Peace Is Every Step
..::”Protecting the planet must be given the first priority.
~Thich Nhat Hanh
It’s wonderful to realize that we are all in a family, we are all children of the Earth. We should take care of each other and we should take care of our environment, and this is possible with the practice of being together as a large family. A positive change in individual awareness will bring about a positive changein the collective awareness. Protecting the planet must be given the first priority. I hope you will take the time to sit down with each other, have tea with your friends and your family, and discuss these things. Invite Bodhisattva Earth Holder to sit and collaborate with you. Then make your decision and act to save our beautiful planet. Changing your way of living will bring you a lot of joy right away and, with your first mindful breath, healing will begin. ~Thich Nhat Hanh
The miracle is not to walk on water.
The miracle is to walk on the green earth in
the present moment, to appreciate the
peace and beauty that are available Now….
It is not a matter of faith;
it is a matter of practice.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
The First Mindfulness Training … Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I am committed to cultivating compassion and learning ways to protect the lives of people, animals, plants, and minerals. I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to condone any act of killing in the world, in my thinking, and in my way of life.
The Second Mindfulness Training … Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice, stealing, and oppression, I am committed to cultivating loving kindness and learning ways to work for the well-being of people, animals, plants, and minerals. I am committed to practicing generosity by sharing my time, energy, and material resources with those who are in real need. I am determined not to steal and not to possess anything that should belong to others. I shall respect the property of others, but I shall prevent others from profiting from human suffering or the suffering of other species on earth.
The Third Mindfulness Training … Aware of the suffering caused by sexual misconduct, I am committed to cultivating responsibility and learning ways to protect the safety and integrity of individuals, couples, families, and society. I am determined not to engage in sexual relations without love and a long-term commitment. To preserve the happiness of myself and others, I am determined to respect my commitments everything in my power to protect children from sexual abuse and to prevent couples and families from being broken by sexual misconduct.
The Fourth Mindfulness Training … Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I am committed to cultivating loving speech and deep listening in order to bring joy and happiness to others and relieve others of their suffering. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I am committed to learning to speak truthfully, with words that inspire self-confidence,
The Fifth Mindfulness Training … Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I am committed to cultivating good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society, by practicing mindful eating, drinking, and consuming. I am committed to ingest only items that preserve peace, well-being, and joy in my body, in my consciousness, and in the collective body and consciousness of my family and society. I am determined not to use alcohol or any other intoxicant or to ingest foods or other items that contain toxins, such as certain TV programs, magazines, books, films, and conversations. I am aware that to damage my body or my consciousness with these poisons is to betray my ancestors, my parents, my society, and future generations. I shall work to transform violence, fear, anger, and confusion in myself and in society by practicing a diet for myself and for society. I understand that a proper diet is crucial for self-transformation and for the transformation of society.
An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
Book Link: http://goo.gl/wN6TuY
“When you begin to see that your enemy is suffering,
that is the beginning of insight.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh
... He has frequently spoken of reestablishing American strength in the world, and the strength he refers to is military in nature.
"We have to start winning wars again......he said in a late-February speech. Consistent with that message, Trump has also announced a $54 billion increase to the defense budget and has also given the military a freer hand in the fight against militant Islamism -- which has since resulted in an uptick in civilian deaths in U.S. airstrikes.
... Regarding North Korea, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during a trip to Asia five weeks ago that the U.S. policy of "strategic patience" was over. Vice President Mike Pence likewise traveled to South Korea, making an appearance in a bomber jacket at a look-out in the demilitarized zone. He spoke of Trump's readiness to respond to provocations with strength. "North Korea would do well not to test his resolve," Pence intoned.
"It is easy to determine what Kim Jong Un wants," says South Korean parliamentarian Kim Jong Dae, one of the country's most experienced security policy officials. "But Trump is unpredictable." On the one hand, he says, the U.S. announces it is sending an aircraft carrier ... and speaks openly of military plans while on the other....
[T]he G.O.P. has come to resemble a Soviet dictatorship
-- a vast majority of Republican politicians can't publicly say what they know about the truth of climate change because they're afraid the thought police will knock on their door and drag them off to an AM radio interrogation.
