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Sept/Oct, 2018 Issue

Picture this… It’s a cool autumn morning in the Oregon forestlands. The wandering dirt trail, towering evergreens, and lush ferns create a Pintrest-ready image of serenity. Now insert the addition of a five-year-old whining, “I hate this!”

Keeping the feeling of ease, even with other people

Sometimes life feels easier to me when I’m alone.

Ahh.. the ease of meditation and journaling when I’m by myself.

Or, happily enjoying the day without screaming children, rude strangers, or stressed-out loved ones.

This is tricky, though, because my life (like most other’s) involves other people! And, truthfully, I like having other people around.

What I don’t like is when I believe that they need to change or go away for me to feel peaceful. That doesn’t feel good.


Intentions, Healing and the Power of Eight

Did you know that YOU are a healer?

Without any training you can heal another through the power of your intentions. AND — you benefit from holding this intention as well.

Yup, AND there’s research to back this up — lots of it.

The latest research I’ve found is from Lynne McTaggart, well known for “The Field” and “The Intention Experiment,” who’s latest book, “The Power of Eight” describes the occurrence of miraculous healings just through people sending their loving thoughts to another.

Listen to this Rune Soup podcast I found where Lynne tells the whole story.


Getting a little help from your friend, nature

Did you know that walking in nature vs urban environments makes it easier to quiet the part of the brain that ruminates, or beats yourself up?

A Stanford study also found that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression.

But, what if a walk in the woods is not easy to come by?

Look for ways to connect with nature in all sizes, from urban parks to house plants.

Then, pay attention to details, like color, scent, or texture. This focus will help you be more present with nature of all sizes.

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Mincing garlic just got a whole lot easier

I love garlic, but mincing garlic is not my favorite thing, until I found this little gadget. It’s the Vibe Chef’n garlic chopper.

You just load the garlic into the circle and then roll it back and forth while it minces it up inside! Super easy. It’s a must use tool in this house for cooking the Detox Immune-Boosting Chicken Soup featured too.

Plus, if you have a youngster who likes to help in the kitchen, this is a great way to get them chopping without the risk of losing fingers.

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Cozy up with an immune-boosting chicken soup

My heart pangs a little every year as summer ends and the rainy season begins.

But it only takes one colorful tree to get me ready for crockpots, scarves, and the pumpkin patch! This recipe by Eat Yourself Skinny is a delicious way to kick off fall with a little immune boost to boot.

I make it in the crockpot for extra ease (just leave the kale until the very end).

And don’t be afraid of the 10 cloves of garlic! They add so much flavor to the broth without slaying out a vampire.

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The not-to-miss stand-up special on Netflix

This comedian has definitely dealt with people, but beyond people being irritating.

Hasan Minhaj of "The Daily Show" shares personal stories about racism, immigrant parents, prom night horrors, being Muslim in the United States and more in this stand-up special.

He is a genius at finding humor in painful stories and one of the best storytellers I’ve seen.

You might hold your breath in one moment and laugh in the next, but every moment of it is worth the ride.