September 2009


I’m just back from the radio station and a most enjoyable hour interviewing John Summerville, a thoughtful and intelligent homeopath and osteopath. More on that soon. In the meantime, I thought I’d post this interesting article showing once again that little people—and towns—can and do make a practical difference. It will be interesting to see if this is one of those powerful ideas whose time has come.

SYDNEY — An Australian town pulled all bottled water from its shelves Saturday and replaced it with refillable bottles in what is believed to be a world-first ban.

plastic_bottlesHundreds of people marched through the picturesque rural town of Bundanoon to mark the first day of its bottled water ban by unveiling a series of new public drinking fountains, said campaign spokesman John Dee.

Shopkeepers ceremoniously removed the last bottles of water from their shelves and replaced them with reusable bottles that can be filled from fountains inside the town’s shops or at water stations in the street.

“Every bottle today was taken off the shelf and out of the fridges so you can only now buy refillable bottles in shops in Bundanoon,” Dee told AFP.

The tiny town, two hours south of Sydney, voted in July to ban bottled water after a drinks company moved to tap into a local aquifer for its bottled water business.

“In the process of the campaign against that the local people became educated about the environmental impact of bottled water,” said Dee.

“A local retailer came up with this idea of well why don’t we do something about that and actually stop selling the bottled water and it got a favourable reaction,” he said.

Dee said the 2,000-person town had made international headlines with their bid, which he hoped would spur communities across the world to action.

“Whilst our politicians grapple with the enormity of dealing with climate change what Bundanoon shows is that at the very local level we can sometimes do things that can surprise ourselves, in terms of our ability to bring about real and measurable change that has a real benefit for the environment,” he said.

The cash savings only made the project more compelling, he added.

“I think that’s why this campaign is doing so well, because we’re saying to people you can save money and save the environment at the same time,” said Dee. “The alternative doesn’t have a sexy brand, doesn’t have pictures of mountain streams on the front of it, it comes out of your tap.”

Activists say bottling water causes unnecessary use of plastics and fuel for transport. A New South Wales study found that in 2006, the industry was responsible for releasing 60,000 tonnes of gases blamed for global warming.

Here’s the link to where I found this information: 

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hZlHknsnA1Yhe-ZMnEDsF9w9U5qQ

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From the White Eagle Website

From the White Eagle Website

Another offering from The Quiet Mind: Sayings of White Eagle

 Keep Your Contact (pg. 18)

 Whenever you are tired or weary, seek the Presence of the Golden One, and draw into your soul His love, His gentle beauty, His refreshment. If you can keep your certain, sure contact with God, nothing can go wrong in your life. You have no need to worry about decisions whether to do this, that or the other. Your decisions will be made for you, but you must be awakened to the spirit, quickened in spirit, so that you will instantly respond to the gentle guidance of the almighty Presence within you.

 For more on the White Eagle Lodge visit:

http://www.whiteagle.org/quiet_mind.htm

 The following words come from the website given above:

 White Eagle – the bird of vision, of soaring wings and sunlit skies.

 A spirit guide whose teachings were revealed to Grace Cooke throughout her long life.

 The name `White Eagle’ is not attached only to an individual, but stands for a true vision through the mists of earth into a larger and more perfect life.

 The center of the White Eagle teaching is love and understanding towards all. All people, all living creatures are from the same source–the Light, the heart of Good. We are all one family, joined by a common bond, a sometimes unspoken understanding–love.

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The Quiet Mind Book Cover

I’ve decided to begin posting regularly (no promises on how regularly) short excerpts from a beautiful little book, The Quiet Mind: Sayings of White Eagle. I trust you derive as much inspiration from these words as I have. Here’s the first. These are in no particular order.

 

Loving Means Seeing Good

You must learn so to act, so to live each day, that you are naturally, at all times, a being of love. Love is not sentimentality. Love is seeing good, seeing God, recognizing the divine law of cause and effect working throughout all life. To love is to be tolerant towards all men, towards all the happenings of daily life; to be patient, thoughtful, kind and meek. All these qualities are contained in the one word—love.

For more on the White Eagle Lodge visit:

http://www.whiteagle.org/quiet_mind.htm

 

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and a bit of fun with David Letterman. 

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Stunning Colours and Moon

Disease is a result of congestion. Healing is a result of circulation.

                                                ― Florence Scovel Shinn

 

A poet went to a doctor and complained of all kinds of symptoms. The doctor examined the poet and asked him, “When was the last time you recited your poetry?”

The poet thought for a moment and answered, “Several months ago.”

“Then please recite your favorite new poem for me,” the doctor requested.

The patient arose and gave a compelling recitation.  The doctor repeated the request, and the patient recited several more poems.

 “How do you feel now?” asked the doctor.

             “I feel wonderful,” he announced.

            “Good, “the doctor responded. “Now go home and keep expressing yourself. Stifling yourself made you ill.”

            Self-expression is a vital element of healing. Oriental medicine is based on the flow of chi, or life force. We are all endowed with life force at birth, and it is renewed each morning after we rest. If we keep that force moving, we remain healthy and happy, our natural state. If we block that life force or pinch it off, we become stagnant and ill. This applies to physical movement of life force, as well as intellectual, emotional, and spiritual movement.

            If you feel stuck in your body, relationship, or work, ask yourself where and how you could and would like to move more life force. In the case of the poet above, he was not expressing his gifts and his passion. When he did, his physical symptoms disappeared, because, as Richard Bach notes, “Your body is your thoughts in a form you can see.”

            You were born to be and do certain things. As you are true to your nature, well-being lines up in your favor.

 

In what way(s) has your life force becomes pinched off or stifled?

How could you move it so you feel better and create more success?

 

I am here to live, love, and express my true self and my gifts. I let my life force flow.

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One day, a boy says to his father, “Dad, will you run a marathon with me?” And his father says yes.

They run their first marathon together. Again, the son asks, “Dad, will you run a marathon with me?” And his father says, “Yes, my son.”

One day, the son asks his father, “Dad, will you run the Ironman with me?”

The Ironman is the most challenging triathlon there is: swimming for 4 km, biking for 180 km and running for 42 km.

And the father replies, “Yes.”

The story seems simple… Until you watch the video of the race…

 I highly recommend viewing this. When Lucia and I watched it the first time last night it brought tears to our eyes. When we watched it a second time it again brought tears to our eyes AND  the cookies in the oven burnt!

Enjoy,

John

John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life. 

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