The dense fog/wildfire smoke of this last week has left me feeling nauseous, watery eyed, and bleh. I was thinking this morning how inviting a nice tasting broth sounded. One of my fave soups is mung bean but that sounded too heavy. I wondered how a mung bean broth would taste and what the benefits would be, so I looked it up! Lo and behold I got a history lesson, which is always a delight.
Dr. Miriam Lee, the reason we even have legal acupuncture in this country, was a huge proponent of mung bean broth, touting mung’s healing benefits for reducing hypertension, clearing internal heat, detoxifying the body and balancing pH. They say most diseases start in the gut and pH imbalance is a big contributing factor. Who wouldn’t appreciate such a simple recipe for staying healthy?
I put a 1/4 cup of dry mung beans in about 3 cups of water and brought it to a boil, then simmered for about 20 mins. Added a little mushroom powder for flavoring and voila! A tasty morning drink. Save the beans and make another batch at noon and one in the evening using the same beans. You can eat them after the last cup of broth is made. Other recipes say suggest 2-3 Tbl. in a cup of water and steep for about 20-30 mins. Your pick.
Dr. Miriam Lee came to the states in ’69 and worked in a factory line for her first job, but she brought her acupuncture talents with her and privately treated friends in her home. Eventually, she became so popular she had to expand her practice and found a compassionate MD who loaned her his space during his off hours. In 1974 she was arrested for illegally practicing medicine, but the minions of people who received healing relief from her acupuncture and healing wisdom came to her court appearance, insisting she be allowed to lawfully practice acupuncture. In 1976 California made acupuncture legal and eventually the healing art spread to the remaining 49 states. I wish to extend heartfelt gratitude to the spirit of Dr. Lee for her generous heart. Her work model was adopted here in Oregon and laid the foundation for Working Class Acupuncture that provides “low-cost acupuncture to the community through a cooperative, grassroots, financially self-sustaining model“.
In discussion with family and co-workers amidst the ever-present and devastating wildfires I realized most people (self included) do not know on how to prepare for evacuation. Of course, why would we? Did anyone teach us these essential life skills in school? No. Apparently excelling in SAT scores was deemed more important. Well, times have changed, the world has changed and it’s morphing by the hour. Consequently, we need to become more life-savvy.
Below are some helpful links I’ve come across for you to peruse. There’s so many options of equipment, so many different needs people have that I couldn’t cover all the bases, but this is a place to start.
If you have a vehicle please also consider keeping a small emergency kit that includes back-up water, non-perishable food, and small fire extinguisher available. You may be the one person in your family who can’t get back to their home when an evacuation alert, earthquake, or some other equally messy situation occurs.
Most often the emergency kits never mention the need for other essentials, such as a musical instrument. When the batteries in your devices start to run out and there’s no electricity around you gotta know how to play. One never knows how long they’ll be detained from getting back to their homestead, and the hours can feel like days. Consider packing a guitar, flute or other hand held instrument. Books, card games, and a creative imagination also come in quite handy!
PRE-EVACUATION PREPARATION STEPS * When an evacuation is anticipated, follow these checklists (if time allows) to give your home the best chance of surviving a wildfire. * Home Evacuation Checklist – How to Prepare for Evacuation: * Inside the House * Have your Emergency Supply Kit/Evacuation Bag ready to go link: https://www.readyforwildfire.org/prepare-for-wildfire/get-set/emergency-supply-kit/ * Ensure a Wildfire Action Plan is prepared ahead of time. link: https://www.readyforwildfire.org/prepare-for-wildfire/get-set/wildfire-action-plan/ * Make sure you know your community’s emergency response plan and have a plan on where to go when it is time to evacuate, and best routes for leaving your location. Personal note: I would look at http://www.tripcheck.com * Shut all windows and doors, leaving them unlocked. * Remove flammable window shades, curtains and close metal shutters. * Remove lightweight curtains. * Move flammable furniture to the center of the room, away from windows and doors. * Shut off gas at the meter; turn off pilot lights. * Leave your lights on so firefighters can see your house under smoky conditions. * Shut off the air conditioning.
