Sunday, November 15, 2015

Love: Either Everyone's In OR Everyone's Out

This past week I was annoyed with someone, and it felt totally justifiable. I kind of suppressed it, pushed it to the back of my mind, and carried on with life. Then, at the end of the week, I had noticed I had been more edgy than is typical for me. I realized, that one annoyance, that one grievance, had spilled out across my whole life. 

After the tragedy that occurred in Paris on Friday the 13th, I took pause and could see that by holding this one person outside of Love I was holding everyone outside of it. That I was listening to MY inner terrorist instead of the voice for Love.

We are each one of us a Soul. Created by one Source. Some call it God, others Universe, The All Knowing, Allah, Goddess, all different names for the same thing: Love. Which created us in its image. Though, we were also given free will. The choice between, within ourselves, listening to the thoughts in our minds of either the inner terrorist or Love. Each of these thought systems are mutually exclusive. We move back and forth between them throughout our lives.

Most of us walk around not realizing we have a choice. Even those of us who have learned we have a choice still forget. When we become aware of the choice, we begin to gain our power and can learn to listen only to the thoughts of Love.

In A Course In Miracles Jesus says, "To hold a grievance is to forget who you are" (Lesson 68).

Buddha says, "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of harming another; you end up getting burned."

We are not guilty, shameful or bad for it. Though we do experience suffering within ourselves.

For me the first step is SEEING it. Then I pray. Give it over. Am willing to see differently, and let it go. Feeling guilty or shameful is more of the same; its still coming from the mind of the inner terrorist. This is a time to relax, spend some time in nature, read a book, take a bubble bath, watch a funny movie, and allow our mind to get tuned back into those thoughts of Love. Trust that everything will unfold for the best. It always does.

<3 Kelly

Monday, November 2, 2015

Harvard's Third Annual 'Food Is Medicine' Symposium

Thursday, October 29, I attended the Food Is Medicine event hosted by The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School, the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, and Community Servings. They had guests from three different areas of the health and food industry speak  about innovations pertaining to Food Is Medicine. The three areas were The Role of Retailers in the Food Is Medicine movement, How the Healthcare System is Integrating Nutrition Programs to Improve Population Health and Make the Case for Food Is Medicine with Data and Cutting Edge Research

What struck me is that each presenter spoke about their area in the movement with great enthusiasm. It was apparent to see their excitement about being able to truly help, heal and serve people with the power of wholesome food. Though they had a shared passion, it was equally interesting to see how these people were making change for the same big picture movement, but coming at the issue from different angles.

Annika Nielsen spoke about a pilot store in a low income area outside of Boston called Daily Table. Using donated foods, fresh produce and prepared meals they have been able to provide extremely low cost, healthy meals to low income and food stamp using citizens. Low income families are generally unable to afford healthy food, if any food at all. Having this option allows them to use food to prevent illnesses that run rampant in individuals who live at this socioeconomic status. Nielsen spoke of individuals coming in, tears in their eyes, so grateful to be able to afford this healthy food.

David Waters of Community Servings is coming from a post-diagnosis perspective. After individuals are diagnosed with an illness (the company was started exclusively serving those with HIV and has now expanded) wholesome meals are delivered to them, made specifically to target their health needs.    These food health programs are being shown to not only be incredibly effective, but also much more cost effective than hospital visits and medication. Walters said with the cost of one hospital visit an individual can be fed for months instead.

Jody Adams, Chef and member of Board of Directors for Partners in Health, spoke about her experience, and her story effected me the most. She was involved in not only raising money to build hospitals in Haiti, but she went down and first hand taught the Hospital chefs how to cook wholesome foods for the patients. They said patients would come in sick, and after eating their food would get better and not want to leave. Adams said patients in these hospitals are eating better than patients in hospitals in the Boston area (not that there is a high standard, hospital food here is appalling). More than just being a hospital, they have programs there to help people with their homes, food, education and have found that helping people in these areas has helped to improve health across the board.

These are just three of the speakers that presented to a very full room of eager participants. Overall I very pleased that the concept of Food being Medicine is catching on. That Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine's, prescription is being put into action in the modern world. I walked out of the door with a feeling that this is just the front of the wave, and I can't wait to see where it goes.