DEFINITE ‘MUST SEE’ VIDEO!!!!

I created this blog/site to inspire people to create positive change in the world.  Sometimes, the topics may be controversial and may not be what you choose to believe – BUT, there are things that we all can work together to heal….our planet is one of them.  Please watch and share this very amazing, short and impactful video about our planet….I hope it inspires you to advocate for her because she needs us really badly.

The source of the footage comes from Yann Arthus -Bertrand from his film called HOME.  Music is by Armand Amar.  Here is the link to the movie’s official website:

http://www.homethemovie.org/

What is more important for you……discussing the Oscars or acting to save the planet so that your children can have a healthy environment and planet to live on in the future?  Not a hard decision at all.

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

HOW ABOUT SAYING ‘I CAN’ FOR A CHANGE?

Why is it that so many people in our society have a negative predisposition on many social and environmental issues today? 

  • “One person can’t make a difference”
  • “There is no way I can do that….”
  • “We can’t change our habits”
  • “It’s too late for me to change”
  • “Why bother, it’s not going to make a difference”
  • “We’ve been (fill in behaviour or habit) for years, why change now”

We can’t make positive impacts in the world for ourselves, the environment and the planet.  When did we decide to believe these things?  Has the world been so brainwashed and deflated to believe that humanity is incapable of any positive change.  When did we lose hope?  Have we really succumbed to a life of sitting in front of the television and being bombarded with false promises and dreams?  Are we just living to have ‘bigger and better’ things?  And finally, are we so immersed in our need for the materialistic that we have lost all interest in our own health and well-being?

I am about to turn 44 years old – I hope to live much, much longer.  The question is – will I have that opportunity?  Look at the state of our planet due to our desire to ‘want’ rather than living based on ‘what we need’.  Our need for cars (not only one per family either), bigger houses, more meat, faster planes, bigger boats, larger televisions, etc.  has polluted our planet to the verge of destruction.  You don’t believe it?  Check this out:

WASTE

  1. 3 billion tonnes of waste thrown out each year in the European Union (90 billion of it is hazardous)
  2. Between 1990 – 1995, amount of waste generated increased by 10%
  3. 67% of items thrown out is either burnt in incinerators or dumped in landfills (both are environmentally damaging)
  4. Landfills cause water and soil pollution by discharging carbon dioxide (co2) and methane (ch4) into the atmosphere and chemicals and pesticides into the earth and groundwater
  5. By 2020 (OECD) – Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has estimated that the European Union could be generating 45% more waste than what they did in 1995
  6. Environment Canada indicates that driving, yard work, home energy and home water use are major causes of wast and pollution in Canada
  7. WWF (World Wildlife Fund) states that ‘electronic waste’ (cell phones, computers, etc) is becoming a big threat to the environment
  8. Electronic waste is made up of lead, mercury and plastic which are all toxic, batteries leach acid – these toxins get into our water and soil making them poisonous
  9. Between 160 – 295 million pounds of food is thrown out each year in America (equivalent of filling a 90,000 seat football stadium to the brim every day)
  10. Since 1974 – Food waste has jumped an astounding 50% in the United States

