Saturday, May 31, 2014

How Not to Be Offended

There is an ancient and well-kept secret to happiness which the Great Ones have known for centuries. 

They rarely talk about it, but they use it all the time, and it is fundamental to good mental health. This secret is called The Fine Art of Not Being Offended. In order to truly be a master of this art, one must be able to see that every statement, action and reaction of another human being is the sum result of their total life experience to date. In other words, the majority of people in our world say and do what they do from their own set of fears, conclusions, defenses and attempts to survive. Most of it, even when aimed directly at us, has nothing to do with us. Usually, it has more to do with all the other times, and in particular the first few times, that this person experienced a similar situation, usually when they were young.

Yes, this is psychodynamic. But let’s face it, we live in a world where psychodynamics are what make the world go around. An individual who wishes to live successfully in the world as a spiritual person really needs to understand that psychology is as spiritual as prayer. In fact, the word psychology literally means the study of the soul.

All of that said, almost nothing is personal. Even with our closest loved ones, our beloved partners, our children and our friends. We are all swimming in the projections and filters of each other’s life experiences and often we are just the stand-ins, the chess pieces of life to which our loved ones have their own built-in reactions. This is not to dehumanize life or take away the intimacy from our relationships, but mainly for us to know that almost every time we get offended, we are actually just in a misunderstanding. A true embodiment of this idea actually allows for more intimacy and less suffering throughout all of our relationships. When we know that we are just the one who happens to be standing in the right place at the right psychodynamic time for someone to say or do what they are doing—we don’t have to take life personally. If it weren’t us, it would likely be someone else.
This frees us to be a little more detached from the reactions of people around us. How often do we react to a statement of another by being offended rather than seeing that the other might actually be hurting? CLICK TO CONTINUE AT SOURCE

Friday, May 30, 2014

Planting in the Forest Garden

Come learn to plant vegetables with your children! Fat City Farmers offers one hour workshops for families at the Roaring Fork High School garden.
We will tour the greenhouse and garden, show children how to plant in the forest garden, share gardening tips, harvest something to taste and read a garden story. Please bring your water bottle and sun hats. All ages, all people welcome. Se habla español.
Come to any one workshop or all, the next 4 Saturdays: May 31, June 7, June 14, June 21
9:30-10:30 or 10:45-11:45
$5 donation to the youth gardening program, or free or whatever you can afford.
A forest garden ( ) is a permaculture model that plants trees, berries, perennial herbs, and annual vegetables in a mix so that they each will grow optimally. It mimics a natural woodland.
People who come for a workshop orientation are welcome to adopt an area of the forest garden for their own use to plant and harvest what they wish in that area. It is essentially a community garden, and there is no charge. We want people to plant and use the space.
Call Illène: 274-1622 for more information

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

National Sunscreen Day

Did you know it's National Sunscreen Day? Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has free sunscreen available at the park. You can find it at the guest services booth just outside the gift shop. Stay safe in the sun this summer!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

No Bake Watermelon Cake

The perfect healthy "No Bake Watermelon Cake Recipe" for your summer get-togethers.

•Whipped cream or Coconut Whipped cream (Paleo Version)
•1 Large Watermelon cut in a circle like a cake (see photo above)

1.Cut your watermelon based on the photo tutorial in the post.
2.Pat the watermelon down with wipes to dry it.
3.Frost it with whipped cream
4.Add Almonds to the side
5.Decorate the top with fresh fruit of your choice. I like raspberries and blueberries.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Wellness Providers: Educate Your Community

As a partner with us in educating the public, we are excited to invite you to take part in a summer Lunch & Learn series with us every 1st & 3rd Tuesday at noon beginning May 20th- August 19.  The event will be hosted by The Designer's Vault in downtown Glenwood Springs and promoted liberally by and in local media.

Each session will consist of a 30-minute educational presentation on a topic that is wellness-related.  Brown bag or pre-purchased lunches will be available.  An audience of 12-30 is planned for at each event.

Schedule outline:

12pm arrival, networking, browsing, settle in with lunches
12:15 begin presentation
12:45 disperse for more networking, browsing and questions as long as is desired.

If you would like to be considered as one of our featured speakers, please respond with your top 3 date preferences and a title and description of your presentation.

Questions?  Please give me a call at 970-930-1242 or via email at

In health & happiness,


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Teaching Mindfulness in Schools

Actress Goldie Hawn is bringing her MindUP program to schools around the world. Very cool report with a Roaring Fork Valley connection. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Colorado Get Movin' Challenge

The time to kick-start a healthy habit is now! Gov. John W. Hickenlooper, Civic Center Conservancy, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, the LiveWell Rally Man and Colorado Get Movin' Challenge Ambassador Courtney Oldham invite you to get active this May.

Watch the news this week for more information or visit to get started.