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 TAKING LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY OR NOT ENOUGH?41 comments
picture23 Feb 2005 @ 16:44
What happens to you when you take life too seriously or not serious enough? You become ill,physically,mentally,
emotionally and spiritually.So how do we get our lives on the right medium path? Below are some ideas I found on the internet, but some I came up with.

Take time out every day,a few minutes is all you need if thats all you have. Let yourself and others have some quality time together. Shut off the tv,sit comfortably,keep distractions out and really communicate. Ask questions to each other,ask them to elaborate on their answers. Feelings of each one is important,find out how their feeling about school,work,their projects, friends and family situations, etc.If you can take the whole family out to dinner,movie or just a drive once a week or a month depending on when you can get away. One hour a week isn't so much when you think about the importance of healing someone you love. Remember to tell them you love them,by talking,hugging and doing things together. For those who you can't see in person,send email or a real letter of love,encouragement and friendship. You just might get some of that right back!
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Set goals and keep them but don’t be rigid. If you make a list of ten things to do in a day, be happy if you got the first three done.
Stand up for yourself when you know you are right. You never lose respect when you are willing to stand up for what you feel is right.
Never speak harsh words to those you love.
Volunteer your time to something you love or a cause you believe in.
Work at making and keeping your friends. Your work will be there waiting when you’re done playing.
You feel what you feel- happiness, sadness, anger. Don’t suppress them. Instead find a suitable outlet and vent them.
Never go to sleep angry.
Never eat when you are angry or upset.
Wear only comfortable clothes that you feel and look good in.
Be kind to animals and children.
Be sure to say I love you to all those you really do love.
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 HOW ECOLOGY SMART R U?3 comments
picture22 Feb 2005 @ 16:06
I looked up ecology to find some helpful ideas to aiding the Earth. I learned I didn't know all that much about ecology. Starting with trees was a good start in learning how they developed and how they help us.
On the home page of ecology.com is a link for testing your knowledge on ecology. I got 19 out of 30 correct a score lower then I would of thought.
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The Quiet Evolution of Trees
by Eric McLamb
with special contributions from Dr. Jack C. Hall

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Way before trees appeared on Earth, animals and other land plants were scattered among the land masses. And way before land plants came the land animals. How did it all happen, and where did they all come from?

They came from the oceans, where just a few billion years earlier the first
Trees evolved from the oceans in a string of plant evolution, but they did not just start growing on the shorelines. They evolved quietly millions of years after the first plants emerged from their aquatic origins. (UK Photo, Hampshire County Council)

animal life evolved followed by plants. So, you see, the occurrence of trees was quite full of twists and turns and came about quietly long after land plants had struggled to rise from the oceans. Yet, their existence is the essence of all life on the planet.

There was a time about 550 million years ago when life "exploded" on the planet. Animal life. Nearly all of the animal groups in existence today -- as well as many that no longer exist -- first appeared on Earth during this time. It was the Cambrian Period, and this time of tumultuous and colossal animal diversity is called the Cambrian Explosion.

Land plants evolved a little more quietly about 90 million years later, with trees evolving some 100 million years after the first land plants began to emerge from their oceanic origins. But neither animals nor plants could have evolved were it not for the protection and nurturing of the ocean.

According to the fossil record -- about 3.5 billion years ago -- the first preserved life are found in the form of bacteria. They appeared in the oceans after the surface (crust) began to cool and stabilize, the land masses began to take shape, and clouds formed to produce massive volumes of rainwater that created the seas. The atmosphere was much different than today and the surface was unprotected from the Sun. This period is known as the Pre-Cambrian, the time that immediately followed the formative, molten and gaseous stage of Earth as it and the rest of the solar system started to come together -- or coalesce.

The first plants on Earth were a form of blue-green algae which appeared and lived in the oceans about 3.4 billion years ago according to the fossil record, protected from the harmful high energy radiation of the Sun. In the oceans, these plants were able to grow and photosynthesize as this high energy radiation was absorbed by the water. Now, to be perfectly clear about it, the first true algae (the kingdom protoctista) ...some 470 million years ago, Earth would seem lifeless, inhospitable and very barren. For one thing, no trees -- no plants at all -- lived on the land! (NASA photo of Mars surface)

most likely made their first appearance about 2.4 billion years ago, but for sure by 1.8 billion years ago as the first acritarchs.

