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Friday, September 23, 2016

The blossoming flower of hypocrisy.

It's part of you. It's part of everyone. The pedals that stink, but are aesthetically gorgeous. The bulbous form in the middle that is so entrancing, yet equally dangerous. It's fundamental to human nature. 

It is the continuously budding flower of hypocrisy. As you sit there holding on to your stagnant and somewhat amoral ideologies, you fool yourself of your ugliness and authenticty. You and I are both ugly, but at the same time as beautiful as a super nova. It may be a hard truth to realize, but your innate duality and amorphous nature in between that dual spectrum is the key to self awareness. 

You can preach. You can be dogmatic. You can become so enthralled with a cause that you trick yourself into a false identity. A false sense of importance. You squander your dark as if it was a fly that needed suffocation under a mason jar. You hide your faults like a dog hides bones in a backyard.

What if you were to embrace the dark? What if you could embrace your imperfect self and laugh at your clingy identity? What if you could simply witness the false duality that you constrict your ego to. That false sense of self that leads you to discontent, shame, guilt, regret and fear. You see yourself as the middle of a sandwich. The top being your ideal sense of self that you would like to "eventually" be at. The bottom piece of bread is what you want to leave behind and learn from. Well both sides of the sandwich have equal potency in self education and awareness. 

Passing through time. You see your past self which is now merely a thought. You self is simply a product of time. You can be grateful for that past self. You can turn your back on it or bless it. Your reaction however, doesn't hold much clout to the reality of the situation. 

So your past self is a thought. 
Your future self is a thought.
What about who you think you are right now? In the present. 
Well, what you think of yourself in the present is just an image formulated from measurement to an "idea" of the past. Who are you? That question seems absurd when you can see that question can never have an absolute answer. You will only trick yourself into thinking you are different from the image of yourself in the past. You aren't judging or comparing the past self, you are analyzing an image your mind has made up from learned data. It simply doesn't exist. 

The ego thrives on comparison.
Yes, you can learn lessons. 
Yes, you can change habits. 
Yes, you can change past behaviors. 
Continuous flux of the image of self is a root cause of suffering. 

You give the illusion that you are a different person from your past self. You only make that decision from comparison. From measument. You constrain yourself to an identity. Writhing from moment to moment for the sake of security and comfort. Comfort becomes your teddy bear. You barely let yourself feel the suffering you so endure from the lack of self awareness.

 You tell yourself that you are a better person. It's arbitrary. 
The internal self talk is of the mind and the main leash that keeps you attached to your false sense of self. Instead of accepting yourself unconditionally through every blissful or suffering moment, you try so hard to cling to a moral and positive thinking blanket of escape and distraction. It's beautiful, but also quite putrid and absurd. 

When you can accept your putrid and absurd workings of the mind without identifying with it, you can break yourself from false ideological attachment and the misgivings of trying to "become a better person." The idea of becoming a better person is destructive because it thrives on the measurement to a false and dead concept your mind creates. You can only accept the things as they are and take action. The idea of becoming a better person is a torturous carrot to dangle over your false sense of self/ ego. 

Embracing your light and dark sides without compartmentalizing them onto a spectrum of good or bad is key in being aware. In fact, breaking the sides into a good or bad or light or dark is counterintuitive to growth. It's a false dichotomy. It is all part of the human condition. One part being an integral part of the other. 

Face it. 
Face your ideological misgivings and faults. 
Face your bias.
Face your hypocrisy. 
Accept your past actions and accept yourself as you are. 
You are.

Accept that your beliefs hold huge hypocrisys built into them. Let yourself see your own false duality and conflict. Hypocrisy arises from that conflict. No need to resist. 

It's there for you. 


What's the rush?

Did you see it?!
You missed it. You did a graceful dance trying to avoid that shopping cart. It almost hit you though. I get it you were on the phone. You were running late for that meeting or whatever. 

And then..
You had the audacity to leave your mocha latte on top of your car. You were on your phone. I get it. Mistakes happen. Luckily, you will make your meeting on time, but then you have a meeting right after that. 

One thing after another. 
Left, right, left. 
Day after day. 
Barely time for yourself.
Or is there?.....

So what's the rush?! 
You say you have no time. 
You say you are simply "too busy". 
They tell us that we must "make time" in order to make "room" for the things we "want" to do. Some of this is partially true. Most of it is just a stale platitude of ignorance. 

Why are we so rushed? 
Is it the demands of modern society? 
Is it the hustle and bustle of trying to earn a living whole balancing our lifestyle and commitments? 

