Thursday, May 31, 2012

Limiting Beliefs



-- Quote of the Day -- 

What the mind of man can conceive and believe,
 it can achieve.” 

~ Napoleon Hill




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 Nat Couropmitree joined us earlier this year in March to share his thoughts on attaining clarity and comfort in life. We asked him to come back and speak about conscious creation for business owners - specifically the limiting beliefs that hold many holistic business owners from enjoying stress less success.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

World of Writing, interview



*Note:  Brummet's Muse Newsletter goes out today! 





-- World of Writing --


Today we have children's author Mariosa joining us to speak about her passions for the environment and specifically the Monarch Butterfly, spent many years as a Nature Guide in southern Wisconsin and also raised a son with no TV. They grew vegetables for farmer's markets and while gathering pumpkins discovered an injured Monarch butterfly. Through research and personal experience they learned how to care for her and just how special these butterflies are. Mariosa wrote and illustrated a book about this true life adventure with the Monarch they came to name 'Madame'. Madame became part of their community and effected many who came to know and love her. Mariosa is currently living in central Mexico very near the Monarch Butterfly Reserve and working to distribute her book for free to Mexican children who live around the reserve but do not go to school.These are the future caretakers of those precious wintering grounds of billions of Monarchs. 
www.madamesjourneyhome.blogspot.com



Q: How would a good friend describe you?


A: I think a good friend might say that I am easy going and extremely adventurous, with a willingness to try new things all the time. I have heard my friends also describe me as inspirational many times. 


Q: What are your long-range and short-range goals and objectives? 
 
A: In regards to the work I am doing now, my short range goals are to market my book and that my personal story can build awareness of this incredible creature and the treasure Monarch butterflies are . I am working towards finding some funding to actually be able to give my book away to the children in Mexico who live near the Monarch Butterfly Reserve . This is an extremely special environment and only one of a few places Monarchs go to survive the winter. It is also endangered because it is being deforested at a rapid rate due to the value of the wood in the trees that the Monarchs winter in.
My long term goals would be to actually be able to facilitate tours for anyone who would like to come to the Monarch Butterfly Reserve to see first hand the miracle of this phenomenon. This is a incredible experience. You can hear the sounds of billions of delicate wings as they fly all around you. Definitely one of those bucket list adventures. 


Q: How do you plan to accomplish your goals?
 
A: The short term goal of finding funding for the purchase of my book, has been through doing interviews and writing to foundations and agencies both in the US and Mexico. So far, it has not produced any results but I will continue to try to build awareness in the way we are doing here. I am also hoping to do a large book fair this fall in Mexico.

In the long term goal, I know many tour companies that run tours from San Miguel de Allende during the Monarch season.Putting a tour together is quite easy so it would just be a matter of marketing on my part.

Q: How do you determine or evaluate success in life?
 
A: Wow, that is a very deep question. Personally, I define success in my life as integrity. If I can live each day being in my highest integrity I consider that a successful day. And I really look at success in the  shortest terms. Each day gives me the opportunity to start again.


Q: What inspires you about butterflies / the environment?
 
A: For many years , I have had work that has been outdoors and year round . I am truly inspired at the way nature reflects an absolute principal of thriving and co-operation of species. It is totally interconnected. Humans seem to have lost sight of their special role in this interconnectedness. 
The butterfly, especially the Monarch, inspires us to look at this idea of transformation. A caterpillar's journey into a completely new species is astounding. As a caterpillar there are actually cells called imaginal cells that cause the caterpillar to stop supporting the life of the caterpillar and begin to form the new life called butterfly. Wow, perhaps there is a lot for us to learn from this idea of imaginal cells.


Q: What is your opinion of the world today?
 
A: I think that the world is in an evolutionary pattern that does not make sense to many humans because it is at such an immense scale. but like all nature, is on a journey that is part of a natural evolutionary plan.I am excited to be in these times because they offer us, as a species, the opportunity to completely shift our perceptions. In fact, that seems to me to be the only way we will benefit the planet and our species is if we can find that shift. I am grateful for that opportunity personally to be a part of something so epic.


