Sunday, September 30, 2012

World of Writing


-- Quote of the Day -- 

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” 

~ Tony Robbins




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World of Writing segments air every 2-3 weeks on our radio program... Today I'll be discussing how to deal with critics and more.


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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Recycling



-- Quote of the Day -- 

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“…It can be difficult to fathom the millions of bags that are out there and bringing it down to the personal level – but for me when I go grocery shopping it is 10-12 bags each time. So if I went shopping twice a week that is more than 20 bags - if you multiply it exponentially you can see how big the issue is. And it is not just the plastic making garbage, it is the process of making the bags that is so harmful to the environment, the plastic in our oceans, the oil required to make plastic. …The great thing about recycled products (bags) is that they are really durable. For instance the seat belt bag – these are seat belts that, because of strict safety laws, would have ended up in the landfill – but there were creative people out there who decided to make bags out of them. We have a bag made of recycled plastic bottles that can be thrown in the washing machine. The mosquito-netting bag can be wiped down. Even the magazine and candy wrapper bags can be wiped off.”

Stefanie Kusner

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode titled: Eco-friendly Bags

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-- Positive News -- 

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* Source: Recycling Product Newsletter (rpn.baumpub.com)

The electronics recycling program here in BC has grown now to include many items outside of office equipment, entertainment and hand held devices (from cell phones, keyboards and stereos to ipods, etc.) – they expanded into small appliances (blenders, mixers, can openers, microwaves, etc.), which proved to be a huge success. They are now accepting power tools (the first in Canada), sewing machines and exercise equipment. They are even accepting leisure, arts and craft devices (glue guns, electric binoculars, etc.). In total there are more than 300 different types of electrical devices the program now accepts. 

According to the Minister of Environment for BC – our province is a leader in recycling programs. Just last year BC’ers recycled 20,000 metric tonnes of electronics, 40,000 tonnes of tires and over 1 billion non-alcohol beverage containers. That is a lot of recycling! And the best thing about this, besides helping the environment, is that these activities stimulates the economy – creating jobs along the way. 

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Friday, September 28, 2012

World of Writing




-- Quote of the Day --


“…Grandfather Little Hawk is  a Mikmaw storyteller – they are the Natives of Nova Scotia Indian storytellers, and he follows the storytelling techniques passed down for literally 8,000 years. …His storytelling was so beautiful, so we started a program on storytelling… and we expanded on that to put it into a book. He did the telling, I did the writing. ...I love the process of writing and I tend to give myself a goal of writing 5000 words before I go to bed each night. I often take long walks dictating in a tape or writing in a note pad. The first writing of the book took maybe a month, and the editing of the book took almost a year – so you have all these words that you through them against a wall to see what sticks. …I read it now and I think ‘Wow, those are my words – but are they? They are Little Hawk’s words – but are they?’  It was a great process and I love writing.”


~ Frank Cipriani

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode titled: Small Acts Can Changethe World


 (*Click on the title to access the full discussion)




-- Brummets In The Media --



Check out our appearance via an article we wrote on the Found In Books Blog: http://foundinbooks.com/extending-the-life-of-books-and-magazines/




-- Conscious Living Event -- 


Sept 28-30
Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network – annual Voices for Sustainability Symposium

Location: Clear Sky Center, Cranbrook BC (Canada)


-- World of Writing Article --

* Today's article was submitted by Jill Jepson of WritingTheWhirlwind.net, author of the book: Writing as a Sacred Path - A Practical Guide to Writing With Passion & Purpose, and manages the Writing As a Sacred Path Blog.


Most of the new writers I talk to have stories they’ve heard about someone whose first book won them a fat contract, national renown, and a lifetime of luxury. These stories seem to be contagious. Perhaps they’re picked up by contact with other new writers at conferences.  Or maybe Satan is spreading them in order to lead writers into lifetimes of despair. I’m not sure which.

Wherever they come from, these stories are dangerous. Most of them aren’t true, and even the tiny number that are don’t serve as good role models. They’re like a night of drunken revelry: Delightful until you wake up wearing somebody else's clothes at a Greyhound Station in Detroit.

I work with many writers coming off that sugar high five, ten, twenty years down the road, and I’ve found that the ones who were the most enchanted by success stories early on end up the most dispirited years later.

It's part of the reason I'm in favor of focusing on less smiley-faced stories. Instead of dreaming about being that one writer in a million who achieves early riches and fame, it is much better to admire those who struggled in obscurity, suffered multiple disappointments, and kept writing anyway. Take, for example, these four:

For years, Nathaniel Hawthorne labored at jobs he hated while writing stories that earned him little more than a bit of local attention. He was in his fifties before he published his only best-seller, The Scarlet Letter.
In his entire life, Herman Melville earned a little more than $10,000 for his writing—peanuts, even for the 19th century. All of his books went out of print in his own lifetime, and the work he considered his masterpiece, Moby Dick, was an unqualified flop.

