Daily Feng Shui News for Feb. 27th – ‘Polar Bear Day & Recycling’

Today’s energies focus on the plight of the polar bear, a species now facing extinction due to climate change. On this day, do something ‘green’ that will contribute to restoring balance to the planet. Recycle something you would normally throw away. Turn off lights and water when not in use. Reuse paper towels and wash windows with newspaper. There are a million small ways to make one gigantic difference. Do something proactive today. Do something polaractive today. You do make a difference. If they could speak, I’m sure the world’s polar bears would thank you.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

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Daily Motivator for Feb. 3rd – The more life changes

The more life changes

Life moves quickly and changes at a relentlessly rapid pace. Sometimes that  can be frightening, but it doesn’t have to be.

After all, every good thing that has come into your life has been the result  of a change. You have the proven ability to deal with the changes and in fact to  transform them into fulfillment.

With each new change comes the opportunity for new value. Even if the change  seems to be overwhelmingly negative, you can find a way in which to add new  goodness to your world.

The more life changes, the more new possibilities it brings. Rather than  cursing the changes, explore the possibilities.

Each day brings many opportunities for you to successfully adapt and prosper  in the face of change. You can use the changes to grow stronger and more  capable, and to move your world in a positive direction.

With a true and generous love for life, there is no need to fear change.  Embrace life as it continues to change, and give so much of your love that life  continues to grow in richness and fulfillment.

— Ralph Marston

The Daily Motivator

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Your Guiding Animal Spirit for Feb. 5th is The Bear

Your Animal Spirit for Today

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Bear

Bear represents a time of reflection and stillness—a time of entering the inner cave of  Self to contemplate life’s challenges. Bear often appears during times of confusion and unrest—those unsettling moments when you turn to everyone you know for answers—everyone except yourself. Go within, ask the hard questions—then listen.

Daily OM for June 13th – Silent Change

Letting Nature Work

by Madisyn Taylor

Change can enter our lives silently and this change can be just as important as change we have worked hard for.

 

We all see things about ourselves, our relationships, and our world that we want to change. Often, this desire leads us to take action toward inner work that we need to do or toward some external goal. Sometimes, without any big announcement or momentous shift, we wake up to find that change has happened, seemingly without us. This can feel like a miracle as we suddenly see that our self-esteem really does seem to be intact, or our partner actually is helping out around the house more. We may even wonder whether all of our hard work had anything to do with it, or if it just happened by way of grace.

As humans, sometimes we have relatively short attention spans, and we can easily lose track of time. We may worry about a seedling in a pot with our constant attention and watering for several weeks only to find ourselves enjoying the blooms it offers and wondering when that happened, and how we didn’t notice it. Nature, on the other hand, has infinite patience and stays with a thing all the way through its life. This doesn’t mean that our efforts play no part in the miracle of change—they do. It’s just that they are one small part of the picture that finally results in the flowering of a plant, the shifting of a relationship, the softening of our hearts.

The same laws that govern the growth of plants oversee our own internal and external changes. We observe, consider, work, and wonder, tilling the soil of our lives, planting seeds, and tending them. Sometimes the hard part is knowing when to stop and let go, handing it over to the universe. Usually this happens by way of distraction or disruption, our attention being called away to other more pressing concerns. And it is often at these times, when we are not looking, in the silence of nature’s embrace, that the miracle of change happens.

Daily OM 

 

Thawing Permafrost Wreaks Havoc in the Arctic

Thawing Permafrost Wreaks Havoc in the Arctic

  • by Paul Canning

In Northern Alaska, people don’t need to be convinced about climate change because they see it happening all around them and literally under them — the very ground is changing.

Each year, the sea ice gets thinner and arrives later. The lack of shore ice that used to protect them from storms is leading to some villages being moved inland. Fish species from warmer waters, new birds and new insects, like spruce bark beetles, which kill trees, are appearing.

Houses are built on stilts, to avoid melting the permafrost, a layer of frozen earth that begins about two feet beneath the surface and goes down, in North Alaska, some 2,000 feet. Some of those houses are collapsing. Roads which needed resurfacing once a decade because of melting permafrost are now being resurfaced every year. So-called ‘drunken forests‘ are appearing as trees start to keel over.

The ground is changing, melting and it could be a preview of our worst climate nightmare.

Globally, permafrost covers an area the area of the United States and Canada minus Texas. It holds an estimated 400 gigatons of methane, one of the greenhouse gases that is hastening the earth’s warming. As the permafrost thaws — which it has begun to do — lakes can drain away and the thawed soil can release billions of tons of methane into the atmosphere.

About half of the world’s underground organic carbon is found in northern permafrost regions. This is more than double the amount of carbon in the atmosphere in the form of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane.

Now scientists are using new satellite methods to track changes.

Although permafrost cannot be directly measured from space, factors such as surface temperature, land cover and snow parameters, soil moisture and terrain changes can be captured by satellites.

A February conference about the satellite measurements produced a number of animations showing disconcerting changes in freezing patterns and surface temperature over the arctic over several years.

· You can watch the animations here.

You can also watch another animation, which zooms in on the seasonal deformation of a track of land on Alaska’s North Slope during the summers of 2010 and 2011. Watch the red shift that signals the transformation of frozen ground into squishy muck — a meltdown that then subsides several centimeters as summer turns to fall.

The thaw which the satellites are detecting is already evident on the ground. In an article for the Smithsonian Magazine, Bob Reiss met Inuit Milton Noongwook. He is shown a series of large wooden boxes set deep into permafrost to store frozen walrus meat — winter food. Noongwook pulled aside a door and in the dark below Reiss sees hunks of meat amid a sheen of frost. But it was also wet down there. “It’s melting,” Milton said. “It never used to do that. If it gets too warm, the food will spoil.”