Q: What is your contribution to society as a writer?

A: When my son was small we used to read books every night together. I literally read thousands of children's books and the ones I could see he loved the most were the ones he asked to be read to him many times. These were the stories that opened my heart as well. They were told in simple language and with creative illustrations. Many times they brought tears to my eyes and lead us to long sweet heart centered discussions. This is what I hoped the telling of our true story with Madame would be. I hope as a writer I bring the gift of this special time to talk with your child and discover that connection place that lives in both your hearts. 

Q: What is the important role that writers play in today’s world?
 
A: There is a quote from  Barry Lopez's book Crow and Weasel that says,"sometimes people need stories more than they need food". I believe that our stories are our way to connect from the heart and that that is what makes them food for our souls. Writers who tell their stories with heart and integrity have inspired my life in many ways and now I am so proud I have the chance to share my story in the same way. 


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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Living Consciously



 -- Conscious Living Event -- 

May 29, 2012 to May 31, 2012

2012 South-East European Forum & Exhibition on Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Waste Management & Recycling

 

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
E-mail: info@viaexpo.com
Website: www.eco.viaexpo.com



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Today we will feature another Positive Eco-News segment... these segments air every 2-3 weeks of so on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show. Today we'll be offering lots of resources and discussing ways of reducing trash.  Join us live (10-11 AM Pacific) and drop in the chat room - or access the archive of today's show at your convenience:



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Monday, May 28, 2012

Referral Corner



-- Quote of the Day -- 


…Being very conscious – we tend to head back to habit; it is about making that conscious effort. Once you do, you can recognize that you are starting to feel better, and then you’ll feel excited about it. …You have to change your mindset and not just thinking of it as another thing to do on your list. It is about finding something that works for you. Guilt will sabotage your best intentions so we have to get rid of the guilt - but also accept the responsibility that for every action there is a reaction. So I think one of the biggest challenges is learning how to accept responsibility for every decision without experiencing guilt.

~ Denise Locsin

Today's quote was taken from the Conscious Discussions Talk radio show titled: Learn Healthy Habits  ** (Click on the title to access the full interview)



-- Referral Corner --

It has been quite some time since we posted recommended resources for our readers - so here we go:

Urban Ore:  is a company that works to end the the age of waste. They offer salvaging operations, reuse centers, material exchange opportunities, and more. "Throughout its long history, Urban Ore has worked on building the reuse and recycling industries.  It has been active in the politics of recycling, participating in regional and national organizations as well as countless activist and advocacy actions"


University of Cape Town Fund Inc: a charitable foundation formed in 1984 to support the university. One of the many inspiring projects the students and teachers are involved in is the Avian Demography Unit that monitors the population of African penguins in South Africa.


Save Our Seas: ..."committed to protecting our oceans by funding research, education, awareness and conservation projects focusing on the major threats to the marine environment" This organization works tirelesly since 2003 to sponsor more than 150 projects in 42 countries.


 

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Gardening, Soil & Street Cleanup Projects


-- Sunday Gardening --

Today's episode of Sunday Gardening will offer tips for gardeners, discuss common chores this time of year and more! Have questions? Garden problems you need help with? Want to share garden tips or resources?  - Drop in the live chat room or  you can also email them to us ahead of time and we'll cover them in this episode if time allows. Can't make the live show? - no problem, you can access the archive at your convenience later on.


-- Making a Difference at Home --
 
Since we moved to the new community – Creston BC – we were busy with settling in and doing various projects to the house which we’ve talked about before on the radio show, such as finishing the basement (putting in new flooring, building a bathroom and laundry room, insulating and dry-walling the walls, painting and some plumbing / ducting upgrades), new windows, doors, attic insulation, etc. And we did most of this just after the move before the snow fell and during the winter months. Because of this we haven't had a chance to do a lot for the community or the environment, as we normally do - except starting a compost, of course.

Since the snow melted in March and April – we’ve had a chance to pick up trash along the street we live on, and several side streets, the alley’s in the neighborhood and a couple of parks in the area. Just recently, we’ve moved up to another neighborhood and started working on a popular dog walking area along the trails that follow the railway tracks.  

