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Helichrysum Essential Oil: A Potent Remedial With A Gentle Hand

Helichrysum essential oil is yellow-to-slightly reddish in color with a pungent, distinctive, earthy, warm, honey-like scent which some say reminds them of sweet curry spice. It is a relative newcomer to the essential oil market, but demand for it is high, given its undisputed ability to help heal damaged skin tissue and soothe achy, inflammatory conditions. Like lavender, helichrysum essential oil is a complete medicine chest in a bottle!

A strongly aromatic, shrubby herb, helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum, syn. H. angustifolium) produces small clusters of bright yellow, semi-dry flowers that can be kept for years in a dried arrangement; in fact, helichrysum is also known as immortelle  or everlasting.  The name helichrysum is derived from the Greek helios (sun) and chrysos (gold).  Usually taken in the form of an infusion (tea), helichrysum has long been valued for its astounding number of medicinal properties, especially in Mediterranean countries, where it has been used as a remedy for liver ailments, skin conditions, respiratory complaints, headaches, inflammatory conditions such as muscular aches, sprains, and strains, and rheumatism.  African cultures prized the plant as a wound healer and burned the fragrant leaves as ceremonial incense.

Extremely gentle but highly efficacious, helichrysum essential oil is a powerful wound mender; a wonderful skin rejuvenative for aging and environmentally-damaged skin, as well as skin exhibiting eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis; and a superb anti-inflammatory.  I especially like it for its ability to ease arthritic pain, sciatica, sprains, strains, and muscle spasms, including menstrual cramps.  It is recommended for soothing achy hands and feet, too. 

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Photo by Mars Vilaubi, c2018, used with permission from Storey Publishing

From Herb To Oil

 Helichrysum is native to the Mediterranean region and North Africa, and its essential oil is mainly produced in Italy, Spain, France, Croatia, Corsica, Hungary, and Bulgaria.  It takes approximately 1 ton of hand-harvested helichrysum flowering tops to produce just over 2 pounds of essential oil by steam distillation.  Thank goodness a little goes a long way!

Psychological Benefits:  Helichrysum is considered generally uplifting, harmonizing, nurturing, and calming, which is helpful when you’re dealing with issues of depression, apprehension, phobias, lethargy, stress, mental unrest/exhaustion, irritability, and shock.  Thought to open the heart, it provides warmth and grounding to those dealing with emotional coldness and fear.

Essential Properties In A Nutshell:   Powerful skin cell regenerative, excellent for treating wounds, burns, and skin irritations and pampering environmentally damaged, sensitive, or mature skin; antibacterial; superb anti-inflammatory and pain reliever; gently warming; soothes emotions and strengthens resistance, especially in times of heavy stress.

Safety Data & Usage Information: Generally nontoxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing.  Do not use with children under 2 years of age.

Always dilute essential oils properly – according to age, health, medication intake, and skin condition – prior to application.  My book, Stephanie Tourles’s Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide (Storey Publishing, c2018), is a good reference, complete with safety guidelines and dilution charts.

The following recipe highlights the therapeutic nature of helichrysum essential oil with regard to its muscle-comforting properties.

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Photo by Mars Vilaubi, c2018, used with permission from Storey Publishing

Essential Sports Rub Recipe

This effective oil blend contains soothing anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and analgesic properties and has a subtly sweet herby aroma.  It is designed to improve muscular circulation during the warm-up process or to deliver relief from overexertion after any vigorous or prolonged physical activity.  It leaves muscles feeling fabulous!

This recipe calls for herb-infused oils of comfrey leaf, St. John’s wort flowers, and calendula flowers.  You can either purchase them from better online herb purveyors such as Mountain Rose Herbs or learn to make them yourself.  On page 211 of my book, Stephanie Tourles’s Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide, I give complete DIY instructions!

Note:  This recipe is safe for folks 12 years of age and older. For children ages 6 to 11, omit the rosemary essential oil and substitute with 6 additional drops of lavender essential oil.

