That is my mantra, we are all simply put here to help one another. In modern times it has been twisted into making money, but I think at the core of it all, we simply want to connect and share in the experience of this life. That is why I’ve created this website, to share my experiences, knowledge and humor with someone who wants to hear it. I hope you enjoy and I always encourage comments so that we can learn from you too! 🙂
I enjoyed this write up from Osho so much, I’m sharing it. Great insights:
Have you have seen any of those documentaries on the origins of planet Earth from about four and a half thousand million years ago? It is simply an astounding story of an initial fireball, subjected to a huge planetary collision, then meteorite bombardments, the arrival of literally oceans of water, the origin of primitive living organisms, climatic disruptions from snowball Earth to volcanic chaos, the oxygenation of the planet…. And finally, after about four thousand million years, the first creepy crawlies appear in the oceans…. After which it took another 500 million years of trial and error to manage to give you the opportunity to read this book – on Trust!
Yes, it took a while to bring you and this book together – which is simply a reflection of the extraordinarily intricate process involved – as a tapestry of zillions of life forms evolve into one organic whole where you can feel at home.
Food, water, air, energy and valuable materials are all around us. You have been invited to what may be the most amazing play in the whole universe, called life, surrounded by abundance.
So, what’s the problem: why is “trust” even an issue?
As Osho puts it, “Why can’t you trust? The whole existence trusts. Trees never go neurotic, birds and animals never go psychotic….”
So what’s going on? We are the most blessed of creatures – who react to this amazing gift from existence by wasting vast amounts of energy attacking ourselves, each other, and this beautiful planet in a way no other life form does.
Here is the missing bit of the puzzle. First, it took a few hundred million years for single cell life forms to appear, and then another few billion years of biological evolution before the animals and the trees appeared.
Up to this point, all life is pre-programmed how to live. Then, a mere few hundred thousand years ago we arrived. As Osho explains, prior to the arrival of our species, “No other animal has been given the gift of being free, every animal is given an already fixed program. All animals are programmed except man.
With man, everything changes. “The immense gift of existence is freedom. You are left unprogrammed, you don’t carry a blueprint.
You have to create yourself, you have to be self-creative.
Osho again is clear: “You have to bring some new element into the world of biology, and that I call meditation, a ray of meditation, a ray of watchfulness. That does not belong to biology at all, because animals are not aware, trees are not aware.”
Naturally the question arises: what is the connection between meditation and trust? Osho explains this precisely:
“Without meditation you will not be able to find trust in yourself. And the day of finding the trust in yourself is the greatest day in your eternal life.
It changes all the vision, all perception, all judgment about existence and about other people. The trust goes on growing and spreading all around you.
Only then will you have unconditional trust in existence.” Time to start reading this book! Living Spontaneously and Embracing Life
“Trust is the highest form of the same energy as doubt. Doubt is the lowest rung of the ladder, and trust is the highest rung of the same ladder. Use doubt, use it joyfully” – Osho
I have been consuming food grade bentonite clay everyday for over a year. What has it done for me? It took my joint pain away, plain and simple. If I forget to take it, I can feel it.
This is a naturally forming substance that does more good than most medications, clears heavy metals from the body, toxins are removed and on and on. You can see what Dr. Axe says: https://draxe.com/10-bentonite-clay-benefits-uses/
My own opinion: This is an amazing powder, that when used properly can help with gout and many other bodily issues. The reason I mention gout: I told a friend about using food grade bentonite clay as he was REALLY suffering from gout. He bought it and three days later sent me this message…
“Ken, thank you for the food grade bentonite clay suggestion, it is the first time my knees are not hurting in years. Where has this been all my life?! Thanks again, Carl
This is how I use food grade bentonite clay:
I put a tablespoon or so in a sealable pint jar, Add clean water 3/4 full and shake it up. I put it aside to let the clay mix with the water fully (takes about an hour). Then I drink a half pint a day which translates to about two teaspoons of clay being ingested.
Another way: If you are drinking it regularly, you can add a teaspoon to a glass of water and let it sit for a while, stirring occasionally until it is fully dissolved. You may have a little grit but it is so worth it!
If I have specific body pains (sore joints, etc) I will drink a whole pint or a double dose and it alleviates the pain within an hour or so.