Where's the time for us to breathe? 

We compartmentalize our different activities in life. 
Work, gym, commute time, sleep, home time, showering, couch time, outside time and so on and so on. 

We are fleshy automatons rushing from one "Do" to the next. Rightly so. We are satisfying the mind. Keeping it occupied. Keeping us in a storm of compulsive thought. Keeping us from sllloowwinngg doooowwwnnn. 

Keeping us occupied and suppressing the problems we are avoiding. We promise that we will get around to them. When we simply "have time". Well, where is that time? When is it going to come? Will that time come at the perfect time? 

It's probably better to do it later....or not. 
One A to B. We never appreciate or truly experience A because we have already mentally checked out of A and moved onto B. On to the next one. The next stimulation. The next seeking of comfort. The next task that will get us closer to the couch, the television, the internet..

We make ourselves dogs looking forward to the treat at the end of the day. 
We deserved it right? 
Now we can be lazy, check out, escape all the while just putting the trudgery of the day behind us. No reflection or lessons, only a tired mind in a tired body. 

We pride ourselves in multitasking. 
"I'm getting more done." Look at me go. I'm checking off tasks like a soldier. 

Some of the half assed things we do frustrate it. We only focus on trying to get them done. Understandable. We prioritize productivity over presence. We hit those reward centers in our brains as if we were rats in a lab study. 

What happens when we prioritize presence over productivity? 
What happens when we simply focus on one thing at a time? 
This whole idea of things being difficult and daunting comes from the inability to be present. When you are at ease with the moment, you can be totally with what you are doing and you can be at your own pace. No rushing. No focusing on simply finishing something. 

Trust in the process. 
Flow with it. Those problems that arise are designed for you to pay attention to. To experience. To learn from. 

Breathe and act with ease.
Accept that the task is giving you a challenge. Don't worry about what you will have for dinner. It's not that time yet. If you take a step a time, everything will flow with your presence and attention. 

Who cares what your friend said about you last night.

Who cares that you need to pay your electric bill tonight. 

Be with what is.

Hammer that nail at the pace you need to go. The pace that arises from being with what you are "doing". 

Breathe with the action. 


The rush is merely an illusion. 


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The push mower


I was in a predicament recently. I came to terms that I couldn't really afford to get my lawn cut by the same people. Don't get me wrong, they have done a stellar job, but it has taken quite the toll on my expenditures. Now, I felt like I needed to take things into my own hands and get a new mower. 

I milled over it in my head. Of course, buying a new mower would require the research, spending more money and ultimately figuring out a way to transport it. Then a thought came into my consciousness. I realized I had a push mower in the gazebo in my backyard. But a push mower? How much do I hate myself to try to make that work for me? Ha ha !

Then a feeling came over me. It was a sense of determination and unbridled passion to try to take care of the lawn myself. You know what I am saying Jackie?! Bingo-Bango. And that is what I did.

The first 10 minutes were the hardest. I had all the doubtful thoughts swirl through my mind. 

" This is going to take forever." 
" Maybe I should wait to buy a "real" mower."
" Maybe I can find someone to do it for cheaper." 

I didn't really fight those thoughts. I let then pass through and come visit. I entertained them for sure, but I didn't let them take up my head space. I retreated into what I was doing. Push the lawn mower through the rough patches of the lawn. Some of the rough patches took a little more muscle mustard than the others. I was riding that determination wave. I wasn't thinking about when I was going to be done. I wasn't think of the other rough patches of grass that were scattered throughout the yard. I was present. 

I was simply mowing the lawn.

My head wasn't completely empty, but my discomfort which first arose when I started, transmuted into accordance. I accepted the simple fact that this is what I was doing. This is what I decided to do. I was committed and not concerned with the total outcome. I was in groove with the wonders of "the process". 

The lawn mowing turned into a mindfulness exercise. Much like sweeping, doing the dishes or a meditative exercise. It was an alignment with the present moment. 

Sure, it might have been smarter or more efficient to get a gas or electric mower, but I got great exercise and towards the end I had a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment. 

The lawn wasn't perfect. The people I paid in the past did a better job. This didn't bother me. I simply accepted the limits of my own resources and capabilities. The lawn was in better shape then it was before. I could take this experience and have it inform me on how I should improve my own pushing technique.

The physical aspect changed my physiology for the better. I traded convenience and comfort for courage, determination and challenge. The practice of mindful mowing helped ease my anxiety and gave me a full body workout as a byproduct. I was old schoolin' it for all the right reasons. I was taking care of multiple things at once.

