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Slow Down! (?)

Slow Down?

It can be so challenging to slow down in spring when the earth is bursting with life and you have 731 ideas/goals/activities/to-dos you are working on!

Being creative and getting into the flow of your passions is very important and if you are speeding through your daily work you can miss a lot of inspiration/knowledge. Especially the knowledge gained by information processed from all five senses. It is really hard to experience the world/your life with all of your senses when you are moving too fast!

I dig the trend of slow food, slow flowers, slow beauty…And to avoid costly speeding tickets I’m also into slow driving! Ha! But…even now as I am hyped up and excited about slowing down…I am not actually slowing down, breathlessly typing away, ha! DEEP BREATH. (or five!)

For you too!

I believe my method of treating patients could certainly be considered “slow health” or “slow medicine”. And not the kind of slow where you are sitting in a waiting room for 30 minutes, ha!

When I think of my “slow” approach, I think about being hyper-engaged and enjoying the process and being THOROUGH, mindful, engaged, present, attentive. All day long!

I am focused on TODAY! I find that the saying “be in the moment” is a harder concept to consistently put in to practice. But when I start thinking about just focusing on TODAY, that helps me engage more in the NOW.

Because there is ALWAYS something you can do NOW/TODAY. Book an appointment, reach out to someone, go to sleep early, take vitamins, say a prayer, drink water, identify what you are feeling emotionally, start a new hobby, yadda, yadda.

TUNE IN to your immediate environment (look outside! There’s a whole ecosystem out there for you to discover!!). If you are craving something NEW; guess what? There is literally ALWAYS something new to discover in nature and its (basically) FREE! In Maine, people take pictures of the sunrises (and sunsets) LITERALLY EVERY DAY. And they never get old when you are really tuned in to all that slow-down & engage with your five senses-stuff!

In order to start giving your mind/body/spirit what it needs RIGHT NOW: try slowing down and tuning in to all five senses!

Freya (an Easter surprise!) She is a 3 year old Holland Lop

Spring thaw!

If you’ve ever watched The Office then you’ve heard of planking…

But have you ever heard of gargoyle-ing?

The person on the left is our 13 year old who is now taller than all of us! And he’s holding a cellphone “because that’s what teenagers do” :) Also, note that the drawing includes Dexie, Freya AND Hammy too!

Thanks for visiting!!

Grounded in Health

“Grounded” is a great adjective for health. When you love gardening/the dirt/sand/rocks/THE GROUND as much as I do, the concept of being “grounded in health” certainly includes a life lived with deep considerations for/activities involving the LITERAL ground! Understanding where your food comes from and watching it slowly grow deepens your relationship with food and therefore improves your overall health. The beautiful plants we can grow (right in the ground!) can be used as medicine for unbelievable healing and vitality. Spy Garden (this website) was started with my excitement over gardening in, again, THE GROUND!! Now, I am eager to share my work as a nurse practitioner at Atlantic Family Health with you all on this site! The gardening and the healing are definitely, COMPLETELY, totally: related!! Gardening has offered my family, neighbors, friends, and patients innumerable health benefits.

Patient stories of healing (from VERY serious illness/diseases which many doctors said was “impossible” to do) and vibrant health achieved through (chiefly) non-pharmacological based treatments (and certainly treatment involving plant/botanical supplements) has guided my search for knowledge in the quest for highly advanced healing/health. In my experience as an RN, and in my training/education to become an NP, I sought out practitioners to train with whose patients’ were saying these things like:

“I feel better.”

“I am completely healed.”

“I don’t have that problem anymore and I’m off all my prescription medications.”

And I listened VERY INTENTLY to the patients’ stories of HOW they did it.

Even when they had things like diabetes, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, chronic skin conditions, neurological conditions, rare autoimmune diseases, migraines, fertility issues, gastrointestinal disorders, fatigue, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, etc., etc., ETC: Healed!

BOOM!

HUNDREDS OF PATIENTS! I was sold on the integrative practice style! And thus, I was eager to start my own practice!!

This coming Sunday, the Grounded in Health event is in this precise spirit of becoming an expert on yourself and working hard on your self-care/health so that you can stop wasting your time and precious life/energy dealing with wretched symptoms! You should be free (of unpleasant symptoms!) so that you can begin work on getting self-actualized/attaining a deeper and deeper (and deeper! Health is a CONSTANT journey!) level of health whilst sharing your unique gifts/talents with your community (and the world)!

That’s my idea of a good time! While the event is subtitled, “An autoimmune event to bring you back to basics” in my clinical experience, focusing on strengthening the immune system, and therefore the body’s own innate ability to heal, certainly brings health to those with autoimmune disorders but ALSO solves tons of other issues not necessarily considered “autoimmune”. So I’d say ANYONE would benefit from this event!

If you are in the area (Portland, Maine) and looking to learn a ton and be inspired in your own path to health, this coming Sunday, come check it out. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!

And now, a bunch of pictures of the ground (and some other things, ha!)

Hope you all had a happy Easter; I feel so blessed to be able to share these sights of spring in Maine with you all! Thank you for visiting Spy Garden!!

Evelyn

Mid-April 2019

Tidepool/Zen Garden GOALSPortland Head Light:

Lighthouses GALOREAnd a bit further south in Old Orchard Beach…

Temps were in the 70s!!! BALMY!!!

Cool teen dude got a new surf board (thank you to the awesome Corner’s Surf Shop in Old Orchard Beach!) so I got his old one and ALL THREE OF US (3/5 ha!) finally got to all go out together!!! IT WAS SOOO FUN!!!