Happy New Summer Precious One!
On my run yesterday I stopped to enjoy the massive wild rose bushes lining the back of a nearby park.
I’ve learned over the years that every time I take even just a couple of minutes to consciously connect to the nature around me — whether that be walking through a creek, catching snowflakes on my tongue, or watching a squirrel hide nuts — I always gain something. This time was no exception.
In less than five minutes with the wild roses, I gleaned all sorts of gems…
I noticed that all the bees seemed to migrate not to the new blossoms but to the older blooms. I like to think this is because the older roses are more open and giving and their nectar has had a chance to grow sweeter…much like some humans as they age. As a woman navigating her forties, this was an empowering concept to contemplate.
I also observed that one of the rose bushes was situated mostly in the shade and it looked very different from the other bushes. It wasn’t as big and sprawling, but the flowers on it were more beautifully vivid. This reminded me of the importance of acknowledging both our shadow and light in creating a rich life experience.
And THE most important thing I gleaned from my nature stop… The way bumblebees wiggle their behinds when they’re pollinating a flower is BEYOND cute. 😉
Summer is the perfect time to deepen your relationship with nature and, in doing so, deepen your relationship with yourself. My homework for you this week is to take a few extra minutes outside to really tune into the flora and fauna around you and ask the question: “What does nature have to teach me in this moment?”
I’d love to hear what comes up for you. Come join the convo on my Facebook page!
Here’s to a sweet, expansive summer, M’Dear!
“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”
~ Rachel Carson
On June 28 I’ll be fasting for 30 hours as part of our Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank‘s big fundraiser of the year — #Fast4Hunger.
A year and half ago I helped start up the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank. The idea was to offer healthy, cruelty-free, and eco-conscious food to those under the poverty line. We thought it was important for the food bank system to reflect the city’s diverse diets and needs. Food banks are used by people who are already incredibly down on their luck and feeling desperate…we didn’t want them to also have to compromise their health or their ethics when they were already in such a vulnerable place.
Pretty well immediately we had people lined up around the block to use the food bank. By the one year mark we were serving groceries monthly to almost 200 people…from folks with diabetes or cancer whose doctors had told them they needed to switch to a plant-based diet to students barely scraping by to refugees brand new to Canada and struggling to start their life here.
It has truly become a labor of love to be able to help folks through one of the hardest times in their life. I sat with a woman the other day who was a social worker that lost her job due to a mental health issues. I could tell she was a proud woman, but she broke down and cried with me because it was the first time she’d had to use a food bank and was so thankful for the support and understanding. My friend Anna was telling me how one client remarked to her that she couldn’t remember the last time she had piece of fruit and how another woman she was collecting groceries with had to pause over the broccoli and green peppers because the thought of fresh greens brought her to tears.
We need as much help keeping the food bank going for those who rely dearly on it. Please CLICK HERE to donate to my personal #Fast4Hunger page and watch an awesome little video we did about the food bank.
LIFE REBOOT ON HIATUS UNTIL SEPTEMBER
My last Life Reboot Program before the fall just ended and I will only be doing private coaching through the summer. If you’re interested in the Life Reboot Program in-person in Toronto, mark your calendars. I have new programs starting Sept. 27 and 28 and running for 7 weeks.
I’m honored to be one of the “status-quo crushers” featured in Deb Ozarko’s new book Unplug: 26 People Share How They Recharge and Reconnect to Passion, Presence and Purpose
This is a book that inspires readers to unplug from their programming and into their deepest expression of who they are. And I’m in the most gorgeous of company including Seane Corn, Gene Baur, Jo-Anne McArthur, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Rich Roll, Dr. Will Tuttle, & Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.
Check out Deb’s awesome work to awake more consciousness and love in this world.
“We need the tonic of wildness, to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground.”
– Henry David Thoreau