A couple weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to try gardening for the first time. The idea of growing my own veggies at home sounded great! I also thought, how hard could it be….little did I know, the ground where I would be digging was made of clay. LIfe lesson #1, hope for the best, plan for the worst and expected the unexpected. There will always be an unexpected surprise!
We first dug into the grass, removed some topsoil and then we hit clay. We knew that veggies would not be able to grow their roots through clay so we would have to dig even deeper than anticipated to allow for more room. We stopped about ¾ of the way through for the day. The next day, it rained and rained and rained….where our garden would be, turned into a clay swimming pool!
When we got back to our garden, we had to dig out heavy, wet clay and soil! After that, we filled our garden with new soil and started to plant our veggies.
This week's guest blog comes from Kevin Stanke, owner of Critter Jungle.
Today's pets, and their owners, are dealing with many health challenges, which can often be frustrating to resolve. During the course of finding these solutions one must consider diet and appropriate nutraceutical and homeopathic support, adequate and appropriate exercise, sleep, stress management, and a balanced approach to veterinary care. Pretty much what we have to do for our own health, minus the veterinary visit.
Underlying all of these critical areas is an energetic imbalance. Negative energy will affect our pets just as much as it will affect us. We all know how a negative person or issue can affect us deep inside, in turn creating an imbalance in our body over time. Dog trainers tell me how our mood, in turn our energy, impacts the dog at the end of the leash. If we are tense, our dogs will be on the leash as well.
I recognized the effect of my energy on one of our cats years ago. We had a wonderful Siamese cat who was very intuitive and very much connected to me. For the most part she was my cat. When I was stressed and my digestive system was upset, hers would be as well. She also knew when my wife was truly in labour (not something I shared with the doctors).
The point is that animals pick up on our energy when we bring ourselves back into a balance state or a state of homeostasis, others around us heal as a result. We are all connected.
- Kelvin Stanke, Owner of Critter Jungle, Hampton Park Plaza www.critterjungle.com
Looking to make a treat for your furry friend?
Carob/Date Breakfast Dog Bars
1. Mix together wet ingredients. Beat well. Stir hot water in gradually last.
2. In a separate bowl combine flours, fruits, nuts & seeds; add eggshell & carob. Once mixed, make a well in center of mixture and pour liquid mixture. Stir to combine.
3. Pour & spread into a well greased baking pan. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
4. Cut into larger bars for meal replacements, smaller for treats. Freeze anything you don’t use after a few days. Will last in fridge 1 week.
June 21 is the International Day of Yoga as declared by the United Nations. Yoga is a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual practice that comes from India. While it originated there, it is now practiced all over the world in it’s various forms.
To celebrate this day, the Isha Foundation has released a few special yoga practices for free for all to learn.
I was first introduced to the Isha Foundation over 3 years ago. A friend of mine thought it might help me to be more calm. I followed a guided meditation for a few months and noticed many positive changes including better concentration and focus. I decided that I wanted to learn more so I flew to Singapore to the Inner Engineering Program. From there, I went on to attend an advanced program in Tennessee.
Lucky for you, you don’t have to travel anywhere to experience these special practices. Here are 3 that you can practice from the comfort of your own home.
Yoga for Success: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnhUmq0va4A&feature=youtu.be
Yoga for Health: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9VSpOiwwDU
Yoga for Peace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5m6tMjcF8k
For those who are interested, I will be offering a free Apa Yoga program at the office on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 6:15pm. Please either sign up at the office or call 613-761-1600 to confirm your attendance. This is open to anyone over the age of 7.
Wishing you all a happy International Day of Yoga!
For more information about the international day of yoga please visit: http://www.un.org/en/events/yogaday/background.shtml
At some point, we notice that a standard in a certain area of our lives has been dropped. This could be in our health by eating poorly or not exercising enough, in our relationships by putting up with something for too long and not speaking up or in our finances, where we’ve overspent (again) and we find ourselves in a hole. No matter what the circumstance, you find yourself in the same position over and over again, like a dog chasing it’s tail or a hamster running on a wheel. In an instant, your frustrations come out and you decide, “Enough of this!”. You are not going to let this situation happen to you again and you commit to making a change in your life. You decide to join a gym, cut out junk food or start standing up for yourself. Congrats! That’s wonderful! You’ve made a commitment.
Now comes the hard part….staying committed. Let’s say you decided that you would go on a diet or as I call it, a “lifestyle modification program”. Then day 2 comes along and you’re hungry, or a work party, family holiday, etc. How do you fight the urge to return to your old ways?
Here are some tips on staying committed:
For the past year, I’ve been at a ‘regular gym’, working out by swimming, running on a treadmill and lifting weights. I searched online from time to time to get different ideas for my workouts. I eventually got bored of doing the same things over and over again. At the suggestion of a friend, I decided to try something new. I went to a movement gym.
I was skeptical at first. As I drove by five conventional gyms on my way to my destination, all the excuses came up for why I shouldn’t go. I already have a gym membership, it’s too far away, I don’t want to get up so early, etc. To me, these are positive signs of discomfort. My mind tries to keep me in my comfort zone and when I recognize these excuses, I know they are only trying to keep me where I am and I ignore them.
When I stepped into the ‘gym’, it did not look like what I was used to. It was more of a playground, but for adults. I thought: “hmmm, this is different”. The people there were very friendly, introduced themselves to me and the instructor came by to say hi. There was a sense of community there.
When we started the exercises, I was free to go at my own pace and saw that there were different progressions for each fitness level. As it was my first class, the instructor kept an eye on me to make sure I was performing the exercises safely.
I had so much fun that I even stayed for the stretch class after and I felt great!
Life Lessons Learned this week
For anyone that would like to join me in this movement experience, they offer 3 free trial classes. http://www.humantwopointzero.com/
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.