Saturday, June 30, 2018

Nature

In the beginning of The Diary of Anne Frank, she wrote how important it is to be in nature for healing. In our busy world we often overlook the fact that we live in a marvelous and beautiful world. Stare at a flower starting to break ground. Stare at a bee inside a flower. Hug a tree. Walk on wet sand where the waves are just breaking onto shore. Stare at the blue sky to watch a cloud float by. Smell flowers. Stand on the earth in bare feet and feel the soil. Watch the tree's leaves move to the wind's push.

We have pulled away from nature in harmful ways. Do your own gardening or help your gardener if you have one. If you don't own any land buy a plant and watch it over time grow into fullness. All these tips seem meaningless perhaps but they are huge. They remind us that we are part of nature too. They remind us that there is a beautiful spirit in us just as there is in nature and paying attention to that spirit is a great reminder that we live and breathe with all of life.

Perhaps you don't like being in nature but you don't mind connecting to it in another way. Read poems on nature. Here is a poem from my poetry book, Light, a Book of Poems.


I wonder

Their nests remain
in the corner of the
portale where they
built them last year.

I study the beauty of the
nest’s architecture
and wonder
if the birds this year
are the same as last
searching for their
home.

I wonder –

Are these the parents
returning or are these
their children wanting to
sleep in their first beds?

Blessings,

Jan
www.JanMarquart.com
www.FreethePen.wordpress.com

Friday, June 29, 2018

Mental Health

We know when our emotions are getting the best of us or our thoughts are troubling. We can feel such effects in our bodies. This is when we are at high risk to do something in the heat of the moment that is regretable. Often people don't know what to do. So let's talk about this a minute.

If you have health insurance, call your insurance company and ask them to give you the name of a few therapists near you. If you are employed, ask your employer if you have an Employee Assistance Program. These programs cost your employer and you pay nothing.

If you don't have insurance and you can't afford to pay a therapist's full fee, ask them for a sliding scale and negotiate a price. You can find therapists on PsychologyToday.com and HelpPro.com for starters. Ask your doctor if he has a recommendation. Call your county mental health. They are more likely to work with you if you don't have insurance or at least will have resources for you.

If all else fails, grab a pen and paper and begin writing out the emotions and thoughts that bother you and see if you can help yourself by processing them.

Every county in every state has mental health services. You will have to do a little searching to find out what your community has. It is worth it to get help. Maybe we can cut down on town shootings and mental health suffering.

Here are some resources I took from an article on line: https://lifehacker.com/top-10-free-and-affordable-mental-health-and-counseling-1788814933

Please get help before hurting yourself or anyone else. We are each needed on this planet. 


Blessings,
Jan
www.JanMarquart.com
www.FreeThePen.wordpress.com

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Your Feet

How is the skin on your feet? We never think about the skin on our feet until the skin gets rough around the heels, right? Rough skin is unsightly and can become painful, especially if the skin cracks and bleeds. Wearing pantyhose when the skin on your feet is rough is expensive, right? The skin pulls on the pantyhose and causes runs.

Here is another green tea remedy. I tried this and was amazed. Get a tub as in a small kitty litter type plastic item and fill it with mildly hot or warm water.  Throw in about six to eight used green tea bags. Soak your feet for about 15 minutes or until the water gets too cool for your liking.

Your skin will be softer and you'll love the skin on your feet again.

Blessings,

Jan
www.JanMarquart.com
www.FreethePen.wordpress.com

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Drink Green Tea?

Do you have faux wood floors? Are they dulling? Would you like to aliven them without chemicals? Do you drink green tea? Here is a great tip:

Save your used green tea teabags. Remove the string. Place the bags in a jar or bowl and keep them in the refrigerator to prevent the tea bags from getting moldy.

The next time you wash your floors drop at least 8-10 tea bags in a bucket of warm or hot water. Squeeze them in you want. Wait a minute or so then drop your mop into the water and wash your floor.

After the floor dries you will notice that the floor looks brighter, slightly shinier, and more attractive. I tried this tip thinking it was dumb but because I drink a lot of green tea and hated throwing away so many teabags, I decided to try it.

My floors look great!