Outside * Gather up flammable items from the exterior of the house and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.) or place them in your pool. * Turn off propane tanks. * Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures. * Connect garden hoses to outside water valves or spigots for use by firefighters. * * Fill water buckets and place them around the house. * Don’t leave sprinklers on or water running, they can affect critical water pressure. * Leave exterior lights on so your home is visible to firefighters in the smoke or darkness of night. * Put your Emergency Supply Kit in your vehicle. * Back your car into the driveway with vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed. Carry your car keys with you. * Have a ladder available and place it at the corner of the house for firefighters to quickly access your roof. * Seal attic and ground vents with pre-cut plywood or commercial seals. * Patrol your property and monitor the fire situation. Don’t wait for an evacuation order if you feel threatened. * Check on neighbors and make sure they are preparing to leave.
Animals * Locate your pets and keep them nearby. * Prepare farm animals for transport and think about moving them to a safe location early.
POWER OUTAGE: Preparing for one in advance, and actions to take during an event.
Power outages may occur before and during the threat of a wildfire. It’s important to be prepared and know what actions to take when leaving your home. Along with the pre-evacuation preparation steps, these are a few ways to be ready in case of a power outage during these critical times. Learn how to manually open your automatic garage doors or gates—this is extremely important! * Be familiar with your home’s utility boxes (electricity, water and gas). * Keep shoes near your bed in case you need to evacuate during the night. * Build a supply kit —and more than just a First Aid Kit. Include prescription medications and check the expiration dates. Include water, a battery-operated radio, flashlights and batteries (or a rechargeable flashlight), coolers or ice chests, and external rechargeable battery packs for your cellphones and include an extra charging cable. Also keep non-perishable food and a manual can-opener in your kit. * Always keep the gas tank at least half full in your vehicles. * Make your safety preparedness plan now and make sure your family knows each step and role they will play during this time. * Don’t forget your pets! Have an action plan ready for them, too, and know how they will be cared for. * If you have a power generator, be sure you know the safety guidelines of your model, including where to connect it, which electrical cords to use, and what the electrical load rating is. An improperly installed generator can electrocute you or an electric utility worker. * Keep your cellphone charged. * Keep a supply of bottled water.
During a Power Outage * If the power goes out, follow these steps: * Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed. * Shut off the gas and other combustibles such as propane tanks. * Stay at least 10 feet away from both overhead power lines and electrical facilities, and never approach or touch overhead power lines or any person or object in contact with the lines. * If wildfire is within your area, keep informed with a battery-powered radio or your cellphone.
Do you find yourself surfing social media sites and suddenly get hit with a blasting commercial about crap you would never buy, or assaulted with political ads asking if you remembered to register to vote, followed by political images of grumpy, tired looking, washed out people bashing their contenders? And when these rude, intrusions happen do you think to yourself, “When did the internet become my parent? What planet are these angry, political bullies from? Why are they insulting my sense of intelligence?” Yeaaaaa, me too. Especially after watching the movieSuperhuman, the Invisible Made Visible.
I hope you, too, are getting tired enough of the old rhetoric that you’re embracing the fact you’re better, brighter and more beautiful than the current culture would have you believe. That you are ready to shift gears and get excited about what our species’ true potential is, and fearless about getting that process rolled out.
With a sense of peace in our hearts let’s send the old paradigm to rest six feet under. They’ve done their job, maybe too well, and now we are in a unique time and position to create a new vision, a new reality for ourselves, our communities, and our planet. One that is truly wholistic, all-encompassing, and made of the best dreams, colors, feels and heartfelt wishes we can imagine.
As Willy Wonka said….
*quote credit: Arthor O’Shaugnessy, author of of the poem “Ode”
Loneliness is something we all experience on some level and to varying degrees, whether we consciously create it through fearful self-isolation, or find ourselves in circumstances beyond our control resulting in loss of socialization.
Loneliness doesn’t necessarily require resolution, nor does it insist we sink under its weight. As Pema states, “We are instructed to let the thoughts come and go as if touching a bubble with a feather. This straightforward discipline prepares us to stop struggling and discover a fresh, unbiased state of being.”
