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The Egrets says… February 14, 2013

2USA CA, San DiegoAs I walked up to the apartment yesterday, I notice an egret on the edge of the pond.  It was in an awkward looking pose.  It held that pose for almost a minute, then moved ever so slightly, then in a lightening fast movement, it’s beak went in and out the water, and returning to its standard walking position with a small fish (I think) that it then swallowed.  In Stephen Farmer’s Animal Spirit Guides (a book with over 200 animals, each with 3 sections, the first being messages of brought by witnessing, in person or in meditation, the animal, 2nd when to call on its energies, and 3rd what it means if that animal is one of your power animals), Egret’s 1st listed message is “Patience, patience, patience!  You’ll soon get your reward.”  This experience of viewing the egret in action helped me to understand this message fully.  This was patience and perseverance in action.

We can all learn from the egret.  Sometimes, one must wait for a time, sometimes in a funny looking/feeling pose, before momentary action produces a sought after reward.  Sometimes consistent effort must be applied for sometime before reward is gained.  So, why do we all seem to expect reward to be instantaneous?  We say we don’t, yet our actions speak otherwise.  Why do we give up when only a short period of effort does not produce?

Most “experts” will say this action/inaction is due to our social programming to seek instant gratification.  This rings true when taking TV, video games, fast food, microwaves, the internet, cell phones, cell phones with internet, pornography, cigarettes, and several other modern “conveniences” into account.  Yet, are we robots?  Are we no better than our phones which have been programmed too?  We are thinking, breathing, free will endowed human beings, who have will power and virtues that can overcome any situation, and programming.  We need to take charge of our personal power, and ACT LIKE IT.  It is time to learn from the egret and remember what patience, conscious effort, and perseverance, truly are.

Maybe its time to turn the TV off for a few months, or at least get rid of cable.  Maybe (not maybe, please do) its time to get rid of your microwave and remember that until 30 years ago, we used ovens and stoves to cook and reheat our food.   Maybe its time to get off Facebook, and make a phone call if you want to convey a message or see how someone is doing.  Better yet, spend time together.  Remember real human interaction?  It was proven years and years ago to be quite stimulating and necessary for proper development and mental/emotional well-being.  There are plenty of ways to get off the instant gratification train, yet they will all take CONSCIOUS EFFORT, WILL POWER and PATIENCE, and in turn, will be a great practice in cultivating a greater amount of those 3 things.

Best of all possible results, with consistent application and willingness to make changes, your life will be more satisfying.  Funny thing about instant gratification, it isn’t actually gratifying.  It is like scratching an itch that won’t go away.  Doing things that take effort and patience create lasting and satisfying results that leave one with a sense of confidence and accomplishment.  Which is more inspiring of these?  a) a person who just gets handed or stumbles upon a millions dollars, or b) the person that lives life, pays dues, shows courage and patience, and through intelligent effort achieves great abundance?  Exactly.  The later feels more real and relatable as well.  I’m not saying you have to sweat in coal mine, or toil away 60-80 hours a week.  (Like my grandpa always said, work smart, not hard)  I’m just saying that some part of it is going to take conscious effort, passion, persistence, patiences, compassion, love, and maybe even holding an awkward pose.

If you were handed $100 million tomorrow and told that to enjoy any of that for yourself, you had to help the world in every way you can, helping the world is going to take serious effort.  Sticking with it till results come about, will take serious patience.  You may not even see the  results in your life time, or immediate environment, so its going to take some FAITH too.  The money is the easy part, changing yourself and changing the world is where the real sweat comes in, where you truly prove your metal.  Even if you had to earn the $100 million through some form of work/business, it would still be the easy part.  This world/society is in need of some serious change/healing/growth/revamping/clean-up, and so are most of us.  And its not going to happen over night, or with one beach clean up Saturday.  This going to take a great deal of effort, and TIME, and the patience to wait while things progress and change.

