Thich Nhat Hanh
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
..::"There is no such thing as being Non-Political ~Fr. Richard Rohr
..::"How much carbon are we putting into the Ocean?
...about 100 U.S. TONS -- into the Ocean.. every SECOND.
..::"Carbon absorption can initiate a feedback loop in which underoxygenated waters breed different kinds of microbes that turn the water still more “anoxic,” first in deep ocean “dead zones,” then gradually up toward the surface.
There, the small fish die out, unable to breathe, which means oxygen-eating bacteria thrive, and the feedback loop doubles back. This process, in which dead zones grow like cancers, choking off marine life and wiping out fisheries, is already quite advanced in parts of the Gulf of Mexico and just off Namibia, where hydrogen sulfide is bubbling out of the sea along a thousand-mile stretch of land known as the “Skeleton Coast.”
Hydrogen sulfide is also the thing that finally did us in that time 97 percent of all life on Earth died, once all the feedback loops had been triggered and the circulating jet streams of a warmed ocean ground to a halt. Gradually, the ocean’s dead zones spread, killing off marine species that had dominated the oceans for hundreds of millions of years, and the gas the inert waters gave off into the atmosphere poisoned everything on land. Plants, too.
How, in the EU, fossil fuel is fuelling its own death spiral.
Yet another reason for the doom of Europe’s
fossil-fuel power plants: not enough water.
Water is used in thermal power plants—including coal, natural gas, oil, and nuclear—to cool the steam that drives turbines. (The water used to create steam is recycled.) These power plants use a lot of water for cooling — more than half of all water withdrawn from natural sources in Europe, according to Paul Behrens, assistant professor at Leiden University.
Reef corals are declining worldwide. Climate change, especially in relation to the recent mass bleaching and death of corals along the northern Great Barrier Reef and throughout the Pacific. Up to now, the destructive impacts of climate change on reefs have been much less than the localized effects of overfishing, land-based pollution, and loss of habitats due to coastal development. We need to stop all forms of overfishing, establish very large marine protected areas, and impose strict regulations on development and pollution while at the same time working to reduce the use of fossil fuels. It's not either/or, but all of the above.
..::"The scale of effort required to "buffer" the OCEAN’S ACIDITY is mind-boggling...
The annual mass of the compounds required is about an order of magnitude more than the 2 GIGATONS OF CARBON absorbed by oceans each YEAR, says Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.
That works out to about 30 cubic kilometers of limestone per year, he says. According to WHOI, that is 30 times the amount of limestone mined each year for cement production and all other purposes. That material would somehow need to be distributed more or less evenly throughout the oceans.
"Eco-alarm-bells" would be ringing... if big oil had not silenced the media... and we humans are easily tempted to living "comfortably" in denial... similar to that famous frog experiment... demonstrating that a living frog... will actually let itself slowly boil to death... if the temperature is raised to a boil very gradually... and in a similar way, we humans just don't seem to respond, until the alarm clock is buzzing LOUDLY... and even then we are tempted to hit the "snooze" button 🙂
If we think the government will solve the problems we face today... just remember the government could not even cap the BP Gulf oil spill, until it ran dry...
Have you noticed the government's "chem-trail" / geo-engineering attempt to cool our planet... what a futile scenario, dropping toxins from airplanes seems to be the only hammer in their toolbox: http://EcoDelMar.org/chemtrails/
To an economist, business "seems" to make the world-go-round.... and this planet will certainly "go-around" with us or without us... trillions of dead planets spin perfectly, without Life... the question we face today is whether or not there is enough courage in the Life on this planet to protect life for future generations... does anyone really think this journey to infinity and beyond is just to store some cash in a bank?...
