Notes To Start the Week May 20, 2013

I hope you had a chance to hear the interview with Eric Maisel. We talked about dealing with challenges to creativity. Creative “types” come under this heading, though we looked at the question of whether there really is a creative “type.” In either case, I think we established that you can bring a creative flair to just about any endeavor.
Here’s the interview:



A few notes:
…ever get to the store checkout line and be asked “how are you?”..think about your answer. Words are powerful. Instead of ‘not bad’ or ‘getting by’, try ‘great, thanks!’ Seems like a little thing but it can put more energy (+ or -) into your day.
…saw this while reading something else.. Every time you hear something grim on the news, take a moment and surround that crisis or challenge with a pink bubble of unconditional love. Then do this with every problem you have. Sending love is a powerful tool to assist in the transformation of our planet. Hmmmmmmm!
…don’t forget, you are a conscious creator.


A reminder, the Chi For Yourself scheduled guest for the week of June 13th is Maggie Oman Shannon,  author of Crafting Calm. I plan to stream the interview on on June 13th at 1pm Pacific time, with podcast availability on Friday June 14th.

Be well!


Featured article: a guest post from Clifford Woods

Organic tomatoes pictureWhat exactly does “organic” mean?

by Clifford Woods




Meaning of Organic
Very simply – organic products are grown without using synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, genetically modified organisms, sewage sludge, or ionized radiation. Animals that produce poultry, meat and eggs as well as dairy products do not take any growth hormones or antibiotics serve as the organic meat and milk food sources. This might sound way too simple to believe to many people, but this remains the fact; organic simply refers to the products nourished naturally, without the addition of any synthetic chemicals into them.
What Sets ‘Organic Products’ Apart?
Organic products mean that only natural ingredients are used – nothing synthetic or artificial. The buying of organic food has become a worldwide trend, as consumers aim to spend money on products they believe that they can relate to and trust. This means to know precisely where the country of origin is, how it is processed, and what type of ingredients constitute a product. Without such information at your disposal, you better avoid buying any product labeled ‘organic’, since that might not truly be one.
Organic vs. Inorganic
Millions of consumers flock to the farmers’ markets and grocery stores spending their dollars and faith in the assurance of organic food being healthier. But there is still a debate around the true value of “organic” and this debate has yet to reach any definitive conclusion. This returning to a “natural diet” tempers shoppers’ interests so much that they have created a worldwide organic market valued at about $48 billion in 2007 and continues to expand till date.
Which Apple to Choose
Once only found in stores for healthy food, today organic foods are now a normal feature at the majority of supermarkets. In the product section can be found apples; one is a regularly grown apple and the other one is the organic. Both apples are shiny, firm, and red. Both offer vitamins and fiber and both are free of fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Which apple should you choose? Produce that is conventionally grown usually costs less, but is organic food really healthy, safer or more nutritious?
Organic Methods
The word “organic” denotes to the methods that the farmers use to grow and process farming products, such as fruits, vegetables, meat, grains, and dairy products. Practices for organic farming are created to boost soil and water savings and reduce toxic waste. Farmers growing organic meat and produce do not use the normal ways to avert livestock disease, fertilize, or control weeds. Instead of using weed killer chemicals, organic farmers conduct more refined rotations of crops and spread manure and mulch to keep weeds away, adhering more to more natural ways.
Labeling of Organic Items
Products containing more than 70% organic ingredients may or can say “made with organic ingredients” on their label, but they are not allowed to use the 100% certified seal. Any foods that contain less than 70 percent of organic ingredients cannot use either the term “organic” or the 100% seal on their labels. They can though, display the items that are organic in their ingredient list.
Clifford Woods is the Executive Director of Vibrant Life. See more information at and


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