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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New Year’s Resolution – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Happy New Year!  Sorry for the late wishes.  We are not quite sure where January went, but as we approach February we are moving forward with our New Year’s resolution to reduce the amount of plastic waste that we produce across all areas of our lives.  We have always recycled, but in recent months Louise’s husband, Tom has been doing more research on the what is actually happening to the plastic that we put in our recycle bin and the news is not good.  

Did you know even if your local trash collector says they are recycling everything you put into your bin, that in fact, some or all of it is probably ending up in the landfill?  Really? That was our first reaction  and here is what our research produced:

In a recent interview, David Kaplan, the CEO of Maine Plastics , a post-industrial recycler, explained about the current recycling practices here in the US.  He said that plastics with numbers 3-7 are absolutely not being recycled and are going to a landfill because China is no longer taking these plastics.  This has been happening since the launching of an initiative known as ‘Green Fence’ by the Chinese government which was to help reduce their pollution.  The policy bans the import of all but the cleanest, most tidily organized bales of reusable rubbish.  The program was supposed to end in November of 2013, but as suspected by the recycling companies, it looks like Green Fence is here to stay.  Mr. Kaplan believes that the plastics #3-7 will continue to end up in landfills until the United States can economically recycle these plastics. 

So unfortunately not all plastic that is put into a bin is getting recycled and only 9% of all plastic even makes it into a recycling bin.  So what happens to the other 91%?  Some of it ends up in a landfill but a fair amount ends up in our oceans.  Around 8 million metric tons go into the oceans each year, according to the first rigorous global estimate published in Science today.  That’s equivalent to 16 shopping bags full of plastic for every meter of coastline (excluding Antarctica).  By 2025 we will be putting enough plastic in the ocean (on our most conservative estimates) to cover 5% of the earth’s entire surface in cling film each year.  Those are some scary statistics.  But what really made us rethink our plastic addiction was the report from The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics, which analyzed the flow of materials around the world and predicted that, given the projected growth in plastic production, by 2050 oceans could contain more plastics than fish.

In the year 2050, our children and nieces and nephews will be close to our ages.  We want them to be able to enjoy nature as much as we do today.  Therefore, we are making a change.  At home and at the office we are going to reduce the amount of plastic that we use and at the same time we are going to recycle as much plastic material as we can in order to decrease the amount of garbage that we produce.  It is not easy. Once you stop and pay attention to the amount of plastic that is around, the task seems daunting.  We believe we have to start somewhere! We cannot let this make us complacent, nor paralyzed.

In our next blog we will tell you how we are doing it! Please come back and pass this along to your friends and family.

We are all in this together.

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Thank You

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 “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

~ William Arthur Ward

Thank you to everyone who came to our Holiday Open House and Art Sale this past weekend. We do not take your support and your presence for granted – ever.  It is an honor to welcome each and every one of you to Wellspring Holistic Center any day of the week. You are the backbone of our center. We know what a gift it is to have you with us on the journey to health and wellness. So , whether you came to the open house, are coming in this week for a session, or will be in next year, the gift is here waiting for you to open it. We look forward to seeing you and continuing to serve you in 2018.

With love and gratitude,

Louise and Anita

Holiday Open House Saturday and Sunday

 

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 It is time for Wellspring Holistic Center’s eighth annual Holiday Open House and Art Show on Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th, at 243 East Brown Street, in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The hours on Saturday are from 4 PM to 8 PM, and on Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM. Saturday night will also feature a wine and cheese reception. Event is FREE and open to everyone!

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This year we are giving back to our community with Gratitude and Love! Come and enjoy FREE mini- sessions with one of the many talented Wellspring practitioners. There will also be hourly giveaways, and homemade organic, gluten free treats.

As always, you will be able to shop for your holiday gifts in the serene and peaceful atmosphere of this beautiful holistic center. The art and the crafts have been created by some of the Pocono’s finest artisans. This year we welcome back co-directors of the center, Anita Bondi and Louise Bowman, with hand-made jewelry, soap, salves, tinctures, and organic candles. Returning to the show will be Susan Bradford with her mandalas, baskets, and crystal bracelets and John Lenz with his hand-hooked rugs. New this year will be pottery by Jill Cantor and photo cards by Rae. The mini-treatments that are being offered include many healing modalities, such as, massage, reflexology, Reiki, myofascial release, EFT, Gestalt therapy and more.

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For more information, call 570-421-3708 or check out our offerings and get directions to the center at http://www.WellspringHolisticCenter.com.

Preaching vs. Practicing

I know exactly what to tell you to do.

Well, most of the time.

Practicing it myself – not always that easy.

I read so many books. I listen to so many Webinars.  I constantly search the blogs and websites of those

“in the know” in order to help myself and my clients/students.

