Making positive choices about the environment is the theme in some magazine articles this summer. Monica Wilde, who I consider to be an eco-warrier, brings our attention to the reality that we can make life style choices which can have an effect on the environment and ultimately on ourselves. The disconnect in life, she suggests, occurs when there is no personal and positive action about our immediate environment.
In her article, Now is the Time for Action, Monica brings to the fore the importance of individual involvement in the face of an increasing crisis in climate changes which is already inimical to the quality of life on earth, to all life. She ends the article with the lucid reality that action is in your every waking moment as well as your dreams.
I am reminded of the shopkeepers and household residents in Indian towns and cities attentively sweeping the pavement outside their shops and houses and cleansing the air inside their rooms with smouldering pine leaves every morning before the start of their day.
Being mindful of our immediate environs is the beginning of a larger understanding of the state of our planet.
Concerning plastic in our lives, this recent article in The Guardian brings home the fact that “humans have made 8.3 billion tons of plastic since 1950” presented in a captivating illustrated format. (The Unted States of Plastic.)
In terms of the personal well-being of individuals-the internal environment of the body-Dr Miriam Maisel, a certified lifestyle physician and family practitioner, states in her webpage:
The main message of lifestyle medicine is that healthy eating along with physical activity can bring about dramatic improvements in many medical conditions, and reduce the need for long medications and even surgery.
In her article, Health Independence, Miriam looks at alternative ways of living that are not dependent on conventional medicines and treatments.
(Also see The Cancer of Climate Change.)
Albert Harris (Ed)
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RINGU TULKU RINPOCHE’S VISIT TO IRELAND: Andy
NOW IS THE TIME FOR ACTION: Monica Wilde
HEALTH INDEPENDENCE: Dr Miriam Maisel
INSTALLATIONS OF OUTER SPACE: Padolski and Basandowskaby
STORIES OF REINCARNATION: Professor Erlendur Haraldsson
BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME: Lama Jampa Thaye
MEDITATION: Yeshe Dorje
HOW TO FIND INNER PEACE: Ronald Hirsch
POHA POTATOES: Madhur Jaffrey
MEMORIES: W. D. Cocker
DRINK YOUR TEA: Thich Nhat Hahn
COMPASSION: Li Po
MORNING PRACTICE: Maeve O’Sullivan
KARMA SONAM RINCHEN: KSR
LIVING AND DYING IN PEACE: Margaret Richardson
WAR AND PEACE: Ianthe Pickles
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FRISBEE GIANT: Malcolm Sutherland