Yes, the GOP's science denial is so extreme that a major conservative columnist has called out the right wing's "thought police." Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman used Brooks' line -- and the Paris climate talks -- as a launching point for a must-read piece, "Republicans' Climate Change Denial Denial" Friday.
As Krugman explains,"the talks could mark a turning point" toward "the kind of international action needed to avert catastrophe." But he adds: "Then again, they might not; we may be doomed. And if we are, you know who will be responsible:
-- the Republican Party."
David Brooks -- who is often, but not always, part of that echo chamber -- explained last week, on the climate change issue:
It's a Through-The-Looking-Glass world. The Washington Post reports Sunday that ExxonMobil has a far saner view of global warming than the national Republican party.
░ Fred Hiatt, the paper's centrist editorial
░ page editor, drops this bombshell:
░ "With no government action, Exxon experts
░ told us during a visit to The Post last week,
░ average temperatures are likely to rise by
░ a catastrophic (my word, not theirs) 5 degrees
░ Celsius, with rises of 6, 7 or even more...
░ ( 9°F to 12°F )
This is indeed basic climate science.
Of course, thanks to excellent reporting by InsideClimate News, we now know ExxonMobil had been told by its own scientists in the 1970s and 1980s that climate change was human-caused and would reach catastrophic levels without reductions in carbon emissions. Yes, this is same ExxonMobil that then became the largest funder of disinformation on climate science and attacks on climate scientists until they were surpassed by the Koch Brothers in recent years -- but that is a different (tragic) story.
ExxonMobil Warns of ‘Catastrophic' 9°F to 12°F Global Warming Without Government Action
..::" How much carbon are we putting into the Ocean?
We are dumping the equivalent of a hopper car of coal,
about 100 U.S. TONS -- into the Ocean every SECOND.
ClimateColab.org Eco Awareness Proposal
Eco Awareness is growing in this generation.
Let's talk now, before it's not too late, for the next generation: http://EcoDelMar.org
"We are Eco Citizens"... and it's going to take this kind of awareness to change the direction of the empires running this Earth and Oceans into ecological disaster, just for profit... leaving "we the people" out in the storm... and a toxic environment created by a profit motivation over human health. We the people... mostly a worldwide group of adventurous Ocean lovers and recreational scuba diving citizens... becoming the "Eco Ocean Citizens" of this generation... a growing percentage of the people on Earth who care enough about the Ocean, to protect it.
Scuba divers have a first hand opportunity to photograph and bring the current coral reef health conditions to everyone's attention via social media... awareness is step one... only then can the "willingness" take root... no awareness, no problem... out of sight, out of mind... and most of us tend to live in semi blind blissful state of mind unwilling to face the unfolding environmental disaster that could make the great depression look like a picnic... although not even all the scuba divers in the world can protect the coral reefs, if we don't reduce industrial pollution... yet don't want to talk about it... that trillion ton elephant in the room... and this has lead me to this environmental pathway... and reconnecting with the "oneness" of all mother nature... many of us have forgotten our natural reality... blindly in pursuit of an ego-driven "better life"... yet, the materialistic illusion crumbles to dust when you look into the eyes of a dolphin... if we the people don't take this on... who will?... certainly not industry... and who runs the governments... the same industrial polluters... meanwhile another dozen dead dolphins washes ashore... is anybody out there... http://EcoDelMar.org
Years ago i wanted to do something to help protect coral reefs... so i got involved in coral reef restoration... moved to the Florida Keys, got a boat and a USCG captain's license... updated all my underwater equipment... loved all my time on and under water, made tons of underwater digital images and video, made social media websites... and spoke to everyone about the need to protect the coral reefs... it's amazing how many Florida keys residents are unaware of the nature all around them...
The good news is... we can be just as loving as the dolphins: http://EcoDelMar.org/elaine
The bad news is... industrial "profiteers" are slowly killing the only known Living Oceans in the entire universe... and calling it a "good profit": http://EcoDelMar.org/pcb
How ironic that most of the people who are saving the planet are unpaid volunteers... while polluting the planet is done by profiteering corporations that lobby politicians who are highly over paid and actually sworn to an oath to protect the public well-being.
