I have been busy in my garden, chasing kiddos with a hose and mending screen doors so far this summer. I thought I would share with you some of our adventures which I’ve been logging on my alter ego blog POSY FYRE.
Our kids call us hippy freaks because we like to eat slow foods. We subscribe to community supported agriculture (CSA) and shop at the natural foods stores as much as we possibly can. We do think there is a big difference between conventionally grown and organic foods. Not just the taste and vitality of the foods but also the absence of chemicals and genetically modified organisms. Organic foods still have some chemicals and radiation they go through but generally, if you are buying something shipped in containers to stores, the least concerning products should be the organic. If you have the good fortune to live in a climate where food is grown nearby most of the year, farmer’s markets are fantastic. There you can skip the organic label if you can speak to the farmer directly and understand their practices. Some farmers are far more rigorous and thoughtful with how they grow but do not want to pay the fees for the organic certification.
So our family philosophy of eating is the more dirt on the skin, the better.
Despite this mantram, we are your typical American family with four kids, trying to get everyone out the door each morning to school or sports with barely an hour unaccounted for. Busy kids and tired parents means that fast food is a part of life and the real question is where to find the slowest, healthiest fast food possible and to offset it with as many veggies as possible. But our children are not always eating at home. Lunches at school and snacks at events are nearly always subpar whether we’ve whipped it up for day long transport or the industrial geared facilities vacuum sealed the “product” for sale. The point is, highly processed foods are nearly impossible to avoid.
Given this sad reality, we decided we wanted to have an unprocessed summer where as many of our family calories as possible came from whole, organic, and locally sourced foods. I wrote about our SUMMER FOOD CHALLENGE rules here.
KEEPING UP WITH HUNGRY KIDS – I am stunned by how quickly my stores of fresh food fly out of the fridge and fruit basket. I walk through my shopping options in a small town and discover there are many sources and some really helpful apps to take along if I forget which fruits or veggies are safest when avoiding chemical exposures.
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE – The stress of trying to keep up with our human wrecking machines, healthy food and a spotless house for sale become nearly too much to bear as I share the more difficult moments of the challenge so far. I also share a great list of healthy restaurants in Portland, Oregon when I discover it’s really hard to eat well on the road.
THIS IS AN INTERVENTION – My frustration with being swallowed up by bored and complaining children comes to a head. Their overwhelming need for a food and health intervention consumes every last ounce of my energy as I seek ways to support and encourage them to become more responsible for their own goals.
GOING SLOWER – At last it feels like summer. The children and family are slowing and settling into this new rhythm and way of eating. Cooking and eating whole, fresh foods is no longer something contentious but an exciting project. I also realize that while our family has some challenges that feel big, intentions and attention will guide our hands one way or another.
I hope you enjoy our stories and please feel free to share. Eating well has never been more important to a healthy future.
I’m going out on a [scary] limb with this post. I have some people in my life who will not like this list at all. There are items here they will find offensive (threatening or just plain wrong). I apologize to them in advance. I love them very much, and in no way ever mean to disrespect their views or beliefs. I hope that in time we will see that it’s all connected and part of the same glorious discovery of who we are.
I have always believed in a UNI-verse with an all inclusive membership where we have more power than we realize. Some have asked me over the years to share my thoughts and how I make it through all the crazy confusion that is our world…and I’ve resisted sharing. At least publicly.
But today I was going through some old files and I found this list. I don’t honestly remember writing it. But, as I went over the list, I realized that I still stand by it all. I don’t know all the sources but if it rings true, it doesn’t matter does it?
So, risking the ire of a few souls in my life who I love dearly, I dare to share my list with you.
WHO THE HELL ARE WE and WHY ARE WE HERE?
This is my best guess so far…
Forgetting our divinity was part of the deal. If we could remember who we really are, the game would be over. It’s like cheating on the test. You didn’t really learn anything and you didn’t ace it honestly.
I’ve learned a few things to help remind me:
- We are all spirits in human earth suits. Would you hate the fellow diver in a 6/4 (wet suit) just because you packed a 2/3?
- Everything is energy. Density can be the difference between smashing your head in a wall and sailing through it with your vision, imagination and intentions. If you expect a door, most of the time there is one.
- We all packed or received some crazy baggage, but we get to leave it here so why not let the small stuff go and pick your battles with the big stuff? The less you carry around, the more fun you will have.
- What ever we focus on, we manifest. Fear is often the antagonist, trying to help us out, but without many saber tooth tigers, it’s grasping at straws. Fear keeps us alert, but don’t let it hijack your manifesting energies on boogie men. Think and feel about what makes you grin from ear to ear instead.
- Forgiving is like dumping someone else’s baggage behind you. It’s not saying what they did was okay. It’s saying that you are moving on. It’s taking even the tiniest crack of light from the darkest cave to find your way to your own truth and peace. If you are still alive, you have the power to transform even the most horrific experiences into something powerful, for yourself and even for the world. Your healing is the world’s healing. Forgive, transform, grow.
- Emotions are our friends. Even the dark and oppressive ones. Knowing all of them enriches our sensory abilities and helps us have compassion for others. Why? Because if you’ve ever felt grief or rage, you’ll understand when others end up there and just might be ready to offer a hand up.
- Mistakes are great. Make lots of them. Hopefully not at anyone’s expense but that happens sometimes (see #4) and is part of earth 101.
- Make time for yourself, a date or appointment with your stillness. Turn off the noise and distractions. Start with 10 minutes a day, 5 if you are really in denial. Have no agenda except to be present with whatever arises. Notice your thoughts. And notice that you notice. Get to know the noticer. Stillness is the door in.
- Be patient with your experiences. If your puzzle had an easy solution, you would have solved it already. Embrace the living mystery that you embody. It’s hysterical. Laugh about it. No one knows why the eff we are here. Your guess is as good as any. And you are free to adopt the other big club mottos if you wish.
- Question everything (my personal favorite).
- We are all literally points of consciousness, awareness, interfacing on the most enormous matrix imaginable. It’s probably morphing and changing as we consider it. So why pop brain cells trying to figure it out?
- Have fun. Enjoy your self. Yes, you might be trampling the garden beds, but if you are smiling and laughing, chances are you feel good. People who feel good are contagious and don’t like to hurt others. Your joy will help align us all.
- When in doubt, breathe. Breath is the ultimate reminder that we are living, BREATHING miracles of matter. WhatEVER the source of this momentum, honor and acknowledge it. It sustains you and me and everything in our world. We are all breathing stars. Isn’t that reason enough to have faith that we are here for some reason?
WE ARE MADE OF STARS BY MOBY
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