One of the great things about having a dog is that you develop nightly rituals of “outside time”. I’m outside every evening at midnight with Junebug, our wonder-dog. Since the passing of the Winter Solstice, I’ve reveled in the late hours tromping through the snow with Junebug. We look at the moon, smell the air, touch the trees, and meander the path behind our building.
Some nights, the peacefulness and calm is ripe and in the air – so clean and pure. Other nights smell polluted, and the energy and air are “thick”. The overall energetics of winter since the Solstice have felt, to me, like a calm and balance settling upon the Earth. There’s a loving energy emerging that I’m sensing. Deer are crossing in the back yard lately too. I always see tracks, and some nights we see them standing on the slope near the street.
In the months of Autumn before we locked up “the farm” in Northern Minnesota for Winter, I started to have the sense that the land was “loving us” more than it had before. The last few times leaving were very emotional, with tears welling up for me each time. It’s no wonder however. This was the year I got to know the life on the land more personally. From the fiddle-head ferns and Pine Pollen locations in Spring, to the wildcrafting of herbs and plants through the summer and fall, I listened and let the land be my teacher.
Even in Winter, I have dreams of White Stags and I’m often transported to the little cabin on the land where I always dream vividly.
2013 is bringing a wind of change. I feel the forest more with me, even while huddled up in the suburbs. I’d love to visit the cabin up north once a month this winter, if only to add a block of suet to the bird feeder. To say hello. To share a brief moment in its season of sleep.
Michael took this photo of me a couple of months ago in Iowa. We were taking a brief tour of Coe College (Cedar Rapids, IA), where I received my Bachelor of Music Degree in 1991. Yes, now 21 years ago.
At 43 now, I often feel like I’m the healthiest I’ve been since then, and I’ll admit that I like it when a picture makes me look younger. I’ve changed a lot since my four years at Coe College.
In 1996 I made a choice to go antibiotic-free for my frequent bouts of strep throat and tonsillitis, leading me to learn about the many natural and herbal choices I had for my own personal wellness.
In 1999 I graduated from a Massage Practitioner program in Minneapolis, and then practiced Massage Therapy for 10 years.
In 2005 I became a vegetarian. I dabbled in vegan food in 2008, but have settled happily now as a lacto-ovo-pesco vegetarian eater (a vegetarian who eats dairy products, eggs, and and only fish for meat).
In 2006 I fell in love with bicycling, leading me to visit cities like Madison, WI, Portland, OR, and Minneapolis not by car, but solely by bicycle!
I spent 3 years car-free from 2008 to 2011, relying solely on buses, bicycles, and my own two feet!
In 2011 I lost approximately 40 pounds, started going to the gym for the first time in my life, and fit into clothing I’d not fit into since 1994!
Life is a huge huge journey, and I believe that my key to looking younger and feeling younger is to always evolve, learn, and try new things! Whether it’s vegan and vegetarian food, making my own herbal remedies, meditation, yoga, weight lifting, or going on a 20-mile bike ride, I set out to be open to the experience and see where it leads me.
I’ve told many people in my life that I plan to live to be 100. I’ve had this notion and desire to live to 100 since I was a child. I can’t tell you exactly when, but I know that it’s always been with me. So really, middle age isn’t for 7 years until I’m 50! Even then, I’m hoping to feel youthful inside, no matter what the aging process decides to do to me physically. Age is just a number, but YOUTH is something internal, intrinsic, and spiritual even for me.
We’re all put on this planet to experience every year of our lives, every age of our existence, and every moment. You can feel like an old man at 23 and you can feel like a kid at 78. Youth is a state of mind, and a choice.
May your journey lead you to your own personal fountain of youth!
Recently while I was browsing YouTube late at night, looking for any new videos about Indigo Children or Druidry, somehow I happened upon Angelo Nasios and all he had to say about his experience as a professional Tarot reader.
The cool thing – he’s young, incredibly knowledgeable, has a snappy and infectious sense of humor, and he’s doing all the right things to position himself as an expert in what he’s passionate about – Reading the Tarot! He posts regular videos on YouTube, has a business website, a tarot blog, and also uses facebook to show others his passion. I don’t even think he’s barely 23 or 24, but he’s doing everything right with regard to our “new era of social media” and what I call “expert soloprenuership.”
As a web designer and coach for solo business practitioners – I can safely say that Angelo’s web presence can teach quite a lot!
So I decided to friend him on facebook and also buy a reading! Angelo delivers his tarot readings via email, but they are just as inspiring, passionate, and sometimes full of the same wit he displays in his YouTube videos.
I’ve been changing a lot too, so for my 2-card reading, I asked a simple question (ha! – simple..hmm.) – What is my path to self-improvement or self-actualization?
So because I have also been there as a soloprenuer with passion (heck.. I’m still there), I want you all (yes all of you!) to get your own reading from Angelo, even if it’s just a 1-card reading. Go Get it HERE! NOW! Spread the love for this up and coming rising star, and maybe learn some things about yourself in the process with the question you ask.
I thought I would end my series of posts on living car-free with a more positive note. I’ve found a lot of joy and happiness along the way! There are so many other paths that a person can take to experience life, and my walking out of car culture helped me to see and feel a richness that I couldn’t have experienced in an automobile.
As an introduction of sorts, here is a video by the Swapathgami Network in Udaipur, India. Many thanks to Manish Jain and Shikshantar for producing wonderful films like this! While this video addresses more of the system of Education, I believe it applies to our very thought processes and lives. We can close the book on what everyone expects us to do or be, and truly live!
This is my call to you all in 2011. Release your fears, and disarm yourself. How many times do we let fear and anger get in our own way, limiting us from our own progress? We do not need to chase our demons away. All we need to do is let go and release into this fear, experience it, and reach out for support if we need it. I believe that 2011 is a shifting time. It’s time to stop blaming others. It’s a time to stop wielding our defense mechanisms to others and to our inner self, and to start opening up and releasing patterns in our life that don’t serve us.
Disarm Yourself – Now.
About the video:
Dash Berlin is a big rising star in the DJ world. He and Emma Hewett had the #1 dance song in Europe last year with “Waiting”. This video was shot in Brisbane, Australia, and all of the proceeds from the sales of the single, “Disarm Yourself”, are going toward flood relief in that area.