Today, as I sit and research, I am struck with this question, ” Do you think all of these experts really practice what they preach?”

What is making me so skeptical?

The answer is – my own life. I am an expert in my corner of the world.

I could write a book if I stopped reading what everyone else is saying.

I could put together a swanky health summit if I weren’t so busy listening to all the “other” experts.

I could blog consistently if I spent more time reflecting and less time researching.

AND

I could practice more of what I preach if I weren’t so human.

My friend Patti coined a great saying, “we all like to argue for our limitations.”

I realize I am no different.  I argue for my limitations all of the time.
Here is a short run down of some of them:

~lack of time

~lack of resources

~the need to reward myself

~the stress of  ______ (well, you name it!)

~the list of too’s:  too hard, too much, too many, too intense

Louise called while I was working on this post and I asked her my question:

Sister, do you think these experts really practice what they preach because I find most of it so hard to sustain?”

“Well, I think ______ does because on those health summits she is so goddamn annoying. You know she does for sure.”

Is that it then? If you practice what you preach then you are annoying?

Hmmm..not so far fetched, is it?

We all judge people, especially those we deem, “too big for their britches.” (The truth is their bigness scares a part of us). Most of us are excited when one of the experts or a celebrity fails or something bad happens to them. ( If this were not true, People Magazine would have been out of business long ago). Many of us are sure that Oprah can’t be all that together or she would not continue to have “that”  weight problem.

We want to see that they have limitations too.

We use their limitations to justify our own. We want to hear them say that it is not always easy to get up and meditate every morning. How about one of  them telling us that they went to the Burger King drive through last week, or haven’t flossed for over a month, or hurt someone with unkind words and actions?

Brene’ Brown says that we judge in the areas where we are most susceptible to shame.

Back to Oprah. I find her annoying. I judge her because of who she is and who I think I should be.  I can get triggered by shame when I don’t live up to my own standards and expectations as a teacher, healer, leader, and spiritual seeker. Instead of dealing with my own shortcomings, I focus on the shortcomings of others – in this case, Oprah.

Yuck.

If I continue to focus on whether or not Oprah is succeeding, then I will have less time to be my own success story. I can let myself off the hook when it comes to practicing what I preach if I use an expert or celebrity as my excuse.

I am committed to telling you the truth about who I am so that we can share our humanness, while at the same time,not allowing it to get in the way of  my evolution.

Today is a good day to begin. Step one. Stop sitting and get up and stretch/move. Take 3 deep and full breaths. Eat a good meal that includes lots of protein and vegetables. Appreciate the beauty around me. (I know, it’s not finding the cure for breast cancer, but I have to start somewhere.)

P.S. I wrote this blog post and scheduled it for 3 days from when I wrote it. If you are reading to the end I feel compelled to tell you that I did not stretch, I ate a meal with too many carbs, but did breathe and walked Scout while appreciating the beauty around me.

This truth telling is not so that you can say, “Oh, good, now I am off the hook”, or ” If Anita is not making it then how can I?”  It is so that we can call each other out -in a good way. It is so that we can hold each other accountable and ask more of one another – shine the light for each others brilliance. Don’t let me play small. That would not serve either one of us.

 

 

 

 

Not on the water ….

but close!

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To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.

~Barbara Bush

Can you see it?  The river in the background?  Ah, isn’t it beautiful.  I am sure you were wondering what Anita and I do in the winter since we can’t paddleboard.  Well, today our brother Joe and Sister-in-law Anne decided to drive up from the Philadelphia area so that we could take advantage of the snow.  They needed to try out their Christmas present – cross country skis – and Anita and I were more than happy to take them on the trail and show them the river.  She and I were gazing at the water thinking of what a wonderful paddle boarding season we had last  year and how much fun we had together.  We are so lucky to have each other and to have such a great family.  We love being together.  Today was a great day made even better by having them here.  Just a fair warning … Now that we got out on the trail once, we are hooked.  You may have to endure some more photos of us playing in the snow, well, as long as the weather cooperates.  Enjoy the snow!

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Integrity

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 Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.

~ Barbara De Angelis

Anita has been speaking her truth for a long time and I am trying hard to do the same.  It has never been easy for me.  I hate conflict.  Peace and harmony are always what I am searching for – even when it means that I may be compromising my own wants and needs.  I am working hard at understanding and accepting conflict.  It may be uncomfortable in the moment, but in the long run I know I will be a better person for it.

This is a photo from our last paddle board on the river  – we are hoping it was not our last for the year!  The river is such a magical place – it will feel like a great loss when it is too cold to get out on the paddle boards.  Maybe we will be buying our dry suits so we can paddle all year round.  We will keep you posted!