Friday, July 31, 2020

quote of the day

Quote of the Day 








" The butterfly does not look back 

at the caterpillar in shame, 

just as you should not look back 

at your past in shame. 

Your past was part of 

your own transformation. "

Author unknown




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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Anxiety



Anxiety epidemic

* Written by: Oliver JR Cooper: t
eacher, author and consultant - OliverJRCooper.co.uk


Along with depression, anxiety is one of the most common mental, as well as emotional and physical, problems in today's world. Emotional and physical was used above as both depression and anxiety is not always just a mental problem.

Like depression, anxiety is often something that affects someone's whole being, not merely their mind. So if someone doesn't struggle with anxiety, there is a strong chance that they know someone who does.

But even if they don't know anyone who does, there is the chance that they will have heard about people that do. Through using social media, for instance, one may have come across a number of people that have anxiety problems.

Along with this, they may have heard a lot about the help that is available and what someone can do, if they do suffer from anxiety, whilst watching TV or listening to the radio. Undoubtedly, it is a lot easier to find support for mental and emotional problems than it was in the past.

However, although there is far more support available than perhaps there has ever been, the world of today is also very different to how it used to be. Due to what the modern-day world is like, it is very easy for someone to experience anxiety.

In a way, it could be said that the modern-day world is designed in such a way as to make people anxious. Therefore, even if someone does have access to the type of support that their ancestors wouldn't have even dreamed of, it doesn't mean that they will be able to feel at peace.

Unlike certain illnesses, anxiety is not something that can be dealt with by taking a pill. And even if one does take a pill to help them with their anxiety, it doesn't mean that they won't end up replacing one issue with another or many more.

Unless one has experienced trauma and needs to resolve their trauma in order to settle down, the way for them to settle down will most likely be for them to live in the right way. And even if one is not in a good way due to trauma, they will still need to live in the right way after they have dealt with their trauma, to be able to have good mental and emotional health.

Except if one is 'off the grid' and is not part of mainstream society, they are likely to be exposed to things and use things that unsettle them. Ergo, while politicians can say that they are doing things to help people that suffer from mental and emotional problems; the society that they preside over is largely the reason why people are not in a good way.

These people can then send money in this direction and that direction, but this money is unlikely to transform society. Now, this is not to say that the average person is a powerless victim; no, what it means is that they will need to live in a certain way to be able to have good mental and emotional health.

When it comes to the things in society that can unsettle ones inner world, there are numerous. Take the mainstream media, for instance, this is a source that is there to 'inform people'.

In reality, its primary purpose is to manipulate people into seeing the world a certain way and to keep them in a state of fear. What makes this source even more dangerous is that it can now connect to people directly thanks to the invention of the Smartphone.

With so much negativity being constantly drip-fed into someone's mind, it is naturally going to be hard for them to feel at peace. But, even if someone doesn't pay attention to this source of information, they can still be exposed to information on their Smartphone that will unsettle them.

For example, after looking through what their 'friends' have been doing, they can believe that they are missing out and believe that their life is not as good as anyone else's. These two things alone can cause their anxiety levels to spiral out of control.

Furthermore, through spending so much time using a Smartphone and other devices, one can spend very little time in their body. As a result of being in their head, it will be normal for them to feel disconnected, to worry, to be on edge and to experience a lack of stability.

For this to change, they would need to get back into their body, so that they can embrace the now and let go of what may or may not happen further down the line. Talking to people over a screen as opposed to in the real world is also going to mean that their nervous system won't receive the human contact that it needs to regulate itself, thereby causing them to be emotionally starved and on edge.

There are, of course, many other factors involved here, such as the amount of sugar that is in so many food items and the overstimulation that prevents people from getting enough sleep and thus, making them irritable throughout the day. Taking this into account, if one wants to experience inner peace, it will be vital for them to be discerning when it comes to the information that they consume, to think about the effect that social media and their Smartphone is having on them, to be careful what they eat, and to get enough sleep.

Spending time in nature and around supportive people will help them to get back into their body and to get them out of their monkey mind. If they only live in their mind, it will be normal for them to be on edge and to get caught up in the dramas of the world.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Recommended Resources





Recommended Resources




Eco-Forestry Institute Society is a non-profit charity working with community volunteers to ensure nature thrives in depleted ecosystems: 

EcoJustice takes a legal stance against harmful activities that destroy nature, protected wilderness and special habitats. 


Ecology Action Centre is a Nova Scotian (Canada) environmental non-profit that has been involved with recycling, composting and energy conservation programs, as well as working to protect natural habitats.



