Monthly Archives: June 2009

Eating Healthy for You and the Earth

hands holding a green globeAuthor Michael Pollan recently inspired me when I heard him say, “What happens on our plates is the most profound effect that we have on the natural world.” Obviously what we eat makes a big difference to our wallets and our waistlines but we often don’t consider that our most profound engagement with nature is through the food we buy and eat. Our daily food choices impact our internal and external landscapes more than anything else we do.

The farther a food has traveled from its source, the less life force it offers. Locally-grown foods, unaltered by processing, satisfy you and your taste buds. Fresh raw vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds are on the top of the list, ideally organic.  Wild-caught fish and free-range beef, pork, and poultry also offer sustenance. However, did you know that the United Nations has determined that livestock production is responsible for 20% of the greenhouse gases that are part of worldwide global warming, more than cars, planes, and all other forms of transportation put together? Also worth considering from the Environmental Defense Fund:  if every American replaced just one meal of chicken per week with vegetables, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than a half-million cars off U.S. roads.  You don’t need lots of variety or quantity at every meal to eat a balanced diet. It’s more important to eat variety throughout the week and across the seasons.

Also consider the garbage generated by your choices. Tons of food packaging sit on our earth and float in our precious water sources. Consider filtering your water if needed and hydrate your thirsty cells throughout each day from a glass or stainless steel container. The earth will breathe a sigh of relief when we commit to no more non-decaying plastic. Consider primarily eating foods that have a life cycle, decaying back into the earth just like our bodies and all of nature.

Earth and body-healthy foods do not harm those who are planting, raising, distributing, or selling them. Imagine a world where you know where your food comes from and all who come in contact with it. Not everyone can plant a garden and grow their own food, but you can support the farmers and gardeners around you.  Spring is the perfect time to venture out to local farmers’ markets, explore our many co-ops, and consider Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs). Invest up front in local farmers who deliver sustainably grown foods direct to you.

Drink in the life-sustaining energy of pure unaltered foods that are in colorful abundance all around you and check inside. Your body knows exactly what it needs for optimum health. Insist on delicious nourishing whole foods that are created with care from healthy plants and animals, are grown and harvested with methods that support our earth, and are produced and sold by people and companies with integrity. Offer gratitude for each healthy choice, and your body and the earth will continue to generously support you in return.

Published in Whispers of Spirit, June 2009. Whispers of Spirit

Try on Your Wings

green-black-butterfly-on-white-flowersYou are a child of God. You are God with unlimited power. You have the power within and around you to do whatever you choose and desire. There are no limitations, only within your mind. We on the other side are waiting for everyone to try on their wings and fly as only their heart knows how to fly. The elements and all of nature support your flight and your path. There are no failures; no wrong path in life…all is in Divine order in each and every life that exists on earth.

You are supported by all that is true and pure. Release all that does not feel right to you. You are destined for all that you desire and all that you desire will be yours. What is yours comes to you with delight and gratitude. Open your body to receive all nourishment that life is offering.

Do not live from a place of lack or wallow in what does not appear to be currently present in your life. All life energy exists without creation or destruction and all that you need is already present. As you open more fully to all that is around you and as you give to the world, more can be and will be naturally received by your body and your soul.

Energy is efficient. Creating more space allows for more energy flow. Constriction restricts energy flow.  Consider what is decaying, dying or dead in your life, all that no longer brings you joy or lights your soulful heart. Why do you cling to that which is no longer provides energy? New pure life energy can only flow into open clear space, within your body, your home, your community, and your world. How can you create space? How can you open to all that is waiting to be given and received? Are you ready to release all that no longer supports joy and love within your own wild precious life?

Every night as you sleep, you have the option to let go of what has hurt you, what has lessened your light, what has landed in your heart, and fly to the stars and dance in the heavens, and be birthed anew on the sunrise.” Gillian MacBeth-Louthan (May 2009, http://tinyurl.com/6hj73c)