That's right. I declare your body lovely.
Whatever aches, ills or unusualities ;-) you may have, your body is working well enough to power your act of reading and considering this post. It's quite an unacknowledged feat all that must happen within you, physiologically, to simply surf online. Let alone fuel physically demanding activities.
So, it never hurts to applaud the many symphonies playing throughout your body's impressive systems:
Homeostasis is what keeps all these things in working, balanced order. And cannabinoids support homeostasis.
Among many other wonderful things, cannabis is also an essential super-nutrient. Essential? Yes. Why else would our bodies be designed with cannabinoid RECEPTORS, if we didn't, to some degree, NEED TO RECEIVE cannabinoids? And what's the cost of NOT GETTING A NEEDED SUPER-NUTRIENT?
Epic displays of depression, obesity, fatigue, cancer and a host of auto-immune diseases, perhaps? Cannabinoids are foundational to holistic health. Their absence from our diet -- the lack of their support to our physiological systems -- shows up in a less-than-vibrant majority.
I love every part of the cannabis plant. Including the easily recognized, but never smoked, cannabis leaf:
This leaf is considered waste by many growers, but it's actually a bulk of the plant's wealth. The 15-minute video below is worthy of your time and attention. It shows the therapeutic power that's loaded in cannabis leaves:
I became aware of my own nutritional/cannabidnoid deficiency by these two occurrences:
One night, I confessed this odd, weed-eating habit to a friend. Thankfully, he shared that quirk with anarchist farmers in town who grow cannabis organically, and have an excess of their crops' leaves.
For some reason I can't understand, the leaf does not have the same commercial value as do the buds. When you buy flower in medical or black markets, the leaf has been separated from the bud, which is why I had never even seen one before, in real life! But generous folks that they are, they gifted me with a nice supply of fresh, green wonder. I've been adding it to my soups, salads and smoothies ever since:
GROWERS, please re-consider your output of this amazing leaf. It is far too nutritionally rich to go unused. Maybe you know someone who suffers from arthritic pain, digestive issues, or general malaise. Why not share this post, and your 'waste' with them? Or incorporate more of it into your own diet? Or juice it, bottle it, and add it as a secondary business. Become a health speaker, and share this buried truth loudly and widely. Let your healing, entrepreneurial imagination run wild. And put the leaf to good use.
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I'm available by appointment HERE.
In this video, I talk about relational honesty and:
* What it is to be an empath.
* Why it's so important for empaths to know how to anchor themselves.
* Why it's so important for empaths to know how to sort their feelings from others'.
* What it means to be HONEST in relationships, and the gift that honesty brings.
* What it means to be POLITE in relationships, and the gift that politeness cancels.
The more we grow and mature ourselves in freedom,
the more we crave REAL connection with each other.
Honesty is what it costs.
Joy, peace and love is what it pays.
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Lairs. Superheros have them. Wild animals have them.
They are NEEDED in chaos, and in jungles.
And we are smack dab in the center of both.
Gotham-like mayhem. Rapid. Rabid. Designed
to wear minds down, and burn hearts out.
A secret, private, resting place of your very own
helps you stay rooted in compassion, objectivity
and wise action. Whether you are a busy mommy,
hustlin' entrepreneur or committed activist, you can
find the time, and the access, to this place inside you.
Yesterday I was talking with a friend (she's 7), and she recited the days of the week.
Each time she started, she said, "Monday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday..." and then we'd crack up laughing.
"Wow, life must be great when you'd choose TWO Mondays in one week!" I joked.
Of course she didn't understand what I meant... but I bet you might?
Are you now, or have you ever been, at a point in life where Monday represented separation from where you'd rather be... disconnection from what you'd rather be doing?
Many people live with deep resentment/dread of Mondays because (for traditional business schedules), it commences a lie. Or if that word feels too extreme, it starts a compromised reality we feel trapped in due to financial obligations.
Freedom eats that compromise, and restores ownership of yourself, to yourself. On every day of the week. In every circumstance. Thanks for the reminder, Meta. I needed it. <3
these truncated lines
are built with the spines
of words meant to stand
in the liberated land
between your ears
beyond your fears
through your tears
can you hear?
a call to More
than the media's roar?
if we only read what was
rather than write what can be
who really controls
not a blue, or a red
a cop, thug, or fed
your future is YOURS,
made with the thoughts
in your head.
the thoughts in your head;
what are they making?
are they carrying their weight?
or are they just taking
up precious space
behind your face,
causing you worry,
and hiding real grace?
they are ABLE
to change material circumstance
without the old school song and dance.
so would you try, and take a chance
on envisioning more beauty,
don't just count dead bodies.
makers ain't morticians.
we don't embalm.
written in a certain way
to change the direction
of co-opted ways.
The random key to my current front door reminded me...
... of a phrase I saw in a dream: "This is the house that defiance built."
I was studying permaculture and earthen-building at the time, because I wanted to flee the city, head to a dense, mossy forest, and live in monastic peace.
So I listened to Jack Spirko's Survival Podcasts. Got my certifications. And took very seriously the idea of self-responsibility.
I was gonna be a new kind of pioneer woman, and everyone knew about my intended hand-sculpted, solar-powered, earthen dome home... designed with genius regenerative properties. And edible landscaping. And fields of cannabis!
And all those things may still come to pass, but I realize now my dream wasn't really about home-ownership, but self-ownership. And for that, defiance is needed.
Owning yourself requires defiance.
Defiance is the only appropriate response to oppression, enslavement or tyranny.
To defy is to refuse to obey, or to resist.
Unless you are harming another, no one has a right to force their will upon you. Yet we have come to EXPECT constant interference. Instead of *objecting* to the creeping intrusion of the State, we *normalized* it.
And that is why defiance is needed.
To reverse the routine trampling of your will. To revive, rather than regulate, your relationship with plants, rainwater and the sun. To cease the theft of your taxes, which fund deep and wide investments in death, via authorized assassins, weapons, wars and prisons.
We are encouraged to fear each other, and keep distance. Please, don't. Defy division. Defy the temptation to exaggerate the menacing qualities of "them," and the admirable qualities of "us."
From behind that green door, guarded by wild Bouganville and Birds of Paradise, I'll have more to say about personal liberation, and the plants that help us get out of our own cognitive way. In the meantime, Google "self-ownership." Let the ideas sink in deeply. Within you, they'll start the right kind of peaceable fire.