The Bee's Knees

Unfortunately, we live in a society where it is all too easy to be detached from our food supply.  This is our nourishment, our bodies, our survival and we're completely disconnected.  This detachment gives birth to ignorance and a lack of responsibility and accountability.  There is some pretty nasty stuff being done to our food and it continues because we're ignorant of it and turn a blind eye.  Now, I'm not going to concentrate on that stuff because, as you will learn, I am firm believer in focusing on the positive.  Let's steer our energy away from the problem and put our efforts into the solution.

This last weekend I had the opportunity to accompany my good friend, Natasha, when she acquired her very first bees.  This was a perfect example of getting connected to the source.

The great thing about beekeeping is that the fruits of that labor go way beyond honey and beeswax. Bees are an essential part of nature and Natasha is passionate about doing her part to support their existence.  Not to mention the lessons learned just by interacting with bees.  They have an amazing system of survival and their keen senses require people to be calm and peaceful in their presence.  It's a beautiful thing to be apart of and to witness achieving a zen state in an extremely intimidating situation.  Powerful spiritual exercise, check!

I'm not asking you to go all Tom Hanks in "Cast Away" and you don't have to run out and buy some bees, but anything we can do to get more connected to the source of our food, the better choices we will make.  If everyone was aware of exactly what went on with our food from beginning to end, I guarantee we'd make choices that are better for our bodies and better for this earth.  This doesn't have to be super inconvenient; start anywhere that interests you.  Look in to visiting local farms and dairies, ask questions at the local grocery store or food co-op, check out a farmer's market or take charge of your own food supply by gardening or raising chickens.  There's a level of pride and gratitude that comes with putting faces to the people and animals who help feed you.  Even more so when you produce your own food. Enjoy the benefits of supporting people you believe in and the earth you live on.  Your food will taste and feel better, trust me.