The Blue Miracle Planet... 70% covered by miraculous deep blue water... although the Oceans seem infinite to our eye's view.... in fact all the water on Earth only makes up a precious 0.02% of the Earth's total mass... yet the Oceans give us over half the oxygen we need to live and breathe... without Our priceless Oceans... we will die... No Blue... No Green... for millions of generations we enjoyed the only known living Oceans in the entire universe... and after millions of years on Earth... most humans still wonder where we came from... and now with our newest scientific tools we have determined that the beautiful wonder of nature we call "The Nautilus"... has lived in the Oceans for more than 500 million years... until now... disappearing due to man-made, (anthropogenic) Ocean acidification and a few decades of industrial dumping millions of tons of highly poisonous chemicals into rivers worldwide... just for corporate / share-holder profit.... ignoring the damage to Life's Foundation... ignorance is bliss, short term.... long term, what will Earth's brand new Oceans cost... as if the shareholders could afford one...
More acidic Oceans will dissolve the fragile shells of the pteropods and probably the phytoplankton... and if the phytoplankton goes... there goes 50% of Earth's Oxygen supply... and then even the trees will fail... the frozen tundra with it's mega-tons of methane gas that is 20 time worse than CO2 as a green house gas... what is going to prevent that huge biomass and flammable gas from catching fire... when it does, can anyone put it out... now do you understand the global concern over the rapidly increasing CO2 that is caused by burning fossil fuels... turning the Oceans Acidic... dissolving the fragile shells of the pteropods and phytoplankton... the source of 50% of our Oxygen... phytoplankton is already down 40%... whales are starving to death... seafood is loaded with cancerous industrial chemicals... please tell me if i am wrong... http://EcoDelMar.org/ocean_acidification/
.... To simply stand in awe and truly appreciate the strength and wisdom of the amazing Life energy inside of every tree... thank you to Nature's miracles... that make Life possible for us... every leaf shares it's Life with the tree and gives us Oxygen to breathe... thank you trees... http://EcoDelMar.org/trees
By the time we get to "vote" for enough leaders to protect the environment... it might already be too late...
Thousands of scuba divers can share their visual experience of what's happening to the coral reefs worldwide to help people understand the Oceans are dying from the land based industrial pollution, climate change, and CO2 turning the Oceans more acidic.
"Eco-alarm-bells" would be ringing... if big oil had not silenced the media... and humans are way too good at living "comfortably" in denial... similar to the famous frog experiment that will boil to death if the temperature goes up to a boil very slowly... we humans just don't seem to react until we hear the alarm clock buzzing... even then we hit "snooze"...
If we think the government can solve everything for us... just remember they could not even cap the BP oil well until it ran dry... and have you seen their "chem trail" attempts to cool the planet: http://EcoDelMar.org/chemtrails/
Global business "seems" to make the world-go-round.... and this planet will certainly "go-around" with us or without us... all the other trillions of dead planets spin perfectly, without Life... is there enough real Love for Life on this planet to protect it... does everyone really think this journey to infinity and beyond was just to store some cash in a bank...
When we sincerely think of our Relationship with Nature... knowing that Nature is always sharing Her creations... like the trees that birth from Her seeds... the leaves that give us all clean air and later... falling back to the Earth to continue flowing in the endless eco-cycle... nothing is left out of the cycle... all is created with Love in the cycle... and when we share in this eco-creativity... think of sharing an artist's creativity and your own creativity... both are enhanced... and our Love of the Natural environment we are all a part of... Living in harmony with the Nature we are all One with... this internal and infinite awareness that you share in your Heart with the world... and this does not change with the name of your religion or the label we give to it... or the logo we wear...