Blessings,
Jan
www.JanMarquart.com
www.FreethePen.wordpress.com

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

New Building Products

New building products contain neurotoxic chemicals. A new house takes 12 years to off gas formaldehyde embedded in insulation, plywood, plastics, and other products. Did you know you can buy John Mansfield insulation which has no checmials in it? Did you know that there is a company called AFM that sells products to seal in chemicals? They have a myriad of products that I've used for all my household needs. Some of their products have saved me from reactions so I could live in my home comfortably, without brain fog, headaches, dizziness, nausea, or fatigue.

Check out a product's chemical content before you have it installed in your house. Chose real wood instead of vinyl look-like-wood. Chose tile instead of carpet then buy hemp, suisal, or other natural products and spread healthy throw rugs around.

Buy mindfully so your brain and body will be happy.

Blessings,

Jan
www.JanMarquart.com

Monday, June 25, 2018

We each belong here

The other evening I went out to my deck and noticed a baby praying mantis. That is what you see on the railing in this photo. It was the size of a nickel. My photo is obviously one of a novice but you can see how frail the baby praying mantis is. I studied it for a while. It was delicate, fragile, and walked as if it had been born a minute ago. I wondered if I could have felt it if it had been walking on my hand.

I wanted to keep watching it but I could tell I had put it on alert. I didn't want it to feel threatened. I wanted it to feel safe because it too belonged here on earth and it too should feel safe on this planet.

We must change our consciousness about respecting and honoring all forms of life on this planet. There is so much destruction of nature. There is so much use of pesticides that kill important insects and other forms of life. Climate change is destructive and we might never get back the beauty it is taking from us.

Our oceans are filled with millions of pounds of plastic and other forms of garbage killing fish and ruining our environment. Coral reefs in Hawaii are being destroyed due to the use of suntan lotions full of chemicals and yes, coral is an alive sea life.

Every alive being on this planet is here for a reason, a purpose, and it is time we started to pay attention. Write your congressman if something in your environment is being harmed or destroyed. Write to companies who think money and power rule. The people count - each voice counts. We each belong here.

Blessings,

Jan

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Read or Not to Read

In the last 25 years, I have been reading labels on everything I buy at the grocery store. As a result, I have found myself avoiding products I used to buy. I was stunned at how much sugar content everyday products contained such as tomato sauce, bread, canned goods.

Sugar is addictive. I'm sure you already know that. Did you know sugar has been known to contribute to brain diseases and disorders such as Alzheimer's?

I was also surprised at how many chemicals were in our food, chemical names I couldn't pronounce let alone know what they were.

When you shop, give yourself some time to read labels. Choose the items that have the few ingredients, ingredients you know, little to no sugar.

Stay healthy now so you stay healthy as you age.

Blessings,
Jan

www.JanMarquart.com

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Staying Healthy

Staying healthy is more than seeing your doctor once a year for a check-up. Today many diseases are treated with medications. Those medications came on the market because of years of research, planning, finances and more. But there is something else that treats disease. That is, good healthy, nonGMO foods and chemical-free cleaning products such as Meyers, Seventh Generation, BioKleen, just to name a few. Health food stores are full of healthier products. Treatments such as acupuncture, homeopathy, and other alternative methods are getting people well without harsh treatments.

These products also help keep our water systems and household air safer.

Co-Op America has a directory of companies selling healthy products. The directory is about $10 and is invaluable. When I got sick from environmental illness due to an over-exposure to toxic mold I relied on that directory because I had nowhere to turn even though I was part of the movement in the 70s to use natural and chemical-free products. I had to wear organic clothing because clothing is filled with toxic chemicals. Sheets, towels, rugs, furniture, mattresses each contain chemicals.

Changing your products and lifestyle to healthier means does not have to happen all at once, like it did for me. Take your time, but do it! Your body will appreciate it. Chemicals cause neuro-damage and brain damage. Do some research. Don't be complacent believing that if a product is on the shelf it is safe.

Blessings,
Jan
www.JanMarquart.com

Friday, June 22, 2018

Emotions are Contagious

Have you ever played ha-ha? You know the game kids play where one kid lays on another's stomach until there is a zigzag line of kids on the floor. Then the first kid says ha and the second ha ha and before a minute is up everyone is laughing. Why is that?

