Does the universe send us signs?

My outdoor office

Today as I started my day, I sat down to begin reviewing some of my tools for improving our health and happiness. Just to be clear with full disclosure, I am truly fortunate to be able to have my office outdoors. I set up a table for my desk, multiple outlets for my E-gadgets, an umbrella for when it rains, or the sun gets too hot. On beautiful south Florida winter days, I am enjoying the sun and sky, birds, bees, butterflies, and everything else in my little piece of nature. I can think of no better place to work in a stress-free environment than being surrounded by nature. It is hard to get upset when I am overflowing with gratitude to be able to work in my natural office. 

FLORIDA SOFT-SHELL TURTLE

Back to my story. So, as I start working on my webstore, I hear this thumping on the far end of my patio. This is not unusual as nature frequently stops by. Usually, it is a blue jay trying to crack open sunflower seeds. Or a frog who was suddenly trapped in our aquaculture tanks. However, this time I looked up and saw a soft-shell turtle banging its head on our aquaculture fish barrels. It had become wedged between them and was trying in all desperation to escape. It was going nowhere and as the turtle moved, it made a slight thump, thump, thump on the barrels. As I was not exactly sure what species it was, I did a quick online search and there he, or she was, a Florida softshell turtle (Apalone ferox). Their preferred habitat is water. I am a quarter mile from a lake that is probably its home. How did this turtle walk all that way? It had an approximately sixty-degree steep incline it had to traverse, cross two parking lots and a main road, down another embankment and then somehow under a fence and onto my patio. This was one determined turtle. Well, it decided that today was the day to see a bigger world.  After researching a little to ensure I handled this in the best fashion, I scooped it up and walked it back to what I hope was its previous home. The turtle quickly rambled down a hill and disappeared into the lake. 

LADY BUGS/BIRDS MATING. Was this a sign for me?

I always try to learn about our connection to nature when a new animal enters my life. When any animal or insect acts in a slightly peculiar fashion, I try to take note and quietly observe its actions. Was this animal sent to remind or tell me something, a sign from the universe, God, angels? All living things have certain traits that set them apart from others. When we recognize these differences, we can then try to relate them to our own lives. We are a part of nature and we are all connected at an energy level, science is proving this. After an encounter with nature, I search online sometimes looking at sites about animal totems, spirit animal meanings, or even angel signs. After reading a few articles I will reflect on how that animal’s lifestyle can relate to my current life experience. There is always a connection to be made. We simply must allow our minds to relax, let the universe take control, 

What a great way to start the day. Embracing nature, helping a lost turtle, and simply being grateful to be a part of the story. Wherever you are, whether it’s freezing cold, or sweltering hot, take ten minutes today, go outside, and just see what cool stuff nature gives you every day. Look at the trees, the snow, or desert sands, and simply feel gratitude for the free art that nature provides. If you get a chance to interact with nature, a wild animal shows itself, a bird, bee, or butterfly zooms by, take a minute to really appreciate the complexity of it all and enjoy the moment. That insignificant encounter may just be an opportunity for to grow. Pay attention, the universe is designed for your abundance and frequently will send you signs to ensure a successful life journey.

Author: Stephen T. Radentz

     In 2004, having fallen and fractured my spine, I began a slow death spiral as an addict to legal opioids. For the next eight years, I battled depression and stomach ulcers. At the end of every month, I would face withdrawal symptoms, as well as the fear of running out of medication.      At one point, I was prescribed 1080 total pills every month! More than half were opioids, while the rest were prescribed to fix the problems opium was causing.      In 2012, I was rushed to the emergency room with bleeding ulcers. This happened again in 2014. I had lost almost 40 pounds during this time period. I was killing myself.      One night at the end of the month in 2014, I was facing imminent withdrawal sickness. Let me tell you: withdrawal sucks! I was not eligible for a refill but I needed the drugs. I grabbed a gun and went to a nearby pharmacy. I sat outside that store for about an hour. Finally, I decided that the best thing I could do would be to break away from the addictive drugs. I went home, went through some withdrawal sickness, and started planning my strategy.      It took me another two years to successfully get free. Eleven years after beginning my journey with opioids, I was able to beat the addiction through the use of medical marijuana, changing to a mostly natural-food diet, focusing on positivity and gratefulness, and getting outside in nature. I have been pharmaceutical free since 2016      Over several years of extensive research, I learned that medical marijuana could help with eliminating opioid addiction while reducing withdrawal symptoms and providing natural pain relief. I discovered that there was proven science backing up marijuana as medicine. I researched cannabis and hemp: their uses, benefits, and side effects, and how cannabinoids help the human body create homeostasis naturally, without side effects, addiction, or overdose issues.       As a master grower, I was aware of plant nutrient needs, and I realized that they are very similar to human nutrient needs. I began researching fruits, vegetables, and herbs extensively. Learning that nature provides all the nutrients a body needs. Consuming a variety of organic foods everyday will keep your body in a perfect state to fight off disease. As my body healed I was able to focus on my mind as well. You must; get your body right, to get your mind right, to get your life right.       I have also studied many current and historical positive thought mentors. Learning that, "we are what we think we are", as well as negative thoughts attract negative things, and positive thoughts attract positive outcomes.       I combined all of this knowledge to devise my theory on; The Three Life Centers of the body. Keeping these three areas balanced will keep your life balanced.      Medical marijuana helped reduce my drug withdrawal symptoms, enabling me to eliminate opioids, and I credit it with saving my life..      Because of my success eating and medicating naturally, maintaining positivity and gratitude, while embracing nature, I decided that I wanted to help educate others, and assist them with their own health and life issues.      I've been an advocate for medical marijuana legalization since 2014. I have lobbied senators, traveled statewide to speak on behalf of the cannabis community, and appeared in local forums, to share my journey and bring people's awareness to the benefits of medical marijuana, natural dieting, and positivity.       With this website, my goal is to dispel some myths, while educating you on a plant that has numerous health benefits (cannabis). Simplify your diet to achieve balance and good health through nature. Help you to create an environment of positivity and gratitude, and encourage you to get outside experience nature. I will even share some hidden gardening tips.