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by Patricia C. Coleman, Bloomington, IN
What is healing?
That point in the journey
When we move from fearing our pain or suffering,
Trying to numb it or make it disappear,
To being able to sit with it and investigate
Thereby finding the root of it.
Then, when it leaves it is truly gone.
It does not come back over and over
Like it did when we feared it.
is true healing,
Not a Band-Aid.
News With an Edge
- You can find lots ofherbal and gardening resources listed in the Indiana
Holistic Health Directory
or a direct line to Indiana gardens, Farmers
Markets, Plant Data Bases, Virtual Gardens, Indiana Gardens, Gardens, and Herbal
this will take you to Earthday
resources,and a lot more
Virtual Garden -
Visit the Missouri
Botanical Gardens -
while there check out the Rare Book
to Drop Genetic Labeling
MEXICO CITY Mexico has become the first importer country to agree to drop US-backed
standards for labelling genetically modified grains, a move activists said this
week was a violation of Mexican law and a threat to native maize varieties.
pact appeared to mark a victory for the US position in favour of loosening or
dropping label requirements, and suggested that Mexico had not only been won over
entirely on the issue, but had also agreed to help the US lobby for such rules
in world forums.
last year, Mexico signed a tripartite agreement with the US and Canada another
big grain exporter and user of biotech crops which allows into Mexico maize shipments
with as much as 5% of genetically modified organisms with a label that says only
that the shipments "may contain" genetically modified organisms.
African states facing food shortages have refused modified maize as food aid,
sparking criticism. Sapa-AFP
Trade Chocolate: What You Need to Know
The Gift of Love
American consumers are expected to spend over $12 billion
on Valentine's Day this year, according to the National Retail Federation. America
is the world's largest chocolate consumer, and in 2000 alone, they consumed 3.3
billion pounds of chocolate. The Chocolate Manufacturers Association predicts
more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold this Valentine's
Day. Why then is the picture so bleak for most of the world's cocoa farmers who
grow the crop that becomes everybody's favorite candy?
is Poetry Month!
Click to Read:
Deborah L. Shelton
--Some doctors find poetry can treat wounds that medicine
can't always reach.
can't tell you how many times patients have come in and said a poem has changed
their understanding of the experience [of their illness]," said Rafael Campo,
MD, assistant professor of internal medicine at Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical
Center. "Poetry has the power to say that others have been through this,
that you can live with it too."
is wonderful Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making
by John Fox
- Need a little help to get started? Try your hand at poem
making by visiting the
Bag section of this web site.
feeling is that poetry is also a healing process, and that when a person tries
to write poetry with depth or beauty, he will find himself guided along paths
which will heal him, and that is more important, actually than any of the poetry
he writes." --Robert Bly
& Poetry, and The Spoken Word can empower individuals and communities. Words
can unite, uplift, teach, build communities, inspire, and heal.
The Immune System With Yoga
Jeff Migdow, M.D. / YogaSite.com
Yoga postures, pranayama, relaxation and
meditation are powerful tools for helping to stimulate or calm the immune response
depending on the situation. Increased allergy symptoms indicate that your immune
system is working overtime. A stuffy nose, ears and sinuses, inflamed eyes, headaches,
sore throat and difficulty breathing are all caused by the mucus-producing process
of the inmmune system attacking innocuous invaders. Through relaxation, the nervous
system can tell the immune system to settle down and stop attacking the foreign
bodies, which are naturally cleared out in a non-allergic person by sneezing once
or twice a day. When the immune system backs off, inflammation and mucus decrease
and symptoms diminish. Practicing any yoga posture in a relaxing way with slow
deep breathing and the intention to let go and relax the nervous system can be
very beneficial in decreasing the symptoms of allergies.
RISES UP AND OUT FROM THE CENTER OF MY BEING!
Discover the physics of kickflips and noseslides in
Skateboard Science. Journey to mars, check out math and science across cultures
Peaceful Parenting Newsletter
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in our world is in an extreme state of crisis.
As citizens of the world we need to keep informed about what is being negotiated
in trade agreements. Access to adequate clean water is a human right! What is
the state of clean water in your community? Who owns it and what is its health.
