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There's quite a bit of hubbub about food and the conversation is growing. I want to point out, as I like to do, that we are each unique in our choices, and our requirements for everything - medical attention, food, exercise...the list goes on. I think it is important that we honor one another's choices about food, whether or not we are in agreement.
Food can be a very heated discussion, it's becoming one of these topics that many people avoid on purpose - no different than religion or politics. When "organic" comes up, I've noticed there can be a lot of judgement around what people are choosing...If they don't buy-in, some of us turn up our noses because we believe that eating organically is important - and we wonder - how could someone not be into this? Or, don't they know they are poisoning themselves? On the flip side are those of us who turn up our noses at the folks who do buy organic because it is so expensive, and seems snobby or silly - how could someone spend money on this? And, isn't is stupid? Or, it's just a fad. Either way, both sides can be nasty about it, and that is what's silly!
I'm making a call for compassion and open-mindedness. Let's be kind to one another about the choices we each individually make for ourselves and our families.
So, here is an article that I find simple, clean and to the point regarding the "organic" conversation. In general I am pretty impressed with what I have read in the Huffington Post, it's a great resource for good content. I hope this is helpful for anyone who is curious about organic food and maybe even new to the idea.
Are you having a bit of a challenge calming down about this? Maybe your mind is busy or your heart is racing...or like my colleague Joy Andrews says, "are you wandering around aimlessly with no office to go to?"
If yes, we are here to help! Joy and I will be offering free group-style acupuncture to all of the federal employees and contractors who are affected by the government shutdown.
12 years later, I still stumble and pause every time I am about to enter something on my calendar for September 11. For about two weeks ahead of the date, sometimes more, I have trouble considering that this day, is another day like any other.
And then I forget the dates, what day of the week I am living in, and I make my way out of the house as per usual.
On the highway today I became aware of the date again - It's Wednesday. It's 9/11. I cannot believe I am driving along the highway - living normally on a day that in 2001 was so incredibly un-normal. And wondering how it was that any of us can operate as per usual on this kind of day of rememberance.
Then I had a flashback to being 16 years old on a trip to Europe. It was 1996 and I was visiting Terezin, a concentration camp. People live there now...kids ride bicycles and eat ice cream cones. People live. And, I had a difficult time understanding this, and was angry even, as I lit my yahrzeit candle alongside the train-tracks where my people had been delivered.
It was in this moment of remembering that I realized how judgmental I had been at that time of 16. After all, here I am driving along the highway on my way to live my regular life. I am doing this on a day that is painful for many of us (if not all of us) and especially my family. I am doing regular life on a day where many mark the loss - the yahrzeit - of a very close, dear loved one. And who am I to judge?
Somehow, life must go on.
If in every place, day or moment life could not exist because death had occurred there or then, we would have no life.
So, now what I am wondering is how to hold both. How is it that I will hold remembering and honoring - practicing this alongside living into the next moment and allowing tomorrow to flourish? How will you?
I first noticed it on my drive this morning - about 8:30 a.m.
The sunlight was shining on me differently - a different angle, a different color. More diagonally and a warmer, more golden color than the brighter sunshine of the summertime.
We've been moving into it over these last few weeks, a fallen leaf here or there. A deepening of my breath and relaxing of my shoulders. Even the temperature these past two nights is cool and crisp. We have arrived into the next movement of seasons.
It's a different sensation of participation in life - less of the higher, pumped-up action of summer barbecues, pool-time and running around for errands and social events. Even with life moving fast because schools have started again, things feel slower to me - like each step I take requires some effort, and some purpose. I am no longer lazily moving about in parking lots or hallways, just hanging out.
I've noticed that as the autumn sets in I have been looking inward at myself more closely, noticing the circumstances and decisions that are challenging for me, and noticing where I have managed to get in my own way and cause myself suffering. As I look into this mirror reflecting my past back at me, I ask myself - how am I going to choose to be now?
You see, I am at a pivotal juncture in my life - aren't we all? I am in the process of starting a business, building a new practice, being a new practitioner out of school, learning Chinese herbal medicine...and that's only the professional list. I am also learning how to support my husband as he expands his scope and time at work, how to run a home and be a homeowner, how to cook new healthful meals and even how to tend my cats properly as their needs change. My friendships continue to shift and evolve as new friends arrive to the scene, babies are born, people move away or closer by.
Life is always moving... This busy life offers many opportunities for decision making. Some are small - like, what to buy for dinner. Others are huge, like, how to structure our business and wellness center. Then there is the "when" and "how" to do everything too.
Somehow in the midst of all of this I have learned to be peaceful. Sure, I have the occasional freakout which is typically some kind of aggravation about dishes or laundry, followed by yelling at hubby and then eventually bursting into tears. And sure, sometimes it looks like spouting off an email too quickly before I've really considered a response. Though, not too many years ago I was in a constant state of these upsets and fast reactions. I was asleep when I should be awake and visa versa. I had acid reflux almost all of the time. I was twisted up with stress in every part of my being. Today, not so much. I breathe deeply, I sleep well, I am not malnourished. My mind is not racing and clogged up with thoughts and to-do lists. Generally, I am more peaceful and when the waves of crazy arrive, I ride them more gracefully.
Hence, it is from this place of peace that I even have the capacity to ask myself - how am I going to choose to be now that things feel a bit busy? How am I going to be when some of these decisions feel like a very big deal? How will I go about this?
This time of year offers an opportunity to let go of that which no longer serves. This is a time of year for looking at the greater good, and listening to the truth deep within and then moving forward on a path aligned.
As the temperature cools and the sun starts setting earlier, I am slowing down. I've decided to allow myself to be pensive. I am making room for listening to my heart and arriving at big decisions instead of making them.
In arriving at these "big deal" decisions I know I am staking a claim on the future somehow, I am choosing one thing and not another. I might be missing out on something. And my experience of life will be different because of it. I've always struggled with this - it's uncomfortable for me. I get nervous - worried (worried equals shallow breathing and forehead wrinkles) like I will make the wrong choice.
However, this is an opportunity to brave forward into the unknown of one choice with full awareness that I am leaving something else behind. Grief is the celebration of that which is lost, something of value. Anytime a line is drawn in the sand there is a loss to bear and a future to honor. Yes, I will be missing out on one thing yet it is because I have elected to experience another. Maybe there will be tears, or discomfort of some sort. It's part of riding the wave.
And those little decisions - they need not require so much attention, so I am cutting my losses and making them with greater speed and less thoughtfulness - after all, it's just dinner...green beans or broccoli...not a big deal.