FACTORY FARMING/LIVESTOCK FARMS  

  1. Mostly cruel and inhumane
  2. California officials identify agriculture, including cows, as the major source of nitrate pollution in more than 100,000 square miles of polluted ground water
  3. High levels of nitrates in drinking water also increases the risk of methemoglobinemia, or “blue-baby syndrome”, which can kill infants
  4. Animal waste contains disease-causing pathogens, such as Salmonella, E-coli, Cryptosporidium, and fecal coliform, which can be 10 to 100 times more concentrated than in human waste
  5. More than 40 diseases can be transferred to humans through manure
  6. Manure from dairy cows is thought to have contributed to the disastrous Cryptosporidium contamination of Milwaukee’s drinking water in 1993, which killed more than 100 people, made 400,000 sick and resulted in $37 million in lost wages and productivity
  7. Large hog farms emit hydrogen sulfide, a gas that most often causes flu-like symptoms in humans, but at high concentration can lead to brain damage
  8. In 1998, the National Institute of Health reported that 19 people died as a result of hydrogen sulfide emissions from manure pits
  9. In 1995 an eight-acre hog-waste lagoon in North Carolina burst, spilling 25 million gallons of manure in the New River, killing about 10 million fish and closed 364,000 acres of coastal wetlands to shellfishing
  10. EWG (Environmental Working Group) estimates that growing livestock feed in the U.S. requires 167 pounds of pesticides and 17 billion pounds of nitrogen fertilizer each year across 149 million acres of cropland generating nitrous oxide which is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide
  11. Methane from cattle is estimated to generate 20% of over U.S. methane emissions
  12. Researchers extrapolate that global meat production will double by 2050 to about 1.2 trillion pounds a year, putting further pressure on the environment and human health
  13. 5 trillion gallons of water was used to produce soy in 2009, compared to 235 trillion gallons use to produce meat in the same year
  14. 60% of the world’s grain is fed to farmed animals – while 925,000,000 people do not have enough to eat
  15. Animals raised for food currently take up 30% of the Earth’s entire land surface

Researches have suggested that we will need the equivalent of 5 earths in order to accommodate the population growth and the human consumption of meat.  5 EARTHS – that is absolutely astounding.    Think about this – the only method of controlling population growth (that we ‘officially’ know of) is war.  Why are we not discussing the issue of population growth control?  How about access to birth control (sorry Catholics or other religious denominations that don’t believe in birth control –  religious view won’t matter if there is no world to live in)?

People are often offended when asked to change their personal lifestyle choices even when so many of those personal choices are so harmful to our health and environment.  When we do face these choices, we often tell ourselves that we can’t for various reasons but don’t even try.  What would happen if we just tried???  Trying a vegetarian/vegan diet won’t kill you, it will only improve your health.  Being more conscious in determining what we need versus what we want will definitely decrease the waste you contribute to landfills.  Most importantly – being aware of what is going on in our world and realizing that you can make a difference in the world.  All you have to say is I CAN be a conduit for change and collectively, with like-minded people – we can create positive change in the world.  What are you waiting for?

Resources:

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/index.htm

http://www.ec.gc.ca

http://wwf.panda.org

http://www.etoxics.org

http://www.nrdc.org/water/pollution/ffarms.asp

http://www.scientificamerican.com

http://www.peta.org

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

IS YOUR FOOD KILLING YOU?

There is an epidemic in this country, a health crisis of epic proportions – heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.  This epidemic is putting a strain on the health care system and the current and future economies.  What is the culprit?  Poor diet, poor stress management and lack of exercise.  Our society is hooked on addictive processed ‘dead foods’ and when their health pays for it – they turn to medication instead of proper diet and exercise. 

To understand what is happening we must look at what so many people are eating today that is lacking in proper nutrition for our bodies: 

Foods That Are ‘Dead’

  • most cereals (filled with sugar and food dyes – blue # 1, blue # 2, red # 3, red # 40, yellow # 6, and yellow tartrazine)
  • milk (filled with growth hormones and antibiotics)
  • flavored milk (loaded with as much(or more) of sugar
  • pancakes (white flour is also refined)
  • boxed waffles (filled with sugar and chemicals that give them long shelf life)
  • fast-food breakfasts (McDonalds/Burger King/Wendy’s/etc…)
  • croissants
  • bacon/hot dogs/ham/luncheon meats/corned beef/smoked fish or any other processed meat (filled with sodium nitrate)
  • fruit juices (that are not freshly squeezed) (filled with sulphur dioxide)
  • anything white (bread, pasta, rice, sugar, flour) (filled with potassium bromate)

Food Matters printed a document listing the ‘Top 10 Food Additives To Avoid’ – this document is helpful as it explains why we should stay away from these additives.  You can find the document via this link:  http://www.hungryforchange.tv/article/top-10-food-additives-to-avoid 

Aspartame (E951)

Used in so-called “diet” or “sugar-free” products (including diet coke, coke zero), jello, desserts, sugar-free gum, drink mixes, table top sweeteners, cereal, breath-mints, puddings, kool-aid, iced tea, chewable vitamins, toothpaste, cough syrup

