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The Oracle Report Thursday, February 21, 2013

Daily Energetic Analysis During the Time of Awakening

Thursday, February 21, 2013

First Quarter Moon Phase – Moon in Cancer

Today is the day of the “giveaway.” We want to give away some of our time, energy, resources, or attention for the benefit of another or others. Anything that is undertaken through collaboration with others will yield much better results today.

Mutations or imbalances tend to show up under this energy also. We see what areas of our lives are out of balance in proportion to other areas. When this happens, distortions arise. Use the energy of the giveaway to remove any distortion that has manifested in your life (and in your body). The Sun has developed magnetic fields that harbor potential for M and X class flares. This will make mutations or distortions more evident or visible. It shows up most readily with the physical body, but mental and emotional mutations/distortions are noticeable also.

The Sun and Neptune remain in close conjunction, helping us to see things more clearly. It takes a brave heart to look sometimes, but it is worth it. Have a wonderful day, everyone. Let’s give away the love.

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10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy by Jen Angel – YES! Magazine

10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy

by Jen Angel

Scientists can tell us how to be happy. Really. Here are 10 ways, with the research to prove it.

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10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy
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In the last few years, psychologists and researchers have been digging up hard data on a question previously left to philosophers: What makes us happy? Researchers like the father-son team Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener, Stanford psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, and ethicist Stephen Post have studied people all over the world to find out how things like money, attitude, culture, memory, health, altruism, and our day-to-day habits affect our well-being. The emerging field of positive psychology is bursting with new findings that suggest your actions can have a significant effect on your happiness and satisfaction with life. Here are 10 scientifically proven strategies for getting happy.
Savor Everyday Moments Pause now and then to smell a rose or watch children at play. Study participants who took time to savor ordinary events that they normally hurried through, or to think back on pleasant moments from their day, showed significant increases in happiness and reductions in depression, says psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky.
Avoid Comparisons While keeping up with the Joneses is part of American culture, comparing ourselves with others can be damaging to happiness and self-esteem. Instead of comparing ourselves to others, focusing on our own personal achievement leads to greater satisfaction, according to Lyubomirsky.
Put Money Low on the List People who put money high on their priority list are more at risk for depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, according to researchers Tim Kasser and Richard Ryan. Their findings hold true across nations and cultures. The more we seek satisfactions in material goods, the less we find them there, Ryan says. The satisfaction has a short half-lifeits very fleeting. Money-seekers also score lower on tests of vitality and self-actualization.
Have Meaningful Goals People who strive for something significant, whether its learning a new craft or raising moral children, are far happier than those who dont have strong dreams or aspirations, say Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener. As humans, we actually require a sense of meaning to thrive. Harvards resident happiness professor, Tal Ben-Shahar, agrees, Happiness lies at the intersection between pleasure and meaning. Whether at work or at home, the goal is to engage in activities that are both personally significant and enjoyable.
Take Initiative at Work How happy you are at work depends in part on how much initiative you take. Researcher Amy Wrzesniewski says that when we express creativity, help others, suggest improvements, or do additional tasks on the job, we make our work more rewarding and feel more in control.
Make Friends, Treasure Family Happier people tend to have good families, friends, and supportive relationships, say Diener and Biswas-Diener. But its not enough to be the life of the party if youre surrounded by shallow acquaintances. We dont just need relationships, we need close ones that involve understanding and caring.
Smile Even When You Dont Feel Like It It sounds simple, but it works. Happy peoplesee possibilities, opportunities, and success. When they think of the future, they are optimistic, and when they review the past, they tend to savor the high points, say Diener and Biswas-Diener. Even if you werent born looking at the glass as half-full, with practice, a positive outlook can become a habit.
Say Thank You Like You Mean It People who keep gratitude journals on a weekly basis are healthier, more optimistic, and more likely to make progress toward achieving personal goals, according to author Robert Emmons. Research by Martin Seligman, founder of positive psychology, revealed that people who write gratitude letters to someone who made a difference in their lives score higher on happiness, and lower on depressionand the effect lasts for weeks.
Get Out and Exercise A Duke University study shows that exercise may be just as effective as drugs in treating depression, without all the side effects and expense. Other research shows that in addition to health benefits, regular exercise offers a sense of accomplishment and opportunity for social interaction, releases feel-good endorphins, and boosts self-esteem.
Give It Away, Give It Away Now! Make altruism and giving part of your life, and be purposeful about it. Researcher Stephen Post says helping a neighbor, volunteering, or donating goods and services results in a helpers high, and you get more health benefits than you would from exercise or quitting smoking. Listening to a friend, passing on your skills, celebrating others successes, and forgiveness also contribute to happiness, he says. Researcher Elizabeth Dunn found that those who spend money on others reported much greater happiness than those who spend it on themselves.

