Lately

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OH DEER SHOP

Processed with VSCOcam with 10 presetIt has been a busy month around here for us, filling lots of wholesale orders for new stockists, meeting with friends, working and creating. The weather has been spring-like the past few days and we’ve been outside enjoying it. Its a very exciting time of growth at the moment with our small business, we just launched a new website that has our shop, blog + other updates all in one place, you can check it out here.

We are working away on some wonderful new products that we can’t wait to share this spring. All of our products are plant-based, vegan friendly and loaded with nourishment for body, mind and spirit. Our all organic bath salts are making waves and you can look out for some yummy healing salves, skin balms and deeply moisturizing foot scrubs soon. You will be able to find our products at local Calgary markets through-out the year, in our web-store and from select stores in Canada and the US, (find a list of them here).

We are so grateful to create and share our work.

shanti.

Marika

Word Weavers

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namaste 5“We are all learning to heal, heal ourselves, heal our bodies, heal our common woman spirits. Healing begins in acute attention – attention to our needs and desires, attention to our manifestations. We heal b knowing our state of being,wether we are hot or cold, wet or dry, soothed or irritated, full or empty, sad or content, restless or energetic. We do not need to find cause for this state. By attending to ourselves we can ask ‘what do I need to feel whole, well?’ We will know the answer. We affirm we can be whole, can have health. We are each ultimately our own healers. – Nett Hart and Lee Lanning, 1987 Word-Weavers

“I am a woman taking care of myself.
I am a woman who begins the revolution in my own heart,
who purges from my life the injustices so I can see clearly.
I am a woman unafraid to proceed with what I now know
knowing as I proceed I will not learn what I could not learn without
I am a woman taking care of myself becoming lean but not hard, separate but not apart.
I am a woman who begins the revolution in my own heart.” – Nett Hart and Lee Lanning, 1987 Word-Weavers

“Health is a the result of living in harmony with yourself and your environment. Health is to be in sync with life: all the rhythms harmonizing… breath with body functions, body functions with life activities, and life activities in rhythm with the cycles of the earth.” – Margot Adair, 1984

A beautiful poet. A knowing man.

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Bob-Dylan-Rare-High-Quality-Picture-15Darkness at the break of noon
Shadows even the silver spoon
The handmade blade, the child’s balloon
Eclipses both the sun and moon
To understand you know too soon
There is no sense in trying

Pointed threats, they bluff with scorn
Suicide remarks are torn
From the fool’s gold mouthpiece the hollow horn
Plays wasted words, proves to warn
That he not busy being born is busy dying

Temptation’s page flies out the door
You follow, find yourself at war
Watch waterfalls of pity roar
You feel to moan but unlike before
You discover that you’d just be one more
Person crying

So don’t fear if you hear
A foreign sound to your ear
It’s alright, Ma, I’m only sighing

As some warn victory, some downfall
Private reasons great or small
Can be seen in the eyes of those that call
To make all that should be killed to crawl
While others say don’t hate nothing at all
Except hatred

Disillusioned words like bullets bark
As human gods aim for their mark
Make everything from toy guns that spark
To flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark
It’s easy to see without looking too far
That not much is really sacred

While preachers preach of evil fates
Teachers teach that knowledge waits
Can lead to hundred-dollar plates
Goodness hides behind its gates
But even the president of the United States
Sometimes must have to stand naked

An’ though the rules of the road have been lodged
It’s only people’s games that you got to dodge
And it’s alright, Ma, I can make it

Advertising signs they con
You into thinking you’re the one
That can do what’s never been done
That can win what’s never been won
Meantime life outside goes on
All around you

You lose yourself, you reappear
You suddenly find you got nothing to fear
Alone you stand with nobody near
When a trembling distant voice, unclear
Startles your sleeping ears to hear
That somebody thinks they really found you

A question in your nerves is lit
Yet you know there is no answer fit
To satisfy, insure you not to quit
To keep it in your mind and not forget
That it is not he or she or them or it
That you belong to

Although the masters make the rules
For the wise men and the fools
I got nothing, Ma, to live up to