If we, supposedly intelligent humans, destroy the source of so much Life in the Universe.... the question is not will we survive... but should we... Can we learn to respect Life in Our Living Oceans before we kill every living creature that has lived a healthy Life for millions of generations long before we arrived to walk upright on land. Are we so egotistically arrogant as to destroy our very own Ocean Home... Do we realize our origins are so much more likely Aquatic than we dare to dream... Rocks were formed in fire... and when struck together, give fire... the Oceans Give Life Itself... and while we have this Gift... dare we stand Lifeless... allowing the destruction of our Aquatic Life Base... with apathetic heads bowed down... to industrial profiteers... who will later tell us they were the "successful" ones... http://EcoDelMar.org
The whales are dying at our feet: http://EcoDelMar.org/why
Coral Reefs: http://EcoDelMar.org/coral
Who will participate?
Individuals who enjoy the oceans and scuba divers can share their visual experience of what's happening to the coral reefs worldwide to help people understand the Oceans are dying from the land based industrial pollution, climate change, and CO2 turning the Oceans more acidic. http://EcoDelMar.org
Where will actions take place?
Social media, websites such as: http://EcoDelMar.org/coral
My Facebook Eco Pages
How will these actions have a high impact in addressing climate change?Shift public awareness to rally for global climate protection.
What are other key benefits?
Eco Awareness starts with our generation. Let's talk now, before it's too late for the next generation. http://EcoDelMar.org
..::" Where Whales are still somewhat numerous — like the Southern Ocean — the whale pump, as it’s known, spreads nitrogen and binds up carbon in an environmentally substantial way. However, with the severe decline of whales worldwide, due to commercial over-hunting — along with the exponentially worsening acidification of our Oceans — the marine ecosystem has suffered a steep tip in its delicate balance. Whales are the Guardians of our precious Oceans, and their poaching only speeds up the impending Ocean acidification. Certainly, whales may not be able to single-handedly solve the problem of our dying Oceans, but these giant mammals have a significant impact on CO2 binding that helps us all to breathe oxygen. Where Whales are gathered in number, there will be healthy photo-synthesizing plankton. The Oceans produce over half the oxygen on Earth. Every other breath you breathe, comes from the phyto-plankton in the Ocean.
via Janette Tingle ..::'' Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research were timed to precede the pope's speeches on sustainable development in September to the United Nations and the U.S. Congress. Schellnhuber said "the science is clear: global warming is driven by greenhouse gas emissions." Francis confronted head on both climate change doubters and those who say it is not man-made. "A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system," he said. "Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it." He said greenhouse gases were "released mainly as a result of human activity." Francis called for policies to "drastically" reduce polluting gases, saying technology based on fossil fuels "needs to be progressively replaced without delay" and sources of renewable energy developed.
This is not the first time that Doctor Oz has given substantial air time to GMO concerns. He has reached out mainly to parents who are discovering the health effects in their children.
Dow Chemical, a lesser known participant in GMO crops, is poised to change the environmental dynamic of corporate farming again with its new combination herbicide.
Filmmaker Penelope Jagessar Chaffer was curious about the chemicals she was exposed to while pregnant: Could they affect her unborn child?
So she asked scientist Tyrone Hayes to brief her on one he studied closely: atrazine, a herbicide used on corn.
(Hayes, an expert on amphibians, is a critic of atrazine, which displays a disturbing effect on frog development.)
www.TED.com :: Onstage together at TEDWomen, Hayes and Chaffer tell their story.
Silently, billions of bees are dying off and our entire food chain is in danger. Bees don't just make honey -- they are a giant, humble workforce, pollinating 75% of growing plants. But in five days the US could move to ban the toxic pesticides that are killing them off.
We know we can get a ban -- after a mega Avaaz campaign last year, the EU banned this group of poisons that multiple scientists blame for bees' rapid demise. Right now chemical companies are furiously lobbying US authorities to stop action. But insider allies say a massive public mandate could tip the scales towards a ban. Let's give it to them! If the US moves, it will set in motion a ripple effect on the rest of the world.
We have no time to lose -- members of the White House's bee task force will report with proposals on Tuesday. Already 2.5 million of us have backed this campaign. Let's race to send messages to the heads of the task force before Tuesday's meeting. This is not just about saving bees, this is about our survival. Click to send a message now:
PETITION : https://secure.avaaz.org/en/
The Costly Lobbying War Over America's Dying Honeybees (National Journal) http://www.nationaljournal.
