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I have been speaking to my husband lately the importance of our thoughts.  Our thoughts are very important, because they determine our quality of life in SO many ways.  If we have the 10,000 things running through our heads how can we listen to our Higher Selves and know what is right!?  It is important we quiet ourselves.  As much as I do think, I do know listening is important.  Clearing your head and making space is an art form almost.  I say this because the world is SOOO distracting.  We have many forms of media putting information in our faces, and very rapidly.  I am blessed in many ways to live in the country, where it is much quieter during daily life.  This provides me and my children with more access to quiet time.  By no means are my days actually quiet with two boys running around, BUT opportunity is there. 

Your thoughts are so powerful!  I can’t really stress this anymore than the fact that you Must know this.  If you are looping negative thoughts in your head, how can you live with a good quality of life.  Becoming Aware of these thoughts, or the 10,000 thoughts is Step One.  Shifting is Step Two.  You might ask me or yourself what you Shift the thought too?! 

GRATITUDE!  Then, maybe nothing-ness.  If you need help, shut off the TV, the radio, the dishwasher, the computer, the iPod, what else!?  I say it is possibly an art form, because it takes practice, like a mastery.  Life is a process, and so is Shifting your thoughts from 10,000 to nothing.  Or 10,000 thoughts to one single thought of Gratitude.

It is newly Spring.  A time of new beginnings.  The grass is newly sprouted.  Daffodils, clovers, buds on the trees, and cole crops are abound.
Think about (but not too much *grin*) letting go of the many things, the many responsibilities, the multi-media distractions, and give breathing with space in your head and heart a chance.

I have a wonderful blog, of which I was partially inspired to write this, here for you to view.  It is mainly geared towards parents, but it is a wonderful tangent to this post.

HAPPY HAPPY SPRING!  I wish for you New Beginnings!  I wish peace in your head and heart.  I wish for clean drinking water and food for all.   I wish for quick assistance to those in Japan who are suffering.  I pray for compassion to fill us, in our personal and community experiences.  I pray we all have support when we need it.  I pray we can purify ourselves enough to feel the flow of Creation.  I pray for the Standing Tall Nation (trees) to be healthy and to always be replanted when they sacrifice their lives for our needs.  I pray for plenty of play time for all, as life is not balanced if we work all the time.  I pray for us to continue connecting with our children in ways that promote education and the conservation of our Mother Earth, through respect and understanding.

May it be so, Aho!

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You are in for a picture-rich post.  If you want more information on this Maple Syrup Festival, please visit here.  For homeschool or enrichment communities there seems to be a unit study on this very topic, right on the website.  My kids are not old enough to go into that amount of detail.  Also, click on the pictures that tell a story to enlarge and read.  Enjoy! 

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http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/nttidb/lessons/nh/plantnhw.html

Here we go nature enthusiasts!  The perfect activity to do this spring with your children, or for yourself.  How can you get in rhythm with the seasons of the year?  By watching nature; the animals and plants that inhabit where you live!  We have already begun our project of watching the Eastern Pine and Juniper (Red Cedar) in its winter phase!  Please see our Trees in Winter post .  I believe we are gonna pick the red-tailed hawk to follow through the year, as well.  It (boy or girl?) has a nest in our back yard.  We have gotten out the telescope to search into its nest.  But, it is going to take more time and patience on our part to discover more.  There are two trees with large nests very close together.  We are unsure who is in this other nest.  We love a great mystery though!  We also have some medicinal herbs we plan to keep a close eye on, in their transformation.

If you are an adult or kid that likes scientific investigation, and wouldn’t mind serving your Community, see the link, Citizen Scientist.  If your child would like to follow a story, and discover more about nature, click BudBurst Buddies!

Citizen Scientists

BudBurst Buddies

“Project BudBurst is a national phenology and climate change field campaign that uses scientifically approved protocols to collect data that is freely available for use by scientists and educators.”

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Spring Verse

In the heart of a seed,

Buried ever so deep

A dear little plant,

Lay fast asleep.

 

“Wake” said the sun

And come to the light.

“Wake” said the voices

Of raindrops so bright.

 

The little plant heard,

And pushed through the soil to see.

What wonders and beauty,

Of the world might there be.

(Source: Donna Simmons, Christopherus, Joyful Movement)

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Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
Plato

The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.
Swami Vivekananda

(Source: http://www.brainyquote.com/words/re/reverence213051.html)

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1rev·er·ence

noun
\ˈrev-rən(t)s, ˈre-və-; ˈre-vərn(t)s\

Definition of REVERENCE

1
: honor or respect felt or shown : deference; especially : profound adoring awed respect
2
: a gesture of respect (as a bow)
3
: the state of being revered
4
: one held in reverence —used as a title for a clergyman
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I wanted to give everyone the word reverence in context and defined by experts, before I began to explore its very essence.  I have thought of the word reverence for many years.  Reverence, something sacred.  Reverence, something/someone held in respect.  As I move through my day I really try my best to have reverence for everything.  I feel intention is brought into my life more pronounced if i do so.  What I mean is, all of my belongings, my worldly things count as well.  I try to practice a sort of spiritual housekeeping, as some have coined a new movement occurring in the world today.  It is not so new, but it is re-newed.  Spiritual housekeeping is where one might look around their home and meditate on what is necessary to live.

