Scenic Sunday: 7 ways to make the world a better place

"What's your ideal earth?"

Make the earth the place you would want to live in. It's a huge house, treat it accordingly.

7 ways to make the world a better place:
1. Volunteer your time and visit local schools
2. Recognize the humanity of other people and respect their dignity
3. Use less paper
4. Drive less
5. Conserve water
6. Donate clothes and water to charities
7. Be generous

"Treat the earth like your home"

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Soul-try Saturday: How to heal the world in one easy way

"How can you become a change?"

Once you find love for yourself, then you can love yourself and others. Find caring, love and appreciation for yourself and you can show others. See it in yourself and see others as your mirrors. See the good and the bad, the yin and the yang. Find balance within yourself and be able to empathize with others.

"Be the man in the mirror"

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Food Friday: Kale wrap in a raw collard green leaf

"What's on your plate?"

Ingredients:
1. Big collard green leaf
2. Sun dried tomatoes
3. Avocado
4. Plum tomatoes
5. Red onion
6. Cucumbers
7. Oregano
8. Sweet basil
9. Cayenne pepper
10. Sea salt
11. Agave
12. Paprika
13. Mushrooms

Instructions:
Cut up ingredients and wrap in collars green leafs

"We are organic, so eat only organic"

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Talk-About-It Thursday:101 Ways to save the earth

“Who have you saved lately?”

This list is distilled from three sources: “The Greenhouse Crisis: 101 Ways to Save the Earth,” published by the Greenhouse Crisis Foundation, 1130 17th St. NW, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036; “Personal Action Guide for the Earth,” published by the Transmissions Project for the UN Environment Programme, 730 Arizona Ave. #329, Santa Monica, CA 90401; and Context Institute research.

1. Insulate your home.

2. Buy energy-efficient appliances.

3. Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows.

4. Install storm windows.

5. Close off unused areas in your home from heat and air conditioning.

6. Wear warm clothing and turn down winter heat.

7. Switch to low-wattage or fluorescent light bulbs.

8. Turn off all lights that don’t need to be on.

9. Use cold water instead of hot whenever possible.

10. Opt for small-oven or stove-top cooking when preparing small meals.

11. Run dishwashers only when full.

12. Set refrigerators to 38°F, freezers to 5°F, no colder.

13. Run clothes washers full, but don’t overload them.

14. Use moderate amounts of biodegradable detergent.

15. Air-dry your laundry when possible.

16. Clean the lint screen in clothes dryers.

17. Instead of ironing, hang clothes in the bathroom while showering.

18. Take quick showers instead of baths.

19. Install water-efficient showerheads and sink-faucet aerators.

20. Install an air-assisted or composting toilet.

21. Collect rainwater and graywater for gardening use.

22. Insulate your water heater. Turn it down to 121°F.

23. Plant deciduous shade trees that protect windows from summer sun but allow it in during the winter.

24. Explore getting a solar water heater for your home.

25. Learn how to recycle all your household goods, from clothing to motor oil to appliances.

26. Start separating out your newspaper, other paper, glass, aluminum, and food wastes.

27. Encourage your local recycling center or program to start accepting plastic.

28. Urge local officials to begin roadside pickup of recyclables and hazardous wastes.

29. Encourage friends, neighbors, businesses, local organizations to recycle and sponsor recycling efforts.

30. Use recycled products, especially paper.

31. Re-use envelopes, jars, paper bags, scrap paper, etc.

32. Bring your own canvas bags to the grocery store.

33. Encourage local governments to buy recycled paper.

34. Start a recycling program where you work.

35. Limit or eliminate your use of “disposable” items.

36. Urge fast-food chains to use recyclable packaging.

37. Avoid using anything made of plastic foam. It is often made from CFCs, and it never biodegrades.

38. If your car gets less than 35 mpg, sell it, buy a small fuel-efficient model, and spend whatever money you save on home energy efficiency.

39. Maintain and tune up your vehicle regularly for maximum gas mileage.

40. Join a car pool or use public transport to commute.

41. Write to automobile manufacturers to let them know that you intend to buy the most fuel efficient car on the road.

42. Reduce your use of air conditioning.

43. Encourage auto centers to install CFC recycling equipment for auto air conditioners. Freon is released during servicing to become both a greenhouse gas and an ozone layer destroyer.

