July 22nd, 2016
What is life?
It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the winter time.
It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
- Indian Chief Crowfoot's last words
If you're in need of a new phone, please consider the Fairphone! I've had my eye on this for a year or two, but I can now say with more certainty that it's a big deal for this planet because it's been honored by receiving the UN's Momentum for Change award! Here's a video that explains just what makes this phone so great for the planet and so great for people!
Civic Action Does Work!
mindfulness and meditation
The world is a turbulent place and lately it has felt even more so- Orlando, Baghdad, Alton Sterling, Dallas. It's not only the violence, but the needless suffering- America's terrible prison system, Venezuela's extreme recession and obviously, climate change- just to name a few that are popping up in my field of vision. I didn't even realize how much this all was effecting me - I just felt very tired- until I went to a mindfulness meditation yesterday afternoon that addressed some of these issues and the feelings around them. The changes after the meditation were very subtle. I felt like I could breathe a little easier. I noticed, hours later, that it felt like a storm cloud had lifted and I could appreciate the day again. In other words, it was incredibly helpful in a very subtle way. I highly recommend it! Here are a few resources if you're interested:
Calm.com- an easy to use app/website that has guided meditations- I've used this a lot and love it
The Rubin Museum- they have weekly meditations and talks which are GREAT. if you're not able to make the actual meditation they post a podcast of the talk here. I personally love what Tracy Cochran has to say.
Nature- the park, your yard. Of course it'd be nice to go away to the mountains or the beach and let your mind wander through the myriad of visuals to offer, but I find that even sitting and looking at one beautiful tree or up at the sky can bring me piece of mind and remind me that I'm a part of the amazing thing called existence.
ANOHNI's 4 Degrees
I've listened to this song so many times now. At first it was enraging and I could only listen when I was in a certain mood. Then it was inspiring, helping me get motivated. Now it's a reminder of what I care about and why.
4 Degrees is beautiful and devastating. It's a song about climate change, a song about our current emissions pace towards a 4 degree change in temperature and a song about the animals that will die because of our actions.
People will destroy their lives to avoid being uncomfortable.