BACH FLOWER ESSENCES

The original Bach Flower Remedies is a system of 38 Flower Remedies that corrects emotional imbalances:  negative emotions are replaced with positive.

Someone may say that they are feeling aggressive because of the following reasons:

  • Are not able to get their own way and are being opposed by others
  • Feel they can’t help themselves and just become angry easily
  • Does not take much for them to get angry
  • Aggressive because, deep inside they are bitter
  • Act out of aggression because of impatience
  • Understand that they lack feeling and compassion

Here is the reference  to the Bach Flower Essence that can possibly remedy your aggression using the examples above:

Are not able to get their own way and are being opposed by others (dominating, ruthless)

Vine  helps anyone with a selfish, domineering attitude and an amplified sense of their capabilities.  Helps to recognise the common good.

Feel they can’t help themselves and just become angry easily (fear of mental breakdown)

Cherry Plum is one of the remedies that Dr. Bach grouped together under the heading of  Fear.  Shown by a fearfulness of one’s own thoughts.  Sufferers can shock themselves with thoughts, and may believe they are insane.  Cherry Plum is also the remedy for a loss of control that has already taken place, because of the frantic fear and dread associated with such situations.

Does not take much for them to get angry (envy, hatred, jealousy)

Holly is the essence for feelings of universal love.  Sufferers of the negative Holly state may be generally suspicious, jealous and angry.

Aggressive because, deep inside they are bitter (bitter and resentful)

Willow helps those who see themselves as a victim.  Misfortune or injustice is blamed on others.  Dispels feelings of powerlessness.

Act out of aggression because of impatience (impatient, tension)

Brings patience, helps those who are frustrated by the slowness of those around them, and who believe that they can do everything best.

Understand that they lack feeling and compassion (envy, hatred, jealousy)

Not only is holly the essence for someone who becomes aggressive easily, it is also the essence for those who feel they lack compassion.  As stated above, holly is the essence of universal love.  Sufferers of the negative Holly state may be generally suspicious, jealous and angry.

Dr. Edward Bach stated in 1936:  “Healing with the clean, pure, beautiful agents of nature is surely the one method of all which appeals to most of us”.  He studied medicine first in Birmingham and later at the University College Hospital in London, where he was House Surgeon.

One day in 1917, Dr. Edward Bach collapsed and suffered from a severe haemorrhage.  Colleagues operated to remove a tumour and he was told he had only three months to live.   The three months came and went and he found he was in better health than ever and was convinced that his sense of purpose was what saved him.

Dr. Bach aspired to a more holistic approach to medicine – even though his research into vaccinations was going well, he was dissatisfied in how doctors were expected to concentrate on diseases rather than the person.  Dr. Bach noticed a correlation between his work on vaccines and the principles of homeopathy during his post at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital.

In 1936, Dr. Bach and Nora Weeks (his assistant and radiographer) moved to a house called Mount Vernon in the Oxfordshire village of Brighwell-cum-Sotwell.  Dr. Bach’s body and mind were so in tune with his work that he would suffer the emotional state that he needed to cure and try plants and flowers until he found the one that would help him.  This is how he completed his life’s work – by trial and error.

Dr. Bach passed away peacefully on the evening of November 27th, 1936 – 20 years after he was told he only had three months to live.

Dr. Bach sets a great example to live with purpose and to follow your life’s passion.  He also exemplifies that one person can be the conduit of positive change in our world.

 

For more information about Bach Flower Remedies, The Bach Centre and extensive bio of Dr. Edward Bach, please visit the Back Centre’s website:

www.bachcentre.com

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

KARMA – GOOD INTENTIONS

We are living in a time were our weather pattern’s are changing and storms are becoming more and more severe – most notably, Hurricane Katrina and most recently, Hurricane Sandy.  Is it the melting ice-caps in the Arctic, is it humans need for dirty fossil fuels, is it our CO2 emissions – whatever the reason, there is a need to heal the planet and the people who live on it.

I am amazed how media takes this opportunity to report on the devastation and how many lives have been lost – do we really need to know this?  I don’t!  What I do really want to see reported is how humanity can put aside each others differences and come together to help those in need.  For example – my neighbours left a note on my door indicating that they have removed our patio furniture and placed it in their garage in anticipation of the high winds due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy.  I know that this wasn’t profound or life-saving but, the actions of my neighbour were an indication that we are all capable of a degree of kindness  that can create a positive outcome.

During such severe moments – tropical storms, hurricanes, illnesses, etc…we must remember to ask those around us if they require assistance.  We must ensure the well-being of those around us, not only our friends and family but their pets.  I recently heard a story about New York preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy – they indicated that those who were coming to the evacuation centres that they could bring their pets!  What relief it would be to know that you would not have to leave your beautiful animal(s) behind in light of whatever lay ahead.

