Well, Happy New Year
2007 was an amazing year for me. Looking back over the past year, I smile and think of my accomplishments, life changing experiences, and the amazing people I have been able to meet. 2007 brought me a new nephew, a graduation from IIN, employment at the Tree of Life, better relationships with my family, wonderful running partners, new trails, cross country travels, and the best health EVER!
New Years Eve was spent with 35 other staff members, guests, and Gabriel Cousens whom led us through an Inipi ceremony. At 10 pm we entered and would stay inside through the midnight. For those of you who don't know, a sweat lodge, inipi, is a Native American ritual that helps to purify the body. Generally we enter the lodges on the new moon. This gives us a new start, so to speak. Volcanic stones, aka tonkas, are heated up in a fire and placed inside the sweat lodge. Water is poured on top of the hot stones to create a HOT womb. The environment is heated to make you feel uncomfortable. It is there to push you to your edge and help you to find the coolness inside of you. With a present mind,slow breathing, singing, and prayer, helps the body to deal with the temperatures. I have recently been asked to be the fire keeper for the upcoming year. This is an amazing honor. My job will be to bring in the tonkas in between rounds. The main focus of my position is to create a place for people to grow.
I look forward to growing with the Tree of Life. Gabriel's diabetes book will be coming out in a few weeks and it will bring a major increase in guests here.
We will begin to focus more heavily on phase 1, low glysemic, foods. It is amazing to see the transformation diabetics go through here. Some dependant on insulin for 10-20 years are completely off in 1-2 weeks. Check it out!! http://www.amazon.com/There-Cure-Diabetes-Tree-21-Day%2BProgram/dp/1556436912/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199225823&sr=8-3
One not so excellent thing to tell all of you is that during my xmas day run I tripped and feel on my camera. It kind of split in 2. So as of now I won't have any photos to share with all of you. I am hoping to start using my video camera this year an broadcasting some food prep demos and maybe adding some running sessions on the web for all of you to view.
Last week we recieved a gift from the electolyte angels. A local produce company, New Harvest delivered thousands of free Thai young organic coconuts to our garden!!! Running close to $5 each, this was a true blessing. So over the last few days, I have been making coconut kefir, coconut jerky, coconut pudding, coconut chai tea. I feel like Bubba Gump, only with coconuts.
So here are a few pictures to show you.
May the new year bring you an abundance of peace, love, joy, a better you, and wealth of health!!