- A task
- mental acuity 
- physical exercise 
- self compassion 
- acceptance 
- mindful practice 

This simple task gave me more insight on how I should interact and react to certain things seen as "mundane" and "inconvenient" in my life. 

When I was mowing, I was mowing.
When I am washing a dish, I am washing a dish. 
When I am sweeping my front porch, I am sweeping my front porch. 

We can apply this simplicity of action to all aspects of our lives. We can execute all these actions and micro actions with passion and presence. We can see what attitude we bring to the things we do. We can simply accept without resistance of the things that need to get done in our lives.

It's about checking that tude', dude.

Our presence will let our compassion, care and love arise for all that we do. We can appreciate the small things and feel the effect it has on our mind and bodies. 

Accept what needs to get done without thinking of how it will turn out. When you are present with the process, you open up your being to a "sense of discovery". A simple task turns into a mindful meditative practice that aligns with your authenticity and the stillness of your being. 

Be with what needs to get done. 

Beautiful things happen when you take one thing at a time. 

Looking at my lawn now, I start seeing all the flaws. All the spots I missed. What a wonderful opportunity to have all those critiques and insights be our life coaches. Our mental teachers. Our reminders to accept and be kind to ourselves. 

The time will come to mow the lawn again and the next time, I'll face more challenges for the betterment of my self education. I'll let feelings come and go as they please, while mowing the lawn with a sense of ease. 


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Nice vs. kind

"Oh yea, Todd is such a nice guy." 

" I know, right?!" 

We are all mostly taught to be nice when we are children. So we follow that benign advice. Why do we want to be nice? What is the general goal or outcome for behaving in a nice way? Are we just adhering to social mores, codes and normalities that have been ingrained in our culture for generations? 

When we are being nice, we are putting on a mask. We may not want to be nice, but we may not necessarily want to be honest or rude. We may want to be nice at first. We may try to be nice just in order to avoid conflict or inconvenience ourselves by showing our suppressed and hidden emotions. In order to understand "being nice" we must try to uncover why we do it in the first place. 

We put on a smile. Nod at strangers. 
Hold the door open for people behind us. Wave the person in front of you into the other driving lane. 

These small "nice" tasks are expressions of domestication and/or the evolutionarily guided reciprocal altruisms that are essential for survival and embedded in our genes. 

When we try to be nice to avoid any type of inconvenience or conflict, we are domesticating ourselves to not confront the actions of others and reactions of ourselves. We may not want to be rude because we will feel guilt and shame for how we behaved in the future. No one is making the case to be rude, but when you can compassionately encounter your uncomfortable state of being without running, you can open up a whole new vulnerable and honest space within yourself. 

Nice can run along the lines of sympathy and pity. These emotions are unconsciously engrained in us. Programmed into our brains based upon the contrived "rules" of society. Being nice starts to lose it's meaning when you can be honest and accept yourself unconditionally at every moment. It is not about trading out niceties for sternness and brutal honesty, it is accepting the emotions you are feeling and the " this is the way I should act or feel" egotistical directive. 

There is a difference between being nice and being "kind". Kindness emerges from a different place. Kindness emerges from a compassionate and still center that expects nothing of an outcome. 

There is a quote that has always stuck with me. 

"If you're helping someone and expecting something in return, that is not kindness that is business." 
- unknown 

Kindness's roots begin with gratitude. When we can accept, forgive and be kind to ourselves, even when we see ourselves as "slipping up", we can reflect that behavior within the interactions of other people. 

So much of it just starts with you. When you can listen and be still, you will see how unkind people need kindess the most. The willingness to not act hastily with our unchecked reactions will lead us into accepting and understanding the suffering of others. The compassion you have has no room to judge the person who has hurt you, another person or the environment. Your critical mind will transmute into a soft blanketed presence that will simple accept "what is." 

We hurt ourselves more when we hold onto that anger. When we hold onto that discomfort that we get from another person, we are allowing ourselves to fall victim to unconscious behaviors. But when you can be patient, present and not focused on an outcome, a new heartily directive will emerge from your being. The desire to be "nice" will slowly dissipate from your consciousness. You can be honest and open without the concern of acting out of town or hurting someone's feelings. 

These small kind actions are at the heart of the change you want in the world. When you can radiate that kindness and be totally present without worrying about an outcome, you can have the potential to change the perspectives and behaviors of others. Nothing is too small. 

Helping someone carry their groceries. 
Paying for someone's meal or drink. 
Giving someone a free ride. 
Helping someone with directions. 
Going "out of your way" to help a friend or stranger in need. 

