Sacred economics

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.

Fantastic video with a view that resonates well with the Em2Gem Transition Town movement.


Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein – A Short Film
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Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. Continue reading “Sacred economics”

If Life is a Game…These are the Rules

You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called “life.” Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or hate them, but you have designed them as part of your curriculum.

You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called “life.” Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or hate them, but you have designed them as part of your curriculum.

Why are you here? What is your purpose? Humans have sought to discover the meaning of life for a very long time. What we and our ancestors have overlooked, however, in the course of this endless search, is that there is no one answer. The meaning of life is different for every individual.

If Life Is A Game…These Are The Rules.
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212 Degrees – The Extra degree

At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive.
One extra degree makes all the difference.

At 211 degrees, water is hot.
At 212 degrees it boils.
And with boiling water, comes steam.
And steam can power a locomotive.
One extra degree makes all the difference.
And, the one extra degree of effort
in business and in life… separates
the good from the great!

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Do You “Walk the Talk”?

When you Walk the Talk, you “do the right thing” and draw upon your character,,, your commitment, honesty, accountability, respect, courage, trust, ethics and responsibility

Walk the Talk by Eric Harvey and Steve Ventura shares the importance of bringing your beliefs to life…of moving beyond words to practice what you preach. When you Walk the Talk, you “do the right thing” and draw upon your character, your commitment, honesty, accountability, respect, courage, trust, ethics and responsibility. These are just words unless we live by them…unless we Walk the Talk.

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Dodging And Deflecting

One of the most difficult challenges in life is learning not to take things to heart and hold on to it.

Let It Roll Off Our Back

One of the most difficult challenges in life is learning not to take things to heart and hold on to it.

Especially when we’re younger, or if we’re very sensitive, we take so much of what comes our way to heart. This can be overwhelming and unproductive if it throws us off balance on a regular basis. When we are feeling criticized or attacked from all directions, it becomes very difficult for us to recover ourselves so that we can continue to speak and act our truth. This is when we would do well to remember the old saying about letting certain things roll off us, like water off a duck’s back. Continue reading “Dodging And Deflecting”

How to Meditate Daily

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John was recently interviewed as one of 9 experts for a new product on learning to meditate.

This interview along with the others is now available in a product that includes

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  • Guided meditations by the 9 experts
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  • Summary of the 7 keys from the interviews with the 9 meditation experts.

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Get to work… on your happiness

We all seem to be born with a tendency to be either jolly or morose or somewhere in between, says Grant, director of coaching psychology at the University of Sydney. We tend to return to that level of happiness, even after major setbacks or triumphs.

If you want to get fitter, you need to work at it. The same goes for becoming happier, a growing body of research shows.

Some of us might have been born happier than others, but all of us can increase our happiness – and science is showing us how.

“With happiness, people tend to think you’ve either got it or you haven’t,” says Sydney psychologist, Dr Tony Grant. “But that’s only partly true.”

We all seem to be born with a tendency to be either jolly or morose or somewhere in between, says Grant, director of coaching psychology at the University of Sydney. We tend to return to that level of happiness, even after major setbacks or triumphs. Continue reading “Get to work… on your happiness”

Let Your Confidence Shine – Our Insecurities

We all have insecurities, what we think we see about another person is usually what they want us to notice.

We all have insecurities, what we think we see about another person is usually what they want us to notice.

At some point in our life there may come a time when we feel insecure about ourselves. We might judge our ability to do something or feel self-conscious about the way we look. It does not matter how this feeling manifests in our life, but it is important to be aware of our thoughts and how they impact our view of ourselves. Once we remember that insecurities are a normal part of life for everyone—even those who appear to be extremely self-assured—we may find it easier to step back from the uncertainty that lies within and take a more realistic look at ourselves. Continue reading “Let Your Confidence Shine – Our Insecurities”

You are Beautiful – Seeing Ourselves

Many of us do not take the time to notice and acknowledge how beautiful we are as humans.

Many of us do not take the time to notice and acknowledge how beautiful we are as humans.

Many of us do not take the time to notice and acknowledge how beautiful we are as humans. We may be great lovers of beauty, seeing it in the people, places, and things around us, while completely missing it in ourselves. Some of us feel that it is vain to consider our appearance too much, or we may find that when we look at ourselves, all we see are imperfections. Often we come to the mirror with expectations and preconceived notions about beauty that blind us from seeing ourselves clearly. As a result, we miss the beauty that is closest to us, the beauty we are. Sometimes we see our beauty in a shallow way, noticing how well we are conforming to social norms, but failing to see the deeper beauty that shines out from within and that will continue to shine regardless of how we measure up to society’s ideal. Continue reading “You are Beautiful – Seeing Ourselves”

Love Shows the Way – We Are Here to Serve

During times of great change it’s important to remember that we all chose to be here at this time to experience change.

During times of great change it’s important to remember that we all chose to be here at this time to experience change.

We are living in a time of great change. Many thinkers and seers agree that humanity and the planet Earth are evolving at a quickened pace, and that this evolution will necessarily be severe and seemingly chaotic at times. It is natural for people to react with fear, because these changes will doubtless bring some level of difficulty and loss to many of us. However, it is essential that we all remember that our souls chose to be here at this time and to be part of this process. Every movement in the universe is a movement toward love. This is true even in situations that appear on the surface to be the opposite of loving. Continue reading “Love Shows the Way – We Are Here to Serve”

Strong Woman – Empowering Feminine Energy

A woman’s sense of compassion and inner voice demonstrates the depth of her strength.

A woman’s sense of compassion and inner voice demonstrates the depth of her strength.

So often in our world we tend to think of strength as a quality that arises from a place of firm determination and a will to succeed no matter the cost. Even though we might want to think of a strong woman as being defined in this way, what really makes a woman confident is her capacity for listening to her true self and being able to call upon her feminine wisdom to any situation that may arise. A woman does not need to step into an assertive role or act like a man in order to be effective at what she does—she simply needs to get in touch with her insight and sense of compassion to truly demonstrate the depth of her strength. Continue reading “Strong Woman – Empowering Feminine Energy”

Great Quotes from Great Leaders

We often reflect on the sacrifices made by the leaders that have preceeded us.

Take a few minutes to enjoy the movie, “Great Quotes from Great Leaders,”

We often reflect on the sacrifices made by the leaders that have preceeded us.

Take a few minutes to enjoy the movie, “Great Quotes from Great Leaders,” which is filled with timeless wisdom from a variety of leaders who have inspired, encouraged and led us to do the right thing.

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No Wrong Response – Experiences Shape Your Reactions

Our individual reactions to events are shaped by what we ourselves have experienced in our own lives.

Our view of the universe is largely determined by our experiences. It is when we are caught off guard by the spontaneity of existence that we are most apt to respond authentically, even when our feelings do not correspond with those of the multitude.

Our individual reactions to events are shaped by what we ourselves have experienced in our own lives.

There have been many times in my life that I have had different reactions to situations that have arisen than those around me. I have often wondered why I was so different. It is good to be reminded that all our reactions are a result of our individual life experiences and are unique from anyone else. This article is a good reminder of this.
Our view of the universe is largely determined by our experiences. It is when we are caught off guard by the spontaneity of existence that we are most apt to respond authentically, even when our feelings do not correspond with those of the multitude. Continue reading “No Wrong Response – Experiences Shape Your Reactions”