Environment, well-being, What is Organic

Can Gardening Really Improve Your Health?

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Health and gardening go hand in hand.
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When I was young, we ate from our backyard. Instead of grass, the rich alluvial soils had been coaxed into an oasis of fruits and veggies. It was a tremendous way to grow up, next door to my grandparent’s perennial rhubarb and grape arbors that defined the garden’s edge.  

I found the very act of rooting around in the humus, on hands and knees, planting and churning microbes, brought me close to my roots—to my family and food.

I didn’t know at the time that the very act of poking seeds into moist fingerprints and nurturing this plant kingdom held benefits beyond our daily meals.

Tending a garden, no matter how minuscule, is terrific for your health—in body and spirit.

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Have we Lost Our Marbles? Or is Just Life Too Complicated?

Modern Life is a Kaleidoscope of Complications
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Lately, I’ve wondered if my rocker has gone askew or if I’ve gone off it entirely. Perhaps it’s because the world has changed so much and so very fast. The world seems to have “lost its marbles.”

The weather looms wanton and angry, viruses mutate unhinged, while certain madmen still hold reign. As a species, we still think and act by “tooth-and-nail” instead of collaborating and building a fair and just global society—taking care of our one audacious planet.

I believe simplifying our lives and working to understand different points of view can shift us.

Here are a few things I’ve discovered to simplify my life and focus on what’s important.

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What is Organic

Plant Your Sustainable Spring Garden

Fresh organic food is just out your door!

Making your home more eco-conscious can be bewildering if you’re new to an organic lifestyle. There are plenty of ways you can incorporate ecological living into your home. Your garden is a great place to start.

If you’re growing your own food in a garden of your own then you are already doing a lot to ensure yourself a less harmful place in the environment.

However, if you want to make sure you’re truly doing your best for the natural ecosystem, there are a few things that ensure your garden is sustainable for the planet.

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The Real Benefits of Taking a Bath in Nature

Soak in the great outdoors
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There’s a little cabin in the woods where I bathe in a claw-foot tub as the sun rises above “Calhoun Canyon.” I soak in steam and the great outdoors.

I am filled with gratitude to be part of this magnificent planet and view every day as an opportunity to witness the abundant biodiversity of nature—one that is steering towards a massive shift.

As a society, we’ve retreated from the great outdoors, instead mesmerized by our phones and tablets, we’re stupefied by our ever-growing technologies. We would rather be gaming and texting than taking a nature bath.

Being in nature, whether you’re in the Sierra wilderness, Central Park, or simply walking down a tree-lined street, has the power to heal us and the planet.

Let’s explore some of the real benefits of being in nature.

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My Joy Of Eating and Solace of Love

I just love food!
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I’ve decided to steer clear of the negativity in the world today and focus on cultivating joy. Joy is different than happiness—it’s a permanent internal spring that doesn’t come and go like happiness does.

Remembering my chubby self growing up next door to my grandparents, who offered opportunities to my love of food. The garden overflowed and the bread baked. I was allowed to experiment and run amok with culinary escapades.

These tendencies gave me to a lifetime joy of food- it became my passion and ultimately my occupation. 

I’m befuddled by those who don’t share this source of culinary pleasure. They believe food is a tedious source of grub needed only for survival—or a diet to follow to build brawn and brain.

I’d like to share a few memories and tips for those of you who want to have a deeper engagement with that which sustains us.

How do we make love of food a source of lifelong joy?  

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