By Abe Brown, Master Coach Trainer
As a leadership and business coach, I am often asked to help business owners accelerate the development of their business, and to strategize with them about generating more revenue and squeezing out more profit. In a recent session with a very promising business owner, we began exploring the idea of seedtime and harvest, or in “business-speak”, making investments in their business. You might even call this business karma.
As we began to explore this, the owner expressed that she had no more money to invest, and that she was stretched to the end of her financial capacity. Having been there, I was able to reassure her that business investing is so much more than just money, and that the concept of seedtime and harvest, or business karma, involves so much more than cash.
In my view the finest entrepreneurs on the planet are farmers; those who risk seed and sweat by investing in the soil, trusting that the external surroundings will all somehow align to serve their goals. And one thing every farmer understands is that in the end, we reap what we sow. If my current outcomes and harvest are not what I imagined or hoped for, the good news is that I can plant new seeds. Intentions and aspirations have limited value in and of themselves; wisdom teaches us that new results require new choices and new directions. Wisdom patiently teaches us that it’s not what you intend that makes the difference, or even what you dream of, but it’s what you do.
So how can we exert some influence over our karma, be it in business, relationships, or any area? In other words, what are the principles for successful harvests?
Success Principle #1 – We have what we have.
You have what you have. You got what you got. When the business owner above shared her lack of financial resources, there is no sorrow or shame there. You have what you have. My advice to her was to celebrate what she did have, which in her case was passionate commitment to her cause, deep relationships with her customers, an innovative business concept, and a strong social media following for her business. Gratefully celebrate and embrace what you have because there is strength in that.
Success Principle #2 – We plant what we have.
It makes sense to gratefully celebrate and embrace what you have because you can only plant what you have. And planting is critical. No outcomes will be produced without planting.
This speaks to contributing your very best, each and every day. Those who plant reach deep into their bag of skill and capacity and talent and expertise, dig up the soil, and plant what they have. There is a sense of commitment, stability, and focus when you think about planting.
Our daily self-evaluation is also not so much about what we harvest, but what we plant. Robert Louis Stevenson said this: “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant”. What are you planting today in terms of beliefs, thoughts, actions, and interactions? This is important because these will surely be your harvest tomorrow.
Success Principle #3 – We empower what we nurture.
In anything we plant, the principle is always the same: What we nurture we empower. If we are planting seeds for a healthier relationship, then taking steps to nurture a healthier relationship daily is key. If we are planting seeds for a more vibrant business, then building our business by nurturing our network, website, and relationships with key customers and suppliers is critical. If we are planting seeds for a stronger self-concept, than taking steps to nurture this with positive relationships and healthy environments is paramount. We empower what we nurture.
Success Principle #4 – We protect what we love.
In order to produce, what the farmer plants needs protection. In the natural world, crops can experience disease and predators which rob their fruitfulness, and in our lives, there are many forces at work to undermine our productivity and effectiveness. We protect what we love, and so if our goal is a healthier relationship, or more vibrant business, or stronger self-concept, we need to protect what we have planted and are nurturing in order to see the harvest fully come to fruition.
Success Principle #5 – We reap what we sow.
In Buddhist tradition, karma refers to action driven by intention which leads to future consequences. A person sows a seed, and there is a time lag during which a mysterious and invisible process takes place. Then the plant pops up and can be harvested. Life is boomerang. What you give, you get. You are free to make any decision you wish. But you are not free from the consequences of that decision.
Planting the “right” seeds in order to change or improve outcomes is critical. Early each day, I look back at the previous day and reflect on the outcomes I experienced, and ask if I want changed or enhanced outcomes in my tomorrow, because if I do, I need to plant them today. Life is an echo: What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you.
If you want kindness, be kind. If you want friends, be friendly. If you want help, be helpful. If you want love, be loving. If you want respect, respect others. If you want to innovate, get out of the box. If you want success in business, sow the seeds necessary for success in business. We reap what we sow, and so ultimately, what we harvest we have chosen.
In life and in business, there is often not a lot I can do about my outcomes in this moment. But in this moment, literally right now, I can celebrate what I do have, plant what I have, nurture what I have planted, and protect it. I can plant new seeds today in order to reap a new harvest tomorrow. Whether the harvest you are looking for is emotional, physical, relational, financial, or professional, these principles will yield new outcomes in your life, and in the lives of those you value most.
Abe Brown, MBA is the Coach’s Coach, and is the CEO of Momentum Coaching (momentumcoaching.ca), and the President of the Certified Coaches Federation (certifiedcoachesfederation.com). Momentum Coaching has experienced triple digit growth for several years running, and the Certified Coaches Federation has trained and certified over 11,500 Life and Executive Coaches in the last 8 years. Abe does Leadership, Business, and Executive Coaching, and works with profit-based, and non-profit organizations around strategic planning, cultivating fully engaged employees, and facilitating coaching and training programs. He has also worked with several small, medium, and large businesses to accelerate revenue growth and maximize engagement.
By Lois Hamilton
Oh that exciting time of the year when an abundant supply of fresh food tempts us and overwhelms us at the same time! Whether you grow your own food or gather these fresh gems from your favourite farmers market, harvesting and preserving makes nutrition sense, provides convenient quick solutions throughout the year and can be quite rewarding! What to do with all that food? How about these ideas?
Pretty much any vegetable, fruit, nut, seed or grain can be fermented. Fermenting is NOT the same as pickling. Pickling is preserving food using acidity and is usually heated. Fermentation is preserving food using beneficial bacteria that breaks down the carbohydrates in the food. The huge benefit with fermentation is that it provides probiotics for our bodies! There are so many yummy recipes for fermented food, from kimchi, ketchup, apples to sauerkraut. Check out my blog for my favourite sauerkraut or fermented pickles recipe. (holistichealthwithlois.com: #fermentedsauerkraut #fermentedpickles). “The Art of Fermentation” is a great book that explains fermenting in great detail!
Everything can be dehydrated and if you don’t have a dehydrator, most recipes can be done in your oven on the lowest oven temperature. Leaving the oven door open can help too. Try drying herbs, veggie chips (kale, turnips, sweet potato, zucchini, beets, parsnips) fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, banana, apple) or fruit leather. These are great ways to use up the produce and it makes great portable snacks for hiking, school lunches or travel snacks. Check out my blog for my family’s favourite Banana, Strawberry Fruit Leather recipe. (holistichealthwithlois.com: #fruitleather) You won’t believe how easy it is to make!
When cutting fruit and vegetables for chips it is helpful to use a mandolin or a professional meat slicer which is what I use. This will
help to ensure even drying as will rotating the dehydrator trays. For veggie chips I coat them with either extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil (if you want a lighter more neutral tasting oil) and then season them with garlic powder, onion powder, unrefined sea salt and any other savoury spice that catches your fancy. With banana or apple chips I often use cinnamon and cloves or nutmeg.
In addition to drying herbs, onion and garlic can be dried and then I just whir it through my spice/coffee grinder and I’ve got
garlic or onion powder ready for adding to my cooking creations. Using your own herbs and flavourings in this way is far superior to
the products in the store. While you’re at it, make your own spice blends and save money. Try it out for yourself!
Salsa, bruschetta, antipasto, or pasta sauces are great ways to use up tomatoes and other vegetables. You might even prefer a fruit salsa with mango or pineapple – let your creativity flow. Pesto of all kinds can help you to use up the fresh herbs. Mustard, relish and applesauce are other condiments that are great to have around throughout the year. Check out my blog (holistichealthwithlois.com: #relish) for a Thousand Island Relish recipe.
Of course we all know that you can freeze produce (the trick is to freeze it uncrowded on baking trays so it won’t lump together and then transfer it to freezer bags for storage). How about freezing your favourite smoothie ingredients in individual serving bags? Kale and other smoothie greens that have been processed in your blender with a touch of pure coconut water can be frozen in ice cube trays and then transferred in bags for freezer storage. Fresh herbs with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil can be frozen in ice cube trays and then transferred in bags for freezer storage. This is so convenient when you want fresh herbs in your soups, stews, stir frys or casseroles. With a plethora of squash choices during harvest time you could make soup, muffins or quick breads and freeze them for later use. Think about the portion size that would suit you or your family – you might want to freeze the soup in individual portions or family size. Check out my website under soup recipes for the most delicious Pumpkin Protein Soup, a complete meal for sure!
