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I was a Project Manager and writer for many years. I have had a passion for animal and human welfare, natural health and beauty and was laid off my corporate job this year, allowing me to go from a time famine to being able to start this blog and potentially inspire and help others on their journey to living their best holistic life.

Breaking Up With Corporate America – The Fall of Ethics & Common Decency & How Millennial’s Serve Justice

This is my vent.  At my new job, looking forward to my  June 5th 1 year anniversary, I had sent a letter of thanks the afternoon of May 23rd to my employer.  I had been busy that week, we were readying for API deployments which I was managing the implementation of.  This is, or was, the day job that keeps/kept this blog afloat, along with my entire family as the primary breadwinner.
Well into my morning on the 24th, having logged in a bit of extra time all week and in the throes of responding to emails, I received a call to stop all work.  I had actually been let go yesterday, just nobody had bothered to tell me. No time to hand off work properly.  What kind of crazy is this?  How rude for the person taking on my work.

The bathroom remodel, which was supposed to take 3-4 weeks tops, has spanned two contractors and 3 months so far and went from 19k (guy didn’t have a clue on prices) to 32k.  While I have money saved, I was actually counting on regular paychecks to take care of this remodel.  Not only would having my bathroom back, getting my beautiful new tub (which has been sitting for months outside in the yard) actually situated in the house where it belongs, be quite lovely, my master closet is also in this bathroom.  This would be the closet where I could perhaps locate appropriate shoes and attire for an interview, were one to come up not on skype or phone that requested my physical presence with expectations of me putting some care into my appearance.

And I was now completely stressing over a very expensive stove for my inlaws that I had gleefully offered to pay for, not knowing the bathroom price would be significantly higher or that my job would vanish within a few weeks.  The ins just don’t understand my current (and very temporary) drama.  They’re in a jam and I have been shoring them up as agreed.  It will all work out in the end of it.

I continue to scan the finances to figure out what I really should keep and what I can let go of. Change is always a great time to sit quietly and meditate on what you need in your life and what no longer serves you.  All monthly donations to charities were cancelled.  I can set those up again downstream.  YMCA membership?  Keep, I DO need my yoga!  We have re-worked the budget and I am not allowed in stores.  🙂

On June 5th our dogson, Rhett, a strapping handsome, smart and sweet Doberman, normally bounding about with full-on power and energy, went into a spiral.  After his morning walk, he kept falling down. Some sort of spine, nerve trauma and so suddenly we have no idea what he could have done to bring this on.   Rhett needs twice weekly therapy and acupuncture treatments.  On the upside, we have witnessed swift improvements and he is feeling so much better.  Not to beg, but I did set up a gofundme for him and the link is below if you know of any animal lovers, dog lovers, Doberman people, kindly help by sharing,  please and thank you.

Job from the bible comes to mind but that guy had it way worse than me so I am determined to remain thankful.  Still, what on earth happened to common courtesy?  What happened to warnings of layoffs pending, to having a conversation and providing some modicum of notice when someone is no longer needed? How is it that the worker bee is asked to provide notice when the business does not? What do these actions say about a future at any corporation or the morale there?  Do we put up with instability and fear or change our plans? When is the income level high enough to compensate for that fear and not knowing when yesterday was your last day there?   When a company is that freaking hard up to do a merger, provide extra bonuses for their execs, or make their bottom line and stock price heftier before announcements,  that they must turn to layoffs, especially without any notice, one has to question if the decisions which precipitated that action, are equally thoughtless.  While this, of course, affects individuals and their families, many of us also have employees counting on us,  a lawn service,  housekeeper, grocery delivery service, dog walker,  and we should take that seriously too because just as our income is affected by our employer, we affect peoples incomes too. Also, in some situations, we are not really in a good position to let these employees of ours go.  For example, I get sun poisoning if I stay outside too long, so the lawn guy stays.

While I am absolutely stewing over this, ruminating over my pissed offedness, and hurt, really so hurt,  I also know intuitively we co-create at least 95% of what happens to us. Next, when things do happen, there is reason and purpose behind it.  I am now opened up to find other work, another purpose.  I am also out a 98k salary.  All in all, quite the bummer.

My contract terms stipulated I must provide 2 weeks notice to leave my position,  while I received an ‘oh by the way this happened yesterday’ termination.    I have become an afterthought.  This makes me think of all the afterthoughts out there silently hanging with me.  Corporations today seem soulless, doing things on the regular that they would never have even discussed perpetrating 30 years ago. There was, feigned or true, an appearance of giving a damn, an understanding that there should be coverage provided to good workers with some grace, funded 401ks, healthcare and pensions and time off to enjoy life. In my 20’s the healthcare I never used was fully funded by the company.  I watched the pension die.  I watched the 401k stop getting matched. I watched 16 years of quarterly layoffs and spotty raises.  So many people back in the day worked for themselves or in their families business.  When you give up that control for working at someone else’s business, it makes sense to get some kind of return, not just weekly but to cover you in retirement years.  It sucks having what you have worked for crumble through no fault of your own. Not all of us want to work until we are 100. Not all of us will be capable.  I have seen ethics and compassion vanish over the last couple of decades and greed take over.  My husband, who is in management, complains of the millennials.  He is lucky to get even a day’s notice when someone quits. His last notice was less than 24 hours and said ‘thanks so much for the opportunity but I am moving on’.  This from a young dude my husband took under his wing and mentored.  It was his first job.  He could have moved up but decided to move on. Most don’t even give notice, they’ no call no show.’  The millennials are far more about themselves, what they want to do right now,  make right now than ever paying any kind of dues or putting up with anything they don’t like for any length of time.  I find quite a lot of humor in this.  It is the ultimate payback to the dispassionate care corporations have given their workers for so long now.  While I do feel sorry for my husband, he is a wise, ethical, caring and fair-minded man, I snicker at what has been wrought.  This is exactly what Corporate America asked for when they took us from long 8 hour days and weren’t satisfied with that into mandating exempts work until the job is done, 10, 12 and 16 hours per day and stack ranking us accordingly,   managing by fear. Getting the milk for free as they say.  Nothing is ever free.  Eventually, we pay for things the right way or Karma takes care of it later.  In the 50’s & 60’s, there was much talk of how technology was to have us working perhaps 4 hours a day and enjoying so much more personal time.  I want to know what happened to that? (Greed) When companies make the choice to disassociate from compassion towards their workforce, to buy up another company or do some other unnecessary thing, this is not balanced.  I see a lot of imbalance in most folks finances and I see the same insanity in many corporations. Obviously, a company is attempting something that is too much of a strain if they are unable to do that and also keep their daily work and workers going. They are not living in balance. And if your finances are a mirror of this, you are not in balance either.  The problem with your personal finances not being in balance is the stress it causes. Gone are the days when you could feel comfortable at work, settle in.  I believe everyone should have significant savings and manage all debts to increase their cash flow as much as possible.  Ages ago, I read Robert Kiyosaki’s book Rich Dad Poor Dad,(link below too) and at that time I was mired in credit card debt.  My mother had taught me that, but my dad was a very practical man and a saver.  This book really opened up my eyes to the spirit of money and all the ways we tend to abuse it.