-Here is an interesting fact-
- You can drink over 4,000 glasses
of tap water for the price of a six-pack of soda. Source: Brita, "Water Facts",
FOR AN OVER-VIEW OF WATER PRIVITIZATION
-Public Citizen site for Water
for All Campaign
Water Action - a cnational citizen's organization working for clean, safe, and
CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS
22 - April 28, 2004 - Shamanic Journaling Women's Collage and Writing Retreat
with Carol Bridges - 812-988-0873May 29 & 30, 2004 - Women Create - Carol
Bridges - 812-988-0873
23, 7:00 P.M. Runcible Spoon Poetry Series Celebrates National Poetry Month. Click
out the Poetic Medicine Calendar
April 2, 3, 4
The Farm Experience
Weekend - An opportunity to discover the inner workings of life in community,
inspiring you to take the next step to follow your dreams.
28, 29, 30
The Community's Conference & Activist Summit - Bringing together
the Fellowship of Intentional Communities, and leaders in ecovillage design, alternative
lifestyle and political movements for an intense and information filled exchange.
Last year's Memorial Day Weekend event was an astounding success, with over 200
people working together to change the future...and we still had energy to rock
out on Saturday night!
12-14, April 18-20, April 30 - May 2, and May 30 - June 1
The Leadership School
- VisionQuest Workshops - The PeaceMakers Series workshops focus on outlining
your life's purpose - completing the past and setting your intention for the future.
The battle of the peaceful warrior is always with the self.
your goal is to take positive steps toward creating a life that fulfills your
soul, then we urge you to come to The Farm in Summertown , Tennessee this spring
for one of our much anticipated weekend events.
Farm event organizers work very hard to help you maximize your experience. Whether
you are in search of intense connections or a chance to taste the peace and freedom
that comes from a liberated lifestyle, we guarantee that you will leave fulfilled
and with a clearer vision of your path.
course these are only some of the many events held on The Farm throughout the
spring summer and fall. Many of the workshops during the above weekends are introductions
to the more intense training and education available through the
Training Center , the Farm Midwifery Center and the new Leadership School . Visit
our events page for a complete listing.
are looking forward to hearing from you!
more information. contact:
The Farm Welcome Center
|Weeds in Your Garden?
Author: Susun S Weed
(NOTE: The IHHN is pleased
to present the writings of Susun S. Weed as part of our Newsletter.)
I always say the gardener's best revenge is to eat the weeds. I've been doing
it for thirty years and can testify that my health and the health of my garden
has never been better. Here are a few hints for gardeners who'd rather eat their
weeds than hate them (and for non-gardeners who are adventurous enough to try
out nature's bounty).
weeds as cultivated plants; give them the same care and you'll reap a tremendous
harvest. Harvest frequently and do it when the weeds are young and tender. Thin
your weeds and pinch back the annuals so your weeds become lushly leafy. Use weeds
as rotation crops; they bring up subsoil minerals and protect against many insects.
"Interplant" (by not weeding out) selected weeds; try purslane, lamb's
quarters, or amaranth with your corn, chickweed with peas/beans, and yellow dock,
sheep sorrel, or dandelion with tomatoes. And, most importantly, harvest your
weeds frequently, regularly, and generously.
radishes, lettuces, and beans are tough and bitter. So are weeds that aren't harvested
frequently enough. Give your chickweed a haircut (yes! with scissors) every 4-7
days and it will stay tender all spring, ready to be added to any salad. If you
forget a patch for two weeks, it may get stringy and tough and full of seed capsules.
(All is not lost at this stage. The seeds are easy to collect put the entire
plant in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 2-3 days and use the seeds that
fall to the bottom of the bag and highly nutritious, with exceptional amounts
of protein and minerals.)
carrots and lettuces grow thin and spindly; so do unthinned lamb's quarters, amaranth,
and other edible weeds. Wherever you decide to let the weeds grow, keep them thinned
as you would any plant you expect to eat. Here's how I do it: in early spring
I lightly top-dress a raised bed with my cool-method compost (which is loaded
with the seeds of edible weeds). Over this I strew a heavy coating of the seeds
of lettuces and cresses and brassicas (cultivated salad greens), then another
light covering of shifted compost.
weed seeds germinate right along with my salad greens. When the plants are about
two inches high, I go through the bed and thin the salad greens, pull out all
grasses, smartweeds, cronewort, clear weed, and quick weed (though the last three
are edible, I don't find them particularly palatable). And, I thin back the chickweed,
mallows, lamb's quarters, amaranth, and garlic mustard and other edible wild greens.
those annuals pinched back. You wouldn't let your basil go straight up and go
to flower, don't let your lamb's quarter either. One cultivated lamb's quarter
plant in my garden grew five feet high and four feet across, providing greens
for salads and cooking all summer and a generous harvest of seeds for winter use.
a crop of greens has bolted or gone to seed in your garden, you pull it all out
and replant with another crop. Do the same with your weeds. We eat the greens
of garlic mustard all spring, then pull it out just before it bolts (making a
horseradishy vinegar from the choicest roots) - often revealing a generous crop
of chickweed lurking underneath.
of my favorite garden weeds:
Amaranth (Amaranthus retroflexus)
Young leaves, old leaves, even non-woody stalks are delicious as a cooked
green; chop and boil for 30-40 minutes. Serve in their own broth; freeze leftovers
for winter use. Use instead of spinach in quiche (you may never grow spinach again).