44. Remove unnecessary articles from your car. Each 100 lbs. of weight decreases fuel efficiency by 1%.

45. Don’t speed; accelerate and slow down gradually.

46. Walk or use a bicycle whenever possible.

47. Urge local governments to enact restrictions on automobile use in congested areas downtown.

48. Enjoy sports and recreational activities that use your muscles rather than gasoline and electricity.

49. Buy products that will last.

50. Rent or borrow items that you don’t use often.

51. Maintain and repair the items you own.

52. Use colored fabrics to avoid the need for bleach.

53. Use natural fiber clothing, bedding and towels.

54. Don’t buy aerosols, halon fire extinguishers, or other products containing CFCs.

55. Write to computer chip manufacturers and urge them to stop using CFC-113 as a solvent.

56. Invest your money in environmentally and socially conscious businesses.

57. Avoid rainforest products, and inform the supplier or manufacturer of your concerns.

58. Use postcards instead of letters for short messages.

59. Eat vegetarian foods as much as possible. Meat makes less efficient use of land, soil, water, and energy – and cows emit 300 liters of methane per day.

60. Buy locally produced foods; avoid buying foods that must be trucked in from great distances.

61. Read labels. Eat organic or less-processed foods.

62. Start a garden; plant a garden instead of a lawn

63. Water the garden with an underground drip system.

64. Support organic farming and gardening methods; shun chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.

65. Compost kitchen and garden waste, or give it to a friend who can.

66. Inform schools, hospitals, airlines, restaurants, and the media of your food concerns.

67. Stay informed about the state of the Earth.

68. Talk to friends, relatives, and co-workers about preventing global climate change.

69. Read and support publications that educate about long-term sustainability (like this one).

70. Start a global climate change study group.

71. Educate children about sustainable living practices.

72. Xerox this list and send it to ten friends.

73. Go on a citizen diplomacy trip and talk with those you meet about averting global climate change.

74. Get involved in local tree-planting programs.

75. Join an environmental organization. If they’re not involved with climate change, get them involved.

76. Support zero population growth.

77. Support work to alleviate poverty. Poverty causes deforestation and other environmental problems.

78. Donate money to environmental organizations.

79. Support programs that aim to save rainforest areas.

80. Support solar and renewable energy development.

81. Work to protect local watershed areas.

82. Pave as little as possible. Rip up excess concrete.

83. Encourage sewage plants to compost their sludge.

84. Write your senator now in support of S. 201, the World Environment Policy Act.

85. Write your congressperson now in support of H.R. 1078, the Global Warming Prevention Act.

86. Support disarmament and the redirection of military funds to environmental restoration.

87. Write letters to the editor expressing your concern about climate change and environmental issues.

88. Support electoral candidates who run on environmental platforms.

89. Run for local office on an environmental platform.

90. Attend city council meetings and speak out for action on climate change issues.

91. Organize a citizens’ initiative to put a local “climate protection program” into place.

92. Learn how to lobby. Lobby your local, state, and national elected officials for action on climate change and environmental issues.

93. Organize a demonstration at a plant that uses CFCs.

94. In place of TV and the stereo, spend time reading, writing, drawing, telling stories, making music.

95. Live within the local climate as much as possible, rather than trying to isolate yourself from it.

96. Strive to establish good communications with friends, neighbors and family including learning conflict resolution skills.

97. Spend time seeing, hearing, and rejoicing in the beauty of the Earth. Feel your love for the Earth. Make serving the Earth your first priority.

98. Learn about the simpler, less resource-intensive lifestyles of aboriginal peoples.

99. Think often about the kind of Earth you would like to see for your grandchildren’s grandchildren.

100. While doing small things, think big. Think about redesigning cities, restructuring the economy, reconceiving humanity’s role on the Earth.

101. Pray, visualize, hope, meditate, dream.

“It takes a village”

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Wellness Wednesday: Ways to impact the world

“How are you impacting the world?”

To impact means to make a change. What’s your impact? Is it for a greater good? Who’s life are you changing? Impact brings fulfillment. This change brings you a joy like no other. What you do will also affect you. Why not make a impact that will better you and the world as a whole? Join in.

Ways to impact the world:

  1. Reduce energy usage and slow down the fires of industrialism
    • Using energy that isn’t needed is wasteful
  2. Protect and restore the environment so that it’s climate-stabalizing mechanisms are perserved. 
    • We have one earth that we need to live. Keep it liveable.
  3. Increase individual participation in governmental and economic decisions.
    • We control the government in numbers. Let’s ban together.
  4. Facilitate a deep personal commitment to caring for the earth.
    • Caring for the earth is caring for yourself.

