Harvest Some Wisdom this Fall
by Morgan Jones
28 September 2002
Wow! The last couple of weeks have brought us the most gorgeous weather here in
Austin. I don't know about you, but this time of year always makes me feel a
sense of renewal. I feel cooler, happier, more peaceful, and more grateful for
the simple joys in my life.
My legs work, I have enough to eat, the sun is shining, and I don't have a
toothache. Looks like it's going to be another glorious day!
I find these cool, crisp fall days seem to slow my noisy mind. I want to forget
all the activity for a while and become more contemplative. And whenever I slow
down, I start to consider which of the many goals I am currently pursuing are
truly most important.
Inevitably I come back to one simple truth. I should focus more on my health and
on enjoying the beautiful gifts that the Universe sends me on a daily basis. I
always remind myself (because I tend to be forgetful) that if I let my health
go, then I won't have the energy or enthusiasm for the other 100 things on my
Caught Up For Life list.
And then I am reminded of how simple it is to create good health.
Notice, please, that I didn't say good health was easy to achievejust
that the formula for healing and happiness is neither secret nor complicated.
It's pretty simple.
(In the middle of writing the last paragraph, I took two minutes, went to the
kitchen, cleaned my pressure cooker, and washed and began soaking some rice.
Good to practice what I preach.)
Think about it for a moment. We eat 3 times a day (or more, if you suffer from
hypoglycemia). Let's see ... that's 3 meals per day multiplied by 365 days a
year, for 30, 40, 50 or more years. That's about 85,000 meals over an average
U.S. life span. If, say, at each of these meals, we eat a donut or a breakfast
cereal or a dessert or drink a glass of fruit juiceall
of which are loaded with simple sugaror
eat vegetables containing toxic residue from pesticides and herbicides or a
piece of acid-forming, artery-clogging meat or cheese, surely it will affect our
health over the course of a lifetime. And not in a good way, I
Personally, I find it way too easy to rationalize that eating something that is
less than the best choice won't do me any harm, because it is
just this one time.
Funny how those one times soon become my habit and the effects begin
accumulating. Next thing I know, I'm feeling crummy. My low back pain comes
back, or the pain in my knees comes back, or the afternoon sleepiness returns,
or my outlook on life turns sour. I know these symptoms. And I know how to
prevent them. But still I need to constantly remind myself that making the right
choices each time I sit down to a meal (or worse yet, eat one over the kitchen
sink) will change everything else that I do or say or feel from that point on.
So at One Part Harmony, we dedicate Autumn to the study of simple truths. If you
feel like renewal would be a good thing for you, then please come and join us.
For you beginners or those wanting a refresher in the basics, we offer our very
best seminar: The Origin of DiseaseThe
Road to Recovery. In this weekend
conference we give you a solid foundation for understanding how the effects of
your diet and your environment can accumulate to create either very poor health
or a lifetime free of pain and degenerative disease and filled with energy and
happiness. We'll explain exactly how different foods and drinks and habitats
either support health or contribute to disease. We'll give you loads of theory
and we'll feed you amazing and delicious healing meals prepared by Dawn
Steinborn and her senior students from
The Natural Epicurean
If you already understand the why, then I suggest you sign up with Dawn
for a series she calls The Fundamentals of Cooking for Disease Prevention.
(You can find the dates for the next meeting of this course on
The Natural Epicurean web site.).
You'll leave this class with the knowledge and the recipes to begin preparing
great-tasting intentional and healing meals in your own kitchen.
And if you aren't quite sure you believe all this macrobiotic stuffor
you want to know more about what kind of healing is possiblethen
join Dawn for her free introductory lecture entitled How Foods Affect Your
Health & Emotions that she offers on the second Wednesday evening of almost
every month.. In this two-hour lecture and question-answer session, Dawn will
share some of what she has learned during her own personal healing journey.
Perhaps there will be something useful for you. And you can't beat the price!
No matter where you are on your personal path to health and happiness, I pray
our paths will cross soon. The Universe is truly a place of abundance, but still
... it helps to know where to look.
Peace, love, and brown rice.