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Midstaters finding balance through 'Mindful Living'

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Katherine and Tim Clymer can expect four to six eggs each day.

"It's such a little investment for a pet that makes you breakfast every day, you know?" exclaims Katherine with a laugh as she carefully deposits three eggs into her pocket.

In the past two-and-a-half years, the two have transformed their Mechanicsburg yard into a full functioning farm.

"They say that chickens are the gateway drug to a farming lifestyle, and it is very true. We have goats coming next month!" adds Katherine.  

The couple represents a growing trend, swapping a tech-centric life for something more tangible.

Oh, and before going full-time a few weeks ago, Tim was a software programmer.

Together their goal is to educate the public on what it takes to fill up their plates.

But even self sustainability involves a kind of dependence...from a different kind of farmer.

"There are areas in Japan where they are actually taking little brushes and going plant-to-plant, flower-to-flower and cross pollinating that way because they have lost so many of their pollinators," said Coral Stoll-Glosser from her York County home.  

Still-Glosser inherited her first honeybee colony from a dying friend several years ago. Now she's hooked.  

Pollinator populations have been on the decline. If they were to disappear, researchers predict around 70 percent of our fruits and vegetables would go with them.

"It's my donation to mankind," she says. "I want to make sure everyone has food!"

What these Midstaters are practicing is the art of "Mindful Living," and that is where experts say the health benefits come full circle.

"Mindfulness is a path. It is not a place of perfection that you reach," said certified counselor and Buddhist priest Andrea Rudolph.

Rudolph is the founder of Oryoki Zendo, which she practices from her Camp Hill studio. She also specializes in self sustainability and mindful living.

"Eating is one way that I think we can take care of ourselves, and the rest of the world in a sense," she said.

She says that simply acknowledging the kinds of foods we consume has a dramatic domino effect on how we then operate with the rest of the world.

Back at the Clymer's "Three Fold Farm," Tim Clymer reflects on a ripe bed of spinach. 
"Once a week I would come out and sprinkle some seeds, and that was about it. [Then] it started popping up."

The fact is that everyone depends on farmers, who depend on their crops; those crops depend on healthy pollinators, and those bees now depend on people like Coral.  

Mindful living helps us understand where we fall in the grand scheme.

"How is what I'm doing effecting other people?" asks Still-Glosser.  

Mindfulness. It's food for thought, because in the spring, beauty can be seen everywhere...but only if we are paying attention.

"We walk out of our homes and we don't pay attention to what is going on around us. In our yards, we don't look at the birds, we don't look at the leaves on the trees, we don't pay attention," said Rudolph.  

"It's kind-of a noble gesture," says Tim Clymer. "When you feel like you are doing something that is going to benefit your family and benefit your community there is a lot of drive."

For more information on Katherine and Tim's mindful journey into sustainable farming, just head over to www.threefoldfarm.org.

Andrea Rudolph hosts free Wednesday evening meditation sessions, and can be contacted for private sessions and events involving Mindful Living/Eating at www.oryokizendo.com.

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