All these micro-actions are without any implications of trade-offs. When you recognize your own humanity, you will see it in others without any effort. 

Living with gratitude and not expecting something in return. This is where whole hearted living manifests. 

How will you implement kind actions into your life? 

Will you treat it like a to do list or simple live it? 

Being kind is not a competition. 
It is not about "fulfilling a task" or "checking a box". 

When you accept what is and accept yourself unconditionally and consistently, without the intention of achieving a "desired state", you are living a kind life. 

YOU must BE KIND to YOURSELF first. 


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Soil Yourself!

Soil Yourself.

    In between the rush hour traffic and the never ending train of compulsive thought, lies the disconnection from the giant magnet on which we reside. Thrusting forth through space, we are more interested in our mammalian hunger pains than the mere fact that we are electrified meat bags that have more connection to the earth than we know. When was the last time that you stepped outside in grass without your shows on? When was the last time you got yourself dirty “on purpose”? Remember playing in dirt? The sheer joy of feeling that warm soil in between your juvenile phalanges. The exhilaration of smelling that sweet intoxicating smell that arises from rolling around in oxygen giving phyto-nutrient plant structures. There is more to it than meets the eye.

    There is a modern trend of “grounding” or “earthing” that focuses on consciously allowing yourself to experience the energy and authenticity of the unmitigated ground beneath your feet. Before you cast your dirty hippie, Burning Man judgment, let’s simply take in this concept and absorb it as if we were absorbing dirty nutrients in between the toes of our bare feet.

GaƩtan Chevalier, Ph.D. from the Earthing Institute makes a pretty good case for Earthing.

"Modern lifestyle has disconnected us from this primordial charge. Earthing, also known as grounding, is the landmark discovery that the disconnect may make us more vulnerable to inflammation, pain, stress, poor sleep, and illness. Ongoing research is demonstrating clearly that reconnecting with the Earth upholds the electrical stability of our bodies and serves as a foundation for vitality, health, and healing. In an age of rampant chronic inflammation and disease, “grounding” ourselves provides a natural, simple yet powerful path to better health."

Chevalier makes a great correlation between the “electrical stability” of our bodies and the healing properties of the ecosystem around us. When we can understand our divisive thought processes, we can understand that we are doing a great disservice by not allowing us to truly experience what the earth has to offer us. Especially the main provider of abundance that we call soil. From soil arises, more specifically the top soil, the growth of food from seed. The nutrients play a vital part in fostering the growth and abundance of plants that nourish us and the animals that we choose to eat. The health of humanity begins with the health of the soil. When we see this, we can make more conscious choices on how we want to preserve the soil for generations onward.
Let us dig deeper ( pun intended ) into the values and qualities of soil. provides a wonderful explanation of the inherent importance of soil and how it affects us in this modern industrialized age.

“ People tend to emphasize benefits with the most direct, private economic value. In rural areas, this is usually plant growth especially as crops and rangeland, but also as recreation areas. In urban/suburban areas, the most direct economic benefits of soil relate to structural support for buildings, roads, and parking. Landscaping, gardening and parklands may also be valued economically.
Those are all on-site, short-term benefits. That is, the landowner who decides how to manage the soil also reaps the benefits (and costs) of those management decisions. In contrast, many important benefits are long-term or go beyond the land being managed. The landholders who make the management choices and pay the costs of managing land may not be the same people who are affected by the landholders decisions. Society should discuss the value of these off-site benefits and to what extent the land owner or society should pay to maintain these soil functions.”

Being aware of the soil and the treatment of the soil around us will open our eyes to the greater economic, moral and environmental impact we have on the world. The quality of our food affects the quality of our life. The quality of our environment and food also affects our relationships with other. Our relationship to the earth and the soil is vital in understanding relationships to other people. We have a great responsibility in looking out for what we put in our bodies and the people we interact and care about around us. How are we treating the soil now and how will it affect the quality of the soil in the future? Are we consciously trying to preserve the integrity of the soil or are we merely raping the land with modern agribusiness for the sake of profit and feeding the masses at a low cost?
How are we treating ourselves now? Are you consciously making choices that will benefit the well being of the “future you”?  Can you see how treating yourself correlates directly to the environment around you? The inner reflects the outer.

When we see the connection of the mental health of our environment, we can see how the earth can have the possibility to heal and rejuvenate diseases like depression, anxiety and internal pain. Consciousness of our inner environment will lead to the improvement of our outer environment.
So how can the earth help us deal with depression and other ailments?

