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Humans Kick Koala to the Curb

Koala image on soulourpower.org
Koala sits where home used to be. Photo courtesy of Huffington Post.

Humans kick koala to the curb

This image and story is circulating from Huffington Post and going around on Facebook.  The koala wants to go home, but there is no home to go to because it’s been destroyed by loggers and deforestation.  If you want to check out this sad story, go to Huffington’s article.

On Facebook there are over 300 comments on this poor bear’s plight and what we humans are doing to its natural habitat.  This is one story among thousands around the world that talk about what deforestation is doing.

Who’s Fault is This?

The only problem with these stories, is we all talk about these issues as if we don’t have anything directly to do with them.  When we think of deforestation, we think of loggers and corporations, and somehow place the blame there, or out there, or away from ourselves.  The disconnect with doing that is it leaves us feeling helpless as though there is nothing we can do to help the endless amounts of animals and environment being subjected to our issues of consumerism and pollution.

Psychological and Spiritual Effects of Pain and Suffering

It may seem far-fetched to some, but when we witness these sorts of pains and suffering in our world, it affects us emotionally and psychologically.  It affects our soul to see such hurting and usually compels us to move in such a way to stop the hurting.  But when we witness things through technology via images and movies, it stunts our ability to act, as well as emotionally connect with this natural compassion we have within us.

People react differently with this sense of helplessness to give directly to the source of this pain.  Some jump right in to a good cause, others become apathetic and have to push it out of their mind. Or some find a mix between the two extremes of doing something and doing nothing.  Most of us fall in that category.

No, but seriously, what can You do?

The truth is, we can do something.  Something very effective and powerful to stop, slow down, or bring more awareness to things like deforestation and other issues that are effecting us all, not just the animals.  It only took one photographer/reporter to alert thousands about this ONE koala.  But we all have a part to play, similar to this photographer’s part in the awareness aspect.

No matter what our professional passions are though, we can all change our lifestyles in such a way that we can greatly reduce the impact of our consumerism and pollution that is taxing our natural resources at both ends.  And this is powerful and many are already doing this.  But the real power comes from all of us doing it together and yet in our own way.  Supporting one another and encouraging people to take steps in the right direction through positivity.

We can’t beat each other down for eating meat or not eating meat anymore.  We have to allow for the hypocrisies just enough to compel each other to do more in a compassionate way.  To love more so that changing our emotional addictions becomes easier.  Piling emotional pressure on addicts of many kinds only creates more situations for a “fix.”  But compassion helps us to let go of negative emotions, which in turn help us heal from these consumer addictions that are hurting us all.

Be kinder to yourself and others

When we look at images of a koala sitting on a pile of wood chips, knowing it sat there for an hour, confused and really think about that.  Let it sink in.  We can become empowered knowing that for every material thing you can let go of, you are helping countless other species not face this same plight.

Doesn’t it make you wonder what we are doing as a world when many of us already know that stuff does not make us happy?  And when we ask, what does make us happy, the documentary, Happy, gave us three fundamental values each human looks for in happiness.  We want our own personal identity, to connect deeply with others, and to give back to the world.

Some of the happiest cultures have far less than Western cultures do.  They focus on these elements of life to sustain that inner need.  And we can emulate these other cultures ourselves.  You don’t have to scale back so far you are depriving yourself, it is tough to live a different way other than your culture.  But chances are, you own way more than you know what to do with and are suffering  from debt, responsibility and being overworked in ways that are not fulfilling to you.  If you aren’t, then maybe you know other people who are, to which I hope and congratulate you being a positive influence to them!

Can we share common goals for the future?

We all have the same goal in mind.  We want to live a great life, be happy and leave a legacy and share a great planet.  As humans, it is our duty to help one another do this by taking care of our common areas together, just as roommates would in a house.  Our common areas are the environment and all the species, including us, that live within it.  We are a tribe aren’t we?

If you feel like your impact is insignificant, you might be right in a sense.  We cannot work alone on a project of this size.  But, if you realize that every person doing their part will amount to the greater whole, then your efforts become very powerful as you gently lead others toward the same direction by example.  We need leaders who are awesome at positively steering others towards behaviors that not only benefit the self, but also all others as well.  It takes a lot of courage to lead people this way, rather than relenting to critical and negative behaviors towards those not doing their part, but stick with it long enough and you will reap the benefits.