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Sunday, July 26, 2020

quote of the day

Quote of the Day 






"Everything you do is based on the choices you make. 

It’s not your parents, your past relationships, 

your job, the economy, the weather, 

an argument or your age that is to blame.

You and only you are responsible 

for every decision and choice you make. 

Period. 

...Optimism is the foundation of courage."


  ~ Nicholas Murray Butler



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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Business Ethics



Business Ethics – What you Must Know

* Written by Marc-Eddy Drouinaud Jr.



The system of moral beliefs that guides behaviours and decisions is known as business ethics. Certain ethical requirements for companies across the world are embedded into law, minimum wage, and environmental regulations.

The management group provides precedent for how the company runs on a monthly basis. When the management's philosophy is centred on ethical behaviours and practices, leaders could direct their employees by example and direct them as individuals. Building a foundation of ethical behaviours provides positive effects that will stand the test of time.

When leaders of a company are directing an organization in an ethical manner, employees are forced to follow in their footsteps. Employees are more prone to be better decision makers which increases productivity and the employee's morale. When employees finish the day that is based off of honesty and integrity, the entire organization benefits.

As you may already know, business ethics are different from industry to industry. The nature of a company's operations has a distinct influence on the ethical problems with which it faces. As an example, an ethical problem comes up for an investment brokerage when the right decision for a client and her or his money does not clash with what pays the brokerage the biggest commission.

Another example of business ethics specific to an industry is in the energy field. Businesses that give energy, more specifically non-renewable energy, face scrutiny on how they treat the environment. One miscalculation, like the 2010 BP oil spill, forces the company to answer to high profile bodies in regards to whether or not it skirted on its duty. Online companies like Google and Amazon, are not as scrutinized as far as impact on the environment like Exxon and BP are. However, Google and Amazon are monitored closely when it comes to security and privacy ethics.

One area where online companies make tough decisions is in regards to marketing ethics. With the advancements of modern technology, companies can track their consumers locations, purchases and online activities - and sell that data  to marketing companies. Some people argue that this kind of activity is a large invasion of privacy. This is the dilemma that is born from online companies as far as business ethics.


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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

recommended resources



Recommended Resources


EarthWise Society (BC, Canada) is a not-for-profit charity helping communities become more sustainable. Their programs cultivate the belief that small actions taken by individuals really do matter by showing the measurable difference their many important programs have.
Visit: EarthWiseSociety.BC.ca


East Coast Trail offers 25 renowned trails along North America's East Coastline; enjoy wilderness hiking and historic communities, towering cliffs, deep fjords and wildlife watching opportunities. Volunteer, become a supporter or visit when you are in the area:
https://www.eastcoasttrail.com


Eastern Ontario Model Forest charitable organization works to develop new and sustainable forestry management techniques, sharing the information and offering numerous opportunities to get involved, explore their library, attend events and more. 
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Thursday, July 16, 2020

quote of the day

Quote of the Day 






"The task of the excellent teacher 

is to stimulate "apparently ordinary" people 

to unusual effort. 

The tough problem is not in identifying winners: 

it is in making winners 

out of ordinary people." 


~ K. Patricia Cross



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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

personal expectations


Personal Expectations

* Written by Kevin Amolsch who offers some interesting thoughts on the expectations we project onto one another...



"You expect too much," my girlfriend tells me for the 2nd time in less than a week. We were not fighting, but she let me know that she felt that she had a hard time hitting my expectations, and that it was stressful. It was not making me happy either. I mentioned to her that she is setting a low-ceiling but that it was made of glass. She has the ability to breakthrough it if she wanted to. That might not have been the best thing to say, but it really got me thinking. Not everyone wants the same things I do. To some, a certain level of success is not worth the effort or pain it takes to get there, and that is OK. For me, I would like to bench press 300 pounds like Travis, but in my mind, it would take far too much to get there. So, I don't try. Like me not wanting to reach my potential physically, she does not want to reach her potential professionally. We all have different priorities. By me setting such a high expectation for her professionally, it created stress for her and disappointment for me.

I have similar high expectations for my staff, my friends, and my daughters. People who desire similar results to me appreciate it, and we get along great. I like when I get pushed professionally too! Those high expectations have helped to create the level of success I have now and is what is propelling me to reach new heights and new goals. I like to be around professionally successful people, and I enjoy the road it takes to get there.