We don’t have to react negatively to the paranoia that the media feeds us – what we can do is prepare ourselves (emotionally and physically) to ensure the outcomes of these events are positive and that they bring positivity into our world.  Karma is wonderful – especially the kind filled with respect, joy, kindness, compassion and love.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE!

I can’t believe that it has been 4 years since The United States of America elected President Barack Obama.  It was a time of hope and President Obama was elected on his promise to create change.  Has he?  Let’s look at his key initiatives and then you can decide if he has done enough.  My comments follow in red.

CREATING JOBS

  • Took swift action to prevent a second Great Depression.  While much work remains, American businesses have added 5.2 million jobs in the past 31 months.  He could only do what he was able to do without causing further damage to the economy – could any other President have done more?
  • Rescued the American auto industry from collapse, saving more than 1 million jobs around the country.  U.S. automakers have added nearly 250,000 jobs since June of 2009 – the best period of growth in more than a decade Imagine the increase in jobs if the auto-industry embraced creating electric cars?  It would decrease our need for dirty oil and at the same time create a more sustainable environment – The United States of America could be the leaders in green energy if they were not so afraid of the oil and auto industry.
  • Supported  the resurgence of American manufacturers, who have added more than 500,000 jobs since January 2010,  the strongest period of job growth since 1989.
  • Kept teachers in classrooms and police officers, firefighters, and first responders on the job helping keep our communities safe.

ENERGY

  • Domestic oil and natural gas production has increased every year since President Obama took office.  In 2011, U.S. oil production reached the highest level in 8 years and natural gas production hit an all-time high.  On Federal lands and waters alone, oil production is up 13% This is good for the government and oil companies but how is it good for our environment – I keep saying this “they can create satellites that can roam our universe but we can’t move forward on sustainable energy”.  There is solar and wind power, why are we not embracing this?  Government is afraid of big oil and the auto industry, that is why!
  • U.S. dependence on foreign oil has decreased every year since President Obama took office.  We now import less than half of the oil we consume and in 2011, imports as a share of total consumption declined to a 16-year low If the U.S. is not as dependent on foreign oil, why is the construction of the pipeline from Alberta into the United States still ongoing?  Does the U.S. not consider Canada ‘foreign’?  This pipeline is another environmental catastrophe waiting to happen – we can’t forget the devastation of Exxon Valdez and the BP oil spill in the Gulf – the repercussions of these spills will last a lifetime on our environment, animals and humans.
  • The U.S. has doubled renewable energy generation from wind, solar, and geothermal sources since 2008 thanks to the President’s record investments in clean energy.  If this President has doubled renewable energy – what was the previous administration doing in terms of renewable energy.  If we want to continue to have a safe, clean and sustainable environment – doubling the efforts is good, but we can certainly do better!
  • New fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, the first in 30 years, will cut oil consumption by 2.2 millon barrels a day, slash emissions by 6 billion metric tons, and save the average driver $8,000 at the pump by 2025.  Again – scratching the backs of the auto industry.  If the government really wanted to save money for the average driver’s, they would create more electric cars – it is doable.  Watch the documentary ‘Who Killed The Electric Car’ by Chris Paine to get the facts.
  • New programs to improve energy efficiency in our homes, buildings, factories, and transportation systems will reduce pollution and save money for businesses and families. 

FINANCIAL REFORM

  • Fought for and implemented historic financial reforms to create a more stable and responsible financial system that holds Wall Street accountable, discourages irresponsible financial risk-taking, and ends taxpayer-funded bailouts.
  • Established tools and resources to investigate and prosecute financial fraud and other abusive practices that led to the financial crisis.
  • Created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau tasked to protect consumers from deceptive and predatory financial practices by ensuring banks, mortgage and student loan lenders, and credit card companies play by the rules.
  • Outlawed unfair and deceptive credit card practices, such as retroactive rate increases and charging fees without clearly disclosing them first.
  • Ended more than $60 billion in wasteful subsidies for big banks and used the savings to put the cost of college within reach for more families.

I believe there are good intentions here – but I have watched enough programs and documentaries to know that Wall Street and government are too corrupt to make the necessary changes in the bank industry or financial sector for the greater good to the consumer.  Also – those who were somewhat responsible for the financial crisis are now working with the Obama administration.

HEALTH CARE

  • Ended insurance companies’ unchecked power to cancel policies, deny coverage, or charge women more than men, and established new rights to appeal insurance company decisions.
  • Ensured that no American will be denied care or charged more due to a pre-existing condition as of 2014.  17 million children with pre-existing conditions already benefit from this protection.
  • Ensured preventative care is covered by insurance companies and Medicare with no co-pay or cost sharing – including mammograms for women and wellness visits for seniors.
  • Helped nearly 5.4 million seniors since 2010 save an average of $768 each on the cost of their prescription drugs after hitting the prescription coverage gap.
  • Required insurance companies spend at least 80% of premiums on health care, and less than 20% on advertising, overhead and CEO salaries – or provide customer rebates.
  • Guaranteed 6.6 million young adults the security of knowing they can stay on their parent’s health care plan until they’re 26.