Even the smallest steps will take you somewhere

If this poor koala really touched your heart, please consider a Minimal lifestyle.  I promise you, it is the most amazing lifestyle you can choose for yourself because the effects on you will be so profound and direct.  Everything about your life will change and you will experience a freedom and happiness you never knew existed!

You don’t have to deprive yourself, just choose more wisely.  Refuse to own things that don’t lift you up and motivate you to do more and be more in this world.  What you get rid of is different for each person.  More importantly it’s an ideal that helps you to buy less in the future and spend more time an energy on your passions.

Personal development is deeply tied to social and environmental change.  If you want to make these changes but you’re stuck in a rut, overwhelmed, scared, or confused on how to start, please don’t  give up.   Sign up for my blog (or any other countless blogs) as I continue building more content that will further your efforts to directly impact these issues in your life inside and the world out there.  And always feel free to leave a comment or question below.  We all deserve the very best in this world.  Every person is important, every species is important, and the environment is important.  Our Souls are Our Power to change this!

“When we look a…

“When we look at nature and decide it’s beauty, we decide this based on how untouched it is by pollution. It is the same way with your soul. Strive to be a better person by being yourself and let go of the superficial perspective. Beauty is the purity of which you refine and define your soul.”

Inspiration to contemplate on your personal journey.

Milky Way Meets Indonesian Volcanoes In Stunning Time-Lapse Video – YouTube

A reply to Milky Way Meets Indonesian Volcanoes:

A wish for Humanity
My heart soars with your beauty,
Everyday my eyes astonished.
What could create this beauty?
It leaves me speechless.

Everything connected
By the vastness of Love.
No person untouched
Or forgotten in this world.

I reach out to you in words,
You to me in energy.
My heart dances with the waves
Of ever-moving love.

Sweeping the earth
Transcending us all,
No one falls,
Please,
Let no one fall.

Living on $4 a Day?

I just watched this video with Marisha Ray from BFD on Take Part TV.

Here is the comment I left on her video:

The portion sizes American’s eat are usually 2-3 times larger than what the body actually needs. Over-eating is not good for your health. Reducing portions and buying organic, as well as purchasing bulk will not only make food stamps stretch along with the food, but also reduce cost in over-the-counter medicines and other household products. As a side benefit, you produce less waste into the environment.

Read the comments below her video for other inspiring ideas on how to make your diet healthier and more affordable.

The truth is, if we all learned to live on less food, in a healthy way, we could all contribute to the hunger issues not only in our country, but around the world. And as a double solution, many bulk items and fresh produce have far less packaging than conventional and processed foods. I used to throw out my bulging plastic garbage bags once a day when I ate processed and conventional foods. When I switched to a more organic and environmentally friendly diet my pollution naturally reduced itself both in garbage and recycling.

When you consider the carbon footprint of producing, packaging and delivering food, the health implications of an American diet, and then the removal of the waste a diet like this causes, you can see that the more American’s that realize this perspective of thought, the faster we can make a huge impact on our consumerism and pollution problems.
What do you think?

Love and Peace

What Are You Doing to Make the World Better?

Life on mother earth
Life on mother earth (Photo credit: Mara ~earth light~)

I just logged into my Facebook and found a post from one of my friends. He’s frustrated with all the crazy news stories in the media about the problems in our world.

He wants to know where all the good stories are from those of us that care and are doing something to make this world a better place.

I couldn’t agree more. And neither could his Facebook followers!

What a great blog post, I thought. And so here it is.

What am I doing to make the world a better place?

Today, I worked on my mental state of mind through researching self-esteem and self-confidence. I listened to hypnotherapy to help my mind and actions get in-tune with each other.

I want to eat better. I want to behave better. I want to consistently push myself more and more in everything I do. I want to give to humanity and the environment in sustainable ways, even if that just means doing my best in my own little world.

Why?

