Are you ready to meet a passionate advocate for organic foods & GMO awareness? Between “organic” labels and all the crazy diets, the politics of health and good eating can be confusing.

I interviewed Elizabeth Kucinich, the Director of Policy for the Center for Food Safety to help you get to the bottom of this confusion. You will learn about the effects of GMO foods and how we can make a difference through choosing food consciously. But she goes deeper than scientific reasoning. She elaborates on why our food choices today will affect us tomorrow and all futures to come. She states that, “You are responsible for the future.”

It is a great deal to digest. But don’t worry, Elizabeth helps us navigate this very charged topic with ideas on how to easily make the right food choices for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

What can You Do Today

to Improve all Tomorrows?

 

Understand your are responsible. It is overwhelming to think about changing a whole government, nation or world. Don’t think of the overwhelming factors instead focus on the things you can do to be an advocate for the causes dear to your heart. Small changesare big changes.

Look for the positive in your community. Get involved and see what’s happening. You are not alone. Take care of your ecosystem by taking care of yourself. Volunteer at a local chapter or grow your own garden. Small changes are big changes.

Be conscious of what you eat. Be knowledgeable about where your food comes from and how it’s grown. Putting chemicals in your body is hurting yourself (your ecosystem), which hurts the world.


Elizabeth Jane Kucinich is a British organic food and vegan advocate, a champion for peace, animals and the environment.She is the director of policy at the Center for Food Safety, the producer of two documentaries,(‘Hot Water’ and ‘GMO OMG’) and a socially conscious business owner. Married to former 8-term U.S. Congressman and two time Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. Kucinich splits her time between Cleveland, OH and Washington, DC.

Kucinich is executive producer of ‘GMO OMG’ a documentary exploring genetic engineering, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2013, and producer of ‘Hot Water’ which premiered at the DC Environmental Film Festival, 2013. It is a documentary exposing the harsh realities America faces as a result of uranium mining, from cancer to uncontrollable costs to tax payers.

Connect with Elizabeth: Facebook, Twitter, GMO OMG, Hot Water

 

From the time I was a tween and right into my twenties and thirties, I gathered information.

Memorizing emergency contact numbers, work numbers for parents, family phone numbers, names and addresses of businesses, etc was not enough. I needed to know/remember as much as I could.

I attempted to commit to memory everything I came across in case I needed it one day. From random facts about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to how the original Siamese twins were able to make love and raise separate families on two different farms, conjoined as they were.

I studied encyclopedias and dictionaries. I watched current affairs programs and made sure I knew the names of political and cultural l figures and their stand on issues dominating the day.

I thought that if I learned or knew everything that crossed my path, I would never be caught off guard – that somehow the gathered “data” could get me out of tight corners.

I grew up feeling as not worthy of occupying the space that I did. I felt I had to earn my place or prove my worth; I wanted people to think of me as someone impressive and worthy of notice.

Recently, I saw a diagram of female genitalia with a headline decrying how many women do not know the the lay of the land “down there”. I smiled to myself thinking, “How is it possible that a woman wouldn’t know her own private parts?”.

But then I realized, if I did not have a clearly labeled diagram in front of me I would probably mix some things up too. This thought was soon followed by a little self-shaming, followed by a big “Who cares?” and relief.

I am so glad that I don’t care about knowing everything in the way that I used to. I am happily gravitating towards not being super informed and still being able to feel whole and worthwhile.

I am perfectly content to admit my ignorance of latest fashion trends or who the cool music makers are (I never thought that I would let myself slide so low!).

Instead, I am intrigued about following my curiosities and bliss.

It is still a new framework for me to truly adapt to, for example, one explicit joy that captures me is, nature, and the play of light and movement. I get so wrapped up in just being present to it that I forget schedules and attending to daily life matters.

Here’s an everyday example of the dilemmas I encounter: enjoy the breathtaking sunset or get the kid to bed on time? A choice I faced yesterday: finish writing this blog, or watch an insect moving at glacial pace on the screen door?

You know what I chose (I watched the insect) and the reason why this post is a day late. But, I think you would be proud of me. I am choosing bliss and timelessness over schedules just to see what happens to me and my life.

dancing

So far nothing but goodness and soulfulness is opening in me. I am still completing tasks but  the experiences I value are higher up on the list.

