If you need a good reason to plant an organic garden, here are ten.

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1. A garden gives you a great reason to be outside. On average, we spend as much as 90 percent of our time inside. Here in Colorado, this has resulted in epidemic rates of  Vitamin D deficiency. Start a garden and get some sunshine.

2. There is a move to eat food grown locally. Our food travels an average of 1,400 miles to reach us; on the other hand, you can’t get more local than your own backyard!

3. How do you know how fresh your vegetables are (or how nutritious)? A vegetable grown in nutrient-rich soil and picked ripe is much tastier and more nutritious than a vegetable that was picked unripe two weeks ago and shipped across the country. Not to mention, the only person who’s touched the home-grown veggie is you, and there is no “food-grade wax” covering the beautiful produce.

4. Growing your own food gives you the chance to try vegetable varieties you can’t find in the store. Supermarket produce varieties are limited to those that have a long shelf life, can withstand shipping, and are uniform in appearance. That means you are missing out on a wide variety of delicious if not so sturdy fruits and vegetables.

5. Prevent some pollution. The chemicals and non-sustainable farming practices used to grow non-organic crops are contributing greatly to the contamination of the earth. Even organic crops that are shipped by truck contribute to carbon monoxide emissions and fuel consumption.

6. Get some exercise in the great outdoors.  Hauling a wheelbarrow can burn 340 calories per hour, raking, 292 calories, weeding, 306 calories, and general gardening, 272 calories.

7. You can contribute to sustainability. Gardening organically means nourishing the soil that grows the food that nourishes you and creating a backyard eco-system that attracts and supports beneficial wildlife in a balanced way.

8. Get your kids to love vegetables. Kids who grow vegetables are more likely to eat vegetables. This is also a good way to foster a child’s connection with food, seasons and the rhythms of life cycles. They’ll quickly learn that food doesn’t come from a box, it comes from the earth.

9. You will save money. Even in our arid climate, a garden designed to use less water will give hundreds of dollars of produce for a relatively small investment.

10. And finally, you’ll feel really good about what you’ve accomplished. There’s nothing quite like preparing and eating food you’ve grown yourself.

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This pose brings your body into alignment and can help with back pain.

Mountain Pose – Tadasanametaphysical

Instructions:

1. Come to stand with the big toes touching.

2. Lift up all your toes and let them fan out, and then drop them down creating a wide solid base. You can separate your heels slightly if your ankles are knocking together uncomfortably.

3. Bring your weight evenly onto all four corners of both feet.

4. Let the feet and the calves root down into the floor.

5. Engage the quadriceps and draw them upward, causing your kneecaps to rise.

6. Rotate both thighs inward, creating a widening of the sit bones, and tuck your tailbone in between the sit bones.

7. Tone the belly, drawing it in slightly.

8. Widen the collar bones and make sure the shoulders are parallel to the pelvis.

9. The neck is long, the crown of the head rises toward the ceiling, and the shoulder blades slide down the back.

 

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Sukhasana is really any comfortable, cross-legged, seated position. It is a good pose for meditation.

Instructions:

1. Arrange padding under your sit bones so that your hips come above your knees.

2. Come to sit in a comfortable, cross-legged position.

3. Bring one heel in towards your groin. The other foot may rest on the floor in front of you or you may bring it into your lap.

4. Root your seat down as your spine grows long. Stack the shoulders over the hips and slide the shoulder blades down your back. The crown of your head rises towards the ceiling.

The Milky Way is a gravitationally bound collection of roughly a hundred billion stars. Our Sun is one of these stars and is located roughly 24,000 light years (or 8000 parsecs) from the center of our the Milky Way. Although we are in the Milky Way, we can still see it as it wraps around us as a band of stars in our night sky. The Milky Way is extraordinarily beautiful on a dark night far from city lights. Gaze at the Milky Way and marvel at our place in the universe.

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metaphysicalMaintaining a peaceful home environment is a huge help in combatting stress. What things do you do to make your home more peaceful? One thing many people do not notice is the background noise in their home. Is your T.V. constantly on, do your kids play video games, do you have a news channel on your radio non-stop? Many of the noises are discordant and actually stress-inducing. Although *silence* can be beautiful and has many benefits, for everyday moments consider listening to soothing music. Research has shown that listening to peaceful music actually has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system. There are albums available specifically for meditation, and many choices of music to choose from that can help reduce the stress in your home. Here’s to peaceful listening.

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This is the time of year when many of us have made New Year’s Resolutions. You know what I’m talking about – that list of unrealistic goals that the majority of us forget about by February. However, the beginning of the year is a good time to make positive change in our lives. The key is to make those changes reachable. Sometimes it’s hard to find the balance between too easy, and impossible, but it’s there. Evaluate what you really want for yourself and how you want to spend your time. You will be a product of that choice.

metaphysicalOne easy resolution that is good for almost everyone is to move more. Take the stairs. Purposely choose the parking space farthest from the door, to get those few extra steps in. Take a few minutes to step outside at lunch, breathe in the fresh air, and take a quick jaunt around the block. These small actions are cumulative, and your body will thank you.