Again – this sounds great and some great progress has been made to the health care needs of many American’s but why hasn’t the government talked about preventative health care, proper nutrition, holistic health and wellness?  Preventative measures to health care will ensure that many American’s will not need to visit their doctor and more importantly, rely on prescription drugs to maintain wellness.

I believe that some progress has been made for ‘middle-classed’ Americans but I think the U.S. government works in the best interests of the Wall Street, oil and auto.  How can this stop?  We need to continue to speak out against corporate greed, we need to ensure that our elected officials know that our priority is not to make CEO’s richer by enabling corruption or causing environmental disasters.  The government has to show its citizens that they will not tolerate greed but punish those who break the laws or cut corners to line their pockets with money.

You many not want to vote for Obama, so who is the alternative?  Mitt Romney.  What will Mitt Romney do as President of The United States of American?  Here are Mitt Romney’s stances on the issues:

ABORTION

  • Personally against abortion, but pro-choice as Governor. (2002)
  • Scientifically, life begins at conception. (January 2012)

CONTRACEPTION

  • Vetoed emergency contraception for rape victims. (July 2005)
  • 1993:  Morning-after pill could make abortions obsolete
  • Every woman in America should have access to contraceptives. (October 2012)

STEM CELLS

  • Vetoed stem cell research bill. (May 2005)
  • Outlaw embryo farming, but alow using surplus embryos.  (May 2011)

VOTING RECORD

  • Oppose Roe v Wade, but won’t tamper with abortion laws. (December 2006)
  • Would be delighted to sign federal ban on all abortions.  (November 2007

GAY RIGHTS

  • Supports Benefits for gay partners, but not gay marriage. (September 2002)
  • Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman. (January 2006)
  • 2003:  Worked with cities to prepare for gay marriages. (November 2011)
  • Everything but “marriage” for gay couples. (September 2012)

CORPORATIONS

  • You don’t help the wage-earner by attacking the wage-payer. (January 2008)
  • Corporations won’t send jobs overseas if tax rates lowered. (March 2010)
  • Corporations are people. (August 2011)
  • Big banks handle massive regulations; small banks get killed. (October 2011)
  • Capitalism works; free enterprise works; & profit works. (January 2012)
  • You raise taxes on business and you kill jobs. (October 2012)
  • Bankruptcy would have allowed Detroit to come out stronger. (October 2012)

DRUGS

  • Combat the ruthless narco-terrorists in Colombia. (July 2007)
  • Mandatory sentence & higher penalty for repeat drunk driving. (August 2007)
  • Opposes legalization of recreational or medical marijuana. (April 2011)
  • We share cross-border drug problem with Mexico. (September 2012)

EDUCATION

  • Schools can teach family values, but not religion or prayer. (August 2004)
  • Supported abolishing the federal Department of Education. (March 2002)
  • God created universe, but evolution created human body. (May 2007)
  • Eduction is not just the teachers’ union. (December 2007)
  • Smaller classroom size only matters to teachers’ unions. (September 2011)
  • Higher spending rarely correlates with better results. (September 2012)
  • No cuts to college funding. (October 2012)
  • Free college for the top quarter of high school graduates. (October 2012)

ENERGY & OIL

  • No-regrets policy: energy independence and CO2 reduction. (May 2007)
  • Exporting carbon emissions to China hurts US and planet. (August 2007)
  • Develop energy technology like nuclear or liquefied coal. (October 2007)
  • Need worldwide global warming solutions; not CAFE or US tax. (January 2008)
  • They don’t call it “America warming” but “global warming”. (January 2008)
  • No-regrets policy at home; reduce greenhouse emissions abroad. (March 2010)
  • Humans contribute to world getting warmer. (November 2011)
  • No consensus on extent of global warming or human activity. (September 2012)

Every time there is an election, you may hear people comment “I am not voting because both candidates suck”, “why should I vote, I don’t like either candidate” or “I’m going to vote for an independent”.  The people who make these comments will usually be the first to voice their distaste in the election results.  If you didn’t exercise your right to vote – then don’t complain about the outcome!’  I wonder how many American’s knew that Roseanne Barr was running as a presidential candidate for the Green Party and now the Peace and Freedom Party?

Take the time to learn about each of the candidates and if you have the opportunity, review that party’s platform to understand their stance on the issues that are important to you.  Make an informed decision on who and which party you are voting for and vote!

Here are the links to Barack Obama’s, Mitt Romney’s and Roseanne Barr’s websites:

www.barackobama.com

www.roseanneforpresident2012.org

www.mittromney.com

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

DID YOU KNOW…..