“Cool loneliness allows us to look honestly and without aggression at our own minds. We can gradually drop our ideals of who we think we ought to be, or who we think we want to be, or who we think other people think we want to be or ought to be. We give it up and just look directly with compassion and humor at who we are. Then loneliness is no threat and heartache, no punishment.”
Living in modern society can throw us off balance, mentally, physically and emotionally. Just as you have a dominant hand you can easily develop an overly-dominant hemisphere of the brain.
Fortunately, balancing the two hemispheres is easily achieved through movement and visualization which gives access to a calmer nervous system, improved cognition, memory, energy, and reduced feelings of anger, depression, and anxiety.
To help balance the mind and body in left -right, top-bottom, front-back, side to side I have created a mini meditation (link below) for your listening enjoyment and participation.
Find a relaxing place where you can stand or sit as needed to follow the instructions given in the audio.
Once you’ve given it a few tries I’d love to hear your feedback!
PLEASE USE QUALITYHEADPHONES OR EARBUDS FOR BEST AUDIO.
Last night hubby and I went out on a “date” to Portland for the first time since the whole lockdown event. We got news one of our fave comedians, Brian Regan, was in town. Last time we saw Brian was at the “Schnitz”, a lovely venue of striking architecture, bright lights, abuzz with laughter, smiles, and tons of people. Last night’s event and mood was like being in some weird dream.
I see a bit of Portland everyday day for work but rarely travel through the other sectors. As witness I can say that all the bombastic images that flood the internet making Portland out to be a warzone are nothing but hype for ratings. The several blocks around the city’s courthouse are where most of the action occurs for a bit after midnight. The rest of the city moves on, life as usual… sort of. But last night’s drive gave an expanded view of the somber poverty and silence. While driving down the 405 we saw a giant parking lot full of camping tents. We both commented how outrageously hot it had to be with them sitting on asphalt, in direct sunlight, on a day that, by sunset, registered 104 degrees on my car dash.
Pulling into the SE neighborhood, near where I first landed back in the 80’s and had many fond memories of, we found it strewn with garbage, graffiti, tents, camps, people meandering in the heat, crows quietly watching from rooftops, and an air of abandonment. We were in shock.
His first words as we drove into the region was “this looks dystopian”. And indeed it did.
On arrival the door guy checked our ID and wished me an early birthday. I didn’t hear him. I was feeling light-headed, ready to cry, overheated, and checked out. Just the walk from the car, seeing all the homeless, wishing I had the money or means to help change the situation, wondering who they were before they landed on the street, it was all so overwhelming to mind and heart.
We walked upstairs and entered the stark, quiet, dark bar which normally would be filled with music, drinks, cozy tables of people. Tonight it was filled with nice AC, tape on the floor designated where to walk on entry, where not to walk for exiting, and instructions from the door greeter on when to wear a mask, when we can take it off to drink, and when to put it back on. All the staff was dressed in black, and we entered spacious seating area with couples sitting quietly, properly distanced, masks on. It felt like all eyes were on us as we walked to our table. Or maybe I was just paranoid at that point. For a little moment my gut said I’d walked into the “Hotel California” (an Eagles tune for readers who may not know).
The comedians were great. Honestly. We really felt for them as this was their first public performance in about four and half months of isolation. I couldn’t fathom the stress they went through just getting to Portland from L.A., only to arrive in our city’s filth and disarray. They commented on it too. All I could think was “They should’ve seen it back in the day, when it was beautiful”.
Through their moments of awkwardness they did an outstanding job of connecting with the little, masked tribe who showed up for them. At the end of the show the MC was left on stage to entertain us for at least an extra 20 minutes when the venue’s credit card machine stopped working and all the card transactions of the evening had to be redone. He was not prepared for that, his jokes were running out, and he’d occasionally go quiet then start singing a little note to fill the space. Oh my god! We soooo felt for him.
