Heal the World and… Hope

This video was part of the Daily Good e-mail that was in my inbox this morning.  On this day which is heavily tinged with sadness for many of us I wanted to share this little glimmer of hope.  You might want to be sure you have a box of tissues handy.  I cried the first time I watched it and I also cried when I showed it to Bob.

Video from KarmaTube

Call to Prayer

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

This is a time in the United States and the world when all lightworkers and prayer warriors are needed.  I live in a rather remote area and at the present time am not able to travel, but I can pray.  I can join with others to cause the energy to shift in ways that will change the world.  We do not pray to try to tell God what the outcome should be.  We pray to bring the light into the world and situations where it is needed.  We do not limit the power of God which may bring forth miracles we cannot even imagine.

We only take actions that are firmly rooted and grounded in prayer.  Even our most well intentioned, best laid plans will fail if we do not follow God.

There is power in prayer.  Please join me in praying/meditating in whatever way you may be led — silence, spoken word, traditional prayers, dance or other ways of connecting to the Divine “presence that is never an absence” in the words of Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith.

Thought for Today

Bird's Eye View Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins
Bird’s Eye View
Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

“Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.” –Albert Schweitzer, theologian and medical doctor

Eat Well to Live Well

I used to hang out online with people who were trying to be live frugally.  I always thought I could pinch a penny till it squealed, but some of these people were extreme in their methods as well as the beliefs that were driving them to save as much and spend as little as possible.  Those groups and I eventually parted ways and the general attitude toward food was a major reason.  Many believed it doesn’t matter what you eat and food was an area where you could really cut your spending.

If you know me at all you know I am all about health and wellness.  I do have a budget.  I do make a shopping list while checking the grocery ads.  I’m the person who stands in the grocery aisles actually doing the math trying to figure out the best deal.  But our budget is built realistically to purchase fresh fruits and veggies, minimally processed meats and other healthy, naturally gluten free foods.  This comes from our belief that you can spend money on healthy food or you can spend money on doctors.  We prefer to spend on food.

In addition to my other responsibilities I am essentially a homemaker, making a safe and healthy home for Bob and I.  Grocery shopping, meal planning and cooking are part of my “job.”  And, strange as this may sound in todays world, I actually like to cook.  So taking the time needed to cook from scratch instead of grabbing convenience foods is something I don’t mind doing.  At least most of the time.  When my other responsibilities are piling up and I barely have time to breathe I do mind and the crock pot gets called into service.

So why am I talking about all this now?  Well it’s January, and the beginning of a new year is a time when people seem to be talking, thinking and planning about food.  Many resolutions will be food or weight related.  Others will be looking at ways to save money and cut the budget.

While all this is going on there are a few things I would like you to consider:

  1. Food is fuel.  If the body does not have adequate, quality fuel it will not function properly.
  2. Staying healthy saves not only on doctor bills, lost time from work but also on pain and suffering.
  3. If you really do want to lose weight ask your healthcare professional to help you come up with healthy, reasonable plan.  Don’t be taken in by all the fad diets and cleanses being promoted this time of year.
  4. Don’t forget to move.  Get up out of your chair, walk, climb stairs, play with the kids, dance, whatever strikes your fancy, just move.
  5. Remember the phrase “all things in moderation.”  You will pay for that starvation diet and obsessive physical training later  — with your health.  Those things are not sustainable and never last anyway.
  6. Remember being healthy is a way of life.  Find a balanced lifestyle plan that works for you and live it.