by Wendy Strgar December 23, 2014
A couple of years ago I was asked to give a class at our local cancer treatment facility. It began with a request for our organic products that can be tolerated by people even in the most sensitive times in their lives, but turned into what became one of the most beautiful courses on how love and positivity can and does heal us.
I learned as much as I taught in this class of 6 women, many of whom were still in treatment or waiting to see if their treatments would hold. During that time and in the months that followed what I learned most was how little support there is for many people challenged with life threatening illnesses. Many don’t have access to the most basic needs like healthy food.
In fact, there is a lot of research supporting how the foods that many of us consume in this country is one of the big factors in making people sick. In this process I was introduced to Cathryn Couch of the Ceres Project of Northern California. In just seven years she went from a small $5000/ year cooking project to what is now an award-winning $ 1.5 million dollar project caring for thousands of people in their Northern California community.
Knowing how great the need is here locally and having worked for 3 years previously on the Positive Change Club at South Eugene High School, we became one of their initial affiliate programs- Positive Community Kitchen. I am so proud of how a good idea can turn into a truly life-giving and healing program. And I am so happy that I have the chance to not only help people facing life and death health issues, but also that I am blessed to participate in a community of people who I love and teach me how far our generosity and goodness can reach.
Yesterday, we got some local media attention and our story came out in our community. We need support to grow this project, which has already made an amazing difference in so many people’s lives. Please take a moment to watch our video and consider this project in your holiday giving. What I have learned from all the positivity projects I have initiated and been involved with all these years is that how we think is the foundation of our lives and participating with others on work that helps, heals everyone. It is literally where giving and receiving are one in the same.
by Wendy Strgar May 22, 2018
There is no time like long summer nights to cultivate our uniquely, profoundly human capacity for pleasure, especially sexual pleasure. Our pleasure response transforms our relationship to each other and even to life itself. Focusing on pleasure not only changes how we see our opportunities for intimate connection, but also invites us into a deeper relationship with our erotic soul.
by Wendy Strgar May 17, 2018
It becomes hard to trust your own thinking when nothing seems to be working. The space between how I thought it would go and how it is going seems to widen in front of my eyes. Maybe most difficult of all is how often the undesirable outcomes around us spill over into our relationships, both at home and at work. An errant comment too easily turns into an argument. I become blind to my impact on people around me, caught up in the unresolved problems surrounding me. During times like these, we often underestimate the power of the choices we make and how it can create a path back towards what’s working or down the slippery slope of self-destruction, which my husband affectionately calls “flirting with the gutter.”
Here is my short list to making it better when it isn’t working at all. Each one helps you do the next one, so start at the beginning and work your way down.
by Wendy Strgar May 03, 2018