Although animals were the first life forms on Earth, it was plants that paved the way for land animals to evolve. Plants did this by simultaneously increasing the percentage of oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere and decreasing the percentage of carbon dioxide, a powerful greenhouse gas (Journal Science, August 2001).

Still, if you were to travel back about some 470 million years ago, Earth would seem lifeless, inhospitable and very barren. For one thing, no trees -- no plants at all -- lived on the land !

The first land plants made their appearance way before trees started driving their roots into the hard crust of Earth's surface, about 460 million years ago in the Ordovician period. Algae were the first land plants, moving from their aquatic origins to marshy and wet environments on land. It took consistent growth and diversification of land plants -- including the eventual evolution of trees -- to help break up the mostly iron-clad surface of the Earth.

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 ENVIRONMENTAL REVOLUTION9 comments
picture20 Feb 2005 @ 16:55
If you were asked "What is most important to you?" What would be your answer? Mine is a long list, but when you decide which one is more important then others I believe the environment needs the most consideration for change. If we don't help the environment there won't be life left to worry about the other answers on your list.The questions I have now is, What can one person do? Almost every day I hear of one person making a difference,doing something to help others and nature.I hope soon I can post things I'm doing to help the environment and my community. What have you done? I would love to hear from you with some ideas.
Thanks for reading my article.

INITIATING A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL REVOLUTION


"We need an environmental revolution for the 21st century. To despair when confronted with the challenges we have created would only assure a human and natural calamity we still have the power to avoid."


- James Gustave Speth - Taken from [link]




"At this most critical crossroad in this world's history, humanity is slowly realizing that past centuries of warfare against man and nature can and will come to an end only when we disarm within the very core essence from where our thoughts, decisions and actions stem the primal cause of self-destruction and wanton violence.All Life forms are united by the very nature of this magical Life Force that runs through each sentient and non-sentient form of Life on this planet and everywhere else in this Universe and beyond.Realizing, understanding, imbuing ourselves with this incontrovertible and yet unfathomable Reality is the only means through which humanity can come to adjust its everyday thoughts, words and actions to the fact that We Are All One."


Taken from "Sparking a Spiritual Revolution on Planet Earth" at [link]




THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE IN PASSING THIS ON TO OTHERS

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1) SUMMARY


The Industrial Revolution began in England in the eighteenth century, when the use of coal both in steam engines and for iron smelting enormously increased industrial output. Industrial technologies and the use of fossil fuels quickly spread to other nations, generated unprecedented economic growth, and changed fundamentally the human use of resources and impact on the local and global environment. The environmental movement took shape in the United States in the 1960's, when concerned citizens first challenged pollution in court, public interest groups were formed around environmental issues, and public opinion forced the U.S. government to pass laws and policies designed to protect environmental quality. The movement is now truly global in its scope and impact. Yet, as amply demonstrated in the last few years, and especially in the last few days with the release of several scientific reports incontrovertibly establishing that soon our planet's climate may soon pass a tipping point beyond which a recovery would seem impossible, the time has now come to initiate a new global revolution that will change priorities for all governments, all corporations and all individual human beings so as to enable a radical shift away from planetary suicide and towards co-creating a world in perfect harmony with Nature and at peace with itself.


There is unique convergence of circumstances this week that may make possible a breakthrough that would put an end to the attitude of deep denial of the President of the United States, a country responsible for much of the imbalance now imperiling everyone's future. With the scheduled visit this Monday in Europe of George W Bush who comes with an agenda of repairing frayed relations with France and Germany in the hope of enlisting greater support to help the U.S. military stabilize Iraq, and with the recent statements by British Prime Minister Tony Blair who intends to push for significant compromises from his American ally in his bid to better offset global warming now that the insufficiently stringent Kyoto Protocol has finally taken effect, there is a window of opportunity that must be seized and some major changes of perspective whose necessity must be recognized by everyone.


