Reflections From a Walk in the Woods

We must remember that our single greatest power as free and sovereign beings, is the ability to create our own reality; a reality that deeply resonates with us and truly feeds our soul and purpose here on Earth. We get to choose freedom over enslavement, peace over war, individuality over conformity.

Article by Divina Helene|January 20, 2021

Saturday, January 16, 2021: sunny and nearly 75-degrees in the dead of a California winter. My husband and I decided it was a good day to take to the trails at the sprawling Jack London State Park with our boys for a little nature therapy. The historic park, former ranch and residence of the acclaimed author nestled against the serene Sonoma Mountains, is quite the sight to behold with it’s peaceful knolls shrouded in oaks, meticulously terraced vineyards, mossy stone ruins, and majestic redwoods. I can never anticipate what a day in nature may conjure-up for me but I trust that it’s exactly what I need in that moment; a profound realization, perhaps, or a happy memory, or just a quiet space to reflect, to cry, to observe.

We left the house right after breakfast and arrived before most. As the morning drew on, the park grew busier but even then, we rarely crossed paths with anyone else, or did so from ample distance. You see, the sheer grandeur of the terrain with it’s many routes and trails naturally separates one group from the next. As I encouraged my boys to take deep, purposeful breaths of fresh, bio-rich air as the sun kissed our skin and our hands caressed the trunks of the giant redwood trees, everyone else hid behind a face-covering. This was perplexing to me; after all, an integral part of venturing out into nature, is breathing it in. I had hoped that any sensibly-thinking adult would deem a face-covering in this instance not only unnecessary but flat-out counter-intuitive.

While we found it rather peculiar behavior, we shrugged it off; to each his own, we thought, and continued on our way walking, laughing, talking, observing, listening. Then out of the silence a panicked father some distance behind us screamed, “They’re not wearing masks so we’re not going to go anywhere near them!” It appeared that his young daughter, in all her innocent enthusiasm and curiosity, dared to jet ahead of her group. At that very moment, an indescribable feeling of confusion and sadness came over me.

Confusion because the young girl came nowhere near us; confusion because even if she did, there would be nothing to worry about—we weren’t ill nor in a enclosed space together where illness may be more transmissible; confusion because surely her father was over-reacting—wasn’t he? Sadness because I felt sorry for that little girl; sadness because of how genuinely frightened her father was; sadness over the disillusionment and mental anguish so many are clearly suffering. I thought for a moment, am I living in an alternate reality? Surely I must be for how is it possible to feel so comfortable and safe and at peace here under the redwood trees while clearly so many do not?

This feeling of confusion and sadness lingered for only short time before I came to my senses and remembered, of course I’m living in an alternate reality—my own reality, just as the panicked father is living in his own reality, too (a reality alternate from mine). These realities are in constant evolution, and are shaped by many, many things. Neither is right nor wrong, good nor bad, although, if you’re not assertive or discerning enough, you do run the risk of what I like to call a ‘hijacked-reality’ in which your perceived reality actually isn’t yours at all but rather a reality created for you by others. This isn’t inherently a bad thing, but it’s a forfeit of your power nonetheless, and that’s never a good thing. We must remember that our single greatest power as free and sovereign beings, is the ability to create our own reality; a reality that deeply resonates with us and truly feeds our soul and purpose here on Earth. We get to choose freedom over enslavement, peace over war, individuality over conformity.

Unfortunately, as I’ve come to realize over the past year, far too many are willing—almost eager, it seems—to relinquish that power at the mere flip of a switch, casting themselves full-throttle into the chaos without so much as a second thought. Is this poor, frantic father a victim of a ‘hijacked-reality’? I don’t know. Am I? I suppose it’s possible. But if I had to choose between living in his reality or living in mine, I’d choose mine over and over and over again.

To each his own.

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry—Without the Guilt

It's hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner! As a Holistic Nutritionist and clean-eating advocate, I have a few tips to share with you about enjoying the upcoming Holiday—guilt free.

Article by Divina Helene|November 20, 2020

With Thanksgiving ringing in our Holiday season next week, I thought I would offer up a bit of advice on enjoying the Holiday season without the guilt that often accompanies large Holidays.

First of all, let’s be clear: there is a difference between eating mindfully and eating obsessively. One allows you to deviate from your usual healthy, well-rounded diet here and there without harboring any guilt or shame, while the other is so restrictive that you’re almost setting yourself up for disappointment.

It’s imperative to approach your general diet mindfully so as to diminish the possibility of developing an obsessive and unhealthy relationship to food and eating. Eating mindfully means that while you may eat a healthy, well-balanced diet most of the time, you’ve granted yourself the permission to indulge and enjoy food and drink outside of your usually well-balanced diet when the mood strikes and knowing that you won’t feel guilty about it—knowing that you’ll get back to your usual diet soon—knowing it’s not a big deal and that you didn’t “fall off the wagon”.

As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, it’s helpful to focus on what we can add to our plates as opposed to what we should leave off or restrict ourselves from (remember, mindful over obsessive). Don’t skimp on the nutritious and filling good stuff like greens and veggies. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially between alcoholic beverages and all-day grazing, to keep yourself hydrated and less-likely to overeat (thirst can be mistaken for hunger, you know). Offer to make a favorite side-dish to share to keep your options vast. And lastly, don’t be afraid to indulge and stray from the usual. This is what it means to be a mindful eater, so let’s eat drink, and be merry! Happy Thanksgiving.

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Thoughts on the Times

More emphasis must be placed on educating the masses on other ways to “slow the spread”—more like “slow the spread of the many chronic diseases plaguing Americans and leaving them susceptible to complications from COVID-19 or any other cold or flu."

Article by Divina Helene|November 2, 2020

I don’t know about you, but I believe that more emphasis must be placed on educating the masses on other ways to “slow the spread”—more like “slow the spread of the many chronic diseases plaguing Americans and leaving them susceptible to complications from COVID-19 or any other cold or flu”. No one is immune from catching COVID-19 but let’s be honest—Americans have never been sicker, more obese, more depressed, or more unhappy, and to me, this is the biggest concern of all. Is COVID-19 the straw that will brake the camel’s back? I hate to say it but masks and a pantry stocked to the brim with shelf-stable foods isn’t going to save us from the twisted, dysfunctional food system that’s been wrecking havoc on American health long before COVID-19.

There is so much that we can’t control—like the viruses and bacteria living among (and within) us at any given moment in time—so why not shift the focus to what we actually have a decent shot at?

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Get Back to the Basics

Navigating our ever-changing world can seem like the first day of a summer circus gig on repeat; the second you get the hang of one trick, they go and change things up on you.

Article by Divina Helene|April 1, 2020

Navigating our ever-changing world can seem like the first day of a summer circus gig on repeat; the second you get the hang of one trick, they go and change things up on you. So when it feels like you’re barely holding your head high enough above the water, remember that things don’t have to be so complicated, and that you’re in control of a lot more than you might think.

When the going gets tough, remember to:

breathe deep
drink water
focus on the positive
love your neighbor
move daily
seek knowledge
eat the rainbow
get outside
be fearless
sleep
reduce your carbon footprint
love yourself
connect with others
be the change

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