A lot of the time, when I speak to people about organic foods and GMOs they look at me like I’m nuts. Even as the awareness of genetically modified foods is steadily increasing, most folks still don’t have a clue what GMO is and they definitely don’t realize they are eating it every day. GMOs were introduced into our food supply in the mid-90′s without any required labeling or proper independent safety testing. They are in almost 90% of the foods at the supermarket without the informed consent of you, the consumer.
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
― John Lennon
We want to know how we should live. We look for guidance from our elders, signs from the world around us. We find comfort in the familiar and challenge in the unknown. We mindlessly tramp through life almost as if robotic. We tend to forget to focus our teachings inwards. There’s a lot we can take away from the inside out. We can find our fears, anxieties, visions, and happiness by reflecting on our true selves from within.
As day dips into night, I am sitting at the table sipping tea with a friend. She is telling me about her busy life and the stress that accompanies it. She is mumbled and jumbled and even seems a bit sad. Her mind is running rampant with thoughts. Her face is distraught with the weight of the world lying solely upon her. She shifts uncomfortably on the wooden chair as her bulging belly overpowers her body. She is hunched over and exhausted. She is afraid of the morning. For in the morning her floating ship begins to sink, again. Her husband will leave for work and her two-year-old will triumphantly rule her day. Every minute. Every second. She will wonder what she is doing wrong. How she can possibly handle all of the things being thoughtlessly thrown at her. She is drowning in her own life. Is there a way to make it easier?
I tell her to take a deep breath. I inhale and exhale with her. We do it together, again. And again and again. I ask her if she would have it any other way.
I see a smile suddenly take hold of her. Her eyes brighten and her body perks up. She gently embraces her belly and twitches in delight as she runs her hands over the blossoming life growing inside her. She glimpses down in reflection for a moment and returns with resilient honesty.
Thank you, she says. Maybe this sounds sort of crazy, but my answer is no.
Live in the moment. We hear this saying all the time in some form or another. Whether it be in a yoga class, philosophy book, or from the older lady at Target who is keen on observing our primo mommying adventures. But what does it really mean to us as mothers? Frankly, I find it extremely hard to “be” in the moment as a mom. I am constantly on the go, go, go. With housework and work work and play dates and nap time and bedtime and lunch time and freak-out time (the kids, not me—OK, me too!), there never seems like enough time in the day to actually exist in the moment. As a mother to small children, I feel like I am constantly battling. I’m battling laundry and dishes and dirty floors and messy bedrooms and scraped knees and melt-downs. All the while leaving me exhausted and short-tempered, craving a piece of chocolate cake and a shower.
To revel in a clear mind and a calm body, it feels foreign to most. And it shouldn’t. Maybe the definition of living in the moment has everything to do with the jumbled and discombobulated life I do live and nothing to do with the life I perceive it to represent. Not yearning for the past when I was flying solo or a future that holds the next best thing to make my life easier. The clean house that I strive for or the live-in nanny that I will never have, but dream about often. Maybe if I stopped fighting the daily chores and the sleepless nights, my mind would awaken to the revelation that, YES! this is my moment. Every day with my children and my husband. The good, the bad, the pee all over the bathroom, they all lead me to me.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an American environmental organization that works to protect the public from toxic chemicals in our food, water, and everyday products. As busy moms with busy schedules, it’s often difficult to pay attention to or keep track of every single thing we consume and use. Even if we do take the time to read labels carefully and thoroughly, at least half of the time we don’t know what to look for or what ingredients are red flags. To guide us in making better informed and knowledgeable choices in our daily lives –
Below are links to the EWG’s 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, EWG’s 2012 Sunscreen Guide, EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, and EWG’s Tips for Safer Products: