I DECLARE….

I declare the following and stand strongly behind these declarations as they come from a positive place and they come from LOVE:

  • A person’s CHOICE to believe in religion should not impede on the rights of those who don’t follow any religious doctrine.
  • MARRIAGE is just a word – the process of being or becoming married is NOT solely based and afforded to heterosexual couples.  Individuals who are in loving and in committed same-sex relationships also have the right to be married and call it a marriage because that is what it is!
  • There is no difference between physical abuse towards an animal or a person.  Abuse is abuse.  All sentient beings should be treated with respect, compassion and love.
  • Don’t ever apologize for wanting to spread love and positive energy into the world.  Stand behind what you believe with conviction and with passion and people will respect your views.
  • Religious beliefs SHOULD NEVER influence legislation – religious views are choices people make in what they believe and should never be used to deny civil liberties of others.  Leave religion OUT of politics.
  • Money should never influence a decision for a person, organization or government to do something that will have a positive impact on society.  Isn’t the positive impact worth the money?  Example:  Climate Change – spending money to make our planet more sustainable and moving towards more renewable sources of energy is a good thing whether or not you believe that climate change is happening.
  • LOVE is my religion – I know that I am here on this planet to create positive change in the world.
  • Finally…if you believe in “GOD” – He/She/It made us in His/Her/Their own image.  We are a reflection of Him/Her/It.  So ‘GOD’ is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, black, white, yellow, red, Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Christian, man, woman, child.  GOD is everyone and everything so when you are judging someone else, you are judging GOD.

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

KARMA

What do you think about when you think of karma?  I instantly think of the following:

  • The attitudes and behaviours you show to others is what comes back to you.

The definition of karma in the Concise Oxford Dictionary – 9th Edition defines karma as follows:

karma – n. Buddhism & Hinduism 1. the sum of a person’s actions in previous states of existence, viewed as deciding his or her fate in future existences. 2. destiny.

Here is what I think of karma and what it means to me:

KKindnessBe kind and show kindness to everyone.  We can change someone’s attitude by showing them kindness instead of being reactive and defensive.

A AcceptanceAccept the differences in everyone.  We all can’t have the same dispositions in life, our differences is what makes us all unique.

R RespectfulWe need to respect the differences, traditions and beliefs that others hold.  By respecting one another, we become more tolerant of one another.

M MindfulDon’t do something for the sake of doing it or because you feel you have to, do it because you want to and because you care.  

 A AttitudeMaintain a positive attitude in life and you will attract the same.

If we are kind, accepting, respectful, mindful and have a great and positive attitude in life, we are bound to receive the same.  Most of us put up so many barriers and may have been hurt or unloved in our pasts that we forgot how to show love and kindness.  If you take notice – FORGET THE PAST and live in the moment, we can begin to live a life that comes from love.  Put no pressure on yourself or don’t expect anything in return – just live from love and that is all that you will attract.

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

LOVE, KINDNESS, BEAUTY and RESPECT

What would our world look like if everyone believed that we are reflections of each other?  Would we be kinder to one another?  Why do we allow ego to dictate all that we do and think?  Can we un-learn the things that we thought to be truth?  Loaded questions with simple answers.

KINDNESS

Showing kindness is not hard to do at all.  There are many ways you can show kindness; buy someone a coffee, give someone a compliment, buy lunch for a complete stranger, hold open a door, say ‘thanks’ and mean it.  Always treat everyone you the same way you would like to be treated.  Smile, laugh, be happy, live and breathe kindness and those around you will respond the same way and send the same kindness you show into the universe.

LOVE

Give love and show love in everything you say or do.  Many people say “I hate my job”, “I am not a morning person”, “I hate that person”…..change these thoughts to love.  Wake up and tell yourself you will love this day and you will love your job and you will love everyone you meet.  You will be amazed at how positive and great you day will be in changing ‘hate thoughts’ to ‘love thoughts’.

BEAUTY

Take another look at everything around you and appreciate its’ beauty.  Don’t look at something with disgust and hate.  Appreciate the beauty of the sky and the air that allows you to breathe.  Appreciate the beauty of the trees and grass, of people walking their pets in the park, a cat sitting in front of a window, the laughter of children’s joy, the food that you eat….See everything with new eyes and know that everything is beautiful and a reflection of what YOU are!

RESPECT

Respect everyone’s differences and appreciate those differences – see what you can learn from each others differences.  Respect the planet – it gives us all life, air, clean water and beauty.  Love it and respect it.  Respect the animals on this planet and treat them as you would treat yourself – show them love, respect and kindness and appreciate their beauty.

It is so easy to become distracted and fall into a negative vibration – what you have to teach yourself is to ignore those negative vibrations and align yourself with the vibration of love and kindness.  We were all born from love and kindness but have lost our way from that vibration.  Meditate and ask Source/God/Universe to help you get reconnect to the love vibration.

