Monthly Archives: November 2008

Happy people can skip this one

Man these are tough times, and just in time for the holidays. Talk about STRESS! Did you see the story today “What happy people don’t do?”   The findings are based on 45,000 Americans over 35 years. I guess some things don’t change.

The conclusion is that TV is a bummer. Who knew? The researchers leave open the chicken/egg issue of I TV and therefore am unhappy or I am miserable, stressed and depressed and therefore I TV. But they were able to connect more TV watching with unemployment.

Uh oh. Looks like we’re going to have millions of us glued to the tube for a while. 

Two things will definitely NOT solve our own personal, national or international money crisis. Nothing gets fixed by being sad, depressed, anxious, or worried. Although being human we’re not immune. Nor does anything get better by staring at the tube. Although screens can be a great relief for a while.

What will help: Do your best to stay MORE active than usual, rather than less. Push yourself. Push yourself out the door and go to a coffee house, a friend’s, bundle up and go for a walk, go to the gym. Just get out.

Limit your news intake. I know it’s hard to kick Obamamania. Confession: I found the happy article because it was on the same page as Obama’s Saturday morning radio address. I never cared what any president said on Saturdays! Anyway, do it. The news ain’t good. We know that. Don’t keep rubbing salt on your wounds.

Get realistic about how you and your loved ones are going to survive — and thrive — through the holidays and whatevet lies ahead. Life still goes on, even in the midst of deep crisis. You can trust me on that one. So does love. So too do all the little exciting, delicious and precious moments that make up a day. Find and savor those.

If you feel like you need help, ask for it. That is not the time to be shy. 

Nurture yourself and stay healthy. The OnePlanet Herb site is devoted to supporting you do that. Go ahead,take a peek.

Keep up your immune system!  I rely on cat’s claw for that. It’s a fabulous immune builder. It won’t change whatever’s coming at you, but it will help you cope with it.Here’s some info on it. 

My holiday gift to you for the rest of 08. Link from here to OnePlanet Herbs.com. Type injoi in the coupon code at checkout and you get cat’s claw at a 15% discount. 

Do you have tips that have helped you? Let me know and I’ll post them.

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Jangled, fixed quick, and then forgot to remember…

Today I had one of those days. Everything got on my nerves. Dogs barks sounded louder. People bumped into me in the store. Cars and trucks sounded like they were in high gear. I could hear my thoughts whirling around, and my neck hurt. What the??? This was not typical for me.

So the weather was wierd. Granted. It’s mid-November and here it was in the mid-60’s (that’s about 20 degrees warmer than expected) and winds going between 10 and 30 miles an hour. And all day it went back and forth between fog, sunshine and pouring rain!

Was I reacting to the crazy weather? Or did the weather feel so crazy because I was? Can’t say. All I know is I was so bent out of shape I felt like a pretzel. Then I remembered. Hey, I’m the 21st Century Medicine Woman. I know what to do. I make this stuff. I went and opened myMellow Monkey, slurped some and raced off to an appointment. I actually had a really productive meeting, came home and realized the kitchen was a mess and it was time to get a few things in shape. I cleaned for a while, then went out to take care of the chickens (not a joke. We have six of them). I gave the dog fresh water (one dog). The ducks were fine (three — all girls). They love the rain. That done, I sat down at the computer and as I focused on my work I realized I was feeling good. Sounds were back to normal and I wasn’t getting jangled. We’re talking now more than four hours after I took a dropper full of the Monkey, and I finally remembered I had taken it! I felt solid. If not great, definitely good. It reminded me of many times feeling better after an acupuncture treatment, yet feeling so naturally better I didn’t even relate it to the treatment.

With that I not only remembered that I had taken my own medicine, so to speak. Most importantly I remembered why I made it, why I sell it, why I believe in it.

It’s just there, patiently, mellowly, waiting to help me be better to myself.

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7, 610,918 and counting

That’s the historic difference between Obama’s 64 million votes and McCain’s! Or try  365. These are numbers your children and theirs will learn about in school. The drama of President-Elect Barack Obama’s historic win has moved our country and the world. I know I’m not supposed to be talking politics here, but I did mention a while ago that I had devolved into a nail-biting news junkie glued to the election. Come to find out I was oh so not alone in that. A bunch of you were too, and wasn’t it all worth it? 

Finally, on election night for a few hours we could all forget blue and red states, we could forget blue, red or inde political party. In this fleeting, stunning moment of history we had a human party. Not only the millions of Americans who spontaneously filled the streets with years and decades of hopes and tears, but the millions around the world who, this time in a happy way, were “all American.” It seemed as though time stopped just long enough to allow the planet to become the Human Party of the United Globe of Earth. Transitory though it was, hope and hearts ruled the world for just a few hours.

I had to say that. It was too big, too beautiful to let pass. Does it relate to OnePlanet Herbs? Does it relate to the rain forests of the world? Well of course I’m going to say yes. I don’t even need a segue because I believe we now have a far better chance of saving the flora and fauna of the world. I believe we may now be able to save the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, we may be able to find alternative fuels and economies and create alternatives to the the slash-and-burn of rainforest destruction. 

That said, just like this election, the choice is always individual. Fueled by our personal mythologies and beliefs we will pick our presidents and medicines, lifestyles and policies, religions and causes. Yet some facts are not choices. They are simple truths: more than 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe comes from the Amazon Rainforest. For more than 80 percent of the world’s population herbs are the first line of medical care.  Most of our western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest plants. 

While it is my hope that supporting rainforest preservation will transcend our individual mythologies, its survival matters beyond any individual belief system.  Whether our choice is pharmaceuticals or plants whether we’re living in the rainforest or in a distant city, we — and our children — still need oxygen to breathe, we still need medicines to heal, and we still want to find cures as yet out of reach.

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