As we contemplate our relationship with nature... realizing nature is always sharing all, with all... like the seeds giving birth to the trees... leaves giving everyone fresh air... and later the leaves fall back to the Earth to continue flowing in Nature's endless eco-cycle... nothing is left out of the cycle... rivers become oceans, become clouds, and become rivers again... we all share in this eco-cycle... http://EcoDelMar.org/one_flower/
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 destroy so many living creatures that have lived for millions of years, long before humans arrived to walk upright on land. Are we so arrogant as to carelessly destroy our shared Ocean Home... Do we realize our origins are so much more likely Aquatic than we ever dreamed... EcoDelMar.org/elaine ... 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
More bugs, Less politicians
..::"The triatomine bug feeds of the blood of mammals, including
humans, dogs, livestock, and just about anything with skin and blood.
The bugs are also attracted to carbon dioxide.
..::"Michael Yoder was an avid gardener and regularly checked for ticks, but neither saw any sign of a tick around the time he fell ill. For weeks, he had exhibited signs of a persistent stomach bug, and then of more severe symptoms, but by the time he was diagnosed the disease was irreversible.
“We had no idea whatsoever that a tick could do something like this,” she said. “A single tick. We thought it was bad when it just gave you Lyme disease. This one is a killer.”
Babesiosis is caused by a single-celled protozoan somewhat like the organism that causes malaria. It invades the red blood cells, and in extreme cases can cause anemia so severe that organs fail.
..::As the Co2 goes up, the "bugs" are definitely getting stronger...
this might be natures way of balancing the symbiotic relationships...
Greenland wildfires as seen from above.PHOTO CREDIT: Per Mikkelsen
Peatlands, also known as bogs and moors, are the earliest stage in the formation of coal. A 2015 study noted, “Globally, the amount of carbon stored in peats exceeds that stored in vegetation and is similar in size to the current atmospheric carbon pool.”
Peat fires are difficult to stop, often burning until all the organic matter has turned to ash. A coauthor of the 2015 study noted, “Smouldering peat fires already are the largest fires on Earth in terms of their carbon footprint.”
Thousands of acres of permafrost are burning in what appears to be Greenland’s biggest fire on record. And climate scientists are concerned, not just because the massive fires are unusual, but because they release large amounts of greenhouse gases and speed up the melt of the ice sheet and the carbon-rich permafrost.
Greenland is almost entirely covered in an enormous ice sheet, but grassy, carbon-rich peatlands along the coast are heating up and drying out. “These fires appear to be peatland fires,” wildfire expert Prof. Jessica L. McCarty told Wildfire Today. “They are likely occurring in areas of degraded permafrost, which are predicted to have high thaw rates.”
..::"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.
The well known Dr. Oz called out the US Environmental Protection Agency over the proposed approval of Enlist Duo, a new herbicide mix primarily made of glyphosate (known as Monsanto Roundup) and a new form of 2,4-D (Agent Orange).
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. Ted.com/talks/tyrone_hayes_penelope_jagessar_chaffer_the_toxic_baby
Prenatal exposure to organochlorine chemicals linked to autism in children...
According to the research, children born after being exposed to the highest levels of certain compounds of the chemicals, called organochlorine chemicals, during their mother's pregnancy were roughly 80 percent more likely to be diagnosed with autism.
It was determined that two compounds in particular -- PCB 138/158 and PCB 153 -- stood out as being significantly linked with autism risk. Children with the highest in utero levels (exposure during their mother's pregnancy) of these two forms of PCBs were between 79 and 82 percent more likely to have an autism diagnosis.
General Electric's cleanup of PCB contamination in the Hudson River inadequate, and said more river dredging needed...
In speaking out, Seggos added the state's voice to that of environmentalists who for months have said the $1 billion project that removed 1.3 million tons of PCBs from the river-bottom fell short.
"Unacceptably high levels of PCB-contaminated sediment remain in large portions of the upper Hudson River," Seggos said a press conference on the Corning Preserve, overlooking the river.
