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May 2017

The Zen of Wildflowers

By | 2017-05-05T08:12:12+00:00 May 5th, 2017|blog, Empower Me, Environment, Featured|

Wildflowers do not compete or worry about their worth. They simply bloom wherever they find themselves planted. Sometimes we find masses of them in fields and along roadsides. They grow along riverbeds, garbage dumps, and even between the cracks in concrete in the cities.   By Deb Avery There are deep truths in [...]

April 2017

Environment as Self: A Buddhist Perspective on Climate Change

By | 2017-04-19T06:54:07+00:00 April 18th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Environment, Featured, Mindful Kitchen|

While it's not strictly a buddhist concept, I think this is where empathy and “The Golden Rule” have become extremely helpful. If we see the earth as an extension of ourselves and ourselves as an extension of the earth, it seems only reasonable that we “treat the earth as we would like to be [...]

March 2017

Notes from a Jaded Traveler

By | 2017-03-31T07:52:29+00:00 March 31st, 2017|blog, Empower Me, Environment, Featured|

Oh, how jaded in an entitled life we sometimes live.   By Debbie Lynn It is 6.30 AM, Sunday. Anse Mitan, Martinique The sun begins to illuminate the sky and the reflecting light makes everything look pastel, like an old painting. The horizon is delineated by a slightly darker shade of blue, separating the [...]

Environmental Poisons Hurting Our Nation’s Children—Especially Low Income Families

By | 2017-03-28T09:01:15+00:00 March 28th, 2017|blog, Environment, Family & Parenting, Featured, Health and diet, My Two Cents.|

  By Denele Campbell As of 2002, the majority of Medicaid beneficiaries (54%) were children under the age of six years. Contrary to the popular myth of aging slackers, drug addicts, and welfare queens sucking at the national teat, this majority of Medicaid provides healthcare to children and adolescents with limitation of activity due to [...]

February 2017

There is No Refuge: My Zafu’s On Fire

By | 2017-02-23T09:39:17+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Environment, Featured, Right Livelihood, The Renegade Buddhist|

What's going on while we sit in silent equipoise or debate Dharma in decked out temple halls? The earth is dying, that's what's happening.   By John Author It's everywhere; there's no denying it. I can turn off all my tech, but the minute I go to work---there it is...politics. Now don't run away [...]

January 2017

The Biological, Evolutional, Sociological Case for Compassion.

By | 2017-01-27T08:44:10+00:00 January 27th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Environment, Featured, The Renegade Buddhist|

We can't just block or unfriend the people we work with; we can't put ourselves out there into the workaday world without encountering humbling opposition. Technology is supposed to bring the world together, to allow us to learn from and exchange ideas with people we'd never have encountered in day-to-day life.   By [...]

December 2016

Gratitude, No Camera.

By | 2016-12-02T07:56:54+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|blog, Environment, Wellness|

With the right settings, I could have captured the deer in weightless flight, but I could never have captured the grace or the silence. Suddenly, I am so grateful to be camera free. By Peter Schaller I once commented to my friend Jane that walking around with a photographer is akin to walking [...]