Choosing to take part in a gift economy means to give generously without expecting anything in return and to trust that what you need will be given to you. This last part may not be directly from the person to whom you gave, but in a way that reinforces the interconnectedness of all beings. In our heart we are all needing the same; care, love, community.
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If you go out into your garden now and meet the humble plants that pop out first thing in the spring, they can teach you a lot about starting fresh. Dandelion pushing out of a corner of a building or between the cracks of a sidewalk can teach you about resilience, strength, and determination.
The heart as an integration organ works both to integrate information from within our body and also information about our environment, meaning our relationship with the people, animals, and plants that are around us as is reflected through the autonomic nervous system. It is the place where the “in” and “out” of our being meet.
When you sit around the Thanksgiving table this year, give thanks to life. The life of the turkey and the vegetables on your plate. The life that was given to you and your loved ones and the life of those you don't really love. Life is the most precious gift that was given to us.
From September to Christmas I spend my weekends in large harvest fairs and holiday shows. I meet a lot of people and what struck me in the past six weeks was how many of them are looking for a solution for inflammation, specifically arthritis.
Tulsi can remind us of the abundance we have in our lives. When we acknowledge the richness and fullness of life, stress levels decline and we are able to face the challenges in our journey with courage, joy and an open heart.
Spring always brings new energy and hope. Springing into a new me is an act of faith. It takes a lot of courage to let go of old patterns and embrace true freedom.
When I have a conversation with people about the issues surrounding genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), many are confused about them. So here is my attempt to make things clearer.
It is a very humbling experience when our plans meet the reality of nature. Agriculture is a culture because it combines the vision of religion, the healing power of science, and creativity of the farmer.
Like in the garden, our everyday life is filled with weeds. How many of us stop to contemplate our inner garden? Our life is filled with obligations. How many of these obligations are flowers that beautify our garden? How many are weeds that suffocate our inner garden and fill us with stress and anxiety?