Showing posts from February 1, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote February 7, 2015

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Attitude is wonderful isn’t it?  If we have a good attitude we are positive, ready to enjoy and cope with whatever the day presents us with, the people we encounter, the situations we find ourselves in.  Like a cloak of invincibility we wear with confidence.  However, a bad attitude on the other hand, tends to repel people, show us in a bad light, and generally work against us in getting what we want.  Our attitude is what most people meeting us, perhaps for the first time, notice and react to.  Much, much better to have a good attitude than the alternative, don’t you think? Cathi Bew

The New Farmers

With an environment in crisis, a new generation of young farmers is taking their action from the streets back to the soil. In this article from Orion Magazine, writer Lauren Markham explores the motivations that have driven this newest generation of farmers to relinquish the comforts of urban life, and to take the reins of a new farming movement.

Daily Inspirational Quote February 6, 2015

“You have to love yourself because no amount of love from others is sufficient to fill the yearning that your soul requires from you.” Very true.  If we don’t love ourselves and don’t value what makes and shapes us and our beliefs, then why should anybody else?  Like a little pot plant where we are the seed, the root, the stem growing upwards, we are nourished in the earth (love) surrounding us so we push upwards, growing and striving towards the light.  Our self-love continues to nourish and encourage us so we sprout leaves and branches representing the people, the situations, the choices we make, in life.  This all stemmed from, and also only became possible, by the nourishment of earth/love for ourselves.  How powerful are we? Cathi Bew

The Gifts of Hibernation

"So hibernation is a threefold time. It is a time for retreat and replenishment... a time for our wordless philosophy to finally be born...a time for our hidden destiny to whisper in our heart, You're not forgotten. I'm still here. We're in this together." For all of us who feel swept up in the buzz of achieving rather than being, Andreana A. Lefton's sincere reflection on rest and integration is a treasure trove of welcome wisdom.

Daily Inspirational Quote February 5, 2015

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream.” Of course not!  Sometimes the right time to set another goal or dream another dream is when we are older and, hopefully though not always, wiser.  That’s when we are free from the constraints of perhaps raising a family, working, being at other people’s beck and call and having no time to call our own.  Enjoy and take pleasure in achieving your goals and dreams as you now have the time and freedom to do so.  Never let anybody tell you that you’re too old to do anything.  Just make sure your insurance is up to date and off you go! Cathi Bew

Why Happiness Is The Wrong Pursuit

"On some abstract level, we know that money and other outward signs of success won't ultimately make us happy -- perhaps because we know wealthy or famous or powerful people who are deeply unhappy -- but on another level, we don't really believe it ... or at least we don't believe it applies to us. Why do we experience such a disconnect between what we know to be true in the abstract and what we believe is true for us?" Christine Carter thinks a big part of the answer lies in our flawed pursuit of happiness. This article shares more...

Daily Inspirational Quote February 4, 2015

“When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars.” I love this quote.  I always think that perhaps life is knocking you down for just that reason….you need to lie there, lose yourself in the wonderful cosmos above, enjoy and wonder at the twinkling stars and astral bodies and just be……  Of course, I guess it also means that when life gets troublesome, difficult or just plain nasty, it’s more comforting isn’t it to believe that it’s going to get better, it will pass and we’ll be happy again.  Remember that old song, “When you wish upon a star…….?”  Lovely! Cathi Bew

Using Brain Science To Transform Schools

After Sept 11th 2001, child trauma psychiatrist Pamela Cantor was hired to assess the emotional impact of the attacks on New York school children. What she discovered surprised her. "From lower Manhattan to the Bronx, most of the children I met were traumatized less by what they had witnessed that terrifying morning than by the experience of growing up in poverty," says Pamela. She found that "one in five children in NYC met the criteria for a full-blown psychiatric disorder, and 68 percent had exposure to trauma sufficient to impair their functioning in school." This discovery led Pamela to found Turnaround for Children in 2002, a nonprofit which partners with public schools to address teaching and learning obstacles arising from the stress of poverty. When a social entrepreneur evaluation organization investigated Pamela's work, they were amazed: "When we see organizations who address the whole child and their brain development, we take note. Turnaround i

Daily Inspirational Quote February 3, 2015

“Don’t belittle yourself.  Be BIG yourself.” Occasionally, we our own worst enemy.  You know what I mean.  Somebody will ask us to do something and we decline, saying we’re not up to it, don’t have the confidence, or the skills, etc. etc. The downside is that, if we do this long enough, we start to believe our own hype and our self-confidence takes a nosedive.  Much, much better to say, okay, maybe I haven’t done this before or don’t have much experience but I’ll give it a go.  If you keep putting yourself down others will too but, if you believe in yourself and are willing to try, look out World! Cathi Bew

Lee Hoinacki: Conscience & Courage

Lee Hoinacki, author of four books, ex-Dominican priest, scholar and deeply connected with Ivan Illich, was a remarkable man. One example: having left academia to become a subsistence farmer he found he needed money to help his daughter. He began looking for a job, "Then it hit me, why am I trying to get one of these respectable jobs? That's the worst thing I could do! That's what I left years ago! So then I got the kitchen job." Here's a man who lived his convictions to the utmost.

