Welcome to autumn! Up here in the Pacific Northwest we just never really got summer with cool and wet most of the time, so heading past the fall equinox just adds more night to what's already been going on. But, pumpkins abound, tomatoes are getting done, and the leaves are beginning to burst into color.
As daylight wanes and the night grows, many cultures prepared themselves for a journey into the darkness of the unknown--storing food, stacking wood for fires, and huddling together against the threatening cold. In many ways this is a great metaphor about discovering the power that lies locked up in our "dark side," or our unconscious, behind our greatest fears.
One of my favorite bloggers, Leo Babuata of Zen Habits, posted a great article, "Turning Fear Into Fuel," by Jonathan Fields. Whether it be a health challenge, financial worry, or relationship anxieties, the way to resolution is toward these fears, not away from them. Leo offers ways to pull this off, making confronting our fears more of an adventure than a death march.
First, reframe. Notice the negativity of your self-talk, and change the scenario. For example, instead of just asking "what if I fail?" and creating a doomsday scenario, you also ask "how will I recover, what if I do nothing and what if I succeed?" Then build new stories around those questions.
Another is to singletask. Multi-tasking is out. You really only do one thing at a time anyway, and to have your attention on something while you're doing that one thing lowers your efficiency and in some cases can be downright dangerous. One thing at a time is what the human brain does. Let it do it! The focus gained from this approach relieves you of fears and anxieties of not getting other things done. You'll get to them when you get to them.
Life really is an adventure--not a death march. In fact, when a sense of adventure is felt, it has been scientifically shown to immediately boost the immune system.
Until next time...
In vibrant health,
Shay Arave, President
You Are Your Life...
There is an ancient Mayan greeting, that roughly translated is, "I am another yourself."
When I first heard that, I kept thinking about it, and what it actually means. And as I continued down that rabbit hole I realized that within that simple statement sits the core of all the forbidden, secret spiritual knowledge. Because, if I am really you, then I know everything about you. If I know all about you, then I know all about your life. If I know all about your life, then that means my experience of life is what I'm creating.
People fight this idea, and god (literally) knows I certainly have. We fight it because we fear ourselves--we fear what we create, and usually with damn good reason. Add up all the pain, suffering, injustice, catastrophe, drama, and tears, and who would want to cop to creating all that? >>>> MORE
FENG SHUI TIP OF THE WEEK
Internal Feng Shui
"When you cultivate your energy, or in other words refine it, your vibrations change. Your mind becomes crystal clear and is able to resonate with the refined Heavenly energy.
"Heaven is not a place or a location that you go to, it is an energy field that exists within you. It is you who decides what kind of energy stays with you as you go through your day. No matter where you are, you could be in a state of Heaven if you wished." (Taoist Internal Alchemy) -- Gwynne Warner, 10,000 Blessings Feng Shui
VIBRANT LIVING TIP OF THE WEEK
Cut Your Food Bill with Winter Gardening
Winter gardening is far easier than you might think. If you are tempted to hang up your garden gloves in September, you might want to reconsider. You could be harvesting spinach, beets, and carrots in February, while your neighbors are still battling their winter blues and longing for the whispers of spring. Many vegetables grow and even THRIVE in cooler temperatures. Many concentrate their sugars in cooler weather, resulting in better flavor during the fall and winter months. Even in the northernmost areas of the U.S., a wide variety of vegetables can be grown, especially with the assistance of a few simple temperature-shielding strategies that I'll be talking about later, such as row covers and cold frames. In more Southerly regions, you don't even need those!
One of the greatest benefits of a winter garden is the savings to your grocery bill. Produce costs more during the winter, especially organic produce. Many winter vegetables ship poorly, so freshness is compromised. It makes even more sense to grow your own food in the winter than in the summer. But the benefits to a winter garden don't end there. Consider this:
Thanks to Dr. Mercola
- There are fewer pests and fewer weeds to deal with in cooler months than during the summer.
- Mother Nature takes care of some of your garden chores between September and May--she does the watering. In some regions, you can skip watering altogether and let the winter rains do it for you.
- The cold winter ground is Nature's own refrigerator. You can "store" root vegetables in the ground and harvest them as you need them-for example, carrots and beets keep very well this way.
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