To Everything There Is a Season

In Ecclesiastes King Solomon said something very wise. He said there is a season for everything. I am not talking about Christmas, New Year’s, and Easter. When he said there is a season for everything, what was he talking about? There is a time to be warlike; there is a time to be peaceful; there is a time to be quiet; there is a time to be noisy; there is a time to be happy; there is a time to be sad; there is a time to lead; and there is a time to follow. He goes on and on, […]

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What is Structural Integration?

Michael Rolfing

Our Bodies are Shaped by Our Lives In every moment we are shaping our bodies into a posture that fits your world. The mother continually carrying her child on one side begins to readjust the fine balance in her hips and spine. The body builder reshapes his structure through weight training. The person unable to express emotions may be “on hold” in their chest and arms, creating such tension that they eventually cannot freely breathe or extend and relax their arms. Each of us falls into patterns of body use which create postures that reflect our attitudes, thoughts and feelings. […]

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Inside the program: Conscious Gardening

By John Phillips, workshop leader Conscious Veganic Gardening is the basis for Conscious Eating in the true sense that we use a veganic/organic production method that replaces not only the chemical fertilizers and pesticides used in conventional agriculture, but also we replace the many organic fertilizers that rely on waste products and by-products of animal agriculture.  The method we use here at the Tree of Life Gardens and Sprout House is based on Kyusei Nature Farming which was started in Japan in 1935 by Mokichi Okada as a method of farming that follows the example of “Great Nature” and which […]

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Curried Carrot Avocado Soup


Ingredients 3 C Carrots, chopped 2 C water 2 avocados 1 clove garlic 3 t ginger juice 1 t lemon juice 1 t curry powder 1/2 t cumin 1/2 T Celtic salt 1/4 t cayenne 1/4 t fresh ground pepper Directions In a blender, process all ingredients until smooth and creamy.

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Did you know? The Endocrine System

Do you know what our endocrine system was called before it was called “endocrine” and the advent of endocrinology and definition  of hormones? It was called the “vascular system” because all its glands are characterized by high “vascularization”,  meaning that they are very high in blood volume and concentration. Actually the liver was actually considered part of that vascular system, because, as an organ, it shares the same characteristics of high blood volume and concentration. That little piece of historical information gives us, right away, an important clue regarding our “hormonal health,” doesn’t it? The health of our hormonal glands […]

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The Truth about Post-Truth Reality

Post-truth – adj. Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.                                                                                                       ~ Oxford Dictionary There is a phenomenon that has been happening, which was finally labeled in the Oxford dictionary. This is the new word for the year. It’s called post-truth. I mean this literally. I am not joking. Post-truth, what does that mean? The meaning of the word is that facts or historical meaning has secondary meaning and value as compared to how people feel emotionally. The truth is in the degree […]

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Pasta with Red Pepper Marinara


Ingredients 2 C red bell peppers, chopped 1 C tomatoes, chopped 1/2 C sun-dried tomatoes, chopped 1/2 C apple, chopped 2 T olive oil 1 T garlic, mined 2 T fresh basil, chopped 2 T fresh chives, chopped 1 T fresh thyme, chopped 1 t Celtic salt Dash of cayenne Directions In a blender, process red bell peppers, tomatoes, apple, olive oil, garlic, cayenne, and salt until smooth. Add basil, chives, and thyme and pulse until the herbs are small pieces. Serve over pasta. Pasta can be made from zucchini or butternut squash. Process the pasta using a vegetable spiralizer.

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Vitamin D & Diabetes

From There is a Cure for Diabetes: Vitamin D is actually a hormone rather than, strictly speaking, a vitamin—one of the most powerful hormones in your body. It is active in quantities as small as one-trillionth of a gram. Studies have shown vitamin D to have a protective effect against Type-1 diabetes. The results of a large pan-European trial, published in the journal Diabetologica in 1999, suggest that vitamin D supplements taken in infancy protect against, or arrest, the initiation of a process that can lead to insulin-dependent diabetes in later childhood. If this is the case, it seems reasonable […]

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February Fire

By Dr. Liliane Papin February 2017 promises to be a Fire month! it is marked both by St Valentine, love Fire day, and by the Chinese New Year, starting January 28th, which this year is a year of the Rooster, a Fire sign according to the Chinese zodiac. The Heart, in Chinese Medicine, also belongs to Fire energy. From an energetic point of view, we all know that Fire is a positive radiating energy that brings warmth, love and reaches out to others. No fire ever keeps its warmth for itself. It naturally spreads. Its positive heart qualities in human beings […]

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Ahimsa – A Guiding Light to Vegans


There’s something happening on the Internet that’s a little strange. It’s about a group of vegans who are putting a lot of hateful statements out to non-vegans. This is totally out of order. As I look at it I ask, “How did this happen?” I have a very long history of veganism. Shanti and I have both been vegan for 33 years, which is an interesting soul mate connection. Obviously, we see veganism as transformative for the world on multiple levels. I have expanded the teaching to holistic veganism. In 1944, Watson talked about ahimsa, which means “do no harm”. […]

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