MERCY FOR ANIMALS posted a video the other day that shows the realities of what the average animal goes through to become food. I know it is hard to know the truth sometimes, but don't you think it is at least worth knowing the process behind what ends up on your plate? "Free-range" does not mean happy, free-roaming animals in a field, and "grass fed" does not mean they are happy cows with their young eating fresh grass their whole lives in paradise. These labels are strictly used for marketing to make us think that everything is wonderful in the farmed animal industry. This belief is far from the truth. Please take a moment to watch this video.
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Personally, I find JT to be hilarious... so if you do as well, then you will enjoy this clip.
Next week it will be here online for your viewing pleasure! I will be posting a few 'yoga basics' videos to help beginner's become more familiar with the basics of yoga and go over several popular asanas, or postures. I do not have any fancy video editing capabilities, so it will basically just be me and a video camera at some cool location. :) After I post the first couple of videos, I would love to hear your feedback or take on any requests for demonstrations! Have a great rest of your Sunday, and I will be seeing you online soon! Namaste, Lorel
There is something to be said about losing a close family member, and it is usually something like "it gets better" or "they are in a better place" or something to that nature. But for the person who is actually experiencing it, we usually have a different take on it. It never really goes away or leaves you. That person's existence and connection with us remains in our hearts forever. Our life is never the same without that person around, and we just have to learn to deal with it and move on.
I personally have lost a lot of close family members in my life, but the one that holds true and dear to my heart is the loss of my mother. My brief memory of her lives in my heart and mind through stories, pictures, home videos and some of her personal belongings. I was only 10 years old when she passed, and it hasn't really gotten any easier. Maybe because I was so young, or maybe it was because she was such an amazing person, or maybe it's because everyone says how much I remind them of her as I get older... whatever the reason, she is still very close to my heart. And my heart still hurts without her here by my side.
But this blog post isn't about me and my personal experience of having that void in my life. Today's post is about the things I hold close to me to make it all ok. I have some of my mother's jewelry that I keep in a jewelry box. This jewelry is a constant reminder for me about her interests, sense of style, her personality, and what was dear to her. It tells a story, and in a way it helps me feel like I can connect with her still today. On the days I miss her the most, I will wear one of her necklaces. And as minor as this seems, it helps me tremendously in a way I can't really describe.
I've never talked to a shrink, or had any professional advice or counseling on how to cope with a loss in the family. So maybe my means of coping is not "healthy" or maybe it is. Who knows. All I know is it's the small things like this that can make a difference in someone's world. My mother has been gone for 22 years, but I love her so much for being the best mother she could be to me while she was alive. And I am so grateful for the time that she was in my life.
Nobody is perfect, and we all have problems or issues that we need to work out with certain people.. but please remember that we are not on this Earth for very long. And while we are here let's try to make an impact on someone's life.. or everyone's life for that matter. Try to love all those that surround you, because they won't always be there. Any act of kindness can go a long way, so please take a moment to step outside of yourself and reach out to someone else with love and compassion. This advice I offer to you are the beliefs I have tried to live by, and to help me cope with the losses in my life. If you love someone more than anything else in the world, please give them a reminder. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog today. Much love to all of you. -Lorel
Last weekend we hiked near the Waihe'e Stream, just outside of the Ewa Forest Reserve. It was a humid morning full of sunshine, due to the fact it rained all night and earlier that morning. We parked our cars and met up with several other friends and their dogs at the entrance of the hike. We headed up hill and through the woods for about 3 miles. At the 3 mile point we were greeted by a lovely waterfall that was refreshing for everyone. The mist off the waterfall cooled our skin, and the pools of water below filled the bellies of our pups. My German shepherd/ husky mix was so happy to hike with her new doggie friends! She has only been here on the island for about a week, so it was good for her to get out and socialize with some other dogs.
The hike was beautiful, in fact, I wished I had my Canon the whole time we were hiking. This trail is very close to our house, so we plan to head back out again soon. I will probably make the husband take the leash so that I can snap away with the ol' camera. It was a really green hike with lots of open areas to look around and explore. It was our first real hike since we moved here, and it revved up my need to go on more hikes. When I lived in Alabama, I used to go for hikes ALL the time with my friends. It is so nice to live somewhere that has an unlimited supply of hiking trails and other fun adventures.
Hawaii is definitely a constant source of inspiration for me, because it really connects me back to the Earth and mother nature. During the hustle and bustle of everyday chores, duties, errands, and work schedules, it's so refreshing to escape the chaos and connect with a more serene environment. I am feeling so blessed right now to be surrounded with such beauty. Please take time for yourself this week to explore some place new and leave your cell phone at home so you can really be present in that moment. Embrace the beauty. -Lorel
I just checked out Chris Wark's webpage ChrisBeatCancer.com and was inspired enough to share his story on my blog. At the age of 26 he was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer. He had a tumor the size of a golf ball in his colon removed, and resisted everyone's advice to follow up with chemo and chose the RAW FOOD VEGAN DIET path instead. Please check out Chris Wark's WEBSITE to read more about his journey and view his youtube videos. If this is your first time of hearing of alternative therapies to cancer treatment and prevention, then please also check out the Gerson Therapy website.
<= This was my dog's first reaction when she saw me after her flight. She was still a little shaken by the whole flying as cargo experience, but she was back to normal by the second day. We have gone on several walks to get her familiar with her new surroundings. I hope that she is not traumatized from her flying experience. Her kennel has always been a safe spot for her, like her little den. She was completely comfortable beforehand, so I hope that in a couple years she will have completely forgotten about the whole flying experience and be really calm the second time around. I still can't believe how much this dog has traveled. She is a trooper. Have any of you flown your dogs around the world? Do you have any tricks or recommendations to help keep them calm the 2nd time around? I am thankful she made it here safely, and she is now happier than ever. But I also want to make sure she is still comfortable with her kennel and the process of traveling in it. Feel free to comment below with any tips or suggestions. Thanks! -Lorel
Not only do I enjoy this guy's music, but I also enjoy Munook's belief in taking action and speaking your mind. Please take a few minutes to call the Congress member from your state if you don't want us to fight someone else's civil war. Complaining about it on facebook will get us nowhere. Make a difference the real way and call today.
In case you are wondering what on Earth this is a picture of.. it is a sea turtle that I saw while kayaking this past weekend! This time I brought my waterproof camera on our weekend adventure, and whenever I saw some amazing underwater spectacle I just dunked the camera underneath the water's surface and hoped for a great shot. Unfortunately, this time I only captured a small portion of his shell and his foot. Once I build up the courage to go snorkeling, I should be able to capture more underwater footage with my new GoPro! First, I need to figure out how to use that camera, then I will combine it with snorkeling.
So we rented kayaks and parked near Kailua Beach to set off to sea. I have never kayaked before, so I was really excited about this new adventure. I have been on a canoe before though, so I figured it would be something like that. So we push off the beach and head out on the Pacific Ocean, and not 5 minutes into our journey another sea turtle comes to greet me RIGHT NEXT to my kayak! I could've reached over to pet his shell, but I will never touch a sea creature on purpose. I am starting to think these turtles are trying to tell me something, because with every new adventure they appear right next to me! It's really amazing and intriguing to me.
The sea life in Hawaii already faces numerous threats including pollution, over-fishing, and disease. Please take 2 seconds to Vote against this resort's expansion, which would cause even more damage to the ecosystem of the seals, turtles and other innocent sea creatures trying to survive in their habitats. Please help save the Earth, it is the only place we've got.