Essential Oils:

• 8 drops helichrusum (Helichrysum italicum, syn. H. angustifolium)
• 6 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
• 6 drops rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. cineole or non-chemotype specific)
• 4 drops ginger root (Zingiber officinale)
• 2 drops sweet orange (Citrus sinensis)

Base:

• 3 tablespoons comfrey-infused oil
• 3 tablespoons St. John’s wort-infused oil
• 2 tablespoons calendula-infused oil

Container:

• 4-ounce plastic (PET or HDPE) or dark glass bottle with a pump, screw cap, or dropper top

To Make The Rub: Combine the helichrysum, lavender, rosemary, ginger, and orange essential oils in the bottle, then add the comfrey, St. John’s wort, and calendula oils.  Screw the top on the bottle and shake vigorously for 2 minutes to blend.  Label the bottle and set it in a cool, dark location for 24 hours so that the oils can synergize.  Store at room temperature, away from heat and light; use within 1 year.

To Use: Shake well before each use.  If possible, have a friend or partner massage this blend into your muscles, paying particular attention to any painful or tense areas, before and/or after activity.  Applying it to skin that is pre-warmed from a bath, shower, or heating pad encourages the oil to penetrate deeply, but it is not necessary.

Yield: 4 ounces (120 ml)

Bonus uses: This blend also delivers soothing pain relief to sprains, arthritic joints, and newly bruised tissue.  It effectively relaxes and comforts muscle spasms in the arms, hands, legs, and feet, too.  Apply to affected areas three or four times per day.


stephanie tourles book coverRecipe excerpted from Stephanie Tourles’s Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide, (c2018 by Stephanie Tourles). Used with permission from Storey Publishing. Cover by Mars Vilaubi and Michaela Jebb, c2018, used with permission from Storey Publishing.

5 Natural Ways to Treat Uterine Fibroids

By age 50, between 70 and 80 percent of women will experience uterine fibroids. Since most women will confront this common health issue during their lifetime, it's crucial to develop a treatment plan for each woman's unique needs.

While medications and pharmaceuticals constitute the most common form of treatment for these non-cancerous tumors, it's vital to consider every possible treatment plan available. If you're looking for a more natural way to treat your fibroids, you'll be happy to know that you have access to many different options. Below, we'll delve into a few natural alternatives you may want to consider implementing into your wellness routine.

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1. Switch Up Your Diet

Your diet has a profound impact on your overall health and sense of well-being — uterine fibroids included.

If you currently don't spend too much time worrying about the food that goes into your body, now's the time to start. Fortunately, eating a nutritious and nutrient-rich diet is simple and doesn't require too many lifestyle changes on your part.

When dealing with uterine fibroids specifically, try to cut out as many carbohydrate-rich and sugary foods as possible. Why? Since these foods can trigger your body to produce excessive insulin hormones, they can aggravate your fibroids or symptoms.

Not sure what to eat? Try loading up on fruits and vegetables and other uterine fibroid-friendly foods instead. 

2. Drink Green Tea

Green tea is hailed by many throughout the world as one of the healthiest beverages aside from water. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, green tea is used as a remedy to ward off a multitude of illnesses or health risks, such as uterine fibroids.

Why is green tea able to achieve this desired shrinkage? As noted, green tea is rich in antioxidants that play various roles in ensuring your daily health. One such antioxidant — deemed epigallocatechin-gallate — is linked to fibroid shrinkage, and it happens to be found in green tea.

And that isn't just here-say, either. A research study examined the impact of green tea specifically on uterine fibroid growth. Results showed that women who took green tea extract experienced uterine fibroid shrinkage when compared to those who took a placebo.

3. Develop a Weight-Loss Plan

Women with excess body weight are at a higher risk of experiencing fibroids. Having a higher BMI can negatively impact hormone regulation, which is key in a woman's reproductive health. Since obesity is one of the leading causes of uterine fibroids, it's important to create a health plan that focuses on achieving a healthy weight. 

Avoid any diet pills or teas that promote rapid weight loss. In addition to eating healthy, engaging in daily exercise, such as yoga, weight training or biking, can help you more effectively lose weight and keep it off in the long-run. 

Aside from prioritizing a healthy diet, one of the top ways to ensure a healthy weight level is by engaging in regular exercise. Be sure to shed any excess pounds in a healthy manner gradually over time. 