In just one hour we filled two grocery shopping bags with trash – some of it was recyclable, and a couple of returnable containers – so when we got home I went ahead and sorted through it for plastic lids, straws, bags and other recyclables such as batteries. I've found that stepping on take out drink containers and jugs helps by reducing how much space they take up in the bag. 

We noticed that along this new route there was so much trash that it might take us several bouts to clean it all up. However along the streets we've already done people are being more conscious and fewer pieces of trash are accumulating than in the past. If an area is cluttered with trash people are more willing to drop theirs too - but if it is pristine they don't feel that dropping that gum wrapper (or whatever) is appropriate. So the streets stay cleaner for longer periods of time.
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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Workplace Politics


-- Workplace Environment --

Today we will be featuring an article by Gabriela Casineanu - an Organization and Relationship Systems coach, facilitator, catalyst and thoughts designer. She assists her clients (professionals, companies and organizations) to find success from within, by becoming more resourceful. Check out her website http://thoughtsdesigner.com, and subscribe to her monthly newsletter for more useful information.

Is The Workplace Environment Affecting How Employees Work With Each Other?
Yes, the workplace environment could shape the way employees work with each other!

While most people become easily aware of the physical aspect of an unhealthy workplace environment, not too many pay attention to the human behaviors that could poison the workplace environment... or don't know what to do in such situations. And those behaviors could damage the workplace relationships and affect how employees work with each other.

Let's take look at some poisonous behaviors:
  1. Blaming/ Criticism. These behaviors, whether they start from the upper management or within the team, have a high impact on how employees work with each other. Who can perform well and enjoy the collaboration with someone who always looks at the empty half of the glass of water, and sees only to what else is expected, but ignores what was well done? Human beings need encouragement for the things well done and the good behaviors, not only directions and critiques. When someone takes the time to acknowledge you and your work, you are willing to perform even better.

  1. Stonewalling. Did you notice in the workplace people who don't want to talk with each other? This is stonewalling. There might be reasons behind that behavior, but perpetuating it could affect the work results. In any workplace people need to communicate to understand the work requirements, to ask/ receive feedback and to collaborate. And when stonewalling kicks in, it changes the team dynamics in an unhealthy way. Being open and asking questions could help ease the work atmosphere, increase awareness about each other's point of view and the reasons behind them (instead of getting stuck in your own thoughts and beliefs).

  1. Defensiveness. This behavior is usually triggered by blaming or criticism. When you notice reacting this way, step back a few seconds and think: is it me or a certain behavior that is discussed here? Taking it personal will lead into defensiveness, which will not make the situation better. But being able to understand what is the "golden" aspect of that discussion, and being willing to implement your learning could lead to a more positive work environment. Accepting or perpetuating the game blaming/criticism - defensiveness could escalate into a conflict, that certainly is not welcomed in any workplace.

  1. Contempt could include sarcasm, belittling, cynicism, name-calling, hostile humor, and belligerence. It is the worst of the poisonous behaviors mentioned in this article, because it could harm the health of an individual. Who would like to be part of a team when this behavior is present, and silently accepted? Not only it makes people feel bad (even if they're not directly involved), but people tend to close themselves in such conditions or they form silos based on the power they think they have (or not) on others, not based on the work tasks and projects they are involved in. Communication and collaboration between people from different silos are also affected.

If you are confronted with any of these behaviors, keep in mind that most of the others reactions are based on their own issues, not yours. These behaviors might be triggered by something that you did or said, or not. The important thing is to keep your calm and not feed one of these behaviors by using another one.

Taking responsibility for your own actions, is another important aspect to ponder. Even when you consider inappropriate the others behaviors, there might be something to learn from each situation.

There are so many aspects of the workplace environment that affect how employees work with each other. What do you think about this topic?

