Thursday, September 13, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
|Long Pond September 2012|
After two weeks of rain which included the effects of Hurricane Isaac, this is what our pond looks like. See that oily residue on the top of the pond? That's been present now for about a week since the rain stopped and as the water level lowers.
This is what happens after every major rain. Our pond does its job. It's a storm water retention pond that receives all the road run off. As yucky as it is to look at right now, our pond helps keep our intracoastal waterway and ocean a bit cleaner. The pond and surrounding plants & land serve as a sponge - soaking up and filtering toxins.
In our own bodies, we have a similar watery pond that filters toxins - our liver. Over the summer, I have been conducting a series of body cleanses. This latest one requires me to take a strong tincture of cinnamon, cloves, peppermint, oregano, orange, grape root & pau d'arco. You think with that combination, I would smell like a bakery in the Fall. Instead, I stink! I am now bathing at least two times a day.
|Cormorant in Long Pond|
Encouraging wildlife into our backyard has been a 16 year project! When we first moved in, the entire back side of the pond was regularly mowed. Over the years, we allowed the natural vegetation to return creating a riparian zone. The riparian zone provides an important wildlife corridor in our backyard for bobcat, raccoons, and alligators. These animals have provided hours of enjoyment for us to witness them in their habitat. As I write these words tonight, a giant Luna Moth landed on my office window. I have seen so much from this window. I have witnessed a hawk swoop down and kill a snake, otters eating fish on the banks, and crows buzzing an owl.
|Giant Luna Moth at Window|
The current film on our pond reminds me to continue to clean up my act. There's more we can do to decrease the toxic load on our earth's waterways as well as the toxic load in our own internal waterways. One simple thing is to change cleaning products. Here's a basic recipe for making your own general household cleaner.
Combine in a spray bottle the following:
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 3 TB isopropyl alcohol
- 1 tsp. tea tree oil
- 10 drops another essential oil of your choice like lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, orange, etc.
Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water.
I use this cleaner all over my house from kitchens, to bathrooms, to Yoga mats. Join me and make a small change. And while we work on cleaning up our act, silently, the pond continues to filter, just like our livers - making our home the sanctuary where life thrives.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
I can envision a few adult Merit Badges from my current family life. One would be a Mouth Merit Badge. I see a mouth with tape over it - for learning to keep my mouth shut as my children share their lives with me - resisting my urge to lecture and make everything a lesson. Mouth Badge could also serve for all the times I didn't scream even when I felt like it. I think I could also easily earn a Money Merit Badge - for providing income that supports our ability to own a home and put food on the table. Definitely, I have earned a Mop Merit Badge for all the messes I cleaned up that I didn't create.
What about you? What adult Merit Badges have you earned?
We all desire to have someone else recognize what we have achieved. The badges, certificates, and trophies have meaning. They help us define our selves.
At some point, I cut off all the badges from my Girl Scout sash. I can not recall when or why. That's reaching too far back into my childhood hard drive. As an adult, I can tell you the year that I dismantled my office "glory wall" with all my TV writing & producing awards. It was when I turned 40.
Every so often, my production work comes up during family dinner. My kids think all I do is talk on the phone, type on the computer, and teach movement (that is really all I do!). My children remain surprised by the "power people" I have interviewed and know on a first name basis. Tonight at dinner, my son was stating that if he started name dropping who his mom knows and the work she's done then maybe he'll earn "cred" (read: credentials for those over 40) in the classroom with his buds. My husband and I quickly squashed our son's idea with a parental wisdom lecture.
What about you? What do you still desire to learn? What are you seeking? What's your next Merit Badge?
And then after earning the Badge, are you willing to cut it off from your sash? Can you detach from it? Are you able to find a way to enjoy the learning with out the outward symbol or degree that others recognize? Are you able to freely give away what you learned & earned with no desire of a return to you?
As an adult, I recognize that others may differ in their political opinions and belief system - and true Peace comes from an unconditional acceptance and unconditional love of "other" of the folks "not like me." And my Teacher tells me, I have to love the least desirable - the ones whose names I wouldn't "drop" at a party - the ones who society labels dirty, despicable, undesirable. My Teacher tells me I must be fully of service to the orphans, widows, the dis-spirited, the downtrodden. Those who are unable to pay or re-pay me for my work, these are who I am counseled to remain honored to humbly and quietly serve.
There is no Merit Badge for this. It loses its value and satisfaction if you wear this type of achievement on your sash. Join me to quietly do the work we are each called to do.