Let LOVE, KINDNESS, BEAUTY and RESPECT be the attributes that allow you to move towards a more positive vibration.

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!

IN ALL THIS INSANITY and CHAOS – HOW DO WE REMAIN SANE?

Have you ever wondered how all of the personal events in your life have affected you throughout your lifetime?  Have you ever thought about how much social issues have played a role in you becoming the person you are today?  I have and I continue to do so.

We are taught to be perceived as ‘the right thing’ from our parents.  They have instilled onto us whatever was instilled into them by their parents.  So what are the things that we learned or carried with us that are wrong and that are right?  I believe that my parents gave me the basics – they taught me that it was not okay to treat others with disrespect.  My parents were good people but they had their faults – they encouraged a life based on their religious beliefs; that we should treat others with kindness.  Our parents certainly had much love for us but again, they were not perfect.  There were times when dad was very abusive and mom turned a bling eye.  I have forgiven my dad for his abuse and my mother for pretending the abuse didn’t happen – but that is what they have been taught and what they were raised in – it certainly doesn’t make it right.  What type of impact did everything my parents did or taught have on me today?

Generally, we are all taught to be polite, kind and respect each other from those who raise us but what happens to these lessons when we begin our own journeys and realize that in our society there are so many influences by traditions, cultures, religion, politics and personal preference.  Is it possible to find your true authentic self with so many different opinions, attitudes and influences from so many people?  I didn’t learn about different cultures, traditions or religions.  My parents were only interested in what they learned and what they were exposed to and I found that some of the things we learned as children/teens we had to pass on to our parents.  I struggled as a teenager because I was receiving so many mixed messages on how ‘things were supposed to be’ and ‘who I was supposed to become’.  My parents had their notions of who and what I was to become and my friends and all of society was telling me something different.  I knew what was socially instilled into me but that was creating a huge internal conflict.  There was so much contradiction every where I turned.  It was sometimes difficult to clear all the static that life creates for us, so how do we turn off all that noise.  How on earth do we rise above what everyone else is telling us is the right thing to do and knowing what is the right thing to do?

Did I get to where I am today because of intuition?  Did I trust enough in the universe to get to where I am today?  Why am I not Catholic, Christian or Jewish?  Why is it that I prefer not to be affiliated with any political party?  I am not perfect but I certainly don’t want to kill or rape anyone.  So, am I a product of what my parents taught me or have I been influenced by society, religion or politics?   The answer is simple – I have and continue to be a product of the best of all of these things.  My parents gave me the foundation to becoming a kind-hearted person and I have learned that I should not bring their intolerances into my adulthood. Society has taught me not to conform to what is perceived to be a ‘normal’ life.  There are so many differences in our world that nothing seems to fit into the ‘norm’.  It has also taught me to trust in myself and be confident in my convictions.  Had I listened to what society has deemed ‘normal’ – I would be pumped with anti-depressants and a shell of the person I am today.  Religion has taught me how men and women can distort something that was meant to be a good thing and make them believe it is something else for their greater good.  The only thing I take away from religion is the simple message that we should treat everyone with dignity, respect, love and compassion – it is that simple!  I don’t believe that any God would encourage his children to be hateful.  As far as politics go – I have no confidence in governments that only think about ‘how the they can benefit’ versus how we can all benefit.  Lately – governments around the world are only interested in assisting big corporations.  Oil, pharmaceutical, meat and banks.  Oil companies continue to rape the earths natural resources and keep creating huge environmental catastrophes, pharmaceutical companies keep people pumped on anti-depressants and drugs that keep them sick so they don’t think about asking questions, the food industry  keeps making processed and genetically modified food that contribute to our increased poor health so that we can rely on the drugs supplied by the pharmaceutical companies.  Should our politicians and governments be more inclined to work for a better tomorrow for our children?  Should they not be more proactive in better health care and  sustainable and renewable energy?  Is it that difficult to give money to find and build cars that don’t pollute our environment – give the big automobile companies the resources and this will create jobs and drastically reduce our carbon footprint.

In all this insanity and chaos – how do we remain sane?  Well, speaking personally – you trust in yourself, you stay positive, you laugh, you cry, you stand up for those who can’t stand for themselves, you show compassion, love and respect and you promote a more positive world.  I am thankful for the clarity the universe had given me and I know that I have much to learn still – I accept my willingness to learn so that I can become a better person.  I have chosen not to walk around my life in a zombie state and I want to help awaken the goodness I see in everyone.

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

FAREWELL TO SOMEONE I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW

How can you write something about someone who you didn’t even know, especially when their souls have gone back to spirit?

