27 October 2016

JoyDay_The essentials we pack into our lives

A friend of mine, now gone to heaven, once said to me “you pack your issues in your suitcase”. I guess that is why they call it “baggage”. 

Our baggage can be filled with issues of a negative tilt, but it can also be full of the things that bring us joy.
The things that have define us from a 
positive aspect: the love, and comfort, and connection and memories that we have accumulated over our time travelling
through life 
on this moral coil.

A word association I played 
with for this article went like this.
bag, travel, clothes, heavy, leather, wheels, lock, airport, school books, travel tag, full, movement, set, combination, open up, ownership, stuff (personal),
needed, required, useful, all I need, 
caring, pulling, holding, keep close, essentials.

CHERISHED: toys, pets, soft, old, comfort, attached, kisses, hugs, needed, all I need, keep close,
full of love, full, holding, carrying, 

So it seems to me that the key word is 'essential'. 

Reflect on what is essential to you 
and you will find that its the things that bring you JOY.
JoyDay, every 25th November, every year...

24 October 2016

A colour of harmony

A ubiquitous colour in interior design and home wares of the 1960s, orange is a colour that
divides the world, ironically as it is the symbolic colour of unity and harmony.

You can find all things orange at your local op shop or market.
Invite orange into your every day. You will be happier for it.

20 October 2016

Dark light

There is something about a chandelier hanging above one’s head, filling the space or a room with a statement of “I am here.” 
Usually crystal, they were first designed to maximise the candle light that flicker and brighten the extraordinary rooms and spaces of the privileged. 
They still posses that notion of ‘de lux’, which is interesting as the word ‘lux’ is Latin for light.

There in a darkened room full of chandeliers that glowed green, they did not emit any light or golden glow. 
It was the UV light engaged that generated this strange, otherworldly effect. 
The feeling was that they almost sucked what little light there was into themselves.

There was and is something challenging and beautiful about this moment.

04 October 2016

Bees are vanishing

Bees are vanishing.
These industrious creatures that bring us almost one out of every three bites of our food are collapsing in a rain of toxic pesticides.

We need bees for the stability of our food supply.
Bees are responsible for pollinating 70 out of the world’s top 100 food crops.

The EU has already banned neonicotinoids because of their danger to bees. 
In high doses neonicotinoids cause swift death by paralysis.

But multiple peer-reviewed studies show that exposure to a low dose can harm bees’ critical navigation, memory and motor functions.

The EPA of Australia and America must act wisely and suspend these dangerous chemicals being used entirely.

Don’t just wring your hands, shake your head and say “There is nothing I can do about this.”

There is something...write to the EPA.

Tell them how worried you are about this terrible situation. How insanely short-sighted the drug companies are being in developing these toxic sprays.

Use your voice and express your concerns. Exercise your right to make a statement about this.

The only way for evil to succeed is for good people to do nothing. Do something because it is the eleventh hour for our dear bees.