Collect seeds throughout the autumn by shaking seed heads over a lipped cookie
sheet; or by harvesting and drying the entire seed head. Winnowing out the chaff
is tedious but soothing. There is a special thrill that comes when you toss the
chaffy seed in the air, and the breeze catches it just-so, and the seeds fall
back into your tray, while the prickly chaff scatters "to the four winds."
Young leaves and stalks, even flowers, in salads. Blend
with virgin olive oil and organic garlic for an unforgettable pesto. Add seeds
Lamb's quarter (Chenopodium
alba and related species, e.g. Chenopodium quinoa)
Young leaves in salads.
Older leaves and tender stalks cooked. Leaves dried and ground into flour (replaces
up to half the flour in any recipe). Seeds dried and cooked in soups, porridge.
(Malva neglecta and related species)
Leaves of any age and flowers (the closely
related Hibiscus flowers too!) are delicious in salads. Roots are used medicinally.
The fleshy leaves and stalks of this plant are incredibly
delicious in salads and not bad at all preserved in vinegar for winter use.
Roots of non-flowering plants harvested after frost make
a vinegar that is deep, and richly flavorful as well as a world-renowned tonic.
Petioles of the leaves and the flowering stalk are also edible; for recipes see
my book Healing Wise.
Mustard (Alliaria officinalis)
Year-round salad green. Leaves used in any
season, even winter. Roots are harvested before plant flowers. Seeds are a spicy
Queen Anne's Lace
Leaves finely chopped in salads. Flowers are beautiful edible
decorations. Roots of non-flowering plants, harvested in the fall, and cooked.
Leaves eaten at any time, raw or cooked, but especially
tasty in the fall - not spring! Roots harvested any time; pickle in apple cider
vinegar for winter use. Dandelion flower wine is justly famous.
Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)
Leaves add a sour spark to salads. Cooked with
wild leeks or cultivated onion and potato they become a soup called "schav."
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Young leaves cooked for 40-45 minutes and served in their broth are one of
my favorite dishes. Seeds can be used in baked goods, porridge.
dock (Rumex crispus)
Roots pickled in apple cider vinegar are tasty and a
boon for enriching the blood. Leaves, especially young ones, are eaten raw or
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passionate, and involved, Susun Weed has garnered an international reputation
for her groundbreaking lectures, teachings, and writings on health and nutrition.
She challenges conventional medical approaches with humor, insight, and her vast
encyclopedic knowledge of herbal medicine. Unabashedly pro-woman, her animated
and enthusiastic lectures are engaging and often profoundly provocative.
is one of America's best-known authorities on herbal medicine and natural approaches
to women's health. Her four best-selling books are recommended by expert herbalists
and well-known physicians and are used and cherished by millions of women around
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Susun Weed's Wise Woman Forum - an open space for discussion. This place is for
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Thoughts An Interactive Journal in Positive Thinking for Children and Their Parents
Written and Illustrated by
Robin K. Thumann, M.Ed., M.S.W.
Peaceful Thoughts Press, 2003
reviewed by Martha Nord
This is a book to DO with a child over a period of time. It is good tool for parents
or other significant adults and children to use together to talk about big concepts
and values, 18 in all. The author intended it to be used with children ages 4
to 10, but I think some older children would enjoy it as well when done with a
caring adult. Each 2-page spread has a little poem about a particular concept,
an illustration to go with it, and excellent discussion suggestions for the adult
and child to talk about together. While the poems are not great childrens
literature (I find them sing-song-y and simplistic), this book is an excellent
way for adults to bring up and discuss these important values/concepts. There
are many excellent stories available in childrens literature to illustrate
each concept. It would be well worth the adults time to find a good childrens
picture book to go along with each value in this book. When I did the pages about
Our Earth with a 10-year-old, I read the book Miss Rumphius by Barbara
Cooney. The book Elmer by David McKee would be one of many excellent stories to
read with the pages on humor. A little time spent at the library would result
in many excellent books to read along with this one. Doing one page
a day reading the poem, talking about the picture, reading an additional
story that illustrates the value, and doing the discussion questions would be
a meaningful way for adult and child to spend time together and help a child grow
in wisdom, peace, and happiness.
recommend this book if the adult is willing to make the commitment to doing the
pages thoughtfully over time with a child. The values/ideas presented are: togetherness,
family, people, friendship, caring, forgiveness, thankfulness, courage, bravery,
determination, peace, freedom, knowledge, change, caring for our earth, humor,
planning, and preparing for rest. It is a good resource for caring adults to have
available to use with the children in their lives.