Even after our receipt for the two Perrier waters was given to us we waited with him till all the tables had their receipts. Finally the overhead lights were turned up signaling the end of the show. I met him out front, gave him a $20 and our gracious support. He was such a hero in our book. As a performer I remember a gig (long ago) when our band was boo’d by a bunch of drunk bikers. We too were stuck in a bind, playing the wrong kind of music for that venue. Weird things happen beyond one’s control. We gotta support one another.
We were quiet on the ride home, nothing fun to reminisce. Neither of us slept well afterwards. Weird dreams and restlessness. Hubby dreamt he moved to Maine to start a new career. He recently saw photos of that state from a couple who moved there. He said after seeing the condition of Portland last night the photos probably inspired his dreamtime.
I don’t know what the future holds but I do know if we give up, lose heart, and lose our vision it will not get better. A sneaky feeling tells me that’s what “they” want. Those invisible forces at work who funnel money, resources and control away from the people where it’s needed most, letting this country completely fall to shambles under the guise of safety and security. Portland is a microcosm of the greater breakdown occurring. It gives us a tangible, material world view of the deconstruction happening within our culture and maybe even our souls.
Sometimes there is breakdown before breakthrough. Sometimes there is breakdown before death. The choice to care for our country’s people, our environment, and hold steadfast to a creative manifestation of our future together, especially through times of hardship, is always on offer.
Sometimes you just have to drive. You don’t even know why, you don’t know where you’re going, and you don’t know when you’ll return. But you know if you don’t go you might implode for no logical reason.
Such was tonight. A restless feeling. I was compelled to do something, but what was it? The day was nearly ending and the glowing pink colors of sunset were peering in the house windows. That’s it! I needed to see the sunset.
Fizzy drink in hand I took to the highway headed north then west, following those glowing, heartwarming colors of western sky. Windows opened, the wind tossed my hair, and a pulsing “sciebient” jam rocked the speakers; the soundtrack of tonight’s expedition.
Feeling magnetically drawn to a destination unknown, I saw the traffic thin as I got further away from the city. The matrix of overhead power lines, garbage strewn highway shoulders, graffiti’d overpasses, and mentally disturbing messages blasting on overhead billboards: “Wear your mask. Don’t accidentally kill someone today,” just felt nauseating and surreal. The city atmosphere has become so energetically heavy. All I could think was how prophetic Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek creator) was when he imagined The Borg. Hopefully, we’re not on that path.
Thankfully the cranial pressure lifted as I cleared the perimeter of the metropolitan area. Power lines gave way to wide open, evening skies with a lovely moon to the south. I wondered how far I would drive, but it felt like I would just know when to exit.
As the bass thumping jams played softly in the background I began remembering the many times I would cruise around L.A. with my sister back in the day. Top down on my dad’s little, red Fiat we’d crank the tunes, hit the road, no agenda, no map, no worries. Our favorite time together was just taking in the silhouettes of palm trees swaying in the warm California breeze and blue-purple twilight skies overhead. Some of our best times together. Maybe it was her spirit with me tonight.
Other times while driving alone I’d practice speeding around through the curvy roads of the canyons, up to Mulholland Drive, or down to Malibu beach. Once I got hold of a “Map to the Stars Homes” and figured out the route I’d often park next to Rudolph Valentino’s house. It seemed abandoned – only an occasional grounds keeper could be seen. Back in high school, as part of my drama class assignment, I did a report of his Hollywood life and felt a kinship with his soul. Parked next to his spanish style home, admiring the hollyhock flowers along its walls and the breathtaking view of the city, I imagined what his life was like back in the silent movie era.
After returning to Oregon it was not at all uncommon to make an impromptu 1.5 hour journey to the coast, just to catch a nice sunset then drive home again. There’s such a freedom in driving that I pray we never lose.
A soft intuitive force pulled me to take the next exit. Landing on the shoulder of a small, country road I knew this was the destination. Camera in hand I took a photo of the evening sky, the last piece of art to this lovely day. I lifted my fizzy drink to the setting sun and said “Cheers!” Nature’s beauty never ceases to amaze me.
In the photo it looks like the sky is reflecting in a body of water below, but that’s actually my ship. I mean,… my car.