For them that must obey authority
That they do not respect in any degree
Who despise their jobs, their destinies
Speak jealously of them that are free
Cultivate their flowers to be
Nothing more than something they invest in

While some on principles baptized
To strict party platform ties
Social clubs in drag disguise
Outsiders they can freely criticize
Tell nothing except who to idolize
And then say God bless him

While one who sings with his tongue on fire
Gargles in the rat race choir
Bent out of shape from society’s pliers
Cares not to come up any higher
But rather get you down in the hole
That he’s in

But I mean no harm nor put fault
On anyone that lives in a vault
But it’s alright, Ma, if I can’t please him

Old lady judges watch people in pairs
Limited in sex, they dare
To push fake morals, insult and stare
While money doesn’t talk, it swears
Obscenity, who really cares
Propaganda, all is phony

While them that defend what they cannot see
With a killer’s pride, security
It blows the minds most bitterly
For them that think death’s honesty
Won’t fall upon them naturally
Life sometimes must get lonely

My eyes collide head-on with stuffed
Graveyards, false gods, I scuff
At pettiness which plays so rough
Walk upside-down inside handcuffs
Kick my legs to crash it off
Say okay, I have had enough, what else can you show me?

And if my thought-dreams could be seen
They’d probably put my head in a guillotine
But it’s alright, Ma, it’s life, and life only

Telling lies to your vision

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FOOD FOR THE MIND / NAMASTE

498554_2767203-prn01_lzIt’s a fact that human beings absorb information the most through images rather than spoken or even written words. The elites of the world, (running the show so to speak) have a best-seller, and that best-seller is the television. Brainwashing humanity for decades. Put down the remote, better yet get rid of your tv all together. Choose wisely what it is that you subject yourself too. Feed your subconscious with the right information.

Sean and I don’t have a television. We didn’t have one for over two years, moved to a new city and thought one day why not its nice when you have guests over (what a twisted thought, as if conversation isn’t enough) only to realize that we hardly had the thing on. I am not one for tv as background noise, I prefer jazz music if I’m being perfectly honest. While we realized it was quite useless to us, our home and felt like a giant energy sucking vortex we decided to get rid of it once again. I haven’t thought about it since – now most people can’t comprehend how one lives without this trance machine. I myself find it invigorating.

What happened to reading books to pass the time, going outside for a walk, spend time in the kitchen or simply exchange light-hearted witty banter? I am far to mindful of what I ingest into my body and my mind that I knew it wouldn’t be missed for a moment. Sometimes we will watch a movie on our computer, the way it should be. Selected, played and turned off, preferably something that makes us laugh and brings light to our day. I also enjoy watching the history channel with my father, a past time I do miss, but isn’t that what documentaries are for? So there you have it. Look outside the television, outside the room and dig deep within. After all were living in a generation that doesn’t know what it was like to live before this box was invented – dare I say, people made their own fun, connected on a human level and actually got up and moved. Oh what a thought!

Now I’m not saying you should all go give your tvs away but just try for a day – to step away and do something for you, something real. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

We met a couple last night while out celebrating a friend’s birthday over dinner. They don’t have a tv at home either. How refreshing.

PEACE + LOVE beautiful humans.

(art by: Sammy Slabbinck)

A girl named Katrina

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IMG_2910 IMG_5475il_fullxfull.677851068_g5f51376632_10153355996930531_1030325945_n-1 Mother-Temple-of-Besakih-9il_fullxfull.681113969_b1wlA few years ago I met a girl, a girl named Katrina. This was a casual meeting, working together with friends and became only an acquaintance, sometime after she told me through our few and far between chats over Facebook that she was making a move from Canada to Indonesia(!). I of course didn’t ask many questions but thought I wonder what for, with who and how incredible that may be. She was writing a blog about her travels, adventures and this move which I have followed on and off since. Reading her blog is like getting lost in a jungle of love, light and colour, I love the imperfections and the sincere words. It has now been a few years and I have started to read it once again, seeing what I have missed and feeling excited for her next post I imagine what it is like for her there. I keep telling Sean I want to book a trip to Kyoto, Japan and after a few days there head to south east Asia.  She paints you a picture in your mind and it has me yearning to go visit them both, as Sean and I have been invited and we cannot wait until we are able to go.

