Spring

Welcome Spring!
Spring mandala. Don’t think, just do. Paper, circle, paint/color/draw:

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I like to think of spring as our reward after the long, cold winter. It’s my favorite season. I love the geese, the first cardinal, hanging clothes on the line, hands in the dirt, crocus shoots.

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Speaking of hands in the dirt. Do you garden?

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Check this out:
Researchers from Bristol University and University College London discovered using laboratory mice, that a “friendly” bacteria commonly found in soil activated brain cells to produce the brain chemical serotonin and altered the mice’s behavior in a similar way to antidepressants.
Yes, you heard that right. This bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, gets into our bodies while we dig into the earth and causes our brain to release seratonin. Mother Earth is handing out anti-depressants and all you have to do is go outside. In fact, studies show that cancer patients receiving M. vaccae as part of their treatment reported “increases in things like vitality and cognitive function and decreases in pain.”
Digging in the dirt also counts as exercise. You sweat, you feel good, you smile…Happy Spring!

Sources:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306452207001510
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/08/01/gardening.aspx
http://permaculture.com.au/why-gardening-makes-you-happy-and-cures-depression/

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