I’ve researched for many years now the effects my diet has on my health, my state of mind, the power of my soul, my finances, and basically my life. But the even better part that I learned is that the better I behave, the less I spend, the less I consume, and the less I pollute. This is a daily task.

My life, inadvertently becomes an example to others. This never really meant much to me until I experienced it with my teenager.
I realized I can talk her all day if I want, but what I do is what she subconsciously picks up on. If I want to know how well I am parenting, all I have to do is see her reactions to me and the life I’m trying to offer her.

I see more changes in her when I just behave the way I want her to behave.

What does this have to do with the state of the world and the environment?

Everything!

There is a beauty in action and body language. In truth, we are all like my teenager. We watch what everyone else is doing, subconsciously picking it up, and then behave like-wise for acceptance, love and worthiness in the eyes of others.

And this would be great, if the state of our world wasn’t in such place that it is now. We have to reverse these problems through compassionate actions. We have to consciously change our behavior and match it up to what we want to see happen, not go around telling others what needs to happen.

We have to do it.

It takes courage to live this sort of life. We have so many excuses as to why it is easier not to change, or to wait around for the next person to stand up and do it. However, this is not a meaningful life. A meaningful life is changing ourselves first, to match up with our visions of world peace.

This friend of mine on Facebook left a quote from Mother Teresa under his first post:

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
Mother Teresa

Its true. We feel that the little things we are contributing aren’t enough, but Mother Teresa knew that all the small actions amount to a lot more when we consistently engage in those actions daily. Its putting a penny in the spiritual bank.

One of us alone can’t make the world peaceful nor heal the environment, but all of us taking small steps together create an ocean of action. Everything you do, day in and day out, contributes to this ocean we all live in. Are you creating a life of peace and compassion? Are you consciously improving your behavior in empowering ways?

It’s a tough road, but we are all in this together

I support whatever efforts you are putting forth, even if some days you feel like you’re taking two steps backwards. It feels like that often to me too. This is all the more reason we should work together on supporting each other.

But I’ve learned with my daughter that it is possible even when it seems dark and hopeless like the news makes us feel. Today, I talked to her about her own self-esteem. I told her that it would affect every part of her life and how very important it is. I had her sit down and watch a YouTube video about self-esteem. I told her what I wanted for her life. I want her to have good relationships with her friends, and to pursue her passions, and to take responsibility for her actions.

The best part about it is, even though she’d rather be off texting her friends and listening to music, my messages to her always come back to me later. She will tell me how she helped her friends by giving them good advice. When she repeats the advice, I hear my message come back to me from her perspective. I smile to myself when I hear these things because when I said it to her, I thought I had no effect on her.

Last week, she told me one of her school friends wanted to commit suicide. She talked to him and helped him out with these thoughts. He came by our home later to thank her. After he left, she told me that if it hadn’t been for her, he would’ve committed suicide. This is not the first friend she helped.

Is my parenting working? Some would look at our life from the outside and beg to differ. But I know I am teaching my daughter very valuable lessons about life, connections, and how to behave in a crazy world. I know the power of small steps and small conversations, what others would equate to as “not enough” for what is going on in this world.

But I agree with Mother Teresa. The power of who we are, how we behave, and what our actions stand for are far more reaching than we could ever imagine.

One drop at a time

I know in my heart we are all doing things like this to help each other. We just lose these moments in the busyness of our day. We forget what power we are giving to each other and what words are helping others. Some of us lack self-esteem and it makes it hard to internalize that we are the difference!

Now its your turn. Tell me something you’ve done today, or that somebody did for you, to make the world a better place. I know you are putting more good into this world than you probably give yourself credit for. I’d really like to hear about you. I’d also like you to share this blog with others that you know are not giving themselves enough credit for the good they put into this world.

Let’s bring our focus together on this subject by sharing our stories of how we’re helping each other just a little at a time. Just one drop in the ocean at a time. We never know who are encouraging.

Before you go to sleep tonight, look in the mirror while you’re brushing your teeth and remind yourself who you are. Tell yourself you are the difference. When you are positive with yourself, you will eventually become naturally positive with others.

Updated Feb. 23rd, 2013:  Here is another article from Zoe Weil on this subject on her blog Humane Connection.

