Positive Planet

Good News II

I try to avoid the news. I find it depressing and I believe that is the point of it. To make people think and feel that the world is scary and bad can mean we follow rules more easily. If everyone were to believe that the planet we live is on is wonderful and full of hope you may not find the need to buy that newest product. Or perhaps you won’t watch that mindless show knowing that real life exists with one another.

Bill Hicks, a late comedian was fed up with the news and especially its portrayal of drugs in the media.

My lack of interest in the news doesn’t mean I am not caught up with current affairs. It just means I pick the sources myself. I find if I spend the day listening to the radio every hour on the hour I am shaking my head. I feel heartbroken for lives lost, families torn apart and angry at the people in charge. I don’t like feeling like that I also don’t like allowing strangers into my heart and dictating how I feel.

With that in mind I want to once again show you that the world isn’t all bad and you can learn about good things happening out there. Below are some options to read about some of the positive things occurring all around us:

  • Positive News – This website has many different categories, from environment to lifestyle and is part of a global community of contributors. In their own words ‘we look at society’s challenges through a lens of progress and possibility.’ A view I prefer instead of, ‘everything is terrible and broken’.
  • Sunny Skyz – The news section of this website will give you positive stories coming out of the states. With a country that is often only making headlines for gun violence or a xenophobic presidential candidate, hearing about the kindness of its citizen’s is refreshing.
  • Positive News.org – With headlines like: Kindness Disarms Anti-Islam Protester and Solar Powered Plane Completes First Ever Atlantic Flight this site is exactly what the name implies. It contains positive news with no corporate funding so there isn’t any hidden agenda.

There are many articles written and studies done on whether the planet is better or worse than it once was. Instead of asking that, ask yourself do you feel better or worse depending on how you look at the planet? Personally, reading about all the terrible things happening out there can make me feel undeserving for all I have. When really I should feel grateful for my life and take that energy to help others. If we feel that the world is doomed then what’s the point in trying to make a difference?

Decide for yourself what feels right for you and follow that path. Maybe you’ll start turning off the news or not reading the papers. All we can do is be kind to one another, which in my opinion is the most powerful, world-changing force.

“The bad news is, people are crueler, meaner and more evil than you’ve ever imagined. The good news is, people are kinder, gentler and more loving than you’ve ever dreamed.” – pleasefindthis

Nice Stuff

Here in Dublin the sun in shining and I am feeling hopeful for Spring. It has put me in a good mood and I want you to feel the same. With that in mind I’ve put together a short post of things that are nice. If the sun isn’t shining where you are I hope the clouds clear soon.

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This is both beautiful and heartbreaking.

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“Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.” – Maxim Gorky

January Blues

If you are feeling quiet low this week you aren’t alone. This past Monday was and is known as Blue Monday and it is supposedly one of the most depressing days of the year. Because of that I wanted to post a quick note to recommend you check out this list I wrote in Buzzfeed.  It offers tips on how to beat the blues and hopefully it will help your mood.

Also I recommend you close your eyes and imagine places like this…
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Let’s just dream of sunshine.

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” – Hal Borland

The Holiday Season

Although we have yet to begin the month of December wreaths have been hung, lights have been lit and Christmas music is being played. I however, am having a hard time getting into the ‘Christmas spirit’. I feel like it is being sold to me so forcibly that I am dubious to endorse it.

Every year the decorations are on display earlier and earlier. The retail industry is in a constant state of selling a future that seldom arrives as advertised. Most people feel the pressure of getting the house cleaned, gifts bought and food prepared. Everyone is rushing and racing, talking about how stressed they are and how much they need to do. No one really seems to enjoy the lead up to this one day. (I speak of Christmas, however I know there are many other December celebrations. This one just seems to have the best press.)

In it’s earliest form Christmas wasn’t about Christ at all. It was about the sun, not the Son. December 21st is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year for those in the Northern Hemisphere. Thousands of years ago it was a celebration called ‘Yule’. This centred around the idea of light and rebirth, the darkest part of the year was behind them.

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Now we have people spending thousands and feeling overwhelmed about what presents to buy for people they don’t really know. When at the core of this holiday – that so many celebrate without asking why – is about the joy of life. We have survived this far, made it through a difficult part of the year and kept going. We know the sun will shine on our faces once more.

If everyone were to stop and ask themselves what is their favourite part about Christmas, I doubt it would have anything to do with commodities. I did a quick search and the what most people enjoy: Sitting in front of the fire in their pyjamas, curling up to read a book or watch a movie, seeing excited kids and the atmosphere. We all also love having a few days off, knowing that you have been giving permission to slow down. Yet every year we are sold the idea that those moments must be bought, that the perfect present is what makes the perfect Christmas.

This year I offer an idea. When you have those quiet moments of joy on your own or with others, you register it deeply within you. Breathing into that feeling and recognising that all of us just want to know that the sun will shine on us again. That at our core, the moments that matter most have nothing to do with products purchased.

