When one does what Buddhas do, one is a Buddha. When one does what Bodhisattvas do, one is a Bodhisattva. When one does what Arhats do, one is an Arhat. When one does what ghosts do, one is a ghost. These are all natural phenomena. There are no shortcuts in cultivation. (Venerable Master Hsuan Hua)
When we speak of Nature it is wrong to forget that we are ourselves a part of Nature. We ought to view ourselves with the same curiosity and openness with which we study a tree, the sky or a thought, because we too are linked to the entire universe. (Henri Matisse)
Who I am:
I believe very strongly in the tenants of
1) The well-being and flourishing of human and nonhuman life on Earth have value in themselves (synonyms: inherent worth; intrinsic value; inherent value). These values are independent of the usefulness of the nonhuman world for human purposes.
2) Richness and diversity of life forms contribute to the realization of these values and are also values in themselves.
3) Humans have no right to reduce this richness and diversity except to satisfy vital needs.
4) Present human interference with the nonhuman world is excessive, and the situation is rapidly worsening.
5) The flourishing of human life and cultures is compatible with a substantial decrease of the human population. The flourishing of nonhuman life requires such a decrease.
6) Policies must therefore be changed. The changes in policies affect basic economic, technological structures. The resulting state of affairs will be deeply different from the present.
7) The ideological change is mainly that of appreciating life quality (dwelling in situations of inherent worth) rather than adhering to an increasingly higher standard of living. There will be a profound awareness of the difference between big and great.
8) Those who subscribe to the foregoing points have an obligation directly or indirectly to participate in the attempt to implement the necessary changes.
-Arne Naess and George Sessions –
I have been interested and involved with environmental living since I could remember. I volunteered for several years at the zoo in my hometown in Texas.I now work from home in an environmentally conscious home business program
and am Administration for the company now as well. It is worth checking out. Very Eco and People friendly.
I have been active in a Pagan student union group, and a university support group called Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Friends.and I am also a member of The Lavender Green Caucus which is made up of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer Green Party members.
I am discreetly out of almost all my closets, preferring not to hide if a topic is mentioned, but not always breaching it myself. I have lived with chronic pain since middle school. I love animals, and plants, and would love to grow plants again.
I especially love cats, and am allergic but have several. I consider myself an artist, and use many different media to create, as my recourses and interests dictate. My preferred media include: charcoal, pen and ink, clay, and dance. The books I prefer to read include fantasy, some biography, history, some science fiction, and books on nature and the arts, but I will read just about everything.
I have a daily spiritual practice,and prefer a solitary one, with occasional gatherings with others for workings. If you are interested in learning more about my path, feel free to ask.
I am much less tolerant of sharing my space with those who do not feel as I do in regards to the earth and the protection of the web of life.
I suppose one could say that I have a clear picture of how I wish to live and it is becoming less compromising as I am finally able to start.
I was born a thousand years ago, born in the culture of bows and arrows ... born in an age when people loved the things of nature and spoke to it as though it had a soul. -- Chief Dan George
I am active in the society for creative anachronism.
I try to be very environmentally aware, but am not vegetarian or vegan, but rather wish to respect all that lives on this planet and promote environmentally sustainable meat eating habits.
I am a FelineSpirit - outside I am human, but inside, my soul, my nature, my true self is feline.
Live Authentically. Live in harmony with the Web that encompasses All.
What Gives Me Hope
The Divine around and within, Knowing that there are others who see the Truth of what the Divine is.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
create harsher punishment against any form of animal abuse, and rape and molestation. I would also balance the scales so people who do not recive food benifits can still eat healthy food, and enough of it.
What/who changed my life and why
the time I got to see Jane Goodall speak at the local university. That evening I remembered why I wanted to study zoology, and make a difference for the natural world, while still being feminine.
Shallow ecology in anthropocentric, or human-centered. It views humans as above or outside of nature, as the source of all value, and ascribes only instrumental, or 'use', value to nature. Deep ecology does not separate humans - or anything else - from the natural environment. It does see the world not as a collection of isolated objects but as a network of phenomena that are fundamentally interconnected and interdependent. Deep ecology recognizes the intrinsic value of all living beings and views human beings as just one particular strand in the web of life.-Fritjof Capra
As the New Year dawns may U achieve what you aspire for and may your dreams come true. Wishing you a fulfilling...
May this New Year be the dawn of greater prosperity, success good health and happiness for U. Thanks for the friendship we shared in the past year and hope it will continue beyond 2008. Be happy always!
May joy, peace, love & good health reign forever in your heart. Love from - ivy
My dear friend, I'm so sorry I missed out wishing you on your birthday since I had problems with my computer.Here's hoping that your special day had been as special as you are and also hope that it was the most memorable one ever. Cheers!