Last night while walking my dogs on the Kansas levee, I turned back early because a farmer was spraying his fields. Even though there was very little breeze, the chemicals wafted over a large area. I’ve been taking daily walks on the levee for 20 years, and I feel a personal kind of ownership over it. Even though the area looks clean and green, is remote and quiet, I was reminded that it is an agricultural zone and chemicals are unfortunately part of the unseen picture.
What is the answer to so much chemical use? Living in an agricultural state, I understand the challenges of the farmer. It’s a darned hard business.
Still, I’m concerned about the amount of chemicals pollutants in our environment. Even if you think you’re drinking clean water, breathing clean air, and walking on a natural path, there are unseen chemical pollutants every step along the way.
I don’t know what the ultimate solutions are, but I do know that we as individuals can make a difference in our own backyards and communities.
What YOU (and I) can do to reduce chemical pollution:
We must change the supply/demand curve and not be hypnotized by lower prices for unhealthy, chemicalized products. We need to be willing to do a little more work and pay a little more for healthier, cleaner options. What ideas do you have to add to the list?2 comments | Print This Post
I was going to write a post about my fabulous dinner and then realized I had a bigger story to tell–my wellness weekend of people, pets, and Pho. Wellness is so much more than diet, exercise, and stress management. Wellness includes all things that nourish your body, mind and soul. Here are a few highlights of what nourished me this weekend.
Friday afternoon I got a chance to hang out with my godchildren Addie and Sylvia. First we watched the demolition for their school charity event and then set out to play. What a treat it is to watch children play and to play with them. They realized that the slide their dad rigged for them would go so much faster if they sat on a cushion and slid down together.
Saturday, I met my friend Brenda in Kansas City for outings to the anitique mall, Trader Joe’s, Stein Mart, the Blue Moose for lunch, and back to Brenda’s for a great conversation about life. Also had a great phone conversation with my friend Lena. I couldn’t make the gathering of my family in Chelsea, Michigan, but I got to talk with my dad, sister, brother, and sister-in-law.
Sunday morning I slept in, had a Chihuahua playdate with my friend Nora’s and her new Chihuahua, Rosie, and Sophie, my rescue Chihuahua, and of course Toby but he’s a little harder for them to play with (8 vs 70 pounds).
After a long walk along the levee with Toby and Sophie….and a little shuffling of papers, I made the very best Pho. Here’s what went into it:
What did you do this weekend? Was it nourishing?
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When you walk up to your home, you want to feel “Ah, I’m home!” You want to feel happy and welcomed not overwhelmed and embarrassed by junk in the yard and on the porch. You don’t want to see unfinished projects wherever you look. You want to feel….now I can loosen my belt, take off my shoes, and relax into the pleasure that awaits me in my home sweet home.
The entryway says a lot about who we are and what we value. As you walk or drive through your neighborhood, you can’t help but notice how all of the homes appear–some messy, some totally overgrown, some tidy, and some spectacular. Occupants of these homes obviously value different things.
What do you value? On the value spectrum I’m not on either end. I’m not a slob and I’m not a neat-nick. I like to have a tidy home and yard, but sometimes I get engrossed in other things and the yard work sneaks up on me. Usually the fix is pretty quick because I don’t have abandoned furniture or other junk to clear away. I just have weeds and trash that blows into the bushes.
I enter my home from the back so I don’t often see the front walkway. Sometimes it gets messy and out of hand without my knowing it. Oops! Now that I’m working in my hard more regularly, I should be able to stay on top of it.
So let’s roll up or sleeves, get on our gardening gloves and spiff up the front entryway.
Good times to weed and trim
After weeding the sidewalk and retaining walls and weeding and trimming the raised bed, here’s the mess I created.
I used to dread this front walkway project because I’d get started before I had gathered all the tools I’d need for the job. I’d constantly have to stop and get the right shovel, the hedge trimmer, a trash can to collect the debris, etc. Now before I dig in, I gather up all the tools I need so I can just work, clean it up, and get it done as efficiently as possible. Then I can stand back and admire my handiwork.
Speaking of admiring my handiwork, here’s an “after” picture.
You can see how much better the sidewalk and raised beds look after a little effort.
Notice how much more light is shining too – the whole area is brighter (the camera angle and time of day helped too).
Home Sweet Home
Now when I walk up to my home, I smile and feel more on top of my life! This happy home says welcome!
How does your entryway look? Does it need some spiffing up?
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Are you afraid that another year will go by without reaching your goal to get organized, stick with an exercise plan, drop the weight, or better manage your stress?
Like many people, I failed for years to stick with my New Year’s resosutions until I got smart and tried something different. And it worked! For the past decade, I’ve used what I call a “New Year’s Theme” instead of a resolution to keep me on track with my dreams. This may sound like a small shift, but it has made a huge difference for me. Every year now I’m confident that my theme will get me where I want to go.
A theme is a lot more energizing than a vague wish to get thin or get fit. It pulls you forward instead of you having to push yourself to stick with your plan. It’s more holistic.
Your personal theme is like a clarion call—it announces your intention and sets your energy. When you have a powerful, personal theme, it’s a beacon that will light your way in 2012. And it will help you evolve as a person.
