The following is not medical advice, it is information that you may find helpful in discussing with the healthcare professionals you use. Always consult with them first for any new changes in your health regimen and any health concerns you have.
Remember your teenage years? All the new thoughts and emotions that began to flood our minds and bodies, but a complete lack of awareness that they were being fueled in large part by hormones?
I like to think of midlife as the adult version of that hormonal shift with the added benefits of wisdom, access to information, and being empowered to tap into the resources available.
Just today another woman asked me as she joined alongside me on my daily morning walk, what else do you do besides walk? A lot of women have been turning up lately looking for guidance. It must be the silver-streaked hair, lol.
What I have shared with women and I will share with you as well, is we each need to find what is best for us as individuals. Having said that, I offer women two sources that have been helpful to me as I take a nature-based, holistic approach first before I ever consider turning to pharmaceuticals or surgical interventions. Don’t get me wrong, western medicine has its place, but it is not my first go-to.
The first resource I recommend is my nurse colleague, Cynthia Thurlow, NP. Cynthia is a nurse practitioner with many years of experience who is a Metabolic Health-Fasting Expert who has a plethora of information to help women navigate this time in their lives. My favorite offering is the podcast, Everyday Wellness, where she discusses research-backed information that may be helpful to us women and interviews many leading experts on this topic. To learn more about Cynthia and her menu of information visit : www.CynthiaThurlow.com
The second resource I invite women to look into is also a nurse colleague, Dr. Ellen Kamhi. Dr. Kamhi is a fellow Board Certified Advanced Holistic Nurse and leading Herbalist expert who is consulted by many major herbal brands. She has been not only a fabulous source of nature-based healing information, but a true inspiration! She has been involved in Natural Medicine since 1973. Like Cynthia, she too has a plethora of information to choose from. For women navigating midlife, you may want to consider purchasing her book, The Cycles of Life: Herbs & Energy Techniques for the Stages of a Woman’s Life.
To learn more about Dr. Kamhi and her other offerings, please visit: www.NaturalNurse.com
Transitioning to our later years can be a time of great joy, letting go of what no longer serves us, reflecting on our accomplishments and joyous times, and embracing a new era with new opportunities to name just a few. We don’t need to do it alone, nor do we need to succumb to the cultural narrative that it is a ruthless, hard journey. Find what works for you and enjoy this new stage of life that we are fortunate to arrive at.
For those looking to learn more about how connecting with Mother Nature can help you live a more joyful, vibrant awe-inspiring life, please visit my website: www.TheNatureNurse.com. Sign up for my seasonal newsletter, follow me on social media @TheNatureNurse , and/or register for my signature program: Unearth Your True Nature.
Miley Cyrus recently won a Grammy for her hit song Flowers, where she poignantly shared that buying herself flowers was a form of self-love, empowerment, and healing from a relationship that didn’t work out. These are all great reasons to tap into the wellspring of joy and vibrancy that Mother Nature offers us. But, it’s not why I buy myself flowers.
My husband is happy to buy me flowers and does so on special occasions. Sometimes he will pick a flower from the garden and place it in a bud vase by the kitchen sink for us to enjoy. He knows, however, that I enjoy picking out my flowers, so he supports me in buying and growing lots of them.
As an empath (highly sensitive person) and clairsentient, I can tap into the energy of my surroundings and other living beings. So, when I go to a store and pass by the plant section, I can sense the ones that are dying, and it feels sad. It boggles my mind to see shoppers pick them up and put them in their carts. On the flip side, I am drawn to the ones that are full of energy and light, and those are the ones that I take home. They fill my day with a spark of joy!
Plants have consciousness too. Cleve Backster is famously known for discovering through a polygraph machine that plants can detect the thoughts and intentions of humans. He did this by attaching a polygraph machine to a dracaena plant in his office. As soon as he prepared to light a leaf on fire, the polygraph registered the stress.
Our interconnectedness with our natural world is a lost relationship in today’s high-tech, fast-paced world. This void is impacting us in many ways, science is showing, mainly in our emotional and mental health. Connecting and being in harmony with Mother Nature can greatly benefit our holistic health. Just a few examples include reducing stress, sleep enhancement, decreasing loneliness and even making us more creative.
Ready to give it a try? Visit your local florist, nursery, or grocer who sells flowers and slowly just be present with the flowers. Try and tune into your inner instinct to see which ones call you. Not everyone is clairsentient, but you may experience a deeper appreciation of which ones you enjoy the most. This is why I buy my own flowers. I know the ones I pick out myself are enhancing my energy.
