Put Down The Phone

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For 2021 the Chinese zodiac has rotated back to the year of the Golden Cow. It is also associated with the White Ox and the Metal Bull. For most people as long as it is not the year of 2020 it will be a good year.

Could it also be the year of PDTP? No, that is not a spelling mistake for the PTSD many might feel from the impact of the Covid pandemic. PDTP here means Put Down The Phone. Put it away and look up at the world around you.

No doubt you have had the experience of jumping out of the way from someone who is walking down the street while immersed in the world of their phone. I bet we all have been that person once. When we do this we are oblivious to others who have to avoid us so we don’t crash into each other. What message or instrgram post was so much more important than respect and safety?

Put Down The Phone. Put it away and engage with your surroundings.

Here is a 5 minute exercise to give you power over your phone.

You are going to send a message. But you ask ‘How do I send a message without using my phone?’ Good question.

By using your mind.

Do you mind 🙂 … using your mind?

To use your mind you need to focus. The first step to focus (once you’ve put the phone down) is to breathe.

Let your breath help you relax your shoulders.

Keep collecting a few more life carrying breaths … now connect with nature.

Send your focus to something you see or imagine a place you know. It can be a plant in your home or a forest you love to frequent.

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Breathe into your connection.

Allow your mental connection to fill your body. The connection can travel. Through your arteries – flavouring your blood – loading into your bones.

Maybe you will remain in this ‘loading the bones with energy’ state for a few minutes; and then you send your message to nature. Or it could be that you will cycle through the mind-arteries-bones-veins-mind-message-to-nature a few times in your 5 minutes.

Your mental/emotional offering flows into your mind, towards your anchor point of connection. You send your Authentic Intelligence in the form of your appreciation, or perhaps wonder or positive possibility.

Bask in the feeling of well-being from participating in nature, with the planet. Give, if you choose, your 5 minute process a name. Repeat it. Share it, if you wish.

Gina Cody – What Is True Because Of You?

The following is an excerpt from an article on cbc.ca.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/order-of-canada-appointments-2020-1.5856833

Another trailblazer, Toronto engineer Gina Cody, has been appointed as a member of the order. Cody immigrated to Canada in 1979 at the age of 22 when her family fled the Iranian Revolution.

She was the first woman to be awarded a PhD in building engineering at Concordia University in Montreal and went on to found a successful consulting firm, CCI Group, that was named one of Canada’s most profitable woman-owned companies by Profit magazine in 2010.

The faculty of engineering at Concordia now bears her name. The Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science is the first in Canada — and one of the first in the world — to be named after a woman.

Cody said she hopes her appointment inspires more women to enter the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — especially as economies undergo a “fourth industrial revolution” characterized by automation and smart technology. 

“That’s the message I want to send out — that parents encourage their girls and young children to get into the STEM programs,” said Cody.

To see the full article check out the link below.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/order-of-canada-appointments-2020-1.5856833

Anita Roddick – What Is True because Of You?

Anita Roddick was a pioneer as an ecological entrepreneur. In 1976 in England she started The Body Shop selling beauty products that were not tested on animals. She did not let her success limit her positive impact on the planet and women. She would go on to establish a foundation in her name that would create orphanages and local businesses in third world countries. She was a loving wife and caring mother who had lots of stress, made enemies and lots of money.

Anita Roddick what is true today because of your belief and proactivity? There is much more western world awareness about the source of the products we buy. The source referring to the people who make them, the conditions they work in and the planetary environment where they are produced. This has helped raise the level of dignity of many workers as well as to show the conscientious consumer how to get involved.

Her 1991 book, Body and Soul Roddick shares her experience of creating the role of CEO activist.

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Carnivore Dreams – Hemingway

Good writing about good writing

L.E.K.

Papa.

Most photos of Hemingway are of him middle-aged or old, with the white beard, or at the prime of his life with a huge Marlin fish or gun in his hand. But I like to think of him young, when all about who he was and who he became was forming — when he was hurt as all of us are — and what led to not only his fine writing, but his mistakes and regrets. I’m re-reading A Moveable Feast, arguably my favorite Hemingway book. Though his fiction was always autobiographical, this, of course, is nonfiction.

He says of his first wife Hadley when returning from a trist with his soon to be second wife, Pauline: ”When I saw my wife . . . at the station, I wished I had died before I ever loved anyone but her.”

And I suspect that was one of the things…

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5 Elements of Nature

reflect to connect …

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5 Elements of Nature

According to Chinese philosophy the five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water – are fundamental to all interactions in the universe. Each element comes with characteristics of colour, direction, season, emotions and more.

Wood

Wood characteristics – green – Spring – East – creative – Azure Dragon.

Fire

Fire characteristics – red – Summer – South – passionate – Vermilion bird.

Earth

Earth characteristics – yellow – last month of each season – central – nurturing – Yellow Dragon.

Metal

Metal characteristics – white – Autumn – West – ambitious – White Tiger.

Water

Water characteristics – black – Winter – North – bright – Black Tortoise.

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These 5 elements all interact in an assortment of ways. Maureen from Luminous Spaces – provides a summary of the five elements and applies it to Feng Shui.

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Wisteria

a waterfall of a bluish mauve to cool the mind … thank you

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Wisteria is Wonderful

Wisteria made its way into my heart as a child. Seeing the abundance of purple blooms draping from balconies was amazing to me. I have loved it ever since.

Where I live the wisteria is out showing that Spring has arrived. This wonder of nature inspired my collection of wisteria for everyone to enjoy.

Let me know if you share my love of wisteria.

Scroll through these for more glorious inspiration.

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Japan is famous for wisteria gardens. Tennogawa Park is a fabulous example. One of the headings on the website talks of intoxicating people’s hearts. Looking at the photos it is easy to see why.

Have you ever visited these Japanese gardens? Or other places around the world where wisteria intoxicated your heart?

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Real Power

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CRAIN'S COMMENTS

As we agonize over politics, finances or the thoughts in each person’s head, it’s necessary sometimes to remember just how irrelevant we are.

Humans have a gift, intentional or otherwise, for making life difficult for each other.  I guess there’s some truth to the saying, “misery loves company.” What we get out of making life harder than it is? Who knows. Nothing of lasting value.

Mother Earth doesn’t care. Rich or poor, She can destroy anything we build or rebuild. Sometimes she gives displays of her power, just to remind us about her capabilities.

The photos below are from the US Geological Survey and show the lava waterfall and spatter at a lava lake on Kilauea this month.  More are at

https://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/multimedia/index.php?newSearch=true&display=custom&volcano=1&resultsPerPage=20

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