The Resilience, Beauty and Healing in Natural Diversity in Inner Child Magazine
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The Resilience, Beauty and Healing in Natural Diversity
There is power in droplets of time that change the flow of life. Moments in the future where I will dig deep for the strength to finish the hundredth Montana mile on my bicycle this summer.
Moments in the past when I felt the exhaustion and exhilaration of the fifty-third Connecticut mile on Hazon's New York Ride while raising money for sustainable agriculture. Then five pounds lighter I rode 71 New Hampshire miles along the coastal waters enjoying that diverse interface where the particles of sand and earth meet waves of water.
Moments in the present as I train for a 3300 mile bicycle ride across the United States. June 13, 2013. I will dip my bicycle wheels in the cold Pacific waters near Seattle and set off across the Cascade Mountains for Montana, Michigan Maryland and points East before riding into Washington DC to the shores of the Atlantic.
My goal is to cover all the ground between the oceans on my bicycle, stopping along the way to talk to people about what they love in their land, their perspective on how to share something wonderful and beautiful with generations to come. I will connect and converse about how we can feel the comfort in the similarities we share, while noticing and learning from our differences thus creating the kind of community we each want to live in.
Environmentalist and author of The Fifth Sacred Thing, Starhawk said, "Value diversity—for diversity creates resilience."
I ride to honor the diversity around me in the natural environment, in the people I meet and connect with in a way that passengers in a speeding car cannot and to feel the inner changes that happen when you wake up in a different place every morning for nine weeks.
I ride to share in the beauty of this land, to feel the cool breeze as the sun soaks the earth and plants like tiny wizards change light energy and water into a colorful array of physical matter. I ride East with the prevailing winds, to feel a push from Mother Nature and see the summer move through the mountains and the plains.
I ride to raise money for sustainability. This ride is supported by Hazon, which means vision in Hebrew. Raised funds will go to start up community supported agriculture programs (CSAs), which make available to families and children local, wholesome vegetables and fruits. Last summer through my local CSA, I ate organic Connecticut grown watermelon, squash, mixed greens, dinosaur kale, heirloom tomatoes, and even more unusual things like the fractal-shaped romanesca, which is like a swirling green cross between a cauliflower and broccoli.
In my own home garden I have the usual beets, tomatoes, peas and lettuce and the unusual antioxidant rich goji berries, lemon cucumbers and large sweet Japanese pears that I became so fond of while living in Japan.
Hazon also supports educational programs for school children, giving them an opportunity to see a compost pile full of wiggling earthworms creating rich dark soil, and get up close to chickens and goats. They learn how to feel and see when a watermelon is ripe.
I believe we protect and value what we see as beautiful and I wonder how a child who has never picked an organic carrot, washed off the dirt and taken a golden carotene rich bite will care where their food and their children's food comes from. I wonder if they can even imagine what they are missing in a world without "fresh".
What do you see as beautiful? In my life off the bike, I have an Integrative Medicine practice in West Hartford, CT and consult in physical therapy, chiropractic and massage clinics around the world. I use hands-on techniques and other forms of alternative medicine to decrease pain and help people see and move more easily. My clients report improvement in their eyesight as well as a growing awareness, consciousness and insights into ways to heal and share the life they want with their family and community.
I ride for my own healing, weight management and health. My grandfather died of diabetes. My uncle lost his leg to this disease shared by 18 million Americans. Avoiding their footsteps at age 55, I enjoy bicycling, eating healthy, creating opportunities for mindful self-awareness and reconnecting with the rhythms in my life.
Diabetes is linked to a loss of sensation, a loss of vision captured by the retina, plagued by neuropathies, and a failure to connect to the rhythms of life — the rise and fall of blood sugar, the chase of insulin up and down the curve, the restful recovery period of sleep followed by alert, creative, productive wakefulness, the cycles of flow creating sensation from the toes to the eyes, and the rise and fall of hunger balanced by mindful eating.
How did you sleep last night? Did you wake up refreshed and feel energetic and creative? Are you ready to contribute to your community and enjoy the abundance in your life?
I believe that people, who feel better, make better choices for themselves, their families and their communities. I want to be a part of a community where everyone feels good, has lots of energy and knows how to enjoy the beauty of nature, the strength of relationships and the abundance of life that we each hold in our own hands.
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