Greenhouse gases from permafrost have only been measured as a factor in global warming in the last few years. Currently, the estimate is that they will contribute to making warming happen up to a third faster. But this is only, as one scientist calls it, “a seat-of-the-pants expert assessment.”

Since 1970, the Arctic has warmed at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the globe, due to polar amplification. There is some evidence that the speed of temperature increases there is causing rapid change in the permafrost. A 2010 study found methane emissions rising by a third in just five years.

The good news? According to recent modeling work, if global emissions are cut rapidly and deeply enough to meet the world’s stated target of limiting the average global temperature rise to 2C above pre-industrial levels, the majority of the world’s permafrost will remain frozen.

6 Ways To Combat Climate Change and Extreme Weather

6 Ways To Combat Climate Change and Extreme Weather

  • by Kristina Chew

On the last day of winter here in New Jersey, it was almost 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The week after — the first week of spring, when the grass was turning green and buds were appearing on the trees — the temperature dropped down to 40 degrees.

Such extremes in the weather in such short periods of time have been all too common of late. Winter was oddly mild on the East coast, after a snowstorm on October 29 that made Halloween trick or treating an afterthought, sent scores of branches and trees crashing down as the snow and ice over-weighted their still leafy limbs and knocked out the power in some areas (including a good percentage of my north-central New Jersey town) for days. Just a few months earlier in August, my town (there is a river running through the middle) had already seen thousands of houses flooded and hundreds condemned after Hurricane Irene, whose soaking rains left far more damage and flooding in Vermont, upstate New York and elsewhere

IPCC Report on Extreme Weather

A new 594-page report by 220 authors from 62 countries issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that we should expect more extreme weather. The United Nations founded the panel in 1998; its new report says that global warming over the past half-century has indeed led to “changes in climate extremes,” such heat waves, record high temperatures and in many regions, heavy precipitation. As IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri says in the Voice of America, we should expect more heat waves and longer ones as well as more “extreme precipitation events.” He also says that there needs to be a global, multinational effort to “take steps to mitigate such a disaster.”

The Voice of America also notes that in 2011:

Rainfall in Thailand was 80 percent more than the seasonal average and the capital city was flooded.

Russia experience its hottest summer in 500 years.

There were 1,600 tornadoes in the U.S.

Back in June of 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had already dubbed 2011 one of the most extreme weather years in history.

While noting that “no evidence connects global warming with specific local weather events,” Pachauri points out that warmer temperatures that are further increased by CO2 and gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuels will indeed “trigger more intense droughts, heavier rainfall and stronger storms.”

What Can We Do?

Extreme weather disasters cost an average of $80 billion a year. What we need to do to lessen the impact of climate change is, says Pachauri, to “stabilize the concentration of these greenhouse gases” in order to “stabilize the climate of this planet.”

In our fossil-fuel dependent society, this is easier said than done. But here are some small measures we can take.

1. Follow these 5 ways to reduce your carbon footprint by Beth Buczynski.

2. Be aware of your water footprint.

3. Lower your meat consumption or consider not eating meat at all.

4. Keep up the pressure on the rest of the world including China to control per capita emissions.

5. Support ways to make traditional practices environmentally friendly.

6. For sure, forgo using plastic bags.

Also, take note that having a higher income and a big carbon footprint doesn’t increase life expectancy.

80 degrees on the last day of winter in the Northeast US simply isn’t right. Some may have been glad to walk around in shorts and flip-flops but the out-of-sync temperatures have been wreaking havoc on bees (who have not been semi-dormant in the mild winter, have eaten all their stores of honey and now face starvation), butterflies, fruit crops and much else. Climate change is real. Scientists are keeping up the fight back against climate change deniers — and we need to all make real efforts to lessen the effects of global warming not only for our own sake, but the sake of the earth.

In anticipation of this year’s Earth Day on April 22, what efforts, big or small, are you making to help fight global warming?

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – March 7

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – March 7

“We are responsible for the condition of the Earth. We are the ones who are responsible and we can change that. If we wake up, it is possible to change the energy. It is possible to change everything.”

–Hunbatz Men, MAYAN

The environment we want outside will be created by the mental pictures we have inside our heads. We must have the right environmental picture as well as the right values. These values will give the mental picture its true meaning. If we respected Mother Earth, we would not throw garbage on Her, nor would we put poison in Her. We would not misuse Her in any way. Mother Earth is like She is today because of the mental pictures of previous generations as well as the mental pictures of our own generation. If we want the environment to change, each individual must change their mental picture. “As within, so without.”

Great Spirit, today, let me be alert to Your guiding voice.

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Your Daily Number for September 28th: 6

Changes affecting family and friends are possible today. A move or other change of home or work environment are also on the horizon. You’ll experience an increased workload and responsibility. Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today…

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About the Number 6

Theme: Family and Social Responsibility, Service, Healing
Astro Association: Gemini
Tarot Association: Lovers

Daily Motivator for August 25 – What you do

What you do

You cannot always control what you get. What you absolutely can control, though, is what you do.

The actions you take will indeed bring results. However, there can often be other factors that influence those results.

Focus your energy on pointing your actions consistently and persistently in the direction of your dreams. Those actions will, one way or another, move you in that direction.

What you can control is what you do, so make the very most of that opportunity. Although other factors may at times work against you, there is great benefit to having your own considerable strength working for you.

Fashion and evaluate your goals in terms of real, specific actions you can take. There is plenty that you can do, so don’t let any adverse outside influences stop you from doing it.

Life can sometimes be arbitrary and unfair, and yet your authentic purpose and intention give you the upper hand. Do your very best no matter what, and your positive, living purpose will surely prevail.

— Ralph Marston