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.


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:



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



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:



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


List of things to stimulate vagus


Omega 3’s



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!



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




Brief History of Patricia

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 here 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.