Part 3 -1% for Nature

As part of our New Year’s Resolution to go Zero Waste and do our part to help ourselves and our community, we teamed up with a new local organization called 1% for Nature.

We will be accepting voluntary contributions at our office in support of preserving nature in Monroe County! One dollar is all we ask!

All gifts will help protect land and enhance public access to wildlife, habitat, trails, parks, and streams.

Part of health and wellness on all levels is our connection to nature.

Science now shows that time spent outside and in nature can reduce stress and help to restore balance in the nervous system.

This is our county. There is so much abundance and beauty to explore. We hope to join with you and this wonderful organization to protect special places and make them accessible for people and wildlife.

1% for Nature is a non-profit organization that will award grants to non-profit organizations or government entities that are protecting land and/or making it accessible for people to enjoy!

We thank you in advance for your help.

Anita and Louise

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Bring your Plastics

Making changes at Wellspring Holistic Center, is one way we are helping our environment. We also wanted to find a way to help the community recycle some of its waste. As a result, Wellspring has started an affiliation with a company called TerraCycle. Here is a blurb from their website about who they are:

“TerraCycle is Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable.” Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. We partner with individual collectors such as yourself, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 20 different countries. With your help, we are able to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month.”

We are committed to helping the community recycle some of their non-recyclables.  You will find two new cans at our center.


  1.  The larger can is sponsored by Clif bar and will recycle all power bar, energy bar and granola bar wrappers such as Clif bars, luna bars, or any of the many brands that are on the market today.  Any foil lined wrapper can now be recycled.  It must be washed and dried before placing it in the bin.  When the bin is full, we will ship it off to TerraCycle to be recycled.
  2. The second can is sponsored by Tom’s of Maine and will collect natural care product packaging such as: mouthwash bottles and caps, deodorant containers and caps, toothpaste tubes and caps, soap packaging, floss containers, and toothbrushes.  All containers must be cleaned and dried before placing them in the bin.  Once the bin is full, it will be packaged and shipped to TerraCycle.

We are so excited to start the New Year by reducing, reusing, and recycling our waste.  If you have any other suggestions about how we can improve our practices, we welcome the feedback.  If you have questions about the new recycling programs at Wellspring, please call us at 570-421-3708 or email us.

Away we go!

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Wellspring Greener

Changes at the office

The first change that happened was in the  bathroom.  The paper towel dispenser has been replaced with a hand dryer.  This will reduce the amount of paper towels we use each week which reduces our garbage by 50%!

The second change that happened was in the waiting room which no longer supplies plastic water cups.  We have been recycling all of the plastic cups we use since we opened 11 years ago, but by replacing the disposable plastic cups with reusable plastic cups we will decrease our recycling by 75%!

The third change that happened was finding a way to recycle all of the plastic waste from the acupuncture needles.  By collecting and sending away all of the needle wrappers, we will reduce our garbage by another 35%!

In our next blog, we will talk about how we are partnering with  TerraCycle AND YOU to help reduce all of our plastics.

Please check out that blogpost (Friday 2/1), as it gives you a way to get involved too! We will be collecting items at our center and you are welcome to drop off your plastics, wrappers, etc. Stay tuned!

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This weekend! Holiday Craft Bazaar

 

Come meet the people making the products you are purchasing. Get away from the big chain store crowds and noise to shop while listening to live music, nibbling healthy treats, and connecting with artists who create with love and intention.

We look forward to welcoming you and connecting with you!

Anita, Louise, Susan, John, Michelle, Susanne, Teri, Margie, Bud

Rainy day love poem

Grab a hold of what matters.

See the one word written on the arm of

divinity.

Twist something free down in the belly of the

mother –

it stirs,

awakens to a day

when all you need to do is

show up.

Wake the sleeping giant

between your shoulder blades.

Rise up.

The peace lily has decided this is the

moment to bloom.

Follow her white hood as far up as you

dare.

Greet the tree tops.  The red tail hawk

sitting on the naked branch full of

bewilderment.

Why not join her? Bring amazement.

Sit close,

brush the feathers from your own

eyes.

There is a special kind of beauty

to the rain.

~Anita Bondi 2018

See with your heart

Happy Valentine’s Day to

all of you!

May this be the day we look beyond our differences, close our eyes to anger, fear, frustration, and see with our hearts.

When we use this “sight” we see that we are all One. There is no separation. Period. We must care for each other. We must care for the precious earth that sustains us. We must care for ourselves.

Make this day, a radical day for LOVE. A love that is beyond cards, flowers, and yes, even chocolate.

Close your eyes and invite a deep love into your heart. Feel the warmth. Let it travel down into your belly.

Bring the warmth and the light with you. Breathe deeply and know that you are worthy of your true love and care.  Start there. Now, extend that out to the first person you see. Keep it going.

Brene’ Brown calls us to have a strong back, a soft front, and a wild heart.

Take a few minutes and gift yourself with her words and thoughts.

https://onbeing.org/programs/brene-brown-strong-back-soft-front-wild-heart-feb2018/

 

 

 

Happy New Year – One Resolution

Happy New Year from Wellspring Holistic Center

“This New Year’s Eve you can lay the groundwork for continued growth without making any resolutions except one—to let go of the past, connect with yourself, to Wake Up, and be Present.”

This message was the first thing I saw this morning and wanted to pass it on.

This is the work of a lifetime. This will ask so much of you and give you so much in return. I promise.

It is the solo effort and the shared experience necessary for the joy and the peace that we all seek.

Letting go of the past is the first step because, simply, the past is over. I know for some of us it feels as real as this moment, as we keep reliving things that have already happened over and over. As I heard myself say to a young patient the other day, “The only thing we know for sure is that we are sitting here right now talking to one another. All the other things you are saying happened before this moment or will happen later, after this moment. None of them will help us in this moment.”

The room became very quiet and I watched her sigh. After a few seconds she said, “I feel better now.”

That was the first step as well as the second; she had connected with herself. We were then able to talk in present time, name the feeling that was most pervasive, breathe into where it was in her body, and allow the thought about it to be heard. Then we took some more deep breaths and rested in the peace we had created together.

The “Waking Up” is the recognizing that we are not in the present moment and focusing on our breath helps us to be present, slow down, and then, we can respond instead of react – to our thoughts, the situation at hand, etc.

None of this is easy. It takes practice and compassion as we will succeed and fail many times, even in the same day! It takes a village to raise a child and I believe an adult as well. Find your tribe, your support system, and the practices that will help you. Let us all make this New Year one of Practice and Peace.