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Wild Mind: Reclaiming Our Original Wholeness

It’s time to take another look at ourselves — to re-enliven our sense of what it is to be human, to breathe new life into ancient intuitions of who we are, and to learn again to celebrate, as we once did, our instinctive affinity with the Earth community in which we’re rooted.

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How to Have Difficult Conversations

Campaigners aren’t known for being contemplative. By definition they are trying to change something beyond themselves. But what if collective introspection made us into better campaigners by improving our ability to listen and learn, especially from those we disagree with?

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The Work Of Love Is To Love

My own time on earth has led me to believe in two powerful instruments that turn experience into love: holding and listening. For every time I have held or been held, every time I have listened or been listened to, experience burns like wood in that eternal fire and I find myself in the presence of love.

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How to Get Better at Thrift Shopping

“Shop second-hand” is a message often touted by eco-minded individuals, myself included. “It’s good for the planet! It’s good for your wallet!” we say, which is all good advice, but usually that’s where it ends. Fortunately, some professional guidance for navigating thrift stores is at hand.

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Tinkering with Intent

Blair realized early in life that he didn’t need a lot to live, and that money and material possessions were not important. Instead he has chosen to value happiness, creativity, and well-being. He shares those values through his public gallery, where there is the chance to be irrevocably changed.

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Wild Imagination

One antidote to the colonization of the mind is the wild imagination. Cultivating the extraordinary human capacity to imagine alternate possibilities is, I believe, at least part of an essential navigation strategy for our times of multiple crises and ecological peril.

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Why I’m Not a Vegetarian

A non-graphic, fact driven look at veganism and vegetarianism. Particularly, how basic math keeps vegetarian animal products forever intertwined with meat and a look at several studies comparing health benefits of these diets.

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6 Simple Steps for Mindful Eating

If the term “mindful eating” conjures up visions of lithe Los Angelinos in expensive yoga pants meditating over a plate of raw greens, you are not alone. But the truth is, mindful eating is so much more than that; and in fact, I maintain that it is one of the best diets out there.

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9 Easy Ways You Can Protect the Oceans

The ocean is astonishing, but it’s also deteriorating. A report published in the journal Current Biology in 2018 found that 87 percent of the world’s oceans are dying. Just 13 percent of oceans have intact marine ecosystems “untouched by the damaging impacts of humanity,” The Guardian reported last year.

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A New Republic of the Heart

My hope is that you will choose to enter this conversation. For me it is a first step in a process of building connections, conversations, relationships, and communities that both nourish and embody the higher potentials of our species, and that will provide a solid integral foundation on which we may begin to build together, in the clear, pure words of Charles Eisenstein, “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.”

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Former President of American College of Cardiology Condemns Animal-based Keto Diets

American cardiologist Kim Allan Williams Sr. (born 1955), former president of the American College of Cardiology discusses the research on ketogenic diets. In a nutshell, he concludes that animal-based ketogenic diets are bad for your heart and cardiovascular system. But he also discusses plant-based keto diets, and he says that the research so far suggests that a keto diet may not be so bad as long as animal products are avoided.

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Can Madness Save the World?

It is well known that people who fall into those deeply transformative and chaotic states typically referred to as “psychosis” often feel at different points throughout their journeys that they have received a special calling to save the world, or at least the human race. The great irony I have come to appreciate is that while I think it’s true that these individuals are often experiencing some degree of confusion, mixing up different realms of experience, I have come to feel that perhaps the key to saving the world, or at least the human species, may in fact actually be revealed within these extreme experiences.

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The Ethical Dilemma of Teaching Kids How the Sausage Gets Made

We teach kids to identify vegetables — this is a carrot, this is an onion. But with animal bodies, we mask the truth: we say ham, hotdog, steak, salami, burger. We do not say, “Finish eating the pig’s belly and then you can have dessert.” Parents work hard to dissociate meat from its animal origins because, given a choice, preschoolers won’t eat a dead animal — but they will eat “bacon” (whatever that is).

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Will our Domination be our Downfall?

For those of us who’ve been paying attention to the general state of the world and human society, it’s readily apparent that we as a species have sent ourselves hurtling into the depths of a global crisis that has the potential to wipe ourselves out along with many of our fellow Earthlings. While it’s easy and certainly well justified to point our finger at the many harmful industries that have emerged from our society, could it be that what really lies at the root of this crisis is humankind’s sense of superiority?

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Do the Solutions Find You?

“Get connected to the needs, and the solutions will find you.” Since 2005, I’ve been living with this idea, a statement I heard Marshall Rosenberg make a number of times during my first two years of training in NVC.

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New U.N. Study Finds Air and Water Pollution Causes Millions of Deaths Each Year

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, greenhouse gas emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency identifies animal agriculture as a primary source of water pollution, as manure runoff and animal waste flood surface and groundwater with nitrogen and phosphorus.

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3 Tips for New Vegans

Making the decision to transition away from animal foods and products can present a few challenges, as can any serious life transition. Mic the Vegan offers us a few of his own tips in this process (along with some of his unique humour).

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The Fountain of Youth is Made of Fruits and Veggies, Not $100 Moisturizers

Choices made about nutrition are the most powerful environmental factors that influence gene activity, followed by fitness, quality of sleep, toxins including smoking, and stress. Our genes may load the “longevity and health” gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger, or not. A brief description of some of the ground-breaking experiments that can impact your chances of a long and healthy life, called your healthspan, follows.

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Plant-based Health: The Doctors Tell All

Heard The Word On The Street That Plant-Based Lifestyles Are Good For You? Well these five Kiwi Doctors certainly think so! From preventing long term diseases to helping treat them, they explain how eating plants is “actually the best thing you can do for your health!”

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