Posts Tagged ‘nature’

ARTICLE – Flowing with the Nature of Winter

Saturday, November 5th, 2011


Winter is the coldest season of the year in temperate climates, between autumn and spring.  At the Winter Solstice, the days are shortest and the nights are longest, with days lengthening as the season progresses after the solstice.  The winter has also been described as a period of time characterized by coldness, misery, barrenness, or death.
How do you stay in tune with the flow of cold, misery and death?
I am in Northern California writing this on November 1st,  and if you haven’t felt the shortening days of winter approaching yet, you certainly feel it now. The sunrise is noted at 7:35 am and the sunset at 6:11 pm on this date, as opposed to the longest day of the year (June 21st) with a sunrise at 5:48 am and sunset at 8:35 pm. That is more than 4 hours less daylight as we approach the shortest day of the year on December 21st. This is nature, and we have no control over getting the sun to rise or set at any other time.
If we are to flow with nature, what is this time of more darkness and more cold asking of our bodies and spirits?
Instinctively, it makes sense to get more rest and eat/drink warm foods during the colder and darker time of year.  The lack of sunlight sends a message to our bodies to slow down, as we see in nature with animals who hibernate until spring.  And yet November through December is a more active and social time for most people so there is a faster and more constant pace generated. The way our holidays are celebrated today with all the plans, parties, shopping, eating, etc, it makes it a more stressful period of time. 
How much more of your precious energy do you want to let slip away without being conscious of your body, mind and spirit’s needs during these slower and darker months?
Ruth Stout, an American author, writes, “There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you …..  In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself."
Some WINTER ways to flow with nature and connect with You.
Withdraw from activities that do not give you energy – even if it’s family (find a polite way to bow out)
Include drinking at least 2 cups of hot water every day
Nest in bed for an extra 1/2 hour in the morning
Tuck in bed a 1/2 hour earlier at night
Enter your day with a smile on your face
Rest your body by breathing deeply at least 30 seconds a day
Practice these WINTER ways and you will surely experience more peace, passion and pleasure, and create more harmony within and without.
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CBL SPECIAL: Organic Passion for the Native Seed with Dr. Vandana Shiva

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Dr. Vandana Shiva is Coach Betty's honored guest on this CBL Special Podcast edition. It was a thrill and pleasure to interview the Queen of the "Native Seed" Movement. Dr. Shiva, visiting from India, spoke to an audience filled with fans and supporters at Dominican University in San Rafael, California on Wednesday evening.  Her opening remarks were, "There is so much to celebrate, but we are in a mess."

Her passionate message focuses on banning all chemical fertilizers and returning to organic gardening and the native seed. Her view is that the native seed is going through a holocaust as Corporations are controlling seed supply.  Over 250,000 Indian Farmers have committed suicide because of large indebtedness to these Corporations. Her call to action was directed at each individual as she said, "Things change because the fear disappears." Dr. Shiva urged women to take back the control of food for the future of our planet.

She has recently been named one of the 7 most influential women in the world by Forbes Magazine. Click on her name below for this 8 minute interview.

Vandana Shiva

One of the world's most renowned environmentalists, Dr. Vandana Shiva is the founder of Navdanya, an international movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seeds, and the promotion of organic farming and fair trade. A global thinker, scientist and acclaimed author on the issues of food access, production and distribution, Dr. Shiva sits on the National Board of Organic Standards of India and Prince Charles panel of experts on Sustainable Agriculture, and also chairs the Commission on the Future of Food in Italy.

Trained as a Physicist with a Ph.D. on the subject of Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory from the University of Western Ontario in Canada, Dr. Shiva has received honorary Doctorates from University of Paris, University of Western Ontario, University of Oslo and Connecticut College. In 2003 she was named an environmental her by Time Magazine.

To learn more about Dr. Shiva and her fabulous work… and

"The future of our world depends on how we steward our land, soil, water, and seeds, and pass them on to future generations."

- Dr. Vandana Shiva

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Motel Del Rogue Inside Out

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

When you are traveling through the beautiful state of Oregon, we highly recommend a stop overnight at the Motel Del Rogue in the Rogue River Valley near Grants Pass.  Kevin, Constance and Sylvia are the family who run the place and they are extremely welcoming and warm. The rooms are homey.  All the pictures you see in this blog for the last week were taken from a trail next to our riverside room.  November is a beautiful month with Autumn colors abound.

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Slowing Down Inside and Out

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Women on Air want to remind you to slow down and notice the world around you. We have a few pictures below to help you slow down and appreciate the beauty of the autumn next to the Rogue River in Grants Pass, Oregon. These were taken right outside the Motel Del Rogue (more on that tomorrow) while Women on Air have been inside capturing tips and stories to share with our listeners for greater peace, passion and pleasure in our lives!

Stay tuned for more on that and other great interviews coming up in November and December!

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Nature Inside and Out

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Nature reflects life…once we get past our barriers, then life begins to flow.  Enjoy whatever beauty surrounds you today.  Life is lived in the moments…make some beautiful moments by noticing your surroundings.

Check out these additional shots of the Rogue River (below).  Bring the beauty and peace of nature to your inside today…these shots are a reminder that all is well in the world…how is your river of life flowing today?

Women on Air have another radio show broadcast coming up the end of November with special guests Donna Sheehan and Paul Reffell, evolutionary behaviorists who have written a fascinating book “Redefining Seduction.”

Stay tuned!

The beauty of nature...

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