Ker Than from Live Science makes a great case for how the earth can heal us.

“Exposure to friendly soil bacteria could improve mood by boosting the immune system just as effectively as antidepressant drugs, a new study suggests.

Researchers exposed mice to a harmless soil microbe called Mycobacterium vaccae and had the rodents perform a behavioral task commonly used to test the efficacy of antidepressant drugs.
The mice were placed in a large beaker of water for five minutes and watched to see how long they continued swimming and searching for an exit before giving up. The researchers found that the bacteria-exposed mice continued paddling around much longer than the control mice.”

Oh, how quick we are to forget the benefits of bacteria! We lived in an overly sanitized society that views germs as demonic plague without understanding the benefits of what bacteria can actually do. From scientific research, we can finally accurately point that earthing has some pretty vital benefits to human beings. It almost feels like we were meant to connect with the earth on a daily basis. Our lack of awareness is what keeps us from having fulfilling lives. Throw away that hand sanitizer and expose yourself to that helpful bacteria that will enhance your mood and boost your immune system. Who would have thought that by getting dirty, we could make ourselves more resilient to the bad bacteria that we so fear.

How does exposure to M.Vaccae affect the chemistry of our brains? What is happening that is is changing our overall physiology and chemical make up? Ker Than from LiveScience elaborates more on this information.

Human test

Results from the new study are similar to those from a medical trial a few years ago in which human cancer patients treated with the bacteriareported significant increases in their quality of life.
"M. vaccae is no longer being pursued as a treatment for cancer, because it didn't prolong life, but patients did report increases in things like vitality and cognitive function and decreases in pain," Lowry told LiveScience. Scientists still don't know how M. vaccae improves mood. "We don't know the mechanism. That's something that we would desperately like to know," Lowry said.
The researchers suspect, however, that the microbes are affecting the brain indirectly by causing immune cells to release chemicals called cytokines.

"We know that some of these cytokines can activate the nerves that relay signals from the body to the brain," Lowry said in a telephone interview.

Serotinin link
The stimulated nerves cause certain neurons in the brain to release a chemical called serotonin into the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain known to be involved in mood regulation, among other things.
"Only a very small number of neurons in the brain make serotonin, but they have massive branching projections to every part of the brain," Lowry said.
Scientists think the lack of serotonin in the brain is thought to cause depression in people.
Previous studies have linked early childhood exposure to bacteria to protection against allergies and asthma in adulthood. The new finding take this idea, called the "hygiene hypothesis," a step further, and suggests bacteria-exposure not only boosts our immune systems, but alters our vulnerability to conditions such as depression as well....
"These studies help us understand how the body communicates with the brain and why a healthy immune system is important for maintaining mental health," Lowry said. "They also leave us wondering if we shouldn't all be spending more time playing in the dirt."

From this research we can see that “dirt” can have a significant affect on our serotonin levels. In return, we actually elevate our moods and improve the overall being in the mind and body. This study also reinstates the the importance of exposing oneself to the necessary bacteria for thriving in the modern world.

Ideally, with the rising Opioid epidemic happening in the United States, should start seeking alternatives that stray away from prescriptions and pharmaceuticals. It may take many uncomfortable and inconvenient realizations to come to the conclusion that we may need more nature and interaction in our lives. It will take prioritization in order to have it make a significant impact in daily life. Your health, when taken as a primary priority in your life will dramatically influence your perception, energy and the ability to relax and thrive within the present moment.

Dirt can be the new drug.

John A. Jaksich from Decoded Science, delves deeper into the drug like influence of the microbial ecosystem of dirt.

“However, biochemical evidence seemed to be lacking. For example, we may ask the questions: Where is the agent (or molecule) that acts upon the serotonin receptors or GABA-receptors (gamma-amino butyric acid receptors) in the brain to produce this effect? Or, was  physical exercise the reason for the better mental health in those who experience improvement in mood?
Well, intriguing evidence has now surfaced that indicates certain soil microbes help relieve stress and combat depression. It is the ingestion of the microbes that promote well-being, and the microbes are viewed as possible adjuvants, substances that enhance the body’s immune response.
What can be said of the chemistry involved is that mycobacterium alters gut chemistry. In essence, the bacterium aids in the production of any one of the following bio-active molecules: butyric acid, propionic acid and acetic acid.