While the focus of energies as of late tends to be on destruction and “power-over-or-against- others” we are advised to not adopt a tunnel-vision view.
Dowsers will attest to the fact that most government buildings and places of worship have historically and purposefully been placed on potent nodal points or lines of energy that radiate out into the rest of the city and beyond.
While it may appear that protests and thus violent clashes are localized to a small radius, the destructive energies actually ripple out into the region, through underground waterways, and such. Unlike Vegas, what happens there does not stay there.
Those who know of these lines will take advantage of them to spread their intentions, for better or worse. Planetary stewards with heart-based unity can ease the suffering and corruption being amplified when focusing their healing intention on such places, even without needing to go near them.
You have your mission should you choose to participate. 😊❤️
What do we want to see and support in our local community? What lifts the soul, the spirit of the people, and maintains the integrity of place?
What do we do, say, manifest that inspires the hearts of others?
Nature hates a void. If we don’t tend to our home with tender loving care and leave it abandoned, the spirit of place dies and is filled with dreary, heavy, unsavory ick.
This applies to how we feed, nurture, speak to and treat our individual body, home, city, country, planet.
Are we dialed in? Can we hear the heartfelt whisper that calls to be manifested at this time? Or, are we waiting for someone else to do it? They may be waiting for someone else as well.
History has shown time and again if we romance fear, lose our grounding, and lose faith in our vision, someone with a very different and often incompatible agenda will fill the void. It takes less energy to prevent a fear-based disease than wait till it’s taken root.
“What the world needs now is love, sweet love,” and it needs community with a heart-based vision to make it happen.
What the World Needs Now (1965), Lyrics: Hal David, Composer: Burt Bacharach
A dove has been coo-ing and singing outside my office while I typed this.
I wanted to take a moment and address the issue of fear in the healing world. In all my 16 years as a Licensed Massage Therapist I’ve never seen such a dramatic loss of practitioners in the massage field.
It is true that the cv19 event has scared most of them away, citing low pay and close proximity to patients not being worth the risk. Understood and valid points. But what a time to lose so many gifted healers when the world is in serious need of safe, healing, nurturing touch. 🥺
It’s not just that most LMT’s have compassionate hearts – well proven by their dedication to a field that, IMO, deeply underestimates their value in the realm of healing, but they are often very gifted touch artists. The ones who really apply themselves have cultivated their energies to a fine-tuned state where they intuitively draw forth the recipient’s inherent ability to heal their own body. It’s not woo-woo, it’s a proven fact. Combine the heart’s intention with touch and amazing things happen, whether one is working on another human, an animal, or a plant.
Below is a link to just one small example of scientific data on how heart-based human touch incites a cascade of healing responses in the recipient’s body.
“… projected from the human body, is energy of a particular frequency or set of frequencies that stimulates the repair of one or more tissues. The cascade of activities initiated by such signals may provide essential information to cells and tissues, and open channels for the flow of information that coordinates repair processes. This is also significant for prevention and for restoring normal function after trauma.”
Taking into account many folks will never go back to receiving massage, or at least not for a long while, I have decided to offer remote healing as an adjunct therapy to my practice. How does this work? Similar to doing an intake with your practitioner we FaceTime chat for about 20-30 mins about what is ailing your body/mind, then you relax and I do a guided meditation with you.
Utilizing skills I acquired from Dr. John Upledger’s Somato-Emotional Release training I walk you through the painful zones of your body and engage the assistance of your “Inner Physician”(IP). Some refer to the IP as the All-Knowing Self, or Spirit, or whatever term you prefer. I often employ this type of dialogue with folks when they’re on the massage table working through chronic pain and old traumas and, as it turns out, this can be very helpful therapy at a distance as well. It is particularly effective if you are open-minded and ready to be a participant in your own healing work.
After our session I will add additional healing touches through my dowsing skills. Follow up is done within the week to see how you’re faring, what has shifted, what “aha!” moments did you experience, and what still needs fine-tuning.
Whatever path you choose to walk through these challenging times please know you are not alone. Many good hearts are available in-person and online to assist. We’re in this together.