Many of us don’t know or want to understand the consequences of our actions in relation to the environment, recycling, energy consumption, composting, waste, etc.  Here are some great statistics on various environmental issues:

  1. Approximately 20 million people across the United States celebrated the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970. Today, more than 1 billion people around the world take part in the event.
  2. In 1995 over 200 of the world landfills were full.
  3. Each person throws away approximately 4 pounds of garbage per day.
  4. Approximately 5 million tons of oil produced in the world each year ends up in the ocean.
  5. The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a traditional light bulb for four hours
  6. In, 1931, Albert Einstein, collected a Nobel Prize for his work in solar and photovoltaic experimentation.
  7. Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil, 4,100 kilowatts of energy, 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space and 60 pounds of air pollution.
  8. 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean every year
  9. 84% of all household waste can be recycled
  10. More than 1/3 of all energy is used by people at home
  11. Most families throw away about 88 pounds of plastic every year
  12. Everyday in the United States, we produce enough trash to equal the weight of the Empire State Building
  13. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a swirling vortex of waste and debris in the Pacific Ocean.  This area is twice the size of the continental US and is believed to hold almost 100 million tons of garbage.
  14. The human population has grown more in the last 50 years than it did in the previous 4 million years
  15. John Herschel, a British astronomer, converted solar power by using a solar collector box to cook food while on an African expedition, in 1830.
  16. In some elementary schools, after Halloween and Christmas, Earth Day is the third largest celebrated holiday
  17. One in four mammals is at risk of extinction – 78% of marine mammals are threatened by accidental deaths such as getting caught in fishing nets intended for other species.
  18. At least 50 million acres of rainforest are lost every year, totaling an area the size of England, Wales and Scotland combined.
  19. Average temperatures will increase by as much as 12 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the 21st century if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at the current pace.
  20. If the entire world lived like the average American, we’d need 5 planets to provide enough resources.
  21. A world record was set in 1990 when a solar-powered aircraft flew 4060km across the USA, using no fuel.
  22. In one hour more sunlight falls on the earth than what is used by the entire population in one year.
  23. April 22 is the first official day of Spring in the Northern hemisphere and of Fall in the Southern hemisphere and was chosen to be Earth Day for this reason
  24. More than 20,000,000 Hershey’s Kisses are wrapped each day, using 133 square miles of tinfoil. All that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it.
  25. Only 11% of the earth’s surface is used to grow food.
  26. If every newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year. Unfortunately only 27% of all American newspapers are recycled.
  27. A highlight of the annual Earth Day ceremony at the United Nations is the ringing of the Peace Bell that was given to the UN by Japan. It is made from coins given by school children to further peace on our planet.
  28. By using renewable energy sources to provide your daily energy needs we can decease CO2 emissions with 20,000 pounds less of carbon dioxide each year, including 50 pounds of nitrogen oxide less, and 70 pounds of  less sulfur dioxide omitted into our atmosphere.
  29. Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every 3 months.
  30. The U.S. is 5% of the world’s population but uses 25% of its natural resources.  We use one million gallons of oil every two minutes.
  31. More than 100 million Americans live in urban areas where the air is officially classified by the EPA as unsafe to breathe.
  32. The US has less than 4% of its forests left.
  33. 40% of our waterways are undrinkable.
  34. 200,000 people a day are moving to cities from environments that no longer support them.
  35. According to the National Academy of Sciences, on average there are 27 oil spills every day somewhere in the waters of the worlds
  36. Residential lawns and gardens are doused with 80 million pounds of chemical pesticides and 70 million tons of fertilizers annually.
  37. It would cost about $13 billion annually to satisfy the world’s basic sanitation and food requirements. That’s roughly equivalent to what Americans and Europeans spend on perfume and cologne every year.
  38. Each year Americans alone throw away 18 billion disposable diapers.  In perspective, this is enough to extend from the earth to the moon and back 7 times.
  39. Ford Motor Company indicates that 75% of every vehicle is recyclable.
  40. In 1 year, the earth will travel 1.6 million miles in its annual journey around the Sun, the 4.6-billionth such round-trip. It will rotate about its axis exactly once.

Thanks to http://www.solarworld.com in sharing this information.

Sources:  WebEcoistPlanetPalsHistory.comYumsugar.comStumblerz.comDaily GreenGree.Autoblog.com

Can one person make a difference in anything we do in the world.  Many have argued that this is impossible.  If one person wasn’t able to speak up for our environment, for animals, for the hungry, for compassion, for peace, for love, for equal rights and for love – we wouldn’t have all those individuals like Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Princess Diana, David Suzuki, Albert Einstein, and so many countless others fighting to create positive change in our world.

What changes are you making right now to create positive change in the world!

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

WHAT HOPE HAVE WE?

As many people know….I am not a huge fan of television.  Most of the programs that are on are rubbish and are completely void of provoking thought to act for the greater good of the planet and mankind.  News injects fear, anxiety and paranoia into everyone’s minds – how often do you see a story of kindness, love and compassion?  The news reports mostly negative stories of war, murder, deceit and the lies that big oil, pharmaceutical and auto industries tell us – not to mention all the bullshit that our politicians are spewing on behalf of those industries.

