25 Mar

This article in Alternet well states a point that I’ve often felt:

“As Martin wrote in her book “Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters,” the process of plucking, primping, dieting, exercising, and striving to conform to beauty standards–and hating themselves when they inevitably do not (who can live up to perfection itself?)–sucks up much of women’s time and energy that could be used to affect positive change for themselves and others.

Cool idea from the article on how to combat Photoshopped idea of beauty:

“To attack the culture of false ideals, another participant came up with a “reality stamp”–a certification to be used for media products that don’t alter their images with airbrushing or photoshopping. As Martin says, it would give “leverage” to consumers  but by celebrating the good media outlets rather than decrying the bad ones. This idea seems to have potential to gain traction, considering that some media outlets are already self-advertising as photoshop-free, sensing a consumer backlash.”

20 Mar
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1 Mar

“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?”
~ Gabrielle Roth

(thanks Sol Purpose)

27 Feb

Money as Debt

23 Feb

Take the red pill and discover the reality of the monetary system. “Money as Debt II” is a well-produced, easily digestible examination of where money comes from and the problems inherent in the system. Wake up to realize our indentured servitude to the all-mighty banks so that we can reclaim the monetary system as a service of convenience to us, the value-producing people. The fate of the Earth depends on transitioning out of this system, as it does not have enough resources to continue to fuel an economy that needs to grow and grow just to tread water. We have the intelligence, technology, and resources to create a world that works for everyone, one where we can take care of everyone.

Overall I feel that humanity as a whole is going through an epic lesson of “profiting at another’s expense,” so it is only fitting that the monetary system itself reflects this learning process. Here bankers have rigged the system for their profit and everyone else’s demise, and everyone but those at the top feel the unhappy consequences of that greed. I work to forgive the part of myself that profits at another’s expense, and look forward to when humanity can share equally and work to freely support each other in the full expression of our divine gifts. Namaste!

The Hobbit House

20 Feb

The ‘hobbit house’ is one of the most beautiful houses I have ever seen, and also one of the cheapest. Built by hand, it cost only $5,000. Most of the materials came from the surrounding environment, making it a perfect picture of sustainability. I love the organic nature of the building, it feels so much more comfortable to me. After all, straight lines don’t occur often in nature. Simon, who built the house, seems to concur:

“Our house is unusual but the aesthetic appeals to lots of people and perhaps touches something innate in us that evolved in forests.

Here is Simon’s new house, also naturally perfect, and a gallery of similar natural buildings. I felt so empowered when I realized that all I need to create my dream home is a plot of land, several grand, a little learning, and a few friends willing to play in the mud.