I hope everyone is doing fine. I was not very active online last year. For me 2021 was a year of cleansing and organization of priorities. The year 2022 is all about imagination and creativity.
I received emails asking what had happened to the majority of my articles. kindfeelings had over 200 articles. Now it only has 4. Last year the site was hit with a pharma hack and it was taking a very long time to clean so I decided to start over. I copyrighted all my articles and have copies saved offline. Honestly it was a blessing in disguise because my writing ability has improved since earlier writings. I can edit the old material and post them again.
Although I was quiet online last year I’ve been quite active in my farming and plan to be even more this year. One of my goals has been to grow enough to feed myself and others and I have been slowly achieving this. I’ve given away plenty of food, mostly vegetables.
I hope we all have a peaceful and happy 2022.
8 Tips For Navigating The New Year
- Practice long deep breathing daily.
- Be mindful of your intentions.
- Take a little time each day to sit in silence.
- Take up a physical practice. You can do complex yoga moves or you can just walk on the spot. Do what works for you.
- Practice observing your negative emotions instead of reacting immediately to them. Negative emotions are there to tell us something. This is a difficult practice especially if you struggle with anger but it gets easier over time.
- If possible, take a tech free day once a week. Taking one day without technology really helps me. I still keep my phone on in case someone needs to call but I put it in a corner.
- Imagine your desires, making them as real as possible in your mind. Don’t sleep on the power of visualization.
- Get enough sleep. Don’t sleep on the power of sleep, or maybe your should.
These are a few of the things I am growing.
There are different varieties of yam. The variety in my garden is renta yam. it is a delicious source of complex carbohydrates, which cooks easily and has a gummy, tender texture. Now a days it is not easy to find. Yams grow underground and the vine grows on top. When a yam is ready the leaves yellow and dry up. I will be doing a lot of digging this year.
Amaranth is also known as callaloo, I’ve been growing this vegetable in abundance and giving lots of it away. It can be steamed, blended or eaten raw. It is said to be one of the most nutritious things on the planet.
They’re delicious and can be eaten at any stage.
Makes a nice tasting tea and keeps away some pests. I grow mint among certain crops as a natural pest repellant.
When my plumber came over to do some work, I noticed he was picking a lot of this plant. He identified it as vervain. He swears by it. Vervain has been used in traditional herbal medicine for ages. I recently learnt about it. I haven’t tried it. Even if people have been using something traditionally for years I like to research it thoroughly first and I haven’t got around to that yet.
This plant is good for so many things. It has even been dubbed the miracle plant. It is used internally and externally for medicinal as well as cosmetic purposes.
Ram-Goat Dash Along
This is another plant that is used traditionally. A beautiful plant with bright yellow flowers and shiny green leaves, it is said to increase fertility and libido.
I grew a lot of pak choi last year and I sowed some seeds last week. I find that they do well between October – May – at least in my area.