Love and Peace
Suzi

 

Earth Hour March 23, 2013

Earth Hour difference

Watch this video!

Are you gonna be ‘there’ with us on March 23rd supporting this idea and commitment to the planet?

Know of an awesome event in your area?  Let me know!

I will be looking to see who is doing this in Colorado so I can join up on any activities for “Do It In The Dark!”

Love and Peace

Suzi

You Will Not Believe Your Eyes!

On an island in the Pacific, 2000 miles away from any land, is an island of birds. See what is happening to them. Insatiable desires of consumerism are giving us great consequences with our pollution. You can DO something about this by changing your lifestyle. A minimal lifestyle and conscious awareness will bring you happiness, fulfillment and a passion to help change our world. For more information, please subscribe to my blog.

But for now, watch this video. It made me cry. These aren’t the only animals effected by us.

MIDWAY : trailer : a film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.

If you think you’re powerless to do anything about this, you’re wrong. We can change this. I can show you how.

What does your soul have to do with the environment?

If you had the power to change what is happening to our planet, would you act on that power? When you look at your own life, and understand the constant weight from the perspective of consuming, and realize its an addiction, you start to realize what a heavy burden that is to carry.

However, we say it in different terms. We express this weight as being unfulfilled, unhappy or like something is missing from our lives. The truth is we have become so disconnected from our souls, that we no longer find meaning in what is truly important to each of us. Life. Sharing of life. Being connected with ourselves and one another. Doing happy things and feeling true contentment inside.

When you work on your own personal development with the environment and community in mind, you learn to develop yourself in an all-inclusive way. You get in touch with your soul, your passions, your loved ones and simultaneously realize that although technology is fun, it’s never as much fun as laughing with another. Material wealth cannot fulfill us, and the environment is showing us this fact.

The environment reflects the state of humanity. We all have the power to change what is happening to our world. Your soul is your power. It connects you to the Source of life, whether you call it God or something else. When you  tune into that power, your wants, desires and addictions fade. Your complaints turn into compliments, your sorrow turns into gratitude. Your anxiety turns into peace. You transform into the very thing you seek to fulfill you.

Everyday activism isn’t just about money and volunteering. It’s a lifestyle choice that involves developing yourself into a happy person through contemplative reflection of who you are everyday, maybe every moment. It is also contemplative reflection on how you treat others, what you buy, how you fulfill your passions, how you manage your emotions, what choices you make. Every aspect of your life can change in a way that creates peace and stability inside you, while fulfilling your passions and joyfully connecting with others. Environmental conservation becomes a side effect of your happiness and willingness to do what is right. 

Check out this trailer below. If it grabs your attention, there is a link for a 93 minute video. But please, take care of yourself today. Don’t give up. Our world needs your help and happiness.

HOME: The Environment – by homeproject : Living Green Magazine.

Waterkeeper Alliance Video – Let’s Clean Up Our Messes Together

Photo Courtesy of: Quoteseverlasting https://www.flickr.com/photos/quoteseverlasting/8736910852/
Photo Courtesy of: Quoteseverlasting https://www.flickr.com/photos/quoteseverlasting/8736910852/

You can get involved in any organization through money or volunteering, but what we also need is people willing to help the massive pollution problem by changing their lifestyle.

In the beginning of this video, narrator Edward Olmos talks about heroes. We all have this inner want to do something great.  But just like this video indicates, sometimes doing something really great isn’t being famous.  Sometimes doing something really great is just choosing to consistently work on one problem everyday without fail.

If this video inspires you, consider a lifestyle that is minimal. The reason we have so much factory pollution is because the people demand it through what they buy. If you change through effective personal development what you want decreases. You want less, spend less, become happier, and put less of a strain on the environment.

Evaluate the decisions you are making. Get intelligent with your spending and find ways to reduce your consumerism and pollution on this planet. You may only be one person, but when you do something enough times it gains momentum and becomes contagious to others. You will be a hero to all of us for standing brave and making a few sacrifices in your personal life for the sake of others and the environment.

via Edward James Olmos Narrates Waterkeeper Alliance Video – “Around The World” PSA – 2012-2013 – YouTube.