I think we’ve all heard the idea that changing one thing, changes everything…and that is what came to my mind in approaching this month’s health topic of Fruits and Vegetables. Paying attention to how we care for ourselves in the area of food for our bodies is certainly a very good place to begin a return to an active state of reverence for ourselves. It is also a vote for the kind of tomorrow we want for ourselves, our children and our global community.
Nurturing the body with fresh, locally grown, organic produce is an important step in supporting our health and longevity, our physical wellbeing and the wellbeing of our community. Every decision we make about how we spend our grocery dollar is an important statement about our values, our beliefs, our love of self, individually and collectively, and our desire to help sustain local farming so that we can continue to have access to the fruits of the Earth. By buying food from the local farmers markets and natural food co-operatives, we are assured in knowing where our food comes from, how it is raised, how the people producing the food treat the Earth because that determines not only the quality of their product but also their livelihood from this and future crops. Besides, I don’t recall there being any recalls from small, independent, local food producers due to toxicity from pesticides or contaminated water and certainly no genetically modified organisms; that seems to be the domain of the agricultural corporations.
We also have the option of starting small backyard gardens and exchanging food with our neighbors and/or donating excess to local food collectives or nursing homes. It’s a lovely way to get to know our neighbors and to cultivate community
Regardless of how we approach it, taking the time, thought and money to care for ourselves more consciously, more lovingly, develops our reverence for the gift of life within us and the world which then spreads to other areas of our lives. There are no small decisions, every choice is a vote in favor of what we want to see more of, it is a reflection of what we value and how much we care for ourselves. Let’s all begin by paying closer attention to where our food comes from, how it is cared for and how many servings a day we nurture our bodies with.