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Volume 16 Issue 6
March/April 2011

ECO Farm: Restoring the connection between you and your food

The Subversive Eater

The Truth About Yoga

Five Element Qigong, Fusion of Emotion
Transform Stress into Compassion

Living with Less

The Harp: A History of Healing

Healing Energy of Horses

Mother Earth Gives Us Messages: What is Earth Trying to Tell Us?

Editorial

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Volume 16 Issue 6 —March/April 2011

The current issueECO Farm
Restoring the connection between you and your food

by Brenda Goldsworthy

ECO Farm, located along the beautiful Etomami River in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, is a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) farm with 100 current members. Keith Neu started his CSA – Etomami Community Organic (ECO) Farm - in 2007. Now in its fourth year, it has grown from 30 to 100 members with room to expand. “Desperate times call for desperate measures… and desperation made me do many things!” says Keith, talking about the various incarnations his farm has gone through – from a chemical farm, to an organic farm, to a Community Shared Agriculture farm.

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The Subversive Eater
by Sandra Brandt

A friend of mine recently took up what she calls “guerilla gardening.” She planted vegetables on a vacant lot near her apartment home where a commercial building had been demolished and the property awaited new development. In the meantime, she tended the plot and reaped the harvest. Not only did she garner some good, practically free, vegetables but she also put some loving energy into a little piece of temporarily unused soil. We are increasingly being exposed to food choices we probably didn’t know we had. It is now fairly commonplace to consider the alternatives of buying fresh produce from a farmers’ market, a CSA (Community Shared Agriculture), or growing your own on a piece of communally gardened urban property, in addition to the conventional backyard garden.

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The Truth About Yoga
by Ryan Leier

Some yoga systems look like gymnastics, calisthenics, or contortionism. Other systems look like simple relaxation or meditation. When most people think of yoga, they think of stretching, flexibility, fitness, and relaxation. Contrary to popular belief, yoga is not just exercising, yoga is exorcising! With practice, we learn to exorcise all of the thoughts and beliefs that keep us separated and divided from each other. We can learn to join with our highest aspects, control our thoughts, and (co)-create a happy, healthy life.

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Five Element Qigong, Fusion of Emotion
Transform Stress into Compassion

by Minke de Vos

Have you felt under the weather, and had trouble clearing the clouds? In a Shakespearean play, a dramatic character brews with intense emotion until the thunder rolls and the lightning flashes, sometimes with destructive force. From where do these internal storms arise? The ancient Taoists realized that our emotional atmosphere is like weather conditions which arise from our internal organs. How can we create more balance and harmony within our internal environment? The Taoists explored this question for thousands of years and created practices called Qigong (Chi-Kung): movement, breath, and intention to cultivate the body, mind, and spirit.

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Living with Less
by Jacqueline Nuesch

Does your home make you feel happy? Does it welcome and inspire you? Every person deserves to live in a home that promotes feelings of comfort, security, happiness, and well being. It is our cocoon to escape the demands and pressures of the outside world. It is our place to relax, recuperate, and connect with the people we love. Unfortunately, for many people, their homes are not fulfilling this role. Rather, people feel anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, and defeated by the space they call home. Oddly enough, a thing we call clutter is often to blame.

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The Harp: A History of Healing
by Patricia Sereno

The harp as we know it today has its origins back in ancient times. Records of these early harps are depicted in the artwork from the ancient cultures of Assyria, Mesopotamia and Egypt, dating back more than 5,000 years. Some believe that it was the first stringed instrument, predating the guitar, inspired by the sound of the hunting bow. The first bows were made from curved antelope horns with a sinew bowstring. Bows then evolved to be carved from one piece of wood and the bowstrings remained made of sinew, which vibrated with sound when drawn and released.

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Healing Energy of Horses
by Barbra-Ann King

Have you ever asked yourself why you enjoy touching horses so much? Is it the warmth emanating from their bodies? Or maybe their soft coat? There’s something about touching a horse that makes us feel really good. Maybe it’s because we finally mustered up the courage to get close enough to touch one! Our hands are drawn to the horse like a powerful magnet that we can’t resist. What is this powerful energy that takes over us and makes it irresistible?

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Mother Earth Gives Us Messages
What is Earth Trying to Tell Us?

Spoken through Ariana Sheran, June 6, 1988

The essence of energy is misunderstood by man at this time upon the Earth. Science in general and engineers in particular, have not been able to clearly understand the natural energies of the Universe. Therefore, they base their means of creating power upon something we would call “brute force,” which takes up a very large amount of the Earth’s natural resources, causing pollution as a by-product. Think about the manner in which NASA puts a satellite into orbit… think about the nuclear bombs which major countries have tested… think about how much fuel an airplane uses and close to home how your furnace runs and your car’s fuel system. All of these examples use what could be termed “artificial energy” because the jobs could be done so much more easily by using the real thing: natural energy.

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Editorial
by Melva Armstrong

There are certainly major shifts and changes happening on our planet, so it seems clear now that the ancient prophecies linked to 2012 are definitely in progress. Earthquakes, volcano eruptions, tsunamis, fires, floods, tornados, and hurricanes, all happening at a much greater rate than we have seen in our lifetime. Perhaps Mother Earth is being influenced by the ever-changing energies flowing around Her in the cosmos and galaxies. I feel we are living in very interesting and exciting times, and I think it best in these times to pay close attention to our intuition, to educate ourselves well, and most importantly to be there as supports for each other. It is going to be quite the unique journey from now on.

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Plus:

The LifeLine® Technique
Body Management: Asking the Body What it Needs
The Journey Intensive: Tools for Transformation
Buddhist Nun offers Meditation Retreat
Did the Ancients Know More Than We Know Now?
Natural Reflections: A Calling Compared to a Job
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