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” – Roy L. Smith

Having a Rough Day?

It’s grey and rainy out there. It makes me want to stay in bed, read, drink tea and bundle up. I would prefer to feel all warm and fuzzy and counteract the chill in the air outside.

Here’s some nice stuff to make you smile and to warm you from the inside out.

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If you are having a hard time, it’s okay, keep going. You’re on the right track.

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“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Cute Positivity

If you have had a stressful week or month you deserve to feel some warm and fuzzies. A wonderful artist named Emm Roy has created positive doodles to help you get through those difficult days.

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If you’re feeling down, try to let in some light. The world would be a better place if we all believed we were deserving of the good things.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

Shop For Good

Console is the National Suicide Charity, founded by Paul Kelly following the suicide of his young sister in 2002. It provides professional counselling, support and helpline services (1800 247 247) to those in suicidal crisis and to those bereaved through suicide in Ireland and the UK. They seek to respond to the spiritual, emotional and psychological needs of their clients. Their mission is to provide professional therapeutic counselling, support and helpline services to people in suicidal crisis and to those bereaved through suicide with respect, dignity and compassion.

They are always working to give back to anyone who comes to them for support. Now is the chance for the rest of to give back to them. They are looking for volunteers for their wonderful campaign called ‘Shop For Good’. This is a unique fundraising initiative to raise much needed funds and awareness for Console, where every cent goes directly to the charity.

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It runs at the Dundrum Town Centre on April 24th-26th.  The concept is simple, buy a coupon from the Dundrum coupon kiosks for just €1.00. With each coupon you receive massive discounts in more than 100 shops and restaurants throughout the centre.  Multiple coupons will entitle the customer to multiple discounts so the more coupons you buy, the more you save and the more money will be raised for Console. Last year almost €40,000 was raised but they are hoping to double that figure this year.

Want to know how you can help? Console NEEDS volunteers! If you could give a minimum of three house in times listed below please contact Gerard Tiernan on 083 1265373 or email gerard@console.ie.

Friday, April 24th                         Saturday, April 25th                      Sunday, April 26th

9am – 12pm                                 9am – 11am                                     10am – 1pm
12pm – 3pm                                11am – 2pm                                      1pm – 4pm
3pm – 6pm                                   2pm – 5pm                                       4pm – 7pm
6pm – 9pm                                   5pm – 7pm

If you don’t want to volunteer then make sure to head to Dundrum over the weekend of April 24th – 26th and shop for good!

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

A good read

January certainly feels like a month to hibernate. If like myself you find the evenings too dark and the air too chilled, perhaps picking up a new book is something you want to do.

I love books that offer a fresh perspective, a new way to look at the world around us. Below I offer a list of some things I have read over the years that either made me intrigued, content, baffled or a long list of other emotions that reading can trigger. I have supplied the title, the author and the description. The rest is up to you. Happy reading!

Life Between Life – Joel L. Whitton, Joe Fisher  : The ancient Tibetans called it bardo. Doctor Joel L. Whitton, metaphysical expert and researcher, calls it metaconsciousness. It’s the wondrous state that occurs after death – the threshold of consciousness that separates one incarnation from another.

The Divine Matrix: Bridging Time, Miracles and Belief – Gregg Braden : In 1944, Max Planck, the father of quantum theory, shocked the world by saying that this “matrix” is where the birth of stars, the DNA of life, and everything between originates. Recent discoveries reveal dramatic evidence that Planck’s matrix – “The Divine Matrix” – is real. It is this missing link in our understanding that provides the container for the universe, the bridge between our imagination and our reality, and the mirror in our world for what we create in our beliefs.

The Secret – Rhonda Byrne : In this book, you’ll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life — money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world. You’ll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that’s within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life.

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Bossypants – Tina Fey : Bossypants is an autobiographical comedy book written by American comedian Tina Fey.

E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality – Pam Grout : E-Squared could best be described as a lab manual with simple experiments to prove once and for all that reality is malleable, that consciousness trumps matter, and that you shape your life with your mind.

The Secret History of The World – Jonathan Black, Mark Booth : A complete history of the world, from the beginning of time to the present day, based on the beliefs and writings of the secret societies.

Yes Please – Amy Poehler : In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love, friendship, parenthood and real life advice.

“We read to know we’re not alone.” – William Nicholson

Feeling stressed?

We can all get bogged down with the worries of everyday life. It seems as though so many around us are stressed and busy.

As adults we push ourselves to an unnatural pace. Believing it’s the way we should be. While the children and animals that surround us never go by anyones time but their own. We could learn something from that.

Watch the following video and channel your inner child or tiny animal. Be present, take a breath and don’t forget to enjoy each day. Before you know it, it could be your last.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France