Martha Nord is coordinator of the Childrens Task Force (CTF) of the Unitarian
Universalist Church of Bloomington. -
this issue we begin our exploration of the seven charkas at the root.
As with all things posted here in the IHHN Newsletter, if
you have comments or other information you would like to share, feel free to submit
your article for our consideration.
The Color of the Base Chakra is Red and the corresponding
note is C. Kundalini: Root, Survival Chakra: Located at the base of the spine.
Source of your primal energies. Contains the primary 8 cells that are the only
cells in your body that do not change in your lifetime.
- Crystal Bowls can be used to Align and Maintain chakra balance
from the physical body a human being consists of a spiritual body, and this spiritual
body is composed of vibrations of light which are structured in a way so that
they create different centres. These centres are each structured in a beautiful
pattern, and they are located as follows:
Root Or Base Chakra
chakra, or the centre at the end of the spine by the loins, is the centre which
radiates a white, divine light, when seen from the highest spiritual level. This
centre is the centre for the material life, it is the centre that roots the subtle
divine consciousness in the material life. Consequently it is the basis for human
existence in this physical world, and if it is blocked, you will have a human
being that feels rootless in both his spiritual and his physical existence.
human being has a joint physical and spiritual existence. The karmic development
causes an oscillation between the spiritual and the physical dimensions, and when
this process goes of positively, then you feel equally at home in both places,
and feel that you are able to do what you have to do in both places. The root
chakra makes you able to manifest your existence wherever you are, and its delicate
white light emits vibrations that has to do with mother's love. In mother's love
the physical and the spiritual existence is united in a sublime way. In this form
of love, where you e.g. can imagine a woman nursing her baby, the demands of the
physical world are united with the highest form of spiritual love.
is why this event is so important for human beings, and therefore it is important
that the period of nursing is not shortened, for in this period both the mother
and the child will have stimulated, developed, and cleansed their root chakras,
and this gives the newborn child the possibility for a basic development, which
is far beyond any other educational means.
the mother nurses her child, the lights from their root chakras are united, and
their energies are mixed together; thereby the bond, which the child needs to
have to the Earth, to the material life, is strengthened, making the seperation
from the spiritual realms, from which it recently has left, easier.
the period of nursing is shortened unnessarily, or if it is completely omitted,
then what can happen is, that the child cannot accept that it had to part from
the spiritual realms, and it may become restless. Many children today suffer from
what is called hyperactivity, and this is due to a restlessness, which originates
When the energies
or vibrations from two people's chakras are mixed, the following takes place:
the lightwaves from the one chakra affects the lightwaves from the other chakra,
and depending of the purity of the chakras, these lightwaves are mixed in a way,
so they create different figures. If you look at two people, e.g. a mother and
a child, who have the lights from their root chakras mixed, you may see delicate
figures which looks like white flowers or white crystals. If the contact is positive
- if e.g. the mother is nursing her child with love, or at least with a positive
will to feed the child - then beautiful figures may appear, and the figures created
by the lightwaves from the chakras become more beautiful, the more love there
is between the parties.
was some more general information about the mixing of vibrations from two chakras.
But now to the other main chakras.
issue will feature info on the Hara Chakra
by Birgit Klein -
Around: The Story of the Veggie Van
By Joshua Tickell
was an idyllic August morning in Southern Germany when I first saw a farmer pour
vegetable oil into his tractor. I watched as Florian lifted the heavy jug of yellow
liquid, balanced its lip on the tractors filler hose, and then poured the
vegetable oil directly into the fuel tank. The sun was still below the horizon
and the morning dew seemed iridescent in the half-light. Still sleepy, I wondered
if I was dreaming or if Florian was crazy. CLICK
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Here for a "New Dimensions" radio program
interview featuring master percussionist and performer Layne Redmond. She teaches
workshops and performs internationally, powerfully blending ritual with virtuoso
playing. She is the author of When the Drummers Were Women (Three Rivers Press
1997). This program was hosted by New Dimensions' Associate Producer Jeff Wessman.