I believe that high expectations are positive and are extremely useful on your road to success. With that said, I also understand that setting expectations when someone isn't in the right place in their life, and when these expectations are not reached, it creates escalating stress, anxiety, worry and disappointment.

It has been said that the secret to happiness is low expectations. I can see the point. If you have low expectations, it is easier to exceed them, and exceeding expectations makes you happy. I remember asking a girl on a date in high school knowing full well I would get shot down. To my surprise she said yes! My expectations were low, and they were exceeded so I was happy. Funny thing is, I was so into this girl that I had high expectations about that date and guess what happened? Yep... I was disappointed.

Using a strategy of lowering expectations can definitely help with happiness. I cannot be too hard on it for this reason. But growth helps with happiness too, and high expectations are essential for growth. In fact, I don't believe someone can be truly happy without growth, so you can see why this is an interesting juggling act.

So, what is the balance?

I believe true happiness and success needs accurate expectations. Expectations cannot be out of reach or you will always be disappointed, but they need to be high enough to push you to get better. It is also not good to set high expectations for people in your life that don't want the same accomplishments you do. They should set their own expectations and communicate those to you; it might be OK to push a little, but there needs to be a lot of support with the push.

I think the key here is to set high but attainable expectations and communicate that well. Both to the people around you and to yourself.


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Monday, July 13, 2020

recommended resources



Recommended Resources


ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES TO DO AT HOME!

Use this time of reduced activity to organize activities at home, alone or with your family! Let your creativity run wild as you come up with ways to take action for the environment from home. Then use #EarthDayAtHome to show us what you’ve been doing!

Via EarthDay.ca

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Check out EarthRoots.org when you can, this grass roots environmental organization is dedicated to protecting Ontario (Canada) wilderness and water sheds via research, education and hands-on action. 

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Earth Stop One Foundation is a bird rescue sanctuary based in Calgary (AB, Canada) where they rehabilitate companion birds and run education programs.


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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Quote of the day

Quote of the Day 





"The one who follows the crowd 

will usually go no further that the crowd. 

Those who walk alone 

are likely to find themselves in places 

no one has been before. "


~ Albert Einstein



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Friday, July 10, 2020

article, part 4


Remaking Our World: Coronavirus, Hope, and Future Society
 

*Written by Cristina Deptula of Authors, Large and Small.

Coronavirus has radically shifted our lives and schedules. Now that we’re three months in to shelter in place in many metro areas, people are beginning to speculate on how society might reshape itself after we survive this pandemic.

A few of the authors we represent, as literary publicists with Authors, Large and Small, have written pieces inspired by the psychological experience of quarantine. Our final author, James Mueller, shares his personal healing practices that may help in this time of collective grief.


James Mueller, a father of three children, grew up on a dairy farm in the beautiful countryside of Upstate New York in the heart of the Mohawk Valley. After graduating from Cornell University, he attended seminary, obtaining a master's degree with high honors with an emphasis in pastoral care. With his son's condition challenged by the harsh winters in Chicago, the family moved to Delray Beach, Florida, where Jim established his consulting firm in 2005, providing governance, organizational development, and philanthropy counsel to organizations throughout the United States and the Caribbean.

He's the author of the memoir Lyrics of a Broken Heart, available here.

The loss of a loved one leaves a gaping hole in our psyche and emotions. The one we loved has suddenly become untangled from our lives, leaving us to wonder how to respond, how to feel. “When I was troubled, I used to push against you and find a solid place in the shifting sands of my world. I push now and no one pushes back. I’ve lost sense of my boundaries, of who I am, of my place in the world.”

In our isolation, as many of us are alone “sheltering in place,” our fears and anxieties can become magnified. They pulsate in our bodies; they throb in our minds. Our sense of self falters, our faith wanes. We wonder if it will ever end—or if we will ever recover. If we will ever again know who we are. Our thoughts can become dark as our anxieties rage… and our bodies can ache from the constant sadness we feel.

For those who have lost a dear loved one in this time of great uncertainty, we must first recognize that we are especially vulnerable to this downward spiral. Not only has our inner life been shattered, our outer life has become unhinged by something beyond our control. As we struggle to understand who we are in a world without our loved one we are also confronted by the doubts and anxieties of a world we had never imagined.

When I lost my son, I noticed there were times when I would stop breathing, lost in thought, lost in the loss. It literally took my breath away.

Breathing is the connection between our spirit and our bodies. Breathing animates our life. Without our breath, our heart is useless because it cannot circulate this spirit of life to the cells that form each and every organ. Breathing in is inspiration, breathing out is expiration. Every moment we need to take in a new breath of fresh air.