Most of us do want a better world and it is possible if we don’t allow our governments and these big industries to shut us up!  We have seen governments all over the world stop the efforts and the protests of the ‘Occupy’ movement.  Naomi Wolf proves this in her documentary ‘The End of America’ by giving examples the nations have followed in order to close open societies, here they are:

  1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
  2. Create a gulag system
  3. Develop a thug caste
  4. Set up an internal surveillance system
  5. Harass citizens’ groups
  6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release
  7. Target key individuals
  8. Control the press
  9. Dissent equals treason
  10. Suspend the rule of law

These 10 steps are being invoked now in America and possibly Canada – think about the peaceful demonstrations of the Occupy movement and our governments and media calling them ‘unruly’ and ‘there is no clear objective to these protests’ – it is clear to me that most of us were pissed about the corruption and greed of financial institutions around the world.

Another documentary that really puts into perspective the greed, lies and corruption of politicians and big corporations is ‘The Big Fix’ by Josh and Rebecca Tickell.  This movie uncovers the truth about what happened and what continues to happen in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig run by BP sunk into the Gulf of Mexico creating the worst oil spill in history.  For what?  So that the executives in big oil can reap the profits of these catastrophes.  The politicians are just as corrupt for not standing up to the bullying tactics of these oil companies in fact, most politicians take bribes from the oil companies to ensure they are not regulated. 

A key issue now is the Arctic – here is the synopsis from Save The Arctic – www.savethearctic.org :

The Arctic ice we all depend on is disappearing.  FAST. 

In the last 30 years, we’ve lost as much as three-quarters of the floating sea ice cover at the top of the world.  The volume of that sea ice measured by satellites in the summer, when it reaches its smallest, has shrunk so fast that scientists say it’s now in a ‘death spiral’.  For over 800,000 years, ice has been a permanent feature of the Arctic ocean.  It’s melting because of our use of dirty fossil fuel energy, and in the near future it could be ice-free for the first time since humans walked the Earth.  This would be not only devastating for the people, polar bears, narwhals, walruses and other species that live there – but for the rest of us too. 

The ice at the top of the world reflects much of the sun’s heat back into space and keeps our whole planet cool, stabilising the weather system’s that we depend on to grow our food.  Protecting the ice means protecting us all.

Oil Drilling

A new Arctic oil rush is starting.  Shell, BP, Exxon, Gaxprom, Rosneft and others want to risk a devastating Arctic oil spill for only 3 years’ worth of oil.  The same dirty energy companies that caused the Arctic to melt in the first place are looking to profit from the disappearing ice.  They want to open up a new oil frontier to get at a potential 90 barrels of oil.  That’s a lot of money to them, but it’s only three years’ worth of oil to the world. 

Previously classified government documents say dealing with oil spills in the freezing waters is “almost impossible” and inevitable mistakes would shatter the fragile Arctic environment.  To drill in the Arctic, oil companies have to drag icebergs out-of-the-way of their rigs and use giant hoses to melt floating ice with warm water.  If we let them do this, a catastrophic oil spill is just a matter of time.  We’ve seen the extreme damage caused by the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon disasters – we cannot let this happen in the Arctic.

Industrial Fishing

Industrial fishing fleets are starting to trawl Arctic waters.  Local people have fished sustainably in the Arctic for thousands of years, but that could be threatened if we let giant fishing companies exploit the Arctic Ocean.

Conflict

Arctic nations are preparing for possible conflict over the Arctic.  As the Wikileaks cables show, the US has spoken of “increased military threats in the Arctic” and Russia has predicted “armed intervention” in the future.  Countries are spending billions on Arctic weaponry, threatening the long-term peace of the region.  Nuclear-powered ice-breakers, submarines and fighter jets are being purchased by Arctic states with overlapping claims on the area around the North Pole.  The best way to maintain the peace there is to make its resources off-limits.  That’s why we’re campaigning for a global sanctuary and a ban on oil drilling and industrial fishing.  Just like in Antarctica, we need an Arctic Ocean dedicated to peace and science.

NO COUNTRY OWNS THE ARCTIC and IT SHOULD STAY THAT WAY!

There is no government or army to protect the Arctic, only countries and companies looking to carve it up.

