Like the Penguins

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Greetings,

This first section of the winter season in the second book was somehow cut. So as you read the final winter chapter of Life Is Conscious, consider this short beginning section of the winter season and be mindful of the reference to penguins throughout the winter season.

All apologies everyone for the error.
Thank you for reading.
-Owen

Here is the brief essay:

Penguin Symbolism

Antarctica, the southernmost tip of the Earth, is home to the Emperor Penguin. These penguins experience cold, as none of us will. Penguins understand the importance of gathering for survival, huddling together tightly, in unity for one purpose-survival. Evolution has taught them how to survive and thrive in the coldest place on the face of the earth. Winter for penguins means a time of darkness and cold, which we cannot begin to comprehend. For a penguin, it’s a time for utter gratitude to brother, aunt, or neighbor, for the tiny amount of warmth they will help provide. For penguins in the Antarctic winter, there is safety in numbers. Large colonies of thousands of Emperor penguins huddle together tightly, attempting to stay warm. They take turns, a precise rotation from center to outside. This is essential for the survival of the entire group to conserve their energy reserves; staying close means staying warm. In this harsh climate, the lessons of the land are not easy, but simple; adherence to them means the difference between life and death.

The reason for this is evident when we realize that in Antarctica, winter temperatures hover around 105-120 degrees below zero. Add the wind chill factor of occasional 40-60 MPH winds, and warmth for survival is understood. Penguins are built to withstand cold; however, it becomes clear why even for them, conserving and huddling for warmth is vital, the very difference between life and death.

Thought of the Month

There is work to do, purposes to accomplish, roles to fill, much to reevaluate and consider. The responsibilities and roles of cleaning up the mess will be completely different from those of building the new ideal.

Support Small Farmers and Fair Trade
Animal Sanctuary and Education Center
Creating Green Space
Meals for Health
Wildlife Sanctuary
Ocean Conservation
Wildlife Conservation
Nature Conservation/preservation
Rainforest Conservation

Global is local. Thank you for reading and for getting involved.
-Owen

Rooted to Ground and Center

Greetings,

In the area where I grew up, there were two old buildings that always fascinated me.
One of them is not quite so old because I happen to personally remember it being built. A friend in my neighborhood, who also happened to sit next to me in our class of elementary told me of his parent’s plan one day in class. They were going to live their dream, a business idea they had of opening their own restaurant.

They were serious too. They had flown to England to spend nearly a month there. (Don’t worry, my friend’s aunt and her husband cared for him and his younger siblings while they were gone). They had all sorts of old authentic furniture, rugs, tapestries and decor delivered to the area from the U.K. Sure enough, in a short time there was a mini castle in the area! They had built a castle, (not small either) and opened their authentic restaurant. It was beautiful, magnificent, and it was unlike anything people had seen. This was in the 1980’s.

I was very young, and couldn’t go there to eat dinner myself. By the time I was a teenager who could drive there to eat, I was a fool and didn’t; so it was a treat anytime my family took me there to eat. One walked in through a castle door with knights on each side with 15th century plate armor. The knee-high lion statues were impressive too. The building was spectacular, but still blended nicely to the surrounding area. It improved the quality, value and feel for miles around. Just being on its grounds caused people to slow down, reflect on simpler times gone by, and to reminisce at the past and previous eras.

One could request a private dinner for two in the “tower room.” It was a huge restaurant, which served hundreds of guests. It was a restaurant for several years, but after the owners, (my friend’s parents) sold it, it eventually became too expensive to operate a restaurant. Its next identity was a reception center. In these days it was called Castlebrook. It did indeed make impressive weddings and receptions. I personally wanted to hold my wedding reception there at one time. But it was outside of many budgets. A reception there demanded a hefty penny. The building was indeed beautiful, very impressive without a doubt.

It became a landmark for the entire area. Then, only about two years ago, one day I was driving and it was gone… I am so not kidding. The castle may as well have been vaporized into outer space. The trees, grass and beautiful landscape surrounding it were also torn up. It was so sad to see. It had served as a beautiful eye piece and landmark for hundreds of people in the area. Everyone knew what and where it was.

I wondered just what in the world was important enough to take the place of that castle! Even as an adult, my thinking was that it must be something very important.