Life can be surprising, well it is full of surprises because who knew that a few years later we would still be in touch only after a few brief meetings, something has kept us connected and I feel it would be nothing short of amazing to visit her in her place of love and light and to meet her now husband. To see how they live and be more than inspired by this life, I find myself relating immensely to bits and pieces of her story through her personal journey of self discovery, love for herself, the earth and those living on it, but also the struggles within as this goes hand in hand. I feel compelled to see this side of the world, to expand my views as I have a large respect for other cultures and find them nothing short of fascinating. We are all spiritual beings and when you realize this and live life in your truth, watching love consume your heart space its incredible to find a connection with someone else perhaps going through similar but far different experiences. I feel inspired by her experiences and resonate with them even though we are oceans apart.

I felt compelled to share her story with you. We have been talking about creating a small collection of jewelry together, did I mention her and her husband create beautiful bohemian jewelry made of silver and stones? Well they do and we are going to design a few pieces together this year and you will be able to shop them in our web-store, I can’t wait to share it with you all.

– Marika

Iodine Crisis

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FOOD FOR THE MIND / NAMASTE

List-of-Foods-Rich-in-IodineAs I was perusing one of the many portals this technological world offers us I came across some information that resonated with me and felt I had to pass on the knowledge – after all that is what we are here to do.

“Your thyroid gland which is your master gland (master gland means if your thyroid is not working properly all the other six glands of your endocrine will not work properly) stores about 60% of the iodine in your body. The rest is found in breast tissue, ovaries, testicles and of course the stomach lining. Your thyroid which produces t3 and t4 hormones to ensure good metabolic response would not even be able to do so without iodine. Now heres where it gets tricky – our soil unless it is close to coastal waters is no longer rich in iodine so the food you eat will no longer have sufficient amounts. this is why you must supplement with it to ensure max thyroid health and other benefits that go along with it. Iodine is so powerful when you take it that it will literally flush your cells of fluoride, bromide, lead, mercury and chlorine. It also plays a crucial role in removing dangerous bacteria like helicobacter from the stomach which is known to cause gastric cancer. Candida for example hates cells that are loaded with iodine. Only one country in the world consumes enough iodine from their diets and thats why the Japanese have the lowest instance of fibre cystic disease and breast cancers. 70% less than the rest of the world. It has been shown through research that cancer cells when injected with iodine will shrink and sometimes undergo apoptosis or programmed cell death and be replaced by healthy normals cells. Iodine believe it or not along with a good diet is the cure for stage one breast cancer, endometriosis and pcps. You cannot have a healthy reproductive system without adequate iodine. It is estimated that about 75% of people are deficient in iodine. Why so many? Very simple in America and Canada we drink water, brush our teeth and shower with fluoride. Flouride is known to deplete the thyroid of all its iodine making you deficient and prone to all the bad symptoms associated with iodine deficiency. Fibromyalgia’s cause has a direct link to iodine deficient.”

If this doesnt act as a wake up call for you than I don’t know what will. I know Ive been struggling to know more about my own health over the past 6 months particularly and it is important to know your families health history but also more important to consciously be aware of what it is you are putting into your mouth each and every day. In our home we now only drink filtered water and also have a charcoal filter that neutralizes the ions in the water while adding magnesium. When we visit the dentist we do not allow them to ingest us with any flouride in any of the process nor do we buy bottled water when on the go that has any fluoride in it. Luckily the province we live in stopped adding fluoride to the tap water a few years ago but we still filter this water as there is still chlorine among other chemicals in everyones drinking water.

