My once super blonde hair that looked slightly green because it was so white is more golden brown now. I hated my blonde hair as a kid, always wishing for the long straight black sort like Momma Morticia on the Addams Family. Funny, now I would kill for that once white mop as opposed to the filthy blonde that Mother Nature has bestowed on me.
So in case you didn’t notice, I have hair issues. Many years ago I marched into Whole Foods Market to find a natural hair dye cause my super blonde needed a comeback (not realizing that I really had to use some sort of bleach). Sitting on the floor next to the boxes of color, I called my best friend (whose hair follies since childhood are numerous) to help me make a decision. The feeling of guilt that overtook me was enormous—in the deepest sense, it didn’t feel natural to dye my hair whether the colors were from “nature” or not. After about 5 minutes of her being totally annoyed with my floundering she said, “Knowing you, altering what is meant to be (as in the color of your hair) will make you more neurotic that anything else and I don’t have the patience to deal with you.” With that, I picked myself off the floor and marched out of the market.
Hair is a bit of a trite example as it relates to messing with Mother Nature, but one that is symbolic to me. Seeds are literally the “nuts” of new life. And Big Ag partnered with Biotech long ago to make your food “better” by altering many complex genetic pods including those of soy, corn, cotton, canola, apples and more giving these plants specific characteristics to “improve” crop output and industry’s bottom line. Well folks please don’t buy into the bullshit. Genetic modification is the epitome of messing with Mother Nature and every day you are most likely consuming a large percentage of GMO ingredients in the foods you choose. Look for products in the grocery store with the Non-GMO Project stamp of approval or go organic. You should be safe here. If you want to learn more about this utterly unnatural act of industry, check out GMO Myths and Truths—you can be part of the solution.
My dear colleague and friend Rebecca Katz recently sent me an article by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes entitled, We Were Made for These Times. We are in a volatile era—change is possible. Let’s do our part and leave Mother Nature alone to do hers.