No matter who you are or what you make, everyone needs to be thinking about a plan A, B & C.  Stuff happens that throws us off our game and shapeshifts us.  While you can feel how you feel, in that moment, it is also necessary to absorb lessons and to move on.  In order to do that, you have to sort through the wreckage, what worked, what didn’t and create a plan you can use next. All of this really helps if you already had a backup plan to turn to.  For me, I had some savings to finish the bathroom.   Job searching but I don’t believe my next role will be with any typical corporation after going through all that I have been through the last 28 years and in particular the insult a few weeks back. I am thankful for what I have earned and the education, but firmly believe we all deserve respect and very saddened to see a lack of the very basics in courtesy happening in Corporate America.  I am learning,  meditating on next steps,  determined to carve a new path forward thinking more like a millennial.  For those of you finding yourself in this or similar situation, I hope sharing my story and the interesting reading below helps you shed light on where you are today and where you plan to go.  ♥

Help Our Pup!  https://www.gofundme.com/treatment-for-heironymus-rhett?sharetype=teams&member=295754&rcid=r01-152951544828-f60b9c3bb15c4ec2&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w
Interesting Reading:

GMO, Organic, Wildcrafted & Natural – Why Go Organic?

 

Much of what we pay extra for today, was de rigueur in the 50’s.  Today it’s about speeding things up, playing with genetics and making as much money as possible at the expense of everything else.  Most of us make a living selling or supporting something, some product or company.  I do so as a marketer of Cleaner greener, eco and animal-friendly products, those that I market directly(site links below) and those that I market for others such as Amazon and CWG water purification.  (see my water purification article)  I take what I do seriously because there’s a ton of misinformation out there.  I do want to make money, but not at the expense of being disingenuous.

GMO’s  – These are Genetically Modified Organisms, kicked off by Monsanto to sell their Glyphosate laden Round-Up product and put a patent on God and do it one better as if we could ever one-up God. In fact, those of us who despise Monsanto and what they are doing call it God Move Over.  GMOs for short, these organisms, seeds/plants (and now insects and animals, no not kidding)  are engineered to resist death when the crop is sprayed with herbicide. The catch phrase is ‘Roundup Ready’.  This causes cancer-promoting hormones in the milk of non-organic cows which are fed GMO food, also laced with antibiotics to mitigate disease from the unhappy overcrowded never see sunshine separated at birth from their babies, dairy cows which are  kept continuously pregnant and also fed ‘enriched feed’ which consists of GMOs and dead cows, cats, dogs etc, everything that gets rendered for its last bit of usefulness. This is how Mad Cow got started, people!  Cows, um…don’t eat other cows.  They sure don’t willingly and knowingly.  When sheep and cows began being fed dead members of their tribe to save money, this is what happened.  But I digress….

Chemicals From Hell – 1/3rd of Monsanto’s revenue is based on Roundup. 300 million lbs of this poison is sprayed annually on crops in the US. RoundUp was declared a human carcinogen by the Royal health Organisation March 2016.  Some countries and jurisdictions are abandoning it, including stores but we have a serious problem here. There are now round up resistant weeds or superweeds. Roundup is also sprayed as a ripening agent for such produce as grapes, potatoes, wheat, barley, lentils & rye. Roundup is stored and absorbed into the crop which is completely unsafe! There are over 30 diseases that match a curve of when GMOs took hold.   And my neighbour got an earful outside spraying this crap on his lawn as he, a stage 4 cancer survivor, explained to me he cannot afford organic food and boy, this stuff works fast.  Yes, and it poisons our water, causes leaky gut and genetic mutations and superweeds, please neighbour just cease!  We are mostly bacteria. 10x more bacteria than cells in our body. Roundup ready plants kill gut bacteria and chelate all our minerals so we and our animals that eat GMOs are weak.  So what happens here is that Roundup is sprayed to kill everything off.  To keep the plants we want to grow alive, plants are genetically engineered to contain  BT Toxin (Bacillus Thuringiensis) in abundance.  BT Toxin is 1000 times more toxic than the spray.  How Roundup works, is that it blocks the shikimate pathway in plants but it also affects us, killing off good gut bacteria and messes up our signals that we are full. This toxin is an insecticide that breaks open the cell walls of the insect’s stomach.  They tell us that somehow this crap is safe for us humans and I call BS on that.  Rather, it causes Leaky Gut,  autoimmune disorders, Leukaemia, Parkinsons, heart disease, It can create allergies to, say, peanuts or some other harmless substance as well. Glyphosate  Is toxic to the mitochondria. Disrupts cytochrome, p450 (CYP) enzymes, promotes cancer cells, is an endocrine disruptor, promotes birth defects, produces formaldehyde.

I think I just beat up GMOs enough for the next, oh, five minutes, so let’s move on to natural and Wild Crafted stuff, shall we?

Firstly we all must read our labels, shop with reputable companies and understand that labels can be misleading.  There’s a ton of greenwashing out there.  Companies know that people prefer to get something animal and planet friendly and market accordingly.

Wildcrafted means the plant was picked out in the wilds, found in nature not planted by or managed by humans.   A benefit to wildcrafted is typically hardy plants, not genetically modified, full of nutrients in soils not tampered with by humans. Something wildcrafted has not been purposely sprayed with any pesticides so generally, you are safe there.

Pesticides – You want to avoid pesticides because not all of it washes off or out, both in our clothing or in our produce.  Sometimes the pesticide can seep into the fruit of a plant as well and lastly, you want to avoid pesticides because of what they do to our environment, our earth.

Natural – This word can mean many things and be very misguiding.  To get to the bottom of what the word natural means to a particular company, you have to go back to that company and ask.  Companies stamp a product natural to entice customers to buy.  In our minds, we believe natural to mean the ingredient was found and then used in its natural state, no chemical or synthetics added. This may not be true and it absolutely does not mean it is pesticide free.

Supplements – Synthetic or Plant-Based?   I believe it is important with supplements, to avoid synthetic ones and always go plant-based.  Per my training with Hippocrates Health Institute, Leukocytes will only eat food, not chemicals.  The body can be tricked to a point, but at the cell level, it will not be as effective for you.  You can test this doing a Spectra Cell analysis which is a great tool to see what you are deficient in.  A cheaper version that will provide a good level of detail through a urine test is the PrivaTest with Bioceutica.

In the case of synthetics, the argument here is that, rather than out in nature, the dose can be regulated and the very same from one batch to another.  But per Hippocrates, this means if you take a chemical vitamin C, for example, your blood will probably see it, but that DOES NOT mean your cells have it! Your immune system fights chemical supplements. Chemically derived nutrients do activate biomechanical stimuli which at first give the impression that the synthetics build our health too, but they do not provide the positive body chemistry changes at the cellular level. What is not in the cells ultimately doesn’t matter. 80% of these synth supplements come from big pharma.

