Always Well Within

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Month: July 2012

The Incredible Impact of Buying Shoes

According to Planet Shoes, it can take 1,000 years for the sole of a typical shoe to fully degrade.

1,000 years! Let that sink in and stir you up.

Knowing this puts an entirely different spin on buying footwear. At least, for me.

No more popping into a shop and picking up whatever strikes my fancy. Now, it takes time, research, and thought.

But, the process can be simplified if you have a helpful information resource and take to a reliable, eco-friendly brand or two.

Planet Shoes is one place that offers a simple guide to sustainable shoe facts. The online store provides:

  • a list 40 “Eco Brands” (see warning below);
  • A list of “Eco Logical Materials”.

But buyer beware. Here are 4 factors to consider when you are seeking less environmental impact from your footgear.

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The Most Important Thing in Life

A dose of clarity and a dash of inspiration:

“We are all here on this planet, as it were, as tourists.  None of us can live here forever.  The longest we might live is a hundred years.  So while we are here we should try to have a good heart and to make something positive and useful of our lives.  Whether we live just a few years or a whole century, it would be truly regrettable and sad if we were to spend that time aggravating the problems that afflict other people, animals, and the environment.  The most important thing is to be a good human being.

the Dalai Lama, from A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night

So simple, don’t you think?

Indulge in Midsummer Mischief!

I can’t believe there was a time in my life when the long summer months stretched out before me.  Unbounded time to play, explore, be lazy, and even indulge in a bit of innocent mischief.

Now, work, combined with my ambitious summer aspirations, is piling up as high as an Himalayan mountain.  I find I need to make a conscious effort to create time and space for frolicking aimlessly.  Is it the same for you?

Decreasing Excess Activity

In a stroke of synchronicity, I received my July I-Ching Reading from the Vizier.  The theme:  Great Excess!   Images like a loaded pillar at the point of breaking caution me to reduce and eliminate excess.  Moderation, apparently, is my path to success.

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