Welcome to the Vegan Utopia Ecovillage Blog

Thanks for stopping by. If you navigated here from our website you know the wealth of good information you will find there. If you came from somewhere else, we encourage you to check out http://www.veganutopiaecovillage.com

On this blog you will find:

  • Updates on how the ecovillage is progressing
  • Resources for veganism
  • Resources for learning how to have Jesus as your friend and guide
  • Ideas on what we want to do at our Vegan Utopia Ecovillage
  • Ways to get to know us better.

I would love to hear from your through the comments section.

Also, keep in mind-we are selling our potential site for a farm animal sanctuary in order to raise funds for our ecovillage and to have more like-minded friends in the neighborhood!

http://www.farmanimalsanctuarysite.wordpress.com

Help Wanted At The Health-Healing-Happiness-Expo In Las Vegas

Wanted: Help at the Health, Healing, Happiness Expo in Las Vegas in exchange for a free ticket to workshops. Here are details to the event: https://www.health-healing-happiness.com/lasvegas
Hello! I’m Trish Mikkelson, founder of the Vegan Utopia Ecovillage, a vision in progress, and the person in charge of selling the Farm Animal Sanctuary Site–both in NW Arkansas in the Ozarks. I am going to have a table at the upcoming expo this weekend, June 8-10. I just need someone who is good with people and who can support me in my efforts to find people to join the Vegan Utopia Ecovillage as well as find a buyer for the Farm Animal Sanctuary Site.
I need help with the table throughout the expo, on Sat and Sunday between 9-6. I have to give a 25-minute talk at 12:30 on Sat and 3:30 on Sunday. Those are the most crucial times I need help.
We can negotiate when we take care of the table so we can both go to talks and workshops we want to go to.
I will need to meet with you on Friday evening before evening activities (5-9)  at around 4pm or 8am Saturday morning so I can give you an orientation. Or we can connect by phone on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Please contact me at 479-313-0414 or email livablefutureproject@gmail.com

I’m Really Looking Forward to Living in Community With Others So We Can Practice Gratitude Exercises!

Delighting in people, showing appreciation, and expressing gratitude for each other, ourselves and all that we have is a way of boosting the immune system and increasing connection with each other.

Here is a link to a bunch of exercises that we can start practicing now: https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/gratitude-exercises/

I am in the process of planning how people can be part of the community even if they live far away. We can use some of these exercises.

https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/gratitude-exercises/

I feel grateful for all these great ideas!

How We Can Easily Increase Our Health As A Community By Nurturing the Vagus Nerve

I have been wanting to publish a more organized article about the vagus nerve, but I just haven’t had time. So perhaps the roughly shared info in this article will be helpful. We want to incorporate this knowledge into our development of the Vegan Utopia Ecovillage so we can all help each other be optimally healthy.  

 

Wow! Look at this list of things which can be helped by Vagus Nerve health

Dealing with Chronic pain: https://upliftconnect.com/toning-vagus-nerve-heals-pain/

 

Here is a simple tip for breathing from this excellent article: https://upliftconnect.com/toning-vagus-nerve-heals-pain/

 

There are plenty of breathing techniques for different purposes but there are four simple principles, which underpin most pranayama techniques:

  1. Inhalation,
  2. Full retention or holding of the breath after inhalation,
  3. Exhaling; and
  4. Empty retention or holding the breath after exhaling.

 

A simple breathing practice that anyone can do:

http://yogaforhealthyaging.blogspot.com/2013/10/balancing-your-nervous-system-with.html

 

Great tips on yoga practices–including the alternate breathing technique.

http://yogaforhealthyaging.blogspot.com/2015/07/yoga-practices-to-optimize-vagal-tone.html

 

This article gives acupressure points on the feet to massage, and some facts about prayer! https://www.organicolivia.com/2016/12/10-ways-to-instantly-stimulate-your-vagus-nerve-and-relieve-inflammation-depression-more/

 

A book about the vagus nerve Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve: https://www.amazon.com/Accessing-Healing-Power-Vagus-Nerve/dp/1623170249/ref=pd_sim_121_6?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1623170249&pd_rd_r=PD559CHT7HQ9CSEPX7VE&pd_rd_w=ksYJR&pd_rd_wg=brnsb&psc=1&refRID=PD559CHT7HQ9CSEPX7VE

 

Vagus nerve yoga: http://drarielleschwartz.com/vagus-nerve-yoga-dr-arielle-schwartz/#.WrEP62aZNAY

 

Videos about vagus nerve

 

See my channel on holistic health https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLK608yoIIyn75p7TOULBHKT_9RrOliDfn

 

And Vagus nerve channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLK608yoIIyn6_t4ag1XO6Lva79oJ4oqnH

 

Vagus nerve video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=953&v=br8-qebjIgs

Shalom for the body excercise is really helpful to keep our relational circuits open:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X87kwXYiMY0

 

Mindfulness meditation https://www.helpguide.org/harvard/benefits-of-mindfulness.htm

 

List of things to stimulate vagus

 

Omega 3’s

Zinc

 