Why Go Organic?  –  Firstly, anything organic is automatically free of GMOs and pesticide use.  It’s even better to see GMO free and Certified Organic on the label!  Typically, an organic product is higher in nutrition and quality.  The quality is going to vary based upon soil quality, travel time and any downstream processing.  Some farmers augment their organic soils to be nutrient dense and others may not be as passionate about that. You will have variances per crop.

I personally try to market and buy for my family only wildcrafted and organic.  Again, you still need to have confidence in the company you are buying from and monitor how you feel when using their products vs another, but when a company goes through the trouble to certify their ingredients as organic, that is a huge statement for that company to make and it also entails legal issues if that claim is false.  This is exactly why I shop organic and sell organic products for skin, home and body.  I believe strongly that in a very polluted world, this provides me and my clients, assurances of getting a better, safer potent and pure product.  I hear of companies that say they don’t want to pass the costs of certifying themselves organic onto their customers, that they actually do things a level above and beyond the USDA guidelines etc.  Color me skeptical.

The following rules are applied when the USDA approves a product to use their seal:

  • 100% organic – This means that product must contain 100% USDA certified ingredients (excluding water & salt), with no non-organic ingredients, and that their processing methods employed must be 100% USDA certified organic.
  • Organic –  This means that this product must contain a minimum of 95% organic ingredients (excluding water & salt). So only a maximum of 5% can be non-organic.
  • Made With Organic Ingredients – This product must contain at least 70% organic ingredients (excluding water & salt). With 30% of the ingredients being non-organic, the company is not allowed legally to display the USDA certified organic seal.

When you buy organic this means the manufacturer takes pride in their stewardship and product enough to jump through the necessary hoops to put certification on their label.  Many companies, such as the ones I rep personally for, go a step farther with 3rd party certifications too.  This may not mean that a non-certified essential oil or what have you is bad.  It does mean, however, that I won’t be buying it and I also won’t, without a caveat, be trying to sell it to you.  ♥

Here are the links to the companies I rep for.  Feel free to shop but if you are passionate about the planet, animals and helping people detox, feel free to join me!  Reach out with any questions. Also, see my blog about how each business works more in-depth.

www.bioceutica.com/puretemple  Great skin and body care that is science and green coconut water-based with no known toxins

www.EssanteOrganics.com/Puretemple  Organic and Plant-Based Line Coconut water-based

http://www.miessence.com/puretemple/en/category/1/skincare Organic and Plant-Based Line that is Aloe Vera Based

https://op.hippocratesinst.org/moreinfo/static/34   For the free syllabus Online Life Transformation!  This was the last training I took, a life changer.

 Additional Reading:

More info on going Organic:  https://www.organic-center.org/organic-fact-sheets/top-12-reasons-to-go-organic/

 

 

Why You Should Leave Fish Off The Menu & Essante & Vegan Omega Oils


www.EssanteOrganics.com/Puretemple Where ingredients are plant-based, certified organic and wild-crafted.

Many folks, as I once believed, think eating sushi and fish in general, to be a healthy thing.  My vet keeps trying to cajole me into providing fish oil to my dog, for the omegas and joint lubrication.  As a plant-based lifestyle coach, I seek out and market green, pure,  eco and animal-friendly companies because Jesus Palomino there is a ton of crud out there to choose from and I know we can our omegas in other far healthier (and kinder) ways.  While we need Omega 3s, there are a few compelling reasons to leave fish off your list.  First, we have polluted the waters. All fish now contain plastics, pharmaceutical drugs, mercury and other harmful contaminants.  Farmed fish is no better with the over-crowding and GMO laden feed pumped with antibiotics to keep these stressed and crowded fish alive.  Lipid Peroxide is the oxidative degradation of lipids, causing damage to the cell membrane because free radicals steal electrons from the lipids in cell membranes.   Fish oils exposed to air become a poison. The fish lobbyists want to sell you omega 3 but it’s toxic. When fish die out of the water, the oxygen immediately makes the oils rancid. Fish do not stink when alive, but immediatly after begin the ‘fishy’ smell.  I keep fish and know it well.  The body is designed to produce essential nutrients like EPA and DHA from whole foods.  Next, we have over-consumed them.  There are other fish, whales, seals and polar bears starving and not just due to the dwindling sea ice, but because we have overfished the oceans that were once a plentiful bounty.  Fishing is no longer ethical, using crawlers that catch so many fish at one time with dire bycatch consequences.   Greed has corrupted us, and overpopulation, attempting to meet supply with demand has done such an insult to the earth.  And lastly, fish are sentient beings with their own feelings, likes and dislikes, they think and they feel especially the higher up you go.  For example, fish don’t need calculators, but I do.  Just a joke.  No, I really do need a calculator, and a notepad to write everything down.

Here are some ways you can get your Omega 3’s: Chia Seeds and their sprouts, Hemp Seed and oil, Raspberry seed oil, Flax seed meal and oil, pumpkin seed and oil, primrose oil, walnuts and oil, Fizner Oil, green veggies, most sprouts, green and blue-green algae.  I take Klammath Lake Blue-Green algae not just for this reason, but as a full-on detoxer. Pure Synergy Blue-Green Algae is a good source.

What I like about Essante, and why I am an independent rep for them, is that this company really focuses on pure ingredients.  They have just launched a patented probiotic guaranteed to grow in the gut (the only probiotic guaranteed to do that) and they have great superfoods (Reds, greens) and digestive enzymes which are necessary when eating cooked foods and beneficial for anyone including those on a raw diet.  The more you stress your body, the faster you age.  Give it help.  I have vegan friends who shun all supplements.  At Hippocrates, I confirmed my feelings that in this polluted world, no matter how we eat, we do need some supplements.  Choosing smartly is the key.  The more our world is corrupted, the more we need help and mindfulness.

Essante’s Omega (3,5&9) is organic flax seed.  This is cold pressed, unrefined.  This means you are getting quality ingredients that are not adulterated by GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) or any pesticides.   When doing your own comparison, note that the bottle is 90 capsules and the suggested dose is 3 times per day.  Clicking on the link above, selecting PH Nutrition, Supplements and Powders, will get you a lot more detail but for those who care about this (I do) the capsules are gelatin.  The company is slowly going vegan with their capsules and as I type this, that may have changed by the time you order.  Still, something to be aware of.  You can always poke a needle through and squeeze the goodness out onto a salad etc.  Each soft gel has 1g of healthy vital fat.  There is no heat in the processing and no metals.  It may surprise you but there is Mercury in our shots when we go to the doctor and also in a lot of our supplements.  None here my friends!  No preservatives, no funk.  No junk no funk. This is a US made product, not outsourced to Asia where regulation stinks and you get sub par quality.  (See my blog about Canine Kidney).  Like the next omega I will show you, Essante is also 3rd party certified.  This means they are woke enough to make something of value and prove this by engaging a 3rd party to confirm the quality.


Natures Way is also a great brand.  This omega uses algae and not flax seed. I love that the capsule is vegan, they are 3rd party tested and that it’s a plant based omega.  The price is great too.  That stated it is not organic as Essante is and does not confirm exactly how it is processed so I cannot confirm it is cold pressed which is important for retaining value in the product.  My thinking here is that if it were cold pressed, that would be shouted to the moon and back.  So….you get what you pay for, but this is a decent product.

