In an effort to assure the world that I am not dead, here is some of the living I've been actually living with my life recently. I'm sharing here, not to say, "Oh look, I'm living my life, isn't it lovely?", but more because, well, this space feels like that old closet up in the attic at this point that's filled with old costumes that I used to wear, that I really love and would never, ever discard. That analogy doesn't even hold water, really, given that the majority of this blog is actually quite naked. There isn't even a box of costumes here. But there's definitely lots of very old stuff that I could never, ever abandon. It's all very much part of who I am now. Even if sometimes I don't want to actually admit it.
I've got arugula and garlic growing in my backyard thanks to the loving generosity of my sweet professor. Already. I have barely, quite honestly, survived this long winter of my discontent in Salt Lake City this year, and spent a good portion of it surviving literally on love fumes supplied by him, Lilsalty and my two big black dogs. The sun has shined for the last four days in a row and I feel like we all need to have a parade down the streets complete with glitter and ponies for everyone. Patios are filling up, people are coming out of their houses, there's the laughter of children. I swear, it's like we're all literally waking up and rubbing our eyes and looking at this firey ball in the sky and learning how to actually walk again.
Arugula. In my backyard.
In the front yard, I've got brand new triple grow boxes that will soon have beets and carrots and tomatoes. I've been drinking raw beet juice concoctions every single day since January 1. Every single day. All day long. I need to share that if you drink raw beet juice concoctions every single day it really does change your body composition. I got rid of one hell of a parasite infestation that I had no idea I was even hosting. I'll spare you the details, but wow. I also seem to now have less wrinkles. I was told this could happen. I did not believe it. But after nearly four months on this regime, I can report that it is true. I also have stronger nails and shiny hair and have lost at least 15 pounds. I did cut out all processed sugar, as well, on January 1, so that may be a contributing factor. My diet, these days, is primarily vegan, mostly raw, all organic and well I eat a LOT of beets and arugula. Still, I also drink a lot of espresso. But, I also drink a lot of kombucha. I don't know. All of this works for me and I keep saying that we all have to journey on this planet and find what works best for each of us. To follow our individual hearts. If we truly follow our hearts, to do what our hearts call us to do, in all things, I believe we'll do exactly what is best not just for us, but for the planet.
I spend my days these days spreading love where I can. In all the ways that make sense to my heart. I know that sounds ridiculous to many, probably, because, well, love? How do you spread that?
You smile at strangers. You give real hugs. You share what you have freely without hesitation. You help the old man at the supermarket with his grocery shopping. You volunteer at the hospital. You pick up the trash in your neighborhood as you walk the kid to school. You take your dog to the assisted living home and let him share his love. You plant a garden for a family or three who don't have one. You help a kid to face his biggest fears. You love a kid that might not be your own. You set books free. You just remember that you are a love muscle and love vibrates in every action that you do.
As dear sweet Tom Robbins says best, “Breathe properly. Stay curious. And eat your beets.” ...And love with abandon, friends. Do what feeds your own soul, do that. Follow your bliss. It's how we're all going to save this world.