Natural Ways To Cope This Winter

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Mary’s message today is for  those of us now dealing with Winter. Shorter days mean less daylight.  We are more susceptible to depression.  Embrace the Sunshine if you can.  Scott and I make sure we get out on every sunny Winter day on the weekend and go for beautiful Winter walks.    We even open the car sunroof and just enjoy the feel of the sunny day.  Sometimes we will add Beach Boy music or summer themed songs and  sing along.  The Sun makes you feel alive again.  Walking not only keeps us healthy but mentally stable too.  We walk in any weather just dress appropriately for it. When you exercise your body releases endorphins which are a feel good hormone and helps keep you happy  in the Winter. If getting outside is impossible because of the cold or too much snow I have a portable day lamp for Seasonal Afftective  Disorder  which I pull out and we stand in front of for a short amount of time.  It helps elevate your mood naturally.  We put on good music or I  play an instrument while we stand there to help make time pass. We also  watch  only funny movies and sitcoms. A good belly roll heals everything. That has been documented over the years. Dramas do not put you in a higher vibration. Another thing we do is eat very healthy lots of veggies and fruits.  Stay away from junk food it is filled with preservatives, sugar, bad fats and GMO’s. I know from experience eating junk food does not elevate your mood. If you must have chocolate  look for a high  percentage cocoa find quality brand made from real ingredients  not chemicals.

And this is According To Mary!

Keep It Natural This Winter

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It’s hard to believe but it is almost  Winter.    Mary’s message today is all about the upcoming flu season.  She wants to remind us to eat healthy, reduce stress and do natural remedies instead of pharmaceuticals.  Eating healthy is very important. Our favourite site is Dr.  Mercola (mercola.com).   He has great knowledge about basic nutrition and how to treat  ailments with natural remedies.    Even when it gets   cold here we still get outdoors to embrace Mother Nature.  We love to walk in the woods or along the beach and  this  certainly keeps us healthy reducing stress too.   Scott and I have never had the flu shot and have seen so many people sicker  than when they started in our opinion . Our favourite natural treatment is Oil of  Oregano diluted in olive oil.  It kills a lot of bugs. We buy it at a health food store. They can give you the info on the dosage. And if you are taking  certain pharmaceuticals  you need to talk with   the health food  store staff whether you can safely take it with your prescription.  Raw garlic is another favourite we take to kill bugs.  We chop up one clove  in the morning and one clove  in the evening for no more than one day or two. (Too much garlic can be toxic.)  Heated garlic does not work it must be raw.   We explain we just had Caesar Salad to explain our breath. And have you ever heard of Aerobic Oxygen? It is liquid oxygen you put into your water and then drink.  It can kill bugs too.  We keep it in our medicine cabinet too.  It does  not  mix with certain pharmaceuticals  so talk to the health food store  as to whether  or not you can take it  safely with your prescription.

And this is According to Mary!

Music Connects To Our Heart

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One of my earliest memories is of me playing the piano. I had the gift of a mother who started me on the piano at 6 because music was something she enjoyed. Then in school I had several opportunities to play an instrument and sing in choirs.  It was the days before budget cutbacks. I rarely refused any.  I  didn’t know it  back then  but I was connecting to my heart and  healing myself by making music. I had a difficult childhood and music  healed me.  Mary’s message today is music allows us to connect to our hearts healing us and raising our vibration. Make sure you seek out only positive vibration music. Not all music is created equally.  Some is purposely created with a low vibration to keep us down. The internet has lots of stories on that subject.  Scott and I listen to Classical, Fiddle and enjoy freedom songs of the 70’s. Or  make your own music by learning  to play an instrument or singing.  I am teaching Scott to play an instrument for his 50th Birthday. He cannot believe how much fun it is and time stands still!

And this is According to Mary!

Heal Our Waters

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What are you putting into our waters? Mary’s  message today is asking you to think about what chemicals and wastes you are putting into our oceans, lakes and streams.  Mother Nature has become a dumping ground for toxic chemicals, garbage and untreated waste.  This is going to affect us all.  We are part of mother nature living on this planet we call earth. The Native  people know this and have always protected her.  So don’t kid yourself you are affecting us all by polluting our waters.  Stop polluting our ocean, lakes and streams and we will heal our earth together.

And this is According to Mary!

Keep Nature Natural

Believe it or not an ATV just drove behind me

Believe it or not an ATV just drove behind me

Ahhh…it’s big time fall in our neck of the woods right now. The leaves are changing and beginning to fall off of the trees.  You can smell fall in the air.  It’s apple picking time. It’s corn maze time.  The air temperature is great.

It’s that time of year when you know you only have a small window of opportunity to get out there and really enjoy the colours, the sounds, the smell of fall…so why would you want to ruin something like that?

Last weekend C and I went out to take it all in…we were not alone…there were other folks out enjoying nature as it was meant to be enjoyed…but there were also folks who had no problem ruining it for others, or even for themselves.

We noticed some people were not completely connecting with the experience by constantly checking their cell phones…or by wearing earbuds and listening to their ipod, or some other type of device.

There were people who decided that nature was great place to throw away a plastic bottle, wrapper, coffee cup, or drink can (or the one that got me the most was when people were kind enough to clean up after their dog, but then threw the bag into the woods). We noticed young children stomping on beautiful vegetation while their parents were ignoring them.  We noticed smokers (this is one I really don’t get…you’re out in nature breathing fresh air and what do you do…you decide to light up…it makes no sense to me).

And the big one that we ran into twice…while out embracing nature…while trying to connect to mother earth…at two separate locations we discovered people tearing up nature and polluting the fresh air driving all-terrain vehicles through or close to public walking trails.

…this week Mary wanted to remind us…if we want to connect with nature…connect with nature…leave the toys, devices, and litter at home.

…and this is according to Mary!

Pets Raise Our Vibration

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I chose this picture because it reminds me of Scott’s kitty smiling at us. Yes kitties and doggies do smile I am convinced of that. They are precious energies.  Mary wanted to remind of us of having pets in our lives is very important. They can elevate your mood  if you are feeling down with just one glance (smile).  The joy of  seeing your dog racing to your door  to greet you  after a long day at work  puts you in a better mood right away.  Try petting a neighborhood doggie or kitty and you will immediately raise your vibration forgetting your troubles momentarily.

And this is According To Mary!

Twenty Three Thousand Times a Day

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Yes, that’s right we breath in 23,000 breathes of air every day.  I haven’t counted them personally, but I did look it up online.  Imagine how many of those take place indoors.  In your home, in your apartment, in your car, in your office or place of employment, in your school, in a mall.  Just given the way we live our lives the answer has to be “the majority”.

So Mary wanted to remind us to embrace nature. She wants us to seek out those places where the air is as clean and clear as it can be.  Look for wide open spaces.  Look for wooded areas.  Any place where there is a lot of vegetation, or close to water.  Any place that has a natural filtration system.  Fill those lungs with the purity of fresh clean air.  Your body, your heart and your mind will thank you for it!

…And this is according to Mary!