We snapped the cover pic July 7th on the plains of Elbert and loved the updated colors of dress, the green grass and bison in the background. Brad of Team Bearsheart is performing a blessing; the bison fur he is kneeling on has a plate of food for which he is offering thanks to the ancestors in all four directions, and Mother Earth for her abundance.
“We thank Great Spirit for the resources that made this food possible; we thank the Earth Mother for producing it, and we thank all those who labored to bring it to us. May the wholesomeness of the food before us, bring out the wholeness of the Spirit within us.”*
This year, it seems more people than ever are growing gardens – community or home. More of us are remembering our connection to Mother Earth and feeling gratitude when we grow and store our own healthy food. Working in the garden or picking fruit trees in the Fall has been described as a meditation and a deeply spiritual experience. We know that fresh, local produce from the weekend farmers' market tastes so much better than the stuff from other continents.
Teaching kids cooking and gardening as life skills is a great way to bond, sans electronics. Guide their steps on the road to a healthier, more self-confident life with Melinda Hemmelgarn’s “Feeding Healthy Habits: A 10-Step Guide for Helping Children Thrive” on page 24. I still remember the smell of strawberries in my Mother’s garden, and plucking them right off the vine to eat when I was young. These are memories our kids will take with them for life.
Hard to believe the kids are heading back to school already, and it’s an ideal time for parents to hit the reset button, taking stock of the myriad challenges children face. Meredith Montgomery confronts these head-on in “21st Century Parenting: Preparing Kids for the Future.” She offers insights into raising kind, resilient and resourceful kids in a world vastly different from the one many of us grew up in.
Adults will read about the positive effects of bicycling on the brain in Marlaina Donato’s well-researched article. Cycling can improve cognitive function, depression, chronic anxiety because it boosts happy neurotransmitters. Doug says every bike ride is about joy, rhythmic breathing, connecting to nature, childlike glee, and gratitude for health. Forest Bathing (p19) has transcended its Japanese roots to become a medically-recommended activity worldwide.
Don’t skip the Plant-Based Medicine section: learn about soil sustainability, and the practical use of colloidal silver in healing.