So I had a cat, Flat Faced Ian, who shunned fish.  Now I believe she knew something I didn’t at the time.  I had to research stuff and got her on flaxseed because her tiny being went into congestive heart failure one day and was diagnosed with Advanced HCM.  I broke open capsules and gave her hawthorn berry and stuck needles through my flaxseed gel caps to add to her food.  We were told we had, at best, 3-6 months with her.  Years later, I took her to the vet for a checkup and they asked ‘shouldn’t she be dead?’ followed by ‘Why haven’t you brought her in up until now?’  I figured if she was dying in a few months, I was going to enjoy her, not stress her out with vet visits and next, try to do all that I could to keep her going longer in a natural way.  10 years later she was put to sleep due to a mass in her tummy that was blocking the exit.   Flaxseed and love kept that cat going.   In the end, though, we all meet it, don’t we? But the point is that we enjoy quality of life in the meantime.  And I am such a woosie I hope there is a rapture prior to my demise so that I can just perhaps be beamed up.  Cheers, all!  Feel free to post what you ended up purchasing and how the products worked for you as this helps others and that is why all of us are here. ♥

SAFE PEST CONTROL INFORMATION

The little enclave where my MCM home is parked has quite a lot of nature in it.  We are close to a creek with coyotes, opossums, racoons, hawks, rodents and loads of bugs.

I love animals and am actually a bit partial to most bugs, provided they are not crawling on me.  The ones I prefer are what we call the ‘beneficial’ insects, praying mantis, ladybugs, spiders, fireflies, dragonflies etc.   One of my friends abhors frogs, they scare her.  Not me, bring in the toads!  Lizards, toads, frogs, let nature reign.  Most homes share bugs unawares.  Spiders, for example, will hide out catching bugs that dare wander in.  When I see a spider, I typically catch and release it outside.

Nobody loves fleas, ticks or cockroaches.  Well, they mate so apparently someone does, but generally not of the human variety.   It can be a challenge to enjoy nature and control it in a safe or safer way.  If you live in an area with opossums, (below link to more info on these interesting and adorably ugly critters,  rest easy knowing they are killing thousands of ticks and minimizing your families risk of Lyme Disease.  http://www.caryinstitute.org/newsroom/opossums-killers-ticks

So what do we do with the creepies that invade our interiors?  It is important to be mindful of what products we use because there are more than 85,000 chemicals in our water and approximately 2000 new chemicals created annually.

Many of us have pets that we worry about with outdoor gardens as well as what they may ingest inside the home.   To minimize fleas in our

yard, we use CedarCide.  It smells yummy or just like Cedar if you aren’t a huge fan (I once locked myself in a newly minted cedar closet for 5 minutes breathing it all in) and is a safer, kinder gentler way to kill the bloodsuckers.   But this product also works on lice, kills ticks, mosquitos, mites and ants as well, at all stages of their life cycle.  This product is indoor/outdoor, we just use it primarily outside.

  • IF you have snakes, keep in mind that cedar is toxic to reptiles.

I typically use this product pointed down and spraying onto our

grass/yard, early morning when cool and avoiding bees, butterflies etc.

In our garden and yard we also use beneficial nematodes. Biologic Scanmask with 10 Million Steinernema feltiae (Sf) is an all natural defense against fleas, knats, grubs.  You apply easily with a watering can or spray pump.  

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For the patio, and for those local to the DFW area, its made right here, there’s  SkeeterScreen personal spray which I also use on my dog, and their patio egg which not only looks cool, but helps spread the unwelcome mat.  Just FYI, if you get it next to paint, such as where ours is hanging right at the slider coming into the house, where it touches the house?  The oil will eventually peel the paint there.  Small price to pay, or just situate it where it will hang freely and not swing into the side of your house like I should have done to begin with rather than complain about it here.  They have candles too and the scent is nice. I am not a huge fan of citronella so while I know citronella is effective, I want other herbs and stuff to make a nice smell that doesn’t give me citronella overdose.  I am an incense fan from the 70’s dude, so why not on the patio and in the yard?  I am never without Amazon Lights incense.  Firstly, there’s the cone which also comes with a nice ceramic holder.  This is perfect for having a quiet corner conversation or a cup of joe and just wanting to enjoy your patio space for a few moments before heading into work etc.  If you are going to be out longer, get the Amazon Lights stick version which last a couple of hours.  I love the scent, which includes rosemary and thyme….and who couldn’t use more of that?  The sticks last between 2.5 and 3 hours.  For a larger space, strategically place a few so the entire patio is within it’s cloaking device.

INSIDE THE HOME BUG CONTROL – We use an ultrasonic plugin.  Bodyguard Ultrasonic Pest Repellent is a great way to rid your home of unwanted bugs without toxic chemicals.  Each unit works up to 1600 square feet so you can place strategically.

For cockroaches, silverfish and palmetto bugs  (what I call giant cockroaches) and ants, we recently used, and with great effectiveness, Harris Diatomaceous Earth.  There are hundreds of uses for this product and it comes with a duster.  This is an all natural product with no additives or fillers.

Another option is Harris Boric Acid Roach and Silverfish Killer Powder with Lure because it is EPA registered, a safer approach to killing the nasties while keeping pets and family members safer.  The product must be kept dry to work and works for weeks and is fast acting.

Due to environmental concerns, I do not recommend baits in plastic tins and I recommend placing these powders inside sink cabinets in the kitchen, laundry and bathrooms and behind such appliances as the stove and refrigerator.  I am a bit paranoid, I want to keep pest control out of reach of the little ones, human and otherwise.

When applied correctly and at regular intervals, coupled with keeping your home environment tidy, you should be well on the way to bug-free home zone.    Feel free to comment on how each of these products did at your house!

Eye Maintenance – Natural Ways to Improve the Health of Your Eyes

 

Our eyes, open most of the day, encounter all sorts of pollutants in our air that the body was never designed to handle.  In our air, water and soil, there are 2000 newly created chemicals annually with an estimated total of 80,000 new chemicals. Man mined debris fools the body. Mercury looks like selenium to the body. Lead looks like calcium. Cadmium looks like zinc. Aluminum, nickel and uranium look like magnesium to the body and all these affect the system at a cellular level.  Many of these pollutants are in the air that affects the eyes.

We’ve been renovating a bathroom and enjoying a magnitude of dust that only folks who have gone through a remodel can comprehend.  Between air purifiers, (see my review on air purifiers) neti pot (see my article on this) to deep clean the sinuses, vacuuming & dusting daily after the contractor and crew leave, there is still an amazing amount of dust and the eyes suffer.

I believe one of the reasons eyes age is due to pollutants and irritants.  So minimizing them will help save your eyesight as well as how they look.  Many folks don’t really think about their eyes other than to wash the face, moisturize and perhaps apply makeup.  Maintaining your eyes should be a daily routine and especially in dusty polluted environments.