4. Consider Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) Treatment

Rather than taking multiple medications, you may find it more appealing to undergo a minor procedure called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE).

In this treatment, a skilled radiologist will insert a small catheter into your wrist or groin where it will be guided to the fibroid's blood supply. You'll then be free to go home the same day. The ultimate goal is to free small particles from the blood supply to cut off the fibroid's supply of nutrients.

While this procedure may seem ideal, it's not for every uterine fibroid patient. Your physician can determine whether you'd be an ideal candidate.

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5. Try Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine practice that centers on inserting thin needles into a specific section of the body to promote healing. While current research studies on acupuncture are limited, many women tout that the healing benefits of this treatment option cannot be overlooked.

In a research study, women who used acupuncture versus medication experienced fewer adverse effects. Consider discussing this option with your general healthcare practitioner to determine whether you could benefit from the practice. Many health enthusiasts in the Western world swear by it!

How Do You Plan to Resolve Your Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are a common condition that most women experience at one point or another in their lives — so it's important to understand that you're not alone. Whether you're looking for a way to alleviate your symptoms or want to reduce the formation of uterine fibroids altogether, consider incorporating any of the alternative treatment options mentioned above into your wellness plan!

12 Poses of Suryanamaskar and Benefits on the Body

Isn't it stunning to find something so miraculously appealing, only because of the results and the benefits it emits? Yoga is that powerful force which attracts nurturing, growth, and balance of an individual. Gone are the days when you could ignore your health and wellness because the environment took care of you. Now that the climatic conditions are critical, materialistic tools are spread all over, pollution has broken world records, and the habits of people are not at all in favor of their own health, let alone others. It is time to develop habits which have become necessary to implement regularly.

Suryanamaskar, or Sun Salutation, is a connected sequence of 12 different yoga poses. It is an overall cardiovascular workout with immense benefits on the body and mind. For best results, practice a minimum of 2-5 sets, on an empty stomach early in the morning. It is a gesture to express your gratitude towards the Sun, and welcome abundance into your life. Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh provides you a better understanding and deep knowledge about yoga and how can you balance your life and make it simple. Here are the 12 Poses of Suryanamaskar and how they can boost your health.

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Prayer Pose (Pranamasana)

Pranamasana begins the Suryanamaskar sequence. To do this, stand straight on the ground or a yoga mat by keeping your feet aligned or joined. Open your heart chakra by resting your shoulders and expanding your chest. Take a long, deep breath, and bring your hands together in the prayer position right in front of your heart when you inhale.

Benefits: Increase your focus, patience, and concentration when you are in this pose.

Raised Arms Pose (Hastotanasana)

The name originates from the Sanskrit word "upward tree." To do this pose, stand straight, raise your arms, stretch back and lengthen your spine as you gaze upwards. Make sure that you can balance yourself and remain on the ground.

Benefits: This pose helps people suffering from headaches, asthma, backache, fatigue, or anxiety.

Standing Forward Bend (Hasta Padasana)

Now, bend forward, down to your knees to touch your toes with your fingers. You can keep your knees bent if you are not able to stretch your knees straight initially. Relax your neck and shoulders, and press your heels softly so that your weight is evenly distributed.

Benefits: This posture stretches the thighs, hamstrings, calves, knees, and helps in recovering from insomnia, osteoporosis, relieves stress, anxiety, headaches, etc.   

Equestrian Pose (Hasta Sanchalanasana)

Bend your knees and place both palms on the ground, in line with your feet. Stretch back your right leg and keep the left leg at 90 degrees on the ground. Balance your body on toes by distributing your weight evenly.

Benefits: The pose increases willpower, boosts lung capacity, strengthens the spine, stimulates the digestive system, tones kidney and liver. 

Staff Pose (Dandasana)

Exhale and step the left leg back to form a plank pose, your feet will remain touching the ground. Make sure that your elbows, shoulders, and wrists are perpendicular to the floor. Your buttocks should be elevated from the ground, while your arms should be stretched in front of you, with palms facing and touching the ground. Keep your back flat and stretch your entire body in this inversed V-shape pose.

Benefits: Dandasana tones the abdomen and builds up endurance.