A little goes a LONG way, so be patient and be sure to read the article as it says using in a bath and on your skin is also beneficial. I use it in my bath on occasion, but it does take some time to dissolve, so be patient. 🙂
I hope this heals what ails you! 🙂
food grade bentonite clay is a “healing clay” that many people are enjoying the benefits by taking internally (in other words, drinking and eating it), on top of using it.
I love new owl boxes getting installed. These guys got a seasoned box (had birds in it before) and installed it in a great tree. I sure hope they get some owls this fall! 🙂 One more owl residency project complete!
I live in Lake Worth Florida. I’m very close to a Zika zone and probably by the time you read this, in a Zika zone. Bummer, but I believe there are ways to keep my loved ones and myself safe from this looming threat. My yard was consistently heavy with mosquitoes because I grow a lot of plants, have a lot of mulch and support the natural processes that make growing your own food so awesome!
I had broken down in the past when the little critters got unbearable and used a Pyrethrum (crysanthimum derived) spray to take them out. It was a mistake because it killed off all the pollinators and other positive bugs. Within a week of spraying a new variety of bugs showed up, no mosquitoes, but a dozen other beasts that leveled my gardens in short order (like under 5 days). The reason? I sprayed a pesticide that threw off the balance of nature and invited other bugs to take their place. It was very sad to see collards get leveled in just hours and the butterflies just stopped visiting for a while. They knew what I did and I regretted it.
So I committed myself to figuring out how to handle the mosquitoes without the poison even if it was a natural variety. How to push back against the bugs that are so much in the news right now.
First, let me say I have a lot of water on my property, a few ponds (that are continually aerated), bird baths, a few buckets and large holding tanks for rain water catchment. So I have plenty of places where the beasts can hide, reproduce and infect me! But I did one simple thing that changed the game. One product I used to lower the potential of mosquitoes greatly and their numbers have dropped so significantly that I don’t see them as a threat as I once did.
What did I do? I went small, really small. I used microorganisms. Bacillus thuringiensis to be exact. They cause the larvae of mosquitoes to not mature to flight stage. It changed the game for me and it was cheap, easy to spread and don’t have any measurable negative affects on my fish, frogs, caterpillars, butterflies, bees, or pets.
How did I do it? Simply, I purchased Mosquito Bits, which did the trick.
I spread it across my entire yard space of 1/4 acre. One bottle did all my ponds, water holders, buckets, anything that could hold water for a short time during or after our frequent rains. I even spread it on my mulch to ensure runoff of the bacteria back into my water catchment during heavy rains. Within a week the game had changed and I didn’t lose my garden in the process. Zika might still be lingering, but the volume of bugs carrying this disease was greatly decreased. I’m outside all the time, so I know my risk, I try not to use bug sprays as I believe they are as bad as any disease in the long term. But I found my own way back to my yard without the endless smacking and scratching that comes with the Florida outdoors.
To replace the bug spray and to ensure I’m not infected I use mud. That’s right, MUD. I find all kinds of clays in my travels and don’t purchase them most often. Long ago I realized in FL that mud was used as an insect repellent long before the term was coined. So I use it as the Indians did, get it wet enough to spread and cover up. It feels great (to me) and keeps the bugs and sun off my skin. I even keeps me skin exfoliated and adds some minerals to my skin. We never get enough minerals and this traditional approach is by far the most FUN I’ve had in mosquito bite prevention.
But if you are concerned, you should use everything you can to stay safe. Cover up with clothes, use mosquito spray and mosquito nets and cheap drop nets, consider buying blower fan and use it when in outside spaces, I have a large fan that I turn on regularly that really does the trick…
There are several products that carry this bacteria and you can find some of the best prices here
UPDATE 9-28-2016: Some of the mosquitoes survived and are still around, so I don’t have a perfect fix, but I definitely improved the situation.
This is a short overview on how to make new soil in south Florida.
This video illustrates the result of two years of fun work. Replacing the ugly traditional grass and sugar sand with plants of all kinds and tons of mulch repeatedly. This was a low cost, highly sustainable approach to creating good soil without buying it.
Additionally, the heat and humidity make it an ideal place to create soil quickly and efficiently with almost no expense (but lots of moving mulch into place, so free is relative).
There are a few pieces of equipment needed:
- A wheelbarrow or something to move the mulch in.
- A strong pitchfork.
- Get a dust mask if you are sensitive to mushroom spores (if moving the mulch within the first month it’s on location).
- Cardboard (I get mine from behind Pier 1, they have huge boxes and I can usually get what I need in one stop. I ask the manager once for permission and go whenever I need it.)
