July 31, 2015

All Things Are Connected

A murmuration of starlings shows how all things are connected.

"It made me reflect on how we are taught to process observations.  
That brilliant playwright and scientist Goethe wrote that we needed to get away from the “dead” science of seeing things as solid and separate objects when reality lies in the living, vibrating relationship between things, between the see’er and the seen.  
This turns our habitual way of thinking inside out." 
- from How a Baby Starling Opened My Eyes

July 29, 2015

Simple Living Is Spontaneous Living



Spontaneity is the quality of living freely and following our own energies and tendencies. It is moving with the life force. It feels great to allow ourselves to let go and be totally spontaneous. These are the moments we are truly ourselves.

Modern lifestyles generally value structure, planning, and discipline over spontaneity. Spontaneity comes to be seen as childish. Even as children, many of us were forced to control our spontaneity and be more "grown up". Boring.

As adults we are expected to behave in a rational, contained manner. Most of us have lost our connection with our true spontaneous spirit and have fallen into a stultifying predictability. It can be very refreshing to quit "adulting" for a while and channel a more child-like approach.

Time and space is required in order to step out of the repetitive life, be present, and live moment to moment. Living simply allows us to regain our natural spontaneity and enjoy life as it comes.

 Often the best, most exciting moments in life are unplanned, random and spontaneous.


July 27, 2015

Would You Like Pesticides With That?

Organic is the way to grow.

We all have industrial chemicals in us from the contaminated food that we eat. But don't worry - our leaders tell us that this slow poisoning is within "acceptable limits".

Herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, thisicides and thaticides. Modern farming is a violent process of killing in order to maximize profits.

But what about maximizing human and environmental health?

Buying organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible reduces the chemical load on the environment and your body. Organic farms are safer for workers, so buying organic tells them we care about their health and well-being.

The following is a list of produce that when grown on industrialized farms are loaded with pesticides that are harmful to bugs and other living things.

These are the first that should be replaced with organically grown alternatives.


"Dirty" Vegetables

Lettuce
Bell peppers
Carrots
Kale
Cucumbers
Celery


"Dirty" Fruits

Grapes
Apples
Nectarines
Peaches
Strawberries
Pears


The next list is for produce that when grown on industrial farms tends to be treated with pesticides less than the items on the list above.


"Cleaner" Vegetables

Sweet potatoes
Cauliflower
Eggplant
Asparagus
Onions
Sweet peas – frozen
Cabbage
Sweet corn
Avocados

"Cleaner" Fruits

Cantaloupe
Grapefruit
Kiwi
Papaya
Mangoes
Pineapples


The best case scenario is when we can grow our own fruits and vegetables using organic methods in our backyards and community gardens. We can also support local organic growers and farmer's markets.

That would be the best, cleanest food available.

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