F. Scott Fitzgerald  launched his career with the spectacular success of This Side of Paradise followed by The Beautiful and the Damned. He then suffered twenty years of rejection slips and poor sales, including the failure of what would later be proclaimed one of the best novels of the century, The Great Gatsby.

I would hardly recommend emulating Emily Dickinson’s life—she spent much of it shut away in her room—but there is something to be said for the passion she showed her writing. Yet, only a handful of her poems were published during her lifetime, and they were heavily edited to meet the standards of contemporary taste. If her sister hadn’t submitted her poems after her death, Dickinson’s work—now considered among the most significant poetry of her time—would have been lost to the world.

The short version: Hawthorne didn’t achieve success until late in life. Fitzgerald got it then lost it. Melville never did get it. Dickinson didn’t even try to get it. Yet, all of them are now considered literary luminaries.
These writers’ lives, much more than the stories about overnight fame, teach us something important about writing: It’s about writing. Not about success. Not about fame. Not about bestsellers and lucrative contracts. About the day-to-day work—and sheer joy—of putting quill to parchment or fingers to the keyboard.

Nathaniel and Herman and Scott and Emily all wrote constantly, all through their lives. They were all utterly dedicated to their art, regardless of the world’s response. Sure, they wanted success (well, not Dickinson, maybe, but the others). But they wrote with or without it.  They did it for the love. 


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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Food Banks & Poverty




 -- Quote of the Day -- 


--> "If obstacles were insurmountable, we would still be living in caves." 

~ Greg Henry Quinn; 365 Meditations for Teachers



-- Conscious Living Event --


Sept 27-28
Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council’s Fall Forum

Location: Waskesui, Saskatchewan (Canada)




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Tony Marren is the founder of Operation Just One Can - an advocacy project whereby people and groups can get connected in a realistic and workable game plan to address getting soup kitchens and food banks support year-round.  Tony is known as a “World Peace Builder” and a “Solution Agent”.


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Life and Love


 -- Quote of the Day -- 


“…When I think of ‘love’ I think of the life force for good. Its not just compassion it is also strength, it is not just acceptance and tolerance it is also accountability and responsibility; it is patient, but it is also perseverance and diligent and it is honest. …Whenever we find our sense of worth by something tangible or another human being, we’re on shaky ground because that can be taken away from us. Only what is inside can never be taken away. When we are aligned with love, then we have that no matter the loss.  …Love is always guided by knowledge, and knowledge breeds understanding. …When we choose to align with love we are naturally in harmony with ourselves, but also with others and with nature.”

~ Jan Denise

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode titled: A Sanctuary At Home

 (*Click on the title to access the full discussion)


-- Referral Corner --

It is time to share some more amazing resources that I hope you'll check out when you have the time. These, in the list below, were actually mentioned during the Sept 20th interview with Keith Sanderson on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show.


Change: 
A site where you can start or participate in a petition for positive change.

Discover The Depths:
Founded by Deanna LaSusa who became a diver twenty years ago. Since that time, her love for the ocean and diving has taken her all over the globe and is a recipient of the First Place award, Environmental Concern in the EPIC (Environmentally Aware Photographic Competition).

Orphans of the Storm:
This animal shelter is located in Riverwoods (Deerfield), in north suburban Illinois (since 1938). Orphans takes in, cares for and finds good and loving adoptive homes for thousands of stray and abandoned dogs and cats each year.

The Puppy Mill Project:
Focusing on educating the public at community events and schools handing out literature, spreading the message about puppy mill cruelty and provides age-based interactive lectures and presentations. Ninety Nine percent (99%) of all pet store puppies are puppy mill puppies. Most people are unaware of this. TPMP is changing that fact. By lessening the demand for these dogs, we will in effect lower the puppy mills’ profits. TPMP has several programs that are designed to encourage consumers to explore adoption and to shop at pet stores who have moved to the “humane model.”


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Forests & Living Consciously


-- Conscious Living Event --

This week we are celebrating National Forest Week -  this awareness holiday started in 1920 as Forest Fire Prevention and evolved into what we see today.  

According to CanadianForestry.com: "During National Forest Week, Canadians are invited to learn more about Canada's forest heritage and to raise awareness about this valuable and renewable resource. We now know that forests are fundamental to our economy, culture, traditions and history - and to our future. Communities, families and individuals depend on forests for their livelihood and way of life."