It was a strip mall. A Verizon wireless building was one of the stores that still stands today (at least for now) in the place of my friend’s parent’s castle.

The next building in the same town as the castle was an old Catholic church, which had been turned into a restaurant. I’m no architect, but for a young country such as America, that was an old building with some years behind it! Built in probably the 1940’s or 50’s out of stone, it had impressive architecture and beautiful landscape. Every time I passed by it, I liked to just admire it. Like the castle, I had spent time in it, even remembering a prom dinner there. It was the same story; it was big to operate as a restaurant, so it became a reception center. Then one day it was gone. Condominiums took its place.

Now I’m all about looking on the bright side as much as one possibly can, but in many ways enough is enough. See, this is one of the problems in America today. Actions speak louder than words. When it comes down to it, our actions say that we value instant results over any of what has gone before, any remnants of former lessons. The wave is ridden and the fleeting things have the priority in the name of progress for the sake of progress. Then we wonder why we can’t pull the young people off Pokemon, and yet they are encouraged to ponder and consider carefully, especially when it comes to spiritual matters. They are even warned of the dangers of shallowness; yet, what reminders do they have for anything contrary? For them, what serves as examples, reminders, pillars of special things, places, people and times gone by? Without searching on the world wide web, what immediate examples do they have of one who respects and honors the earth, creation?

These two buildings were impressive. They had a presence. They had some decent years behind them, and just the appearance and majesty of them caused anyone to slow down and show some respect. Older buildings and remaining natural places should be left alone. They help people to ground and center. They help them to develop roots and memories in a very special way of a place. America desperately needs roots; but every time we start to develop some, we uproot and sever them, virtually trading in what is wanted in the long run for what is wanted that very instant. Becoming virtually owned by gigantic corporations is one of the major causes of this. It is a big mistake. Each little mistake adds up to bigger ones, and unless we change our habits, views, ways and thinking, it is us, this great nation that will crumble beyond repair and collapse to the ground.

It is flawed thinking to decide to bulldoze an old building because it’s not “doing anything.” It is collecting and affirming depth every year that it stands; even if it stands empty for decades. If English Ivy (Hedera helix) is growing up the side, it is doing something. It is never too late to revive a building and again turn it into something beautiful and magnificent; but to just bulldoze one in the name of progress for the sake of progress is extreme folly.

No matter what the naysayers, fear- based thinkers and pessimists say, it is not too late.

We can develop roots and repair the damage done. Collectively begins individually. It is my hope, my prayer and my plea that we all join hands.

Below are some links in helping to preserve remaining natural places, and to help heal communities, the earth and alleviate poverty and homelessness.

Thank you for reading,

-Owen

https://www.nyrp.org/
http://www.nature.org/
http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/
http://stjo.org/
http://www.worldwildlife.org/?utm_campaign=301-redirects&utm_source=wwf.org&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=wwf.org
http://www.defenders.org/
https://www.arborday.org/?utm_expid=7570244-12.wQUIPuCSRGacbTnsSR2BYA.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fr.search.yahoo.com%2F_ylt%3DA0LEViOzQblX5GEAXwgnnIlQ%3B_ylu%3DX3oDMTByOHZyb21tBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg–%2FRV%3D2%2FRE%3D1471787571%2FRO%3D10%2FRU%3Dhttps%253a%252f%252fwww.arborday.org%252f%2FRK%3D0%2FRS%3DA6X6ZKRtwJk3_SNyjK_.qmWGJIA-
http://www.habitat.org/

The Annoying Veg

Greetings,

Have you ever been annoyed by vegetarians who seem to believe that a veg diet is the answer to pretty much everything? We might be annoying, but it’s true that eating veg is the answer; and is worth its weight in gold in several ways. Pick one: The earth, human health, world hunger, animals, economies, health care, (disease care) even your mood and teeth all benefit tremendously from eating a veg diet.

It may not be a far stretch to say that going vegan may be a bit much for some people. However, did you know that if all people chipped in and reduced their meat consumption to sparingly-just once or twice a week, the earth would be able to recover? The yellow and red polluted air would clear up. The streams, rivers, lakes and oceans would be clear, not green. Fish could make a come back. The leveled forests would be on the way to a return.

You don’t have to be an annoying vegan like moi to make a difference for the earth and your health. Try reducing meat to only a few times a week. I bet you will notice a difference. πŸ˜‰ Your own body and the earth will thank you.