Reasons to avoid:  Aspartame is not your friend.  Aspartame is a neurotoxin and carcinogen.  Known to erode intelligence and affect short-term memory, the components of this toxic sweetener may lead to a wide variety of ailments including brain tumour, diseases like lymphoma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, depression and anxiety attacks, dizziness, headaches, nausea, mental confusion and seizures.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) 

Used in most processed foods, breads, candy, flavored yogurts, salad dressings, canned vegetables, cereals

Reasons to avoid:  High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is highly refined artificial sweetener which has become the number one source of calories in America.  HFCS packs on the pounds faster than any other ingredient, increases your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, and contribute to the development of obesity and diabetes.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG/E621)

Used in Chinese food, potato chips, many snacks, chips, cookies, seasonings, most Campbell Soup products, frozen dinners, lunch meats

Reasons to avoid:  MSG is used as a flavor enhancer but also affects the neurological pathways of the brain and disengaged the “I’m full” function which results, for many, in weight gain.  MSG is an excito-toxin, and regular consumption may result in depression, disorientation, eye damage, fatigue, headaches, and obesity.

Trans Fat (Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils)

Used in margarine, chips and crackers, baked goods, fast foods

Reasons to avoid:  Trans fat increases LDL cholesterol levels while decreasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol, increases the risk of heart attacks, heart disease and strokes, and contributes to increased inflammation, diabetes and other health problems.

Common Food Dyes:  Blue # 1 and Blue # 2, Red # 3 and Red # 40, Yellow # 6 and Yellow Tartrazine (E133, E124, E110, E102)

Used in candy, cereal, soft drinks, sports drinks, pet foods, fruit cocktail, maraschino cherries, cherry pie mix, ice cream, baked products, American cheese, macaroni and cheese

Reasons to avoid:  Artificial colorings, may contribute to behavioral problems like ADD and ADHD in children and lead to a significant reduction in IQ.  Animal studies (poor animals) have linked other food colorings to cancer.

Sodium Sulphite (E221)

Used in wine and dried fruit

Reasons to avoid:  According to the FDA, approximately one in 100 people are sensitive to sulfites in food.  Individuals who are sulfite sensitive may experience asthma, headaches, breathing problems and rashes.

Sodium Nitrate/Sodium Nitrite (E250)

Used in hotdogs, bacon, ham, luncheon meat, cured meats, corned beef, smoked fish or any other type of processed meat

Reasons to avoid:  Sodium Nitrate is the chemical that turns meats bright red but it’s highly carcinogenic once it enters the human digestive system.  There, it forms a variety of nitrosamine compounds that enter the bloodstream and wreak havoc with a number of internal organics:  the liver and pancreas in particular.  This toxic chemical is linked to many cancers.

BHA and BHT (E320)

Used as a preservative in potato chips, gum, cereal, frozen sausages, enriched rice, lard, shortening, candy, jello

Reasons to avoid:  This common preservative keeps foods from changing color, changing flavor or becoming rancid.  Effects the neurological system of the brain, alters behavior and has potential to cause cancer.  BHA and BHT are oxidants which form cancer-causing reactive compounds in your body.

Sulphur Dioxide (E220)

Used as a preservative in beers, soft drinks, dried fruit, juices, cordials, wine, vinegar, and potato products

Reasons to avoid:  Sulphur additives are toxic.  Adverse reactions include:  bronchial problems, asthma, hypotension, flushing tingling sensations or anaphylacic shock.  It destroys vitamins B1 and E in the body.  Not recommended for consumption by children.

Potassium Bromate (E924)

Used to increase volume in bread and bread-rolls

Reasons to avoid:  Potassium bromate is known to cause cancer in animals (again, poor animals).  Even small amounts in bread can creat problems for humans.

