eEarth Week Challenge Day 7
April 29, 2010

 

 

 This is a story…

 

 

It’s a short story about a garden, and a Gardner named Sven.

 

 

For over 5 decades he has been a man of the Earth.  First he worked under it, [in the mines of Australia and Canada], and now he works on it [Vancouver and Whistler].

 

 

 For over 30 years, in uncomplicated ways, he has immersed himself with passion and care, love and devotion, tending the gardens of “others”. 

 

 

 

 With his touch, skill and attention the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

 

 

 

Sven, has a genuine, understated, concern for life that mostly goes unspoken. 

 

 

 

 There is great wisdom in his silence; there is joy in his understanding. There is peace in his work.

 

  

In the Earth, he has found awareness, purpose and freedom. 

 

 In the Earth, he has found patience and awe.  

 

 

 

 

 

 With a still, quiet intention, he goes about his business; come rain or shine…

 

 

 

Thank you Sven Hansen, for tending our garden!

 

 ***

 

 

There is a rhythm and flow to Nature, and life;

an essential rhythm that for most of us, appears to have been lost.

Our minds, our bodies and the Earth, are calibrated by this rhythm.

Everything, is an experience and expression of this rhythm and flow.

 

There is a time to prepare,

as there is a time to plant.

There is a time to tend,

as there is a time to grow.

There is a time to pause,

as there is a time to harvest,

all guided by this rhythm and flow.

 

Can you find this rhythm?

 Can you feel this rhythm?

 Can you remember this flow?

 

*

 

My life flows with rhythm and ease.

My breath, my life, my rhythm.

 

Every breath,

 Every moment,

 all rhythm.

 

I listen to my rhythm,

I feel my rhythm,

I touch my rhythm,

I AM

the rhythm.

 

Listen to your rhythm.

Celebrate your rhythm.

Trust your rhythm.

Experience the rhythm of mind, of body, of Earth.

 

The rhythm expands,

the rhythm contracts.

 Surrender to the rhythm,

I   A M .

 

 

 

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eEarth Week Challenge: Day 6
April 28, 2010

 

The problem with most human beings on the planet is that we actually believe we exist.

Because we imagine that we are separate, distinct, individuals, we live from a level of survival consciousness that is based on taking.

Only a separate “I” would imagine that it can have, be, think and do.  Only a separate “I” would imagine that there is actually something to take. 

One has only to notice the state of the world and how we treat ourselves and each other, to see the degree to which we have lost ourselves to the sickness of separation.  The Earth is bleeding and we continue to take; because we imagine we are bleeding, we take.  

When will you give back? 

How will you give back?

It is only in the giving that you will realize there ultimately is no taking, the giver, is actually getting.  There is no taker and there is no giver; the giver, the given and the getting; the taker and the taken, are one.  Until we realize this truth there will be a reflection of bleeding; we will bleed, and the Earth will bleed…

 

Please feel free to down load, print and distribute one of my favorite works…

Soulananda eEarth Week

 

MY CHALLENGE TO YOU:

 I’ve forwarded this post and invitation to a few of my blog buddies, “I” invite you to do the same.  For the next seven days, in your own unique, creative ways; whether that be images, words or ideas of your own or another’s; use your venue of choice [it could be your own home and the simplicity of your own awareness] to bring attention to this moment, our Earth, and the awareness that is needed for meaningful, lasting, significant change.

How can you play?

[Facebook, Twitter, Blog or email] Inspire change: Provide a commentary or link; create a question, image or article that stimulates awareness, conversation or understanding of “Earth Week”; and its intention to continue to promote and bring awareness towards creating a just, sustainable and peaceful planet.

Forward this challenge to your own friends or readers.

 

 

 

eEarth Week Challenge Day 5
April 27, 2010

 

Has consumerism become the way to live your life?

 

Has it become your sacred ritual, to pacify a deeper

 hunger or perceived wound?

 

How far are you willing to go, how much are you

 willing to risk before you connect the details,

 before you see a bigger picture?

 

Watch the Story of Stuff…

 

 

 MY CHALLENGE TO YOU:

 I’ve forwarded this post and invitation to a few of my blog buddies, “I” invite you to do the same.  For the next seven days, in your own unique, creative ways; whether that be images, words or ideas of your own or another’s; use your venue of choice [it could be your own home and the simplicity of your own awareness] to bring attention to this moment, our Earth, and the awareness that is needed for meaningful, lasting, significant change.

How can you play?

[Facebook, Twitter, Blog or email] Inspire change: Provide a commentary or link; create a question, image or article that stimulates awareness, conversation or understanding of “Earth Week”; and its intention to continue to promote and bring awareness towards creating a just, sustainable and peaceful planet.

Forward this challenge to your own friends or readers.

 

 

eEarth Week Challenge Day 4
April 26, 2010

 

Is the theory of man made global warming a convenient lie?

Are we deceived and seduced, numbed and dumbed by the delusion of our own self engendered projections and a $4 billion carrot?

Should we do nothing, or are we already doing to much?

It’s very clear, even to the untrained, unscientific mind, that Carbon dioxide is not the cause of global warming.  What then, of those foreign policies, those mandates and those protocols; what then of those carbon credits and sustainability platforms?