As with all food preservation methods, attention to food safety is of the utmost importance. The following is a link to a pdf on food preservation safety. healthunit.org/foodsafety/_resources/Safe_Food_Handling_Tips_for_Preserving_Your_Harvest.pdf
Wishing you a bountiful, delicious and safe harvest time!
Lois Hamilton, Certified Holistic Nutritionist and
Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner
Holistic Health with Lois
By Marsha Hebert
Last fall, I went to a restaurant that is well known and a place I frequent. The dinner feature was beef and even though my inner voice was telling me no, I ordered it to get some extra iron in my body. Guess what? Immediately after eating, I experienced stomach pain and within a few hours more digestive issues. I thought, ok no more beef at that restaurant. Less than a week later, I was experiencing chest pains and was rushed to the emergency (twice in one week). I had ultra sound and a brain scan. I thought I was going to die. The doctor said I had a viral infection and my chest had become inflamed. They sent me home and recommended rest and pain killers.
I was helpless and with every movement I experienced shortness of breath. My anemia only made the symptoms worse. My twin sister had to fly in from Montreal to assist in my recovery. I only take supplements and I know the healing properties of natural foods, so I became my own medicine woman and created this recipe for Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup with Tomatoes. In one week I was back to my fit and energetic self! I am certain this soup helped me recover faster!
Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup with Tomatoes
Makes: 8 cups (2 cups per serving)
Total time: 35 minutes
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 cups diced onions
2 cups grated sweet potatoes
1 cup red split lentils (rinsed just before adding to soup)
1 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced with juice
5 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 bay leaves
1) In a large non-stick sauce pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté for 3 minutes.
2) Add the sweet potatoes and lentils and cook for additional 5 minutes.
3) Add the tomatoes, water, season and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 25 minutes, until lentils and sweet potatoes is cooked through. Remove from heat and let cool 10 minutes.
4) Transfer soup to a blender or food processor and process until smooth (you may need to do in batches).
5) Return the soup to the rinsed-out pan and warm over low heat for 5 minutes.
For a full list of nutritional values and benefits of the ingredients check out Marsha’s article on page 4-5 of the Fall 2016 issue.
Marsha Hebert is a gluten-free and lactose-free cookbook author and EAT for Life Consultant at EATforLifewithMarshaHebert.com
By Meredith Penner
A friend recently posted a desperate meme on her Facebook page asking anyone out there to please, please tell her she is worthy. What follows was the response I was intuitively guided to post. There is so much life to align with, and what I have discovered through various stages of my own development is touched on here. I hope it speaks to your heart and encourages your soul. Or if you have already done this work, perhaps it will give voice to a process, so you might be able to share with someone you care about, in a similar state as my friend…
No matter how many people tell you, you are worthy, it will never be as potent as you telling yourself and believing it. Even if you don’t believe it, stand in the mirror and tell yourself you are open to believing it. Have a heart to heart with your soul and say “I know beauty and joy are more than skin deep. I am not an object. I am a piece of the Divine spark of creation. When I feel hollow it is not about the image I see in the mirror, it is about my core being. It is about the distance between where I am and the truth of my wholeness as my Higher self sees it.” Let it sink in. When you are not aligned with the essence of your highest self (when we criticize our worth, beat ourselves up, believe we will never amount to anything) we put a wedge in that stops the highest and greatest good of our truth to come through and light us up from the inside.
There is an intelligent design within our DNA, if you leap, in faith and say “I AM open to more” This starts a process of healing, a change in perspective, It may seem too easy, but no one can do it for you. You must be willing to put down your fear and calm the voices inside that tell you it can’t be that simple, or that others will find it ridiculous. Take the chance…what have you got to lose? You may fear the unknown, the loss of who you think you are and you may fear feeling even more empty if you give up the negative talk that is inside now…..the familiar voice of self abuse. I assure you, the process is benevolent, it will show you the next steps. If all you can do to start right now is the following reality check: “In this moment I am safe” then start there. Sit with it in silence and see what comes up for you!