Happy 29th. Himalayas-Everest? 29,029 Now that’s tall. Last I heard at least, because after all, she’s still on the rise. I will watch the climb from here though.
Just dance.
-Owen

Wellness for Animals

Hi Everyone,

As you know, the Wellness Diaries/Life Is Conscious concept covers a lot of area, many branches of the same tree. Recently I attended the Young Living Essential oils animal conference. It was cold and breezy for those couple of days, but we huddled with coats and blankets underneath a huge tent as we were all taught by holistic animal wellness experts from all over the United States. Loved it! The evolving, life-affirming language toward animals was fantastic to hear. Maybe it’s been around, but it was fantastically new to me.

A lot is involved in new ways, findings and breakthroughs. Not only was there excellent information about animal diets and nutrition, but also about training, exercise, vaccinations, metaphysics, even spirituality. I would recommend the conference to anyone who loves animals, or who is involved in animal health and well-being in any way. We were taught by experts for two days. The information about horses, dogs, cats and small animals was precious, and the weekend is a sweet memory. It was great to meet so many like-minded people and animals. Woo-hoo! Good times, good times… and timeless. At least it felt that way to me. Timeless or recent, to me, new. Merci beaucoup.
#3064574

-Owen

“Welcome to the new age”. -Imagine Dragons

Mulit-Sensory Intuitive Energy Tracker
Organic, Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils across the Globe by Gary Young

holistic veterinarian

http://raisingcanine.com/thanks/dogs-oils-a-dog-trainers-toolbox/

60 Minutes (and fourteen years) of Prison

Greetings Readers,

Please excuse the addition to the title. I just had to. πŸ™‚

The other day I happened to see a 60 Minutes program about prisons in Germany. If I were to mention to you Berlin prisons, likely horrific images of World War II would come to mind; according to this 60 Minutes program, however, on the contrary. I feel that part of The Old World has some noteworthy ways, particularly in the sense of respect for humanity and a sense for quality in an area of the world that has a very old history. It is something that a younger person like myself and a young country, such as America can learn from. In some ways I felt like I was learning a lesson from the chapter of “respect for my elders” just in being there in Europe and interacting with them. I was honored for the lesson. This 60 Minutes program about prisons in Germany touched on a few interesting points that I feel fit today.

I jotted a few notes down from this program as quickly as I could. If anyone else saw this program and you recognize that I have some of the jotted facts wrong, feel free to let me know.

From 60 Minutes:

It is interesting to note that Germany has lower crime rates than does the U.S.
Prison guards in Germany are highly paid and highly trained.
Respect for humanity was written into the German constitution after World War II.
There is a general respect for fellow humans among guards and inmates. In prison, it is also fairly relaxed. The prison cells are luxurious, almost like one’s own hotel room. Cells are rooms, and inmates have keys.
Inmates can play darts, and can decorate their rooms with posters, etc.
The inmates interviewed seemed genuinely humble and penitent. “Yes, I did some really bad things,” Replied one.
Guards are called calming experts.
Inmates can attend school, learn Yoga, work at a job.
Solitary confinement is rare.
Correctional facilities are called “normalizing” in Germany.
While German prisons are not without problems such as gangs, crime and drugs, the overall atmosphere of prison is rather relaxed. To me it shows that respect for fellow humans and politeness as “just what you do” and at the forefront encourage healthy interaction and attitudes.

In the 1980’s, 8,000 inmates were held at one incarceration center in Pennsylvania, U.S. Today there are over 50,000 in the same facility.

This topic is so vast that volumes could be written about it. I’m not going to do that here though. I believe the facts alone say a lot. There is much to consider. Quality speaks for, and pays for itself. Just as individuals, countries live and learn also. America is great. I still believe that we are; even if we may be a bit sidetracked. Sure we have a lot yet to learn, but we’re on it. (Now you know what it’s like for me being emotionally eighteen in the body of one who is not yet forty.) πŸ™‚ As individuals, we each have greatness at our core. America itself may have some growing up to do; but the growing process, the pain of adolescence and puberty, the emotional outbursts that come with adjusting hormones etc is the motivation we needed. The above example can serve as a noteworthy model and a teacher for something to consider along the way.

Owen,
The well-being of people and planet. Unity.