Friday, 08 February 2013 17:15
By Jayalalita and Michelle Courtney Berry
Each day, our lives contain numerous opportunities for joy, connection, bliss, solitude, creativity, grief, and reflection. Why do we so often miss tuning in to ourselves, connecting with what we truly need or desire?
Far too many of us are consumed with self-recrimination and worry about what other people think of us. We become contortionists, bending and shifting to please others. We rehearse our lines, hoping for applause. We grovel and grin (and sometimes bear it!). We painstakingly review (3 in the morning anyone?) whatever we've said or done that others may not approve of.
The sheer labor involved in managing the opinions, outbursts, judgments, expectations, and disappointments of others can become quite daunting; it's time-consuming and exhausting. Sometimes we become so invested in other people's thoughts about us (real or imagined) that we lose ourselves in the process. And still it remains that someone doesn't like us, someone gets mad at us temporarily, someone cuts us off completely.
Let's agree that we just can't get through most days, let alone a human lifetime, without annoying, offending, betraying, or otherwise pissing other people off. Even when we live as kindly and consciously as possible, others will still get upset with our choices; yes, they will even judge us.
Friday, 08 February 2013 16:27
By Joe Romano,
The more we pour the big machines, the fuel, the pesticides, the herbicides, the fertilizer and chemicals into farming, the more we knock out the mechanism that made it all work in the first place.
— David R. Brower, founder of the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth
For most Americans, February is the month of the heart and February 14th, in particular, is the day we express our love for one another by purchasing over a billion dollars' worth of candy and over five billion dollars' worth of cut flowers, mostly roses. But just where is the love in those gifts?
The vast majority of the candy sold is non-fair trade chocolate, made with high-fructose corn syrup and other sugars. These sugars make up well over half of the weight of a conventional chocolate bar. And if 300 calories in a 60 gram bar weren't bad enough, over half of those calories show up in the form of fat.
"It's a holiday!" "What about the antioxidants?" "Studies show that dark chocolate is good for you!" "Why do you have to be such a jerk?"
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 22:48
By Lisa Marsella,
If you're curious about a particular alternative healing modality but don't have time for a one- or one-and-a-half-hour class, or if you've considered trying something new but want to meet and speak with a practitioner first to ask questions and voice concerns, then "The Practitioner Is In" is the program for you.
As the Wellness Manager at GreenStar, I am privileged to speak daily with many community members who are taking responsibility for their own individual health and wellness. The drive toward organic, natural foods and herbs and supplements is happening worldwide and these products are quickly becoming the norm. For whatever reasons, people are feeling empowered to research, learn, and try new diets and remedies outside of what has been the mainstream Western way. All of this has whetted the appetite of our own community and created a hunger for knowledge of natural alternatives for supporting health. With the internet, a vast source of information is available to all, but it's sometimes overwhelming to sift through the information to find definitive answers. Often, people want to talk to another human being, to be heard and seen face to face, to share experiences and information.
At GreenStar we have been offering classes taught by community members to other community members for almost twenty years! Some of these are part of a series of classes titled "Meet the Practitioner," which are taught by local health-care practitioners. Now, in response to growing interest in alternative health practices, we have created a new program called "The Practitioner Is In." This new program will take interaction with local health practitioners to the next level, allowing community members to have one-on-one discussions with them.
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New in Wellness
Detox your mouth with a new locally made toothpaste, or try a new organic mouth rinse to leave your teeth sparkling clean.
If you're doing some spring cleaning this month, why not put your money where your mouth is? We've got a new locally made "detox" toothpaste from Dragonfly Effect out of Oneonta. How can a toothpaste be detoxifying, you ask? A blend of bentonite clay, diotamaceous earth, and other pure ingredients, this paste is meant to be swallowed, functioning as both tooth cleanser and internal cleanser. Vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO, it's available in three fresh flavors. Also for squeaky-clean teeth, we're happy to introduce Essential Oxygen's Organic Brushing Rinse. It can be used as a mouthwash, of course, but it also doubles as a liquid toothpaste. Simply squirt it into your mouth, swish, brush, and spit! The makers recommend using it first thing in the morning to rid yourself of the bad bacteria that builds up in the mouth overnight. It's good not only for your teeth but for your entire immune system.