Lessons from Drake (@champagnepappi)

Thank you Drake, for sharing this beautiful message!!

Beautiful People, once again, I’m not using my own words.  Sometimes, it takes the words of others to voice exactly what we are feeling.  Shout out to @champagnepappi for posting something so exquisitely on point right now:

“What is most important for you right now is to connect to your own inner light.  This will create the biggest opening of all. Trust that you have all of the power within, to make this happen, and in order to do that, connect to the people and things that bring you a lot of joy.  When the mind starts to move into overthinking and fear, shift your attention right away to something bright. It doesn’t matter what has happened in the past, or what is happening around us now, you can always make the choice to break free of the wheel of suffering and panic and open up to your own light. We are powerful manifestors, so once you make the choice in the moment to shift your awareness to something good, it will show you in your reality. Be conscious, especially right now of fears coming in from others and recognize that not everything should be held by you. Laughter is your best medicine but tears can also be a powerful release.  Let go of any judgement you may have around that.  Remember that you are never alone, and if you need to be reminded of that, ask for support and it will show up. Everything comes down to intention, and even though there are conflicting energies circling around us you must KNOW…it will rebuild. But in order for that to happen, you have to do exactly that.  Trust. You have the biggest heart and that is your greatest gift. It’s impossible to always control your surroundings, but when you shift the focus to how you feel, everything will conspire to assist you. I love and miss my beautiful family and I can’t wait for the joyful day when we are all able to reunite. Until then, please keep your lights on. ♥”

 

Thank you Drake!
And thank you to all the front line workers, whomever you are, wherever you be, you are loved and appreciated!

 

 

LESSONS FROM THE CORONA VIRUS…

Hey Beautiful People,

My cousin sent me this and I immediately wanted to share it with all of you.  This is a lesson, from Bill Gates, on how and why what’s happening is happening.

**Please note, these are not my words. I sharing this with you because it has never been more applicable than right now.**

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Bill Gate’s views on the CoronaVirus….

“What is the Corona/ Covid-19 Virus Really Teaching us?

I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or being bad.

As I meditate upon this, I want to share with you what I feel the Corona/ Covid-19 virus is really doing to us:

–       It is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. This disease treats us all equally, perhaps we should to. If you don’t believe me, just ask Tom Hanks.

–       It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an effect on another. It is reminding us that the false borders that we have put up have little value as this virus does not need a passport. It is reminding us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.

–       It is reminding us of how precious our health is and how we have moved to neglect it through eating nutrient poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contaminated with chemicals upon chemicals. If we don’t look after our health, we will, of course, get sick.

–       It is reminding us of the shortness of life and of what is most important for us to do, which is to help each other, especially those who are old or sick. Our purpose is not to buy toilet roll.

–       It is reminding us of how materialistic our society has become and how, when in times of difficulty, we remember that it’s the essentials that we need (food, water, medicine) as opposed to the luxuries that we sometimes unnecessarily give value to.

–       It is reminding us of how important our family and home life is and how much we have neglected this. It is forcing us back into our houses so we can rebuild them into our home and to strengthen our family unit.

–       It is reminding us that our true work is not our job, that is what we do, not what we were created to do.  Our true work is to look after each other, to protect each other and to be of benefit to one another.

–       It is reminding us to keep our egos in check. It is reminding us that no matter how great we think we are or how great others think we are,
a virus can bring our world to a standstill.

–       It is reminding us that the power of freewill is in our hands. We can choose to cooperate and help each other, to share, to give, to help and to support each other or we can choose to be selfish, to hoard, to look after only yourself. Indeed, it is difficulties that bring out our true colors.

–       It is reminding us that we can be patient, or we can panic. We can either understand that this type of situation has happened many times before in history and will pass, or we can panic and see it as the end of the world and, consequently, cause ourselves more harm than good.

–       It is reminding us that this can either be an end or a new beginning. This can be a time of reflection and understanding, where we learn from our mistakes, or it can be the start of a cycle which will continue until we finally learn the lesson we are meant to.

–       It is reminding us that this Earth is sick. It is reminding us that we need to look at the rate of deforestation just as urgently as we look at the speed at which toilet rolls are disappearing off of shelves. We are sick because our home is sick.

–       It is reminding us that after every difficulty, there is always ease. Life is cyclical, and this is just a phase in this great cycle. We do not need to panic; this too shall pass.

Whereas many see the Corona/ Covid-19 virus as a great disaster, I prefer to see it as a great corrector. It is sent to remind us of the important lessons that we seem to have forgotten and it is up to us if we will learn them
or not.”

 

May the One who Made all of us Bless us and Protect us. ♥
Please stay safe and healthy and heed the advice of the health professionals in your areas.

 

Hey Vancouverites,

Thank you for one of the most peaceful protests we’ve seen in a very long time.  Thank you to everyone who made signs (on recyclable and reused materials) and thank you to all the parents who stood beside their little ones.  This strike/protest matters.  You matter. Our world matters.   “One love, One heart, Let’s get together” and make this right!

Some of my favourite photos:

All photos ©Safreena Rajan

People of all walks of life attended this rally from very young to young at heart and all people in between.  The human family was well represented today.  Well done Vancouverites!

 

Kudos to the VSB for “Letting” kids skip school to attend.  I get the feeling though, that the majority of the 100,000 people in the downtown core would not have asked permission.

The Earth is in trouble people.  Let’s not leave it in the hands of those who clearly don’t care.

Thank you to everyone in every city, province, state, nation, country who walked or who supported those who walked today.  Shout out to the Policeman who directed traffic using his sandwich and coke bottle as sign posts for traffic to follow!  (Unfortunately I couldn’t get a pic, but I’m thankful I live in a place where the police have our safety first in mind and can make us laugh.)  And thankful I live in a place where signs like this result only in messages being delivered and more cardboard being recycled!

