Monday, December 2, 2013

Celebrate #GivingTuesday |

After the insanity of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the upcoming Broke Wednesday--we need a break. The United Nations foundation started a great counter to this--called Giving Tuesday.

Although those in recovery are already known for being particularly giving, its nice to see a day set aside for this amid the holiday commercialism. Take a minute to read this and ask yourself what your "community giving" is this season. If you don't have money, then think about volunteering your time. Many kitchens for the less fortunate may need your help. Or become the bell ringer in front of the Big Box stores. Don't let this season go by without giving back to your community--

In fact, as your dreams to guide you in how to give back to your community--do it Tuesday and when others are thinking about it--it will strengthen your request.

Serving others will always bring good back to you. Read about Giving Tuesday" here.
Celebrate #GivingTuesday | The White House: " #GivingTuesday builds on the American tradition of giving back but uses technology to give this greater impact. This commemoration does not seek to coordinate funds toward any particular nonprofit or to direct volunteers to support a specific cause. Instead, #GivingTuesday is intended to encourage Americans to reflect and give back. It’s a collective moment for individual and community action."

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge-when dreams and plants mix

I had the pleasure of taking a edible plants workshop with Janice Schofiled who wrote the ever popular Discovering Wild Plants: Alaska, Western Canada, The Northwest
The workshop was informative and I learned some new recipes--but that is not why I am writing this. Janice mentioned something of interest to Dream Interpreters. It has to do with invoking dreams. Often people invoke dreams to solve problems (free download at the site) or they just want to increase the quality and vividness of their dreams.

there are herbs and other plants that you can put in your pillow to help facilitate dreaming. One of those is wormwood--pick dry and insert in pillow. Janice had picked some wormwood by they roadside, something she rarely does, but "just this time," took a short cut. After inserting it ito pillow, she began to have a series of dreams of people murdered, in accidents, she felt distraught, there was profuse bleeding in the nightmares. Plants have memories, she tells us. and I am inclined to believe her.

She mentioned the wormwood to someone and told them where she picked it, and they told her that there had been a serious car accident at that exact spot and several people were killed! She immediately knew that was what had been causing the nightmares. She discarded the wormwood and sent and picked some herbs growing by the sea and problem solved.

Remember that dreams are not always "messages" to us about our life or spirit--the horrible nightmares might be a reflection of that pepperoni pizza you ate last night, or as in Janice's case, triggered by the plant memory. that is why it is important to consider a wide array of interpretations. Dreams do not just come from one source...but multi-physical, mental, and spiritual.

Read about Tetlin here-- a great refuge (the ones who spnsored the workshop):
Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge: "Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge
Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge is a dynamic landscape made up of forests, wetlands, tundra, lakes, mountains and glacial rivers bounded by the snowy peaks of the Alaska Range. This upper Tanana River valley has been called the "Tetlin Passage,""

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Drink & Dream at Your Own Risk - Blog

Drink & Dream at Your Own Risk - Blog: "You're running, running as fast as your legs will propel you. Three spectral figures chase after you, all of them hooded and cloaked. Jagged rocks and broken rubble litter the terrain. You're not sure how you got to this deserted, desolate cityscape, but you know you want to get out. Everything is so real. The dust below your feet crunches and gravel ricochets as you stampede across the tattered ground. The scene's colors are monotone, yet still eerily vibrant. Your pursuers are almost upon you. You can feel the scrape of their outstretched hands and hear the wheeze of their breathing. They've almost got you! You dodge to the side to escape their clutches and then..."

It is true that drinking may contribute to some vivid dreams. Alcohol may help you fall asleep faster, but it stops your REm sleep--which tends to interfere with your dreams--however, after you metabolize that alcohol, then you get even more vivid dreams--because you were deprived of them earlier--its a sort of rebound effect.

But in the 12 step programs--drinking isn't going to help you dream--(do I have to say I'm being sarcastic?) If you have trouble remembering your dreams, tell your subconscious that you will wake up and jot down notes after a dream--tell your mind that you WANT to remember and ask it for help--keep a recorder (iPhone) or note pad by your bed and do record your night honestly will remember if you do this...

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Friday, April 26, 2013