 

 

“The theory of man made global warming is now so firmly entrenched, the voices of opposition so effectively silenced; it seems invincible; untroubled by any contrary evidence no matter how strong.  The global warming alarm is now beyond reason…”

From the Documentary: “The Great Global Warming Swindle”

 

 MY CHALLENGE TO YOU:

 I’ve forwarded this post and invitation to a few of my blog buddies, “I” invite you to do the same.  For the next seven days, in your own unique, creative ways; whether that be images, words or ideas of your own or another’s; use your venue of choice [it could be your own home and the simplicity of your own awareness] to bring attention to this moment, our Earth, and the awareness that is needed for meaningful, lasting, significant change.

How can you play?

[Facebook, Twitter, Blog or email] Inspire change: Provide a commentary or link; create a question, image or article that stimulates awareness, conversation or understanding of “Earth Week”; and its intention to continue to promote and bring awareness towards creating a just, sustainable and peaceful planet.

Forward this challenge to your own friends or readers.

  

  

 

eEarth Week Challenge: Day 2
April 24, 2010

 

Oh dear, what have I got myself into…

I’m amazed at what a little research can drag out into the open!

This is “my Day 2 post” to celebrate and reflect on “Earth Week”; to acknowledge and investigate how we [“I”] contribute successfully and not so successfully to a just, sustainability and peaceful planet.

I’ve been a vegetarian for around 20 years now.  It was never driven by some radical philosophical commitment or agenda, it just kind of happened over a period of time.  I started to meditate in 1989 and things started to change for me (in “good” ways); this included my diet. 

May be it was one to many rare steaks, it might have been the fact of living on my own, and the effort needed to buy and prepare meat entrées for meals that were just too complicated to cook or clean up.  I was never really into fish, I could not stand the bones, the smells or the exotic tastes.  First to go was red meat; then white, and finally “the crispy bacon”. 

With the exception of a few real (?) anchovies in a ceaser salad dressing, and the fact that I’m an Ovo-lacto-vegetarian [I consume milk products and eggs], I have never looked back!

I live in Whistler, B.C. a town that seems to consider itself “dialed” towards the whole sustainability conversation.  Like many controversial subjects like global warming, the peace process, the Kyoto protocol, and the idea of sustainability itself, there are a lot of discrepancies that exist in the subtext of these conversations. 

We struggle and suffer in life when we fail to examine the self engendered discrepancies that exist in our subtext, at thinking, being, having and doing level.  If you’re struggling, look for a discrepancy first; you’ll likely find and potentially facilitate a shift to a higher degree of clarity and congruence that will allow you to move forward to a new level of wellbeing and awareness previously unknown.

Here are some uncorroborated facts that I poached from the internet; sites that I will list below.  Please here me out; the purpose of this post is not to proselytize; the intention is to simply create awareness where there may be none; to reveal the subtext of a discrepancy in our thinking and behavior that has and will continue to elevate our suffering.

Here are a few disturbing facts:

According to a 2006 United Nations initiative, the livestock industry is considered one of the largest contributors of environmental destruction and water pollution.  There is a direct correlation between the live stock industry and in particular factory farming, with land degradation, loss of topsoil, climate change, over use of resources and the loss of bio diversity and water polution. [ W]

The livestock industry and factory farming in particular, contribute anywhere between a low of 18% [2206] to a high of 51% [2009] of all greenhouse gases in the form of Carbon Dioxide, Nitrous oxide and Methane gases.[P+W]

The EPA reports that 80% of ammonia emissions in the US come from animal waste. [P]

Methane gas has about 21 times more *global warming potential than carbon dioxide, while Nitrous oxide has 296 times more *GWP than Co2. [W]

A single dairy cow [ouch!] produces 19.3 lbs of volatile organic compounds per year, making it the largest source of smog-making gas.  2 lbs of beef produce more greenhouse gas emissions than driving a care for 3 hours.  This is equivalent to leaving the lights on in your house for the same amount of time. [P]

Raising animals for food generates more green house gases than cars and trucks combined. [P]

A person subsisting on meat protein diet requires any where from 5 to 10 times more land to provide adequate an food supply, compared to someone living on vegetable sources of protein. [P + W]

It has been estimated that 7 football fields worth of land are bulldozed every minutes to create room needed for farm raised animals. [P]

80% of the agricultural land in the United States of America is used to raise and feed the livestock industry. [P]

The raising of animal livestock is the primary source of our water consumption. [P]

A pig consumes approximately 21 gallons of water a day, but not as much as a dairy cow which consumes as much as 50 gallons a day [ouch!!!]. [P]

It takes approx 2400 gallons of water to produce a 16oz steak; compared to only 180 gallons for 1 lb of flour. [P] 

On fishing: Over fishing is a global disaster.  With present fish fleets 2 to 3 times bigger than is needed to fish our present level of catch of fish and other marine species, its no wonder that 80% of the worlds fisheries are fully-to-over exploited, depleted or in a state of collapse.

