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“15-Minute Mindful Meals”

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Happy Earth Day!

Mormon-Hippie---Earth-Day-So-CA-Clean-upWhen the Lord placed Adam and Eve on earth, He commanded them to take care of the earth. That is a responsibility we have each inherited. The earth provides everything we need, but it is our job to nurture and protect it.

Environmental issues are a hot political topic in any arena, but no matter what your political leanings, if you believe in God and that he is the creator of heaven and earth, you have to believe that our home is more than simply a planet spinning on its axis. If nothing else, you have to see earth as one of God’s creations, and that should be enough to make you want to do your best to take care of it.

EARTH DAY EVERY DAY

In the winter of 1969-70, Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin developed the idea of a day to bring awareness to environmental problems facing the planet. On April 22, 1970, the first “Earth Day” was observed. A surprisingly large number of people – 20 million – participated across the country. Today over a billion people participate each year. Some attend rallies. Some plant trees. Others clean up rivers and lakes. Whatever the participants do, they are taking seriously the charge from the Lord that we take care of the planet.

There are many things we can do. The important thing is that we each do something, and that we do something on more than just April 22.

Mormon-Hippie---Earth-Day---Use-it-upREASONS TO RECYCLE

Recycling saves trees. In Colonial America, before the expansion West, it was said forests were so thick that a person could walk from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific on the treetops. Today 95 percent of those forests have been cut down, and 50% of the world’s forests are gone.
Recycling reduces water pollution. Turning trees into paper uses more water than any other industrial process in America. Paper recycling mills use much less water and don’t pollute nearly as much.
Recycling reduces the need for incinerators and landfills to deal with discarded paper. This helps reduce air pollution.
Recycling creates jobs and promotes economic development. For every job in a landfill, there are 10 jobs in a recycling facility and 25 jobs in recycling-based manufacturing. Every year Americans generate more than 230 million tons of solid waste. If we recycled 30% of our waste every year, Americans would save the energy equivalent of 11.9 billion gallons of gasoline. This would also reduce the greenhouse gas equivalent of taking 25 million cars off the road. We can all be a little more frugal in what we throw away. Brigham Young was known for saying:

Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do, or do without.

WHAT CAN I DO?

Obviously some of us can do more than others, but if we each do a little it adds up to a lot. Below are some links to recycling ideas.

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RELATED MATERIAL

I’m a Mormon Profile: I’m Martin. I’m addicted to saving energy and recycling trash. (Source:  Mormon.org)

New Era Article: “This is Ace” (Source: LDS.org)

Ensign Article: Using Earth’s Resources Well (Source: LDS.org)

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RECYCLING IDEAS

Webpage: 1,000,000 Recycling Ideas (Source: Facebook.com)

Webpage: Recycling Ideas (Source: Pinterest.com)

Webpage: Recycling Ideas (Source: Scoop.it)

Webpage: 37 Ways to Make Something New out of Something Old (Source: Countryliving.com)

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This article was originally published on MormonMediaNetwork.com in 2013.

The Sound of Silence

GETTING AWAY FROM IT ALL

In February 1968, the Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India to attend an advanced Transcendental Meditation training session at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This much-publicized event was instrumental in introducing meditation to the western world.  The approximately 7 weeks spent in India was the most productive in the Beatles’ tenure.  John Lennon said,  “We wrote about thirty new songs between us. Paul must have done about a dozen. George says he’s got six, and I wrote fifteen”.

It would be hard to argue that the environment had little to do with the Beatles’ productivity. Getting away from the clamor of normal life can open avenues of creativity and productivity in each of us.

A QUIET PLACE

Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist. He records the sounds of nature all over the world. In a recent interview with Krista Tippett on her radio program, “On Being”, he warns that silence is becoming a rare commodity. It wasn’t long ago that keeping earth’s waters clean was not all that important, and being able to see the stars was not something that should concern us. Today, when those things are nearly gone, we see the importance of them. Now we are in danger of losing silence.

Silence is not the absence of sound, but rather the absence of noise. A forest can be silent even with the chirping of birds and the rustling of leaves, but noise is something different. We are awash in noise everyday. From cars on the highway, to the beeping of a smart phone, noise is a part of our lives. When we are surrounded by noise our minds are being pulled in many directions. Noise makes it difficult to concentrate, to control our thoughts, or to simply rest our minds in meditation.

Meditation is an important part of our physical, emotional and spiritual health.  The Lord has counseled us to not run faster than we have strength. When we are bombarded by noise, our minds are running faster than they have strength. When we turn off the noise and rest our minds in meditation, we are able to “let the solemnities of eternity rest upon [our] minds.” (Doctrine and Covenants 43:34) Meditation clears our minds and welcomes insight and inspiration.