So knowing all of the above – why do we each so much processed junk?  The excuses are endless – accessibility, affordable, time-management, no other better choices, etc.  Food companies are knowingly putting these additives into our foods to ensure we become addicted to them.  The tobacco companies added nicotine to cigarettes so that people become addicted to them and we all know that smoking is highly addictive and horrible for our health – so why do we allow these addictive and hazardous chemicals into our foods without any question?  Knowing what we are putting into our bodies is the first step in changing the addictive behaviour, then we can move towards finding foods that will help us remove the toxins we bombarded our bodies with throughout the years.  After the detox – we can then change our diet to include more organic vegetables, fruits, seeds/nuts, beans and legumes and leaner organic meats to properly fuel our minds and bodies.  It is also vital to exercise 3 – 4 times a week, go for a vigorous walk or jog, play tennis, basketball, baseball, take an exercise class or join a gym.  Meditation and yoga will help you stay focused and keep your anxiety and stress levels down.

It is time to look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are beautiful!  Loving yourself and taking care of yourself will insure your success in life and love and most importantly – will keep you healthy so that you can inspire others.

To begin your journey, a great resource is the documentary Hungry For Change a film by Nutritional Consultants, James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch.  This film will arm you with the information you need to begin your journey to health and well-being.  The film takes an in-depth look at what the food companies are not telling consumers and why diets will never work. 

Resources:

http://www.hungryforchange.tv/

http://www.foodmatters.tv/

http://www.naturalnews.com/Index.html

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

 

CAN YOU ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS?????

Have you really thought about the answers to these questions?  Take some time to look deep within yourself and really think about how you would answer these questions.  Don’t think about what answer is the right one – because there is no right one.  Just take a moment, read each question and connect with God, the universe, the divine, the white light, your higher self or whomever you connect with spiritually or religiously…..breathe, meditate and think about YOUR answers – don’t answer the questions thinking about how others may answer.  Ask the universe to provide you with the answer that YOU connect with………you can take the time to feel your answer or if the first thing that pops into your head connects with you and you feel that to be your answer – then it should be.  Be visual – if a picture comes to you when you try to put an answer together take note of it…….write your answers/feelings/thoughts/or anything you feel down when you answer each question.  Be thorough.

  • Who is (insert your name here)?
  • What is my purpose in life?
  • Am I really ‘authentically’ happy with my life?
  • What can I do better to make me and others around me happier?
  • Do I have any religious beliefs?
  • Would you ever stop being friends with someone because their lifestyle(s) are not within the parameters of your religious views?
  • Do you believe The Bible ‘word-for-word’?
  • What is your best quality?
  • What is the one thing you would change about yourself?
  • Who are you living to please?
  • Do you believe in life after death?
  • If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
  • When was the last time you really cried and why?
  • Do you remember what it was like to be 5 years old?
  • When was the last time you laughed so hard that it hurt?
  • What does LOVE mean to you?
  • When you think of LOVE – who is the first person to come to mind?
  • What do you expect from prayer?
  • When was the last time you really became one with nature?
  • Have you ever seen your reflection in water?
  • Have you ever connected with your inner child?
  • What is the earliest memory you can ever remember?
  • What is the one word to describe your mother?
  • What is the one word to describe your father?
  • What is the one word to describe each of your siblings?
  • Who is your best friend?  Why?
  • How do others feel about you?
  • What is one thing I have always wanted to do?
  • If you had a theme song – what would that theme song be and why?
  • What was the most profound moment of your life thus far?
  • If you had one question for God – what question would that be?
  • What was the last thing you said to your pet?  
  • What was the last question you asked yourself?
  • How do I want to be remembered?
  • What makes me really happy?

What makes me really happy?  Think about the question – and when you find the answer, try to do what makes you happy everyday.  Review all of your answers and take a real look at yourself.  Remember those things in the past that hurt you and ask yourself “Have I really dealt with those issues”?  Are your religious or spiritual beliefs getting in the way of creating healthy and loving relationships without judgement?  Remember to check in with yourself from time to time – you may want to keep a journal to record pivotal moments in your life so that you will always have a way to connect with your feelings.  Come from a place of love and allow yourself to work through some of your past hurts, allow forgiveness and know that God is love and YOU are love.