An extreme example of the ecological/economical impact is right at home off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, were in 1992 the once thriving fishing industry collapsed when the Cod failed to arrive.  Decades of overfishing and fisheries mismanagement caused 40,000 people to loose their livelihood… A total ban was introduced in 2003.  The ecosystem and affected communities are still in recovery. [OF]

It’s very clear that reducing or eliminating animal products from you diet will significantly reduce your ecological footprint. While the above information is unscientifically presented the information is strong enough to inform us of the discrepancies we have in thinking, being, having and doing, and the priorities that should be taken, when subjects like global warming and carbon dioxide emissions are thrown at you.

It is clear that there is no reason why people should starve in the world, where we have the potential to harvest 4+ times the production on existing agricultural land reserves.  It also begs the question: what will we do when developing countries and their populations shift from vegetarian based protein to meat based consumption as is statistically expected?

Happy eEarth Week?

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_vegetarianism

http://www.peta.org/mc/factsheet_display.asp?ID=144

http://overfishing.org/

 

 MY CHALLENGE TO YOU:

 I’ve forwarded this post and invitation to a few of my blog buddies, “I” invite you to do the same.  For the next seven days, in your own unique, creative ways; whether that be images, words or ideas of your own or another’s; use your venue of choice [it could be your own home and the simplicity of your own awareness] to bring attention to this moment, our Earth, and the awareness that is needed for meaningful, lasting, significant change.

How can you play?

[Facebook, Twitter, Blog or email] Inspire change: Provide a commentary or link; create a question, image or article that stimulates awareness, conversation or understanding of “Earth Week”; and its intention to continue to promote and bring awareness towards creating a just, sustainable and peaceful planet.

Forward this challenge to your own friends or readers.

 

Earth Day; 10 Questions for a New Humanity
April 22, 2010

 

Today is a day of celebration and reflection.  Today marks the anniversary of the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970.  Forty years ago, there was a collective breakthrough; the baby steps that began the start of a progressive movement for environmental awareness, which elevated itself to an international level.

In our celebration, we should acknowledge the proliferation to which our individual and collective, day to day habits and attitudes, have changed our world forever.  In our reflection we should recognize the degree of challenge and danger we face as a planet.  We should recognize that our success or failure, individually and collectively, is inherently linked to the level and degree to which we can clean up our own consciousness.  How far we have come on this journey is irrelevant.  The question at hand is how far can we go? 

I’m amazed and often dismayed at how the sustainability conversation dilutes and distracts us from the very perpetrators of the crime; it is our own individual ideas and notions, attitudes and beliefs that strangles our life force, another’s, and the potential demise of the Earth as we know it.

How often and how many of us look to the sustainability of our individual wellbeing and the interconnectedness it has to the wellbeing of the natural world?

How often do we examine the health of our own attitudes and beliefs and the impact it has on our day to day thinking, being, having and doing, that lead to many of our present day challenges?

The concept of sustainability is a valuable idea.  First and foremost we must look with vigilant eyes, to the sustainability of our own life and the way we live those lives at a thinking, being, having and doing level; to recognize and know experientially the interdependence of it all. 

TEN Questions For a New Humanity

1)     What aspirations do “I” have in life that if pursued, could provide the preamble for more peace, passion, inspiration and transformation in “my” life and the world “I” live in?

 

 2)     Do the dreams, desires, gifts and talents “I” pursue in life, enhance, refine and elevate the resilience “I” have to “my” life experience, “my” inner wisdom and the service “I” could provide to the ONE greater Earth community?

 

3)     How can “I” refine, enhance and elevate the visions and aspirations “I” have for “my” life so they are synchronized in solidarity and kinship with all “others” and the extended living world?

 

4)     What changes do “I” need to make in the way “I” live “my” life that if made, could enhance and improve the quality of “my” own well being and the well being of the ONE greater Earth community?

 

5)     How can “I” live “my” life with greater congruence, admiration and reverence towards “my” Self, “others”, and the larger living world?

 

6)     What unspoken questions, words and conversations do “I” need to have, hear, pursue or let go of, in order to foster a culture of peace and affirmation in “my” experience, the surroundings, and with all “others”?

 

7)     What values do “I” need to enhance, adopt, or abandon, to form a solid foundation for a personal, sacred trust, towards sustaining a new life, world and humanity?

 

8)     How can “I” live “my” life with a greater reverence, admiration and humility for the mystery of Being; with enhanced gratitude for the gift of life, and with greater humility regarding “my” place in nature?

 

9)     What can “I” do to elevate the shared responsibility “I” have in the stewardship of this ONE great Earth and humanity; clarifying, enhancing and elevating the intention to realize ONE global, just, sustainable and peaceful society?

 

10)     Recognizing “my” life is both interdependent and interconnected with all people and things, what three principles am “I” willing to commit too, affirm and cultivate in “my” life that will elevate a sustainable and ethical way of being for “my” self and the planet “I” live on?

 

THE GAYATRI MANTRA

 OM bhūr bhuvah svah tát savitúr váreṇyam bhárgo devásya dhīmahi dhíyo yó naḥ pracodáyāt…

“Earth Atmospher Heavens.  We meditate on the sacred light of the effulgent source.  Let that inspire our thoughts…”

 

 

 

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