Your whole life depends on it, and at the far end of this work (the only real work that humans ever need to do) there is a promise of freedom, joy, life, light and love. We are trapped in the illusion of “less than” as the whole Universe waits behind the veil for each of us to claim our truth, our birthright , our integration of the Divine inside. Your DNA will heal itself, you can speak to it and change it’s program. Don’t be surprised if you are guided to journal…..to write down all of the lower vibrational experiences you have had….even if it takes days (like it did for me) just write all of your ‘shit’ down, then burn it….clear it out. You may find love in it, you may find human nature. There is nothing new under the sun. Anything on that list has happened in the lives of countless others. Get it all out, for your eyes only and start fresh….if you have to do this for an undetermined length of time…gift any amount of time it takes to yourself. Just start…..believe, ask God, The Universe, your Higher self for understanding and ask for strength….start. Look in the mirror and DARE TO SAY….”I chose life in every cell, in every quantum ripple, in every time line, in every belief.” Cut the cords to all things that are not life affirming as you notice they no longer support your choice to become the person you were always meant to be. Step away from anything that doesn’t feel right in your heart, habits, thoughts, deep patterns…start listening to that small voice that shines like cosmic gold, softly in the middle of you…..start trusting that knowing EVERY time. Detach from anything that keeps you in illusion…T.V., internet, videos, anything negative…..and fill your mind with the things you deserve…LOVEing thoughts, kind thoughts, compassionate thoughts and every time a thought wells up inside that is of “old energy” chose to stop it in it’s tracks and ask “is there even a slightly better feeling thought I could be having about this right now” Climb out of hell. It is HARD work, but only you can do it ….and one day, like me, you will realize your mind and heart and soul are on the other side of the emotional see saw, and your are happy, whole and filled with beauty….you no longer hate yourself or feel victim to the world…you don’t care if others like you or not, you only want to help others, and want to feel happy, whole, strong, wise, and proud of yourself, and you start seeing yourself as worthy, as an OVERCOMER, and you want to dance, and enjoy life and see others thriving. You are as perfect as any being that has ever been created, If you were to journey inwards for all of eternity, you would never cease to find fully alive and profound beauty unfolding. This is your birthright. You have all you need within you, you are the only one that can chose to go for it…..there is peace waiting, I am so happy for you!
Big BIG LOVE!
Meredith Penner is an artist, visionary and conscious entrepreneur. Co-founder of Do Nothing Floatation Centre Inc. and RESONATE™ Organic Juicery in beautiful Invermere B.C. If this article speaks to you please share, and/or connect with Meredith at donothing.ca
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By Abe Brown, Master Coach Trainer
Confused… Cluttered… Exhausted… Worn Out… On Edge…
These words described me, at a point in my life, when nothing was working, efforts were failing, and time was accelerating. There was too much on my plate, not enough in my tank, and my daily calendar had absolutely no margin. A coach of mine suggested that I take some time for a Personal Retreat; to get away and rest, renew, and re-focus. My response was to suggest that I just did not have the time. As soon as I said it, I knew it was not so much that I didn’t have the time, but I was not taking the time. So I did.
When I felt confused, cluttered, exhausted, and worn out, I was not alone. 75% of the general population experiences at least some stress every two weeks. Stress is so prevalent that the U.S. Public Health Service has made reducing stress one of its major health promotion goals. According to the American Institute of Stress, workplace stress costs more than $300 billion each year in health care, missed work, stress-reduction, and lost productivity (stress.org/workplace-stress). Stress contributes to heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, cancer, and many other illnesses. Stress also affects the immune system, which protects us from many serious diseases. Stress contributes to the development of alcoholism, obesity, suicide, drug addiction, cigarette addiction, and other harmful behaviours.
The truth is that often we are stressed because we do not take time for ourselves. Ovid said that, “What is without periods of rest will not endure.” I agree, and also, who is without rest will also not endure.