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

WHY I CREATED C.O.P.E. (Coalition of Positive Energy)

Today, our society has become so obsessed with celebrity lifestyles, gossip, news of tragedy and fake ‘reality television’.  The internet is filled with bloggers reporting on which celebrities are together, which ones are having public melt-downs and which are pregnant.  When you visit Twitter or Facebook – most people are sharing information that some may deem too personal or meaningless.  I understand that most people don’t want to think about the injustices and horrors that are happening on our planet but really – does everyone need to know that your Facebook status has changed from ‘single’ to ‘in a relationship’ or do we really need to know about your painful hangnail?

Media is so focused on reporting stories of death, destruction, gossip, fear, betrayal etc….because we buy into all of that and we demand it when we purchase gossip magazines and support gossipy television shows.  I can’t remember that last time I watched the news but all I remember is how ‘in your face’ it was.   The anchor is reporting the story, while a ticker at the bottom of the screen is reporting ‘breaking news’ and on the left of the screen is how horrible the market is doing – it fills me with so much anxiety.  The commercials are about buying products that contribute to the earth’s destruction – household cleaners filled with toxic chemicals that will remove any stain, laundry soap that will get your whites really white and another that will take care of your darker clothing, skin products that promise youth and vitality but will possibly give you cancer, enter this lottery, buy this, shop here, eat this…CONSUME CONSUME CONSUME and if you don’t – there is something wrong with you.  That is what THEY want you to believe. 

Corporations want to keep people distracted – they don’t want us to become motivated and to ask questions.  They need us brainwashed, instilled with fear and stupid so that we can continue to buy meaningless products, continue to buy foods that are creating heart disease, diabetes and an obesity epidemic.   They want us to stay distracted by watching ‘reality television’ that is anything but reality.  Who suffers?  The future generations that have to deal with the economic and health care crisis that will be generated by our society of brainless zombies that the current governments and corporations have created.

People have asked why I give voice to ‘the haters’ and why I am blogging negative stories on site created to ‘spread positivity into our world’.  My answer simply is:  in order to spread light, hope, compassion and positive energy into our world – we must understand and ‘out’ those who want to spread negativity through hate, fear, lies and deceit.  The purpose or goal of C.O.P.E. (Coalition of Positive Energy) is to create dialogue so that those who have different views on social or political issues can have another perspective than what they already know – awareness through dialogue.  I have my own personal views about religion, politics and social issues and by no means want readers to accept these as ‘what is and what should be’ but I may have given you something to think about or given readers a new perspective on an issue.  We all have our stories – we should be able to share and learn from each others stories so that we may all move towards more loving and compassionate place.

C.O.P.E. will continue to blog on stories that may not be all loving and all positive but that doesn’t mean that I am moving away from the initial goal (together, we can make the world a more positive one) I just want people to understand that without darkness there can be no light. 

The future looks bright – I will continue to post ‘the song of the week’.  There is an ‘awakening’ happening in our world.  People are finally seeing the greed of corporations, banks and governments and some countries are holding them accountable (thanks Iceland).  I am confident that more of us will continue to ‘remove the blinders’ and become motivated to act from love and kindness. 

I will also blog about documentaries I find important and that others may benefit from.  I will continue to advocate for the ethical treatment of animals and fight to preserve our environment.  I will question our government officials on why they are acting in their best interests and not for the people who have elected them.  I will blog about corporations and governments continued lack of respect for our environment.  I will continue to post on holistic approaches to health and well-being.  Education and awareness is the best tool to have – with knowledge comes power to collectively work together for a better and brighter tomorrow.

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

SONG OF THE WEEK – LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS

This weeks ‘song of the week’ comes from one of my favourite ‘all-time’ electronica/new wave groups – The Human LeagueThe Human League formed in 1977 in Sheffield, England.  The band became successful when they attained their first world-wide hit and # 1 single in 1981 called  “Don’t You Want Me” from the album ‘Dare’.  The only other # 1 single they would have after “Don’t You Want Me”, would be in 1986  with their single “Human” produced by the famous R&B producers – Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
 
The Human League have written some of the best 80’s new-wave and electronic hits that were pivotal to the electronic movement today, hits such as;  “Mirror Man”, “Being Boiled”, “Open Your Heart”, “Sound of the Crowd”, “(Keep Feeling) Fascination”, “Don’t You Want Me”, “The Lebanon”, “Louise”, “Life On Your Own”, “Heart Like A Wheel”, “One Man In My Heart”, “Tell Me When”, and my choice for ‘song of the week’ “Love Is All That Matters”.  Let’s go back into the past and rewind to 1986 – and re-visit this amazing song.  The audio follows the lyrics.
 
LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS
 
Love forgiving
Love for good
Love to keep us faithful
After all is said and done
Love is all that matters

Got this beautiful situation
I’ve finally found out
What life’s about
Want to talk about it
In my conversation
Going to tell the world
Going to sing it
From the highest mountain top

Love forgiving
Love for good
Love to keep us faithful
After all is said and done
Love is all that matters

Every person pledge allegiance
All our efforts
To one common cause
Take a minute to improve a life
Form a legion
That’s united for a love cause

Love forgiving
Love for good
Love to keep us faithful
After all is said and done
Love is all that matters

March

Love forgiving
Love for good
Love to keep us faithful
After all is said and done
Love is all that matters

Love forgiving
Love for good
Love to keep us faithful
After all is said and done
Love is all that matters

Love forgiving
Love for good
Love to keep us faithful
After all is said and done
Love is all that matters

Love forgiving
Love for good
Love to keep us faithful

After all is said and done
Love is all that matters

 
 
For more information about The Human League, please visit their website:  http://thehumanleague.co.uk/  You can purchase all of The Human Leagues music by visiting the iTunes Store.
 

LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS!!! and Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

WATCH and BECOME INSPIRED TO ACT!

Here are some great videos that should inspire us to act for our environment, wildlife and for those who are unable to act for themselves:

GAY MAN STANDS UP AGAINST BIGOT ON NYC SUBWAY TRAIN

IMPACT OF THE GARBABE WE THROW OUT TO WILDLIFE and ENVIRONMENT

LOUISE L. HAY – YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE

JAY CLAY – HOW BIG BRANDS CAN HELP SAVE BIODIVERSITY

IT GETS BETTER CAMPAIGN

BILL MAHER on KILLING VS RELIGION

RESPECT FOR THIS CHRISTIAN – PASTOR TALKS ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE

TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE THE WORLD A MORE POSITIVE ONE

I BELIEVE THIS…..SO DON’T TRY TO CONVERT ME.

So many of us have so many different views on religious/spirituality, politics and social issues.  I am going to share my views and beliefs with you – you don’t have to agree with them but I do ask is for you not to judge me because (just like me), you don’t have the right answers.

CLIMATE CHANGE/GLOBAL WARMING

Call it what you want – the climate is changing and is getting more extreme.  The skeptics seem to believe that global warming/climate change is really not happening even though the majority of scientists have proven otherwise.  Man is the cause of global warming – our dependency on ‘dirty oil’, bigger and faster cars and appliances that cool us when we are warm and warm us when we are cool is a huge factor in the ever-changing climate.  Corporations are raping our earth of its natural resources because we are demanding their products and the earth and our environment is paying the price.

We have a responsibility to demand different and new sustainable and natural sources to power our homes and to drive our cars.  If the ‘old’ generation doesn’t want to listen to our demands – then the responsibility to find solutions that will benefit the planet’s inhabitants and the planet itself is up to the generations that will be here long after we are gone.  It’s time to elect politicians that don’t have their best interests at hand – we need members of parliament that are not afraid to stand up and fight for the planet and for the survival of the human race.

There is no more room for argument – what is the harm in trying new technologies in order for us to power our homes and cars?  The harm is that BIG CORPORATIONS will not be benefitting and making huge profits.  Many of us believe that there is nothing we can do and that we can’t stand up to those bullies (OIL/BIG CORPORATIONS) who don’t want to lose their way of life – WE CAN!!!!  All we have to do is think of our children and what type of world we want them to live in.  Should they not have clean air?  Should they not have clean water?  They should and it is OUR responsibility to hold our governments/politicians accountable.  Our government(s) work for us – the people, not corporations.

