Hello Everyone! I hope you have all been enjoying your summer. Mine has been busy with gardening, weeding, picking-off (by hand) jumbo tomato horn worms from my tomato plants, and squashing the hoards of Japanese beetles that invaded my back-40. My vegetable and wild blackberry harvest has been quite good considering the lack of rain. I can't really water my garden too much as I have a small well. Too much watering renders muddy water in my house tap and shower. Not pleasant! My cats wonder why their bowl water is murky with brown sediment and look up at me wide-eyed and curious.
Just two weeks ago, I completed the final edit of my upcoming book, "Hands-On Healing Remedies" - due out in November. I can't wait to see it in print. Keep an eye out for it. I'll announce it on my Facebook page, complete with a cover photo, and again in upcoming blogs.
Today's blog will be a bit of a departure from my regular rantings on natural health and beauty. I am a member of NEHA (Northeast Herbal Association - www.northeastherbal.org) and in the latest Summer 2012 issue of their Journal, page 18, there is a list full of "words of wisdom" that I must share with you. It is sage advice. Basic, yet profound - that will be of benefit to all who read it. Plus, I've added a few of my own rules that I live by, followed by a Buddhist prayer. I hope you enjoy and absorb what you read.
Native American Ten Commandments
1. The Earth is our Mother, care for her.
2. Honor all your relations.
3. Open your heart and soul to the Great Spirit.
4. All life is sacred; treat all beings with respect.
5. Take from the Earth what is needed and nothing more.
6. Do what needs to be done for the good of all.
7. Give constant thanks to the Great Spirit for each new day.
8. Speak the truth; but only of good in others.
9. Follow the rhythms of nature; rise and retire with the sun.
10. Enjoy life's journey, but leave no tracks.
Three Additional Rules from Me
1. Always give thanks before every meal.
2. For the best health, eat local and with the seasons.
3. Observe the Golden Rule - makes for good Karma . . . "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
"May you dwell in the heart.
May you be free of suffering.
May you be healed.
May you know the joy of your own true nature.
May you be at peace."
Until next time . . . . may you be happy, healthy, and whole. Be well my friends!