First there are eye exercises that help stretch and strengthen as well as rest the eyes which is particularly great for those of us that sit at a laptop all day.  Yoga For The Eyes with Meir Schneider steps you through great break time exercises.

Next, everyone should possess a nice eye wash bath cup.  Not just for emergency use as I once thought, but for daily/weekly rinsing of the eyes to clean and clear them of debris and tonify.   Because I believe that every day things should be artfully done as well as be great at what they do, I adore this eyecup by Rosso,  which is all glass and therefore safer than plastic.  The glass is gorgeous, it looks like a piece of art sitting on your vanity, and has a lovely feel and polish to it.  It comes in two styles, I like the raised rib, very comfy and it holds the liquid well with gentle pressure so you’re not getting it all over your face.

So one of my favourite rinses began as a purchase for my pets.  But now the entire family uses it too.  Ark Naturals, Eye So Bright, with Echinacea and Goldenseal, it slightly stings at first, then your eyes suddenly feel so refreshed!  We used a prescription eye drop on our Doberman who bolted after we came back into the room later to give him another treatment.  My husband popped a drop in his eye to understand what all the fuss was about and screamed.  Why on earth would they make anything that hurt that bad?!?  Thus began our self-testing before we did anything to the pets.  And because of this, I LOVE using this product on myself as well as the fur kids.

Another formula I like is Christopher’s Herbal EYE formula which you can both take orally in water or add to an eye bath solution.  Warning, this stuff has pepper in it.  I am using just one drop with my Ark Naturals and sea salt water I get at Whole Foods.  With the construction, I have been doing this routine twice a day and wow this has helped so much!

And on the Whole Foods note, don’t forget to eat right.  Your eyes need leafy greens.  The aim is for at least 50% raw diet, through juicing and yom yomming tasty salads and sprouts.

Supplements – Only 9% of the vitamins on the market are good.  Synthetic vs plant based:  It is important to read labels and avoid synthetic vitamins that the body recognizes at a cellular level as food.  There is much discussion about synthetic vitamins, which are vastly cheaper, being just as good but my Hippocrates advocates going all natural.   I get arguments from folks who eat so well and many even better than I do, 100% raw, juice twice daily etc.  So why do I need supplements they say.  Getting a spectra cell analysis will tell you what your body is deficient in at a cellular level and then you will know.  But here is why everyone needs some supplements:  Our world is totally polluted and our bodies, while able and willing to detox to a point, need the help.  With soil erosion, we no longer get enough minerals and vitamins in even the very best of foods.  So here is something,  Ultimate Eye Formula, you can take to aid the eyes because chances are you are not eating enough blueberries and bilberries daily to counteract the onslaught.

Another thing I love is Triphala, which is an Indian ayurvedic  medicinal combining 3 tree fruits into a slightly tangy bitter powder.  Terrasoul Triphala powder is organic, a fair price and they lab test for impurities and heavy metals.   I enjoy a 1/2 tsp in hot water as a tea.  I don’t mind the taste at all.  You can also use it as an eyewash.  Used as an overall body tonic and detox, it is also said to improve vision.  I use a bit of this in an eye cup when I am done making my ‘tea’ and also drink it.

And for beautiful (or handsome) eyes,  I rep for organic and plant-based, eco and animal-friendly potent and pure skin and supplement lines and highly recommend, especially for evening,  the eye and neck firming serum which I am NEVER without!  The link is below.  My sister in law says this serum knocked out her crows feet and my puffiness is gone. It’s yummy and I have not found its equal on the market anyplace.
https://www.miessence.com/puretemple/en/product/11702/firming-eye—neck-serum

And for daywear, in the morning, especially when it is bloody hot outside, where treatments are just melting right off your face because of the heat…dear Lord why do I live in Texas….I love Bioceutica’s B Brite Eye Gel with coffee and a cold stone roller that is so soothing. https://www.bioceutica.com/Store/ProductDetails.aspx?pid=60020

Finally, let’s look at eyedrops.  Many can actually handicap the eyes, training them to require drops.  My husband and I use Similisan eye drops (everything the brand offers is really good!) Once, a pharmacist chased my husband down to tell him Homeopathy doesn’t work!  Well, we think it does and we’ve been on these drops for 20 years in various flavours, dry eye, irritated eye and computer eyes because, ahem…I am on this thing a lot!

As a vegan marketer, I seek out natural ways to detox and amp up health and have done a lot of research and testing to come up with what I provide you.  I hope it helps you live your best and healthiest life and I would love to hear from you!

 

 

Are You A Granola Push Over?

Just because you are vegan, love animals, want to save the planet or are in tune spiritually, does not give rights to others to push you around and it sure doesn’t necessarily mean you are a pushover.

I am unclear why folks really believe that being a pansy is part and parcel to living with ethics and for something greater than one’s self. And sometimes I end up just not winning, but not very often. I try hard to be fair-minded but take care of business and take care of my family while being fair.   But somehow, fair means totally giving in to other people and that is just nuts.

I had a tenant a few months back that invited someone over to the property who deliberately caused over $2600.00 in vandalism damage to my property.  There were beers involved, a fight ensued and rocks were thrown.  The home is registered historic and I keep up with it beautifully and mostly on my own dime.   I submitted to my tenant the two quotes my contractor provided.  When I got half of it covered, I was frankly overjoyed, thinking this is greatness, I will just end up eating only the other half of this damage.  With the rental in particular, I get so used to absorbing the loss, I just roll with it.  Well, when the ner-do-well that caused the damage paid a portion and the tenants’ insurance paid the other, I was ecstatic!  I thought this is terrific, now I can pay these people a deposit that would otherwise be completely eaten away on the rock tossing business.  But the tenants damaged the kitchen floor, and apparently had not ever cleaned in an entire year.  The grease on the rock countertop was a thick yellow that had to be chiselled away with a paint scraper and cans of degreaser.  My lawyer recommended keeping the entire deposit.  But I wanted to be fair.  And although these guys ended up getting most of their deposit back, they pitched a holy Hanna fit and claimed I got too much money for the vandalism, claimed there was only one receipt not two, that I somehow made stuff up.  I was threatened, belittled, berated, harassed, it was nuts.

Recently I had, or at least attempted to have, a bathroom remodel, with everything out of the bathroom and the entire room taken down to the studs.  I have been through remodel rodeo numerous times by now and understand the scope of what can go wrong and take as many preventive measures as possible.  In 3 hours, my bathroom was gutted.  3 weeks later it still sat gutted.  And what I had paid the contractor for, materials, work each week, was not happening with any reasonable speed.  Having been paid twice, I was concerned because we were 3/4ths paid on a job that had perhaps a weeks worth of work done so far.  Then the dude asked for another payment for the floor guy stating he didn’t have the money.  I had already paid him for the floor guy…red flag….when I nicely reminded him the final payment will be paid once all work has completed because we had already paid well over half the money due but were only seeing a weeks worth of work in the last month, his next words were ‘I don’t trust this situation!’ This was followed by a demand for money, attacking me because I ‘want it my way’ that he will NOT be managed and finally that we should be nice to each other until this project is done!’ I provided him an invoice on how much he owed me back and fired him.  Aint nobody got time for that drama!