People wonder as to why our society has become so ill, diseased and with poor health but the answer is staring us all boldly in the face everywhere we go. Shop local, buy locally grown organic foods when possible, go to your farmers markets on the weekends for produce and care enough about what you put into your body. These days the food is so unbelievably processed and filled with far more harmful chemicals than nutrients but you can still source out healthier options. Don’t buy what is cheap and easy, spend a little more and nourish your body the way it is intended to be nourished. If you want your body to run like a well oil machine than its quite simple – you need to feed your body with the nutrients it deserves and you will live a more healthy and happy life. It is not about counting calories, fad diets, but about reading labels – even though I shop at a health food store for all of my food, you better believe I am still reading where this food came form and what exactly is in it. If there is something I don’t understand I look it up, you should be able to recognize every ingredient labeled. Nature put the medicine in the food and all of the nutrients we could possibly need, its a part of the world waiting for us to re-discover once again, we must find our way back to nature.

Namaste beautiful humans!

Consider yourself assigned

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A poem by Clarissa Pinkola Estes:

I ASSIGN YOU
to be a beautiful, good, kind, awakened, soulful person,
a true work of art as we say, a true human being.
In a world filled with so much darkness, such a soul shines like gold; can be seen from a far distance; is dramatically different.

Anything you do from the soulful self will lighten the burdens of the world. Anything. You have no idea what the smallest word, the tiniest generosity can cause to be set in motion. Be outrageous in forgiving. Be dramatic in reconciling.

Mistakes? Back up and make them as right as you can, then move on. Be off the charts in kindness. In whatever you are called to, strive to be devoted to it in all aspects large and small. Fall short? Try again. Mastery is made in increments, not in leaps.

Be brave, be fierce, be visionary. Mend the parts of the world that are within your reach. To strive to live this way is the most dramatic gift you can ever give to the world.

Consider yourselves assigned.

Liquid Oxygen

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Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset I feel as though drinking water throughout the day gets puts aside for sugar or caffeine filled beverages and I’m forced to ask myself, have we all gone mad? Is the importance of water not reiterated to the masses of society? Drinking water through-out everyday is incredibly vital to a healthy body, (inside and out) and heres a few reasons why.

Water helps too reduce your body from exhurting more energy than necessary when it is lacking and has to take away from your bodies stored water. Nothing helps to purify your skin cells and digestive system then clearing it with water, creating healthier glowing skin, which is immensely helpful for anyone suffering from acne or skin irritations on the face (yes it is that simple). Everytime you drink water you are purging toxins from the body, cleansing the blood and boosting your energy.

Every organ in the body is comprised of water, therefore doesn’t it make the most sense to fuel it with such rather than anything else out there? Drinking a glass of water before bed is proven to reduce stroke and nothing starts your body in the right direction each morning than a room temperature glass of water with lemon juice! This liquid oxygen regulates body temperature and leaves you feeling alive all while aiding in digestion and boosting your immune system fighting off infections. Known to reduce stress and prevent heart disease by helping your cardiovascular system and fighting the depletion of oxygen in the cells which can be cancer causing. Keeping your body continually replenished with water helps you to absorb the nutrients you are taking into the blood stream. There arises another question – are you feeding your body nutrient rich foods allowing yourself to be the healthiest version of yourself?

I always have a glass of water near by, or glass water bottle filled with room temperature filtered water. We recently bought a water filter for our home and only drink from that now as well as a Kishu charcoal filter to place in our bottles. If you are in Calgary you can pick one of these up from Willow Natural Foods in Inglewood.

What has your intake of water been today? If you can count the glasses on one hand you haven’t had enough.

Namaste you beautiful humans. Lest we not forget the importance of hydration!

A Snacking Revelation

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SNACK TIME

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetA healthy dose of popped kernels, coconut oil (warmed until clear) in a small saucepan, drizzled on top with a few pinches of organic sea salt, sprinkle your spirulina powder on and mix well. There you have a delicious and healthy snack with crunch. If you ever find yourself craving chips this is a great alternative.

Ingrendients:

Organic popcorn kernels

2 teaspoons Spirulina powder

1 tablespoon Organic Coconut Oil

Organic Sea Salt, sprinkle to taste

A Holiday Adventure

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NAMASTE

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