Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700For over 16 years now, Dr. Bhaskar Choudhary and his team at the Wildlife Rescue Center in Assam, India, have been working tirelessly to rehabilitate over a thousand orphan and injured wild animals, including elephant and rhino calves, wild buffaloes, tigers, leopards, deer, and birds, and to return to the forest and survive independently. Choudhary also provides information on displaced animals to locals to assist with animal care during natural disasters like floods in the fragile ecosystem of North Eastern India. Despite the countless sleepless nights spent patiently caring for injured or orphaned animals, Choudhary only describes a feeling of gratitude to the animals which have allowed him "to experience life in such miraculous and invaluable ways."
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700Malini Suchak, assistant professor of animal behavior, ecology, and conservation at Canisius College, researches gratitude, discovering that "Gratitude is one of the fundamentally important parts of human life." But why is it "as much a part of our social relationships as gossip?" Darwin himself suggested that humans and other animals share the "same emotions, even the more complex ones such as jealousy, suspicion, emulation, gratitude, and magnanimity." As for gratitude -- her initial research among chimpanzees and capuchin monkeys suggests that Darwin might be right.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700Twenty some years ago David Milarch hovered above the bed, looking down at his motionless body. Years of alcoholism and hard living had booted him out of his life. A cosmic commandment would return him to it. His improbable charge? To clone the world's champion trees - the giants that had survived millennia and would be unvanquished by climate change. Experts said it couldn't be done. Fast-forward to today, and Milarch is now the keeper of a Noah's Ark of sorts, filled with the genetics for repopulating the world's most ancient trees. Founder of the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive he is on a mission to restore the lungs of the planet -- a mission that now reaches close to 300 million people each year. "Spend a couple of days in an old-growth forest, you'll come out different from when you went in. Those trees affect our physical, mental and especially our spiritual bodies. Redwoods have been on this planet for 400 million years longer than humans. I believe that trees have a soul, they have a conscience. And I do believe that anyone, everyone can learn to communicate with them." Milarch shares more in this fascinating in-depth interview.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700When Cesar Chavez died, 30,000 people showed up to march in his honor. He was the visionary force behind the United Farm Workers union and had led the Farm Workers Movement fighting for civil rights while promoting nonviolence. Anthony Chavez, seven-years-old at the time, knew him simply as --Grandpa. Today Anthony is a leader in his own right, he travels the country speaking on behalf of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, keeping his grandfather's legacy alive, while advocating for service learning initiatives in the field of education. "I remind students what my grandfather said, 'We don't need perfect political systems, what we need is more perfect participation,'" Anthony says. His vibrant journey includes many years serving as travel assistant to Brother David Steindl-Rast, the world-renowned Benedictine monk, author and inter-religious pioneer.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700Studies reveal that contentment, interconnectedness and wellbeing levels all increase with exposure to the vibration of natural greenspaces. According to this article 'you don't need a rooftop garden or an acre of forest to create your own meditative biosphere. It can be wherever you are.' When we tap into the vibration our our hearts, this magnetic strength beyond that of our brains, creates a calm tranquility for our entire being. When we move from our minds to the natural rhythm of our hearts, we become our own greenspace. Greenspaces take us from the tech-heavy, fast paced world into surrendering to the natural, open, slower state that is the vibration of nature. Janmarie Conner offers some real world tips on how to soothe your mind and settle your soul not just through a greener physical environment, but through the natural vibration of your own heart.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700"While having trouble transitioning to high school in 2011, my mom placed a big bowl of quotes on my desk to pick from every morning. I grudgingly agreed, but as time went on I realized what a gift this tool truly was. Taping the words of wisdom across my walls and carrying my favorites inside my phone case, I truly believed that each quote I picked was something that I was meant to hear. Later, when I was at costume crew, a friend opened the back of my phone case to see why it was so bulky, and hundreds of my little paper slips floated out. To my surprise, the reaction wasn't confusion, but sincere interest! After seeing how many people were excited about these daily quotes, together my mom and I packaged a month's worth into small jars. Requests came pouring in from friends, neighbors, and soon people all over the US." In celebration of the International Day of Happiness watch this beautiful short video on Meredith's Joy Jars.
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700Shifting our world toward a life-sustaining society takes active hope. We need to counter the voices that say we're not up to the task, that we're not good enough, strong enough, or wise enough to make any difference. If we fear that the mess we're in is too awful to look at or that we won't be able to cope with the distress it brings up, we need to find a way through that fear. This piece, co-authored by Joanna Macy, describes three threads we can follow that help us stand tall and not shrink away when facing the immensity of what's happening to our world.