Day/Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Time: 10-11am PT | 11-12pm MT | 12-1pm CT | 1-2pm ET
Here’s another tip from my women’s group…..in addition to new insights about menopause (see prior post). Several shared that they’re experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). One woman has had positive benefits from using a lightbox…
A few of you wanted to know about the brand of light box I have. It’s Philips brand goLITE blue. Don’t forget your D3, fish oil, being outside, exercise and time with people you love. This combo really kick’s Seasonal Affective Disorder where the sun doesn’t shine
Being in a community is so important for our health and well-being. In just one gathering with my women friends, we shared our hearts and our resources for health, healing, and connection.
Are you in a group? Tell us about it in the “comments” section below.2 comments | Print This Post
At my women’s group meeting last night, several women talked about their concerns about menopause and the accompanying, aggravating symptoms.
One member told us of a book that extolled menopause as a beautiful, natural, and important transition. We perked up because who doesn’t want to see menopause as a positive experience! Our friend reminded us that western medicine makes menopause a problem to be dealt with using drugs and a “put up with it” mentality. Everyone nodded in acknowledgement that this is the unnecessarily negative conventional perception of menopause in the western world. And it’s time for a change. There is a much more positive approach.
Here’s a link to a positive spin on menopause and one powerful method to help manage the transition. This article is written by the author of the book my friend was telling us all about.
Several of us are buying her book: Menopause A Second Spring: Making a Smooth Transition With Traditional Chinese Medicine.
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I love Mother Earth News. Today I received their newsletter and a neat story about the importance of feeding birds (especially in winter).
Here’s a glimpse…..
Whoever came up with the expression “eats like a bird” to describe someone with an eensy appetite never watched wild birds in winter. Although feathers do a fine job of insulating a small bird’s body from cold, food is the fuel that stokes its inner fires, keeping its metabolism generating crucial heat and energy. From sunup to sundown, an overwintering bird’s focus in life is to feed its face. Most small species need to eat from one-third to three-fourths their body weight in food each day. No gluttony here, though; the name of the game is survival, pure and simple. No food, no tomorrow.
We feed birds to nourish our own winter-weary souls, too. Somehow watching birds flit from feeder to bush to branch, to feeder to bush to branch, lifts our spirits. Putting out feeders not only gives us a closer look at our feathered friends, but also gives us a greater sense of kinship with the creatures sharing our natural world.
My neighbor keeps the bird feeder full and I keep their water fresh and thawed. How do you help support wildlife in winter? Leave your comments below.Leave a comment | Print This Post
When I’m really grateful as I am tonight, I mentally go over all the things I’m grateful for. Tonight on this cool summer evening, I’m grateful for Toby. He’s fun to walk.
If you want to be more grateful, here are a handful of examples to prime the gratitude pump.
Things you can be grateful for …
You can see that opportunities for gratitude are infinite.6 comments | Print This Post
I’m certain that birds are all over my spiritual totem. I love birds and watch them everywhere I go. I can often tell what kind of bird it is by the way it sits on a wire, the way it flies, or how it looks in the distance. I’m no birder, but I care and that’s why I know things about them.
That said, it’s surprising to me that I’ve lived this long without noticing that hot birds keep their beaks open. How could I miss that! It helps them cool off – kind of like panting. Again, no expert, but that’s the conventional wisdom I’ve tapped into since Kansas is in an record breaking heat wave and wildlife and other creatures across the country are struggling to cool off. Cattle in the feed lots, poultry and swine in the industrial farms….but that’s a story for another post….and an opportunity for prayers.
Even though it’s hot hot hot, I sit on my deck sweating and tuning into the wildlife in my small section of land – a few hundred square feet. I’m thrilled that the special sparrow shows up now and then to let me know that he/she is still around and OK.
Nature is perfect and imperfect all in the same moment. Again, I’ve never seen this….a bird with a gnarled foot – shriveled and only useful to keep the bird from falling to the right when landing. Useless when gripping the bowl I provide for water on the deck railing. He just drank and got his fill, handicap and all. A fantastically lovely site for me to witness. In fact, observing this scene I acknowledge that we’re all wounded – not always visible and apparent to the naked eye. The blessed wounds that provide us with opportunities to rise and shine, adapt, and inspire.
I am inspired. That sparrow probably wasn’t chosen in mating, probably lives marginally, but that sparrow still sings and plays and prospers to the delight of ….. me.2 comments | Print This Post
LIVE IN LAWRENCE, KANSAS!
UNLEASH THE MAGIC IN YOUR LIFE
June 1 – July 20, 2011
8 Consecutive Wednesdays
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Unity Church of Lawrence (sanctuary)
900 Madeline, Lawrence
A Transformational Workshop
Are you ready to discard old stories about who you are, what you do, and what you believe in? Find out how you can replace old, worn out ideas, beliefs, and habits through magical, mini transformations.
Unleash the Magic is an interactive workshop led by Cheryl Miller, Wellness Strategist, Life Coach & Mayor of CherylMillerVille (a thriving, online community of 6,000 subscribers).
Using Cheryl’s unique “LIFE in your LAP” Active Journaling Process, you will be guided through a series of self-reflective, inner exercises to help you Unleash the Magic in these 8 areas of your life:
6. Space (car, home, office)
7. Personal Growth
Learn how to design your own magical life and experience opportunities for removing blocks through music, dreams, belief exploration, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), energy healing, guided meditation and visualization, Haiku, and more!
PLUS! Special guests will lend their magical gifts to our journey every week
· Carla Mumma, EFT practitioner
· Vi Hamilton, Energy Healer
To learn more about this unique program and to register, visit: www.CherylMillerVille.com/magic
We hope you’ll join us!
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