Don’t let people corner you or push you around just because you are nice.  There is a big difference in being nice and being a fool.  You do want to pick your battles and learn to let go on the nit noidy stuff, but when you are being done wrong, it is ok to speak up!

I am a huge believer in endings being just as important as beginnings.  I see so many folks fawn all over the new puppy, the new job, the new car or house or relationship and then when things get into a routine, things get older, the attention span wanders.  People, it’s called maintenance.  And in the case of sentient beings, they need you.  Just because your dog is 12 doesn’t negate your responsibilities or his love and dependence upon you.  Cars are not throw away items to be trashed and abused then sold cheaply to become somebody else’s drama.  When you take good care of your things, you will find they last almost forever.  And so will your friendships too.  Think hard and long about what you want in your life and then treasure what you have.  When you move out of a place,  pay it forward by leaving it nice or even nicer for the next person.  Why not be kind?

At Sprint many moons ago, I took this training called ‘Manage By Fact’.  It was beautiful training because no matter how you feel about things emotionally, there are always the facts which we ultimately must manage by.  This is now labelled ‘Emotional Intelligence’ and is really a lot more practical than whatever your IQ is as it assists you in dealing with people, calming the emotions down where you can do things logically.

Emotional Intelligence is critical in any business dealings and I can spot the children a mile off.  Emotional Intelligence by Travis Bradberry
or this one by Daniel Goleman titled Emotional Intelligence, are two great books to help you manage your emotions effectively.

There will always be people who are not as evolved spiritually ready to push blame and problems on you.  By being mindful of what the facts are and protecting yourself accordingly, you can graciously but firmly push back and own your own power.

Health & Getting Religion

My last studies were taken at Hippocrates Health Institute.  (Link to their free syllabus below).  It was a very educational year and turned my life around really.

So I had an opportunity to share with others what I have learned by way of getting Brian Clement, from Hippocrates, to speak here in Dallas.  I was offered the opportunity to put an engagement together and I can only hope that I get that chance again in the future.  The time I had to make that happen was short.  I would have to move swiftly!  As this blog doesn’t pay a salary just yet, I have gone back to full-time work, had family coming to town, busy life etc, I had exactly one place I thought would be perfect; the Seventh Day Adventist Church I pass on my way to work each day.  Feeling like kismet, holding fond memories of being SDA, I reached out.  I reached out again and again before getting an answer. Slam Dunk Nope Nada!  And I had thought, as they are old testament in their food and beverage choices, promoting a vegetarian if not vegan diet, that this would dovetail very nicely with whatever Brian had to say as guest speaker.  These were spiritual minded people who are already being educated on the best way to eat and now they can learn even more, perhaps even invite friends who may not be as religious but learn something healthful.

This blog is secular and Hippocrates is not a religion but a place to heal and learn healthy eating and to educate you as to how your dietary and lifestyle choices affect the earth and all who populate it.   While spiritual matters were lightly discussed in the sense that we should have and hold to our spiritual beliefs, they significantly help us achieve a happy and abundant life, religion perse was not discussed.

It is with an open mind that we come to the table and learn, grow and maybe change our direction.  I had this conversation with a colleague at work because this really upset me.  I felt entirely responsible for losing this opportunity.  What had I said that was so bad?  If these folks are so serious, where on earth do they shop?  Is not the grocery store secular?  Where on earth do these fine SDA parishioners shop at for their plant-based diets, or wherever they may buy their tires, their clothing, their homes or dine out?  What TV do they watch, what speakers?  How on earth is all of this controlled? Is Amazon Christian?  What about each shop on Amazon?  Is Kroger god-fearing and if so, what religion?  What about each and every employee?  What would the world be like if only someone who appeared to think, believe, feel and act exactly like you, got the free pass, got to speak on a topic they were expert in, got your patronage, got hired at work? How then would you spread your message of light?  I want to place special emphasis here on the word ‘appeared’ because what appears is not always so.

I had hoped to pass out information and samples of organic skincare.  I had hoped to hear Brian speak.   I am not a speaker, no I hide behind a keyboard.  But I did want to be there to take it all in and learn more and help others learn about some fantastic organic products.
I was really excited to have this opportunity given to me.  To say this was a complete kick in the teeth being shunned as I was,  is just understating the devastation I felt.

In the transaction, I lost all interest in trying this church.  I took this as a message to stop seeking out church as it solidified why I don’t go anymore.  I have left due to hypocrisy before and just flat misunderstandings of the word, of me, or what God wants.

I am not saying here for you to leave your church.  If you seek and find comfort there, edification, sanctification, then by all means go.  What I do know is this:  The laws of God are written in our hearts.  We already know right from wrong.  Daily we make the choices that lead us forward or backwards.   Judgement trumps compassion and we are called to compassion, to learn to love more fully and to accept.  We are not here to judge, we do not excel at it, that is God’s providence.

We must all be mindful of becoming narrow-minded, egoist,  short-sighted because when we are, be become a detrimental stumbling block to others.

No matter who is invited to speak, that individual is human.  They  may or may not believe exactly as you do.  The person in the pew next to you probably doesn’t believe exactly as you do.   There are imposters everywhere, well-meaning or ill-meaning folks at various levels,  backsliders and folks who just go because their spouse does or it’s good for the kids, or to meet people.  In every church I have attended, there are folks that completely stick on something and go out into left field with that. This is human nature and you don’t escape that in church.  You cannot, on this earthly plane, create Utopia, it ain’t here!  No, your parishioners are confronted with real life all day and all life long.

The last time I left a church was Mount Zion. I was new here and didn’t know of an SDA church so I settled based on a recommendation.  It was a lovely delightful church, non-denominational, and the preacher had two young and great kids and he also worked as a vet, a very kind compassionate man.  It was a small congregation and I knew the family very well.  His kids would often sit next to me.  I worked then as a DJ for KZEW (13 years the home of Rock and Roll).  I was Nicki Clark on air.  Great good times and I adore great music.  Being passionate about music, I also very much believe ‘Garbage in, garbage out’ and strictly monitor my music collection.  I did not buy or play anything that espoused a life that conflicted with my morals which were Christian based, simply because this is how I was raised.   I had numerous discussion on the topic, maintaining it was never about the beat but the lyrics that mattered. Lyrics have always mattered to me.  So after being cajoled and having this discussion repeatedly, the preacher preached…in the pulpit…at me….about rock and roll one day and basically that I was in the wrong job.  I wasn’t.  I was exactly where I needed to be.  He could not see this.  He was a diehard Lawrence Welk fan and I can appreciate that, however, there is nothing wrong with rock and roll, or disco, or any of it, provided you are listening to something that uplifts, edifies, is moral.  And so, I left that church.   I find God in nature, in food, in great architecture, in books, music, really he is hard to miss!