Cold showers or bath

Breathe deeply

 

Aromatherapy: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201711/aromatherapy-alleviates-anxiety-your-vagus-nerve

 

Baby weight gain: https://kellymom.com/health/growth/weight-gain_increase/

 

Great list of things to do for vagus nerve including coffee enemas!

https://www.honeycolony.com/article/vagus-nerve/

 

What helps stimulate the vagus nerve to function more optimally? Deep breathing exercises, meditation, aerobic exercise (brisk walking, bicycling, running jogging), martial arts training, tap dancing, auditory integration training, interactive metronome therapy, drumming, oxygen therapies (hyperbaric oxygen), spinning, cranial sacral massage, and chiropractic adjustments. Relaxed, positive social interactions with friendly people who like the person and whom the person trusts also help.

 

This article refers to autism

 

http://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/New-Edge-Science/viva-vagus-what-happens-in-the-vagus-nerve-affects-every-part-of-our-lives/All-Pages.html

 

Brief History of Trish

I think since I was born, I was drawn to community. Even though I don’t remember my first 3 years of life In Lafayette, Indiana, where I was born, I know that this foundation of love and security has helped me throughout my life. My dad was in the Navy, but it just happened that he taught ROTC at Purdue, and thus was home most of the time during this very important and formative part of my life. My grandparents and aunts, uncles and cousins lived in nearby Chicago where we visited frequently, and my parents were connected to their good friends from their church in Lafayette.

Reading my annual recently, I realized that I still have traits that I had since high school and maybe earlier. People said I was weird, a good listener, a great friend, and even some said I changed their life for the better. I was shy growing up, but in the eighth grade, a spat with the student body president guided me to realize that I needed to become a servant leader–not someone who bosses people around.

Through a series of totally miraculous events, I went from being a very little known, not all that popular girl to being a class officer for the next 4 years, voted “most active” in my senior class, and a member of many groups.

I was on the college track and thought I would just get a job like everyone else. But when I was in my first year of college, I was on a backpacking trip where I had the revelation from a God I didn’t believe in (I left the Methodist Church, disillusioned, at age 16) that I needed to travel.

One year later, I was on a plane headed to Europe, and I quickly realized that this western culture was not what was going to fulfill me. I was seeking meaning, seeking my “niche” as I called it then.

I headed overland to India, and for 13 months traveled in other countries as well–Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, and Sri Lanka. Oh, my goodness-what suffering I experienced–being so lonely at times, and also seeing the suffering around me.

Coming back on the plane I had another revelation: The only way I was going to be happy was to serve and do so using my talents joyfully. I was 20 years old. One year later, I was married and headed to Arkansas.

When I learned about intentional communities from the Federation of Intentional Communities directory, I was hooked. Ever since then, I have studied, visited, and sometimes lived in–intentional communities. this has been the main theme of my life for the past 42 years.

4 1/2 years ago I became vegan (after being an ethical vegetarian for 33 years) and then almost 2 years ago I realized that I needed to make animal rights activism my main focus. A friend who believes in me financially supported me so I was able to partially build the physical infrastructure of the Vegan Utopia Ecovillage and now I am seeking founding members and an assistant director to help me with this project.

Only 3 months ago I had a faith shift, and after 17 years of trying to belong to the Christian faith, I realized that Jesus is my guide and mentor, not lord and savior. I could no longer identify with a group that said that their way was the only way.

The hardships I have endured along this path are many, and yet each one of them has been a stepping stone so that I could be a more loving person with the mission of wanting to do only those things that help all of life thrive. I am friends with my two former husbands and cooperating with them, along with our two children and their spouses.

I feel so grateful because my life-long dream of living in an intentional community is so close to being fulfilled. I see now that if I had formed a community earlier, my passion for veganism, animal rights, and oneness rather than subscribing to a religion mindset–would not have been fulfilled.

The values that I list on the website reflect now who I am after 63 years of life. I continue to learn and grow building on the experiences that I have had. One of my deepest desire is to forgive and love those who I perceive have hurt or betrayed me and to love and forgive myself for those times when I have hurt or betrayed others.

If you want to learn more about my beautiful dream, the website is http://www.VeganUtopiaEcovillage.com

Paul Hawkin Recommends a “Plant-Rich Diet” As One Solution for Climate Change

I was somewhat pleased to see that Paul Hawken included on the list of things you can do to prevent climate change–this solution. However, it was number 4. But hey, let’s celebrate that this very well-known author is including something close to veganism in his recommendations. You can read more here. 

In the plant-rich diet solution, we avoided some pitfalls. The idea isn’t that you have to be a vegetarian or not eat any meat. What we tried to do is reduce protein levels in our model to healthy levels in developed countries and bring them up to standard where there was protein deficiency in lower-income countries, along with caloric intake. In other words, we have the world eating a healthy diet and with more plant-based protein, but not eliminating animal protein at all. Yet, even then, it came to be the number four solution, because of the impact that CAFOs [Confined Animal Feeding Operations] and raising meat has on the environment, which is quite extraordinary.