New Year Aspirations 2016

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Plastic infographic; image not my own

I can’t say I always stick to them, but this year I have a strong sense that i’m up for the challenge of new year aspirations.  It feels good to challenge oneself and get out of a few ruts.  In the depths of winter it’s not an ideal time for a detox as such as this is best saved for Spring when you want to get your lymph moving and as it happens all the spring herbs come up to help.  This time of year however is perfect for reflection and re-adjustment.  Here at Sacred seeds HQ we’ve been thinking about what is important to us for 2016 and what we feel most passionate about.  These 10 points below will be a running theme throughout the year ahead as well as regular plant musings.

  1. Use less plastic – Being prepared ahead of time is key.
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    Plastic ocean. Image not my own

It’s not just for environmental reasons but personal health reasons as well that you need to reduce plastic.
Plastics in the form of Xenoestrogens are a man made chemical compounds which mimic the effect of estrogen in the human body. These estrogenic effects can interfere with our bodies’ normal hormonal activities and produce adverse health effects on women, men, and children. You can research for yourself how to reduce Xenoestrogens in your life, numerous things like cosmetics and cleaning products will need to be swopped to an eco friendly brand.  Re-thinking every aspect of your life from your menstrual cycle & childcare to shopping and skin care.  Have you made the swop to cloth pads and moon cups yet? I highly recommend this brand, i met them while in India last year Eco Femme.  Here is a good article to help you re-think your plastic usage

2. But more organic and avoid the dirty dozen. I have to admit that

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I have fallen off this wagon of late, giving into convenience and time constraints. I managed a whole year off supermarkets several years ago and only shopped in local suppliers with plenty of organic options. Being on the road alot for the last year this pattern has slipped and 2016 is the year for me to regain this control over my shopping needs. It means taking time out of your week to catch the local independent shops during opening hours, to schedule in those farmers markets and also if you are able to make more time to grow your own organically. Why not sign up to a local veg box scheme?

3. 90 days of sit spot challenge.  That makes it approximately 2 sit spots a week. A nature connection

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technique to help you deepen your relationship and awareness for the natural world around you. Find a spot in nature, ideally not too far from your home for easier and more regular access. Then aim to go to that same spot as often as you can through all the seasons and what ever the weather. I learnt this practice while at the ‘Art of Mentoring’ several years ago which was brought to us by Jon Young: Community, Mentoring & Nature Connection
Here is a great article explaining more about core techniques involved in the Art of Mentoring and 8 Shields Mentoring and Nature Connection.

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4. Gifting time to creativity. Make more Nature Mandalas…..
A really fun activity to do with kids as well in quiet contemplation on your own

 

5. Have more awareness about the corporate companies behind all

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the products and boycott Monsanto. I plan to print this list out and take it with me every time i go shopping until i know it off by heart
My article on seed sovereignty will go live soon which will explain all about the havoc and turmoil Monsanto is about
For now check out Anti Monsanto Farmers vs Monsanto Occupy Monsanto or March Against Monsanto

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6. Love oneself – Nourishing mind, body and spirit.

Self acceptance. A life long journey for some that deserves constant attention.

 

 

7. Reducing refined sugar to the occasional instance.  An issue that also swings in rondabouts, no doubt some blogs will come soon enough on this white death as some refer to it. Steeped in dark

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history once you dive into the evidence i’m sure you will think twice about adding sugar to your hot drinks or buying that chocolate bar. Sugars are an unnecessary and unhealthy source of calories, and health experts are becoming ever more concerned about the issues associated directly with excessive sugars consumption. The incidence of obesity and type 2 diabetes, along with the sometimes serious consequences of those diseases, is rapidly increasing. There is a direct link between consumption of sugars and dental caries as well as a possible link between consuming excess sugars and high cholesterol, high blood pressure, some cancers and non-alcoholic liver disease. – See more from this charity Action against Sugar

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8. More Yoga. Even the NHS is promoting yoga now.
Dozens of scientific trials of varying quality have been published on yoga. While there’s scope for more rigorous studies on its health benefits, most studies suggest yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. There’s some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress.

9. Explorations of our local countryside. Sacred Seeds Herbal

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Project HQ will soon be based near this area of outstanding beauty that is Beachy Head. Feeling grateful for all the future hikes this closer proximity will lead to. Bring on the green gym and nature walks for 2016!

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10. Herbal Help – Sending home made herbal remedies to refugee and protest camps. I plan to make extra herbal medicine and send it to the refugees in Calais and also Herbalists against Fracking supporting anti-fracking protestors. Medicines that are also food such as infused vinegars and fire cider, plus teas, powders and tonics will be useful esp in Calais where alcoholic tinctures are not suitable for the large muslim population.
If you’d like to help why not get in contact and we’ll plan a day of foraging for wild medicines to send to these locations.

If any one of these aspirations resonates with you why not get in touch and we can buddy up to support each other.  Follow me on Instagram for my sit spot posts or twitter and facebook for sugar free recipes. Or sign up to my newsletter for the full updates.

Wishing you all much love, light, laughter and abundance for 2016

Looking forward to sharing stories with you all

Blessings from us all at Sacred Seeds Herbal Project

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