Part of your overall health is acknowledging that you are body, mind and spirit.  Yoga does this and is why Yoga is so healthful.  It is one of the few excercise regimens that works on you holistically.   You are encouraged to seek out your spiritual path but I am old enough now to recognize that I no longer possess all the right answers.  I am just a girl writing a secular plant-based lifestyle blog.  I am here to help with any product or plant-based questions you have.  For spiritual matters, seek out God.  🙂

http://puretemple.org/ This is my blog Health, Planet Sustainability and Vegan Diet – where you can find info on anything from foods, recipes,  a toxin-free sofa to dog food.

www.bioceutica.com/puretemple  Great skin and body care that is science-based with no toxins

www.EssanteOrganics.com/Puretemple  Organic and Plant-Based Line Coconut water-based

http://www.miessence.com/puretemple/en/category/1/skincare Organic and Plant-Based Line that is Aloe Vera Based

https://op.hippocratesinst.org/moreinfo/static/34   For the free syllabus Online Life Transformation!

 

Contemplation About Death – Beginnings,Endings & New Beginnings

I dreamt the other day where it was explained that ‘When the souls time is up, we go.’  Profoundly simple.  None of us knows how long we have and every soul, every being on this planet is sacred.

When do our desires coincide with the acquiescence of death…or do our extraneous pursuits busy us to deflect us from the dark contemplations of the inevitable endings on this plane and the nebulous beginnings in another?

Just 48 hours from her death my mother complained about not getting the new shoes we were working on for her.  At 86, riddled with cancer and under hospice care, I’m quite sure the nursing home staff buried our request under a ‘Why Bother’ tab.

Were her feet troubling her?  Did she want one more new material thing before the inevitable transition or did she seek to be grounded feeling already too otherworldly? She was already talking to People on the other side, some I knew, some not, one foot tenuously planted here and the other flying beyond our full comprehension and our purvey of knowledge.

Kindness is what we need in these transitions we must do. Compassion is the souls ultimate calling as we send light, love and grace out into the world 

This blog is about health by way of living/leading a plant-based lifestyle.  It is not a diet, it is a life pursuit.  Diets suggest to most of us, a temporary event to reach a particular goal, but your ongoing health is far more important than losing a few pounds only to gain them back again later, or get glowing skin and tone just to fall off that wagon a few months from now.  While I believe there is a God and I believe we all have souls, and I firmly believe that being spiritual helps one along the journey here, I purposely espouse no religion.  This blog is not about preaching, but about health.  I am not here with all the correct answers that at one time I really thought I had.  No, this is not a conversion to SDA, to Christianity, Budha, Judaism or Bahai faith or any such.   I simply hope here to spur your own curiosity and internal flame and allow you to do your own communion with God and choose accordingly.  In my teens and 20’s I knew it all.  I knew who was going to hell and no sense to argue that point with me because I knew I was correct.  I am old enough to realize I can be wrong.  New information arrives daily and old information is renewed as we read once more and gain sometimes new and groundbreaking insight.  Where we sit depends upon where we stand and the teacher appears when the scholar is ready.

So I am full swing into a bathroom remodel.  My contractor is placing the faucet clear across the tub, making it a 40inch stretch across the tub to fill it.  This is due to space issues and a huge soak tub I am looking very forward to using someday soon!  He measured out the space and asked can I reach it?  I did a warrior pose, placed one hand behind me and the other as if reaching for the imaginary faucet.  My contractor stated I did not have to go all fancy but this, for me, was how to balance and reach.  I said, yes, now I can reach and hopefully when I am 100 +  I can do the same, but what if not?  He exclaimed that I would never see 100.  I asked why on earth not?  His mother is 86 and I will soon be 60.  I am vegan, and am just doing my best to detox daily.  Only God knows the hour etc.  People, we shortchange ourselves with this mindset that we expire so swiftly.  Bringing up the bible there were folks living for hundreds of years.  But here is the crux of this whole point:  We want to honor our temple, our seat, we want to take very good care of ourselves so that we can remain useful and engaged in life, serving our purpose the entire time.  When we are sick and frail, life is a drag and we are not in the best position to give aid to others.  Life is so vibrant when we are glowing.

Along with helping folks as a Plant-Based Lifestyle Consultant, I market organic skincare, body care and home care products.  Most supplements, over 95%, are a toxic synthetic stew and skincare can have hundreds of carcinogens and hormone disrupters in it.  The body has a real burden to carry so the point becomes daily detoxing while avoiding as many new toxins as feasible.  Once you get into these good habits, it becomes, well, habit.  It gets easier.

One of the lines I represent is Essante, which offers PH nutrition, probiotics, organic and wildcrafted superfoods and shakes.  Below  are links to help you be your healthiest.  I am happy to answer any questions you have.  Live long and strong, until your souls time is up.

www.EssanteOrganics.com/Puretemple  Organic and Plant-Based Line Coconut water-based

For 100% organic, there is Miessence
http://www.miessence.com/puretemple/en/category/1/skincare Organic and Plant-Based Line that is Aloe Vera Based

Beauty comes firstly from within.  Get the superfoods.  You will get more volume with Essante and more organic with Miessence.  For skincare, the very best line up there is Miessence.  But I do love the Essante Lip Gloss.

Bioceutica – www.bioceutica.com/puretemple
If you are looking for  easily customized nutrition, (what am I deficient in and really need)  Bioceutical offers the PrivaTest which is a pee in the cup in the privacy of your home offering and you send that in to get customized monthly supplements.  Nobody else is doing this.  And you will also love their Reverse 20 and the amazing mascara.

And if you happen to be very inspired to do a full on life change, I highly suggest the training I took with Hippocrates Health Institute!
https://op.hippocratesinst.org/moreinfo/static/34   For the free syllabus Online Life Transformation!

 

What Is Food? Go Vegan!

You have to understand that we have been programmed since babies to eat a certain way by well-meaning parents who have also been misled. Biblically and intestinally, we were designed to be vegetarian and really to be vegan. After the fall, yes we ate fish and clean meats from animals who chewed their own cud who have cloven hooves. But our ideal food was vegan. You might say sin is why we perpetuate the bad diet and harm caused upon another sentient being. Fish may have actually had some health benefits back in the day, however, we human animals have so badly polluted the earth that all fish have poisons such as mercury and plastics as our water now contains plastics and pharmaceutical drugs in it not to mention fluoride and other carcinogens. Some drinking water is so bad, you can light it on fire. How, I ask, can this be a good thing to ingest? How can anything from it be good for you? Yes, all municipal water supplies are corrupted with plastics and pharma and also agricultural waste depending upon the area. The air we breath is nasty. The water is impure. Even the very best organic vegetation lacks the mineral content it once had due to factory farming runoff. When you eat higher on the food chain, such as when you go from plants, the original source of protein, hydration, minerals and vitamins and live enzymes, and make the choice to filter all that goodness through another animal’s digestive system first, you take on their body burden of toxins. All of us have a body burden of toxins. Our primary concern and objective now should be 5 things and that is only to save ourselves from what we have done and try hard to undo it; 1) stop or significantly reduce eating meat 2) stop or significantly reduce consumption of dairy. 3) Only buy organic. 4) Purify all water. 5) Purify all air in our homes and cars and offices. Whys: Factory farming is raping the earth and destroying massive never to be replaced again rainforests and their vital and priceless ecosystems.These animals live miserable lives eating non-organic GMO foods and pharma drugs. You eat this sadness and toxin when you make the choice to buy non-organic animal products. These animals are sentient beings with their own proclivities, loves, likes, friends and joys and suffering. Give them a break. Water now causes cancer so purify it from all toxins before serving yourself or your pets. Clean up your air environment. I remember a time when rain actually cleaned a car. Now with acid rain, it makes your freshly washed car dirty again. How sad. We can do better by being mindful every day of our small steps at breakfast, lunch, snacks and at dinner. One step at a time we vote with our wallets and consciously awaken to better choices. Eat in kindness for them, for the planet and for our health. (heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, digestive ailments, blood pressure etc) Nothing can really possibly taste that bloody good to ruin our health over or cause suffering to another creature.
Recommended reading:
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There Is Spirit In Our Actions