The molecules are not known to be primary neuro-active agents but affect the way the gut communicates with the brain. The augmented gut tells the brain to produce more gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) or serotonin (the agents affecting anxiety or depression).
When compensating for a lack of GABA or serotonin, the bacterium acts like a typical ‘anti-depressant.’  Researchers have compared the bacterium to the anti-depressant imipramine.”
So there is a natural alternative. It may not cure the most severe of depressions, but there is some awesomely accurate science to back up the claim."

Jaksich brings up some good evidence that correlates gut health with the bio-active molecules of soil. The current science has been buzzing about the importance of gut health and how it impacts cognitive function, mood and simply how we feel based on what we choose to put into our bodies. We may get some benefit from physically surrounding ourselves with soil, but how can it relate to what we eat? Should we being eating more things that come directly from the dirt? Like I have stated above, the food that we grow, which comprises of mostly all the “real food” we eat, is heavily influenced from the quality of the soil it is grown from? The tomato you choose to eat contains all the micro nutrients and bacteria from the dirt it was grown. This affects the overall quality of the tomato. When we can see things from a micro level and how it affects us on the same level, we will open our eyes to what needs to happen next. The blossoming of awareness will thrust us in control of our own future and physiology as multifaceted and malleable species we call the human race.

Soiling Our Diet

So we have analyzed what dirt can do to our bodies and minds and how it can influence the way we behave, but let’s take a short look into how we can make proactive change through the food we eat.
Fact: The soil holds so many nutrients necessary for us to function at our most healthy and optimal.
That steak you eat is heavily influenced by what it ate before it came a steak.
The quality of the grass is what determines the quality of that steak.
The quality of the grass is determined by the nutritive quality of the topsoil it was grown from.
That soil is influenced by the microbial atmosphere that thrives to keep the soil healthy, active and full of life!
It all depends on how we choose to take care of it.
Are we planting cover crops that restore nitrogen into the soil that allows the soil to still be teeming with life?
Or are we simply disregarding the topsoil importance and moving onto the next piece of vulnerably fertile land?

If we see the soil as our gut health and how big of an influence it has on our physiology, we can make big strides in consciously taking better care of the stuff that we so often and flippantly call “dirt”.
It is the circle of life. The cycle that is perpetuated by reproduction and decay. Our ancestors have set this world up for what we experience today. Dead animals and natural matter influence the micro-biome of the soil. Nature uses its magical efficiency to create more life from death. To perpetuate the existence of life as we know it. We tend to forget that we live in an astounding ecosystem that we participate in from the moment we are born and generations after we die. It is the transfer of energy and the miracle of biodiversity.

So, we know what nature eats. Now, What are we eating?

Dr. Axe, the author of Eat Dirt goes into the importance of “dirt” in our diet and health.

“Is eating dirt part of your diet? Before you get a bad taste in your mouth, consider this: If you were to take away the water in our bodies, you’d be left with mostly dirt. It’s true.
We’re made of 60 of the most abundant elements in the Earth’s crust, an amalgam of its elements, including oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus, with traces of potassium, sulfur, sodium, iron and magnesium. All of these elements come together to make a living, breathing human being.

Now, when I say “eat dirt,” I’m not ordering you to actually scoop up a handful of soil and eat it. (Well, not exactly.) True, ensuring you get daily micro-exposures to soil-based organisms in dirt and other plant life is important for your health. But I urge you to embrace the idea of “eating dirt” as a broader philosophy, an overarching principle I teach my patients when I talk to them about how to heal leaky gut syndrome and feel better again.”

Now you can see our place in this wonderful and awe-inspiring circle of life that we participate every day we wake up. As humans, we have the amazing ability to be conscious of what we put in our body. We can take in all this information and use it for the betterment of ourselves. When we choose to better ourselves and our “gut”, we are choosing to live as an example for the people around us. The people we love and care about. The people we think are strangers and the people we have written off as “bad”.

If we are so concerned on changing the social consciousness, we must start on a micro level and see how we are affecting the environment around us. With this gift of knowledge, we can take off our shoes and put our hands into dirt. We can go out of our way to drive out of town and run out into an open pasture. Feel the leaves of wild plants. Stick your fingers in wet mud and dry soil. Look at the seedlings and flowers that pop up from the plants we usually ignore. Smell the intoxicating smell of wet dirt and confidently appreciate the real dirt that nestles under our fingernails.
We now know that is is good for you.

So take a moment to breathe in.

Smell what is around you. The grass. The soil and all the pungent aromas from flowers and weeds. Take it all in and realize that you are part of it and not divorce from it. Reconnect. Feel the immense gratitude from the nature vibrations. So go do it.
Soil Yourself!


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