When someone expects you to be enraged, try this…

Posted on September 27th, 2016

Silence.

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This appeared in my Instagram feed at a pertinent time, a time when rage was rightfully mine. You probably caught my post about choosing love over rightness, though. And can see it’s a theme for me right now. My moral and spiritual challenge.

I’ve written before how silence is beautiful and effective when a troll rages. It stops the venom in its tracks.

I ask, however, is silence appropriate for loved ones? Is it not a tactic? A game? And thus contributing to the bad behaviour we’d rather rise above, in love? I discussed this with my meditation teacher. “Love is a game,” he said. “It’s a dance. It can be artful.”

I guess it can be. Silence can provide a surprising vacuum into which the other can choose to expand beyond the Read more

8 bits of plastic you can quit right now

Posted on September 22nd, 2016

The Earth can’t digest plastic. Plastic things are bought and used and that’s it – the Earth is burdened further. This issue has reached critical point. And we have to act. All of us. Because we are the issue. I know some of us get flummoxed by the data. Which is why I thought I’d share this rant from Jeff Bridges – who I’d watch reading the Yellow Pages – by the Plastic Pollution Coalition.

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Can’t watch now? Here’s The Bits To Know:

  • Earth can’t digest plastic. Once it exists, it’s never going to be gone. Every bit of plastic that’s ever been made still exists on the planet. As time goes by plastic will separate into smaller and smaller pieces, but never completely biodegrades. And so….
  • Plastic in the ocean now outnumbers sea life six to one.
  • All (yes, all) sea turtle species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies.
  • One million sea birds are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.
  • Plastic chemicals, like BPA, are absorbed by the body. They disrupt hormones and your endocrine system. I’ve written on this before. It’s a big issue. Especially if you have autoimmune disease.
  • Aside from the BPA issue, which most people are aware of, plastic also contains DDT and PCB — two extremely toxic chemicals. The health effects of DDT include cancer, male infertility, miscarriages and low birth weight, developmental delay, nervous system and liver damage. PCBs also contribute to cancer and cause disorders of the immune, reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems.

So. Eight plastic habits to Change. Now.

1. Plastic cutlery. Totally wrong. It kills me that often health food shops with eco ethos’ are the worst for not supplying reusable stuff. This ain’t fringe thinking any more. France has just banned plastic cutlery, cups and plates. (So you know, 150 single-use cups are thrown away every second in France.) They’re aiming to cut landfill waste in half by 2025 and reduce greenhouse emissions 40 per cent by 2030.

Do this: Carry a splade in your purse/bag* (a spoon, fork and blade in one). Or a “spork” – spoon and fork combo – one at each end – available from reChusable.com. Read more

An apology

Posted on September 19th, 2016

Hello Readers,

This is an apology for the ghastly ads on my site the past week or so. I have a unique policy on ads

Image via Amazing Art

Image via Amazing Art

The short version? I do very little advertising here on this site and only endorse or promote something if I personally use the product/service, and only if the product/service helps the lives of readers who frequent this blog. It mostly means I use the product first (not a freebie), happily endorse it (for free), then the brand behind the product approaches me to partner, almost as a quid pro quo arrangement.

This means I turn down a good chunk of advertising opportunities weekly. Why? The success of my blog rides on my authenticity.

I preach the message, I must walk it, too.

But our opportunistic friends at Disqus (my comments provider) have put on a default to run ads… and one has to jump through rings to undo it. We’re currently jumping through the rings.

I’m not really resentful, because all these freemium platforms have a right to charge us when they want to. If someone from Disqus reads this, however, they might like to know that I would’ve liked communication of this occurring… and some instructions on how to opt out of the default. Just an idea…

On a brighter note, this site will be looking vastly different soon. About time, hey!?

S x