Uncommon Ground

What a week. You made it through whatever you had envisioned might happen; and then what actually did. How did we do? Are you reminding yourself daily that the resolution for this year was to be kinder to you? Moving more slowly during uncertain times seems to come naturally. This is not laziness, this is your spirit slowing down your racing mind, or trying to. Embrace it. Operate mindfully and pay attention.

The division every single person is feeling right now is not unique. Each occupant of the planet who has access to media, is aware of the salty and bitter climate. Many people have not developed healthy skills to cope with anger, fear and uncertainty. When a person does not know what to do with big emotions they tend to seek out conflict. You can recognize them easily if you are purposely monitoring your own wellness. Their social media posts and comments are aggressive and argumentative, many times not quite on topic and include unnecessary personal attacks.


can be heart wrenching to reminisce on friendships that were once so full of beauty and comfort and fun; but now have turned into irritation and animosity. How can two people who once agreed on so much, now struggle to find any common ground? Is there any salvage?

There is; but likely not today. Today is the day for your energy. When two people are passionately polar, the best course of action is probably a break. This is not an announcement, which would only fuel further defensiveness. This is simply a conscious decision on your part that, until you both have done some more healing and growing, you are more likely to stay centered outside of their sphere.

It can be uncomfortable to change a routine. Having a creative outlet can be a game changer. Most people do not even realize their own ability to create. Many song writers and painters produce the bulk of their work during times of pain. Big emotions produce complex ideas which need a release valve. When working through your feelings and trying to understand them so you can feel better, try doing something else that interests you. Paint, cook, garden, run, sing, sew. It really does not matter as long as you enjoy it.

When we allow another person to be the reason we are upset, we surrender our power. I’m sure the Bible said that it was better for a man to be alone because of this. If we cannot exist in a relationship or friendship without demanding the other person behave in a particular way before we will be able to gain any joy from their presence, then the relationship is not the problem. You are. I am. We are. It is better to be alone than to impart misery on another, or to have them do the same to you. Isn’t it?

Your joy and enjoyment of your own company, will make every other relationship you have flourish. You will find a renewed sense of self love from stepping away from toxic situations and embracing creative outlets.

Look, the sharing of ideas is a precious gift. Healthy debate can be useful. When we truly want to understand a different point of view, it’s a beautiful thing. When a populace of emotionally damaged adults are committed to the flavor of mud they throw and are driven by their anger and fear, interacting it isn’t so useful. Silly question but can you heal another person, or make them understand you exact viewpoint? We all know we cannot. Your relationship with yourself is where it all starts. Without truly knowing yourself, you cannot connect authentically with your Creator, your spouse or your siblings.

This isn’t even some deep truth. When you feel good you are a better contributor to any social situation. When you feel bad, not as much. Feel good on purpose today. Stretch your sore muscles. Paint a rock with your child. Do something that has meaning and that matters. Move with intention to be a happier and kinder contributor. Then when ideas are shared, ulterior motives and loaded rebuttals won’t ruin the progress. When we communicate from a place of openness and love, our voices are truly heard and understood.

Be Authentically You 💚 – Roots to Remedies

Be Your Own Tree

We’re Surrounded

When I hear the word environment, a scene of forest and stream reel through my mind to the tune of a melodic morning flute chime.  A gif of the poster board Save the Trees display I made in second grade.  Not so, of course.  Your environment is so much more than an idea.  It’s the air you breathe, the forces all around you, the sounds and scents you’re exposed to, the potions and creams you smear on your body and what you ingest.  I would even include your thoughts; many of which are allowed to linger longer that is productive or healthy for you.  Your environment has a direct affect on your overall health and wellness.  

Your personal circumference of daily exposure is filled with variable factors.  Some of those are within your control and some are not.  Rude, isn’t it?  To be inside your circle but outside of your control.  It’s almost like we are being continually reminded of the balance inherent in creation.  