Whatever the reason, enjoy buying yourself flowers this Valentine’s Day.
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Long after we have returned our loved ones to the earth and celebrated their lives with those who loved them most, there comes a time when we find ourselves alone with the pain and sorrow from the loss of their physical presence. Those who care about us and who provided support and comfort move on with their lives. Grief groups, therapy, and various other modalities may help. The one true constant, however, who is always there to provide us solace and guidance is Mother Nature.
A slow walk through a forest, a stroll along a lake, or simply sitting and gazing at the sky can tap us into a wellspring of wisdom and a sense of companionship in ways we may have never experienced or needed. We may notice a certain wildlife species that seems to stir something inside us. For example, my late mother always enjoyed watching the crows outside our kitchen window.
“What do you like about the crows?” I once asked her.
“I like the way they walk with that attitude, their chests puffed out, and shout what they have to say,” she responded.
I think she envied the self-assuredness the crows exhibited. When she passed away, I found that a crow would appear at odd times and either fly right above me or land on a nearby branch and begin cawing repeatedly. The sound of the crow triggered something inside me that made me feel like it was my mother paying me a visit. This comforts me.
When my maternal grandmother died, it was such a bone-chilling cold day we couldn’t bury her after her funeral because the ground was frozen solid. On the way home, I noticed a ladybug crawling on the window beside me. I reached out and held it in my hand, watching it crawl along, and again, I had a sensation like it was my grandmother with me. It eventually flew away, but ever since then, very often in unseasonable weather for ladybugs to be present, a ladybug will land on me, and I get that sensation of her presence which always warms my heart.
Visiting with Mother Nature in whatever way we have access to, can also provide us with wisdom about life through the many metaphors it provides. A new branch sprouting from a fallen tree rotting in a pond displays the cycle of life. A cloud passing by in the form of an angel or the light streaming through the clouds as the sunrises can make us feel connected to the divine. Watching a batch of daffodils emerge from the soil in spring may make us feel that our loved one’s soul has flowered beyond this earthly life. Gazing at a night sky filled with stars can humble us and remind us that we are all a small part of this vast Universe.
When the pain of grief becomes just too much to bear, remember Love Never Dies.
The news is grim. According to the World Wildlife Foundation, wildlife populations have declined by an average of 69% since 1970. Those of us who spend significant time outdoors connecting with nature have seen these magnificent beings dwindling right before our eyes.
But there is hope for those who remain, despite their small populations. Let’s take a look at some fierce, resilient wildlife species and how humans can help.
When I was a kid, I remember the news stories telling us that our national bird, the bald eagle, was under the threat of extinction. Perhaps you remember this too? The bird that proudly represents America’s soaring spirit was estimated to only have 487 nesting pairs in 1963, down from 100,000 in 1782.
The bald eagle was placed on the Endangered Species list. With collective efforts including eliminating DDT a deadly pesticide, as well as establishing conservation initiatives across the country, the bald eagle is now off the endangered species list and thriving. The two key factors that led to this recovery were eliminating harm and facilitating a healthy environment.
Today I see bald eagles soar in my own neighborhood, nesting in the trees in my nearby state park, and I even had one dive and sweep just above my head while I was stand-up paddleboarding on a local lake! The sense of freedom they exude as they glide above us in the sky is palpable. The resilience they have demonstrated also makes them worthy of being America’s iconic symbol.
Each of us can help the other species that are threatened today. There are over 2000 species of wildlife on the Endangered list today. Actions as simple as eliminating spraying toxic chemicals on our properties while simultaneously planting nourishing plants are one example of something many of us in the United States can do.
This summer, for example, my husband and I noticed an unfamiliar bee repeatedly feeding on the canna flowers we planted in a container on our patio. The large bee, with distinct yellow stripes along its back, became a frequent visitor. I took a picture with my smartphone then used the identifying button on the phone and found out it was an American Bumblebee. Investigating further, I learned this was once the most common bumblebee in America. However, its population has decreased by 89% across the United States in the past two decades.
Becoming familiar with our wildlife neighbors, and taking action to help them survive and thrive, may help us revive the precious remaining animals and insects for future generations.
To learn more about what actions you can take, consider visiting your local wildlife organizations, national organizations, and global organizations. Simply google wildlife conservation, endangered wildlife species, and conservation groups to find information and see which efforts resonate most with you.
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