“The practice of mindfulness begins in the small, remote cave of your unconscious mind and blossoms with the sunlight of your conscious life, reaching far beyond the people and places you can see.” ~ Earon Davis
This month’s issue revolves around my favorite topic—mindfulness. It starts in recognizing the quality of what we are feeding our minds in this moment, this hour, this day. Since my father developed Alzheimer’s at an early age, I have become especially impassioned about how to keep my brain healthy.
In Lisa Marshall’s “The Better Brain Diet,” on page 20, she indicates some of the specific foods we’ll want to include in our diet in order to help combat the appalling statistic that one in five Americans have Mild Cognitive Impairment. In recent years I have personally discovered how tweaking my diet has enabled improved memory, clarity and focus. I am also a big fan of exercising one’s capacities using brain games freely offered on Lumosity.com. It is equally important to learn how to quiet our mind; for me, the best way is through daily meditation.
Once we have changed our brain diet from every aspect, ingesting more and more good “food for thought,” then what we naturally think about naturally changes. We start to be more mindful about everything, including how we treat ourselves and others and how we care for our planet and everything on it. We shift from being “it’s about me, to it’s all about we,” which has infinite manifestations, including everything from practicing recycling to building up enjoyably sustainable communities.
My own next step is to learn how to cultivate a kitchen garden following suggestions in “Urban Gardening Takes Root” by the husband-and-wife team of John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist (page 14). I’m eager to collect used coffee grounds from one of area’s many coffee shops and get started.
Austin is blessed to have many resources now in place as a platform for moving toward greater regional sustainability—from co-op and zero-waste grocery stores and community gardens to Earth-friendly initiatives frequently supported by city incentives. Now, what more can we do?
Shelly Searle, Publisher