Salute with Eight Parts (Ashtanga Namaskar)

Drop down from Dandasana and touch your chin, knees, and chest at the same time on the ground. Your arms should be right next to your chest, and your hips should be off the ground and pointed towards the ceiling.

Benefits: It strengthens the legs, shoulders, and arms. This yoga pose releases tensions around the neck, shoulders, and arms by also improving the flexibility of the spine.

Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

Inhale deeply and raise your head backward while your palms will be placed on the ground, and elbows are close to your body. Your feet, legs, and lower torso should remain in contact with the ground as you perform this Suryanamaskar pose.

Benefits: Bhujangasana strengthens the lower torso, improves blood circulation, tones the abdominal muscles. For women, it also helps during the menstrual cycle, relieves sciatica, cures backache and is also a therapy for asthma. 

Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Exhale and lift your hips towards the ceiling, only your flat-palms and flat-feet should touch the ground. You will again come to this inverse V-shape position with relaxed muscles of your neck and shoulders. Stretch out and reap unimaginable health benefits from this downward facing dog pose.

Benefits: It improves blood circulation, tightens the skin, relieves stress, reduces the symptoms of menopause for ladies, cuts down on headaches, back pains, and more.

Equestrian Pose (Ashwa Sanchalasana)

Inhale and bring your right leg forward and place it in between your palms. Your head should be facing up.

Benefits: It opens your lungs, adjusts your posture defects, and aligns your spine. This pose also tones your kidney and liver.

Hand to Feet (Hasta Padasana)

Exhale and bend down to place both your hands next to your feet on the ground. If you are not able to reach them, just try to touch the floor or your toes with just your fingers.

Benefits: It strengthens the thighs and knees by stretching the hamstrings, legs, and calves. Improves the digestion and stimulates the abdominal organs. 

Raised Arms Pose (Hasta Uttanasana)

Raise your arms and stretch back over your spine. Your head should be facing up, and arms away from each other by bending backward.

Benefits: It improves digestion, relieves anxiety and fatigue, and improves digestion.

Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

The final pose is called ‘Anjali Mudra,’ where you will be doing the Namaste gesture again like in the very beginning of your Sun Salutation sequence.

Benefits: Become grounded, rejuvenated, and more confident in your life by strengthening the body organs by the end of this pose.

As you complete the cycle of Suryanamaskar, you open the possibilities of letting the energy flow in the blocked parts of your body. Salutation to the Sun has served well for the mental, physical, and emotional health.


Bipin Baloni is a yoga teacher from India and his core specialization is in Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga. He organizes 200-hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh. Bipin Baloni conducts Yoga Teacher Training in India in different cities. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, meditation, ayurveda and health.

Homemade Heat Buster Recipe

It’s been a terribly hot summer in this country so far. Everywhere people are trying to stay cool and hydrated. I have a little recipe that helps me. It’s better than store bought. It isn’t as sweet and it’s 100% natural.

I kind of slid into this recipe by accident. It was built on what I’ve been drinking for years for leg cramps. I am older and as time has gone by I started getting leg cramps at night. I have an active life and a few years back I’d come in, lie down and start to get leg cramps right away so I did a little internet research and concluded that I was sweating out potassium salts and other vital nutrients and that’s what was causing the cramps. I read that bananas were a good source of potassium but that coconut water was even better. I apologize but I am not a big fan of bananas. Except for red Jamaican bananas but that’s another story. So, coconut water for me!

Prior to the onset of the leg cramps I’d been drinking a large glass of sweet tea with water soluble fiber added to help with my cholesterol and with regularity. Years ago my doctor said this was a very good practice. So I started adding coconut water to my fiber drink, too, and, lo and behold, my leg cramps just up and disappeared. I am not a pill popper. I am from the old school of “food is your best medicine."

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Now that I live in an area that gets over 100 degrees on a regular basis during the summer I find that when I make a few modifications to my little fiber coconut water drink I then have a very nice electrolyte balancer.