HEALTH CARE/NUTRITION

In terms of health care….it is everyone’s responsibility to be more proactive to our health care.  If you smoke and drink in access, we know that these habits DO NOT benefit our health.  We also know that consuming huge amounts of fast food, pop and processed foods is also contributing to our poor health and the increase of diabetes, heart disease and obesity – so why do we continue to engage in these unhealthy behaviours?  Again – our governments priorities are not in our best interests.  They would rather listen to those corporations who continue to make cheap and unhealthy foods, keeping people alive longer with prescription drugs and no quality of life.  And again – we need to demand affordable and healthy foods.  Companies need to stop pumping animals with growth hormones and antibiotics – this is what is making so many of us sick.  We need to ensure governments support local farmers and organic foods.  We don’t need genetically modified foods – it is not natural.

Our bodies are truly our temples – and we must be more proactive in our health care.  Educate yourself on what is good and nutritious for you.  Listen to what your body is telling you – take notice of how you feel when you eat huge quantities of meat, soda, chips and other processed foods.  Experiment – try eating a vegetarian, vegan or raw diet and compare the difference in how you feel.  If we took more responsibility in what we put into our ‘temples’ – there would not be such a burden on our health care system and our economies.

It is not only what we eat that is causing such a huge burden on our health care system and the world economies, there are other factors.   Think about all the lotions we put onto our skin – these lotions are getting into our bloodstream.  How about the excessive emissions coming out of our vehicles?  Is it a coincidence that asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer and other breathing issues are on the rise???

RELIGION

By now, many people already know my views on religion.  I was born and raised Catholic, then our family studied the Jehovah’s Witness religion for several years and when that didn’t work….we went back to our old Catholic belief system.  I know the stories, I am aware that The Bible is considered to be ‘the word of God’ as written by man (and only men).  I appreciate the stories but I have come to my own conclusion about religion.  That conclusion may not be the right one – I DON’T KNOW.  What I do know is that my conclusion is no better than those who do believe ‘the word of God’ and what is written in The Bible.

We all know that religion has been the root to so many horrific and heinous acts of violence – wars have been fought and continue to rage in the name of religion.  I don’t prescribe to the notion that each religion has their own version of what their God is.  How can society accept this way of life?  How can so many Catholics not be outraged about the sexual scandals that the religion has been surrounded in?

Religion should not protect abusers.  Religion should not protect you when you use violence against another person who has different beliefs as you.  Religion should not protect you when you use hate and judgement against others.  Religion should not degrade you just because of your gender.  Religion should not instil fear.  Religion should not dictate social or political issues.

If I am willing to educate myself and make my own conclusions about religion that are not judgemental to those who are religious – why is it okay for those who are religious to make judgements about me.

RESPECT OF ANIMALS

P.E.T.A. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) got it right when they said “Why love one and eat the other”.  This statement is in reference to how our society feels about our household pets yet we have no problem eating all other animals.  It is okay that we respect and love our dog, cat, hamster or horse but we feel nothing when we eat pigs, chickens, cows and fish?   Anytime someone asks me why I don’t eat animals – I find it ironic how (most of the time) that the person who eats meat becomes defensive and finds it acceptable to judge my choice for not eating animals. My animal advocacy is not aggressive in any manner.  I do share animal advocacy issues on social media just as so many of my friends post what they are passionate about – I may ask people to sign a petition or write to their MP’s because of how animals are being mistreated.  I also may share the health benefits of not eating meat and what a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle has benefitted me but I don’t intentionally suggest that because of my choice to respect animals is any better than the choice people make for eating them.

These are MY views and MY beliefsand they are no better than anyone else’s.  I made the choice to be an advocate for our environment because I love the planet – I love nature and the outdoors and want to do all that I can to preserve it.  I made a conscious decision about religion and know that God is WITHIN me and IS me and that is my choice.  I do believe in a divine presence – but it is not in the same context as so many religious denominations but that belief is no more right or no more wrong that those who do believe.  I made a choice to be more conscious about the things I put in my body – I am not perfect but at least I am aware of the choices that I am making in terms of my nutrition and health care.  I can’t say that I wasn’t aware.  I also made a conscious choice to stop eating animals because I know that animals don’t want to be torn away from their mother’s at birth to be mistreated and abused.  They feel and express emotion just as we do.

