How did emotions become the best part of your heart? Find Out.

They say an elephant never forgets and I think your heart remembers it all as well. Emotions make us human. We have appealing emotions (such as caring, love, and trust) and then there are less ‘agreeable’ ones (no need to list them.) Emotions can wreak havoc on out hearts and days, sometimes in good ways and at other times in pain.  We need them both but OMG they both can be tough on one’s mind, body, soul, and heart!

It seems fair to say we all know:

  • There is a direct connection from mental to physical health.
  •  Growing evidence that out thoughts become our attitudes, our attitudes becomes our actions, and therefore our thoughts become our actions.
  • Negativity is not healthy, happy or something most of us want to be around, share or be consistently identified with.
  •  We need both good and bad to achieve some balance and reality.
  •  Our minds and bodies are one machine.
  • Something you may not know- “Recent HeartMath studies define a critical link between the heart and brain. The heart is in a constant two-way dialogue with the brain — our emotions change the signals the brain sends to the heart and the heart responds in complex ways. However, we now know that the heart sends more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart.”  ( HeartMath source from TODAY.com)

In traditional medicine we often treat but we also often mask an issue. Here is a paragraph from a Psychology Today article that I find very useful. If you have the interest and time I would click the link and read the whole thing- it’s not long.

‘As a cardiologist with Eastern roots, I am also aware that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) supports the idea that there is a direct relationship between emotions and physical health. The concept of qi, or vital energy, dictates that emotions are closely integrated with the organs. The heart is the source of all emotions and holds the essential spirit, so if the emotions are out of balance, the physical heart must be, too.” She goes on to say “Rather than simply seeking happiness, we should seek to learn how to create harmony between emotions, soul, spirit, and body. If we are connected with our inner emotional selves, we will be able to manage any circumstances that come our way in a manner that will not destroy or severely damage our health and our heart.” (read the article here)

… I don’t think I could say it any better and so I will leave it at that.

(Quoted from Cynthia Thaik, M.D., is a Harvard-trained physician and currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine.)

Gordy. A heart remembers
Gordy. A heart remembers.

For those of you that have read all the way through- a BONUS!
here is a 2 minutes and 39-seconds Meditation to Calm Your Emotionsclick here.

Thanksgiving….

Gordy w/Pumpkins and Leaves
©BotanicalBeautiesbeasties…Thanks and Thankful…

A few days ago I was at my ‘other job’ and I want to share what I think is a fabulous reminder of holidays and meaning. The morning started out as usual with a good morning and ‘how are you’ conversation with my first lesson of the day.  The man said something to the likes of  “I’m good we are getting ready to celebrate one of my 2 favorite holidays.”  I have met this gentleman at work a few times, and I knew he was a ‘good guy’ but his answer was so great that it has prompted this blog post.  I said “I too like Thanksgiving, it is actually one of my favorite holidays, no big pressures, the hype is low (all that stuff seems to go to that other very big winter holiday that the world seems to love so much and the retailers can’t get enough of.) This one is about family/friends, some good food, and hopefully a nice day.”  Well my answer pales to his. He said, simply and elegantly …”Yes that’s all true, but my two favorite holidays in N. America are July 4th and Thanksgiving… because on July 4th we celebrate freedom here in the USA and on Thanksgiving, everyone hopefully has something to be thankful for.” I couldn’t agree more and thought it was a wonderful answer and reminder of the true reasons for many holidays.  I add a tiny bit more , and they get to stop and think about it for a moment. So the obvious question of the day…. just what are you thankful for? No need to tell me or the  world…just always a good question to think about. Happy Thanksgiving… and for those that celebrate it- Happy Hanukkah as well!

Thanks for so much to so many of you.

It’s called THANKSgiving.

Peace, thanks, and love… a message we all can use all the time. Today we may be especially aware of all our thanks and maybe our sorrows as well. Try to remember the good, be thankful for the good… Thanks to all those that support our ideal and ideas of BBB3. Hope the world finds you in a peaceful and nurturing place-for yourself and your loved family and friends. May the sun shine on you and may the wind be at your back.

Pumpkin Thanks

A Day of Thanks. Happy Thanksgiving

Gordy with turkeys
Enjoy the day... Give some Thanks... Have some fun! (Click to see larger)

THANKSGIVING WEEK – OMG, Can you believe it?!

The Botanical Beauties & Beasties want to wish you all a happy beginning of the Holiday season… Merry Everything… Happy Days… Healthy Wishes.

  • If you can: Eat Local  … ReUse what you can… ReDuce your carbon footprint as much as you can…. ReCycle all you can….and ReThink your ways. All the parts, that means all of us do indeed make a whole. When you stop for a moment and think about it,  it feels good to be part of a good cause

The Botanicals will be over the river and through the woods this week, so there will be few words. 

Gordy is already available as a Holiday Card as well as a blank card. To see /to buy go to http://botanicalbb.myshopify.com/collections/greeting-cards.

Merry Everything Joy for all Happy Holidays!

gordy_art Blank Card
The image that is on the blank Card. No message inside
Gordy - Holiday Card Front
The image that is on the front of the Holiday Card. The inside message is "Merry Everything Joy to all Happy Holidays!"

Exciting….Meet Gordy! A man of the Fall Season….

Meet Gordy!
Gordy says Hello to each and every one of you. (click for larger image)
Gordy is the newest member of the Botaniumus Community. Since he is an Artist, and an Arts Journalist, he is the one that will be conducting our Artist Series Interviews.  We hope to start this very soon and to continue through the winter and beyond. We are still looking for a clever name!  Email Gordy all your cool ideas at  Gordy@gmail.com.
Gordy enjoys creating all types of art and places no limits on himself. Naturally, his bend is for ECO art, he loves to recreate and make “Objects D’Art” while keeping all his materials as green as possible. To that end, he now only shoots digital when he has a camera in hand, the chemicals of traditional film and processing is not something he wants to contribute to the world. His sculptures tend to be from “found or recycled materials, and he uses recycled paper for all his 2D work. He has been known to dance when the mood strikes, and “create for fun” when inspiration strikes! He also works as the Arts Journalist for the Local Paper of Botaniumus called Twine, Twigs Figura and News, or commonly called TTFN. (It’s ok to smile if you are a Tigger fan!)
Gordy is made from Gourds, Palm Tree Trunk, mixed floral and even a bit of a live Key West Iguana!
Since Gordy’s body and head are made of Gourds he has also become our Thanksgiving Card, he is the 7th in the series of our Eco Holiday Cards. (see below)
Holiday card possibilities
Holiday cards available now! - We are at Whole Foods outside, or in the entrance, for the next 2 weeks. Come on by, say Hi and you can buy Gordy, made from Gourds, just in time for Thanksgiving! All are printed on post consumer recycled paper.
Hope to see you at Garden City Whole Foods tomorrow!