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    Daily Rituals Our daily habits determine how successful we are in life and who we become. What we put into our minds determines our outlook on life. To help me grow and be positive there are some things I try to do every day. Those are: Be grateful – when you first wake up in the morning, think of some things that you are grateful for such as your family, friends, job (it may not be the one you want but many people don’t have one), your health, your favourite food or treat, etc. If you have difficulty with this, start with small things and you will be surprised how…

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    Celebrating the Earth   This past month was known as Earth Month and is a time to celebrate all that the earth provides for us. This combination of earth, air, fire and water provides the ideal conditions for life to flourish. The biodiversity of the earth and the interactions between different species is remarkable.     As spring progresses, life emerges and everywhere we look, something new appears. The more we notice the little things, the more we have an appreciation for the earth as a whole and how important it is to coexist with all living things. It’s essential to our survival.     Every great dream begins with…

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    Air – The Breath of Life   It’s all around us, we can’t live without it and we often take it for granted.  Air can represent the power of the mind and communication. While meditating, imagine it taking away the negative and bringing you positive, healing energy from the earth.   Human activities are changing the air we breathe and not for the better. Many of the things we do produces air pollution. The main contributor for air contaminants is the burning of fossil fuels. Fossil fuels such as vehicle emissions, industrial emissions, coal and gas-fired power plants and wood burning for heating or waste disposal. The majority of air…

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    Water for Life   Water is one of the five elements and sacred in so many ways. It brings life, promotes healing and purification. Water is important for most living things, without it humans would perish. We rely on water for our bodies in various ways such as regulating pH, digestion, transporting oxygen and nutrients to cells, removing waste, lubricating joints, electrolyte balance, temperature regulation and much more. Not only do we ingest it, we also use it for cooking, washing, cleaning, recreation and growing food.     About 70% of the earth’s surface is water and that amount stays relatively the same each year as the water gets recycled.…

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    Falling in Love with Autumn   We are well into autumn and many of us will be preparing for the winter months soon. I find this time of year festive and pretty with the leaves changing colours. With the cooler temperatures I find I stay indoors more often than I am outside. To help embrace the change in season and get outside, here are some ideas:   Go for a hike and bring your camera to capture all the beautiful colours.   Go apple picking and bake something yummy like apple pie or apple coffee cake muffins!     Clean up the garden or yard outside. Put away outdoor furniture,…

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    What I Learnt About My Ecological Footprint   I recently took an ecological footprint quiz to see how big my footprint really was. Thinking that it would be pretty low compared to others as we recycle a lot and are environmentally conscious. Did I get a wake up call! Despite the fact that we recycle, have less than one garbage bin a week, compost, have compact fluorescent bulbs, energy efficient appliances and turn things off when not using them, we are still using a lot of resources.   The purpose of calculating your footprint is to measure humanity’s demand on nature and to see how much ’nature’ our lifestyle requires.…

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    Nature Quotes to Inspire You   There is new life in the soil for every man. There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits, there is strength in the hills, if only we will lift up our eyes. Remember that nature is your great restorer. ~ Calvin Coolidge Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~ Albert Einstein Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~ Albert Einstein   Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it.…

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    Just off the Trail For many of us hiking and walking along nature trails is nothing new. We enjoy the energy and clarity it brings while admiring the plant and animal life around us. But how much do you really see? We know there’s more out there but only see a small portion of it. Some things I’ve learnt from my biology field trips is there’s much more beyond what we initially see and it’s closer than we think. Sometimes all you have to do is look down or just off the trail. Start by walking along one of your favourite paths, one that’s preferably out of the city limits.…

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    Nature’s Benefits We know we feel good when in nature but what other health benefits are there to being outdoors? Studies have found that our stress, blood pressure and resting heart rate are all significantly lower during a 15 minute nature walk than during a 15 minute city walk. The average American spends at least eight hours a day looking at an electronic screen and when we get home stressed and frazzled, we often try to unwind in front of the TV. Research has shown that this only makes us more moody. Since we spend so much time in a technology-driven society, we become more aggressive, distracted, depressed and overweight.…

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    Spring Renewal   After the long winter months, the quiet has finally lifted. Nature has woke and with it a fury of activity. Branches become lush with new leaves, the birds sing for a mate, flowers spring up from the earth and the insects are buzzing. It’s a time for the emergence of animals from hibernation and the birth of new ones. The lengthening days of spring stimulate growth hormones in many animals. In male deer these hormones stimulate the growth of antlers in the spring and early summer. This is the time of year where everything is fresh and new again. Where we can release that which is weighing…