Hello Food Cooperative blog reader,
My name is Jordan and I am a Fort Collins Food Co-op staff member, who is deeply committed to being a long–term, integral part of the Food Co-op’s staff, member-owner, and family. As one of the handful of ‘lefties’ aspiring to do the ‘right’ thing at the co–op, I try to bring creative, refreshening energy and multi–cultural awareness to the eco–centric Food Co-op crew.
In this series of posts I will integrate both left–brain exposés & right–brain explorations into all things cooperative.
On a daily basis, the Fort Collins Food Co-op contributes locally to the higher function of Fort Collins, as well as, globally to the international cooperative model. The cooperative standard, that grows greater within the predominantly broken business system, is what inspires me to continue seeking parts to play in any and all solutions that focus on shifting from an obsolete, industrialized paradigm of “many separated me’s” toward a critically thinking mass of “one interdependent we” that I call a ‘whole~food/soul~full’ movement of the people, for the planet, with the profit.
This weekend, we northern–hemisphere folks celebrate the summer solstice, which not only is considered the longest day of the year, due to the extensive hours of sunlight, but it also coincides with Father’s Day. What’s more, June is Men’s Health Month.
For sure, masculine energy is in full schwing…er, i mean, swing.
Now, when I think of men’s health, I think of photoshopped images of hyper-masculine figures on the cover of Men’s Health Magazine. The featured stories promoting distorted diets and unrealistic body image trends are indeed, underlying misogynistic tones of what it means to be an ideal man in our society.
This month is dedicated to men’s health and yet how can we be fully aware of men’s health without exploring mental health? And, how can we fully encompass mental health without also including women, as well?
What seems to affect many men and women alike have their root cause in the mind’s misperceptions.
When masculine and feminine energy is inherently intertwined with-in the human spectrum of expression, the question is: How well do these forces of nature cooperate within you?
Jordan is a mixed–media lover of learning, a whimsical wordsmith who mindfully crafts meanings, facilitates “aha moments” & enjoys writing in first–person about his subjective life, although sometimes the objective, universal experience of the third–person (omniscient) perspective prefers to make an appearance, such as it likes to do. Jordan feels most alive & interconnected when authentically sharing our human experience(s)…whatever that means!