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Instead of Trying to Feed the World, Let’s Help It Feed Itself by Shannon Hayes – YES! Magazine

Instead of Trying to Feed the World, Lets Help It Feed Itself

We know about the ecological problems that follow when farmers are asked to feed the world. What would happen if they just tried to feed their neighbors instead?
by Shannon Hayes
posted Feb 20, 2013

Hayes on Local Farms

Are they “feeding the world”? Are we asking the right questions? Photo by USDA.

Sooner or later the question comes up, whether it is between two friends sharing a pot of stew made from local grassfed beef and their garden harvest, livestock farmers gathered on a pasture walk, neighbors working together to tend a flock of backyard chickens, or organic vegetable producers discussing yields at a conference.

But can we feed the world this way?

As we try to move humanity away from dominant power regimes and thoughtless extraction of the earths resources, toward a way of life that honors the earth and all of her creatures, I think this is the most maddening question we can be asking ourselves.

Nevertheless, weve all been conditioned to reflexively turn to this question as we challenge our methods and consider new paths toward sustainability.

The local producers job was to support the family, the community, and his or her bioregionnot the world.

However, 75 or 100 years ago, such a question would never have entered into our dialogue. To ask a local farmer or homesteader how his or her production methods were going to feed the world would have been absurd. The local producers job was to support the family, the community, and his or her bioregionnot the world.

But following World War II, with the onset of the Green Revolution, feeding the world became a national mantra. It was a ubiquitous good that handily justified the discovery that the petro-chemicals used in warfare could find post-war applications if dumped on our food supply.

Feeding the world consoled farmers as they incurred mountains of debt to afford the fossil fuel-intensive machinery and expansive acreage that would enable them to crank out tons of food for which they would garner increasingly lower prices.Feeding the world was the elixir offered as our grandparents attempted to adjust their palates to a food supply that was suddenly tasteless as local food disappeared from the market. Feeding the world was the slogan tossed about as rural people the world over surrendered ties to the land, moved to cities, and trusted that the food system would take care of itself. Feeding the world was the background tune playing in the bank, on the car radio of the seed salesman, in the office of the accountant as farmers were counseled to get big or get out, to expand their production and change their growing practices to participate in a global food supply, rather than a regional one. Feeding the worldwas the motto that let Americans turn their heads and not notice the polluted waters, the increasing severity of floods, soil loss, or the fact that the little farm next door had suddenly disappeared.

There is no such thing as a universally applicable production practice nor a universally acceptable diet.

But those petro-chemicals and farming practices that feed the world are washing away our topsoil and leaving what remains nutritionally deficient. Ironically, the goal to feed the world has led to a form of agriculture that has made it increasingly difficult for the people of the world to feed themselves. And the fact that fossil fuels are not quite as abundant as they once were, nor as cheap, means that even if we could generate yields of global proportions in perpetuity, we wouldnt be able to deliver the goods in any cost-effective manner.

