I read about this amazing group this am and made this gray day a little brighter. The Portable Playhouse, a non-profit organization that has joined together with a nationally-known bead company, to raise money for a specialized art therapy program.
The money raised will be used to help fund our specialized art therapy beading programs at hospitals and cancer centers across the country. We work with hospitalized children, (regardless of their illnesses) and women fighting cancer in outpatient cancer centers across the country.
Our goal is to create the world’s longest beaded necklace. We are working under the guidelines of The Guinness Book of World Record’s to record and certify our efforts.
We have already worked with tens of thousands of children and women and we are looking for your help to reach even more!
See how you can help!
Doesn’t sound very magical, reading your Tarot cards online. But the images still have a deep resonance and who’s to say that spiritual guidance can only be found in the dark cobwebbed room of a fortune teller?
So draw 3 Tarot cards today. Ask a question and see what the cards reveal. Stay open and remember: there’s no right or wrong answer. You’ll naturally find one that resonates with you!
What? Positive quotes on hygiene? How you expect that to be uplifting? Let’s put it this way, hygiene makes the world a much more pleasant place to live in…don’t you agree?
Man does not live by soap alone; and hygiene, or even health, is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it or, better still, feel a healthy indifference to it.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Ya know what I do almost every day? I wash. Personal hygiene is part of the package with me.
I think that carrying on a life that is meant to be private in public is a breach of taste, common sense, and mental hygiene.
Irony is the hygiene of the mind. -Elizabeth Bibesco
I do a lot of vocal hygiene.
Most of you have heard about the rapidly decreasing number of bees and the very real need to do something about it. This recent EU ban is a step in the right direction.
The two-year, EU-wide ban on the use of three neonicotinoids – insecticides which have been strongly linked to declining bee numbers – is a victory for bees and for independent science. The European Commission and many European governments have reacted responsibly to the British and European scientific evidence showing clearly that a suspension is justified, despite the UK government opposing the ban.
There is a huge weight of peer-reviewed, scientific evidence that links the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides to bees. Scientists have found that even a really low dosage of these chemicals can disrupt bee behaviour in a way that is likely to contribute not only to bee decline, but to the decline in other pollinators from the honey bee to the butterfly.
This research used far below the level of neonicotinoids that European governments consider a “safe” level of toxic chemical. In Italy, the government banned three neonicotinoid pesticides and, as a result, the winter deaths of honey bees fell by more than 50 per cent in three years, suggesting that a neonicotinoid ban will be effective in helping to save our bees.
When we think of meditation, we imagine ourselves in a field or on a remote beach….certainly not in the office. But the beauty with meditation is that it spills over into all aspects of our lives, including our professionalism and ability to be employed. Read on:
As 2012 drew to a close, Labour MP Chris Ruane kicked off a debate in parliament about mindfulness and its potential impact on unemployment. The ensuing discussion gave a clear signal to the public that this powerful mind-body practice is firmly on the agenda of our country’s leaders.
“Mindfulness can both prevent people from becoming unemployed, limit the effects of unemployment, and help people to get back to work,” said Ruane. Plus, he pointed out, mindfulness has proven to be beneficial in the workplace, with participants more engaged in their work. “With a greater ability to concentrate, workers become more compassionate, both with themselves and their co-workers,” Ruane said. “And when used in prisons, prisoners become less aggressive and hostile, and have fewer mood disturbances.”
The signs of a widespread mindfulness movement don’t stop there – the practice is being taken ever more seriously within a host of corporate businesses. Its popularity in the workplace makes sense; its focus on stilling and de-cluttering the mind has been shown in many studies to improve attention span and concentration.
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally”
For example, Transport for London recently carried out a mindfulness programme that led to some impressive results. Among the participants, days off sick due to stress, anxiety and depression fell by 70% and absences for all health conditions fell by 50% in the three years following.
Did you ever have to wait for news? Of course you have. We all have. Not the easiest process but part of our complex human experience. Here are some tips to make waiting a little easier:
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering.
Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don’t see in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself. - Marianne Williamson
The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. - Bertrand Russell
From the moment I was six I felt sexy. And let me tell you it was hell, sheer hell, waiting to do something about it. - Bette Davis
Ten men waiting for me at the door? Send one of them home, I’m tired. - Mae West
I keep waiting to meet a man who has more balls than I do. - Salma Hayek
I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning. - J. B. Priestley
There is a gun problem. And unless your head is buried deep in the sand, as a global citizen, you recognize that. While the US Congress continues to buddy up to the NRA, the rest of the world has decided enough. Let’s hope these worldwide steps make a difference and lead us to a more peaceful existence. Let’s pray.
“[The treaty] will help to keep warlords, pirates, terrorists, criminals and their like from acquiring deadly arms.”- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the first treaty on the global arms trade, which seeks to regulate the $70 billion business in conventional arms and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers.
The National Rifle Association (NRA), a powerful U.S. pro-gun lobbying group that has opposed the treaty from the start, said it was a sad day for the United States, which joined the vast majority of U.N. member states by voting for the pact.
Iran, Syria and North Korea cast the sole votes against the treaty. The same three states last week prevented a treaty-drafting conference at U.N. headquarters from reaching the required consensus to adopt the pact.
Read more at Great News.
We’re always happy to support our fellow positive news bloggers so today, our spotlight shines on Meg Willis and her Simple Pleasures blog.
Some of Meg’s simple pleasures include:
- Being able to wee with the door open in my room at university halls
- Wearing clothes fresh out of the tumble dryer
- People unknowingly creating sexual innuendos
- Those times when it is highly inappropriate to laugh
- Finding more left over vodka than I remember
- The realisation that a horrendous spot is finally disappearing
- Observing mildly disliked people telling a joke and getting zero reaction apart from a large dose of tumbleweed
- Mass spooning
- Cooking the perfect dippy egg
Keep up with Meg here.
We’ve all felt them before. And they don’t feel too pleasant. Most people don’t want to hold a grudge; it seems to get a hold of them instead. And sometimes the grip is too tight and for too long.
Here are a few words of wisdom for the people out there storing up too much poison:
“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”
~ Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“When you hold a grudge, you want someone else’s sorrow to reflect your level of hurt but the two rarely meet.”
~ Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
“I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.”
~ William Blake
Life is too short to hold a grudge, also too long. ~Robert Brault
Get mad, then get over it. ~Colin Powell
Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath. ~Eckhart Tolle
Before you give someone a piece of your mind, make sure you can get by with what is left. ~Author Unknown
Get angry, get furious but never crumble to resentment. ~Dodinsky
To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee. ~William H. Walton
Glowing plants. Could you imagine anything more magical? Well more than simply stellar-looking, these glow-in-the-dark plants or “biological lights” could be used in the future in place of traditional lighting that requires electricity. Read on.
Some people can boast a green thumb, but very few people can boast a glowing green thumb. For a pledge of $40, Glowing Plants will send you 50 to 100 seeds to let you raise your own glowing plant at home. The project’s creators say that this is a one-off opportunity and the seeds will not be available commercially later on.
If you’re not the gardening type, then a $150 pledge gets you a young glowing plant that already has had a good start to life. It’s up to you to take care of it, feed it, and keep your cats from eating it.
Creating a glowing plant is not a simple process. First, the Glowing Plants team had to design DNA sequences using the Genome Compiler software program. The Kickstarter funds will be used to print the DNA, which is then inserted into Arabidopsis, a small flowering plant. The synthetic biology transformation allows it to glow in the dark, no blacklight required.