We are not all the same – we don’t all have the same views.  My views are no more important than yours therefore, I can’t judge you and you should not judge me.  When we come to this realization – we can begin to work together to ensure that we create a more positive and loving world community.

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

 

VALENTINE’S DAY – SONG OF THE WEEK

Today’s song is going out to all those who hold someone special in their hearts…..whether it is a mentor, teacher, loved one, husband, wife,  boyfriend, girlfriend or life partner – I know the words of this song will resonate with you.  The song is by the group The Style CouncilThe Style Council was formed in 1983  by Paul Weller (ex singer and guitarist of The Jam) and Mick Talbot (who was previously a member of Dexy’s Midnight Runners, remember the 80’s song “Come On Eileen”?) . The song is called, “You’re The Best Thing”

Lyrics are first…..video follows.  ENJOY and HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

YOU’RE THE BEST THING

I could be discontent and chase the rainbows end
I might win much more but lose all that is mine
I could be a lot but I know I’m not
I’m content just with the riches that you bring
I might shoot to win and commit the sin
Of wanting more than I’ve already got
I could runaway but I’d rather stay
In the warmth of your smile lighting up my day
(the one that makes me say, heh)

‘Cause you’re the best thing that ever happened to me or my world
You’re the best thing that ever happened – so don’t go away

I might be a king and steal my peoples things
But I don’t go for that power crazy way
All that I could rule but I don’t check for fools
All that I need is to be left to live my way
(say listen what I say)

I could chase around for nothing to be found
But why look for something that is never there
I may get it wrong sometimes but I’ll come back in style
For I realise your love means more than anything
(the song you make me sing – yeah)

 
 
"Burning Love"

“Burning Love”

***original are painted by me – Robert Pavao*** (please do not use without permission)

Together, we can make the world a more positive one

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO LIMIT WASTE and HELP OUR ENVIRONMENT

Many of us don’t really think about the consequences of our actions…for example; how many times have you asked for a double cup at your favourite coffee shop, how about the endless idling we do in our cars, the fast-food containers we throw out, water bottles we purchase, plastic cutlery we dispose, etc…This all contributes to increasing landfills, litter on the streets, lakes and oceans, and harm to wildlife and the environment.

If we made a real effort – we could drastically reduce much of the waste in landfills and in our environment – here are some helpful tips:

  • If you don’t have to, don’t use a drive-thru (turn off your car and go into the restaurant/bank/pharmacy etc)
  • Don’t idle your car – it’s not good for our environment and our lungs
  • Use cleaning products that are safe for our environment and are biodegradable
  • Support restaurants that use recyclable ‘to go’ containers
  • Re-use/wash all the plastic cutlery and ‘to go’ containers you get
  • Store you lunch and leftovers in re-usable containers
  • Don’t buy plastic lunch bags
  • Compost
  • Bring a dishcloth to work and use it to dry your dirty lunch dishes and your hands – this way, you will not have to use paper-towels
  • Always carry cloth grocery bags with you
  • Don’t litter – plastic bottles, caps, bottle holders etc are harmful to local wildlife
  • Recycle and know what to throw into the various bins
  • Donate old furniture and clothing – you will be amazed at what people could do to old things
  • Turn off lights if you are not in other areas of your house
  • Don’t let water run while you shave or brush your teeth
  • Become vegetarian or vegan – or have a vegetarian or vegan meal twice a week (the environment and animals will love you)
  • Don’t be ignorant! Educate yourself on what our ignorance is doing to the water, environment, soil, wildlife and planet

Here are some valuable links to help you become more environmentally conscious and create positive change for yourself, your community, town, city and our planet.  Get involved.

http://howtocompost.org

http://www.wwf.ca/events/earthhour/?utm_source=Homepage&utm_medium=TOPLINK&utm_content=EH&utm_campaign=Toplink

http://www.nationalgeographic.com

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/

http://www.teslamotors.com

http://www.organicformulations.com/news/21/ecologic-all-natural-home-cleaning-products

Compassionate Earth

Together we can make the world a more positive one.