You would think that living naturally would, well, come naturally. Like breathing, right? Well, I could write an article on how today people don't breathe in a natural way and are impacting their health negatively as a result. Seems we don't know how to live naturally nowadays. We can blame it on how we live in a fast-paced society. Or blame it on technology. Not that I want to throw out technology. I just don't want to be controlled by it. Somehow we have become out of sync with nature. We are not in harmony with our bodies, our spirit. Mind, body and spirit are not in balance. Living Naturally is living in harmony, being in balance.
So how do we learn to live naturally? What do we need to know and do to live in harmony? How do we get our mind, body and spirit in balance?
Although throughout my whole adult life I had been intensely involved in working with herbs and keeping up with the latest research on health, I realized that "I don't know what I don't know". So I enrolled in a two year program to become a Master Herbalist. It was for my own enlightenment, and to add to my abilities so that I could help my family and friends. Later I went back to school to earn my certificate in Holistic Nutrition. And with this knowledge added to life experiences (which would be best explained in another article), I found myself becoming more in harmony with Life. I was starting to find balance in mind, body and spirit.
It was not just "book learning". It took research and writing case studies. It took lab work and discussions with class mates and instructors. It took the willingness to take a stand about how I was going to live. And it took an understanding that the learning never ends.
I became filled with a passion to share my understanding and to help others to live naturally. Just looking at the state of health of the adults and children around me, I could see that there was such a need. I started a health blog that lead to requests for me to speak to groups. The feedback I received was "This is wonderful, but..." "I wish I could do it, but I don't have the time that you have." "I don't have the discipline". "There is too much I have to know and I don't have a good memory." "I don't want to give up sweets, fried foods, fast food, etc." "It is too hard to find or make natural healthy foods and natural health items." Do those words sound like your words or thoughts?
So I built an Herb Shop. The Herb Shop provides "natural health items" and offers workshops to give people hands on experience with various aspects of natural living.
One thing about having so many readers of my web site who are located all over the globe and having so many fans of my Facebook page who do not live close by is that an herb shop located in a very rural area of Tennessee does not provide any help for them. My articles may have sparked the interest in Natural Living, but there is no one to guide them, step-by-step, through the experience. And even those who live closer find their busy lives are in conflict with the schedule of my workshops.
With this in mind I began the lengthy and arduous process of creating an herb shop that will be on-line and workshops that will be on-line. In other words, I began adding on-line shopping (e-commerce) and on-line courses (e-learning) to my web site.
Some of my workshops do not lend themselves well to on-line courses. For example, Making Natural Soaps is best learned among a small group of people. Being able to observe techniques and experience questions and struggles of others provides a much better learning experience. But other Natural Living topics actually better lend themselves to on-line courses, especially with the ability to use all types of media to aid in the instruction.
So bear with me as I create these on-line structures into my web site...