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Blog Hop Contest


-- Quote of the Day --

“…When I started out with interviews in 98 I would write out a dozen questions or more, specific meticulous questions – then it evolved into more of a conversation… These days I still write out the questions, but often we don’t even use them because I allow for spontaneity, as sense of dialogue. I want my readers to know what the person is really like, the person behind the image. I still do the research – and then I give access to the core of the person. …When we published the magazine people would come to us asking for an interview, but I am also a voracious reader and if I like the book I might reach out and contact the author or publisher for an interview. …I see writing as a way of getting thoughts out of our minds and onto paper. When I write it is usually done on a computer, because it flows more easily and I don’t have to edit. …But when you write the words out we can see what we are feeling, we realize that we thought that way, and some of our entrenched patterns over time. It is a way of tracking where we have been.”

~ Edie Weinstein

Today's quote was excerpted from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show interview titled: World of Writing  *(Click on the title to access the full interview)




Blog Hop

We are proud to offer yet another Blog Hop contest for our blog readers...




For this blog contest we'll be offering

...a set of 6 bookmarks as a prize this week since a lot of reading tends to be done over the summer months and most readers can find a use for bookmarks :) These newly designed bookmarks are printed on 100% recycled content paper stock and with 100% veggie inks. They were printed by a company that is only 12 hours away from our city (by car) and were delivered to us by Greyhound. The bookmarks feature nature photography taken in BC (Canada) by Dave Brummet, who also did the graphic work for these bookmarks.

We will start by offering a package of 6 bookmarks for this contest, however we may offer this to 2 winners if we get a lot of interest. Similar contests we held for bookmarks in the past resulted in over 70 entries, and so depending on the results we might offer 2 prizes this week.

Draw begins on MAY 24th (midnight) and ends on May 31st (midnight).

To enter our draw simply leave a comment on this post, along with your email address so that we can contact the winner of this e-book prize. Alternatively email us your entry: ldbrummet(at)yahoo(dot)com

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

World Poverty


-- Conscious Discussions Talk  Radio Show --


Conscious Discussions airs LIVE at 10 AM (Pacific) Tuesday May 22nd

Today we’ll be covering a very serious topic – World Poverty… we’ll learn how we can pool our efforts together and work toward understanding poverty, why it happens, and what we can do about it. Award-winning film-maker Dan Parris is our guest of the day; he is the owner of Speak Up Productions LLC, and considers himself an activist whose lingering questions after returning from Africa serve as the fuel for his passions today. We’ll learn about his experiences, and we’ll discover numerous ways to work with non-profits to end poverty issues from education and shelter to basics like water. 

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Conscious Society



-- Quote of the Day  --

“…Our society on a whole is in a huge transition. …What we’ve been working on in our school is helping young people realize why they want to have values in their life. When you do help other people, you do feel a joy inside – helping them find the meaning and value for their life. …It is a chaotic world to grow up in – but we can show kids that there are a lot of inspiring people out there, and that those values are inside themselves. …When children are given this, their natural learning tendencies come out. …[Teaching] isn’t just having kids memorize, or coercing them or threatening them – you really feel like you are communication with the person. Would you rather spend your time learning about things that have no meaning, or would you rather learn about generosity and other life skills? …Education is just upside down, people are blind to the fact that if you try to push kids in this direction you get alienation, you get sad and unmotivated people, you get enormous complications in the classroom. ”

~ Nitai Deranja

Today's quote was taken from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio interview titled: Raising Conscious Children (Click on title to access the full interview)


-- Conscious Living Event --

May 23, 2012 to May 25, 2012

Recycling Council of BC’s 38th Annual Zero Waste Conference

 
Location: Whistler, B.C. (Canada)

Phone: 604-732-9253
E-mail: brock@rcbc.bc.ca
Website: www.rcbc.bc.ca


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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Childhood Literacy



-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio -- 

Conscious Discussions airs LIVE at 10 AM (Pacific) Tuesday May 22nd

Author Francine L. Trevens was a published poet in her teens. She directed plays from teenage to the present, was a columnist and theater/dance critic for various newspapers, worked as a free lance writer for national magazines, wrote the dinner theater segments, and has authored 8 published books. Francine and her children are all involved in the world of writing – and she has a huge passion for childhood literacy. Developing a love for reading starts very early – and this is why Francine is here to teach us more about bedtime storytelling.

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