Please dedicate your prayers and meditations, as guided by Spirit, in the coming two weeks, and especially in synchronous attunement at the usual time this Sunday and the following Sunday, to contribute in initiating a global environmental evolution based on the knowledge that humanity has no choice now but to embark upon a massive program to redesign its industrial and transportation infrastructures as well as the very technologies at the heart of its economic and social development so as to quickly mitigate the worst effects of global warming and set the world onto a truly sustainable path of progress. May we all contribute, through opening our minds and hearts to the innate sacredness of all life forms, to the common realization that humanity can no longer ignore the mounting consequences of our past and present choices, and that precious little time is left to implement the course corrections that will bring us away from the gathering storms we have unleashed. Our common resolve to do much better, in light of the latest scientific knowledge we have gained and the spiritual sensitivity we have developed, is the ferment that will soon make possible such a global revolution and awakening to the Oneness of All That Is. Let us empower ourselves and our business and political leaders to courageously take the decisions that will change the way we live and how we treat our living planet, for the Highest Good of All.




This whole Meditation Focus has been archived for your convenience at [link]


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2. MEDITATION TIMES

i) Global Meditation Day: Sunday at 16:00 Universal Time (GMT) or at noon local time. Suggested duration: 30 minutes. Please dedicate the last few minutes of your Sunday meditation BOTH to the healing of the Earth as a whole and to reiterate our willingness and desire - if we so choose - to receive assistance from our space family in order to help set things on a path towards a new era of global peace, love and harmony for all. See the Earth as healthy and vibrant with life, and experience the healing of all relations as we awaken globally to the sacredness of all Life and to our underlying unity with All That Is.

ii) Golden Moment of At-Onement: Daily, at the top of any hour, or whenever it better suits you.

These times below are currently corresponding to 16:00 Universal Time/GMT:

Honolulu 6:00 AM -- Anchorage * 8:00 AM -- Los Angeles * 9:00 AM -- Mexico City, San Salvador & Denver * 10:00 AM -- Houston * & Chicago * 11:00 AM -- Santo Domingo, La Paz, Caracas, New York *, Toronto *. Montreal *, Asuncion & Santiago 12:00 AM -- Halifax *, Rio de Janeiro & Montevideo 1:00 PM -- Reykjavik & Casablanca 4 PM -- Lagos, Algiers, London *, Dublin * & Lisbon * 5:00 PM -- Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Geneva *, Rome *, Berlin *, Paris * & Madrid * 6:00 PM -- Ankara *, Athens *, Helsinki * & Istanbul * & Nairobi 7:00 PM -- Baghdad *, Moscow * 8:00 PM -- Tehran * 8:30 PM -- Islamabad 9:00 PM -- Calcutta & New Delhi 9:30 PM -- Dhaka 10:00 PM -- Rangoon 10:30 PM -- Hanoi, Bangkok & Jakarta 11:00 PM -- Hong Kong, Perth, Beijing & Kuala Lumpur +12:00 PM -- Seoul & Tokyo +1:00 AM -- Brisbane, Canberra & Melbourne +2:00 AM -- Wellington +4:00 AM

+ means the place is one day ahead of Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time.

* means the place is observing daylight saving time (DST) at the moment.

You may also check at [link] to find your corresponding local time for tomorrow if a nearby city is not listed above.

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3. MORE INFORMATION RELATED TO THIS MEDITATION FOCUS


This complement of information may help you to better understand the various aspects pertaining to the summary description of the subject of this Meditation Focus. It is recommended to view this information from a positive perspective, and not allow the details to tinge the positive vision we wish to hold in meditation. Since what we focus on grows, the more positive our mind-set, the more successful we will be in manifesting a vision of peace and healing. This complementary information is provided so that a greater knowledge of what needs healing and peace-nurturing vibrations may assist us to have an in-depth understanding of what is at stake and thus achieve a greater collective effectiveness.

CONTENTS

1. 'Global warming real' say new studies
2. 'Tipping point' looms for Earth's climate
3. Pressure on Bush to address global warming
4. Kyoto protocol gets degree of support from some US businesses
5. Umbra on What Global Warming Will Mean for Average Folks
6. Memo on President Bush's Trip to Europe


Also recommended...


The Green Holocaust Files #18: Kyoto Delusion (February 18, 2005)
[link]


The Ostrich Meets Global Warming (Telling cartoon!)
[link]

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