There are seven billion of us on our planet.  Each and every one of us is affected by the health of the Arctic:  by reflecting the sun’s rays off its ice, the Arctic shapes our weather patterns and food we grow and eat.  But the Arctic is the frontline of our warming climate – heating up twice as fast as anywhere else.  It’s also the frontline of the oil industry – one of the dirty, dead fuels responsible for the melting in the first place.  By stopping the new oil rush in the Arctic we are creating the conditions for a radical change in how we power our lives, accelerating the clean energy revolution that will fuel the future for our children.  We know we’re going up against the most powerful countries and companies in the world.  BUT together we have something stronger than any country’s military or any company’s budget.  Our shared concern for the planet we leave our children transcends all the borders that divide us and make us – together – the most powerful force today.  That is why we’re taking your name – and millions of others – the North Pole with a Flag for the Future designed by the youth of the world.  It will show that our shared vision of a green, peaceful, healthy planet depends on an Arctic protected by us all.  But the flag is only a symbol.  We’ll be taking your voice to every political leader in the world to ask them where they stand on the Arctic.  One by one, as our movement gathers momentum, we’ll turn towards the United Nations, where we’ll demand a global deal to protect the Arctic.

30 years ago we launched a similar campaign to protect the Antarctic.  Nobody thought we would succeed, but we did, and we created a world park around the South Pole.  Now the Arctic is calling.

ARE WE LISTENING????

What are the consequences of not standing up to big institutions such as Wall Street, oil, pharmaceuticals, meat, agriculture and our governments?  We witnessed the worst financial crisis since The Great Depression, we have had some of the worst environment disasters in the last 50 years, hundreds of thousands of people are dying from mis-proper use of medication, we have an obese and unhealthy population and are food and water supply is contaminated and genetically modified. 

I urge anyone who is reading this blog – please share this with everyone you know and let us create a global movement for positive change.  We know that one person can make a big difference in the world – imagine the outcome when all of us collectively cry out for positive change.

Please add your name to the already  2,121,023 that have signed – the goal is to have 3,000,000 but I know that we can definitely get more.  Please, please, please share this link and the link to my site with all of your friends and family.  Of all the posts I have made on this blog – this is by far the most important.  Sign your name here:

www.savethearctic.org 

For more information about Naomi Wolf’s blog and movie, please check out the links:

naomi-wolf

For the trailer to Josh and Rebecca Tickell’s film ‘The Big Easy’ and information, check out their site:

www.thebigfixmovie.com

For more information about environmental issues, check out these sites:

wwf.panda.org

www.greanpeace.org

TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE THE WORLD A MORE POSITIVE ONE!

SONG OF THE WEEK

Sorry for the short absence in writing.  I am back to write about my ‘Song of the Week’ choice.

The song I chose this week is a collaboration of two musicians from 2 great 80’s bands – Claudia Brücken (Propaganda) and Paul Humphreys (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, OMD).  Claudia and Paul formed the group in 2000 and briefly toured in the United States calling their tour: The OMD Revisited Tour.  They called themselves Onetwo in 2004 and released an EP entitled Item.  Onetwo released their first and only full-length album in February entitled Instead.

Instead includes great synthpop and new electro songs reminiscent of classic 80’s new wave such as; Sequential, Heaven, Home (Tonight), Signals, I Don’t Blame You and Anonymous.  The song I chose for ‘Song of the Week’ is called Cloud NineCloud Nine was written by Claudia Brücken and Martin Gore (Depeche Mode).  This song helped me get over the loss of my wonderful first pet – Freddy who passed in November of 2010.  Each time I heard Claudia sing the lyrics “Don’t ask for tomorrow, just carry on with now, don’t drown your heart in sorrow, I’ve got to leave you now, don’t ask me for the future, don’t cry for yesterday, It’s time to say goodbye now, I’m sure we’ll meet again” , I imagined that if Freddy was able to speak – he would be saying those exact words to Jason and myself.  Enjoy!

CLOUD NINE

Thought I saw you up there
Drifting with the clouds
Thought I heard you call me
First quietly then loud
Is it imagination? What is real?
I think I’m part of you
I breathe like you feel

Can’t forget the power
The magic of the night
The overwhelming moment
I looked into your eyes
Dancing with the wind
Dancing in your arms
Gliding like two surfers
In the sea of love

Don’t ask for tomorrow
Just carry on with now
Don’t drown your heart in sorrow
I’ve got to leave you now
Don’t ask me for the future
Don’t cry for yesterday
It’s time to say goodbye now
I’m sure we’ll meet again

Moments turn to hours
Hours into days
My lonely heart is aching
Since you’ve gone away
I wish you’d read my mind
Send a little sign
I carry you so deeply
Within my soul

Don’t ask for tomorrow
Just carry on with now
Don’t drown your heart in sorrow
I’ve got to leave you now
Don’t ask me for the future
Don’t cry for yesterday
It’s time to say goodbye now
I’m sure we’ll meet again

You can listen to a sample of the song and purchase it on iTunes.  I will share the link to the audio shortly! 

For more information (discography, touring, latest news etc..) on Claudia Brücken or Paul Humphrey’s please visit the following websites:

www.theremusic.com

www.omd.uk.com

ORGANIC VS NON-ORGANIC FOOD

Are the health benefits of organic foods superior to non-organic foods?  According to a Stanford study that was published in September 2012 – no, organic food is no more nutritious than food that is grown using more conventional methods.