Renee’s Summer Heat Buster Recipe

• 1 4-inch piece of ginger, peeled, grated
• 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
• 2 teaspoons honey, local if possible
• A pinch of salt (I use pink Himalayan)
• 2-3/4 cups coconut water, unsweetened, unflavored

1. Grate the ginger. I have this wizard little tool a friend gave me that makes it so easy to grate so you don’t skin your knuckles.

grater

2. Combine the ginger gratings, lemon juice, lime juice, honey and salt in a large glass jar, bottle or pitcher and let it set for a few minutes for the ginger to infuse. Strain through a fine mesh to remove the ginger fiber. Then add the coconut water and stir or shake. You can dilute it to taste with filtered water. Pour over ice or refrigerate.

Photos by Renee Benoit

How Lack of Sleep Impacts Hair Health

Did you know that one of the most important things you can do to live a long and healthy life is to sleep? While it is important to balance quality sleep with a healthy diet, exercise, and mental stimulation, sleep is what helps keep our mind stay alert, our moods and emotions balanced, and even affects the quality of our hair. 

Women spend countless hours and money trying to keep their hair looking strong, healthy, and full of life. But, without quality sleep, much of that time could be wasted, and here is why.

 

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Why Lack of Sleep Impacts Your Hair

While you sleep your body is running full speed to try to repair injuries, stem inflammation as well as process thoughts, memories, emotions, and much more. These processes require that your body goes through the nightly sleep cycles which manage your body’s nightly processes.  However, when you are not sleeping the recommended seven plus hours each night your mind doesn’t have the opportunity to properly regulate the chemicals and hormones in your body. This in turn results in both mental and physical stress which plays a critical role in maintaining healthy hair. 

Ways Your Hair Might Be Impacted by Stress and Lack of Sleep

It's Oily

A lack of sleep can be the reason you wake up with oily hair in the morning. As you sleep your mind uses that time to regulate functions in your body. However, when you are not sleeping enough those chemical and hormonal functions can be thrown off balance causing you to make too much of one thing and not enough of another. One way your body can overproduce is in the production of an oil called sebum which is created in the sebaceous glands. 

In addition to over productive glands, regular insomnia can lead to a lethargic state where you may be awake, but it is difficult to manage simple daily tasks such as taking a shower which only contributes to more oils in your hair.

It Falls Out

Hair is highly susceptible to stress in general, when that stress comes from lack of sleep there are studies that show hair loss may be even worse. This is due to how your body responds to the normal day-night rhythm and the production of hormones such as HGH. A low production of HGH can contribute to multiple medical conditions including thinning hair. In addition, sleep loss can cause your hair follicles to weaken resulting in hair loss.

Split Ends

The primary reason for insomnia is due to mental stress or anxiety. Simply, your mind is so fixated on the world around you that you can’t sleep. The result is a long night of tossing and turning and a frequent sleep/wake night. The friction caused by restless sleep often results in what is called a double-split split end. Stress may already deplete your hair of the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for strong hair, so when you are regularly jostling your hair at night damage becomes even more of a problem.

Whether it is sleep deprivation or you experience chronic insomnia, the stress brought on by these conditions has a direct correlation to your hair and damage. The good thing is that damaged hair and even hair loss can usually be reversed by eating a healthy diet, using beneficial hair products, and most importantly getting at least seven hours of quality sleep each night.

For more tips on how to live your best happy, rested, and healthy life, visit our newest health and wellness posts on Mother Earth Living today!

My Six Week Keto Experiment

After a lot of research and preparation, I was pretty geared up to try a keto diet. I am always searching for something that will make me feel better. I have chronic stomach issues and deal with bloating on a daily basis. I always joke with my husband about our baby. I thought a keto diet was worth a try. I did also want to lose around 15 pounds as well.

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The keto strips that I used. Photo by Faithful Homesteader

When I finally did start the diet, I really wanted to make sure that I was doing it in a healthy way and making sure to get my low-carb veggies in each day. I struggled with eating so much fat. When I tracked my macros, I found that I was below the needed fat grams and had to work at meeting my fat portion for the day. On the other hand, I struggled with not eating too much protein. It surprised me how easy it was to go over on the protein grams for the day. Contrary to what many think, I was not on a high protein diet.