Emotions are contagious. When around people who are depressed give them a smile or cheerful comment. This isn't just to help them. It isn't just because the power of a kind emotional word is contagious and somehow a seed will be planted for a new inner experience, it is because helping others in the right state of mind also helps our own inner world. When we allow ourselves to get pulled into negativity or depression or any other emotion, even fear and anxiety, we have lost our own inner security.

Remember: emotions are contagious. Take control of what you want to feel today.

Blessings,
Jan
www.JanMarquart.com

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Inner Knowing

Everyone has an inner knowing of who they are and what they want to do. Sometimes this inner knowing is often beaten out of us at a young age by parents or other authorities who think our inner knowing and ideas aren't real, are stupid and irresponsible. No achievement has ever come about by someone without an inner knowing.

Did you know that the Singer sewing machine came into manifestation as a thought first, an inspiration first, just like anything else we enjoy. Singer couldn't get the needle working correctly and had a dream that a tribe of people threw spears with a hole at the end. He awoke realizing that the needle needed the hole at the tip and not the middle. He honored something as simple as a message in his dream and produced a working sewing machine.

So, I encourage you to get in touch with the part of you that knows your passion, that wants to seek an interest no matter how insignificant it seems, and set your intention to do one thing daily to awaken that inner wisdom.

Addictions, criminal behavior, and other aberrant behaviors separated from that inner knowing that would have, could have, should have, led individuals to higher grounds.

Make a list of your interests, no matter how small. Perhaps you like making biscuits, or rope, or maneuvering numbers. This is how people start out with their own businesses or other success stories.

Blessings,
Jan
www.JanMarquart.com

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Using Your Voice

How many times do you find yourself yelling at the news on TV? Perhaps you are upset with what a politician is saying. 

For much of what takes place in the world, we have little power but even a little can matter. If everyone put their little bit of power into a pot the pot would be spilling over with power.

If you are passionately moved by something, positive or negative, sit and write out your thoughts to the person who is inspiring you to feel either way. Make your voice heard clearly, intelligently, eloquently, and powerfully. Then find the appropriate address, place a stamp on the envelope and mail it.

Emails can be quick but the power of a written letter far exceeds the email waiting in line in an inbox. It will feel great to honor your voice and perspective on the kinds of information that comes to you through watever means.

Find your voice, let it speak, feel part of your community and world, and stop silently or otherwise screaming at the state of affairs. Do something! Write!

Blessings,
Jan
www.JanMarquart.com

Monday, June 11, 2018

Overcoming

Every day we overcome something. What have you overcome today? Pay attention to the smallest things. Perhaps you had to wait longer at the store, let someone get in front of you on the road while you were in a hurry.

We overcome small and large incidents. We are always being challenged on patience, virtue, decisions, speaking up and more. Keep track of the overcomings you succeed at everyday. It might just boost your confidence.

Blessings,

Jan

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Red Flags

If we knew all the external red flags to avoid certain people, situations, and decisions, we could certainly create a life free of most obstacles. Retrospect can be valuable but if we think the red flags to avoid problems are all outside us we are missing the biggest red flag.

Internally, we have red flags all the time but we dismiss them thinking we are foolish, wrong, making a big deal out of nothing, dwelling, and demean the most important red flags of all.

Some red flags we cannot avoid, if we didn't make mistakes in life we wouldn't learn. No one is born knowing how life works and knowing all the right decisions to make. It is not possible. But it is possible to stay aware of the voice within and to act on it with dignity and integrity with no apologies. We must listen within. If we are raised believing we don't have a correct point of view or we should not speak, then we will miss our internal red flags because we will not listen.

One way to raise awareness of our internal red flags is to keep a daily journal and write about the red flags you might be feeling in your gut. Your gut and your brain contain the same matter. Our full bodies hold wisdom. Listen. Write out your point of view and how standing up for that internal red flag and message will work for you. Write about your fear of not pleasing others and what you will do if they get upset with you. Keep going deeper. There are many levels to the process of not listening to our own wisdom.

Blessings,

Jan
JanMarquart.com