So take some time today, or sometime this week, to enjoy the green space in your area. Take a walk in the park or in the forest, clean up litter while you enjoy the area - especially plastics (which harm wildlife) and glass (even small pieces of broken glass can harm humans, animals, and cause wildfires). Perhaps you can get together with an organization, group or your family to plant a tree. School and home-school youth can take some time to learn to identify different types of wood around their home or classroom. Are there organizations in your area that focus on wildlife, wilderness protection? (i.e. TreeCanada.ca or PlantABillion.org or PlantATreeFoundation.org) perhaps you can get involved with them.


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  Author Mark Chussil has been a consultant for more than 35 years to Fortune 500 companies around the world. He is also the founder and CEO of Advanced Competitive Strategies, Inc. Mark is here today to share his thoughts on the unconscious aspects of our society and how the individual can become more conscious.  

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Remember & Learn From Your Dreams



“Dreams are the royal road to the psyche.” 
  
~ Sigmund Freud


How Can I Remember my Dreams ... and Why Should I ?



* Today's article was sent our way from Diane Jaquet who works with BardoCoaching.com  - and was written by Steven Tokeshi is a Certified Life Coach and Career Coach with Bardo Life Coaching. Based in San Diego, Steve helps people clarify their personal and career goals, and to motivate them to actively pursue them through coaching and mentoring.




According to dream researcher, G. William Domhoff, dreams have no physiological or psychological functions- despite the claims of past psychotherapists such as Freud and Carl Jung.  Yet we humans have found- and continue to find- endless fascination and use for them.  Lack of function, however, does not mean lack of meaning.

"Meaning has to do with coherence and with systematic relations to other variables, and in that regard dreams do have meaning,” states Domhoff.  After all, life itself does not have any inherent meaning outside the meaning we attach to it.  So finding the meaning we attach to our dreams may help us better navigate meaning in our waking lives.
  


Here is a simple process to practice remembering your dreams:

  • Write your dreams in a dream journal, and keep the dream journal beside your bed.  A simple notepad and pen or pencil will suffice in the beginning.  As you become more experienced and even begin identifying patterns in your dreams, you might like to purchase a blank notebook or bound journal to lend a more ceremonial feel to your dreamwork.  Of course, this all depends on your own personality.
  • Before falling asleep, set the intention to remember your dream when you awake.  Even better, write down an intention to resolve some challenge or conflict with the help of your dreams before going to sleep.
  • Record your dreams immediately upon awakening, before you begin your morning activities, and before you forget.  Make this part of your morning ritual.
     
  • Look for signs in the outer world.  Your dreams can give you signs from your subconscious that you may also encounter in your waking life.

  • Practice and trust your intuition in following the signs, and continue following them as long as they lead to your next step closer to your dream, goal or objective. 
Self-help guru Deepak Chopra uses this idea of a connection between our consciousness and the outer material world in his book, SynchroDestiny (the term “synchronicity” was actually coined by Jung and physicist Wolfgang Pauli in the 1920’s).  In your dream journal, write down every waking experience that might correspond to something that happened in one of your dreams.

The more you practice this ritual, the more easily solutions may come to you through your dreams.  Remember that your conscious mind is regulated by logic, beliefs, and social constraints.  When you can balance it with the creative flow coming from your subconscious and expressed through your dreams, you may begin to feel you are living a more integrated, fulfilled life.  



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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Positive News


-- Quote of the Day --


"People of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. 
They went out and happened to things."

~ Leonardo Da Vinci



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As you are probably already aware, the Positive News segments air every 2-3 weeks or so and started a few years ago as our little way of celebrating the positive proactive information, news and technology… and to highlight the work that numerous non-profits and proactive businesses are doing.
Today's Positive News episode will focus on Alternative Energy & Recycling. 

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

First Day of Autumn




Today is officially the first day of autumn - so Fall is now in our midst.  There's been a lot of events around peace and sustainability this week, so I thought we should start today's post with the following quote:

-- Quote of the Day --

 Each country can achieve abundance without sacrificing the abundance of other nations. Each ethnic group can achieve abundance without taking from others. … People of all faith can live a good life if they are willing to wish the same on their brethren of other faith. Belief (in the guiding principle of abundance) forces cooperation – for one to succeed, all must succeed. …If there is enough for all then the world that we can have is one where we cheer for other people, we believe there is enough for all… and then there is no reason for war because we are all collaborating.

~ Jackie Lapin

 Today’s quote originates from the ConsciousDiscussions Talk Radio episode titled: Best of CD#26
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-- Announcement --

I've recently updated our Library-Thing account:


And also our:

Red-Room account: 


And…

Our Self-Growth account:




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