Doing the lower carbs was not such a big deal. I had done Paleo so it was not such a stretch to focus on lower carbs. Overall I was really disappointed in my six weeks of keto. I know there was supposed to be a transition time where one doesn’t feel that great before going into ketosis, but at the end of the six weeks, I did not feel any improvement in my situation. In some ways I felt worse. The reality was that I felt fat and unhappy while doing a keto diet.

I really wanted some improvement with my stomach bloating since I was cutting so many things out of my diet, but it was actually worse. It was such a discouragement for me. It was probably a mistake to check my cholesterol after only six weeks, but I was surprised at just how high my LDL cholesterol shot up. It was high to begin with and I have been resisting the doctors desire to put me on statins. 

Now I am back to being in limbo when it comes to my eating lifestyle. I still feel inclined to follow a lower carb diet, but I am convinced that the keto diet is not quite right for me. I do feel six weeks was long enough to at least see some benefit that could encourage me to stay the course. I also did not experience any significant weight loss during the six weeks.   

For now I am enjoying some of the healthy foods that I could not partake of on the keto diet like carrots, beets and jicama. I am currently also allowing for organic corn and beans. I do have to figure out how to not gain back any weight and how to continue to lose the extra pounds that I still hope to shed. I am not sure what to try next in my quest to feel better. 

A Walk on the Wild Side: Healing Powers of Nature

Feeling weird and out of sorts? Feel as if there is something wrong but you’re not exactly sure what it is? Feel as if you really, really need to run for the pint of ice cream in the freezer? Everything is as it should be or nearly so but you still feel like something is missing. Your job is okay. Your love life is okay. Where you live is okay. But still…..

I might have the answer for you. It’s right around the corner. It’s nearby and available anytime. What could it be you might ask? Dear reader, it’s the healing power of nature. Too often we get wrapped up in our busy lives and forget to stop and smell the roses. Before you go off and spend a fortune on a therapist or eat yourself out of house and home, get out, take off your shoes and feel the grass between your toes. There’s nothing really wrong with either of those two options but what if I could offer you a simpler solution?

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Photo by R.L. Benoit

You can do this even if you’re in New York City. You don’t have to be in a wilderness or anywhere. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all lived in a piney woods where the wind blows through the trees? But we don’t and sometimes solace is not easily achieved. If you can’t get to wilderness then the park down the street is just the ticket. Grab a blanket and when you get there lay down on it so you can’t see anything but the sky and treetops.  Now close your eyes and then just lay there. Take a mental health twenty minutes. At least that. Maybe more. Breathe in the air. Think about where the air has been. Maybe it’s blown in from the sea. Maybe it’s blown in from Canada or over the tops of the mountains. Imagine that you have roots like a tree and that those roots are going deep into the earth. Think about how you are part of this amazing planet. Think about how you have a place.

There’s many a time when I have felt out of sorts and when I do, all I really need is a long walk out in nature. Usually it’s a walk all by myself in the woods where I feel safe but it can be the beach along a lake or the ocean. It can be in redwoods. It can be in an oak forest. It can even be in Central Park. Nature is there, too! It just might not feel as natural but it truly is when you block out all of the skyscrapers around you.

When I was a kid growing up by the banks of the Iowa River taking a walk by that lazy, shallow water made me feel like I could accomplish anything. Something about the trees and grasses, wild birds and wild squirrels made me feel that all was right with the world and that when I came back to the human world I could relax and deal with anything. Just writing about it makes me feel better right now and that gives me an idea. Let’s say you’re trapped on the 18th floor of a skyscraper. Closing your eyes and simply meditating on a beautiful place you’ve been or can imagine can bring a feeling of peace.  

I personally feel that this is a moment where one needs to be alone. Without other humans or even animals. Sure, it’s nice to have a loved one nearby but then they make a comment and the reverie is shattered. My connection with everything is lost and I need to start over from scratch. No, this is best accomplished all by yourself. Nothing intrudes but your own thoughts and thoughts aplenty you will have! This is not the time to act on those thoughts. Just let those thoughts come and go and if you must, jot them down on a note pad for consideration later. Every once in a while the thoughts will recede. Just be with that quietness and let the healing power of nature wash over you.







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