 

This book, Random Acts Of Kindness by Amy Newmark is a great book to read when you’re feeling nobody cares or want a great sweet dose of happiness before bedtime.  I’m a huge fan of random acts of kindness and paying things forward.

Greed, and the drive to gain more is at the root of most cruelty and inconsideration toward others.  When we comprehend that this world is symbiotic, as we give we get, we begin to release the grip on greed and avarice. The universe is plentiful and yet so many times we live like we are grasping for the last slice of cake.  There is always more cake, we just need to see the world as the mother of expansion that it truly is.  Most of our abundance issues stem from childhood, from training that there isn’t enough or that you must work very hard to attain it.
Back in the 50’s & 60’s there was much talk about how technology would allow folks to slim down their 8 hour work day to 4 and acquire so much more leisure time.  This could have taken place but greed got in the way of it.

Tesla offered us free electricity.  But the governing powers in place wanted cash for this new find. Having to pay for things brings it down to the haves and the have nots which is so inherent in the way we have set up our monetary system. That being said, nothing about this is going to change, but we can adopt a kinder and more generous approach to everything we do.

I believe that everything upon the earth, all creatures, contains a spirit.  While we are imperfect beings, we are also filled with that same spirit.  Because we are one of the few animals we know of who can reason using higher reasoning skills, make tools,  and plan for our future, this means we have a higher moral responsibility to do the right thing and cause the least harm while we are here.  You may read this and think I misstepped about the higher reasoning and tools or future planning that other animals exhibit?  Nope.  Firstly, we actually don’t know everything.  We have yet to understand whale or dolphin communication, for example.  As much time as we have spent studying the animals, it seems many of our takeaways are superficial and spotty.  Many educated people still believe the other animals don’t have higher thought or feelings etc.  Crows use tools to get at food, proof of higher thought. I have seen dogs use a tool.  My brother’s dog used to put a tennis ball between his back and the couch and move so that he got a back massage.  He did this repeatedly until he worked all his kinks out.  Tool use.  Squirrels and other animals will store food for later, proof of future planning.  One animal may save another of a different species, showing compassion and moral responsibility or love.  Pigs are known for protecting their human caretakers if they are treated well.  A dolphin’s mate will go down with the one caught in the net, refusing to leave him/her.  When they love and when they trust,  they give their all.  With Humans, sometimes it’s all pretending, something might be held back or change on a whim. Of course, we can also love deeply madly truly, but we employ trickery far more than the other creatures do although I know of dogs who fool the others in the pack that somebody is at the door, for example, in order to sneak and eat all the treats meant for everybody.    Humans can be tricky and some of us can be quite delightful too, but with the other animals, you get what is real all the time.  As Billy Joel would lament, you get honesty which here on planet human is such a lonely word.

We don’t corner the market on higher thought or higher action to be sure. And where many of us have lost our way,  losing it to greed and a what’s in it for me today mentality,  I believe that the other animals already grasp that every action contains spirit.  I try to mirror them in my actions.  I work daily to be kinder and honest and to give the right spirit to others.

Greed and Selfishness ruin everything, including us.
I rent out a 109 year old Edwardian duplex that I have had magnificently restored.  This is the kind of home you see in great shelter catalogs with fantastic bones, space and loads of light.  A tenant, with whom I have been more than fair with, moved at the end of their year term and left the place in such filth it was evident they never once cleaned.  Grease peeled up under my fingernails on the stone kitchen backsplash and counters …and this was after paying for 15 hours of professional cleaning!  Yes the cost of cleaning will come out of the deposit but I wondered at the spirit of these individuals.  Did they feel they don’t own so why bother?  Were they depressed?  Did they feel unworthy of such a great space that they had to trash it?  Was this all somehow sticking it to the man?  While it may appear on the surface of things that when we look out for just ourselves and screw the other party, that we are winning, we absolutely aren’t accomplishing a win.  Acting in greed leaves the soul bereft.  If all we are, in the end and all we were in the beginning, was spirit, this is a serious matter as the soul is the one thing we retain, what and who we actually are with the skin we wear simply a covering.
Taming the stirrings of covetous greed can be challenging.  I have a young man who calls me mom.  He has cleaned up his life from drugs, and inherited a nice fortune.  He is kind and helpful and giving.  And so yes, there is always a hand out for the take.  When he recently said no, the person asking for his money took it upon themselves to dig up online his value. All of this really doesn’t matter because fortunes change.  By applying yourself and following your passions, your truth, this is how you bring home the revenue for yourself and your family.  You don’t need somebody else’s.  The thing is, whether it’s a Porsche or a Pinto, a mansion or a yurt, car is a car and a home is a shelter.  Granted, a nicer car, one well made,  is going to be a nicer experience, than something cheap and crappy.  But you can buy expensive crap, see my story on my misbegotten Lexus LS600HL that my 1995 Toyota outperforms.  The thing is, if the function of a thing is there, then how it looks becomes secondary.  How it looks may be important to you and I will admit looks for me are absolutely a driver.  But I am less caught up in the labels of things and more caught up in how I like the looks and function of a thing.  Keeping up with the Joneses is unnecessary for happiness.  What matters is keeping up with yourself, owning and embracing who you are and honoring this with what you surround yourself with.

My father was a great businessman.  He was fair-minded and kind, had a lot of friends with whom he did business who returned the favor and did business with him.  He did almost all of his shopping locally from businesses who created a lot of product locally as well. He taught me by quiet example, how business and relationships work.  they work best symbiotically, when we support each other by buying or trading for what we need with someone in our circle that has that item or product.  While I do a lot of online shopping, I am mindful of shopping with folks who buy organic skincare from me,  read my blog or have hired me to help them move toward a Plant-Based lifestyle.  By sharing each other’s talents, this is how we all succeed.

Great Suggested Reading, just click on the titles:

The Spiritual Nature of Animals – Karlene Stange

Tesla – Man Out Of Time

Tangled Vines – Frances Dinkelspiel – History that reads like a novel