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Here is my fur child, I have decided to make Tuesday’s #TolkienTuesdays because he is my special man. Yes, he is named after the author because I loved his writing. . . . . . #tolkientheadventurer #furchild #newpostdedication #dogsofinstagram #freedom_preservationofthewild
I'mmmmm baaacckk!!! Guess what that means?! More fun recipes. Yes, I know my last food post was about salads, but it only seems fitting that my first post of the year, be about salads. We are all eating better for different reasons: to lose weight, to just eat healthy, for blood pressure, heartburn and any other reason.
I have had to continue to inspire myself and come up with more innovative ways to eat plant based. IT is not easy. I am going on 3 solid months of no meat consumption. I must say, how proud I am of my self.
Check out my lunch I made at work today. Yes, I made this whole salad. with all the components. 
Anything can be an amazing in salads, you just have to get creative! I made this all at work. I took a whole avocado and cut it, strawberries, cut cucumbers, carrots, walnuts, dried cranberries, avocado, and spinach. It seems so simple, but this is so delicious.
What do you put on your salads? Tell me in the comments! I'd love to here you absolute favorite!! . . . . . . . #meatlessmondaychronicles #meatlessmonday #onesmallstep #nomeaty #vegetarian #vegan #plantbased #freedom_preservationofthewild
I’m a day late, but yesterday, March 3rd was World Wildlife Day. The United Nations decides to proclaim March 3rd, which is also the day of the convention on International Trade in Endangered Species or Wild Fauna and Flora. The purpose of World Wildlife Day is to raise awareness of the words beautiful species both plant and animal life. All life is prescious. Our world relies on intricate ecosystem that support each other’s existence. It is the ever changing nature and balance between these ecosystems that we see life and purity. Keeping the “wild” protected is safer for the animals, but also for humans. Remove humans from the wilderness and most forms of life will thrive. This years theme is “Life below water: for people and planet” . . . . . . #worldwildlifeday #worldwildlifeday #lifebelowwater #protectouroceans #savetheplanet #environmental #evironmentalblogger #blogger #newblogpost #unitednations
Strawberries are changing shapes!! . . . . . . #strawberries #weirdshapes #fruit #crayfruita #mealprepsunday #fruitsfordays #plantbased #nomeat #meatlessmondaychronicles
Powerful. Their lives are not more important than our own. We share this planet. We have babies, just the same. They only want to live and watch their families exist. . . Animals do not understand why humans make their choices. Why humans cause their destruction. Why humans enjoy torturing them. Why humans must expand and continue to take everything. No more wildlife, no more natural lands, no more “never been touched by humans” lands. Just a world where humans seek control. To continue to destroy and cause destruction. . . Animals deserve better caretakers and stewards of the earth. They deserve better. . . . . . . . #freedom_preservationofthewild #protectourplanet #animalsdeservebetter #wedonotownanimals #thearthiseveryone #earthbelongstoallofus #sentientbeings #endpoaching #endhunting #endbrutality #humansthefuckedupspecies
I started using an all new vegan hair care product! Please DM for more info. I just want to save the world and that includes in the products I use, purchase and good for my body. - . . . . . #vegan #veganhaircare #crueltyfree #noparabens #nosulfates #goodforyou #selfcare #savetheplanet #askmemore

Philosophical Moment: Just Stop and Listen

Have you ever just stopped to listen to the sounds all around you? To inhale and exhale the scent of the earth? Yes, the earth has a unique smell. In the morning, when the ground is full of dew, there is a certain scent. Then as the day wears on and the sun is beating down, there is a different more neutral scent. At dusk and nightfall, the earth yet again, smells different with the coolness of the air.

As the morning comes, the earth is stirring during feeding time for most creatures. Listening to birds as they sing to each other. Right now it is Spring in Florida. I am lucky enough to live in an area where we have “woods” in the back. In the rainy season there is a creek that forms and we get to see turtles, frogs in every stage of life, to predatory birds, babies that are bunnies, birds, small fish, and so much more. On my runs, with Tolkien of course, we spot eagles soaring above us. They are indeed majestic.

When I run, I use that time to reconnect with nature. I block out everything from the day, all the stress of the modern world. I just allow myself to literally become one with nature. I find myself just as inquisitive as my pup, as we go on trails. We both look for alligators (duh, it is Florida), in the canals, or different fish and even snakes! This is time to listen to the wind as it moves through the trees. I’ll get all “Pocahontas” for a minute…I do “Listen to the colors of the wind” and (“Listen with your heart” is tattooed on me). Something about the meaning behind that song has always resonated with me since I was a child. It is a beautiful story the earth has to speak to us, we just have to listen.

Even with the cars on the street driving by as we run, it is easy to tune them out and just focus on my breathing and what the earth has to offer. When I listen to the sounds of the wind, rustling of the leaves on the ground, the crunching of sticks and brush by animals hidden from sight, it brings a sense of awareness. We are not alone. Other sentient beings exist and live among us. It is very easy to forget that in our mundane lives. Just because you have a pet, it does not equate to connecting with your inner soul and the earth. Most of our animals are our family and are given a sense of privilege already, so they do not count.

Take at least one day a week to go outside and just, listen. Listen to the sounds of the earth. If you do not live somewhere where you can just go in your yard, then go to the park, beach, river, lake, forest, whatever natural area you can find. Take a notebook, and just sit and listen. Write down what you hear.  Write down how you feel. Is there a new sense of self? Sense of awareness? Awareness of yourself or of other things? Sense of peace and harmony? I would love for you all to come back and write on this post and share what you experienced. It is amazing what one day in nature can do for your sanity, hectic life, and just a self-love project.

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2 comments on “Philosophical Moment: Just Stop and Listen

  1. tingsha says:

    This is such a nice post! I’ve just been listening to the red kites flying above our garden and now the crickets-everything seems to come alive in the evening!

    1. Thank you so much!! It really is beautiful just taking the time to relax and listen.

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