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What are your biggest struggles with change?

Watch Woody Harrelson‘s opinion on the people vs. corporations, and then read on below because I need your help!  Help me, help you….. bonus if you know which movie I’m parodying…

Did you know that our issues are in our hands this way?  But there is more at play than just corporations isn’t there?  You gotta lotta stuff going on in your life that make these “easy” changes difficult.  It’s easier said than done, because if it was that easy, we’d already be making greater progress now that so many people are aware of the shit going on.

I’m working on some ideas to help you switch to a lifestyle that better matches your beliefs and values to help the world.  One that supports your change but without all the pressure and fear that you’re not doing it right, or all the overwhelm that comes with such an enormous transition.

But I need your help.  I need to understand what some of the biggest issues are that people are facing so I can make those the top priority instead of just using what I know from my own experiences and research.

Would you help me out and tell me in the comments below what your biggest struggles are with social and environmental change?  I would love to help more people start making the changes through this website, Facebook group (come join me!), and some materials I’m creating, but I would rather hear from all of you what you need specifically, so that it will make the biggest difference!  Can’t wait to hear from you!

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Express yourself for Peace

Everyone is an artist or person who expresses their soul.  In whatever way is passionate to you, you can use your voice to educate and motivate those around you in a positive way.  If we work actively on the issues in our world, together we can make a difference.  Make a commitment to start using your artistic voice in a positive and proactive way today.

Valentine’s Day Without Capitalistic Values

To me, being friends and being single on Valentine’s Day isn’t a bad thing. I find out more about people through friendly exchanges or friendships than I ever would otherwise.

Knowing people takes time. We have quirks. We have stress. We are anxious, busy, tired, and sometimes downright depressed. That’s a lot to spring on a person in a relationship after the “honeymoon” is over, which is usually when people start to sense they aren’t with who they thought they were. This ends up becoming a pseudo-happiness not founded in friendship and love.

But with friendship, everybody gets to check each other out, see what matches up and what doesn’t, before hearts get broken. It’s slower, but it’s way kinder than the way most social expectations work and the ways they make us interact with each other, many times unethically.

And if you do your friendships right, you’ll always gain a friend into your life, even if not romantic. And after awhile, that holds so much more weight in a heart than flighty escapades with people you don’t know that well and they don’t know you that well. Those kinds of interactions that make for feeling empty inside because no one knows you at all. We all have to risk a little to be friends!

So this Valentine’s Day, and like many in my past, I make it my own and I make it about Friendship. Capitalism will make you feel like shit for being single, and for some it makes them feel like shit for being in a relationship, but it’s a lie. You’re an amazing person. Get out there and make another person feel amazing just by saying Hi with a big fat smile and recognizing them. Find one person to uplift and encourage today and you’ll know the essence of Love and Friendship (giving through your pain – giving to others what you wish you had) which is a great segue into what kind of romantic relationship you want anyway right?

And if you’re in a relationship, keep the love alive through Friendship!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

You Are What You Eat, and So Is the Planet

diet, everyday activism, conservation, raw, organic, non-GMO,
Thank you Waponi for this lovely image.

In the latest email from Green America, the article, “Green Goal #2: Take Back Our Food System,” reminds us that what we eat matters to our bodies and environment. Green America supports an organic, GMO free diet to help combat the issues of the devastating effects the food industry has on our health, and the issues it causes from pollution, pesticides and pesticide resistant organisms (GMOs).

Raising awareness about these problems helps us to focus together on a worldwide problem that hits us hard every time we grab a bite to eat. We have insurmountable evidence backed by research showing us what food does to our health and longevity, good or bad.

The drug called food

When we consider the damage caused by toxins, we also have to consider the time and money that goes into trying to stay healthy and out of debt. Not to mention quality of life drops a lot when we’re constantly focused on fixing the problem. We spend hours exercising, eating what we think is right, shopping, and learning about health. If we’re sick, we spend just as much time on medical care, prescription pills and therapy, struggling with the anguish of ill-health.

When you eat right, your life dramatically improves. Your food bill drops. Your trips to the doctor’s office become infrequent. You, in short, get your life back along with a feeling of empowerment and happiness. The kind of food you eat has a direct effect on your brain and how it functions and thinks. Your mind becomes clear and your emotions are easier to deal with if you’re eating the foods that are naturally designed to support brain function. (If you’re not so sure, check out this article about food and brain function at Psychology Today.)

Good food leads to improved relationships as well. There are countless articles and loads of research that show us something as simple as sugar and/or caffeine causes extreme irritability, which makes working on social and family relationships tough when all you want to do is bite their head off or you can’t even remember what the issue is. Did you know too much of the wrong sugar contributes to memory loss? Maybe we don’t have to get old so fast after all.

The big picture

In short, food is one of the biggest issues in our Western culture that connects our well-being with our lives, or our illness with dysfunctional lives.  And since everyone has to eat, it is also one of the biggest issues that effect the environment. With the Western lifestyle spreading across the planet, that means more people out of the 7 billion + human population pool are starting to adopt less healthy habits, which is putting increasing strain on our world. Just as this overwhelming number of people is a bad thing coupled with bad habits, it can also be a good thing when more people start working together by switching to better habits.

There are many ways you can get involved to make this issue meaningful to you. You can join other groups, give money, volunteer with organizations, and help spread the word. Some people have time and money for that, others don’t.

So how can you get more out of your connection to these issues whether you can join others or not?

Better yourself

This creates direct impact and more immediate results to help you get back on track. But it also inspires people around you with your consistent results and compassionate behavior. This is exactly what we need to have happen so that more people will be willing to make the change too.

Times are changing

As we change, the supply and demand aspect of our Capitalistic society will have to change also. Media and marketing are hyper-focused on what we choose to react to and want more of. Advertising plays with our minds so we’ll impulse buy. We hold the key to improving our country by what we choose to buy and what we don’t choose to buy. Just take a look at this article posted on Forbes.com about how Hostess went bankrupt after being in business since 1930.

Although, lack of sales wasn’t the only reason they filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, we all know that a business meeting the supply and demand requirements (cough, cough, you and me) doesn’t usually struggle with the other financial structures built to keep it floating.

Times are changing how we buy products, whether you’re a business or a consumer. Many people are starting to realize that what goes in their food also goes in their life and can result in traumatic illness that just isn’t worth it.

Do something

We all talk a lot of talk, pitch in some money here and there, but use direct action the least. Change that now. Commit to more and take the pledge with Soul Our Power today. Commit to adopting a diet that is full of nutrients and minerals that promotes your body’s ability to heal itself. This means eating more raw, organic vegetables, whole foods, and plenty of water. Eat less fast food, processed food, and restaurant foods that are toxic and poorly packaged.

So while you’re healing yourself, you’re healing the planet by making good food choices. There are endless amounts of diets that you can choose from that support higher intake of raw foods over processed foods. Start looking for one that you like. Even if the only thing you do today is think about it, that is a step in the right direction. Maybe tomorrow you’ll try an apple instead of french fries. Maybe the day after that you’ll get a little adventurous and try an organic pizza.

Diets composed of whole foods create less waste in our environment and pocketbooks. Transitioning to a new lifestyle is never easy but as you become more aware you will find ways just like countless other Westerners have, rich or poor. You don’t have to completely switch over today. All you have to do is decide to improve yourself and then keep on keeping on a day at a time.

What do you think?