President David O. McKay said, “We don’t take sufficient time to meditate. It’s a great thing to be responsive to the whisperings of the Spirit and we know that when these whisperings come it is a gift and our privilege to have them. They come when we are relaxed and not under pressure of appointments.”

Take 60 seconds right now and listen to the birds in the Sacred Grove as you watch this video of sunrise on the Joseph Smith farm.

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Wholesome Living, Celebration & Gladness of Heart

Mormon-Hippie-Wholesome-Living,-Celebration--Cake-photo-by-wikimedia-commons-CdnStarSeveral years ago, I attended a lecture by Michael Pollan at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He had been invited by the “Slow Food Utah” organizers and his subject was about the nature of food, our environment, and healthful eating. He displayed on a very large screen a photo of a decadently rich and luscious slice of chocolate cake.  The reaction, as he expected, was a collective groan of desire and guilt from the audience.  He went on to say that in America that is the general reaction.  However, in France, the reaction is one of Celebration!

One of my favorite books is French Women Don’t Get Fat:  The Secret of Eating For Pleasure by Mireille Guiliano.  Not only is it an absolutely delightful and inspiring read, but it seems to me that the French people seem to understand and live the Word of Wisdom!  There are a few things I personally set aside — the author builds a pretty persuasive case for enjoying a glass of wine with dinner!  But I live by my rules!

Consider a few of the French philosophies found in French Women Don’t Get Fat:

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As we study, ponder and pray, a new perspective and attitude toward food and healthy living takes shape, and a new kind of gratitude flows from deep within as we receive the wonderful blessings and experiences good food offers us.

In the Doctrine & Covenants, Section 59, the Lord commands the saints to righteous living and offers these words:

Yea, blessed are they whose feet stand upon the land of Zion, who have obeyed my gospel; for they shall receive for their reward the good things of the earth, and it shall bring forth in its strength.

Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this, the fullness of the earth is yours . . . the herb, and the good things which come of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards;

Yea, all things which come of  the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart;

Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul.

And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment . . . D&C 59:3 16-20 (italics added)

I believe we can, with gratitude and not remorse, indulge in beautiful, festive, and delicious celebrations that bind us as families and friends and cultures.

Let’s Celebrate!

— Lori Henderson, Producer/Host of “Mormon Tea” on the Mormon Media Network.

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This is an excerpt from a “Mormon Tea” article posted by Mormon Media Network.  To view the article in its entirety, click here.

This is an excerpt from a “Mormon Tea” article posted by Mormon Media Network.  To view the article in its entirety, click here.

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Fill My Cup with Conscious Living – Segment 4 of 4

In this final segment of “Fill My Cup with Conscious Living”, Vicki Talmage tells her personal story of overcoming tragedy and devastating loss that “Surpasses Understanding.” (Audio 25:14)

If you missed the first three segments of this discussion, you can find them here.

  • Find this episode’s Raw Food Menu and Vicki’s recipes here, along with additional information about how you can reclaim health, love and joy!

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Fill My Cup with Conscious Living – Segment 3 of 4

In this third segment of “Fill My Cup with Conscious Living”, Vicki Talmage explains how to safely begin a raw food diet, and how clean living played a significant part in her recovery from a brain tumor. (Audio 32:20)

  •  If you missed the first two segments of this discussion, you can find them here.
  • Find this episode’s Raw Food Menu and Vicki’s recipes here, along with additional information about how you can reclaim health, love and joy!

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Internet Trolls can be Hazardous to Your Health

“In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation.” — Doctrine & Covenants 89:4

In this episode of “Forgotten Skills Radio”, Caleb Warnock and Janiel Miller discuss how Internet Trolls can be hazardous to your health. (Audio 27:36)

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Fill My Cup with Conscious Living – Segment 2 of 4

What does it mean to “live in the modern world, but eat anciently”? Vicki Talmage explains.

In this second segment of “Fill My Cup with Conscious Living”, Lori continues her conversation with Vicki Talmage, a survivor of health challenges and personal tragedy. Vicki consciously chooses and inspires LIFE! (Audio 31:05)

  • If you missed the first segment of this discussion, you can find it here.
  • Find this episode’s Raw Food Menu and Vicki’s recipes here, along with additional information about how you can reclaim health, love and joy!

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Fill My Cup with Conscious Living – Segment 1 of 4

In this episode of “Mormon Tea”, Lori talks with Vicki Talmage, a survivor of health challenges and personal tragedy. Vicki consciously chooses and inspires LIFE! (Audio 24:43)

Find this episode’s Raw Food Menu and Vicki’s recipes here, along with additional information about how you can reclaim health, love and joy!

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Zen Christmas

Mormon Hippie shares a new perspective on Christmas celebrations for individuals, families and groups.

What awakens you to Christmas?

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Additional Information:

Mormon Hippies share their Christmas Traditions on the Mormon Media Network program “Mormon Tea”. — Audio 27:00

Why I Love Christmas