Instant gratification, through its many outlets, is a big factor in what’s destroying the health and well being of individuals and the Earth alike.  Instant gratification will get us no where, just like your microwave dinner has been zapped of all the nutritional value by radiation, or watching Dr. Phil isn’t going to help your social anxiety.  Change and healing start within, and through conscious effort, patience, and persistence.  Am I starting to sound like a broken record?  I sure hope so, its called driving a point home.  Whether a human or the planet, the best, most needed, lasting healing, change, and growth will come through those 3 factors.  Betterment requires daily effort, standards that are adhered to, and constant drive.  It will take the knowledge that it will not happen overnight, or that the desired amount of progress may not be seen for months, or years.  It will take persistence and faith to keep going when attempts fail, recession happens, ego wins out for a moment, or things seem to be at a stand still.  Cast aside judgement, for it will only lead to suffering.  Yet, as the egret showed me, patience and conscious, continuous effort do pay off in full in a very satisfying way.

So, take the egret’s lesson, and start to apply it to your life.  Walk or bike to the store.  Send a card when you’re thinking of someone.  Meditate daily to relieve anxiety instead of popping a pill you really don’t need.  THROW AWAY YOUR MICROWAVE.  In fact, cut the cord off that sucker.  Plant rose bushes this spring so you have flowers to stop and smell in the future.  Watch a sunset, or a sunrise.  Look for ways to practice patience and conscious effort in all areas of life, and make all of life’s rewards taste, smell, appear, sound, and feel that much more sweet and satisfying.  Your soul, and the world will thank you.  Little by little the world will become a better place by the genuine energy we are all putting into our lives by what we do and experience, and through the deep understanding we will all achieve, and pass on to future generations about what it truly takes to create change and produce what truly matters within ourselves and on this planet.

Like the egret, and life on many occasions has shown me, patience and persistence are virtues that are beyond any value measure, and the conscious effort and will power it takes to cultivate and truly understand them makes gold look like nothing more than a cute, shiny metal.

 

A closing thought:
Imagine and contemplate – how much less trash there would be if we got rid of all fast food, fast casual, and to-go style eatery?  If there were no “disposable” eateries, containers, and such?  or if we stopped producing and buying single serving snacks, candies, and rinks sold at convenience stores?  Or got rid of the convenience stores too?  Was it really “convenient” with all the work its going to take to get rid of that trash when we finally decide to tackle that mountainous chore?  Next time you take your trash out, imagine what could be avoided with some bulk buys, reusable containers, and other conscious efforts?

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Tata to 2012… Thanks for all the Fish. :-) December 31, 2012

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Well, its been quite a year.  Going out with way more than I went in with, and I’m indescribably grateful for it all.

Highlights include, yet certainly not limited to:

  • The amazing energies anchored into Gaia’s systems/bodies, and the progress made towards raising of humanity’s consciousness level and Earth’s dimensional alignment within the cosmos and all creation.  From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to all who have done their part in the name of Love and Light. 🙂
  • The strengthening and healing of the relationships that are so near and dear to me.  This would include the months I’ve spent living on my brother’s couch and getting to know the “adult” him much better, as well as improved relations with my mother, and my first family Giftmas gathering since 2005.
  • Having plenty of yummy food to eat at all times (this was an issue the second half of last year)
  • Hitting and surpassing the one year “clean and sober” mark
  • My attending of my first educational yoga retreat
  • Taking a month of online training in music production in Ableton with one of my favorite producers, Vespers
  • Attending Bear Creek Music Festival with my brother and best friend, and having an AMAZING time. (Despite the temp the first 2 nights being in the 30’s)  Got to see Umphrey’s McGee 2x, PGroove 2x, Lotus, The Bright Light Social Hour, and lots of new bands that were AWESOME!  Plus, we wore suits at a festival in the woods, which was Legendary. 🙂
  • Starting and writing in this blog (even though 70-80% of it was just reblogs), knowing that it spread information, ideas, feelings, love, and light to many, as well as the wonderful blogs I found along the way that did the same for me.
  • The concerts I attended – Lotus in March, The Bright Light Social Hour in May, Owl City in September, and Perpetual Groove (x2) in Nov/Dec
  • Getting the job I had for most of the year so quickly upon moving here
  • Winning $30 on scratch-off tickets the last 2 days, to go out with some extra cash and good feeling.

