I've had a lot of inquiries for the past month because I haven't been blogging much. It's nice to feel missed. Here's what I've been up to:
You often hear me say that reducing stress - both on the mind and the body - is an important part of healing and staying healthy. Indeed, I've often said that all stress is self-induced. Well, that's what I've been doing - reducing my stress to stay healthy.
A month ago I found myself becoming overwhelmed by the world around me. It wasn't my voluntary work-related responsibilities that were getting to me as much as it was the news of the world. The Gulf of Mexico being turned into a dead zone, the implementation of Codex Alimentarius by Executive Order in the US, a health care reform bill that will require the micro-chipping of all Americans, widespread political corruption and creeping fascism... sigh.
So to reduce my stress and keep my health I removed myself from the world for a bit. One of my last postings in June was, "Change Your Life, Change Your Health." I took my own advice.
Oh, I still answered email and filled orders - those are fun things to do - but I turned off the news and went to work around the farm. I did a lot of landscaping (I keep about five acres around the cabin mowed and park-like), creating several huge brush piles with what I trimmed from the trees around the yard. I also gave the lawn some attention, filling last winter's rabbit holes, and I put up more bird feeders and birdhouses. While I didn't get a garden in this year, I've put a lot of work into my compost pile and the garden soil, getting ready for a late garden this Fall.
Indoors I put down new flooring in the living room and the kitchen, and gave the cabin a good cleaning from top to bottom. I built a new desk and rearranged my office. New paint in the living room and new curtains in every room made a big difference, too.
Now I'm back, and feeling much better. This has been a reminder to me that good health is a journey, not a destination, and that we have to take care of our own needs - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual - before we can help others.
In the future I'm going to leave the depressing aspects of health reporting to others. I don't mean that in a bad way; it's important to know what's happening in the world, especially since the mass media ignores so much of what's truly important. But I'll leave it to others like Mike Adams and Dr. Mercola to let you know about studies that show office workers have more skin cancer than construction workers, and how pages 1001-1008 of the health care reform law require a class III electronic identification device for all Americans, and why that means you'll have to be micro-chipped. (Oops, I sighed again.)
I want to thank everyone who emailed, wondering where the newsletters were, and if I was OK. I'm fine, I'm great, and I'm having a wonderful - if a bit hot - summer in Georgia.
Blissings upon you and yours,