No Straw Please

When did we become a society of disposable “one use only” plastic items like water bottles and straws? Have we all become so busy that convenience has taken precedence over common sense?

Recycling isn’t the answer. There is so much more we can all do to continue to respect our planet.

Take a few minutes to watch this video and be inspired to do a little bit more today.

www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org

Daily Heart Practice on the Road

Our lives are often so busy that we run through our days without a care about what is going on inside our bodies… until there is a need to feed it or take care of it in some way. What would our lives be like if we took just a moment each day to do something that benefited one of our most important organs, our heart.

I’m talking quick and easy here.

Most of us travel every day either for work, recreation or to fulfill home tasks. When we are in a hurry, the most stressful parts of traveling  is the wait time. We can use that time to our benefit.

Next time you are sitting at a traffic lights waiting for the light to turn or moving slowly through rush hour traffic or on a long ride in public transportation, notice the anxiety in your body. Really pay attention to it. Then breathe.

Purposely take three long deep breathes in and out. As you do this, relax your body and send love to your heart. Then smile.

That’s it. Simply, quick and easy to do even in traffic. Your body will appreciate the mini break from stress and your heart will thank you.

Understanding the Gut

I’ve recently read a book that was both entertaining and informative, covering a topic that most people don’t talk about – specifically our gut. More specifically, poop.

Ok, before you get all grossed out and leave, think about it.

Do you actually know how it all works? I didn’t. Not really. But I have a much better idea now and all I can say is… it made a difference. 😉

This book covers more than the physical side of the gut. It also covers emotions and gut feelings. It also shows how important it is for us to not be squeaky clean about everything. It is truly remarkable how important our gut is to our overall health.

The book is GUT, The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders, a student of medicine in Germany.

Giulia had been working on her Ph.D in Gastroenterology when her presentation on the gut won her the Science Slam prize in her native Germany. The video of her presentation went viral and the result is her best-selling book.

Here is that original video, which pretty much gives you a sneak peek into the book. The illustrations, by the way, were created by Giulia’s sister Jill Enders.

Yes, it’s in German but the English subtitles work very well.

Giulia’s book is well worth reading. Not only will you be entertained, it will open your eyes to a whole other world that exists… in our guts.

Now what is your gut saying?

Meditation of the Week: Stop!

OSHO’s words are a source of inspiration for so many people, myself included. I found his latest meditation a simple and effective way to become fully aware in the midst of a busy day.

Stop! Meditation technique to do in a moment, any time, any place to enhance your everyday life at work, at home, and at play.

Just as you have the impulse to do something, stop.

You can try it anywhere. You are taking your bath – suddenly order yourself to ‘Stop!’ and stop. Even if it is only for a single moment, you will feel a different phenomenon happening within you. You are thrown to the center and suddenly everything stops – not only the body. When the body stops totally, your mind stops also.

When you say, ‘Stop!’ do not breathe then. Let everything stop…no breathing, no body movement. For a single moment remain in this stop, and you will feel you have penetrated suddenly, at rocket speed, to the center. And even a glimpse is miraculous, revolutionary. It changes you, and by and by you can have more clear glimpses of the center. That is why inactivity is not to be practiced. Use it suddenly, when you are unaware.

For example, you were going to drink a glass of water. You have touched the water, the glass – suddenly stop. Let the hand be there, let the desire to drink, the thirst be there inside, but you stop completely. The glass is outside, the thirst is inside; the hand is on the glass, the eyes are on the glass – stop suddenly. No breathing, no movement, as if you have become dead. The very impulse, the thirst, will release energy, and that energy is used for going to the center. You will be thrown to the center. Why? Because any impulse is a movement outward. Energy is always in movement – either going out or coming in. Energy can never be static.

Remember three things…. One, try it only when a real impulse is there. Secondly, do not think about stopping, just stop. And thirdly, wait! When you have stopped, no breathing, no movement – wait and see what happens.

When I say stop, it means stop totally, fully. Nothing is moving, as if the whole time has stopped. There is no movement – simply you are! In that simple existence, suddenly the center explodes.

Osho,The Book of Secrets, Talk #17

Source: Meditation of the Week: Stop!

Love the Earth

There is so much we can do to improve life on our planet. Today, on this Earth Day, let’s take a moment to close our eyes and send love, gratitude and healing energy to Mother Earth.

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Bless the Water

Today is World Water Day and many are getting together all over the world to bless the water on our planet and take steps towards cleaning and restoring the water supply throughout our world.

ALL Water is Sacred.

Take a moment to watch this short video by Dr. Bruce Lipton and see for yourself the energetic connection between water and us. It is vital for our existence. Our blessings and positive thoughts truly make a difference.

On the Equinox, Saturday March 19th at 5pm Pacific, there is a Synchronized Meditation and Water Blessing all around the world. If this speaks to you, please join the meditation.

To learn more about the connection of our thoughts and matter, I highly recommend reading Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton.

Namaste

Random Acts of Kindness

Our community is participating in 30 Acts of Kindness this month. Every day a small idea of kindness is presented that can make a difference in the lives of those around us.

Doing something good for others can be as simple as a smile or a kind word. Each and every act of kindness makes our world a better place.

Here is the list of 30 ideas to try to incorporate in our daily lives:

  1. Reconnect with old friends
  2. Write a thank you note
  3. Buy coffee for a stranger
  4. Smile at everyone you see
  5. Brighten someone’s day with flowers
  6. Offer free hugs
  7. Donate or volunteer for a charity
  8. Be a Snow Angel
  9. Encourage someone with a note
  10. Organize a food drive
  11. Share your knowledge
  12. Pay a compliment
  13. Donate used books
  14. Be kind to the environment
  15. Offer to help a neighbour
  16. Forgive someone
  17. Pick up litter while out walking
  18. Be kind to yourself
  19. Share the gift of music
  20. Treat someone to a movie
  21. Offer a friend a ride
  22. Share laughter – tell a joke!
  23. Gift a reusable bag
  24. Hold the door open
  25. Be a good listener
  26. Brighten someone’s day with a balloon
  27. Show kindness to an elderly person
  28. Prepare and share a meal with a friend
  29. Return a shopping cart
  30. Reciprocate kindness shown to you this month

We truly can make the world a better place, one small act of kindness at a time.

Source: 30 Acts of Kindness Challenge

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