Blog: An Attitude of Gratitude: 3 Simple Steps to Take Today

 

 

My Native American elder friend, Grandmother Kitty, Nakota Sioux, who has passed, would often remind us to do everything with ‘an attitude of gratitude’. Being grateful for every aspect of our lives ‘in the moment’ shifts something deep within. Is it easy? Sometimes yes and sometimes not. We have to redirect that which bothers us for just a moment and when we do, our breath becomes our ally.

I woke up today realizing how the sun is traveling the morning sky differently from just one month ago. A kingfisher clicked across the backyard while other birds quietly sang their morning song. I usually begin my day with a warm glass of water with lemon juice. I felt grateful for the clean water I am able to easily drink. And that took one minute, maybe a few breaths of awareness.

Cultivating a mindful practice takes some diligent effort. Yet feeling grateful for something, our car, our job, our family, for being able to get up and walk where we choose and everything in between gives us an easy starting point. So here are 3 easy reminders:

  1. Choose to be grateful for this moment.
  2. Pick one area: grateful for the drink in hand, the food on your plate, your family. You get the picture.
  3. Focus on your breath, taking one inhalation breathing in gratitude for self and exhaling gratitude from your heart for others.

My podcast guest this week. Deb Sodergren, practitioner, teacher and author and owner of Up Vibrations, encourages her clients and all of us to breath deeply and

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be grateful. So stop right now and take a deep breath with me. Savor this one moment and breath again with the mindfulness of feeling grateful.

One of my favorite teachers, Caroline Myss, reminds us that every thought, word, and deed carries our name into infinity….pretty amazing!  Today I would like to end with gratitude. A reminder for me and a reminder for you….may the gratitude we feel for our precious life and all we share sail up to the moon and reach beyond the stars and bless all.

Remember, please comment and share. You are appreciated

Enjoy, Judith

Podcast: Meet Anne Symens-Bucher, Canticle Farm, East Oakland, CA

Description: I came across Canticle Farm through Father Richard Rohr’s work at his Center for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico. Intrigued I contacted Canticle Farm and met Anne Symens-Bucher, an initiatory member. Canticle Farm is a community begun one step at a time in an urban neighborhood in East Oakland, CA experimenting at the intersection of faith-based, social justice-based and earth-based non-violent activism. They take a holistic approach to community in all its facets and complexity. Join us for a deep and inspiring discussion. All comments are appreciated. Please like and share. Thanks.

About My Guest: Anne Symens-Bucher is an initiatory member fo Canticle Farm, a community in East Oakland, CA experimenting at the intersection of faith-based, social justice-based, and earth-based non-violent activism.

Transcript:: #21 Ann Symens-Bucher

 

Blog: The Rights of Nature

 

Powerful, moving discussion on giving nature rights too. Historically, in modern society, we see nature as an object and in law, as property. The very laws we have created creates destruction, We have an unprecedented biodiversity crisis. This speaker says: “we have a right to life when that which gives us life doesn’t have a corresponding right to life.” She makes a beautiful and articulate case that when we activate the codes of love and compassion with all beings, we all flourish.

My guest this week, Pam Montgomery, offers classes and experiences to connect with a single plant. The results are life changing and I bet game-changing for some.  She too reminds us that we are dependent on the very things that sustain us, food, plants, animals, minerals, the stuff of this earth. Father Rohr reminds us that change happens from the bottom up not the top down.

There are many ideas bearing fruit in our world today that help mitigates the problems we have created: pollution of water, soil, and air. I have the privilege this year of speaking with so many passionate people walking their talk, especially in the plant world. This TED talk, adds more to the plea, to realize we need nature and nature needs us, today.

What one action can you make today to make a difference? Here are a few suggestions, with links to some of my favorite organizations.

  1. Support United Plant Savers, especially if you use herbal medicine. A donation helps them preserve plant species, support botanical sanctuaries all over our country.
  2. Support O.N.E.: its time to value nature again.
  3. Look at your yard differently. Replace lawn, even a small space area with wildflowers, improves biodiversity not just for your space but for your neighborhood.
  4. If you live in an urban area: look around. What land is fallow and could be turned into gardens or a wildflower meadow?
  5. Lastly, though there is so much more, walk out your door today and breathe the fresh air and give thanks.

What are your favorite organizations? What one change can you make today that supports sustainability in a positive way? Together, one idea at a time, joining our neighborhoods together in some sustainable way, makes a huge difference. I want to be a part of the solutions, don’t you?

I appreciate your ideas and comments. Please share. Thanks. Judith

 

 

Podcast: Talking to the Stars: Agneta Borstein, Astrologer

Description: Today’s podcast approaches holism from a different perspective, namely astrology. Astrology is embedded in our human experience. If we follow Astrology’s history in our development as a species, we see that every time and place has found its own way of “talking with the planets.” Meet Agneta Borstein, professional astrologer, teacher and shamanic practitioner who takes on a journey with Taurus, the moon, and eclipses and relates it to our everyday life connecting the dots to our holistic nature.