“A life that impacts, is a life lived”

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Transformation Tuesday: 8 ways to heal the world

“How have you healed the the world today?”

As we realize that we are all one, we see that we all need healing. It’s time to create a beautiful world where we can all heal, live and think. It’s going to take all of us to work together.

15 ways to heal the world

  1. Redefine​ prosperity
    • Prosperity comes in all forms not just as money. Prosperity can come in a random gift. A close call or even finding a new friend. We can be prosperous in quality time, talents, relationships, creativity, freedom, health and emotional well-being. Prosperity is what we already have; see these things and have gratitude.
  2. Nurture the child within
    • As a past kindergarten teacher, I would love to see the children play. They would play with everyone and enjoy life as if they had no worries. If they had a problem or confrontation, it would be momentarily. They had so much joy and love in their heart. So carefree. Find your inner child and keep it near.
  3. Make friends with your shadow self
    • According to Carl Jung everyone has a shadow self-the unconscious part within all of us that is made up of base drives and undesirable qualities which we are unwilling to accept at a conscious level. The only way to know and become our true self is to recognize, acknowledge and embrace our shadow side. Embrace your darkness so you can find the light.
  4. Find acceptance in the here and now
    • Some people live their lives in the pursuit of goals and ambitions which may create anxiety and fear. Accept that you are who you are. You are where you are and appreciate the moment. See your blessings. Stop and enjoy the now. Adore the freedom, laugh, run, love and play. Acceptance is love.
  5. Free the physical body
    • Free the mind and body alike. Walk, run, dance and play as if you only have your life to live. Find live for the human​ form.
  6. Spend precious moments with precious others
    • We all crave human attention. We are not meant to be alone. Go out and find people of like minds and interact.
  7. Forgive an old hurt
    • We have all been hurt by a person’s words or actions which cause resentment but we can instead think of forgiveness and this will bring release. Neither can change the past but forgiveness can change the future. In choicing freeness we choice to grow and build positive situations.
  8. Discover beauty on the doorstep
    • Be mindful and notice the beauties of the world around you.

“Heal the world, heal yourself”

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Motivation Monday: 10 ways to heal the earth

“What have you done today to heal the world?”

The world is one, if we help he ourselves we can heal others. Healing the earth is important because we all live here. We can’t go anywhere else. It’s what we are made of. We are organic beings living on a organic star. It’s one of our missions to take care of self and others. Let’s a join in.

10 ways to heal the world:

  1. Withhold judgement
    • Judgement means that the other person is wrong. We all have a choice to make. We do things for many reasons that we feel are the best for ourselves and others. Be like a video camera and observe. Let things and people be.
  2. Practice compassion
    • Experience everything with a open heart. See that everyone has a part that may have made them this way. Love the person they were before they accumulated baggage. The heart is open to all people.
  3. Be present
    • Be in the moment, enjoy every moment, you are here. Enjoy it.
  4. Make eye contact
    • The eyes are the windows to the soul. See people for who they truly are. Look them in the eye and meet their gaze with a loving one. Soften your eyes. Let the mask down and allow others to let theirs down as well.
  5. Practice random acts of kindness
    • Give the thing you want to receive. Do things for others that will make them smile. Create great karma. Watch how it will also make you feel really good.
  6. Offer hope
    • When someone comes to you with negative news lift them up. Give someone kind words. Everyone complains so much. Do the opposite and send praise, hope and positive energy to all the people you meet.
  7. Gift others with healing touch
    • In Western society, the distance between people is 3 ft. That’s a long way to receive or give touch. We need physical connection with others. It’s what scientifically determines if we live or die. There is a study that determined at birth, children who were hugged by their parents lived better, more efficient lives. Those that didn’t get that touch, had a shorter life span and less developed social skills. When was the last time you gave or received a hug?
  8. Entrain others
    • Regardless of the chaos around us. We are meant to be still. Take the time to find inner peace and when you find it, give it to others. Have others join you. Invite people to join in your meditating or yoga sessions. Quite your voice, slow down and allow others to see. Let them mimic and heal.
  9. Listen generously
    • Once you stop judging, stop trying to comment, we can listen. Actively listening allows others to truly trust you, be comfortable, feel important and acknowledged. 
  10. Awaken your consciousness
    • Once ego is let go you are awakened to soul. Love, kindness, giving and appreciation are important to give to yourself and others. When your vibration is raised so is the planer’s vibration. Be committed to your spiritual growth and listen to your inner voice. It will change your life and the people around you.

“Heal the world, it’s the only one we have”

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