5 Questions to Help You Learn From Last Year and Make the Most of This Year

Examine and learn from the year gone by, to make your New Year resolutions far more effective. Or use this process during any kind of ending and new beginning.

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All “Empowered Thinking” Posts for 2021

An index of all the “Empowered Thinking” posts written on ARealGreenLife in 2021.

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All “Practical Skills” Posts for 2021

An index of all the “Practical Skills” posts written on ARealGreenLife in 2021.

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Difficult Emotions are Allies in Disguise

Where those difficult emotions might be coming from, what might be amplifying them, and why it’s important to be gentle with yourself when they show up.

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Ginger in a RealFood Garden

Ginger has thrived at our place since I learned to think about what it gives and what it needs in terms of its connections to the other plants around it, to me as the ginger-grower, and to me and my family as the ginger-users.

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How to Plan a Food Garden

The success of your food garden depends on the connections between the plants and each other, and between the plants, you, and your kitchen (and also your medicine cabinet).

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Get Off the Bus

The “bus” I’m talking about is entire populations of people all gabbling without listening to one another and without thinking clearly. The bus is hurtling toward a cliff, with no-one in the driver’s seat. ​The opinions, the conflict, the angst, are all fueling the bus. Here’s how to understand what’s going on, and how to disengage from the insanity.

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3 Ways to Bring Ourselves Home

You have a limited amount of mental space and its up to you to choose what to fill it with. In this post, I’ll share 3 practices for using our thinking to “bring ourselves home.”

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Empowered Thinking for Deep Change

We’re so in the habit of controlling each other/being controlled that we’ve forgotten how to think for ourselves. We’re so overwhelmed by the challenges we face that we assume there’s nothing we can do (and it’s all our fault). And we assume that controlling each other is necessary and failing was inevitable because humans are just basically bad. Let’s re-examine these habits and assumptions.

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Loofah – Grow Your Own Sponges

Loofahs are easy to grow. You can eat them when they’re small, and if you let them get big they make great bathroom sponges. They also make pretty good kitchen sponges. Best of all, when they wear out you can compost them to feed next year’s loofahs.

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