The word ‘organic’ refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and meat.  Organic farming practices are designed to encourage soil and water conservation and reduce pollution.  Farmers who grow organic produce and meat don’t use conventional methods to fertilize, control weeds or prevent livestock disease.  For example, rather than using chemical weed killers, organic farmers may conduct more sophisticated crop rotations and spread mulch or manure to keep weeds at bay.

Here are some key differences between conventional farming and organic farming:

Conventional

  • Apply chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth
  • Spray synthetic insecticides to reduce pests and disease
  • Use synthetic herbicides to manage weeds
  • Give animals antibiotics, growth hormones and medications to prevent disease and spur growth

Organic

  • Apply natural fertilizers, such as manure or compost, to feed soil and plants
  • Spray pesticides from natural sources; use beneficial insects and birds, mating disruption or traps to reduce pests and disease
  • Use environmentally generated plant-killing compounds; rotate crops, till, hand weed or mulch to manage weeds
  • Give animals organic feed and allow them access to the outdoors.  Use preventive measures – such as; rotational grazing, a balanced diet and clean housing – to help minimize disease

For me, the answer is simple – the benefits to eating organic food far outweigh eating non-organic.  There have been links to the increased health issues such as respiratory illness and even cancer due to the use of pesticides.  I also choose to eat organic foods as often as possible to ensure I promote a sustainable environment – organic farming practices are designed to benefit the environment by reducing pollution and conserving water and soil quality.

There has not been enough research and studies to compare the health benefits/differences of organic foods vs non-organic foods but there has certainly been enough reasons to make me choose organic more so than non-organic.  Since the introduction of pesticides in our crops and growth hormones and antibiotic medication given to chickens, pork and beef – there has been a huge increase in cancer and other health issues.  Common sense would suggest that introducing chemicals into our bodies would only do us harm.  The evidence is everywhere.   Farming practices are not about providing healthy food alternatives to the buying public – it is more about the bottom line and making profit with no regard to the consumer, crops or animals well-being.  What risks are you willing to take regarding the safety of your food – we should demand better from our government to ensure proper regulation in the safety of our food.

We must be proactive and diligent when it comes to our health and well-being.  You must ask questions and then do the research in order for you to determine what your best approach is in anything we do in our lives.  Knowledge is power.       

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

References:

www.mayoclinic.com

www.rsc.org

http://www.whatsonmyfood.org/

 

SONG OF THE WEEK

Billie Ray Martin began her music career as a guest vocalists for Die Zwei (Miss Fit – 1984) and S’Express (1989).  Her work continued as member of Electribe 101 from 1988 – 1990, releasing house classics; Talking with Myself, You’re Walking and Inside Out.  Her solo career took off with the release of her classic dance track, Your Loving Arms – this song is what I chose for song of the week this week.

Your Loving Arms was released in 1994 and was an instant hit around clubs and dance floors around the world.  Many consider this song an all-time classic of dance – personally, this song and the Sound Factory Remix is definitely in my top 5 of all-time!  Deadline For My Memories, Billie Ray Martins first solo album,  was mainly considered a ‘dance album’ but the musical influences are definitely tinged with  soul and R&B.  Billie Ray Martin’s voice is distinctive, unique and smooth.  I always look forward to any new music that Billie Ray Martin releases, whether it is collaborations with other artists or dj’s or her amazing solo work – it is always fresh and innovative.  Do you want to know why Billie Ray Martin is dubbed “the queen of electronic soul” – just take a listen to the music she has released.

The lyrics, audio and video (remix) of Your Loving Arms follow, hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

YOUR LOVING ARMS

So many times have I asked you to tell me
That I’m you’re girl
Time after time I have needed a reason
Just to get inside your world
So many times have I asked you to
ask me
How it feels to love
And when this love seems the only conclusion
That I’m guilty of
Baby then you
Put your loving arms around me
And it feels like shelter when you
Put your loving arms around me
And inside your arms I’m burning
Put your loving arms around me
And you whisper to me when you
Put your loving arms around me
And inside this love I’m yearning
Sometimes the way that you act makes me wonder,
What I am to you
And sometimes I can’t stand the way that I’m acting
To be part of the things you do
Often I ask you for too much of your time
Like I’m stealing
And when I dream of the fear that you’re leaving
And I reach out
My baby then you
Put your loving arms around me
And it feels like shelter when you
Put your loving arms around me
And inside your arms I’m burning
Put your loving arms around me
And you whisper to me when you
Put your loving arms around me
And inside this love I’m yearning

For Billie Ray Martin’s complete discography, shop, touring information, news, free downloads and more – please visit her official website:

www.billieraymartin.com

Thank you Billie Ray Martin for sharing your wonderful talent with the world!!!!