Urban Paradise Guild ..::" The biggest polluters have systematically assassinated science, effectively removing it as a basis for good governance. They have created think-tanks to promote these views, and propaganda machines (like FOX)... to hype ignorance. It is no mistake that Republicans benefit most from these same forces. Republicans use the smoke and mirrors built by the polluters to justify policies that benefit the polluters. ~ www.facebook.com/urbanparadiseguild
░░ American Industry... protected by the tax funded US government... knowingly poisoned the water... the air... and the land... and now these same Orwellian "conservatives" seek to eliminate access to health-care for the people... and "lock up" the citizens who protest being poisoned by American Industry...
░..::"Scientists say more must be done to eliminate (dumping industrial toxic) chemicals, which have a devastating impact on all of life... Ultimately, PCBs (toxic oil) on land eventually get into the WATER, into RIVERS, then into fish, then into sediment, into estuaries, then to OCEAN, the ultimate (industrial toxic) dumpsite. Into crabs and moluscs, fish, finally into apex predators such as sharks, dolphins and the whales at the top of the food chain.”... the entire life cycle, poisoned... TheGuardian.com/environment/2017/may/14/race-on-rid-uk-oceans-pcbs-killer-whale-lulu
░..::"The exorbitant amount of PCBs OIL -- far in excess of the limit at which damage to marine mammal health is known to occur. Furthermore, tests showed that despite being 20 years of age, the Orca whale named "Lulu" had never birthed a calf, fuelling fears that her entire pod is destined for extinction... www.envirotech-online.com/news/water-wastewater/9/breaking-news/what-killed-lulu-the-whale/42719
░"A new peer-reviewed study published in the journal DIABETES CARE found a strong link between DIABETES onset and blood levels of a group of toxic INDUSTRIAL chemicals, dumped into RIVERS, and charmingly known as "persistent organic pollutants" [POPs], PBDEs, and PCBs manufactured by Monsanto. Given these findings and the emerging link to DIABETES, it would be wise to limit your consumption of factory-farmed meat and fish. www.MotherJones.com/tom-philpott/2011/07/are-pesticides-giving-you-diabetes ░
░..::"Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, said the new diabetes study "shows that in Anniston there is an association [between diabetes and PCBs], especially in women, and especially in young women."
░ The risk of diabetes was highest for women, who have more fatty tissue to sequester PCBs, compared to men in the same age groups... "It's a substantial risk," Silverstone said. "You're talking about a three- to four-fold increased risk in females under 55." ... www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2012/pollution-poverty-people-of-color-day-6-diabetes
░..::"Exposure to chemicals known to disrupt the endocrine system, like phthalates, PCBs, pesticides and perfluoroalkyls, contributes to obesity and diabetes. Researchers used those findings to study the effects of chemical exposure on Europeans more broadly... A 25% reduction in exposure to the chemicals studied would result in a 13% drop in cases of diabetes among seniors, according to the research. That would mean 150,000 fewer cases of diabetes and a savings of nearly $5 billion dollars annually... Time.com/4546786/diabetes-obesity-causes-chemicals/
░..::"Conditions linked to chemicals—used in cosmetics, plastics and common household items like sofas—lead to $340 billion in treatment and lost productivity costs annually in the U.S., according to a new study. ░ ░The Lancet, evaluated a set of chemicals that have been shown to disrupt normal functioning of the endocrine system using data on the levels of the chemicals in blood and urine of subjects of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study. Flame retardants like PBDEs, phthalates, which are widely used in cosmetics and scented products, plastic component DEHP and organophosphate pesticides are among the chemicals linked... Time.com/4533595/household-chemicals-bpa-health/
░..::"Studies have found an association between diabetes and some dangerous chemicals in the environment and household products. ...::"There IS an association between some chemicals in the environment and diabetes," says Kristina Thayer, PhD, director of the National Toxicology Program Office of Health Assessment and Translation in Durham, N.C., part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "What we don't know is whether it's causal." That means that while a number of studies might show that if you had a higher level of a certain chemical you were more likely to have diabetes, it's not yet clear whether that chemical exposure preceded the diabetes. More research is needed to better establish cause and effect.