Personal Space

The area of your circle closer to you is the controllable domain.  Breathing fresh outdoor air is obviously the best option.  The trees work in concert with the people in a beautiful cooperation of oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange.  Let’s be honest though, most of life is now lived indoors.  So what is lurking in your immediate presence.  What do you clean with?  Are you spraying carcinogens and neurotoxins in an effort to keep your space clean?  A common naturalist’s notion is that if an ingredient is toxic to eat, you shouldn’t otherwise ingest or topically apply it.

Would You Eat That?

Plant based cleaners are more commercially available as awareness rises on the hazards of chemicals in the home. I love making my own. A simple solution of vinegar, orange peels and water yields an antimicrobial cleaner for nearly any hard surface. Lemon oil is fantastic on wood. Baking soda is another safe cleaning powerhouse that will scour your sink and toilet, without adding dangerous chemicals back into your community’s water supply and into our rivers and oceans.

People have grown to love their air fresheners. We plug in this scent and spray that odor eraser, with little thought to the cost. Artificial fragrances are chocked full of BHT and aldehydes which are known neurotoxins.  Compounds that are toxic to the brain and central nervous system are responsible for a host of conditions including MS, Fibromyalgia, Vertigo, Mood disorders and many more. Rather than masking household or personal odor, you can use therapeutic essential oils. The Crystal Room and Body sprays at Roots to Remedies contain the highest quality of oils. They also contain precious crystals such as Lapis Lazuli and Peridot. The crystals chosen are done so for their many beneficial properties, which are said to include healing physical and emotional suffering, and opening the mind’s pathways to the metaphysical. Because of this higher consciousness connection, crystals are used in many cultures for treating migraines and as a stress management resource.

Unlock your potential

The pineal gland located in the center of the brain plays a crucial role. The Pineal Gland is the gland with the highest concentration of energy in the body. That`s because it is bathed in highly charged cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and has more blood flow per cubic volume than any other organ. The Pineal Gland is also the primary source of the body`s melatonin. Fluoride and aluminum calcify in the pineal glad rendering it sluggish and clogged.

Without smooth hormone production and brain blood flow channels, a host of problems arise. Cancers of the breasts and reproductive organs, nervous disorders and stagnant and undernourished blood result over time. There is a large body of evidence that the pineal glad is an interactive part of the third eye, or the spiritually-aware part of your being. If you have felt disconnected from the great energy source, or apathetic about deeper meanings; it certainly might be time to tend to your environment. If you want God to visit your space, or if you desire to feel in closer commune with spiritual endeavors, removing toxins that block these pathways is a must.

There are some wonderful options for improving your toxic load. Throw out that tube of toothpaste and try an all natural remineralizing tooth powder. If you still wear deodorant because of some pressure to adhere to societal norms, I beg you to research the health implications. My favorite antiperspirant and odor remover is a wedge of lime. It works fantastic applied to clean armpits. Your skin is your largest and first line of defense for external pathogens. When choosing a skin care routine, consider nourishment. If your soaps and creams have unpronounceables, I assure you they mean you some harm. Pick an ingredient. Do an internet search on said ingredient and side effects. Your skin has its own microbiome. When you over cleanse with unnatural products you inadvertently kill off beneficial bacteria which keep you in balance and healthy. If you struggle with acne or other skin issues, the flora on your surface is out of balance. Roots to Remedies has a great skin care line, as well as non toxic shampoo options.

Fine Tune Your Thinker

Lastly; but continually – tend to your thoughts. What is the voice in your head contributing to your environment. Research has shown that mindfulness improves health. Mindfulness is just a trendy term for being present and aware. Most of us daydream. We relive the past and calculate what we could have done better for a more desirable result. We project ahead to the future and worry about what it might hold for us, and whether we will be prepared.

All of these thoughts are contributing to your personal smog problem. Be more simple. The voice in your head has kind and uplifting words for you. Stop interrupting it with excuses as to why it owes you mistreatment. If you are present with yourself in any moment, you will notice how clear your mental environment becomes. Check in with yourself. What am I seeing or hearing or smelling or feeling or tasting right now? What blessing is it bringing to my life? What is it showing me about myself? Move more slowly and watch how quickly you grow.

We All Heal Together, Roots to Remedies