Thank you to the Climate Strike Team, Fridays for the Future, Greta Thunberg and all the lovely people who, like me, have been fighting this fight for years.  There is much to be done. Today was a fantastic start!

My rant on the boondoggle of repeating the same behaviour of not caring for, then trying to correct environmental damage…

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We need to stop using sentences like “Climate change is real.”

It isn’t unreal.

We as a society have been stuck in key words around this issue like “climate change” and “green house gas emissions” and “renewable resources.”  This conversation has been going on for more than twenty or thirty years- why haven’t the verbs changed?  If values change over time, why not the accompanying words?  Or actions?

Oceans are becoming more acidic, bleaching coral reefs. Climatic regions once associated with milder, more temperate climates are experiencing heat waves. Sea levels are rising, displacing millions.  Wild fires are creating refugees and homelessness. Droughts in developed areas are occurring on a yearly basis. El Ñino and La Ñina are prime examples of this – warmer ocean currents wreaking havoc on our weather systems, and in turn, creating stronger, more devastating storms.  Polar bears are drowning because they have never before had to swim so far for their food.  Why are they swimming should be the question on your mind.  If it isn’t, take a look at the melting ice caps in the Arctic.  The Inuit had to invent a word for “Robin” because northern climes have warmed up so much that Robins now fly that far north.  The “Great White North” will eventually become the Northern Tropics if we are not prudent.

How many more people have to die or become displaced for people to understand that this “climate change thing” is real??   Jump on the bandwagons people – the mother ship has left you and it ain’t comin’ back!

It’s time to change the conversation and ask the real questions of why does it cost Northern, Developed nations so much to use solar power, when most of the entire CONTINENT of Africa has is making efficient use of it?  If someone can pay the (almost) equivalent amount of one dollar to have his/her mobile phone charged in Kenya, using solar cells to generate electric recharging, then why can’t Canada and the U.S and the U.K and other developed nations figure it out?  Let’s start asking our companies why an effective and economical solution can’t be found.  Let’s start asking who put the  “Nay-Sayers” and “climate change critics” in charge?  It’s time for the pundits to stop saying “agree to disagree.” Perhaps it’s time to stop talking and plant a few trees!

Let’s ask the experts how many kick backs they get from their associated businesses. Let’s take a real look at the auto industry.  Who was it that really “killed the electric car?”   Who benefits the most from coal/oil/gas deals?  Why did it take so long for low-emission light bulbs to become the industry norm? Why won’t certain countries enact said light bulbs into industry code? Why won’t certain countries recycle their paper waste?  Why won’t certain governments stop drilling in the Arctic?  Money is not a renewable resource either.  Deforestation is devastating vast areas of our beautiful globe.  The lack of trees is displacing wildlife, and causing droughts and in some cases, serious floods.  The Amazon basin is suffering.  We need trees to filter the carbon dioxide we create.  Oxygen is a requirement for human life.  Did anyone forget about the hole in the Ozone layer?  We still have that you know…

We have our priorities wrong.  If there were real political will behind this issue, then it wouldn’t have taken 195 countries until 2015 to sign a deal like the Paris Agreement.  It wouldn’t have taken a historic meeting of the “Three Amigos” until 2016 to shine yet another light on this urgent issue.

This matters because if a poor, under developed country like Kenya, and most states within Africa, can figure out how to use Solar power to their benefit, especially for people living on less than $20.00 a day, then why the heck can’t we?  I don’t understand this. Don’t tell me we don’t have enough sun or that we don’t have the technology for storage or that storage is expensive.  Go back to the top of this page and read everything again.

This matters because there are too many countries in which charcoal is burned openly on the roadsides, deforestation resulting from the homeless/displaced burning wood for cooking fuel, land fills the size of small mountains are being burnt because there are no other viable solutions.  There are too many countries drilling in precious ocean environments, and far too much research/development being done on fracking. Far too many companies are pumping far too many noxious chemicals into the atmosphere.

We have known for some time that coal, oil and gas are not renewable resources.  We have known that invariably, they will undoubtedly run out.  We have passed that point.  We’ve gone passed the point at which we need to build cars that run on vegetables, or some weird variation thereof.  We need to take the brilliant energy of the sun, of the wind, of the oceans and use it to our benefit, without leaving the poor and the middle class behind.  And we need to do this without emptying the oceans of the precious life contained therein.  We need to sit with our Aboriginal Peoples and take a lesson in caring for the earth.  Why are we not harvesting rain water so that when drought occurs we are not in dire straits?   More of us need to have meatless Mondays and  Tofu Tuesdays.  Turn off your televisions and your computer screens for two hours every week.  And for God’s sake, participate in Earth Hour every year!

Let’s put money into research and development so our students and our environmental engineers can figure out how best to create storage solutions for tidal/solar/wind power.  Let’s enact, and then follow through on considerably tougher legislation that punishes corporations for oil spills and environmental damage.  If money is so important, let’s pass some laws that inflict punitive damage in the form of hefty sums from the companies willfully neglecting the surrounding environment.  Let’s create such a strength in Environmental Law that companies and corporations will think thrice before attempting to bury leaky barrels of hazardous waste near groundwater. Or not inspect drilling sites prior to drilling underwater.

 

There does not ever need to be a compromise between saving our planet and building a healthy and productive economy.

And yes, while it is true that “Nature repairs her ravages,” (George Elliot) this is not a situation which has been created by mother nature. We did this.  We silly, selfish, consumerist, materially obsessed people did this.  And we need to fix this.  Now. Right Now.

Let’s not wait for another major conference to “get it.”  Change the verbiage.  This is no longer about climate change.  It’s about the successful survival of life on Planet Earth.