EPA memo reveals concern that pesticide causes bee deaths (SF Gate) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/
$15 Billion Bee Murder Mystery Deepens (Business Insider) http://www.businessinsider.
Beekeepers want government to pull pesticide (Palm Beach Post) http://www.palmbeachpost.com/
Bees in freefall as study shows sharp US decline (The Guardian) http://www.guardian.co.uk/
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..::" German policy-makers say that free university education for all is a basic right, and that tuition fees are unfair and discourage poorer students from continuing with their education.
"Tuition fees are socially unjust," said Dorothee Stapelfeldt, senator for science in Hamburg, a region which scrapped fees back in 2012. "It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany."
A spokesman for the Social Democrats (the country´s leading political party) said during Germany´s elections last March: "Tuition fees keep young people from low-income families from studying and are socially disruptive."http://earthweareone.com/germany-scraps-tuition-fees/
Tara Brach :: Our Earth :: On the Edge of the Roof ~ Rumi ... This talk views the ecological dis ease of our planet Earth through the lens of our evolutionary unfolding.
We explore the EGOIC TRANCE that has precipitated the destruction of our environment, and the inner practices of presence that enable us to RESPOND from LOVE AND WISDOM.
Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, and Ruth King are starting a series of free, online conversations exploring the impact of climate change, its underlying causes, and how Dharma practice can inform our personal and collective response.
Many other wonderful Dharma teachers will participate. Follow the link below to register and then join us, as together we can bend the course of history.
..::" A teacher of fear can not bring ~PEACE ON EARTH~
We have been trying to do it that way for THOUSANDS of years.
The person who turns INNER violence around, the person who finds
PEACE inside and LIVES IT, is the one who teaches what TRUE PEACE IS
We are waiting for just One teacher...
You're the One.
~ Byron Katie
"No one can give you freedom but you.
This little book will show you how."
"The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby
The lyrics in this song deal with the need to resist complacency and never resign yourself to racial injustice as the status quo.
The song portrays 1980s America from a critical perspective. The opening verse recounts a story taking place at a line for welfare that illustrate a divide between the rich and poor. The chorus presents several lines insisting that social ills are "just the way it is", and repeatedly suggests resigning oneself to them as a fact of life—however, the chorus ends with the author rebuking this attitude by insisting "ah, but don't you believe them."
The second verse recounts past social issues from the voice of someone supporting racial segregation. The author responds in a narrative voice, insisting his view that if those who make laws took them into careful consideration they would be convinced that laws enforcing principles like racial segregation are morally wrong. The song reminds the listener that it was at one time argued that racial segregation was "just the way it is", and suggests that legislation and what the author views as progress on current social issues should be pursued without regard to those who insist "some things will never change."
The third verse recounts the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as a victory in the civil rights movement, but insists that more is needed. The third chorus suggests that it only feels like "some things will never change" when we wait for social problems to change themselves rather than taking steps ourselves to actively change them.
Bruce Hornsby - The Way It Is
Recorded Live: 7/24/1999 - Woodstock 99 West Stage - Rome, NY
..::"Everyone is a mirror image of YOURself -- your own thinking... coming back at you." -- Byron KatiePakistani Education Activist Malala Yousafzai Becomes Youngest Winner of Nobel Peace Prize. Child Education Activist Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. The 17-year-old teenager was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 for campaigning for girls' education.
Maharishi Vedic City Development Foundation
The Invincible Peace Colony concept was inspired by Maharishi to support an ideal Vedic lifestyle—Maharishi Vedic Architecture® residences within a three-to-five-minute walk of group meditation program halls, restaurants, shops, the Maharishi Peace Palace, and other amenities.
All of these homes are constructed according to the principles of Maharishi Vedic Architecture design using non-toxic materials, concrete stucco-style exterior siding, villa style tile roof, Pella or Kinro Energy Star windows, R-21 exterior walls and R-50 roof insulation, Whirlpool Energy Star appliances, wood kitchen and vanity cabinets, wool carpeting, and access to high-speed Internet.
Wind Power Blows Away Coal and Gas
as Europe’s Cheapest Energy Source
when air quality and climate-change costs are taken into account.