Few realize the importance of being able to control how we breathe. Think about the extraordinary power we hold in that simple act. How we breathe affects our minds, our emotions, our bodies, and our health. In these troubling times—especially for those of us who have lost a loved one, mindful breathing can pull us out of the doldrums, offer us peace, and even lift our spirits.

In any moment, in whatever frame of mind you are in, you can give yourself the gift of mindful breathing. Take a moment right now. Place your non-dominant hand over your navel and your dominant hand over your heart. Now, take a breath by just letting your stomach relax into a paunch. Feel your non-dominant hand move gently out through a count of five. Hold it for a moment and then gently release your breath for another count of five as your stomach gently moves inward. Do not force. Allow. Your body wants to breathe. While you are doing this, pay subtle attention to your dominant hand to ensure that your chest does not expand or contract; only your stomach. In just a few moments your mood will improve, your mind will find peace.

This is a basic breathing exercise and there are many others that you can learn to manage your mind, emotions, and physical health. There are breathing exercises for sleep, for meditation, for inspiration, even for alternate states of mind. Managing your breathing is the simplest and most powerful tool you have to help you feel better. If you are feeling particularly stressed, practice this exercise as often as needed. There are absolutely no harmful effects.


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Monday, July 6, 2020

Recommended Resources



Recommended Resources

For Calgary (AB, Canada) residents mainly, this site offers ways to volunteer and live more sustainably within the city. However, you'll also find quite a few kid-friendly resources and great information anyone can use around the office or home. 
 https://www.greencalgary.org/ 

Have kids? Here's a great link from the website just for them: 
https://www.greencalgary.org/green-kids/online-activities


Youth may also enjoy the Earth Challenge Project designed to empower children to be responsible stewards of the earth via active, thoughtful participation.


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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Anxiety, Explained


 Anxiety Explained


*By Oliver JR Cooper : Teacher, author and consultant, his insightful commentary and analysis covers all aspects of human transformation, including love, partnership, self-love, and inner awareness.  Find him at: OliverJRCooper.co.uk

Anxiety has been described as fear spread thinly, which means that it is not the same as fear. Even so, that doesn't mean that one won't experience fear if they have anxiety problems.

When one experiences anxiety, they are unlikely to be rooted in their body and they will feel on edge. Therefore, although they will have a body that supports them, it could be as though they have no foundations.

In addition to feeling on edge, there can be all of the thoughts that race around their mind and the different sensations that they experience. When it comes to their thoughts, they might not have many supportive thoughts.

Alternatively, their mind could just go blank during this time. As for the sensations that they experience, their stomach and chest could feel tight, causing their breath to be very shallow.

If one experiences a lot of anxiety, they could have what is often described as an 'anxiety attack'. It might be hard for them to breath, their heart rate could rapidly increase, they could start to sweat and tremble, and they could end up feeling sick or dizzy.

This experience is then going to be very different to the other type of anxiety, although that is not to downplay the other type. Along with what could be classed as the two extremes, there is another type, where one is always in a state of mild anxiety.

Their heart rate could speed up and they could hold their breath from time to time, but in general, they might not even realize that they are anxious. Thanks to how subtle it is, it might have taken them a while to figure out what is going on.

They are going to experience adrenalin and to be stuck in survival mode, but it won't be so extreme that they can't handle life. On the other hand, if one has one is more or less always in a state of extreme anxiety and/or has anxiety attacks on a regular basis; it will most likely be a different story.

If they have a job or a vocation, it could be hard for them to handle the work that they have and to be around others. It could even be so bad that they have had to leave where they work.

Socializing and spending time in public places could also be something that is generally too much of them to handle. When it comes to the end of the day, it could be very hard for them to get to sleep.

The big question on their mind is going to be: why are they experiencing life in this way? It would be good if anxiety was caused by one thing as this would mean that it wouldn't take long to find a solution.

However, even though there is not one cause, it doesn't mean this is something that is widely understood. As a result of this, one could end up believing that there is and try a certain approach that might only change their life for a little while.

One thing that may be causing them to experience life in this way is the fact that they are carrying trauma. This could relate to an experience or a number of experiences that that they had as an adult or as a child, that overwhelmed their whole system and were unable to be integrated.

This would have had an impact on both of their brains (the one in their head and the one in their gut) and nervous system; their brain chemistry would have been disrupted and their nervous system would have been weighed down. Until they deal with the trauma that is inside them, they won't be able to actually move on from what happened.

