Bee-ing Mindful

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“Mindfulness is the awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose in the present moment- non-judgementally.
There is no seperation between the heart and mind, it is one word. When we come from the heart, the moment is different.”~ Now Heart Mind

Dragonfly Labyrinth

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This weekend was filled with many many adventures.
Solstice day, however, was one of incredible serendipity.
I packed the car and went out to the Grafton Lake beach. There, I met up with friends, and made a few more.
It was such a great day! Together with my friends we created a rather large sand labyrinth. Passersby would admire, some would inquire, and whatsmore: some helped us with the construction! Kids, parents, fellow holistic practitioners…on solstice anything is possible, and anything can be done when a community of strangers with a common goal, can create genuine Complete Health Circle of magick.
We witnessed many amazing things, but one stands out more so than the others: the birth of a dragonfly…

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When I saw that my beach tote had turned over, I had no idea what I was to discover! At first, I thought it was a simple beetle, a rather large beetle, but a beetle nonetheless. Then, a did a double take, was a dragon mating with a beetle? How strange, how odd, how….oh my wow…a dragonfly had given us the honour of allowing us this very rare life passage: its shedding of its exoskeleton. In witnessing this beautiful creatures transition, it was such a metaphor for all of our lives.
It echoed the passing of one tide to another. One tide shifting to the next. Beltane was no more, now is the Season of Midsummer…
Now is the Season of the Dragonfly…
Namaste.

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Holistic Sunscreen

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Since tomorrow is solstice, I thought it important to find a good all-natural and chemical free sun block. I found a very good recipe from Wellness Mama.

Even though it is beneficial for daily sun exposure, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Add this easy to make Holistic Sunblock to your Holistic Tool-kit. It sure will come handy in the months to come.

Be safe out there under those warm rays of beauty, and be sure to hydrate and keep that skin from turning lobster!

Namaste!

Natural Homemade Sunscreen Ingredients:

1/2 cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
1/4 cup coconut oil (natural SPF 4)
1/4 cup beeswax
2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (This is a non-nano version that won’t be absorbed into the skin. Be careful not to inhale the powder). This makes a natural SPF of 20+ or more can be added.)
Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
Optional: 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (natural SPF 4-5)
Optional: Lavender/ Chamomile/ Myrrh or other Essential Oils (Absolutely *NO CITRUS- these are phototoxic!*), Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference

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How to Make Natural Sunscreen:

1. Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives or other foods.
2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.
3. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
4. As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (pint size) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!
5. Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.
6. Use as you would regular sunscreen. Best if used within six months.

Additional Notes:

This sunscreen is somewhat but not completely waterproof and will need to be reapplied after sweating or swimming Make sure not to inhale the Zinc Oxide-use a mask if necessary! This recipe has an SPF of about 20, though adding more Zinc Oxide will increase the SPF Add more beeswax to make thicker sunscreen, less to make smooth sunscreen I recommend coconut or vanilla extract or lavender essential oils for fragrance Store in a cool, dry place or in the fridge I prefer to store in a small canning jar and apply like a body butter. It will be thicker, especially if you use coconut oil in the recipe. remove the Zinc Oxide and this makes an excellent lotion recipe!

An Even Faster Way To Make Sunscreen:

Get a bottle of your favorite lotion (that doesn’t contain citrus oils!) Add a couple Tablespoons of Zinc Oxide Mix well Use as Sunscreen