I’m so grateful for all this and everything else that has happened during this marvelous year.  Every smile I’ve seen, every musical note I’ve heard, every positive word I’ve read… its all be fantastic.  To top it off, next year will be even better!!!

Love and Light to you all!

 

Conscious Facts about Vegan Living December 18, 2012

The Truth about Protein

•    Humans were created as herbivores (blunt teeth, no claws), not as carnivores.
•    It is a great misconception that “You need animal protein to be lean and strong” (buffalos, horses, cows, elephants, and even brontosauruses are/were all vegans).
•    Spinach, spirulina, broccoli, bee pollen, hemp, brussel sprouts, almonds, and pecans are all very high in protein and will easily satisfy the body’s protein requirements.
•    Spirulina is 60-65% protein, with complete amino acid content—the highest of any protein source.
•    Protein deficiency is extremely rare, except in areas where people are starving.
•    Meat diminishes physical and sexual performance because arteries and blood vessels get clogged.
•    It is important to get protein without fat and cholesterol.
•    Protein requirements are very easy to meet with plant foods.
•    What smoking does to your lungs, meat does to your arteries. The link between an animal-based diet and heart disease is as strong as the link between smoking and cancer.
•    Cancer and heart disease are most frequent where meat eating prevails.

The Truth about Calcium

•    Broccoli provides more calcium than cow’s milk, and in an absorbable form.
•    The dairy industry spends billions per year advertising the calcium in dairy, yet dairy is not high in absorbable calcium.
•    Calcium deficiency of dietary origin is unknown in the U.S. Nonetheless, the dairy industry claims the U.S. has a calcium deficiency and therefore has to consume more dairy products.
•    The dairy industry sets the calcium requirements for the U.S.D.A.
•    The U.S. is the world’s biggest consumer of calcium, yet has the greatest incidence of osteoporosis.
•    The primary cause of osteoporosis is a lack of weight-bearing exercise (due to sedentary lifestyle) and over-consumption of animal protein—both of which are hallmarks of many Americans’ way of life.

The Truth about Fat and Cholesterol

•    You can get all the “good” fats (omega 3, 6, and 9) you need from green, leafy vegetables and raw seeds.
•    Although fish contains “good fat,” it is packaged with PCB’s, cholesterol, and other toxins. In fact, the good fat in fish comes from the plants (plankton) which the fish eats!
•    Our liver makes all the cholesterol we need. Therefore, the amount we need from our diet is zero.
•    High cholesterol contributes to more deaths than all the wars, natural disasters, and disease epidemics combined.
•    There is no difference between white meat and red meat. A 3-ounce steak has 75 mg of cholesterol, and a 3-ounce skinless chicken breast contains 72 mgs of cholesterol.
•    Seafood is not a healthy alternative to red or white meat! Shrimp have 6 times more cholesterol than beef.
•    3 glasses of milk has the same cholesterol as 20 slices of bacon.
•    Plant-based food has zero cholesterol.

The Truth about Dairy Food

•    Humans are the only animals that drink milk after they are weaned.
•    Because humans have no biological need for milk after they are weaned, at some point the pancreas very naturally stops producing the enzyme lactase (which breaks down lactose), which is why 75% of the global population is falsely classified as “lactose intolerant.”
•    Humans are the only animals on the planet which routinely consume another animal’s milk.
•    Cow’s milk carries the genetic blueprint to produce a ten-fold increase from birth weight in the cow’s first year of life, accounting for the extreme obesity in many children who were fed bovine formula.
•    Bovine (and other) formulas deprive children of their primary source of their immune system—which is naturally, freely, and divinely provided by a mother’s breast milk.

Impact on the Environment

•    Raising animals for food accounts for more than half of all the annual water used in the U.S. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat, but only 25 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of wheat. The average American uses 106 gallons of water per day. If that person also eats 1 hamburger, that figure increases to 3,106 gallons.
•    A vegan lifestyle saves 1 million gallons (3,780,000 liters) of water every year!
•    85% of all U.S. agricultural land is used to grow food to feed the animals we eat.
•    260 million acres of land in the U.S. are destroyed each year raising animals for slaughter.
•    Raising animals for food requires more than 1/3 of all raw materials and fossil fuels used in the U.S. Producing a single hamburger patty uses enough fossil fuel to drive a small car 20 miles and enough water for 17 showers.
•    Rainforests (which provide 90% of all our medicines, and countless species of animals going extinct) are being destroyed at a rate of 125,000 square miles per year to provide grazing for animals raised for consumption. For every quarter-pound, fast-food burger made of rainforest beef, 55 square feet (5.1 square meters) of land are consumed.
•    The fishing industry is taking fish out of the ocean much faster than the ocean can reproduce them.
•    15 out of 17 of the world’s fishing zones are now barren, due to the damaging and wasteful methods of fishing currently used.
•    80% of all fish caught through large-scale commercial fishing methods are dumped—dead—back into the sea (including thousands of whales/dolphin/porpoises trapped in those same nets).
•    Of the 20% of all remaining caught fish, half of those are fed to farm animals. Translated:  Only 10% of all the fish caught by large-scale commercial methods end up being consumed by humans!
•    Animal feces are the cause of E. coli bacterial infections. There are hundreds of cases of food poisoning from meat and meat product recalls every year, mostly due to the unsanitary conditions and operations on factory farms (the true causes of which are almost never released to the public by/through the media).
•    The reason why it is necessary to cook meat (particularly chicken) for so long is to kill the bacteria from fecal matter on the meat.
•    The meat industry causes more water pollution in the U.S. than all other industries combined, because the animals raised for food produce 130 times more excrement than the entire human population—86,600 pounds per second.
•    One typical factory pig farm generates the same amount of raw waste as a city of 12,000 people.

 

Recipe: Fig and Coconut Walnut Cake December 14, 2012

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Packed with protein, omega 3s, and antioxidants, walnuts are an excellent source of energy. Their rich flavor also makes them perfect to bake with. And why wouldn’t you want to bake a cake entirely out of walnuts? Enter the Fig and Coconut Walnut Cake.

This dense cake was inspired by a recipe in an issue of Bon Appetit from earlier this year, but with a few tweaks it quickly turned into a gluten and dairy free version. Add in figs, coconut and chocolate and you have a cake that’s just as good for breakfast as it is for dessert.

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Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream

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anna brones

When I came across one-ingredient ice cream on Food52, it seemed too good to be true. But it’s not.

The beauty is in bananas, which when frozen and put in the food processor, turn into a fluffy mass of goodness. And it’s raw. And it’s vegan.

I was so excited about the discovery I immediately sent it to fellow food connoisseur Aylin Erman, who promptly responded with “Girl, you need to make this ASAP. It changed my life.”

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Recipe: Baked Egg in Avocado With Parsley and Goat Cheese

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Earlier this year, pictures of eggs baked in avocado were the darling of the online food porn world. Then I tested out the recipe myself, and the result was so good I wonder how I ever lived without this creation.

The concept is simple: bake an egg in an avocado. If you were looking for a way to put all those eggs from your backyard chicken coop to use you should certainly put this recipe on the breakfast list.

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Pumpkins Health Benefits October 26, 2012

Filed under: Food,Health — herkimerlove @ 6:00 pm

Pumpkin is SO delicious!

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  • It is one of the very low calorie vegetables. 100 g fruit provides just 26 calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, it is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. The vegetable is one of the food items recommended by dieticians in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
  • Pumpkin is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E.
  • With 7384 mg per 100 g, it is one of the vegetables in the Cucurbitaceae family featuring highest levels of vitamin-A, providing about 246% of RDA. Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin for good visual sight. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich in vitamin A help a body protects against lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • It is also an excellent source of many natural…

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