Morale Monday 2

Morale – According to Merriam-Webster Morale is; the mental and emotional condition (as of enthusiasm, confidence, or loyalty) of an individual or group with regard to the function or tasks at hand b : a sense of common purpose with respect to a group : esprit de corps : the level of individual psychological well-being based on such factors as a sense of purpose and confidence in the future.

So what does it take to keep morale built up high? What can boost morale when it drops to depressing proportions? What do it take to raise morale in a long term disaster? I think everyone is different to a degree but there are probable similarities according to culture. For instance, I believe music in our culture can change or keep the morale peaked, provided it’s not the blues. Even the blues get some going and can change ones perspective.

All that boils down to the question of what can we do in a crisis situation, long term disaster or what I like to refer as SitX? Are you prepared with music? Do you play an instrument or have someone close by that does? Perhaps you have several hymnals on hand for a just in case situation. I do! Perhaps there is another universal tool for boosting morale you can employ.

Progress is another morale booster. We’ll talk about it next Morale Monday!

The purpose of Morale Monday is to get you thinking about how to build, keep and boost morale in a long term SitX event and Be Prepared.

Blessings,

BroJim

Olympics with a Spiritual Twist

Thousands of people have gathered for the Olympic Games. Millions of others are watching them. Competitors will compete in many different sports. Some will compete alone but many will compete in teams. Even most of the ones competing alone belong to a team representing their country of origin. What’s it all about? It’s a beautiful and powerful thing when so many come together in unity to compete, experience and treasure the time.

Many faiths of the world put great stock in the power of unity. The Bible says that one can put a thousand to flight, but two could put ten thousand to flight. Notice that together they can accomplish more than when they work alone. The Buddha himself is known to have said; “He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.” The principle of unity is a powerful thing. There is a law called synergism. This law states that when the joint action of agents is brought together they increase each other’s effectiveness.

The truth that there is power in unity is irrefutable. You can look through history, any great movement that’s ever taken place has been by a group of people who all wanted the same thing and come together in unity to accomplish it. That’s the beauty in the Olympics, in my opinion, people of diverse belief, faith and custom coming together in peace to accomplish, to compete, but to experience a lifetime of joys and honor.

There is a beautiful passage in the Bible’s New Testament, Colossians chapter 3 verses 13 and 14 that say this; “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

I pray for a peaceful Olympic Games and Bless each and every competitor and all of their supporting people. I pray the many Chaplains are able to minister to their differing Faiths and be an encouragement. My hope is that their experience of Unity and Peace with broaden their perspective and allow them greater vision of living in a peaceful world. I pray they honor their nations and empower themselves to know the blessings of the power of unity and fellowship with respect to all living things.

Blessings,

BroJim

Ferment Friday 1

Wooo Hooo, gotta Love Fridays!

Because Fridays are great, let’s talk about a great subject on Fridays, Fermenting.

Now you may be thinking of some fermented products you like most but we’ll be discussing many fermenting things here on Ferment Friday. Our modern culture has refrigeration. It’s a beautiful thing that we can go to the refrigerator and grab a favorite drink or snack out of it and enjoy it. It’s a thing I’m afraid we take for granted though.

Did you know that refrigeration for home and domestic use didn’t come along until 1913?

What if the power grid goes down for an extended time? Modern refrigeration will go by the wayside for a time. I know I don’t like to think about it, but that what we do as preppers. How will you keep things cool? How will we keep food? How can we preserve things without refrigeration? How long will things last when we can’t keep them in a refrigerator? What will we do for those perishable things we normally keep refrigerated?

That’s what fermenting is all about. For years before modern refrigeration people fermented, dried and stored items. We’ve lost those arts for the most part but need to get them back.
Years ago the sailors were sick, died and many were permanently affected by a disease now know as scurvy or scorbutus. Scurvy, if not treated is fatal. Captains of ships would take on more people than needed for a trip know that as many as half may die from scurvy. This went on for centuries in some cultures while other cultures had remedies for it. It wasn’t until the 1750’s that someone actually documented that limes would alleviate the scourge of scurvy. It was in 1932 that we found the actual cause to be a lack of Vitamin C.

One of things some cultures found to alleviate the danger of scurvy was sauerkraut. Sauerkraut is simply fermented cabbage. It is fermented to keep it longer and allow it to be available year round. Some believe that way the Vikings were able to cruise the world in ships is because of a form of sauerkraut. It’s simple to make, if you know how.

Have you been taking you popular and ever so expensive probiotics lately? Did you know you could make your own? Sauerkraut may have been one of the original probiotics. Teaming with beneficial bacteria, sauerkraut aids digestion and help promote an excellent immune system with the benefits it has to your intestinal tract.

Fermenting cabbage simply takes having cabbage, some sea salt and a little water, that’s it, except for time. Basically you chop the cabbage, put it in a crock or jar, cover it with brine or slightly salty water and wait. (See links and resources for more detail). It may take six or more weeks depending on your climate and the season, but kept submerged under the liquid it will ferment and make a delectable treat that is high in vitamin C and K.

Trust me, homemade sauerkraut tastes nothing like you have tasted from a jar or can you bought in a store. All those (here in America) are pasteurized and that process has destroyed many of the benefits of real fermented food. Many fermented foods have a huge amount of probiotics and other beneficial bacteria. These keep your colon and stomach healthy and provide wonderful stuff to help build your immune system.

Check out these simple instructions at Wikihow.com
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Sauerkraut

Here’s an awesome book on Sauerkraut; Making Sauerkraut and Pickled Vegetables at Home

And another great reference on The Art of Fermentation.

Watch some of these videos on making sauerkraut;

How to make Sauerkraut Fast http://youtu.be/0l0joPdfV7E

Make your own Sauerkraut! Raw Vegan Recipe – http://youtu.be/6gObQR5Vm4M

Make your own Sauerkraut GardenForkTV – http://youtu.be/P5a3n2WzGKA

Make your Sauerkraut – http://youtu.be/1SLNnJcnors

I’ve made sauerkraut in clay crocks and jars. Great stuff. I have also fermented broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and carrots the same way you do cabbage. All yummy stuff. So, learn about fermenting, not only will it allow you to store foods well past the season they are normally available but they have incredible health benefits as well.

The beauty of many fermented foods is the extra nutritional value. Even beer was done in the past for the benefits of the herbs included along with the ferment itself. Really, it was! Check out this book on Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers . Seriously, I learned so much from this book. Very Insightful. I have it in paperback for reference if Sitx brings about tough times.

Here on Ferment Fridays we’ll discuss many ferments (including beer guys) in the future. So, keep coming back.

Blessings,

BroJim