░ As far as specific chemical culprits, phthalates and bisphenol A, common chemicals found in soaps, nail polishes, hair sprays, perfumes, and moisturizers, are implicated. In a study published in July 2012 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers found that women with the highest levels of phthalates in their urine had a risk of diabetes that was 70 percent higher than women with the lowest levels of phthalates in their bodies... www.everydayhealth.com/type-2-diabetes/can-chemicals-cause-diabetes/
░..::"European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Stockholm adds weight to the growing body of evidence linking endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) with diabetes.
░ One study—a meta-analysis of 21 earlier studies involving more than 66,000 people—found that exposure to any type of pesticide was associated with a 61% increased risk of diabetes, with some pesticides appearing riskier than others.
░ A separate study of 639 women in Crete, Greece, found that those who had elevated blood levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) during the first trimester of pregnancy were more than four times as likely to develop gestational diabetes.
░ The chemicals are slow to degrade and can persist in the environment for decades. People around the world continue to be exposed through air, soil, water and food.
░ "When considering the reality that diabetes is rising in every country worldwide, and that environmental pollutants are abundant, there is a real urgency for prospective, high-quality research, said Lisa Staimez, PhD, assistant professor at Emory Global Diabetes Research Center at Emory University in Atlanta. "That research should in turn inform policies aimed at reducing the burden from diabetes."
░ More than a billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the U.S.
░ Meanwhile, rates of diabetes and other metabolic diseases have risen dramatically over the last several decades. Globally, more than 170 million people suffer from diabetes—a number some researchers say will reach 366 million by 2030... www.endocrineweb.com/news/diabetes/17611-link-between-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-diabetes
░..::"Health condition of nestling ospreys (Pandion haliaetus)
░ "The presence of chemical organo-chlorine (OC) pesticides in the remote Laguna San Ignacio osprey population is an indication of the ubiquitous nature of these contaminants. OCs are apparently able to travel long distances from their source to the (pristine remote) study area. A significant relationship between hemoglobin and mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentrations and OC concentrations were found suggesting that a potential effect on the health of chicks may exist in this osprey population caused by the OC, e.g. anemia :: a condition marked by a deficiency of red blood cells or of hemoglobin in the blood, resulting in pallor and weariness. link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10646-010-0553-5
..::"There is no such thing as being Non-Political.
~Franciscan Father Richard Rohr
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)
EPA memo reveals concern that pesticide causes bee deaths (SF Gate) Sfgate.. green/
$15 Billion Bee Murder Mystery Deepens (Business Insider) Businessinsider.. colony-collapse-disorder.. connections-to-BAYER
Beekeepers want government to pull pesticide (Palm Beach Post) Palmbeachpost..beekeepers-want-to-pull-pesticide
Bees in freefall as study shows sharp US decline (The Guardian) Guardian.. environment.. bumblebees.. decline
Incredible Edible free food
project replicated worldwide
..::" 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."
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
This song deals with the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The line in the lyrics that mentions "The law passed in '64" is the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law was supposed to prohibit discrimination in public places, the government and employment.
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
..::"Beware of the temptation to perceive yourself unfairly treated. ~ACIM T-26.X.4.
..::"Everyone is a mirror image of YOURself -- your own thinking...
coming back at you." -- Byron Katie
Pakistani 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
... to provide affordable home ownership for those wishing to live in the only city in the world that is all Maharishi Vastu, all organic, within three miles of the Maharishi University of Management main campus.
“We might summarize our present human situation by the simple statement: that in the 20th century, the glory of the human has become the desolation of the Earth and now the desolation of the Earth is becoming the destiny of the human. From here on, the primary judgment of all human institutions, professions, programs and activities will be determined by the extent to which they inhibit, ignore, or foster a mutually-enhancing human/Earth relationship.” ― Thomas Berry
Wind Power Blows Away Coal and Gas
as Europe’s Cheapest Energy Source
A leaked EU study finds wind farms generate the least expensive electricity
when air quality and climate-change costs are taken into account.