I am at a place where I can see the power of ignorance as bliss; because I can choose what I am ignorant or less informed about, or, even if I don’t consciously choose my ignorance, I know one thing for sure and that is my ignorance is not going be the end of the world.

And this little re-frame is a healthy, invigorating possibility, permitting me to take it easy and recognize that my soul wants me to include bliss and timelessness as choices in my daily life.

How do you truly want to spend your time? Do you allow yourself to follow your curiosities and bliss? Do you encounter roadblocks and reasons when you want to set your spirit free? Please share your thoughts with us and help create new reframes that move freedom and self expression to the top of the to do lists.

 

 

One thing I’ve learned about making positive futures, is the importance of how we treat ourselves today. Today offers a valuable opportunity for healing ourselves now, being peaceful and harmonious. If we can make today beautiful, tomorrow can become even more luminous..

But how can we make today a beautiful tomorrow?

I met with Karina Velasco, a nutrition expert on Telemundo and Tantra & Yoga teacher to explore this question. Through her studies of yoga and Tantra, Karina shares with us how to get connected in any moment that can lead to prosperous tomorrows.

What can You Do Today

to Improve all Tomorrows?

 

“Heal yourself first.” (Mind, Body & Spirit) Go to the source of what is causing the discomfort/angst as you continue to discover yourself. Discovery will not always be pleasant, but healing is a key to self-love.

Be present in the moment. Listen to your intuition when it comes to making decisions. Over analyzing keeps you from connecting to your body, thoughts and dreams. Remain present to hear what you need.

Use Tantra exercises through integrating breath, sound and movement - move your sexual energy to heal, nourish and thrive. 


I was born on February 13th, 1975 in Mexico City, growing up in a family in which travel, media life and spiritual practices were a part of my life. After 12 years of devoting myself to TV and radio and a few months after having begun to practice yoga, I decided to pack my bags and travel to India to study more about this practice, as well as Buddhism and Vedanta philosophy. This trip lasted nine months and at the end, I was certified as a Sivananda yoga instructor, which changed my life forever.

My goal is to fuse both my career paths and share the information that supported my own transformation with others. To share all the tools in my life those have supported me in becoming more balanced, happier, healthier and in my power.

Currently I give nutrition, cooking, yoga, tantra and sacred sexuality classes and intensives. I offer retreats in Mexico and the United States as well as conferences at universities in Mexico and have been invited to teach at consciousness and sexuality conferences in New Zeland, Australia and Berlin. I collaborate as holistic nutritionist, natural foods chef and sacred sexuality speaker on several television shows such as the Televisa show “Hoy” (“Today”), Lolita Ayala’s news program, “Despierta America” Univision, “Un nuevo dia” Telemundo, CNN en español and “La cocina de” in Unicable and my weekly segments in LATV.’

You can also find Karina on Facebook. You can also find on her on her website.

 

I stand for love -- everybody is in.
Listen to the signals of your soul. The future is coming on.
At your core, you are shuddering brilliance.
You can see life stories in a glimpse or in an utterance.
We all have signatures of light, sound and movement...streaming, changing.
Dare to love passionately. Dare to sit with death -- dying thought forms and dreams.
Be moved by your own humanity.
The biggest party in the universe is happening on earth. A complex mix of duality, minerals and atoms firing off in all directions...you... creating your life and the world around you.
How can a part of the universe be apart from the universe? You belong to the whole.
Timing is all about listening to the moment and knowing when it is your turn - To do. To be. To act.
Inside you are searching for something that is apparent all around you. Life is real. Engage.
Now take it apart - all of your ideas, thoughts, visions. Become Naked. FREE
The energy of freedom has to be engaged, expanded and energized. Free your self.
Genetic inheritance does not mean it is your fate to live within the constrains of that signature.
We are on the brink of game change: it is our destiny with immortality.
Love is cosmic intelligence.
Joy is the self on the periphery of cosmic consciousness
Between rock and a hard place? Make the "between" bigger. Take your time stretching this space.
Joy is part giggle, part laughter, part miracle - it is you bursting with life.
Truth can be so uncivil.
There's a purpose to kindness. It is a deeper intelligence at work.
Even in your struggles and sabotages, it is your freedom calling you.
Which future do you belong to?
When was the last time you looked at yourself and thought "I am awake"?
 
   

Photos by Anne Staveley