Can the local, sustainable food movement in the United States feed the world? Hell, no. Nor can the industrial agricultural paradigm. No one can feed the world. One country cannot do it, nor can any specific model of production. The earth must be allowed to reclaim its natural productivity. Thats why we need local and regional food systems, designed to work harmoniously with local ecosystems. While certain ecological lessons may apply, it would be absurd to think what works for us here in upstate New York for producing food is going to necessarily work in Africa. Heck, many of the methods that work on farms 10 miles from our house wont work on our steep hillside farm. There is no such thing as a universally applicable production practice nor a universally acceptable diet.

Rather than asking farmers if the methods they use can feed the world, we should ask ourselves, Do my choices help the world to feed itself?

This is not to say that we shouldnt be concerned about global starvation. But if enabling everybody to have access to good, nutritious food is really our goal, we need to look deeper than crop yields and feed conversion ratios. In addition to the complicated politics involved, we need to examine our individual actions.

How are our daily habits impacting humanitys access to a nutritious food supply? Our daily sustenance should not require that other people in the world go without nourishment. Our daily sustenance should not demand excessive fossil fuels for growing, processing, and transporting the food to our tables. Beyond that, our consumption habits ideally should not be requiring people in foreign lands to destroy their own access to clean water and fertile soils for the sake of dying our clothing, building our electronics, or making our childrens toys.

Feeding the world starts with individual accountability. It needs to be considered in every home, in every business. But the question must be re-framed. Rather than asking farmers if the methods they use can feed the world, we need to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, Do my choices help enable the world to feed itself? If the answer is no, then it is time to make different choices.

There is not one of us who is blameless when the question is re-framed (myself included). But it is not solely up to the farmers to feed the world. It is up to each and every one of us to strive to live a life of personal accountability that will enable this earth to heal, and enable this world to feed itself.

And, just as no single agricultural practice will be universally applicable, nor will any single life path. There are many routes to a healed planet. What matters is that we keep asking ourselves to be accountable, and that we keep making the changes that are direly needed.

Thus, I leave you with one question: What can you do today that will enable the world to feed itself?

Shannon HayesShannon Hayes wrote this article for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. Shannon is the author ofRadical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, The Grassfed Gourmetand The Farmer and the Grill. Her newest book is Long Way on a Little: An Earth Lover’s Companion for Enjoying Meat, Pinching Pennies and Living Deliciously. She is the host of Grassfedcooking.com and RadicalHomemakers.com. Hayes works with her family on Sap Bush Hollow Farm in Upstate New York.

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A Survivor by FeyGirl Serenity Spell

A Survivor

by FeyGirl

Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don’t want it. What appears bad manners, an ill temper or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone. Miller Williams

One special hike along the Rookery Trail (within the SWA Trail network of Grassy Waters Preserve) brought an unbelievable number of alligator sightings I lost track at 30 in the space of 2-3 hours. By far the most of any hike! One of the guys we stumbled upon was this handsome fella.

Sunning Alligator in Grassy Waters Preserve, Florida

Sunning sweetheart

He’s not hissing, or being hostile far from it, he was as mellow as could be. As with other cold-blooded reptiles, he was basking in the sun, regulating his body temperature. Occasionally alligators will keep their mouths open, akin to a dog panting…. Its a cooling mechanism.

Sunning Alligator in Grassy Waters Preserve, Florida

Cooling down on a warm day

Out of 20-50 eggs that are laid by the mother alligator, only a few will survive to adulthood usually less than five. Many predators prey upon the juvenile alligators, include snapping turtles, snakes, raccoons, bobcats, raptors, wading birds, and even larger alligators. This guy (or girl?) is a survivor, having encountered a mishap resulting in a missing foot as a hatchling or young adult the injury appears long, and well-healed. And he/she was doing just fine, enjoying the beautiful land and wetlands of this magnificent preserved Everglades watershed.

Sunning Alligator in Grassy Waters Preserve, Florida

Relaxing in my wonderful Everglades

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Apologies for posting this instead of reblogging, but having trouble getting the page to load. Serenity Spell is one of my favourite blogs ever, it is well worth the wait for dialup to load all the beautiful images, so follow the link above and check it out.
If you live in Florida you will be in awe of your home, if not, you will wish you lived here;-)