About My Guest: Agneta Borstein, is a professional astrologer, workshop facilitator, teacher, author, and shamanic practitioner who combines her thirty years of healing with a distinct and personal approach. Born in Sweden, Agneta incorporated her BA in business with metaphysics and operated an alternative bookstore for twenty-one years. She maintains her private practices in West Hartford and Avon, CT, has spoken at numerous conferences, is the current president of the Astrological Society of CT, Inc. She is the Producer and host of the astrological Nutmeg TV show “From the Sky to Earth”, and is the author of The Moon’s Nodes, Understanding the Dynamic Ties that Bind.

Transcript: Transcript Agneta Borstein

Blog: Ocean Sound Pollution Affecting Our Friends

 

The ocean world is dependent on sound more so than vision. Sound travels differently in a watery medium. It moves faster and can travel longer. Water can bend sound waves too, diverting a straight line into a zigzag type of path. What is our noise, from boats, oil rigs, deep water testing, and sonar, doing to our friends who live in the sea?

A lot.

My guest this week, Dr. Leesa Sklover, ocean activist, musician, and composer, says that whales, dolphins, shrimp, turtles, and zooplankton cannot escape harm from these practices. It’s disorienting, and if a whale cannot hear it’s basically dead. Disorientation causes stress chemicals and hormones to increase which has the potential to enter our food supply. She inspired me through her writing, her songs and passion to share with you the seriously detrimental effects noise pollution has on our ocean friends.

“The speed of sound in pure water is 1,498 meters per second, compared to 343 meters per second in air at room temperature and pressure.” Sound travels faster in the ocean because there are more molecules — specifically salt molecules — for waves to interact with, as well as higher surface temperatures.”(Sciencing)

Noise pollution has increased dramatically over the years. Increased shipping, advanced military sonic testing technologies, commercial boats, huge liners all contribute to noise pollution. Echolocation, finding prey becomes harder. Populations are diminishing, not only whales, dolphins, and other sea life but food for the larger species is scarce too. Factor in the inability to hear the click of a salmon due to noise pollution and we are finding whales who are malnourished and some cannot bring a fetus to full term

Legislation is against them too. The Cetacean Society states:

ACTION NEEDED: The newly released Presidential FY 2019 budget has taken direct aim at programs that are critical for the conservation of whales and dolphins. The Marine Mammal Commission (MMC), an independent government agency that provides science-based reviews of U.S. ocean policies that impact marine mammals and their environment, has been targeted for elimination. The cost of the MMC’s work to the US taxpayer? One penny per person per year.

The budget also looks to cut overall funding to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) by 14 percent. Even worse, the NMFS enforcement budget would be slashed by 25 percent putting cetaceans at risk from a variety of illegal activities. There are also serious cuts proposed to critical research on protected species, and habitat conservation and restoration.

If holism means the whole is only as strong as its parts, what’s happening in the oceans affects us. Ocean species are suffering and what are we doing to protect them? Do we have some responsibility to them as part of this world? Are we at a tipping point and seduced in thinking all is okay?

My Native elders would point to nature over and over again as precious, invaluable to life, and in a sense, nature’s operating system mirrors ours. If one part is dying, are we dying? In Earth Calling, by Ellen Gunter and Ted Carter, we are poked and prodded with facts to look around and feel something for the destruction going on and take action. Many of us enjoy these creatures from the sea. But are we doing enough to protect them from harm?

Enjoy Dr. Sklover’s song: See Me As I Am:  

What are you doing? I enjoy hearing your comments/your stories. Please share. Thanks.

Judith

 

Podcast: Holistic Nature of Us: Meet Dr. Leesa Sklover, Composer, Music Therapist

Description: My guest, Dr, Leesa Sklover, combines her talents in music, composing, singing, recording with the sounds that come from our oceans. Not just whales, but the clicks of lobsters add to the overall composition in delightful ways, connecting us through our wonderful senses. Sound moves us. We are enchanted by the sounds of whales and dolphins as we roam the deep blue seas. Her recording: Ode to the Arctic Angels is included in this podcast, a beautiful gift.

About My Guest: Leesa Sklover, Ph.D., LPC, C-IAYT, MA-CMT, IKYTA, A recording artist, of contemporary country and pop, and interspecies music, a film composer, Licensed counselor, music therapist, Ocean activist most of her life. A certified yoga therapist, Kundalini yoga teacher and sacred music and Eco Music artist. She worked at Canyon Ranch Spa for 12 years, in many hospitals and private practice for over 20 years, currently offices in Branford, Glastonbury, Shelton, and NYC. She is on the board for Cetacean society international and lectures and performs at workshops and conferences. She has been a professor at Sacred Heart University and the Master’s program at The Graduate Institute.

Drsklover@gmail.com, LoveLifeProductions.net, 917 860 0488

TranscriptPod Transcript Dr. Leesa Sklover

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