Sustainable Architecture

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World Oceans Day

If there is one thing in our world that connects us, it is our oceans. Today we celebrate their wonder.

I always find it inspiring to look out over a huge body of water, watching the waves build and break on the shore and contemplating the bounty of life they contain. It saddens me to think about the amount of garbage the oceans now contain and how we have harmed the corral reefs and sea dwelling creatures.

Today is the perfect day to pledge to do better – to reduce the amount garbage we throw away by recycling, composting, reducing and reusing products.

We can also pledge to eat only sustainable seafood. David Suzuki Foundation’s website Eat for Healthy Oceans makes it easy to find out how to do exactly that.

Let us truly celebrate the wonderful world of oceans by blessing and taking care of them.

Ocean at Essaouira, Morocco

View of the ocean from Essaouira, Morocco

The Purpose of Spring

Ah spring! The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, the air is fresh and clean. Nature is renewed again and it’s a smorgasbord of delights for our senses.

It makes me ponder on the purpose of spring.

While I see winter as a time of rest and going within; fall as a time to shed things that are no longer needed and summer a reminder to engage in carefree play, spring is a time of new growth and new life.

But it’s more than that.

Spring reminds us to take notice of all the little details around us – the colors, the scents, the sounds – it provides an opportunity to practice mindfulness each time we step out our doors.

Today, take a walk outdoors and notice the smallest details – a bug scurrying across your path, the various chirps, the tiniest new growth on trees, the multitude of shades in one color. Feel the sun or wind or rain on your face.

Then take that mindfulness with you.Continue noticing the small details throughout your day. You just may carry the delight of the season with you.

New Life

The delightful scene I found on my walk today.

 

Counteract Too Much Sitting

Many of us sit long hours each day. The result is lower back pain, stiff necks and strained shoulders. The expression “sitting is the new smoking” speaks volumes to how much harm it does to our bodies.

So, what can we do to counteract the effects of too much sitting?

The obvious solution is to do the exact opposite… stand and move.

I’ve created a “stand up” desk for myself which works great. While I’m on the computer I’m constantly shifting my feet and moving slightly.

I also learned an exercise from my chiropractor that is both easy and simple. March on the spot for a minute every hour or so. Do this with knees lifted high and arms swinging enthusiastically. It may look silly but it works wonders!

Worth a try?

Source: Dr. Ryan Lees Blog | Simple but Effective.

Celebrating Our Beautiful Earth

Today is Earth Day. Let us give our heartfelt gratitude to this beautiful planet in which we live.

Our Gift of EarthTake the time to go for a walk and look around. Notice the sparkling blue sky, the colors of the season, the diversity of the landscape, the flowers and plants coming alive.

Listen closely to hear the insects, birds and animals speaking to us.

Breathe deeply and inhale the scents that come from the earth; enjoy the feel of the air in your lungs.

While you drink and eat your meals, remember where the food came from and how our earth sustains us.

When you stop and think about it, we truly live in paradise. All our needs are taken care of.

Give thanks to our amazing world. It is a gift to cherish.

With a heart full of gratitude, quietly vow to give back to Mother Earth, as she so graciously gives to us.

 

Ho’oponopono: Cleansing Meditation

Ho’oponopono is truly a gift from the Universe. When used, it results in a life of peace, joy, abundance and good health – not just for some, but for everyone. Our role on earth is one of caretakers – taking care of the animals, plants and of each other.  We can undo thousands of years of unkind behaviour towards animals, nature and other human beings with this simple mantra.

Ho’oponopono may seem simple but it is amazingly effective. Try it for yourself and witness the miracle. Simply repeat the mantra over and over again (with what you want healed in your mind) until you feel the release. Do as often as you like.

Mantra

I am sorry
Please forgive me
I thank you
I love you

Further reading: “Zero Limits” by Joe Vitale & Ihaleakala Hew Len

10 Ways to Have a Greener Business

Small businesses and large corporations alike are being encouraged to help the environment and save energy. Whether you are an employee or a business owner, we can all make a difference with even small acts.

Here are some ideas to help you along the way.

  1. Remember your 3 R’s.  Recycle, Reduce and Re-use.
  2. Let clients know you are serious about being “green” by offering incentives. For example, for every purchase, you donate X amount to environmental causes.  You gain clients and you also give back.
  3. Reuse your paper by printing on both sides or create note pads out of single side printed paper.
  4. Refuse flyers and un-solicited mail at your place of business. Instead of subscribing to magazine for your waiting area, consider other sources for these materials such as garage sales or sharing with another office nearby.
  5. Buy used office equipment, furniture and even computers. Sources such as Kijiji, eBay, craigslist and more have excellent quality if you snoop around.
  6. Recover or refurbish (or refinish) furniture if in need of a new look.
  7. Advertise and promote online (or in person) more and advertising in paper-related media less. When you tell your customers, you are “green” you are making a passionate statement.
  8. Scan or save documents and file electronically.  Use monitors or projectors to share rather than printing.
  9. Insist on eco-friendly cleaning supplies for your business.
  10. Replace disposables in your work place:
    • Dixie Cups for glasses
    • Styrofoam coffee cups for Ceramic
    • Paper coffee filters for permanent coffee filter
    • Plastic utensils for stainless steel
    • Single use batteries for rechargeable batteries, etc.

When we all do our small part, it makes a big difference while saving money in the long run.

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