One of the things I’ve found is that timing is important. If you can move a freshly chipped tree onto its cooking location (where it will remain for months) it will cook that much faster because it is moist and quickly form the mycelium that creates the heat and soil we are after.
One more optional step:
You can take it a step further…. I added a wood deck over my mulch so that it is out of the sun and will cook faster. (It also makes my wife happy since she doesn’t have to wobble through as much mulch when working in the garden.)
It is a bit more work, but the wood was free and sitting around. The process is the same, except you build your mulch up and then put a floating deck over the top. Once a year I lift one set of boards, grab the soil and replace the deck on some heaping fresh mulch, then I repeat for the next set of boards. I will usually spray the underside of the wood with Neem Oil to help keep it from rotting away with the mulch.
The rock-star in all this is the bacteria and mushrooms that go to work on the mulch so quickly. They may be small, but they are mighty and with a little bit of help they can do the work so much faster than you would expect.
And there is another exciting thing you can do with mulch. You can create hot water! Low/no cost options for hot water or priming your hot water heater with warm water to save on the electric bill. If you want to learn more about this subscribe to my newsletter, it’s free and you can unsubscribe if I irritate you. Sign up below:
Thanks for reading and I hope this helps you think and be more sustainable everyday!
The basic premise is that we eat too much, too regularly.
Science is showing that we should eat less. Throughout history, back to Egyptian times fasting was valued as a health inducing practice.
Here are some options:
1. Eat ONLY during an 8 hour period each day (stresses the body, strengthens the mind with keytones)
2. Twice a week limit your intake to 500 calories as a fast.
Watch this slow moving, but informative TEDtalk.
Step 1: You find white paint (preferably old, unwanted)
Step 2: Paint your roof. That’s it, save 20% on your bill if you started with a darker colored roof.
You will feel the difference on your feel almost immediately after drying and the attic temperature may drop as much as 20 degrees that very day! When you consider that my AC comes on much less often, the savings only compound over time.
My story: I painted the roof on my shed to test this idea and the temperature change was immediate (before the paint even dried). I had a 15 degree drop in the space the same day (image 95 degrees drops to 80 degrees with just a roof color change, that is what I experienced). It took two hours and about ten gallons of outdated used white primer paint. Worth it every time I walk in the shed! The house is next! 🙂
And PLEASE REACH OUT statewide, and especially to your organization’s chapters in Southeast Florida. (You do not have to be a CAC member to participate.)
As an example, here are two photos by Rolando Chang Barrero, West Palm Beach, Flagler Drive at 10th Street, West Palm Beach, facing East to the Intracoastal.
3) Take two photographs of the site you have identified that has experienced flooding during King Tide events. One when it is dry, and one during King Tide when it floods. The images should be taken in the same place, facing the same direction. Daytime photos are preferred.
4) Send the two images to Ken Horkavy, [email protected],
Homemade Root Beer
Old Fashioned Root Beer Recipe Nourishing and healthy
A simple and nourishing fermented homemade root beer (non-alcoholic) with herbs and beneficial cultures.
Author: Wellness Mama
Recipe type: Beverage
½ cup Sassafras Root Bark
½ teaspoon wintergreen leaf (or more- try this to taste but start with a little as it has a very strong flavor)
1 cup unrefined organic cane sugar like rapadura
¼ cup molasses
1 cinnamon stick or 1 tiny dash of ground cinnamon (optional)
dash each of coriander and allspice (optional)
2 teaspoons of natural vanilla extract
3 quarts filtered water
¼ cup lime juice (optional but good for flavor)
¾ cup homemade ginger bug or other starter culture like whey or vegetable starter
Put the sassafras root bark and wintergreen leaf in a large pot. Add cinnamon, coriander and allspice if using.
Add 3 quarts of filtered water and turn on high heat.
Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove herbs.
While still warm, add the sugar and molasses and stir until dissolved.
Let cool until warm but not hot and add the lime juice and then then ginger bug or other culture and stir well.
Transfer to grolsch style bottles or jars with tight fitting lids and allow to ferment for several days at room temperature.
Check after two days for carbonation and when desired carbonation is reached, transfer to refrigerator and store until use.
This time of year in Florida is always special to me. To hold tiny seeds in one’s hand and to realize that just some small handful can feed a family for an entire season and sometimes an entire year never ceases to amaze me.
I’m looking to plant more gardens this year so if you need help or guidance just let me know sure to enjoy the season.