FRIENDS and FOES

The reason I write my blog posts is to ensure that people are empowered to create positive change and spread it around the world.  In order for me to do this, I sometimes have to bring attention to those who may not be so supportive in creating an inclusive, positive and loving world community.  I hope that by reporting and exposing some ignorances that people have – that we all learn and move forward in a more positive light.  Saying that, here are some things that I believe need to be shared with anyone who reads this blog – I hope that we can all take something positive from these examples:

Ann Coulter (on coming out)

On October 15, 2012 – Conservative political commentator tweeted, “Last Thursday was national “coming out” day.  This Monday is national “disown your son” day”.  Not only is this comment offensive but contributes to the hate, bigotry and violence that we are seeing against the LGBT community today.  Some people, especially teens, are being bullied across the nation and around the world for being gay – some are even bullied to the point of suicide.  It is completely irresponsible for someone to make such a horrible statement or joke and not be held responsible.  Here is what GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) had to say on this matter:

I recognize that this is a joke, and that she is not really taken seriously in any context anyway, but with this coming right after National Coming Out Day, at the start of Ally Week and just days before Spirit Day, I thought this would be a good opportunity to talk about this idea of hers. There was a time in our culture’s history when, if thousands of LGBT kids were to come out on the same day, the next week genuinely would be exactly what Ann describes, all across the country. Fathers disowning their sons and kicking them out onto the street. Mothers locking up their daughters or sending them to charm school. Children forced to undergo electro-shock or even worse forms of “therapy” to rid themselves of their orientation. To learn how to not be true to themselves.

And although we’ve come a long way from those ideas as a cultural collective, I have no doubt that last week, more than a few American households experienced the tragedy that Ann joked about. Approximately 50% of LGBT youth experience some degree of family rejection. There are as many as 100 thousand homeless LGBT youth on our nation’s streets, and it’s estimated that LGBT youth make up as much as 40% of our nation’s homeless youth population. LGBT youth who are completely rejected by their parents are more than 8 times as likely to have attempted suicide. Pretty funny, right?

Christian man pretends to be gay for a year

What can a Christian, straight man learn from pretending to be gay for a year?  Obviously, A LOT!!!  Very inspiring!

You can still be a MACHO MAN and know what is right!

Chris Kluwe expresses how he feels about gay marriage and briefly takes about politics – I love when men, especially those who are required by the public to act a certain way, are able to speak honestly and intelligently without fear of any consequences – truly a role-model for ‘straight’ athletes around the world.

harlow-kluwe-goes-political.cnn

Is Victoria Jackson (ex-Saturday Night Live alumni) serious???

I don’t know what else to think about this…..but she has a right to believe what she believes.  Obviously, all Christian’s do not feel the same – THANK GOD!

Cyndi Lauper and the LGBT Community

Check out the philanthropic work Cyndi is involved in and has created…..check out her True Colours site, it is inspirational!

truecolorsfund.org

Samuel Greisman talks about his mother Sally Field at a Human Rights dinner

As you can see in the above examples – it takes much less energy to promote wellness and positivity into the world rather than pushing hate and ignorance.  What energy do you want to be part of?  Share the blog and site with all your friends and family and help spread the positive word!

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

BEAUTY IS EVERYWHERE!

What do you see when you observe all that is around you?  Is it the scowling faces of busy people coming and going?  Do you witness the rage in the drivers around you?  Are people to busy trying to capture other’s being negligent on their mobile devices?  Why are we so focused in finding the bad in everything that is around us when there is so much good?  How productive are we when we focus on the negative things that people do – is your day filled with love and light or darkness and despair?   It is time to take a look at yourself and ask yourself what kind of energy am I sending into the world – am I too caught up in senseless gossip or am I omitting a positive vibration into our universe?

I challenge all that read this blog (and they should challenge their friends and family) to take notice or do something good.   Find the beauty around you – it could be as simple as smiling at someone and brightening their day!  Saying ‘thank you’ when someone holds a door open for you, hold the door open for someone else, don’t get angry when someone cuts you off during a commute – wave hello!  If you have pets and are out on a walk – take the initiative and pick up any trash that is laying about.  Find and create the beauty around you!  If you practice this – it will become second nature to you and will benefit you and all those you come in contact with.  You may have some ‘off’ days, but if you brush the negativity off of you – you can begin again without any judgements.

Here are some of the many things I find beautiful each and everyday:

  • parents playing with their children in a park
  • the sunrise
  • the way my spouse sleeps
  • the way the leaves change colours in the fall
  • the stars in the night sky
  • the wisdom of the elderly
  • the ability for humans to create positive change in the world
  • a strangers smile
  • wildlife and animals
  • my ability to learn and grown everyday

Here are some various pictures from the internet that I find touching, beautiful and positive:

 ***I credit the photographers in taking such beautiful images and sharing them with the world and on the internet – whomever you are!***