A few weeks ago, a friend came into work and began to share her story about how her best friend’s son had passed away.  She held back tears and was visibly upset.  She explained how this young man – David Italiano – went on a trip to Cuba to celebrate another friends decision to move to Mexico with his father.  It was a vacation and farewell they would never forget.  During a scuba diving outing – there was an accident and David’s life was taken from this world.  My co-worker described David and what type of young man he was – she talked about how nice and compassionate he was and mentioned his smile.  The more she spoke of him – I couldn’t help but think of myself as young man and how much I lacked the confidence David had at that age.  Had we been the same age, I know we would have definitely become friends because we had many similar interests.

Whenever we lose someone in our lives – especially at such a young age, we can’t help ourselves but think about what type of person they would have grown to become?  What would their triumphs be?  What would they accomplish?  I thought of David and I thought about those exact things and knew that from what his friends and family wrote on his ‘tribute wall’ (www.daviditaliano.com) that he would have been a great success in whatever he did.  From what I can determine – he was loyal, giving, loving, respectful, caring, happy, dedicated and confident.  He seemed to know what he wanted from life.  He was passionate about animals and I am assuming this was a contributing factor on his becoming vegetarian.  He was also passionate about the environment and was an active volunteer with Greenpeace.  I felt a connection with him through what his family and friends remembered or shared about him…..I felt like we were kindred spirits – his Facebook had a quote from one of my favourite songs (The Smiths – How Soon Is Now).

I could not hold my emotions back as I read some of the words people left on David’s tribute wall, things like; “he was absolutely and genuinely one of the kindest people I have met in my lifetime”, “Davey’s life has proven to me once again that the only reason to live is to love”, “he was such an amazing person with a heart of gold”, “the world needs more good people like him”, “a bright light has gone out but he did leave a warm glow”.  Yes – the world does need more good people like him and yes a bright light has gone out but we can ensure that David’s glow lives on through all of us whether you knew David or not!  We need to ensure that his light continues to shimmer strong and bright and that the love he shared for his friends, his family, the animals and the environment is not forgotten.  We need to honour his memory by allowing his life’s passions to live on through us – I did not know him but I do know that people thought he was kind, compassionate, caring and respectful – for me, that is enough to allow David’s life to continue on through me.

I hope that the pain David’s family and friends are feeling will ease with time and I hope they find some comfort knowing that he has touched the lives of so many who knew and loved him and others that did not know him at all!!!  Keep his memory alive, keep his passion alive and never forget that infectious smile!

Here are the links if you would like to make donations in David’s memory:

Donation2?idb=0&df_id=1360&1360.donation=form1&s_locale=en_ca&JServSessionIdr004=m2lcurril2.app202b (Nature Conservancy Canada)

DonationDetails.aspx?L=en-CA&G=131&F=985&T=GENER (Greenpeace Canada)

AN EMAIL FROM GREENPEACE!

I thought I would share an email I received from GREENPEACE.  I like to follow them because their belief’s about our environment and its’ importance to our sustainability are similar to mine.  I appreciate the success stories that they share and am saddened when I hear about the atrocities that we humans are inflicting on our environment and wildlife.  Please support them in any way you can – here is the email:

Hi there,

The Arctic holds a special significance for Greenpeace. The campaign that gave birth to our movement over 40 years ago stopped nuclear testing in Alaska.

Many people thought a nuclear test in Alaska wouldn’t affect them. But if you live on Earth, it affected you.

The radiation from those tests swirled around the world and entered your eyes and my eyes and everyone’s eyes.

Forensic pathologists can tell a victim’s age by looking for radioactive carbon in the eyes. If you were born in the 60s or early 70s like me, you’ll have more radioactive carbon. The level gradually decreases for people born after nuclear testing ceased.

The founders of Greenpeace won their campaign and helped stop nuclear testing. But now things are happening in the Alaskan Arctic that could change a lot more than just the carbon in our eyes.

Some people see the Arctic as the canary in the coal mine, the warning to stop burning fossil fuels and find clean alternatives. Shell doesn’t see it that way. The oil company sees open ocean where once there was 3m thick sheet ice and thinks, “We could drill there now.”

So Shell is off to the Alaskan Arctic in search of the last drop of oil. In the process, it will spread carbon across our skies warming the planet, as well as oil across the world’s most fragile ecosystem, hastening its collapse.

And when the oil has been burnt and the ice has all melted, the ocean currents will change. All the sun’s heat that was once reflected by the shield of sea ice will be absorbed by the open, black waters. Just as the radiation from nuclear tests spread around the world, and the carbon emissions from Shell’s oil spread around the world, so that heat will spread around the world.

If you live on Earth, it will affect you.

Unless we stop them.

The founders of Greenpeace were eleven hippies in a boat but they built a movement that ended commercial whaling, stopped toxic dumping and protected Antarctica.

You are part of that movement. Together, we are three million people. We have 40 years’ experience of winning campaigns, protecting ecosystems and stopping companies like Shell.

Later this week, we’re going back to save the place where we were born, and to save the world. A movement like Greenpeace can do that, and there’s only one movement like us.

Come with us.

Graham Thompson
Greenpeace UK

http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/arctic