Taking the time for Personal Retreats has been a part of personal development and growth for thousands of years. From early Jewish worshippers, to Buddhist monks, to Hindu priests, to spiritual shamans, to Christian monks and nuns, Personal Retreats have been practiced and celebrated through the years by people of every faith and spiritual orientation. Lin Yutang said this: “Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.”
Personal Retreats have been practiced and celebrated over the years because they Rest the Body. Life can be hard on the body, with the constant demands on all of us to work harder and produce more and engage in more and more activity. Personal Retreats give us the opportunity to rest our bodies, to honour our physical temple, and to recharge our batteries.
Enlighten the Mind
Personal Retreats also Enlighten the Mind. An amazing thing happens when we pause and become still: Our mind is enlightened. Answers and solutions present themselves. The complex becomes simple. Confusion fades. Our mental knots unwind. Resting your mind, and taking time to meditate and dismiss your worries and cares is one of the secrets of energy and empowerment in great women and men. There is power in resting your mind, and actively dismissing all care and worry. The power of rest is that it feeds and nourishes and sustains your mind.
As a result of having a Rested Body and Enlightened Mind, Personal Retreats Nourish the Soul. Our soul, like a tender plant, or even an infant child, needs to be continually nourished and cultivated. The power of a Nourished Soul is such that when properly nourished, we have the motivation, strength, and capacity to nourish and feed others. When we find inner peace and inner rest, we have energy available to empower and enlighten others. Being available to strengthen and support others is surely a part of our collective destiny. Personal Retreats help us here.
Heal the Wounds
Personal Retreats Heal the Wounds. Life, work, business and relationships can hurt at times, and so we need to take time to pull away and heal. Perhaps society has so much visible dysfunction in terms of relationships precisely because we don’t take time to heal. The insecurity, fear, ego, and even anger others project onto us, and we often unknowingly project onto others, may occur simply because the time is not taken to reflect, renew and heal.
Refresh the Spirit
Personal Retreats Refresh the Spirit. When our spirit is refreshed, we encourage ourselves more, bounce back quicker, and are more available to others for mentoring and accountability. We also live our lives with a greater degree of gratitude and less of a degree of entitlement. Our resilience causes us to become a source of refreshing and replenishment to others.
Clarify the Vision
Lastly, Personal Retreats Clarify the Vision. So many times, what was once clear to us in terms of vision and dreams and forward thinking becomes clouded and obscure. I used to have a mirror which found a home in my garage, and of course, it inevitably became dusty. When I looked at the mirror, the image it reflected was not clear. Personal Retreats are an incredible opportunity to withdraw from the hustle and bustle of daily life, so that our vision can again become clear, and so that the dust can be wiped away.
Ancient Hebrew worshipper share the story of the Divine as actually legislating periods of rest. After six days of work, their entire society was commanded to take a day of replenishment, rest, and renewal. After six consecutive years of working a particular field, they were instructed to rest the field in the seventh. Their history described how as a result of not taking time to rest, they fell into unhealthy patterns of living, which, according to the story, led to them losing their land and inheritance. The point is that we always lose when we do not rest.
Sometime this summer, please take some time for you. Find a quiet place. Allocate 24 or 48 or 72 hours. Turn off your ringer. Take a social media fast. Pull yourself away, and simply take time for a Personal Retreat. You will be grateful, and those around you. Ovid, who lived way back from 43 B.C. to 17 A.D., said this: “Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” You and I were born to yield a Bountiful Crop! This Bountiful Crop comes as we take time to rest and renew, and taking time for Personal Retreats is an important part of rest and renewal! Happy Retreating!
Abe Brown is the Coach’s Coach, and is the Founder and President of Momentum Coaching, and the President of the Certified Coaches Federation. Momentum Coaching has experienced triple digit growth for several years running, and the Certified Coaches Federation has trained and certified over 10,000 Life and Executive Coaches in the last 8 years. Abe does Leadership and Executive Coaching, and works with profit-based, and non-profit organizations around strategic planning, cultivating fully engaged employees, and facilitating coaching and training programs. He has also worked with several small, medium, and large businesses to accelerate revenue growth and maximize engagement.