It has become more and more apparent to me recently that what humanity is lacking is what I have been trained in all my life: a deep connection to the soil, specifically through our food.
This is what I learned fishing and hunting growing up. This is what I learned from my Grandmother though my Chickasaw ancestry. This is what I’ve learned after trail running for a decade. This is what I’ve learned from my shaman friend and teacher. This is what I’ve learned from my Holistic Lifestyle Coach training. And this is what I’ve been shown these last few years as I’ve tuned in more and more to my spirit and the ancient wisdom of my body.
The truth is that when we listen to our bodies more and more with regards to what we consider to be the “basics” of life, specifically food and water, we can begin to determine the natural way of being which is our inheritance, and the natural state of health which is our birthright.
I have been trained through the various ways above, through direct and ancestral experience, to link up with my food sources, to determine what is good and best for my being, and so for the health and restoration of the rest of the world.
This is so much more than wellness. And I believe this is where our world is heading. Because the truth is that we need a way of being in the world that is much denser, much more ancient than the flighty, abrupt measure of graceless rhythm that most of us inhabit, that I have inhabited up until relatively recently. Our true state is that of a deep remembering, a true knowing based upon our relations with the seasons and other creatures within it.
And the grace of this knowing, of this asking for truth is that you certainly get it. One cannot stretch out their hand for long in this world before it is filled; one cannot long in the body for true sustenance without satiation.
So, my friends, a few guideposts at this stage:
Eat organic as standard. The neurotoxins and hormone inhibitors in pesticides destroy the biome of our gut, thus destroying our genetics and the manner in which our children come into this world. Much of our relations with neurological disorders and other serious disabilities are defined by this; current projections state that in less than 20 years 1 in 2 children will be born with autism due to glyphosate in the gut. The good news is that all toxins can be flushed from our human system with simple detox methods based upon a diet of clean, real, water-filled (fruits and greens) organic food.
A second admonition: eat local. My friends who are local organic farmers are saints of this present age. They dedicate their lives to the good cause of sustaining those who are awake, of energizing and supplying life to our bodies. They deserve your support, as your body deserves the real food.
Local organic farming methods are the way of restoring the soil. Today, we know that our produce is 3-8 times less nutritious than it was in the fifties due to conventional farming methods. The ways of tilling the soil yearly and killing microorganisms with pesticides releases carbon (ironically our vitamins and minerals) into the atmosphere, destroying soil health. This is entirely unacceptable, especially when we consider that our bodies and those of our children are composed of this soil through our food.
Instead of supporting this deleterious and insane way of divorce from ancestral standards of a future of health, support the work of such dutiful healers of the land as Gray Gardens, or Hug a Root Family Farms. These local farmers rotate crops and let land rest, laying down soil nutrients and other restorative agents in order that the land might be left better than how they found it.
Vote with your dollar, or better yet, vote with your state of being. Other essential methods of cleansing are replacing household cleaners with non-toxic, natural cleaners and learning how to fast, which is probably the most effective and certainly ancient technique for restoration.
Make yourself a vehicle of such light that others are unable to resist asking about your fantastic life energy and wealth of presence, how you bring this to every room, without effort and with restorative intention. The truly evangelistic way of health is one where you reach out to others much less than they reach out for what you obviously have.
And let’s all realize our inherent spiritual heritage in the land. After all, it wasn’t more than 100 years ago when we all actually lived in that way. Our bodies have deep memory, and simply restoring them to their natural way of being will be the asking they have longed for to remind you consciously of your natural belonging.