in the form of royalties, and the increasing vulnerability of monocultures has created a context for debt, suicides, and agrarian distress.

Dr. David Suzuki and hundreds of other scientists have warned about the dangers of GMOs and their affects not only on human health but on biodiversity. Our bees are dying and as Einstein stated ‘If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left.  No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”

Let’s not beat around the bush: Monsanto’s continuation of its patents on life means the destruction of the world as we know it. It means a sharp increase in allergies, cancer, disease of all varieties and immune issues. Thus, a shorter lifespan for all of us.

It’s easy to get depressed on this issue, trust me I feel you. It’s easy to feel helpless. However, 2 million people just marched globally against the GMO giant. There are millions of people worldwide who are aware and active. The issue keeping the others in apathy is they are simply unaware of how their diet impacts their health as well, and most have never heard of Monsanto. But, just like you, when they find out about the dangers of GMOs and how this company knowingly keeps us sick and has incredible control over the US government.

In other words, this issue is so huge ( it effects every being on the planet) that it has the ability to bring millions ( or billions) of us together, unified in making a difference in the lives of our children and the planet. It already has, as is evidence by the 2 million strong protest.

In order for us to continue in this cause, unified and effective, we need to stay informed and organized. Hand out as much info as you can to your friends, family, local media and government about GMOs and Monsanto. Plan a monthly Meet Up with other informed activists in your area. Create a blog of some form, podcast, etc and share your research regularly on your social media.

We can overcome this, and in the process we can unite our world, despite our differences. United in the belief that we are all entitled to high quality, nourishing food.

Resources

Seeds of Death full length documentary by Dr. Gary Null, free on youtube

Geffrey Smith on GMOs

Understanding GMO by dr. David Suzuki

GMO soy repeatedly linked to sterility

Study reveals GMO corn to be highly toxic