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Naturally Peaceful

Your DIY Guide to Changing Times

Look Around

       On a macro scale ... on a micro scale ... how are we fairing on this beautiful planet of ours?  

 

* ASSESS THE SITUATION RIGHT WHERE YOU LIVE *

Break it down: What does your daily life look like on the most basic, fundamental level?

 
  * Is your food delicious and nourishing, or mostly empty calories?
   * Do you enjoy your meals or rush through them distractedly?
   * Where does your food come from?
   * Is it sourced locally? Regionally? Or from 1000's of miles away?
   * How is it grown and processed? naturally ... organically?
   * Or industrially, with an abundance of pesticides and chemicals that leach into our watersheds     and work they're way into the food chain?     
 
   * Are you glad to be alive?                                                                                                                               * Do you feel loved and supported? 
   * Is your work meaningful and satisfying ?
   * Are your children & grandchildren growing up with a sense of integrity & wonder?                  * How's your overall health?   
   
   * How energy efficient is your lifestyle?                                                                                                  * How much gas does it take to drive to work & do your errands?                                                                * How much energy does it take to heat/cool your house?                                                                         An energy audit can lead to making changes that will save as much as 30% on your utility bills and reduce your CO2 emissions by 9,515 lbs a year. 
                 
    * How much garbage do you generate in a week ?
    * Where does your sewage and trash go once it leaves your house?  
    * What's your impact on the planet?   One of the best carbon                                  footprint calculators can be found at  www.earthlab.com/carbonprofile                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          * How about the air you breathe and the water you drink ... is it safe and clean?  
     * What's the source of your drinking water?                                                                                                      * Can you describe its path from precipitation to your tap?     

    * What are the sources of pollution where you live?

                                                                                                                                 

    * What do you know about your bioregion?

      * What are the primary species in your area ... the indigenous trees and plants, birds, bugs          and critters who live all around you?

      * How are these local plants and animals fairing? Are their numbers in decline, stable or            on the increase?

      * What are the typical weather patterns in your area?                                                                           Are you experiencing more severe weather?  

      * When are the times to plant, forage & harvest?   

                       

Want to find out who the major polluters are in your state or county? 

I highly recommend checking out The Right-To-Know Network. You can find them at http://www.rtknet.org/   

or try http://scorecard.goodguide.com/

 

"The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently."     Pema Chodron 

 

 

All around the world - rich or poor - we all have the same basic needs.
Everyone needs clean, healthy food, air and water.
We need clothes and shelter to protect us from the elements and keep us safe.
We all yearn for love, friends and meaningful work. 
And whether we realize it or not, we need to connect with nature.                                                                                                                    If we're not getting these basics right, then literally everything else is messed up to one degree or another.                             Because it's all intertwined.

   
                          
        

   So let's have the courage to take a deeper look at our culture. What works and what doesn't?
   How can we change age old beliefs that put the needs of a few above the rest of humanity?

 In these troubled times we must rethink our economic system, which is based on a belief in continual growth and profit. No system grows and grows without eventual collapse. We are still subject to the rise and fall of nature's seasons and cycles. Our desire for continual growth is fueled by raping the earth, digging ever deeper, burning more fossil fuels, and altering the climate. Rather than focusing on profits, corporations should exist to enhance the well being of all. If they have a healthy business model, they'll profit naturally.

Our most basic, day-to-day lifestyle choices are our real world politics. What we eat, the miles we drive and fly, the things we buy - these all impact the planet to a greeter or lesser degree. Unfortunately, we're making choices that pollute the planet, and require the use of vast natural resource from our own lands, and from foreign lands that aren't ours to exploit.
 

                     But hey - please let me acknowledge here ...                                                                                                                                                    HOW VERY DIFFICULT IT IS TO SORT THIS OUT & MAKE GOOD INFORMED CHOICES !

 * Because we're born into an economic culture based primarily on profit and ruthless competition.

 * Everything has been super-sized - our homes, offices, stores, cars, roadways - everything.

 * As we've become increasingly urbanized, we've become divorced from nature and natural thinking. Now that most of us live in cities, this enormously complex, energy-sucking infrastructure seems normal to us.  

 * There's an unholy alliance of power mongers  - corporate - political - media & religious - who are perfectly happy to see us drifting away from nature, community & family ... making it that much easier to tweak and alter our personal and cultural values.

  shopping is patriotic   *   greed is good   *   we wage war to bring peace 

An unprecedented amount of time, money and energy is pumped into turning us into unquestioning, complacent cogs in the wheel. From birth onward we are indoctrinated with the idea that we are here to buy the latest, greatest toys, cars and doodads.                        

     Shop til you drop ... it's woven into every fiber of our culture.       

                            We are all, to one degree or another, enthralled and intertwined with this                                  
    mega-super-high energy-entertainment-capitalist-consumer lifestyle.

So much of the media and advertising we're exposed to is a form of propaganda, designed to make us good little consumers                     ... good little citizens. And today, more than ever, it's delivered with a wink and a nod that appeals to our desire ....

                                                                .... to be COOL, to be HIP, to be on the CUTTING EDGE                       

And now, all these decades later, the knowledge of how to manipulate our unconscious minds has been well honed and perfected.

 

 

Fortunately, our awareness of the way media constantly shapes us, helps us to throw off our shackles.   

                                      Unplug !  Divest Yourself from this Out of Control Juggernaut.

                                                                     

Because really, what does it matter if you have the latest greatest smart phone, if your energy is drained by the toxic formaldehyde that's off-gassing from the carpets and furniture in your home and office ?

          So what if we're free to choose from a multitude of sugary treats, when their daily consumption leads to tooth decay, obesity                    and type 2 diabetes?

    "What is the good of having a nice house without a decent planet to put it on?"   Henry David Thoreau 

 

                  

                                         We need to step away from this MADNESS!                                            

                       Let's get together and create a more cooperative, natural, loving and ethical culture.

                   It's what our hearts want.

              It's what nature needs from us, if we're going to continue living here on Earth,
                         .... and I know of no better Planet out there in the Universe.

        Let's take care of this one.
                  Let's live our day to day lives as if it all matters, because really it does.

 

"No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." Albert Einstein