Another thing that may be behind how they experience their life is a diet that lacks the right nutrients. Their body is then going to be deficient in a number of things, and they could have a body that is loaded with toxins. Until they start to eat the right foods, to take the right vitamins and minerals, and to cleanse their body, they won't be able to shift what is taking place.

Through carrying trauma, it can stop their body from being able to utilize what they are consuming. Just as someone can see everyone as a threat when they are in survival mode, their body can see all food as a threat if they are in survival mode. Also, through spending so much time feeling overwhelmed, it might not be possible for their body to keep up with their stress levels. The outcome of this is that their hormone levels can be out of balance and their health can suffer.

If one has anxiety problems due to where they live, what they do and/or who they spend their time with, it could still be linked to trauma. What they experienced may have destroyed their self-worth, sense of trust and sense of safety, thereby causing them to put up with things that don't serve them.

And if it is due to the fact that they spend a lot of time on social media and/or consuming the mainstream media, they will need to take a step back and to reflect on whether or not living in this way is serving them. They could look into if there is anything missing in their life and/or why they are drawn to the mainstream media's negativity and fear-mongering.

Ultimately, if someone is in a bad way, it will be vital for them to reach out for support. This could be a therapist or a healer, or it could be from a dietician; what matters is that they do something.

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

quote of the day

Quote of the Day 




"Knowledge is a sacred cow, 

and my problem will be 

how we can milk her 

while keeping clear of her horns."

  ~ Albert Szent-Györgyi - "Teaching and Expanding Knowledge


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Thursday, July 2, 2020

article, part 3

Remaking Our World: Coronavirus, Hope, and Future Society 
* Written by Cristina Deptula, of 
Authors, Large and Small provides resourceful and tenacious book outreach services for writers of many genres and believes in the value of stories to help us uncover moments of grace and beauty and expand our capacities for creativity and compassion.



Coronavirus has radically shifted our lives and schedules. Now that we’re three months in to shelter in place in many metro areas, people are beginning to speculate on how society might reshape itself after we survive this pandemic.

A few of the authors we represent, as literary publicists with Authors, Large and Small, have written pieces inspired by the psychological experience of quarantine. Some look to the big picture and speak out on ecology and economics, while others look inward, seeing this as a time to process and heal personal and communal grief, and to reconnect with neglected aspects of our lives.

In this short series, I give these writers space to share their thoughts. Today is part 3 of this series


Kris Francoeur, writer and educator, is a grieving mother who has found joy and light again through the practices of conscious and deliberate gratitude, unconditional acceptance and connection with nature. With master's degrees in both Counseling Psychology and Educational Leadership, Kris writes with authority about grief and moving forward in our very busy and stressful world.

A published author of fiction, Kris has published three romance novels with Solstice Publishing using her pen name Anna Belle Rose. Kris lives in beautiful Addison County, Vermont with her husband and youngest son, a small herd of alpacas, a flock of chickens and several hives of bees. Kris loves to spend time with her family, spending time in the garden and spinning the alpaca fiber for yarn for knitting.

Her memoir Of Grief, Garlic and Gratitude tells the story of her journey back to life after the sudden loss of her young adult son to a drug overdose. It’s available here from Morgan James Publishing.

She speaks to what she’s learned through her personal grief journey and through writing her memoir, which she feels holds true for coronavirus-related loss as well.

My book addresses the question of how death, and grief, impact our lives, and how we move through/with that grief. It directly deals with my own issues with organized religion, but also looks at the question of a spiritual connection to the universe, and how my faith in a greater energy force was questioned and strengthened in my grief.

As this book is a memoir, it is all about me and my son who passed. However, in my novels, I address questions of love, loss, spirituality and hope and work to develop characters that have realistic flaws, but also have inner strength to come through those lows in life.

You asked me if I think that the greatest role an author can play when writing about spirituality, philosophy or any of life’s ‘big questions’ is not necessarily to provide answers, but to inspire readers to think about these questions. I absolutely agree! I love when readers reach out to me and talk about the conversations they have had with loved ones about life and death because of my books.

I have always questioned the big picture, the universe, love, loss and energy. But with the death of our son, I needed to reexamine them through a new lens.

After his death, I wrote a daily piece on Facebook about gratitude, because it was the only way I could find some light and hope in life at that point. So many people reached out to me to ask me to put them together in a book, that I was motivated by their love and support.

Gratitude, which led me to an acceptance of the power of the universe was an incredible way to step out of the isolation of my grief and connect with the larger world.




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