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Grounded in Nature – Reach for the Stars

August 23 to September 22 - Zodiac Sign: Virgo - Element: Earth -  Color: Yellow

How can we ever be expected to become healthy and fit when we hate our body or situation. We not only are what we eat, but we are also what we think and ultimately what we do. If we think like victims, that is what we become. If every thought is that we are unattractive, unhealthy, undesirable — you name it, that IS what we become.

Because of free will, there can be no one else to blame. I call it the somebody-done-somebody-wrong syndrome. When we are not in control of ourselves at the core of our being, then we must blame others. Ultimately no one but ourself makes the final choice. It is our constitutional and our God-given right to choose the type of procedures, medications, foods and beverages we put into our body.

We are constantly bombarded by a world of super models and movie stars setting unrealistic goals for the rest of us to follow. I watch very little TV, but when I do I use a DVR. I haven't watched a commercial for quite a while now and I have to tell you, it has made me a better and happier person. I never watch the evening news. I only subscribe to publications that reflect my beliefs in a healthier and more balanced planet. You are probably thinking that is unrealistic, bad things happen wether we watch them or not. Perhaps, but the work being done in quantum physics today suggests that the observer, just by the act of observing, changes a situation. Intention and some work make the difference between joy and sadness. I don't live in a cave, news and current events find me. I am very aware of what is going on in the world, I just don't give my energy to war, terrorism and suffering. I feel my energy is better spent doing positive things in the world in an effort to create an overwhelming energy of balance and living energy. If light is what you seek, going into the darkness is not going to help you find it.

When we love who we are, how we look, what we have in the way of material possessions, as if by magic we will begin to treat ourselves in alignment with our thoughts. For example; A person who truly loves themselves will not fuel their body with junk. When we truly have respect for the dry warm home a roof over our head provides, we will begin to take better care of our space. A person who loves and respects themselves will begin to love and respect all forms of life and do their best to be true stewards of the planet. How many times have you heard an aging person curse gravity for their maturing body. What would happen if instead they were grateful for the law of gravity, because without it, life on this planet wouldn't be possible. Instead of complaining about air pollution, be grateful for the air we breath and clean up the air in the home and work space the best we can. Accept gravity and air as the gift they are and instead of lament, start to exercise and eat right.

Life can be a joyful abundant experience or life can be wrought with drama and a sense of lack. I was raised in the suburbs of Chicago as an only child of two adoring parents. My father was a corporate executive and my mother was a stay-at-home-bake-cookies mom. They saw that I got everything I needed along with abundant love. I married right out of college just before my twenty-first birthday. I gave birth to my first child when I was twenty-three. I was a divorced single parent by twenty-four. The next nine years were very lean and difficult. I made sure we always had a warm home and a roof over our heads. Friends would stop by with bags of groceries to help. My parents took my son when I needed the help or a break. I worked full time, yet my son and I lived in government subsidized housing, used food stamps and wore hand-me-downs. My son is now thirty-eight and when I ask him if he remembers how poor we were he says it never occurred to him that we were poor and that my attitude of abundance made him unaware of our situation. I was, am and will continue to be grateful for every experience this life has given me.

Lack and abundance are both an attitude. It is when we adopt an "attitude of gratitude" that miracles begin to happen. We live in a culture where we are bombarded with advertisers telling us that without their product we will not be attractive, happy, sexy, thin, smell desirable or be able to keep up with all the people who have more possessions. During my lean years I always believed that the situation was temporary and that all was going to be fine. Don't misunderstand, I have had my share of adversity and difficulties, what I have not had is a glass half empty mentality. I think when we are able to make the connection between our lives and the basic laws of nature it makes more sense not to take our own troubles personally.  All we can do is to adjust and move on. Even on a cloudy day the sun is still shining, just because we can't see it doesn't mean the sun is not there. "The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do."— Galileo

I believe very strongly that if we eat low vibration foods and beverages we are by doing so, fueling low vibration thoughts. However, low vibration thoughts only want low vibration foods as fuel. So then how do we reprogram ourselves to be in harmony with the high vibration required for a healthy life? It begins with the realization that by doing things in the same way will continue to produce the same results. It is only when we desire different results that the change in behavior is possible. Thinking and talking about change are a good start, but have no meaning without actually taking action.

When we give up our power to others, we become victims. There can be a lot of false power in being a victim. All of our energy is spent getting the time and attention of others instead of correcting the true source of our problems at our own core. We give up our power so easily. We give up our power to cigarettes, coffee, alcohol, pharmaceuticals, you name it. When we take responsibility for ourselves and operate from our core, then and only then do we realize true power. Quite often the easy path is not the best path. Change requires discipline and focus. For the purpose of clarity, here is the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition for the word discipline as it pertains to this discussion:  Training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character. Control gained by enforcing obedience or order and orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior. Self-control; restraint exercised over one's own impulses, emotions, or desires. A rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity.

It is much easier to say poor me, what choice did I have? Every second of every day we make choices. Short term not getting out of bed in the morning may seem like a good idea, but long term it may prove not to be so smart when the bills start piling up because you are not going to work. The same is true with your health. It may seem easier to have lunch at a fast food place or snack from a vending machine, but long term, these types of choices start to create acid reflux, heart disease and high cholesterol. If we look at our decisions in terms of currency, then what are we getting in return. No one is holding a gun to your head making you eat a cheeseburger and fries with a super-sized cola. You are doing it because it's easy. When we don't think about the long term consequences we are only hurting ourselves. The vending machine company isn't responsible for your choices. When the doctor tells you, you have diabetes it's poor-me, what did I ever do to deserve this. I agree with the words of our 33rd President Harry S. Truman, "The buck stops here."

No one is out to get you. And even if they were, it still comes down to personal choice. Energetically trees share a similar energy foot print with humans. Remember I said to look to nature for the answers. "Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral."— John Burroughs. Nature never takes more or less than it needs. Yet it is the best example for discipline. All a tree needs is sunlight, water and mineral rich soil. Trees can grow in the most adverse conditions yet always grow towards the light. A tree sheds its leaves in the fall, cleansing itself of parasites and mold, sleeps over winter, resting with the rhythm of the earth. Trees come back from their winter's sleep in the spring refreshed, new leaves clear and ready for a clean start, seeds drop to the ground to start anew.  Finally summer arrives, when a tree can express its full potential sharing its radiance with all who will appreciate the beauty. How many of us don't get enough sleep, never do a cleanse and then are disappointed when youth has passed and our full potential is never realized. "There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story."— Linda Hogan.

When we are grounded in nature, only then are we able to reach for the stars. Most of us are waiting for life to begin;  hello... stop waiting this is it! In the spirit of peace, and the fullness of love, I will leave you with these final words. "The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature."— Anne Frank.