Unwilding: The Roots of Alienation

From the book, Rewilding Our Hearts  by Marc Bekoff. If we did not unwild, there would be no reason to rewild, and we need to reverse this distancing and destructive devolution. If by “rewilding our hearts” I’m naming our open and compassionate connection to nature, then unwilding refers to the opposite: It’s the process by which we become alienated from nature and nonhuman animals; it’s how we deny our impacts and refuse to take responsibility for them; and it’s how we become discouraged and overwhelmed, and thus fail to act despite the problems we see. Many, perhaps most, human animals are isolated and fragmented from nonhuman animals and other nature, and so we become alienated from them. The busy-ness of our days, the concrete and steel of our cities, the buildings in which we spend the majority of our work and school lives — all this unwilds us and erodes our natural connection with nature. German psychologist Erich Fromm called this innate connection, this love of life and li

Climate Change: The Ice Is Melting

From the book, Rewilding Our Hearts by Marc Bekoff. Ecosystems are not only more complex than we think, 
but more complex than we can think. — Frank Egler Climate change, a.k.a. global warming, is a huge topic, one that is constantly in the news, and yet there are strong indications that we have seriously underestimated just how bad it really is. In November 2012, scientists in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado, working at the National Snow and Ice Data Center discovered that polar ice is melting at a record high. For example, polar ice sheets are melting three times faster than in the 1990s. This means Arctic ice has hit a record low, and this carries numerous disastrous environmental implications, from rising seas to a wide range of ecological and wildlife impacts. In The Ten Trusts, Jane Goodall relates a conversation with Angaangaq Lyberth, the then-leader of the Eskimo nation from Greenland. At a gathering of a thousand religious and spiritual leaders in the United Nations Ge

Global Problems, Personal Unwilding

From the book, Rewilding Our Hearts by Marc Bekoff Bereft of contact with wildness, the human mind loses its 
coherence, and the human heart ceases to beat. — David Abram We have conquered the biosphere and laid waste to it like no other species in the history of life. We are unique in what we have wrought. — Edward O. Wilson Humans are an unprecedented force in nature. We are all over the place, and there are far too many of us. There is hardly anywhere on Earth, in the water, or in the sky that has not been influenced by us. No need to look for mythical Bigfoot: We’re here! We leave huge footprints wherever we go, which create all sorts of urgent global problems that so far we have been rather unsuccessful at solving. Let’s take a look at some of these problems and, just as important, their emotional effect on us. Much has already been written about the messes we make, and so I will only summarize them briefly, but it’s important to describe what needs fixing. However, the

Daily Inspirational Quote February 2, 2015

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan and, guess what they have planned for you? Not much!” We’re all guilty of just drifting along, occasionally buffeted by the winds of life, blown here, blown there, allowing ourselves to be at the mercy of others.  Some of us are fortunate enough to wake up, perhaps a tap from a piece of life’s driftwood knocks some sense into us.  Each one of us has our own destiny and this relies on us actually taking charge of our own steering wheel of life, charting our course, and keeping to it.  I know so many people who have given control of their wheel to others who, of course, are only focused on following their own route, and give no thought to their travelling companion’s dreams and aspirations. Go on, grab your own wheel!! Cathi Bew

34 Affirmations For Healthy Living

"When day-to-day life seems to revolve around providing for others, we can forget to nourish our own bodies and spirits. And yet, self-care is what empowers us to give back to the world, fully and joyfully. Start your practice by taking just a few moments each day to affirm your commitment to eat well and live a healthful life." Read on for a selection of inspiring everyday affirmations.

Daily Inspirational Quote February 1, 2015

“Some people are going to leave, but that’s not the end of your story….that’s the end of their part in your story.” I’ve found this to be true as I’ve got older.  When I look back it’s easy to see that, although I didn’t realize it at the time, when people left my life for any reason it was usually because it was the right time for us to walk our separate paths again.  We had each taken and given what was necessary from and to each other while we walked the same path.  How wonderful!  A constant stream of people stepping onto our path to journey beside us, willing to share their lives and time.  Some of them, at a time known only to fate, stepping back onto their own path, leaving us to continue our own journey and the others waiting ahead taking their turn to walk beside us. Cathi Bew

Wendell Berry on Solitude And Creativity's Enemies

Wendell Berry's remarkable work, What Are Humans For?, is filled with philosophical insights for the would be artist in us all. Here, Maria Popova of Brainpickings extracts some of the most poignant and moving moments from his piece, interweaving them with thoughts from Thoreau and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips.