December 13, 2014
A special and loving friend sent me a link to the poem below – From Blossoms. It created such a beautiful image for me related to how much we each carry inside ourselves given our life’s journey – Creativity, love, knowledge, passions, pain, joy, compassion, desires, and dreams – truly an orchard inside us that lends itself to give, to teach and to learn. The orchard inside each of us has grown from all of our experiences, failures and successes, hopes, reality and dreams. Its growth has endless potential, full of endless possibilities as long as we continue to plant our seeds of beautiful and honest intentions, and nurture our intentions through our actions, thoughts, and feelings every day!
From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the boy
at the bend in the road where we turned toward
signs painted Peaches.
From laden boughs, from hands,
from sweet fellowship in the bins,
comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,
comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.
O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach.
There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.
Li-Young Lee, “From Blossoms” from Rose. Copyright © 1986 by Li-Young Lee. Reprinted with the permission of BOA Editions Ltd., www.boaeditions.org.
Ivonne and John At The Orange Trees At The Olympic Training Center
December 09, 2014
We are back home in sunny California! The warmer weather and beautifully warm sunshine feel so wonderful! I’m starting to go for some walks now, and am soaking in all the vitamin D I can. It’s incredible how well the human body responds in comfortable temperatures and sunshine. Interestingly, there is research that shows that exposure to sunshine post surgery can decrease the amount of pain medication individuals may use after surgery. Vitamin D is also important as it is needed to maximize the uptake and use of other vitamins and minerals in your body including Vitamins A, C, and E – to name a few.
Today we took a walk around the Olympic Training Center. We made our way out to a section that is like a mini orange orchard…Well it’s fun to think of it as an orchard. The oranges are amazing – plump full of sweetness! John and I gathered up a couple so we could have a healthy sweet snack after our walk – not to mention that oranges are rich in vitamin C! Oranges are a fantastic and natural way of getting pure vitamin C into your system. Plus, there’s also research that has found that taking vitamin C before and/or after surgery can speed up recovery by up to 50%! What a simple way of reducing costs of hospital stays and medications! Let’s toast to nature for giving us what we need to heal! For more tips on post surgery recovery, check out this great article by Dr. David Williams: “Five Steps To Speed Recovery From Surgery”.
I am so greatful to the universe, to mother earth, and to the “higher Being” above who provides us with such wonderful things in life!