Brahmacharya – Wise Use of EnergyJune 2, 2012
Aparigraha – Abundance and GratitudeJune 18, 2012
Your health is your wealth.
I must say my attachment to the word soil has evolved from previous years. I’ve nearly completed an elimination diet to determine a potential food sensitivity that is causing me bodily discomfort and chronic health issues. For someone who spends a lot of time outside in nature, I never would have thought that the root to my health was in the ground below me, literally.
In my vocabulary, soil formerly took its place as a verb surfacing in language as ‘to make dirty’, ‘he might soil his suit’ or ‘a soiled t-shirt’. I’m prouder now to say that soil has a deeper personal meaning for me. ;) In fact, it’s empowering me to get rich—rich in my diet, rich in my health, and rich in my life.
“Soil; The upper layer of earth in which plants grow, a black or dark brown material typically consisting of a mixture of organic remains, clay, and rock particles.”
Challenging conventional food products and gravitating to a natural whole diet has indirectly reconnected me with the earth. When I’m hiking, this newfound awareness has made me increasingly curious about soil. Soil is rich. It provides a supply of nutrients to naturally growing plants, trees, and wildlife; it’s a source for growing crops and pastures; it functions as a rain infiltrator, reduces urban heat, is aesthetically pleasing, and promotes both high biodiversity and air quality. Clearly, its benefits are unlimited and diverse.
Sleeves rolled up, I reap its benefits as if I’m a child again. I find myself digging in the soil with my bare hands. I’ve planted my first patio vegetable garden and I’m regularly exploring dirt as if I have first discovered it.
“Man takes root at his feet, and at best he is no more than a potted plant in his house or carriage till he has established communication with the soil by the loving and magnetic touch of his soles to it.” ― John Burroughs
Collectively, these interactions with nature have manifested on a number of levels in my body. With the right nutrients, my health is now recovering. I’m clearer minded and more focused than ever. I feel whole again.
“Like the soil, mind is fertilized while it lies fallow, until a new burst of bloom ensues.”
― John Dewey
Once frustrated, fearful, and in delay to start the diet, I now have experienced a breakthrough in my eating habits. Originally self-destructive, they now support me to burst into bloom and commit to living holistically rich. With the support of my power team (my personal Coach, family and a Naturopathic Doctor) in this transformation I’ve found that my health is my wealth.
You have the ability to experience the benefits of soil, it’s environment, and the natural whole products and services that come from it. Take a walk and put your hands in the dirt.
Is there a connection between you and the soil that needs to be explored?
Your health is your wealth. Let’s get rich. If you are in delay, contemplating, or already taking action I’d love for you to connect and share your story with me here Jordan@getoutofdoors.com.
Take Action. Transform. Thrive.
Birch, CPC, MSc cand.
Jordan is a Certified Professional Life Coach living and working in greater Vancouver. His passions drive him to empower you to eliminate self-destructive and limiting behaviors so you can breakthrough insanity—doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results. In his private practice ‘Get Out Of Doors™ Life Coaching’ he fuses transformational Life Coaching and a partnership with nature as a metaphor and medium for change.
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