Is your home crowded with too many good intentions?  Do you have 3 blenders, a drawer full of scrap booking materials, so much furniture you can’t flow as you move through your home?  If so, determine, or use discernment to weed out items you are not getting to, or can’t move around.  Think before you bring something into your home.  Think about starting a new project, when you know very well you have 4 other projects waiting at home for you to began or finish.  Are you considering charging a few new things, but still have yet to pay for the other few new things you bought last month?

Do you care for yourself in the same way?  This would be termed as inner work.  Do you take out the trash?  Do you release or let go of what no longer serves you?  Have you thought to clean out what is within, before you journey forward?

I labeled my email account healingoneself, not because I am sooo wounded that I must put the thought in my face, but because I wanted to be reminded.  Remembering all of the questions above is a mastery.  Mastery means something one works at always.  Not something you can ever Master per se.  Sure we are given these names Master/Teacher, but life is ever flowing.  We are ever unfolding.  We are human, right now in our experience, at least if you are reading this you are.  So, we will forever be given tasks or tests to evolve into a higher place.  A higher vibration of living.  I would call this place Joy.  It is a state of being that fluctuates.  If we move through life with grace and joy filling us, we can know freedom.  You cannot possess grace or joy, so do not try.  It Must flow through you.

Let me give you an example.  Pretend you are as you are, but that there is an open hollow-ness that flows from the top of your crown, to the bottom of your feet.  Imagine something joyful coming through that top opening, flowing through you and exiting out through your feet.  Allow yourself to feel it.  You are Being.  When we hold onto “stuff” within or without, we cause blockages.  Imagine happiness flowing through the top of your crown again, but then it is stopped by something in the middle of your Self, before it can move fluidly through and out.  Many of us hold our breaths and live just like that everyday of our lives.  This is how dis-ease is caused.  This is how we manifest illness.  This is how we long for joy, but cannot ever let it flow through us, because of the holding onto things.

I challenge you!  Go through your home!  Your Self-home as well.  What no longer serves you?  What can you cleanse or purify?  What can you recycle?  What can you reuse?  If you are holding onto something because you believe you revere it so much, or hold it sacred, then I advise you give it away.  I have done that twice this year with two things I thought I held sacred.  I held it so sacred that I was too attached.  I practiced what some call giveaway.  Now, I am ready for my re-birth again; it is spring.  I have new seeds in my heart sprouting forth to the universe.  I have given away expectations that I didn’t even realize I was holding on to.  I was so attached, so in awe;  holding so sacred these things, within and without that it was a true distraction to my living experience.  I cycled through year after year, blocking my truer potential, getting in my own way.  NOW!  I am free and clear to receive the newness of life.  Without restrictions.

I challenge you to hold reverence for nature.  I challenge you hold sacred our drinking water, and pray every time you Witness a rolling stream or a dry riverbed.  I challenge you to hold your family sacred, your friends and your Community.  I even challenge you to hold a tiny bit of reverence for the things you do decide to possess.  Take care of your stuff.  Don’t let your laptop have an early death because you set a glass of water on top of it.  It will end up in a landfill and pollute Mother Earth.  Think that far ahead.  Take care and maintenance the things you do have, so that you may live in simplicity.  Drive your car till it cannot drive anymore.  Or ride a bike.  I will almost bet you, as you are doing these things, you will begin to care more for your inner Self.  When you live in such a way we begin to see each other as Swami Vivekananda says,

“The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.”

I wish for you that freedom.  True freedom.  This is something we can pass on to our children that is truly rich.
Many joyful blessings!

Nichole

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Recently I did a Stirring of the Seeds post.  I thought this verse of spring would be a nice follow up.  By the way, our seeds are sprouting, inward and outward.  How are yours doing?  Are you tending your intentions?

 

In the heart of a seed

Buried ever so deep

A dear little plant

Lay fast asleep

 

“Wake” said the sun

And come to the light

“Wake” said the voices

Of raindrops so bright

 

The little plant heard

And pushed through the soil to see

What wonders and beauty

Of the world might there be

 

(Source for Verse:  Donna Simmons, Christopherus Joyful Movement )

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When speaking about wild foods one must do more research on wild crafting.  I am speaking on the herbs available around us, urban and rural.  When you harvest a wild food, you must take into account depleting your resources.  I am not sure one could deplete dandelions.  Do leave some plants for the animals and be gentle and kind to the plant as you harvest.  Thank the little plants for being abundant and healing.  This just may insure a return of the plant next time around. 
Also listen and breathe deep in your time with the plants.  These plants may have a story to tell you.  If you have any ailments, try a simple meditation.  Meditate on what your body tells you.  Then, take a walk.  See where you are drawn.  Is it a patch of red clovers?  Is it a patch of Wild Carrot?  Is it a patch of Yarrow?  What do you think your ailment and that plant have in common.  It could be the need of red clover to purify your blood. 
Please feel free to listen to Susun Weed having a discussion with Linda Conroy about Wild Foods.  This MP3 discusses:
~Urban planning and green space around 23 mintues.
~Increasing animal poplulation while harvesting.
~Urban maple sugar processing.

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